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. Tory MPs’ votes are crucial – do you really want a Remainer who wants to stay in the single market in charge of scrutiny of Brexit? Or a Leaver who will properly hold Theresa May to account…

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. As Guido has warned previously, Benn is an arch-Remainer – he believes we should stay in the single market and says immigration numbers will not come down. Select committees are supposed to hold ministers to account, not obstruct them. The likes of Soubry and Miliband backing him suggests the committee under his chairmanship will attempt to get in the way rather than scrutinise. This looks like a Remoaner stitch up of the Brexit select committee…

* He now has a challenger.

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. Obviously China has no problem with controlling immigration from Eastern Europe, nor does it see its national sovereignty constantly frittered away by qualified majority voting and foreign judges ruling over Chinese citizens. How do they cope?

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“. Once again, these Remoaners are telling porkies.

Everyone knows Boris wrote a second pro-Remain article. What Tim Shipman reveals in his Brexit book is that Boris thought his own case for Remain made him want to “vomit“. The article was not an expression of his true beliefs, as some Remainers are dishonestly claiming. On the contrary, it helped him make up his mind to back Leave. As Shippers reveals:

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Those Remainers accusing Boris of duplicity are the truly duplicitous ones…

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. Bear this in mind when you read hysterical articles in the newspapers… 

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.

Vid via @liarpoliticians

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. An agency in Mozambique claimed €874,309 for office and lab supplies but provided no proof the items were ever bought. The accountants had an ‘adverse opinion’ of the legality and regularity of EU payments, a term which is used only in serious cases of error. Congratulations to the EU, 22 years in a row…

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. Alas somehow the alliance of Reds, purples and George Galloway was not enough to beat Vote Leave to the designation. The tale is told in ‘The Brexit Club‘ by Owen Bennett, which is out today and worth a read especially if you’re a UKIP enthusiast. There were always rumours that GO were sympathetic to the Russian worldview…

Remoaners’ Brexit Fantasy

Miliband, Clegg, Soubry, Morgan et al have spent hours this afternoon arguing Britain should seek to retain single market membership as well as secure control of borders. Brussels / Merkel have repeatedly made clear there is zero chance of this happening. The single market obviously entails the famous “four freedoms”; the free movement of goods, capital, services and people. There is no way Brussels will let us stay a full member of the single market if we insist on restricting freedom of movement. The Remain campaign were previously explicit that leaving the EU meant leaving the single marketThis is the pathetic level of debate and ‘scrutiny’ we are getting from the grieving Remainers…

EU-Cig Madness: Taxpayer-Funded Maldives Jolly for North Korean Officials

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The picture above shows delegates from the EU taxpayer-funded Framework Convention on Tobacco Control posing on a beach during a “workshop” in the Maldives last month. The jolly was purportedly part of “preparations” for the FCTC / World Health Organisation conference in India in November, where a series of draconian measures to discourage e-cigarettes will be discussed. It is essentially a massive lobbying effort to entertain officials from some of the most corrupt countries in the world – North Korea and Burma are present in the photo above – on the taxpayer, its policy is then adopted by the EU. Strict rules have been imposed banning the media, general public and even elected representatives from attending. At a meeting two years ago in Moscow they switched off the wi-fi to stop journalists tweeting. Their last meeting was in Turkmenistan, the third worst country in the world for press freedoms. Despite helping to foot the bill, the UK does not get a voice on the proposed new e-cig restrictions. We’ll instead be represented by the EU’s regulation-mad health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, who was once charged with bribery. Is there a dodgier gathering of EU taxpayer-funded wrong ‘uns taking place anywhere else this year?

Raoul Ruparel New Davis SpAd

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David Davis has finally hired his policy SpAd, signing up Open Europe director and top EU wonk Raoul Ruparel to join the Brexit department. Ruparel is praised by former colleagues as one of the finest minds around on Europe. So what does he believe?

He has said there is “no doubt” Britain should leave the customs union. He has blasted Remainers’ obsession with a ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ Brexit as “vague and loaded”. He has repeatedly suggested that Britain could be granted limited access to the single market and that Juncker’s dismissal of an “a la carte” option means “little or nothing”. He has praised Donald Tusk for recognising discontent with Brussels and implicitly criticised Juncker for failing to do so. He said the EU parliament’s appointment of Guy Verhofstadt as their negotiator was “not ideal”. He says it may take longer than two years to leave. Before the referendum, Ruparel wrote that Europhiles would only have themselves to blame if they lost:

The decision not to impose transitional controls on new EU member countries from Eastern Europe undoubtedly boosted anti-EU and anti-migration sentiment. The public were told not to worry, and that migrant flows would be small. Clearly they were not. The result was an avidly pro-migration government that failed to clarify the underlying economic and political arguments in favor of migration, and failed to bring the public with it… a political elite in the UK (and the EU) who failed to properly communicate their decisions or bother to explain why further integration was necessary, or even desirable. This gulf has grown consistently over the past two decades and has a great deal to do with the rise of UKIP, deepening divisions in the Conservative Party and the promise to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership. So why does all this matter? Europhiles seem to forget they have lost the war — the UK is now a Eurosceptic country.

