Hammond champions two-year transition deal to cushion Brexit
Financial Times – George Parker and Alex Barker
Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for a Brexit transition deal to give business a two-year cushion after the UK leaves the EU.
Britain spends billions on flawed fighter jets
The Times – Alex Mostrous and Deborah Haynes
Britain is paying hundreds of millions of pounds in hidden costs for the F-35 Lightning II, the next-generation warplane, which will be unable to function properly due to defence cuts, it has emerged. American manufacturer Lockheed Martin has said the aircraft will cost Britain between £77m and £100m each, but taxpayers face spending more than £150m for each of the fighters delivered this year, analysis indicates. The extras, for items such as software upgrades, spare parts and cost reduction initiatives, are buried in US defence contracts and have not been included in the published figures. A number of problems have since emerged with the aircraft.
Hammond accused of Brexit treachery
The Daily Telegraph – Kate McCann
A senior cabinet minister has claimed that chancellor Philip Hammond is working to ‘frustrate’ Brexit and is treating pro-Leave ministers like ‘pirates who have taken him prisoner’. All-out war appears to have broken out in the government as the minister called Hammond and his Treasury the ‘Establishment’ and warned of a deep split over how to leave the EU. The minister also insisted that a weakened Theresa May needed to be kept in Downing Street in an attempt to shore up Brexit.
Brexit threat to safe and stable food supplies
The Guardian – Peter Walker
A report by food policy experts at three universities has warned that the government is ‘sleepwalking’ into a post-Brexit future of insecure, unsafe and expensive food supplies, and has little idea how it will replace EU regulation on food and agriculture. The report claimed ministers and the public have become complacent after decades of consistent food supplies and stable prices, which it said was helped by Britain’s EU membership due to subsidies and the ability to hire from overseas. The study said there has been an almost complete lack of action so far in a number of areas connected to food and farming, including subsidies, migrant farm labour and safety standards.
Mental health problems among jobless soar
The Independent – Katie Forster
New analysis of data from NHS surveys of GP patients has revealed that rates of severe anxiety and depression among the unemployed have risen more than 50% in the past four years as the impact of austerity takes its toll. The UK Council for Psychotherapy said the government’s reforms of welfare payments were to blame, as benefit cuts and sanctions were having a ‘toxic’ impact on mental health.
Cabinet chaos as Brexit talks resume
i (The paper for today) – Unattributed
The Tories have been accused of tearing themselves apart at a crucial moment when David Davis returns to Brussels for Brexit negotiations, with chancellor Philip Hammond attacking leaks against him by hardcore Brexiteers.
Call 999… get Skype instead
Daily Mail – Sophie Borland
Trials are under way across England to assess whether video consultations on smartphone apps could replace ambulances for lower priority calls. They are being used on patients whose conditions are not deemed to be immediately life-threatening, such as back pain, falls, abdominal pain or heavy bleeding.
1.2m more migrants will head to Britain
A new report from Migration Watch UK has claimed that net migration from the EU will continue at around 125,000 a year over the next decade if the UK remains subject to freedom of movement rules.
Hammond the hypocrite
The Daily Mirror – Nick Sommerlad
Chancellor Philip Hammond is netting £10,000 a month renting his home while living in two plush houses for free.
The Sun – Andy Halls
Actress Jodie Whittaker has been named as the 13th Doctor Who and the first female to play the role.