Starmer Admits Public Clueless as to Labour’s Brexit Policy


Labour’s Brexit confusion has rubbed off on the public who are clueless as to the party’s position on the issue. Newsnight aired vox pops last night in front of an embarrassed Keir Starmer. Emily Mailtis told the Shadow Brexit Secretary: “there was no one who understood what Labour believes on Brexit”. Starmer admitted:

“I appreciate that, we’ve obviously got to do much more work communicating our message.”

Need to decide what their message is first…

See also: All Labour’s Different Brexit Positions [VIDEO]

Corbyn: I’d Vote Remain Now

But did he vote Remain then?

Lawson: Sack Saboteur Hammond

Nigel Lawson calls for Philip Hammond to go: “what he is doing is very close to sabotage”. Strong words summing up some of the Brexiteer feeling towards the Chancellor this week…

Corbyn Won’t Say If He’d Have Droned Sally Jones

“It is difficult to give an answer to a hypothetical question… I think people who have committed crimes ought to be put on trial.”

Spoiler: he wouldn’t.

“Whoops”

Not sure it was rage, more carelessness judging by the “whoops” and smirk from the PM…

Truss: I Would Now Vote Leave

Former Remainer Liz Truss says she would now back Brexit if there was another referendum:

“The facts have changed and I’ve changed my mind… What we have seen since the Brexit vote is our economy has done well, we haven’t seen the dire predictions come to pass.”

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury admits her department’s forecasts were fantasy…

Pidcock Happy to “Hang Out” With Naomi Wimborne

Top Corbynista Laura Pidcock is very particular about who she “hangs out” with – Tory MPs are beyond the pale, but apparently notorious anti-Zionist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi is fine. Last night Pidcock tweeted a video of a far-left Labour Representation Committee event where she is speaking alongside Wimbourne, who readers will remember:

  • Is on record accusing Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust to “commit crimes against humanity”
  • Denies Labour has an anti-Semitism problem
  • Accused Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who is Jewish, of fabricating anti-Semitic incidents
  • Reduced Labour MP Alison McGovern to tears during a hostile radio interview
  • Chaired the now notorious fringe at Labour conference where calls were made to “kick out” Jewish groups from the party and Israelis were compared to “Nazis”

With friends like these…

Hammond: No Cash For No Deal “Until the Very Last Moment”

Only a few bombs dropped by Hammond at the Treasury select committee this morning. The Chancellor said he wouldn’t spend cash on preparing for no deal “until the very last moment”, which is winding up Brexiters no end.

“I don’t believe we should be in the business of making potentially nugatory expenditure until the very last moment when we need to do so.”

He raised the issue of air traffic unprompted, saying it was unlikely flights would be grounded in the event of no deal but admitting it is “theoretically possible”, which he knows will grab headlines. And he said the lack of progress during the negotiation was causing a “cloud of uncertainty” over the economy. Carefully and cleverly worded by Hammond to both slap down Brexiters and get anti-no deal headlines in Remain papers…

Green: It Would Have Been Better If Remain Had Won

On Channel 4 News First Secretary of State Damian Green made clear he would vote Remain in another referendum and then on Newsnight he said “it would have been” better if Remain had won. You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit” said the PM in June, though her deputy obviously doesn’t…

Green Would Vote Remain Again

Theresa May’s deputy Damian Green has implied he would vote Remain again if there was another referendum:

“I was on the board of the Stronger In campaign so my views on Europe are well known and I don’t resile from anything I said”

Hardly a surprise given he has always been a huge Remainer, but it is somewhat odd for the top two people in the government to not be proponents of their own main policy. After all as May said in June, “You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit…”

May Won’t Say She’d Vote Leave

Speaking to Iain Dale tonight Theresa May couldn’t say how she would vote if there was a referendum now:

May: “I voted Remain for good reasons at the time, but circumstances move on… You’re asking me to say how would I vote in a vote now against a different background, a different international background, a different economic background…”

Dale: “You can’t tell me that you would now vote Leave in a referendum?”

May: “I.. Because… I think… Iain… I could sit here and I could say oh I’d still vote Remain or I’d vote Leave just to give you an answer to that question. I’m being open and honest with you. What I did last time round was I looked at everything and came to a judgement and I’d do exactly the same this time round.”

Honest answer which will result in terrible front pages tomorrow. May will need to figure out before PMQs tomorrow if she would support the government’s main policy if there was a second referendum…

May Phone In LIVE

Sturgeon’s Strepsils Stunt

Hardly the most original gag.

Finger-Wagging Barnier: “Brexit Is Not A Game”

Lunch is over in Brussels. Asked whose court the ball is in, Barnier wagged his finger and sniffed:

“Brexit is not a game, don’t forget”

It is Barnier who is playing games

Boris Locked Out of Number 10


Write your own jokes…

Best of Baroness Trumpington

Legendary Tory peer Baroness Trumpington has announced she will retire on 24 October. she was a wartime codebreaker at Bletchley Park and at 94 is the oldest female peer. Famously, the Baroness gave Lord King the v-sign in the House of Lords after he alluded to her age in a speech. She said later: “he got what he deserved”Guido brings you her career highlights…

Clegg: I’m In Favour of Remoan

Nick Clegg momentarily revealed the truth on the Today programme this morning:

“I believe and I explain this in my book that MPs are duty bound, regardless of whether they’re in favour of remoan – remain – or Brexit, to reject that deal…”

Freudian slip…

All Labour’s Different Brexit Positions

Handy film from the Sunday Politics on all Labour’s different positions on Brexit…

Raab: “Rude” to Say If I Want to Be PM

Raab on the longlist of names who would throw their hat in.

Raab: We’re Preparing For No Deal in Private

Raab says preparations for no deal are being done in secret. The Sunday Telegraph reports May has decided to commit billions of pounds to a no deal scenario.[…] Read the rest

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