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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964), best known as Boris Johnson, is a British politician, popular historian and journalist serving as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs since 2016 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. He had previously been the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. A member of the Conservative Party, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative and has been associated with both economically and socially liberal policies.

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Published  1 month ago

Brexiteer Boris Johnson has set out stall very firmly this morning, making clear that he cannot vote for Theresa May’s unchanged deal as it includes the EU backstop trap and is demanding that the government whip against taking No Deal off the table or delaying Brexit.

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Boris has once again spoke up for the pro-Brexit majority, writing in the Daily Telegraph that: “It would be preposterous to take the option of No Deal off the table.

“If indeed that option is put to Parliament this week, the government must obviously whip against it, and the same goes for the absurd idea of extending Article 50.”

His intervention comes the day after new polling from ComRes revealed that an increasing number Brits are in favour of a No Deal Brexit if the EU fails to compromise on a UK deal, with less than one third of voters outright opposed to a WTO Brexit.

Boris has also dismissed the prospect of the UK not leaving on 29th March, saying: “We should come out on time, at the end of this month, but with a mutually agreed standstill in the existing arrangements, so that we can use the period to the end of 2021 (a very long time) to do a proper free trade deal.”

And he sets out what has gone wrong on the backstop, with British negotiators that may as well “have been talking to the wall”, leading to a EU laid trap that means “the UK will have less sovereign power to withdraw from the backstop than it has to leave the EU itself”.

Former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab also talked up No Deal as still being better than a bad deal yesterday, laying out how the UK could “manage the risks and that would free us to grasp the opportunities”.

Raab reminded his colleagues that “we should keep the promise that every Conservative made in the manifesto: that No Deal was better than a bad deal.”

Instead of talking up the prospect of No Deal to increase the UK’s negotiating leverage and force through changes, Theresa May has been reduced to vague threats of losing control if MPs reject her deal again. But she and those around her must take responsibility. Brussels don’t believe she will lead the UK out with No Deal and so have no incentive to give her any concessions.

Instead, just like David Cameron, she is left clinging on to a terrible deal with little support that could now end her premiership completely. Government sources are now being quoted as saying things about May such as: “I don’t believe there is a single one of us who thinks it’s a good idea for her to stay beyond June.”

This is a big week in British politics. Once again, Brexiteer MPs must stand up for the 17.4 million who want to see independence delivered. We simply cannot accept falling into a £39 billion trap that locks the UK into a situation that it can’t unilaterally break free from. That is not taking back control.

The London Economic

Published  1 month ago

The Conservative Party is under fire after it was revealed that the party illegally accepted over £1 million in funds from Brits who are actually based in tax havens in the run up to the last election.

The Political Parties and Elections Act of 2009 made donations of over £7,500 from people not based in the UK for tax purposes against the law.

An investigation in The Times newspaper has revealed people living in tax havens and their UK companies have made £5.5 million in political donations since July 2009, with the Conservative Party receiving £1,053,400 before the 2017 election.

A Conservative Party spokesman denied any illegality and told The London Economic:

“The Conservative Party does not accept foreign donations – as they are illegal. If a British citizen is able to vote in an election for a political party, they also have the democratic right to donate to a political party.

“All donations to the Conservative Party are received in good faith, after appropriate due diligence. Donations are properly and transparently declared to the Electoral Commission, published by them, and comply fully with the law.”

Earlier in the week we reported how Theresa May pulled a vote on a bill which is crucial to ensuring major financial institutions can continue to operate in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Financial Services Bill was pulled at the last minute when it became clear the government no longer had the majority it needed in the House of Commons with up to 22 Conservative MPs set to defy the government to vote for a cross-party amendment aimed at forcing new tax transparency rules on British Overseas Territories.

This week it was revealed that a third of British billionaires have moved to tax havens over the past ten years.

By becoming non-UK resident for tax purposes, wealthy people can avoid 38.1% in UK income tax on dividends and 20% in capital gains tax on the sale of shares.

The investigation was carried out by The Times newspaper, who found that 28 out of 93 British billionaires have moved to tax havens or are in the currently making plans to relocate.

They are said to be among 6,800 Britons running 12,000 UK firms from low-tax jurisdictions.

Many of those who left the UK have been awarded honours or hold titles.

The Times editorial wrote: “It is inequitable and unconscionable when the very wealthy can influence British public policy while not being subject to it in the same way as everyone else.”

Last year the Conservative Party came under intense questioning from the opposition for accepting £626,500 in political donations from Lubov Chernukhin, wife of ex-deputy finance minister and Putin crony Vladimir Chernukhin.

News of the final instalment came after the SKripal poisoning at a time of calls for greater scrutiny over foreign wealth and Russian funds behind the Conservative party.

The Chernukhins hit the headlines in 2014 paying £160,000 to play tennis with David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

“The real division in our country… is between the many who do the work, create the wealth and pay their taxes and the few, who make the rules, reap the rewards and often dodge their taxes,” said Labour MP Lesley Laird today.


Published  1 month ago

There is increasing talk of Theresa May being asked to step down as Prime Minister for the good of the country this weekend. Having attacked No Deal instead of using it as a Plan B, May has no negotiating leverage with the EU and has subsequently been left attempting to sell MPs the exact same rotten deal all over again.

Several senior government sources are quoted in the Sunday Times, with one Cabinet Minister saying: “I don’t believe there is a single one of us who thinks it’s a good idea for her to stay beyond June.”

And another has said of May: “She’s run out of road.”

There is talk of May resigning in return for MPs backing her deal and whether Ministers will collectively tell May that she must go.

This isn’t new. Bloomberg reported last month that “politicians at the highest levels of her own government” want her to go sometime in the next few months.

Things have got to the stage where the likes of Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt are reportedly preparing leadership bids.

No one is expecting May’s deal to get through when MPs vote again next week. One MP has said of the situation: “It’s bloody bad.

“It will be in the same sort of ballpark as January unless something changes. We are at Defcon 2.”

The current situation is not sustainable. The country badly needs fresh leadership. Will May go and make way for someone who actually believes in Brexit?

Published  1 month ago

Senior figures in Parliament have confessed the Prime Minister has “run out of road”. A Cabinet minister told The Sunday Times: “I don’t believe there is a single one of us who thinks it’s a good idea for her to stay beyond June.” They revealed the four main contenders to succeed her — Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab are “ready to go”.

The resignation of the Prime Minister could be forced by Cabinet ministers next week after talks were held on when to ask her to step down.

While her aides are deciding whether to advise her to offer to leave after the deal passes to get MPs back on board, reports The Sunday Times.

Talks on the withdrawal agreement could “go down to the wire” as the paper reports Mrs May’s plane is on standby in case she needs to fly to Brussels and improve the deal.

May’s aides have predicted she could lose Tuesday’s meaningful vote by more than 230, the record-breaking majority against her at the beginning of the year.

One told the paper: “It’s bloody bad.

“It will be in the same sort of ballpark as January unless something changes. We are at Defcon 2.”

A further aide added if Labour attempted another vote of no confidence in Government: “Tories will vote for it”.

The news follows a report Philip Hammond will offer a £20billion Brexit “bribe” this week in the hope of ending austerity.

A no-deal scenario would cause Hammond to enforce a one-year emergency plan to keep all departments going.

The plan is reportedly likely to favour the police, schools and the justice system.

Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, said: “If Theresa May’s deal is rejected by parliament again, it will be another humiliation for her, her government and for our country too.

“By Tuesday evening, the Prime Minister could no longer be in control.”

Politicalite UK

Published  1 month ago

By John Petley.

With contributions from Dr Niall McCrae, John Ashworth, Ariane Loening and Lawyers for Britain.

Cast your mind back to summer last year. The Cabinet gathered at the Prime Minister’s country retreat of Chequers, on the sylvan Chiltern downs. There was very important business: Theresa May, flanked by senior civil servant Olly Robbins, presented the draft agreement for Britain’s departure from the EU. For the first time, ministers (including Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson) saw the proposed terms – and the extent to which May would abide by her pledge of ‘Brexit means Brexit’. The chief whip instructed that nobody could leave without consenting to the Withdrawal Agreement, unless they resigned – and must then find their way home without ministerial transport.

For Leavers in the Cabinet, it was a shocker. Scarcely anything appropriate for a renewed sovereign nation could be found in this document, which seemed an abject surrender to Messrs Barnier and Juncker. For Brexit voters, it was hard to believe that their government would consider such punitive clauses; their faith in Theresa May, until then buoyant, was shattered. And this document, we were told, was only the initial negotiating stance – it could get worse. In the morass since the referendum on 23rd June 2016, this has been the most significant subsequent event to date.

It was widely reported that Theresa May paid a visit to Angela Merkel in Berlin shortly before the Chequers meeting. What did they discuss? We weren’t told at the time. According to a confidential source who has seen a complete transcript of the meeting, the two leaders agreed to a plan that Mrs May allegedly told the Chancellor would “appease” Brexit voters while nonetheless enabling her to get rid of those Tories who were (in her words) “against progress and unity in the EU.” According to the transcript, Mrs May is also reported to have agreed “to keep as many EU laws and institutions in effect as she could despite the current groundswell of anti-EU hysteria in Britain” (again, apparently her words). It is claimed that both leaders agreed that the only realistic future for the UK was as a member of the EU, and that in the likely course of events Britain would re-join the EU in full at some time after the next general election.

The transcript also indicated that the Withdrawal Agreement was essentially a German production, with the original draft completed in May 2018 in Berlin. It was then sent to the Cabinet Office marked “Secret”. After much to-ing and fro-ing in the subsequent few weeks, including several telephone calls between Mrs May and the Chancellor the final draft was completed late in June, with the Chancellor telling Mrs May that she was happy with it. However, a few more small concessions by the UK would be needed later on, just to keep the EU happy.

David Davis was kept in the dark about this planning, as were other pro-Brexit ministers. The EU, by contrast, was happy to circulate the transcript of the final May/Merkel meeting to key EU and German embassies. What is more, Mrs May was probably unaware that the Chancellor had made a recording of this private meeting! Perhaps our Prime Minister would not have spoken so freely had she realised her words were being noted for posterity.

If this account of the meeting between the PM and the German Chancellor is accurate, this paints a very different picture of the Brexit process from that reported to the public by the BBC and other mainstream media. There is one obvious objection: these explosive claims are impossible to prove in the absence of a copy of the transcript of either the May/Merkel meetings or of the briefings given to EU embassies. My source, however, has been accurate in the past: several other tip-offs of EU intentions passed to me were revealed two or three days later by the press.

Furthermore, I believe that this account of the meeting has verisimilitude, because of the considerable amount of circumstantial evidence to support it. For example, John Ashworth, of the campaign group Fishing for Leave, has analysed many UK government and EU documents over the past twenty years. Familiar with the style of both, he has noted how the Withdrawal Agreement resembles an EU document rather than anything originating from the UK government. Lawyers for Britain has also noted examples in the Political Declaration accompanying the Withdrawal Agreement which sound more like a translation from a foreign language. Paragraph 6, for example, begins: “The Parties agree that the future relationship should be underpinned by shared values such as the respect for and safeguarding of human rights.” The final “the” before “respect” is totally superfluous. The next paragraph ends with a clumsy sentence. Paragraph 8 begins with an ugly construction:- “In view of the importance of data flows and exchanges across the future relationship…” No British civil servant would have written such gobbledygook.

There is much circumstantial evidence from the EU side. Martin Selmayr and Sabine Weyand, both Germans and deputies to Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier respectively, have spoken very positively about the Withdrawal Agreement. On 9th November last year, Weyand told The Times, “They must align their rules but the EU will retain all the controls. They apply the same rules. UK wants a lot more from future relationship, so EU retains its leverage.” Selmayr said that he wanted the Withdrawal Agreement to show that “Brexit doesn’t work” and he told a group of EU officials last November “The power is with us.” These statements have been widely reported in British media. Dan Hannan MEP recently quoted an interview with Michel Barnier in which he said, “I’ll have done my job if, in the end, the deal is so tough on the British that they’d prefer to stay in the EU”. In an article In an article in the Daily Telegraph published only yesterday (6th March), Igor Gräzin, an Estonian Eurosceptic MEP, claimed that “around Europe, Theresa May’s ‘deal’ is described as a capitulation.” Why, if the EU regards the Withdrawal Agreement as a victory for them, is Mrs May pushing so hard for us to agree to such a one-sided outcome while refusing to consider any alternative? The only plausible explanation is that she actually wants a deal that disempowers her own country.

The whole subject of defence integration also strongly hints at collaboration between the EU, Mrs May and pro-remain Civil Servants. Prior to the 2016 referendum, as an EU member state, the UK strongly opposed efforts by the EU to develop its own military capability independent of NATO. After 2016, however, the EU has pushed ahead with military integration. Astonishingly, since 2016 the Government has signed no fewer than five agreements with the EU on military matters. The excuse given to MPs at the time was that as the UK was leaving anyway, we didn’t want to be obstructive. The Withdrawal Agreement and accompanying Political Declaration, however, looks to create a longer-term relationship with military EU, beyond any transitional period. Particularly worrying are proposals in the Political Declaration pointing to an attempt to bypass Parliament in the shape of a future defence treaty, to be signed after Brexit Day using ministerial, or ‘prerogative’ powers delegated by the Crown.

There is absolutely no need for the UK to continue being involved with the EU’s military programme at all – even during any transition period. We will still be a member of NATO, the true guarantor of peace in Europe. Unlike trade, there would be no disruption for the UK if we simply cut off our involvement with military EU on the day we leave. Given the UK’s leading military role in Europe, the inclusion of a long-term military arrangement with the EU in the Withdrawal Agreement when the EU has specifically stated that “third countries” cannot be involved in key decision making is extremely worrying. We would essentially be compromising our independent military and intelligence capability and handing over ultimate control of these areas to Brussels in a manner that would be extremely difficult to reverse. This only makes sense in the context of a plan for the UK to resume EU membership. Surely this cannot have happened behind the Prime Minister’s back?

Returning to the topic of fishing, why has our side thrown away one of the strongest cards in its hand? Surely our negotiators must have studied Greenland’s departure in the 1980s. Faced with a similar unsatisfactory deal from the EEC (as it was then), the Greenlanders issued an ultimatum: all EEC fishing boats must depart from their territorial waters on Independence Day. Brussels rapidly backed down and Greenland gained a satisfactory deal. By contrast, the UK caved in right at the start, agreeing in effect to a common fisheries policy in all but name during the transition period, and completely failing to use any leverage on access to rich fishing grounds. Indeed, under the proposed arrangements for the 21 months after Brexit, our fishermen will have a worse deal than before, with the discard ban likely to result in many small firms going out of business before the transition period is ended.

Lastly, why the reluctance to consider, even as a transitional arrangement, re-joining EFTA and following Norway’s example? At a stroke, on 29th March, we could have regained control over fishing, extricated ourselves from about 75% of the total acquis, solved most of the Irish border problems and ended the supervision of the ECJ. The “Norway Model” was never popular with the majority of Leavers, but it is infinitely superior to the arrangements which will be in place on 30th March if Mrs May’s deal goes through. What is more, for all its shortcomings, the Norwegians prefer their arrangement with the EU to membership. Even if we had left via this unpopular route, there is no reason to doubt that within a couple of years, the issue of EU membership would have died a natural death in the UK with travel and trade flowing smoothly and no one except a handful of incorrigible Remainers regretting our exclusion from the federalist project.

The EU has been accused of everything from persuading the Norwegians to discourage our following their example to dissuading the Chinese from starting trade negotiations with us. There is no doubt that they don’t like Brexit and have done nothing to help us leave. However, the repeated pattern of failing to stand up for the UK’s best interest and overlooking a given option in favour of a worse one leaves me in little doubt that the transcript of the May/Merkel meetings, as seen by my source, is trustworthy. Why, when Mrs May dismissed both “Canada” and “Norway” options in her Florence speech saying “We can do so much better than this” has she ended up with something far worse? Such an appalling exit deal for the UK could not have been obtained by accident or through sheer incompetence.

The absence of documentary corroboration for the transcript will inevitably lead to these claims being dismissed as conspiracy theory, but veracity is bolstered by contextual evidence. We know May met Merkel before Chequers – that is not disputed. My informant was shown the document but was not allowed to take it away, due to the risk of severe consequences for the exhibitor. However, it would be justifiable for a British parliamentarian, perhaps from the ERG or DUP, to request a copy of the minutes from the German administration. Of course, Berlin might refuse, but there is a strong moral case here. The British people have a right to know what was discussed about their future with a foreign power, and whether there is any truth in these scandalous allegations.

If this account of the meeting is true, the Withdrawal Agreement was written within the German administration, and our ministers and MPs are being bullied and cajoled into passing this into law by a Prime Minister who seems far more interested in pleasing Chancellor Merkel than the 17,410,742 voters who delivered their verdict on the EU in June 2016.

BBC News

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Department for International Trade says tech companies should have the right ‘cultural fit’ if they want to be hired

Mail Online

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Kyle Davis, 18, pictured yesterday outside Birmingham magistrates' court, was given a suspended jail sentence yesterday despite being caught with cocaine and a knife.


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Oliver Letwin was in the news on Tuesday night after he made an emotional Commons speech with some notable contents.One eyebrow-raiser was his obviously daft statement that he was "past caring wh


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Brexiteer Boris Johnson has stated his firm opposition to a second referendum and pointed out the ridiculous lack of democracy within the European Union’s structures, saying: “I have no idea how to kick those particular bastards out.”

Speaking at a India Today media group conference in New Delhi, Boris stated his case: “My objection to the EU was not that it was run by foreigners. The problem is we don’t really know who is running it.

“I couldn’t tell you who they are, or what they do or how they came by their jobs or how they may be removed from office.

“I have no idea how to kick those particular bastards out. I’m not saying they are bastards. But millions and millions of people in the UK have no idea how the system works. It’s completely cut off to them.”

Asked about the prospect of the British people being made to vote again in another referendum, he told the audience that: “I don’t think that’s possible.”

“I think that the anger in the population would be so intense and the tedium – people would be driven absolutely round the bend by the idea of having to vote on this thing again.”

Setting out his opposition to the hated EU backstop trap, he also said: “We need to get this Brexit done properly and our Prime Minister now needs to punch a hole through that backstop and it has got to be a hole that is big enough to fit the entire United Kingdom.”

“Once she (May) does that we are free. We are at the races. I am hoping she will do it.”

A European Union run by Commissioners you can’t vote for and an EU ‘President’ in Jean-Claude Juncker who gives State of the Union speeches but can’t be voted out. What a joke. The UK must leave on time and a Brexiteer Prime Minister must surely now be on the horizon. Boris Johnson could very well be the man to lead Brexit Britain forward as an independent nation.

