Brexit News for Thursday 3 August

Brexit News for Thursday 3 August
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Theresa May facing calls from her own ministers to sack ‘anti-Brexit trade envoys’

Theresa May is being urged to sack a number of government trade envoys for “talking Britain down” as we gear up to leave the EU. A number of the 21 envoys – which cover and promote 50 markets around the world – have repeatedly defied the Government in key votes on Brexit. Rushanara Ali MP, along with peers Baroness Northover, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Lord Faulkner of Worcester have all voted against Brexit legislation – or for amendments which slowed the Article 50 bill down. – The Sun

The former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said it was unacceptable that so many of the 21 appointees, who are not paid for their roles but do have expenses covered, had not supported the government’s position on leaving the EU. “It is quite absurd that at the moment the UK leaves the EU and starts to make new free trade deals, we should have as our trade representatives people who are viscerally opposed to Brexit,” he told the BrexitCentral website. – Guardian

One minister told The Daily Telegraph: “At a time when we are trying to build a global Britain having people who don’t believe in the nation’s future outside the European Union is not at all in the national interest. These people should be championing Britain abroad, not damaging its prospects by talking it down.” – Telegraph (£)

  • May urged to sack ‘Remoaner’ trade envoys – Express
  • Sack the four envoys who hate Brexit, IDS tells Theresa – Daily Mail
  • Call to sack anti-Brexit trade envoys – The Times (£)

> Yesterday on BrexitCentral: Government under pressure to fire anti-Brexit Trade Envoys accused of “talking our country down”

No 10 says free movement will end when the UK leaves the EU…

Suggestions that freedom of movement will continue after the UK leaves the EU are wrong, Downing Street has said. On Friday, Chancellor Philip Hammond warned full controls could take “some time”, prompting speculation free movement may continue in all but name after the UK leaves in March 2019. But amid claims of splits in cabinet, No 10 has moved to make clear free movement will end when the UK leaves. It said: “It would be wrong to suggest it… will continue as it is now.” Downing Street’s move followed days of uncertainty over future immigration policy during any transitional phase after Brexit. – BBC

  • Free movement will end in 2019, but its short-term replacement will not look too different – Aarti Shankar for Open Europe
  • Hunt – we’ll still want EU doctors post Brexit – Guardian
  • Control of immigration is the key to Brexit’s success – Andrew Cadman for ConservativeWoman
    Business leader concern over ending freedom of movement – City A.M.

…as Philip Hammond dismisses suggestions Brexit could be postponed

Philip Hammond has dismissed suggestions Brexit could be postponed or delayed due to the row over the EU’s so-called “divorce bill” amid ongoing Tory tensions. The Chancellor has found himself under fire after using Theresa May’s absence to push for his own version of Brexit, which is at odds with some of his Cabinet colleagues. He has been pushing for a three-year transitional deal when we officially leave in March 2019, which would keep us under much of Brussels’ regulations until 2022. He has been supported by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd, but is at odds with International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. – The Sun

Hammond himself rightly said in January that without a decent Brexit deal we might use low taxes and low regulation to lure business and workers. As a Conservative, that is exactly what he should be saying. What are the Tories for if not low tax? Now he has contradicted himself. We assume the Chancellor means we would stay “right in the middle” of European countries on tax rates provided we do strike a decent trade deal with Brussels. But why make any promises and surrender a potent bargaining chip? Why give an inch to EU negotiators at this stage? Michel Barnier hasn’t budged a millimetre in our direction and shows no inclination to do so. – The Sun Says

  • Cabinet warfare blocking Brexit progress, Theresa May told – The Times (£)
  • Theresa May and senior Tories turn on gloomy Philip Hammond accusing him of ‘talking Britain down’ The Sun
  • Boris Johnson and Liam Fox are being ‘kept out of the loop by Cabinet colleagues over plans to allow EU migration to continue after Brexit’. – The Sun

Asian merchant bank sets up new European HQ… in London

Asian merchant bank Ion Pacific has opened a new European headquarters in London. Founded in Hong Kong in 2015, the bank’s UK office is being led by Claire Hoey, a former Lehman Brothers and Rothschild investment banker. The company focuses on investment banking, including M&A, capital raising and private placements, and merchant banking, which involves principal investment opportunities. The investment in a London office comes at a time when many international banks with European bases in London are seeking to expand elsewhere in Europe ahead of Brexit in March 2019. – City A.M.

