EU to Open New Turkey Membership Talks on June 30

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Diplomatic sources tell AFP:

“The EU will open new membership talks with Turkey as planned in a few days, EU diplomatic sources said Wednesday, just as Ankara’s accession becomes a hot-button issue in Britain’s vote on its future in the bloc. 

One source, who asked not to be named, told AFP that EU member states will meet June 30 to agree to open a new negotiating chapter with Turkey.”

This morning John Major admitted it could happen in the next ten years. Yet Dave wants you to believe Turkey won’t join ’til the year 3000…

German Business Chief Calls Possibility of Post-Brexit Barriers “Very, Very Foolish”

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Markus Kerber, head of the BDI (Germany’s answer to the CBI), is calling on his country to not risk damaging trade with punitive post-Brexit tariffs.

“Imposing trade barriers, imposing protectionist measures between our two countries – or between the two political centres, the European Union on the one hand and the UK on the other – would be a very, very foolish thing in the 21st century. The BDI would urge politicians on both sides to come up with a trade regime that enables us to uphold and maintain the levels of trade we have”

The UK is responsible for approximately 5.5 million jobs across Europe – the German Mittelstand won’t want a trade war, they’ll want free trade. Vote Leave Thursday and we’ll have business as usual Friday…

PROJECT SNEER: Luvvies Say Leavers are ‘Thick Idiots’

Millionaire comic and achingly right-on Labour moderate Robert Webb has deleted this late-night tweet calling Leave voters “thick people”:

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Before clarifying that actually he was only calling half the Wembley audience “stupid“:

Meanwhile Ben Goldacre, the celebrity scientist and Guardian columnist, has written:

“There will be lots and lots of immigration: bad luck if you don’t like that… This is not the fault of the EU… Deal with it. Immigration will never stop… Just vote remain. It’s boring, there’s nothing awesome about it, but sometimes you have to take a break from useful productive work to stop idiots breaking things.”

An ingenious intervention. That’ll be a few more votes for Leave…

Turkey “Flabbergasted” By Cameron: “He’s Our Biggest Supporter!”

Chief adviser to the Turkish government Ilnur Chevik was on Newsnight last night, where he expressed surprise that Cameron is now claiming Turkey won’t join the EU:

“We are really, really flabbergasted, let’s put it that way. We thought Mr Cameron was our chief supporter for our quest for European Union membership. Turks thought that the British were the driving force behind our EU membership and that they were supporting us right to the hilt.”

It ain’t the Turks he was fooling…

Boris Looks Forward to Independence Day

“If we stand up for democracy, we’ll be sticking up for hundreds of millions of people around Europe who agree with us, who currently have no voice. And if we vote leave, and take back control, I believe that this Thursday will be our countries independence day.” Boris saves the best line until last…

Heseltine: UK Will Join Euro if We Remain

This is what Rudd, Mandelson, Straw and the rest of the Remainers really want. Cat out of the bag – that’s a live fat cat, not to be confused with a dead one on the table. This one is running…

Campaign Report: 2 Days to Go

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Leave message: Steve Hilton says Cameron knows Britain can’t control EU immigration.

Remain message: George Soros backs Remain.

Cut through: The PM’s appeal to Remain.

Leave social media count: 521,676 likes, 64,715 followers.

Remain social media count: 514,910 likes, 44,499 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/3, Leave 3/1

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Latest poll: Remain 42% (-2), Leave 44% (+1) (Survation, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50% (+2), Leave 50%.

FOI Reveals Sexual Harassment and Corruption in Brussels

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A well-timed Freedom of Information request into the European Commission’s internal disciplinary committee has revealed the extent of misconduct cases investigated in the last year. No names are disclosed naturally, but this is the sort of thing that goes on in Brussels:

  • Staff rebuked for sexual harassment
  • The abuse of diplomatic status to smuggle in duty free for a friend
  • Trying to dodge tax by supply of a fake document
  • ‘Passive’ corruption
  •  Collusion in a rent scam
  • A staff member operating as an industry insider and changing reports
  • The use of a de facto ‘company car’ from an outside interest
  • Employment of family members as a quid pro quo
  • Moonlighting
  • A person AWOL for most of the year (while running their own business)
  • Sleeping off campus

Despite all this, only 16 members of staff received cautions. Surprise, surprise…

Cameron’s Big Speech Bombs

For the second time, Downing Street have summoned the press for a supposedly “significant” statement that has bombed:

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3 Tory Chickens Yet to Declare

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A few last minute MP referendum declarations coming in: Charlotte Leslie has backed Brexit and Jackie Doyle-Price has chosen Remain. Good luck in Ukippy Thurrock in 2020. By Guido’s count there are 140 Tory MPs backing Leave, far higher than anyone ever predicted…

With two days to go, there are still 3 Tory MPs who have yet to publicly make up their minds.[…]

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Remain Leaflet Blames Leave: “Jo Cox’s Murder is Only the Start”

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This pro-Remain literature personally targeting Leave campaigner Kate Hoey has landed on doormats in Brixton, Vauxhall and Kennington the last 24 hours. They have clearly taken a leaf-let out of Will Straw’s book, directly blaming “the Leave campaign” for Jo Cox’s death:

“The Leave campaign’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has stoked the British public’s fears to the point that we now find ourselves in a country riven by hate.

[…]

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Leave 2 Points Ahead With YouGov

Remain: 42% (-2)

Leave: 44% (+1)

Don’t Know: 9% (uc)

Would Not Vote: 4% (uc)

Online poll taken between 17-19 June…

Via Sam Coates

UPDATE: ORB on the other hand has Remain leading 49-47.[…]

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Déjà Vu: Rehashed Remain Letter Coming Tomorrow

This is the template letter being sent round FTSE businesses by Downing Street, lined up for a story in tomorrow’s papers. Feel familiar? It’s very much the same old stuff we heard last month:

“We own and run more than — businesses, from micro companies to the FTSE 100.

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Corbyn Lists Reasons to Oppose EU on Sky Debate

Corbyn calls his support for the EU “not unconditional”, lashes out at TTIP, EU shielded tax havens, and the way “systematically big companies are exploiting loopholes” in  EU law. Return to base Agent Corbyn, your work is done…[…]

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Rick Astley and June Sarpong to Face Paxman

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Rick Astley will appear alongside fellow celebrity federasts June Sarpong and Delia Smith on the Remain side, while Leave will field Ulrika Jonsson, Mike Read and Theo Paphitis. The panel for the “discussion”, to be grilled by Jeremy Paxman, will be chosen from the 150 strong audience of politicians and C-listers.  […]

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Will Young Climbs Aboard Boris’s Vote Leave Bus

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Evergreen Pop Idol crooner Will Young is famous for hits like 2003’s “Leave right now”. It looks like he will be getting on Vote Leave’s bus on the Long and Winding Road when he takes over the big red battle bus later this week.[…]

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