Wednesday, 18 September 2019
TBG can sensationally reveal a rumour doing the rounds that the British Government is planning to legally challenge the anti-Brexit Benn Act
The claim was made by SNP MP Joanna Cherry QC live on Peston on Twitter.
The main programme goes out on ITV later tonight.
Another rumour doing the rounds tonight concerns the expelled Tory rebels.
That was after Jacob Rees-Mogg signalled the PM will offer the expelled them a way back into the party if they vote for his Queen's Speech.
JRM told Christopher Hope at the Telegraph’s Mogg Live event earlier “It is human and divine to forgive and the Prime Minister is very close to being divine I think.”
TBG understands that Boris and Downing Street are continuing to make considerable progress as regards an alternative for the Northern Ireland Backstop.
Simon Coveney, the Irish deputy prime minister, reveals in tomorrow’s Times that there is “significant informal contacts with British cabinet ministers on a regular basis now concerning alternatives.”
Coventry says - “I’ve met Stephen Barclay, I’ve met Dominic Raab, I’ve spoken to Michael Gove at length. I meet and speak with Julian Smith on a regular basis. We had dinner last night in Dublin and spoke for two or three hours.”
The Times also reports that “Diplomatic sources said that the EU was ready to take a 'hit' on single-market customs rules on the Irish border if Britain stops abuse such as VAT fraud as part of a new Northern Ireland-only backstop.”
TBG also understands that Boris Johnson today had talks with David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament.
Sassoli told Twitter - “It was a pleasure to speak today with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.”
“He invited me to London and stressed the importance of the European Parliament in the Brexit process.”
“I reiterated that any agreement will need to be approved by both the UK and EU Parliament, so robust debate and parliamentary scrutiny is essential.”
“Our priorities remain guaranteeing citizens’ rights and protecting the peace process in Northern Ireland.”
Boris Johnson told TBG - “It’s time to get Brexit done and get on with delivering on Britain’s priorities: safer streets, better hospitals and improved schools.”
BORIS Johnson rates more favourably than Jeremy Corbyn across every single social group except Londoners, Remainers and the young, a new post prorogation poll has found.
The Labour Leader sits 33 points behind the Prime Minister in net favourability (-49 vs -16).
The results of the poll suggest the story “do or die” strategy is working, with Leave voters having confidence that Johnson can deliver.
The Conservative leader currently holds a +46 net approval score with Leave voters, a whopping 129 points clear of Mr Corbyn (-83).
Regionally, Mr Corbyn just manages to scrape something of a win in London where his net favourability sits at -32 vs -39 for Mr Johnson.
However away from London the Prime Minister is seen as more popular in every other region.
Mr Corbyn will be particularly worried about his approval ratings in Labour's northern heartlands.
While Johnson remains unpopular there on -26, Mr Corbyn does even worse with a score of -43.
HOURS after Jeremy Corbyn said that he and his party would be neutral in any second referendum a major leak says the contrary, TBG can sensationally reveal
Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford has sent this email to his Welsh Labour members earlier today.
It says that “any type of Brexit, even the softest possible, will cause potentially irreparable damage to Wales and its economy.”
Which underlines why TBG thinks Corbyn’s real policy is to block the clean Brexit that 17.4 million voted for.
Speaking in response to TBG‘s story on Labour splits Johnny Mercer MP said - “Corbyn has said, I will enact the will of the British people - that's what Boris Johnson is trying to do at the moment, that he rallies against every day... That current Labour leadership is trying to treat people as though they're stupid.”
Far from being Liberal and Democratic, what people like Jo Swinson are doing with their latest party policy to revoke Article 50 is both radical and undemocratic.
Even the leader of the Green Party now disagrees with her liberal friends.
I remember many years ago when the Lib Dems themselves campaigned for a “proper” referendum on the EU.
Yet as soon as they got into government, the opposite happened.
The Lib Dem’s Latest manoeuvre it blatant political opportunism at it’s very worst.
17.4 million people voted to Escape from the shackles of the dreaded EU.
Yet the response of the Lib Dems is to stick two fingers up to the lot of them.
Shame on Swinson, shame on the Lib Dems and shame on anyone who supports them.
Labour Students have today been effectively axed, TBG can sensationally reveal.
