Daily Summary

22 February 2017

The Times leads with remarks from Brexit secretary David Davis who on a visit to eastern Europe, reportedly said British workers would not be ready to fill jobs done by European migrants for “years and years”. As part of a diplomatic charm offensive across eastern Europe, Davis declared that the UK would keep its doors open for low-skilled workers in hospitality, agriculture and social care.

21 February 2017

According to The Times, Germany is siding with Britain to stop the European Commission presenting a €60 billion “divorce” bill immediately after Theresa May begins the Brexit process. Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, wants the opening phase of Brexit talks to focus on the size of the exit bill for existing funding commitments, pensions and other liabilities. He reportedly believes that discussions on the EU-UK free trade deal, which is the main focus of ministerial work in Britain, should be delayed until substantial progress is made on exit issues. 

20 February 2017

Dozens of senior business figures, academics and lawyers are demanding that ministers give parliament the power to block an “unpatriotic Brexit” that would go against the national interest. In a letter to The Times the signatories, including Sir Andrew Cook, a major donor to the Conservative Party and Lord Malloch-Brown, a former senior UN official, call on the House of Lords to amend the Article 50 legislation to give parliament a say in what happens if negotiations with Europe collapse. 

16 February 2017

The Times reports that Britain is preparing to demand a substantial share of European Union assets worth more than €150 billion in the attempt to cut the cost of the Brexit divorce bill. Michael Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, is preparing up to €60bn of liabilities, including spending commitments signed off by Britain before the referendum, the paper writes. A spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union declined to comment.

15 February 2017

The Times reports that Canada today “will be propelled into pole position” for striking the first post-Brexit trade deal when MEPs vote through a long-await agreement with the EU. The European parliament will vote on the Canadian pact on the eve of an address to MEPs by Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. The deal, which was seven years in the making, was nearly killed off last year when it was blocked by the Belgian region of Wallonia until it secured concessions.

14 February 2017

According to the Guardian, a document leaked from the European parliament is warning that British expats living in European countries could face “a backlash” because of the UK government's stance on foreigners since the vote to leave the EU. The document says that while member states will decide whether British citizens can carry on living in those countries, “the fact that it appears to be particularly difficult for foreign nationals... to acquire permanent residence status or British nationality may colour member states' approach to this matter”.

10 February 2017

The Guardian reports that attempts by the UK government to reclaim control of its borders post-Brexit could reduce annual migration from the EU by as little as 50,000 – one-sixth of the current overall annual figure. Liam Fox, the international trade minister, has already accepted that he was unaware of any new free trade deals that did not include clauses on the liberalisation of migration rules between the two parties.

09 February 2017

Theresa May has won Commons approval to trigger Article 50 on a vote of 494 to 122. The Telegraph reports that the vote adds renewed strain to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour party, as a number of key ministers and allies defied his whip to vote in favour of a proposal by Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron to have a second public referendum on the issue. The bill now passes to the House of Lords for approval, and will be debated in the upper chamber after peers return from recess on 20 February. 

08 February 2017

Theresa May on Tuesday contained a Tory rebellion over Brexit by promising MPs a “take it or leave it” vote on the final draft of any EU exit agreement, a commitment initially hailed by Labour as a “huge” concession. May won a vote, by 326 to 293, on a Labour amendment that would have stopped ministers striking a Brexit deal until it had been approved by MPs and peers.  According to the Financial Times, the promise of a “meaningful” vote on the terms of Brexit helped to stave off a rebellion in the Commons by pro-EU Conservative MPs. 

07 February 2017

According to The Times, a £1.3 billion overseas aid fund earmarked for countries such as China, India and Brazil will be used to create trading opportunities for Britain when it leaves the EU. “Since the referendum on leaving the European Union, the promotion of trade has been given a higher priority by the Prosperity Fund,” the Independent Commission for Aid Impact states. The paper claims that the five-year fund, which expires in 2021, by which time Britain should have left the EU, loosens Britain’s “aid straitjacket” of concentrating spending on the poorest countries. 

06 February 2017

The Financial Times reports that some of the UK's biggest companies are already experiencing a negative effect after the Brexit vote lending weight to a cross-party effort by MPs this week to avert the risk of the UK “crashing out of the EU” without a deal. Despite a stream of positive economic data, an Ipsos Mori survey of senior executives from more than 100 of the largest 500 companies found 58 per cent felt last year’s vote was already having a negative effect on their business.

03 February 2017

Parliament will have the right to veto Theresa May’s plan for a post-Brexit immigration regime, ministers admitted for the first time yesterday, as they published their white paper on leaving the European Union. According to The TimesDavid Davis, the Brexit secretary, claimed that the 77-page document laid the framework for “a new, positive and constructive partnership” between Britain and the EU. However, the white paper also highlighted the logistical and legislative hurdles that ministers will have to overcome to make the arrangements legal, potentially leaving the government open to parliamentary defeat on parts of its strategy. 

02 February 2017

The Commons decision to give May the green light to trigger Britain’s break with the EU occupies a number of column inches in this morning’s papers. May is on course to start the two-year Brexit process next month after MPs voted by 498 to 114, a government majority of 384, for the bill that gives her the power to invoke the EU treaty’s Article 50 exit clause. “We have lift-off” is the Daily Mail's front page headline describing the vote as a “crushing majority” to start the formal process of leaving the EU. 

01 February 2017

The government’s vision of post-Brexit Britain is a fantasy that would amaze Enoch Powell, Ken Clarkesaid, as he insisted that he would vote with his  conscience against triggering Article 50 in yesterday’s Commons debate. According to The Times the Europhile former chancellor was applauded by some Labour and SNP MPs after his passionate speech. “Apparently you follow the rabbit down the hole and you emerge in a wonderland where suddenly countries around the world are queueing up to give us trading advantages” Clarke said.

27 January 2017

The Financial Times reports that the British government has published a short bill to authorise Brexit as opposition MPs complained they did not have enough time to fully debate the legislation. The bill, which is only five paragraphs long, simply declares that the prime minister may notify the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU. According to the FT, the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill was written as tightly as possible to prevent amendments by hostile MPs.

26 January 2017

Theresa May’s trip to the US dominates many of today’s front pages with The Times reporting that a “bullish” May will tell President Donald Trump that the UK and the US can “lead together again”. The paper says May will hail Trump's election as a moment of “renewal”, but also notes that a year earlier she described his campaign rhetoric as “divisive, unhelpful and wrong”. The Guardian adds that May will embark on a “charm offensive” and deliver a “warmly-worded” message for the two countries to work closer together post-Brexit. 

25 January 2017

The Times is among the majority of papers that lead on the Supreme Court's ruling that MPs must vote on the triggering of Article 50. Under the headline “Judges make history in Brexit blow to ministers”, the paper says the ruling reasserts the authority of MPs over government and paves the way for “weeks of parliamentary brinkmanship”. The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, says the leaders of Labour and the SNP, Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon respectively, are “plotting” to undermine May's plan for a “clean Brexit”. 

24 January 2017

The UK’s highest court dealt a blow to Theresa May this morning by ruling the government must hold a parliamentary vote before triggering Article 50 to leave the EU. However, the court added that devolved governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland do not have a veto on the UK’s decision to withdraw from the bloc. In what the Financial Times describes as “one of the most important constitutional cases of modern times”, the Supreme Court ruled by a majority of eight justices to three justices that the prime minister cannot use royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 and start the UK’s two-year exit from the EU. 

23 January 2017

A number of papers report on this week's forthcoming meeting between Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump. The Sunday Times predicts that May will offer Trump a “grand bargain” on trade and security in a bid to kick-start talks on a free trade deal. The talks, says the Sunday Telegraph, come as both the US and Britain are seeking to redefine their roles in the world with both powers to discuss a US-UK trade deal that slashes tariffs and makes it easier for workers to move between the two countries. 

20 January 2017

With the inauguration of Donald Trump dominating today’s papers, a number of commentators analyse the new president’s likely approach to Brexit Britain. The Daily Mail, in particular, heralds Trump’s ascendency “a cause for optimism”, with the Trump administration offering the prospect of a “new era” for US/UK relations. The paper heaps praise on the president-elect for his instinctive understanding of Britain’s motivations for the Brexit vote, running with the headline, “Now a President who respects Brexit Britain”. 

19 January 2017

Theresa May writes in today’s Sun which, unsurprisingly, makes the paper’s front page lead. In her piece, the prime minister vows to use Brexit to “rip up the privileges of the elite” and make Britain work for ordinary people again. The paper describes May’s op-ed as an “emotive plea” to readers to support her new Brexit plan. The article preceded May’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos this morning, where she declared that the UK was “open for business”.

