EU Citizens Sent Referendum Polling Cards

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Multiple reports are emerging that EU citizens have been sent polling cards despite not having a vote in the referendum. Jakub Pawlowski, a Polish citizen living in Kingston, Surrey, tells Guido:

“I have been living in UK since 2006 but never applied for British citizenship. I recently bought a house and in December 2015, right after completion, filled the form to get registered on electoral roll. I have selected there that I’m a Polish citizen. I could therefore vote in London mayoral elections this month, however recently I got a polling card for the upcoming referendum on EU membership.”

Non-British EU citizens do not have a vote in the referendum…

Kingston council told Jakub that he was erroneously in their database as a British citizen. But this appears to be a widespread problem:

Another stunning success for the Electoral Commission…

UPDATE: Kingston council say:

“When applying to be included on the Register of Electors the elector in question indicated his nationality as British and, thus, was issued with a polling card for the Referendum. Instances such as this are taken extremely seriously and we are working closely with, and under the guidance of, the Electoral Commission.”

There are reports of similar stories elsewhere…

Lord Sugar’s EU Journey

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5 May 2013: Lord Sugar attacks the EU, says Brussels is an obstacle to his companies’ success:

“When I started my business years ago, to take on the first person, the second, the third, was bad enough – but now we have a further obstacle to worry about: the political correctness of things, the claims culture, and the health and safety. It’s no wonder some small businesses say it is too onerous and they won’t hire anyone. I blame the fact that we are part of Europe. I blame the fact that the Government doesn’t have the guts to say to Brussels: I don’t like it, we should start taking control of our own safety and health regulations and our own claims culture. I’ve been told we can’t because we are in Europe. I say, enough is enough! We are Britain; we were once a great industrial nation and now you’ve turned us into a nation of ambulance chasers and moaners and wastrels.”

25 May 2016: Lord Sugar appointed government’s new business tsar.

31 May 2016: Lord Sugar lovebombs the EU, says Brussels is responsible for his companies’ success:

“I’ve been in business for 50 years. I’ve seen some pretty daft ideas in my time. And I’ll tell you one of them: Britain leaving the EU… When we entered the EU, it was a breath of fresh air for me. It opened up a massive market. I was free to sell to and buy from who I wanted and where I wanted. Honestly, that’s how my companies prospered… So, for the sake of Britain, I hope you trust me and my instincts, and, on June 23rd, vote to remain.”

What changed his mind?

Leave Poll Surge as Migrant Crisis Cuts Through

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These are all front page headlines from the last seven days. They’re from Remain-backing papers as well as Leave. With three weeks to go immigration is the main story in town – whether it’s net migration rising to 330,000 or the 18 Albanians rescued off the Kent coast. A new Telegraph/ORB poll this morning shows that in the past week Remain’s lead has been cut from 13 points to just five. Immigration was always going to be Vote Leave’s trump card – 23 days to go…

Knightly Loss of British Influence

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Drippingly Europhile British Influence appear to have made their co-President an unperson this morning. One minute he was there on the website under the ever-authentic Ken Clarke, the next minute “Sir” Anthony Bailey KGCN OBE was gone. Down the memory hole. Could it be anything to do with the fact that he was not actually knighted by Her Majesty?

MP Referendum List: Leave Gain

News from Eastbourne suggests that their new Tory MP Caroline Ansell has come off the fence and decided for Leave. In her newsletter, she said: “I had first hoped to remain in a reformed EU. The renegotiation deal says everything about today’s EU – that it is only moving in one direction: ever increasing centralisation.”

Click here to view the entire spreadsheet.

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That puts the number of Tory MPs who openly disagree with David Cameron and George Osborne at 143 or some 43% of the parliamentary party…

Bone Hits Back at the Straw-Coetzee Lie Machine

Will Straw was not allowed to get away with claiming that EU citizens would be sent back post-Brexit. Another falsehood pumped out by Ryan Coetzee Remainer’s Lie Machine. The only people being sent packing will be the EU officials in Europe House…

Vote Leave Offer £50 Million Payout to Predict Euros

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Not wanting to be outdone by one-time rival Leave.EU splashing half a million quid on a pop concert for teenagers from the late 90s, Vote Leave are offering a whopping £50 million to whoever can correctly guess the outcome of every Euro game in the upcoming tournament. £50 million is also the amount Vote Leave says taxpayers hand over to the EU everyday…

Boffins at the Sun calculated that the odds of guessing every game right are roughly one in five sextillion, players can wager the outcome for free, and in the event of nobody winning a £50,000 consolation prize will be given to whoever guessed the most outcomes. Given the match outcomes aren’t truly random the real probability is a lot less than the boffins presume. The sum in any event is backed up by a Lloyds insurance policy, so pro-Brexit players needn’t worry about bankrupting the campaign should they win. Free bet with £50 million on the line – seems a no brainer even for Remainers…

Campaign Report: 27 Days to Go

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Leave message: Take back control over immigration.