TBG has learnt that the Labour NEC has passed a motion from Momentum's Jon Lansman, who describes himself as a lifelong Labour lefty, to look at setting up a new body.
Labour students say accusations they have not paid affiliation fees are untrue and say it's an attack on party "centrists".
A spokesman for London Labour Students told TBG - “The organisation was taken over by an undemocratic clique and the vast majority of us are glad” at the news.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Luxembourg PM in an extraordinarily bizarre tirade against UK & Brexit after BoJo no show
JUST when you thought things could not get worse for the EU after yesterday’s incident in Luxembourg TBG can sensationally reveal that they have.
So much so that Norbert Röttgen, a senior Christian Democrat and the chairman of the German parliament’s powerful foreign affairs committee, has warned that the incident made a no-deal Brexit more likely.
Röttgen is set to tell tomorrow’s Times newspaper - “Xavier Bettel’s speech did not serve the European cause.”
“His public venting ignored that a deal is still in everyone’s interest.”
“Even without a deal there will be a post-Brexit life, which means that right now everyone needs to behave in a way that avoids animosity.”
Another EU source said “The main problem is that this only reinforces the them-versus-us narrative that Johnson has used before.”
“It will not do him any harm.”
“A leader of a bigger country would not have used such an important occasion to better his own profile.”
An official from President Macron’s office, ahead of a visit to Paris by Mr Bettel, said that France was not ruling out a no-deal Brexit in six weeks time.
TBG thinks it’s hardened resolve to reject any possible extension request.
Is the Remain Alliance about to break?
That’s the question on TBG's lips this evening after Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price pledged to ditch Brexit in the forthcoming General Election and Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas slammed the Lib Dems new Revoke Article 50 Policy.
Hot on the heels of the new Lib Dem’s policy TBG can sensationally reveal that Plaid members will be asked to back the change in policy, which currently supports a further EU vote.
Mr Price said a snap general election would act as a "substitute referendum" on Brexit.
Tory AM Andrew RT Davies called the policy a "kick in the teeth" for people in Wales who voted Leave in 2016.
Mr Price told BBC Wales "In those circumstances there will obviously be the Brexit Party and the Conservative Party seeking a mandate for a no-deal Brexit."
"It's vitally important that if we are to defeat that that there is a clear Remain option on the ballot paper."
"We think it makes more sense then for parties that are pro-Remain to make clear that they are for revoking article 50."
"If we are forced into an election we have to offer people a clear, Remain choice."
TBG smells an EU dirty tricks campaign trying to make PM Boris Johnson look a fool.
The Tory Party is finally united tonight against Luxembourg's PM panning Boris Johnson for not turning up to a press conference.
PM Boris Johnson was scheduled to appear alongside PM Bettel after a meeting in Luxembourg seemingly among a very noisy protest. Downing Street say this is the room (right) that Boris Johnson wanted to hold his press conference in earlier today so the leaders could actually be heard, TBG can reveal.
Why would a press conference be organised next to such loud anti Brexit protesters?
The unused room has been used by Steve Barclay previously so why not Boris today?
Fair play to Boris for staying strong though.
Monday, 16 September 2019
EU Statement post Boris/Junker Lunch
"President Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister Johnson had a working lunch today in Luxembourg.
The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the ongoing technical talks between the EU and the UK and to discuss the next steps.
President Juncker recalled that it is the UK's responsibility to come forward with legally operational solutions that are compatible with the Withdrawal Agreement.
President Juncker underlined the Commission's continued willingness and openness to examine whether such proposals meet the objectives of the backstop.
Such proposals have not yet been made.
The Commission will remain available to work 24/7.
The October European Council will be an important milestone in the process."
Downing Street Statement post Boris/Junker Lunch
"The Prime Minister and President Juncker had a constructive meeting this lunchtime.
The Brexit Secretary and Michel Barnier were also in attendance.
The leaders took stock of the ongoing talks between the UK’s team and Taskforce 50.
The Prime Minister reconfirmed his commitment to the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement and his determination to reach a deal with the backstop removed, that UK parliamentarians could support.
The Prime Minister also reiterated that he would not request an extension and would take the UK out of the EU on the 31st October.
