Brexit News for Wednesday 13 September

Brexit News for Wednesday 13 September
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UK should pay into EU budget to help resolve divorce bill row, says former Brexit minister Lord Bridges

The UK should continue to pay into the Brussels budget in order to secure a transitional deal which closely mimics membership of the European Union, a former Brexit minister has said. Lord Bridges said leaving the European Union (EU) represented a “gargantuan” challenge and Theresa May’s government should guard against “careless talk” suggesting that her administration would not be defined by the task of leaving the 27 nation bloc. – Independent

Many of the Brexit position papers published recently by the government share one aim: to help us make sufficient progress in the negotiations on our withdrawal so we can move on to negotiate our future relationship with the EU. It appears we are still some way off that immediate goal. And so I want to assess the situation in its entirety. Although I voted to Remain, I believe we must honour the result of the referendum. We are to leave the European Union, period – not stay in part of it. The question is how should we achieve this, without damaging our nation in the process? – Lord Bridges for Reaction

Next round of Brexit talks is put back a week

The next round of Brexit talks has been postponed by a week to “allow more time for consultation”. The fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, will start on the 25th instead. The government said a short delay “would give negotiators the flexibility to make progress”. – BBC News

Brexit transitional deal ‘will look a lot like the status quo’, says Philip Hammond

The Chancellor said he did not want to give businesses the double headache of making two sets of changes between the proposed interim period and the moment the UK finally strikes out alone. Mr Hammond was grilled by a House of Lords committee this afternoon where he also cast doubt over the possibility of new customs checks being in place by the time the UK withdraws from the bloc, potentially without a trade agreement in place. – Express

  • Hammond to deliver the Budget on November 22 – Reuters
  • UK customs ready for ‘no deal’ Brexit, Chancellor says – Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker to snub Britain and call for more EU integration at flagship address today…

Jean-Claude Juncker will today use a flagship speech to snub Britain and insist that, despite Brexit, the European Union will move towards greater integration. The Telegraph can reveal that Mr Juncker’s top aide Martin Selmayr told a behind-closed door meeting of EU diplomats that European Union countries that wish to remain at the “core” of the European project after Brexit will have to join the euro. – Telegraph (£)

…as leaked minutes reveal Juncker advocates all EU members joining the euro to stay relevant after Brexit

European Union countries that wish to remain at the “core” of the European project after Brexit will have to join the euro, the top aide of Jean-Claude Juncker has told a close-door meeting of EU diplomats, the Telegraph can reveal. Martin Selmayr, the chief of staff to the European Commission president, told a meeting of EU deputy-ambassadors at a private dinner last week that the eurozone would become the “core” of the EU project after the UK leaves the bloc. – Telegraph (£)

New US Ambassador to the UK insists America will stand by Britain despite Brexit and tells crowd: ‘When you get to know Donald Trump, you’ll like him’

The United States will continue to be a strong ally of Britain regardless of Brexit, the new US ambassador to the UK has said, as he promised a gathering in London that when they get you know President Donald Trump, they will like him. Woody Johnson on Tuesday used his first speech as ambassador to emphasise the long-standing ties between Britain and the US – ties, he said, which would not be harmed by Brexit. – Telegraph

Government explains how it wants to work with the EU on defence and security post-Brexit…

The UK wants to develop a “deep security partnership” with the European Union post-Brexit with a series of proposals that appear to be similar to existing arrangements. In a paper published on Tuesday – the 12th Brexit position paper in recent weeks – the UK lays out a series of “offers” to the EU relating to foreign policy, defence and security, and international development. – Buzzfeed

…but military veterans fear ‘EU ambush’ over post-Brexit defence co-operation

Military veterans fear Britain is walking into an “EU ambush” on defence cooperation after the Government made clear its “unconditional” commitment to maintaining European security. Theresa May was accused of blackmail in March when she used the Article 50 letter which triggered the Brexit process to warn security would be “weakened” by a failure to reach a deal on withdrawal. – Telegraph

  • A weakened Army won’t cut much mustard in Brexit negotiations – Con Coughlin for the Telegraph (£)

> Gwythian Prins on BrexitCentral today: The UK’s post-Brexit defence partnership with the EU must be based on co-operation, not integration

Dulux backs Brexit Britain with new state-of-the-art £100m paint plant

The maker of Dulux has opened a state-of-the-art paint factory in the UK as it pledges its commitment to creating more British jobs. Akzo Nobel said the Northumberland factory will produce enough paint to redecorate every living room, bathroom and kitchen in the UK. A £22.5billion takeover bid from American predator PPG had thrown the future of Akzo’s 3,500 workers into doubt. – Daily Mail

Airbnb sees 80 percent jump in visitors to Britain

Airbnb has seen an 80 percent jump in visitors to Britain in the last year, the home rental firm said on Monday, as travelers pour in to the country to take advantage of the weaker pound. The company said the growth in inbound visitors to the United Kingdom using its platform was 81 percent between July 2016 and July 2017, taking visitor numbers to 5.9 million and generating 3.46 billion pounds ($4.6 billion) for the economy. – Reuters

