The Telegraph: Taking no deal off the table could torpedo Brexit completely

No-one wants a World Trade Organisation ‘no-deal’ Brexit, right? So why not rule it out now, once and for all. Wouldn’t that be safer, and let everyone calm down? Well no, not really. Taking the option off the table wouldn’t just massively weaken the Prime Minister’s negotiating position. It could…

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The Times: John Penrose calls for developers to pay council tax on unused sites

The government should have the power to levy council tax on building sites straight after a developer gets planning permission, a former Cabinet Office minister has suggested, claiming that it would help to speed up the supply of new homes. John Penrose, a Conservative MP and co-chairman of the all-party…

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Financial Times: Tories join demand for Theresa May to deliver on energy pledge

Nearly 200 MPs, including 76 Conservatives, called for Theresa May to deliver on her promise to cut energy bills for 17 million households in an awkward intervention on the eve of the Tory party conference. The prime minister made a bold promise before the election in June to save families…

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