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Trump refuses to deal with ambassador

“The US president also turned his fire on Theresa May, accusing her of making a “mess” of Brexit. Mr Trump added that the UK was “wonderful,” and the “good news” was that it would soon have a new leader. His intervention came after leaked diplomatic cables showed Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s top diplomat in Washington, had described Mr Trump’s administration as “inept” and “incompetent”. Sir Kim was reportedly due on Monday night to attend a dinner at the White House, in honour of the Emir of Qatar, but had been “disinvited” in the wake of the leaks. Writing on Twitter, Mr Trump said: “I have been very critical about the way the UK and Prime Minister Theresa May handled Brexit. What a mess she and her representatives have created. I told her how it should be done, but she decided to go another way. “I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the US. We will no longer deal with him. The good news for the wonderful United Kingdom is that they will soon have a new Prime Minister.” – Daily Telegraph

  • US will no longer work with ambassador – FT
  • Trump refuses to deal with ambassador – The Guardian
  • And he launches attack on May – The Guardian
  • Trump ridicules May over Brexit ‘mess’ – Daily Mail
  • Trump slams May over Brexit – The Sun
  • Number 10 hits back after Trump tweet attacks May – Daily Express
  • Police investigate Trump diplomatic leak – The Times
  • Is hostile state behind email leaks? – The Times
  • Did Russia leak ambassador emails? – Daily Mail
  • PM has full faith in Darroch – The Guardian
  • Can Darroch continue as ambassador? – The Guardian
  • Who could be prosecuted over email leaks? – The Guardian
  • Memo leak sends shockwaves through diplomatic circles – The Times
  • Government admits more revelations could follow – Daily Telegraph
  • Minister will grovel to Trump’s daughter – Daily Mail
Comment
  • Our overseas networks will be useless if diplomats can’t speak frankly, William Hague – Daily Telegraph
  • Why not send Nigel Farage to Washington? Asa Bennett – Daily Telegraph
  • Leaks will damage far more than special relationship, Peter Ricketts – The Guardian
  • Leaks show UK is also dysfunctional, Leader – FT
  • Ambassador’s trashing of Trump allows MPs to enjoy a bit of deploring, John Crace – The Guardian
  • The arrogant men in Whitehall do not know what’s best, Richard Littlejohn – Daily Mail

Grieve launches bid to stop Johnson suspending parliament

“The former Attorney General will try to force a Commons vote on an amendment to legislation on Northern Ireland, which is designed to stop a future PM ‘proroguing’ — or dissolving the House. He told The Sun he believed he had the numbers to defeat the Government. Lib Dem anti-Brexit spokesman Tom Brake revealed he had also tabled two separate amendments to stop Parliament being prorogued. Sources claimed Tory MPs may be given a “free vote” on the push — rather than being told to oppose the amendments. The suggestion incensed Brexit backers. Under Mr Grieve’s plans, a future PM would be forced to report back to the Commons every two weeks from September to provide an update on efforts to resolve the deadlock on power sharing in Northern Ireland. If a future PM does find a way to suspend Parliament, he would have to recall it to provide the update. Mr Grieve said: “It’s a belt and braces approach.” – The Sun

  • Grieve confident he can use bill to thwart Johnson Brexit plan – Daily Express
  • ‘30-plus’ MPs ready to defy whip and block no deal Brexit – The Guardian
  • Opposition grows to no deal Brexit – FT
  • Johnson stresses urgency of Brexit talks – The Guardian
  • Irish PM says EU will only agree another extension with general election – Daily Mail
  • Irish cabinet to be warned about ‘dire realities’ of no deal Brexit – Irish Times
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Hunt sees head-to-head TV debate as last chance

“The Foreign Secretary is still lagging badly behind BoJo in opinion polls as the party’s 160,000 members begin voting by post. Mr Hunt’s schedules for Monday and Tuesday have been largely ripped up to allow him as much time as possible to prep for the live clash at 8pm on ITV1. The Sun can also reveal that the senior Cabinet minister’s official residence, 1 Carlton Gardens, was taken over on Monday by a large support team to help him practice. During the mock debates, Boris was played by former Tory minister Greg Hands. Boris was also locked in hours of debate prep on Monday, in which Mr Hunt was played by sharp-witted Employment Minister Alok Sharma. One close ally of Mr Hunt said: “We’ve got one final shot, and that’s to plant serious doubt in members’ minds about Boris during the debate. “That’s the only way Jeremy can catch him now, and even then it will be hard.” – The Sun

