No Article 50 Until 2017


Jason Coppel QC, speaking for Brexit Secretary David Davis, has told the High Court that Article 50 will not be triggered this year. Some Brexiters will be nervous about this, but there is no legal imperative to trigger it immediately and it would be politically unwise to do so until there is an established negotiating position. Read Guido’s case for not triggering Article 50 until the deal is clear here. In the meantime May, Fox and Davis can get to work. Brexit complete by 2019…

Owen Smith: It Would Be “Tempting” to Block Brexit

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith says it would be “tempting” not to trigger Article 50 and thereby block Brexit. Smith also wants a second EU referendum. This rhetoric might appeal to Europhile members of the PLP but it is completely at odds with Labour members and voters. In Labour seats across the north up to 70% voted to Leave. A new ComRes poll shows voters oppose a second referendum by 57% to 29%. Surely Labour MPs know Smith’s approach would be suicide…

India and China Seek UK Trade Deals


China has already signalled its keenness for an Anglo-Sino free trade deal, now India says a bilateral trade agreement would be “made in heaven”. Naushad Forbes, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, says a deal will lead to increased trade. Indian companies already invest more in the UK than in the rest of the EU combined, and UK is third largest foreign investor in India. Nine years of talks over an India-EU agreement stalled over concerns about European exports of wine and cars. Forbes says these problems would not apply if the UK negotiated its own arrangement. Moves in the US to put Britain at the front of the queue, India and China on board – that’s over a third of the world’s population open for business…

“Government Sachs” Hires EU’s Barroso


Goldman Sachs has continued hugging the EU commission tight, after financing the anti-Brexit Remain campaign and spending millions lobbying Brussels, the aggressive Wall Street firm remains careful to keep in with the Eurocrats. Known as “Government Sachs” by those who mock the firm’s habit of hiring and providing US government officials, it is clinging tight to the EU bureaucracy post-Brexit. It has hired the former head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso to be an advisor and non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International. These kind of hires provide lucrative connections to power and come to be very profitable in times of political crisis…

In September 2008 Peter Sutherland, also a former Irish EU commissioner, was Chairman of Goldman Sachs International when he strongly advised the naively led Irish government to buy up bank bond debts at the Irish taxpayer’s expense, for a total cost of some €85 billion or 37% of GDP, the highest per capita cost of the credit crisis in Europe. Sutherland’s advice will have saved Goldman Sachs billions in losses on the firm’s bond holdings. It will take the Irish people generations to pay off the debts Goldman Sachs advised their politicians to take on…

Hannan Says Au Revoir to EU


Invariably polite that Dan Hannan…

Chuka Sets up Vote Leave Watch


Chuka Umunna has set up Vote Leave Watch, a “grassroots campaign dedicated to holding the Vote Leave campaign and their allies to account”. The aim of the group is to pressure Leave campaigners into carrying out the pledges made during the campaign.

Of course, the main promise of the Leave campaigns was to get Britain out of the EU – something Chuka appeared to play down. So will Vote Leave Watch be pushing hard for Brexit too? Because if Theresa May is PM we may not get to leave the EU anytime soon…

Theresa May Hires Remain Campaign Chief


Theresa May has hired a leading Remain campaigner to work on her Tory leadership bid. Alison Griffiths says she will be May’s Director of Operations, fresh out of her role as Chief Operating Officer for the doomed Conservatives In. On her CV Griffiths says she was “COO of The Prime Minister’s campaign for the UK to vote to Remain in the European Union”, hardly something to boast about. Griffith’s Conservatives In colleague Charlotte Vere, who was the group’s executive director, is also backing May. Will this convince the membership of May’s commitment to deliver on Brexit?

UPDATE: Theresa May’s team say Griffiths has a “junior role” and stress that their ground war will be run by Stephen Parkinson, formerly of Vote Leave.

Lap Dancing Lawyer Tries to Block Brexit


It’s not just Mishcon who want to block Brexit through the courts – now city silks are writing to the PM to demand Article 50 is not triggered. The pompous letter complains the “referendum did not set a threshold necessary to leave the EU”, whinges “the result of the referendum result was influenced by misrepresentations of fact” and moans “the outcome of the exit process will affect a generation of people who were not old enough to vote”. It tells Cameron to launch a Royal Commission and free vote in parliament. Who is behind this drivel?

Philip Kolvin QC, a silk who judging by his Chambers profile seems to do a lot of EU-law related work. His expertise is in licencing rather than constitutional law – specifically acting for “leading lap dance operators in London and the provinces” as well as “the sex shop industry in Soho”. Kolvin appears to have spammed his round-robin letter out across the whole Bar. Something tells Guido he won’t have a happy ending.

Zoopla CEO Behind Mishcon De Reya Anti-Brexit Legal Action


City law firm Mishcon de Reya are launching a legal challenge to Brexit with the backing of a number of businesses who for some reason haven’t been named publicly. Guido can reveal one of the firms behind the action is property website Zoopla.[…]


Ab Fab’s Patsy and Edina Speak on Brexit

Jennifer Saunders told Channel 5 “Unless the Champagne supply drys up, I don’t think they’d care.” Guido wholeheartedly agrees…[…]


Telegraph Journalist’s “Kill Baby-Farage” Tweet


Catherine Gee, a culture writer for the Telegraph, compares Farage to Adolf Hitler, founder of the Third Reich, responsible for the deaths of 85,000,000 people in World War II and initiator of the previous German attempt at a European superstate.[…]


Farage Victory Speech to European Parliament

“You’re quite right Mr Schulz; UKIP used to protest against the establishment, and now the establishment protests against UKIP.” He’s loving it…[…]


Junxit! Juncker Facing Calls to Resign


Forget Jezza, Brussels news site EurActiv reports Jean-Claude Juncker is under pressure to resign. Czech foreign minister Lubomír Zaorálek says:

“Right now I can’t see the European Commission chairman as the right man for the job”

Another Eastern European diplomat says they will back moves to sack Juncker “if there was such a motion”.[…]


‘Corbyn Voted Leave’ Rumour Non-Denial

Chris Bryant claims Corbyn refused to confirm to him if he personally voted Remain. There’s been no clarification from Corbyn himself today – he did tweet on Thursday that “I have voted to Remain”. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has demanded an urgent update.[…]


Mervyn King: ‘Doom and Gloom Wildly Exaggerated’

“There are some threats from the EU that will no longer be relevant. So, the idea there might be a tax on financial transactions – which George Osborne challenged, took to the European Court of Justice and lost his case – now we won’t be involved in that, and my guess is that any attempt in Europe to impose such a tax will never take place now because business will simply come to the City… There are obviously uncertainties in the short run… but the idea that this is a doom and gloom story seems to be wildly exaggerated.”

Project Calm from the former Bank of England governor…[…]


Osborne: No Punishment Budget



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