Dear Donald: Read Cameron’s Letter to Tusk in Full

Here it is: the starting gun has at last been fired on Dave’s EU renegotiations:

Cameron: “I am ready to campaign with all my heart and soul to keep Britain inside a reformed EU.”

Cameron Retreats on Migrant Benefits

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Speaking at the CBI yesterday, Cameron insisted that a four year ban on EU migrants claiming benefits would be a key renegotiation demand. He said:

“On the migrant issue, we have not changed our view at all. We believe that what is set out in the manifesto [EU migrants who want to claim tax credits and child benefit must live here and contribute to our country for a minimum of four years] is right for Britain, right for Europe and needs to change.”

Yet speaking at Chatham House today, the PM gave himself massive leeway on this issue:

“I understand how difficult some of these welfare issues are for other member states, and I’m open to different ways of dealing with this issue.”

Expecting people to pay into a social security system is hardly a particularly drastic demand, yet Cameron is already wobbling and wavering on this reasonable request because it is “difficult” for member states. Shorter version of today’s speech: “I say chaps, can I have a piece of paper saying we won’t cosy up too much and you won’t be beastly?”

Exit Europe Now Favourite With Bookies

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… By ‘Exit Europe’ Guido is of course referring to the horse running the 17:40 at Kempton Park tonight, which is the favourite at odds of 11/2. Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted his trainer and owner is none other than UKIP treasurer Andrew Reid. Stay tuned for the result…

UPDATE: He’s only gone and won it. One member of the Guy Newsroom is very happy having cleaned up. A good omen for Brexit?

UPDATE II: Here’s the action replay:

To any readers who had a punt on Guido’s tip, drinks on you…

Revealed: How Vote Leave Protesters Duped CBI

Guido can reveal how the protesters got into the CBI conference to heckle the PM today. Vote Leave helped them set up a company called Lyon Sheppard Web Solutions Ltd so the two young placard holders could gain accreditation. This is the website they used, which cheekily quotes Steve Jobs on “rebels” and “those who speak truth to power“:

The Lyon Sheppard fake mission statement is full of hints, including Vote Leave’s “take control” slogan:

“We embrace the change, always looking forward and not hoodwinked by out-of-date solutions. We believe the future is worth shouting about. Our experts are constantly engaged. Aware of new developments in America, China, Brazil and India, and dedicated to bringing opportunities to you. We live in an ever-increasingly globally-interlinked community. We live the change. Take control of your future, the Lyon Sheppard way.”

They continue:

“Older firms are cumbersome, tied to their systems and unable to react to changing circumstances. You expect better: to be lightweight; interconnected; responsive; mobile; global. Our solutions allow you to save money, so you can invest in things that really matter. You need a better system – a solution fit for the modern world. You need to take control.”

More hints:

“A firm of young people, based in London, we are committed to constantly learning about how the web is developing, and making sure that your business is already ahead of the curve. We live the change.

We have a proud, independent history. After a chance meeting, at a web-conference in Rome, our two founders agreed that new solutions were needed to today’s problems. The established firms weren’t willing to embrace the change, committed to solutions that we knew wouldn’t work. We thought customers deserved a better voice. A voice that would stand up to the Establishment and would be willing to look at new web solutions. A voice that would help consumers take control.”

See what they did there?

Cameron Heckled: “CBI: Voice of Brussels”

The CBI wouldn’t let representatives from the Vote Leave campaign into their conference this morning, though two Eurosceptic protesters managed to sneak in and heckle the PM with a cry of “CBI, voice of Brussels”Vote Leave have confirmed to Guido that they helped organise the protest…

UPDATE: Here is Cameron talking up the opportunities of Brexit:

“Some people seem to say that really Britain couldn’t survive, couldn’t do okay outside the European Union. I don’t think that is true. Let’s be frank, Britain is an amazing country. We’ve got the fifth biggest economy in the world. We’re a top ten manufacturer. We’ve got incredibly strong financial services. The world wants to come and do business here. Look at the record of inward investment. Look at the leaders beating the path to our door to come and see what’s happening with this great country’s economy. The argument isn’t whether Britain could survive outside the EU. Of course it could.”

Something to chew on for his CBI audience, who are some of the worst anti-Brexit scaremongers around…

Shameless EU Sockpuppet’s Spin Unravels on Radio 4

Agra Europe’s editorial director Chris Horseman went out to bat over his ‘independent’ think tank’s EU funding on Radio 4 earlier. As Guido has previously revealed, Agra is in the pay of Brussels. Though you wouldn’t know that from Horseman’s answer.

“I’m glad you asked me that question. We are 100% independent. We are funded and financed by absolutely nobody. We sell our information services to a wide range of people in both public and private sectors. Some of the European institutions happen to be among our clients, but they have absolutely no influence over the analysis that we produce.”

To recap, Agra won a €36,000 contract from the European Commission, and their consultancy sister arm won another €200,000 contract from the EU’s agriculture programme just last year. The claim that “we are funded and financed by absolutely nobody” is risible…

Bush: US Would Do Free Trade Deal With UK

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Jeb Bush in an interview with Breitbart made it clear that the US political establishment would of course do a trade deal with a UK outside the EU:

“Great Britain is a sovereign nation, and they must make this decision about their relationship with Europe on their own. The U.S. should not be putting a thumb on the scale and certainly shouldn’t bully an ally. That said, as President, if Great Britain made that decision of course the U.S. would work with them on a trade agreement.”

It really is inconceivable that the biggest economy in the world would not want tariff free trade with the fifth biggest economy in the world…

Boris Doesn’t Rule Out Leading Leave Campaign

Boris again flirted with backing Brexit but appeared to rule out leading the Leave campaign to Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning:

NF: “Are you going to lead the No campaign?”

BJ: “I’m going to see what the outcome of the negotiations is…”

NF: “Would you be prepared to lead the No campaign?”

BJ: “Look, I think it would be absolutely fatal for any campaign if it were to be led by me, frankly.”

NF: “Are you not a leader then? Are you not a leader?”

BJ: “I’m very happy to be a supporter…”

NF: “So you don’t see yourself as a leader?”

BJ: “Listen, Nick, if you want to chop logic with me all morning…”

“Fatal” was an unfortunate choice of word…

CCHQ’s Referendum Warning to Tory Associations

Tory HQ has written to Conservative associations warning them not to step out of line on the EU referendum. Well aware that Eurosceptic local Tories are not going to swallow Cameron’s renegotiation package, they are banning them from using any […]

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Revealed: US Trade Rep’s Wife Worked For EU Too

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It was revealed yesterday that Obama trade representative Michael Froman, who took it upon himself to intervene in the referendum debate to warn against Brexit, was previously paid by the EU. Froman worked as part of the European Commission’s Forward […]

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Tory Lines to Take on Osborne EU Speech

This is what Tory MPs have been told to say by CCHQ ahead of Osborne’s big speech outlining his renegotiation demands in Berlin:

We have been returned to office with a very clear mandate to improve Britain’s relationship with the

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British Polling Council’s Accidental Email to “Odious” Cummings

This morning’s Times carried news of a complaint made by the Vote Leave campaign to the British Polling Council claiming a CBI poll showing eight out of ten businesses apparently supporting staying in the EU was rigged. This is Dom […]

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