Brussels now expects No Deal from Boris Johnson: Brexit News for Thursday 8 August

Brussels now expects No Deal from Boris Johnson: Brexit News for Thursday 8 August
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Brussels now expects No Deal from Boris Johnson… 

Brussels believes that Britain will leave the EU without a deal after accepting that Boris Johnson “isn’t bluffing”, the Telegraph understands. EU leaders are now working on “a working hypothesis of no deal” following a meeting on Monday between Commission officials and Brexit diplomats from each of the 27 EU countries, amid mounting speculation Mr Johnson will call a general election after October 31… EU officials had been confident that Mr Johnson would not force Britain out without a deal but meetings with his senior adviser David Frost last week have changed their minds along with newspaper articles including a confrontational opinion piece written by Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay. “Our working hypothesis is now no deal,” said an EU source after the meeting, where diplomats agreed they could not rely on MPs to prevent a disorderly withdrawal. – Telegraph (£)

…after concluding he has no intention of renegotiating with the EU…

Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his “central scenario”, European diplomats have been told, amid hardening evidence in Westminster that the government is expecting to crash out of the EU. Brussels diplomats briefed after a meeting between the prime minister’s chief envoy and senior EU figures in Brussels said that Britain’s refusal to compromise was understood to have been clear to those attending. Instead David Frost, the government’s new chief Europe adviser, is said to have sought discussions on how negotiations could be reset after the UK crashes out on 31 October. “It was clear UK does not have another plan,” a senior EU diplomat said of the meetings with Frost. “No intention to negotiate, which would require a plan. A no deal now appears to be the UK government’s central scenario.” – Guardian

…but Downing Street insists Johnson does want a deal…

The government has rejected claims it is unwilling to negotiate with the EU and wants talks to fail to allow a no-deal Brexit. It comes after the EU said UK demands to remove the Irish backstop from Theresa May’s deal were unacceptable. EU negotiators told European diplomats there was currently no basis for “meaningful discussions” and talks were back where they were three years ago. Downing Street said the EU needed to “change its stance”. The European Commission said on Tuesday morning it was willing to hold talks in the coming weeks by phone or in person, “should the UK wish to clarify its position in more detail”. A spokeswoman added the agreement negotiated by Mrs May – rejected three times by MPs – was the “best possible deal”, and could not be re-opened. – BBC News 

…and Michael Gove slams the ‘wrong and sad’ EU for refusing to reopen Brexit talks

Michael Gove hit out at Brussels for refusing to reopen Brexit talks last night. The leading Cabinet minister said it was “wrong and sad” that the EU did not want to discuss a new deal with the UK. His comments came after European leaders finally realised that Boris is serious about leaving without an agreement – but still do not want to offer a new solution to the Irish border problem. Speaking after a meeting of the daily Brexit “war cabinet”, Mr Gove said: “I’m deeply saddened the EU now seem to be refusing to negotiate with the UK. “The Prime Minister’s been clear, he wants to negotiate a good deal with the European Union and he will apply all the energy of the government and ensure that in a spirit of friendliness we can negotiate a new deal.” Mr Gove – who as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is in charge of No Deal preparations across Government – added: “At the moment it’s the EU that seems to be saying they’re not interested’, they’re simply saying, ‘no, we don’t want to talk’. – The Sun

> WATCH: Michael Gove says “We stand ready to engage, to negotiate in good faith… it’s the EU that seems to be saying they’re not interested”

Irish PM Leo Varadkar tells Tories to drop their Brexit ‘red lines’ if the UK wants a fresh deal with Brussels

The Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar set out the possibility of a new Brexit deal if Boris Johnson was to alter Theresa May’s Brexit red lines — but warned that even if that happened, a deal is highly unlikely before 31 October. Boris Johnson and Leo Varadkar speak about Brexit but fail to see eye to eye on backstop issue. Mrs May’s key red lines were that the UK would leave the single market, would leave the customs union, would end free movement and would bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain. Mr Varadkar said: “We ended up with the withdrawal agreement and the backstop because of all the red lines that were drawn up by the British Government. “Now if we’re going back to square one and those red lines are being changed, then we’ve something to talk about.” – iNews

> WATCH: Leo Varadkar says the EU’s position that the withdrawal agreement and backstop remain “closed”

