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In a bid to rescue her Brexit credentials, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has ruled out a second EU referendum under any circumstances.
According to senior political correspondent for Sky News, Beth Rigby, a spokesman for the Prime Minister has ruled out a second EU referendum. She Tweeted out:
PM spokesman says there will not be a second referendum “under any circumstances”. There wasn’t going to be a snap election either was there. #JustSaying
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) July 16, 2018
This is of course in response to a call made earlier by former cabinet minister Justine Greening for a second – three question – EU referendum based on either: taking the Chequers deal, staying in the EU or leaving without a deal.
A stupid idea of course, because there's nothing more likely to return a majority of less than 50% of voters submitting valid ballot papers than a referendum with more than a binary choice.
What would they do if this were to take place and Remain got 49% and the other two choices shared the remaining 51% equally? Claim a win against the 2016 52% majority? How would that go down?
Greening's argument is that parliament has just about reached an impasse and the only way to free the constipation is to give it the laxative of a peoples' vote.
Well, we did exactly that two years ago and the Remain led establishment worked hard to ensure that got all gummed up, so I strongly suspect they would do exactly the same again until the electorate buckled under to give the 'right' answer.
And the lead up to a second referendum would only be fear-mongering politics on steroids from the Remain side.
Anyway, pressure is still being applied on Theresa May from the Brexiteers with a tenth resignation today. Parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury and Tory MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann, resigned saying:
"I fear elements of the Brexit white paper will inevitably put me in direct conflict with the views expressed by a large section of my constituents. I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered-down Brexit."
And just to keep you updated, the ten so far are:
David Davis, Steve Baker, Ben Bradley, Maria Caulfield, Boris Johnson, Chris Green, Conor Burns, Andrew Griffiths, Robert Courts and Scott Mann.
But in an indication of how much effect the Brexiteers are having on her, it looks like Theresa May is preparing to cave in to their pressure by accepting amendments to the taxation bill put forward by the leader of the Tory eurosceptic European Research Group, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and signed so far by eleven colleagues.
The most important of these amendments would prevent the UK collecting EU tariffs when goods enter the UK but are destined for the EU, unless the EU agrees to provide the exact same service for the UK.
Number Ten is claiming this will not alter the Chequers proposal, but you have to say it is yet another demand that the EU can just reject, further damaging Theresa May's now slim chances of getting this rotten proposal though.
And the latest coming in as I make this video is from the Guardian saying that the PM has caved in to these amendment demands.
And to help them co-ordinate their efforts, over 100 Tory Brexiteers are using technology in the form of WhatsApp so they can receive voting instructions from former Brexit minister Steve Baker, reports the Telegraph.
Yesterday the PM made the breathtaking claim that it's either her deal or no Brexit at all. Today it seems she may be on the verge of making her own deal harder to negotiate with Brussels.
Further , her job may become significantly harder if Boris Johnson decides to use the slot immediately after PMQs on Wednesday to deliver what some say could be a 'devastating' resignation speech.
Having already issued a rallying cry via his column in the Daily Telegraph saying that the rest of the world believes in the UK so it's time that we did too, he can also use Wednesday's slot to deliver his personal statement on why he resigned from his Cabinet post as Foreign Secretary.
And the Mail quotes what they call a 'senior Eurosceptic' as saying:
"There is a cold fury about Boris, which is unusual for him. He is totally fed up with Mrs May because he feels he’s been tricked. No10 have put it about that David Davis’s resignation forced him to follow suit. But that isn’t the case. He felt she hadn’t been a straight dealer and he had to go."
I would say that whatever you're doing on Wednesday, have a long lunch break and watch PMQs and then see if Boris fireworks follow.
Moving on, you may hear today that fewer EU citizens are coming to the UK looking for work, which the left is portraying as a bad sign and indications of a slowing economy or as a result of racism.
But today's migration report from the Office for National Statistics actually says:
"EU net migration continues to add to the UK population with around 100,000 more EU citizens coming to the UK than leaving. The estimated number of EU citizens coming to the UK “looking for work” continued to decrease over the last year and the number coming to the UK for a definite job has remained stable."
So the number of those coming speculatively has fallen. But the numbers with a job to come to are about the same as before.
And an ONS statistician commented in the press release:
“With around 280,000 more people coming to the UK than leaving in 2017, these latest figures show that migration has continued to add to the UK population. Net migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable since. This is similar to the level recorded in year ending September 2014.
“Underlying this immigration has remained broadly stable at around 630,000 and emigration has shown a gradual increase since 2015 and is currently at around 350,000.”
Now, surely amongst those 630,000 people coming in to the UK there are sufficient doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, builders, plumbers and electricians to fulfil our needs and replace the 350,000 leaving? Or would it make more sense to replace as required on a more one for one basis? Just asking.