Ruth Davidson: I’d vote Remain again in another referendum

Ruth Davidson has said she would vote Remain again if there were another referendum on Britain’s future inside the EU, days after voicing concerns about the economic impact of Brexit. The Scottish Conservative leader insisted she was “not flying the flag for Brexit” despite previously accusing Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP of failing to move on from last year’s result. – iNews

Bill Gates says Britain has the potential to retain its global science leadership post-Brexit

Britain can retain its place as a world-leading science and technology hub after Brexit, Bill Gates has said, provided the country continues to attract talent and invest in research and development. – Telegraph (£)

No harm in leaving Euratom as Germany has ruined it already, says Lord Howell

Britain’s withdrawal from Euratom, the EU’s nuclear regulator, could benefit the country as European nuclear co-operation has already been “destroyed” by Germany, Lord Howell of Guildford has claimed. – Telegraph

Woeful mandarins can’t handle Brexit, warns ex-minister Francis Maude

The civil service is not good enough for Britain to take advantage of the opportunities created by leaving the European Union, the former Conservative minister in charge of Whitehall has warned. Lord Maude of Horsham accused senior officials of routinely misleading ministers, wasting billions of pounds and “turkey farming” poorly performing staff: promoting them or moving them sideways. – Times (£)

Frank Field MP: Why I defied my party to vote for Theresa May’s Brexit bill

n the early hours of Tuesday morning the House of Commons voted to implement the referendum result. The referendum was to stay in, or to leave the EU. A majority of the country voted to leave. Against the wishes of my party – Labour – I voted for the Bill we had before us, which was to implement the referendum result. I did so because I have long believed that we should leave the EU. I did so because the majority of my constituents voted in the referendum to leave the EU. I did so also because a majority of the country voted to leave the EU. – Frank Field MP for the Telegraph (£)

Asa Bennett: Remainers failed to kill the Repeal Bill, so now they’re preparing for guerrilla war

Remain-inclined MPs may have failed to kill the bill, but they have plenty of opportunities over the next few stages of its passage to tamper with it by tabling more amendments. The Government cannot fend off all their suggestions, as it only commands a majority in the Commons thanks to the Democratic Unionist Party, so it will have to decide what tweaks and compromises it can handle without neutering the Repeal Bill. – Asa Bennett for the Telegraph (£)

James Rogers: Britain is Europe’s big hitter, and there is no reason its influence cannot grow after Brexit

For an island nation, increasingly reliant on greater commercial connections with emerging economies in the Gulf, East and South-East Asia, Africa and South America, the ability to shape countries along our maritime communication lines will become more pressing than ever. Equally, maintaining a capability to deter challenges in the seas surrounding the European Union will enhance our significance to our European allies, ensuring that they pay continued heed to our needs and interests. – James Rogers for the Telegraph (£)

> James Rogers on BrexitCentral today: Ignore the pessimists – Britain is still a major power and Brexit was the decision of a confident people

George Maggs: Why we must stand fast against a soft Brexit

Although many Conservatives voted Remain in last year’s EU referendum (the vast majority for economic reasons), since the vote Conservative MPs and wider party supporters have largely accepted the result and are seeking to make the best of our new reality. Continued opposition to Brexit comes almost entirely from those on the Left, including the BBC and sections of the press, which seem intent on attributing every piece of negative news to our decision to leave the EU, while concluding every good news headline with the phrase ‘despite Brexit’. – Conservative Woman

Brendan O’Neill: The EU Withdrawal Bill is a victory for British parliamentary democracy

Everyone needs to calm down about the EU Withdrawal Bill. The way anti-Brexiteers are talking about it you’d think Henry VIII himself had risen from his burial vault, sword in one hand, Anne Boleyn’s head in the other, come to crush parliament and the plebs beneath his velvet boot. The Tories’ use of ‘Henry VIII powers’ to incorporate, amend or ditch EU-born laws means they’re ‘acting like Tudor monarchs’, Brexit panickers claim. Please. There’s a chasm-sized moral difference between Theresa May’s executive antics and those of the Tudors: she’s acting on the command of 17.4m people, the largest democratic throng in British history, where they acted from personal kingly whim. – Brendan O’Neill for the Spectator

Christian May: Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union address is a reminder that the EU always reaches for more Europe

This time last year, EU head honcho Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his 2016 State of the Union address. It was a sombre affair. Addressing members of the European Parliament he declared” “Never before have I seen such little common ground between our members states… never before have I seen so much fragmentation.” – Christian May for City A.M.

Brexit in brief

  • Let the UK flourish as an independent country – John Redwood’s Diary
  • The EU withdrawal bill: a dangerous much ado about nothing – Jack Tagholm-Child for Reaction
  • The day Parliament killed democracy in Britain – Tom Harris for the Telegraph (£)
  • When it comes to Brexit, it’s easy to see who is a Tigger and who is an Eeyore – Daniel Hannan MEP for IBTimes
  • MPs need to stop trying to interfere with Brexit – Express comment
  • EU to curb visas for nations who refuse to take back failed asylum seekers – Times (£)
  • Guy Verhofstadt urges Theresa May to reconsider debate snub to MEPs – The National