Mark Carney accused of 'Project Hysteria' for saying no-deal Brexit will cause worst financial crisis since war: Brexit News for Thursday 29th November

Mark Carney accused of 'Project Hysteria' for saying no-deal Brexit will cause worst financial crisis since war: Brexit News for Thursday 29th November

Mark Carney accused of ‘Project Hysteria’ for saying no-deal Brexit will cause worst financial crisis since the war…

Mark Carney has been accused of undermining the Bank of England’s “independence and credibility” after publishing an analysis of the economic impacts of no deal so bleak it has been dubbed “project hysteria”. The Governor of the Bank of England claimed that the UK could endure the worst economic shock since the Second World War if it crashes out of the EU without a deal. His “doomsday” analysis warned that in such a scenario, the economy will shrink by 8 per cent and be tipped into a recession, property prices will fall by a third, the pound will plummet and interest rates will soar. Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading Eurosceptic MP, said that the Bank of England’s intervention will only serve to entrench opposition to the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal ahead of the crunch vote in the Commons. He told The Telegraph: “This is Project Hysteria. Before the referendum, we were threatened with the plague of frogs. Now they warn of the death of the first born. The Bank of England has gone from being discredited to being hysterical. – Telegraph (£)

…as critics accuse Bank of England of using its forecasts to play politics…

Brexit-backing MPs lashed out at the Bank, with Treasury Select Committee member Charlie Elphicke saying: “The other day Dr Carney told the Treasury Select Committee that interest rates could go down in a no-deal Brexit. Today he says they will rise. The Bank of England is all over the place.” Former Monetary Policy Committee member and Remain supporter Andrew Sentance also weighed in, tweeting: “The Bank of England Brexit analysis is highly speculative and extreme. “It will add to the view that the Bank is getting unnecessarily involved in politics and that will further undermine perceptions of its independence and credibility.” Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman said the Bank’s scenario was “pretty far out on a limb”, saying that the assumptions “do not follow from basic trade theory.” – City A.M.

…although the country’s biggest banks pass the latest stress test

Britain’s largest banks could withstand an onslaught that would be as tough as a hard Brexit or the financial crisis and still lend to businesses and individuals. They could lose more than £140 billion over five years from a severe recession in the UK and globally, a market crash and heavy losses from misconduct and still have enough capital to support the economy, according to the Bank of England. All seven of the UK’s biggest lenders passed the Bank’s latest stress test. But Lloyds and Barclays saw their capital fall to the point that special bonds were triggered and turned into core capital in the most severe scenario tested. That was because banks with large shares of unsecured retail loans such as credit cards as opposed to corporate or mortgage losses were hit hardest in that test. For all of the lenders, the Bank said the test “did not reveal any capital inadequacies”. It added that the Prudential Regulation Authority, the financial regulator, did not require any firm to submit a new plan in order to pass the test. – The Times (£)

Theresa May prepares for mammoth Commons battle to pass EU deal…

In an attempt to salvage her highly controversial withdrawal agreement with the European Union Mrs May is set to pull out all the stops in order to gain support from MP’s. These marathon 8-hour debates in the House of Commons will take place on December 4, 5, 6, 10 and 11. MPs will be able to put down six amendments to the Government’s key “meaningful vote” which will be selected by Speaker of the House John Bercow. Labour has tabled its amendment to the Government motion saying it aims to stop a “botched Brexit”. The amendment states the party cannot support the agreement as it fails to provide for a customs union and “strong single market” deal. Labour’s amendment also says it opposes a no deal withdrawal, and “resolves to pursue every option” that prevents such a scenario. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “Labour will oppose Theresa May’s botched Brexit deal that puts jobs, rights and people’s livelihoods at risk.” – Express

…as Jacob Rees-Mogg warns there will be a general election if May’s Brexit deal is backed by Parliament

Theresa May will be forced to call a general election if she manages to push her Brexit deal through Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg has said. The chairman of the European Research Group of Tory MPs dismissed claims that the Prime Minister could lose by a 200 majority when MPs vote on the deal on December 11. But he warned on Chopper’s Brexit Podcast that even if Mrs May persuades enough MPs to back her deal, she would face an immediate vote of no confidence called by the Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs are supporting the Government. He said: “What do I think is going to happen? Expectations on meaningful vote are getting completely out of hand, the Government will have a very large vote, it will be a close vote. The whips will be working very hard to keep the numbers down, some Labour MPs will peel off, who knows what the LibDems will do. So I think we have got to be cautious just assuming the Government loses – it is still possible that the Government could win that vote and then we would be onto the legislation implementing that withdrawal agreement. So losing by 200 is way too optimistic.” – Telegraph (£)