…as London’s growth is set to outstrip rival European cities…

London’s financial sector is set to continue outperforming its competitors in Europe, despite reports of foreign plots to exploit Brexit and weaken the City. The capital’s GDP is predicted to grow at a rate of 2.3 per cent each year from now until 2021, beating Paris at 1.6 per cent and Frankfurt at 1.5 per cent. The new forecast comes from an Oxford Economics report published on Monday. It follows claims from the City of London’s envoy on Brexit of a plot by France to exploit the UK’s departure from the EU in a bid to disrupt London’s financial sector. In a leaked memo, Jeremy Browne claimed the French are “crystal clear about their underlying objective: the weakening of Britain, the ongoing degradation of the City of London”. – Evening Standard

  • London Stock Exchange announces income growth across all areas – City A.M.

…and Moody’s lifts its ratings for UK banks

Moody’s has raised the outlook of several British banks and building societies, with the ratings agency saying they were better positioned for a “modest worsening” in the UK’s environment. Santander and TSB banks and Nationwide, Coventry and Nottingham building societies have all had their deposit ratings from negative to stable, while the stable outlooks for three issuers – Close Brothers, West Bromwich Building Society and Yorkshire were maintained. – City A.M.

  • August kicks off with Brexit good news Hat-Trick – Guido Fawkes
  • British manufacturing sector bounces back with stronger than expected expansion, contradicting government data – City A.M.
  • Nicky Morgan asks PRA for Brexit update on banks’ contingency – City A.M.
  • London trading centres put Brexit plans into action – FT (£)
  • The time has come for challenger banks to truly shine as bigger players battle with Brexit preparations – Tracey Boles for City A.M.
  • Aviva confirm their support for the UK and the City – John Redwood’s Diary

Number 10 reveals crucial Brexit trade policy in job advert

Ministers have inadvertently revealed vast swathes of Britain’s post-Brexit trade policy, including its plans to leave the Customs Union, in a job advert to recruit a senior Whitehall official. Theresa May is planning to set up a new “UK Trade Remedies Organisation” to look after and oversee our economic relations with the rest of the world after we quit the European Union in 2019. The brand new agency, which will come under the Department of International Trade’s remit, will have a staff of around 130 people and will be responsible for policing Britain’s global interests outside the EU. – Express

  • Theresa May’s plans to leave the customs union emerged in a job ad – The Sun

DUP accuses Dublin of ‘megaphone diplomacy’ over border

“Megaphone diplomacy from Dublin” will not solve the problem of the Irish border once the UK leaves the EU, a Democratic Unionist Party MP has said. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson was responding to comments by the Irish prime minister about his opposition to any sort of economic border post-Brexit. Taoiseach (PM) Leo Varadkar has said he would not design a border for those who campaigned to leave the EU. Sir Jeffrey said non-cooperation from Dublin could result in a “hard border”. “The Taoiseach needs to recognise that going back to the politics of the 70s and 80s in Anglo-Irish relations is not going to help anyone,” he added. – BBC

  • Irish Brexit report sets out united Ireland proposal – BBC
  • Henry Hill: DUP accuse Irish Taoiseach of ‘going backwards’ on Brexit – Henry Hill for ConservativeHome
    United Ireland referendum is inevitable after Brexit, says Irish parliamentary report author – Independent
    An Irish Sea border would damage British-Irish relations – Pádraig Belton for The Spectator