The leaders agreed that the discussions needed to intensify and that meetings would soon take place on a daily basis.
It was agreed that talks should also take place at a political level between Michel Barnier and the Brexit Secretary, and conversations would also continue between President Juncker and the Prime Minister."
Tory MP Daniel Kawczynsk told TBG: “The blame rests with EU extremists who are determined to create a supranational state unparalleled in world which attempts always to trump the rights and aspirations of individual sovereign nations. Luxembourg may be happy to be subsumed into such a political entity we are not.”
What complete and utter nonsense for David Cameron to suggest that Boris Johnson backed Brexit to further his career.
More like David Cameron is saying it sell more of his books!
Conservative Brexiteers like me were incredibly patient with Mr Cameron during the coalition and for him to now join the plotting for another referendum is very negative indeed.
Most people I campaigned with in the run up to the General Election in 2015 were not just eurosceptics but ardent Brexiteers so for Mr Cameron to suggest he underrated Euro scepticism in the Conservative Party is even more tosh.
Instead of backing trouble makers like Nicholas Soames and Ken Clarke who both want to overthrow the will of the British people Mr Cameron should be backing Boris Johnson and his pledge to get what 17.4 million people voted for which is to escape from the shackles of the communist EU.
BORIS Johnson will meet Jean-Claude Juncker for the first time today. It’s understood the two will discuss a way forward thought to be similar to the Malthouse compromise.
The Prime Minister told TBG he was “cautiously optimistic” ahead of the working lunch in Luxembourg,
Boris will also meet Michel Barnier and Xavier Battel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister.
Boris told TBG - “Let there be no ambiguity about the underlying motive.”
“A large number of MPs are simply trying to crush Brexit.”
“In spite of all that they promised they just want to stop this country from ever leaving the European Union.”
“If we can make enough progress in the next few days, I intend to go to that crucial summit on Oct 17, and finalise an agreement that will protect the interests of business and citizens on both sides of the channel, and on both sides of the border in Ireland.”
“I believe passionately that we can do it.”
“I believe that such an agreement is in the interests not just of the UK but of our European friends.”
“We are working flat out to get one.”
“But be in no doubt, if we cannot get a deal then the UK will come out anyway”.
A Downing Street source last night added “The Prime Minister could not be clearer that he will not countenance any more delays.”
“We will be leaving on October 31 - no ifs, no buts.”
“This is why the PM will stress to Mr Juncker that, while he wants to secure a deal, if no deal can be agreed by October 18 his policy is to leave without a deal on October 31 and reject any delay offered by the EU.”
In his clearest sign yet, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab this morning signalled that the government will ignore the Benn Act.
Raab was asked by Justin Webb on BBC Radio 4, “Do you believe the govt is bound by law to seek an extension if there isn't a deal or not” and he replied:
“The precise implications of the legislation need to be looked at.”
“Looking at it politically, this is a very flawed piece of legislation."
Then, speaking on BBC Breakfast Raab said:
“We will comply with the law.”
“We will look at the implications but we can’t have any more delays.”
“We are breaking free from the shackles of the EU.”
TEAM Boris went on the offensive today after former PM David Cameron tried to publicise his book by accusing Boris of joining Vote Leave for political gain.
Stephen Barclay suggested Cameron had made the accusations because he had “a book to sell” and insisted Mr Johnson was a passionate Brexiteer.
“The Remain side was expected to win so the more prudent thing if someone is looking at their career would have been to back Remain.”
“Boris Johnson led the Leave campaign and he did so because he believes in Brexit.”
Cameron also says that when Leave campaigner Penny Mordaunt, the former defence secretary, said Britain would not be able to veto Turkey joining the EU, “we were no longer in the realms of stretching the truth. Leave was lying”.
So far Ms Mordaunt has refused to comment.
Sunday, 15 September 2019
TORY turncoat & new Lib Dem recruit Sam Gyimah is MP for East Surrey. Crispin Blunt is MP for neighbouring Redhill and has commented exclusively to TBG over his neighbouring colleagues defection to the Lib Dems.
Crispin told TBG: "To say I’m disappointed is an understatement."
"To say I’m surprised would be an overstatement."
"Do I feel betrayed, absolutely."
