Just as Tory hardliners are talking about taking the UK out of the EU on the 31st of October, deal or no deal, we have the EU talking about another extension.
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According to the Express and The Times, an EU source says that at least 25 of the other 27 EU member states are prepared to give the UK yet another Brextension.
The source also said that Germany and most other EU governments believed that any incoming Conservative Prime Minister will be forced into another Article 50 extension, which could last into spring 2020.
The Times reports the source as saying:
"We hate it, but we are going to give them another extension. In the end no one wants to be seen as the one who pulls the plug."
But as far as I can see no-one mentioned France or Macron, who recently said that the UK must leave by October the 31st unless it was to hold a referendum or come up with something completely different.
The Source also said that most EU27 governments believe that a no deal exit would be political suicide for the Tories and said:
"There would be no majority for it in the Parliament and the Government would collapse.
“A new government… will probably say, ‘We can’t decide, we will ask the people again’ – a second referendum.
“They will probably ask the question, are we going to accept this treaty or just pull out?
“We will see where the majority is."
So, the EU thinks that Theresa May's replacement, whoever it is, will get seated behind the desk and immediately pick up the phone to Brussels to ask for an extension.
Well, looking at many of the candidates, they're probably spot on with that analysis. And on the hard Brexiteers, I'm not convinced they wouldn't do that either.
We'll just have to wait and see now.
More news from the Peterborough by-election. According to the Express The Brexit Party candidate, Mike Greene, is reported to be looking at taking legal action against the Labour Party for using what he says is dirty tricks, deceit and lies.
"Labour have just started spreading false news, if you like." He said, "There was a letter to constituents yesterday about me that was quite frankly a complete lie and I will address that legally."
He also had a go at the Tories saying:
"The Tories are saying it’s a two-horse race and it’s between them and Labour, there is zero evidence for that."
Welcome to politics!
Everyone's getting so litigious these days aren't they? But giving Labour a legal slap wouldn't go amiss. Although I'd much rather he gave the money to the Robin Tilbrook Article 50 extension judicial review fund though! It would be strategically better placed there I think!
As an aside, reflecting on the Peterborough by-election I was reminded of the Eastleigh by-election in 2013, the year before UKIP's stunning victory in the 2014 EU elections.
In Eastleigh Diane James came second for UKIP, only 1,771 votes behind the Lib Dems and ahead of the Tories.
And in the following year, John Bickley gained 38.7% of the vote for UKIP with one of the largest by-election increases in vote share ever recorded for a by-election, when he lost out to the Labour candidate by just 617 votes in the Heywood and Middleton by-election.
So The Brexit Party is following in the footsteps of UKIP.
And it's now official! Theresa May has resigned as leader of the Tories as of today.
In a press release the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, said that a new leader would now be chosen with nominations closing at 5 pm on Monday.
But that Theresa May would be staying on as acting leader until her successor has been announced.
Also, for those that haven't heard, the private prosecution brought by Marcus Ball against Boris Johnson for misconduct in public office for the claim that the UK sent the EU £350 million a week, has been thrown out by the High Court.
But Mr Ball said that he was considering an appeal, but would not give up until all possible options are exhausted, reports Reuters.
This should ease up the pressure on Boris for the upcoming Tory leadership race.
But it's not all about the Tories.
The Lib Dems have closed their window for nominations for a leader to replace the outgoing Vince Cable.
There are only two names on the list: Ed Davey and Jo Swinson with the vote by party members to choose between them starting at 9:30 am on the first of July.
The President of the Lib Dems, Baroness Sal Brinton, said she was looking forward to seeing which one of them would be reversing Brexit.
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