Monday 22 May
On the fourth anniversary of his death, we remember Fusilier Lee Rigby, 4th July 1987 – 22nd May 2013.
RIP Lee. pic.twitter.com/u0JN6sTDuV
— LEAVE.EU 🇬🇧 (@LeaveEUOfficial) May 22, 2017
Brexit talks to commence 11 days after vote
The importance of this Brexit General Election is highlighted by the time frames of the negotiations following June 8th.
Theresa May is set to double down on the Brexit issues as the Tories try to get back on the front foot, by pushing the line that EU negotiations will kick off just 11 days after the election.
Regardless of electoral posturing, it is about time that the country got on with it. It seems highly likely that a Brexit majority in Parliament will be delivered, with the vast majority of the country now behind the UK’s EU exit regardless of how they voted in the referendum.
With the likelihood of a no deal appearing increasingly likely, perhaps it won’t even come to 2019. As Nigel Farage has warned, if the EU’s ludicrous cash demands go on, perhaps Brexit Britain will walk away from the table by the end of this year.
Vote for solid Brexit candidates and prepare for lift off.
It has become unconscionable, untenable, that we should be forced on pain of prosecution to pay the BBC to wage ideological war against us.
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) May 22, 2017
Trump speaks hard truths to Muslim world
President Donald Trump used a major speech in Saudi Arabia to urge Islamic leaders to drive out extremists as the world continues to battle the evil of ISIS.
“Terrorism has spread all across the world. But the path to peace begins right here, on this ancient soil, in this sacred land,” he said.
“A better future is only possible if your nations drive out the terrorists and drive out the extremists. Drive them out! Drive them out of your places of worship, drive them out of your communities, drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this earth.”
Trump was speaking to around 50 leaders of majority-Muslim countries.
So much for the insular President who wasn’t going to reach out across the world, eh?
Sunday 21 May
Davis threatens EU walkout
The likelihood of no deal being reached between Brexit Britain and the European Union is appearing increasing likely.
Both sides appear to be hardening their position. Theresa May’s main Brexit negotiator David Davis has talked down the possibility of the UK handing over a large wad of money, insisting that even £1 billion is a “lot of money”.
“We don’t need to just look like we can walk away, we need to be able to walk away. Under the circumstances, if that was necessary, we would be in a position to do it,” The Sunday Times reports Davis as saying.
On the Brussels side of things, an EU negotiator is now briefing that the chances of Britain Brexiting with no deal was now more likely than not.
The real question hanging over this is whether the EU’s fantasy financial demands are serious or not. EU President Jean-Claude Juncker has publicly said the bill will be around “around” £50 billion, whilst German and French sources have talked of up to £90 billion.
If they seriously expect the Brits to cough up that amount, it will surely be a case of thanks, but no thanks. And no deal.
May demands Brexit bill from EU
Theresa May has insisted in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph that the European Union will owe Britain money in any divorce deal.
May has said that: “There is much debate about what the UK’s obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be in terms of money being paid in in the past. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations.
“There’s the investment bank, there’s the investment fund, there are various areas. This will be, as you know, an important part of the negotiations,” she said in terms of what Brussels may owe the UK.
Britain’s share of the European Investment Bank is estimated at around £8 – £9 billion as an example.
When it comes to Theresa May, the words and briefings are meant to seem fairly solid. But this is election season and don’t forget, this is the same woman who as Home Secretary insisted that the UK should leave the European Convention on Human Rights – yet as Prime Minister wants to keep Britain inside for at least another 5 years.
One thing is for sure – if she does get elected as Prime Minister with a healthy majority and submits to Brussels’ demands for cash, the public will never trust her again.
Abbott IRA links exposed, Corbyn association with Holocaust deniers
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has become the latest frontline Labour politician to be exposed as a supporter of the brutal Irish Republican Army following research by the Sunday Times.
Abbott is quoted in a 1984 interview saying that “every defeat of the British state is a victory for all of us. A defeat in Northern Ireland would be a defeat indeed.”
She goes on to denounce British identity, confessing that “though I was born here in London, I couldn’t identify as British”.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have long been known for their pro-IRA sympathies, with McDonnell famously joking about kneecapping Labour councillors who opposed the terrorist organisation.
The Telegraph has also lifted the lid on another error of judgement from Mr Corbyn, who has been found to be a long-term associate of the anti-Israeli group Deir Yassin Remembered, whose organisers have subsequently been exposed as Holocaust deniers. Its founder Paul Eisen dubbed Holocaust denial an “entirely honourable thing”.
Saturday 20 May
Brussels wants Britain to pay into £55bn pension pot after Brexit
The unrealistic demands from the European Commission continued this morning after it was revealed Eurocrats expect Britain to contribute to its huge £55 billion pension fund after we have left the Union. The fund dishes out an average of £59,000 to EU officials with the Brussels’ behemoths pocketing £166,000 a year in retirement.
Brussels are expecting Britain coughs up between £4.4 billion and £5.7 billion, a figure expected to be met with considerable opposition during the Brexit negotiations.
Speaking to the MailOnline, a senior Brussels source said: Commitments have been made and this is not theoretical. These are commitments which exist and we need to amek sure that the UK lives up to its part of these commitments.”
Whilst it is expected that Britain would pay a contribution to ensure the 1,730 Britons currently benefiting from EU pensions would not lose out, the numbers suggested by Brussels will be some way off what Britain will accept.
Corbyn was investigated by MI5 follwing historic IRA links
A Telegraph exclusive has revealed Britain’s security service MI5 opened a file on Jeremy Corbyn amid concerns over his IRA links.
