Javid warns tech companies to stop promoting violent extremism

“Technology giants were told last night “enough is enough” after the massacre of 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand was live-streamed around the world in the first “terror attack designed for social media”. Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, condemned tech firms’ failure to stop the 17-minute video being shared for more than 10 hours after the self-professed white supremacist killer Brenton Tarrant opened fire on Muslims at prayer. Reacting to a tweet in which YouTube claimed it was working to remove the footage, Mr Javid said YouTube, Google, Facebook and Twitter “really need to do more to stop violent extremism being promoted on your platforms”. He added: “Take some ownership. Enough is enough.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Terror like the New Zealand attack must never divide us – Sajid Javid, Daily Express
  • Independent regulator could be two years away – The Sun
  • MI5 investigates New Zealand shooter – The Times
  • Fruits of fanaticism – Leader, The Times
  • This horrific atrocity was designed for the social media age – Leader, Daily Telegraph
  • Muslims are fearful and hurting but we must not give in to hate – Maajid Nawaz, The Times
  • The danger is rising – Leader, The Guardian
  • “Stay strong” is the message from Prince William – The Times

Brexit 1) DUP welcomes “renewed focus” on their concerns

“The DUP has welcomed the government’s “renewed focus” on addressing its objections to the Brexit deal ahead of next week’s third Commons vote. The party has twice voted against the deal over concerns it would see Northern Ireland treated differently from the rest of the UK. After talks with ministers in London, its Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said it was still seeking extra guarantees. His party “wanted to get a deal but it had to be the right deal”, he said.” – BBC


Brexit 2) No deal better than a big delay, declares Barclay

“Stephen Barclay frayed cabinet collective responsibility still further yesterday by insisting that the UK should leave without a deal rather than endure a long Brexit delay. He defended his decision to vote against a motion mandating the prime minister to seek a short delay to complete legislation minutes after telling MPs that it was in the national interest. Mr Barclay said he had exercised his right to oppose the motion on a free vote because it had raised the prospect that the EU may force a longer delay. He was one of seven cabinet ministers to vote against Theresa May’s appeal to parliament to ask for a Brexit delay.” – The Times

  • Just get on with it, is the message from Yorkshire – Financial Times
  • Neither Hungary nor Italy will veto – Daily Telegraph
  • Will EU leaders agree to an extension? – BBC

>Yesterday: WATCH: Barclay opposes “a long extension rather than No Deal”

Brexit 3) Calls for May to set out timetable for her departure

“Senior aides of Theresa May privately believe she is “finished” and may be forced to set out a timetable for her departure if she is to win the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal. The Telegraph understands that two senior Downing Street figures believe that the Prime Minister should “fall on her sword” and announce she will quit to ensure she is able to “go with dignity”. They believe she has permanently “lost the trust of Eurosceptics” and will have to make way for a new leader after the Conservative Party conference in October.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Sir Graham Brady told to “tap her on the shoulder” – The Sun
  • PM deserves a gold medal – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail

>Today: Columnist Nick Hargrave: What’s needed now to get us out of this mess. First, a new leader. Next, a general election.

Brexit 4) Corbyn offers talks with SNP on a second referendum

“Jeremy Corbyn is to expected hold a summit with the SNP and other opposition parties to discuss backing a second EU referendum after Labour’s divisions were exposed in a Commons vote. Mr Corbyn wrote to Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, offer talks “at the earliest opportunity” with the aim of trying to break the Brexit impasse. He said the starting point would be examining Labour’s proposals for a softer Brexit, including a permanent customs union, or another EU referendum.” – Daily Telegraph

Brexit 5) McVey switches to back deal

“Brexiteer Esther McVey, who resigned from Cabinet in protest against Theresa May’s controversial Brexit deal, has now said MPs must back the Prime Minister’s withdrawal agreement if they still want Brexit. The former Work and Pensions Secretary said she feels she may be forced to back the third meaningful vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Ms McVey told BBC host Nick Robinson: “We will have to think about ‘what are you going to do’ because you are quite right, the element is now, people will have to take a bad deal rather than no deal.” – Daily Express

  • 41 per cent of Tories back her deal with 40 per cent preferring leaving with No Deal – Daily Mail

Brexit 6) MEPs told to consider election run

“The Conservative party has contacted all its MEPs to ask them to consider running for election in May if the prime minister’s Brexit deal is defeated on Tuesday. Ashley Fox, the party’s leader in the European parliament, contacted MEPs to ask them to think about their options in the event that Theresa May’s deal fails again. “May I ask you to reflect over the weekend whether you would wish to stand as a Conservative candidate. I will speak with you all individually after the MV3 [meaningful vote 3) next week,” he said in a WhatsApp message to MEPs after MPs voted overwhelmingly to delay Brexit on Thursday night.” – The Guardian

Brexit 6) Forsyth: MPs should vote for the deal to avoid national humiliation

“The big question is how many Brexiteer rebels climb down Jacob’s ladder. Downing Street think there are 25 to 50 Tory diehards who won’t vote for the deal even with the DUP on board….If the deal doesn’t pass on Tuesday, then Mrs May will have to go to the European Council on Thursday and beg for a full-on extension to the Article 50 process. I am told she is dreading this personal and national humiliation. The Commons should spare her and, more importantly, the country, that.” – James Forsyth, The Sun

