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Britain opens its doors to 3m Hong Kong migrants

“Millions of Hongkongers will be offered five-year visas and a path to British citizenship after the government stepped in to protect residents of its former colony against a draconian Chinese security law. The new law gives Beijing powers to crack down on dissent with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for a range of crimes, in effect outlawing public protest. Boris Johnson described it as a “clear and serious breach” of China’s treaty with Britain and Hong Kong’s Basic Law, which serves as its constitution. The prime minister said that in response Britain would improve its previous offer to Hongkongers with British National (Overseas) passports.” – The Times

  • Foreign Secretary says UK has ‘got a specific historic responsibility’ and there ‘won’t be any quota’ – Daily Telegraph
  • Prime Minister who pledged to end EU free movement outlines route to UK for almost 3m in ex-colony – FT
  • China vows to stop UK granting Hongkongers residency – The Guardian

More:

  • Tugendhat: Beijing’s law threatens Hong Kong students at our universities – The Times
  • Raab hits out at HSBC as first arrests made under Hong Kong security law – Daily Telegraph
  • Johnson condemns new law as breach of handover pact – FT

Malcolm Rifkind: Best hope of protecting Hong Kong lies in showing President Xi that he still needs it

“Its people will continue to have far greater freedom of movement; they will have a choice of candidates in local elections; they will have, unlike mainland Chinese, uncensored access to the internet. On all but “national security” issues, their courts will remain largely free of political interference and their judges will remain independent. But even this will only be for the time being. Beijing does not want a collapse of business confidence in Hong Kong. Nor does it want a mass exodus of the territory’s brightest and best people who have made it such a vibrant society. That would be a humiliation for the Chinese Communist Party. It is this consideration that gives the people of Hong Kong and the many governments around the world that support them some leverage in trying to influence Chinese policy.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The EU must end its appeasement of Chinese interests – Mark Kwan, The Times

Editorial:

  • Britain must welcome eligible Hong Kong citizens – The Sun
  • The West needs to unite to combat Chinese expansionism – The Times

>Today: ToryDiary: Wanted: an international solution to the plight of the Hong Kongers

Ministers will unveil plan to get all children back in education in September ‘come what may’

“Whole year groups at secondary school will form ‘bubbles’ in a massive effort to get all children back in education from September, it was revealed today. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is unveiling plans for a full return from the beginning of the academic year, with staggered start times and strict classroom rules to minimise the risks of spreading the virus. Every school in England will reopen ‘come what may’ in September – with sources insisting even if the R rate surges other parts of society will be closed down first to facilitate the move. Parents will face fines if they do not fall into line and send their children. However, schools will be forced to to shut their doors again if just two pupils test positive for coronavirus. ” – Daily Mail

  • Universities are ‘taking advantage’ of teens with Mickey Mouse courses, says Donelan – The Sun

>Today: David Chinchen in Comment: We need to develop effective operational links between neighbourhood policing teams and our schools

>Yesterday:

Air bridges ‘shelved’ as holidaymakers cleared for take-off to 75 countries

“Individual air bridges will be effectively abandoned by the Government, as it emerged that as many as 75 countries will be on the first quarantine exemption list for British holidaymakers. The list, to be published on Thursday or Friday, will lift the Foreign Office ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. All 75 have been judged sufficiently low risk destinations for holidaymakers based on the prevalence of Covid-19, that their infection rate is in decline and that their data on the state of the disease can be trusted.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Travel industry bosses demand more answers – Daily Mail

Prime Minister attacks Sturgeon’s ‘astonishing and shameful’ English quarantine warning

“Boris Johnson has lambasted Nicola Sturgeon over her “absolutely astonishing and shameful” warning she will consider introducing quarantine for English visitors to Scotland if there is a surge in cases south of the Border. The Prime Minister told the Commons that there had been “no discussions” with the Scottish Government on the matter and questioned if it was even possible. He said there was “no such thing as a border between England and Scotland.” His official spokesman later clarified that he was making the point there was no “border infrastructure.” His criticism echoed an earlier attack by Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary, who said Ms Sturgeon had “encouraged reckless talk” with her “divisive” quarantine idea.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Westminster and Holyrood in emergency talks over latter’s ‘bid to thwart ‘air bridge’ plan’ – Daily Mail

More:

  • Sturgeon crisis: Scotland faces eye-watering 50 per cent rise in council tax – Daily Express

Jenrick’s flats reform ‘gifts huge windfall to investors’

“Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, has given a “multibillion-pound” planning windfall to freehold investors including those in a fund run by David Cameron’s brother-in-law. Under reforms, owners of residential tower blocks will be allowed to extend their developments upwards by two storeys without planning permission from the start of next month. One of the biggest beneficiaries is a fund run by William Waldorf Astor IV, Samantha Cameron’s half-brother, which contains hundreds of residential freeholds. Other potential beneficiaries include Vincent Tchenguiz, the property tycoon, as well as anonymous and offshore investors.” – The Times

  • Johnson begs bosses to hold off on more layoffs – Daily Mail

Comment:

  • The paltry £5bn pledged bears no comparison to Roosevelt’s programme – Miatta Fahnbulleh, The Guardian
  • The pound has been a ball-and-chain on successive UK governments – Philip Stephens, FT

>Today: Phillipa Stroud in Comment: Coronavirus has hit those in poverty hardest. The Government must support employment, fast.

