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Daily Brexit Update: 16th July 2018
Former Tory Cabinet Minister and MP for Putney, Justine Greening, has called for a second EU referendum. Although I agree with her that the PM's Chequers based Brexit proposal is a fudge and 'the worst of both worlds', I disagree that we need another EU referendum. She says that Parliament is deadlocked and that is why we need to go to the people on a full Remain, Theresa May's deal or total clean break Leave basis. But Parliamentary deadlock was why the people were asked in 2016 and we gave our verdict. Also, a three-way referendum such as the one she advocates would split the Leave vote between soft Brexit and proper Brexit (which I assume is her intention to ensure Remain wins). She obviously thinks the people of the UK are too thick to understand what she is doing.
And the response of the UKIP leader,Gerard Batten, is to Tweet:
There was never going to be a 'good deal'. The EU doesn't want us to leave so why would they offer one? There's 3 options: don't leave; accept a 'leaving in name only' deal; or just leave & then tell the EU how it works. Let's just leave! https://t.co/D3BI95nUYV
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) July 16, 2018
With Jacob Rees-Mogg Tweeting:
— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) July 16, 2018
But Tory Brexiteers have gone modern and joined a WhatsApp group to co-ordinate their efforts in bringing down Theresa May's Chequers plans, reports Sky. Over 100 of them have signed up to the app and are organising their voting tactics ahead of upcoming key votes in parliament.
The latest Tory government resignation to hit the May administration is that of Robert Courts, who is David cameron's replacement as MP for Witney. He resigned yesterday and Tweeted out:
"I have taken very difficult decision to resign position as PPS to express discontent with #Chequers in votes tomorrow. I had to think who I wanted to see in the mirror for the rest of my life. I cannot tell the people of WOxon that I support the proposals in their current form."
Courts is the eighth resignation to come about due to May's Chequers proposals.
This Tweet from Iain Dale is a corker! In reply to a Tweet from Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, who basically said that the UK needed an EU common rule book to tell us waht to do, Iain Dale relied:
What @sarahwollaston is effectively saying here is that she, as a UK legislator, is incapable of determining what standards are appropriate for the UK, and she needs the EU to protect us from ourselves. YeGods. https://t.co/yBfN98smR2
— Iain Dale (@IainDale) July 15, 2018
That sums up Remainer thinking – the UK and its people need to be led and guided through life and told what to do because we can't function on our own! It also makes an MPs life a lot easier too, doesn't it!
Writing in CapX, committed Brexiteer Oliver Wiseman says that the concept of 'no deal is better than a bad deal' only works if you have properly prepared for a no deal! And have we is the question!
And Tory MEP Dan Hannan says he would vote for the PM's deal – so he's saying he would take the worst of all the deals on the table, wonder if he's just putting party ahead of country?
The question for Eurosceptic MPs is not whether the Chequers plan is ideal. No one, not even the PM, is claiming that. The question is whether their pro-EU colleagues, still the majority, will otherwise vote for something worse, such the customs union. https://t.co/u7HOcLZVuF
— Daniel Hannan (@DanielJHannan) July 15, 2018
And now we see signs of Labour and Tories getting together to keep us as close as possible to the EU, (if not to stay fully shackled by suspending or abolishing Article 50) (video):
But the Labour Party deputy leader, Tom Watson, says that having Dominic Raab as Brexit Secretary may put workers' rights at risk – (NOTE: does Tom Watson not realise that Dominic Raab is just messenger boy for Olly Robbons?) (Video):