Truss Categorically Rules Out Customs Union

The big question now is which way does May tack to try to secure a majority for her deal in Parliament. Does she toughen up her stance to try to get her own party and the DUP back on board, or go for a softer Brexit to get Labour MPs on board? Without direct support from Corbyn it’s hard to see how this would ever deliver enough votes. Not to mention the irreparable damage it would do to her own party…

Liz Truss has put herself firmly in the former camp, categorically ruling out a customs union on Peston last night and adding that “there are 118 Conservatives that we have the potential to win over, and I think that’s where we should start.” Number 10 is holding firm for now, but there are plenty of Remainers – including in Cabinet – trying to pull it in the opposite direction…

Anne-Marie Trevelyan Asks Lt Gen Nugee If He Is A Snowflake

Anne-Marie Trevelyan has released a slick video in which she asks Lieutenant General Richard Nugee (who happens to be Lady Nugee’s brother in law) left a little taken aback when she asked if he was a “Snowflake, selfie addict, me me me millennial, phone zombie, or binge gamer” when he was 18. Sadly he didn’t give a straight answer…

“Carnival” Atmosphere in Westminster Before the Vote

A so-called “carnival” atmosphere has descended on Westminster ahead of tonight’s vote with protesters from both sides lining the roads around Parliament adorned with placards, flags, banners and even biblical prophecies, all while making plenty of noise. The bad news for May is that none of them like her deal…

The influx of civilised Leave protesters has definitely improved the atmosphere from the days of shouty-crackers FBPErs and wannabe Tommy Robinsons. Here’s a taste of some of the action:

Sounds more apocalyptic than carnivalistic to Guido…

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Gove: Winter is Coming

Never shy of a little poetic flourish, Michael Gove has decided to channel Game of Thrones in a desperate final attempt to win over MPs on Today this morning. Not that it does much to make his argument more convincing…

Boris: Let Us Not Continue to Flog this Dead Horse

When this deal is voted down, let us not continue to flog this dead horse. Instead we must get Brexit right and seize the opportunities before us…

The Million Pound Question

Tonight is the debut of the new Fiona Bruce hosted Question Time. BBC sources say that the original fee she was offered was less than Dimbleby got and the BBC argued that it was a legacy from less transparent days. Unlike Dimbleby, who was paid via a private company which did not have to reveal his fee, she will be paid direct by the BBC.

Bruce’s agent cannily played the ‘pay gap’ card to argue that she should receive the same money for doing the same job. Dimbleby was said to be on £15,000 an episode. At the same rate this will push Fiona’s total earnings from the BBC up to the £1 million threshold…

Dominic Cummings’ Real-Life Victory Speech

After much anticipation, Brexit: The Uncivil War aired last night, predictably sending the usual suspects like Carole Cadwalladr into indignant Twitter froths. Those who were actually there (including two thirds of the current Guido newsroom) enjoyed Benedict Cumberbatch’s riveting performance as Dominic Cummings, even if many of the broader details of the campaign were inevitably glossed over in the limited space of 90 minutes. It was a drama, not a documentary…

Guido brings you the real-life version of Dom’s iconic victory speech, complete with chants of “taking back control” and the ceiling tile punch. Although Guido can confirm that Dom definitely stayed around to celebrate rather than slinking off alone…

Minister: “We Might Have to Extend Article 50” if Deal Voted Down

Culture Minister Margot James has told Politics Live that the Government “might have to extend Article 50” if May’s deal is voted down in Parliament. Needless to say this is going down like a cup of cold sick amongst Brexiteers…

Downing Street have pushed back strongly against the suggestion that this is now the Government’s position. As May said yet again on Marr just yesterday, the UK will be leaving on the EU on the 29th of March. Of all the promises she has made, this probably isn’t one she can row back from…

Chuka Slams 2nd Referendum

Watch this clip for a prime example of why people don’t trust politicians. Here is second referendum evangelist Chuka Umunna speaking at a Fabian Society/NCS event at the Labour Conference Fringe in 2016. He even posted the video on his own Facebook page, including this segment where he slams the idea of a second referendum:

“I’m sorry, I’m not one of those people who thinks we should be calling for a second referendum. I think that would just look like, the referendum was fought under rules we agreed to, a result was delivered, because we don’t like it we now want to replay it again – which will simply entrench a view that we’re some elite, who don’t want to pay any attention to the people.”

