Brexit News for Sunday 6th November

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Brexit News for Sunday 6th November


The people have made their democratic decision and a principle is at stake, Theresa May tells Brexit critics…

Theresa May has declared there is no going back on Brexit despite a setback in the courts as she warns Europhile politicians and judges to “accept” the people have spoken. Writing exclusively for The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister reprimands MPs and peers looking to frustrate the start of Brexit for “re-fighting the battles of the past”. In her first public comments since being ordered to hold a parliamentary vote on triggering Article 50, the mechanism to start Brexit talks, she vows to fight the courts. – Sunday Telegraph

Speaking as she prepared to depart on a trade mission to India later today, Mrs May said: “While others seek to tie our negotiating hands, the Government will get on with the job of delivering the decision of the British people. It was MPs who overwhelmingly decided to put the decision in their hands. The result was clear. It was legitimate. MPs and peers who regret the referendum result need to accept what the people decided. And now we need to turn our minds to how we get the best outcome for our country. That means sticking to our plan and timetable, getting on with the work of developing our negotiating strategy and not putting all our cards on the table – that is not in our national interest and it won’t help us get the best deal for Britain.” – Theresa May quoted in the Sunday Express

…as she warns MPs not to tie her hands in the negotiations

Theresa May has declared war on Brexit backsliders in her own party, warning MPs and peers that they will not be allowed to “frustrate” the will of the people… May also put herself on a collision course with Conservative rebels, who want her to spell out the demands she will make in talks with Brussels, by warning that their plans would damage the “national interest”. – Sunday Times (£)

  • No court ruling can change the basic fact of Brexit: Britain will leave the EU – Sunday Telegraph (£) editorial
  • The judgment is not about sabotaging Britain’s EU exit. It’s about respecting democracy and getting the best deal possible – Observer editorial

Theresa May: Why I will not allow the British people’s vote for Brexit to be sabotaged

This may appear to be a debate about process, and the legal argument is complex, but in reality there is an important principle at stake. Parliament voted to put the decision about our membership of the EU in the hands of the British people. The people made their choice, and did so decisively. It is the responsibility of the government to get on with the job and to carry out their instruction in full. MPs and peers who regret the referendum result need to accept what the people decided. – Theresa May MP in the Sunday Telegraph (£)

Jeremy Corbyn sets four red lines for accepting Brexit or else he claims he’ll force an election…

Jeremy Corbyn will force Theresa May to hold an election in the spring unless she caves in to his Brexit demands on trade and worker rights. In an exclusive Sunday Mirror interview, the Labour leader said he will only let the PM trigger EU negotiations in a Commons vote if she agrees to Labour’s “Brexit bottom line”… Mr Corbyn’s bottom lines are: UK access to 500 million customers in Europe’s single market; no watering down of EU workplace rights; guarantees on safeguarding consumers and the environment; pledges on Britain picking up the tab for any EU capital investment lost by Brexit – Sunday Mirror

  • Jeremy Corbyn calls for transparency over Brexit plans – Sunday Telegraph
  • Mrs May is being dragged towards an election – Sunday Times (£) editorial
  • Labour faces biggest electoral mauling for 80 years if Theresa May calls early election – Sun on Sunday
  • A snap general election is the only way we can heal our Brexit wounds – Jane Merrick for The Independent

…as top Labour and Lib Dem peers tell Theresa May there’ll be no ‘blank cheque’ over triggering Article 50

The Labour and Liberal Democrat leaders in the Lords have told The Sunday Telegraph they will use their position to demand the Prime Minster reveals her Brexit priorities. Baroness Smith for Labour said peers would not hand Mrs May a “blank cheque” while Lord Newby for the Lib Dems said they would not just “wave through” the start of talks. While both insisted they will not block Brexit out right, it will raise fears that Mrs May’s triggering of Article 50 – the mechanism to start talks – will be delayed for months. – Sunday Telegraph

  • Theresa May must crush Labour plotters and their dangerous attempt to negate Britain’s biggest ever democratic vote – Sun on Sunday Says

