Brexit news for Wednesday 19th October

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Brexit news for Wednesday 19th October

MPs ‘very likely’ to get a vote on final Brexit deal

MPs will get a vote on the final Brexit deal secured by the Government if the agreement leads to a new treaty with the EU, Downing Street has indicated… Theresa May’s office said the Government would meet its obligations under the 2010 Constitutional Reform and Governance Act, which made it law that any new treaties must be approved by Parliament before ratification except in “exceptional cases”. And lawyers for the Government said it was ‘very likely’ that MPs would vote on any new treaties that came out of Brexit talks. – Daily Express

Johnson and Davis thwart rivals with a united front

Boris Johnson and David Davis have formed a pact to drive a “hard Brexit” agenda and rebut warnings of its economic consequences, cabinet colleagues claim. The pair agree common positions and tactics before meetings of the Brexit sub-committee where they push “an absolutist” vision of Britain’s future outside the EU, say ministers who backed Remain in the referendum. – The Times (£)

Philip Hammond tells Theresa May he will not quit after accusations he is ‘undermining Brexit’

The Chancellor has told Mrs May directly that he will not stand down after Cabinet colleagues accused him of “undermining Brexit”. He will today defend his role as Chancellor in warning of the potential risks of Brexit during an appearance before MPs on the Treasury select committee. – Daily Telegraph

The City is struggling with the Whitehall Brexit machine

Key figures in the City are growing increasingly frustrated with what they see as an indifferent and unsupportive approach towards the Square Mile in two of the government departments responsible for hammering out the UK’s Brexit deal… The financial sector is increasingly concerned about whether or not a transition period will be put in place, giving firms time to get their house in order while preparing for a new regulatory environment. The policy is understood to be favoured by the Treasury, but it is unclear whether the Brexit departments – or Number 10 – are sympathetic to its aims. – City A.M.

  • Britain’s tech stars rally against Brexit immigration curbs in open letter – City A.M. 

Theresa May orders cabinet taskforce to draw up plans for ‘targeted visa system’

Theresa May has ordered her ministers to draw up an “efficient and targeted visa system” in the latest indication that the UK is heading for a hard Brexit. Documents released by Downing Street show the Prime Minister has tasked a group of cabinet ministers to create the system, which would be at odds with single market membership. – The Independent

Hilary Benn and Kate Hoey go head to head for Brexit committee role

Labour leave campaigner Kate Hoey will take on staunch remainer Hilary Benn for the job of policing the UK’s exit from the European Union. Mr Benn announced his intention to run for the role of chairman of the newly formed House of Commons committee for Exiting the European Union to “get the best deal for the British people” in September. Miss Hoey’s bid only became apparent on Tuesday when the list of nominations for the job, a key post in the coming months, was disclosed. – Sky News

  • On BrexitCentral: Hilary Benn and Kate Hoey vie for chairmanship of Brexit Select Committee

Leaving the EU Customs Union could see UK GDP fall 4.5 per cent, study claims

The predictions were made in a paper circulated at a meeting of Theresa May’s special Brexit cabinet committee. But the 4.5 per cent figure, which was quoted before the EU referendum, has been called out of date by Brexit-supporting MPs. – The Sun

Successor to new Britannia moves closer as Deloitte approached to carry out cost benefit analysis

The construction of a successor to royal yacht Britannia has moved a significant step closer after a group of entrepreneurs pledged £250,000 to pay a City firm to carry out an analysis of her costs and benefits to the British economy. – Daily Telegraph

Britain’s Lord Chief Justice was ‘baffled’ by a key argument in the Article 50 case

Jason Coppel QC, representing the government, argued that EU citizenship rights, which Brits currently enjoy, have never been part of parliament’s decision-making remit. He added that “none” of the rights Brits have as EU citizens would be affected by Article 50 being triggered….”I’m baffled,” Lord Thomas said. “These rights are under treaty. If amending the treaty, parliamentary approval is needed. So, I don’t understand why the content of these rights are not controlled by parliament?” – Business Insider UK

  • Brexit challenge ruling to be made ‘as quickly as possible’ – ITV News

Inflation rises to 1% in the year to September

The cost of living is rising at its fastest rate in two years, as everyday goods and entertainment, from fuel to eating out, are becoming more expensive… The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said he is prepared to let inflation overshoot its official target of 2pc to keep the economy on an even keel as Britain negotiates the terms of its exit from the European Union. – Daily Telegraph

Ross Clark: Don’t listen to the doom-mongers: A rise in inflation isn’t some kind of crisis

Sure, inflation is likely to increase over the next few months. It may even double – in which case it would hit the Bank of England’s target. In any other context, the weight of opinion would surely be that that was a good thing. But these of course are not normal times. Remain holdouts will use anything to try to claim that the country is in economic crisis. – Ross Clark for the Spectator’s Coffee House blog

