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Queen’s Speech 1) Johnson will announce a ‘Brexit Bills bonanza’ this week to deliver a ‘dividend’ of repealed EU laws

“Boris Johnson will use this week’s Queen’s Speech to put Britain on the front foot with a ‘Brexit Bills bonanza’. The Prime Minister will try to put his recent woes behind him and re-energise his administration with a ‘super seven’ set of new laws to take advantage of the UK’s freedom from the European Union – covering everything from slashing red tape to protecting animals. He believes the Bills, due to be announced by the Queen in Parliament tomorrow, will benefit families and businesses across the country as they struggle with the soaring cost of living. The Tories also hope the new agenda will deliver a ‘Brexit dividend’ in time for the next general election and help them again win the votes of Leave supporters who backed Mr Johnson in 2019.” – The Daily Mail

  • The Prime Minister seeks to ‘regain the initiative’ – The Financial Times
  • Planning reforms, bill of rights, and mental health overhaul all on the Government’s agenda – The I

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Queen’s Speech 2) Ministers plan to give locals a say on the look of housing developments

“Ministers will promise this week to end the “free for all” enjoyed by big developers by curtailing their powers and giving residents the right to dictate the style of any new development. In an attempt to assuage anger, the government will pledge to consult local residents on “design codes” that will stipulate the standards that developments must meet. Ministers will also examine how the planning inspectorate enforces local housing need targets. Areas that are constrained by greenbelt land or areas of natural beauty will no longer be expected to reach “unrealistic” targets if they can produce a plan that is “well evidenced and drawn up in good faith”.” – The Times

  • Second home owners to face ‘double council tax’ in an effort to woo the Blue Wall – The Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Long-awaited’ protections for tenants to be included – The Financial Times

Northern Ireland 1) Truss threatens to suspend Brexit deal ‘in weeks’ if the EU does not change the Northern Ireland protocol

“The Brexit trade deal could be suspended within weeks after anger in Northern Ireland led to Sinn Fein becoming the largest party there for the first time ever. The nationalist party now has the right to nominate the new First Minister – but only if the Democratic Unionist Party agrees to take part in the new Executive and provide the Deputy First Minister. The DUP is refusing to re-enter a power-sharing agreement unless the Northern Ireland protocol, which keeps the province aligned to the rules of the EU’s customs union and single market, is scrapped or seriously overhauled.” – The I

  • Cabinet ‘split’ over the Foreign Secretary’s plans – The Daily Telegraph
  • DUP to warn the Prime Minister it will stall power-sharing until Christmas – The Guardian

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Northern Ireland 2) Ministers reject claims of impending UK break-up after Stormont election

“British ministers have rejected claims that Sinn Féin’s election victory in Northern Ireland heralds the break-up of the UK, in spite of the nationalist party’s push for a referendum on a united Ireland within five years. Brandon Lewis, Britain’s Northern Ireland secretary, on Monday begins the painstaking process of trying to coax pro-UK unionists to join the region’s government, which now has a pro-Irish unity party claiming the role of first minister for the first time. Lewis is threatening to unilaterally rip up post-Brexit trading arrangements for Northern Ireland that are hated by unionists, in an attempt to bring the Democratic Unionist party — which finished second in Thursday’s elections behind Sinn Féin — into the region’s power-sharing executive.” – The Financial Times

  • Raab: The UK is not about to crumble, despite Sinn Fein’s win – The Sun
  • Will the UK break up? Don’t believe the claims of Sinn Fein and the SNP – Dominic Lawson, The Daily Mail
  • Difficult days lie ahead for the province’s political institutions – Editorial, The Times
  • A historic election that leaves Northern Ireland where it was – Editorial, The Financial Times

Ukraine 1) Wallace: Putin is ‘mirroring’ the Nazis and ‘will share Hitler’s fate’

“Vladimir Putin’s regime is ‘mirroring’ the actions of the Nazis and must share the same fate as them, Ben Wallace will say as the Russian leader stages a military parade to celebrate victory in World War II. Defence Secretary Mr Wallace will use a major speech to say that Putin and his inner circle should share the same fate as the Nazis, who ended up defeated and facing the Nuremberg trials for their atrocities. His speech, at the National Army Museum in London, will also directly criticise the behaviour of Russian commanders for war crimes and their incompetence in a campaign which has failed to secure the gains expected by Putin.” – The Daily Mail

  • New G7 sanctions steal Putin’s thunder on the eve of ‘Victory Day’ – The Times
  • ‘The evil has returned. Again’: Zelensky makes emotional address on VE Day – The Daily Mail
  • Putin intensifies attacks on east Ukraine – The Guardian
  • At least 60 feared dead as Putin’s troops bomb school in Ukraine where ‘whole village was sheltering’ – The Sun
  • More than 8,000 empty houses owned by the MoD should be used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees, Lib Dems urge – The Daily Mail
  • This is no victory day for Vladimir Putin – Editorial, The Daily Telegraph

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Ukraine 2) Trevelyan hits Russia with £1.7 billion more in sanctions to ‘inflict further damage on the Russian war machine’

“Britain has imposed a fresh round of trade sanctions on Russia and Belarus worth £1.7bn, principally targeting platinum and palladium, to “inflict further damage on the Russian war machine”. Russia is the world’s top producer of palladium and the world’s second largest extractor of platinum – both of which are prized for their catalytic qualities. Now, the UK will raise tariffs by 35 per cent on these precious metals in a move to destabilise the “ambitions” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak and International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan have announced.” – The I

  • Even China is changing its mind on Putin following his nuclear threats – Alicia Kearns, Daily Express

‘Embattled’ Starmer cancels speech at last minute as pressure mounts over Beergate