18 January 2017

As the papers weigh up Theresa May's Brexit speech, the Daily Telegraph says the prime minister warned the European Union that she would walk away from the negotiating table unless its leaders accepted her demands. The paper praises the “steel behind” May’s words and declares the speech “a defining moment in British politics”. For the Daily Mail, the parallels with Margaret Thatcher are hard to resist, with May’s speech reportedly showing the “Steel of the new Iron Lady”. A prominent cartoon on the front of the paper depicts the prime minister trampling on the EU flag on white cliffs with the Mail praising May for putting Cameron’s “feeble negotiations to shame” with an ultimatum to Brussels. 

17 January 2017

Theresa May’s Brexit speech dominates today’s front pages, with the Daily Telegraph saying that the prime minister will set out a 12-point plan as she promises there will be no “partial” membership of the EU “that leaves us half in, half out”. Commenting on the news in an editorial, the paper reiterates that “Britain must walk away from the EU” and “embrace freedom”. The Daily Mail echoes the Telegraph with the headline, “Theresa’s new free Britain” with May to offer an inspiring vision of the sort of country Britain can become when unshackled from the “sclerotic Brussels machine”. 

16 January 2017

Donald Trump will offer Britain a quick and “fair” trade deal with the US within weeks of becoming president, according to the front page of The Times. The paper focuses on an exclusive interview with the president-elect where he acknowledges that Brexit will be a “great thing” and predicts that other countries will follow Britain's lead in leaving the EU, which he says has been “deeply damaged” by the migration crisis. The Daily Telegraph also leads with the Trump interview with the headline, “I’ll make Brexit great” adding that the president-elect will be visited by Theresa May at the White House “right after” he is sworn in. 

13 January 2017

The Times leads on comments made by the prime minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, who said Britain could be under EU rule “well into the 2020s” with the European Court of Justice continuing to “dish out judgements” if the UK wanted transitional arrangements to allow important sectors to adapt. The paper claims this presents a challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May who wants to make Britain “sovereign” after Brexit. 

12 January 2017

An uproar from UK employers has forced the government to play down revelations it is considering a £1,000-a-year tax for employers on skilled EU workers post-Brexit, according to the Financial Times. Immigration minister Robert Goodwill raised the idea at a House of Lords committee on Wednesday, but The Times this morning reports that the suggestion has been rejected by Downing Street – alongside the disclosure that Theresa May will lay out her Brexit strategy “within days”.

11 January 2017

The Financial Times leads with a warning from financial bosses that there should be a three-year delay to Brexit, which the paper says would allow companies to adjust and avoid a “systemic crisis” in the derivatives market. Xavier Rolet, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange Group and Douglas FlintHSBC chairman, told MPs on Tuesday that they wanted a five-year transition period from when the UK starts to negotiate its exit, a process that is expected to start in April. 

10 January 2017

The Financial Times leads with the story that the pound dropped to its lowest level since October amid market fears that Theresa May is leading Britain to an uncertain future outside the single market. The pound fell 1.3 per cent against both the dollar and the euro on Monday after the prime minister hinted that immigration controls were more important than market access, forcing May to later deny the UK was heading for a “hard Brexit”. 

09 January 2017

The Daily Telegraph leads with Boris Johnson meeting Donald Trump's top advisors in what its headline calls a “Brexit boost”. According to the paper, the foreign secretary seized the opportunity to strengthen trade deals and the “special relationship” in the wake of the Brexit vote. Commenting on the news in an editorial, the Financial Times claims that “the rapid negotiation of a UK-US free-trade deal is vital if May is to convince the world that Brexit can be a success.” The news comes as the prime minister indicated that Britain will leave the EU single market as she set out her determination to strike a post-Brexit trading deal that allows her to control immigration from the rest of Europe.

06 January 2017

The admission by a top Bank of England official that economists failed to predict the 2008 financial crisis and were wrong about their dire warnings over the post-Brexit economy, make the lead for The Times,Telegraph and Guardian this morning. The papers highlight the comment by the Bank's chief economist, Andy Haldane, that the shortcomings were a “Michael Fish moment” for the profession. The Times reports that, far from slowing after the referendum in June, as predicted by the Treasury and Bank of England, Britain ended last year as the strongest of the world’s advanced economised with growth accelerating in the six months after the Brexit vote.

05 January 2017

As the fallout from the resignation of the UK’s ambassador to the EU continues, the papers offer their interpretations of Sir Tim Barrow’s appointment as the UK’s new EU envoy, questioning the government’s Brexit strategy. The Financial Times suggests that Theresa May has bowed to pressure by selecting a career diplomat, allaying concerns among officials about the risk of alleged politicisation of the civil service.

04 January 2017

The resignation of the UK’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, occupies a number of column inches in today’s papers. “May to pick Brexiteer as our man in Brussels” leads the Daily Telegraph with the paper speculating that the prime minister is expected to appoint an EU ambassador who “believes in Brexit”. According to the Telegraph, Sir Ivan announced his resignation after it was made clear that Theresa Mayand her senior ministers had “lost confidence” in him over his “pessimistic” view of Brexit. 

03 January 2017

The Times and the Daily Telegraph report that leading Brexit supporters begin a campaign today for Britain to leave the European customs union, saying the move would create hundreds of thousands of jobs. The campaign, from the pressure group Change Britain, will be launched by Lord Jones of Birmingham, former head of the CBI, who argues that Britain will become a “beacon of global free trade” with major economies already expressing an interest in striking trade agreements with the UK post-Brexit. 

23 December 2016

The Times reports that the Queen was left “disappointed” with Theresa May after the prime minister declined to share plans for Brexit during her first stay at Balmoral. According to a source close to the monarch, Mrs May stuck to her “Brexit means Brexit” line during the visit to Scotland in September rather than giving a private briefing on how she intended to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union. 

22 December 2016

The Times has published the story that Britain’s hopes of securing a quick EU trade deal were set back by one of Europe’s most senior lawyers, who argued that a new agreement with Singapore must be signed by each member state. This legal opinion undermines the position of Liam Fox, the trade minister, who has insisted that Britain’s future trading agreement with the EU would avoid the fate of the bloc’s deal with Canada.

21 December 2016

There is widespread coverage of Theresa May’s comments to the Brexit Committee yesterday. The prime minister refused to commit to giving MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal struck by government during two years of talks with representatives of the other 27 countries in the EUThe GuardianSky News and The Times all published the story, highlighting that despite being repeatedly asked by Hilary Benn, who chairs the Commons’ Brexit committee, the prime minister failed to give a clear answer.

20 December 2016

The Times reports that a collection of law firms have advised British banks that they could sue the European Union if it fails to give them a gradual path to Brexit. According to the paper, banks are pushing for retention of rights that allow them to offer services to clients across the EU from their London offices. Linklaters, Clifford Chance, and Freshfields say in a report that there are precedents allowing for a deal, including the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which give “acquired rights” that cannot be suddenly withdrawn.

19 December 2016

According to The Times and the Daily Telegraph, Liam Fox hinted yesterday that Britain could stay in the European customs union after leaving the EU. The international trade secretary said that leaving the bloc was not a binary choice between a hard Brexit, which would entail quitting the single market and customs union, and a soft Brexit, which could involve access to both. Drawing attention to a precedent for partial membership, Fox used Turkey as an example of a nation that “is in part of the customs union, but not in other parts”.

15 December 2016

Britain will not negotiate with Europe over immigration, David Davis said yesterday, as he pledged that control of the country’s borders would be brought “back here” after Brexit. According to The Times, the Brexit secretary’s tough stance will reassure Conservatives who are worried the government may concede higher immigration levels in return for better access to European markets. Davis said immigration levels would be set “in the national interest” and could not be subject to any guarantees or promises in return for a better economic deal. 

14 December 2016

The Financial Times praises Philip Hammond for defying Number 10 by setting out his vision of a business-friendly departure from the EU with increasing clarity, while Theresa May hides her view on Brexit “behind a barricade of clichés”. Describing the Chancellor as “the champion” of those hoping for a “soft” Brexit, the FT claims that Number 10 was wrongfooted by Hammond’s frank support for a transitional deal. 

13 December 2016

Philip Hammond has reportedly said that Britain will not be able to leave the EU without “serious side effects” while adding that a transitional deal – in which Britain would pay for access to the single market – would ensure a “smooth” Brexit. According to the Daily Telegraph, Hammond has opened a potential rift with Cabinet colleagues by saying “thoughtful politicians” would agree. The Chancellor also raised further questions about Britain’s desire for a “hard Brexit” suggesting that leaving the European customs union could lead to a five-fold increase in border checks and cost hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

12 December 2016

This morning The Guardian has reflected on comments made by an influential House of Lords committee, which said Northern Ireland must not become collateral damage of the UK’s departure from the EU. The first of six reports sent a sharp message to the negotiations and mentioned that Brexit would have an effect on the Republic of Ireland as well. The House of Lords EU committee commented that complex issues have now arisen that could impact UK-Irish relation, which “are often overlooked on the British side of the Irish sea.”

