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Johnson threatens to kick rebels out of the Party…

“Boris Johnson raised the stakes against Tory rebels last night by promising to remove the whip from any who vote to block a no-deal Brexit and ban them from standing as a Conservative candidate at the next election. The prime minister issued the threat as opposition leaders and some Tories prepared to force through legislation compelling the government to secure another delay if there was no agreement with the European Union. No 10 is braced for John Bercow, the Speaker, to allow the coalition opposed to no-deal to seize control of the Commons agenda as soon as MPs return from their summer break tomorrow.” – The Times

  • Withdrawing the whip could cost the Government its majority – The Guardian
  • Prime Minister viewed as strong, decisive… and dishonest – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: What will happen in the Commons this week? Here are 15 possibilites. They are not exhaustive…

>Yesterday:

…as Gauke says rebels are prepared to defy the whip anyway…

David Gauke has signalled that he and other Tory rebels are prepared to sacrifice their careers as Conservative MPs this week to vote with the opposition to block a no-deal Brexit. Ahead of a monumental battle in Parliament this week, the former justice secretary claimed that if MPs did not step in to prevent no-deal they would be “complicit in something that will be very damaging for this country.” Responding to Boris Johnson’s ultimatum to Tory MPs opposed to no-deal, Mr Gauke accused the Prime Minister of attempting to Conservatives into “a Brexit Party”. He added that the Government appeared to be “goading” party rebels to vote for legislation to extend Article 50 in order to call a general election and “purge” those standing in the way of no-deal.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Johnson cancels ‘peace talks’ as dissidents accuse him of hypocrisy – The Times
  • Remainers finally unveil ‘futile’ plot – Daily Express
  • Claim that the Prime Minister is trying to ‘provoke an election’ – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Rebels must back down or risk a ruthless purge – Nick Timothy, Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday:

…and may even fight their seats as ‘independent conservatives’…

“Mr Gauke also predicted there was a 95 per cent chance the UK will leave without a deal if MPs do not act this week. Several leading rebels said that they were prepared to stand as “independent Conservatives” in their constituencies. One said that Tory voters would be repelled by the mass purge and that millions would fail the “purity test” being demanded of MPs of supporting a no-deal Brexit.” – The Times

  • Move could split the Tory vote in marginal seats – FT

>Today: David Gauke MP’s column: Why I believe that Parliament must stop a No Deal Brexit this week

…whilst Walker urges Johnson to reconsider tough treatment

“Charles Walker, the acting chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, appealed for calm in the party and urged Mr Johnson to “resist” stripping the whip from the rebels. Mr Walker told The Daily Telegraph: “I say, as a committed Brexiteer and  Acting co-Chair of the 1922, that talk of purging good Conservatives, who were serving in Government up until late July, from our ranks is extremely unpleasant and the idea is one that must be resisted.” The threat against the senior Conservative MPs will now be discussed at a meeting of the 1922’s executive tomorrow, The Telegraph understands.” – Daily Telegraph

Blair warns Corbyn to avoid election ‘elephant trap’

“Tony Blair will today warn Labour not to fall into the ‘elephant trap’ of forcing a snap election, as senior party figures remained hopelessly split on the issue. In a speech in London, the former prime minister will say the ‘right way’ to consult the public on Brexit is through a second referendum, not a general election. Labour is divided over whether to push for a formal vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson that could lead to a snap poll. But Mr Blair will warn that forcing an election would play into Mr Johnson’s hands.” – Daily Mail

  • Councils tell overseas voters to get ready for UK poll – FT

Comment:

  • An election is inevitable, but Tory victory isn’t – James Johnson, Times Red Box

>Yesterday: John Penrose MP in Comment: Pro-EU campaigners’ fury is purely about power politics, not high constitutional principle

Williamson hints that ministers could resist anti-No Deal law…

“A second cabinet minister has suggested the government could ignore laws to block a no-deal Brexit. Gavin Williamson said it would be “perfectly normal” not to enact such legislation straight away, adding: “We would be looking at what the impact of the legislation would be on the government’s negotiating position.” The education secretary’s comments in an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain follow Michael Gove’s refusal to guarantee that Downing Street would be bound by any bill passed by parliament this week. MPs are expected to initiate efforts tomorrow to pass a bill which would prevent the UK from leaving the EU without a deal on October 31.” – The Times

  • Gove: Government will ‘wait and see’ what legislation is proposed – Daily Telegraph

>Today:

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: “We will see what the legislation says.” Gove ducks question about abiding by a new Brexit law.

