Charles Grant DID Say Treasury Pushing Government Towards Softer Brexit

The big row today is over whether the Centre for European Reform’s Charles Grant did or didn’t tell Steve Baker that the Treasury was deliberately trying to change Brexit policy and keep us in the customs union. Baker says he did. Grant says in a statement:

“I did not say or imply that the Treasury had deliberately developed a model to show that all non-customs union options were bad, with the intention to influence policy.”

Fair enough. But it turns out Grant did say the Treasury was trying to influence policy by forcing the government into a softer Brexit. Publicly, in July:

Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform… revealed the existence of an unpublished Treasury analysis showing that the costs of leaving without a customs union deal far outweigh any benefits from future overseas trade deals.

“The coalition of forces pushing for a softer Brexit is considerable,” Grant said. “The Treasury, long an advocate of retaining close economic ties to the EU, is newly emboldened.”

Does anyone really think the Treasury doesn’t want a softer Brexit?

Chinese Press to May: “Is Britain Safe?”

Charming…

Minister Resigns and Walks Out For Missing Question

DfiD minister Lord Bates has just resigned from the government, telling the Lords he hadn’t met the standards required by his office – because he forgot to turn up to answer a question. Not the first time he’s resigned in curious circumstances: in March 2016 he quit as Minister of State at the Home Office in order to undertake a 2000-mile solo walk from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro.

Colleagues on all sides protested and the Leader of the Opposition in the Lords has called for him to unresign, insisting it was only a minor discourtesy:

At least someone in the Lords has some honour! Or maybe he’s just had enough…

“Cavemen” v “Grow Up” – Double Sexism PMQs Faux Outrage

Labour are calling Lidders sexist for telling Thornberry to “grow up”, and Number 10 have even slapped him down and said May would not have used that language.

Meanwhile some Tory MPs are saying Thorners is sexist for calling them a “coalition of cavemen”.

How about everyone calms down and gets off the outrage bus…

Thornberry Thinks 16 Years Olds Should Have Right to Vote But Not Use Sunbeds

Good Lidders smackdown of Thornberry’s votes-at-16 nonsense. “It was the last Labour government that raised the age for using a sunbed to 18”. Thorners on poor form as she transparently tries to butter up the Corbyn youth vote for her leadership bid…

Former DexEU Minister’s Withering Takedown of May’s Brexit Dithering

Former DexEU minister George Bridges with a withering takedown of May’s Brexit dithering in the Lords this afternoon:

“Four months on and there are still no clear answers to these basic, critical questions. All we hear day after day are conflicting, confusing voices. If this continues and ministers cannot agree among themselves on the future relationship the government wants, how can this Prime Minister possibly negotiate a clear, precise heads of terms of the future relationship with the EU?

My fear is that we will get meaningless waffle in the political declaration in October. The implementation period will not be a bridge to a clear destination, it will be a gang plank into thin air. The EU will have the initiative in the second stage of the negotiatons and we shall find ourselves forced to accept a deal that gives us access to EU markets, but without UK politicians having a meaningful say over swathes of legislation and regulation.

Some may say this outcome would not be the end of the world, some may say it’s inevitable. My point today is this: at this pivotal moment in our history we cannot, we must not indulge in that very British habit of just muddling through. With under 300 working days until we leave the EU, we need to know the government’s answers to these central questions. They go to the heart of the matter, the powers of this parliament and parliamentary sovereignty.

The government must be honest with themselves and the public about the choices that we face, and then the Prime Minister and the Cabinet must make those choices. As has been said, to govern is to choose, and as we face the biggest challenge this country has faced since the Second World War, keeping every option open is no longer an option.”

He is spot on…

Civil Servants Kept Forecasts From Ministers

Brexit minister Steve Baker reveals he saw the Treasury / Cabinet Office document for the first time this morning, and that David Davis only saw it last night. Despite some pro-Remain journalists claiming it was nothing to do with the Treasury and all the work of DD. Now pretty clear this is civil servants acting against ministers – and voters – and trying to stitch things up in private…

Feminist Fight Club Vows to Destroy Tories and Smash Patriarchy

“Queer feminist fight club Femme Feral offers women and femme-identifying people a place to express their rage about the Conservative government through body-slams and dropkicks.” Important investigation from Vice News.

“Do You Want Some C*ck?” Jo Swinson’s #MeToo Moment

Reminder that the LibDems are in no way exempt from the Pestminster scandal

Corbyn Lies 3 Times in 20 Seconds

The moment Jezza’s man-of-integrity shtick fell apart…

Ken Marks Holocaust Memorial Day Debating Whether It Happened on Press TV

How did Ken Livingstone mark Holocaust Memorial Day last week? Appearing on Press TV’s special programme discussing “Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?”. Highlights include the presenter speculating as to whether 6 million Jews were really killed. Ken still hasn’t been expelled from the Labour Party…

Corbyn Also Lied About Raising Iranian Human Rights Abuses on Press TV

Turns out Corbyn told a third whopper during his Marr interview yesterday. Speaking about his appearances on Press TV, Jezza claimed that “at all of those occasions I made my voice very clear about human rights abuses” in Iran. This is untrue – he did not bring up Iranian human rights abuses every time he went on Press TV. In fact, Guido cannot find a single example of him doing so.

Corbyn also told Marr he had accepted money from the Iranian regime “a very long time ago” – it was 2012 – and that he stopped because of the way they treated the Green movement – that was in 2009, he carried on taking their cash and praising their government for years after. That’s three deliberate untruths in the space of 20 seconds. Reality check for Jezza’s supporters who blindly praise his “integrity” – he’s just like the rest of them…

Nadine: Hammond Has to Go

Pretty clear what the Mogg thinks too:

A view shared by increasing numbers of their colleagues…

Villiers: Brexit Being Diluted
Brexit Minister: We’re Not Backsliding

Theresa Villiers expresses the concerns of Brexiteers that Number 10 is shifting away from a clean Brexit towards permanent alignment with the EU:

But Brexit minister Martin Callanan insists the UK will have the freedom to diverge in future:

If we don’t, what is the point of Brexit?

Corbyn: Requisition Luxury Properties

Corbyn tells Marr he would “take over” “luxury, glossy, glistening” empty properties owned by rich foreigners. A problem which studies show is greatly exaggerated and over-simplifies the housing crisis. Remember this would be a breach of the European Convention on Human Rights, of which Corbyn told Marr a Labour government would remain a part…

Corbyn Lies About His Support For Iran

Corbyn told Marr he had accepted money from the Iranian regime “a very long time ago” – it was 2012 – and that he stopped because of the way they treated the Green movement – that was in 2009, he carried on taking their cash and praising their government for years after. Marr really should have pinned him down on this, Jezza is straight up telling porkies…

Williamson Booed As He Repeats: “Jezza Will Be Britain’s Greatest PM”

Top Corbynista Chris Williamson was booed as repeated his favourite new line on Question Time last night:

“Jeremy Corbyn is the best leader that the Labour Party has ever produced and will be the greatest Prime Minister this country has ever seen”

“Moron”

Trump Apologetic Over Retweeting Britain First

Trump: Trade Will Increase Many Times Over, Tremendous Increases

Front of the queue…

Chris Williamson Admits He is A “Moron”

Top Corbynista Chris Williamson has a lot of time on his hands since he lost his frontbench job. The firebrand socialist has gone “undercover” (in his Fire Bridages Union beanie) to find out what his constituents really think of their local Labour MPs – including the Derby North representative himself.[…] Read the rest

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