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Published  1 month ago

As we rapidly approach the final showdown on the Withdrawal Agreement, it’s worth recalling what the problem with the backstop is.At a visceral level, it really is about how we see our country.

BBC News

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George Eustice quits the government over Theresa May's promise of a vote on delaying Brexit.

the Guardian

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Whisper it, but another EU referendum is the best way out of this mess, even for the DUP, says comedian Patrick Kielty

The Telegraph

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Donald Tusk has said an extension of Article 50 is the “rational solution” to avoid a no deal Brexit, as Theresa May refused to say whether she will sack ministers who vote for a delay.

The European Council President said it was now “absolutely clear” that there was “no majority” in the House of Commons for the withdrawal agreement, adding that Brussels and the UK now faced a “chaotic Brexit or extension”.

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The Independent

Published  1 month ago

Nearly half of the British public still believe the false claim from the Brexit referendum that the UK sends £350m a week to the EU, despite persistent attempts to debunk the myth.

A new study by King’s College London of attitudes to Brexit found that 42 per cent of people who had heard of the claim still believe it is true, while just 36 per cent thought it was false and 22 per cent were unsure.

The research, conducted with the help of pollster Ipsos MORI, shows that sustained criticism of the false claim by the UK Statistics Authority and others has had little effect, with perceptions mostly unchanged since before the referendum.

The sustained belief also comes despite the government having shown no sign of spending the supposed £350m extra a week on the NHS, as the advertisements controversially suggested.

The official Vote Leave campaign put the claim on the side of a big red bus and ran it in targeted internet adverts aimed at swing voters, turning the Brexit vote into a referendum on austerity.

The former boss of the Vote Leave campaign, Dominic Cummings, admitted after the referendum that “all our research and the close result strongly suggests” that Remain would have won without the advert.

“It was clearly the most effective argument, not only with the crucial swing [vote] but with almost every demographic,” he said in 2017.

The UK Statistics Authority wrote to Vote Leave during the referendum campaign to say the claim was “misleading and undermines trust in official statistics”, stating that it excluded the UK’s rebate, as well as payments received by the UK from the EU. The figure also fails to take into account the contribution to the treasury of trade and business that would not have happened without the EU single market. Sir Andrew Dilnot, the chair of the authority, said the figure was likely closer to £136m per week.

In the run-up to the plebiscite in 2016 the public were split along similar lines as they are now, with 47 per cent believing the stat and 39 per cent against it. If anything, the public has become less sure, with just 14 per cent having previously said they don’t know, according to a survey by the same pollster Ipsos MORI.

Professor Bobby Duffy, director of the King’s College London policy institute, which carried out the research, told The Independent: “These misperceptions raise important questions about the basis of our decisionmaking. But as I point out in our work on misperceptions, it’s not as simple as people just changing their minds if they had the correct facts – it’s more emotional than that.

“But it’s a very clear sign of how difficult it will be to bring the country together – the fact that different groups see the same realities so differently shows how divided we are.”

The comprehensive research also catalogues a number of other misconceptions about Brexit, particularly around immigration.

A recent report by the Migration Advisory Committee concluded that EU migrants contribute £4.7bn more in taxes than they use in welfare benefits and services – but the King’s College London study found that only 29 per cent of the public correctly believed this, dropping to 16 per cent of Leave voters.

Thirty nine per cent of the public and 53 per cent of Leave supporters believe that European immigration has decreased the quality of healthcare in the UK, despite evidence from the official report showing this was not the case, and that a shortage of EU healthcare workers is actually increasing challenges for the NHS.

On the £350m a week claim, Conservative voters and Leave voters were particularly susceptible to the misinformation: with 54 per cent and 61 per cent of each buying the claim. Just 33 per cent of Labour voters, 22 per cent of Lib Dem voters and 23 per cent of Remain voters thought it was true.

Nearly a third (32 per cent) of Conservative Remain voters also thought the message, which was mostly fronted by Tory politicians like Boris Johnson, was correct – 67 per cent of all voters had heard of the claim.

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The Independent

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Combining Boris Johnson-like grasp of detail with the British tradition of making disastrous decisions over Balkan affairs, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has marked his first official visit to Slovenia by insulting the country as a former “vassal state” of the Soviet Union.

It was actually part of Yugoslavia, the communist country which under Josip Tito jealously guarded its independence from the USSR – to the point of hosting the conference where the Non-Aligned Movement was created in 1961.

But seemingly oblivious to this, Mr Hunt stood beside Slovenian foreign minister Miro Cerar and humbly declared himself “really happy to be here”, before – perhaps less humbly – telling his Slovenian hosts: “As a fellow European country, the UK is very proud of the transformation there has been in Slovenia, a really remarkable transition from a Soviet vassal state to modern European democracy.”

The Slovenians, inevitably, spotted the error and another attempt to win friends in the Brexit negotiations was buffeted by Mr Hunt continuing the gaffe-making where his predecessor as foreign secretary Boris Johnson had left off.

In a swiftly shared report, Milan Brglez, former president of the Slovenian parliament, was quoted as saying: “The British foreign minister comes to Slovenia asking us for a favour(to discuss with the foreign minister how to avoid a no-deal Brexit) while arrogantly insulting us. We were never a 'vassal state of the Soviet Union'."

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The official Foreign Office take, retweeted by Mr Hunt, was a social media message about the foreign secretary visiting four European capitals and insisting: “it is possible to find a way through this, of course it’s challenging, of course there are difficulties but there is a solution."

Disobliging members of the British public have replied to that tweet by observing: “He's certain to be winning friends and influencing people with his cringeworthy ignorance of the ex-Yugoslav nations”; and “You did really well in Slovenia, Jeremy. They love you now!”

It is not unprecedented for Mr Hunt to make unfortunate comments on his first diplomatic missions to countries.

He marked his first visit to Beijing as foreign secretary by trying to impress his hosts by saying his wife is Japanese. She is actually Chinese, and as Mr Hunt acknowledged, it was a “terrible mistake to make”.

The two nations have been rivals for centuries and Chinese memories remain raw of Japan’s brutal occupation of parts of their country during the 1930s and 1940s.

The Independent has asked the Foreign Office for comment.

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The New European

Published  2 months ago

A prosecution against Boris Johnson for the “lies” told during the EU referendum campaign has taken a step closer after legal papers were lodged.

The Brexiteer MP and Vote Leave leader has been accused of “abusing public trust” through the inaccurate claims made about the money sent each week to the EU.

Claims about £350m sent to Brussels featured prominently on a big red bus during the Brexit campaign and on literature sent to voters - despite the chair of the UK Statistics Authority writing to tell Johnson his claims were untrue.

A study carried out last year found that almost half of voters still believe the claim.

Now private prosecutor Marcus J Ball has filed papers at court, claiming three offences of misconduct in public office against Johnson.

A district judge will now decide if there is a case for the former foreign secretary to answer.

Ball told The New European: “I want to stress that it is for the court to decide whether to issue a summons. Mr Johnson MP remains innocent unless proven guilty and I should remind those reporting this case to report it in a way that does not interfere with the proper administration of justice.

“I should also stress, it is not the intention of this prosecution to stop or delay Brexit on 29th March 2019.

“The prosecution believes that the evidence demonstrates Mr Johnson MP has lied to the British public in his positions as both M.P and Mayor of London and in so doing has abused the public’s trust in these offices.”

He previously explained further to TNE why he wanted to bring the case to court.

“The initial motivation was I thought the lies that politicians were saying to the public were disgusting. When the result happened I was very shocked and I started to look at some of the things both the Leave and Remain campaigns had been saying. Three days after the result I began planning the case.

“I was very emotional about what had happened. I was very angry.

“I believe politicians lie all the time. This precedent would not – sadly – stop all lying in politics but it would, I hope, stop some of the more serious ones.

“My intention was to prosecute a lot more people than just Boris. But as we went on the case narrowed and we came to the conclusion that this was the best course of action.

“This is not a vendetta. I just want a better politics. People are often sceptical about what I am doing but I am trying to make a change and make politicians think twice about how they behave. “Words that were used such as ‘spend,’ or ‘send’ money to the EU – that is what we are interested in. When people said ‘take back control’ of that £350m a week – that is not of interest because it is open to interpretation.

Last year Alan Sugar said that Brexiteers like Boris Johnson should be in prison for the lies told during the referendum campaign.

Boris Johnson has not commented on the case.

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Even now, after all that’s happened over the past few days and with everything to come, Labour politicians and their aides cling to one of two excuses for their position on Brexit. The first will come most often from an MP for some kicked-about northern seat. “I voted remain, of course,” they generally begin, “but my constituents wanted Brexit.” And so, despite all misgivings, Brexit they shall have. Soft Brexit, naturally, as soft and as yielding as a goosedown pillow, because our clear-eyed, good-hearted representative looks at the tragedy at Honda and knows they want no more of that – but enough Brexit, they hope, to satisfy the voters’ appetite.

The second excuse usually comes from those closer to Jeremy Corbyn, by employment or inclination. For them, Brexit is something to be endured for the greater good of enabling Labour to kick out the Tories. So nail those six tests to the door even if they are, to use a technical term, “bollocks”; offer to help Theresa May with her deal; strike a tone both constructive and ambiguous.

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In this way does a party that is overwhelmingly remain, from its voters to its members to its MPs to its frontbench, end up as the midwife to leave. True, there is a smaller number at each level who truly believe in a leftwing Brexit, or Lexit, but easily Labour’s biggest motive is a desire not to upset the electorate.

And I can see the logic. This will not be yet another column fantasising about how Labour is run by a cabal of revolutionary grandads all huddled together on some Kremlin-sponsored allotment to plot the downfall of capitalism. It plainly isn’t, although I would pay good money to see that film. Nevertheless, what may seem sensible tactics adds up to dangerous strategy. In its focus on the immediate demands of holding together a fragile political coalition – only heightened by the walkout last week of Chuka Umunna et al – it ignores this moment’s historic significance. It is all trees and no wood.

The jobs lost to Brexit and the havoc it is already wreaking in government are staples of the news, but only in the past week has there been serious talk about how it will reconfigure politics. Yet one of the greatest risks is that Labour will chuck away its position as the most interesting venture in mainstream European politics, merely to tie itself to the back bumper of a hard-right juggernaut.

Brexit was always a project driven by the right to enrich the right. That goes for its most fervent enthusiasts, Thatcherite throwbacks such as her former chancellor Nigel Lawson and Patrick Minford, the economist who in the run-up to the referendum blithely forecast that Brexit would “eliminate manufacturing … But this shouldn’t scare us. Britain is good at putting on a suit and selling to other nations.” It applies to the prizes the right seeks from leaving, such as scrapping paid holidays and other workers’ rights, as reportedly plotted by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. And just look at how it is already using this moment to change our notions of who gets to live here and on what terms. Does anyone think that home secretary Sajid Javid would make such a show of leaving a British teenager and her baby to rot in a refugee camp in a failed state were he not hoping to become the first prime minister of Brexitannia? This will be the country that feels no shame because it’s too busy being fuelled by hate.

When I voted remain in 2016, it was not out of love for such sorry characters as Jean-Claude Juncker, but because I didn’t want the UK to be remade in the image of Nigel Farage. Well, I lost and it’s no consolation that the only thing I got wrong was the former public schoolboy: my eyes should have been on a double-breasted jacket and a monocle. Unless something major changes, the end of next month will launch the Rees-Mogg revolution, a reconfiguration of British society as drastic as that begun by Margaret Thatcher.

Why would the British left so blithely enable a Tory project that seeks to cripple it all over again? Should you need a reminder of how disastrous it is for Labour to enshrine Tory arguments as orthodoxy, then just think back to 2010-2015, when no opposition politician could begin a TV interview without disclosing whether they were now, or had ever been, a deficit denier. Now imagine that happening on cutting immigration, on trade giveaways, on slashing taxes.

There are of course the aforementioned Lexiters, who just know 29 March will bring the death of neoliberalism, even though the neoliberals will be in charge. Who claim that cutting immigration from the EU will allow more people to come in from the Commonwealth, although there’s nothing to stop that happening today if May’s government wanted it (spoiler: it doesn’t). Who have never quite grasped that the origins of reactionary British politics lie not in Brussels, but in Britain. In its vaulting ambition and loose thinking, Lexitism most closely resembles gap-year self-indulgence – a flight of fantasy tried out by people secure in the knowledge they’ll never have to suffer the worst consequences.

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I don’t believe Corbyn should have greeted the 2016 result by blowing a fat raspberry and pushing to remain, but as Brexit fails to get through parliament, he should stop pushing for a compromise deal. That would only allow the pinstriped mob to argue that we’re still taking EU rules but getting none of the voting rights. Instead, Labour should get behind a second referendum. Leave voters would not punish Labour at the next election anywhere near as badly as its remain base, according to polling from the TSSA transport workers’ union that has been presented to John McDonnell and others in the past three weeks. Just 36% of Labour leave voters rank Brexit in the top three topics they care about. For Labour remainers, that shoots up to 60%. The TSSA briefing notes: “If [Labour] fails to oppose Brexit … there is every indication that it will be far more damaging to the party’s electoral fortunes than the Iraq war.” Its Scottish MPs would face wipeout, while in London there would be heavy losses.

The threat that Brexit poses to the British left is aptly summed up by an essay published 40 years ago. In The Great Moving Right Show, the late Stuart Hall laid out the scale of the challenge he believed the left faced from Thatcher – months before she even moved into No 10, years before she began her scorched-earth economics. But Hall saw it all coming: the populism of Thatcher, the way she would target schools and policing. And he saw how Thatcherism would win mass support: “Its success and effectivity does not lie in its capacity to dupe unsuspecting folk but in the way it addresses real problems, real and lived experiences, real contradictions – and yet is able to represent them within a logic of discourse which pulls them systematically into line with policies and class strategies of the right.”

Just like Thatcher, the Brexiters are poised to define the present, rewrite the past and then shape the future. It would be folly for Labour to aid them.

• Aditya Chakrabortty is a Guardian columnist


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As Tory MPs resign in protest at the malign influence of hardline Brexiters, documents show the “unfettered” access to ministers and senior politicians enjoyed by secretive think tanks such as the IEA that are “marching the country” to a no-deal Brexit.

The Independent

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Of the many con tricks that have propelled Brexit from being the fantasy of a few to the reality for the many, the myth that it is a battle won for the people against the elite is right up there with

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Former minister Anna Soubry (pictured) said a ‘purple Momentum’ was gaining control of some local Conservative associations and leaving their sitting MPs facing the threat of deselection.

The Independent

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Theresa May must launch an independent investigation into “foreign influence and voter manipulation” in the Brexit vote, a committee of MPs says today, amid growing evidence of lawbreaking by Leave


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A few honourable MPs aside, the Labour Party has now dumped its manifesto commitment on Brexit to respect the referendum result. It is now calling for Britain to stay in the EU’s customs union forever – which would effectively mean being locked into the EU forever while having no say at all over how it works.

Say what you like about Theresa May’s negotiating skills, her task would anyway have been nigh on impossible given the continual attempts at sabotage from politicians and others in Britain.

One example: when May went to Brussels last week, she was told by Donald Tusk that Jeremy Corbyn’s proposals for a permanent customs union represented “a promising way out” of the current impasse on Brexit.

Another form of sabotage is the constant exhortations from the establishment calling for the EU to give no ground to the Government.

Brexit is in danger. A clean Brexit is still the default position, leaving on 29th March to trade on WTO terms. Yet despite the defeat in parliament on 29th January of every binding amendment to block or delay Brexit – including Labour’s permanent customs union – Theresa May’s so-called Withdrawal Agreement is still on the table.

Even though MPs voted against it on 24th January, May still wants MPs to vote again on it, once again using No Deal as a threat not as an opportunity.

Her current deal with the EU is not a Withdrawal Agreement – it is a Remainer Agreement, in every clause on every one of its 585 pages. It is No Brexit. It would bind us forever into a United States of Europe.

It is meant to be permanent, inescapable. The Attorney General told the Cabinet that there was no legal escape route from the backstop Protocol and that it would “endure indefinitely”.

Her deal would give the EU tariff-free access to our market and control of our trade policy, force us to fund the EU’s defence programme, give EU fishing vessels free access to our waters, give the EU control of our farms, and allow free movement of labour through clauses about “mobility”. In sum, it would bind us into the EU in perpetuity.

No surprise, then, that Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, boasted that the EU got “almost everything” it wanted with the deal.

MPs rejected May’s deal – almost the only thing they can agree on – then voted to tell her to go yet again to Brussels with her faithful lieutenant Oliver Robbins, to beg the EU to drop the Irish backstop.

But the EU will not give up the huge advantages they gain under the backstop. As Robbins observed, renegotiating the backstop with the EU is “for the birds”.

We do not need to beg the EU to change its position – that would be fruitless, as all experience from Harold Macmillan 50 years ago to David Cameron has proven. We do not need to beg the EU for a new deal, as Boris Johnson has suggested. We do not need to pay the EU £39 billion for the privilege of leaving, nor even the £20 billion that Johnson proposed.

We can and should just declare our policies on trade, fishing, the Irish border, immigration and everything else. We do not need to ask the EU’s permission. We declare our independence and then, if we wish, we can negotiate with the EU.

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I clearly remember pondering, on 24 June 2016, why there was not more public and political outrage at the idea of a British government putting itself above the law, and using the royal prerogative to execute the referendum result. I find myself in exactly the same mindset in terms of the potential undermining of our democracy, government and sovereignty by a hostile foreign power – Russia – in what appears to be a secretive coup.

As a transparency campaigner and a passionate believer in our British values, as well as political and democratic systems, I am worried. People were told that walking out of the EU would liberate us from the clutches of unaccountable bureaucrats and would allow us to “take back control”. Auberon Waugh’s “junta of Belgian ticket inspectors” would be sent packing, the British people would reclaim sovereignty and British courts would decide British law for British people. The fog of bureaucracy would be blown away by the accountability and transparency that we supposedly enjoyed in the days before 1973.

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It is turning out very differently. Think of Brexit as a matryoshka, or a Russian nesting doll, with voting to leave the EU as the outer doll, representing all the various things we were sold: free trade, prosperity, sovereignty, transparency, increased control over borders, and less money sent to Brussels. Pulling off the outer doll reveals another doll that represents something much more worrying.

Over the last two months, on an almost weekly basis, we have heard allegations of unidentified sources of money being used in the leave campaigns, which may have circumvented rules designed to uphold the integrity of our democratic process, which said campaigns purported to want to reclaim. The mysterious Constitutional Research Council (CRC) is reported to have routed £425,000 into pro-Brexit ads in London via the Democratic Unionist party. Conveniently, Northern Irish political donations are treated as confidential, a legacy from the Troubles. The same CRC gave the Tory MP Steve Baker £6,500 in 2016. At the time Baker was chairman of a Tory hard-Brexit caucus, the European Research Group (ERG), which was behind the sinister Boris Johnson and Michael Gove letter exposed by the Mail on Sunday. And what is Baker doing now? He is junior minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU).