Dominic Cummings blames Philip Hammond for failure to prepare for No Deal…

Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings has accused Philip Hammond of trying to block preparations for a no-deal Brexit as chancellor. The former Vote Leave supremo is understood to have told a meeting of Downing Street advisers that Mr Hammond and former business secretary Greg Clark had “actively frustrated” work to get the UK ready for no-deal. But an ally of the former chancellor dismissed the claim as “simply untrue”. Sources who witnessed Mr Cummings’ attack said: “Dom said that Philip and Greg had actively frustrated no-deal preparations. He made the point twice, and said that would not be accepted anymore.” But an ally of the former chancellor said: “This is simply untrue.” – Independent

…and warns Remainer MPs that they do not get to choose which votes they respect

Boris Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings has thrown down the gauntlet to Remainer MPs attempting to block a no-deal Brexit, warning that they do not get to “choose which votes they respect”. Speaking publicly for the first time since arriving in Downing Street, Mr Cummings said that no-deal preparations were going “great”, as he rejected criticism levelled at him by Europhile Tories. Mr Cummings, the man credited with winning the 2016 referendum, was yesterday attacked by Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general,  who accused him of having a “characteristic arrogance and ignorance”. The broadside follows reports that Mr Cummings has told colleagues that he believes Mr Grieve and other Remainers have missed their opportunity to stop no-deal. – Telegraph (£)

Dominic Raab vows to ‘fire up’ Britain’s trade outside the EU as he begins a three-day Brexit charm offensive in Canada…

Dominic  Raab today vowed to “fire up” Britain’s trade outside the EU as he embarked on a three-day Brexit charm offensive of the Americas. The new Foreign Secretary is holding talks with Canada, the US and Mexico on striking post Brexit trade deals which “boosts business”. Speaking to foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, Raab said he wanted to take Britain’s relationship with Canada to the “next level”. He also affirmed the message from Boris Johnson that we will be leaving the EU by October 31. Speaking to reporters, Raab said: “For the UK, Brexit is not just about risk management – although that’s important, and I wouldn’t want to be glib or not take that very seriously – but it’s also, and I think our Prime Minister has been very clear about that, about grasping the enormous opportunities of our new found freedoms.” – The Sun

…before heading to the US where President Trump tells him he has a ‘huge appetite’ for a free trade deal with UK… 

President Trump has a “huge appetite” to sign a free trade deal with the UK, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said. During a visit to the White House to see Vice President Mike Pence, Mr Raab had an unscheduled meeting with Donald Trump too. “He called me into the Oval Office,” Mr Raab said, adding that the president was “effusive in his warmth for the United Kingdom”. The foreign secretary said that achieving a free trade deal would require a lot of work, but “there’s a huge appetite on both sides to achieve that”. He and Mr Trump also discussed “all the range of security issues that we share in common”, Mr Raab added. His meeting with the president may be seen as a sign that Mr Trump is keen to repair relations with the UK following a diplomatic row over former ambassador Sir Kim Darroch. – Sky News

  • Dominic Raab meets Trump in attempt to strike US trade deal – Independent
  • International Trade Secretary Liz Truss in four-day visit to Washington and New York – GOV.UK

…and then today signing a new trade partnership with Mexico

A new partnership with Mexico could be a “win-win relationship” for the UK, Dominic Raab has claimed, saying he is “determined to seize the global opportunities beyond Europe” after Brexit. The Foreign Secretary will launch a new partnership with Mexico on Thursday aimed at boosting economic growth in the United Kingdom and in Mexico. The agreement, to be signed during the Foreign Secretary’s first official visit to Mexico City, will encourage greater political co-operation including on climate change. It also promotes greater investment and trade in the sectors of advanced manufacturing, energy, financial services, health, education and green finance and technology. Mr Raab said: “The new partnership that we’re launching today is an important part of our Global Britain strategy.” – ITV News

Senior ministers visit Port of Dover to discuss preparation work for a no-deal Brexit

