Labour’s Irrelevance to Brexit Britain

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This weekend Jeremy Corbyn gave an interview to the Sunday Mirror threatening to vote against Article 50 if “access” to to the single market wasn’t guaranteed. A meaningless platitude – everyone has access to the single market.

On Sunday morning Corbyn’s spinners briefed journalists that the Sunday Mirror article was wrong and that Labour would not be voting against Article 50. Tom Watson then publicly slapped Corbyn down, insisting Labour would vote to trigger Article 50: “The people have spoken and we will respect their decision”. A humiliation for the leader.

On Monday, Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer confirmed the Corbyn interview was wrong and Labour would not vote against: “No. We will not frustrate the process by simply voting down Article 50”. Then Corbyn himself was forced to tweet a clarification of his own interview:

Sorted? Nope. Labour’s by-election candidate in Richmond Park, Christian Wolmar, then said that he would defy his party’s position on Article 50: “I think personally I would vote against it”That Labour’s inability to produce a coherent position on Brexit hasn’t made bigger news is testament to how irrelevant the party has become…

Article 50 Decision Reaction

Liam Fox:“The government is disappointed by the court’s judgement. The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by an Act of Parliament. The government is determined to respect the result of the referendum.”

Nigel Farage: “I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand. I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50. If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke.”

Dominic Raab: “This case is a plain attempt to block Brexit by people who are out of touch with the country and refuse to accept the result. However, the vote to leave the EU was clear and they should not seek to obstruct it.”

Suzanne Evans:“How dare these activist judges attempt to overturn our will? It’s a power grab and undermines democracy… The government must appeal. People power must win. Predictably, the same people now quoting ‘parliamentary sovereignty’ are the very same people who were happy to give it away for last 40 years.”

Policy Exchange:The High Court has made a bad mistake.  It has wrongly lent its authority to a claim that undermines both democratic self-government and the rule of law. The basic point of this litigation has not been to defend parliamentary democracy.  Rather, the aim has been to introduce a new stumbling block to Brexit”

Conservative Home:“This judgment doesn’t have half the impact some people on each side seem to believe. Article 50 will still go ahead, and we will still leave the EU. There’ll no doubt be more battles to come, but when was that not the case?”

Mark Wallace’s ConHome piece is clear-headed: calm down, Brexit will not be blocked.

Polish Government Tells European Commission to Get Lost

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Poland has told the European Commission it will defy their rulings because the Commission doesn’t respect Polish sovereignty or understand the Polish legal system. After the Polish government passed legislation allowing it to appoint its own judges to the constitutional court, the EC told them that this was against the rule of law, the first time the EU executive has criticised a member state under its rule-of-law procedure. The Polish government has hit back:

“In our dialogue with the European Commission, we have assumed that our cooperation will be based on such principles as objectivism, or respect for sovereignty, subsidiarity, and national identity. However, we have gradually come to realise that interferences into Poland’s internal affairs are not characterised by adherence to such principles. On top of that, such actions are largely based on incorrect assumptions which lead to unwarranted conclusions. So we regret to note that the Commission Recommendation is an expression of incomplete knowledge about how the legal system and the Constitutional Tribunal operate in Poland.”

 Rebellion is spreading…

Through the Keyhole: Roland Rudd’s 8 Bedroom Country Pile

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Roland Rudd is the chairman of Open Britain, the zombie Remain campaign which is trying to obstruct Brexit. Could it be that the multi-millionaire lobbyist’s sheltered life has left him completely out of touch with the general population? Guido takes you through the keyhole to find out…

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Rudd lives in a Georgian eight bedroom country mansion in Somerset, which was valued at £5.5 million when he purchased it six years ago. Nestled in countryside to the south of the village of Cucklington, it is described by estate agents as a “Grade I Listed architectural gem, considered to be one of the most charming country houses in the area”. It dates back to the 17th century and boasts “beautiful facades, a tranquil setting amidst glorious countryside”, an extensive wine cellar and even a “staff flat” for the help. The Upstairs, Downstairs world of privileged Remainers…

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Guests to Roland’s pile will enter along “a carriage driveway to a grass turning circle with a fine central stone garden sculpture. This comprises a group of 4 cherubs carrying baskets of fruits, the whole topped with a full pineapple and leaves”. Not to mention the livestock buildings, game larder, gardener’s workshop and croquet lawn. Come on Roland, surely room for a few refugees too?

Sturgeon Threatened EU Nationals in Scotland Would Lose Right to Stay

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Nicola Sturgeon is coming down to London today, showing some admirable mental gymnastics as an independence campaigner arguing for sovereignty and self-government who wants to remain in a Union governed outside her country. One of the things the SNP are outraged about is the status of EU nationals (who the government has said “100%” will be allowed to stay). Yet back in 2014, Sturgeon herself threatened that EU migrants living in Scotland would lose the right to stay if an independent Scotland was kept out of the EU:

“There are 160,000 EU nationals from other states living in Scotland, including some in the Commonwealth Games city of Glasgow. “If Scotland was outside ­Europe, they would lose the right to stay here.”