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  • Hunt looks like man who will soon need job from Johnson, Robert Shrimsley – FT
  • Hunt can win this, Amber Rudd – The Times Red Box
  • We’ve been let down by two Remainer leaders, we can’t risk a third, Priti Patel – The Times Red Box
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Johnson promises to fix pension cap that has prompted doctors to refuse work

“Boris Johnson has promised to “fix” the pension cap that causes 90 per cent tax rates for some high earners and has led to doctors refusing to work. The Tory leadership candidate said he had “repeatedly” tried to persuade Chancellor Philip Hammond to address the £1.1m limit on pension pots that has caused chaos in the NHS. Speaking at a Telegraph Live hustings event last night he said the current rule was “obviously wrong” and would be revised if he became Prime Minister. It came as a poll for The Daily Telegraph showed that Mr Johnson would deliver a 40-seat Conservative majority in the House of Commons if he led his party into a general election, whereas Labour would be the biggest party if Jeremy Hunt fought Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Johnson also insisted that he will restore Britain’s “mojo” if he enters Downing Street and joked that Conservative Party members will “cut me up” if Britain does not leave the EU by October 31.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Hunt calls on Johnson to rule out extra powers for Holyrood – Glasgow Herald
  • Johnson warns Brussels Britain will slash red tape and seize its business in no deal – Daily Mail
Comment
  • Johnson wrong to call sin taxes regressive, John Thornhill – FT
  • Limited sharing of Brexit information shows UK indifference to Northern Ireland, Leader – Belfast Telegraph
  • A spiffing tale of how Brexit was ‘spaffed’ away – Irish Times
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Hunt would swerve MPs on big projects

“Decisions on major schemes like the third runway at Heathrow and HS2 could be taken out of politicians’ hands under a Jeremy Hunt government. The foreign secretary will consider making the national infrastructure commission as independent as the Bank of England if he reaches No 10. The idea is the most eye-catching of Mr Hunt’s attempts to position himself as the most business-friendly candidate in the Tory leadership race. Giving the national infrastructure commission the status of statutory independence would protect its decisions from “short-term political interference”, Mr Hunt said. Boris Johnson, his rival, has promised to review HS2 and once said he was prepared to lie down in front of bulldozers to prevent an expansion of Heathrow.” – The Times

  • And he is to appoint fisheries minister if he wins – Glasgow Herald

Hammond issues May with Brexit ultimatum

“Philip Hammond has told Theresa May that he will fund her legacy plans as a trade-off for her allowing Tory MPs free votes on efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit. The chancellor has been locked in a row with the prime minister over her attempt to push through £27 billion of funding for education before she steps down. After weeks of talks Mr Hammond is close to signing off an agreement to boost education funding by about £5 billion. However, he has suggested that his support is conditional on suspending the whip on a cross-party attempt to stop Britain leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31. Boris Johnson, the frontrunner for the Tory leadership, has repeatedly refused to rule out the “nuclear option” of suspending parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. Mr Hammond has publicly warned that sidelining MPs by proroguing parliament would be “shocking” and said he is sure that the Commons would “find a way” to stop it.” – The Times

  • May and Hammond on verge of £3bn schools funding boost – FT
  • Hammond vows to stop no deal and remove Johnson’s Tory whip – Daily Express
  • Fears rise that sin taxes could go up in puff of smoke – FT

Osborne steps up attempt to lead IMF

“George Osborne, the former chancellor, is stepping up his efforts to become Europe’s candidate for head of the IMF although past and present British officials expressed scepticism on his chances of success. The London Evening Standard editor’s bid to become the next IMF managing director comes as EU finance ministers meet in Brussels on Tuesday to begin the process of seeking the bloc’s nominee. Formal nominations to replace the current IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, will not open until she is confirmed as the next president of the European Central Bank, which might take until mid-October. Mr Osborne has told friends he believes his links to US Republicans and China would help to maintain the IMF’s relevance in world financial circles and show Europe was not consigning Britain to the margins after Brexit.” – FT

Unions agree Labour should back Remain

“Labour is poised to declare it will campaign for remain in a second referendum on any deal put to parliament by a Conservative prime minister, after trade union leaders including Unite’s Len McCluskey backed a change of policy. The joint position agreed by the unions on Monday would not commit Labour to an explicitly pro-Remain position in all circumstances: unions also agreed Labour should seek to deliver a Brexit deal if the party won an election before the UK left the EU. That Labour deal would also be put to a public vote, but the party would not commit to campaigning for Remain against its own Brexit deal, throwing into doubt what Labour would offer in any snap election manifesto. One senior shadow cabinet source described it as a significant win for Remain campaigners, despite the potential lack of clarity.” – The Guardian

