MPs ‘considering resigning’ to prevent prorogation of Parliament…

MPs are considering resigning to stop Parliament being suspended as Boris Johnson refuses to rule out shutting down government in order to secure no-deal Brexit by October 31. Rumours began circulating late last night that some ministers are considering resigning in order to back efforts to prevent  no-deal if a free vote on the issue is not offered by Theresa May. It comes after the Lords backed a bid to block Parliament being suspended in order to facilitate a no-deal exit. Now, in a last ditch attempt to stop no-deal before Parliament breaks for summer the Northern Ireland Bill will go before the Commons where MPs will have the chance to vote on legislation that could prevent the next Prime Minister being about to suspend government.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Gauke and Hammond could be first to go – Daily Mail
  • Tory civil war deepens as Barclay ‘mocks’ Chancellor’s warnings – The Sun
  • Hammond ‘terrified’ by Rees-Mogg’s claims of a no-deal boost – The Guardian
  • Can he stop a no-deal exit? – FT
  • Grieve mounts yet another attempt – Daily Express
  • Lords passes anti-no-deal amendment – The Guardian


  • EU warns of ‘serious consequences’ of no-deal… – Daily Express
  • …but Johnson’s threat risks being ‘ignored’ – The Guardian
  • Barnier offers scathing verdict on British negotiators – Daily Mail
  • OBR expected to predict that no-deal exit would trigger recession – The Times
  • UK could abandon plans to eject French fishermen from British waters – The Sun
  • People’s vote group ‘bitterly divided’ over strategy – Daily Express

>Today: Garvan Walshe’s column: By picking von der Leyen, the EU has ensured that Remain would lose a second referendum

…as ex-judge calls for ‘inner Privy Council’ to protect Queen from controversy

“The Queen must be kept out of Brexit controversy by establishing an inner privy council to advise her on proroguing parliament, one of Britain’s most eminent lawyers has proposed. In an article for The Times the retired Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption said that legal challenges to prevent Boris Johnson from suspending parliament to push through no-deal would prove futile. He warned that, under constitutional convention, the Queen would have little choice but to agree to any suspension asked for by her prime minister. Instead he suggested that a committee of privy counsellors should be established to advise the monarch on the constitutional propriety of requests by a future prime minister.” – The Times

  • Solving this constitutional conundrum – Lord Sumption, The Times

Johnson calls for ‘bonfire of red tape’…

“Boris Johnson has promised to strip back regulations to help businesses to increase their profit margins. At the final Conservative Party leadership hustings last night Mr Johnson brandished a kipper, which he said had been given to him by the editor of a national newspaper. During his speech in the ExCel Centre in Canning Town, east London, he claimed that a kipper smoker on the Isle of Man was “utterly furious” because his costs had been increased by EU rules requiring that each fish have a plastic-wrapped ice pillow. “Pointless, expensive, environmentally damaging health and safety, ladies and gentlemen,” Mr Johnson said. Faced with questions from party members, Mr Johnson pledged to cut regulations.” – The Times

  • With Corbyn on the ropes, he could win a majority in months… – Daily Telegraph
  • …as Johnson allegedly gears up for election ‘next summer’ – The Sun
  • Front-runner pulls in record campaign funds – FT
  • Hardline Eurosceptic lined up as adviser – Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson rules out pact with Farage – Daily Express
  • Rising female stars tipped for promotion if Johnson wins – Daily Telegraph
  • Split over whether he should pose with Symonds – Daily Mail

>Today: ToryDiary: What Johnson will be like as Prime Minister


…as Hunt warns that rival could ‘bodge Brexit’

“Jeremy Hunt has warned that Boris Johnson could botch Brexit and plunge the Conservatives into a disastrous general election before the end of October, as the underdog in the race to become Tory leader insisted he can still win. In a last-ditch appeal to Tory activists, the foreign secretary warned Mr Johnson’s “do or die” commitment to leave the EU by Halloween was a high-risk strategy: “If you have the wrong approach, you could end up with a general election before October 31,” he told the Financial Times. He said that Mr Johnson might find himself unable to renegotiate Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the EU by the end of October and then find a no-deal exit blocked by parliament, putting the Conservative government at risk.” – FT

  • Underdog tells members to ‘vote with your heads’ in final hustings – Daily Telegraph
  • Insiders claim result could be ‘closer than thought’ – Daily Mail
  • Late surge of members signing up to stop Johnson winning – The Sun


  • We need Hunt’s honest leadership – Earl Howe, Times Red Box

May takes parting shot at politicians who make impossible promises

Theresa May fired a parting shot at politicians who make promises they “cannot keep” and tell people what they want to hear. In her final lengthy speech as Prime Minister, Mrs May also warned against the spread of “absolutism” and populism in British and global politics. Mrs May said there has been a “coarsening” of debate which could take the UK to a “much darker place” and breed a political culture based on “winners and losers”. She also warned against making “populist promises” and “just telling people what you think they want to hear”. While the Prime Minister insisted her comments were a “general observation” they will be seen as criticism aimed at Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Stay out of the gutter, Prime Minister warns Johnson – The Times
  • She warns against ‘absolutes and perpetual strife’ – FT

