Ardent Brexiteers David Davis, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Theresa Villiers and Gisela Stuart have endorsed an alternative Brexit proposal to Chequers, put forward by Shanker Singham and Radomir Tylecote of the Institute of Economic Ideas called 'Plan A+, Creating a Prospeperous Post-Brexit UK'.
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Before I start it's quite funny to be back to normal after the hectic days of the UKIP conference, the filming and the editing etc.
For those who don't know there are a few videos on my channel from the conference on Friday and Saturday, including Gerard Batten's speech.
I still have a couple more including half of Count Dankula's Speech and half of Sargon of Akkad's video cast. That'll teach me to pay attention won't it?
And as for my livestream attempts, I was let down by a lack of horsepower in the signal strength department – well, that's my excuse!
Anyway, back to the grind.
Last week the PM Theresa May got roundly slapped for her Chequers based proposals by just about everyone except her own cabinet colleagues – or so Theresa would have us believe, with the BBC reporting:
"The cabinet remains fully behind Theresa May's Brexit policy in the face of growing calls within her party to change direction, No 10 has insisted."
Some people may heave been taken in by her apparent toughness last week, but most I would suspect would believe that her grit was more about the upcoming Tory party conference and trying to keep the lid on dissent than anything to do with Brexit.
Then, come the 4th October the real Theresa the Appeaser will probably reappear.
And factions within the Labour Party are doing their best to get another in/out referendum, but at least (for now) the Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell has said he would only back a referendum if it was on the deal itself, i.e. leave with the proposed deal or leave on WTO terms.
"A fresh Brexit referendum should be only about a departure deal and should not include the option of staying in the EU, John McDonnell has indicated to the dismay of Labour members pushing for a people’s vote." Reports the Guardian.
And Labour Leave reports that Kate Hoey MP, Graham Stringer MP, John Mills, Austin Mitchell and Brendan Chilton will be holding a Brexit conference at the Labour party Conference today outside of the secure zone so that anyone can attend.
"Brexit is the biggest issue facing our country and it is vital that we ensure we respect the outcome of the historic referendum on June 23." Said Labour Leave, adding "Ignoring democratic results is not a path the country should be going down."
So Labour are as split on Brexit as the Tories are. So voting Labour or Tory will just get us into more of a Brexit mess. And that's without mentioning that the Labour Party seems to have re-started the class wars with talk of re-nationalisation and workers having part ownership and a democratic say over how the companies they work for are run. I can see business owners sucking their teeth already.
The people, in the referendum, said Leave but the two big parties are not really listening and as for the the Lib Dems, they would write any number on a cheque (the bigger the better as far as they are concerned) as well as give away every bit of sovereignty the UK has in order to get us back inside the EU.
What is it about these people that they would ignore democracy?
Anyway, Shanker Singham and Radomir Tylecote of the IEA have come up with what Jacob Rees-Mogg calls the most exciting contribution to the Brexit debate for months that he says will solve the PM's Brexit troubles. "With her wisdom and insight, I think she will be thinking very carefully about adopting it." He said.
Conservatives David Davis, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Theresa Villiers as well as former Labour MP Gisela Stuart were at the press conference with the authors of the report and Boris Johnson has backed the plan in his column in the Telegraph.
According to the IEA the report:
"...calls for the adoption of a four-pillared trade policy strategy, taking unilateral, bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral action to deliver a more competitive and thriving UK economy."
It also wants to see a new Irish border plan that would require new laws to prevent non-compliant goods being knowingly sold into the Republic of Ireland.
Co-author Shanker Singham said:
"If we continue on the present course, Brexit will be a small damage limitation exercise which will weaken the UK, and be largely unnoticed by the rest of the world.
"However, if the UK were to adopt a bolder, more ambitious approach – one that sees us as a major player in global trade, one which takes our departure from the EU seriously but sees it as part of a much broader picture of taking a leading role on the world stage – then we can look forward to a brighter, more prosperous, free trading future for both the UK and the wider world."
All these plans coming out, all this water being muddied. Surely all the real energy should now just be directed at preparing for the no-deal WTO Brexit scenario? After all, that looks the most probable outcome now.