Boris: “Prayer Is All That’s Going To Be Left If We Don’t Vote Leave”

Boris responds to the ABC’s intervention on immigration:

“As for the Archbishop of Canterbury, I don’t know what the Bible says on this issue. If we don’t get out… I think that prayer is all that’s going to be left if we fail to vote leave on June 23rd. And I’m sure that he will lead the nation in prayers, but I hope that won’t be necessary.”

Boris went on to describe the Remain campaign as “gloomadon poppers”. Defined by his office as “people who habitually put out negative news”…

Tory MEP Leader Backs Brexit

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After some delay, Syed Kamall has gone with his conscience. Bravo!

“After much thought, my personal decision is to vote to leave the EU; not because I think David Cameron did a bad job, but because I believe that on balance we could forge a better future outside…

A crucial deciding factor for me is immigration. I want to see a Britain where everyone can achieve their ambitions whether they come from a wealthy or poorer background. Equally, I want to see an immigration policy that is balanced and fair – where we treat everyone outside the UK equally whether they are from an EU country or not. Sadly, a fair immigration system is incompatible with our membership of the EU.

Therefore, I have come to the conclusion that only by leaving the EU can we be genuinely free to put in place a fair immigration policy for ourselves.

As the son of immigrants who came from a non-EU country, this is my deeply held conviction on an issue that matters deeply to me. I have always told aspiring politicians to be true to themselves, and it would be hypocritical to ignore that advice myself in order to further my career.”

Read his full statement here. Major blow to Cameron and the Tory Remain argument…

MEPs Open Book on When Kamall Will De-Syed

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Fierce Tory Eurosceptic Syed Kamall’s continued dithering on his referendum decision has inspired MEP colleagues to open a book. Beatrix von Storch and Marcus Pretzell, both Alternative for Germany MEPs, have a £50 bet on whether he will actually manage to decide by June 23rd:

From: VON STORCH Beatrix
Sent: 10 March 2016 13:43
Cc: MEPs & ASSISTANTS-8th-Legislature
Subject: RE: BREXIT

Even in the ECR group we are wondering where Syed stands on this crucial issue. I personally think Syed would like to campaign to Leave – in line with his convictions. However, I also think that he, talented politician that he is, might in the end be campaigning to Remain, for whatever reason.

I have a £50 bet with Marcus Pretzell that Syed will actually manage to decide before June 23rd. Marcus is betting that Syed will not have decided then and completely miss the Referendum.

Best wishes,

Beatrix

UKIP’s Gerard Batten and Paul Nuttall have also entered into a wager: Nuttall thinks Kamall will back Leave, Batten thinks he’ll come out for Remain. Kamall’s delaying tactics have seen Batten attempt to settle the issue once and for all:

From: BATTEN Gerard
Sent: 09 March 2016 22:31
To: KAMALL Syed
Cc: MEPs & ASSISTANTS-8th-Legislature
Subject: BREXIT

Dear Syed,

Your speech this morning contained much to agree with, well done. Unfortunately I did not get the opportunity to Blue Card you and ask a question.

In short, can you let me know which side you are going to campaign on in the Referendum: Leave of Stay?

I have a €50 bet with Paul Nutall that you will campaign to Remain, he is betting you will campaign to Leave. Can you please confirm one way or the other so that one of us can collect.

Regards,

Gerard

A reply was not forthcoming…

Labour MEP ‘Claimed Hawaii Scuba Diving on Expenses’

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Peter Skinner is the former Labour MEP who allegedly tried to get the taxpayer to pay his £10,000 divorce settlement, in addition to claiming a whopping £480,000 through his Parliamentary Assistance Allowance. What on earth did he spend the dough on?

Well he’s in court today answering allegations that he used the taxpayer cash to buy expensive jewellery and stay in hotels around the world. It is alleged he even used the money to pay for scuba diving equipment in Hawaii and for fancy gourmet meals in Texas. The Euro gravy train case continues…

H/T Court News UK

Clegg’s “Smear Operation” Against Gove

Sun editor Tony Gallagher has come out swinging in defence of that splash about the Queen, accusing Clegg of changing his position and of smearing Michael Gove as the alleged source:

Peston: Much of the world believes your source to be the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, was it?