09 December 2016

The Times leads with the story that McDonald’s is to move its international headquarters from Luxembourg to Britain in a boost to the country’s status as a centre for trading after Brexit. The chain said yesterday that its reasons for relocating “were sound before Brexit and remain so beyond it - these strengths are unlikely to change as the UK negotiates leaving the European Union”. Commenting on the news in an editorial, The Times brands McDonald’s move, “a welcome vote of confidence” for Britain.  

08 December 2016

MPs' voting in support of the government's Brexit timetable features on many of Thursday's front pages. The Daily Telegraph runs with the front page headline: “MPs hand May ‘blank cheque’ for Brexit” with the paper reporting that Theresa May has received “overwhelming” backing to trigger Brexit. The result saw 461 MPs side with the Prime Minister and vote to commit the Government to triggering Article 50 by the end of March next year. However, 89 backbenchers including one Tory and 23 Labour MPs opposed her plan. 

07 December 2016

Theresa May's decision to reveal the government's Brexit plan, while asking MPs to vote on its timetable for triggering Article 50 dominates many of today’s front pages. The Daily Telegraph's headline reads: “May goes into battle for Brexit” with the “unexpected announcement” coming months after the Government refused to give a “running commentary” on Brexit, or formally to allow Parliament a vote on the process. Commenting on the news in an editorial, the Daily Telegraph warns MPs that “the people they serve will be watching” as they vote on May’s Article 50 amendment. 

06 December 2016

“Economy to defy Brexit fears”, runs the headline on the front page of The Times with the paper reporting that Britain should finish the year as the fastest growing economy of seven leading nations, according to the purchasing managers’ index (PMI). The country’s dominant service sector has reportedly experienced its best month since January, the survey of businesses showed, defying fears of a slump in growth after the Brexit vote. 

05 December 2016

In today’s Brexit news, a number of column inches are devoted to the Supreme Court hearing to decide whether parliament or the government has the authority to trigger Article 50. “Don't Defy the People”, runs the headline on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, with the paper reporting that Attorney General Jeremy Wright will tell the Supreme Court judges not to “stray into areas of political judgement”. The Guardian, meanwhile, describes it as one of the “most significant constitutional cases” ever heard by the Supreme Court. 

02 December 2016

Brexit news this morning is overwhelmingly dominated by the Richmond Park by-election, after Liberal Democrat candidate, Sarah Olney, defeated former Conservative MP, Zac Goldsmith, overturning his 23,000 majority, at last year’s general election, to win by 1,800 votes. The Guardian applauds Olney’s “stunning victory” in a vote that became a de facto plebiscite on the government’s Brexit plans. Olney, a local accountant, took to the stage at the announcement to say that voters had “sent a shockwave through this Conservative Brexit government”. 

01 December 2016

The Times reports that Boris Johnson has been “openly telling” European Union ambassadors that he is in favour of free movement, despite the government’s insistence that it must end after Britain cuts ties with Brussels. The foreign secretary told ambassadors at an official lunch last month that he “was personally in favour of free movement as it corresponds to his own beliefs, but he said it wasn’t government policy”, according to an authoritative account of the meeting. 

30 November 2016

The Daily Telegraph leads with the story that Angela Merkel and Donald Tusk on Tuesday united to block Theresa May's attempt to fast-track a deal which would have created an amnesty for British ex-pats and EU migrants in the UK post-Brexit. May had proposed that EU workers currently living in the UK would be allowed to remain in exchange for an agreement which gives British expats in the EU the same rights. 

29 November 2016

The Times leads with the story that Britain’s Brexit negotiating stance is to “have cake and eat it”, according to handwritten notes mistakenly shown after a meeting between Tory MPs and senior figures in Whitehall yesterday. According to the paper, the conclusions of the meeting, at the Department for Exiting the EU, undermined the government’s attempts to give “no running commentary” on Brexit. 

28 November 2016

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is understood to have told leading City executives in private meetings last week that Britain should retain access for two years after leaving the EU to reduce the shock that Brexit would place on business. National newspapers have picked up on the story today with The Independent claiming Carney was working on a ‘secret plan’ for a transitional arrangement. 

25 November 2016

The Daily Telegraph leads with the story that Tony Blair has said that Britain’s exit from the EU could be blocked, as the former prime minister ruled out a return to frontline politics because there is “too much hostility” towards him. Blair added that he had been accused of “treason” for suggesting that Britain keep its “options open” over Brexit. He insisted that voters should have a right to decide if they want to stay in the EU after “scrutinising” Theresa May’s final deal with European leaders. 

24 November 2016

As the papers digest Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement, the Financial Times says the Chancellor created a £27 billion fiscal “shock absorber” to insure the economy against the uncertainty caused by Brexit. “Hammond builds for Brexit” is the verdict of The Times, with the paper adding that the Chancellor has pumped billions into the economy to help it weather Brexit negotiations and emerge in better shape to cope outside the EU. In a leading article, The Times supports Hammond’s statement acknowledging that, as Britain prepares to leave Europe, “it is right to borrow to invest”

23 November 2016

As the chancellor gives his Autumn Statement today, a number of commentators look at the implications of the Brexit vote. The Daily Telegraph calls for the Autumn Statement to be seen in a “bigger, global context” with the paper urging the UK to do more business around the world “to seize fully the opportunities of Brexit”. The Financial Times adds that the chancellor’s allies say there will be “no rabbits in the hat as the Brexit effect bites.” 

22 November 2016

Theresa May’s pledge to enshrine all EU law into British legislation to ensure a smooth Brexit is turning into a “legal and technical nightmare that threatens to overwhelm Whitehall”, according to The Times.  The prime minister made the promise at the Tory party conference last month, saying that it would give businesses and workers “maximum certainty” post-Brexit. Government lawyers working on the Great Repeal Bill are understood, however, to be struggling with the complexity of the task with experts warning that the plan is “simply not practical”. 

21 November 2016

As the chancellor gives his Autumn Statement today, a number of commentators look at the implications of the Brexit vote. The Daily Telegraph calls for the Autumn Statement to be seen in a “bigger, global context” with the paper urging the UK to do more business around the world “to seize fully the opportunities of Brexit”. The Financial Times adds that the chancellor’s allies say there will be “no rabbits in the hat as the Brexit effect bites.”

18 November 2016

The Financial Times leads with the story that Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, has set out a tough line on EU divorce talks with Britain, reportedly “dashing Downing Street hopes” that Berlin would soften Europe’s stance on a UK departure from the bloc. Schäuble told the FT that, even after Brexit, the UK would be bound by tax rules that would restrict it from granting incentives to keep investors in the country — and would also face EU budget bills for more than a decade. 

17 November 2016

The Times leads with the story that employment levels in Britain are at an all-time high, fuelled by the biggest surge in foreign-born workers since the expansion of the EU. The number of people in work increased by 454,000 between July and September last year and the same period this year. Workers born overseas made up nearly 95 per cent of the increase — just over 430,000. According to the paper, the figures will raise concern at the apparent reliance of British industry on foreign labour and were seized on by those pushing for a crackdown on freedom of movement after Brexit.

16 November 2016

Britain could have to pay a £50bn “exit charge” when it leaves the EU, reports the front page of the Financial Times. According to the paper, the EU’s Brexit negotiators are pushing for a draft UK exit deal by mid-2018 as part of a narrow, divorce-first negotiating approach that would demand an exit bill of as much as €40bn-€60bn. Michel Barnier, the commission’s chief Brexit negotiator, is pursuing an exit bill that includes the UK’s unpaid budget commitments, pension liabilities, loan guarantees and spending on UK-based projects. 

15 November 2016

The Times leads with the story that Theresa May's Government has no Brexit plan and a poor understanding of what leaving the European Union means for industry, according to a leaked memo prepared for the Cabinet Office. The memo, dated November 7 and titled Brexit Update, suggests that Cabinet splits are delaying the Government's ability to agree a negotiating strategy ahead of its goal to begin the Brexit process by April. It also criticises the Prime Minister for “drawing in decisions and details to settle matters herself”.

14 November 2016

The Daily Telegraph says Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a growing cabinet backlash over her decision to dismiss UKIP leader Nigel Farage as an “irrelevance” despite him being the only British politician to meet Donald Trump since his victory. The Times takes a similar line, adding that May is “under fire” from senior Conservatives for refusing to use Farage to build links with the President-elect post-Brexit. Commenting on the news in an editorial, the Daily Telegraph cliams that Trump’s unexpected win and the Brexit vote were both made possible by the refusal of the established political order “to listen to the complaints of voters whose opinions were previously ignored.”