The Electoral Commission is investigating the funding of and its largest donor, Arron Banks. These allegations focus on whether donations were permissible and on whether Banks or his company acted as an agent for other donors. Banks denies all the allegations against him. Meanwhile, Vote Leave, the official campaign to quit the EU, last week also came under investigation for potentially breaching the rules by giving £625,000 to a 23-year-old fashion student in connection with his campaign to get young voters to back leave.

The third doll in the matryoshka, fittingly, is Russian. All 17 of the US intelligence agencies agree that the Kremlin interfered in the US presidential election – the only debate is to what extent the Trump campaign colluded. Now it seems that Russia weighed in on the Brexit referendum for exactly the same reasons: to divide the west by breaking up Nato and the EU – and excluding the effective and influential US and UK from continental European affairs as far as possible. We now know that thousands of Russian bots were active in pushing the Brexit message on social media, as were workers in the St Petersburg “troll factory”.

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The big question now is to what extent Russian money came into the leave campaigns, and is in effect funding a cold war. How deep does foreign interference from a hostile power go in undermining our democratic systems? When leave campaigners try to write off the foreign interference as a ploy by remainers, they fall into a trap set by the Russians, which is to set us against each other. In all of this, we should remember that we are all British citizens and even if we voted on different sides in June 2016, we all value our democracy and fear foreign corruption of our way of life and country. That means standing firm against foreign powers that wish to see our institutions undermined.

Which brings me to the innermost doll: illiberalism. Of the 52% who cast their vote for leave, how many were voting for Britain to become a deregulated, super-low-tax, small-state country? The Vote Leave bus message that told voters “We send the EU £350m a week. Let’s fund our NHS instead” has been widely discredited. But what if the people who have grabbed the Brexit steering wheel were hostile to the very idea of the NHS?

Gove and Johnson are pushing for hard deregulation under the cover of hard Brexit. With the ERG and the highly influential Legatum Institute on their side, the duo have demanded that the prime minister drop taxes and make a bonfire of the regulations that protect us. As Marie Antoinette said of the poor, “let them eat cake” – the modern equivalent being “let them eat chlorinated chicken”. The extremely successful vacuum-cleaner magnate James Dyson has been more open than Johnson and Gove in describing the post-Brexit country he wants: one that sees an end to corporation tax, and a slashing of protection for workers’ rights. In the secret “bullying” Gove and Johnson letter, for Theresa May’s eyes only, they talked about circumventing normal cabinet protocols, getting rid of moderate ministers and parachuting in a Brexit “implementation taskforce” to overrule Whitehall and our civil service.

There is every likelihood that this taskforce would involve Matthew Elliott, the lead Vote Leave campaigner who now works for the Legatum Institute, as well as other Legatum staff, none of them elected by anyone, or loyal to anything other than their employer. The Legatum Institute is a handsomely funded extreme free-market thinktank fuelled by offshore cash from the Caribbean and Dubai. Behind it stand the Chandler brothers, who made their billions in Russia’s most turbulent years, and once owned 4% of Gazprom.

DExEU, of all ministries, has not responded to multiple freedom of information requests about its relationship with Legatum. The Mail on Sunday now has photographic evidence of Shanker Singham, director of economic policy at Legatum, and Gove at a behind-closed-doors Commons seminar on Brexit last Friday, which was also attended by No 10 and officials from the US embassy.

The things being smuggled in under the cover of Brexit will damage so much of what we hold dear. A cabal of tycoons would see their wealth and influence turbocharged, while the mass of the population would see their prosperity, their security and, ultimately, their liberty dwindle away. And this is the dark nature of the inner doll: the end of the western model of capitalism married to liberal democracy. The turbulence caused by crashing out of the EU would just be another opportunity for these individuals.

The matryoshka dolls have only started to come apart and reveal the inner truths in the last six weeks. But this is just the beginning, not the end, of the process. The more people glimpse the inner doll, the more I am convinced that an overwhelming majority of the electorate – irrespective of how they voted in the referendum – will understand the deception that is being perpetrated. They will demand that our democracy be defended.

• Gina Miller was the lead claimant in the successful legal fight to allow parliament to vote on whether the UK could start the process of leaving the EU


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The European Parliament’s Brexit Coordinator Guy Verhofstadt has suggested that Tory Brexiteers who reject a soft Brexit deal will be sent to the guillotine like the leaders of the French revolution.

“Within the Tory Party, the hard Brexiteers are compared to the leaders of the French Revolution,” Mr Vehofstadt said during a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday.

“I think Gove is Brissot, Boris Johnson is Danton, and Rees-Mogg is compared to Robespierre.

“But we should not forget that the efforts of these men were not appreciated by the Common Man they claimed to represent because they all ended up on the guillotine.

“So that’s important to remind [them].”

The Europhile made the comparison ahead of a meeting with the UK’s Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, part of the minister’s tour to gain support for changes to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement after Conservative MPs said they would not back it unless the Irish backstop is removed.

Verhofstadt’s comments come a week after President of the European Council Donald Tusk said he wondered whether there was “a special place in hell” for Brexiteers who promoted leaving the European Union.

The threat of damnation for those daring to support leaving the EU was raised again on Tuesday by the staunch Remainer and Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) MP Stewart M. McDonald during the prime minister’s Brexit statement, when he asked whether Brexit campaigners would be sent to Dante’s Inferno.

“I’m sure, Mr Speaker, that the prime minister is ferociously well-read and would have read the 14th-century masterpiece Divine Comedy, which is home to Dante’s Inferno, the nine circles of hell,” Mr McDonald said in the House of Commons.

“The eighth circle was reserved for fraudsters. Is that where we will find those from the referendum campaign who broke electoral law, deployed all kinds of political sorcery and false promise in order to win the referendum and is where… her own Withdrawal Agreement is going?”

To which Mrs May returned to the Despatch Box and replied, “No.”

‘Devilish Euro Maniac’ Tusk Declares ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Brexiteers

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Again and again PM fails to take action on Brexit, preferring to run down clock in hope of a better hand. Meanwhile the country suffers.

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THERESA May is preparing to resign as PM this summer so she can influence who succeeds her, Cabinet ministers now believe. Under the suspected plan, Mrs May would call time on her Premiership short…

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The Independent

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The politicians pushing Brexit should be careful not follow in the footsteps of revolutionary leaders who “ended up on the guillotine”, the European Parliament’s Brexit chief has said.

At a press conference in Strasbourg Guy Verhofstadt compared Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg to Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre – leading figures in the French revolution who were ultimately executed by their former comrades.

He said it was “important to remind” the senior Conservatives that their historical counterparts had ended up losing their heads.

“I know that within the Tory party the hard Brexiteers are compared to the leaders of the French revolution. I think Gove is Brissot, and Boris Johnson is Danton, and Rees-Mogg is compared to Robespierre,” Mr Verhofstadt told a press conference in Strasbourg.

“We should not forget that the efforts of these men were not appreciated by the common man they claimed to represent – because they all ended up on the guillotine. So that’s important to remind [them].”

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Mr Verhofstadt was speaking ahead of a meeting with Stephen Barclay at the European Parliament – part of the UK Brexit Secretary’s tour of the EU to gauge support for changes to the withdrawal agreement.

He urged Brexiteers to compromise, adding: “I think it’s completely irresponsible of the hardliners to reject such cross-party cooperation because a no-deal scenario is a disaster for everybody and especially for the UK.

“I hope that such cross party cooperation will now lead to a new proposal or in any way further proposals by the British side.”

The Brexit coordinator said that the government and opposition were not as far apart as some believed, adding: “In my opinion it would surprise me that a country that has shown so much political creativity in its long history would not be able to overcome these differences and find a broad majority in the House of Commons.”

Tory MPs have said they will not support the withdrawal agreement negotiated by Theresa May as long as it includes the Irish backstop she negotiated with Brussels to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.

Many Brexiteers are also opposed to a close economic relationship with the EU, preferring to be outside the customs union and not aligned with single market rules.

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A no-deal Brexit would lead to "potentially devastating" consequences for the peace process in Northern Ireland, according to former prime minister Tony Blair.

In a wide-ranging interview with Sky News' Sophy Ridge, the ex-Labour Party leader warned of a hard border if the UK leaves the EU without agreements in place for what the future relationship will look like.

He dismissed Brexiteer claims that leaving with no deal would not be detrimental to Britain's economy.

Mr Blair told Sky News: "No one could responsibly propose this [a no-deal Brexit]. It would be economically very, very dangerous for Britain and for the peace process in Northern Ireland, it would potentially be devastating.

"We would have a hard border, a very hard border, no-deal Brexit means a really hard border between the north and south of Ireland, contrary to the Good Friday Agreement and it would cause an enormous fissure within the United Kingdom."

He accused politicians of behaving recklessly over the issue of the Northern Ireland peace process.

He said: "They've been playing fast and loose with it from the beginning.

"There's people who cheerfully say you can put the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in a completely different relationship with Europe, in trading terms, and it makes no difference to the economy of Northern Ireland - I don't know on what basis they would possibly say that."

The former politician, who has called for a second referendum on Brexit, said the country needed to decide whether it wanted a soft or hard departure from the bloc.

"I've never thought you could get to another referendum going directly to it - you'll get to it when the people see what the true Brexit alternatives are and the truth is there are two," he said.

"You can have the soft Brexit, which is really what Jeremy Corbyn is suggesting, or you could have the hard Brexit that Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and other people want.

"And what I've really been saying all the way through this process is you've got to decide which of those Brexits you want before we leave - otherwise, we're going to leave without clarity."

He said leaving without clarity meant "no closure" for the country, leaving the argument to rage on long after the UK leaves the EU.

"By then you'll have left paid your money up front and you'll have given up your negotiating leverage," he said. "For the country to do that, as Theresa May wants to do - to leave without knowing what Brexit you get - this would be, in my view, an incredibly foolish thing for the country to do.

"It's got to know where we're heading before we leave."

He later turned to the issue of antisemitism in the Labour Party and admitted there were "parts of the left that do have a problem with antisemitism".

"You see this in their attitudes to the state of Israel," said Mr Blair. "You can make all sorts of criticisms about the state of Israel but with their continual focusing on Israel, all the time over a long period, you're left with the feeling that they're in a sense targeting it because it is a Jewish state."

He said Labour leadership had "not been robust enough on this".

"Can you imagine when I was leader of the Labour Party having a conversation with me about whether antisemitism was in the Labour Party or not?" he asked. "We wouldn't even have that conversation and there is, I'm afraid, a nascent alliance between what I would call bits of the sort of Islamist type of politics and the left.

"And you can see this not just here in the UK, you can see it across Europe and yes, it gives rise to antisemitism... it's not your traditional antisemitism of the right-wing nature but it's every bit as pernicious."

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The Independent

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How dare Donald Tusk be rude about “those who promoted Brexit without a plan to carry it out?" Those who promoted Brexit have gone out of their way for 30 years to use polite language about Europe, always well-mannered with the highest standards of decorum, because we’re British. We're not like these rude foreign mental cases with their shitty croissants.

The Sun newspaper is especially annoyed, declaring “Sneering Eurocrat Tusk’s tantrum shows a disregard for democracy.” You can see why they’re upset, as they have always expressed their feelings towards the EU in such carefully crafted terms, with headlines such as “Up yours Delors” and “EU dirty rats.” If anything, they’re too polite – so polite they sound like the dialogue in a BBC adaptation of a Jane Austen novel.

For example, the first draft of an earlier message about EU leaders went: “Sire, it is with good grace and humble desire for fine countenance, we consort to implore your eminence to reconsider on certain matters within your treatise. We trust you are in fine spirits.” Of course, they had to shorten it a bit so it came out as “Hop off you frogs”. But it meant the same.

Throughout these discussions, Britain insisted on kindly language from delicate spokespeople such as Boris Johnson. So instead of sounding petulant, like Donald Tusk, Johnson calmed everyone down by announcing that Hitler tried to create a European superstate, the EU are trying to do the same.

It’s a proud part of our British heritage: in disputes with other nations we placate all sides, and telling EU leaders they’re like Hitler is exactly the sort of skilled diplomacy that has made these Brexit negotiations pass off so smoothly.

When Jeremy Hunt took Johnson’s place, instead of inflaming matters, like Donald Tusk, he told the EU they were behaving like the Soviet Union under Stalin, right in front of people who had been detained in Stalin’s gulags. If he’s right, this means the EU has arrested several million people who voted to leave, without a trial, and dumped them in a freezing Siberian prison. Across the wastelands of Russia there must be fields full of people from Stoke asking the guards, “Can you find out how we got on away at Ipswich?”

When Hunt was asked if he regretted making those remarks, he said: “Since that speech we have had a very different approach from the EU.” You see, that was the trouble all along – the foreigners just needed telling. That must be why, ever since he gave them a good talking to, everything’s flowed along like a pretty stream, with such jollity that Brexit has hardly been in the news at all.

It's unfair of Tusk to condemn anyone in Britain for campaigning to leave the EU without a plan. There was a highly coherent plan, which is why Liam Fox could announce Brexit “will be the easiest deal in history”, and we were told that "as soon as we leave, Angela Merkel will be banging on our door.”

It’s not the Brexiteers’ fault if the EU and Merkel mucked that plan up by not doing what we planned for. The same thing happened when I went into an Aston Martin showroom last week. I had a plan that I’d offer £50 for a customised five litre DB11, and then bargain the salesman down to £35. But the incalcitrant arse walked off and called security. How could I possibly have anticipated that?

David Davis also told us that "we will conduct individual trade deals with EU countries” – until he was informed no EU country could do that, as it would break one of the fundamental rules of the EU. So he had a plan and it’s not his fault if that plan was impossible. I expect the same happens if he plays snooker. He says, “If I miss all the balls with the cue, it won’t matter as I’ll ask a friend to ride an ostrich across the table and that should knock them in the pockets.”

In any case it’s lucky he didn’t have a prominent position in the planning process; he was only the Brexit secretary.

Another part of the plan is the promise that the EU will back down at the last minute, as “that’s what they always do.” As Davis repeated last week, they need to come to an agreement because we buy one-third of the EU’s Prosecco. This is exactly why we hold all the cards at the moment. It is the EU that is panicking, compared to us with our calm and measured ways. They only have 27 nation states to rely on, so without us buying one-third of their Prosecco they’ll struggle to make it to April.

So Donald Tusk is being absolutely outrageous when he says the promoters of Brexit had "no plan". The plan all along was for the first and then second negotiator to resign, for both to oppose the deal they negotiated, and the foreign secretary to resign, followed by half the cabinet, and for no-one to have realised there would be a border with Ireland, and votes to be lost by record amounts, and for rehearsals for when 50,000 lorries are stuck in Kent and businesses to stockpile toilet rolls and insulin, and the government to be dependent on creationists, and plans made for the evacuation of the Queen until it could now be announced we’re in a customs union with The Jungle Book and all have to dance with bears, or Britain has been reclassified as a beehive and Arlene Foster is our Queen.

Nobody is surprised, because everything’s going to plan.

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The Telegraph

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The European Union is pursuing a similar goal to Hitler in trying to create a powerful superstate, Boris Johnson says.

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The European Council president slams "those who promoted Brexit" with no plan for it would be delivered.

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Tasnime Akunjee, who represents the families of the three teenage 'jihadi brides' from east London, is an extremist with links to Cage

The Independent

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Jacob Rees-Mogg and several Conservative MPs have been criticised for supporting a new right-wing group vowing to target British students.

The Independent

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The Conservative Party has suffered a collapse in the income it draws from membership fees, official data has revealed.

The party’s accounts show money the Tories earn from their membership plummeted by more than 40 per cent in 2017.

By contrast, membership income for the Labour Party grew by around 12 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats saw theirs rise by almost a third.

The drop in fees comes amid ongoing concern within the Conservatives about the party’s dwindling activist base, not to mention a new entryism threat from supporters of the Brexit-backing Leave.EU group.

Accounts filed with the Electoral Commission and published on Wednesday shine a light on the size of the Conservatives’ rank and file.

The papers produced by the party’s campaign headquarters show that in 2016 the Tories received slightly less than £1.5m from its membership, but that this figure dropped by some 43 per cent to just £835,000 in 2017 – the year Theresa May lost the party’s majority at an election.

The bulk of the Conservatives’ £45.9m income came instead from more than £34m worth of donations – a large increase of more than 80 per cent in the election year – with chunks coming from wealthy backers. Legacies that the party received from people leaving money in wills also rose, from £300,000 to £1.7m in 2017.

The Labour Party’s account showed that it took just over £14m from its membership in 2016, rising to more than £16m in 2017 – an increase of 12 per cent.

The figures also saw the money it gained from donations increase by about 25 per cent to more than £18m in 2017.

The Liberal Democrats’ accounts showed money the party makes from its membership jump by some 32 per cent to almost £1.3m, with donations jumping 16 per cent to £6.1m.

Ukip membership income also plummeted 39 per cent to £560,000, the SNP’s fell marginally by a little over nine per cent, and the Green Party’s grew by about three per cent.

At the start of 2018 former Tory chairman Grant Shapps said that his party’s refusal to admit to its plunging membership was “embarrassing”.

He urged the prime minister to “come clean” about how few people are paid-up members, after one campaigner suggested the figure is as low as 70,000 though most estimates put it around 100,000.

In stark contrast, Labour membership is growing and has now surpassed some 560,000.

The pro-Brexit Leave.EU group, founded by Arron Banks, recently began encouraging its members to join the Tories ahead of any future leadership contest, and amid speculation that Boris Johnson is preparing for a bid at the top job on a pro-Brexit platform.

The group claims to have 88,000 supporters, and is urging them to “flood” the Tory Party to elect a “true Brexiteer” such as Mr Johnson or Jacob Rees-Mogg.

On Wednesday morning Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns said her party should not be “closing our doors to potential friends”, as she called for the Tories to allow new Brexit-backing members to join up.

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The Sun

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THE Second Referendum campaigners don’t know they’re beaten. Parliament this week sent them a clear message — their hopes to overturn the biggest democratic mandate in our country’s history will co…

The Irish Times

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Illegal fund activity linked to Brexit being ignored in belief ‘the people have spoken’

The Independent

Published  2 months ago

Theresa May has become a master of the U-turn. No matter how tight the alleyways she drives herself down, she always manages to switch direction.

After a long journey down “no deal is better than a bad deal”, she swung around to “my [bad] deal is better than no deal”. And last night she shifted from “this deal is the only deal available”, to a promise to seek a “legally binding change to the withdrawal agreement”.