European cities prepare for first battle over London-based agencies…

Bratislava and Frankfurt are tipped as favourites to take lucrative European Union medicine and banking agencies from London after Brexit. Amsterdam, Barcelona and Milan are included in the crowded field. The list of candidate cities to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Banking Authority (EBA) is due to be published today. The contest is keenest over the EMA, with Copenhagen, Dublin, Lille and Stockholm already in the ring. Another 14 cities or countries are thought to be ready to bid for the EMA in the battle for an agency that brings business, jobs and pharmaceutical HQs to its host city.- The Times (£)

  • The cities hoping to host the EBA after Brexit – City A.M.
  • Eurovision-style contest for prized EU agencies – Politico
  • Irish bid for UK-based EU agencies post-Brexit – BBC

…but hundreds of EU scientists want to stay in Britain after Brexit

Hundreds of EU scientists based in London will refuse to move after Brexit, it was reported today in the latest boost for Britain’s future. The revelation came as it emerged that EU countries are hugely divided over which cities will host the European medicine and banking agencies when they leave London. European rivals are squabbling over who will host EU agencies currently in London. It could strengthen Britain’s hand in upcoming negotiations with European leaders unable to show a united front. – The Sun

Britain should poach top EU scientists from the European medicines regulator post-Brexit, Tory MPs have said after it was revealed a majority of its staff want to remain in London. MEPs have been warned in a behind closed-doors meeting in Brussels that three quarters of employees working at the European Medicines Agency do not want to leave Britain after its withdrawal from the bloc. – The Telegraph

UK defence ties more important than EU plans for military integration, French President told in leaked Brexit emails…

Britain is “the most important” military player in Europe and needs to be kept on side long after it has left the EU, Emmanuel Macron has been told by senior advisors. In a major boost to British negotiators leaked emails from the French president’s campaign team show how his chief officials believed securing a bilateral alliance with the UK is a top priority. On the other hand, a clutch of scathing missives are derisive about Brussels’ military integration plans, describing them as foundation-less and at the mercy of German whims. The leaked emails demonstrate the extent to which defence cooperation can be Britain’s trump card during the negotiations given our status as the continent’s number one military power. – Express

  • Macron email leak: British military ties to France ‘more important’ than flawed Germany-EU plan – Telegraph (£)

… as Macron plots free movement crackdown

France and Sweden are preparing for a mighty scrap with Eastern European nations as they prepare the ground for a crackdown on low paid migration under free movement rules. French president Emmanuel Macron met with his counterpart Stefan Löfven in Paris this week to discuss how they can tackle the issue together and get countries like Poland on board.  The pair are determined to stamp out what has become known as social “dumping” – the phenomenon of employers in the West seeking out workers from low-wage Eastern EU states to undercut pay and working conditions. – Express

Post-Brexit sanctions law will hit terror group finances

Ministers paved the way for Brexit by unveiling greater powers to issue sanctions – and cut off terrorist funding. In another step towards Britain’s EU divorce, new proposals will be introduced allowing Britain to impose, implement and enforce its own action against states such as Russia. Ministers unveiled plans for greater powers to cut off terrorist funding. Non-UN sanctions are currently negotiated through Brussels Non-UN sanctions are currently negotiated through Brussels. – The Sun

Although modelled on existing EU sanctions, the new Sanctions Bill will make it easier to cut off funding, freeze assets and block access to bank accounts. At present, the Government must “reasonably believe” a person is or has been involved in terrorism and that freezing their assets is necessary to protect the public. But under the new plans, ministers would only need to have “reasonable grounds” to suspect a person or group is or has been involved in terrorism and that sanctions are an “appropriate action”. – Sky News

BBC bosses dismiss calls for new guidelines on Brexit news after bias accusations

BBC bosses have incensed Eurosceptic MPs by dismissing calls for new guidelines on Brexit coverage – and mocking them about a second referendum. In a letter seen by The Sun, BBC Director of News James Harding insisted the BBC’s job was not to be “pushed or pulled by one political interest or another”. BBC bosses are refusing to change their guidelines on Brexit news reporting. And he said the Beeb was “impartial” on the EU. – The Sun

Trump says US ‘will be very involved with the UK’

The transcript for Donald Trump’s recent interview with the Wall Street Journal has just been published by Politico, and as usual it makes for interesting – if confusing – reading. There was scant detail on deals he is trying to secure, but plenty of discussion about golf and why you never hear the word “Britain” anymore. – City A.M.