"You have had every opportunity to be a team player with Surrey and other neighbouring colleagues and it’s clear you’ve only been in this business for yourself."
"I anticipate you will find the demands of the Liberal Democrats for community engagement impossible to meet given your record as my Conservative neighbour."
"If I believed this was about a principled belief in the European ideal I would be minded to understand."
"In your case this is about a principled belief in Sam Gyimah."
"At least I’m relieved of defending your corner any longer.”
“You’re put upon and no longer loyal neighbour".
Cameron will talk about his book tomorrow on ITV at 8pm
Cameron on The New PM
“Of course, as a new prime minister I wished Boris well.”
“I wanted him to get a deal from the EU that would have passed in the House of Commons.”
“If that was to happen, I would have been elated.”
“But clearly, while he started out down that road, the strategy has morphed into something quite different.”
“Taking the whip from hard-working Conservative MPs and sharp practices using prorogation of Parliament have rebounded.”
“I didn’t support either of those things. Neither do I think a no-deal Brexit is a good idea.”
On a second EU referendum?
“I don’t think you can rule it out because we’re stuck.”
Would he campaign in a second referendum?
"I’m not saying one will happen or should happen. I’m just saying that you can’t rule things out right now because you’ve got to find some way of unblocking the blockage. I think there are certain things you shouldn’t do to unblock the blockage. I think proroguing parliament – pretending it doesn’t exist – I think that would be a bad thing."
A no-deal Brexit
"I think it is a bad outcome. I very much hope it doesn’t happen! I don’t think it should be pursued."
Cameron advised May
“I remember frequently texting her about the frustration of getting a Brexit deal and then seeing Brexiteers vote it down possibly at the risk of the whole project they had devoted themselves to.”
“Maddening And infuriating.”
“There’s an argument that Brexit is just impossible to deliver and no one could have done, and there’s an argument that, well, wrong choices were made. This is somewhere in between.”
Saturday, 14 September 2019
TBG can sensationally reveal that the Lib Dems will unveil Sam Gyimah as their new MP.
UPDATE 19:20: Lib Dems have unveiled Sam Gyimah as their new MP.
Gyimah was one of 21 MPs who had the Tory whip withdrawn for voting against a no deal Brexit.
His Conservative majority in East Surrey is 23,914 (or 40.4%). Lib Dem’s came third there in 2017.
Gyimah accused the Tories of accusing the prime minister of “veering towards populism and English nationalism”.
Gyimah said he had left the Conservatives to fight against the government’s “scorched earth approach” to delivering Brexit regardless of the cost to the country.
“I listen to ministers undermining the courts,” he said. “Ministers questioning experts because their views are inconvenient for what the government is saying about no deal. You have a government that says law enforcement is the centrepiece of its platform, and yet says in another breath that it will pick and choose what laws it chooses to respect.”
"This is in many ways undermining key pillars of our constitution and the functioning of our democracy. The issue for me is not just Brexit. It is beyond Brexit – how you conduct politics and the veering towards populism and English nationalism."
THE Conservative Party is for the very first time set to have first aid mental health support at its Conference in Manchester later this month, TBG can reveal.
Mental Health First Aid England is partnering with the Party to deliver support to delegates suffering with immediate or long term mental health issues.
Party members and activists have welcomed the news as a huge step forward in tackling and reducing stigma associated with mental health issues.
LABOUR MP Rosemary Duffield has been forced to deny rumours she is the Labour MP set to defect to the Lib Dems in the coming days, TBG can revel.
The MP was centre of intense speculation after it was exclusively revealed on TBG last night that the Lib Dems had cancelled planned hustings for its parliamentary candidate.
Rumours continue as to the identity of the Lib Dem defection. Or maybe its a huge rouse by the Lib Dems to keep people talking about them. Either way we lay-in-wait.
TBG can exclusively reveal the latest email set to go out to members from Chairman of Runnymede and Weybridge Conservatives regarding Philip Hammond’s future.
CCHQ says MPs who have had whip withdrawn can enter an appeals process and Hammond intends to do so.
However, if unsuccessful they will almost certainly be choosing a new candidate.
Anyone would think Boris Johnson had started a war.
All he has done is prorogued Parliament four days longer that it would normally be for the party conference season.