Remain message: Sadiq Khan says Europe means jobs.

Cut through: Immigration figures show a huge rise in EU migration – particularly from Romania and Bulgaria.

Leave social media count: 416,091 likes, 46,121 followers.

Remain social media count: 422,498 likes, 30,420 followers.

Odds: Remain 2/9, Leave 4/1

Latest poll: Remain 44%, Leave 38% (Survation, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 53% (-2), Leave 47% (+2).

Ethnic Minority Brits Back Brexit

Fair play to Newsnight for this segment on why ethnic minority voters and businessmen and women back Brexit. The British Indian and Pakistani shop owners they spoke to wanted trade agreements with China, India and the Commonwealth and had concerns about European immigration. Can we have another musical video please?

Remain Takes Project Fear to Church

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The Remain campaign are coordinating another letter to be published in a newspaper over the weekend, this time from religious leaders. BSE sent the text of the letter to Faiths Forum, asking them to get the signatures. Faiths Forum’s email to religious leaders openly admits disguising that it is part of the official Remain campaign. The subject line rather gives it away…

Subject: Britain Strong In Europe Campaign

I received this email yesterday, and have been requested to circulate to faith leaders.

They are coordinating a letter from religious and belief leaders pressing people to think very carefully before voting to leave the European Union. It reiterates the point so eloquently made in a different context by Pope Francis that faith should be about building bridges not erecting barriers.  

It says that so many of the issues about which people of faith care so passionately – from alleviating poverty to tackling climate change – depend on strong international institutions.  It stops short of formally endorsing the remain campaign so as to avoid being overtly political. However, it would be seen as support from the signatories for Britain to remain in the EU, which is how we would present it.

They should listen to Justin Welby: “You can’t say ‘God says you must vote this way or that way’”…

Soubry’s Big Nissan-derstanding

Nissan are on the record saying they won’t leave Britain post-Brexit and have been at pains not to scaremonger about the referendum. So they were a bit put out by Anna Soubry using their reception in parliament last night to preach doom on their behalf. The event had nothing to do with Europe, but Soubs misjudged the tone and told guests how leaving the EU will cause a “disaster for manufacturing” and result in “an immediate 10% tariff on Nissan cars”. Her speech was heckled by a number of Tory MPs including Michael Fabricant, who shouted “complete rubbish!”. Soubry curtly replied “we know you don’t agree but everyone else here does”, to which another two Tory MPs shouted “we don’t!”. Guests say the Nissan representatives present were not impressed with their event being hijacked by an overtly politicised speech. A simple gag about SamCam’s Micra would have been much more appropriate… 

Leave.EU on Hook for £500,000 Brexit Gig

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Leave.EU’s Brexit music fest BPop Live has suffered a spate of pullouts from its star-studded line-up after the Mirror/Buzzfeed fun police called up the talent and told them it was a political event. They lost their last big name, East 17, yesterday, though Stay Another Day didn’t really work for this anyway. Guido hears Leave.EU are on the hook for half a million quid for the concert at the 16,000 capacity Genting Arena in Birmingham. A new line-up will be announced shortly, one plan under consideration is to get past patriotic Eurovision entries to sing for Britain once again. You can still buy your tickets here

Campaign Report: 28 Days to Go

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Leave message: Veterans say NATO is responsible for UK’s security, not the EU.

Remain message: Remain means lower prices in shops.

Cut through: IFS.

Leave social media count: 412,093 likes, 45,685 followers.

Remain social media count: 419,575 likes, 30,196 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/5, Leave 9/2

Latest poll: Remain 44%, Leave 38% (Survation, phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 53% (-2), Leave 47% (+2).

EU Plots Tax ID Numbers For Every European Citizen

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The EU is laying the groundwork for new, centrally planned National Insurance-style numbers for every taxpayer in Europe. The proposal was passed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee last night, and chillingly calls for a ‘European Taxpayer Identification Number’ to keep track of every EU citizen. This is the European Commission text:

“Proper identification of taxpayers is essential to effective exchange of information between tax administrations. The creation of European Taxpayer Identification Number (EU TIN) would provide the best means for this identification. It would allow any third party to quickly, easily and correctly identify and record TINs in cross-border relations and serve as a basis for effective automatic exchange of information between member states tax administrations.”