Senior ministers held a private meeting at The Port of Dover today to discuss Brexit preparations. The Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, joined by Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, met with representatives from the haulage, freight and port industries to discuss plans for Britain’s exit from the EU on October 31. They also met Border Force officers to talk about the steps already taken to maintain both security and the flow of goods and people at ports across the UK, including training more than 5,500 officers for Brexit… The Department for Transport has well-developed plans to make sure the area around the port keeps running effectively after October 31 and is working closely with key stakeholders across Kent, including the Kent Resilience Forum, to make sure key routes such as the M20 continue to run smoothly. – KentOnline

Labour and the SNP hint at pact to oust Boris Johnson before a no-deal Brexit…

Labour and the SNP moved towards a pact last night that would seek to oust Boris Johnson as the parties prepared for an autumn election. John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said that Labour would not block a second referendum on Scottish independence, in a significant shift of policy. Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister and SNP leader, opened the door to a “progressive alliance” with Labour if the two parties were able to form a majority after a general election. Ms Sturgeon said she was “no great fan” of Jeremy Corbyn, especially on Brexit, but that she would sign up to a pact that “could lock the Tories out of government”. Westminster is on high alert for Labour to table a vote of no confidence in Mr Johnson when MPs return next month. Hours after Ms Sturgeon’s comments, Mr McDonnell, who is Mr Corbyn’s closest ally, said that the question of another independence poll should not be decided by the “English parliament”. The shadow chancellor’s intervention goes further than Mr Corbyn, who has previously said he will decide what to do once Ms Sturgeon had requested a referendum. – The Times (£)

…although John McDonnell rules out a Commons coalition to block a no-deal Brexit

A caretaker government set up to block a no-deal Brexit would have to be led by the Labour party under Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell has declared. In an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Mr McDonnell also said that a Labour government would not block Scotland from holding a second referendum on independence from the UK, raising the possibility of a new challenge to the unity of the UK in the next few years. Mr McDonnell told broadcaster Iain Dale that a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government would have to be held “fairly soon” after parliament returned from its summer break on September 3. MPs will sit for a week and a half, during which many MPs believe an effort will be made to bring down Mr Johnson, before breaking up for the party conference season. The shadow chancellor, who holds considerable sway over Mr Corbyn, insisted there was still time for the House of Commons to block a no-deal Brexit, but he dismissed suggestions that what some have described as a cross-party “government of national unity” might be formed to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal on October 31. – FT(£)

Remainers hatch a new plan to cancel party conference season to give them more time to block a no-deal Brexit…

Remainer MPs are drawing up plans to cancel the Autumn recess in order to give themselves more time to find a way of stopping Boris Johnson delivering a no-deal Brexit, it has emerged.  In a last-ditch attempt to stop the UK leaving the European Union without a deal on October 31, a group of rebels are exploring proposals to force MPs to sit through the party conference season. They hope to amend a parliamentary motion which gives MPs a three-week period to attend their annual party conferences, which run from late September to mid October. According to the Guardian, the MPs intend to use the additional time to seize control of Parliamentary business and force through a backbench bill compelling the Government to request another extension of Article 50. A similar plan, led by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and the Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin, was successfully executed in April. – Telegraph (£)

…while calling on the Queen to sack Boris Johnson if he defies a vote of no confidence…

Remainers are plotting to drag the Queen into a political crisis by demanding that she sack Boris Johnson if he refuses to step down in the event he loses a confidence vote in Parliament. Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, was on Tuesday accused of being behind plans under which the monarch would be asked to remove the Prime Minister should he refuse to bend to the will of the Commons. Insiders said the MPs plan to use a parliamentary procedure known as a Humble Address, which would entail asking the Queen to write to Mr Johnson, dismissing him from office. The extraordinary proposal has been floated as a way of stopping Mr Johnson ignoring MPs should he lose a vote of no confidence, which is expected to be tabled when Parliament resumes after the summer recess. It follows reports that Mr Johnson is considering defying convention by remaining in No 10, with constitutional experts confirming that he is under no legal obligation to quit. – Telegraph (£)

  • John McDonnell threatens to march on palace and tell Queen: ‘We’re taking over’ if Boris Johnson loses no confidence vote – Telegraph (£)