Key Cabinet Brexiteer Andrea Leadsom boosts May with public support for her deal

Theresa May’s Brexit plan won crucial support last night from a senior Cabinet Eurosceptic. In a key intervention, Andrea Leadsom said she was backing the withdrawal agreement struck with Brussels because it ‘delivered’ on the referendum result. She warned its defeat on December 11 could put Brexit at risk. Mrs Leadsom, who is Leader of the House of Commons, admitted she had reservations about the agreement, fearing the UK could be ‘trapped’ in the Northern Ireland backstop. But she said it still offered the route to a good future relationship and was the only deal on the table. The comments – her first intervention since the plan was approved by EU leaders on Sunday – were published in a letter to constituents last night. It came as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell appeared to shift Labour closer to backing a second referendum, saying this looked inevitable if Mrs May lost the ‘meaningful’ vote. Mark Carney further electrified the debate by issuing a dramatic warning about the risks of leaving without a deal. The Bank of England governor said it could trigger the worst recession in 100 years, put a million people on the dole, spark a run on the pound and cause a 30 per cent crash in house prices. – Daily Mail

John Bercow warns ministers they could be held in contempt of Parliament if they fail to publish full Brexit legal advice

John Bercow has warned ministers they could be held in contempt of Parliament and face expulsion if they fail to comply with a demand by MPs to publish the Government’s full Brexit legal advice. Theresa May intends to ignore a binding vote of the House of Commons which demanded that the Government provide its full legal advice to MPs before the meaningful vote on her deal.  Mrs May said MPs would instead be provided with a summary of the legal position on the Brexit agreement as she placed the Government on a collision course with Parliament. Mr Bercow, the Commons Speaker, reacted by raising the prospect of ministers facing contempt proceedings if they failed to comply with what MPs asked for which would leave them open to punishments ranging from a forced apology all the way up to expulsion from the Commons. An MP has not been expelled for a contempt offence since 1947 and while proceedings are brought against individuals, it remains unclear who could be targeted over the Brexit row. – Telegraph (£)

  • Ministers ‘in contempt’ for not publishing legal advice – The Times (£)
  • John Bercow warns ministers could be in contempt of parliament over Brexit legal advice row – PoliticsHome

No deal Brexit and staying in the EU both more popular with voters than Theresa May’s deal, new poll finds

Theresa May’s Brexit deal is significantly less popular than leaving the EU without a deal or staying in, a new poll has found. Research undertaken by Survation revealed that just 16 per cent of voters would support the Prime Minister’s agreement if faced with a choice between that, continued EU membership or a no deal divorce. Some 28 per cent said they would support no deal while 43 per cent said they would back remaining in the EU. The polling also found that when asked if they supported or opposed the Government’s withdrawal agreement, almost half (49 per cent) of those surveyed said they opposed the plan. Just 27 per cent said they supported it. The findings represent a hammer blow to Mrs May’s deal and highlight the scale of the task facing the Prime Minister as she tries to persuade the nation to back it ahead of a crunch vote in the House of Commons on December 11. – Telegraph (£)

  • Theresa May’s Brexit deal less popular than Remaining and no-deal scenario – Express

Britain will be at greater risk of terror attacks with a no-deal Brexit, security minister suggests

Britain will be at greater risk of terror attacks if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal, the security minister has warned. A new Government paper warns that the UK will lose access to EU databases used to trace terrorists and criminals if no agreement is struck. UK agencies would no longer be plugged in to systems for exchanging a raft of data including criminal records, alerts on wanted suspects, DNA, fingerprints and airline passenger information. Extradition requests would take longer, while cooperation on counter-terrorism, cyber security and illegal migration would be affected. Speaking in central London, Security Minister Ben Wallace will warn that a no-deal Brexit will have a “real impact” on the UK’s ability to co-operate with partners. He will say: “The UK, through her experience of the last few decades has learnt that at the heart of effective security is close cooperation.” – Telegraph (£)