In any case, one has to prorogue Parliament in order to press the reset button for a Queen’s Speech.
What Boris is doing is clearing the decks for life after Brexit when politics will return back to a more domestic agenda.
Three courts have ruled in his favour and one against and the one against sounded like a Sturgeonite jumped up socialist anyway.
The choice will be clear at the next election:
Either backwards under Corbyn or forward under Boris.
And here’s my prediction: The election will come about by Corbyn and his lefties voting down Boris’ Queen’s Speech.
You heard it here first.
Friday, 13 September 2019
TBG can sensationally reveal that the rumoured Lib Dems defector due to be announced this week may well be Canterbury MP Rosemary Clare Duffield.
It’d be a huge blow for Jeremy Corbyn as Duffield was only elected under Corbyn in 2017.
TBG can exclusively reveal the Lib Dems cancelled a planned hustings for its parliamentary candidate earlier.
Duffield was also caught on a number of occasions liking tweets by Lib Dems Leader Jo Swinson.
[UPDATE] Labour MP Forced to Deny Defection Rumour
TBG can reveal that former Prime Minister David Cameron has sensationally criticised both Boris Johnson and Michael Gove in his new book.
TBG has just been leaked a part of the book’s transcript and here’s what it says on Brexit:
“I loved the explaining and arguing and that side of politics, persuasion, but then, as it went on, I just felt more and more bogged down.”
“It turned into this terrible Tory psychodrama and I couldn’t seem to get through. “
“What Boris and Michael Gove were doing was more exciting than the issues I was trying to get across.”
“I felt like I was in a sort of quagmire by the end.”
“Johnson and Gove behaved appallingly”.
“Boris had never argued for leaving the EU, right?”
“Michael was a very strong Eurosceptic, but someone whom I’d known as this liberal, compassionate, rational Conservative ended up making arguments about Turkey [joining] and being swamped and what have you.”
“They were trashing the government of which they were a part, effectively.”
On the Boris bus with its claim that we send the EU £350 million a week that could be spent on the NHS David said: “I’m afraid it is a real problem in politics – and there is no real answer to this. If you’re having a row about your issue, you’re winning, even if the numbers are wrong.”
Cameron had this phrase: “You are either a team player or a wanker” and put it to Gove in a text.”
“We are Leaving!”
That was the unequivocal message from Boris Johnson to market traders in Doncaster earlier today.
Boris Johnson told traders at Doncaster market about Brexit - “We're going to get a deal.”
“That's the plan, anyway.”
“And if we don't, we're coming out on October 31.”
“That's what we're going to do.”
“Here we go, that's democracy!”
TBG loved it 😀
Well done Daily Express for highlighting what a danger Labour, John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn are to Britain.
The four day week is completely unworkable and would affect output.
Unemployment is down and growth is up under Boris anyway. 300,000 more jobs than a year ago.
The last thing we need is Labour to mess it up.
I remember what this socialism was like in the 1970s.
Unions ruled the day and strikes were the way.
Every time Labour have been in power they have wrecked the economy.
Never again please.
UNITE'S Len McCluskey has warned Jeremy Corbyn that Labour must NOT take an explicitly pro-Remain stance in the general election, TBG can sensationally reveal.
The hard left union baron made the comments this morning as up to 50 Labour MPs line up to back a Boris Deal.
TBG thinks there is a very big clash looming with party members, MPs and Momentum at their party conference coming!
Speaking in response to the latest row, a Labour source told TBG, who are sending their roving reporter to all five days in Brighton - “Len dominated the whole thing, with nobody else putting up any real fight.
"He said we should be clear that we will negotiate a Labour version of Brexit and there will be no attempt to advocate Remain in the referendum.
"Len's argument to Jeremy was that if he told the members this is the position we must take, they will support it out of loyalty to him. He believes that if that's the line Jeremy takes at conference, the members will fall into line."
24 hours after accusing Brits of being “Part time Europeans” TBG can sensationally reveal that JEAN Claude Juncker is to meet Boris as early as Tuesday of next week.
TBG understands that Mr Johnson will meet the president of the European Commission for a working lunch in Luxembourg, rather than Brussels.