The Labour leader was investigated over fears that he could have been a threat to national security at a time when he was supporting convicted terrorists and campaigning for a unified Ireland.
The investigation reveals Corbyn’s support for one of the Balcombe Street gang, who waged a 14-month bombing campaign across south-east England, and his links to the bomb maker believed to have been behind the Hyde Park and Regents Park devices.
He also shared a platform with an IRA insurgent who was wanted by the British Government over the killing of an SAS soldier.
The timing of this revelation will no doubt be criticised by the Parliamentary Labour Party, however the contents of this investigation will be deeply concerning for many voters who already have doubts of Jeremy Corbyn’s ability and desire to place Britain’s national security above all else.
Friday 19 May
May does ECHR U-turn
The Conservative Party have backslided on the UK ripping up the European Convention of Human Rights that has proven an obstacle to deporting terrorists. Under Theresa May the UK would remain inside for the entirety of the next Parliament.
In the run up to the Brexit referendum that saw May back Remain, she gave a speech on the ECHR saying that: “The ECHR can bind the hands of Parliament, adds nothing to our prosperity, makes us less secure by preventing the deportation of dangerous foreign nationals – and does nothing to change the attitudes of governments like Russia’s when it comes to human rights.
“So regardless of the EU referendum, my view is this: if we want to reform human rights laws in this country, it isn’t the EU we should leave but the ECHR and the jurisdiction of its court.”
The Tories had recently briefed about how Theresa May planned to make leaving the ECHR a central part of her General Election campaign
A source in December even said: “A clean break (from the ECHR) is by far the best option and, if we put it in the manifesto, even those Tory MPs who are squeamish about the idea will have to get behind it.
“A manifesto pledge also means the Lords will have to let it through eventually. All the signs are that the Prime Minister is up for this.”
Now, apparently not. European judges will retain some jurisdiction over the UK
Vote Tory to stay part of the ECHR and give a boost to foreign criminals and terrorists. Not exactly a full, clean Brexit.
May said ECHR made UK more dangerous, should leave ECHR not EU. Now she wants to stay in ECHR. No principles? https://t.co/v88QsLAMeF
— Michael Heaver (@Michael_Heaver) May 19, 2017
EU moves forward on European army
Remember when Nick Clegg described any prospect of an EU army as a “dangerous fantasy”? Well, last night the EU approved a motion to create a joint defence fund as part of a plan for greater military cooperation. It will be run by the European Defence Agency.
19 of the EU’s 27 Member States, including France and Germany (who are pushing for this heavily), will formally begin talking about the fund next month and expect it to be implemented by next year.
There have also been rumblings that the EU are planning on obtaining nuclear weapons, possibly taking control of France’s, as they feel they can no longer rely on America and Britain for protection.
A divided EU with an unelected President building military capability. What could possibly go wrong?
Thursday 18 May
May talks tough
Theresa May is set to announce the Conservatives’ continued commitment to reducing net migration to the tens of thousands today as she lays out harsh new measures to cut inflows from outside the European Union.
She’s set to admit to the massive social consequences of uncontrolled immigration, shifting the narrative away from an obsessive focus on mere economic impact, as she vows to control migration from the European Union and “bear down on immigration from outside the EU”.
This plan will involve doubling the Skills Charge that employers pay to import skilled workers from outside of the EU to fund extra training for British workers, as well as increasing the cost of NHS care for non-EU migrants.
Sources claim that comments about EU migrants will spell an end to free movement, but May’s continuing use of the distinction between EU and non-EU migrants might suggest privileged access to the UK.
Of course, Theresa May was Home Secretary under David Cameron when net migration remained at unsustainable highs – including non-EU migration that the government was at liberty to control. She talks a big game now that millions of votes are in play, but will she actually deliver? Only time will tell.
People pointing to immigration policy. In 2017, that's not populist. It's centrist.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) May 18, 2017
Merkel threatens Brexit Britain
Angela Merkel has warned Theresa May that Britain will pay a price if we try and limit the number of EU migrants coming to the country post-Brexit.
She said: “If the British government ends the free movement of people, that will have its price.
“This isn’t malicious, but they cannot say there will be an upper limit of 100,000 or 200,000 EU citizens, no more. That will not work. We would have to think about what obstacle we create from the European side to compensate for that.”
What part of taking back control of our borders don’t these people get? She and French poodle Emmanuel Macron will try to play hardball with Britain to prevent other countries from leaving, but it’s only a matter of time before nations that are being bossed around by the EU realise the grass really is greener on the other side.
The rebellion is already well underway in Hungary, Poland and Denmark. Countries are beginning to realise that acting in the national interest puts them at odds with the EU nationalists.
Merkel’s malicious outburst towards Brexit Britain once again points to a no deal scenario.
Merkel threatens consequences if we cut migration, but we will not be intimidated! We voted to control our borders!https://t.co/Ioxo17H54l
— LEAVE.EU 🇬🇧 (@LeaveEUOfficial) May 18, 2017
Accountants rubbish massive EU Brexit bill
The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales have analysed the Brexit bill costs and suggested that the UK could pay as little as £5 billion in any pay off scenario.
They’ve analysed the potential EU bill due in 2019 and come up with three likely scenarios: paying up £5 billion, £15 billion or £30 billion.
The Institute’s Chief Exec Michael Izza said: “A sensible approach to money will be an important component to achieving a successful outcome to the negotiations.
“A strong trading relationship between the UK and the EU after the UK’s departure will be critical if there is to a world of strong economies.”
The sensible approach in all this needs to come from Brussels. The vast majority of Brits don’t want to see the UK hand over £10 billion, let alone the £40 billion that has been quoted by Jean-Claude Juncker and others or even the £90 billion that has been briefed to the media.