11 November 2016

The Times reports that Liberal Democrats have vowed to vote against triggering Article 50 if the government does not promise a second referendum on the terms of exit from the EU. According to the paper, a handful of Labour MPs are also prepared to defy the party whip and attempt to block Brexit. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Tim Farron said that a so-called hard or soft Brexit should not be “imposed” on the British people, adding: “What began with democracy must not now end with a stitch-up.”

10 November 2016

The US election result continues to dominate the pages of Thursday’s newspapers with commentators making frequent parallels with the UK’s Brexit vote. According to The Times, Conservative MPs and cabinet ministers said yesterday, that Britain will “extract advantage” from a Trump presidency pointing to his team’s strong support for the country and Brexit. John Bolton, who is being tipped as US secretary of state, had given an enthusiastic welcome to the “true populist revolt” of Brexit and urged the US government to “come to the side of our strongest ally in the world”. 

09 November 2016

With the US election result dominating the pages of Wednesday’s newspapers, a number of commentators reference a feeling of “déjà vu” with the Financial Times referring to Donald Trump’s victory as a “Brexit-style surprise”. Commenting on the news, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron stated: “the campaign reminds me of Brexit. With one side with populist, divisive arguments and the other one just with rather dull arguments against them.” Meanwhile, Ukip leader Nigel Farage - who went to the US to appear at a Trump campaign rally - said he was handing over his mantle as the creator of political earthquakes to the new President.

08 November 2016

MPs from both sides of the Brexit debate joined forces yesterday to demand that ministers give parliament a vote on triggering Article 50 immediately, the Daily Telegraph reports. In an unusual alliance, Douglas Carswell, the Ukip MP, and Tory, Nicky Morgan called on the government to bring forward either a bill or a resolution to parliament approving EU exit talks. The pair won support from Conservative MPs Peter Bone and Christopher Chope, who both supported Brexit, as well as Oliver Letwin, a prominent Remainer. 

07 November 2016

Theresa May has issued a defence of the free press after criticism following the way some newspapers have reported the decision by the High Court to block triggering of Article 50 without a Parliamentary vote. The Daily Telegraph cited comments by the Prime Minister, who said “I believe and value the independence of our judiciary, I also value the freedom of our press.” The comments come after Gina Miller, the woman who led the legal challenge, called some of the media coverage of the case shameful and that it had brought out “a dark side of society.” 

04 November 2016

According to The Times, Theresa May faces months of parliamentary “trench warfare” with Remain supporters and opposition parties calculating how best to turn the High Court ruling to their advantage. Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader, said her ministers would now “actively consider” fighting against the government appeal and opposing the legislation at every stage.

03 November 2016

BREAKING NEWS:Campaigners have won their battle over Theresa May's decision to use the royal prerogative in her Brexit strategy, with the High Court ruling that the Government does not have power to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval. The judgment, delivered by the lord chief justice, Lord Thomas, is likely to slow the pace of Britain’s departure from the EU and is a huge setback for Theresa May, who had insisted the government alone would decide when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

02 November 2016

The Financial Times leads with the story that Chancellor Philip Hammond is to adopt a new flexible fiscal framework in this month’s Autumn Statement, banishing rigid targets to ensure the government has “headroom” to react if Brexit fallout hits the economy. Hammond told cabinet colleagues on Tuesday to expect only a modest fiscal stimulus adding that he does not want to use the Autumn Statement on November 23 to produce “rabbits out of hats”, but to set out a sober fiscal response to the Brexit vote.

01 November 2016

After months of speculation and a weekend of conflicting media reports, Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney’s decision to resign in 2019 occupies today’s column inches.  According to The Times, Carney, was originally due to stand down in 2018 with the option of a three-year extension, which had been backed publicly by Philip Hammond. Yesterday, however, Carney said that he was happy to stay until the conclusion of the Article 50 process - expected in March 2019 - to help secure an “orderly transition” as Britain leaves the EU. 

31 October 2016

Speculation continues around Nissan’s “special deal” with The Sunday Times predicting a “stampede to No 10” as businesses attempt to shield themselves from the effects of the Brexit vote. The Times adds that in an open-ended commitment Greg Clark, the business secretary, announced yesterday that the government was prepared to make the same promises to Ford, Vauxhall, Toyota and other carmakers that rely on European exports. 

28 October 2016

Nissan's promise to boost car production at its Sunderland plant makes front page news in several of Friday's newspapers. The Financial Times says the Japanese firm's announcement was “a vote of confidence in the UK” in the wake of the Brexit vote, while the Guardian concurs that the Nissan pledge handed a welcome “Brexit boost” to Theresa May. Commenting on the news, The Times claims that ministers were forced to give a last-minute written promise to protect Nissan from the consequences of Brexit before the carmaker agreed to keep investing in the UK. 

27 October 2016

The Times reports that the head of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, has pledged to prevent Britain suffering “disruption” after it leaves the European Union. Azevedo, director-general of the body that oversees global trade and tariffs, said that he would work to make the transition “fast and smooth” with the “less turbulence the better.” 

26 October 2016

The Guardian leads with a story based on a leaked recording which it says reveals what Theresa May “really thinks” about the Brexit vote. According to the paper, in comments made before the referendum, May conceded that “a lot of people will invest” in Britain “because it is the UK in Europe”. Speaking at Goldman Sachs on May 26, May is reported to have said: “I think the economic arguments are clear. I think being part of a 500-million trading bloc is significant for us.” According to the paper, the leaked audio recording contrasts with May’s “nuanced public speeches”, which reportedly “dismayed” remain campaigners before the vote in June.

25 October 2016

Brexit headlines today are dominated by Theresa May’s meeting with leaders of devolved assemblies at Downing Street yesterday. The Financial Times reports that Nicola Sturgeon said the “long overdue” meeting on the Brexit process had been “hugely frustrating” after the prime minister rebuffed her call for a flexible deal. Speaking after the encounter Sturgeon said “I don’t know any more now about the UK government’s approach to the EU negotiations than I did before I went in to the meeting”.

24 October 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet with leaders of devolved assemblies today in Number 10 to discuss Brexit and what their roles will be at the negotiating table. The Times reports that May will offer Nicola Sturgeon, Carwyn Jones, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness “direct access” to her Brexit negotiating team. According to the publication, the prime minister will say that she is willing to create a new forum which will regularly bring the devolved administrations together with David Davis, the Brexit secretary. Sturgeon writes in the Financial Times that she will “put forward specific proposals to keep Scotland in the single market, even if the rest of the UK leaves.”

21 October 2016

Brexit headlines are today dominated with Theresa May’s first European Union (EU) summit, where the Prime Minister met the leaders of other members of the EU. Many of the headlines centred on demands from the EU that Britain continue to accept migrants, if it hopes to access the single market. The Daily Mail wrote that “hostile EU leaders last night warned Theresa May that Britain must continue to let in hundreds of thousands of migrant workers every year if it wants access to the single market.” This description is reciprocated by The Daily Telegraph who claim the PM “has been rounded on by EU leaders.” 

20 October 2016

The Times leads with the story that Theresa May will speak after dinner at today’s European Council meeting in her first encounter with all 27 other European leaders since she became prime minister. “I am not trying to wreck your project or bring it down or be the harbinger of doom for the rest of you,” she will reportedly say. According to the paper, May will seek to allay concerns, held particularly by France, that Britain’s decision to leave the EU would trigger political contagion across Europe amid the rise of populist and Eurosceptic parties. 

19 October 2016

This morning’s Brexit headlines are dominated with the story that Theresa May has pledged to give MPs a vote on the final Brexit deal secured by Government. The prime minister’s position emerged in a High Court case over whether ministers needed parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50. The Daily Telegraph claims that the move has promoted fears that remain-supporting MPs could block the treaty, putting any agreement with the EU under threat. 

18 October 2016

Brexit was blamed yesterday as being among the factors driving a programme of job cuts at Groupe PSA. The French carmaker announced plans to shed 2,133 jobs next year through voluntary redundancies and early retirement. According to The Times, an internal document presented to the group’s works council, PSA said that the outlook remained uncertain, notably as a result of the British vote to quit the European Union. The group has a market share of about 8 per cent in the UK, where it generates 11 per cent of its sales. 

17 October 2016

The Daily Telegraph suggests that some members of the cabinet feel the Chancellor, Philip Hammond is attempting to “undermine Brexit” by pushing for delays to Cabinet measures designed to control immigration. The Chancellor has been criticised by Cabinet colleagues for “arguing like an accountant” and “seeing the risk of everything” rather than pressing ahead with plans for Brexit. It is understood that Hammond was one of a number of voices urging caution during a Brexit Cabinet committee meeting last week during which proposals were discussed for a new work permit system designed to reduce immigration.

