Just ten days to Independence Day!
Brexit the Movie: Must watch
It lasts just over an hour, and it could save our country. Please, if you haven’t seen it yet, watch BREXIT THE MOVIE, available full length on You-Tube. I saw it on Saturday at a Brexit event in Swadlincote – I just wish the BBC would run it, but there’s little chance of that. Please tell your friends and neighbours about it.
“Brexit takes 19 point lead”
The Express headlines a 19-point lead for Brexit – though this is a poll in which the question indicated other trade options for a post-Brexit UK/EU relationship. But importantly it points up the benefit of getting the message out that Brexit isn’t about cutting off trade with the EU, as the Remain camp tries to imply. It’s about trade on new and better terms.
Corbyn “rescue bid”: The Times reports that Jeremy Corbyn, smarting at criticism of his half-hearted approach to the Brexit Campaign, is launching what it improbably describes as a “rescue bid”. Whether that’s to rescue the Remain Campaign, or to rescue Jeremy Corbyn’s career, is not clear. But the second clause of the headline is heart-warming “…as Labour supporters flood the Brexit Camp”.
Brown to assume the Remain mantle:
In an apparent recognition that the Prime Minister is no longer trusted on the EU question, the Guardian says that Gordon Brown is about to spearhead the last days of the campaign for Remain. The FT reports that the Remain baton has been passed to Brown and Corbyn (sadly the link takes you straight to the FT subscription page, not the article).
Brexit Blackmail: Fury over PM’s pensions threat
The Express headlines “Fury over PM’s pensions threat” (see yesterday’s debrief) “as Cameron tries Brexit Blackmail”. But increasingly it seems that the great British Public no longer trusts the PM on these issues, and his pensions claim flies in the face of warnings from the pensions industry that Remain poses the biggest risk to pensions as new EU financial rules will damage pension providers.
The Mail headlines “From Project Fear to Project Panic” on the same story.
Pensions expert Edi Truel withdraws funding from Tories: Edi Truell is a major player in the pensions business, and has previously warned of the risks to UK pensions from up-coming EU regulation. He is also a major donor to the Conservative Party. The Telegraph reports that he has withdrawn his financial support from the Tories while Cameron is Prime Minister, because of his anger at Dave’s scaremongering.
Sturgeon cools on second Scottish referendum
Having previously warned that a Brexit vote would trigger a second Scottish referendum, Nicola Sturgeon now seems to be rowing back from that position. I suspect she may have been spooked by reports that the Brexit vote in Scotland may be closer than previously predicted – and that many SNP supporters will vote for Brexit.
But Alex Salmond disagrees: Salmond claims that a Brexit vote would trigger a new Scottish poll “within three years”.
“1.5 million Turks”
Yesterday I mentioned the “secret plan” to allow a million Turks into the UK under EU visa-waiver arrangements. Today the Mail develops the story – now quoting 1.5 million.
French Admirals condemn EU Army plan
The Express reports that two French Admirals have said that Brexit could “stop Brussels’ dangerous EU Army plan”. Clearly they are right. Another concern with the EU Army: several EU countries still have military conscription. Might an EU Army also mean conscription? I don’t know. But let’s not risk it.
Tory Donor taps French Grid to avoid blackouts
UKIP – and a great many others – have warned that on current energy polices the UK risks very serious blackouts. Now major Tory Donor Alexander Temerko, a Ukrainian-born entrepreneur and a trenchant critic of UK energy policy, putting his money where his mouth is, is planning a new UK/France interconnector so as to take advantage of future shortages.
Brexit and the supremacy of parliament
Ambrose Evans Pritchard writes that he will vote for Brexit with a heavy heart, and with only one issue in mind: the supremacy of parliament, and whether or not the UK should be an independent country. I have a high regard for Ambrose, and he raises a critical point, which is indeed in itself sufficient justification for a “Leave” vote. But I can’t agree that it is the only issue – I believe that there will be huge medium/long-term economic benefits as well. But frankly, I’m not really concerned as to why Ambrose will vote Leave. I’m just happy that he will do so.
Boris on the Single Market: You don’t have to be in it to win it
Boris makes a powerful case that after Brexit, we will still benefit from the EU’s Single Market – even when we’re not in it. The Remain side has been scare-mongering about the dangers of leaving the EU’s Single Market (an old-fashioned Customs Union overlaid by a mountain of oppressive regulation) in a way that shows that they have very little understanding of how international trade actually works. No one will stop buying and selling things because the UK has left the EU.
And a smile to cheer your Monday morning:
John Cleese declares for Brexit. And says he wants to hang Jean Claude Juncker. Of course we cannot condone such a wicked threat, but I daresay more than one reader will have a sneaking sympathy for Mr. Cleese’s view.