  • Security minister Ben Wallace warns of no-deal risk – BBC News

Theresa May rejects Boris Johnson’s call for a Brexiteer to take part in TV debate with her and Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May has rejected Boris Johnson’s call for a senior Brexiteer to take part in a televised debate with her and Jeremy Corbyn. Downing Street said the debate on the Brexit deal must be a head to head showdown with the Labour leader, with the Prime Minister categorically unwilling to allow other political leaders to join in. Mr Johnson, the former foreign secretary, had called for “someone who believes in Brexit” to be allowed to take part while Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, had also thrown her hat into the ring. But Number 10 said the debate would only feature Mrs May and Mr Corbyn, assuming he formally agrees to take part, because their parties make up the overwhelming majority of the House of Commons. Mrs May believes Mr Corbyn has a “responsibility” to set out to the nation why he intends to vote against the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. – Telegraph (£)

  • Downing Street rejects calls for Nicola Sturgeon to take part in TV Brexit debate – Holyrood Magazine

John McDonnell appears to say it is ‘inevitable’ Labour will back second referendum

Labour’s stance on a second referendum appeared in disarray last night after John McDonnell said the party would support a “people’s vote” – only for Labour sources to say the Shadow Chancellor’s words “did not represent what he or the Labour party thinks”. In an apparent break with his party’s official position, Jeremy Corbyn’s right-hand man said it was “inevitable” that Labour would support a second referendum if it could not bring about a general election – putting him at odds with the Labour leader. He said: “If we can’t get a general election, well then the other option which we’ve kept on the table is a people’s vote. We’ve had that discussion. We’ve had a composite motion, that’s our policy and that’s on the table – of course it is.” – Telegraph (£)

  • Labour’s McDonnell says second Brexit vote is inevitable – FT (£)

Theresa May could back a second referendum to reverse Brexit, claims ex-minister Jo Johnson…

Theresa May could “change her mind” and back a second referendum and reverse the 2016 Brexit vote, Jo Johnson gas extraordinarily claimed. Mr Johnson, younger brother of leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson, made the dramatic comment on ITV’s Peston politics show. Parliament is due to vote on the Government’s Brexit deal on December 11. The vote will be proceeded by five days of discussion and debate. Asked how a second referendum could take place given Theresa May’s stated opposition Mr Johnson replied: “It’s quite possible she could change her mind as she did on the question of whether or not there would be a snap election in 2017. Government policy is government policy until it isn’t. My expectation is that as and when the deal goes down in Parliament we’ll be looking for a way out of this mess.” Mrs May’s Brexit deal will struggle to win Parliamentary approval, with the Labour Party, SNP, DUP and numerous Conservative backbenchers vowing to opposite its passage. – Express

…but May insists it would not be possible to have a second Brexit vote before the UK leaves the EU in March

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday it was not possible to hold a second Brexit referendum before Britain leaves the EU on March 29 next year, meaning those pressing for such a vote would delay the UK departure or increase the possibility of leaving without a deal. “I believe, in terms of a second referendum, it is important we deliver on the vote of the British people,” she told parliament, addressing a lawmaker who asked about such a vote. But I would also just ask her to consider this: It wouldn’t be possible to hold a referendum before March 29 of next year. That would mean having to extend Article 50 … delaying Brexit or leaving with no deal.” – Reuters

Rollover of some trade agreements set to miss deadline

Britain will not replicate all the European Union’s trade deals in time for a no-deal Brexit next March, the trade minister has said. George Hollingbery told MPs that UK officials would “roll over” the majority of the bloc’s 40 or so trade agreements with about 70 countries before leaving. Whitehall is racing to transfer the deals before Britain quits the EU in an effort to avoid disruption with dozens of trading partners, from South Africa to South Korea. Mr Hollingbery told the international trade select committee: “Is it complex to deal with that? Yes. Will we get them all in time? We will not. Will we get the majority? I believe we will.” Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, predicted last October that such deals would be ready for replication “one second after midnight in March 2019”. At the time, he told activists at the Conservative party conference: “We’re going to replicate the 40 EU free trade agreements that exist before we leave the European Union so we’ve got no disruption of trade.” – The Times (£)

