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Corbyn’s PMQs Pizza Gag

A reasonably well-executed gag about pizza from Corbyn after grilling the PM on whether Chequers is dead or not…

May Swerves Boris on Backstop

Brexiteers are not coming away particularly reassured on the backstop by May’s Commons statement. A number of times May was asked directly to confirm that the backstop would be time-limited. May insisted the backstop would be temporary but refused to give a firm answer on when it would end or how the UK could escape from it. Her answer to Boris is best described as aspirational…

“As I said when we published the temporary customs arrangement proposal back in June, we set that point of the expectation that that would be completed by December 2021. One of the issues as I indicated in my statement that we are discussing with the EU is how we can ensure that we do reflect the temporary nature of the backstop… I continue to believe that what we should all be doing is working to ensure that the backstop never comes into place…”

May’s response to a question on no deal being agreed has also raised a few eyebrows:

“If it were the case that at the end of the negotiation process actually it was a no deal… then actually that would come back to this House and then we would see what position this House would take in the circumstances.”

Is she going to shift her position on no deal too?

DUP: May’s Rumoured Concessions are “Worst of Both Worlds”

Responding to reports that Theresa May is preparing to further capitulate in forcing the UK to remain within a Customs Union indefinitely, and for Northern Ireland to remain in the single market, DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly could not have been clearer:

“[Michel Barnier] has been blunt. He made it absolutely clear that under this arrangement, Northern Ireland would not be able to participate in free trade deals. To us this is not the best of both worlds, in fact we think this is the worst of both worlds… It is a deal breaker.”  

Ouch…

Juncker Mocks May’s Dancing

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to mock Theresa May’s dancing at the opening session of the EU’s four day ‘European Week of Regions and Cities’ event this afternoon. Guido suspects Druncker might have had one too many at lunch…

Leadsom Limits Leader’s Longevity

Last night Peston pushed Andrea Leadsom on the PM leading the party into the next election. Leadsom’s answer was basically a diplomatic “no”.

May’s Conference Speech in Full

“Thank you very much for that warm welcome.

You’ll have to excuse me if I cough during this speech; I’ve been up all night supergluing the backdrop.

There are some things about last year’s conference I have tried to forget.

But I will always remember the warmth I felt from everyone in the hall.

You supported me all the way – thank you.

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Theresa May Dancing Queen

Theresa May enters the stage to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen”. Having the time of her life…

May: Election Not in the National Interest

“Its not in the national interest to have a general election.” Presumably because she might lose… 

Theresa May’s Red Scare

Co-conspirators have noticed that a disproportionate number of times something has gone wrong for Theresa May, she’s been wearing the same red jacket. From ‘nothing has changed,’ to 2017 election night, to Salzburg, the red jacket has brought disaster with it where ever it has appeared. She was even wearing yesterday when Marr mauled her. Aides would be wise to prevent the Prime Minister from wearing the cursed jacket for her big speech on Wednesday…

Naughty Boris Runs Through Field of Wheat

As Tory delegates gather in Birmingham, Boris was out and about enjoying some fresh countryside air near his Oxfordshire home this morning, with one eagle-eyed snapper even managing to capture him running through what appears to look suspiciously like a field of wheat. The farmers can’t be the only ones who aren’t too pleased about that…

Marr’s Brutal Interview

 

Full credit to Andrew Marr who, after last week asking Jeremy Corbyn to his face if he was an anti-semite, just accused Theresa May of personal responsibility for the death of a 67 year-old Windrush scandal victim. It was a tough interview from the start where she noticeably failed to rule out further compromises beyond Chequers – five times. Watch the fade out at the end, no small talk. She just death stares him.

UPDATE: Kay Burley agrees

As does the political editor of The Sun

May Doesn’t Rule Out More Chequers Concessions

Marr asks May twice whether she will make further concessions on her Chequers plan to get a deal with the EU. May dodges the question twice…

May Won’t Apologise for Windrush Policy

Theresa May repeatedly refuses to apologise for her “hostile environment” policy which led to the Windrush Scandal. Her only apology is for “the fact that some people who should not have been caught up in that were caught in that”…

Brits Think May Would Stay

A YouGov/Times poll has found that half of Brits (48%) think Theresa May would keep Britain in the EU if she could without worrying about what voters think. 43% said the same of Jeremy Corbyn. Just 12% thought the same of Boris…

More Brits See Labour as Racist than Tories

YouGov have found that more people see the Labour Party as racist than the Tories. Despite his repeated claims to be an “anti-racist campaigner”, twice as many Brits think Jeremy Corbyn is racist (20%) than think the same for Theresa May (11%).

The same poll found that 30% of Brits think Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite, compared to just 5% who believe Theresa May to be. Intriguingly, the same number of Brits see Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn  as Islamophobic, at 9% each…

Rees-Mogg Responds Positively to May’s Brexit Speech

ERG Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a response to the Prime Minister’s statement in Downing Street. Read it in full here:

“Salzburg was a failure even though European leaders had been briefed about Chequers before it was agreed by the Cabinet. It indicates that the EU is not acting in good faith. This makes the Prime Minister’s task harder and she is right to remind them that no deal is better than a bad deal.

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PM’s Brexit Statement

Read the full statement below:

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Theresa May: Ball is in EU’s Court

The Prime Minister has announced in a live statement broadcast from inside Number 10 that the EU must treat the UK with respect, and not reject proposals out of hand without detailed counter proposals.

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