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Thursday 18 July 2019

Following reports earlier this week that the Brexit Secretary has upset Brussels with his rebuke of the withdrawal Deal, the bureaucrats are fighting back. Michel Barnier and Frans Timmermans – he who revels in sanctioning Poland and Hungary for telling the EU to get stuffed – will feature in tonight’s Panorama, laying into Theresa May’s administration for their mishandling of Brexit.

“The UK will have to face the consequences” if Britain bins the Withdrawal Agreement, says Barnier. Yes, and so will the EU.

Interestingly though, he claims Mrs May never threatened him with No Deal, which is eminently feasible.

“I think that the UK side, which is well informed and competent and knows the way we work on the EU side, knew from the very beginning that we’ve never been impressed by such a threat.

“It’s not useful to use it.” We beg to differ, threatening No Deal most certainly is useful, so long as you mean it.

Timmermans meanwhile, fires a shot at David Davis for arriving in Brussels without a plan, which comes as no surprise. It is well known that May wouldn’t let him have one. From what’s been revealed, there’s nothing that’s going to offend or surprise anyone who doesn’t thoroughly deserve it. As always, Brussels just doesn’t get it.

Case in point, Nathalie Loiseau, who until recently was Emmanuel Macron’s Europe minister, now an MEP, was on the Today programme – it’s not really clear why – explaining the new European Commission President might wish to extend the Brexit negotiations, but there needs to be a “serious” reason. Britain needs to decide whether “it wants to Leave or Remain”. Sorry, what?

The British people voted to leave, Parliament followed suit and triggered Article 50. Goodness knows what the People’s Vote campaign has been telling the European elites, but there is no question of Britain not leaving the European Union, yet Brussels holds out hope. They are delusional.

And why is extending Article 50 even a matter for discussion. Boris Johnson is poised to take over from Theresa May in just over a week’s time, and he has ruled it out. The Sun reports the Tories are expecting 80% of ballots being returned. With Jeremy Hunt taking his foot off the gas, joking at Tuesday’s hustings that he might move into No. 11 Downing Street, no-one is expecting anything other than a Johnson victory.

The Sun has also been told that Tory Membership has grown a whopping 30%, from 120,000 to 180,000 members since 2018. CCHQ are pretending soft Remainers are trying to bring the party back to the Cameron era, we’re not buying any of it. Leave.EU’s blue wave campaign has been a monumental success. Well done to those of you who took part.

Finally, the Times reports on former Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption who has slammed any pretensions that the Monarch could refuse a Queen’s speech should Boris Johnson request one as a means of proroguing Parliament.

Loiseau and the like should pay attention, Parliament is not going to rescue Remainer dreams.