PM’s threat on EU vessels may not safeguard fishing

Theresa May threatened to bar European fishing vessels from British waters in a last-ditch attempt to win support for her Brexit deal from her Scottish MPs. Speaking as she met factory workers in Renfrewshire, the prime minister yesterday replied to the 13 Scottish Conservative members who had written to her warning against a “betrayal” of fishermen in future trade agreements with the European Union. She said that the government wanted to negotiate a fair deal for British fishermen as the country departed the Common Fisheries Policy in 2020. The note said: “If there is no fisheries agreement in place with the EU by then, of course, no EU country’s fishing fleet will have access to our waters.” However, some members of the Scottish group are understood to be likely to vote against the prime minister’s withdrawal agreement because they still do not believe she has offered sufficient guarantees on the issue. – The Times (£)

  • Theresa May warns EU its trawlers will be banned from UK waters if it threatens trade reprisals over quotas – Telegraph (£)

UK and US agree post-Brexit flights deal

The UK and US have agreed an “open skies” deal for post-Brexit flights, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. The arrangement means airlines would continue to fly from the UK to the US after Brexit, the Department for Transport (DfT) said. Flights between the countries operate under the US-EU open skies treaty. The deal with the US is one of nine bilateral air services arrangements secured by the UK to replace it. The others are with Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Switzerland. Discussions with Canada are at “an advanced stage”, according to the DfT. Mr Grayling said transatlantic flights have helped bring the UK and US “even closer together, strengthening our ties and boosting our economies”. The Brexit campaigner went on: “This new arrangement and those concluded with eight other countries around the world are proof that the UK will continue to be a major player on the world stage after we leave the EU.” – BBC News

Owen Paterson: This comical attempt to resurrect Project Fear is fooling nobody

With comical inevitability, the Government’s go-to tactic for selling its Withdrawal Agreement has been to resurrect Project Fear. We have been bombarded with doom-laden predictions of exactly the kind that failed to convince during the referendum. The Government’s latest forecasts tell us the UK will lose £150 billion in a so-called “no deal” (really a World Trade Organisation deal) scenario compared with staying in the EU. Not to be outdone, the Bank of England predicted an eight per cent reduction in GDP in 2019 alone, with unemployment reaching 7.5 per cent and mass emigration. You would be forgiven for taking such analysis with a pinch of salt. The Treasury has a track record of remarkably inaccurate predictions. It said a Leave vote would see the economy contract by 0.1 – 2.1 per cent in the following 18 months. In reality, 2.8 per cent growth put the forecasts out by up to £100 billion. – Owen Paterson MP for the Telegraph (£)

Steve Hilton: Britain needs leaders not idiots to sort out this Brexit deal and the fooling around must stop

I have a sticker on my laptop which was given to me by the founder of The Federalist, a Washington DC-based conservative website. It says: “Consider the possibility we are led by idiots.” When you look at the shambles Brexit has become, as far as Britain is concerned it’s not a possibility but a downright certainty. Let’s review the idiocy. It began with David Cameron stomping off in the biggest and most ruinous huff in history, leaving a sleep-deprived and shell-shocked Tory party scrambling to find a new leader overnight. Then Boris Johnson and Michael Gove threw away a golden opportunity as potential PM and deputy to achieve the vision of a positive, outward-looking, go-getting, post-Brexit Britain. Over a bizarre few days they stabbed each other in the back, shot themselves in the foot and indulged in whatever other self- (and nation-) harming metaphor you can think of. Their antics landed us with hapless and hopeless Theresa May, so desperate to prove she could deliver Brexit despite opposing it that she rushed into announcing the end-point without the faintest idea how to get there. – Steve Hilton for The Sun

Nick Timothy: Theresa May’s tactics have left Leavers leaderless – and running out of time

I never understand why people watch this stuff. The participants talk nonsense, humiliate themselves to avoid being voted out, and feed off a diet of gratuitously unpalatable fodder. But never mind: as soon as the televised Brexit debate ends, we can watch I’m a Celebrity instead. The TV debate, expected to be held the weekend after next, is a weird thing. Theresa May was a Remainer who accepted the vote to Leave. Jeremy Corbyn was a Leaver who supposedly voted Remain. The audience will be the public, but the electorate whom the Prime Minister must persuade is Parliament. She will make the case for the Withdrawal Agreement. Mr Corbyn will attack it and call for an election. Missing from the debate will be the alternatives. Although Labour might yet vote for a second referendum, there will probably be no voice to argue for a re-run. There will be nobody to make the case for Norway-style European Economic Area membership or a Canada-style trade agreement. Nobody will argue for leaving the EU on World Trade Organisation terms. And nobody, with only four months until the Article 50 period expires, will press for an amended Withdrawal Agreement. – Nick Timothy for the Telegraph (£)