14 October 2016

The majority of today’s papers focus on the story that Marmite supplies were being restored to Tesco stores on Wednesday night after a consumer and political backlash against the product’s manufacturer, Unilever. A spokesman for Unilever said: “Unilever is pleased to confirm that the supply situation with Tesco in the UK and Ireland has now been successfully resolved. We have been working together closely to reach this resolution and ensure our much-loved brands are once again fully available.” 

13 October 2016

The Daily Telegraph reports that Tesco is locked in a standoff with Unilever after the consumer goods company demanded price rises of 10 per cent, blaming the falling value of the pound in the wake of the Brexit vote. Unilever, which earlier this year posted profits of more than £2billion, is understood to have stopped deliveries to Tesco branches, leading to shortages of products including mayonnaise, Marmite, toothpaste and soap. Conservative MPs and industry insiders last night accused Unilever of “exploiting consumers” following the referendum, with one minister branding the company “reprehensible”. 

12 October 2016

Cabinet tensions over Brexit escalated yesterday after it emerged that leaked draft Cabinet papers warned that a new deal outside of the Single Market would cost the Treasury £66 billion in tax revenues. The Times reports that sterling dropped to a 31-year low following the leak with investors concerned about the prospects for the UK economy in light of the potential tax losses. 

11 October 2016

News of leaked cabinet committee papers suggesting that the Treasury could lose up to £55bn a year in tax revenues under a “hard Brexit”, dominates the front page of The Times this morning. The papers suggest that the economy could shrink by up to 9.5% if Britain leaves the single market and has to rely on World Trade organisation rules for trading with the continent. 

10 October 2016

The Times leads with the news that director-general of the CBI Carolyn Fairbairn has warned that PM Theresa May risks “closing the door” on an open economy with her immigration clampdown and Brexit policy. In an interview with The Times, Fairbairn issued the stark message as the government climbed down on its plan to name businesses thought to be relying too heavily on foreign workers. Fairbairn warned that there would be real costs in jobs and to communities if the government did not decide to work “in partnership with business.”

07 October 2016

On The Times’ front page Deputy Political Editor Sam Coates reports that a number of European leaders have criticised PM Theresa May’s uncompromising stance on immigration demonstrated at the Tory party conference this week,. According to the publication, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told hundreds of German businesses yesterday that Britain could not retain full access to the EU’s single market unless it allowed free movement of people. French housing minister Emmanuelle Cosse is also reported to have described British plans to force companies to publish the number of foreign workers they employ as a “catastrophe.” 

06 October 2016

The end of the Tory party conference and PM Theresa May’s closing speech drives the Brexit coverage this morning, with most of the papers offering editorials on what the event means for the Tory party and the future of Britain:

05 October 2016

Home secretary Amber Rudd’s speech at the Conservative conference yesterday takes centre stage in the Brexit headlines this morning following her comments around her planned efforts to restrict migrants coming to the UK from 327,000 a year to less than 100,000. In her speech, described by The Times as “the most policy-heavy speech of the conference so far”, Rudd revealed her plans for companies to be forced to publicise how many foreign workers they employed. According to the home secretary, bosses who fail to take on British staff will be “shamed”. Rudd has also gone after students from outside of the EU, by outlining her plans to toughen visa rules.

04 October 2016

Although key announcements on doctors’ training and military prosecutions take the lead in this morning’s headlines, Brexit, as always, remains a key background issue. Of note today is a slap down delivered by home secretary Amber Rudd at yesterday’s Times Red Box fringe event at the Conservative conference on her cabinet colleagues’ pleas for special exemptions to post-Brexit immigration curbs. According to The Times, Rudd asserted her authority on the issue of immigration by declaring: “My department is leading on this.” 

03 October 2016

A public relations onslaught from Number 10 dominated the Sunday coverage as the Conservative Party conference began in Birmingham yesterday, with the papers ferociously attempting to finally define what Brexit means. Theresa May’s inaugural conference speech as Prime Minister received widespread attention: The Sunday Times led with the news that the Brexit countdown will begin in the spring with a “Great Repeal Bill”, scrapping the legislation that took Britain into the European Union over 40 years ago. 

30 September 2016

According to the Daily Telegraph, Liam Fox has claimed that Britain can enjoy trade with the European Union that is “at least as free as” it is now despite Brexit. The International Trade Secretary yesterday heralded the “glorious opportunity” of Brexit as he said for the first time that he wants Britain to become a full independent member of the World Trade Organisation. In a leading article, the Telegraph praises Fox for speaking of Britain’s post-Brexit trading potential while adding that “it increasingly seems as if Britain dodged a bullet by voting to leave.” Meanwhile, The Sun urges May to trigger Article 50 imminently to “shut-up know-nothing Remainer fanatics like Ken Clarke and Nicky Morgan.”

29 September 2016

Ken Clarke, the former chancellor, has reportedly said that Theresa May is running a “government with no policies” in what The Times describes as the “first major assault” on the new regime. “Nobody in the government has the first idea of what they’re going to do next on the Brexit front” Clarke told the New Statesman. He later lamented David Cameron’s decision to call an EU referendum, predicting that he would “go down in history as the man who made the mistake of taking us out of the EU.”

28 September 2016

The Times leads with the story that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is considering plans to introduce special visas for London as he tries to preserve a steady flow of migrants into the capital after Brexit. Khan, who is reportedly in talks with the City of London Corporation, told Sky News: “We are talking to business leaders, businesses, business representatives to see what we can do to make sure London doesn’t lose out on the talent, the innovation the partnership that has let us be the greatest City in the world.”

27 September 2016

The Times and Financial Times both lead with the story that one of Germany’s most prominent businessmen, Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of publishing house Axel Springer, has said that Britain will emerge from Brexit with a stronger economy and be better off than other EU countries within five years. In an intervention that will be seized on by cabinet ministers arguing for a “hard” approach to Brexit, Springer suggested that being free of EU rules would allow Britain to implement a “very healthy . . . talent-orientated” immigration policy. “If Britain can create an alternative here, I think that is highly attractive,” he said in an interview with the FT

26 September 2016

Sunday coverage was dominated by reports that an “explosive book” by David Cameron’s former communications director, Sir Craig Oliver, lifts the lid on what the Mail on Sunday calls “murder and betrayal” over Brexit. According to the paper, the news lays bare for the first time the full extent of Cameron's frustration at Theresa May's refusal to back him over the EU referendum. In his book, Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story Of Brexit, serialised in the Mail on Sunday, Oliver claims that May’s unwillingness to declare her hand caused “immense frustration” in No 10 with Cameron’s allies describing her as “an enemy agent”. 

22 September 2016

The Times reports that Britain’s economy has held up well since the Brexit vote in spite of warnings that it would collapse, according to the Office for National Statistics. Joe Grice, the chief economist for the ONS, wrote on its website yesterday: “As the available information grows, the referendum result appears, so far, not to have had a major impact on the UK economy.” In a second boost for the economy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also announced that it was upping its forecast for growth in what the Daily Mail brands a “significant U-turn” leaving project fear “in tatters”. The 

21 September 2016

Theresa May’s speech at the UN in New York yesterday leads this morning’s Brexit headlines. As reported yesterday, Theresa May told global leaders in her maiden speech that Britain will remain a “confident, strong and dependable partner” on the world stage after Brexit. Boris Johnson was also in New York with the PM and faces a slew of criticism in the press this morning for playing on his phone during May’s speech and “appearing bored” as the Daily Mail reports. Following her defence of Britain’s decision to leave the EU, May jumped to Johnson’s side during a US radio interview and told listeners: “I think Boris is making an excellent job as foreign secretary”, when asked about his appointment. 

20 September 2016

Prime Minister, Theresa May, and foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, will attend the UN general assembly in New York today. The PM is expected to defend the Brexit vote in her maiden speech at the event. The Times reports that she will go on to claim Britain’s continued importance on the world stage and will argue that Brexit voters “did not vote to turn inwards or walk away from any of our partners in the world” but towards “a politics that is more in touch with their concerns.”

19 September 2016

Phillip Hammond has emerged as a key advocate for maintaining Britain’s status as an open economy with close links to Europe after Brexit, reports the Financial Times. Hammond has argued in recent weeks for maintaining the best possible access to the single market and is said by allies to be “open minded” on whether Britain should leave the EU customs union. This goes against other leading Tory MPs who are pushing for a hard Brexit, and the newly formed Eurosceptic Tory group, Leave Means Leave, who want to leave the European single market and end free movement.

16 September 2016

British voters backed Brexit because they had been “fed 40 years of lies and half-truths” by their political leaders, Jean-Claude Juncker complained yesterday, according to The Times. The European Commission president was speaking before an EU summit in Bratislava which is expected to expose deep divisions on the future of the bloc after Britain’s exit.