Gallagher: They can believe what they like. We would never reveal who our sources are. I think it’s interesting to note that there is clearly a smear operation underway at the moment and an attempt to identify Michael Gove. It wouldn’t take too much of a cynic to assume that part of the reason for that is the desire to remove him as a leading light in the Leave campaign. And I think it’s worth putting into the public domain that among those circulating the idea that it is Michael Gove are people close to Nick Clegg… I think Nick Clegg has questions to answer because he’s gone from being ‘I don’t recollect this event’ to ‘it’s nonsense’ to now being certain it’s Michael Gove. So which is it? I think he has to answer that.

Remember, it’s personal between Clegg, Gove and his former adviser Dom Cummings, who once called him a “self-obsessed, revolting character”…

Nb. Media watchers note the second camera on Peston, evidence of his so-called movie set.

BBC’s TV Euro-Debate ‘Revenge’ on No. 10

The BBC has been stepping up the pressure on Downing Street over the show-piece live referendum debate at Wembley stadium. Sources with intimate knowledge of the Beeb’s preliminary offer to Craig Oliver claim they proposed a 4 v 4 debate in front the audience of 12,500, suggesting the following line-up:

Remain: George Osborne, Alan Johnson, Tim Farron, Caroline Lucas

Leave: Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Iain Duncan Smith, George Galloway

This is a hardball proposal, and one which Downing Street is sure to shoot down. Sources say the BBC made the deliberately provocative bid as “revenge” for Oliver’s obstinate negotiating stance over last year’s election debates.

The BBC are also offering a 1 vs. 1 debate and – in the knowledge that No. 10 will refuse to pit Cameron against Boris – so are suggesting Dave and Gove are put forward in a Question Time style setting. This would meet Downing Street’s condition that they are not on stage arguing with each other at the same time. The wrangling is hotting up again…

UPDATE: A BBC source gets in touch to kick back: “This is total, 100% nonsense, including the format and the names”. Curiously the Telegraph has the very same names. Though this is a strong denial from the Beeb and an all-male Leave line-up would be very unlike Auntie…

EU Spending €3,000,000 More on Chauffeur Driven Limos

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Just when you thought the European Parliament couldn’t possibly waste anymore of taxpayers’ money, Brussels technocrats are trying to push through a new initiative to spend millions on limousines and chauffeurs’ uniforms. The proposal would see an extra €3,000,000 a year added to the already hefty €7,000,000 annual transport costs, with  €116,000 of this spent on drivers uniforms alone. MEP’s will vote Wednesday. Lucky there are no more pressing issues for them to consider…

UPDATE: UKIP point out that the Eurocrats plan to spend €1,000 per year, per Parliament driver for uniforms. Tailored Hugo Boss? An over-priced mass purchase of off-the-rack outfits? Or is it for weekly dry-cleaning?

Clegg Doesn’t Deny Queen Backs Brexit

Tomorrow’s Sun claims the Queen “spoke with venom and emotion” during a bust-up with Nick Clegg in which she apparently backed Brexit. This is Clegg’s very carefully worded response:

“I have absolutely no recollection of it. I don’t have a photographic memory. But I think I would have remembered something as stark or significant as you have made it out to be. No doubt you’ll speak to someone else and they’ll say, ‘I was there I heard it’. Fine. But I really can’t remember it at all. Anyway, without sounding pompous, I find it rather distasteful to reveal conversations with the Queen.”

Not an outright denial…

Brexit Debate Live Streaming

Tonight’s debate at the Institute of Economic Affairs (above) is an example of the civil war on the right – two IEA wonks Ryan Bourne and Diego Zuluaga are on opposite sides of the argument, Douglas Carswell and former Tory MEP John Stevens are bolstering the wonks. Such is the demand that they have already had to turn 200 ticket applicants away…

UPDATE: You can rewind the live stream to watch the debate.