But in interviews this morning, the Brexit secretary was incapable of explaining exactly what “change” the government is seeking. I sense he knows we have run out of road.

The magical mystery tour that was last night’s debate proved the Tories can only unite in Neverland. The prime minister herself has now succumbed to collective Conservative Party amnesia and delusion – acting as if the last two months never happened, and as if some “alternative arrangement” or “technical solution” will save her dead deal.

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The EU rejected ministers’ reheated plans to change the Irish backstop just six minutes after MPs voted for them. In fact, the EU rejected a remarkably similar-sounding request to change the agreed deal before Christmas, and indeed has consistently refused to alter the backstop, not out of stubbornness – but out of respect for the Good Friday Agreement and recognition that peace in Northern Ireland is paramount.

By pursuing this doomed strategy, the prime minister is once again placing party unity above the future of our country. She’s pushing us out of a plane without a parachute, on the assurance that “alternative arrangements” will be made before we hit the ground.

Last night should be a wake-up call for those of us in opposition. The likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg, who in 2016 promised that leaving the EU would restore parliamentary sovereignty, voted against every amendment that might give MPs a say on what happens next. We are living under martial rule by a monocle-wearing ERG elite.

Brexit isn’t about restoring our outdated democracy to health or empowering neglected communities. It’s about an ideological split in the Conservative Party, and May will adopt any policy that might hold her MPs together – regardless of what it means for our country.

Those of us who believe in workers’ rights, environmental protections and our NHS, those who want to build a fairer society, and those who want to stand up for the millions who rejected the status quo in 2016 must now work together.

We face new challenges today – from climate change and the refugee crisis to international terrorism. They cross borders and affect us all. Indeed, our very future depends on us co-operating with our neighbours. The peace, prosperity and freedom that the EU has delivered ought to be front and centre of the Brexit debate – so too the social and environmental protections secured across 27 countries, the remarkable gift of free movement, the good angel sitting on our shoulder when it comes to human rights, the friendships across borders, the cultural opportunities, the life without fear and the solidarity.

There was some hope last night when a majority of MPs rejected the dire prospect of a disastrous no-deal Brexit. Parliament will not allow mass job losses, chaos at ports or a breakdown of peace in Northern Ireland.

But as the Brexit timebomb ticks, we must urgently unite behind a new way forward. When May returns from Brussels empty-handed yet again, we must use our Valentine’s Day vote to reject her damaging deal and force her to extend Article 50.

These endless fantasy debates and repetitive votes can only be further undermining people’s faith in our political system. If we believe in democracy, MPs on all sides must stop blaming the EU, stop accusing each other and face up to our own failure to break this impasse. The best way to achieve consensus now – for the country, not just the Conservatives – is to put our faith in the public with a People's Vote and citizens' assemblies to start building our future.

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Published  2 months ago

JCB paid Boris Johnson £10,000 three days before he gave a speech at its headquarters last week in which he repeatedly praised the company’s business acumen and innovation, it has emerged.

The payment was disclosed on the new register of MPs’ financial interests, which also shows that JCB – owned by Anthony Bamford, a pro-Brexit Conservative peer and donor – is paying the former Brexit secretary David Davis £60,000 a year as an “external adviser”.

Johnson’s speech in Staffordshire was primarily about Brexit and widely seen as a pitch for the Conservative leadership. However, he also mentioned JCB a number of times, noting at the start how the company had sold nearly 750,000 units of one model of digger.

Johnson, who resigned as foreign secretary last summer in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plans, went on to praise JCB in the speech for demonstrating “the optimism and relentless technological innovation that I believe should be the hallmarks of the next phase of Brexit”.

Later in the speech he described the history of the firm and the global sales of their diggers and tractors, saying: “Nothing and no one will stop their spread.” He called on politicians to “emulate the spirit of JCB”.

The register of interests shows that Johnson, the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, who is paid almost £23,000 a month for his Daily Telegraph column, received £28,900 for a separate single speaking engagement in December.

It also details almost £100,000 in extra income for Davis since his return to the backbenches. The £60,000 role for JCB is for 20 hours of work a year, amounting to £3,000 an hour.

Another of Davis’s new interests is a role as board member for Mansfelder Kupfer und Messing (MKM), a German metals manufacturing company, for which he was paid £36,085 for the six months from December. The register says he is also “eligible for the management incentive plan”.

Davis has worked for MKM before. It is owned by a UK investment company led by Ian Hannam, a sometimes controversial banker who has been close to Davis for years.

In 2012, Hannam was fined £450,000 by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for “market abuse” after it was found he had passed inside information to a prospective client. Hannam denied this, but an appeal was rejected. At the time Davis criticised the fine, calling it “an incredible extension of what constitutes insider trading by the FSA”.

At the time the case began, Davis had no financial relationship with Hannam, a fellow former member of 21 SAS Reserve Regiment. But during the appeal Davis was appointed to the supervisory board of MKM, to which he has now returned.

The entries for both Davis and Johnson say they have consulted the government’s advisory committee on business appointments, which rules on the sort of jobs former ministers and other senior government figures can do after departing, to avoid issues such as potential conflicts of interest.

While MPs can take outside jobs, within certain parameters, serving ministers cannot, which can mean their overall income falls despite the extra ministerial salary.

Geoffrey Cox, when he was made attorney general in July, had to give up his private QC activities, which had made him anything up to £600,000 a year on top of his MP’s salary.

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PRESSURE was last night mounting on the EU to sign a free-trade agreement with Britain after a report revealed that a “no deal” scenario could cost the bloc more than £500billion.


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Separate polls have revealed that in the majority, Britons want a clean break from the EU and reject calls for a second referendum.

An ICM poll of 2,046 adults found that the most popular option for a next step, at 28 percent, was for a “No Deal” Brexit where Britain ditches a soft Brexit deal with the EU and trades with the bloc on World Trade Organization (WTO) terms.

It was conducted between the 16th and 18th of January, after Prime Minister Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement had suffered a historic defeat in a House of Commons vote.

The Prime Pinister lost her vote largely due to dissatisfaction with the proposed Northern Irish backstop, which could see Northern Ireland locked into customs and regulatory alignment with the EU.

The poll results, seen by the left-liberal Guardian, also found that just eight percent think Mrs May should try to find support in Parliament for her deal, and only 11 percent wanted a General Election.

A separate poll of 1,021 British adults by establishment-progressive news network Sky News found that 56 percent oppose a second referendum.

Boris: ‘Unparalleled Contempt’ for MPs if Parliamentary Plots Against Brexit Succeed

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) January 21, 2019

Mrs May is set to unveil her Brexit ‘Plan B’ on Monday afternoon, with voting set to take place on the 29th. While Remainers have been attempting to push for a softer Brexit, media reports her plan is expected to look very much like the deal Brexiteers rejected last week.

With European leaders and Eurocrats having said that they will not move their red lines on the backstop, May is also facing attempts to stop a WTO exit from the EU on March 29th — the default legal position if a deal is not reached by March 29th — through parliamentary rules and amendments, with others plotting to hold a second referendum.

Brexiteer Tory MP Boris Johnson warned Monday that the parliamentary plots could result in Britons developing a “vicious and unparalleled contempt for the whole political class” — and international trade secretary Liam Fox has warned that failing to respect the vote to leave the EU could unleash a “political tsunami” with “unknowable consequences” for the stability of country.

No Deal Brexit Scares Debunked: ‘In EU We’re Spending £10bn to Save £5bn’

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) January 21, 2019


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Brexiteer Boris Johnson has insisted that those plotting to “stop Brexit” will fail, that Theresa May’s plan “is dead” and that the PM must go back to Brussels and deliver a final “take-it-or-leave-it” offer to the EU.

In his weekly hit for The Telegraph, the former Foreign Secretary today hit out at the “large number of MPs” who want to “frustrate the will of the people”, dismissing the “absurd plots in Parliament” as being unable to stop Brexit “or even succeed in delaying it”. Let’s hope Boris is right.

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“This country must leave the EU, by law, on March 29th. That was not just what the people voted for in 2016; it was what Parliament voted for overwhelmingly, ” he points out. True, yet many are fearful of the disgusting attempt by many in the political class to block the democratic vote of 17.4 million people in 2016.

He describes May’s deal as a dead “ex-deal” that requires the PM to insist that the EU “take that backstop out, or at the very least give us a legally binding change”. The clock is ticking.

And he concludes by noting the big support for a No Deal Brexit in Derby last week: “Did you see Question Time on Thursday, and hear the roar of audience approval for the suggestion that No Deal might now be the best option? There is a sense in which the public are braver – and wiser – than their MPs.”

Boris is absolutely right. For Brexit to be delayed any further would give the impression of a “elite conspiracy to thwart Brexit” and the public would conclude there is “some plot by the deep state to kill Brexit” as BoJo has previously described.

For the good of democracy, let’s hope the UK does indeed leave on 29th March as the British government have promised time and time again.

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

A YouGov survey found that Remain has stretched out a 12-point lead over Leave - at 56 per cent versus 44 per cent.

The Independent

Published  3 months ago

Boris Johnson has denied talking about Turkey during the Brexit referendum campaign, despite having written a public letter to the then prime minister warning about the issue.

The former foreign secretary claimed he "didn't say anything about Turkey in the referendum...I didn't say a thing about Turkey".

However, in a joint letter sent with fellow Brexiteer Michael Gove, he wrote to then prime minister David Cameron to insist that the only way to protect the UK from mass immigration from Turkey was to leave the EU.

The Vote Leave campaign, of which Mr Johnson was a prominent member, also repeatedly warned voters that the UK faced the prospect of 80 million Turks - the entire population of Turkey - coming to Britain if Turkey joined the EU.

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In a major speech today Brexiteer Boris Johnson is to set out his stall and vision for the country, including a crucial intervention on mass migration which he will point out has led to corporation holding down wages.

Speaking today at the HQ of JCB, the company of Leave donor and businessman Anthony Bamford, Boris is expected to say: “Yes (Brexit) was about democracy… but that vote, was also triggered by a feeling that in some way the people of this country has been drifting too far apart and in areas where we need to come together.

“We all know about boardroom pay and the huge expansion in the last 25 years of the gap between the remuneration of FTSE 100 CEOs and the average workers in their firms.

“We know one of the ways big corporations have held wages down is that they have had access to unlimited pools of labour from other countries.”

It is a fact that since the number of EU workers in the UK has fallen slightly, wages have increased at their fastest since 2008. Something the mainstream media have totally ignored.

He will go on to argue that: “I am a free market capitalist and a passionate believer in the benefits of migration.

“But there must be a balance and if an influx of labour is being used not only to prevent investment in capital equipment but also in the skills and prospects of young people then we need to think carefully about how we control immigration.

“Because if we want the people of Britain to have a pay rise, as I do, then we can’t expect to do it by simply controlling immigration, we have to address all the causes of the productivity gap that has so massively expanded.

“I don’t mean the gap between the UK, France Germany and Italy, though we are behind our main competitors the most worrying gap is between London, the most productive part of the whole European economy and other regions in the UK.

Calling for action to unite the country, he will argue that: “If you look at the distribution of the Brexit vote, it is clear that people felt that gap in attainments and prospects and that they wanted something done.

“If we are to bring our nation together that means investing in great public services and safer streets, better hospitals, better transport links and better housing.”

When it comes to change in the economy: “We must…create the most favourable tax environment with no new taxes and no increases in rates and no one rich or poor to pay more than 50% of their income in tax.

“Not because we want to create a tax haven for the rich but because that it is the way to stimulate the income we need to pay for this national programme of cohesion.”

Post-Brexit the UK has a fantastic opportunity, unconstrained by the European Union, to slash migration and create a hugely attractive environment for business to invest in. The time has surely come for a Brexiteer Prime Minister sooner or later and that could well be Boris.

BBC News

Published  3 months ago

PM Theresa May loses MPs’ vote on Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202 - the biggest government defeat in history

the Guardian

Published  3 months ago

Jeremy Corbyn should seize the chance to alter the course of Britain’s future, says Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty


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Brexiteer Boris Johnson used his speech yesterday in Parliament to strongly warn against any delay to Brexit, whilst advocating a vote against Theresa May’s deal.

He said that the country “can’t seriously contemplate delaying Article 50” and that if such a delay did take place “the public would accuse us of deliberately setting out to frustrate their wishes and they would conclude that there was some plot by the deep state to kill Brexit”.

Boris described the backstop as a “trap” and said that passing May’s deal would mean “blatantly negating many of the potential benefits of Brexit”.

It would mean handing over £39 billion “for nothing in return” whilst being sucked into “regulatory alignment” with the EU.

Setting out a path forward, Boris said that he wants the government to come back with a plan that involves scrapping the backstop and pursuing “zero tariff, zero quota free trade deal” whilst holding back at least half of the £39 billion Brexit bill.

At the same time the UK should get on preparing for No Deal with “zeal and enthusiasm”. Once again Boris speaks up for millions of Brexiteers who will be watching very closely what happens tonight.


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A large group of pro-Brexit MPs that includes Iain Duncan Smith, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg have set out their plan in a document entitled ‘A Better Deal and a Better Future’.

The group set out how the UK must commit to leaving on 29th March 2019, on time, as promised, with the government preparing to exit on WTO terms.

That would include using some of the £39 billion earmarked for the EU to be spent on boosting economic growth domestically.

A new agreement should be put forward with a replacement of the backstop, money linked to progress on a trade deal, mutual cooperation and exiting the Common Fisheries Policy,

Pro-Brexit MP Steve Baker said of the plan: “The Commons rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration is a great opportunity to aim for a better deal that respects the referendum result and is focused on the UK’s trading priorities. We will offer the EU a better deal and we will be ready to trade on WTO terms with the EU if

they decline.

“If we leave on WTO terms, we will no longer be faced with handing over £39bn for little in return, seeing our United Kingdom broken apart or being forced to follow EU laws with no say.

A #BetterDeal and A Better Future

Senior Conservative MPs set out the statement the Government should make to guide the UK to a better future as we exit the EU

Publication and press release:

— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) January 15, 2019

“This document sets out a firm plan to take up the EU’s March offer of a best-in-class trade agreement respecting UK priorities, the EU’s legal order and allowing the UK to develop a truly independent trade and domestic regulatory policy.

“We have the opportunity to set our own course in the world. This is the right plan to respect the referendum result and prosper.”

Politicians must deliver what they promised: an EU exit at the end of March. Anything else would be a complete betrayal.


Published  3 months ago

Brexiteer Boris Johnson has refused to back down from comments he made about the burka giving the appearance of “bank robbers” and “letterboxes”.

There was a predictable lefty outcry when Boris dared to suggest that it was “weird” and “bullying” to “expect women to cover their faces”. The majority of the British public take a firmer view than Boris and want the burka banned completely, something only a quarter of people are against.

Asked about his comments by Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning, Boris said: “I received, having written that piece, overwhelming support not just from Muslims but above all from Muslim women who agreed with me.”

When quizzed as to if he would make the same comments again he responded: “Yes of course I would.”

And hitting back at politically correct hand-wringing, Boris stood firm: “People say ‘oh politicians should be careful what they say and they should watch their words’ all this sort of that mumbo jjumbo. I don’t agree, I don’t agree, I really don’t.”

As for the issue of the burka specifically: “I don’t agree with women being cajoled to wear clothing that obscures their faces.”

When Ferrari asked him about potential offence caused, Boris pointed out that “I offend people by saying Britain should leave the European Union” and that “somebody has to speak up” for the women being suppressed by being forced to wear the burka.

Good to see a politician refusing to cave in to the perpetually outraged brigade.

BBC News

Published  3 months ago

Parts of London have higher rates of tuberculosis than Rwanda, Iraq or Guatemala, a report from the London Assembly says.

The Sun

Published  3 months ago

EU leaders are prepared to delay Brexit until July because Parliament can’t agree a deal, it has been claimed. The British government is expected to ask for an extension to Article 50 –…


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Brexiteer Boris Johnson has delivered a damning verdict on the government’s handling of Brexit, accusing Theresa May’s operation as “basically being run by the same people who’d run the Remain campaign”.

He told the pro-EU Financial Times that he wants to see the British government “set out a vision for the country, a narrative about how Britain is going global, why that is going to help people’s life chances all over the country, how we’re going to take advantage of the freedoms that Brexit will bring, and just selling to the people a story about what we’re doing”. All sadly lacking at the moment. Instead? “I think that Brexit has been treated as a scourge, a plague of boils, murrain on our cattle.”

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The former Foreign Secretary points out that new embassies are opening up across the world, with “the flag” going up around the world instead of being taken down.

And he calls for the UK’s Department for International Development to be closed down and put back within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. “If ‘Global Britain’ is going to achieve its full and massive potential then we must bring back Dfid to the FCO. We can’t keep spending huge sums of British taxpayers’ money as though we were some independent Scandinavian NGO.”

When it comes to Britain’s ballooning foreign aid budget, he is equally clear: “The present system is leading to inevitable waste as money is shoved out of the door in order to meet the 0.7% target.”

Last year saw the UK’s foreign aid budget rocket up another £550m to £14 billion per year. Absolutely absurd.

With Theresa May still clutching to her doomed deal, perhaps at some point Boris will actually get to put his common sense approach into action as Britain’s Brexiteer Prime Minister.


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Pro-Brexit Conservative MPs have laid down a marker ahead of the historic vote on Theresa May's EU deal, penning a letter that advises their Tory


Published  3 months ago

In the current murky confusion that envelops us, there are signs of hope for Brexit-supporters to cling to.It’s easy to imagine, after the victory of the Morgan/Cooper amendment to the Finance B

The Independent

Published  3 months ago

The darkness rose like a theatre curtain over the Kent horizon and what the gathered audience saw was a piece of national performance art that will echo down the ages. There was Britain, standing

BBC News

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The hundreds of MPs - including Leave and Remain supporters - have signed a letter to the prime minister.


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An official petition on the Parliament website in favour of leaving the EU with No Deal has smashed past the 300,000 mark, once again underlining significant public support for walking away from Brussels without handing over £39 billion.

Westmonster has previously covered how the petition has exploded in popularity. On December 15th it had 70,000 signatures, but by December 16th that had sky-rocketed to 130,000 signatures.

By December 18th, 200,000 Brits had signed the petition that reads: “We are wasting Billions of pounds of taxpayers money trying to negotiate in a short space of time. Leaving the EU in March 2019 will allow the UK good time to negotiate more efficiently.

“The EU will be more eager to accept a deal on our terms having lost a major partner.”

Such a big reaction triggered the government into issuing a response and they say: “The deal that we have reached with the EU is the right one for the United Kingdom. Leaving without a deal would risk uncertainty for the economy, for business and for citizens.”