If ludicrous demands for money continue, then it’ll have to be thanks but no thanks and no deal.
Wednesday 17 May
Yep, they’re really going to do it. Tim Farron’s Liberal Democrats are going to make a manifesto commitment to ignore the will of the people and to effectively seek to block and reverse the Brexit process.
Farron’s stance is crystal clear: “You don’t have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage’s extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals.
“You should have your say on the Brexit deal in a referendum. And if you don’t like the deal you should be able to reject it and choose to Remain in Europe.”
Extreme? As with his party colleague Nick Clegg, it would seem Farron didn’t count any of the TV interviews from all of the major figures spelling out how Leave would mean out of the single market.
Sadly for the Liberal Democrats at this Brexit General Election, leaving the EU has vast majority support and has never been more popular.
If this election is to be the second referendum, Farron’s side is going to get turned over again. Maybe then they’ll finally accept the democratic wishes of the British people.
Tuesday 16 May
The Merkel-Macron axis
Marine Le Pen’s failure to block EU fanatic Macron’s pathway to the French presidency is looking more disastrous by the day as his counterpart in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel bends over backwards to bind Europe even closer.
The pair said they will work together on Eurozone reform, defence and trying to prevent the EU from crumbling even further. Merkel said that she and Macron share a “joint conviction that we are not only going to deal with the British exit from the European Union, but we also need to deepen the EU”.
Yesterday Macron appointed a new Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, who had previously slagged him off, calling him a technocratic banker among other things. He then jetted off to Berlin to meet master Merkel, where the pair discussed their plans to dominate Europe.
Macron is the answer to Merkel’s prayers, but will the German, or for that matter, the French people stand for even greater losses of sovereignty while independent Britain rides off into the glorious sunset? No, they won’t.
The Labour manifesto
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has finally revealed where all of the money will come from: by getting lots more people to pay more income tax.
The 45p tax rate would kick in at £80,000, and it also looks like the 50p rate of tax would make a comeback as well though it isn’t clear at what income level.
Corporation tax and inheritance tax would also likely increase under Labour as the party put a throwback socialist manifesto on the table.
The manifesto’s key weakness is the unfunded raft of nationalisations. The party claims it will purchase utilities and rail through extra government borrowing, but with the UK struggling under the weight of one of the largest public debts in the developed world, is this really a feasible option?
Hungary in the EU crosshairs
The European Union’s increasingly aggressive approach could soon be on display as the European Parliament looks at hitting Hungary with sanctions.
The European Union’s increasingly aggressive approach could soon be on display as the European Parliament looks at hitting Hungary with sanctions.
The issue of fiscal credibility is key. With even Labour heartlands looking vulnerable at this election, can Corbyn turn the tide?
It would be an extraordinary move. Brussels has long targeted hugely popular Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban who has been steadfast in strengthening Hungary’s borders and recently re-asserted the right of nation states to determine their own futures rather than the European Union.
In response, the EU have urged Hungarians to rise up against their elected Prime Minister.
Now, the European Parliament is looking to trigger Article 7 which would suspend Hungary’s voting rights on the European Council.
Monday 15 May
Jeremy Corbyn refused to put a figure on how many migrants would be allowed to come into the country, in the event he’s elected Prime Minister in a few weeks time.
Speaking to ITV’s Julie Etchingham, Corbyn said: “There would be immigration, there would emigration…I’m not going to put any figures on it, Theresa May has done that for, this is now the third General Election she’s promised figures none of which she’s come anywhere near to achieving.
“Clearly the free movement ends when we leave the European Union but, there will be managed migration and it will be fair.”
Sunday 14 May
Brexit donor launches campaign to oust Remainers
Vote Leave donor, Jeremy Hosking has pledged £5,000 a piece to 138 Brexit candidates in the General Election attempting to oust the hardcore Remain MPs. Taking aim at the Labour heartlands, Hosking has said “traditional Labour voters should on this occasion hold their nose and vote Tory” to ensure Brexit means Brexit.
“I think it is going to be a lot of hard work so we need the best team there, and we need all the Brexiteers there – particularly the Brexiteers in the Labour heartlands,” Hosking said. “I think that will do a lot for Brexit.”
EU court to give national parliaments a veto on Brexit deal
The European Court of Justice is expected on Tuesday to grant all national and regional parliaments of Member States a veto over any future deal reached between Brussels and Britain in a clearly political move designed to destabilise the already fractious relationship between Westminster and Brussels.
As we saw with Wallonia – a Belgian territory with a population of just 3.5 million – initially exercising a veto of the Canada-EU CETA trade deal, such a judgment would bring a so-called ‘hard’ Brexit very much on the table. The advantage of a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be that the UK would not need to pay a penny of Brussels’ Brexit bill and would take back full control of her borders and her ability to trade with the rest of the world. This is what we voted for!
Saturday 13 May
Foreign Sec. tells the EU to get its chequebook out
Boris Johnson has suggested that it could in fact be the European Union handing over cash to the UK in any Brexit settlement, seemingly dismissing the prospect of the British government paying up to £90 billion to the European Union.
When asked by The Telegraph if the EU could end up paying a divorce bill rather than the UK, Johnson said: “I do, I think there are very good arguments.
“There are assets, I don’t want to get too much into the detail of the negotiation but there are assets that we share, that we have paid for over the years and there will need to be a proper computation of the value of those assets. I certainly think the bill that’s been presented at the moment is absurd.”
Leaver Johnson also dismissed the doomsday rhetoric suggesting the prospect of ‘no deal’ with the EU: “We could definitely walk away.