“The leftovers of Sir Keir Starmer’s curry bash defence were torn apart yesterday by bombshell leaked documents and the admissions of party insiders. Yet the Labour leader once again snubbed questions about his hypocrisy for refusing to quit while demanding Boris Johnson resign over his Downing Street drinks. Last night it was revealed Sir Keir had pulled out of a think tank event at the last minute to avoid facing another grilling. Labour refused give an explanation. But Tory MP Richard Holden told The Sun: “It looks like Sir Keir Starmer is crying off work with a hypocrisy hangover. He can run but he can’t hide from his double standards.” Meanwhile, after police finally said they would investigate, frustrated witnesses were preparing to open up about what really happened at the Durham Miners Hall dinner-and-drinks do.” – The Sun

  • A new photo shows Starmer made a point of dining outside for a photo-op a day before his curry – The Daily Mail
  • ‘He is Mr Rules’: Labour denies leak shows their leader broke lockdown laws – The Guardian
  • Left-wingers join calls for answers as pressure grows on Starmer over Beergate – The Daily Mail
  • Nandy fails to rule out leadership bid – The Times
  • The cha-party’s over for hypocrite Starmer, and he should resign – Editorial, The Sun
  • ‘Sinner’ Starmer must say sorry for Beergate – Editorial, The Daily Mail
  • The Labour leader has only himself to blame for this mess – Editorial, The Daily Telegraph
  • Campaigning for Jew-baiting Corbyn and curry night hypocrisy – it’s clear Keir Starmer does not know right from wrong – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • Like all politicians who strike poses on the moral high ground, Starmer’s ethical posturing has come back to bite him – Mick Hume, The Daily Mail
  • Johnson and Starmer are kept in post by the flimsiest of possible excuses – Nick Timothy, The Daily Telegraph

Coffey pushing to axe EU rule setting limits on newly qualified drivers

“Teenagers may be allowed to drive lorries and minibuses under plans being considered by ministers to deal with driver shortages. The proposal involves scrapping European Union rules which the UK adopted 25 years ago that set limits on the types of vehicles newly-qualified drivers can jump behind the wheel of. Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey is said to be calling for the change. She is said to believe it would create a bigger pool of drivers which supermarkets and logistics businesses could use to alleviate pressures on supply chains…However, allowing younger and less experienced drivers behind the wheel of larger HGVs is likely to prompt criticism from road safety campaigners. Britain’s shortage of lorry drivers is estimated to be up to 100,000.” – The Daily Mail

Rees-Mogg issues inflation warning over cost-of-living crisis

“Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned that the Government simply cannot spend its way out of the “difficult” future ahead as inflation continues to rise. The Brexit Opportunities Minister believes that an increase in public spending to mitigate the impacts of the rising cost of living risked adding to inflation and, therefore, pushing prices even higher. With the Bank of England set to forecast that inflation could reach its highest rate in 40 years by October, the squeeze in living standards is set to dominate the political landscape in the coming weeks. The speed at which prices are rising is outstripping increases in wages and benefits, leaving many households feeling the pinch, particularly with soaring energy bills.” – WalesOnline

  • More than two million adults cannot afford to eat every day, survey finds – The Guardian

Universities oppose minsters’ proposals for student cap and loans in England

“Universities across England have come out against proposals for limiting student numbers and access to loans, describing the plans as likely to crush aspirations and entrench disadvantage. Responding to the government’s consultation, the three main university groups have lined up with the National Union of Students in opposing plans to limit undergraduates taking “low value” courses and stop students from receiving government-backed tuition fee and maintenance loans if they do not have minimum GCSE or A-level grades. Universities UK (UUK), which represents the leaders of mainstream universities in England, said it “strongly opposes” any introduction of number caps, saying it would most hurt those from disadvantaged backgrounds.” – The Guardian

Asylum seekers ‘to be told this week’ if they will be sent to Rwanda

“The Home Office will start telling asylum seekers this week that they may be sent to Rwanda as ministers try to kick-start the deportation scheme in the face of legal challenges. Boris Johnson has said he wants the first flight carrying asylum seekers to take off by the end of the month, but six legal challenges lodged against the policy have caused delays. In an effort to avoid further delays the Home Office intends to start telling people this week that they are at risk of being sent to Rwanda. The number of people selected initially is likely to be in the dozens, to limit individual legal challenges. They will have seven days to submit legal grounds for staying in the UK. These will be assessed by Home Office lawyers before formal notification of deportation is sent.” – The Times

  • Patel ‘slammed’ over plan to house 1,500 asylum seekers in Yorkshire village – Daily Express

Stanley: Roe v Wade was undemocratic and badly argued. It had to go.

“News has leaked that the US Supreme Court plans to overturn the 1973 ruling on abortion known as Roe v Wade. Cue overreaction and misinformation. Scrapping Roe would not ban abortion, it would send the issue back to the states, where locals get to decide whether to tolerate or restrict it. This is about democracy and the question of who governs: the people or the courts? With Roe, the Court invented a constitutional right to have an abortion and imposed it upon the entire US. They sold it as a matter of privacy between a woman and her doctor, which Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court Justice and liberal icon, regarded as a mistake (she preferred the premise of gender equality). Roe tried to do too much too fast, she warned.” – The Daily Telegraph

  • Biden has left the Democrats in their worst political situation in 30 years – Patrick Harsham, Daily Express

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News in Brief:

  • Is an unknown, extraordinarily ancient civilisation buried under eastern Turkey? – Sean Thomas, The Spectator 
  • The perils of living in the multiverse – Dorian Lynskey, UnHerd 
  • Amis at 100: a master satirist without honour – Alexander Larman, The Critic 
  • Why can’t the UK get over its hatred of London? – Marie Le Conte, The New Statesman 
  • The death of the urban Tory – Ed West, Wrong Side of History