>Yesterday: James Roberts in Comment: Big state spender Roosevelt shouldn’t be Gove’s new role model

Johnson challenged at PMQs over Covid-19 test data

“Confusion over the level of Covid-19 testing data available to Leicester city council during its recent outbreak in cases intensified as Boris Johnson claimed his government had shared information. The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, used prime minister’s questions to raise serious concerns from the local authority that it had only known about 80 new positive cases in a two-week period in June when the real figure had in fact been 944 cases. The city is the first place in England facing a lockdown from Thursday, when non-essential shops and schools will close, except for the children of key workers. Peter Soulsby, the mayor of Leicester, said he had been trying to access data from central government for weeks.” – The Guardian

  • Davis blasts ‘over-controlling’ Public Health England for getting ‘every single task’ wrong – The Sun

More:

  • PHE says ‘no explanatory outbreaks’ across Leicester, which is back in lockdown – Daily Mail
  • Leicester and Merthyr Tydfil top table for UK-wide Covid infections – FT
  • Coronavirus infections tumble after lockdown relaxed – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • Gove is chief executive to Johnson’s chairman – Alice Thomson, The Times

>Yesterday:

Ministers ‘reject £6,000 scrappage scheme for toxic vehicles’

“A scrappage scheme for petrol and diesel cars appears to have been ruled out by the government despite concerns over levels of toxic emissions. Ministers said that there were no plans to hand motorists £6,000 to trade in the most polluting vehicles in favour of an electric model. The Department for Transport added that it was already investing about £2.5 billion on the transition to zero-emission cars. Two years ago ministers had discounted a scrappage scheme because it would be far too costly and potentially open to abuse. Rachel Maclean, the transport minister, reiterated the government’s commitment to phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 “or sooner”.” – The Times

  • Calls for green bank mount amid UK recovery plans – FT

>Yesterday: Alan Mak MP in Comment: Reform capital allowances and R&D tax credits to fire up investment and create jobs

…and are ‘set to drop non-jury trials plans’ after backlash…

“The Government is set to ditch proposals to abandon juries in some trials to reduce the backlog of cases after an outcry from the legal profession and Tory MPs, The Telegraph understands. Lord Burnett, the Lord Chief Justice, first raised the idea of replacing juries with a judge and two magistrates in “either way” crown court trials, where they are on the borderline to be heard by magistrates.It was one of four measures to tackle the “unprecedented” challenge of maintaining social distancing in court rooms to combat coronavirus and reducing a backlog of crown court cases that has grown from 37,500 to more than 40,000 during the pandemic.” – Daily Telegraph

  • Supreme Court accused of encouraging ‘divorce tourism’ – FT
  • Government urged to ‘nationalise policing’ – The Times

Starmer wins change in Labour NEC election rules

“Keir Starmer has faced down objections from Labour leftwingers to secure a change in the way members of the party’s ruling national executive committee are elected. At an explosive meeting on Tuesday, Starmer was also confronted directly about a BBC Breakfast interview in which he described Black Lives Matter as a “moment”, and dismissed calls to “defund the police” as “nonsense”, the Guardian understands. The national executive committee (NEC) agreed by 19 votes to 12 to introduce a single transferable vote (STV) system for its CLP (constituency Labour parties) section, which represents grassroots members. The change is a relatively modest one, but it underlined the speed at which Starmer has seized control of the levers of Labour party machinery.” – The Guardian

  • Sir Keir cautiously makes his mark on Labour – FT
  • Long-Bailey ‘finally’ deletes tweet that got her sacked – Daily Express

Comment:

  • Labour leader should finish off his far-left fringe – David Aaronovitch, The Times

>Yesterday: Robert Halfon MP’s column: Johnson delivers for the workers but Starmer could win back their votes

Britain and Brussels ‘turn on each other’ for prolonging City’s uncertainty

“Britain and Brussels have each accused the other of holding up a decision on the City of London’s ability to do business in EU markets from next year, prolonging the financial services’ state of uncertainty about the future. Both parties had agreed to complete assessments of the other’s regulatory regimes for financial services by Tuesday 30 June, with the expectation that they would deemed “equivalent”, allowing business to continue in the new year. With the deadline for an equivalence decision likely to be missed, the financial sectors on both sides have been left in the dark about the future terms of business, and the European commission and the UK government have blamed each other for the delay.” – The Guardian

  • Johnson blames EU for missing crucial trade talks deadline – Daily Express

News in Brief:

  • Without firing a shot, China has killed Hong Kong – Ron Shine, CapX
  • Return of the dragon – Richard Cockett, The Critic
  • The state has failed the Covid stress test – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • FDR and the failed concept of the New Deal – Gerard Warner, Reaction
  • Who’s to blame for such anguished activism? – Mary Harrington, UnHerd

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