Legal profession confronts Liz Truss over ‘dangerous’ abuse of judges…

The justice secretary, Liz Truss, is embroiled in an extraordinary row with Britain’s barristers, after she was accused by the Bar Council of not fulfilling her role as “the conscience of the government”. Truss has failed to condemn vitriolic attacks on the three judges who last week ruled that parliament must be given a vote before Britain triggers article 50, launching the Brexit process. – The Observer

…as she breaks silence over Article 50 row to defend judiciary

On Saturday, she said: “The independence of the judiciary is the foundation upon which our rule of law is built and our judiciary is rightly respected the world over for its independence and impartiality.” But she added: “In relation to the case heard in the High Court, the Government has made it clear it will appeal to the Supreme Court. Legal process must be followed.” – Sunday Telegraph

The bench connection: four appeal justices have links to Europe

Four of the Supreme Court judges who will decide whether Theresa May needs parliament’s permission to trigger Brexit have had links to the EU. All 11 of the court’s judges will hear the government’s appeal against last week’s ruling that the prime minister cannot use “royal prerogative” powers to begin Britain’s exit from the bloc… One of the Supreme Court judges who will have a final say in next month’s hearing is a co-founder of an EU legal group, while another helped pick judges for the European Court of Justice. Two more have served in the European Court of Human Rights. – Sunday Times (£)

British businesses fare better than their European rivals in the four months after the Brexit vote

British businesses are faring better than their European rivals four months after the Brexit vote, latest figures show. Research group IHS Markit said its index of private sector activity in the eurozone – where 50 is the cut off between growth and decline – edged up from 52.6 in September to 53.3 in October. But that was still behind the score of 54.6 racked up in Britain as manufacturers benefited from the weak pound, consumer spending remained strong and housebuilding picked up. – Mail on Sunday

Theresa May to arrive in India today for trade mission

Theresa May will land in smoggy Delhi with a large entourage of diplomats, advisers, business people and press in tow. This is an important visit. It is the new British prime minister’s first bilateral meeting outside Europe, the first step in her mission to “forge a new global role for the UK”. It is obvious why she has chosen India. Where better to demonstrate the world of opportunity that awaits a post-Brexit Britain? India is now the world’s fastest growing large economy, with GDP growth of more than 7% a year and a 1.25 billion-strong market of increasingly wealthy consumers. – BBC

  • Theresa May urged to use India trade trip to safeguard Tata steel jobs in the UK – Sunday Telegraph
  • India to demand more immigration as part of post-Brexit trade deal – Sunday Express

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Brexit Secretary David Davis find peace formula

Amid ongoing speculation about a Cabinet split over withdrawal from the EU, the Chancellor and the Brexit Secretary are now said to be reconciled in their determination to get the best possible deal…The appearance of a truce between the pair became apparent when Mr Davis told Parliament last month that he is “determined to get the best possible deal” for London as a financial centre. Until then the Chancellor had been virtually the only minister making the case for the City. Given their seniority, any agreement between Mr Hammond and Mr Davis is likely to shape the Government’s broader approach to the Brexit negotiations. – Daily Express

Labour shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer pockets £125,000 from law firm derailing Britain’s EU exit

Former Director of Public Prosecutions Starmer – who was also involved with a failed witchhunt of Sun journalists – has revealed he was paid up to £750 an hour by Mishcon de Reya. Mishcon de Reya first hired him in 2014 as a part-time consultant for its business crime unit. He quit client work for the firm in April 2015, but was reappointed as a consultant to its in-house academy in June this year. The MP stood down from that role after being appointed to the shadow cabinet last month. – Sun on Sunday

Juncker risks Merkel’s wrath by ordering German industry to shun UK

The Brussels chief risked infuriating business leaders across the continent with an extraordinary attack on European companies hoping to soften the impact of the Brexit vote. In an astonishingly frank intervention he blasted concerned industrialists for “interfering” in the dialogue surrounding Britain’s exit from the bloc and told them the negotiations were strictly for politicians…He told Belgian newspaper Le Soir: “I take issue with the attempts in some countries, especially in industrial circles, to reach an agreement with the British for their sector before the other 27 member states have spoken. I told them not to interfere in the debate because they will find me in their way. This is a negotiation between 27 and the United Kingdom.” – Sunday Express