…and discussing a plan to install a ‘unity’ Prime Minister and delay Brexit

Remainer Members of Parliament are considering a plan to install a “unity prime minister” to replace Boris Johnson with the sole purpose of delaying Brexit before calling a general election, according to a report. Johnson, who has pledged to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by October 31 with or without a deal, faces the challenge from opposition MPs and a handful of Conservative colleagues who are determined to block a no-deal Brexit, the Financial Times reported, citing several MPs involved in planning efforts. The prime minister hopes to delay any election beyond October 31, when he expects Brexit to have been delivered. – Business Insider

Anti-Brexit activists lead push for Labour to back staying in the EU before party conference…

Labour anti-Brexit activists will lead another push to harden the party’s position in favour of remain at Labour’s annual conference this year, with local parties urged to submit motions committing the party to “campaign energetically” for a second referendum. Grassroots activists, including the pro-remain groups Another Europe is Possible and the youth group For our Future’s Sake (FFS), were behind a major push at last year’s conference in Liverpool which compelled the party to adopt a position that a public vote on Brexit should be an option if a general election could not be forced. A record number of constituency Labour parties, more than 100 in total, submitted conference motions last year calling for a public vote to become Labour policy, though organisers behind this year’s push said their efforts were unlikely to produce such numbers again, with competition from other popular motions including on Green New Deal. – Guardian

…although up to 30 Labour MPs are prepared to vote for a Brexit deal if Boris Johnson secures fresh concessions

Up to 30 Labour MPs are prepared to vote for a Brexit deal if Boris Johnson secures fresh concessions from Brussels as the Prime Minister insisted: “The last thing I want to do is call another election.” Although the EU is now working on the hypothesis that Britain plans to leave without a deal, Downing Street appeared to open the door to bringing the Withdrawal Agreement back to parliament by insisting that removing the Irish backstop would represent “significant progress”. The move is likely to anger the so-called ‘Spartans’ in the European Research Group of Eurosceptic Tories who want the Brexit deal to be torn up in favour of an interim free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU. But a government spokesman said: “We are ready to negotiate in good faith an alternative to the anti-democratic backstop,” insisting Mr Johnson wanted a “friendly and constructive” relationship with Brussels with a view to negotiating a FTA after October 31. “The PM wants to meet EU leaders and negotiate a new deal – one that abolishes the anti-democratic backstop. We will throw ourselves into the negotiations with the greatest energy and the spirit of friendship. – Telegraph (£)

London ‘to keep status of global finance titan even after no-deal Brexit’, finds Central Bank of Ireland

London will remain a large global financial centre even in adverse Brexit scenarios, according to the Central Bank of Ireland. The Central Bank published a financial stability note by economists Silvia Calo and Valerie Herzberg yesterday which examines the future of global financial centres (GFC) after Brexit, from an EU perspective. The report found that London will likely remain a very large global financial centre and the impact of Brexit on the city’s financial centre could be very small due to the “premium” it enjoys… The study suggests that London will remain one of the major global centres irrespective of shock impacts, taking into consideration data for the size of the country and city, trade openness, economic development, host city innovation, dominant currencies and legacy effects. – Belfast Telegraph

Dominic Raab: After Brexit, Canada and the UK will become even closer friends

Words such as friend and ally somehow fall short in describing the relationship between Britain and Canada. The ties that bind are so strong, the affinity between us so deep, that I prefer to think of our countries as different branches of the same family. So it’s natural that in my second week as Foreign Secretary, I should be coming to Canada for my first bilateral visit. In diplomacy, Britain and Canada co-operate as closely as any two countries in the world. Just look at the array of international organizations where we sit together. Canada is the only country present alongside Britain in NATO, the G7, the G20, the Commonwealth and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance. When I say that our diplomats work side-by-side, it’s a daily reality for our teams on the front-line across the world. In some countries – Haiti for example – we even share an embassy. When the British Army assumed the leadership of NATO’s deployment in Estonia, no one would have been surprised to find their Canadian counterparts doing exactly the same job in neighbouring Latvia. After all, we have just commemorated how our two armies landed together on the same Normandy beaches to begin the liberation of Europe, 75 years ago. As the son of a refugee who fled the Nazis, that is particularly precious for me. Today, our countries defend the same values, promote the same causes and stand together to uphold the rules-based international system. I am confident that after the U.K. leaves the European Union, we will be able to do even more together. If you read anything about Brexit being evidence of the U.K. turning inwards or walking away from our global role, please don’t buy it. Look at the U.K.’s commitment to overseas aid, our role in countless multilateral organizations, the opening of new U.K. diplomatic missions throughout the world and know that our vision is of a more energetic and active global Britain. – Dominic Raab MP for The Globe and Mail

Toby Young: What could be more delusional than a ‘Government of National Unity’ led by hardcore Remainers?

