Is the Witch in trouble ? Yes

 

6th July 2017

timesbrexitclownsGeorge Eaton, the Political Editor of the New Statesman has this: “The Brexiteers fear they are losing the argument – As the costs of EU withdrawal become clear, the Leavers are desperately searching for scapegoats“.   It is well worth reading.

The New Statesman also has this: “8 ways the UK is in trouble over Brexit – The EU’s chief negotiator has made clear just how many barriers there are to a good outcome“.

The Torygraph Telegraph has this: “Business leaders threaten to derail Brexit by demanding Britain stays in Single Market and Customs Union indefinitely“.

The Independent also covers the same story: “David Davis: Brexit Secretary on collision course with business leaders over EU single market and customs union –  ‘Our proposal is for the UK to stay in the single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force’ said the director-general of the CBI“.

The Independent also has this: “Brexit will ‘undoubtedly’ damage Britain’s influence on world stage, says William Hague – The former Foreign Secretary said membership of the EU’s Common Political Security Committee ‘amplifies the UK’s weight in the world’“.

Joe Murphy, the Evening Standard’s Political Editor has this: “First sign backbench MPs on both sides may be mobilising against hard Brexit”.

 7th July 2017

Today, the Torygraph Telegraph has this (unfortunately behind its paywall): “Theresa May is a ‘lame horse’, furious Tory ministers warn, amid claims they could resign to force her out”.  However, the Sun has a similar story: “PM OUST BID – Tories plot to topple ‘three-legged horse’ Theresa May with a coup of mass resignations this Autumn – Mrs May accepted responsibility for the snap election disaster during the Tories’s summer party“.

The Independent has some interesting articles:-

Labour takes eight-point lead over Tories in first YouGov poll since election – YouGov poll puts Labour on 46 per cent of the vote“.

David Davis: Brexit Secretary on collision course with business leaders over EU single market and customs union –  ‘Our proposal is for the UK to stay in the single market and a customs union until a final deal is in force’ said the director-general of the CBI”.

Brexit: UK may not actually exit the EU, warn political sources – BBC Newsnight’s Political Editor Nicholas Watt says some are doubting whether Britain will leave the bloc“.

The Guardian has this sketch:  “Liam Fox and his British-made tie: wrapping Brexit up in knots – It was the international trade secretary’s moment in the spotlight. He’d dressed for the occasion – but he hadn’t done much else“.

i – News has this: “Brexiteers declare war on the BBC, accusing it of pro-Remain bias

Last month the Economist had this leading article: “How to turn a chaotic election result into a better Brexit – Britain’s hung parliament presents an opportunity to change the course of exit negotiations“.

theresa-may-speechToday, the Wicked Witch of Westminster has a break from the Brexit muddle since she is attending the G-20 meeting in Hamburg.  She is, however, a somewhat diminished figure:  with a hung Parliament and with her Brexit negotiations in a terrible mess.

The Torygraph Telegraph has this:  “Gulf between Theresa May and her chancellor widens as he demands close ties with EU while she uses G-20 to woo US and China

The Evening Standard has this very perceptive comment on the G-20: “EU powers are the real leaders among the G20

After an explanation of the impact of Donald Trump and the positions of Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, the piece ends with this:-

 

Where is Britain in all of this? Sidelined. How notable it has been that none of the big players at the G20, such as the Chinese or Indians, or even Mr Trump, wanted to stop off here on their way to Hamburg. They want to be where the global leadership is: on the continent of Europe, not on the island trying to leave it.

 

 

 

 

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