People’s Vote Now Claim No Deal Will Kill People

The People’s Vote campaign are ramping Project Fear back up to 2016 levels in a desperate bid for attention. Now they’ve put out a massively over-the-top quote from Sedgefield Labour MP Phil Wilson literally claiming that No Deal will kill people. Specifically Northerners:

“We know the North will be hit first and worst through a destructive No Deal Brexit but this analysis is still shocking. The real tragedy is in stories of communities affected: people will be made poorer, lives will be made shorter, opportunities will get pushed further away.”

Donald Tusk hasn’t got long left as European Council President, People’s Vote better get on to him quickly to get another quote about the end of Western Civilisation…

Donald Tusk’s Former Deputy Is Standing For Change UK- TIG

Change UK, The Independent Group, Remain Alliance (CUK-TIG-RA) have revealed their European Parliamentary candidates. They include a couple of Euro-federalist former Tory MPs and some Twitter celebrities. Also among the list with a top spot in the key region of London is Jan Vincent-Rostowski, who served as Donald Tusk’s deputy when the European Council President served as Prime Minister of Poland. Seriously.

As President of the EU Council, Tusk taunted Theresa May at Salzburg on Instagram, and said there was a “special place in hell” for Brexiteers. Now CUK-TIG-RA want a the UK to send his former deputy to help represent the UK in European Parliament. Whose side are they on..?

Extension: Tusk Wants ‘Flextension’, May Wants Until June 30

European Council President Donald Tusk is reportedly to propose EU leaders agree to offer the UK a year-long “flexible” extension to Article 50 beyond 12 April to 31 March 2020 with the option of leaving the EU earlier if the UK parliament ratifies the EU Withdrawal Agreement. Which means European Elections and the inevitable return of Nigel Farage to Brussels…

May has written to Tusk pleading for an extension until June 30, just before MEPs return to the European Parliament. This is legally challengeable… so in all likelihood it is really an invitation to the EU to impose a flextension. Shamefully weak.

UPDATE: Here’s the letter in full:

Tusk: No Brexit Extension Unless the Deal is Approved

Donald Tusk has narrowed the EU’s position down on an extension even further, saying that the EU will only grant a short extension if the UK approves the deal:

“I believe that a short extension will be possible but it will be conditional on a positive vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons.”

This will be music to the ears of Brexiteers hoping to force no deal. The person in the most difficult position now is Jeremy Corbyn – if he wants to avoid no deal then his only choice now is to approve the deal – no more meaningless amendments on Labour’s alternative plan. Has Tusk now made the calculation that the only way to get the votes for the deal is from the Labour side, not the Tories, and made his move to bounce Labour – rather than the ERG?

Note that Tusk only said that a “short” extension is conditional on the deal passing, leaving the door open to the EU putting egregious conditions like a second referendum on a longer extension if May is forced to rush back to Brussels for an emergency summit after losing another vote next week. What will May be prepared to sign up to in a blind panic to avoid no deal?

May Rumours Swirling as EU Digs In on Brexit Extension

The EU have rebuffed May’s request for an Article 50 extension to 30th June, releasing a note insisting that the 23rd May is the crucial date – the day European Parliament elections begin. They say the PM can either have a “short technical extension” until 23rd May, any longer and it will have to be at least until the end of 2019 and the UK will have to participate in European Parliament elections. The commentariat’s unfounded speculation that the UK could avoid taking part as long as they left by the end of June falls flat again…

French media are reporting that Emmanuel Macron is considering vetoing any extension tomorrow if May can’t produce a “credible strategy” for getting to a deal. The BBC’s Adam Fleming reckons its too late for EU leaders to even agree one tomorrow as they haven’t had time to consult with national parliaments…

Whether Macron is serious or this is just part of a good-cop bad-cop routine remains to be seen. Donald Tusk has made no secret of his desire for the UK to hold a second referendum and cancel Brexit. There is no doubt that the EU27 will use any extension request to try to push the UK closer to one…