15 September 2016

The Times claims that Britain should be present at the EU summit in Bratislava tomorrow and not “treated as an outcast” in an editorial published today. The paper argues that Britain is still an “equal” and “fully paid-up member” of the EU, while lambasting the European Commission for treating the UK as “a menace and an embarrassment”. Also commenting on the EU summit, the Daily Telegraph urges readers to take Jean-Claude Juncker’s warnings over Britain’s waning access to the single market “with a healthy pinch of salt”. 

14 September 2016

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, has admitted that the EU is “not in a good state”, with “not enough Europe” and “not enough union” as he warned that the UK may not be granted access to the single market in his State of the Union address on Wednesday. 

13 September 2016

The Times leads with the story that Brexit secretary David Davis has warned that leaving the EU will involve the “most complex negotiations of modern times”. Giving evidence for the first time in his new role, Davis told peers that reaching a settlement within the two-year timeframe set out under Article 50 would be “very difficult”. 

12 September 2016

A number of the weekend papers lead with the story that Boris Johnson has endorsed a new cross-party campaign created by prominent pro-Brexit politicians aimed at pressuring Theresa May to deliver a hard Brexit. Johnson said the Change Britain campaign led by the pro-Brexit Labour MP Gisela Stuart, would ensure the UK gained control over "laws, borders, money and trade". Commenting on the news, The Times claims that May's "caginess about her vision of Brexit is wholly understandable" while acknowledging that the emergence of Change Britain may indicate "that this strategy cannot indefinitely hold."

09 September 2016

The Financial Times leads with the story that Chancellor Philip Hammond sought to reassure the City yesterday by telling the Lords economic affairs committee that European bankers and "highly-skilled" businessmen and women will be exempted from migration curbs after Brexit. Hammond also warned EU policymakers that they would harm their own interests if they tried to use Brexit to undermine the position of London as the continent's principal financial centre. Hammond's statement came as Valdis Dombrovskis a senior European Union commissioner warned of "serious consequences for the City" if Britain refused to accept the stipulations of the single market, as quoted in The Times.

08 September 2016

The Times leads with the story that former communist states are planning to exploit the fallout of Brexit with a “counter-revolution” designed to block migrant deals and assert the power of national governments over Brussels. Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, an influential diplomatic EU bloc known as the Visegrad Group, will lobby together at a summit next week to ensure that national governments are “put back in the EU’s driving seat.” The Financial Times warns Poland and Hungary to “beware of undermining EU values”, while The Times urges Brussels to be “flexible, not vindictive, if it to be ready for the next country to demand a referendum.” 

07 September 2016

The Daily Telegraph leads with the story that Theresa May has distanced herself from her new Brexit secretary’s comment that it was “very improbable” the UK would remain a member of the single market, exposing a fresh cabinet split over Britain’s future in Europe. On Tuesday, the prime minister’s spokeswoman said it is wrong to be “putting all your cards on the table” and claimed Davis was setting out “his opinion” not government policy. 

06 September 2016

Britain’s Brexit minister, David Davis, has said that it is “very improbable” that the UK will remain a member of the single market if the country is to secure control of its borders, as quoted in the Daily Telegraph. According to The Times, Davis faced criticism from MPs for failing to outline precise details of how the government will approach negotiations with Brussels. Yvette Cooper, described his statement as “astonishingly empty” while Anna Soubry, said that parliament was “none the wiser about the government’s plans” after his speech.

05 September 2016

The Financial Times reports that Theresa May is planning a “more modest” reform of immigration rules in comments it says are likely to “inflame” Brexit supporters. The prime minister, speaking ahead of her first G20 summit in China, ruled out a switch to an Australian-style immigration system that would strip EU citizens of their preferential access to the UK, in order to help Britain retain access to the single market. “Lose on Points” is the headline for the Sun, which says May's attack on the Australian-style system is a rebuff to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Vote Leave, and threatens to open up a new cabinet “Brexit rift”.

02 September 2016

Eurosceptic MPs pointed to buoyant new manufacturing data as more evidence the Treasury had been “scaremongering” before June’s EU referendum, when it predicted a vote to leave the EU would trigger a recession. The figures showed activity in Britain’s factories hit a 10-month high in August, the latest sign that the economy may have recovered its poise after the initial shock of the Brexit vote, according to today’s Financial Times. Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative member of the Commons Treasury committee, said: “I think a number of people wanted to believe their own propaganda in the Brexit campaign…The economy has turned out to be more robust.” 

01 September 2016

Ending mass immigration from Europe will be a “red line” in Brexit negotiations, Theresa May’s Cabinet ruled yesterday. The prime minister confirmed that she will not open formal exit negotiations under Article 50 before the end of this year and pledged to seek a tailor-made withdrawal rather than an “off the shelf solution”. The Daily Mail draws “huge encouragement” from May’s Cabinet pep talk, praising the prime minister for “refusing to give Parliament any chance to stop her invoking Article 50” in an editorial titled “Well said, Theresa!” Equally, The Sun heralds May’s immigration red line a “great start” while warning against “drift and timidity over the rest of our Brexit terms.” 

31 August 2016

A number of publications lead with the story that Britain could cut corporation tax to attract major international companies after the European Commission hit Apple with an £11 billion tax bill. Ministers told The Telegraph that the European Commission's decision could represent a significant “opportunity” for Britain as it seeks to attract business after leaving the EU. Commenting on the news, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Britain is open for business, we welcome any company wishing to invest in Britain and Britain’s workforce.” 

30 August 2016

Today’s Financial Times focuses on attempts from Europe to lure some of Britain's biggest banks abroad. Carolyn Fairbairn, the head of the CBI has urged the government to allow the banking industry “off the naughty step” and relax some of its regulation to help London “fend off post-Brexit challengers to its position as Europe's leading financial centre.” Equally, Monday’s Financial Times led with the story that Marathon, a $13bn US hedge fund, is seeking to capitalise on the Brexit vote, investing in property across Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands. These countries “have the most stable outlook and are the most likely to benefit from Brexit,” said Bruce Richards, co-founder and chief executive of the distressed debt and property specialist.

26 August 2016

The Telegraph leads with the story that Theresa May has today announced a £40 million fund to help Britain out-compete other major tourism destinations and encourage families to holiday at home in a bid to boost UK tourism post-Brexit. “The British people’s decision to leave the European Union creates real opportunities for growth and we will work in close partnership with the tourism industry, to ensure it continues to thrive as negotiations on the UK’s exit progress” May said.    

25 August 2016

The Times reports that the three cabinet minister charged with delivering Brexit held a private summit to “clear the air” after weeks of “simmering tensions” over their respective responsibilities. On the eve of Theresa May’s return from holiday, Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox met without aides or civil servants yesterday morning on “neutral ground” in the Cabinet Office. It was part of attempts to build a better working relationship between the “three Brexiteers” who have reportedly never had a close political affinity. 

24 August 2016

The Times leads with the story that William Hague, the former foreign secretary, has been accused of “lobbying by the back door” after taking a leading role at international lobbying and advisory consultancy Teneo. As part of what the paper calls a “Brexit lobbying bonanza”, Lord Hague, who is banned from lobbying ministers for another year, has been criticised by campaigners who claim that the “ridiculously loose” rules will not prevent him leveraging his contacts in Westminster. Reacting to the news, The Times calls for Downing Street to ensure that British lobbying is “beyond reproach” as the industry expands rapidly to seize opportunities in the wake of the Brexit vote. 

23 August 2016

The Times reports that Downing Street and the Treasury have hit back at comments from the Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, suggesting that a decision to lower corporation tax in Britain would make Brexit negotiations with the EU “more difficult.” Senior Conservatives, including Owen Paterson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, insisted that Britain had the right to set whatever level of corporation tax it liked. 

22 August 2016

Tory splits over the EU re-emerged over the weekend as Iain Duncan Smith called on Theresa May to speed up Brexit and issued a series of demands about the shape of a deal. According to The Daily Telegraph, Duncan Smith called for the UK to leave the single market and for Brexit talks start no later than early 2017 in a sign of rising tensions over the handling of negotiations. 

19 August 2016

A number of publications lead with the story that Britain’s vote for Brexit has failed to deter shoppers as like-for-like sales rose 1.1 per cent in July according to figures released by the British Retail Consortium and KPMG. The Sun reports that “Brits go Brex mad in high street spree” while the Financial Times paid tribute to the “resilience” of the British labour market. David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, said; “warmer weather helped blow away some of the post-referendum blues, boosting the UK feel-good factor and giving consumers a sense that life goes on following the initial shock of the Brexit vote.” 