He wasn’t wrong…

Rudd Can’t Say How Many EU Citizens Work in Home Office

Amber Rudd wants to force companies to list foreign workers yet she has no idea how many EU citizens work in her own department. Last month Labour submitted a written question asking the Home Office how many EU nationals it employed. Rudd’s department replied:

“the Home Office does not record the nationality of employees on our IT systems and is unable to provide this information”

Which neatly sums up how badly thought out her policy is.

Rudd is an arch-Remainer who is over-compensating on immigration, coming up with something she thinks will please Leavers but which no sensible Leaver would ever dream of proposing. As UKIP pointed out yesterday, the policy is more ominous than anything they ever called for. This is one of the problems with Remainers being in charge…

H/T @mattholehouse

David Davis: EU Citizens Won’t Be Used as Bargaining Chip

David Davis has insisted EU citizens will not be used as a bargaining chip after Liam Fox described their right to remain in the UK as “one of our main cards”. Davis told tonight’s Spectator fringe that he is “100% sure” all EU citizens currently in Britain will be allowed to stay, there will be no deportations, and it will be the first issue dealt with during the negotiation.

“It’s a legal right. If you’ve been here five years you have an indefinite leave to remain anyway… if people have been here two and a half years, by the time we leave they’ll have been here five years so there’s no risk.

We have no intention of deporting people or setting about treating people who through no fault of their own are here during a transition. But what we have to do is we have to also keep in mind the rights of British citizens abroad. So we’ll fix the whole thing together and I am absolutely 100% sure we’ll be able to do that and there will be no difficulty for anybody…

If we take the whole thing together, there’ll be nobody taken hostage, nobody used as a bargaining chip. I suspect it’ll be the first thing on the agenda when we actually start the discussion.”

Sensible words after the Lobby got all excited about Fox earlier.

IMF U-Turn: Britain Will Be Fastest Growing Major Economy This Year

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The IMF, which claimed before the referendum that a Leave vote would cause a recession, have revised their forecasts to now predict Britain will be the fastest growing economy in the G7 this year. Before the referendum Lagarde also warned share prices would crash. Today the FTSE 100 rose above its all-time closing high, at one point trading at 7,104.

This is how the Remain elements of the media are reporting the news:

Quite something.

Remain Oaf’s Pompous Brexit Whinge

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On Sunday Theresa May warned that city law firms seeking to block Brexit through the courts are “not standing up for democracy, they’re trying to subvert it”. The original letter sent around Europhile lawyers was pompous enough. But check this out from Edwin Coe LLP, who are representing hairdresser Deir Santos in his sad attempt to JR Article 50:

“Mr Santos is asserting his constitutional right to challenge the authority of the Government to exercise a right to serve the Article 50 notice. To accuse him and others of being anti-democratic is both wrong and inflammatory. It will merely serve to increase the heat in this debate which turns on simple legal and constitutional principles. The Government should not criticise the challenge but welcome it because it will give certainty to the Article 50 process. This is about the rule of law.  That issue should stand above all others. It is a principle that the Government should uphold and not damn.” 

Santos calls himself “an ordinary guy”. Get over yourself.

Tory Chairman’s Drive-By on NiMo

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The leader of the Europhile rebel alliance is, to the disappointment of her Remain colleagues, Nicky Morgan. Sacked NiMo is ridiculously claiming that a ‘hard Brexit’, which in reality means controlling borders and delivering the referendum result, will encourage “intolerance and bigotry”. She’s also been attacking selective education despite looking round private schools for her own son. Patrick McLoughlin uses the first interview by a Tory Cabinet minister with the Mirror in two decades to issue a public slap down:

“Nicky Morgan when she was Education Secretary very rightly allowed grammar schools to expand in the areas they have got them… So with the growing numbers you have got to allow this sort of opportunities to be there and that is what I would point out to Nicky Morgan, as I say she was Education Secretary that allowed grammar schools to expand.”

This should be seen as an indicator of the regard in which No. 10 now holds Morgan.

Worth remembering that this time last year Morgan nakedly declared her desire to lead the party. When Guido text one MP asking if she had a chance, they replied simply: “Haha”. Tory Leavers are privately referring to the Remain awkward squad of Morgan, Soubry, Herbert and Clarke* as the “New Bastards”NiMo kneecapped her chances with the party long ago…

*More affectionately known as “that ol’ bastard.”

No Colleagues Attend Remain MP’s Brexit Whinge

The Independent’s puff piece for Remain Tory MP Neil Carmichael and his Conservative Group for Europe event yesterday makes it sound as if someone cared. According to the Indy there were “loud cheers” at the “80-strong reception”, where “Pro-EU Tory rebels” “revealed” a “plan” to “fight a hard Brexit”.[…] Read the rest

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