At that point it becomes the ultimate test of May’s resolve. May firmly put her eggs in the short extension basket today, what will she do if the EU try to force her into a long one with a second referendum as the price? Rumours are swirling that she will make a formal statement on the steps of Downing Street tonight…

May Formally Requests Article 50 Extension to 30th June

Theresa May has written to European Council President “Donald” formally requesting an extension of Article 50 to the 30th June 2019, ahead of the European Council summit tomorrow. May talking down the prospects of any longer extension for now…

Read the letter in full:

Here’s a quick reminder of all the times May said categorically that this would never happen:

Another Child’s Letter to Tusk

Guido has got his hands on another letter that was sent to the President of the European Council. Sadly he hasn’t yet shared this one on his Instagram account…

Friday Caption Contest (Hell Edition)

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Tusk vs Vote Leave’s “Mincing Machine”

The predictable response from Remainers to Tusk’s hell comments yesterday was naturally to agree with him, while again peddling the myth that Brexit campaigners didn’t have a plan. They did…

While it is correct to say that Vote Leave made the strategic decision not to publish a full-on white paper-style plan to avoid getting it filleted Salmond-style, Vote Leave did nonetheless publish considerable detail on what Brexit should look like*, including leaving the single market, regaining an independent trade policy and immediately guaranteeing EU citizens’ rights unilaterally. Also central to their plan was a three-phase framework for how to approach the negotiations, including multiple warnings against triggering Article 50. Ivan Rogers fans eat your heart out…

One prominent former Leave campaigner has penned a pithy response to Tusk which more or less sums up the UK’s current predicament:

Dear Tusk,
Lucky for you the MPs did every single thing the opposite to what Vote Leave said.
You were celebrating when Number 10 triggered Article 50 without a plan or a clue.
If they’d followed the Vote Leave plan and started making preparations to leave without triggering Article 50, you would have been stuffed.
Negotiating with Vote Leave would have been like running into a mincing machine, they’d have kicked you down the street like they did Cameron and Blair.

Then Gove backstabbed Boris, and the rest is history…

*Not to mention the thousand-page magnum opus Change or Go published by Vote Leave’s predecessor Business for Britain…

Tusk and Varadkar Joke About Hell Comment

“They’ll give you terrible trouble in the British press.”

Tusk just laughs…

H/t: Georg von Harrach

EU Unity Latest: Tusk & Selmayr’s Public Spat

Something was incensing Juncker’s “monster” Martin Selmayr and Donald Tusk, who couldn’t stop themselves from have a fierce public row on the way into their press conference earlier. Brexit causing blood pressures to rise in Brussels too…

UPDATE: Selmayr responds:

“The President of the European Council @eucopresident had a factual question to the @EU_Commission before his press conference, and I helped out. Very simple.”

If that’s how Tusk asks a simple “factual question” Guido would hate to see him when he’s cross…

Tusk: UK Can Have Canada+++ Deal

After trashing Chequers at the Salzburg summit last month, Donald Tusk has again made the UK an explicit offer of a Canada+++ deal:

While the question of the Irish border remains, this completely shows up Theresa May’s repeated insistence that the only options on the table are Chequers or No Deal. The EU wants it, the UK wants it, it’s long past time that May started seriously considering it…

Downing Street: It is Still Chequers or No Deal

The reason May looked so shook yesterday at the Salzburg press conference is simply that she did not expect the rejection to come now or for them to be blunt to the point of humiliatingly rude. Macron positively rejoicing at the prospect of punishing Britain and Tusk claiming Chequers is dead, coupled with him mocking her crassly on Instagram do not signal diplomatic success for Olly Robbins.