A spokeswoman for the European Commission said that the decision to meet in Luxembourg was by “common accord” and that they would have lunch in a “neutral location”.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator said: “I cannot tell you objectively whether contacts with the government of Mr Johnson will be able to reach an agreement by mid-October.”
“While we have previously reached an agreement, as far as we can speak, we have no reason to be optimistic.”
“We will see if the British are able to make concrete proposals in writing that are legally operational.”
THE Prime Minister today reaffirmed his pledge to give even more powers to people, businesses and political leaders across Northern regions.
In a speech in South Yorkshire, Boris reiterated that he remains committed to delivering the Sheffield City Region Deal and to opening up negotiations with Leeds and West Yorkshire.
Boris Johnson announced he will "give the railways of the North back to the people". The PM said he was giving power back to "where [the railways] were born" and handing over control of service patterns, rolling stock and stations to combined authority areas, county councils or community rail partnerships.
Boris Johnson said: "Today, coming from London, on the train, It took me just over an hour and a half to get to Doncaster. But if, for example, you are travelling from Liverpool to Rotherham - less than half the distance - you might have had to leave an hour earlier than me and change as many as three times."
"Your journey may have been on two and three carriage trains, some of them built in the early 1980s with a body designed for a bus and maybe bus seats, too. I love buses, but not when they're supposed to be trains."
The government will also create a new Northern Powerhouse growth body to drive forward the region’s economy, and with the powers to bring together major organisations working in the region.
Boris told TBG: “It is time that we gave more people a say over the places where they live, and it is time that we gave you the proper ability to run things your way.”
“We are going to maximise the power of the north. And we are going to make sure that it is people here who are in control over the things that matter to them.”
“If we succeed in levelling up opportunity across our country, and if we truly put the power in your hands, then I believe you will do for the North – and for our whole country - what the railways did two centuries ago.”
“That is the true potential of this Northern Powerhouse Partnership. And this is a Government that will back you to deliver it.”
UPDATE 13/09/19; Sarah Woolaston told the i - “A lot of them (Conservatives) will be looking very seriously about how they can be most effective.”
“There are an awful lot of people in the Conservative Party who, like me, genuinely care about issues of social justice and genuinely care about what will happen if we do leave [the EU] – particularly with a chaotic no deal.”
“They should look very carefully look at the groundswell of opinion wanting more than that choice of a hard Brexit egoist or somebody who is embracing something much further to the left than we have had in British politics.”
Heidi Allen defection rumours resurfacing again today with the latest being that another announcement is due as early as tomorrow.
May be that the Lib Dem’s are spacing out their new recruits after all?
7/9/19 - TBG can sensationally reveal that the Lib Dem’s are set to announce at least one and possibly two new defections in the coming hours.
Lots of names have been touted including Nicholas Soames and Anne Milton but TBG understands the two are former Labour MP Angela Smith and former Tory Heidi Allen.
Smith has been MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge since 2010.
Earlier today she tweeted support for Hull MP Diana Johnson who is having to go through a reselection process.
Allen has been the member for South Cambridgeshire since 2015.
4/9/19 - Lee has suffered a vote of NO Confidence by his association.
Caroline Spellman has survived her whip being withdrawn after voting against the government today.
Below is a message from the Tory MP's WhatsApp group asking those with their whips withdrawn to exit the group.
3/9/19 - Earlier Bracknell MP Phillip Lee crossed the floor from Tory benches to the Lib Dem’s whilst Boris was on his feet.
Lee said - "After a great deal of thought, I have reached the conclusion that it is no longer possible to serve my constituents’ and country’s best interests as a Conservative Member of Parliament."
MORE than a hundred left wing students have signed a petition calling for Balliol College in Oxford to ban Boris and all portraits and photos of him from the college and to revoke his rights as an alumnus.
Harriet Lester, a Phd student, began the petition with fellow left wing student Andrew MacGowans, after meeting at a protest rally in the city.
The petition says: “Balliol College’s student body has consistently demonstrated its commitment to democratic values.”
“We call upon its members to sign this petition in order to to put pressure on college administration to take definitive action in this matter.”
The Prime Minister studied classics at Balliol College in the 1980s.
Boris was also a member of the controversial Bullingdon dining club at the time.