At times, it’s hard not to feel sorry for die-hard Remainers. The latest straw they’ve been clutching at – paper straw, mind you, not plastic – has just been wrenched from their grasp by John McDonnell, scrumpled up into a little ball and then tossed, nonchalantly, into his mouth like a peanut. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival yesterday, the Shadow Chancellor told Iain Dale that Labour “wouldn’t enter into coalitions or pacts” if the Government is brought down by a vote of no confidence when Parliament returns in September. In those circumstances, his Party’s priority would be to establish a Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn. And if that proves impossible – as it surely would – the only alternative would be a General Election. – Toby Young for the Telegraph (£)

  • A Government of national unity is a non-starter, even if its seven prospective leaders take one day of the week each – Andrew Gimson for ConservativeHome

Tim Stanley: If Remainers want to stop no-deal, they need to tell the EU to listen to Boris

If I was a Remainer, I’d be in panic mode. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU by legal default on October 31 without a deal. In the past, we could trust that wouldn’t happen because Theresa May wanted a withdrawal agreement at all costs and Parliament could block Brexit if she didn’t. But now we have a brand spanking new PM, Boris Johnson, who wants out on the 31st, with or without a deal. And his top thinker says that Parliament has run out of time to stop him. I suspect Dominic Cummings is only half right. He argues that when Parliament returns in September, it could trigger a vote of no confidence and bring down the Government – but the PM is then free to delay a poll until after October 31, by which time Britain would be out of the EU anyway. The House of Commons Library confirms this is true, and there’s something rather appealing about the Government just running down the clock. If I was Boris, I’d bugger off to Barbados for three months and keep my phone on silent. – Tim Stanley for the Telegraph (£)

Douglas Carswell: If you want Brexit, you must back Boris Johnson

I know all about switching to insurgent Eurosceptic parties.  Almost exactly five years ago to the day, I left the Conservative Party – and a safe 12,000 majority seat in Parliament – to stand for UKIP in a by-election. If your overarching objective is to get Britain out of the EU, switching to UKIP made sense in 2014.  It was a great way of applying pressure on David Cameron’s Conservatives to ensure we had a referendum. From a personal point of view, in terms of future leverage, it was a good way of helping ensure that the right kind of people ran our campaign when the referendum came. Again, if getting us out of the EU is your goal, backing the Brexit Party made sense as a way of piling pressure on Theresa May when she was Prime Minister.  The strong showing of the Brexit Party in recent polls encouraged Conservative MPs to move against Theresa May and her ridiculous Brexit-in-name-only deal. It’s worth recalling that as late as last December, two out of every three Tory MPs backed May in a confidence vote. – Douglas Carswell for CapX

John Redwood: Project Fear now masquerades as a discussion of “No Deal Brexit”

The BBC were in overdrive yesterday peddling the same old arguments that if we just leave the EU they  will not be able or willing to sell us all their exports. No critical questions to the usual suspects stating all this about how we manage to import so much from non EU sources today, or why would Dover and Calais wish to mess up their ports and their businesses by delay? We go over and over the same absurd Remain arguments that we faced in the referendum campaign. I decided I had to divert today from my plan to carry on with the positives, by reminding myself just how wrong the Treasury and Remain were in the referendum with all their bogus forecasts. I spent much of my campaign refuting their forecasts of falling GDP, falling house prices, falling share prices and rising unemployment. My replies on their argument that sterling would fall was “Sterling once we are out of the EU will continue to rise and fall as it has done all the time we have been in the EU. It has been very volatile”. That is exactly what has happened with for example a fall off against the dollar immediately after the vote, a rise back to the levels at the time of the vote, followed more recently by another decline. The strength of the dollar, UK money policy and other issues still affect this rate as before. – John Redwood’s Diary

Rory Broomfield: Message discipline matters. That’s why Boris must immediately revive the neglected ‘Global Britain’ mantra