  • Don’t blame Brexit for inflation rise… yet – Ed Conway for Sky News

Daniel Hannan MEP: Cheer up Nick Clegg, we’ll all save cash in Brexit Britain so stop insulting us with these silly scare stories – the future’s bright

Mr Clegg’s talk of tariffs is as misplaced as the talk we heard during the campaign about emergency budgets and Stock Exchange collapses and unemployment. In fact, since the vote, the emergency budget has been canned, British stocks have been the best performing in Europe and unemployment has fallen to a record low. Chuck it, Cleggie. And cheer up. The future’s bright. The future’s global. – Daniel Hannan MEP in The Sun

Daniel Finkelstein: Remainers must stop their dishonest games

I am afraid that some of us who voted to remain are more sinning than sinned against. The most obvious way is the contempt many Remainers show to those who voted to leave. I strongly believe that the economic costs of being outside the EU will be far greater than what will prove to be the fairly abstract benefits of leaving. However, this contention was at the heart of the referendum debate — and was the one that failed to persuade a majority of voters to endorse it. – Daniel Finkelstein in The Times (£)

Nick Boles MP: Why even Remain voters like me find MiliClegg’s attempt to block Brexit so utterly nauseating

The purpose of the guerrilla war being waged by these Remainers is to cling on to as many of the membership arrangements as possible — in the not-so-secret hope a future government of the liberal Left will be able to take us back in. In the case of Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, of course, they fancy that this future government will be led by people like them — or, preferably, no doubt after a brief pantomime of pretend reluctance, by them. Following 18 months in which both have been refreshingly absent from our TV screens, it is an astonishing, and frankly nauseating, double act. – Nick Boles MP in the Daily Mail

Andrew Lilico: Don’t listen to the Remainers and pessimists. Britain can start doing great trade deals before we leave the EU

Even if striking our own deals was not narrowly legal under the treaties, the UK is withdrawing from them, and repealing the European Communities Act 1972, which is the mechanism by which they have legal effect in the UK. Once we have done that, whether we abide by the treaties in every detail is a matter of politeness and realpolitik, not law. Why would we want to accept the principle that we should have no post-Brexit trade deals? It should be obvious that this is unacceptable and we shall not accept it. – Andrew Lilico in the Daily Telegraph

Gisela Stuart MP: Britain must unite to build a new relationship with the EU

There is no mandate to remain. No mandate for stopping the people of this country regaining control over borders, laws and money. No mandate for remaining a member of the single market. It’s called democracy folks. It’s over. It’s done. We need to come together and move forward. – Gisela Stuart MP in the FT (£)

  • Gideon Rachman: Both sides should shift from absolutist positions on Brexit – FT (£)

Steve Richards calls on Remain-supporting parliamentarians to do all they can scupper Brexit

They are being too timid. They need to battle very hard for, at the very least, a so-called soft Brexit in which the UK remains a full member of the single market. They should be prepared to scupper the entire Brexit project. And with majorities in both Houses have the power to do so. – Steve Richards in the New European

Brexit comment in brief

  • Nationalists who want independence from London but not Brussels? Truly we have gone down the rabbit hole – Norman Tebbit in the Daily Telegraph
  • It doesn’t matter that we’ve found out the EU referendum wasn’t legally binding – John Rentoul for The Independent
  • Ireland is looking forward. Britain after the Brexit vote is looking back – Chris Haskins for The Guardian
  • Brexit enables us to reach out to the Commonwealth – Harry Hodges for the Daily Express
  • UK won’t have to beg to get a good Brexit deal – Daily Express
  • Brexit means leaving the EU – Madsen Pirie of the Adam Smith Institute

Brexit news in brief

  • European Parliament gets ready to brainstorm Brexit – Politico
  • Asos boss says retailer will ‘prosper’ from sterling slump – Daily Telegraph
  • China trade tests UK’s clout in Europe post-Brexit – Politico
  • BBC journalist is suspended after calling the Tories ‘new Nazis’ in a Brexit Facebook rant – Daily Mail
  • McGuinness: Hard borders with Europe would be ‘hugely damaging’ to Northern Ireland – EurActiv

And finally… Brexit is now modelled into the leading football management simulation game

Managing a virtual football team might be hard enough. But Football Manager will now ask players to do something even more difficult – deal with the consequences of Brexit. The game’s developers have re-written the game so that it will simulate the potential consequences of Britain’s decision to leave the EU. And players will then have to deal with the fallout – which in real life will impact everything from club’s abilities to get visas to their players to how much they can be paid. – The Independent

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Published at Wed, 19 Oct 2016 07:55:02 +0000

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