Brexit 7) Moore: I don’t envy Brexiteer MPs a difficult choice, but they should vote against May’s deal

“The case against voting for Mrs May’s deal is that it won’t really let us leave. Trapped by the backstop, we shall either lose our Union or never regain our freedom to trade. EU rules will creep ever further into our commercial lives and we shall have lost all power to make, alter or stop them. Far from replacing Mrs May, we will find her hailed as a miracle worker who, having been in the deepest valley, climbed the highest hill. She will stay, and so, in every future negotiation, we shall lose. We will be the laughing stock of the world. There is a deeper, democratic objection to voting for her deal. What would it say to the people “out of doors”? There are 650 MPs in the Commons. Is no one left to speak for the majority who put them there? If so, don’t suppose that the Commons in its current form, or the main parties that compose it, will last much longer. After Mrs May’s fiasco is finished, there will be the next battle. The country will need people with clean hands to fight it.” – Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

Other comment

  • It’s not too late to stop Brexit – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • This past week has shamed the mother of Parliaments – Leader, The Sun
  • Historic hostilities and misunderstandings between the UK and Europe have led to mistrust – Tony Barber, Financial Times
  • Our sneering and pompous MPs could threaten the future of our democracy – Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail


Truss takes a swipe at Cabinet “sexism”

“Male members of the cabinet talk for longer than their female colleagues, according to Liz Truss, who claimed that she had faced sexism every day since entering the Commons in 2010. “I’ve got a degree in economics, I’m an accountant, I know numbers. I don’t really need to have things explained to me in basic detail, but there’s an element of that you tend to get as a woman,” the Treasury chief secretary told The Times in an interview. Ms Truss, 43, is part of a large pack of potential candidates in a Tory leadership race expected this year. Although she claimed that she was not thinking about the contest, she ruled out being a running-mate and used the interview to lay out eye-catching policy ideas.” – The Times

  • ‘Why not offer an Oxbridge place to the best 100 pupils in each area?’ – Interview with Liz Truss, The Times

Johnson is most popular choice for next Tory leader

“Boris Johnson would be the most popular choice among Tory voters to replace Theresa May as leader, according to a YouGov poll for The Times….When all voters were asked who would be a good replacement for Mrs May, 25 per cent said Mr Johnson, 19 per cent said Jacob Rees-Mogg and 20 per cent said Sajid Javid, the home secretary. Sixteen per cent chose David Davis or Amber Rudd, 14 per cent Michael Gove or Jeremy Hunt and 11 per cent Dominic Raab.YouGov cautioned that name recognition plays a big part in such results.” – The Times

  • The leadership speech that he should give – Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times

Hinds and Gove split over pupils “strike”

“Thousands of children across the country went on “strike” from school yesterday, stopping traffic and climbing on statues as they joined a global protest against climate change….Michael Gove, the environment secretary, sent a video message endorsing the strikes, despite cracking down on parents taking children out of school when he was education secretary….Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said it would be better for pupils to feel strongly about the environment inside rather than outside school.” – The Times

>Yesterday: Comment: Richard Benyon: Climate change is bigger than Brexit

Loughton gets through legal change to allow mothers to sign birth certificates

“Mothers of the bride and the groom will finally be able to sign their marriage certificates after MPs agreed to change the law. Since 1837, only dads have been allowed to endorse the legal record of their child’s happy day. Mums will now be able to sign their child’s marriage certificate after MPs agreed to change the law. But Tory MP Tim Loughton, who brought forward the Bill, told The Sun: “Finally we have equality.” – The Sun

Swinson tipped for next Leader of the Lib Dems

“The Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Jo Swinson, has been tipped as the frontrunner to replace the party’s outgoing leader, Vince Cable, who has announced plans to step down from the party in May. Cable, a former business secretary in the coalition government, announced that he would set a timetable for his departure at the party’s spring conference this weekend. Three MPs were expected to be in the running: Swinson, the former cabinet minister Ed Davey and the party’s education spokeswoman, Layla Moran.” – The Guardian

Increase in reports of modern slavery straining council services

“A 10-fold increase in the number of suspected cases of modern slavery reported by local authorities in just five years is having a “huge impact” on already stretched council services, their representative body warned on Saturday. Figures collated by the National Crime Agency show that local authorities last year reported 1,306 potential victims of modern slavery to a government oversight system called the national referral mechanism, compared with 131 in 2013. Councils last year accounted for 19 per cent of the 6,716 cases in England and Wales reported to the national referral mechanism, which decides whether someone is a victim of modern slavery. The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, said the rise was a reminder of the “current huge pressures” on services. Modern slavery is defined by the National Crime Agency as human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.” – Financial Times

News in brief

  • My grief for the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack – Qanta Ahmed, The Spectator
  • Eurosceptic MPs should hold their nerve as anti-Brexit colleagues dig their own electoral graves – Tom Colsy, Brexit Central
  • “Up to 20” Labour MPs could back May’s deal – Independent
  • Ignore the Spending Review at your peril – the stakes have never been higher – James Heywood, CapX
  • Will the DUP wobble on its backstop opposition? – Owen Polley, The Article