  • Pro-Brexit Labour MP to stand down at next election – The Guardian
  • Labour remains torn between Leave and Remain – FT
  • Unions tell Labour to back a second referendum – Daily Mail
Comment
  • End of Corbyn spells start of new far Left catastrophe, Tom Harris – Daily Telegraph
  • Farewell Kate Hoey, the wild Brexiteer, Hannah Jane Parkinson – The Guardian

Rachel Sylvester: Corbyn’s inner circle is quashing all dissent

“A few weeks ago, Jeremy Corbyn was challenged in the shadow cabinet about his handling of Labour’s apparently never-ending antisemitism crisis. Tom Watson, the deputy leader, and Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, demanded to see the party’s submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry. They argued that, as Labour’s most senior elected representatives, the shadow cabinet had both a right and a responsibility to review the text on which the party’s reputation could depend. Their request was refused. Jennie Formby, the general secretary, told the shadow cabinet that not even Mr Corbyn had seen the evidence. Mr Watson also raised the issue at the National Executive Committee, insisting that Labour’s ruling body should be able to debate and approve the party’s official response to the investigation. Again he was told that it was none of his business. It is astonishing when you think about it.” Rachel Sylvester – The Times

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  • Labour gagging orders are ‘useless’ – The Times

Deutsche Bank cull more than expected

“When Deutsche Bank charged into the City of London three decades ago, it was brimming with confidence that as Germany’s financial powerhouse it could plant a flag in the freshly deregulated UK, and from there build an international business which would take on the might of Wall Street.Already present in the City as a bond trading business, Deutsche bought one of London’s oldest merchant banks, Morgan Grenfell, taking its place among the emerging investment banks. A decade later, it swallowed Bankers Trust in the US and a string of other deals followed as it cemented its global ambitions to be the biggest lender in its home market and one of the largest financial firms internationally. That has now all changed. In an announcement that was more radical than many had expected, Deutsche said it would slash a fifth of its workforce, or 18,000 out of 91,500 jobs, by 2022, close its global equities business and scale back its investment bank, with the aim of shrinking costs by a quarter.” – The Times

  • Struggling bank axes hundreds of staff – The Times
  • The day the axe fell on Deutsche Bank’s London office – Daily Telegraph
  • Deutsche Bank starts cutting London jobs – The Guardian
  • Deutsche Bank struggles to silence doubters with rescue plan – FT
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  • Deutsche waves white flag as Europe’s banks surrender to Wall Street – Daily Telegraph

Fraudsters exploit Universal Credit loans

“Tens of millions of pounds are thought to have been stolen by fraudsters targeting a weakness in the universal credit scheme. Claimants on low incomes have been left owing hundreds of pounds after criminals used their personal details to apply for loans and kept some or all of the money. The Department for Work and Pensions warned claimants to be on their guard against identity theft and report any suspicious approaches. Fraudsters have been using an online system through which claimants can seek advance payments of their benefits, which they pay back by forfeiting some of their monthly award. The BBC reported that criminals had been making online requests for cash advances of up to £1,500 on behalf of claimants. Other victims have been approached by people claiming to be Jobcentre Plus staff who have offered to arrange a loan for them and asked for bank cards, a driving licence or a photograph.” – The Times

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  • Ford Europe sounds £1bn no deal warning – Daily Telegraph
  • Heather Mills receives ‘record payout’ over phone-hacking – Daily Telegraph
  • Woodford investors won’t get money back this year – Daily Telegraph
  • Bragg claims Morrissey is spreading far right ideas – The Guardian
  • Abuse ring accuser admits lying to police – The Times
  • Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking offences – The Guardian
Comment
  • Let’s make Nigel Farage diplomat for North Korea, Hugo Rifkind – The Times
  • Alarming spread of postal voting threatens our democracy, Norman Tebbit – Daily Telegraph
  • Finally a watchdog with teeth, Harry De Quetteville – Daily Telegraph
  • Greece will splutter along within euro, Matthew Lynn – Daily Telegraph
  • British Airways fine shows GDPR has teeth, Nils Pratley – The Guardian
News in Brief
  • Interview with Sir Roger Scruton: An apology – New Statesman
  • What the heck boycotters can learn from Boris Johnson, Ross Clark – Spectator
  • What Kate Hoey’s retirement doesn’t mean for Labour, Patrick Maguire – New Statesman
  • New poll shows extent of Islamophobia in Tory party, Stephen Bush – New Statesman
  • Brexit uncertainty means investment is down but not out, Julian Jessop – Cap X
  • For Labour leadership ambition trumps needs of British Jews, Tom Harris – Cap X

 

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