“Theresa May is right, no deal is better than a bad deal and some of the anxiety that I’ve read about the consequences of failing to get the deal remind me of the panic that led up to the turn of the millennium, the so-called millennium bug. This is pure millennium bug stuff.”
May on the Remain bus
It has been revealed that Theresa May’s new battle bus is in fact the coach used by the Stronger In campaign this time last year.
If you check the numberplate, Theresa May is now touring the country in last year's "Remain" bus. pic.twitter.com/TV2DE2VyZo
— dan barker (@danbarker) May 12, 2017
Is the Prime Minister hasn’t switched buses, has she truly switched sides?
Friday 12 May
Tory candidates happy to top up Brussels coffers
Sky News has exposed how many of those being selected as Conservative candidates are soft eurosceptics (at best) with the vast majority happy to submit to Brussels’ demand for cash.
Conservative candidates in winnable seats were questioned, with 24 out of the 26 insisting that they are ready to back an EU deal rather than leaving without one, betraying the Prime Minister’s “no deal is better than a bad deal mantra”.
Furthermore, 18 of the 26 said that they would back paying an EU divorce bill, a sharp contrast with 64% of British voters against paying even £10 billion, Brussels is demanding £50 – £90.
This follows comments yesterday from David Cameron that a big Tory majority would allow Theresa May to fight against “extreme Brexit”.
US wants London’s City to stay on top
The United States has hinted against the European Union trying to force the lucrative Euro-clearing market out of London.
“This is an important regulatory policy decision that needs to be made with care by European officials,” said Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Christopher Giancarlo
Giancarlo’s intervention comes well-timed. Regulators across Europe are wary of taking on board extra business from London for fear of the added risks. Paris, which is hellbent on snatching London’s status, is not heeding these warnings. Pressure from the US will do no harm.
Aldi plans huge UK expansion
Another company is showing faith in the economic future of Brexit Britain with plans for huge investment that could see the supermarket chain quadruple in size.
Aldi currently has 700 stores in the UK but is looking at a rapid expansion that could take it up to around 2,600.
Aldi’s Chief Exec in the UK Matthew Barnes laid bare the plans, insisting that “we think not only could we have a store in every town and city, but for every 25,000 to 30,000 people”.
Another massive show of confidence in the UK. Not exactly the doomsday many economists were predicting after the Leave vote.
Thursday 11 May
Corbyn hands negotiating power to Brussels…
Perhaps the most damaging revelation from Labour’s manifesto leak is not just the huge layout of hundreds of billions of pounds, but the fact that Jeremy Corbyn would apparently go into Brexit negotiations unwilling to walk away from the table whilst having no intention of cutting levels of migration
The draft version of the Labour manifesto makes clear that Labour would formally “reject no deal as viable”.
That would effectively guarantee a bad deal for Britain, with Jean-Claude Juncker and the rest of Brussels knowing that they had maximum leverage at all times.
Not only that but Corbyn’s Labour seem to have no desire to cut mass migration at all and will refuse to commit to any sort of sensible target, letting down so many working class communities damaged by irresponsible open door migration.
This represents the new lunatic fringe of British politics. Voters want proper negotiations and an end to mass migration. PM Corbyn would lead to a complete capitulation on both. A scary thought.
…as Labour manifesto leaks
Comrade Corbyn has had his manifesto leaked, in full, to two national newspapers. It outlines Labour’s plan to borrow billions to realise a far-left utopia.
The plans include lots of taxing and borrowing, as you’d expect, in order to fund free University tuition for all subjects, as well as lots of nationalisation. That’s gonna cost money.
The leaked document claims the party will go on a spending spree, borrowing £250 billion if they got into power.
Corbyn’s manifesto will also carry commitments to achieving a “nuclear-free world” and is will only send our troops into combat if “all other options have been exhausted”. That’ll only shore up the belief that the troubled Labour Leader will be too soft to deal with the problems the world faces.
Nigel Farage claimed this was “game over for Labour”.
Wednesday 10 May
Jeremy Corbyn has refused to confirm to the BBC that Britain would definitely Leave the European Union, whatever happens, in the event he becomes Prime Minister.
He said this morning 'Brexit is settled' – but I asked him five times if categorically, we would leave the EUif he were PM – he wouldn't say
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) May 9, 2017
On his LBC show later on Tuesday Nigel Farage described Labour’s policy on Brexit as a complete “shambles”.
I have no idea where Labour stand on Brexit. They're a complete shambles. pic.twitter.com/kNF4b8tCKS
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 9, 2017
Brexit alliance to take out LibDem MP in Norfolk
UKIP have decided not to field a candidate in North Norfolk in a bid to unseat the sitting LibDem MP and former Party leadership contender, Norman Lamb.
Lamb is struggling to defend a slim 4,000 majority in the seat, which could easily be overturned if the more than 8,000 people who voted UKIP in the last General Election decide to switch Conservative candidate Alex Wild.
UKIP’s candidate last time round Michael Baker explained that: “We discussed at our local constituency meeting and decided that what’s important is that we get Britain out of Europe and get a good deal.
“We didn’t think we were going to win, but we need to rid ourselves of our Liberal Democrat MP. Personally, I have no problem with Norman at all and get on very well with him, but I totally disagree with his politics.
“I don’t want us back in Europe and I don’t want another referendum so we need to unseat him.”
UKIP have decided not to stand candidates against Brexit backing Conservatives, such as Phillip Hollobone in Kettering and Stewart Jackson in Peterborough.
Hungarian/Slovak appeal reaches the ECJ
Hungary and Slovakia have filed a joint case against the EU’s refugee quota scheme.