Other members David Cameron, George Osborne, and Nick Hurd.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
JEAN Claude Juncker has had a parting shot at Britain tonight ahead of us leaving the EU on October 31st.
The outgoing president of the European Commission told EuroNews - “The British were told for more than 40 years that they were in but they didn't want to share all the policies that have been decided.”
"The British from the very beginning were part-time Europeans, what we need is full-time Europeans.”
“It is a tragedy and it is a failure, but I have to say I don’t think it is mine because I didn’t decide to have this referendum.”
Mr Juncker said not a single UK government had explained or defended - “the place of Britain in the European Union.”
(Tony Blair did!)
“If you are telling the people over decades that this is not exactly what we wanted, don’t be surprised if a referendum is answered in a negative way.”
“By the way, I was probably the only one who was not surprised by the outcome.”
FIRST it was Boris’ “do or die” Leave on 31st October.
And tonight Amber Rudd will make a call for a change in the electoral voting system in the U.K.
Is this another Amber u turn?
We found the above image on Amber’s web site earlier.
It’s emerged tonight that the cross party alliance of MPs that TBG reported on earlier this week including Nick Boles, Caroline Flint and Rory Stewart are vowing to thwart Boris Johnson's plan to hold an general election before Brexit has been resolved.
Former Conservative cabinet minister Sir Oliver Letwin is now said to be the unofficial leader of the rebel group which now also includes the former DWP Secretary Amber Rudd.
Letwin, Guto Bebb, Richard Benyon, Alistair Burt, Ken Clarke, Richard Harrington and Sir Nicholas Soames are all standing down at the next election but it’s understood that Rory Stewart and Amber Rudd are not.
Rudd claims that up to 20 Tories could stand as "Independent Conservatives" at the next election.
TBG understands that Rudd is eyeing up the Mid Sussex seat but Rory Stewart wants to remain in Penrith.
However, Rudd's plan for the whipless Tories to band together has not gone down well with the rebels.
One rebel source told TBG “People are on a different page to Amber.”
“I don't want the whip back.”
“I think she's ruffled some feathers and she's swanning in as if people want a saviour."
“It's like this notion of her being part of 'the rebel alliance'.”
"I don't think many of us feel that aligned to her.”
“It's almost like she wants to have a medal for a war she's not fought."
Ms Rudd's plan to stand as an Independent Conservative also faces legal obstacles.
According to the Electoral Commission, independent candidates in elections are not allowed to add any other words to their description on the ballot paper, meaning 'Independent Conservative' would not be allowed.
EU draft extension demands to UK
TORY rebels including Oliver Letwin now plan to delay an election until after another EU referendum unless Parliament passes a deal, TBG can sensationally reveal.
Letwin tells the London Evening Standard - “We need to resolve this issue of Brexit before there is a general election so that the election can be about who you want to have govern you.”
The news comes 24 hours after Tom Watson said any referendum should come before an election and former prime minister Tony Blair said Mr Johnson would be “smart” to disentangle Brexit from other issues before going to the country.
TBG can’t help noticing that Letwin and Watson have a slight problem.
Namely the Kinnock amendment which rules it out.
The President of European Parliament, David Sassoli said today - “Unfortunately the signals we are getting aren’t indicating that there is any initiative that could reopen the negotiations.”
“We would like there to be initiatives to discuss but unfortunately there aren’t any.”
On the backstop Sassoli said - “There can’t be an agreement without a backstop, that is the fundamental position and everything begins from that.”
“If you don’t want to talk about that, that means you don’t want to talk at all, and that there’s nothing to talk about.”
If you thought you heard it all then think again.
Yes, just when you thought you heard enough of former Prime Minister’s as regards Brexit up steps the man who called it in the first place.
TBG can sensationally reveal that three years after leaving office The Cameron Interview with Tom Bradby airs on ITV on Monday at 8.00pm.
FORMER DWP Secretary Amber Rudd will today call on a cross party group of MPs to support a Brexit Deal, TBG can sensationally reveal.
Yesterday TBG reported that up to 50 Labour MPs could defy the whip and Jeremy Corbyn to back a deal.
And 24 hours earlier we revealed the names of MPs from other parties willing to compromise.
