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Wednesday 10 July 2019

ITV’s head-to-head debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt last night gave us nothing new. While Boris flapped a bit here and there, he did all he needed to, holding fast over Britain’s exit date, October 31st. Persistent flip-flopper Hunt can’t provide such assurances, which is why he’ll lose.

“Those who are sceptical of Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt will not have seen anything to change their views. And that will be just what Boris wanted, as the frontrunner, after this spectacle,” commented the Telegraph’s Asa Bennett.

The real action is going on at Labour HQ following reports on Monday that Jeremy Corbyn would commit to a second referendum and remaining in the EU. That position is now official.

“Whoever becomes the new Prime Minister should have the confidence to put their deal, or No Deal, back to the people in a public vote. In those circumstances, I want to make it clear that Labour would campaign for remain against either No Deal or a Tory deal that does not protect the economy and jobs,” wrote Corbyn in a letter to members.

We’ve received a press request for Brexiteers interested in talking about their experiences of fiercely defending Britain’s withdrawal from the EU with younger family members and colleagues.

If you’ve got something to share, why not email us at info@leave.eu. Subject: Brexit barneys.

Typically, Remainers are dissatisfied with Corbyn’s decision not to completely abandon Brexit. In his letter, the Labour leader said he continues to believe in the “compromise plan” put forward in cross-party talks as a “sensible alternative that could bring the country together”. And while a second referendum is a firm commitment, the Labour leadership has not said it will campaign for Remain if they somehow find themselves calling the shots with Brussels, although in that scenario, with a “confirmatory vote” nailed on, the pathway will be clear for Brussels to make the deal even more dire than the current one. The only one calling the shots will be the EU.

Corbyn’s 99% capitulation has provoked another bout of lunacy in Lord Adonis, who slammed his party boss for “weasel words”. The elites’ sense of Remain entitlement is excruciating.

Adonis’s counterpart in the Conservatives, Dominic Grieve largely failed to pass a series of amendments to Northern Ireland legislation yesterday that would complicate proroguing parliament. However, one snuck through, 294-293. Had a Tory whip, who’d slipped out to use the loo returned to the chamber in time, the result would have gone the other way.

No need to ponder whether the future of the nation may end up resting on whether a single MP could hold it in or not though. The solitary amendment doesn’t carry a threat, Grieve’s proposals were a package and needed to pass together. An outlying “nuclear” amendment to make suspension of Parliament impossible wasn’t selected by the Speaker.

Finally, the Irish government has published its No Deal plans, acknowledging the “significant risk”. Very importantly, there are no plans for border infrastructure, but the flow of goods will be regulated away from the frontier, completely undermining the purpose of the backstop, which Brussels and Dublin claim is so vital.

A document will soon be published, already prefaced by warning of “dire consequences” from the Irish government, but foreign secretary Simon Coveney admitted yesterday that while there would be “some action somewhere … We are not going to put checks on the border or close to it.”

More ammunition for Boris to blast at Brussels. Fantastic.