With The Sun and Daily Mail coming out in support of Theresa May, can she now afford to relax a bit?
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Theresa May will be settling back a little more comfortably in her armchair at Number Ten, now that both the Sun and the Daily Mail newspapers have come out in support of her.
The Sun frets about the prospect of a Corbyn led Labour government should Theresa May come unstuck saying:
"The focus of every Tory MP, even above Brexit, should be keeping Corbyn out."
Even above Brexit eh? Without Brexit the country is finished as an independent sovereign nation and in truth it won't matter who we vote in – as is being proved by recent events in Bulgaria – you toe the EU line, whatever that happens to be at the time, or you get punished.
And as for the Daily Mail, it has come out in support of the PM's Chequers based Brexit proposals, saying:
"…as the talks with Brussels enter their final stages, the truth is this is the only blueprint for Brexit on the table."
And it goes on to lambast the hard Brexiteers who oppose it, saying they have neither the numbers to unseat her nor a credible candidate to replace her with and that they don't even have a coherent plan of their own for Brexit.
You do of course have to realise that the editorship of that particular paper changed from arch-Brexiteer Paul Dacre to former Remain supporter Geordie Greig just last week.
In fact the Press Gazette called it 'a screaming handbrake turn' and it referred to the Lord Adonis comment of Greig's appointment being "…a revolution in the British media … very likely we will now stop Brexit."
The Daily Mail going soft – who'd a thunk it?! Wonder how fast its readership numbers will fall?
The UK government has issued another tranche of no-deal Brexit technical briefing papers and, as expected the Remain press has been trawling through it to cobble together as many scare stories as they can in an attempt to terrify the people into jumping back into the EU.
So the lack of real substance to the stories they come out with shows how thin the problems are and how difficult it is to spin them as major catastrophe after major catastrophe.
One big headline is that UK cars will never be able to be sold into the EU ever again – or that's what the Remainers would try and have you believe. But the technical briefing paper on this does give some guidance and says that further information will be forthcoming. It also points out that there are existing procedures in EU law for manufacturers to get vehicle type approval for the EU.
Of course the UK government has said that we will continue to accept EU manufactured cars so the EU can just keep sending their vehicle exports to the UK.
And I must point out that in March this year the European Automobile Manufacturers Association did report that 800,000 of our vehicles went to the EU in 2017 and that 2.3 million EU made vehicles came our way.
One of the other 'big' scares is that your UK driving licence MAY, and I stress the word MAY, not allow you to drive in the EU after Brexit in the case of a no deal.
The technical briefing paper says:
"Your driving licence may no longer be valid by itself when driving in the EU.
"If you move to another EU country to live, you may not be able to exchange your licence after the UK has left the EU."
However, a Guardian headline says 'may' but the text says:
"...UK driving licences will not be valid in the European Union if no Brexit deal is agreed."
But of course, as ever, this is one way traffic – as EU drivers can just keep coming here with no restrictions – deal or no deal.
Another 'scare' is that if you have fewer than six months left on your passport you may be refused entry into the Schengen Zone. It would seem sensible not to travel abroad unless you had at least that, wouldn't it?
And another is that the UK would not automatically get warnings from the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking programme about bits of satellites falling to earth – but as the technical paper points out, "the UK will continue to receive space, surveillance and tracking data from the United States of America" – and on top of that, as I understand it, the EU system is not yet fully operational.
One of the released papers squashes the Remain campaign security blanket of a return to exorbitant mobile roaming charges when we leave the EU. Remainers put a big premium on this claim, because they think it appeals to the youth vote.
But, said the Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, whether we leave with or without a deal, those charges will not return.
Two big mobile operators have signed up to this and, if others won't they will be forced by new laws to cap them in line with the EU limit of €50 a month when abroad, said Raab.
The government no-deal paper on this says:
"…the government would legislate to ensure that the requirements on mobile operators to apply a financial limit on mobile data usage while abroad is retained in UK law. The limit would be set at £45 per monthly billing period, as at present (currently €50 under EU law). The government would also legislate, subject to parliamentary approval, to ensure the alerts at 80% and 100% data usage continue."
And it adds that:
"Some mobile operators (3, EE, O2 and Vodafone – which cover over 85% of mobile subscribers) have already said they have no current plans to change their approach to mobile roaming after the UK leaves the EU."
So, in all, once again it appears to be a set of solvable problems and not a total Brexaggedon at every step as Remainers keep trying to claim.