The appeal, filed with the European Court of Justice today, aims to challenge the EU’s decision to distribute migrants among member states, forcing them to take in an EU-defined quota of people.
Hungary’s Justice Minister, Laszlo Trocsanyi, said: “The decision to assign quotas sends the wrong signal to potential migrants: ‘Go ahead and come to Europe, we will handle the distribution.’”
“Secondly, it’s not effective. These people want to go to very specific countries, not countries like Romania, Bulgaria or Hungary. Those who were sent to Latvia were back in Germany in just two days,” he added.
Trocsanyi told German newspaper, Die Welt that the EU’s deportation policy is a shambles which has caused more problems for Europe as deporting migrants back to their home countries is “mostly not possible.”
Hungary’s solution is for a new, Europe-wide solution which would see the EU’s border agency, Frontex, given more power and resources “in order to organise flights and bring back migrants to their home countries if they don’t qualify for protection.”
Tuesday 9 May
Juncker admits leaks a “mistake”
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has admitted that he regrets leaked reports of a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May which sparked gloating from pro-EU pundits across the continent.
Initial reports, which were denied swiftly by Downing Street, claimed that Juncker was disturbed by Mrs May’s ambitious programme for British withdrawal from the European Union and said that he was left “10 times more skeptical than I was before”.
But May went one step further, addressing the concerns from the steps of Downing Street and accusing the EU of attempting to influence the outcome of a British general election.
And now Juncker claims that he had nothing to do with the leak, but that it was nonetheless “a serious mistake”. No wonder. After all, he’s even been castigated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the damaging attempt to undermine the United Kingdom.
As Britain heads for the polls and the European Union comes closer to being forced into serious negotiations about its future relationship with a key partner, expect more impotent EU leaders like Juncker to wake up and get real.
The government are drawing up a back-up plan that would require ferry companies to tackle illegal migrants seeking to get to the UK.
It comes as new French President-elect Emmanuel Macron has vowed to renegotiate the Le Touquet agreement that currently allows British border officials to operate in France.
Though Macron said this during the heat of the election campaign, it really wouldn’t make sense. Any weakening of the French border would simply act as a magnet that would attract a large number of migrants and risk recreating the huge Jungle style camps that French officials have just dismantled.
We do know of course that Macron’s real focus is on an EU approach and doing the bidding of Germany’s Angela Merkel. Though he is French President-elect, it is likely that whatever approach taken is likely to be with an EU agenda in mind. They wouldn’t be that stupid, would they?
A landmark poll carried out in Wales has confirmed that Brexit is the defining issue for voters at this General Election, way ahead of other issues parties normally fight elections on.
The survey carried out by YouGov for ITV shows that 59% of voters view the UK’s exit from the European Union as their their number one concern heading into the election, ahead of the NHS, the economy and welfare.
Welsh voters also believe that the Tories are the best party to deliver Brexit, with a higher approval rating than all other parties combined, with the likes of Labour and UKIP having one hell of a fight on their hands.
This is not a normal General Election. Expect Remainers to be ousted by a Brexit alliance as UKIP supports some principled pro-Leave MPs and Brexiteers more widely to vote tactically across the country.
Monday 8 May
Macron looks to re-vive the EU republic
Where French tyrant Napoleon Bonaparte failed to a European Empire, newly elected and similarly vertically challenged President, Emmanuel Macron hopes to succeed. While the liberal elite joined in a collective sigh of relief, they along with the rest of us need to consider the worrying consequences of Mr Macron’s remarkable victory.
With 99.99% of votes counted the former investment banker’s majority over his opponent in Sunday’s second round run-off, Marine le Pen stands at 66.06% to 33.94%. Turnout was 2% lower than in the second round with abstentions reaching 25.38%. The last time voters were so apathetic was in 1969 at the height of France’s post-war malaise, just a year after the May 68 riots. A record 12% of ballots were spoiled. For a candidate from a controversial party, as Le Pen is, to secure a third of the votes is significant, that taken alongside the large number of spoiled ballots points at a deeply divided society.
Simmering tensions are more likely than not to boil over by 2022 when Mr Le Pen is expected to contest Macron’s throne once again. By then, Le Pen’s party, the Front National is expected to have undergone a radical image change to capitalise on a disgruntled youth ravaged by low unemployment – 44% of young people voted for France’s iron lady.
As for the here and now and we in the United Kingdom, with Bonapartesque zeal EU-fanatic Macron has pledged to make an example of Britain as it exits the failing bloc. While he has attempted to play down his intentions, he has previously stated his desire for the UK to “lose” out from Brexit.
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) May 7, 2017
21 Labour-Dems paying the price for remaining
Those vainly trying to insist this General Election is not all about Brexit have received a reality check from polling that finds 21 Labour and Lib-Dem MPs who campaigned to remain are in danger of losing their seats on June 8.
Politics professor Matthew Goodwin says 21 “Remainers are at risk” thanks to an average 7% swing to the Tories in no-go areas powered by Brexit.
The Conservatives, who still insist they are pursuing a hard Brexit, despite mounting pressure from allies in the City for a transitional deal, are set for wins in Newcastle upon Lyme, Ealing, West London, Cardiff and York.
Interestingly, while constituencies like Newcastle-under-Lyme and Wakefield voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU (62%), others such as York voted to remain (58%). This reveals a growing trend among voters to make a success out of Brexit, even from members of the electorate who voted to Remain.
Merkel scolds Juncker
The first cracks in the EU’s so-far strong façade on Brexit are beginning to appear with Angela Merkel (of all people) slapping down European Commission President, and all-round cad Jean-Claude Juncker for briefings against the Prime Minister.