Language in politics matters – especially when it comes from the Prime Minister, senior advisers or Cabinet members. At its clearest, it sets the tone for government, Whitehall and broader business, as Boris Johnson’s optimistic rallying cry of “Dude!” proved during his acceptance speech as Conservative leader. Or take Dominic Cummings’s uncompromising approach to no-deal, telling Ministers and officials that the Government would honour the October 31 pledge even if Remain opponents succeed in forcing a general election. Deployed continuously, the use of certain phrases can have a tremendous impact. Tony Blair’s “Third Way” or David Cameron’s “long-term economic plan” are obvious examples, not to mention Vote Leave’s powerful referendum slogan ‘Vote Leave, take back control’. But so too can dropping certain phrases send the government, Whitehall, the press and others in a wildly different direction. Just think how quickly Cameron’s poorly-communicated “Big Society” fell out of mainstream use, and public favour. – Rory Broomfield for the Telegraph (£)

Robert Peston: Why Boris Johnson is confident he will deliver Brexit, deal or (more likely) no-deal

I am regularly asked whether MPs can block a no-deal Brexit, whether they will block a no-deal Brexit and whether there will be a referendum. The short answers are: 1. MPs have the power to block a no-deal Brexit 2. The likelihood of them permanently and definitively blocking a no-deal Brexit is slim-to-none 3. There is likely to be a general election to decide whether the UK stays in or quits the EU, and the prospect of a referendum or People’s Vote is now vanishingly small. Here is why, if you can be bothered to read on. First of all, MPs have already demonstrated that they have the power to take control of the Commons order paper, and then legislate to mandate the PM to sue the EU for a further Brexit delay or to remove a no-deal Brexit as the legislated default position in the event that a negotiated Brexit cannot be achieved. Second, they have the power to bring down the Government by a vote of no confidence, install a temporary government of national unity and then sue the EU to postpone the date we leave the EU. So yes, MPs have the power to block a no-deal Brexit. But the reason they won’t is that – under the British Parliamentary system – the opposition is (almost by definition) a disorganised rabble. – ITV News

The Sun: No one is more clueless than Remain diehards who have plotted and schemed to stop Brexit for three years

Leavers had no plan, we are told. But no one is more clueless than Remain diehards. For three years this europhile London elite has plotted and schemed to stop Brexit being enacted, in full or at all. Result? A united, determined Vote Leave Government, two months away from enforcing No Deal. What options do Remoaners have left? Tory veterans Dominic Grieve and Malcolm Rifkind are panic-stricken Boris Johnson won’t play by their rules. Grieve’s brilliant new plan? To command our Queen — at 93 and towards the end of her long and scrupulously impartial reign — to wade into politics and sack the PM. Is he mad? Remoaner Gina Miller, the litigious egomaniac spending her fortune negating 17.4million little people’s votes, aims to SUE Boris. Anything Gina doesn’t like is “illegal”, you see, or should be. – The Sun says

Brexit in Brief

  • It’s not just the Tories who should worry about the Brexit Party – Harry Phibbs for CapX
  • Hypocritical Remainer MPs are wrong to insist BoJo plays by the rules – The Sun says
  • Osborne – Brexit’s saviour? – Paul Goodman for ConservativeHome
  • To survive the new global Dark Age, Britain must leave the tyrannical EU – Sherelle Jacobs for the Telegraph (£)
  • Why Conservative MEPs voted for von der Leyen, an advocate of an EU army, for Commission President – Geoffrey van Orden MEP for ConservativeHome
  • Ruth Davidson warns Boris Johnson millions of people cannot afford a no-deal Brexit – Telegraph (£)
  • Domino’s Pizza splurges £7m on stockpiling toppings for a no-deal Brexit – The Sun
  • UK’s Interrail membership to end in 2020 – but it’s nothing to do with Brexit – Mirror
  • Food industry seeks no-deal competition waiver – BBC News
  • Brexiteer Hoey calls for ‘biased’ Electoral Commission to disband after Darren Grimes appeal – Express
  • Corbyn to face Brexit Party opponent who is an anti-war ex-Marxist who said Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is racist and voted for the veteran left-winger in 2017 – Daily Mail