18 August 2016

The Times leads with figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which show that Britain’s job market showed no sign of abating in June as unemployment remained at its lowest level in 11 years. The paper claims the news “provides hope of Brexit stability” with the figures suggesting that the UK “is faring better than first feared.” The Financial Times also acknowledges the fall in UK unemployment figures in July with the data heralded a sign of the labour market’s resilience after June’s Brexit vote. 

17 August 2016

The Times focuses on the apparent turf war in Westminster reporting that the secretary of state for Brexit, David Davis, will have fewer civil servants working for him than any other cabinet minister. The news comes as Whitehall officials fought off Davis’ attempts to “land grab” people from other departments. Official figures now show that the Department for Exiting the European Union will have 32 senior civil servants working full time under Davis, with many “EU experts remaining within their existing departments.”

16 August 2016

The Times and Financial Times highlight a study by the Resolution Foundation revealing that low-paid workers will not see their wages rise, even if Brexit results in falling EU migration and less competition in the job market. According to the think tank, any small increase in wages would be dwarfed by a two per cent downgrade in average wage growth as a result of a shrinking economic base caused by the Brexit vote. The report, which examined the post-Brexit job market, also indicated that some of Britain’s economy, such as food manufacturing and domestic services, could suffer under new restrictions on migrant labour. 

15 August 2016

It was reported at the weekend that the triggering of article 50 might be delayed until autumn 2017 (having been expected to happen in January next year). According to The Sunday Times, Britain could now remain in the EU until the end of 2019 because the government’s new Brexit and international trade departments are unlikely to be ready to stick to the initial timetable. The paper also reported that ministers have privately warned senior figures in the City of London that Britain is also likely to hold off invoking article 50 until France and Germany have both had their elections next year. 

12 August 2016

In an article around how weekly magazines such as Private Eye, The Spectator and the Economist have managed to buck the long-term downward trend for print circulation in the UK newspaper industry, the Financial Times also addresses how these publications have fared in the period leading up to and just after the referendum. According to the publication, all of the magazines have benefited from a growing demand for weekly news analysis - in the six months to the end of June, The Spectator recorded a 38 per cent increase year on year, while The Economist’s digital subscription sales were up 15 per cent compared with the same period in 2015. 

11 August 2016

The FT reports that recruitment group, Adecco, said this morning that it had not witnessed any slowdown in hiring in the UK in the second quarter, in spirt of the uncertainty provoked by the Brexit referendum. In results in which the company’s revenues in the UK and Ireland rose 6 per cent in the three months to June 30 compared to the same period last year, Alain Dehaze, CEO, said that the Swiss-based group had not suffered “any impact from the Brexit decision in the second quarter.”

10 August 2016

The front page of today’s Financial Times reports that the Bank of England’s bond buying programme, announced as part of a post Brexit stimulus package for the economy, has run in to trouble after pension funds and insurance companies refused to sell gilts to the central bank.  The new measures, announced last week are said to have surprised financial markets and led to a collapse in government bond yields. The failure to secure long dated gilts has raised “significant question marks” about the monetary easing measures, according to the paper’s sources. 

09 August 2016

The latest figures from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG were released today showing a total increase in sales of 1.9% in July over the same period last year.  The news which has widely been attributed to warm weather during the month also suggests that there has been no post-referendum drop off in consumer spending, despite surveys forecasting that the confidence of businesses and households have taken a hit, the Guardian reported

05 August 2016

According to the Financial Times, Goldman Sachs has become the latest international corporation to warn that it may “restructure” its British operations as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The Wall Street bank, which employs over 6,000 people in the UK, said the Brexit vote “may adversely affect the manner in which we operate certain of our businesses in the European Union and could require us to restructure certain operations”. 

04 August 2016

With the Bank of England expected cut interest rates to historically low levels today, the Financial Times leads with the story that British business activity has seen its sharpest drop in at least 20 years following the Brexit vote. The survey of purchasing managers, which measures output in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors, fell to its lowest levels since the financial crisis due to “an unparalleled uncertainty shock”. According to the FT, the findings reinforce pre-referendum warnings from both the Treasury and Bank of England that a Brexit vote could lead to a reverse into recession.

03 August 2016

The Financial Times leads with the story that TheCityUK, the main lobby group for Britain’s financial services industry, has called for continued access to the EU’s single market and to skilled staff from the region. Chris Cummings, chief executive of the group told the FT: “We’re very keen that the government negotiates mutual market access so UK businesses can have continued access to the European single market and so European corporates can have access to the UK, particularly London.” The paper claims the news will set the City on a “collision course” with Brexit hardliners. 

02 August 2016

According to The Times, David Cameron is facing growing anger over his decision to propose an honour for the leader of the failed campaign to keep Britain in the EU. The inclusion of Will Straw, the director of Britain Stronger in Europe, in Cameron’s leaked honour’s list has been criticised by Brexiteers for “rewarding failure”. The paper heralds the news a further “erosion of public trust” in a recent editorial

01 August 2016

A cross-party coalition in the House of Lords is reportedly pursuing plans to “block Brexit” according to The Daily Telegraph. Baroness Wheatcroft has said that it is “imperative that we don’t press the button on Article 50” adding that there is an “argument that at some stage people ought to be given an opportunity to think again.” Wheatcroft is part of a group of several dozen peers discussing options to block, delay or “revisit” the referendum result.

29 July 2016

The Financial Times reports that company results yesterday demonstrate that Brexit is "reshaping the corporate landscape", creating stark winners and losers. For example, Ford forecast a $1bn hit from Brexit currency swings warning that it would have to raise prices in Britain and also consider plant closures in its European operations. In contrast, Diageo, reported a 3.5 per cent rise in full-year operating profits and has seen its share price rise 18 per cent since the referendum on the back of the weaker pound. The company results came as the European Commission's detailed economic sentiment indicator for July showed a sharp drop in the UK compared with small falls elsewhere in the EU. 

28 July 2016

The papers offer conflicting assessments of the UK economy this morning in the wake of the Brexit vote. The Guardian claims that the British economy has been “knocked of course” with signs of retrenchment across key industries, namely car manufacturing, retail and construction. Despite stronger than expected growth figures in the run-up to the referendum, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said its members were “gloomy” about the prospects for growth, jobs and investment; the British Retail Consortium said jobs were being shed in the months leading up to the referendum; and RICS – the body that represents chartered surveyors – acknowledged that workloads for construction had weakened.

27 July 2016

A number of publications focus on a recent report by the Home Affairs select committee, highlighting the likelihood of a post-referendum “surge” in migration as EU nationals enter the UK before tighter immigration rules are imposed. According to The Times, the committee has called on the government to set an immigration cut-off date whilst also urging ministers to end the uncertainty facing Europeans living in Britain. Commenting on the news, the Daily Mail brands the report “eminently sensible” with the case for a cut-off date to avert the “threatened surge in migration” growing “stronger by the day”.

26 July 2016

In a leading article titled, “Hard Choices” The Times claims the open border dividing Ireland is “unlikely to survive Brexit” with the Good Friday agreement “intimately bound up with shared EU membership”. According to the paper, three options suggest themselves: a hardened border between the republic and Northern Ireland; a hardened border between the island of Ireland and Great Britain; or the adoption by the republic of whatever UK border controls are imposed at the end of Brexit negotiations. The comments follow Theresa May’s recent visit to Belfast, where she promised that Brexit would not lead to a restoration of “the borders of the past” in Ireland. 

25 July 2016

Theresa May will today insist that peace and stability in Northern Ireland is her “highest priority” as she pledges to ensure that border controls will not be erected after Brexit, the Daily Telegraph reports. According to the Financial Times, however, turning those words into action “could prove tricky” for the new prime minister, with the Irish border becoming “an external EU frontier” post-Brexit. May will travel to Belfast today to hold talks with First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, to discuss delivering stability in Northern Ireland in the wake of the EU referendum.

22 July 2016

Friday’s headlines focus on the meeting between the new British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Francois Hollande in Paris yesterday. The Financial Times reports that Hollande adopted a “conciliatory tone”, conceding that the UK needed time to prepare for Brexit negotiations whilst urging May to start formal proceedings as soon as possible. In a joint press conference, May hailed the “excellent and constructive discussions” with the French president, as the leaders agreed to uphold the Touquet bilateral accord that allows Britain to carry out border controls in France. 

21 July 2016

Theresa May's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes several front pages, as the papers continue to focus on Brexit. Under the headline “Merkel gives May time for Brexit talks”, the Financial Times reports that the Chancellor is resisting calls from EU leaders to press for the quick activation of Article 50 and allowing the UK “breathing space”. The FT also devotes its Big Read section to Article 50 in a piece titled “The Brexit Divorce Paper”. The Times claims that May “won the blessing” of Merkel to delay Brexit whilst The Telegraph quotes Merkel’s statement that Britain is right to “take a moment” to clarify its negotiating position before starting formal talks. 

