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Javid announces an extra £2 million for no-deal preparations

“Sajid Javid claims to have doubled the funds available for Brexit preparations with the announcement of up to £2.1 billion in funds for a no-deal exit this year. The chancellor said last night that he was allocating an additional £1.1 billion for “critical operations” before leaving the EU on October 31 without a deal. These funds include £300 million announced this week for departments to buy extra freight capacity to ensure the supply of critical goods such as medicines and chemicals for up to four years after a no-deal Brexit.” – The Times

  • Promise of more cash for border controls – Daily Mail
  • Opposition attack ‘appalling waste’ as war chest is bolstered – The Guardian
  • Leadsom fills first business roundtable with Brexiteers – FT
  • ‘Forgotten towns’ urge Johnson to keep Brexit promises – The Sun

Comment:

  • What was the point of austerity if we spend the dividends on this? – Guto Bebb, Times Red Box
  • Optimism alone is not enough to make Brexit work – Roula Khalaf, FT
  • Cummings’ war on Whitehall could damage democracy – A Civil Servant, The Guardian

>Today: Audio: The Moggcast. “Can we trust Boris?…Yes, he’s deeply trustworthy.”

Johnson tells republicans he will never be neutral on the Union…

“Boris Johnson warned he will ‘never be neutral on the Union’ as he clashed with Sinn Fein in tense talks at Stormont today. During a gruelling first visit to Northern Ireland as PM, he pledged to honour the ‘letter and spirit’ of the Good Friday Agreement as he pushes through the UK’s departure from the EU. However, Mr Johnson had to face down fury from republicans after again insisting that Brexit must happen by the end of October ‘come what may’… DUP leader Arlene Foster insisted Dublin must ‘dial down the rhetoric’ in order to get progress in negotiations. She also revealed that Mr Johnson had insisted during the talks that he would ‘never be neutral on the Union’.” – Daily Mail

  • Sinn Fein warn the Prime Minister not to be too close to the DUP – The Times
  • He is also told of Brexit’s impact on the Province – FT

More:

  • Foster reveals Brussels’ ‘true goals in talks’ – Daily Express
  • Sinn Fein say ‘unification’ vote must follow no-deal exit – The Guardian

Analysis:

  • Prime Minister will need more than optimism to kick-start Stormont – Kate Devlin, The Times
  • Johnson’s stance challenges Dublin – Arthur Beesley, FT

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Have Scottish Tory splitters found the blueprint for a lasting Conservative/DUP alliance?

…as Francois says dozens of Tory MPs will vote down any Withdrawal Agreement

Dozens of hardline Brexiteer MPs are vowing to vote down the Withdrawal Agreement even if it does not include the backstop, after Boris Johnson suggests there will be a transition period. Mark Francois, the vice chairman of the European Research Group, warned of a “running Parliamentary war probably for at least a month” if Mr Johnson tries to force the agreement through the Commons. Mr Johnson wants the European Union to agree to remove the 200 page long section covering the Northern Ireland backstop in Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement to get the deal approved by MPs. However Mr Francois said that Tory members of the ERG on the backbenches – now understood to be around 60 – would vote down any agreement.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Varadkar accused of ‘Project Fear 2.0’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Congress warns that Irish border is key to trade talks – The Times
  • Northern Ireland Office ‘panders to republicans’ – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • It’s a Remainer/Sinn Fein fantasy that Brexit will break up Britain – Eilis O’Hanlon, Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson has turned the tables no Varadkar – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun

Prime Minister signals support for HS2

“Boris Johnson has signalled he will press ahead with the new HS2 high-speed railway line even if its price tag soars beyond £100bn, despite having been a longstanding critic of the scheme. The Financial Times revealed this month that the cost of the project – currently pencilled in at £56bn – could jump to between £70bn and £85bn, according to an internal review of the line by its new chairman Allan Cook. Mr Johnson is planning a separate study into the line’s scope and value-for-money, to be carried out by Douglas Oakervee, a former chairman of the project.” – FT

  • Two of his new advisers back cannabis legalisation – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Why the Left prefers condemning the Prime Minister to understanding him

Buckland floats anonymity for those accused of serious crimes

“The justice secretary has suggested that the anonymity of suspected sex offenders and others accused of serious crimes should be respected until they are charged if they have a reputation to protect. Robert Buckland QC was asked if he supported a campaign to ban the naming of those arrested on suspicion of rape and other sexual offences, which has been led by Sir Cliff Richard and the radio presenter Paul Gambaccini, both falsely accused of historical sex offences. The qualified barrister told the Times there was “merit” in extending this principle to all serious crimes. No 10 distanced itself from Buckland’s remarks on Wednesday evening and said they did not reflect government policy.” – The Guardian

Brexit Party aims to push the Conservatives into third place in Wales

“The Brexit Party is hoping to beat the Tories and finish second in the Brecon by-election tomorrow in the hope it sends a message to Boris Johnson’s Government over its commitment to Brexit. The Liberal Democrats are said to be in poll position to win the Brecon and Radnorshire by-elections. But Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party believes the conviction of Tory MP Chris Davies for electoral fraud with see the Tory Party’s 8,000 majority overturned. Mr Davis is standing for the Conservatives once more, despite being convicted of fraud – and being hit a recall petition signed by 20 percent of voters in the area.” – Daily Express

  • Why today’s by-election is crucial for Johnson’s Brexit plans – Daily Telegraph
  • Tories hope a ‘Boris bounce’ can save their MP – Daily Mail
  • Galloway warns that Labour face ‘historic collapse’ in Wales – Daily Express

Comment:

  • Johnson is fighting an undeclared election – Jenni Russell, The Times
  • The Prime Minister could boost Welsh independence – Martin Kettle, The Guardian
  • Conservatives are the real Brexit party – Philip Stephens, FT

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: Johnson has the inestimable advantage of a divided Opposition

Corbyn drawn into fresh antisemitism row

“Jeremy Corbyn has been drawn into a fresh anti-Semitism row for going on a protest march that likened Israel to Nazi Germany. Footage emerged of the Labour leader at the rally where vile signs and posters accused the Jewish state of following in Hitler’s footsteps. One banner turned the Star of David into a swastika while another showed leading Israeli figures next to senior Nazis with the message: “History repeats itself – stop the genocide”. The Palestinian territory of Gaza was called a “concentration camp” and Israel was accused of being “thirsty for blood” and “child killers”. Mr Corbyn, then a backbench MP, even gave a speech at the 2009 event in Birmingham that was branded an “anti-Semitic hate rally” by a Twitter user known as The Golem who found the pictures.” – The Sun

News in Brief:

  • The backstop is a shameless threat to the UK’s integrity – it must be ditched – Owen Polley, CapX
  • Power-sharing could unlock Boris’s new deal – Finn McRedmond, Reaction
  • Who’ll blink first – Johnson or the EU? – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • We need a more democratic Conservative Party – Dinah Glover, Brexit Central
  • Quebec tells us to break up the Tories – Murdo Fraser MSP, The Scotsman

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