They include Lib Dem Norman Lamb who is said to oppose the party’s new policy of revoking Article 50, Nick Boles, Rory Stewart, and Jeremy Lefroy.
Rudd is set to say - “Politicians have a responsibility to acknowledge the crisis we are in and to find solutions,”
“To use guile, persuasion, intelligence to find the compromise to reconcile the conflicting duties of the referendum and their responsibilities.”
“I continue to believe that compromise is the right approach.”
TBG understands that a compromise would require the EU to accept some form of “alternative arrangements” to ensure there was not a need for physical infrastructure at the border.
TBG has also learnt that should the Supreme Court rule against the government next week, the group may try themselves to take control of Parliament by using another emergency Standing Order 24 debate through speaker John Bercow.
TBG also understands that should Rudd be allowed back into the Tory fold she will NOT be standing in Hastings but applying to be candidate in Mid Sussex instead.
ANY hopes of Dominic Grieve returning to the Tory fold were quickly dashed this morning after Dominic Grieve clashed with Downing Street yet again last night.
This time it’s in a row over the refusal of Number Ten to release emails, texts and WhatsApp messages from Dominic Cummings and eight other Downing Street aides.
Whilst Downing Street says it would breach the human rights of it’s staff, Mr Grieve warned that MPs could hold ministers in contempt of parliament and could even end up with the prime minister being expelled from the Commons.
TBG thinks it’s just another smear campaign from ardent Remoaners.
Hence our Downing Street source telling TBG that MPs are to blame for the “real failure of democracy” because of the fact that the result of the EU referendum has still not been honoured.
Well said Downing Street!
RUMOURS are rife this morning that Boris is set to offer Tory rebels a way back into the party amid a growing split among Conservatives over his decision to kick them out.
TBG understands that Boris has instructed the Chief Whip to write to all MPs setting out the appeals process to restore the whip.
The move comes amidst growing signs that Boris could be about to broker a Brexit deal over Northern Ireland for which he would need the maximum possible number of Tory MPs to get it through the Commons.
Even though the ERG may well go nuts, as TBG reported earlier, up to 50 MPs from Labour could bail Boris out!
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
TBG can tonight sensationally reveal that 50 Labour MPs are ready to rally behind a compromise Brexit agreement.
Thus allowing Boris Johnson to avoid "crashing out" of the EU.
This is according to a source close to a leading member of a cross-party group that TBG reported as meeting yesterday.
TBG understands that this is the reason why Arlene Foster demanded a meeting with Boris Johnson yesterday too amidst growing unionist fears that he will cut Northern Ireland loose in his desperation for a deal.
Yet earlier today Mr Johnson told Facebook Live that he ruled out a Northern Ireland only backstop.
In a Facebook Live Q&A with the public Mr. Johnson said - “The crucial thing to understand is we will not accept a Northern Ireland-only backstop that simply does not work for the UK."
TBG understands that 26 Labour MPs wrote to party leader Jeremy Corbyn when Theresa May stood down as PM, backing a deal before October 31 and at least 24 other MPs who would like to vote for a deal.
THE Yellowhammer documents say the impact of No Deal would include HGV delays of 1.5-2.5 days at Dover, increased electricity prices, delays to medicines, shortages of certain foods, rising food prices affecting the lowest paid, a rise in public disorder and illegal fishing boats.
A Downing Street source insists Yellowhammer was always worst case scenario, as Michael Gove said when document was first leaked.
Our source told TBG “This is a cabinet office secretariat document which looks at worst case scenarios.”
“They say it doesn’t assign relative probability.”
“All might happen or some or few.”
“Therefore not necessarily predictions.”
“Nonetheless a new one is being compiled taking into account government policy and will be published in due course.”
However, Labour’s Keir Starmer sees it differently.
Starmer just told ITV News - “It's completely irresponsible for the government to have tried to ignore these stark warnings and prevent public from seeing evidence.”
“Boris Johnson must now admit that he has been dishonest with British people about the consequence of a No Deal Brexit."
Boris Johnson today ruled out a Northern Ireland only backstop.
In a Facebook Live Q&A with the public Mr. Johnson said “The crucial thing to understand is we will not accept a Northern Ireland-only backstop that simply does not work for the UK."
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