Brussels wants the ability to track every EU taxpayer, laying the foundations for a new European tax…

The report also calls for the EU to take over member states’ corporate taxation powers with a common corporation tax base, banning sovereign states from increasing their competitiveness by cutting corporation tax below 15%. This is a direct attack on sovereignty and attempt to create a new, centralised EU tax system…

UPDATE: UKIP’s Steven Woolfe says:

“If we stay in the EU, we will be forced to pay a European tax. Plans for an EU taxpayer ID system – effectively a new continental National Insurance number – demonstrates their real ambitions for further integration. They are laying the foundations for an EU tax system.”

Bentley Driving “Fat Cats for EU”

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Guido likes Charlie Mullins – his Bentley Mulsanne worth £300,000 is the deserved reward for his graft and enterprise with Pimlico Plumbers. His personal number plate “CH4RLE” cost him £90,000. Which is, Guido understands, about the going rate for a charlie habit…

Guido has bumped into Charlie a few times at parties (the plumber) and can remember when he was a Eurosceptic. Nowadays for some reason he sports a Remainers poster on the side of his Bentley, pictured here stopped at the lights at Buckingham Gate. Sending out that “Fatcats for EU” message loud and clear…

Campaign Report: 29 Days to Go

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Leave message: Hold politicians to account and take back control.

Remain message: Votin’ Remain is totes rad, dude.

Cut through: Cameron says holidays will cost more if we Leave, but the head of British Airways says fares won’t go up.

Leave social media count: 407,053 likes, 45,202 followers.

Remain social media count: 416,112 likes, 29,907 followers.

Odds: Remain 1/4, Leave 4/1

Latest poll: Remain 45%, Leave 45% (ICM, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 55% (+1), Leave 45% (-1).

Conservatives In: Spot the Difference

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In the top photo, “Kent Conservatives In” activists pose for a picture as members of the local Tory Remain campaign.

In the second photo, “Sussex Conservatives In” activists pose for a similar snap.

Notice anything odd?

The pavement is the giveaway – the photos were taken in exactly the same place, they just swapped the banner. Look closer and you see the exact same activists appear in each photo, they just swapped places so they appear for the cameras in a different order. One way of disguising the fact no one wants to campaign for you…

UPDATE: This from the weekend is another ConservativesIN event, publicity photos on the right show the closely pressed crowd, on the left we can see that the speech was actually delivered to a seated audience of three. Which is, to be fair, a pretty good turnout for a Hammond speech…

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Cameron’s Airfare Fable

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David Cameron claims today that it is the EU’s common aviation market which led to a 40% reduction in air fares. In reality gas guzzling jet airliners have more than halved their fuel costs since 2014, oil is trading at $48 a barrel – down from over $100 only a couple of years ago. Don’t worry Dave, you’ll still get your cheap EasyJet flights post-Brexit…

CCHQ Freeze MPs and Associations Out of Vote Source

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Tory MPs and local associations are seething after CCHQ blocked them from using the party’s Vote Source campaign software during the referendum. Vote Source is the Tories’ purpose-built database which allows them to target individual voters, a crucial campaign tool for any election or referendum:

VoteSource and the EU Referendum

Please read carefully:

In accordance with the decision of the Party Board – Access to the Campaign Section of VoteSource will be suspended during the EU Referendum Campaign.

Access to Campaigning will only be granted for Local By-Election activity.

Please contact your member of Field Staff to arrange this access.

This means the 142 Leave MPs and overwhelmingly Brexit-backing associations cannot run selections or export voter mailing and email data. Being frozen out of their own campaigning data has not surprisingly gone down like a cup of cold sick among Eurosceptic Tories, who are the hardest hit by the party board’s decision. The party is trying every trick to nobble Outers…

UPDATE: Mark Wallace at ConHome reports that the Remain campaign appears to have had access to voter data.

Campaign Report: 30 Days to Go

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Leave message: Turkey joining the EU will strain the NHS.

Remain message: Treasury report warns of recession upon Brexit.

Cut through: Brexit recession figures bashed by Sturgeon and Boris.

Leave social media count: 400,404 likes, 44,595 followers.

Remain social media count: 413,164 likes, 29,611 followers.[…] Read the rest

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