The claims being made by two Remain politicians, makes it sound like the Cabinet Office has been quietly setting in train the apparatus for another EU referendum.

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According to the Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable, the Cabinet Secretary David Lidington, told him that another vote was 'perfectly practical'.

Cable did tell the Sun that the Cabinet Secretary reiterated the government position of not holding another referendum, but the Lib Dem leader also said:

"But it was very clear they are thinking about it, and they are doing a lot of practical planning in case it happens."

And Heidi Allen, the leader of the new political party, Change UK, said that David Lidington had 'clearly done his research' and was well versed with all the detail and complexities of preparing for and holding such a vote, down to how to formulate the question to be put to the public at the heart of it all.

"He volunteered a lot of information, so he has clearly done his research." She said.

And she also said she got the feeling that there was a bit of an open door on the issue.

The press does say that a cabinet source has dismissed this talk as mere 'wishful thinking', and that a Cabinet Office spokesperson said:

"The government does not support a second referendum and is not preparing to hold one."

But, by now Brexiteers should know that you can never, ever trust a Tory on this issue.

Now, here's one that will give the Brexiteers a bit of a chuckle.

Parliament recently made the symbolic gesture – yes and that's all it is – the symbolic gesture of voting to declare that there is an environment and climate emergency.

So you would think that there'd be a sudden move to ground 50% of flights, ration fuel to essential use only, issue bicycles to all public servants and politicians, only allow electricity to houses for two hours a day and use volunteers to hand-crank generators to power hospitals etc.

No, life just went on as normal.

Except for one little thing.

The government has now hiked the tax rates on some of the materials used to make solar panels and battery storage units from five percent to fifteen percent, starting on the first of October.

But VAT will remain unchanged at five percent for fossil fuels.

This will, say climate experts, make these renewables totally uneconomic to install.

The green lobby is of course hopping up and down over this, with Sian Berry, the Green Party co-leader, telling the Independent:

"Renewables, with energy conservation, are the future, yet once again the government is knocking them back."

And the Renewable Energy Association is reportedly going to contest the HMRC decision.

But then we find that this decision to raise the VAT on those items, was to bring the UK into line with EU law.

That's right. In its article the Independent says that the EU made a ruling in 2015 that the UK discounted tax rate was illegal and quotes an HMRC spokesperson as saying:

"The government is proposing changes which would keep as much tax relief as possible available for Energy-Saving Materials while ensuring UK rules are in line with EU law."

So, outside the EU that the Greens love so much, we could have retained those low VAT rates, but inside it they will have to try and fight the EU over the coming months to get them lowered – good luck with that one.

But I do have to point out that those VAT rates are due to change just one month prior to the government's plans for the UK leaving the EU on the 31st of October.

Why not just hang on for a few weeks, especially as it's taken us from 2015 to even get around to changing those rates?

Food for suspicious thought?

Sources:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-news-latest-second-referendum-vince-cable-david-lidington-a8909401.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/climate-change-environment-emergency-commons-motion-mps-vote-latest-a8895456.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-solar-panels-vat-government-fossil-fuels-sian-berry-a8906361.html

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