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Tuesday 9 July 2019

The nation continues to pay for the sins of Britain’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Kim Darroch. Last night, Donald Trump attacked the prime minister over her handling of Brexit (see tweet below). Sir Kim remains in Washington even though the President refuses to meet him – Darroch was disinvited from a banquet last night – he is persona non grata.

But Theresa May isn’t the only one doing little to put Anglo-American relations on a stronger footing. Last night, Boris Johnson said he would not permit a lowering of agricultural standards in order to increase the likelihood and scope of a trade deal with the United States.

“I don’t want us to do any deal with the US which in any way jeopardizes our animal welfare standards or our food hygiene standards,” he told the audience at a Telegraph hustings.

“The quality of food in this country must be protected – and if anything, we should be insisting that if the Americans want to trade with us, they should be obeying our standards.”

The issue is not about universally lowering standards, but choice for the consumer, lower prices, and raising Britain’s prosperity through a commercial deal with our biggest trade partner.

The award for the day’s biggest blunder however goes to Labour, which is poised to take the disastrous step of not only adopting an unequivocal second referendum policy, but a pro-Remain position too.

At a meeting between the party leadership and affiliated trade unions yesterday it was agreed that Labour would push for a second referendum on any EU withdrawal deal, regardless of whether it was negotiated by the Conservatives or a Labour government. Under a Tory arrangement, the opposition would campaign for Remain. The bizarre prospect of Labour disavowing its own deal has not been ruled out either.

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.

Evidently, there’s been a profound change of mindset within the Labour movement. Unite boss Len McCluskey, once committed to Brexit, is behind the new policy position. Speaking on the BBC’s Westminster Hour on Sunday, John Cryer, head of the Labour Parliamentary Party, said he was now backing a second referendum and Remain over No Deal. Cryer, who rarely makes media appearances in spite of his high position, is a lifelong Leaver.

The Brexit Party will be rubbing their hands together with glee. Cast your mind back to referendum night in 2016 and the mortal blow delivered to Remain when the Sunderland result was called early, a whopping 61-39 victory for Leave, in a Labour heartland no less. Nigel Farage will be well placed to mop up at the next general election.

Labour’s new, “we will push for Brexit, but hope it gets killed at a referendum” stance makes for the most disastrous manifesto pledge. We look forward to seeing how that one gets spun.

No surprise then that the Left’s Brexit heroin, Kate Hoey will not be running at the next election, her prized Vauxhall seat is expected to go to Katy Clark, a close Corbyn ally who is viewed as “not being pro-EU”, hardly like for like. Hoey’s commitment to British independence has been exceptional, and she’s no Trotskyite either.

Finally, we’ll find out this morning whether Dominic Grieve’s latest disruptive tactic, an amendment to the Northern Ireland Bill, will be accepted by the Speaker. Voting will take place at around 7.00pm. Surprise surprise, the Times reports May is being pressed by Philip Hammond to offer a free vote as a parting shot to Brexiteers as May, and inevitably he leave office. Pathetic.