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Quick, pass the smelling salts to the Remainers! Boris Johnson has stirred the pot a bit by saying 'imagine Trump doing Brexit'!
In a private dinner speech, covertly recorded by an unknown attendee, the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson said more guts must be shown during the Brexit negotiations.
Otherwise he said the risk was that the UK could end up being locked in orbit around the EU and effectively “in the customs union and to a large extent still in the single market” and unable to have control of our own trade policy, tariff schedules or regulatory framework.
He also said that:
"You've got to face the fact there may now be a meltdown. OK? I don't want anybody to panic during the meltdown. No panic. Pro bono publico, no bloody panic. It's going to be all right in the end."
And his comments that the Treasury officials were effectively sacrificing medium and long term gains out of fear of short term disruption, will strike a chord with many Brexiteers and speaking on the BBC Daily Politics show at lunchtime, Tory MP Peter Bone said that Theresa May would probably agree with Boris's remarks and went further to say that all these pro-Remain officials should be removed and the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, be given a free hand to get on with the negotiations.
Boris Johnson is also reported as saying that he was increasingly admiring The US president, Donald Trump, and that he was "more and more convinced that there is method in his madness".
"Imagine Trump doing Brexit. – he said – He'd go in bloody hard… There'd be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he'd gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere. It's a very, very good thought."
This prompted the UKIP leader Gerard batten to Tweet:
"Exactly the approach I have been advocating for years before the Referendum result was delivered. Tear up Article 50, tell the EU how we are leaving, don’t ask them how it can be done!"
Do I hear a plan emerging, after all Boris did also say that Theresa May was going to get tough.
But of course the Remainers have all come out in gentle chorus saying this is not the way to deal with the EU, they're all talking about 'collaborating' and being nice and cuddly – you know those tactics we've used for the last few decades that have got us nowhere in trying to reform the EU system, while paying through the nose for the privilege.
No, what we need is hard negotiating – with most of the work going into a no-deal Brexit scenario, to give us the most clout.
And on sackings, the European Research Group headed by Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on the PM to sack her Number Ten negotiator Olly Robbins over the Irish border backstop plan debacle. It's difficult to see how both Robbins and David Davis can stay says Guido Fawkes. It's or the other.
And now on to a bit of fake news.
Now, if the claims in an open letter from the founder of Leave.EU, Arron Banks, to the chair of the Commons DCMS Committee are true, then that parliamentary committee that is itself tasked with addressing fake news in politics – is guilty of spreading anti-Brexit fake news.
The background is that a group called 'Fair Vote project' has launched a legal action in Mississippi USA claiming that data was sent to the university there for use by Leave.EU in the Referendum campaign.
According to Arron Banks both Leave.EU and the university have stated under oath that no data was transferred from the UK.
Banks also says that the Information Commissioners Office wrote a letter in support of the Fair Vote Project, which had no evidence in it so it was thrown out by the judge.
But the letter was leaked to the Guardian earlier so as to gain publicity.
And according to Banks, the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, the one tasked with dealing with fake news:
"…. also released evidence early from a witness, a few days before the hearing in order to aid this group. The Fair Vote Project publicly thanked the committee for their help!"
And he went on to say that:
"We believe the actions of the committee amount to collusion with a Pro EU campaign group in order to create “Fake News”."
Arron Banks also said that he will be writing to the appropriate House of Commons authority about this.
The Remainer establishment does seem to have set its sights on Arron Banks doesn't it?
Now for the usual Brexit doom and gloom, some Brexageddon!
I'm afraid to report that, according to HMRC, compared to quarter one last year UK exports in the first quarter of this year from England were up 6.5%, exports from Scotland were up 12.1%, up 7.1% from Wales and up 4.9% from Northern Ireland.
"A regional breakdown shows exports were up for every region of England too. East Midlands saw the biggest increase – from £18.4 billion to £21.2 billion of exports, equivalent to 15.2 per cent." Said the Sun.
The International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, said:
“As we continue our path to Brexit, HMRC’s latest figures clearly show every part of the UK making the most of global opportunities as goods exports rise across the country. More than 100,000 businesses are expanding their horizons and making the most of the demand for quality British goods.
“For some, this isn’t the end of the road but the start to their exporting journey. As they grow their networks and create jobs and prosperity across the UK, my international economic department is supporting them through our experienced international trade advisers and Exporting is GREAT campaign.”
And CityAM reports that since the Referendum, UK tech companies have received over £5 billion in venture capital funding with London taking 80 percent of the share.
This is more than the next three top-earning European countries of France, Germany and Sweden combined, said the article, which goes on to say:
"Today’s news negates the idea that funding in the UK would dry up after Brexit, and continues to demonstrate strong investor confidence in London’s brightest and best."
And my response? If these are the promised Brexit cliff-edges then bring them on!