But with Theresa May’s deal looking increasingly doomed and the likes of Boris Johnson standing up for No Deal, it is right that the government prepare for leaving on WTO terms.

The British public want to take back full control from Brussels and leaving without a deal looks increasingly like the best and most realistic way of doing so. Don’t forget to sign the petition!


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Brexiteer Boris Johnson has launched a spirited defence of leaving the European Union with No Deal on WTO terms, suggesting that it is “this option is closest to what people actually voted for”. With Theresa May’s plan still having little support, he’s not wrong.

Dismissing ridiculous Project Fear doom-mongering that constantly surrounds the prospect of a No Deal outcome, he hits out at how “there has been for far too long a confected hysteria about No Deal, and a determination to make it taboo”.

BoJo points out in today’s Telegraph that it is “the so-called No Deal option, that is gaining in popularity” because “when 17.4 million chose to leave the EU, they didn’t vote to stay locked in the Customs Union or the Single Market. There was no suggestion that we would pay £39 billion for nothing, without even a sniff of a trade deal with Brussels”. Hard for anyone to disagree with that.

And having actually spent time with Leave voters – unlike most MPs who backed Remain – Boris says of the British public: “They voted to come out. It is No Deal, or WTO terms, that actually corresponds to their idea of coming out.”

Urging a more optimistic approach, Boris concludes that: “We should approach the challenge of leaving on WTO terms in a way that is realistic and sensible, but also with the optimism and self-confidence displayed by the majority of the British public.”

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It is a much-needed dose of realism given the absurd tone many MPs and journalists strike about No Deal. Taking back control means leaving the shackles of the European Union behind, not staying closely aligned for years to come.

The British government have committed time and again to the UK leaving the EU on 29th March 2019. Deal or No Deal, that must be delivered.

The Sun

Published  3 months ago

Former Tory Ministers have accused the BBC of bias for referring to a No Deal Brexit as a “cliff edge” option.

Theresa Villiers, the ex-Northern Ireland Secretary, has written to Lord Hall, backed by other Tory MPs, to demand new editorial guidance is issued to express a “neutral view” on leaving the EU without a trade deal.

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She said it was wrong to express leaving on World Trade Organisation terms as either a “cliff edge” or “crashing out”.

In the letter she says: “These terms are used routinely and frequently by presenters and journalists as part of the BBC’s news and political coverage of Brexit.

“We would request that you advise your reporters and presenters to use language which is less partisan, for example by referring to the UK ‘leaving without a withdrawal agreement’ or ‘leaving on WTO terms’.”

Critics claim No Deal could have catastrophic repurcussions for the UK - given the possible disruption to trade, travel and the availability of a whole variety of products that come from the EU every day.

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Supporters argue that recent moves by EU member states such as France to prepare for a No Deal show the risks can be mitigated.

The blast is backed by former Tory Brexit Minister David Jones and other arch Brexiteers such as Sir Bill Cash and the DUP’s Sammy Wilson.

But Boris Johnson’s close ally Conor Burns MP and former Tory vice chair Ben Bradley are among those to have signed it.

The move comes almost a year since more than 70 arch Eurosceptic MPs slammed the BBC for being “too pessimistic” about Britain’s prospects outside the EU.

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At the time, some 80 pro-EU MP urged the state broadcaster to stand firm against bias allegations and “resist attempts at political interference”.

Lord Hall last year insisted impartiality had always been the “cornerstone of BBC News”.

A BBC spokesman last night said: “We’ve received this letter and will respond in due course. BBC News is committed to reporting Brexit impartially and accurately.”

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The Independent

Published  3 months ago

With British MPs likely to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal as well as any alternative form of Brexit, it is becoming more and more likely that the British electorate will get a Final Say. The trend

Voice of Europe

Published  3 months ago

I don’t know how many Londoners were surprised that Sadiq Khan would use the New Year’s Eve fireworks display in London as a way to cause controversy.

At a time when Leave voters are already feeling betrayed by their government, Sadiq seems to be pandering to the minority with his Pro-EU fireworks message last night.

In what was already a lack-lustre display compared to previous years’ fireworks, the choice to politicise the 135-meter-high London eye, lit blue with yellow lights to resemble the Europe Union flag, did not go over well.

He tweeted his pro EU message before the fireworks began: “Our one million EU citizens are Londoners, they make a huge contribution, and no matter the outcome of Brexit — they will always be welcome,” with the message during the display of “London is open” spoken in multiple languages.

The UK, in the largest voter turnout in UK history, the majority voted to leave the EU in the June 2016 referendum.

Twitter users expressed their anger with the failing mayor for ‘ruining’ the New Year’s celebrations by politicising them, whilst calling for his resignation.

One user said, “I cannot believe this event has been politicised. This man has no shame. Just resign.”

I cannot believe this event has been politicised. This man has no shame. Just resign.

— wayne campbell (@campbs177) December 31, 2018

Still others lamented saying London needs Boris Johnson back, “Thanks a lot Sadiq Khan you ruined the fireworks display by talking about Europe , need I remind you about Brexit . You have started off the new year by talking about relationships with the European Union . Well done . We need Boris Johnson back .”

There were also those who pointed out that there are possibly better ways for Mr. Khan to spend his time, as this twitter post suggests, “Someone was stabbed down the road from me last night. How about sorting that stuff out instead of politicising something that should be fun for everyone? How many times does it have to be said. Commenting on Brexit isn’t your job.”

The Sun

Published  3 months ago

ONE in four people would vote for a far-right, anti-immigrant and anti-Islam party, a shock poll revealed yesterday. As Theresa May’s Chequers deal continues to anger Brexiteers, growing numb…

Gatestone Institute

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The assertiveness of supra-national organisations with a focus on global policy-making is direct threat to the sovereignty of the nation state, and a dilution of the power of the individuals within it. Most alarmingly, as MEP Marcel de Graaff neatly


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A No Deal Brexit is now the mainstream opinion amongst members of the Tory Party in a further sign of growing support for a clean break with the EU at the end of March.

In a sign that Project Fear scaremongering is being seen through as it was back in 2016, 536 Conservative members in the ConHome membership panel back No Deal as their favoured option. That means 44% of the Tory membership back a No Deal Brexit as their first choice outcome.

On top of that a further 26% back a Canada-style deal as put forward by Boris Johnson and other Brexiteers. Collectively, 70% back Canada or No Deal. This should be a serious wake-up call for those in Westminster burying their heads in the sand.

By comparison, Theresa May’s deal is backed by 16% of members, whilst a Norway-style deal has the support of just 3% of members.

Support for #CleanBrexit (either “No Deal or #CanadaPlus) is now at 70% amongst Conservative members, whilst backing for Theresa May’s deal remains stagnant at 16%.

No amount of threats from @LiamFox or #ProjectFear scare stories appear to be working.

— #StandUp4Brexit (@StandUp4Brexit) December 30, 2018

Those in Theresa May’s party clearly want full independence, rather than crumbs off the EU table that suck the UK into the orbit of Brussels for years to come.

On 29th March 2019 the UK must leave the EU, deal or No Deal.

The Independent

Published  3 months ago

The British curry industry is “dying” because of Brexit and staff shortages, leading restaurateurs have warned.

The fall in the value of sterling since Britain voted to leave the European Union has drastically increased the costs of running curry houses across the country, with some restaurants claiming business is down 75 per cent since 2016, dealing a major body blow to the £4bn industry.

The Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA), which represents 12,000 British-Bangladeshi restaurants and takeaways across the country, expressed their concerns that the detrimental impact of Brexit, which the group backed, was a major worry.

Mujibur Rahman Junue, deputy secretary of the BCA, told The Independent: “The prices of ingredients have gone up but we can survive with increased prices if we have staff. Our main concern is not having staff available.”

Current rules state that to bring a chef from south Asia, an employer must provide a salary of £30,000 to secure a visa, a figure that is far higher than the average curry house chef’s pay.

Mr Junue continued: “At the moment the industry is dying due to staff shortages. The next generation are not coming into this business, so if we do not get skilled workers from abroad you will not see Indian restaurants on the UK streets. We can’t get staff from the UK because people just don’t want to do it.”

He said a 2013 scheme to train homegrown chefs barely had any applicants, forcing the plans to be halted.

He added that in the run up to the Brexit referendum the BCA met with senior politicians who they claim gave assurances that the immigration rules would be changed if they supported Brexit.

“We supported Brexit because we were promised we would be allowed to bring our skilled workers from the subcontinent,” Mr Junue said.

“Prior to the referendum we were promised by Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Michael Gove that if we came out of Europe that it is likely they will be open for people from the sub-continent to come.”

Redoan Pasha, who owns Taste of India in Euston, London, said not only were staffing issues a concern but Brexit had resulted in fewer customers and higher prices for ingredients.

He noted that certain imports had to be made from the EU and they had vastly increased in price since the referendum.

“Brexit is a disaster for the curry industry. Two years ago we thought it would be good but it certainly has not been,” Mr Pasha told The Independent.

“We have already lost 75 per cent of our business in total.”

The concerns about Brexit have led to many in the industry to say they feel “cheated” by Brexit.

Kishan Devani, the vice-president of the Liberal Democrats campaign for race equality, said restaurateurs believe they had been misled and are now suffering the consequences.

He said: “Leading Brexiteers like Boris Johnson and Priti Patel went to the curry industry and said, ‘This is your opportunity. If we come out of the European Union, then where do we have to go—the Commonwealth countries, it will solve your problems.’ Well what a lot of rubbish that has turned out to be.”

The Independent has contacted Mr Johnson, Ms Patel and Mr Gove for comment.

the Guardian

Published  3 months ago

Japan will restart whaling in its waters in July after increasing frustration with International Whaling Commission

The Independent

Published  4 months ago

The Conservatives have been accused of “giving a license to bigotry” by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) after the party ruled Boris Johnson’s comments on Muslim women wearing burkas were “respectful and tolerant”.

An independent panel cleared the former foreign secretary of wrongdoing after he compared veiled women to letter boxes and bank robbers.

The investigation was launched after Mr Johnson’s comments in his Daily Telegraph column, in which he claimed he felt “fully entitled” to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP’s surgery, attracted a number of complaints.

In the months after the column Islamophobic attacks on Muslim women who wear veils increased, a watchdog found.

Tell Mama, which records hate crimes, said there was a “direct link” between the comments and an uptick in incidents targeting women who wear the niqab.

Several senior figures within the party including Theresa May, Brandon Lewis and Ruth Davidson called for an apology from Mr Johnson, who has repeatedly refused to back down.

The independent panel, chaired by Naomi Ellenbogen QC, found his use of language in the column could be considered “provocative” but claimed it would be “unwise to censor excessively the language of party representatives or the use of satire to emphasise a viewpoint, particularly a viewpoint that is not subject to criticism”.

In response, a spokesperson for the MCB said: “Mr Johnson is not a satirist - he is a member of parliament, and as such has a responsibility to set the tone for the rest of the UK to follow. In this case, it is far-right Islamophobes who have been empowered to follow his rhetoric.

“The MCB further fails to see how Mr Johnson’s remarks were ‘respectful’ and ‘tolerant’ as the panel has concluded.

“In a year where over half of all Home Office recorded hate crimes targeted Muslims, over a hundred women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa wrote to the Conservative party chair to express the daily threat they face as a result of the prejudice whipped up by Mr Johnson.”

The party has come under increasing criticism after refusing to launch a formal inquiry following a number of allegations of Islamophobia.

More than 350 mosques and Muslim organisations across the country wrote to the Conservative party to express their concerns after more than a dozen examples of Islamophobia from party members in a two-month period in 2018 were revealed.

The calls were backed by former Conservative party chairman, Baroness Warsi and senior Tory peer, Lord Sheikh.

The government has also been urged by more than 50 cross-party parliamentarians to adopt a new definition of Islamophobia which would classify discrimination against Muslims as a form of racism, The Independent revealed.

Members of a cross-party group of MPs and peers have warned discrimination against Muslims in the UK is going “unreported and unchallenged” because of the absence of a concrete definition.

The warning came only weeks after official government statistics showed reports of racial and religiously motivated hate crime in England and Wales had risen for a fifth consecutive year.

The Independent has contacted the Conservative party and Mr Johnson for comment.

The Independent has launched its #FinalSay campaign to demand that voters are given a voice on the final Brexit deal.

Sign our petition here

Evening Standard

Published  4 months ago

Voters back a second EU referendum in every area of the UK, new analysis of polling figures show.

The research, released 100 days before the scheduled date of Brexit, found that Britain would now vote to Remain by a margin of 56 per cent to 44 per cent.

The 12-point lead for Remain is higher than seen in any mainstream conventional poll since the 2016 EU referendum, which was won by Leave by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

Analysis suggested that voters in the constituencies of Prime Minister Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson would all prefer to stay in the EU.

Best for Britain's research is based on modelling by data consultancy Focaldata using a method called Multilevel Regression and Post-stratification (MRP) on raw data from polling of more than 8,000 people between October 24 and November 6.

According to the campaign group, the analysis found majority support for what they term a People's Vote among supporters of every major party, residents of every region of the country and both men and women.

Respondents were asked whether they "support the British public having the final say on the Brexit deal".

The reported results omit those who said "don't know" or refused to answer, so that totals add up to 100 per cent.

Support for giving the public the final say was higher among women (69 per cent) than men (63 per cent) and stronger among younger voters (75 per cent for those aged 18-44) than older (69 per cent for 45-54 year-olds, 61 per cent for 55-64 year-olds and 51 per cent for those aged 65 and older).

In Mr Johnson's Uxbridge constituency, the analysis found 67 per cent backing a public vote, against 33 per cent opposing it. In Mrs May's Maidenhead seat the split was 63 per cent to 37 per cent in favour and in Mr Corbyn's Islington North 78 per cent to 22 per cent.

Some 77 per cent of Labour supporters said they wanted the public to be given the final say, against 52 per cent of Conservatives.

And support for a public vote was highest in London (72 per cent) and Scotland (71 per cent), followed by the North East, North West and Wales (67 per cent), Yorkshire and the Humber (66 per cent), and the South East and West Midlands (64 per cent), and lowest in the East Midlands, East of England and South West (63 per cent).

The research found a majority in favour of Remain in every age group except the over-64s, who backed Leave by 56 per cent to 44 per cent.

Younger voters were the biggest Remain backers, with 64 per cent of 18-24 year-olds, 66 per cent of the 25-34 group and 62 per cent of the 35-44s. Some 57 per cent of 45-54 year-olds and 52 per cent of 55-64 year-olds said they would vote Remain in a re-run poll.

Support for Remain was highest in Scotland (70 per cent) and London (68 per cent), followed by the North West and Wales (56 per cent), the South East (54 per cent), South West (53 per cent) and the North-East and Yorkshire and Humber (52 per cent).

The East Midlands backed Leave by 51 per cent to 49 per cent, while the East of England and West Midlands said they would vote for EU withdrawal by less than half a percentage point over 50 per cent of those expressing a preference.

Eloise Todd, chief executive of Best for Britain said: "This shows that with 100 days to go till Brexit a record amount of the public do not want to leave.

"This should be a wake-up call for politicians. With Westminster deadlocked, I believe we must throw it back to the people and give them the final say on Brexit."

- Best for Britain's figures are based on modelling by Focaldata on raw data from a Populus poll of 8,154 people taken between October 24 and November 6.

Reporting by PA.

Published  4 months ago

Having endured prejudice and bigotry for so long, gay people have a responsibility to support those who endure the same, writes Owen Jones.

This article first appeared in Attitude issue 302, November 2018.

It’s one of the most moving messages I’ve ever received.

In his Muslim household, when he was younger, “Gay was a proper scary word,” the stranger wrote.

But his parents had watched me, as a gay man, oppose anti-Muslim prejudice on TV, and it challenged their perceptions.

“It gave me the courage to come out,” he told me.

I’m not sharing this as an act of self-congratulation but because there’s an important point here. Muslims today are under siege.

The most powerful man on Earth gained off ice partly by whipping up hatred against Muslims, even promising to ban them from entering the United States.

The Far Right are on the rise across Europe, too, and just as they once demonised and made scapegoats of Jews, now it’s the turn of Muslims. And there’s a striking similarity between how Muslims are treated and the experiences of LGBT+ people.

Are we not the long-standing targets of media outrage, stereotyping us, making crass generalisations about us, portraying us as deviants, threats to public health, sexual predators, and a menace to children?

Today, Muslims are routinely picked on by the press, generalised as extremists, potential terrorists, an enemy within — as well as the groomers of children. Anti-Muslim hatred stalks our streets, but, like with us, most incidents aren’t reported to the authorities.

Is it not our own bitter experience to have abuse yelled at us in the streets, to be spat at, threatened, made to feel ashamed of who we are? Have we not long endured being the punching bags of mainstream politicians trying to climb into high office by tapping into the rich seam of bigotry against us?

Witness Boris Johnson’s grubby bid to become Prime Minister by comparing veil-wearing Muslim women to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”, knowing how well it goes down with the grassroots.

Indeed, the Tories have traditionally been soaked in anti-gay prejudice. Baroness Warsi — the Tories’ most senior Muslim woman — says Islamophobia is widespread in the Conservative Party, right to the very top.

Our experiences are so similar: baited, feared, hated and victimised. The same people who want to beat up gays want to beat up Muslims, too.

There will be those reading this who ask: where are all the Muslims speaking up for us? It reminds me of the film Pride, when LGBT+ activists campaigned in favour of striking miners, but many of those they were trying to help were resistant because of endemic homophobia in mining communities. But the activists had a message of “an injury to one is an injury to us all”, and their act of solidarity transformed attitudes.

Today, London is the only major Western city to have a Muslim mayor, and Sadiq Khan has voted for LGBT+ rights, including equal marriage, and faced death threats for doing so.

Having suffered prejudice and bigotry for so long, we have a responsibility to stand by those who endure the same. That’s what frightens the bigots: solidarity among their victims.

By speaking out, we can change attitudes – as happened with the parents of the young man who wrote to me so movingly.

Owen Jones is a political commentor and author of 'The Establishment' and 'Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class'. Follow him on Twitter.

the Guardian

Published  4 months ago

Theresa May’s statement aims to stifle growing demands for second referendum

BBC News

Published  4 months ago

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership later on Wednesday

the Guardian

Published  4 months ago

Britain can stop the Brexit process without approval from member states, rules European court of justice

The Independent

Published  4 months ago

A majority of the country now think Britain should remain inside the European Union, according to a new poll released days before the critical Brexit vote in parliament.    The exclusive research for The Independent shows that, as of this month, 52 per cent favour staying in the trading bloc.


Published  4 months ago

The man who could be Britain’s Brexiteer Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has called for the UK to take a far tougher approach in negotiations, and offer a “take it or leave it offer” for a free trade deal – and be prepared to walk away.

