Brexit News for Sunday 9 July

Brexit News for Sunday 9 July
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Theresa May plays G20 Trump card on trade in attempt to quell Tory rebellion…

Theresa May has seized on the “optimism” of Donald Trump and world leaders over Brexit to face down a growing rebellion from Cabinet colleagues and backbenchers. The Prime Minister revealed that the heads of the biggest economies globally had agreed to deepen trade with the UK in a “powerful vote of confidence” in its post-Brexit future. – Telegraph

  • As world trade struggles, Donald Trump offers us a deal – Sunday Times (£)
  • Trump has confirmed Britain will get its free trade deal and the West will have its defender – Molly Kiniry for the Telegraph

… as three ex-ministers attack her over European Court of Justice red line

Three Tory ex-ministers have publicly attacked Theresa May’s Brexit red line over the European Court of Justice [ECJ] in a new rebellion. Ed Vaizey, the former culture minister, calls for the Prime Minister to reverse plans to leave a European nuclear body which is underpinned by the ECJ. Dominic Grieve, once the Government’s most senior lawyer, dismisses the idea the UK can totally cut ties with the court and calls for a more “open” approach. And Nicky Morgan, the former education secretary, says Mrs May’s “absolutist” stance could be undermining the chance of a good economic outcome to negotiations. – Telegraph

May prepares to publish flagship Brexit legislation next week

Strangely, for a piece of Brexit legislation, the aim of the UK government’s repeal bill is possibly best summed up in French: plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The bill, which will be published next week, is expected to become one of the most constitutionally significant pieces of legislation in Britain’s history, reversing the 1972 European communities act that made European law effective in the UK. – FT (£)

  • Brexit 2: now it’s Repeal Bill war – Sunday Times (£)

Trade Secretary Liam Fox to help 100,000 small businesses cash in on £2billion Brexit exports bonanza

Britain’s small firms are set to cash in on an estimated £2billion Brexit exports bonanza, it was revealed yesterday. Family enterprises and new start-ups are blazing a trail for the UK as it reaches out to do business with 144 countries. Trade Secretary Liam Fox wants to help 100,000 firms to join the race to access new worldwide markets for their products. His department has already helped the Surrey makers of the Tangle Teezer, a revolutionary hairbrush, to strike a big deal in South Korea. Treelocate is sending artificial palm trees from Northumberland to the Middle East. Yorkshire based Little Helper is exporting baby products to Japan and the USA, while Hecks Farmhouse of Somerset is regularly exporting cider to America, Russia and the Ukraine. – The Sun on Sunday

German business warns May its priority is to protect single market, not a good trade deal with UK

German business leaders have cast doubt on claims that the country’s manufacturers will help secure a Brexit trade deal, instead warning Theresa May it will be “extraordinarily difficult” to protect UK industry. Ministers have frequently claimed that German carmakers, along with other key European industries such as French farmers and winemakers, would lobby their governments to agree a comprehensive deal which maintains tariff-free trade between the UK and the other 27 EU member states. – Independent

Lidl to add 60 new shops a year in ambitious £1.5bn UK expansion plan

Chief of Lidl UK, Christian Härtnagel, says that Lidl has already agreed sites to add between 50 to 60 shops a year for the next two years, compared to the 30 opened last year. The investment will be at least £1.45bn between now and 2019. “That is the fastest we have ever grown in the UK.” – Sunday Telegraph

Bank of England watchdog dashes hopes of escape from EU rules

The Bank of England has told the City there will be no bonfire of regulations after Britain leaves the EU. Sam Woods, head of the Bank’s regulatory watchdog, warned insurance chiefs last week that future rules governing the sector would stick close to EU standards. At a breakfast meeting on Wednesday, bosses pushed Woods, chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority, on which parts of the Europe-wide Solvency II regime might be ditched or watered down after Brexit. It is understood he told them not to expect big changes. – Sunday Times (£)

Allies of David Davis accused of plotting Theresa May’s downfall

An ally of David Davis has called on Theresa May to name the date when she will quit as prime minister as the Brexit secretary’s friends were accused of running a covert operation to force a change of leader. Ministers and backbenchers said MPs close to Davis had been urging them to lobby Downing Street to get May to go and have discussed plans to sign a letter calling on the prime minister to quit over the summer. – Sunday Times (£)

I will be Prime Minister for at least another year – Theresa May

The Prime Minister was asked about her longevity as a leader at the G20 in Hamburg. Asked whether other world leaders are convinced she will still be attending international summits “in a year or two’s time,” she replied: “Yes. We will be playing our absolutely full part and I’ll be playing my full part and the issues that we are discussing are important.” – PoliticsHome

Does Brexit’s EU-budget pinch really hurt? Yes! cry the Mayors

The European Union’s local governments are scrambling to avert a big budget hit from Brexit even as national capitals from Stockholm to Rome present a stoic front in the accelerating divorce negotiations. With the U.K.’s exit set to leave a 10 billion-euro ($11.3 billion) gap in the EU budget, other rich countries may have to boost contributions by as much as 16 percent to fill the hole, according to the European Committee of the Regions. This leaves a risk of sharp cuts in EU regional funding, which makes up a third of the bloc’s 140 billion-euro annual expenditure. – Bloomberg

