Now that her Chequers sell out has gone down like a lead balloon with the public, the Prime Minister will be scrabbling around looking to take back the initiative ahead of Parliament’s return next month. As usual, she’ll be more focused on the advice of civil servants than her own colleagues or the guidance from her Chief Whip or the wider Cabinet. She would be unwise to ignore the evidence from polls and her own MPs, that the settled opinion of the country is simply “thus far and no further” and that instead the best way to get back onto the front foot is to work up more concessions to the EU and specifically, surrendering the last major red line: On mass uncontrolled immigration via free movement. We can see clues of further surrender in the fuzzy language from the Chequers agreement: The Government is commitment to “allowing citizens to travel freely without a visa, for tourism and temporary business activity…” But what will … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s electoral prospects depend on how she deals with mass uncontrolled immigration post Brexit
THERESA May is preparing to water down her promise to end Freedom of Movement and it will cost her the keys to No10, an ex-Brexit Department insider warns today. David Davis’s former Chief of Staff Stewart Jackson tells The Sun that a u-turn on immigration from Europe after Brexit is set to be the “next big climb down” from Downing Street. He describes an offer to Brussels that will keep keep borders open to EU citizens as the “last major red line” yet to be sacrificed in pursuit of a deal. Mr Jackson quit Whitehall when David Davis resigned in the wake of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations deal hammered out at her Chequers country house in July. Writing for The Sun today he says: “we can see clues of further surrender in the fuzzy language from the Chequers agreement.” And the former MP warns Tory colleagues that “such a move would be politically toxic and very poorly timed” and could cost them the next election. In a searing … [Read more...] about Theresa May set to water down her vow to end free movement — ‘costing her the keys to No10’, insider warns
A Tory Brexit minister was listed as a 'supporter' of a hardline eurosceptic group, who branded Theresa May's Chequers deal a 'betrayal', the Mirror can reveal. Suella Braverman is Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) - and as a minister is expected to fully support government policy. But Leave Means Leave, in a statement published yesterday, explicitly vowed to "stop the Prime Minister’s disastrous Chequers proposal going ahead." The group, co-chaired by Brexiteers Richard Tice and John Longworth, wrote the statement to welcome their new vice-chair, Nigel Farage, to the group. Ms Braverman is listed, alongside a number of other Tory MPs, as a 'supporter' of the group, on its website. A DExEU spokesperson insisted Ms Braverman does support government policy, and said her name would be removed from the Leave Means Leave website. They said: "The Minister has been clear in her full commitment to the Government's Brexit plans, including … [Read more...] about Tory Brexit minister linked to group who branded Theresa May’s deal ‘disastrous’
BEER and Brexit loving Nigel Farage is making a come back to British politics in a bid to derail Theresa May’s “fraudulent” plan to quit the EU. The straight talking ex-UKIP leader said he was joining a battle bus tour organised by the "Leave Means Leave" group, which has formed to oppose the Prime Minister's proposals. Farage claims Mrs May does not believe in Brexit or Britain and that he was returning to the fray to try to steal the thunder a "big campaign" by Remain MPs to reverse the 2016 referendum result. But he insists the Remoaners have “underestimated the strength of feeling that is out there". Brexiteers are furious at a soft separation plan devised by Mrs May - who once insisted Brexit means Brexit. The deal plan was agreed last month during a crunch summit at her Chequers country retreat and sparked a string of Cabinet resignations - including David Davis and Boris Johnson. But fuming Farage told Sky News: "Frankly, Chequers, and … [Read more...] about Nigel Farage reveals he is returning to politics to fight Theresa May’s ‘fraudulent’ Brexit plan
THE dreamy, steamy days of summer are drawing to an end – but the real silly season is yet to begin. While Theresa May tours the capitals of Europe looking for peace on Brexit, war has broken out between diehard Remainers and fervent Brexiteers. Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage has stormed back into the fray with Vote Leave II, a remake of his 2016 referendum triumph. In the pro-Brussels corner, Superdry fashion tycoon Julian Dunkerton is forking out £1million for what must surely be a futile, last-ditch bid to keep Britain in the EU. And just to make things extra interesting for the party conference season, the stampede for Mrs May’s Tory crown is already unstoppable. Indeed, the question is no longer if, or even when, the contest takes place. It is whether the PM herself will seize the initiative and signal her own plan to jump before she is pushed. Theresa May defends Chequers Brexit deal - just as Boris savages it in Commons The undeclared contest has transformed … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson are already jockeying for the top job — will Theresa May signal plan to jump before she is pushed?