83 Days Until Article 50 Trigger Deadline

The clock is running…

84 Days Until Article 50 Trigger Deadline

The clock is running…

Brexiteers Welcome Tim Barrow as New EU Ambassador

Foreign Office political director Tim Barrow has been appointed as Ivan Rogers’ replacement as EU ambassador. Who he? A career diplomat of 30 years who was the ambassador to Russia and head of the FCO’s Russia section, as well previously serving in two senior positions in Brussels. A Boris ally with a famous beard, but well and truly part of the Foreign Office machine and hardly the Brexiteer this morning’s Telegraph claimed would be chosen. That said, Brexiteers are welcoming the appointment: Vote Leave Tory MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan says it is “great news” and that Barrow is “eminently qualified”, Steve Baker says he is “ideally qualified” and a “first class appointment”, Owen Paterson endorses it as “a really good step”, Nadine Dorries says it is a “Very welcome appointment”, Boris Johnson says: “He is just the man to get the best deal for the UK”. Brexiteers will be happy with that result…

New Brexit £2 Coin

Above is the new £2 coin being released in 2017. Notice anything different from previous years? A numismatic co-conspirator observes that on the new coin Britannia is facing to the left, or west, with her back to Europe and looking out into the world. A marked difference from her appearance on the old 1d and 50p coins, where she is facing to the right, towards the continent:

Britannia for Brexit!

IEA Wonk Could Be Trump’s EU Ambassador

Institute of Economic Affairs advisory council member Dr Ted Malloch is being interviewed by Donald Trump this week for the role of his EU ambassador. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, to give his full name, is a distant relative of President Roosevelt who Maggie Thatcher once dubbed a “global sherpa” thanks to his decades of work at various economic conferences and institutions. It’s good news for Britain if Anglophile Malloch gets the job, he tells City AM:

“In the UK, Brexiteers can take heart from the victory of another anti-establishment figure. His political sympathies for Brexit could lead him to prioritise a trade agreement with the UK once the country leaves the EU. It will also ensure a stronger US-UK Special Relationship.”

And his views on Brussels are sound too. He told Brexit Central last year:

“The elite that dominates EU decision-making is managerial, bureaucratic and socialist,” he says, “with a view to higher taxation and redistribution of wealth — all qualities the EU elite tout proudly, despite growing populist sentiment among an increasingly economically pressed middle class in virtually every EU-participating country. The US and the UK have cast their lot in the same direction and the Anglosphere will not only survive but thrive…

Would they want the United States to join anything like the EU — a federal superstate that curtails sovereignty? Of course the answer is NO! We wouldn’t want that in any way, shape or form. And the British already decided not to become part of the flawed euro currency and the European Central Bank. So here’s an interesting and novel alternative no pundit is yet suggesting, and I say it only half facetiously: why not hook up our horses together?”

Make the special relationship great again…

IDS: “Pompous” Ivan Rogers “Not God Almighty”

IDS sensibly says Westminster needs to calm down about the “sour grapes” of “pompous” Ivan Rogers: “He’s not God Almighty”. He has a point. Rogers was by many accounts an experienced civil servant respected in Brussels, yet his pessimism was also majorly responsible for Cameron’s failed renegotiation and his heart was clearly not in it. As Sky News illustrate, his resignation letter is more than a touch self-obsessed:

Rogers will no doubt go and make some money somewhere else, handing over to a committed successor who actually wants to help with Brexit. Which is hardly a bad thing…

85 Days Until Article 50 Trigger Deadline

The clock is running…

Brexit Means Bonfire of Costly Farming Regulations

Before Christmas Guido reported that Andrea Leadsom was the first Cabinet minister to produce a departmental plan for Brexit. Today the Environment Secretary reveals what Brexit means for farming: a bonfire of cumbersome regulations that currently cost the industry million of pounds a year. When we leave the EU Andrea’s farming minister George Eustice will end the ‘three crop rule’ regulating how many different crops farms must plant. Defra say this will allow 40,000 farmers to grow the foods people want and add millions to the economy.