Simon Heffer: Brexit is going to happen – and the judges aren’t stopping it

The judges are not stopping Brexit: they are saying it has to be accomplished differently. Very well. I wouldn’t waste money on an appeal, especially if our doltish Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, will lead for the Government on it: he was by all accounts far out of his depth in the original case and is not held in high esteem at the Bar. A more self-aware man would have resigned at once. Instead, the Government should introduce a one-clause Bill now to trigger Article 50. – Simon Heffer in the Sunday Telegraph (£)

Dominic Lawson: Continuity Remain says it respects the ‘leave’ vote. No, it doesn’t

Along with “It’s just what I’ve always wanted” and “It’s not you — it’s me”, we can add something new to the list of most frequently uttered lies. It goes: “I respect the verdict of the British people in the referendum.”…Yes, I do know this is a parliamentary democracy. But in 2015 parliament voted by a six-to-one margin to pass this decision directly to the voters, with the proposer of the bill declaring it meant that “the decision about our membership [of the EU] should be taken by the British people, not by parliamentarians in this chamber”. If the spirit of that commitment is flouted, it will be the reputation of parliament that suffers the most dreadful damage. Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times (£)

Iain Duncan Smith MP: Out of touch judges have set up a clash between Parliament and the British people over Brexit

We, who campaigned and voted for this great decision to leave the EU, must recognise that although we won the vote, we still have a real fight on our hands if we are to defeat the cynicism, arrogance and elitism of those who seek to ignore the will of the 17.5 million people who cast their vote on June 23rd. Whatever the unelected Judges, or the unelected Peers say, we know that we voted to take back control of our laws, our borders and our money. Now we want the Government to get on and do just that. – Iain Duncan Smith MP for the Sun on Sunday

Sir Martin Sorrell: Britain must stay open to talented workers wherever they are from

The Government can and should provide immediate reassurance over the status of EU workers, and make it unequivocally clear that Britain is still a place that embraces hard-working, talented people, no matter where they come from. If it doesn’t, the only beneficiaries will be Paris, Berlin and the host of other cities and nations queuing up to offer the welcome that the UK appears to have withdrawn. – Sir Martin Sorrell in the Sunday Telegraph (£)

Brexit comment in brief

  • The Article 50 case was about trying to thwart the will of the British people – Carole Malone in the Sunday Mirror
  • Why the Brexit judges were right – Iain Martin in The Observer
  • Six leading figures during the EU referendum speak out on the judges’ ruling – David Lammy, Caroline Lucas, Nick Clegg, Aaron Banks, Kate Hoey and Nigel Dodds for The Observer
  • The government has a good chance of winning the Brexit Supreme Court appeal – Francis Hoar for The Independent
  • The EU gave the people sovereignty. Hard luck if it doesn’t like it now – Vernon Bogdanor for the Sunday Times (£)

Brexit news in brief

  • Colombia president welcomes Brexit trade prospect – BBC
  • UK ‘could miss out on EU science grants’ post-Brexit – Sunday Telegraph
  • French politicians seeking to attract business to Paris post-Brexit – EurActiv
  • Dutch petitioners now seeking referendum to oppose EU-Canada trade deal – EurActiv
  • Retailers accuse Walkers of Euro vote smokescreen – Daily Record
  • Fall in sterling gives British MEPs £1,000 monthly bonus – Sunday Times (£)

And finally… Don’t spoil our EU anniversary bash, Brussels warns UK

Senior European officials told the government that Theresa May’s Brexit deadline of the end of March clashed with commemorations of the 1957 Treaty of Rome, the founding act of today’s European Union. “The Brits have been warned not to send the article 50 letter too close to the big party on March 25,” a senior EU official involved in the Brexit negotiations said, referring to the so-called divorce clause that activates Brexit. – Sunday Times (£)

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