Irish FM: Brexit Deal 90% Done

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney gives an optimistic progress check on the Brexit deal, saying that the Withdrawal Agreement is 90% agreed. Though it’s going to be more than just a “bumpy ride” for May if she formally climbs down on the customs union as expected this week…

Former MI6 Chief “Troubled” by Corbyn

Former chief of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove says he is “troubled” by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations:

“I think someone coming from my background is troubled by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations, some of which I find surprising and worrying… He has enthusiastically associated himself with groups and interests which I would not say were the friends of the British nation…

“I’m expressing concerns about him and his political past which I think are pretty extensively shared by a lot of people.”

He’s not the only one to have concerns about Agent COB…

Sturgeon: SNP Would Back Second EU Referendum

Nicola Sturgeon says she would “expect” SNP MPs to vote in favour of a second EU referendum if given the chance. At least they’re consistent about wanting to reverse referendum results…

Marr’s Brutal Interview

 

Full credit to Andrew Marr who, after last week asking Jeremy Corbyn to his face if he was an anti-semite, just accused Theresa May of personal responsibility for the death of a 67 year-old Windrush scandal victim. It was a tough interview from the start where she noticeably failed to rule out further compromises beyond Chequers – five times. Watch the fade out at the end, no small talk. She just death stares him.

UPDATE: Kay Burley agrees

As does the political editor of The Sun

Ruth Davidson Firmly Rejects Second EU Referendum

Leading Remainer Ruth Davidson has firmly rejected the possibility of a second EU referendum, saying she would be an “enormous hypocrite” for supporting one:

“When it comes to the possibility of re-running referendums, I would be an enormous hypocrite if I said ‘just because there was one that I had lost as a Remainer we should immediately re-run it’ when I’ve spent four years in Scotland saying that Nicola Sturgeon shouldn’t get another one on independence because that’s one that I won…”

Tory Remainers agitating for a second referendum could take a lesson from Ruth on what political principles look like…

May Doesn’t Rule Out More Chequers Concessions

Marr asks May twice whether she will make further concessions on her Chequers plan to get a deal with the EU. May dodges the question twice…

May Won’t Apologise for Windrush Policy

Theresa May repeatedly refuses to apologise for her “hostile environment” policy which led to the Windrush Scandal. Her only apology is for “the fact that some people who should not have been caught up in that were caught in that”…

DD: Chequers “Just Wrong”

DD not beating around the bush with his views on Chequers…

Brandon: Tories Fully Investigating Data Breach

 

Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis responds to the major data breach yesterday on the party’s conference app. Not what the Tories wanted to be talking about this morning…

Are You An Anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn?

“Anyone who is suffering racism is in a position to define it.”

“And I say to Rabbi Sacks, with all due respect that is beyond excessive, let’s park that one…”

Corbyn Refuses To Say If He Would Back Remain or Leave

AM: “If there was another referendum now, with one option being broadly speaking stay in the EU, and one option broadly speaking leave the EU, how would you vote?”

JC: “Well, that’s conjecture as to what the question would be.”

Raab: We Will Not Be Dictated To

“No-deal won’t be the end of the world.”

NiMo: Chequers Is Dead

NiMo: Second Vote is a Distraction

“It’s for MPs to step up to the plate and sort this out now as elected representatives, otherwise I think our democracy will be in really big trouble.”

Watson: Labour Too Slow on Dealing With Anti-Semitism

“The committee that looks at it has many many live cases, and I would hope that very shortly they will be reaching results on the allegations made against some pretty disturbing characters.”

Long Bailey: Labour To Back Second Referendum If Conference Does

Gove: Chequers Right “For Now”

 

Michael Gove tells Andrew Marr

“A future PM could always choose to alter the relationship between Britain and the EU, but the Chequers approach is the right one for now.”

Khan Flip-Flops on Neverendum

“I’m not one of those advocating for a re-run… the British public should have a say on the outcome of the negotiations… plus the option of staying in the EU.”

Sadiq might want to look up the definition of re-run…

Khan to Osborne: Bring It On

“George Osborne doesn’t concern me in the slightest… if he wants to go to battle with me, good luck I’m looking forward to it.”

Gardiner: Second Referendum Would Throw May A Lifeline

“We’ve said we haven’t ruled anything off the table… but actually to have a second referendum would be to throw this Government a lifeline.”[…] Read the rest

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