20 July 2016

Several of today’s paper focus on one of the key issues of the referendum debate: migration. The Telegraph leads with the story that Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, have suggested that a target to reduce net migration to below 100,000 has been abandoned by the new Government. Rudd said it was now the Government’s “aim” to reduce net migration to “sustainable levels” refusing to commit to a specific target. The Daily Mail claims the “failed Tory pledge” has wrought “Cabinet chaos” while The Sun leads with the headline “immigration’s a ruddy mess”.

19 July 2016

Britain must not be “defined by Brexit” and everyone should prosper from the “opportunities” of leaving the EU, Theresa May has said ahead of her first Cabinet meeting today. The new prime minister will move social mobility to the “heart of government” as she vows to “make a success of Brexit” according to The Telegraph. In a leading article the paper also comments on May’s scheduled trip to Berlin to meet with Angela Merkel, claiming that “it would be nice to think Europe’s two most powerful leaders could strike up a friendship”, concluding with the statement that “it is in a nation’s interests to have friends.” 

18 July 2016

The Sunday papers predominantly focus on international trade deals in the wake of the Brexit vote. The Sunday Times, for example, opened with the story that Britain is “scoping” free trade deals with 12 countries in time to leave the EU on January 1, 2019. Australia reportedly offered to strike a pact with the UK “as soon as possible” when Theresa May spoke to Malcolm Turnbull, her counterpart in Canberra. The prime minister claimed that the offer was proof she could “make Brexit work for Britain”. Meanwhile, international trade secretary, Liam Fox, revealed that he had opened “very fruitful” negotiations with Canada on Friday. 

15 July 2016

With the new prime minister having finalised her cabinet’s top team on Thursday, the aspect gaining most attention in Friday's papers is that it is, in the words of the Daily Telegraph, a “state school Cabinet”. The Times agrees that Theresa May's cabinet line-up “put substance behind her One Nation rhetoric” while the Daily Mail opines that the new cabinet signals the end of “chumocracy”. It was the “most brutal day of top-level sackings in modern history”, according to the Daily Mail and the “bloodiest reshuffle in decades” says The Sun who brands the prime minister the “TER-MAY-NATOR”. 

14 July 2016

While coverage remains overwhelmingly dominated by Theresa May’s entry into No 10 yesterday, the new prime minister is sharing the front page limelight with her surprise choice as foreign secretary.  “Boris Bounces Back!” declares the Daily Mail after it was revealed that Boris Johnson would take one of the lead roles in May’s cabinet. The Times describes Johnsons’ return as “an astonishing comeback”, after his enthusiastic endorsement of Andrea Leadsom, while the Financial Times succinctly claims: “Johnson had been assumed politically dead” after shirking the leadership race. 

13 July 2016

This morning’s front pages are overwhelmingly dominated by the crisis engulfing the labour party after its National Executive Committee voted to ensure Jeremy Corbyn's place on the ballot paper for the forthcoming leadership contest. Meanwhile, commentators focus on the appointment of Theresa May and her planned cabinet reshuffle as she moves into Downing Street. “Simply saying Brexit means Brexit, as May frequently does, leaves all the relevant questions unanswered,” the Guardian claims, adding that “it will take great skill for May to balance competing demands inside her party”. 

12 July 2016

“Coronation” is a word widely used for Theresa May's appointment to lead the Conservative Party after rival Andrea Leadsom dramatically dropped out of the leadership race yesterday. The Financial Times praises the “Last woman standing” after May’s dramatic rout of the Conservatives who led the campaign to take Britain out of the EU. While pro-Brexit Tories had once been confident they would inherit the party’s crown, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom have each had their ambitions “dashed in the tumultuous weeks since the Leave vote”, the paper reports. 

11 July 2016

Focus in the weekend press on the Conservative leadership contest was dominated by Andrea Leadsom's remarks in an interview with The Times published on Saturday that being a mother makes her a better choice for a leader than Theresa May (who was unable to have children) because it meant that she has "a very real stake" in the future of the country.

08 July 2016

This morning’s papers are as one in heralding a female prime minister, as Andrea Leadsom, the junior energy minister who shot to prominence as a leading voice in the Vote Leave campaign, has secured second place in the Conservative leadership race behind Theresa May. Unsurprisingly, publications note the historic nature of the race with The Timesdeclaring that the UK will have a female prime minister for only the second time in its history after Leadsom “surged from obscurity”. The paper also notes that the leaders of three of the UK’s four nations will be women with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland and Arlene Foster in Ireland.

07 July 2016

With the Chilcot report dominating the UK media this morning, focus on Brexit has been marginalised. Interestingly, the Daily Telegraph’s deputy editor, Allister Heath opines that both incidents – the publishing of the Chilcot report and Brexit – are “inextricably linked” in their demonstration that “deep political and institutional reform” is needed for Britain to move forward. In his view, both incidents are part of a chain of events, culminating in Brexit, that lead to the electorate’s disenchantment with elites and mistrust in the body politic, the EU and large institutions.  

06 July 2016

The press take stock of the opening round of the Conservative leadership battle, in which Theresa May emerged as a clear frontrunner. May polled 165 of Tory MPs' votes compared with 66 for Andrea Leadsom and 48 for Michael Gove. The Times reports that May has “almost certainly” booked her place in the final run-off to become the next Tory leader after “sweeping victory” in the first round of voting. The home secretary, who polled more votes than the other four candidates combined, was supported by Liam Fox, who was automatically eliminated, and Stephen Crabb, who opted to pull out of the race after the result was announced. 

05 July 2016

The Conservative leadership contest remains the main focus point of the UK media this morning. The latest update is that Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind Andrea Leadsom to be the next prime minister, declaring that she is the only candidate with the “zap, drive and determination” to lead the country. Times columnist Hugo Rifkind bemoans the fact that the reality of Brexit is being “decided by a limited caucus of a Conservative leadership contest” and describes Leadsom as “a woman who smiles sweetly like your nan, but who would pack us into a bus and drive us towards a cliff edge in the hope that somebody builds a bridge before we hit the gorge.”

04 July 2016

The majority of the weekend publications and today’s papers continue to focus on the Conservative leadership contest in what The Sunday Times dubbed the “week of the long knives” in a special eight-page referendum pullout. A number of commentators claim the contest is steadily developing into a two-horse race, with Theresa May as the front-runner followed closely by Andrea Leadsom. Writing in the i  Ian Birrell backs “calm” and “tough” May, who is also supported by the Daily Mail which urges her to make “cast-iron assurances that there will be no back-tracking on the referendum”. 

01 July 2016

Michael Gove’s decision to withdraw his support for Boris Johnson in the Conservative party leadership contest, and to run himself, dominates front-page coverage in the UK nationals this morning. The Telegraph reports that Johnson’s allies have accused Michael Gove of a “calculated plot” to destroy the former London mayor’s political ambitions, and have told the paper there is a “very deep pit reserved in hell” for Gove as a result of his betrayal.

30 June 2016

With the deadline for nominations at 12pm today the race to become leader of the Conservative party - and the next Prime Minister - is the lead story in most of today's papers. Formally opening her bid in an article in The Times, the home secretary Theresa May makes her case for being the "strong and proven leader to steer us through this period of economic uncertainty." Setting her sights on her main rival Boris Johnson's privileged background the Home Secretary attacked Westminster figures "who do not appreciate hardship" and believe that government is a "game."  

29 June 2016

The majority of publications lead with David Cameron's final meeting with EU leaders in Brussels yesterday. According to the Daily Express, the prime minister told his EU counterparts that a "sense there was no control on immigration or free movement" was to blame for the historic Leave vote. In the first gathering in Brussels since the referendum result, Cameron reportedly criticised the attending European leaders for their "stubborn refusal to heed British anger at mass migration" and urged the EU to agree a new trade deal that would restore Britain's border controls.

28 June 2016

The Daily Telegraph's front page focuses on suggestions from Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, that Britain should hold a second referendum on the terms of leaving the European Union if it can secure a deal to control its borders. In today's Telegraph, Hunt argues: "We must not invoke Article 50 straight away because that puts a time limit of two years on neogitations, after which we could be thrown out with no deal at all."

27 June 2016

The fallout from the UK's vote to leave the EU dominates weekend coverage and Monday's front pages. A number of publications lead with coverage of the resignations in the Labour party as Jeremy Corbyn lost 12 members of his shadow cabinet on Sunday with more than 20 frontbench MPs expected to follow suit today. The Daily Mail describes it as a "chaotic day in which the Labour party went into meltdown" while The Times claims Corbyn is facing a "leadership ultimatum".