The line this morning from Downing Street is, to coin a phrase, “nothing has changed”. This rejection is, they say, merely positioning in the final stages of a negotiation. Nobody else seems to agree. The EU is playing brutally hard ball and Downing Street has been hitherto firmly pragmatic. She needs to stick to what she told Nick Robinson at Chequers in the interview clip above. It is still possible that the EU will blink, Downing Street says they now have to. This is also the end of the line for can kicking by Theresa May, if she compromises beyond Chequers she will see more Cabinet resignations and the resignation of one of her top advisers. She can’t move politically on;

  • ending free movement
  • membership of the single market or the customs union
  • ending the jurisdiction of the ECJ
  • ending vast payments to the EU or paying for access to the single market
  • integrity of Britain and Northern Ireland

Macron’s approval rating is on the floor, bashing les Anglais is a vote winner, Ireland’s Leo Varadkar has no intention of being seen to be soft on the British. It is possible that EU leaders will blink, however not probable unless the they really believe the UK will actually go ahead with no deal, no much needed £39 billion contribution to the EU budget. Just a cheery au revoir and auf wiedersehen…

Tusk Rejects Chequers as Parliament Shifts Against Plan

EU Council President Donald Tusk has just told a press conference that Chequers “will not work.” By Guido’s count almost half of MPs in the Commons agree with him. Noes are up by 260 since last week

Over 47% of MPs have publicly indicated they will vote against the Chequers plan. May loyalist Sir Mike Penning announced today that he will vote against it, and over the weekend Keir Starmer announced Labour will vote against any deal based on Theresa May’s Chequers proposals. Labour’s moderates and Corbynistas have explicitly said they will not vote for Chequers. Guido so far only counts 132 MPs who have firmly expressed an intention to back Chequers.

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Agent Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk has released a bizarre Trump-style video in a cringeworthy desperate attempt to connect with people. The video, starring himself and world leaders, is all set to action thriller movie music and complete with embossed title sequences. Is he auditioning to be the next James Bond?

EU Refuses to Accept May’s Offer on Migrant Rights

As Donald Tusk predictably criticises May’s generous offer on EU citizens’ rights this afternoon, it is once again clear that Remain ultras in Britain will side with the EU even when the UK government is being entirely reasonable. What did Remainers want? EU citizens’ rights to be guaranteed. And the government has indeed guaranteed their rights from the Article 50 trigger date, a completely fair and common sense proposal. Still the Guardian’s Brexit correspondent bizarrely calls it “disgraceful”.

Juncker wants the ECJ to continue to hold sway in Britain post-Brexit as part of any deal: “I can’t see the ECJ being excluded from the settlement in the future”. Any fair-minded pundit can see this is unacceptable – the UK voted to take back control of laws. 

Sky News, ever-more partisan for a supposedly impartial broadcaster, asked May what her mandate was for leaving the single market and customs union. Seriously? This debate has been had time and time again – even the government’s biggest Remainers accept it is over. May quite rightly slapped down Faisal, telling him yet again that 80% of voters backed parties which support leaving the single market and customs union. There is a lot of important Brexit scrutiny that Remain supporters could be carrying out. Instead they are backing the other team and asking the same tired old questions…

Tusk Blasts Indiscreet Juncker and Emotional May

Discretion” a slap down of Juncker, “Emotions getting out of hand” a broadside against Theresa May. Everyday sexism?

Donald Tusk on No Deal

Donald Tusk sounding a bit intimidated:

“We will not be intimidated by threats that no Brexit deal is good for UK & bad for EU. No deal bad for everyone, above all for UK.”

Open Britain Condemns EU For “Using People as Pawns”

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Open Britain, the pro-EU continuity Remain campaign, have condemned Brussels for “using people as pawns”. The group organised a letter writing campaign when they thought Theresa May was responsible for uncertainty over the status of EU citizens in Britain and Britons abroad. Now they have blasted Donald Tusk after he yesterday revealed it was Brussels blocking a deal. They tell Guido:

“EU Governments and UK Government should separate this from Article 50 negotiations. People shouldn’t be used as pawns on either side – hope to see progress in December.”

Presumably Open Britain will be organising a new letter writing campaign to Donald Tusk…

Tusk Confirms EU Responsible For Right to Remain Uncertainty

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European Council president Donald Tusk has rejected the UK’s proposal for an early deal to guarantee the status of EU citizens in Britain and British citizens in the EU. Tusk disingenuously writes “we have assumed that one of the main reasons for the vote for Brexit was the rejection of the free movement of people and all the rights it entails”.[…] Read the rest

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