Lammy: Million Indians Died in WW2 “For the European Project”

David Lammy has, to use common parlance, ‘done a Lammy’ on the Daily Politics. Debating with UKIP’s Steven Woolfe on the EU referendum, Lammy made the historically creative claim that:

“A million Indians died fighting for us. They fought for the European Project”

Look out for Woolfe’s incredulous reply: “Did you just say they fought for the European Project?” Pretty sure they were fighting against the only major “European project” of the time…

Awkward Alan Johnson’s Eurosceptic Factory Tour

Alan Johnson is touring firms across the East Midlands with a camera crew today, hoping to speak to business owners who want to stay in the EU. You might think the pictures at the factory of clothing manufacturer David Nieper look a little awkward…

Just last week, managing director Chris Nieper, above left, said that Britain’s influence in the EU is “absolutely pitiful” and that business has “nothing to fear” from Brexit:

“It is not where the future is so I don’t think Britain has to attach itself by the hip to the Eurozone. We must consider the world market. They are all trading with us… 

I don’t worry at all about our ability to sell in the Eurozone as a result of this vote going one way or another.

We employ staff in the EU itself and the staff we’ve got in our French office, our German office, our Dutch office, et cetera, are natives of the EU.

To get some kind of feeling whether a Brexit would affect us or not, I did a small and very unscientific survey, where I carefully wrote a neutral question for our European staff: ‘Do you think our customers would react differently to our product if Britain was no longer a member of the EU?’ To my surprise, unanimously, across all our offices in Europe, they thought it would make no difference whatsoever. Absolutely zero.”

In fact, last year, Nieper fully came out for Brexit:

“There is a regulatory cost to us, a financial cost to us, from being a member of the EU, and there’s a loss of control, actually, for the British Parliament – it’s no longer the end decider of all laws, we’ve given that away to an ultimately higher parliament in Europe.”

Did no one at the In campaign think to check before Alan turned up with a film crew?

Stuart Rose Forgets BSE’s Name 4 Times

Yet another spectacular gaffe from the accident prone In campaign chairman Stuart Rose, who apparently has no idea what his campaign is called.

First attempt: “Stay in Britain.” Wrong.

Second attempt: “Better in Britain Campaign.” What?

Third time lucky? “The Better in Britain Campaign.” Nope…

Attempt number four: “Better Stay in Britain Campaign.” Err…

There’s a very easy way to remember the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, Sir Stuart. It’s BSE…

Via Sky’s Darren McCaffrey

Cameron’s Pintless Renegotiations

The PM has been enjoying a beer with his Czech counterpart Frank Sobotka in Prague as he continues his EU renegotiations. After taking a sip he queried whether or not he was drinking a full pint. It looks to Guido like a half-litre, the customary serving in the Czech Republic, but eagle eyed readers can make their own minds up…

May and Fox’s Public EU Summit Over Antipasti

A co-conspirator tucking into his ravioli in Westminster’s Quirinale restaurant looked up to see Theresa May and Liam Fox settling down to lunch. An hour earlier Fox had asked the Home Secretary for assurances over the government’s line on Russia, so you can bet that was on the menu. Though the main topic for discussion will almost certainly have been Europe.

There has been speculation that May has been meeting with leading Eurosceptics as she keeps her options open ahead of the referendum. Where better for Dr Fox to lobby her to lead the Out campaign than one of the pricier Italian restaurants in SW1? It’s not the first time Theresa and the good doctor have had a very public lunch

Labour Leave to Meet Corbyn Today

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Guido has been down to the launch of Labour Leave, where Kate Hoey reminded the room that Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have walked through the Commons voting lobby with the party’s Eurosceptics for decades. Asked if Corbyn wanted to Leave “in his heart of hearts”, Hoey replied:

“Well, I can’t speak for Jeremy. But over the past twenty years Jeremy and John were always with us, so I’ll leave it with that.” 

A brave Quentin Letts asked: “I don’t mean to sound ungentlemanly, Kate, but where are the younger more glamorous Parliamentarians?”

Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins noted the Euroscepticism of two late socialist heroes:

“If Tony Benn and indeed Bob Crow had survived this long, I’d be proud to see them and I’d be on this platform with them” 

Intriguingly, Graham Stringer revealed he would be meeting Corbyn this afternoon to lobby him to change his mind about selling out to the Shadow Cabinet on Europe:

“It is surprising that he now want to lead a campaign which isn’t even asking for a renegotiation position… It would not surprise me if that didn’t change”

Remember, Corbyn’s sell-out position is “Labour will be campaigning in the referendum for the UK to stay in the European Union… regardless of the outcome of the Government’s renegotiation.” Looks like Labour Leave will at least have a go at getting him to stick to his principles and go nuclear on his Shadow Cabinet…

Ukippers for EU, Real or Parody?

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Surely this must be a wind up. Twitter has been abuzz with a new UKIP referendum campaign group, although this one is slightly different: it’s campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union. The UKIP To Stay campaign’s mission statment reads:

“UKIP to Stay is a social media advocacy group, supporting the faction of UKIP that wish for Britain to remain in the European Union. UKIPTS have a vision of a reformed EU which can carry out the policies of democratically elected parties on a fair, transparent, and united basis”.

Gotta be a joke, right?

Well, according to a recent YouGov poll, 28% of UKIP supporters really do want to stay in the EU.

‘UKIP to Stay’ claim they see “eye to eye with most UKIP supporters on everything except for the EU issue”, expanding on this in their FAQs page:

“UKIP has a lot more to offer than mostly Eurosceptic views. The party’s ideas for the economy, immigration, welfare, taxation, and education all fit with what we believe. We simply differ on one issue”.

So is the campaign real or fake? Vote below:

UPDATE: A UKIP spokesman confirms, shockingly, that it is indeed a spoof. Guido readers were right!

Vote Leave Say No Merger

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Once again the two main Leave campaigns are doing their laundry in public. Leave.EU’s Arron Banks has written to Vote Leave blaming their campaign director Dom Cummings for being “the only person standing in the way” of a merger.

“As I have said previously, the only person apparently standing in the way of a formal merger is Dominic Cummings. With his latest comments suggesting the Prime Minister use anything other than Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to initiate our withdrawal from the EU, he has become a liability and a danger to both Leave campaigns.

I have stressed before, the importance of having one united ‘Leave’ campaign as I believe it is counter-productive to the end goal that we are both deploying resources on grassroots activists and the media. 

I therefore extend my hand, again, for us to open up talks about how we can move forward as one unstoppable campaign devoted to securing a Leave vote and only a Leave vote in the one and only referendum we will have.”

Which is slightly odd considering Leave.EU reportedly offered Cummings a massive sum to jump over to them.

A Vote Leave spokesman says curtly: “There will be no merger.”

At the weekend the Leave side took a six point lead in the polls. Yet some Outers still seem more interested in arguing amongst themselves…

Order of The OTT: ‘Brexit Will Lead To New Hadrian’s Wall’

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Guido has no choice but to award the Order of the OTT for this latest scaremongering claim from the remainers. Loony Labour MEP Paul Brannen reckoned in a letter to Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan that leaving the EU could lead […]

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Kinnock’s Brexit “Punishment Beating” Fantasy

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Yesterday Stephen Kinnock claimed in parliament that if following a Leave vote the UK exercised its sovereign right to withdraw – under the EU’s Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon – it would get a punishment beating[…]

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Fanatical Europhile Appointed to Ofcom Board

Outers will not be reassured by the news that Ofcom have appointed fanatical Europhile Bill Emmott to their board. Readers will remember Emmott as the ex-Economist editor who was blasted by IPSO for making a spurious claim against the […]

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Bryant Ribs “Leader of the Out Campaign” Grayling

Chris Grayling will be delighted to have been named the “leader of the Out campaign” by Chris Bryant at Business questions. Grayling writes in today’s Telegraph that the EU is “disastrous” for Britain:

“Most people in Westminster know

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