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Thursday 20 December

This is the last Brexit Brunch of 2018, before the Commons breaks for Christmas. Thank you for reading and engaging with these daily updates over the last year.

Now that No Deal is being treated as a serious option by the government, the EU has blinked and conceded ground in a number of areas should Britain depart without a Withdrawal Agreement. In a publication released yesterday, the EU Commission identified 14 measures to be implemented in order to minimise disruption in the event that no deal is reached by 29th March. The measures would ensure that British flights will be continue as normal, hauliers can access the EU’s internal market with minimal disruption and there would be “no immediate disruption” to financial services. Furthermore, Brussels clarified its ‘No Deal’ position on citizens’ rights, confirming that UK citizens resident within EU Member States “on the date of withdrawal will continue to be considered legal resident.”

These measures are light-years away from the “chaos” of a No Deal predicted by hard-line Remoaners. It must be remembered that the EU is not going to want to make trade difficult with its largest trading partner and the fifth largest economy in the world.

Before Brexit has even kicked into action, Tory traitors are already beginning to U-turn on manifesto promises and go weak on promised immigration targets. Despite Theresa May insisting she remains committed to keeping net immigration down to the “tens of thousands”, Sajid Javid’s post-Brexit immigration plan would enable low-skilled EU migrants to continue flooding into Britain until 2025, albeit with some restrictions no duration and access to healthcare. We’re all too used to the contradictions between government rhetoric and policy with their inaction resulting in the record levels of immigration that Britain has witnessed over the last decade.

Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith has defended the right of people to call for reduced immigration without being labelled “racist”. The negative effects of mass immigration on working people, such as wage suppression and pressure on essential public services are legitimate issues that need to be addressed after years of unsustinable and uncontrolled mass migration. The Conservative Party made unequivocal pledges on immigration in their manifesto, pledges they must stick to.

Talking of traitors in the Conservative Party, a string of Tory MPs have threatened to abandon the party should a clean break from the European Union without a deal ever become official government policy. Anna Soubry, a long term advocate for a second referendum has said she “will not hang around in the Conservative Party” if the UK pursues a No Deal. Nick Boles has threatened to resign the whip in the event of a No Deal, a move which has sparked fury among his local Conservative Association. Furthermore, Amber Rudd – who let’s not forget is the sister of the millionaire People’s Vote campaigner, Roland – has said a second referendum is a “possibility”.

These Tories throwing their toys out of the pram would best be reminded that the Conservative manifesto upon which they were elected (all by Leave-voting constituencies) outright stated “No Deal is better than a bad deal”. The reality is that these Remoaners never wanted Brexit in the first place, and a true Brexit (which a No Deal represents) is too much for them to take. Politicians should take note that they work for us, and it is their job to implement the will of the people, even if they do not like it.

Whether it was intended to scare Conservative MPs into backing Theresa May’s deal or not, the clear shift in policy towards managed No Deal preparation ensures a clean Brexit is now firmly on the table. Brexiteers can go into 2019 with hope that the Brexit we voted for may yet become a reality.