Greferendum: Triumph for No

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British cheerleaders for the EU like Roland Rudd are not taking the expressed will of the Greek people well:

The usual establishment guilty men will be lamenting over at the FT:

This vote does not mean an instant Grexit, nor does it mean the €uro is finished. It does mean that the supposed inevitability of greater integration and irreversibility of the €uro is over. As someone once said, for the forces opposed to a unified European supra-state

“… we have a new experience. We have victory – a remarkable and definite victory… Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Tonight it is looking like the Greek people voted by a 2 to 1 margin against the EU’s diktat… Le Projet Européen est terminé.

Das Bild Referendum

All eyes on Greece for Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept the EU’s bailout conditions, though German tabloid Bild is holding a plebiscite of its own:

“Should we support Greece with further taxpayer billions?”

Are you listening Mrs Merkel…

H/T @JeremyCliffe 

New UKIP Attack Ad Skewers Two-Faced Dave on Treaty Change

They might not have an HQ, but somewhere a ‘kipper is working hard at his laptop…

Greek Poll Has “No” Side Ahead

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Greece looks likely to reject the creditors’ bailout according to the latest poll published today. Asked how they would vote in a referendum – assuming it goes ahead – 46% said they back the “no” vote, down from 57%, with “yes” up to 37% from 30%. Undecideds at 17% may yet say “yes” to the austerity status quo…

*Pollster ProRata and published in the daily newspaper Efimerida ton Syntaktonthis morning.

IPSO Throw Out Vexatious Europhile Whinge

The press regulator has dismissed a spurious complaint brought against the Telegraph by Bill Emmott, ex-editor of the Economist. Emmott claimed in a long whinge that Toby Young’s review of his ‘Great European Disaster Movie’, a piece of swivel-eyed, pro-EU propaganda broadcast by the BBC last year, contained a string of inaccuracies. Despite it being a TV review and obviously an opinion piece.

This is what IPSO found:

“The article under complaint was a television review, and was clearly signalled as such in both style and positioning. Readers would therefore understand that it represented the columnist’s personal interpretation of the film.

The points made by the columnist were his interpretation of the information which had been presented and the newspaper was able to explain, by reference to material contained in the documentary, the basis for the columnist’s views.  Given the nature of the piece, the Committee did not consider that there had been a failure to take care not to publish inaccurate information, not did it establish the existence of any inaccuracies requiring correction.”

You can enjoy the full, accurate article here.

Toby tells MediaGuido:

“Eurosceptics will have to get used to vexatious complaints like this from swivel-eyed europhiles in the run up to the referendum. Thank God IPSO came to the right conclusion.” 

Chilling.

Sajid Slams CBI: Stinging Speech Threatens Brexit

The Business Secretary let the CBI have it at the Corinthia last night, telling them to their faces that their pro-EU intransigence doesn’t “make sense”:

“Imagine my surprise last month, when I attended an event much like this one and heard that the CBI thinks the UK should remain in the European Union no matter what. That the people of Britain should vote to stay in regardless of whether or not the Prime Minister wins the concessions that British business so badly needs. That none of the concerns the CBI has raised over the years are actually that significant. 

Of course you’re entirely free to come to that conclusion. But does it really make sense to say, so early in the process: … “the rules of this club need to change… but don’t worry, we’ll always be members no matter what happens”?

You’re some of Britain’s most respected, most successful business leaders. You know how negotiation works. You wouldn’t dream of sit down at the start of a merger or acquisition and like a poker player showing his hand to the table announce exactly what terms you were prepared to accept. It doesn’t work in the boardroom and it won’t work in Brussels.”

Before turning their own words against them:

“You have never been shy about highlighting the ways in which the EU can hamper and undermine British business. Here’s three quotes:

“The likely effect of many of Brussels’ current proposals will be to damage the UK’s prospects for growth.” That was John [Cridland], speaking in 2011.

“We don’t want a situation where smaller firms are saddled with poorly thought-out EU regulations which impede their ability to grow.” So said Katja [Hall] in 2013.

“The European Parliament’s decision … is bad for business … it will make it harder for firms to grow and export across Europe.” That was Sean McGuire, your man in Brussels, in a statement made four years ago.

These are all valid complaints, all concerns I share. They’re exactly the kind of points the CBI should be making to defend the interests of its members.”

Praising the CBI’s rivals while being hosted by John Cridland will have gone down like a cup of cold sick:

“Look at the stance taken by the Institute of Directors and the British Chambers of Commerce. Like the CBI, the IoD and BCC are great cheerleaders British business. Like the CBI, they want the renegotiation process to deliver genuine reform. But unlike the CBI, they’re waiting until that process is complete before recommending how to vote in the referendum.”

Finishing with a warning that Brexit shouldn’t be ruled out:

“We must speak with one voice. And we must be unafraid to say that we could walk away if Brussels refuses to compromise.”

Bravo for giving the CBI a deserved slap, but you can’t help reading this and thinking much of it could apply to the PM…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Dave’s Dossier: Deal or No Deal?

EU REFORM

If today’s extensive leak is accurate, this is what the PM is seeking from EU leaders as his renegotiation deal:

  • opt out from ever closer union
  • renewed focus on competitiveness and economic growth
  • fairness between eurozone and non-eurozone members
  • restrictions on EU migrants claiming benefits

So, what do Guido readers think?

Read Dave’s demands and decide: would that be enough to win your vote to stay in?

Revealed: Cameron’s Demands to EU Leaders

EU REFORM

Top leak to the Guardian, revealing what the PM wants in his renegotiation deal:

  • Answering UK concerns about sovereignty by giving the UK an exemption from the EU’s historic commitment to forge an “ever closer union” of the peoples

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Cameron Last Month: Treaty Change “Required” For Renegotiation

David Cameron has admitted previously that he needs to secure treaty change before he can come to the British people and advise them to stay in the European Union.

In January he said that “proper full on treaty change” was […]

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Taxpayer-Funded EU Survey Finds More People Go on Holiday in Summer

It reads like a parody, but this is a genuine taxpayer-funded report commissioned by the EU statistics agency Eurostat, released today:

The shock findings include the remarkable claim that:

“A clear seasonal pattern on tourism activity of residents of the

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Tory Flip Flop Forces British Jobs to be Advertised Across Europe

The Tories were positively crowing last year about tearing up rules forcing all Jobcentre vacancies in the UK to be advertised across the EU. Esther McVey even had a good boast about standing up to Brussels:

“We are giving businesses

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