Clegg’s Single Market Delusion

The Daily Politics played Nick Clegg referendum clips of David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom all saying Brexit meant leaving the Single Market. Still Clegg insisted people didn’t know that’s what they were voting for. Deluded…

Open Britain Endorse LibDems in Witney


Open Britain, the zombie campaign of ex-BSE Remoaners, claims to be non-partisan. Odd, then, that they’ve tweeted to their followers telling them to vote LibDem in the Witney by-election today. Do Open Britain’s vocal Tory backers Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan endorse this message? Surely former Clegg spinner turned Open Britain chief James McGrory didn’t accidentally tweet from the wrong account…

UPDATE: The tweet has now been deleted.

UPDATE II: Guido is told the tweet was not sent by McGrory, it was sent accidentally by a current LibDem press officer who has access to the account. He deleted it and then tweeted it from the LibDem press office account. Doesn’t exactly disabuse us of the notion that Open Britain is just a LibDem front…

UPDATE III: Open Britain are at pains to point out that their co-director Joe Carberry worked for Labour for ten years and that they also have Tories in their top team.

No, Commons Vote on EU Trade Deal Does Not Threaten Brexit


A strange FT splash this morning claims that MPs getting a vote on the government’s eventual EU trade deal means a real Brexit is less likely. This is just wrong. MPs will be given a choice between the government’s deal or no deal which would mean trading with the EU under WTO rules. Either way, it will be a ‘hard Brexit’ by the FT/Remoaner definition, which is Brexit. As for the pound rising on the back of this? Almost as if traders don’t have any particular political insight, the rises and falls in the pound are just them trying to make money off the back of newsflow rather than fundamentals…

Kate Hoey Challenges Benn For Brexit Select Committee


The Remain stitch up to get Hilary Benn in charge of the Brexit select committee has a challenger – Labour Leaver Kate Hoey is putting her name forward for the role. She is backed by other prominent Labour Brexiters including Gisela Stuart and John Mann, as well as Tories like Theresa Villiers, the SNP’s Alex Salmond and DUP’s Nigel Dodds. Tory MPs’ votes are crucial – do you really want a Remainer who wants to stay in the single market in charge of scrutiny of Brexit? Or a Leaver who will properly hold Theresa May to account…

Brexit Blockers Backing Benn


Hilary Benn’s unopposed* bid for the chairmanship of the DexEU select committee is being backed by the Remainers who are trying to obstruct Brexit. Ed Miliband and Anna Soubry, members of the Open Britain group seeking to delay Article 50 and retain single market membership, have endorsed Benn for the role. As Guido has warned previously, Benn is an arch-Remainer – he believes we should stay in the single market and says immigration numbers will not come down. Select committees are supposed to hold ministers to account, not obstruct them. The likes of Soubry and Miliband backing him suggests the committee under his chairmanship will attempt to get in the way rather than scrutinise. This looks like a Remoaner stitch up of the Brexit select committee…

* He now has a challenger.

China’s Free Access to Single Market


Here’s another reminder that trade flows freely in and out of the so-called ‘Single Market’ even if you are a non-member. China trades over half-a-trillion dollars annually with the EU and pays no annual fee for access to the common regulatory regime. Obviously China has no problem with controlling immigration from Eastern Europe, nor does it see its national sovereignty constantly frittered away by qualified majority voting and foreign judges ruling over Chinese citizens. How do they cope?

Remainers’ Dishonesty About Boris


Remainers have jumped on the Sunday Times story about the famous unpublished Boris article making the case for Remain. Alastair Campbell says BoJo has been “exposed as a two-faced lying Charlatan”. The LibDems accuse him of “duplicity“. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams says Boris “tries on opinions like clothes, discarding them as the mood and weather takes him“. Once again, these Remoaners are telling porkies.

Everyone knows Boris wrote a second pro-Remain article. What Tim Shipman reveals in his Brexit book is that Boris thought his own case for Remain made him want to “vomit“. The article was not an expression of his true beliefs, as some Remainers are dishonestly claiming. On the contrary, it helped him make up his mind to back Leave. As Shippers reveals:


Those Remainers accusing Boris of duplicity are the truly duplicitous ones…

EU Trades Trillions Outside Single Market


People who really should know better are fetishising the EU ‘single market’. The single market is essentially a common regulatory regime. It is not necessary to be in the single market to trade across borders with EU member states. In fact the USA manages to do nearly two trillion dollars of trade with the EU annually without paying a penny for access to the ‘single market’, without having to accept uncontrolled immigration from Eastern Europe or being subject to any loss of sovereignty. Bear this in mind when you read hysterical articles in the newspapers… 

Thornberry’s Brexit Question Booed on Question Time

Thonrberry asks the Question Time audience: “How many people here voted to take their neighbour’s job away?” Isabel nailed it.

Vid via @liarpoliticians


EU Accounts Not Signed Off Since 1994


The EU’s auditors have failed to sign off Brussels accounts for the 22nd year in a row, claiming that they are ‘materially affected by error’. Some examples of waste include a project where the team tasked with repaving a 1 kilometre footpath in Italy ended up buying a €4,000 mountain bike, a €3,500 panoramic spyglass and donating €10,000 to a local church from their budget.[…]


UKIP’s Communist Infiltration


Arron Banks and his slick-haired sidekick Andy Wigmore left no stone unturned in their bid to win the Leave designation during the referendum. A new book reveals how a UKIP-Communist pact attempted to win the Electoral Commission round. Wigmore, a former Tory smoothie turned purple rosette-wearing Kipper, infiltrated the New Communist Party of Britain, becoming a member in order to secure the party’s backing for Grassroots Out. […]


Remoaners’ Brexit Fantasy

Miliband, Clegg, Soubry, Morgan et al have spent hours this afternoon arguing Britain should seek to retain single market membership as well as secure control of borders.[…]


EU-Cig Madness: Taxpayer-Funded Maldives Jolly for North Korean Officials


The picture above shows delegates from the EU taxpayer-funded Framework Convention on Tobacco Control posing on a beach during a “workshop” in the Maldives last month. The jolly was purportedly part of “preparations” for the FCTC / World Health Organisation conference in India in November, where a series of draconian measures to discourage e-cigarettes will be discussed.[…]


Raoul Ruparel New Davis SpAd


David Davis has finally hired his policy SpAd, signing up Open Europe director and top EU wonk Raoul Ruparel to join the Brexit department. Ruparel is praised by former colleagues as one of the finest minds around on Europe. So what does he believe?[…]


Rudd Can’t Say How Many EU Citizens Work in Home Office

Amber Rudd wants to force companies to list foreign workers yet she has no idea how many EU citizens work in her own department. Last month Labour submitted a written question asking the Home Office how many EU nationals it employed. Rudd’s department replied:

“the Home Office does not record the nationality of employees on our IT systems and is unable to provide this information”

Which neatly sums up how badly thought out her policy is.[…]


David Davis: EU Citizens Won’t Be Used as Bargaining Chip

David Davis has insisted EU citizens will not be used as a bargaining chip after Liam Fox described their right to remain in the UK as “one of our main cards”. Davis told tonight’s Spectator fringe that he is “100% sure” all EU citizens currently in Britain will be allowed to stay, there will be no deportations, and it will be the first issue dealt with during the negotiation.[…]


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