Darling of Remainers Backs Brexit

Journalist Ian Dunt is known as one of Westminster’s most vocal Remainers. His Twitter feed since June has been a slow motion and at times emotional breakdown, this is what he wrote the day after the referendum:

Dunt is the go-to Remainer for political TV producers and he has even written a book lobbying MPs to obstruct a proper Brexit. It’s a very clever career move, considering he was until recently a vocal Brexiteer…

As recently as February this year, Dunt wrote: “I despise the EU”. In May this year he bemoaned the “Faceless EU officials running the country”. In 2014 Dunt wrote: “The idea any left winger could support the EU is a constant source of bafflement for me”. And in 2013 he publicly stated his desire to leave the EU, predicting he and his fellow Leavers would lose a referendum:

“For those of us who want to leave the EU, the #EUspeech was a disaster. Public always take safe route when compromise offered. We will lose.”

How does Dunt explain this most audacious of u-turns, an apparently avowed Brexiteer becoming the darling of the Remain cause? You have to salute him for ruthlessly exploiting the dearth of talent on the Remain side and forging a lucrative, high-profile studio talking head role. Another job created thanks to Brexit…

Ian explained to Guido how he squares these apparent contradictions, he is a left-wing Eurosceptic who is only a reluctant Remainer because of “the manner of leaving”. He would like a super-soft Brexit, with the UK joining EFTA and staying in the EEA, so he is actually still a Brexiteer. Sounds like he wants tariff-free cake…

Brexit Court Case ‘Cannibal’ Once Bit Man in Bloody Brawl

Yesterday’s Sunday Times splashed on news of a fresh Brexit court case seeking to keep Britain in the single market. The claimant trying to frustrate Brexit is Adrian Yalland, an eccentric Tory PR man who once admitted to biting a man in a bloody brawl. Yalland was arrested in 2014 for his involvement in a fracas in which a man suffered a nasty bite wound, pictured above. At the time Yalland told Guido that he only bit the man in self-defence and claimed it was he who was the victim. In the end charges were not pressed. Yalland wants a soft, fleshy Brexit but with this court case has he finally bitten off more than he can chew?

Picture: Fathers4Justice

MPs with Leave Constituencies Who Voted Against Article 50

These are the names of the brave MPs with Leave constituencies who voted against triggering Article 50:

Labour

Graham Allen (Nottingham North) Nottingham voted Leave (50.8%)

Chris Evans (Islwyn) Caerphilly voted Leave (57.6%)

Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-Under-Lyme) Newcastle-Under-Lyme voted Leave (63%)

Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)  Kirklees voted Leave (55%)

Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) Sheffield voted Leave (51%)

Plaid

Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) Carmarthenshire voted Leave (53.7%)

Mostly in Wales and the North of England. Ripe UKIP territory…

Named: The 89 MPs Who Voted Against Article 50

One Tory, Ken Clarke, and 23 Labour MPs voted against triggering Article 50, as well as the LibDems and Scots Nats. Gavin Williamson, David Davis and Number 10 have played a blinder – a timetable for notification has been successfully agreed and those opposing have been flushed out. Below is the list of who voted to deny the will of the British people:

Ahmed-Sheikh, Ms Tasmina
Ali, Rushanara
Allen, Mr Graham
Bardell, Hannah
Black, Mhairi
Blackford, Ian
Blackman, Kirsty
Boswell, Philip
Bradshaw, rh Mr Ben
Brock, Deidre
Brown, Alan
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Carmichael, rh Mr Alistair
Chapman, Douglas
Cherry, Joanna
Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth
Clegg, rh Mr Nick
Coffey, Ann
Cowan, Ronnie
Coyle, Neil
Crawley, Angela
Creasy, Stella
Davies, Geraint
Day, Martyn
Docherty-Hughes, Martin
Donaldson, Stuart Blair
Dowd, Jim
Durkan, Mark
Edwards, Jonathan
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Evans, Chris
Farrelly, Paul
Farron, Tim
Fellows, Marion
Ferrier, Margaret
Gapes, Mike
Gethins, Stephen
Gibson, Patricia
Grady, Patrick
Grant, Peter
Gray, Neil
Hayes, Helen
Hendry, Drew
Hillier, Meg
Hosie, Stewart
Kerevan, George
Kerr, Calum
Kyle, Peter
Lammy, rh Mr David
Law, Chris
Leslie, Chris
Lucas, Caroline
MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan
Mc Nally, John
McCaig, Callum
McDonald, Stuart C.
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
McGarry, Natalie
McLaughlin, Anne
Monaghan, Carol
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Mullin, Roger
Murray, Ian
Newlands, Gavin
Nicolson, John
O’Hara, Brendan
Oswald, Kirsten
Paterson, Steven
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Robertson, rh Angus
Salmond, rh Alex
Saville Roberts, Liz
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Sheppard, Tommy
Siddiq, Tulip
Smith, Angela
Stephens, Chris
Thewliss, Alison
Thomson, Michelle
Weir, Mike
West, Catherine
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Williams, Hywel
Williams, Mr Mark
Wilson, Corri
Wishart, Pete
Zeichner, Daniel

To those in Leave constituencies, good luck. You’re going to need it…

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. This will be framed as a split between Boris/Fox on one side and May/Hammond/Davis on the other. Brexiteers should remain calm though. It’s sensible to consider all options for free trade with the EU – Brexit always likely meant we could still pay in on some aspects – just as it’s sensible to oppose sending Brussels exorbitant sums…

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. But since this particular issue has become focus of press speculations, I will tell you that Boris Johnson chose not to speak about the principle of freedom of movement within the EU. He said instead that he had always been favourable in principle to immigration but also added that immigration needed to be controlled.”

So what Boris said was completely consistent with the 10 times he opposed freedom of movement posted by Guido on Thursday. A second ambassador confirms to the Sunday Telegraph:

“My recollection was that he didn’t say anything that was different [from his public stance]. I don’t think I even made any particular note of what he said on that issue because it was simply in line with what I already knew to be Government policy.”

Who’d have thought those four anonymous ambassadors briefing against Boris to friendly Sky News were up to no good? And surely the BBC will give this new development equal prominence too. Awkward one for tonight’s Sky paper review…

BEIS Civil Servants Forced to Embrace Brexit

leave

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. Did Downing Street have another word with Sir Humphrey? 

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?

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”. Since March 2019 will be two years after Article 50 is triggered, surely BEIS meant to saywhen the UK leaves the EU“, notif“. Sir Humphrey is increasingly forgetful lately…

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.

On September 25 Boris said it was “complete baloney” to link free movement with the single market.

On June 26 Boris said people had voted for “control” over immigration.

Boris pledges a tough new Australian-style immigration system after Brexit on June 1.

There is no mention of free movement in Boris’ pro-Remain article.

In his pro-Leave article he bemoaned the “lack of control” on immigration.

In December 2015 Boris called for an opt-out of free movement rules.

In his 2015 conference speech, Boris said“it should be up to this parliament and this country – not Jean Claude Juncker – to decide if too many people are coming here”.

In October 2014 Boris called for quotas of EU migrants.

In January 2014 Boris said he was pro-migration but had a “problem” with free movement.

Unusually for him, Boris has always been consistent on free movement, even well before the referendum. He is pro the benefits of migration but wants control of borders decided by Westminster. Why is that so hard for Remainers to understand? 

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…

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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