Philip Johnston: It’s time for the Cabinet to man up and tell Theresa May to go

The auguries are not good for prime ministers who leave the country while trying to persuade their colleagues to back them in a critical vote. Theresa May is off to Argentina tomorrow for the G20 summit in the midst of her increasingly desperate efforts to secure the support of Conservative MPs for her Brexit plan. Whatever you think about her negotiating abilities, and even if you regard her deal with the EU as the greatest act of appeasement since Chamberlain went to Munich, you cannot gainsay her extraordinary stamina. She is under enormous pressure and her workload would flatten a robust individual half her age, not least when she also has to manage a condition like Type 1 diabetes. – Philip Johnston for the Telegraph (£)

Daniel Hannan: I want to support May’s plan. But I can’t. It proposes a way of leaving the EU that’s exactly the wrong way round

I have been watching the dégringolade of Brexit with – if such a thing is possible – even more agony than the rest of you. It’s not just the frustration of seeing mistake after avoidable mistake being made by our side. It’s not just the tossing away of a generational opportunity to relaunch Britain as a global trader. It’s something else. You see, I had always expected, at this stage, to be one of those Leavers who could warmly back a compromise deal. As regular readers of this column will know, I never liked the idea of a WTO Brexit. I wrote here on the day of the referendum itself that, whichever side won, it would need to accommodate the large minority which had voted the other way. I have spent two years suggesting various compromises that both sides might live with. So when the clever and amiable David Lidington urges us to back the withdrawal deal on grounds that “the 52 per cent get control of laws, money, borders + out of CFP; the 48 per cent get closer trade partnership with EU than Canada or any advanced economy + cooperation on police & security,” I really want to agree. – Daniel Hannan MEP for ConservativeHome

Alex Barker: Brussels buoyed by built-in advantage in future Brexit talks

With EU leaders’ representatives gathered around him, the European Commission’s top civil servant offered a frank assessment of trade talks with Britain after Brexit. “The power is with us,” said Martin Selmayr, according to one note of a “sherpa” meeting on Friday. Given the EU’s economy is six times larger than Britain’s, such views are common enough in Brussels. But Mr Selmayr’s breezy confidence came from another factor: advantages hard-wired into Britain’s withdrawal treaty that amplify the EU’s clout. – Alex Barker in the FT (£)

John McTernan: While the PM is away, the plotters and mischief-makers will play

Theresa May is about to fly to Argentina for a summit. She shouldn’t. It’s an iron law of politics that when beleaguered prime ministers leave the country, they lose control. When the cat’s away, the mice can play. Foreign travel always seems an attractive alternative to the travails of domestic politics. From the moment the motorcycle outriders clear the roads to the airport so that you can travel at more than 50 miles an hour through London, you feel special. You get VIP treatment all the way. You meet only your peers – other world leaders, And, blissfully, the foreign press stick to the topic. But, in politics, when you are weak you had best act accordingly. The status of your office means opponents – particularly on your own side – plot in private. When you are abroad, the cork is out of the bottle. Think of Margaret Thatcher; her decision to go to Paris for a security summit in the midst of a leadership challenge proved politically fatal. – John McTernan for the Telegraph (£)

Iain Martin: Nicola Sturgeon is absolutely right to demand a place in Brexit TV debate

Cut this article out and get it framed. It is not often that you’ll see a Unionist like me write the words “Nicola Sturgeon is right.” This is one of those rare occasions. The SNP leader is demanding that she be included in the mooted live televised debate on  Theresa May’s Brexit deal. The government is refusing to consider SNP involvement, which is bound to lead to the SNP going – rightly, surely – to the courts and the regulators. They will say that airing a primetime televised debate advertising the positions of the two major parties, without allowing other parties with MPs and representation in Westminster and the devolved institutions an equal say, fails the test on balance and fairness to which broadcasters are supposed to be committed. A debate featuring just the Labour and Tory leaders would be a nonsense. There are myriad views on Brexit and the deal in the country and in parliament, and a range of positions and possible outcomes that viewers should see aired if it is decreed that there should be a TV debate. Who would represent the let’s get ready for no deal view? Who would be arguing for a second referendum and Remain? May v Corbyn is only half the story. – Iain Martin for Reaction

