Lexie the Brexit Poster Girl

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Lexie Hill, a 16-year-old grammar-school girl, is the poster girl for Brexit after her devastating performance on Question Time last night

Her father Robert Hill told The Telegraph:

“We are very proud of her, she’s always had very strong views on politics. A lot of her views are similar to mine but she’s quite happy to stick up for herself and air her point of view. She likes Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson because they have similar views to her.”

She’s not a member of a political party. Guido hopes she is in the future…

Pro-EU Charities Paid £200 Million By EU

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BSE have put out a press release pushing the line that charities oppose leaving the EU. At least they’re honest about the reason: “New research shows leaving Europe could cost UK charities over £200 million a year“. There is even a handy breakdown showing how much the EU hands out to each charity each year:

Oxfam GB: £38,799,473
International Rescue Committee UK: £22,990,156
The British Council Royal Charter: £19,986,116
The Save The Children Fund: £19,767,256<
International Medical Corps UK: £14,098,995
Mercy Corps Scotland: £11,045,230
World Vision UK: £5,311,721
Plan International (UK): £4,876,119
Actionaid: £4,714,942
British Museum: £4,357,968

In total British charities receive £217,597,098-a-year from the European Union, though in reality this is UK taxpayer cash that has been sent the cogs of Brussels bureaucracy only to be returned to the third sector. See Dan Hannan’s video on EU charity sockpuppets:

A charity that relies in the main part on taxes is no more a charity than a prostitute is your girlfriend. It is no wonder these sockpuppeting charities on the EU gravy train are campaigning to Remain…

“Brexit: The Movie” Achieves £100,000 Funding

Congratulations to Guido’s favourite film producer Martin Durkin on achieving his crowd-funded £100,000 target for “Brexit: The Movie” in 26 days. 1,500 people backed the Kickstarter campaign, and the film – a powerful, polemic, Eurosceptic equivalent of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” – will be released at the beginning of May. Martin says:

 “£100k raised for BREXIT THE MOVIE.  This film is a battering ram.  We will use it to reduce Fortress Europe to rubble.”

Coming to national broadcasters and selected theatres soon…

Blue on Blue: Grayling-Soubry Debate Cancelled

Downing Street had optimistically hoped for an unspoken convention whereby ministers would not appear in public disagreeing with each other on the EU. Unsurprisingly that ain’t gonna last – Chris Grayling and Anna Soubry are going to face off in a debate chaired by Jeremy Vine at Church House in Westminster on March 15. It’s all for a good cause though, and tickets are available through the children’s charity Variety here. Will they be friends or will Super Soubs revert to her usual inimitable debate style

UPDATE: Cancelled!

It was billed as “a lively debate which will see ministers clash over whether Britain should leave the EU”Did No.10 get in touch?

Young Lady’s Case For Brexit

Bravo! Good to see June Sarpong has sewn up the Remain youth vote.

“Rally Round the Flag, Boys!” Joan Collins For Brexit

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Joan Collins has long called for Brexit:

Her more vocal role in the referendum was confirmed with a very emotive tweet for the cause. Famous for her roles in films with titles such as Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!The Moneychangers, and Dark Places, Collins was perhaps most famous for her role as Alexis Carrington in the classic TV soap opera DynastyStill, probably the least dramatic announcement this week…

MEPs: Dave’s Deal Not Legally Binding

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Worth looking at what some of our friends in the European Parliament think about whether Dave’s deal is legally binding. Do they agree with Donald Tusk or Michael Gove?

Sylvie Goulard, a French MEP who sits with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats, says it is not binding: 

“The settlement achieved is legally dubious and politically dangerous. Mr Cameron has won a Pyrrhic victory.”

While Gianni Pittella, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats, which is the second largest grouping in Brussels, is vowing to repeal the emergency break:

“Red lines must not be crossed… We will never accept any form of discrimination between European citizens… [the European Parliament will] debate and examine [the bill]”

Jean Arthuis, another French MEP, also says the deal is not binding and instead “opens the door to all sorts of claims and negotiations”. 

Add this to the Hungarian PM boasting that Cameron got nothing, and our European allies are laughing at us…

Boundary Review Puts Tory Outers Under Pressure

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Essex is the most Eurosceptic region of the country in terms of Tory MPs – according to Guido’s referendum list there are 12 Essex MPs who will be backing Brexit. Coincidentally, Essex is expected to be a major loser in the forthcoming boundary review. Analysis in today’s Times warns that Priti Patel, Whitto and Bernard Jenkin may have to fight over two seats.

Also heavily targeted in the boundary review is the South West, with seats in Cornwall and Devon expected to be merged. Again, this is one of the places you are most likely to find a Leave Tory MP. Declared Brexiteers here include Steve Double, George Eustice, Scott Mann, Sheryll Murray, Derek Thomas, Anne Marie Morris, Geoffrey Cox, and Sarah Wollaston.

Bully row Outer Lucy Allan could also come under pressure in Telford, with the West Midlands set to lose six seats from their current total of 59. Nadhim Zahawi, who sensationally switched from In to Out, is another West Midlands MP.

The greater-than-ever-before need to impress Eurosceptic selection panels will be playing on the minds of Tory MPs under threat…

Hungarian PM Boasts: We’ll Still Get Benefits Without Paying In

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Prime Minister, has told his parliament that Cameron got nothing and reassures them that Hungarians who have not paid contributions will still get UK benefits:

“the real debate was about there being benefits which workers do not pay for, but for which they are nonetheless eligible.

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David Owen Backs Brexit

The SDP founder says in a statement he is backing Vote Leave:

“To remain in the EU is in my judgement a more dangerous option for British security in its deepest sense – economic, political, military and social – than is being admitted or even discussed in the wake of Cameron’s failed negotiations…

This UK referendum is, like all previous referendums, a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

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Is Jesse a Burkean?

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Jesse Norman, Tory MP and author of Edmund Burke: Philosopher, Politician, Prophet, Edmund Burke: The Visionary Who Invented Modern Politics, and Edmund Burke: The First Conservative, has announced on his blog that he will be ducking the EU question.[…]

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LISTEN: Gove Says Deal Not Legally Binding

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Michael Gove audibly wrestled with contradicting the PM during this interview with Laura K this morning, though he clearly felt the need to make the point that the renegotiation is not legally binding without treaty change.[…]

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Downing Street: Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Taxpayer-funded civil servants have been authorised by David Cameron to use public resources to campaign for Remain. Will advisers and officials working for ministers who back Leave have the same freedom? They have tonight been issued a strict ban on their activities by the Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood.[…]

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More Tory MPs Declare for In

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After an extensive ring round, cajoling and much browbeating the updated count for Tory MPs is now; 140 for Out, 146 for In. This is the first time that Guido’s list has shown the Remainians leading. 44 still in play…  

Click here to view the spreadsheet everyone is talking about.
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Mak Backs ‘In’ After Telling Selectors He’d Back ‘Out’

2015 intake Tory MP Alan Mak told his Havant selection meeting that he was an Outer. Last year he provided local Conservative members with a detailed CV describing himself as a “Thatcherite and patriot”, telling them he was inspired to join the Tories by the Keep the Pound campaign and boldly claiming he was a “policy adviser to James Wharton MP, author of the EU referendum bill to give voters a say on Europe and win back UKIP votes”.[…]

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Cameron Launching “Conservatives In” Tomorrow

Guido hears a new Tory Remain campaign is being launched by David Cameron tomorrow. Conservatives In will bring together Conservatives for Reform in Europe and other pro-Remain Tory groups. An invite has been sent to “known and trusted people” to join “senior Conservatives” at a secret location at 5pm.[…]

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