Telegraph: A new campaign to sell Brexit is needed

The argument for Brexit will not be won in a single battle but waged over several campaigns as part of an ongoing war. First, we need a new Brexit movement outside of the Tory government. Some of the seasoned campaigners who won the referendum need to be rehired and a large organisation created to constantly and forcefully put the intelligent case for a pro-growth Brexit. – Telegraph (£)

Simon Heffer: These attempts to subvert Brexit will harm the economy and threaten social discord

Vocal and aggrieved minorities have spent a year trying to subvert the democratic decision of the British people to leave the EU. They are flourishing in the climate of shattered self-confidence besetting the Government since the election. Their tactics are, however, now so blatant as to be preposterous. David Cameron, who should top any Remainer’s blame list for Brexit, has allegedly asked Tory MPs to back the “Norway” option of staying in the European internal market, forcing us to continue to accept free movement of people. – Simon Heffer for the Telegraph

Liam Halligan: Farming and fishing can be Brexit winners

The UK fishing fleet, around 6,000 vessels, lands some 708,000 tons of fish a year, worth almost £800m. The entire industry, including packing and processing, accounts for under 0.1pc of GDP. Fishing, though, was once a large employer. It is also, for many, hugely symbolic of our relationship with Europe. The UK is withdrawing from the London Fishing Convention, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced. This was welcome and important. When it comes to fishing, the gains from Brexit are clear, relatively immediate and should appeal to multiple interest groups. – Liam Halligan for the Telegraph (£)

Priti Patel: Open markets and free trade will help Africa help itself

As we exit the EU and reassert ourselves as a great global trading nation, we have a unique opportunity to redefine our relationship with Africa. There are relatively few consumers in Africa for UK products. But with the right growth, it could be a much bigger market. We need to make globalisation work better for Africa by buying African products and laying the foundations for strong future trading partnerships. – Priti Patel MP for the Telegraph (£)

Syed Kamall: The European Conservatives and Reformists should thrive post-Brexit

As co-Chairman of the ECR Group, my priority will be to continue to act as a bridge between Westminster and Brussels over the next 20 months, explaining the UK’s position, clearing up misunderstandings, and doing all I can to secure a Brexit deal that protects the interests of both sides. Although negotiations between the UK and the EU have only just started, I am happy with the progress made so far. The right tone has been set and Theresa May’s has made a generous offer on EU citizens’ rights, while waiting for the EU to confirm how it intends to treat UK citizens remaining in EU countries. – Syed Kamall MEP for ConservativeHome

Hans Kundnani: Europe may seem to have its mojo back, but old problems still haunt the continent

“Pro-Europeans” like to point to polls that suggest that enthusiasm for the EU has increased since Brexit. The problem is that the resurgence of support for EU membership is largely based on fear. Continental Europeans look at the difficulties in the UK, trying to extricate itself from the EU, and know it would be infinitely more complicated for a eurozone country. (That many “pro-Europeans” cannot see this – or do not care – illustrates how much ends and means have become confused in the EU.) Meanwhile, the problems that the EU has struggled with for the last seven years since the euro crisis began, and that have led to the increase in euroscepticism, remain unresolved. – Hans Kundani for the Observer

Ed Vaizey: Why we must save vital nuclear treaty with our allies in the EU

For 60 years, the UK has cooperated with its European allies in the area of nuclear power and research. We have been a leading member of a treaty many people have not heard of: Euratom. Though little known, it plays a vital part in many areas of our everyday life. It means nuclear materials can be transported freely across EU borders, without which any expansion of nuclear power in the UK would not be possible. – Ed Vaizey for the Telegraph (£)

> On BrexitCentral last week: David Jones MP: We can’t pick and choose the bits of EU membership we like – so with Brexit must come withdrawal from Euratom

John Rentoul: The Cabinet is going to split over Brexit – and no one can predict what happens after that

The Brexit negotiations haven’t really started yet. This is the big fact of British politics. More than a year on from the referendum, the plan to leave the EU has yet to make contact with reality. Everything so far has been scare and guesswork. So far, ministers have got away with differences of emphasis, because no hard choices have had to be made. Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, said on Friday that we should have “the closest possible arrangement” with the EU after we leave. Well, as close as possible, you can almost hear David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, say, given that we won’t be in the single market or a customs union. – John Rentoul for the Independent

Daniel Hannan: How I wish European MEPs were far more lazy than they are

Frankly, the world might be a better place if they really were the idlers of popular imagination. Far too much legislation emanates from the EU. If MEPs simply clocked in for their generous allowances, and then withdrew to play golf, Europe’s economies might be more competitive. The trouble is that MEPs’ consciences kick in. They want to show that they are doing something in return for their expenses. So they start looking for new things to harmonise: the treatment of circus animals, say, or the management of eels in estuaries. Thus does the power of the EU keep growing. – Daniel Hannan MEP for the Sunday Telegraph (£)

Brexit in brief

  • Theresa May should not forget the Brexit vote was about more than the EU – Will Tanner for the FT (£)
  • A message to fellow Tory MPs. Let’s unite, stick together – and play this Parliament long – Gary Streeter MP for ConservativeHome
  • Deadline looming for firms to give Brexit strategies to Bank – Observer
  • Brexit hitting house prices is myth: THIS is the real issue, says top estate agent – Express