Government sets out plans for ‘law and order’ Queen’s Speech

Foreign murderers and rapists face tougher prison sentences if they try to re-enter Britain, the Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced. Under plans to be set out in Monday’s Queen’s Speech, the Government will drastically increase the maximum penalty from the current rate of six months for offenders who return to the UK… Police will also be given the power to arrest criminals wanted abroad faster, by scrapping the need for an arrest warrant. Under new plans they will be able to arrest criminals immediately after an Interpol Red Notice is issued without applying for a legal order. The 22-bill Queen’s speech will also set out a blueprint to make Brexit Britain “the greatest country in the world”.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Prime Minister warned against copying Labour on spending – The Times
  • Javid announces Budget for week after Brexit – Daily Telegraph
  • New mental health reforms will help those detained – Daily Express
  • Palace officials demanded speech a week in advance – The Sun


  • CBI claims Corbyn’s renationalisation plans would cost £200 billion – The Times
  • Labour plan to ban sale of non-electric cars by 2030 – The Guardian


  • A tantalising glimpse of Britain’s brighter future – The Sun

>Today: ToryDiary: The Lewis Carroll Queen’s Speech

Rees-Mogg urges Brexiteers to back Johnson as talks stall

“Jacob Rees-Mogg has told Eurosceptic Tory MPs to accept compromise with the EU as inevitable and to trust Boris Johnson’s negotiating strategy. In a move by the government to soften up hardline Brexiteers, the leader of the Commons suggested that he was prepared to accept a solution to the Northern Ireland border issue that he once described as “cretinous”. Mr Rees-Mogg, who led the pro-Brexit European Research Group, said that “time will tell” whether an agreement for a customs partnership could be reached and he would have to “eat my words”… Mr Rees-Mogg told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News that the prime minister could be trusted to deliver the vision of Brexit that Brexiteers had fought for.” – The Times

  • Fury as EU demands more concessions – Daily Telegraph
  • London told to give more ground – The Times
  • Brussels ‘baffled’ by UK proposals – FT
  • Negotiations damaged by ‘toxic Benn Act’ – Daily Express
  • Timely deal now feared ‘impossible’ – The Guardian
  • Marr accuses Patel of ‘laughing’ at Brexit fears – The Sun


  • Prime Minister insists there is a way forward – Daily Telegraph
  • DUP casts doubt on ‘double customs’ plan – FT


Wolfgang Münchau: Both Johnson and Varadkar have made ‘No Deal’ harder now

“While there is a deal to be done, it is not done yet. And accidents do happen. Malevolence might return. New stuff tends to intrude. But, on balance, I do think that this may well have been the big breakthrough. Brexit would then be playing out in exactly the same way as EU negotiations since time immemorial. The pundits declare that time has run out, that one side or the other is acting irresponsibly, and that agreement is now impossible. And then in the middle of the night, the contours of a deal start to appear… So why do Mr Johnson and Mr Varadkar want to come to a deal now when they appeared to be so unwilling before? It has to do with the dawning reality of what a no-deal Brexit would entail.” – FT

  • Panicking Remainers are determined to sabotage any deal – Iain Duncan Smith MP, Daily Telegraph
  • A no-deal Brexit must not be part of our manifesto – Gillian Keegan MP, FT
  • Deal would make people worse off than May’s – Anand Menon and Jonathan Portes, The Guardian
  • Governement’s EU meeting snub lets UK down – Lord Kinnoull, Times Red Box
  • EU leaders won’t admit it but they want Brexit done – Dominic Lawson, Daily Mail

>Today: David Gauke’s column: Whatever briefings from Downing Street may claim, an election fought on a No Deal platform would be disastrous

Rebels plan to bring back May’s deal

“Theresa May’s failed Brexit deal could be put to another vote if Boris Johnson walks away from talks in Brussels. Rebel Conservatives are understood to have held talks with Labour, Liberal Democrat and SNP MPs about a plan to break the deadlock in parliament. Under the plan, if negotiations in Brussels collapse and the Benn act is successful in securing an extension, MPs would then try to seize the initiative from the government. Rather than accept an early election they would try to take control of the Commons order paper again and put Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement to a fourth vote subject to a confirmatory referendum.” – The Times

  • Johnson demands MPs admit they’re trying to thwart Brexit – Daily Mail
  • Rudd eyes up a new seat – The Sun

>Yesterday: Video: WATCH: The Labour leader “is not fit to be Prime Minister,” says Swinson