  • Donald Trump promises to help the UK with a ‘very big and exciting’ trade deal – The Sun
  • Full transcript: Trump’s Wall Street Journal interview – Politico

Labour plot to keep UK in single market after Brexit

Remainer MPs are hatching a plot to try to force Britain to stay in the single market for years after the country leaves the EU. An alliance of Labour and Tory politicians are planning to force a vote in Parliament demanding the UK to stay in the European Economic Area (EEA) for a transitional period after we quit the bloc. And Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said he will table amendments to the looming EU Withdrawal Bill to keep Britain in the single market and customs union for a transitional phase. – Daily Mail

  • Rees-Mogg furious at Starmer on Brexit – Express

Britain and Turkey agree new trade deal for global opportunities

Britain has signed a deal with Turkey to boost trade cooperation between the two countries and help their firms secure new opportunities across the world, the Department for International Trade announced yesterday. It will be seen as a sign of British progress in boosting international trade even in the run-up to Brexit when the UK will finally be free to strike major new free trade deals around the globe. The agreement to co-finance projects and contracts was concluded between UK Export Finance – the government agency providing credit and support to British exporters – and its Turkish counterpart. – Express

Civil Servants increase power over Brexit policy

Theresa May’s loss of personal authority after the election, and the hollowing out of her staff, has contributed to the liberation of Cabinet ministers like Philip Hammond and Liam Fox, who have been vying to shape the Brexit agenda since the election. But the sense of unshackling also extends to Whitehall and senior civil servants. Officials in Downing Street and in the wider civil service that Politico has spoken to in recent days all note a marked uptick in the confidence and assertiveness of individual Whitehall departments and their staff. Senior civil servants are speaking up for their department’s Brexit interests far more, one official said.  – Politico

Spain’s ‘veto’ over Brexit deal for Gibraltar could be illegal

Spain’s effective veto over whether the Brexit deal will apply to Gibraltar could be illegal under EU law and risks being overturned by the European Court of Justice, The Telegraph can reveal.  MEPs and legal experts have warned that the veto over Gibraltar’s future after Brexit would give Spain special status among EU nations, which are supposed to be equal. The EU’s Brexit negotiating guidelines, drafted on behalf of the remaining 27 countries, state that the Brexit deal will not apply to Gibraltar without an “agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the UK”. It led to accusations that Spain was using Brexit to mount a “land grab” for the Rock. – the Telegraph (£)

Gove says EU fishermen can still use UK waters after divorce

Michael Gove has undermined the future livelihoods of British fishermen by promising the Danes access to UK waters even after Britain has left the European Union (EU). The Environment Secretary, 49, who only recently returned to the cabinet after the general election, said during a visit to Denmark yesterday: “Danish fishermen will still be able to catch large amounts of fish in British waters, even if the British leave the EU.” He added: “Britain has no fish cutters [those employed to clean, trim and bone fish] and production facilities enough to catch all the fish in British waters. [sic]” Mr Gove previously stated under a fortnight ago that the UK would take back control of 200 miles of British fishing waters. – Express

Headhunter splurge reportedly fails to deliver Brexit negotiators

Recruitment consultants have been paid more than a million pounds in a year as part of Liam Fox’s drive to find international trade specialists to work for the UK after Brexit. Whitehall sources said that the department of international trade (DIT) had “thrown money” at headhunters to attract the best negotiators. So far ministers have only confirmed one senior appointment and refused to say how many officials with “substantial experience” have been hired.- The Times (£)

Brussels fears Britain’s ‘Brexit chaos’ is part of a cunning plan

While the EU’s negotiating team say they are unconcerned and prepared for anything — and that any disorganization on the London side comes from serious divisions in the British political class — some EU diplomats are growing alarmed. Trade attachés in particular who know their British colleagues as tough, canny negotiators are suspicious of the seemingly fickle and aimless procrastination from the British government. The Brits’ chaotic early posture in the Brexit talks has left them wondering whether London is pulling some sort of deft ploy — a strategy of pretending not to have a strategy. – Politico