Barmy Brussels diktats defining what makes a hedge a hedge or when a puddle becomes a pond will be binned. Paperwork required from flood-hit farmers will be reduced, as will the number of expensive government inspections. Most satisfying of all: farms will no longer have to pay for and display ridiculous 6ft by 4ft propaganda billboards publicising the EU contribution for grants, as they are currently required to do. Millions saved, millions added to the economy, hundreds of thousands of hours saved. As the old joke almost goes, how does the Environment Secretary compare with colleagues on Brexit? She’s outstanding in her field…

86 Days Until Article 50 Trigger Deadline

Just a friendly reminder to the PM that she has, by Guido’s count, 86 days until her self-imposed deadline for the triggering of Article 50. Assuming she takes it all the way to Friday, March 31st…

The Times reported on Monday that she’ll trigger it in time for a European summit on March 9-10. The sooner the better…

Farewell Then, Sir Ivan Rogers

Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, has quit ahead of schedule rather than stick around to help work on Brexit. A £170,000-a-year former Ken Clarke aide, Rogers is seen by some as a caricature of an arch-Eurocrat, though others in Brussels say this is an over-simplification. What is certain is that Rogers was an obstacle to David Cameron seeking proper reform of the EU during his renegotiation. As Tim Shipman reveals in his unrivalled referendum book All Out War, Cameron’s aides blame Rogers for blocking them from seeking a better deal on immigration and the ECJ:

‘We were too beholden to Tom Scholar and Ivan Rogers,’ one Cameron adviser said. ‘They were status quo. They were happy to take “No” for an answer, happy to believe things weren’t possible when they could be possible. I’ve lost count of the number of times Ivan threatened to resign.’ The politicos say Rogers was aggressive in dismissing their arguments, and went over their heads to Cameron: ‘He would send emails that were the stuff of legend, saying why didn’t we know anything? We were just politicos, we didn’t understand.’ Another aide said Rogers’ emails were ‘notorious’.

Rogers also clashed with the special advisers over their desire to include reforms of the European Court of Justice in the renegotiation. ‘Korski had a long-running battle with officials saying that we needed to do something, and he kept getting told that it was impossible to do something,’ a Number 10 source said. A range of proposals were put forward, ranging from new rules on the selection of judges to proposals for the EC] to get out of lower-level decisions. Their advocates believe the plan would have allowed Britain to get a serious review of the court on the agenda. It was rejected by officials over the summer.

In the end Cameron’s renegotiation strategy of asking for very little rather than demanding genuine reform was fatal. Rogers was instrumental in that, and since the referendum he has been sulking and saying it’ll take 10 years to come up with a trade deal. A chance now for someone less pessimistic and more ambitious to take over… 

Gloomy Wonks are EU-Funded Europhiles

Britain will be “older, more unequal and blighted by Brexit”, according to a gloomy new report from the IPPR think tank. Apparently there will be a decade of disaster and misery caused by the Leave vote. Two things the Guardian didn’t include in their write-up: The IPPR was formerly run by the head of the Remain campaign Will Straw. It is funded by the EU. Probably worth mentioning…

Christmas Repeats: Whitehall Union Boss Fills Empty Papers

Today’s papers went big on a whinge from Dave Penman, general secretary of the trade union of senior civil servants, complaining that Whitehall needs more resources because of Brexit. Easy copy for struggling on-duty reporters in the dead week before the New Year. But it really isn’t news…

Today Penman says: “The civil service is going to have to be given more resources to deal with Brexit”. The same point he made on November 23: “With no additional funding, departments will once again be asked to deliver ever more with ever less”. And November 15: “there is a deafening silence from Ministers over whether any additional resources will be provided to deliver this momentous task”. And October 12: “the Government needs to provide the civil service with the capability and capacity necessary to deliver a successful EU exit”. And September 2. And August 31. And July 5. And June 24. You get the idea.

It’s hardly a surprise that the boss of a trade union wants more cash. It’s not even new information either, he’s said the same thing every month since the vote. That’s the problem with the Christmas period: full of repeats…

Ireland Asserts Tax Sovereignty in European Commission Legal Battle

Ireland’s Finance Ministry is not holding back in the battle with the European Commission. In a legal briefing over the Apple Tax case the Irish government argues that:

  • The Commission has misunderstood the relevant facts and Irish law
  • The Commission has misapplied State Aid law
  • The Commission wrongly invokes novel legal rules
  • The Commission has exceeded its powers and interfered with national tax sovereignty

There is no doubt that the Commission is trying to use State Aid laws to thwart Ireland’s competitive tax regime over which the EU has no competence. Ironically if Ireland loses it gets a windfall of €13 billion in taxes (about €2,600 per person). That is enough to wipe out the budget deficit for a couple of years…

Nevertheless it is a fight that Ireland wants to win. Post-Brexit Ireland wants to be seen as corporate America’s best friend in the EU. Ireland is looking to a high-tech future across the Atlantic…

Ben Bradshaw: Russia Hacked EU Referendum

Ben Bradshaw goes off the deep end and tells the Commons Russian hackers “probably” engaged in cyber-warfare to help Leave win the EU referendum, despite admitting “we don’t have any evidence for that”. Sad.

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.[…] Read the rest

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