CCHQ hire ‘digital gurus’ ahead of election

“Tory chiefs have hired two digital gurus who helped Australia’s PM to a shock win in May. Digital gurus Sean Topham, 28, and Ben Guerin, 24 will spearhead Boris Johnson’s social media fight during the imminent general election campaign… The PM has also already hired former Aussie Liberal Party senior figure Isaac Levido to run the election campaign from CCHQ. But his friend the Australian elections guru Sir Lynton Crosby is not expected to take up a formal role after fallouts over tactics and Boris’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds during the summer. A Conservative Party source confirmed that TG has been hired and will work for it for the duration of any election campaign.” – The Sun

  • Party accused of voter suppression after ID plans leak – The Guardian


  • ComRes director suggests major realignment is in train – Daily Express
  • Uncertainty over polling date hikes up cost of election – The Guardian


  • Polls teeter between slim majority and hung parliament – Sir John Curtice, The Times

Corbyn ‘isolated’ as McDonnell allies push pro-EU stance

“Jeremy Corbyn has become increasingly isolated as senior Labour figures defied him and called for Labour to back a second referendum on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal. Allies of John McDonnell have put pressure on Mr Corbyn to move the party to an unambiguously pro-Remain stance. Rebecca Long Bailey, the shadow business secretary and a key McDonnell ally, openly contradicted the Labour leader yesterday and questioned how long he should remain in power. She told The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One that she could back a second confirmatory referendum on a Johnson deal shortly after Mr Corbyn appeared to reject the plan.” – The Times

  • Insiders claim Shadow Chancellor has taken over from ‘worn-out’ leader – The Sun
  • Long-Bailey says Corbyn should stand down if he loses election – Daily Telegraph

More EU:

  • Leader to tell MPs to vote against Johnson’s deal – The Sun


  • McDonnell makes Labour a more formidable force – The Times


Families of IRA victims demand Labour apology

“Families of victims killed in IRA atrocities have called on Jeremy Corbyn to apologise for his support for Irish republicanism. The open letter, marking the 35th anniversary of the Brighton bombing, accused the Labour leader of “giving succour” to terrorists and asked him to condemn IRA violence in the 1970s and 1980s. Mr Corbyn has said in the past that he condemns all bombing. The letter has been signed by 38 people who lost loved ones or were injured in 25 attacks that killed more than 100 people and injured more than 750. They include relatives of victims of IRA bombings, including at Hyde Park in London, Warrington, Enniskillen and Shankill Road, Belfast.” – The Times

  • Hyde Park bomber in cuffs over another attack – The Sun

Sturgeon ‘crushes rebellion’ over independence strategy

Nicola Sturgeon has crushed a grassroots rebellion calling for a Plan B if Boris Johnson rejects her imminent demand for another independence referendum. The SNP’s conference overwhelmingly voted against a demand by a rebel group for a debate on pursing a more radical strategy to get independence, if Ms Sturgeon’s cautious blueprint fails. In tetchy scenes at the Aberdeen gathering, Ms Sturgeon’s loyalists booed an SNP national executive member who argued the leadership had prevented the conference from even discussing an alternative plan. Chris McEleny, a senior councillor, warned that Mr Johnson would keep rejecting another referendum regardless of how many elections the SNP wins in Scotland.” – Daily Telegraph

  • SNP holds firm has grassroots pressure grows – FT
  • First Minister to request new plebiscite ‘within weeks’ – The Guardian
  • Corbyn opens door to second referendum – The Sun
  • Sturgeon refuses to rule out a ‘hard border’ with England – Daily Telegraph


Law and Justice set to win Polish election

“Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is on course for victory in a parliamentary election that politicians on both sides of the country’s bitter partisan divide have billed as the most important in 30 years. According to an exit poll published shortly after voting booths closed at 9pm local time, Law and Justice, the conservative-nationalist grouping founded and led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, was on course to win 43.6 per cent of the vote. Civic Coalition, a liberal grouping built around the centre-right Civic Platform once led by Donald Tusk, was forecast to win 27.4 per cent, while Lewica, a coalition of leftwing parties, was on course to win 11.9 per cent, and return the left to parliament for the first time in four years.” – FT

News in Brief:

  • How the EU created a cadre of loyal academics – Dr Lee Rotherham, CapX
  • The cult of youth damages everyone – Mary Wakefield, The Spectator
  • How to save the Anglican Church – Mark Fox, Reaction
  • In defence of neoliberalism – Jack Powell, 1828
  • How the fall of the Wall powered up my politics – Ruth Davidson MSP, UnHerd