Most Brexit-voters say significant damage to the economy is a price worth paying to quit the EU

Brexiteers are so dedicated to the cause of leaving the EU that four in ten would be prepared to give up their jobs to ensure it happens, new research reveals. Polling from YouGov showed that 39 per cent Leavers said that even if our EU exit caused them or a relative to be out of a job, it would still be a price worth paying. – The Sun

We used to think it was noble when people made sacrifices for their beliefs, when they were happy to endure hardship in the service of a political goal or moral cause. Now we call it ‘extremism’. Now anyone who is so devoted to an ideal that he’s willing to see his own daily comforts diminished to make that ideal a reality is likely to be branded a nutter. I mean, what kind of loon puts his beliefs ahead of his bank balance? – Brendan O’Neill for the Spectator

SNP’s support for EU cost Sturgeon’s party thousands of votes

The SNP’s staunch pro-European Union policy in the recent general election cost the party thousands of votes, a report has stated.The question of the European Union referendum cut across the issue of Scottish independence, leading a significant number of those who had previously backed the nationalist cause to switch their votes to either Labour or the Conservatives, analysis by the University of Manchester has revealed. Within the space of three general elections the party system in Scotland had been “completely transformed” sparked by referendums on Scottish independence and Brexit, the authors of the report said. – Express

 

Daniel Hannan: The good news on Brexit they’re not telling you

On July 24, trade talks began between Britain and America. All right, they weren’t formally called trade talks: As long as Britain is still in the European Union, it is supposed to contract out all its commercial decisions to Brussels. Officially, the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, and the British trade secretary, Liam Fox, met for broad discussions about what might happen when Brexit takes effect in 2019. Still, both sides can see the prize. For decades, there have been fitful negotiations between Washington and Brussels on trade liberalization, but they have always run up against the protectionism of France and some southern European states. – Daniel Hannan MEP for the New York Times

Trevor Kavanagh: Philip Hammond is leading the country into a disaster by calling for a three-year Brexit transition deal

The Remainiac Chancellor’s beguiling call for a three-year glide path out of the European Union is in fact a devious plot to keep us in, for ever. He would hand EU leaders the power to hobble negotiations, block trade deals and punish Britain for daring to leave in the first place. Dismiss any ideas of a friendly divorce. This is a fight for the EU’s very survival. Brussels cannot afford to give a centimetre, let alone an inch. Any gain for Britain is a loss for the creaking EU. – Trevor Kavanagh in The Sun

Gerard Lyons: City of London is Brexit-proof and will still lead Europe even after we leave the EU

A big issue in the Brexit debate is what will happen to the City of London. Listening to some people talk, you could be forgiven for thinking all our banks were about to shut down and move overseas. They aren’t and they won’t. Our financial sector has two parts to it: the domestic part serving people and firms in the UK and the international component, known as “The City”. The City is important for our economy. It creates jobs and business here and also attracts talent and investment from around the world. The league table ranking financial centres has London as number one in the world. In second place is New York, closely followed by Singapore and then Hong Kong. This is where London’s future competition is, not in Europe. In fact, the next highest-ranked centres in Europe are Zurich at 11th and Geneva at 20th. Remember, Switzerland is not in the EU. – Gerard Lyons for The Sun

Daniel Hannan: Twelve principles to unite Remainers and Leavers

On the morning of the referendum, I wrote an article on this website arguing that, whichever side won, there would need to be compromise. A narrow Remain vote, I averred, would not be a mandate to carry on as before. Likewise, “a narrow Leave vote is not a mandate for anything precipitate or radical. It is a mandate for a phased repatriation of power, with the agreement, wherever possible, of our European allies. Many of our existing arrangements will remain in place; and those which we want to disapply won’t be scrapped overnight. – Daniel Hannan MEP for ConservativeHome

