EU Leaders Discussing Brexit Without Britain, Again

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Leaders of every EU member state bar Britain will meet in Bratislava in mid-September to “continue a political reflection” post-Brexit. The event, which was scheduled after the last meeting in Brussels, is ostensibly for the leaders to debate “further reforms in line with our strategic agenda”. This will almost certainly include extensive discussions around Brexit. Frustratingly both Merkel and Juncker don’t want to engage the UK in any of these negotiations until Article 50 is triggered, that the meeting is happening in the first place should be an encouraging sign to Brexiteers worried about a betrayal. Presumably MI6 will be earning the taxpayers’ shilling and the Foreign Office will still be fully aware of the EU’s strategy… 

Sturgeon Blames Brexit for Bust

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Nicola Sturgeon chose to jump on a Scottish government report yesterday which claimed the Scottish economy would be hit hardest by Brexit, in a bid to shift the blame for Holyrood’s nose-diving oil revenues caused by economic incompetence. Sturgeon claimed:

“The only way to protect Scotland’s economy – and the clear benefits which come from being part of the world’s biggest single market – is to work to ensure we protect our relationship with the EU.”

Sturgeon led the SNP’s moratorium on fracking just before and during the oil-price plummet, leading to the bottom falling out of the Scotland’s public finances when the more expensive North Sea oil was unable to compete. The official government revenue report today shows a drop of 97% in oil revenues, from £1.8 billion to just £60 million in a year. Nicola, calling for a second independence referendum to prevent a maximum loss of £3.7 billion a year to the public finances, already presides over a deficit of nearly £15 billion a year. What do you say, Merkel – fancy welcoming another Greece to the EU?

How British Empire Beats EU for Olympic Medals

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The former countries of the British Empire won 396 medals – 138 more medals than a post-Brexit EU. While the European Parliament invents an EU state to “win” the Olympics, the medal tally of a one-time actual supra-state leaves Brussels for dust. Former member countries of the British Empire accrued 76 more medals than the rest of the world (24%). In all, the Empire’s score of 137 gold medals trounces the EU’s, which after removing Great Britain sits at just 79.

Looking at other alliances NATO countries took a stunning 443 out of the 974 medals on offer (45%), while Anglosphere countries grabbed a whopping 288 – 30% of the world total. This is compared to Francophone states’ measly 87 (9%), even with Canada’s 22 (2%) generously included. Hoisting the colours appears to have been good luck; countries with Union Jacks in their flags took a massive 115 medals, of which 40 were gold!

Unemployment Falls After Brexit

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Enjoy these two entries from the Guardian politics liveblog this morning:

8:09am: UK jobless claims expected to rise following Brexit vote – Economists polled by Reuters are expecting a 9,500 jump in claims

9:34am: A big surprise in the labour market data: the number of people claiming unemployment benefits fell by 8,600 in July, a month after the Brexit vote. No sign yet then that the Brexit vote is hurting the jobs market…

Economists wrong about the impact of Brexit, shocker. “We’ve heard enough from experts…”

Lights on in Brussels But Nobody’s Home

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Over in Brussels, the European Parliament’s grandiose Altiero Spinelli building is shuttered up with the Eurocrats and their bag-carriers off on summer holidays. Inside the 17-storey high-rise office block resembles a scene from an apocalyptic horror movie, not a person in sight. That hasn’t stopped them from leaving all the lights on. You won’t meet your carbon emissions targets like that…

Pics via Bill Etheridge

Captain Europe’s Sexy Wrestling Fetish

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Readers may remember Captain Europe, the eccentric cape-wearing ‘superhero’ enlisted to make the case for Remain. Perhaps it should come as no surprise that a federast who likes to dress up in latex would have some exotic tastes. A browse of who the Captain follows on Twitter shows he has a keen interest in sexy wrestling dominatrix sites. “Pippa the Ripper”, for example, runs “The Submission Room”, where blokes pay for a spanking from ladies with names like “Killpussy“. Captain Europe just loves getting beat… 

Brexit Boom! Post-Referendum Consumer Spending Surge

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Despite claims from Remainers that a Brexit vote would see consumer confidence plummet, new figures out today show spending has surged since the referendum. Just a few weeks ago Remain doom-mongers were writing about a “dent in confidence”, how people were “gloomy” about their finances and wanted to “rein in spending” because of the Leave vote. Yet analysis from Visa and Markit shows a “sharp” rise in expenditure of 1.6% year-on-year in July, up from 0.9 percent in June. There’s been an 8.9% rise in spending at restaurants, a 5.2% rise in recreational spending and a 3.9% rise in spending on clothing. In the first week after the referendum consumer spending rose 2.14%. Rather than rein in spending, Brexit Britain is booming…