According to German broadsheet Der Spiegel, which has close links with the German government, relations between the German leader and her usually pliant counterpart in Brussels have “soured” after Mrs Merkel accused Juncker of “inflaming” relations with the United Kingdom over Brexit.
Part of last week’s leak to the German press on the Juncker’s dinner at Downing Street included comments made by the Commission President in a phone call to Merkel early the next morning when he said Theresa May was “living in a different galaxy” on Brexit.
Brussels has gone on an outrageous attack in recent weeks, hoping to bully the British Government into thinking it is totally ignorant of the EU and international negotiations, putting Merkel in a difficult position. Merkel, like Juncker and co. is an EU fanatic, yet at the same time, is reluctant to destroy relations with the UK and jepoardise preferential access to the UK’s lucrative market.
The German economy is hugely dependent on exports to wealthy countries like the UK.
Sunday 7 May
France goes to the polls
The people of France go to the polls today in the final round of the presidential election. The first round held late last month put patriot Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen and establishment ex-banker Emmanuel Macron in the top two, leaving French votes with a clear choice in today’s ballot.
Macron has led opinion polls in the run-up to today’s vote, much as Remain and Hillary Clinton were seen as clear favourites in last year’s major democratic battles. But the ex-banker will be concerned over an anonymous online dump of campaign material which suggests un-presidential behaviour. The French media have been careful to avoid revealing the contents of the leak to the public.
While most of the failed contenders from France’s mainstream political parties have endorsed Europhile Macron, left-wing Eurosceptic Jean-Luc Melenchon – who performed strongly with young voters – has refused to make a second-round endorsement. Le Pen has the support of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, whose centre-right party has long been aligned to the UK Independence Party.
Speaking on Robert Peston’s Sunday morning show earlier, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage suggested that Marine Le Pen would become French president, but more likely in 2022 than in 2017. Only time will tell.
Labour pledge tax rises for nurses and teachers
Labour’s Marxist Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has pledged not to raise taxes on British workers earning less than £80,000 a year while demanding that those above the threshold – including senior employees of major public services – will pay “a modest bit more” to the coffers.
The announcement comes days after crippling losses in Thursday’s local elections, which many commentators say do not bode well for the left-wing party’s hopes in next month’s general election.
But McDonnell is optimistic, suggesting that a surge in registration among young people – the least likely to vote in prior elections – could give his party the edge.
“In the last week there’s been a rush of young people registering to vote. I think this is going to be a young people’s election as much as anything.” He went on to insist that “we are going to win votes and we are going to win this election”.
Saturday 6 May
Pro-EU candidate says Russia behind conveniently timed hack\
Grudging favourite to win the second round of France’s Presidential election, Emmanuel Macron claims hacked files posted on the web include false documents as part of an act of disinformation orchestrated by Russia.
A Statement made on behalf of Macron’s team (not the man himself) said internal campaign documents, including emails and financial data, had been illegally retrieved in an “act of massive, co-ordinated hacking”.”The leaked files were obtained several weeks ago by hacking personal and professional email accounts of several officials of the movement
“The leaked files were obtained several weeks ago by hacking personal and professional email accounts of several officials of the movement
The files were first posted on Pastebin, a resource used by hackers to post content anonymously, before making its way on Friday evening to WikiLeaks via forum 4chan.
Alleged multi-GB team Macron email archives. Could be a 4chan practical joke. We are examining https://t.co/wLemQiYHT2
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) May 5, 2017
The campaigning window closed at midnight on Friday before polls open on Sunday, leaving little time for the two campaigns to respond. The Front National, backers of Macron’s rival, Eurosceptic patriot Marine Le Pen released a statement just before the hour saying, “Will we learn anything from the #Macronleaks that investigative journalism has so far deliberately tried to snuff out? This democratic disaster is frightening.”
A good question. If Russia really wanted to kill off Macron’s chances of winning on Sunday it would have surely released the files much earlier, giving Le Pen permission and the media time to dig up dirt from 9 gigabytes of data. Instead, the leak has had the effect of portraying
Macron as a victim after the investment banker was brought into disrepute on Friday when it was alleged he’s stashed hoards of cash in a secret offshore account.
Pricey EU Museum airbrushes Brexit
A new museum paying tribute to the EU’s unquantifiable number of outstanding achievements has opened in Brussels. In typical EU style, it opened 10 years behind scheduled and cost a whopping £47 million. At least they are keeping it true to the project!
Amid the many perplexed reactions to this highly effective waste of money is, “why”? only four years ago the European Parliament opened its opulent “Parlementarium” – again, behind schedule – for all of Europe to see, except it is stuck in Brussels, hardly convenient for most Europeans.
The ‘House of European History’ is now open but reportedly unfinished and slightly ramshackle, with Brexit tucked away as an inconvenient reality best ignored.
UKIP MEP Jonathan Arnott summed it up well: “In one way, I suppose the House of European History is a great metaphor for the EU itself.
“The public never asked for it, it’s cost far more than we were originally told, the money is being spent on self-serving propaganda, and British citizens are expected to pay for it.”
With running costs of £11 million, the EU has really outdone itself this time with a truly authentic museum that truly captures the essence of the bloc. We expect it’ll largely stand empty or close down completely at huge cost to the taxpayer.
Important that UKIP voice is still there says Farage
Nigel Farage has pointed out how UKIP has “transformed the landscape” of British politics and insisted that a UKIP voice involved in the national debate moving forward remains important. Speaking last night on BBC’s Any Questions, Nigel said: “Well, hasn’t British politics changed in the last couple of years?
“All of the things that I’ve been accused of banging on about have now been adopted wholesale by the Prime Minister.”