John Redwood: Brexit policy and how to negotiate

I am glad the PM has made clear we will end freedom of movement and have our own migration policy on exit, as I reminded people here on this blog last week. She has also clarified the issue of a transitional Agreement. The UK has not asked for one. We still have 19 months left to negotiate a proper Agreement. Negotiating a transitional one would require prior consent to a full Agreement, then allowing discussion of how to transition from the one to the other. It is not intrinsically easier to negotiate a Transitional Agreement than a permanent Agreement, and requires consent to where the two parties are going during transition. – John Redwood MP for John Redwood’s Diary

Thomas Zagoria: What next for Lexit? Left-wing Eurosceptics and their vision for Brexit

It wasn’t quite the image of chanting crowds, banners and social media-savvy youth associated with the anti-establishment left. But when Professor Richard Tuck, a Eurosceptic Harvard academic, came to speak before the Policy Exchange think tank last month, it was a radical vision on display. He spoke of the left having its “greatest prize in a couple of generations, with the possibility of genuinely transforming British politics” through Brexit. Tuck was only the latest of a number of pro-Lexit – left-wing Brexit – intellectuals doing the rounds with their visions. – Thomas Zagoria for The New Statesman

Joey Jones: Westminster rivalries threaten Brexit disaster

The Brexit “no deal” option is deeply unattractive, and there is some relief in the City that the transitional period now agreed as a necessary way forward by the cabinet seems to make no deal less likely. But those who fear cliff edges should not mop their brows too soon. There are in fact warning signs aplenty, all born out of the post-election power vacuum. There are three possible paths to no deal. One is ill will on either side – a desire, for example, on the part of the EU to punish the Brits for their decision to leave. – Joey Jones for City A.M.

Warwick Lightfoot: The right post-Brexit farming policy could unleash agricultural innovation and lighten the load on consumers

The Common Agricultural Policy was the first policy developed by the EEC after 1957 and remains its largest, absorbing around two-fifths of the EU budget. The biggest practical policy questions that the UK confronts as a result of the Brexit decision are what to do about trade and what to do about farming. They are questions that are directly linked. – Mark Wallace for ConservativeHome

  • We need a British Agricultural Policy to protect the environment – Warwick Lightfoot for City A.M.
> Warwick Lightfoot for BrexitCentral today: The Common Agricultural Policy is emblematic of all that is wrong with the EU

 

Tom Harris: Remainers blame David Cameron for Brexit because they think we were too stupid to have had a choice

If, as many Remainers still insist, the UK electorate has consigned our nation to the dustbin of history, doomed it to a Third World existence in which Right-wing militia preside over a pauperised society broadly similar to a “Mad Max” remake, then surely the fault lies not with the people but with the politicians who presented the opportunity to make such a decision in the first place? – Tom Harris for the Telegraph (£)

Bina Mehta: Exporting isn’t the hassle British SMEs fear

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has thrust the issue of international trade into the spotlight. Currently, just one in five SMEs export, and a recent study by Lloyds Bank found that the EU was a trading partner for 85 per cent of exporters over the past year. Pre-referendum, this relationship was easier, cheaper and tariff free compared to other non-EU countries, which is a massive boost when protecting the tight margins small businesses have to play with. – Bina Mehta for City A.M.

Graeme Leach: Staying in the Single Market would be counter-productive, not pragmatic

There has to be a suspicion that behind any transition and implementation phase, entailing continued Single Market and Customs Union membership, lies a desire by some to make such an arrangement more permanent in some form. And herein lies the problem. To maximise the economic benefits of Brexit, we need to maximise domestic and international competition. Domestically, this means reducing the size of the state – less tax, less spending, less regulation. – Graeme Leach for City A.M.

Jamie Whyte: Turning Brexit Britain into a tax haven would make us all richer. Why can’t Philip Hammond see that?