The only leader who has explicitly threatened EU migrants’ right to stay is Nicola…

Clegg’s Single Market Delusion

The Daily Politics played Nick Clegg referendum clips of David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom all saying Brexit meant leaving the Single Market. Still Clegg insisted people didn’t know that’s what they were voting for. Deluded…

Open Britain Endorse LibDems in Witney

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Open Britain, the zombie campaign of ex-BSE Remoaners, claims to be non-partisan. Odd, then, that they’ve tweeted to their followers telling them to vote LibDem in the Witney by-election today. Do Open Britain’s vocal Tory backers Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan endorse this message? Surely former Clegg spinner turned Open Britain chief James McGrory didn’t accidentally tweet from the wrong account…

UPDATE: The tweet has now been deleted.

UPDATE II: Guido is told the tweet was not sent by McGrory, it was sent accidentally by a current LibDem press officer who has access to the account. He deleted it and then tweeted it from the LibDem press office account. Doesn’t exactly disabuse us of the notion that Open Britain is just a LibDem front…

UPDATE III: Open Britain are at pains to point out that their co-director Joe Carberry worked for Labour for ten years and that they also have Tories in their top team.

No, Commons Vote on EU Trade Deal Does Not Threaten Brexit

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A strange FT splash this morning claims that MPs getting a vote on the government’s eventual EU trade deal means a real Brexit is less likely. This is just wrong. MPs will be given a choice between the government’s deal or no deal which would mean trading with the EU under WTO rules. Either way, it will be a ‘hard Brexit’ by the FT/Remoaner definition, which is Brexit. As for the pound rising on the back of this? Almost as if traders don’t have any particular political insight, the rises and falls in the pound are just them trying to make money off the back of newsflow rather than fundamentals…

Kate Hoey Challenges Benn For Brexit Select Committee

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The Remain stitch up to get Hilary Benn in charge of the Brexit select committee has a challenger – Labour Leaver Kate Hoey is putting her name forward for the role. She is backed by other prominent Labour Brexiters including Gisela Stuart and John Mann, as well as Tories like Theresa Villiers, the SNP’s Alex Salmond and DUP’s Nigel Dodds.[…] Read the rest

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Brexit Blockers Backing Benn

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Hilary Benn’s unopposed* bid for the chairmanship of the DexEU select committee is being backed by the Remainers who are trying to obstruct Brexit. Ed Miliband and Anna Soubry, members of the Open Britain group seeking to delay Article 50 and retain single market membership, have endorsed Benn for the role.[…] Read the rest

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China’s Free Access to Single Market

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Here’s another reminder that trade flows freely in and out of the so-called ‘Single Market’ even if you are a non-member. China trades over half-a-trillion dollars annually with the EU and pays no annual fee for access to the common regulatory regime.[…] Read the rest

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Remainers’ Dishonesty About Boris

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Remainers have jumped on the Sunday Times story about the famous unpublished Boris article making the case for Remain. Alastair Campbell says BoJo has been “exposed as a two-faced lying Charlatan”. The LibDems accuse him of “duplicity“. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams says Boris “tries on opinions like clothes, discarding them as the mood and weather takes him“.[…] Read the rest

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EU Trades Trillions Outside Single Market

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People who really should know better are fetishising the EU ‘single market’. The single market is essentially a common regulatory regime. It is not necessary to be in the single market to trade across borders with EU member states. In fact the USA manages to do nearly two trillion dollars of trade with the EU annually without paying a penny for access to the ‘single market’, without having to accept uncontrolled immigration from Eastern Europe or being subject to any loss of sovereignty.[…] Read the rest

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Thornberry’s Brexit Question Booed on Question Time

Thonrberry asks the Question Time audience: “How many people here voted to take their neighbour’s job away?” Isabel nailed it.

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EU Accounts Not Signed Off Since 1994

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The EU’s auditors have failed to sign off Brussels accounts for the 22nd year in a row, claiming that they are ‘materially affected by error’. Some examples of waste include a project where the team tasked with repaving a 1 kilometre footpath in Italy ended up buying a €4,000 mountain bike, a €3,500 panoramic spyglass and donating €10,000 to a local church from their budget.[…] Read the rest

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UKIP’s Communist Infiltration

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Arron Banks and his slick-haired sidekick Andy Wigmore left no stone unturned in their bid to win the Leave designation during the referendum. A new book reveals how a UKIP-Communist pact attempted to win the Electoral Commission round. Wigmore, a former Tory smoothie turned purple rosette-wearing Kipper, infiltrated the New Communist Party of Britain, becoming a member in order to secure the party’s backing for Grassroots Out. […] Read the rest

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