Farage pointed out how UKIP had “transformed the landscape of British politics in a way no party in living memory has ever done” and insisted that the country was now having “the right debate”.
Asked what the point of UKIP now was, Nigel pointed out how in the past as Home Secretary Theresa May had failed to deliver on promises and pledges, whilst being good at big set piece speeches. He said that it was “very important the UKIP voice is still there” if May fails to deliver the Brexit that so many now expect.
Farage could not be more correct, but the Nigel still finds itself if dire straits. Leave.EU co-founder Arron Banks was surely correct when he said in a newsletter yesterday that UKIP has no future if it continues on its current trajectory.
Undoubtedly, there is need for a voice out there, whether it is UKIP, Farage or some other organisation, we shall have to wait and see. For the time being though Nigel, please keep up the outstanding work.
Friday 5 May
Cable admits no “spectacular breakthrough” for Remainers
Yesterday’s remarkable local elections, which could yet be overshadowed by the forthcoming general election, saw a strong consolidation on the right of British politics while left-wing pro-EU parties continued to flounder in Brexit Britain.
The Conservative party has seen impressive gains at the expense of UKIP, who have been totally wiped out as of this morning. With almost a third of councils in England reporting, the Tories had gained 117 councillors with UKIP losing all 39 seats they held. The Lib Dems and Labour have also been punished for their pro-EU stance, dropping 16 and 51 councillors respectively.
Labour’s losses have been particularly crushing, losing control of councils in Wales including Merthyr and Bridgend.
One of the more embarrassing episodes for the Remainers was in the West of England, where arrogant ex-Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams was so confident of victory in the Metro Mayor elections that he updated his Facebook page to boast about his new role weeks ahead of the vote. In reality he failed to make the run-off and the contest was won by the Conservative candidate despite the prominence of left-leaning Bristol.
And even Lib Dem grandee Vince Cable, who is set to stand in the upcoming general election, has admitted that the result has been at best “neutral” for his party as he confessed that the Party of In had failed to make “a spectacular breakthrough”. Well, that is what will happen when you refuse to accept the will of the people…
Gibraltar hits back at meddling Spain
The Chief Minister of Gibraltar Fabian Picardo has attacked Spanish attempts to profit from Brexit, warning that Spanish workers employed in Gibraltar would be the hardest hit of their plans come through.
Spain has complained about Gibraltar’s generous tax regime, describing it as a tax haven “which compete unfairly with Spain” in official papers on Brexit negotiations, warning that it will work to end the territory’s “unjustified privilege”.
But Picardo has gone on the attack, saying that “the Spanish government’s mask is slipping” and that the neighbouring nation was “trying to use Brexit to take narrow advantage”, describing the behaviour of the Spanish as “aggression and belligerence”.
More silly games from the EU establishment, but Brits all around Europe are unwilling to put up with them. Will they get the message?
Thursday 4 May
May strikes back at EU Empire
Theresa May has struck back at Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his “deliberately timed” threats and smears following a private at Downing Street last week.
“In the last few days, we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be,” she said.
“Britain’s negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press (a reference to German newspaper FAZ, which revealed the leaked Juncker’s comments from the dinner).
“The European Commission’s negotiating stance has hardened.
“Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials.”
Brussels bureaucrats are smugly discarding May’s uncharacteristic boldness as an election ploy – they are known to prefer dealing with “strong and stable” May over “Chaotic Corbyn”. And while the Prime Minister may have won herself some extra votes for yesterday’s speech outside Number 10, She was clearly responding directly to Mr Juncker and his cronies.
It is believed Juncker’s chief of staff, EU-fanatic Martin Selmayr is behind the leak, a deliberate attempt at making Britain look weak and misguided. May has issued a stern warning at such underhand behavior.
Don’t bet against more of the same though. Faced with an increasingly divided Europe over Brexit, Juncker will be tempted to resort to similarly cheap tactics to make Britain look bad. He can try.
Biased think tank warns against lower migration
Surprise surprise! An Establishment think tank has published a report warning against cutting migration after Brexit.
The Institute for Government, which is known for its chummy links with Brussels, is trotting the tired argument that without open borders, “employers, landlords and providers of public services” will suffer.
The report’s authors are taking advantage of speculation that the Article 50 negotiations will run well beyond March 2019. They argue that a deal on EU citizens’ rights to work in the UK will be settled much later, and whatever is eventually agreed will take “several years” to implement.
The report also points to the lack of resource available to process the inevitable rise in residency applications from EU citizens, which has already begun – one of the few additions to the EU’s negotiating guidelines approved on Monday was to make the application more straightforward.
The report demonstrated the depths of creativity Remainers will go to find unsubstantiated reasons to leave the EU. Who’s side are they on?
Only 45% chance of Brexit deal says treasonous Lord
The man who deliberately designed Article 50 to make it harder to leave the EU claims there is only a one in two chance of the UK securing an outgoing trade agreement.
Speaking before Brexit Secretary David Davis asserted that he will be the lead negotiator, Lord Kerr said there was a 45% chance of a no deal.
Kerr described Davis, a former Europe minister, as a clever man, who was “nice, straightforward, honest [but] not particularly experienced in this sort of dossier”. If you did not know otherwise, from Kerr’s words you would the UK was not the first country to leave the EU and lots of experience was easily available. Davis, a lifelong Brexiteer, is as good as they get.
During the infamous Downing Street dinner between Theresa May, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the Prime Minister is reported to have said that she will be the lead negotiator, which Brussels took too literately, mocking the Prime Minister for her naivety and sending Remainers into a frenzy over who will face up against the EU’s lead negotiator, Michel Barnier.
May, a known micro-manager will not be attending every meeting, but she will be pulling the strings from the other side of the channel.
