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The polls are neck and neck, the weather is inclement, all is to play for. Vote Leave, Take Control…
Juncker says today that there will be no more reform if Britain votes Remain:
“British voters have to know that there will be no kind of renegotiation. We have concluded a deal with the prime minister. He got the maximum he could receive and we gave the maximum we could give. So there will be no renegotiation, not on the agreement we found in February, nor as far as any kind of treaty negotiations are concerned.”
A vote to Remain is a vote for the status quo, and worse…
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…
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…
Millionaire comic and achingly right-on Labour moderate Robert Webb has deleted this late-night tweet calling Leave voters “thick people”:
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.
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.
“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…[…]
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.
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
- 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.[…]
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.[…]