Rather than shying away from a No Deal Brexit, Boris has written for the Sun on Sunday that: “We can still get a great deal, and I am sure we will. But the best way to get a great deal is to prepare for No Deal.”

Countering the absurd Project Fear scaremongering, he points out that: “No one wants disruption of any kind – and the way to avoid it is to get ready to manage it now, with energy and conviction.”

He makes clear that there is no waste time to waste: “Now is the time to get on with it – and remember, if we have to go down this route, we will have the entire £39 billion to spend on it.”

Throughout this entire process Boris has been steadfast in standing up for a proper Brexit. No Deal is better than Theresa May’s bad deal. Britain needs a pro-Brexit PM.

The battle for Brexit is reaching a crucial stage. Will you help Westmonster fight for independence?


Published  4 months ago

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has today once again called for Theresa May to go, saying that: “The Conservative Party – and the nation – needs a new Leader.”

He suggests in the Mail on Sunday due to time constraints “it may well be worth paying for a standstill agreement to allow time to prepare for leaving on World Trade Organisation terms or to negotiate a free trade deal”.

In terms of names of who could step up to take over and lead the country moving forward, Boris Johnson is mentioned. Surprisingly, so is Amber Rudd, a mega Remainer who has suggested a Norway-style open borders sell-out and even a second referendum. Not sure how that one would work.

And JRM spells out the danger if the Conservative Party fails to deliver a proper Brexit that 17.4 million Brits voted for: “Refusing to deliver Brexit that would lay a carpet of the deepest red upon which Mr. Corbyn could walk into Downing Street.”

This is a huge week. Time for pro-Brexit MPs to do whatever they need to do to ensure independence is delivered, or the British people are unlikely to forgive them.

The battle for Brexit is reaching a crucial stage. Will you help Westmonster fight for independence?


Published  4 months ago

In more than one profile, Ms. Nauert’s prior role at Fox News is referred to as “talking head.” It’s an unfair and inadequate characterization of her full record in the profession.

There’s a certain irony in journalists leading a campaign to depict journalistic experience as deficient preparation for government work. This view of journalism as a dead-end job whose skills aren’t transferable to other professions isn’t at all accurate. It certainly didn’t deter Al Gore, who was a reporter for Nashville’s Tennessean; John F. Kennedy, who covered the creation of the U.N. for Hearst Newspapers; or Boris Johnson, a journalist for England’s Telegraph and Spectator who became mayor of London and foreign secretary. At least 24 journalists went to work in the Obama administration, by the Atlantic’s count.

It won’t even be the first time a former TV journalist goes to Turtle Bay. In 1973 President Nixon sent former ABC News correspondent John A. Scali to the U.N. after he had served for two years as a special consultant to the president for foreign affairs and communications.

Ms. Nauert’s two decades in journalism may help her understand the practical consequences of the U.N.’s many failures and rare successes. In 2009, as war raged, she spent weeks in Sudan, visiting refugee camps in Darfur and interviewing local leaders, including Ali Osman Taha, then a Sudanese vice president. She covered Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 from Jordan and Iraq. She reported on the first free elections in Iraq and on the subsequent U.S. rebuilding efforts in the region. She also extensively reported on the aftermath of 9/11 in New York and on Islamist terror groups in the Netherlands.

For the past two years, Ms. Nauert has worked in the upper echelons of the State Department. Week after week she’s stood before leading correspondents from international media outlets and articulated complex policies. She also has taken fact-finding trips to Bangladesh, Myanmar and Israel.

Over the past seven months she has served as the fourth-highest official at State and has traveled the globe with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The list of her recent overseas destinations includes at least 20 countries on four continents. She participated in three separate trips to North Korea, high-level NATO meetings and the Group of 20 summit.

It’s no coincidence that the negative reaction to Ms. Nauert has mostly ignored the case of Samantha Power, who was American ambassador at the U.N. from August 2013 until President Trump came to office.

Like Ms. Nauert, Ms. Power started her career as a journalist. It would be hard to make the case that when Ms. Power was confirmed by the Senate she had any more diplomatic, negotiating, or policy-making experience than Ms. Nauert has today. While Ms. Power’s appointment did face opposition, it came in the form of objections to her stated policy prescriptions. The Senate nonetheless confirmed her nomination, 87-10.

Ms. Nauert deserves the same benefit of the doubt. She has shown herself to be a dedicated and articulate patriot. Senators who confirm her should expect to look back favorably at their decision once they see her at work at the U.N.

And if one small side effect of a positive Senate vote is that it expands the career horizons of journalists by demonstrating that their skills are both valuable and transferable—well, that will only be an added benefit to democracy.

Mr. Efune is editor in chief and CEO of the Algemeiner, a New York-based newspaper.

Appeared in the December 13, 2018, print edition.


Published  4 months ago

The most pro-Remain, pro-EU Ministers in government are now doing absolutely everything they can to stop a No Deal Brexit. Proper independence and full autonomy for the UK isn’t popular among those who want to keep the country sucked into the EU’s orbit indefinitely.

This morning we had Business Secretary Greg Clark describe No Deal as “crazy”. This Project Fear Remain mentality is why Brussels have run roughshod in the negotiations. They knew Theresa May wouldn’t walk, and so the government are left attempting to flog a bad deal that has little support from anyone.

Chancellor Philip Hammond today stood up in Parliament rolling off all of the same scare stories the country heard from George Osborne about voting leave in 2016, including a fantasy recession.

It got so ridiculous that DUP MP Ian Paisley stood up to remind the Chancellor that: “The Bank of England, Treasury, and IMF all incorrectly forecast economic woe…but there have been fantastic results since we voted to Leave.” The establishment have learnt nothing and still want to scare people into backing their plan to remain effectively governed by Brussels.

WATCH | "The Bank of England, Treasury, and IMF all incorrectly forecast economic woe, but there have been fantastic results since we voted Leave" – Ian Paisley Jr hits back at Hammond's No Deal scaremongering. Disgraceful for the Chancellor to be talking down this country!

— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) December 6, 2018

And there are now reports from Beth Rigby of Sky News that four Ministers including Hammond and Clark, would resign if the government advocated No Deal.

NEW: Two cabinet sources tell me that at least four cabinet ministers – Gauke, Hammond, Clarke & Perry – have made it clear they could not support a move to No Deal. With Guake apparently saying as much in cabinet meeting (so it’s not just Brexiteers on resignation watch)

— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) December 6, 2018

A No Deal Brexit would allow the UK to act independently, without restriction. In the words of Agriculture Minister George Eustice: “On Trade, in a No Deal Brexit the UK would be free to set its own trade policy unilaterally.” Sounds exactly like what the British public voted for in their millions.

Allowing a British government to govern and act fully independent of the EU to mitigate any short-term disruption, a No Deal also has significant public support. Deltapoll found voters back No Deal 52-48 (same as the referendum result) and Survation’s poll found that the public prefer No Deal to May’s deal 41-35. It is also the most popular outcome among Conservative Party members..

Whilst many who campaigned against Brexit might not like it, the country must be prepared to walk away and seize the opportunities available for an independent UK. If May and her Ministers won’t see this through after their deal is rejected by MPs, it once again underlines why the likes of Boris Johnson, David Davis and Dominic Raab must take back control.

As you can see, Brexit is under attack from the pro-EU establishment. But Westmonster will keep standing up for Brexiteers who voted for full independence. Will you support us?


Published  4 months ago

Another poll has shown Boris Johnson to be the most popular choice of Conservative Party members when asked who should succeed Theresa May as Party Leader.

A YouGov poll of Tory members has found Boris way out in front on 20%. He is discounted and mocked time and time again by the chattering class, but the guy is clearly a political rockstar who was elected as London Mayor twice, an impressive accomplishment for a Conservative.

Interestingly Jacob Rees-Mogg is the next most popular choice on 15%, showing his following is more than just hype.

Critically, Mogg has previously revealed that he would back Boris as his first choice because he “has a greater reach”. As a combination the pair have big time grassroots support.

NEW: Brexiters lead way as members’ choice for next Tory leader:

Boris Johnson 20%

Jacob RM 15

Don’t Know 12

David Davis 8

Sajid Javid 8

Dominic Raab 7

Jeremy Hunt 6

Amber Rudd 5

Michael Gove 4

Penny Mordaunt 1

Survey of 1,162 members for @ESRCPtyMembers by YouGov, Dec 17-22

— Michael Savage (@michaelsavage) January 5, 2019

Tory members clearly want a Brexiteer PM, along with millions across the country.

the Guardian

Published  4 months ago

Analysis produced by range of government departments suggests GDP could fall by as much as 10.7%

Sky News

Published  4 months ago

Follow live updates as Theresa May prepares to tell MPs "with absolute certainty" that "there is not a better deal available".


Published  4 months ago

We’ve all heard the arguments over how Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration do not respect the referendum result in areas including fishing, trade, financial contributions


Published  4 months ago

A poll of more than 13,500 Westmonster readers has found that you, our audience, stands steadfast against the deal that Theresa May has brought back from Brussels.

Over the weekend a total of 13,542 people voted on the question: “Do you want MPs to vote for or against Theresa May’s EU deal?”

The result was overwhelming, with just 6% of you guys wanting MPs in Parliament to vote in favour of the PM’s deal and 94% wanting them to block it.

Do you want MPs to vote for or against Theresa May’s EU deal?

— Westmonster (@WestmonsterUK) November 25, 2018

This comes after a Lord Ashcroft poll found that just 13% of Leave voters regard what’s on the table as honouring the referendum result.

Boris Johnson is speaking up for Brexiteers when he calls for politicians to reject the deal. The UK needs to go for a SuperCanada deal, or leave with No Deal at all.

Either way, independence must be delivered. And this deal doesn’t do that.

The Independent

Published  4 months ago

The High Court will rule as early as Christmas whether Brexit should be declared “void”, in a legal case given a turbo-boost by the criminal investigation into Leave funder Arron Banks. Judges are poised to fast track the potentially explosive challenge, after Theresa May’s refusal to act on the growing evidence of illegality in the 2016 referendum campaign, The Independent can reveal.

The Independent

Published  4 months ago

Theresa May has been forced to make an 11th-hour deal over Gibraltar to head off a diplomatic row, clearing the way for a key summit to approve her Brexit blueprint. The prime minister was accused of caving in to Spain’s demands over the future of the British overseas territory, after Madrid threatened to veto the progress of the Brexit deal due to be agreed by the EU on Sunday.

the Guardian

Published  4 months ago

Shanker Singham is ‘frustrated’ by PM’s failure to pursue an independent trade policy

The Telegraph

Published  4 months ago

Leading British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte has accused “incompetent” Theresa May of bungling Brexit and urged the Government to leave the EU on WTO terms because Europe is an “uncompetitive” place to do business.

Describing the Prime Minister as an “arch Remainer”, the multi-millionaire former Tory donor said a “third-rate negotiator in any middle sized company” would have done a better job of the negotiations, and called for Boris Johnson to take over.

Likening the hysteria around no deal to the millennium bug, he lambasted the Government’s “defeatist” attitude, accusing Mrs May of going “cap in hand” to the EU.

Despite owning 11 hotels including nine in Europe, the 73-year-old entrepreneur said...


Published  4 months ago

Boris Johnson has once again stood up for the 17.4 million, declaring Theresa May’s disaster plan “the deal of the century” for the European Union.

Yesterday in Parliament BoJo ripped into the proposal and demanded that the Prime Minister “junk the backstop”.

And since then he has told The Sun that: “This is the deal of the century for the EU. We hand over almost £40 billion from the UK taxpayer along with everything else they’ve demanded.

“But we get two-thirds of diddly-squat in return.”

His comments reflect a growing sentiment within the Conservative Party, where it has been estimated that 80+ MPs will vote against the deal on the table.

It is a busted flushed, but one that Theresa May is clearly standing by. So, what will Brexiteers do next?

BBC News

Published  5 months ago

Political declaration on relationship between UK and EU after Brexit "agreed in principle", European Council says

BBC News

Published  5 months ago

The former PM tells the BBC "moderates" may have lost the party to Jeremy Corbyn and the left.


Published  5 months ago

Boris Johnson has today addressed the Democratic Unionist Party’s Conference in Belfast, thanking them for their “courageous and principled stance” on Brexit whilst supporting the Conservatives, and warning against Theresa May’s deal.

Receiving a very warm reception, Boris told the DUP: “We are on the verge of making a historic mistake.”

He warned that: “Unless we change course we are going to stay in the Customs Union, we are going to stay in the Single Market and we’re going to be rules-takers.

“And unless we junk this backstop we are going to find Brussels has us exactly where they want us.”

"Thank you for your courageous and principled stance" – Boris Johnson has urged the DUP conference to 'keep the Confidence and Supply arrangement going'.

Follow live updates here:

— Sky News Politics (@SkyNewsPolitics) November 24, 2018

Brexiteers cannot allow this half-way house sell-out of a deal to get through Parliament.

the Guardian

Published  5 months ago

The family of Asia Bibi, the Christian woman who spent eight years on death row in Pakistan for blasphemy before being acquitted three weeks ago, claim they are being hunted by extremists going house to house with their photographs to try to track them down.

Bibi’s family have been in hiding since her acquittal by the country’s supreme court. She is in protective custody as part of a deal between the government and a hardline Islamic party, under which violent protests were called off while a review of the court ruling was undertaken.

Bibi’s lawyer, relatives and supporters have appealed for the family to be given asylum in a European or north American country. Several countries have indicated their willingness to offer a home, but nothing concrete has emerged.

John Pontifex, of Aid to the Church in Need UK (ACN), which has campaigned on Bibi’s behalf since she was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010, said he had been in almost daily contact with her family over the past three weeks and they were very frightened.

“They have told me that mullahs had been reported in their neighbourhood going from house to house showing photos of family members on their phones, trying to hunt them down,” he told the Guardian.

“The family have had to move from place to place to avoid detection. Sometimes they can only operate after sundown. They have had to cover their faces when they go out in public. They have had to remove the rosary that hangs from their car rear-view mirror for fear of attack.”

Pontifex said the family’s faith was “sustaining them in this time of acute danger”. He added: “They say that if they are not allowed to find a future outside Pakistan, the fear is that sooner or later something terrible might happen to them.”

Bibi’s lawyer, who fled Pakistan shortly after the court ruling saying his life was in danger, said this week that talks on asylum were under way with several European countries. “I hope the western world is trying to help her,” Saiful Malook told reporters in Frankfurt.

Canada, Spain and France are thought to have offered asylum to Bibi. Germany and Italy have reportedly held talks with Pakistan on the issue.

The UK government has declined to answer questions about whether it is considering an offer of asylum, saying it does not want to further endanger Bibi and her family.

The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and many other MPs and peers have called for the UK government to act. Some reports have suggested that the government fears a backlash among British Muslims of Pakistani heritage if it offers Bibi asylum.

On Tuesday, Sayeeda Warsi told the House of Lords: “There have been press reports that Asia Bibi, if granted asylum in the United Kingdom, would potentially not be safe from some communities here … As someone who is deeply connected to British Muslim communities, I assure her that they are fully supportive of any asylum claim that Asia Bibi may have and that our country may afford her, and that she would be supported as she would be by all other communities in this country.”

The Muslim Council of Britain said in a tweet: “There are unfounded media reports that Pakistani national Asia Bibi is being denied asylum into the UK because of concerns from British Muslims. We find such insinuations to be as nonsensical as they are divisive. We see no reason why Asia Bibi should be denied asylum into the UK.”

After Bibi’s acquittal, Islamic hardliners called for her and the judges in the case to be killed, and they mounted protests that brought cities to a standstill. Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has been accused of capitulating to their demands.

Bibi, a farm labourer, was accused by Muslim villagers of insulting the prophet Muhammad in a row over a cup of water. The supreme court judgment said there was no evidence to support the charge.


Published  5 months ago

Jeremy Corbyn’s would-be Chancellor John McDonnell last night branded Sir Winston Churchill a “villain” when asked if the was a hero or not.

At a Politico event, the socialist made the outrageous claim, referencing Churchill’s approach to dealing with miners on strike.

His disrespect of Britain’s war time Leader sparked a furious backlash, with Piers Morgan tweeting: “Unbelievable. Labour hierarchy now denouncing the man who saved Britain from the Nazis as a ‘villain’. What an absolute disgrace.”

Boris Johnson, who has written a book on Churchill, pointed out that he had “saved this country and the whole of Europe from a barbaric fascist and racist tyranny and our debt to him is incalculable.

“If John McDonnell had the slightest knowledge of history he would be aware that Churchill also had an extraordinary record as a social reformer who cared deeply for working people and their lives.”

Whilst Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Churchill and Conservative MP, told The Telegraph that: “Frankly it’s a very foolish and stupid thing to say, surely said to gain publicity.

“I think my grandfather’s reputation can withstand a publicity-seeking assault from a third-rate, Poundland Lenin. I don’t think it will shake the world.”

It is yet another reminder of the far-left views held by Corbyn’s leadership team who want to run this country. Appalling disrespect.


Published  5 months ago

Theresa May confirmed this morning that her “Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed in full”, flying in the face of any potential change of heart or direction. It is what it is.

Remaining Cabinet Brexiteers Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Penny Mordaunt and Chris Grayling had seemingly refused to resign because they wanted to re-write the May plan. That simply isn’t going to happen.

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So will they now sit as senior Brexiteers who supported the Leave campaign in a Cabinet pushing a plan through which will hook the UK into the European Union’s orbit indefinitely?

Or do they agree with Boris Johnson that the deal on the table amounts to “surrendering control to the EU” in which they case must resign?

It speaks volumes that those who have been in the role of Brexit Secretary, David Davis and Dominic Raab, couldn’t stand by this deal. So will Gove, Fox, Mordaunt, Grayling and Leadsom have the courage to resign, or back the nightmare deal?

It’ll be impossible for Brexiteers who stand by this deal to be taken seriously in the future as the likes of Raab, Davis, Mogg, Boris and the rest highlight why it doesn’t deliver on the referendum result.

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Published  5 months ago

Theresa May is to use a speech to business leaders to say it will deliver a fair immigration system.


Published  5 months ago

Brexiteer Boris Johnson has once again issued a rallying call for the government to abandon Theresa May’s Brexit plan, describing it as ‘surrender’, a ‘betrayal’ of voters and putting forward his own six-point plan on what should happen next.

In his weekly hit for The Telegraph, Boris writes of the proposal now on the table: “We are betraying Leavers and Remainers alike: we are poised to abandon any UK influence in Brussels, and yet we are signally failing to take back control.

“In fact, we are surrendering control to the EU – and this 585-page fig-leaf does nothing to cover the embarrassment of our total defeat.”

