Happy Birthday Anna Soubry, We Baked You a Brexit Cake

Anna Soubry is 60 today, an age when many of us would be thinking of retiring. And Guido thinks she should really consider it. Anyway, we baked you a Brexit cake. You can have it, and eat it…

Government Amendment Calls For Article 50 to Be Triggered By March

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The government has accepted an amended version of Labour’s motion calling for a debate on their Brexit plan. One catch for Remainers: the government’s amendment calls for Article 50 to be triggered by the end of March. Essentially what Peter Bone called for last week. So there will be a vote on triggering Article 50 tomorrow while the judges are still debating it in the Supreme Court, and then an almighty argument about what details the government is actually going to divulge. Well played by the Tories…

EU Showers Gold on Urine Energy Boffins

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The EU’s Renewable Energy Directive states that 20% of its total energy needs must be met with renewables by 2020. Time is running out, so Brussels is bankrolling boffins to avoid the embarrassment of missing the target. That’s why almost €3 million was spent on a four year project trying to generate electricity. From urine…

Netherlands-based research group ValueFromUrine is yet to report its conclusions despite finishing its work in August. It claims its technology is based on the “innovative principle” of using microbes and charged metal rods to draw out hydrogen, ammonia and phosphorous from wee. These elements are apparently useful in industry and for electricity generation. The research was partly inspired by a secondary school homework project put together by a group of Nigerian teenagers. Their dirt cheap pee-powered generator was presented to the world with much fanfare in 2012 but has since been comprehensively debunked by scientists and energy businesses. Likewise, ValueFromUrine’s overall principle is sound but not commercially viable because a £4,000 pump is needed to keep vital bacteria alive in the apparatus. €3 million up the wall…

Barnier’s Brexit Timeline

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EU chief negotiator and professional Britain basher Michel Barnier has delivered his Brexit timeline:

March 2017: Article 50 notification

October 2018: Brexit deal agreed

March 2019: Ratification

Barnier says there is no negotiating room on the four freedoms, in other words we cannot retain single market membership and end freedom of movement. As Brexiters have been saying all along. Barnier’s hardball position is “no cherry-picking”. Again Brexiters should remain calm, Theresa May’s position is to walk away and back a Clean Brexit if no agreeable deal is reached…

“Economy to Defy Brexit Fears”

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Britain will be the fastest growing economy in the G7 and beat Bank of England forecasts with 0.5% economic growth in the final quarter of 2016, The Times reports today under the headline “Economy to defy Brexit fears”. A survey of businesses showed the service sector had its best month since January. Of course according to the times this is #DespiteBrexit:

“The country’s dominant service sector has experienced its best month since January, the survey of businesses showed, defying fears of a slump in growth after the Brexit vote.”

New retail sales figures from British Retail Consortium report that sales rose by 1.3% in November, following better-than-expected services PMI data. Barclaycard says consumer spending rose 5.1% last month, the second highest rate since the survey began (H/T @afneil). More good news…

Renzi Loses Referendum, Resigns

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Eurozone in turmoil once again…

UPDATE: Italian banks tanking…

Clegg Gets Brillo’d

Nick Clegg follows in the footsteps of his old spinner James McGrory and takes a pasting from Andrew Neil on the single market. Brillo’s killer line: “Isn’t it time the LibDems had a rebrand and dropped the Democrat?” Cue Clegg silent death stare…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Boris Tells Sky: “Your Story Was a Dud”

A big barney on Sky News as Dermot Murnaghan accuses Boris of lying over his free movement comments. Boris hits back by telling Sky their story was

“cooked up… I’m not entirely convinced your reporter talked to those ambassadors… Your story was a dud, it was wrong, it was a load of old baloney… [the journalist] was offered something that was completely untrue, it was nonsense… I’m glad that it’s been corrected.”

Miaow…

Boris Opposes “Large” Post-Brexit EU Contributions

Boris made clear on Marr that he is against “large” payments to the EU in exchange for single market access, stressing the need to take back control of the money we send to Brussels.[…] Read the rest

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Ambassadors Say Sky News Boris Story Untrue

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Italy’s ambassador to London Pasquale Terracciano has gone on the record to the Sunday Telegraph to confirm Boris did not back freedom of movement, contrary to the Sky News report that caused such a stir this week. Terracciano reveals:

“We do not normally comment on discussion we have at EU Ambassadors’ level with members of Government.

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BEIS Civil Servants Forced to Embrace Brexit

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Yesterday Guido revealed how civil servants at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy had sent out a press release discussing what will happen “if the UK leaves the EU”. Well, the press release has now been updated to end the uncertainty and make clear there is no “if” about Brexit.[…] Read the rest

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Boris Flat Out Denies Sky News Free Movement Story

Boris could not be clearer on Sky News‘ free movement story, which has led the bulletins as fact all day: “I said no such thing”. Have Sky been had by their anonymous EU sources?[…] Read the rest

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Whitehall Brexit Blooper: “If the UK Leaves the EU”

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Civil servants at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have let slip their belief that Britain might not leave the EU by 2019. In a press release on funding for EU students on courses lasting until the end of 2019, BEIS have said “the funding support will cover the duration of their course, even if the UK leaves the EU”.[…] Read the rest

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Boris Always Backed Controlled Immigration

Mischievous anonymous EU ambassadors have briefed Sky News that Boris has privately said he supports free movement. Boris strongly denies this and challenges them to prove he said it. Is this another example of the fake news epidemic? Boris has been very clear about his views on free movement…

On November 15 Boris said it was a “myth,” “nonsense” and “bollocks” to say free movement is a founding principles of the EU.

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Bone Tables “Trigger Article 50” Bill

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Peter Bone has tabled a Bill to implement Theresa May’s promise to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. Awkward… for the government…[…] Read the rest

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Open Britain Condemns EU For “Using People as Pawns”

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Open Britain, the pro-EU continuity Remain campaign, have condemned Brussels for “using people as pawns”. The group organised a letter writing campaign when they thought Theresa May was responsible for uncertainty over the status of EU citizens in Britain and Britons abroad.[…] Read the rest

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