Ruth Lea: We must prepare for a managed No Deal. It would be a liberation, not a crisis

I have already written on the Government’s atrocious ‘deal’ with the EU. The Withdrawal Agreement and the ‘Political Declaration on the framework for the future relationship’ would shackle this country and have nothing to commend them. The indications are that the House of Commons will reject the ‘deal’ on 11 December, when the ‘meaningful’ vote is due to take place. One can only hope so. If it is voted down, the default position would be No Deal, trading under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. If the Parliament wished (for example) to have a second referendum and/or postpone Brexit then enabling legislation would have to be passed – before 29 March 2019. Time is running out. There are still voices suggesting there is scope for renegotiating our ‘deal’ with the EU before Brexit, to be nearer a Canada-style relationship for example. But the politics suggest this is simply not on the cards, and has not been for many months. Realistically, there are two clear choices: the ‘deal’ as agreed by the EU on 25 November and No Deal. If indeed the ‘deal’ is voted down, then we must, we really must, start preparing for a managed No Deal, trading under WTO rules. We must start to make a strong, positive case for it. And there is a strong, positive case. – Ruth Lea for The Conservative Woman

Telegraph: The Treasury’s economic scares will change no one’s mind

The economic forecasts published by the Treasury for a range of possible Brexit scenarios have the merit of avoiding the more inflammatory language that accompanied Project Fear during the referendum in 2016. But the legacy of that campaign remains with us. It is hard to take any of the projections seriously when the previous exercise was so suspect. Like much to do with the Brexit debate, trust in what the Government says has been lost. Even Mark Carney’s warning that the pound will crash in a no deal Brexit was greeted with scepticism yesterday because of the Bank of England governor’s association with the scaremongering of 2016. It came as no surprise, then, to discover that, in the Treasury analysis, the Chequers plan put forward by the Government scored more highly in mitigating any economic harm from Brexit than other options. Staying in the EU was the least damaging to growth, though in the Commons Theresa May said her deal agreed last Sunday offered the best future of all. – Telegraph (£)

The Sun: We must move forward with optimism after Brexit — and should not fear the unknown

So it’s plague, pestilence and recession when we leave the EU. Haven’t we been here before? Just before the Referendum, the Treasury said a Leave vote would send us “into a year-long recession”. The Bank of England said a Brexit vote would increase unemployment. Oops! And yet, despite being so wrong then, both organisations are dusting off the old Armageddon scenarios in a naked attempt to get the PM’s deal through Parliament. We don’t dispute that a clean break from Brussels could be chaotic. But the idea that one of the world’s largest economies is suddenly going to become a basket case is for the birds. Attempts to scare the public with forecasts as reliable as a Northern Rail train patronise voters. There was more to the historic 2016 vote than the economy. Like sovereignty. Control of our borders, so Britain’s historic openness can be balanced with delivering public services. – The Sun


Brexit in Brief

  • There’s no ‘Backstop Bridget’ to save this Remainer Brexit deal from oblivion – Allister Heath for the Telegraph (£)
  • Theresa May’s Brexit deal deserves conditional support – FT (£)
  • Why Swiss struggles do not bode well for UK after Brexit – Ian King for SkyNews
  • Futile Project Fear figures – John Redwood’s Diary
  • What happens if Theresa May’s Brexit deal is rejected? Five writers make their case for an alternative – Telegraph (£)
  • Brexit rebellion forces Theresa May to postpone announcement about how NHS would spend extra £20bn-a-year funding – The Sun
  • Financial Times calls Andrew Adonis’s Brexit bias claims ‘nonsense’ – Guardian
  • Government ‘must fund extra officers to police Irish border post Brexit’ – ITV News
  • Theresa May’s Brexit deal is a ‘threat to West’s security’ and will surrender our forces to EU control, say senior spooks – The Sun