Fabbers Cuts Down Pro-EU Colleague: “Oh B*llocks!”

Good old Fabbers has cut down the fawning pro-EU gibberish from Jonathan Djanogly in his own inimitable style:

“Oh b*llocks.”

Look out for his classic reaction. Straight talking, honest politics!

UPDATE: Fabricant apologised to the Speaker afterwards:

Top UKIP Spokesman Unsacked

Last week UKIP’s local government spokesman Peter Reeve, who at the time was viewed as a Vote Leave supporter, was sacked by Nigel Farage. Guido understands that at a meeting of the party’s NEC yesterday, a motion was unanimously passed demanding Farage reinstate Reeve to his role. The latest challenge to Farage’s authority from the increasingly turbulent NEC.

This morning, Guido hears Farage spoke with Reeve and agreed to reinstate him to his old post. Another UKIP unsacking. Interestingly for designation Kremlinologists, Reeve insists to Guido that he was a never officially a Vote Leave man, and that he is now agreeing to endorse Farage’s preferred Grassroots Out: “If Nigel believes GO is the best package then I’m happy to get behind them”. Reeve won’t be putting his name down for Vote Leave. So sacked ‘Kippers can have their jobs back so long as they endorse GO…

EU Gives Turkey €6 Billion and Vows to Scrap Visas by June

The midnight deal struck in Brussels means the EU and Turkey have agreed:

  • to return all new irregular migrants crossing from Turkey into the Greek islands with the costs covered by the EU
  • to accelerate the implementation of the visa liberalisation roadmap with a view to lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens at the latest by the end of June 2016
  • the opening of new chapters in the accession negotiations as soon as possible

So the EU is giving Turkey an initial €3 billion in exchange for taking back Syrian migrants, possibly followed by another €3 billion, will lift the visa requirements for Turks entering the EU within three months and will open talks to let Turkey join the EU as soon as possible. As Britons go to the polls on June 23, the EU will be scrapping visas for Turkish migrants and accelerating the process for Turkey to join the EU…

International Women’s Day: 100% of Female Prime Ministers Back Brexit

Last week Guido revealed Downing Street were drumming up political, business and celebrity support for the Remain campaign to coincide with International Women’s Day. Well, that day has come and who have they signed up? Nicky Morgan, Stella Creasy, Miriam Clegg and June Sarpong. Yes, really.

If you crunch the numbers to produce an in depth statistical analysis of how Britain’s female Prime Ministers would vote, these are the results:

As Rachel Sylvester recalled in February:

“I asked her at a lunch in the late-1990s whether she was in favour of Britain leaving the EU. She fixed me with a long, hard stare — more Paddington Bear than Derek Zoolander — and paused before replying: ‘Yes, I think I am.'”

“In politics, if you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman…”

Second Senior BCC Spokesman Publicly Endorsed Remain

Earlier Guido noted that the British Chambers of Commerce had allowed their Kent chief to publicly endorse the Remain campaign. Now it emerges the chief executive of the Cornwall BCC branch has also signed a letter supporting staying in the EU. Kim Conchie wrote last week that:

“leaving the EU is playing Russian Roulette with the world’s fifth largest economy; it would be a great folly”

Remember, the official BCC line is that they are “a non-partisan organisation” and that senior figures airing personal views willcreate confusion regarding the BCC’s neutral stance”. John Longworth lost his job for publicly backing Leave. Yet here are two top BCC spokesmen who have endorsed Remain with no consequences…

Remain-Supporting BCC Chief Keeps Job

Last night the British Chambers of Commerce explained John Longworth was standing down because “personal views on the referendum” are “likely to create confusion regarding the BCC’s neutral stance”. That means public statements from BCC bosses backing Remain would have the same consequences, right?

Wrong. Two weeks ago Tim Allen, chair of the Kent region of the BCC, signed a letter in support of the Remain campaign and told his local paper:

“While there are a lot of things wrong in the EU – I’m not a fanatic EU supporter – the status quo is most important to me and my employees”

He has kept his position.