Cameron Rewards Remain Failures

The honours list is out – confirmation that Stronger In boss Will Straw will have his failure rewarded with a CBE. Arise Sir Craig Oliver, No.10 comms chief who went to spin for BSE. There will also be a CBE for Dan Korski, the Downing Street aide best known for orchestrating pro-Remain support during the campaign. Charlotte Vere, chief of the failed Conservatives In, is rewarded with a peerage. The Remain losers get gongs, Matthew Elliott, boss of Vote Leave and the No2AV campaign, got victories…

Plenty of honours for Dave’s mates. George Osborne becomes a Companion of Honour. There are CBEs for his official spokesman Helen Bower, SpAd Ramsay Jones and spinner Graeme Wilson. OBEs for SpAds Julian Glover, Neil O’Brien, Lena Pietsch, Thea Rogers, Alan Sendorek, Isabel Spearman, Sheridan Westlake, Eleanor Wolfson and Cameron’s constituency agent Natasha Whitmill. MBEs for SpAds Adam Atashzai, Jessica Cunniffe, Giles Kenningham, Richard Parr, Caroline Preston, Nick Seddon, Kate Shouesmith, Laura Trott and Martha Varney. There are peerages for aides Ed Llewellyn, Liz Sugg, Camilla Cavendish, Gabby Bertin and Jonathan Caine. Many deserved, some less so…

See the full list of honours here and peerages here.

Voters Don’t Regret Brexit

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Given the coverage from parts of the Remainstream media over the last few weeks, they’d have you believe millions of Leave voters were having buyers’ remorse and now regret voting for Brexit. A new poll out from YouGov quashes that theory – the Leave vote is still ahead. […]

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Most Shared Story of the Week

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Guido’s most shared story last week on social media was Friday’s research-based compilation of all the countries where officials have indicated an interest in doing a trade deal with post-Brexit Britain. As well as the thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter it was shared with readers of the Daily Express on their Saturday front page, who credited the story to “experts”.[…]

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Watchdog Slams IMF’s Complacency, Lack of Transparency and EU Groupthink

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A damning report by IMF watchdog the Independent Evaluation Office has slammed a “culture of complacency” in Christine Lagarde’s organisation. Focusing on the IMF’s response to the Eurozone crisis, the report claims that the Fund was riven with “issues of accountability and transparency”, claiming Lagarde and senior management established “small, ad hoc staff task forces” to plan for the possibility of bailouts, rather than holding executive board meetings. […]

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27 Countries Seeking UK Trade Deals

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The above map shows all the countries in which government officials or prominent business figures have declared a desire to secure a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain. Out of the 10 largest economies in the world, just two (France and Italy) have not yet made moves for a deal.[…]

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Juncker Appoints Hardline Britain Basher as EU Brexit Negotiator

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Who is Michel Barnier, the man appointed by Juncker to be the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator? An ultra-interventionist, dirigiste Frenchman with a history of bashing Britain and getting into fights with UK governments. This FT article from 2011 gives a taste of what he is like:

“Sir Mervyn King is not known as a man given to shouting.

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Matthew Elliott on Why Leave Won

Referendum-winning Vote Leave boss Matthew Elliott recounts how the campaign was won on today’s Daily Politics“At 10pm on the 23 of June, the consensus was that Vote Leave had lost. A contact of mine at Number 10 texted me to say, ‘You’re toast'”.[…]

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Top Economist: Vote Owen Smith to Block Brexit

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Anatole Kaletsky, one of the first economists to point out the severity of the Northern Rock crisis, has been emailing round telling people to sign up to Labour to get Owen Smith elected so he can block Brexit. Smith’s support for a second EU referendum has inspired the Europhile economist to send this email to friends:

“If a Second Referendum becomes official policy of the Labour Party, SNP, Liberals, Greens etc will join in and this demand will prove very hard to resist for the Tories, even if Theresa May survives as Prime Minister (which I think is no more than a 50% probability).”

He has also been tweeting his 10,000 followers the same:

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Which Remainer are you? Post-Brexit Edition

You can take the pre-referendum quiz here[…]

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Heather Wheeler talks to Burton Mail about her tweet…

“It was a tongue in cheek pop after the European Parliament tweet – it was purely that. I also wanted to congratulate Team GB on a brilliant result and thirdly congratulate the Commonwealth countries who also did very well. Fourth, I am also looking forwarded to establishing new trade agreements. That was it – nothing more. Let’s just enjoy the summer!”

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