Wednesday 3 May
Brexit Sec says no to Brussels’ dubious €100bn demands
Brexit Secretary David Davis has slammed EU bosses over their doubling of Britain’s so-called ‘Brexit divorce bill’, saying that we will pay what we are legally required to, “not just what the EU wants”.
The news comes after the bombshell was dropped last night that Eurocrats were looking to double the bill from €50bn to €100bn, to include future payments for French farmers, as well as upfront payments in order to guarantee loans to countries like Portugal.
Davis said that any huge figured being floated around should be taken with a “pinch of salt” and affirmed: “We have said we will meet our international obligations, but there will be our international obligations including assets and liabilities and there will be the ones that are correct in law, not just the ones the Commission want.”
The House of Lords recently published a report which said Britain isn’t legally obliged to pay them anything. On top of that is the clear possibility of walking away with no deal and not paying a penny, something Davis has put out there this morning as well.
No deal with no bill looks increasingly likely.
May vows to be “bloody difficult” over Brexit
The Prime Minister vowed yesterday to be a “bloody difficult woman” as she hit back at comments made by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, describing her as “deluded”.
Speaking to the BBC Mrs May said: “During the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a ‘bloody difficult woman.
“And I said at the time, the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker.”
The Prime Minister refused to go further. She is taking the high-ground in response to the disgraceful leak by one of Juncker’s inner circle to German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung following Wednesday night’s dinner at Downing Street.
Juncker is reported to have said to May that she is “living in another galaxy” and that Britain is suffering from “Brexit delusion”. He also insisted that “Brexit cannot be a success”.
It is strongly suspected that Martin Selmayr, Juncker’s Chief of Staff and a total EU fanatic, who was present on Wednesday is responsible for the leak.
Unusually for a Brussels bureaucrat, Selmary has built up a considerable public profile within the EU Establishment, amassing huge political influence in the process.
A man on the warpath to make an example out of Britain, Selmayr is deemed to be most responsible for David Cameron’s failed renegotiation.
Sterling stays strong
If the intention behind Juncker’s leaked comments, was to scare Britain into submission, the tactic is failing.
The value of Sterling – always a good indicator of how political pronouncements are perceived in the real world – did not respond to the revelation of the mismatch in expectations between Downing Street and Brussels. The Pound held at $1.29 throughout the day, closing at a higher value.
“The difficulty of the early stages of the Brexit negotiations looks to be priced in already…The political noise on its own may not be enough to drive sterling another leg lower from here,” said Jordan Rochester at banking giant Nomura, adding:
“We think the market may be about to receive some much-needed optimism and that would be supportive.
“Sterling is likely to continue to rise and we expect it to trade initially to $1.32 with a risk it finishes the year at or above $1.37,”
Labour campaign on suicide watch in Scotland
Labour candidates in Scotland are promising a second referendum in a desperate bid to win votes off the SNP.
Candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Douglas Beattie said he was “gutted for Yes camp who fought so justly and valiantly,” after the nationalists lost in 2014, another candidate, Sally Prentice, posted an image on Facebook last week saying, “A vote for Labour in Scotland is a chance of indyref2.”
North of the border, the Scottish nationalists have the edge over Labour in the left-wing and nationalist stakes, while in Westminster, their lead MP Angus Robertson is doing a much better job of holding the Government to account than Jeremy Corbyn is.
Labour desperately needs its Scottish seats back if it has any chance of reclaiming power in Westminster. But siding with the independence argument the will only not only make those seats harder to win, it may also help to eliminate them altogether.
Tuesday 2 May
The hard left have continued their violent campaign against democracy on the streets of Paris, as they gathered for May Day marches against patriotic presidential contender Marine Le Pen.
As often happens at such gatherings, violent rioting was quick to break out with left-wing political activists screaming “fascists out!”
One, aged 22, insisted that Le Pen “represents racism and hatred, that’s why we’re opposing her. Thousands of us have come out on the streets to stand up for justice and decency, and to show our shame at these fascists hoping to take over.”
One shocking image, which didn’t appear to represent justice of decency, attracted much attention: a burning riot cop, who was the victim of a Molotov cocktail attack from the far left protestors. He was among the 9,000 officials deployed the deal with the disorderly demonstration.
Green Remoaners vow second referendum
The Green Party of England and Wales is set to declare its support for a second referendum on membership of the European Union.
Delusional leader Caroline Lucas insists that “whoever wins this election has a mandate to negotiate on behalf of the British people – but that does not mean that they have a right to impose a final deal”. The pathetic stance would allow the European Union to push for the worst deal possible in the hopes that the British public would perform a U-turn on national sovereignty and back continued EU membership.
They are not the first group to back a second vote and the move will be seen as part of a bid to strike up a so-called “progressive alliance” with fellow pro-EU whingers in the Liberal Democrats, who have been vocally demanding a second vote on Brexit for some months now. They hope to gain seats in the forthcoming general election, targeting areas like Bristol West.
EU plotted migrant deal block
The Brexit negotiation is taking an increasingly confrontational turn, with Brussels apparently plotting to string Theresa May along on rights for Brits living across the European Union.
May has brought up the important issue repeatedly with EU leaders but they have planned to block any early agreement all along, presumably until the UK agrees to cough up £50 billion.
It follows briefings that May’s meeting with unelected EU Pres Jean-Claude Juncker was a disaster, with the two sides way said to be miles apart on a deal. The PM dismissed the reports as “Brussels gossip”.
Interestingly, the Tories have started pushing the negative start to negotiations as a reason to vote for them in the General Election.
No deal Mr. Juncker or just one big bluff?