Of course Guido isn’t saying he should lose his job. Though it’s one rule for Remainers and another for Leavers over at the BCC…

H/T @benrileysmith

Déjà V-EU: Remainers Rehash 1975 Leaflets Verbatim

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After some of the old EEC referendum leaflets were wheeled out over the weekend, Guido has had a look at the Wilson government’s 1975 flyers. Contained within are a series of attack lines uncannily echoed by Remainers today. In many cases verbatim.

1975: Under the heading “If we say ‘No'”, voters were warned that “Inevitably, there would be a period of uncertainty.”

2016: ‘Leading economists’ told the FT in January that “Inevitably there will be a period of heightened uncertainty”. Cameron says there will be a “period of great uncertainty”, Philip Hammond has spoken of “a period of uncertainty”, while a report from the Warwick University says, almost word for word, that Brexit will “inevitably lead to a period of great uncertainty”.

1975: The Wilson pamphlet claimed that in leaving “We would just be outsiders looking in.”

2016: Remain-backing FTSE firms said last week, again almost word for word, that “we will be an outsider looking in”.

1975: The pamphlet warned: “Foreign firms might hesitate to continue investment in Britain.”

2016: A classic scaremongering line still used today, for example: “one in three firms would leave UK after Brexit”.

These stale pro-EU arguments haven’t changed in 40 years…

8 Campaigns Downing Street Didn’t Threaten Over NHS Logo

Downing Street are trying every trick to nobble Vote Leave – this morning government lawyers filed a laughably vexatious trademark infringement complaint over use of the NHS logo in campaign literature. Note that No. 10 are pursuing Vote Leave on this, yet allowed left-wing groups such as Unite the Union, Protect Our NHS, 38 DegreesKeep our NHS Public, The Socialist PartyMomentum NHS, London Labour, and even Tom Watson and Steve Coogan to use the logo for campaign purposes. Of course it’s handy that NHS England chief exec Simon Stevens is a close ally of Peter Mandelson. Splurging thousands on spurious legal battles while there is a £2 billion NHS funding black hole is not a great look…

Leadsom and Mordaunt Woo Outers Over Wine

Since he declared for Leave the odds on Boris joining Osborne in a leadership final have shortened, with ambitious colleagues jostling for position. Andrea Leadsom and Penny Mordaunt have both previously been tipped to mount leadership bids, they are both Outers who help run the intriguing ‘Fresh Start’ group of Tory MPs. Curiously the duo have begun hosting weekly drinks dos with Tory backbenchers, inviting “colleagues who are on the ‘leave’ side of the EU debate” to an “informal drop in each Monday evening” at Penny’s office. The “regular” 90 minute long sessions “over a glass of wine” have been a convenient opportunity to woo colleagues, while Leadsom is also having backbenchers round for drinkies at her swish Tufton Court residence. Tonight Penny and Andrea have arranged for Vote Leave to give a talk about strategy and answer questions, naturally “wine and snacks will be served”Boris’ operation, run by Ben Wallace and Nigel Adams, is famously lacking punch…

BCC Arranged Critical Longworth Interview

On Friday night the British Chambers of Commerce suspended their boss John Longworth for giving an interview on Thursday backing Brexit. The ensuing row and swift punishment would have you thinking he’d massively gone rogue. Not so.

BCC press officers contacted news organisations on Wednesday afternoon, the day before, offering Longworth up for interview. This is from the email the BCC sent to broadcasters:

I just wanted to check if you’d be interested in speaking to John Longworth, BCC DG, tomorrow morning at our annual conference.

So the BCC explicitly offered him up for interview, then suspended him for giving his view during that interview. What did they expect the long-time Eurosceptic was going to say?

Brexit-Backing BCC Boss Quits

The full statement from the British Chamber of Commerce on John Longworth tonight:

“The British Chambers of Commerce is a non-partisan organisation, and as such, decided not to campaign for either side ahead of the European referendum on 23rd June 2016.

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