READ: ERG’s Withdrawal Agreement Presentation to MPs

Guido can reveal the European Research Group have been delivering briefings of their own to MPs, in competition with Number 10. Read the slides of their presentation on the Draft Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration in full below…

mdi-timer 28th November 2018 @ 12:56 pm 28th Nov 2018 @ 12:56 pm mdi-comment Comments
Nadine Dorries Blasts ‘Handful’ of ERGers in Mammoth WhatsApp Message

Nadine Dorries couldn’t make the ERG’s 6pm meeting last night and so instead has sent a list of seven key points she would have liked to have raised. She hits out at members who have “let the ERG down as a group”, those who see themselves as “above” sending a letter, and those who are constantly briefing journalists.

Read the mammoth message in full here:

At 6pm, I will be chairing the finance bill on the floor of the house and therefore, cannot attend the meeting. 
If I were there, I would be very, very  keen to speak and make the following points. I would be grateful if the chairman would  acknowledge my comments during the meeting. 

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mdi-timer 21st November 2018 @ 5:27 pm 21st Nov 2018 @ 5:27 pm mdi-comment Comments
Steve Baker: 48 Letters Reached

Top tactician Steve Baker has told the ERG whatsapp chat that they have the numbers to force a vote of no confidence. It’s on…

UPDATE: “My count will be be inaccurate. It is a grave matter but I think we’re close.”

mdi-timer 16th November 2018 @ 11:37 am 16th Nov 2018 @ 11:37 am mdi-comment Comments
ERG Advises MPs To Send In Letters

It’s on. Mogg will be making an announcement outside parliament after the ERG meeting…

Read Rees-Mogg’s full letter to Graham Brady below:

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mdi-timer 15th November 2018 @ 12:59 pm 15th Nov 2018 @ 12:59 pm mdi-comment Comments
Jacob Rees-Mogg to Tory MPs: Vote Down This Deal

ERG Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg has written to all Conservative MPs calling on them to vote down Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement. Short and to the point…

mdi-timer 14th November 2018 @ 7:56 pm 14th Nov 2018 @ 7:56 pm mdi-comment Comments
Tory Brexiteer Group Welcomes Plan to End ECJ Jurisdiction

As Guido reported on Wednesday morning, the government’s proposals on ending the jurisdiction of the ECJ broadly have the support of Tory Brexiteers. Jacob Rees-Mogg, one of Leave MPs who tends to be more sceptical of the government, says: “The clear principle is one I am very happy with… The ECJ goes from being the supreme court of the United Kingdom to being another foreign court and that is a really important change”. The European Research Group of Brexiteer Tory MPs said last night: “The ERG welcomes the Government’s position papers… it is undeniable that the UK will no longer be subject to the jurisdiction of the ECJ, enabling our Supreme Court to be the final court of appeal”.

Suella Fernandes, chairman of the ERG, notes we need a bespoke mechanism rather than to simply join the EFTA court:

“The EFTA Court option probably would not suit the Prime Minister’s requirement of ending the jurisdiction of the ECJ as it follows ECJ precedent. Whatever model emerges will be unique, reflecting our new and wide-ranging relationship with the EU, commanding the confidence of both sides, outside ECJ supremacy”

We wrote on Wednesday that the government was not looking to join the EFTA court but rather copy aspects of it. This means a bespoke system. It remains to be seen exactly what the new mechanism will look like and whether it will meet Leavers’ wishes on sovereignty. To do that it needs to make sure we are not staying in the ECJ by the back door. As they are pointing out over on BrexitCentral, a merely technical exit isn’t good enough. One to watch, though Tory Brexiteers are encouraged by what they have seen…

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