His six-point hit on the path forward includes: ditching the Withdrawal Agreement, scrapping the Northern Ireland ‘backstop’ position, ramp up preprations for a No Deal, World Trade Brexit, push with a big Canada-style free trade deal with EU, hold back at least half of the £39 billion EU payment and demand that the government fully backs Brexit for this “great project”.

Sounds a damn sight better than the the capitulation currently being put forward that has resulted in Tory MPs sending in letters for a new Prime Minister.

The Irish Times

Published  5 months ago

When future historians try to understand how Britain ended up with a choice between chaos and becoming a satellite of the European Union, one question will stump them. Were these people telling deliberate lies or were they merely staggeringly ignorant? Where does mendacity stop and idiocy begin? Historians generally have to assume that people in power have a basic grasp of what they are doing, that their actions are intentional. They may use deception as a tactic and they may be deluded in what they think they can achieve. But they must, at least at the beginning, have some grasp on reality – otherwise they would not have achieved power. Yet, for the poor historians trying to make sense of Brexit, this assumption will be mistaken.

There is, of course, plenty of straightforward mendacity for them to identify. Boris Johnson’s whole journalistic and political career has been driven by his talent for taking minor regulations and distorting them into wildly exaggerated claims of oppression by the Eurocrats. This can’t be done by mistake. For example, you cannot by accident take, as Johnson did, a Council of Europe (not EU) convention on the repatriation of corpses and turn it into a repeated claim that “There really is European legislation on the weight, dimensions and composition of a coffin”. There isn’t. This is not ignorance – it is a knowing falsification of the truth. So let’s leave that aside. Historians will know it when they see it.

Their problem will be, rather, with the shades of obliviousness. Here our future scholars will have to try to distinguish between three kinds of ignorance: deliberate unknowing, crass self-delusion and what we can only call pig ignorance. So, for their benefit, here is a brief spotter’s guide.

Deliberate unknowing is when you are fully aware of something but then choose to suppress that consciousness. A good example is Theresa May speaking about the Irish border on June 21st 2016, just two days before the referendum: “Just think about it. If we are out of the European Union with tariffs on exporting goods into the EU, there’d have to be something to recognise that, between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. And if you pulled out of the EU and came out of free movement, then how could you have a situation where there was an open border with a country that was in the EU and has access to free movement?” So she knew full well that a Brexit that involved leaving the customs union would create a hard border. And then, as prime minister, she insisted on the opposite: that a hard Brexit was perfectly compatible with no return of a hard border. She unknew what she had known.

And then there’s pig ignorance – the genuine hallmarked, unadulterated, slack-jawed, open-mouthed, village idiot variety

Crass self-delusion is when you start with an ideological premise that you believe to be true even though it isn’t and then draw apparently reasonable conclusions from it.

Thus, for example, David Davis sincerely believed the EU is just a front for German domination of Europe. Hence he also believed quite genuinely that the Brexit negotiations would be conducted not with Brussels but over a convivial weissbräu and schnitzel in Berlin and that frictionless trade would be decreed immediately because the German car manufacturers wished it so: sincerely fatuous self-delusion.

And then there’s pig ignorance – the genuine hallmarked, unadulterated, slack-jawed, open-mouthed, village idiot variety in which the people who are in charge of the British state don’t know stuff that anyone off Gogglebox could tell them. The Brexiteer MP Nadine Dorries admitted in effect that she didn’t know what a customs union is. Her comrade Andrew Bridgen said last month: “As an English person, I do have the right to go over to Ireland and I believe that I can ask for a passport. Can’t I?”

Karen Bradley, the actual secretary of state for Northern Ireland, said:“I freely admit that when I started this job, I didn’t understand some of the deep-seated and deep-rooted issues that there are in Northern Ireland. I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought, for example, in Northern Ireland – people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice versa.”

And last week the actual Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab: “I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.”

What’s charming about this is that Bradley and Raab’s ignorance is publicly self-proclaimed. It’s not just that they didn’t know basic stuff, it’s that they didn’t think there was anything shameful in not knowing. This is the purest form of ignorance: it’s not just that you don’t know, but that you don’t even know that you’re meant to know.

Historians will in time get to the bottom of the deliberate unknowing and the crass self-delusion. They can be charted. But this pure pig ignorance, innocent and unalloyed, is unfathomable. It will be impossible not to conclude that it was all part of some great strategic plan, that, if only we could plumb its depths, we could reveal the hidden truth of Brexit. How will they ever believe that the hidden truth is so asinine?

BBC News

Published  5 months ago

The PM says efforts are going on "through the night", but the negotiations are "immensely difficult".

Mail Online

Published  5 months ago

Nurses and doctors were forced to flee the Feather River Hospital in Paradise on Thursday as the Camp Fire encroached on them. Some took refuge in an abandoned garage at a stranger's home.

The Independent

Published  5 months ago

The House of Lords has been unable to stop a planned £30-a-week cut to disability benefits forced through by Government MPs. Charities have warned that the cut to the Employment and Support Allowance


Published  5 months ago

Polling firm YouGov have released a hefty chunk of data on what the public think of Britain’s politicians – and Boris Johnson is Britain’s most popular politician.

32% of Brits have a positive opinion of BoJo and Theresa May – but 46% have a negative opinion of May compared to a slightly lower 43% for Johnson.

Jeremy Corbyn is third, Ed Balls fourth, Sadiq Khan fifth and Nigel Farage sixth, according to their calculations.

In terms of other Conservative figures, Sir John Major, Lord Hague and Ruth Davidson are next in the pecking order in terms of popularity. In terms of net rating, Ruth Davidson comes top – but only 62% of people have even heard of her and a quarter of those who have are neutral.

Theresa May and Boris Johnson are the UK's most popular politicians (both liked by 32% of Brits), finds @chris__curtis. However, in net terms, the honour actually goes to Ruth Davidson, with a net popularity score of +7 (Boris is -11 and May -14)

— YouGov (@YouGov) November 7, 2018

Interestingly, David Cameron and George Osborne both trail the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and David Davis. The public haven’t forgiven them for Project Fear.


Published  5 months ago

Theresa May says the public can’t change its mind on Brexit despite so much changing in the three years since the referendum. Yet she wants MPs to change their minds tomorrow despite nothing changing since they last voted on her deal in January. Her double standards are breathtaking.

May’s argument against letting the people vote even once on her miserable deal is full of holes. She pretends that she has to follow the “will” of the people to deny the people the chance to express their will.

When the public narrowly backed Brexit in 2016, Boris Johnson et al sold them a fantasy. The deal that the prime minister has negotiated bears no resemblance to this fantasy.

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It is bad for our power because it turns us from one of Europe’s most influential countries into a rule-taker. It is bad for our prosperity because it partially cuts us off from our biggest market. It is bad for peace because it destabilises Northern Ireland. And it is bad for people because it undermines their rights and opportunities, and hobbles our ability to tackle important issues such as global warming.

It’s like buying a house. You put in an offer and then you get the survey. It shows the roof is falling in, there’s dry rot and a developer is building an office that will block your view. You don’t have to go ahead if you don’t want to. The same should be so with Brexit.

So why does the prime minister refuse to let us vote on her deal? Because she knows she will lose.

In a free society, people are allowed to speak their minds – and change their minds. That’s why we must all turn up for the big demo on March 23 – and demand a People’s Vote.

Sara A. Carter

Published  6 months ago

The Australian government would not comment on accusations made by former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos that its former Ambassador to Great Britain may have been spying on him during a May 2016 meeting in London. The meeting–according to the FBI–was the impetus to launch its July 2016 “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation into the Trump campaign and its alleged ties to Russia.

In a statement to and Fox News, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson would not address allegations suggesting former Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer was recording or spying on Papadopolous when the two met a London wine bar in May, 2016.

“The Australian Government does not comment on matters relevant to active investigations,” said the spokesperson.

Papadopoulos told and Fox News Tuesday night that the “British government at the highest levels were constantly asking to meet with me, including Tobias Ellwood who was right under Boris Johnson.”

He added, “Strangely enough, the conversations were not really about the US-UK relationship, but about my ties to the energy business in Israel and Egypt. Strangely enough, Alexander Downer, Tobias Ellwood, Joseph Mifsud and Stefan Halper all wanted to know about that in their discussions with me. Why is this important? Most, if not all, those people were in one way or another were spying on me and campaign and were foreign nationals.”

In a BBC interview last week, Downer would not address allegations regarding Papadopoulos’ claims that he may have been spying on him.

Downer told the reporter, “The reason I don’t say anything about it…is I don’t want this whole issue of Donald Trump and his team and the Russians and so on to interfere in Australia’s relationship with the United States.”

He described the issue as “toxic,” saying, “In terms of public commentary, I just keep right away from it…Well, you know, it’s the same answer, really, people who know me know very well the truth of what sort of person I am…I’ve worked very passionately for Australia over many years, let’s leave it at that.”

The reporter then asked again, “Can we put to rest the fact that he said you were a spy?”

“I was the Australian high commissioner,” Downer said. “The thing is, I’m just not going to get into these sort of allegations he’s made. I mean, people who have worked with me, and people in Australia who know me, know absolutely my record.”

This wasn’t the only time the question has been posed to senior diplomats or U.S. officials.

In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd in February, former CIA Director John Brennan was asked a similar question about information that may have been obtained from allied nations regarding Trump campaign officials.

Todd asked if “the Papadopoulos thing (came) through the CIA via the Five Eyes thing? That would have been a piece of information that gets to the FBI? Is that how that works?” The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and the United States to share intelligence gathered by each respective nation. As for the United Kingdom and the U.S. a separate and similar agreement exists dubbed “the Special Relationship,” which was established in 1946 and “allows the nation’s to share a lot of collected intelligence, among other things,” the former U.S. official added.


Published  7 months ago

Boris Johnson has once again used his Telegraph column to deliver a scathing broadside against Theresa May’s proposed deal with the European Union, accusing the government of having “folded like napkins”.

He has laid out the full extent of the damage that would be done if gets through Parliament: “Under this deal we are locked in the EU’s Customs Union; we are forced to accept EU laws, and with no say in the making of those laws. We are prevented from doing free trade deals.

“We are about to hand over £39 billion for nothing in return.”

And despite the haters saying otherwise, Boris has a solution and proposed path forward: “It cannot go on. We should vote down the deal, junk the backstop, recover our self-belief and go for SuperCanada – and we will thrive mightily.”

So Boris Johnson won’t be voting for the deal. But how many more Brexiteer MPs are willing to stand and fight against the capitulation on the table? The British public deserve a Brexit deal – or No Deal – that delivers independence rather than servitude.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  7 months ago

George Papadopoulos, the Trump campaign volunteer targeted by the Deep State and foreign spies let loose last night and stated that he was targeted by US allies and “Obama knew”!

Papadopoulos tweeted on September 13th that the Brits met with him often before the 2016 campaign –

While I have never met a Russian official in my life knowingly, the British government liked to meet me quite often throughout the campaign. Including Tobias Ellwood, who was right under Boris Johnson, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 14, 2018

Papadopoulos notified the FBI that he thought Aussie diplomat Downer was illegally taping him –

Besides the fact that I notified the FBI a year ago about my suspicions that Downer was illegally recording my conversation with him. The lead up to the meeting with Downer in London was even more bizarre.

— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 15, 2018

After Papadopoulos humiliated British PM Cameron in the press, Downer wanted to meet –

An Israeli diplomat named Christian cantor, who hated Trump, introduced me to his ‘girlfriend’ who just happened to be an Australian intel officer and assistant to Downer. Named Erika Thompson. After I humiliate David Cameron in the British press, Downer wants to meet.

— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 15, 2018

Papadopoulos claims that the Mueller team and the FBI wanted to know about some of his interactions but were not interested in his interactions with western diplomats (who he notified the FBI he thought were spying on him) –

If I am going to be under scrutiny for contacts with a Maltese prof, the fake niece of Putin, and a Russian think tank analyst, then I definitly should also be for my numerous interactions with western intel and diplomats, right?

— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 17, 2018


The BRITISH (Stefan Halper), AUSTRALIAN (Alexander Downer and Erika Thompson) and TURKISH (Azra Turk, spy working for Halper) all spied on an American citizen and campaign. Obama, Brennan and Clapper knew.

— George Papadopoulos (@GeorgePapa19) September 18, 2018

Of course they did! These people are the leaders of the most corrupt administration in US history!


Published  7 months ago

We are always being school by Islamic supremacists and their running dogs on the left on "outreach", "tolerance" and "reciprocity".


Published  7 months ago

Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński has waded into the European burqa debate, saying it should be banned partly for security reasons, and partly to make it clear to Islamic radicals that they cannot demand more rights in Europe than Europeans have in Saudi Arabia.

Mr Tarczyński, a member of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, made waves in Britain after clashing with left-liberal journalist Cathy Newman over illegal immigration.

Speaking exclusively to Breitbart London shortly after ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s run-in with the establishment over his criticism of the burqa, the Polish law graduate insisted that Islamic face veils “should be banned in the same way the Christian cross is banned in Saudi Arabia”.

He suggested the relationship between the West and the Islamic world was currently unbalanced, citing a mosque which Saudi Arabia’s theocratic regime wants to construct in the Polish capital of Warsaw as an example.

“We’re happy to have it once they agree for Poland to build a cathedral in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

“It’s very simple, either we are equal, we are partners, we are the same human beings — or they feel they are better than others,” he declared.

Saudi Mosque Just Yards from EU Headquarters Seized by Belgian Govt Amid Extremism Fears

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) March 20, 2018

He also said that the burqa — which has been used as a disguise by suicide bombers, child molesters, and armed robbers across the globe — should be banned for security reasons, “as it already is in many European countries”.

Mr Tarczyński pointed out that ordinary people often face restrictions on whether they can cover their faces — balaclavas, crash helmets, and masks are prohibited in a number of public areas in Britain, for example — and that it was wrong for religious fundamentalists to expect “more rights” than others.

“If you don’t like Christian Europe, go to Saudi Arabia, and deal with those who treat you in the way you expect,” he stated bluntly.

“We are equal as human beings; if you are expecting more from European Christians than European Christians can expect [in the Islamic world] — well, you have no right to expect more, basically. We are equal, if you are not happy with Europe, go to the Arab countries and stay there.”

Burqas as Security Threats: How Criminals and Terrorists Use the Islamic Face Veil

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) August 10, 2018

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, and Denmark, which have already passed face veil bans, all have far larger Muslim populations than Poland, which hosts only a small number of recent arrivals and a long-established Lipka Tatar community — described by Tarczyński as well-integrated, well-tolerated, and very much welcome.

The burqa has, therefore, been a relatively low priority issue in Poland — but the fact that the country is part of the European Union’s Schengen area, described by former Interpol chief Robert Noble as “effectively an international passport-free zone for terrorists”, and shares a long border with Germany, which hosts many thousands of Islamic radicals — means the Polish lawmaker is still “very concerned”.

“In Germany and Sweden and many other countries this process, this demand to allow burqas, starts with words like ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom of religion’ and all these beautiful words which have nothing to do with reality… and ends up with suicide attacks,” he warned.

“We have to take lessons from the nations which are facing huge consequences… [the burqa] has nothing to do with the way we live, it has nothing to do with our identity… [Islamic radicals] use these rights to kill Europeans. It’s as simple as that,” he added.

“Poland should learn from Belgium, France, Germany, and other countries — we cannot copy their mistakes.”

BBC News

Published  8 months ago

The Muslim Council of Britain wants to ensure there is a full inquiry into the burka comments.

the Guardian

Published  8 months ago

Study for the Observer reveals that most constituencies in Britain now have a majority of voters who want to stay in EU

The Sun

Published  8 months ago

VOTERS have backed Boris Johnson over his burka jibe – as Tory MPs told the Prime Minister to expect “World War Three” if he’s suspended from the party. Furious MPs and gras…

The Sun

Published  8 months ago

THERESA May’s soft Brexit plan could cost the Tories 25 MPs and hand the keys to No 10 to Jeremy Corbyn, research shows. A polling expert claims a mini-recovery by Ukip would see as many as two doz…

Unity News Network

Published  8 months ago

BORIS Johnson could be told to go on a diversity training course rather than being thrown out of the Tory party over his burka comments. The ex-Foreign secretary is not likely to have the whip withdrawn from him and is set to get told to attend a course instead.

The news comes as brexit leaning Tories have accused the party of a “witch hunt” to weaken Boris ahead of leadership bid saying that attempts to get rid of May are even more likely now.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen told MailOnline: “I believe this is politically motivated, by the internal politics of the Tory party, by politicians who want to humiliate and destroy Boris Johnson.”

He added: “I believe that the public will see this for what it is – an internal Conservative party witch hunt instigated by Number Ten against Boris Johnson, who they see as a huge threat.”

And one MP told the Independent that the handling of the affair had been so bad that it boosted the chance of a summer leadership contest.

They said: “After Chequers the membership are in a hostile mood like I’ve never seen never them before, and there are MPs saying this could all precipitate a leadership challenge in the summer and if not then at conference.”

The ex-Foreign secretary’s remarks are currently being looked at by an investigating officer, who could dismiss them, or refer them to an investigations panel for further action.

Outraged Tories last night said: “It’s a stitch-up to weaken Boris. They are tactically stupid.”

A spokesperson for the Equality and Human Rights commission said:

The effectiveness of our democratic society depends on freedom of expression and the expression of offensive and intolerant opinions is generally not unlawful.

Boris Johnson’s use of language in this instance, which risks dehumanising and vilifying Muslim women, is inflammatory and divisive. Political figures should lead by example, conducting debates in a responsible manner and language such as this can inhibit legitimate dialogue.”

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Published  8 months ago

A ComRes poll for the Daily Express has shown that the British public back Boris Johnson, don’t think he should be disciplined and believe that free speech is under attack.

The majority of people, 53%, don’t think Boris should be disciplined by the Tory Party for criticising the burka.

And a huge 60% think that free speech is under threat, reflecting the clear worry in the country about the attempted shutdown of legitimate debate.

Pro-Brexit MP Andrew Bridgen has said: “If Boris is suspended it will be open warfare in the Conservative Party.

“If Theresa May dares engineer a leadership contest while Boris is suspended it will be World War Three.”

Once again the politically correct elite in Westminster are living on a different planet to the majority of voters who back Boris.


Published  8 months ago

The UK media seems disinterested in examining the Paedophile Rape Gangs, the acid attackers, the Jihadi, the FGM cutters. However they seem to have boundless energy for seeking to punish Boris Johnson because he made a joke about a Burqa. The media is a n...

