Leave 9 Points Ahead Since Dave’s Deal

EU REFORM

The key numbers from this morning’s YouGov referendum poll, the first since Dave’s deal:

  • Leave: 45% (+3)
  • Remain: 36% (-2)

The PM’s deal:

  • Goes too far: 4%
  • Is about right: 17%
  • Doesn’t go far enough: 56%

It is:

  • A good deal: 22%
  • A bad deal: 46%

The biggest lead for Leave since the question was announced last summer…

Via @britainelects

Tory MPs Joke: “Arise, Sir Mark”

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Westminster is awash with speculation as to what caused the once hardline Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard to sell out and back Remain. Pritchard used to describe himself as a “mainstream Eurosceptic”, was a prominent member of the “81 group” of Tory EU rebels and even considered defecting to UKIP. Yet this week he turned turncoat and told the Sunday Times he is a “reluctant inner“.  Tory MPs are mockingly referring to Pritchard as “Sir Mark”. Others unkindly suggest the international man of mystery has been promised a junior ministerial gig, though Pritch says he made his mind up a year ago. To say his colleagues are unimpressed with his defection to the Remain campaign would be an understatement…

BSE Apologise: “Work of Fiction” Claim is… Work of Fiction

Yesterday Britain Stronger in Europe sent out a press release describing a new Institute of Economic Affairs report on the EU as a “work of fiction”. Quite a hostage to fortune…

The BSE briefing claimed: “Matthew Elliott CEO of Vote Leave is a former Director of the IEA”. Er, no he isn’t. Elliott has never been a director of the IEA.

BSE then claimed the Elliott (non)link meant: “The Institute for Economic Affairs, Business for Britain and Vote Leave are a revolving door”. About as much as Stuart Rose and Marks and Spencer. Or, indeed, not, since Elliott was never at the IEA.

BSE have now privately apologised to the IEA for the error, they tell Guido: “We do regret any confusion caused”. Though they haven’t sent out a correction. They are instead waiting for journalists to call up before they tell them their briefing was, to coin a phrase, “a work of fiction”. 

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Get the Grassroots Out Uniform

Philip Hollobone stole the show at the launch of the third Leave campaign, Grassroots Out. That Union Jack-et proves patriots can show off their Eurosceptic views while channelling Geri Halliwell. 

Now Hollobone’s fellow Grassroots Outer Peter Bone is trying to outdo him for outrageous clobber. Judging by this new green and black “G.O.” tie snapped by Chris Hope.

Get the whole Grassroots Out uniform and have the confidence to strut your away to parliamentary sovereignty…

Boris and Farage Pan Dave’s Red Card

Boris ain’t convinced: “the PM is making best of a bad job, there’s still a lot more to do, a lot more to do on this”. Asked if there is any positive from Dave’s deal: “Ermmm…”

Farage meanwhile tells the European Parliament:

“the Prime Minister is saying we’ve got a red card, isn’t that wonderful? Well what that means is if a majority of parliaments in the European Union can say to Mr Juncker they don’t want one of his directives, is that a cause for celebration? I mean if 15 parliaments couldn’t stop a piece of law we would be living in a communist dictatorship”

Juncker this morning made clear that the emergency brake on immigration actually coming into effect was a pipe dream. Dave is going to get roasted by his backbenchers in the post-PMQs EU debate…

When Cameron and Osborne Laughed at a ‘Red Card’

This clip from 2008 shows Cameron and Osborne smirking and laughing at the idea of a ‘red card’ for EU legislation, as William Hague mocks such a plan in a withering speech at the despatch box:

“It doesn’t take much of a political analyst to work out that the chances of this mechanism being employed on any regular basis are vanishingly small… You only have to consider this for a moment to begin to laugh about it…”

Eight years later, Dave and George claim unconvincingly that their red card is reason enough to vote to Remain…

Dire Post-Deal Papers For PM

Cameron mocked up as both Captain Mainwaring and Noel Edmonds on tomorrow’s front pages. Ministers might be gagged from telling the truth about his deal, though the papers ain’t…

Theresa May Statement on EU Deal

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Theresa May says in a statement:

“EU free movement rules have been abused for too long and EU law has stopped us deporting dangerous foreign criminals.

“That is plainly wrong and it is encouraging that the Commission has agreed with the UK that we should take action to address these two issues.

“So we have made progress and negotiations continue ahead of the February Council. As the Prime Minister has said, more work needs to be done, but this is a basis for a deal.”

Hinting at support for Remain, but not a commitment. Will she or won’t she?

Fabbers’ Vomit-Inducing Europhiles Revealed

Michael Fabricant was reaching for the sick bucket during today’s EU debate:

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Steve Baker on the PM “Polishing Poo”

Vote Leave MP Steve Baker’s verdict on Dave’s renegotiations:

“Will my Right Honourable Friend admit to the House that he has been reduced to polishing poo?”

Quite![…]

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Hague Rubbishes Cameron’s Red Card

EU REFORM

David Cameron’s ‘red card‘ means EU legislation can be vetoed if 55% of Member States agree. Good luck with that.

The idea that Britain could simply oppose individual pieces of draft EU legislation, and easily and straightforwardly convince […]

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Draft EU Deal in Full: Cameron Fails on Migrant Benefits

Here it is. Cameron hasn’t even got his four year ban on migrant benefits, instead a watered down “graduated system” will be introduced.

Key points:

Migrant benefits

  • Emergency brake on immigration “will provide for an alert and safeguard mechanism

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