>Yesterday: MPs Etc.: “This will most likely be the last time I will speak at length as Prime Minister…” – May on the state of politics

Liam Fox: Britain is all geared up for new trade deals after Brexit

“While opponents of free trade find it helpful to peddle a narrative that we are unprepared, the truth is we are more ready than ever to begin that negotiation with our biggest single trading partner. Woody Johnson, the US ambassador, understands that, which is why he hailed the great opportunities that lie ahead for our two great nations only last week. We will end up with a free-trade agreement that represents a big statement on the strength of UK-US relations, intricately thought through, designed in every detail on both sides of the Atlantic, and to the benefit of all our peoples – who will have been included and consulted through a proper process.” – Times Red Box

  • Pro-Europe Tories must make the case for Remain – Rafael Behr, The Guardian

Rudd unveils benefits overhaul to help victims of domestic abuse

“Amber Rudd today unveils a radical benefits overhaul to help victims of domestic abuse. The shake-up is a major victory for The Sun’s Give Me Shelter and Make Universal Credit Work campaigns. Work and Pensions Secretary Ms Rudd says Universal Credit cash will now be paid directly to the main carer, helping to free abused women from controlling partners… She pledged to be a champion for “tackling domestic abuse” in Government and vowed to have a dedicated officer in every job centre to spot and help victims.” – The Sun

>Yesterday: Robert Halfon MP’s column: Skills, social justice, standards, and support for teachers. A four-part manifesto for the new Prime Minister.

CBI ‘deeply concerned’ about McDonnell’s share plan

“The CBI has warned shadow chancellor John McDonnell that its members are “deeply concerned” about Labour’s plans to force all large companies to hand over 10 per cent of their shares to employees. Carolyn Fairbairn, director-general of the CBI, raised fears about his plan for new “inclusive ownership funds” (IOFs) that would transfer a tenth of shares to staff over a decade for all companies with more than 250 staff. In a letter seen by the Financial Times she instead set out an alternative idea for a new “employee ISA” that would give tax breaks for workers who wanted to buy shares in their company. The Labour policy, announced by the shadow chancellor during the party’s annual conference last autumn, would represent one of the biggest state interventions in the private sector for generations.” – FT

  • Labour vow to eradicate poverty amongst those on low wages – The Guardian

Labour sack peeress who compared Corbyn to Hitler

“Labour’s deputy leader in the Lords was sacked from the front bench last night after comparing Jeremy Corbyn’s “bunker mentality” to Hitler’s last days. Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town was removed as a shadow Brexit minister by Mr Corbyn for what Labour said were “deeply offensive remarks”. She remains in her leadership role because it is elected directly by the party’s peers — who are in open revolt against Mr Corbyn over the antisemitism crisis engulfing Labour. Speaking this week to a meeting of Labour First, a group on the right of the party, Lady Hayter said: “That disclaiming of intelligence, the refusal to share, is an absolute symbol of the bunker mentality.”” – The Times


  • Things have got worse since I challenged Corbyn a year ago – Margaret Hodge, The Guardian
  • Mutineers assail Corbyn from all sides – Quentin Letts, The Times

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Time is running out for Corbyn as well as May

MPs 1) BBC blasted over ‘traumatic’ licence-fee enforcement visits for over-75s

“Over-75s face a home visit from an ‘outreach team’ next year to make sure they pay their TV licence. Pensioners who fail to set up a payment or fail to send in evidence that they receive pension credit will be pursued for the £154.40 fee. They could receive a visit from what the BBC has dubbed a “support visit” from a member of the new team. MPs have blasted the move as “traumatic” for elderly people. Claire Sumner, the Beeb’s £170,000-a-year policy director told MPs on the digital, culture, media and sport select committee that the visits could be carried out “as sympathetically as possible”.” – The Sun

  • Corporation could become a subscription service, says Director-General – The Times

MPs 2) Way cleared for Bercow to face formal bullying enquiry

“MPs last night paved the way for John Berow to finally face an official probe over serious bullying allegations made against him by former staff. The House of Commons backed a change of rules to allow historical claims of bullying and sexual harassment to be investigated. Former Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said the move was vital to holding alleged bullies like Mr Bercow to account because current rules would allow the Speaker to get a plum seat in the House of Lords and “get away with it”. Currently only allegations that took place since the 2017 General Election can be probed. Until now Mr Bercow has avoided a probe over claims he physically intimidated two of his former staff members.” – The Sun

  • Behaviour made Commons indelible for the wrong reasons – Jenny McCullough, Times Red Box

News in Brief:

  • People’s Vote campaign ‘at war’ over strategy – Alex Wickham, Buzzfeed
  • Could Watson’s centrist ‘Momentum’ save Labour? – Isabel Hardman, The Spectator
  • The EU is crippling our NHS – Giles Fraser, UnHerd
  • Rebalancing Britain: The northern city on the south coast – John Ashmore, CapX
  • Why HS2 won’t benefit the north and should be axed – Matt Gillow, 1828