Sky News

Published  8 months ago

Boris Johnson is to face investigation by an independent panel after comparing women in burkas to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers".

the Guardian

Published  8 months ago

Alistair Burt attacks comments comparing veiled Muslims to letter boxes and bank robbers


Published  8 months ago

Boris Johnson is refusing to back down over controversy surrounding his criticism of the burka, with the Remainer Tory establishment and Theresa May herself now attacking BoJo.

Johnson didn’t even call for the burka to be banned (as most Brits support) in his Telegraph column, but wrote: “I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”

That saw Tory Chairman Brandon Lewis respond by calling for an apology and May herself suggest that Boris’ comments were offensive as he used the “wrong language” whilst making clear her support for women in Britain to wear the burka.

Prime Minister @theresa_may suggests she agrees with @BrandonLewis that @BorisJohnson should apologise for his burka comments:

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) August 7, 2018

An ally of Boris seemed to indicate that there was no climbdown on the way, with the source saying of the burka controversy: “It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked – we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues.

“We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists.”

Meanwhile a poll of Westmonster’s followers showed strong support for BoJo, with 96% of people saying that he should not apologise.

Should @BorisJohnson apologise for his comments on the burka?

— Westmonster (@WestmonsterUK) August 7, 2018

Will Boris back down? Hopefully not. The burka has no place in Britain.

BBC News

Published  8 months ago

Ex-UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson to be investigated by panel after complaints to Tory party over burka comments

BBC News

Published  8 months ago

The international trade secretary blames the EU's "intransigence" for the growing risk of no deal.

Published  8 months ago

THERESA May’s hand has been massively strengthened in the Brexit negotiations after a new study revealed that using World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules instead of making a deal with the EU will turn Britain into an economic powerhouse.

The Telegraph

Published  8 months ago

Sharia Law has been recognised by a British court for first time after a Judge made a landmark divorce ruling which could change the way Islamic marriage and divorce works in the UK.

Fox News

Published  8 months ago

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is under increasingly heavy fire from his predecessor, residents and even President Trump over rising crime in the city – though Khan says police cuts from the Conservative government are to blame.


Published  8 months ago

Remoaner Chancellor Philip Hammond sparked outrage after calling Boris Johnson and David Davis ‘Brexit bogeymen’.

He said the chances of striking a deal with the EU would now be more likely thanks to the fact “the two main bogeymen have been taken off the board”.

A senior Brexiteer said told The Sun: “With each day that passes, it is clear that this is more and more a Remain-run Brexit.

“We have a Remain Prime Minister, a Remain Cabinet Office and most clearly of all a Remain Chancellor who is happy to undermine British interests and wave the white flag of surrender to Brussels as these comments prove once again.

“It shows he is on the side of Brussels and not the 17.4million people who voted to leave the EU.”

And Andrea Jenkyns MP jumped to their defence, saying:

I have utmost respect for @BorisJohnson and @DavidDavisMP for their brave stance and for putting country before party.

— Andrea Jenkyns MP (@andreajenkyns) July 22, 2018

Hammond should wind his neck in. He fails to understand the country wants to leave the EU. If this is how the Chancellor views Brexiteers, then it shows the level of disrespect in the political establishment.

Mail Online

Published  8 months ago

ANDREA JENKYNS: I hope the Prime Minister will now use the summer break to reflect on the direction the Brexit negotiations are taking under her leadership. Change course we must.

Published  8 months ago

A survey conducted by YouGov for the Sunday Times found that almost half of people think the Chequers deal would be bad for Britain.

A total of 43 percent of people say the Chequers plan would work for the UK, with only 12 percent of people disagreeing with them.

Just one in nine - 11 percent - of voters would choose the Chequers option if they were presented with it on a referendum ballot.

The Government could consequently face further delays to the Brexit negotiations if the UK were to go to a second referendum.

If voters were given the option of overturning the 17 million strong vote in 2016, it seems likely they would.

The same poll found 54 percent of people would rather Remain in the EU if the alternative option was crashing out with no deal, which was favoured by 46 percent.

The Prime Minister has already ruled out another referendum on the grounds it would be undemocratic.

Theresa May is facing increasing pressure over the Chequers deal, with ten ministers having resigned so far over the proposed plans.

Fri, July 6, 2018

The Prime Minister gathered her cabinet together ahead of a crunch Brexit showdown at her country retreat at Chequers in Buckinghamshire

Former Brexit Secretary David Davis and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson both stepped down from their front bench positions over the deal, which many have labelled a ‘soft’ Brexit.

This could spell problems for the Prime Minister with Brexiteers already warning of a revolt if she pushes through with her soft Brexit plans.

Mrs May maintains her popularity among Tory voters, with six in ten thinking she should stay on to fight the Brexit battle.

But, if she is forced out, her former Foreign Secretary may be placed in the best position to replace her.

The polling data concluded that a Conservative Party led by Boris Johnson would be neck and neck with Labour in a General Election.

His closest potential leadership rivals - Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove - couldn’t match a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party.

They would all lag by ten to 12 percentage points.


Published  9 months ago

The author is formerly a foreign correspondent with the New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer prize, until he was fired for criticizing Israel and the Iraq war. He is a New York Times best selling


Published  9 months ago

Theresa May is facing an unprecedented political crisis, according to a new poll that reveals voters are implacably opposed to her Brexit plan and are prepared to turn to Ukip or parties of the far right.

In a survey that will spark unease in Downing Street, the YouGov poll found that the public believes Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, is better placed to negotiate with Brussels and lead the Conservatives into the next election.

It highlights how voters are polarising, with growing numbers alienated from the two main parties. About 38% would vote for a new party on the right that was committed to Brexit, while 24% are prepared to support an explicitly far-right anti-immigrant, anti-Islam party.

One in three voters are prepared to…

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Published  9 months ago

The arrest of the WikiLeaks founder, which appears near, would be the first domino to fall. Afterward, thousands of publishers, editors and reporters in the U.S. would be in peril.

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Published  9 months ago

Despite group's public denials, director Ella Rose privately admitted to working with Shai Masot.

Mail Online

Published  9 months ago

Tory rebel Anna Soubry, has accused Theresa May being consumed by 'the forces of darkness' in her party and warned that fellow soft Brexiters might not back final decision

The Sun

Published  9 months ago

IT was the longest boxing match in history. In 1893 plucky little Texan Jack Burke climbed into the ring to become champion of the American South. The match lasted 110 rounds and seven hours before…

Published  9 months ago

Michael Portillo ripped apart the Chequers Brexit white paper, saying Conservative party members inside and outside Westminster now view Theresa May as a traitor.

The Prime Minister's proposed blueprint would see Britain maintain its close commercial links with the European Union through a free trade area, a move Leave voters have denounced as a betrayal of their demands.

The This Week pundit said: "It’s very hard to see how that’s going to get through. The Brexiteers now believe she is a traitor.

"This has been a betrayal and it’s a betrayal that has resulted from treachery. That’s also the view of a large number of Conservative voters."

According to Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, several colleagues have already turned in letters of no confidence in the Prime Minister to the leader of the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee.

Chairman Sir Graham Brady must receive 48 letters of no confidence before triggering a confidence vote of the parliamentary party.

Mr Portillo argued that the impossibility of seeing Chequers deal through Parliament could push MPs to suspend the Article 50 process and delay Britain's exit from the EU.

He continued: "What I think will happen is you would think then that we might simply crash out of the European Union but I don’t think the House of Commons is going to allow that to happen.

"I think the House of Commons will go for a suspension of Article 50 and I regard that as the most likely outcome."

Mrs May managed to unite her Cabinet behind her proposals at Chequers and claimed to have restored collective responsibility.

But days later former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis both resigned in protest.

Even arch-Remoaner and former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Mrs May’s plan betrays Brexiteers.

Speaking on BBC Newsnight, he said her approach to Brexit was a “fallacy” and her current plan would not keep Brexiteers happy.

He said: “The whole fallacy in Theresa May’s approach.

“If she thinks this honours the Brexit mandate, it doesn’t honour what most people who voted for Brexit think and we know that because they’re saying it.”

Mail Online

Published  9 months ago

Chancellor Philip Hammond and Home Secretary Sajid Javid are in conflict over allowing EU citizens to live and work in the UK following Britain's exit from the European Union next March.

Mail Online

Published  9 months ago

In a particularly stinging finding, the research found that twice as many people thought Boris Johnson would do a better job as PM.

Voice of Europe

Published  9 months ago

In an interview with The Sun, President Trump heavily criticised London mayor Sadiq Khan. The President mentioned the numerous terrorist attacks across Europe, especially in London, which had four attacks just last year. He highlighted what Londoners, as well as the rest of the UK, are already thinking but the media refuses to report, that Sadiq Khan has “done a very bad job on terrorism”.

But President Trump’s comments weren’t welcomed by Mr. Khan who asked why he was the mayor singled out by Mr. Trump. Though most would assume it was due to the President’s imminent trip to the UK about which the President was being interviewed, as to why he was mentioned.

“Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he [Sadiq Khan] has done a very bad job on terrorism,” Trump explained. “I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in.”

Since Boris Johnson resigned as London Mayor and Khan took over, crime has skyrocketed. Many Londoners will tell you they miss the days of Boris being mayor as things have gone so downhill. Whatever people had to say about Mr. Johnson, he was a good mayor and a welcome change to the damage left behind by Ken Livingston.

Perhaps it is also due to Mr. Khan having started a war of words with the President that he was mentioned. It is worth noting that Mr. Khan’s allowing a balloon mocking the President to fly over London has backfired on the mayor. The Trump balloon raised half the money in 30 days that the baby Khan balloon raised in just three days. People are making it known that the President isn’t alone in his assessment of London’s mayor.

The Sun

Published  9 months ago

DONALD Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warned she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal. In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, …

Fox News

Published  9 months ago

London Mayor Sadiq Khan slammed President Trump’s criticism of him as “preposterous” after allowing a giant Trump balloon at anti-Trump protests in London, while critics question whether the mayor should devote his energy to the crime problem ruining the city.

Fox News

Published  9 months ago

President Trump's three-day visit to the United Kingdom will be greeted by throngs of protesters marching through London, many carrying expletive-laden placards and with an enormous “Trump baby” balloon flying overhead.


Published  9 months ago

President Trump has poured petrol onto the flames of Theresa May's Brexit crisis by coming out for her chief opponent Boris Johnson.

BBC News

Published  9 months ago

Boris Johnson says the prime minister's plans would mean Britain taking on "the status of a colony".


Published  9 months ago

Brexit is dead -  strangled at the weekend by Prime Minister Theresa May and her cabal of Remainer cronies.


Published  9 months ago

Britain’s Poundland discount chain has announced it will stop selling kitchen knives in all of its stores to help tackle soaring youth violence.

The company, whose stores have been a major fixture on UK high streets since 1990, is the first major retailer to go ahead with the anti-knife measure recently recommended by a judge, and other brands are expected to follow suit, according to the Birmingham Mail.

As of Friday, kitchen knives are no longer available at any of its 59 West Midlands branches, Poundland said, noting that the ban will be extended to all 850 UK stores by the end of the year.

Reportedly suffering “epidemic” levels of violence, the West Midlands has the fastest growing rate of knife crime outside London, where the company banned blade sales in April after the capital saw 35 deadly stabbings in the just first few months of 2018.

Paramedics Dealing with 30 Stabbings and Shootings a Week in Multicultural West Midlands

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 26, 2018

Poundland retail director, Austin Cooke, said: “The decision to stop selling kitchen knives not only in the West Midlands, but nationwide, is a commitment that we know means a lot to both our colleagues and our customers.

“For a long time they’ve expressed their concern around the associated risk of having knives available and the unfortunate truth is that in the wrong hands, knives can be used for the wrong purpose.

“The safety of our colleagues and customers is crucial and we hope our fellow retailers will follow our lead,” he added.

Crime researcher Emilia Gill, from the anti-youth violence campaign JAGS Foundation, said Poundland’s decision to pull knives off the shelf was “a good start”, but argued that many lives could have been saved had companies taken action sooner.

‘Feral’ London Knife Attacks Becoming More Violent, Says Senior Police Officer

— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 27, 2018

“The problem with knives is that you can always find somewhere to access them,” she told The Sun. “So even though Poundland has decided to do this, and it’s a brilliant start, you can just walk down the street to another shop and buy a knife that is virtually the same.

Earlier this year Judge Nic Madge called for police to organise a national programme to blunt the points of the public’s kitchen knives.

Alleging long, sharp blades are unnecessary for ordinary domestic food preparation, the judge said a ban on chefs’ knives would be life-saving in Britain.

Poundland itself has long cemented itself in the British public consciousness, with comparisons between political figures and discount stores stocking a variety of items at £1 having become a popular putdown in recent years as a way to imply something is an inferior imitation of someone or something else.

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson was labelled ‘a Poundland Donald Trump’ by the leader of the Liberal Democrats in September in 2017, while European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has been branded a ‘pound shop Bismarck’ determined to blackmail Briitish taxpayers. Brexit leader Nigel Farage was famously labelled a “pound shop Enoch Powell” by former YouTube video blogger Russell Brand, who in turn was described as a “pound shop Ben Elton” on a TV quiz panel show in 2015.

Published  9 months ago

The Home Secretary only had 2 percent support from those polled by website ConservativeHome three months ago, but now has 22 percent support from the 1,107 votes cast by Tory supporters.

Mr Gove, the Environment Secretary and the arch-Brexiteer backbencher Mr Rees-Mogg are now ranked second and fourth respectively whereas Boris Johnson is only in fifth place.

The astonishing poll and turnaround for the Health Secretary comes after reports senior figures in Theresa May’s Government are on maneuvers in preparation for a leadership battle.

However, two senior Tories have urged ministers to fall in line behind the Prime Minister or risk putting on hold talks with the European Union.

Sir Graham Brady - who chairs the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives - wrote on the Observer: "The danger of disunity at the top of the party is not just that it makes the Prime Minister’s job more difficult in negotiations with Brussels, and therefore puts at risk the good Brexit deal that is in reach.

"It also gives an impression of division to the country.

“Electorates these days are volatile, but one thing is certain: they do not vote for divided parties.

“They rejected decisively the divided Tory party in 1997.

Mon, March 12, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May's fashion moments.

“If we were to let Labour in again, it would be a disaster for this country."

The cry for unity was also echoed by Damian Green, who said we should show a united country now more than ever.

Mr Green urged in the Times on Sunday: “It is vital that as a country we show as united a front as possible at this key stage of the negotiations.

"We all know the divisions that Brexit has caused and there is no point disguising them. Certainly the Europeans know about them very well.

“But it is not too much to ask that the Government itself can show a united front in the national interest.

“That means that every individual minister has a responsibility to think about his or her own public words, and decide whether now is the right time to be parading some individual hobby horse.”

In the meantime, the Health Secretary's team said to have begun consulting special advisers in other departments to join his top team if he makes it to Number 10.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was also reportedly seen inviting MPs to lunches in Parliament.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is currently in a battle with Theresa May's Government over military spending and is planning to enlist the support of the Royal family to persuade Number 10 to give more money to the armed forces.

BBC News

Published  9 months ago

The US president also says the UK's blueprint for Brexit is "a much different deal than the people voted on".

the Guardian

Published  10 months ago

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech

True Pundit

Published  10 months ago

A Libyan man who took photos of himself posing at various spots across Beghazi in 2000 has revisited the same locations 18 years later to photograph life under the new “NATO liberated” Libya.

The “before and after” pics showing the utter devastation of post-Gaddafi Libya have gone viral, garnering 50,000 retweets after they were posted to an account that features historical images of Libya under Gaddafi’s rule between 1969 and 2011.

A young Libyan man took pictures in the city of Benghazi in 2018 in the same places where he had taken pictures in 2000.

— Libya | ليبيا (@Libya_En) June 9, 2018

It appears people do still care about Libya even if the political elites in Paris, London, and Washington who destroyed the country have moved on. Though we should recall that British foreign secretary Boris Johnson was caught on tape in a private meeting last year saying Libya was ripe for UK investment, but only after Libyans “clear the dead bodies away.”

Hillary still says that she has no regrets even after Obama timidly voiced a half-hearted and too-little-too-late Libya mea culpa of sorts in 2016. – READ MORE

Zero Hedge

Published  10 months ago

Here's what NATO "liberation" looks like. 


Published  1 year ago

Brexiteer Boris Johnson has once again stood up for the 17.4 million Leave voters, slamming any move towards a divisive second referendum whilst insisting again that the government must be prepared to walk away from the EU without a deal.

As rumours grow of a government plot pushed by some of Theresa May’s allies for another vote, Boris hits back hard in today’s Telegraph: “The people have spoken it is monstrous that some politicians are trying nakedly to get around them.”

Boris reminds the political class “that the vote before us was a once in a generation decision” and “so it is sickening to discover that senior figures in government are now actively canvassing the idea of a second referendum”.

The rumoured potential Conservative leadership contender said that those considering such a move “must be out of their minds” as a second referendum “would provoke instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”. He is spot on.

As for the way forward in the EU negotiations? “The EU must bin the backstop, or at least give us a legally binding amendment to the text allowing for unilateral UK exit – nothing else is worth a bean”.

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And the only way to secure any significant changes? “They will give in, believe me; but only if we are ready to walk away. That means we must be not only willing to exit on World Trade terms, but that we have made the necessary preparations”.

Instead of wasting time and energy debating a second referendum that would massively hurt faith in British democracy, everyone in government should be preparing for the UK to walk away from the EU without a deal.

Mail Online

Published  1 year ago

Witnesses heard a 'loud bang' as the silver vehicle hit barriers in Westminster at around 7.30am this morning.

Sky News

Published  1 year ago

Just one in seven Britons think the draft Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May is better than either a "no-deal" Brexit or remaining in the EU, a Sky Data poll reveals.

The prime minister warned that these were the only three options available to Britain after concluding negotiations with the trading bloc.

Her cabinet appeared to have backed the draft deal, but several ministers including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab have since resigned to oppose the proposed deal.

Over half - 54% - would prefer to remain in the EU, while 32% would prefer to leave the EU without a deal - just 14% would choose Brexit on the terms negotiated by the government.

Just over half of Britons - 55% - would also support a referendum choosing between those three options, with 35% opposed and 10% unsure.

Some 44% strongly support such a move.

Mrs May remains the most trusted politician to lead the country to Brexit among the leaders we asked about - but in total, many more people are backing alternative leaders than supporting her.

Three in 10 (31%) think she is the best person to lead the country through Brexit - ahead of Jeremy Corbyn on 24%, Jacob Rees-Mogg on 18%, Boris Johnson on 17% and Dominic Raab on 10%.

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,488 Sky customers via SMS on 15 November 2018. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.

For full Sky Data tables, please click here.

The Conservative Woman

Published  1 year ago

Has May been plotting a return to the EU all along?