In January, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, floated the idea of radically changing Britain’s economic model, potentially by slashing the corporate tax rate following Brexit. This would make the UK an attractive place to base a business, even if free access to the Single Market is lost. At the weekend, he told a French newspaper that he has decided against it, and committed to maintaining Britain’s current tax and regulatory mix. This is a shame, because corporation tax in particular is a terrible tax. It should not be slashed; it should be eliminated. – Jamie Whyte for the Telegraph (£)

William Hague: Chancellor’s transition plan can keep Brexit on track

What is quite obviously needed is an approach that cuts through all of these problems simultaneously; that makes the negotiations simpler, reduces the need for rushed legislation, reassures the business world and commands wide support across Parliament. Is it possible to do that? Yes, and the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, deserves great credit for putting forward such an approach. He has evidently been trying to persuade his Cabinet colleagues that we should be seeking to stay in the EU single market and customs union during a transition and “implementation” phase lasting to 2022, followed by a free trade deal with our former partners after that. –  Lord Hague for the Telegraph (£)

  • World leaders asked how UK would ‘get round’ Brexit, says Hague – BBC
  • UK must rescue itself from abrupt Brexit ‘disaster’, Hague says – Reuters

Brexit comment in brief

  • Airport travel chaos is nothing to do with Brexit – Oliver Duff for iNews
  • For Brexit to work, we need Dunkirk spirit not ‘Naysaying Nellies’ – Allison Pearson for the Telegraph (£)
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, upbeat and ready for a fight – Florian Eder for Politico
  • John Baron: No transition – we must not loiter in the EU departure lounge – John Baron MP for ConservativeHome
  • Our 60-year relationship with Euratom offers hard lessons for Brexit negotiators – Stuart Butler for the Guardian
  • Brexit, Euratom and the problem with stifling bureaucracy – Tim Worstall for CapX
  • May’s looming Brexit betrayal can spark a Ukip revival – David Kurten for ConservativeWoman
  • Conservatives are fighting the wrong battles on immigration – Gabriel Gavin for ConservativeHome
  • Chlorinated chicken scare: where’s the meat? – Rob Lyons for Spiked
  • Breaking the dependency of EU-addicts  – David Hardy for CommentCentral
  • The Left don’t mind hating immigrants – so long as they’re rich – Ed West for The Spectator
  • How Britain can use Brexit to revamp its tax system – James Hannam for CapX
  • The Japanese have more affection for the EU than we would like to think – Philip Barrie for Reaction
  • Ironies and delusions of the anti-Brexit camp – John Redwood MP for The Commentator
  • The Myths of an Emergency Brake and of an EEA Transition – Ben Somervell for CommentCentral
  • It was Remainers, not socialism, that caused Labour’s surge – Telegraph editorial (£)
  • The Brexit betrayal bandwagon is growing – Nick Cohen for The Spectator
  • Switzerland has the answer to Britain’s migrant conundrum  – Denis MacShane for The Times (£)
  • Blair and the dangerous, unrepentant Remoaners – Jack Tagholm–Child for The Commentator
  • How much influence does the EU really have? – Walter Ellis for Reaction
  • Ode to Joy and a ‘European identity’ cannot turn the EU into an accountable democracy – Philip Johnston for the Telegraph (£)
  • Brexit is now clearly bad news for separatists – will Remainers admit it? – Henry Hill for ConservativeHome

Brexit news in brief

  • Brexit joy for whisky as David Mundell pledges to slash overseas sales tariffs – Express
  • Steve Baker confirms Government wants to keep EU healthcare benefits – Huffington Post
  • HSBC boss Stuart Gulliver says Brexit move could cost up to $300m – City A.M.
  • French embassy uses Passchendaele to say EU ‘brought peace’ to Europe – Express
  • Rees-Mogg says ECJ rule must stop on Brexit day – Express 
  • UK election result paved way for real Brexit debate, says French ambassador – Guardian
  • Dan Hannan shuts down ‘euro-fanatics’ and proves why Brexit will succeed – Express
  • Labour MP mixes up Corbyn & Jeremy Hunt in car crash Brexit interview – Express 
  • Europeans are more positive about future of the EU — except the Brits – Politico
  • UK faces £520m bill for moving the European Medicines Agency – Independent
  • VW secured EU money by fraud for Dieselgate engine – Politico