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Thursday 14 June 2018

Appearing before the Digital, Media, Culture and Sport committee on Tuesday, Leave.EU chairman Arron Banks accused Parliament of being the predominant source of Fake News. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, however.

The leader of the Tory traitors, Dominic Grieve denies trying to block Brexit. That just does not wash. Grieve is primarily responsible for the epic fudge the prime minister will today announce over the meaningful vote, giving parliament control over withdrawal. That was proof enough, but today, the Daily Mail has published pictures of Grieve visiting the EU’s London HQ, attended by representatives of Open Britain (AKA Stronger In Europe), along with Lib Dem peers and Labour’s Alistair Campbell.

“If you sup with the devil you should use a long spoon and he is using an egg spoon,” was Jacob Rees-Mogg’s diplomatic response.

As for the devil himself: “They asked me to go along and explain something about what was going on in Parliament, just as I go and talk to all sorts of groups.” This is beyond collusion, Grieve is participating in blatant coordination.

Elsewhere in the press, the Brexiteers have finally launched an attack after an unsatisfying couple of days of voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons. In the Times Rees-Mogg has a penetrative piece on what Parliament can and cannot realistically do as a legislature – in other words, it’s completely unsuitable. Iain Duncan Smith rightly pushes the no-deal option in the Sun.

It is the Sun itself taking the fight to the EU’s door:

Stay shackled to a customs union and single market rules? “Let’s just suck it up and move on,” says glib Remoaner Anna Soubry. Get that, Leavers? Anna and her friends will effectively negate your vote. Suck it up.

They were elected on Tory and Labour manifestos committed to leaving in full, but will betray those too. Suck it up.

Such is the contempt these MPs have for democracy when it delivers a result they don’t like.

The leader column also assertively points out that the will of the 17.4m cannot be overturned by 15 Tory backbenchers. The Times editorial meanwhile makes a plea for leadership.

Labour unity, which Brexit spokesperson Sir Keir Starmer had hoped to restore with his Single Market amendment last week is far from restored following a raft of resignations last night over a separate EEA amendment.

Jeremy Corbyn ordered all Labour MPs to abstain over an amendment that would have forced Britain to remain in the Single Market – Starmer’s proposal was more vaguely written. 90 MPs defied the whip, 75 against, 15 for. Fortunately, the Bill failed, 327 to 126. Corbyn’s front bench also sustained casualties: one shadow minister and five private secretaries resigned shortly before the vote.