…and Tories may stand against Bercow at next election

“Conservative Brexiteers could mount a challenge to John Bercow at the next election to punish him over claims that he is biased towards Remainers. By tradition the Commons Speaker is not opposed by the main parties in a general election, in recognition of the role’s independence. However, mounting anger over Mr Bercow’s willingness to help the government’s opponents has prompted calls for a Conservative rival to stand in his Buckingham seat. Mr Bercow interrupted his holiday in Turkey last week to issue a statement in which he condemned the planned prorogation of parliament for five weeks as a “constitutional outrage”.” – The Times

  • Bercow will bend the rules again, warns former Black Rod – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • Brexiteers must bring the Speaker down – Rob Wilson, Daily Telegraph
  • People need to trust the umpire for the game to work – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

Gove launches No Deal public information campaign

“Michael Gove’s £140million public information campaign was launched on Sunday with a full run down of the facts for the public. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster stated that the “Get Ready for Brexit” campaign will give “everyone” from business owners to hauliers and EU citizens, “the facts they need” to prepare for the UK’s departure from the EU on October 31, according to The Sunday Telegraph. The campaign reportedly includes advertisements and interviews in order to reassure the public against statements made by Remainers.” – Daily Express

  • He admits that food price rises are ‘a threat’ – The Times

More:

  • Doctors warn that NHS will face ‘disintegration’ – Daily Mail
  • Lawyers say that UK can’t stop free movement swiftly – The Sun

David Davis: Futile games in the Commons only damage our negotiating position

Put aside the hyperbole and exaggeration about “the death of democracy” and “constitutional outrage” that have accompanied the Prime Minister’s plans to prorogue Parliament. It is actually a sensible strategy that can potentially reset the tortured Brexit negotiations…By reducing the options of unreconciled Remainer MPs, and making it abundantly clear that no deal is much more likely and that Parliament cannot block it, Boris Johnson has signalled to the EU that they need to focus on what a new Withdrawal Agreement would look like. At the very minimum it needs to be shorn of the backstop.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prorogation leapfrogs Brexit to be top news story – Will Clothier, Times Red Box
  • If only the Remainer rabble would see light, like the Archbishop of Canterbury – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun

Javid ‘caught off guard’ by surge in defence spending

“Boris Johnson intervened to double an increase to defence spending next year in a move that raises fresh questions about Sajid Javid’s independence. The Treasury initially intended defence spending to keep pace with inflation with a settlement in Wednesday’s spending round of £800 million. That has been increased to £1.6 billion after the intervention of the prime minister, according to Whitehall sources. It will allow Mr Johnson to claim that the UK has not only met the Nato benchmark of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence but that the target has been exceeded.” – The Times

  • Chancellor pledges £5 million for new office for veterans – The Sun
  • Teachers receive biggest pay rise for new starters ‘in decades’ – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • More splash-the-cash short-termism – Richard Partington, The Guardian

Rudd launches new site to help parents find work

“Amber Rudd has declared: “I’m backing parents” as she launches a new website to help them find jobs with flexible working hours. The site collates thousands of roles best suited for parents juggling childcare with a career. The Work and Pensions Secretary said she still remembers waving her own children off on their first day of school, and recalled the difficulties of balancing parenthood with her career. She is launching the new jobs site tomorrow, and says the scheme will make it easier than ever for parents, especially mothers, to find or return to work.” – Daily Express

  • We will make Britain the best place in the world to be a woman – Helen Whately MP, Times Red Box

Labour’s share giveaway would ‘cost £300 billion’

“Labour’s plans to give shares to workers would amount to a confiscation of shares worth £300 billion in 7,000 big companies, according to research. Under a Labour government’s “inclusive ownership funds” every business with more than 250 workers would transfer 10 per cent of its shares to staff over a decade. An analysis of official figures shows that the transfer would be worth between £270 billion and £300 billion, dwarfing the size of previous interventions designed to redistribute income. Clifford Chance, a law firm which produced the research with the Financial Times, said that there was “no historic precedent” for such a large-scale state appropriation of wealth.” – The Times

  • McDonnell declares war on buy-to-let landlords – The Guardian

News in Brief:

  • Tories need a Brexit party election deal right about now – Iain Martin, Reaction
  • Prorogation will allow Britain to move on from three toxic years – Ben Bradley MP,
  • Those protesting are the ones really seeking to obstruct democracy – Dr Sheila Lawlor, Brexit Central
  • Realities of a no-deal Brexit – Ivan Rogers, The Spectator
  • The history of Brexit – John Ashmore, CapX

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