Guido couldn’t put it any better himself…

h/t @Change_Britain

May Firm on Second Referendum

Theresa May has firmly reiterated her position against a second referendum, even if Parliament tries to play silly games with one. Parliament can pass as many motions as it likes, the bottom line is there isn’t going to be a second referendum without a Government that is willing to push one through in law…

Marr’s Daniel Craig Blooper

Classic blooper from Andrew Marr as he asks May if she watched “I, Daniel Craig” on the BBC last night. Funnily enough she hadn’t…

Theresa May “Won’t Play” Resignation Game

May tells Marr she is “not going to play that game” when Marr tries to pin her down on whether she expects to be PM for a “few more months or a few more years”. Spoilsport…

May: Meaningful Vote “Definitely” Happening This Month

Theresa May confirms to Andrew Marr that the vote will “definitely” go ahead this month, around the 14th or 15th of January. Hard to row back from that but if anyone can kick the can down the road it’s May…

Gardiner: Labour Would Continue With Brexit

The People’s Gardiner hasn’t been giving much truck to the People’s Vote, saying it is the responsibility of the government to unite the country, not divide it as a second referendum would do, and confirming that Labour would press ahead with negotiating Brexit if they won a general election. Sorry, Chuka…

Peter Bone Scraps Statue of Theresa May

The people of Wellingborough won’t be getting their statue of “Brexit Queen” Theresa May after all after local MP Peter Bone shelved his plans to build one in her honour. Sad…

Fiona Onasanya’s “Inspired” Moment

Fresh from the news that she has been expelled from the Labour Party following her conviction last month, an inexplicable video has surfaced of Fiona Onasanya telling the camera “I’ve just come out of a meeting and I feel inspired” before proceeding to mime the actions for snorting an imaginary substance of ill-repute off a desk. At least she can’t really ruin her political career any more than she has already…

Happy Christmas to All Our Readers

We will be updating at a much slower pace over the holidays, tomorrow the daily Guidogram will be sent out for the last time this year. We’ll take a look back on stories, rows and scandals of the year over the coming days.

The team want to say heartfelt thanks once again to our ever loyal and growing readership, for your critical feedback, for the tips, for the fun, the brickbats and making this site what it is today. We love you. We wish you a peaceful Christmas, free of Brexit rows…

Desperate Dutch Boyband Forms to Try to Stop Brexit

Following a Dutch MP’s Love Actually style plea to Britain earlier this month, the Netherlands have now gone one better with an entire boyband forming to try to persuade the UK to call off Brexit. Five heartbroken Dutch singers have come together to form the “Breunion Boys” as part of a “final, desperate, ultimate attempt” to stop Brexit. It appears to be serious…

Their debut single, Britain Come Back, features such inspired lines as “Britain, you’re Great, but together we’re greater”, “we’ll get out of this together, make our union ever closer” and “Bae what did you do? You hurt yourself, it hurts me” as the anguished singers writhe about in wet sand on a chilly-looking beach. They are even planning to go on a pub tour of the UK. Guido suspects they may not quite get the reception they’re hoping for…

“Gaston the Turbo-Snail” Invades Parliament

In a sure sign that Parliament is more than ready to break up for Christmas, Home Office minister Victoria Atkins informed the Commons that not only does she have the “most beautiful cat in the world” but that his name is “Gaston the Turbo-Snail”, courtesy of her four-year-old son.[…] Read the rest

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