Tory Brexiteer MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is planning a big Chequers take-down this week-end.
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Ardent Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg is planning to lead his party’s Eurosceptic European Research Group of about 60 fellow MPs on a Chequers Brexit proposal take-down, using a raft of reports running to 100 pages, to show how a clean WTO Brexit would work.
“The plans will argue for a free trade agreement, and present solutions to the Northern Irish question and vexed issues like farming and agriculture.” Reports the Telegraph, which says that one source told it that it would put the Northern Irish border question to bed once and for all.
And this comes at a timely moment because the arch Remainer and Labour peer Andrew Adonis has challenged Rees-Mogg to a Brexit duel!
Now, don’t get excited, this won’t be a Putney Heath at dawn job as the pair stare down the barrels of flintlock pistols at each other or brandish duelling swords, with Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg in attendance as seconds.
No, although Lord Adonis said he had to go back to the 18th Century to connect with the Moggster, this would take place across the LBC radio airwaves.
“I took advice from the Commissioner of the Met Police, who said the best way to have a duel in modern times is on LBC.” Said Adonis.
Now, while all, or nearly all, UK eyes are on Brexit the game’s afoot elsewhere on the continent.
The Brexit online publication Westmonster has two reports.
The first concerns Italian politics, where the latest poll puts the two anti-mass immigration coalition parties of M5S (better known as the five star movement) and LEGA on 32% and 31% respectively.
Having strengthened the Italian borders and reduced incoming migrant numbers to just 20,000 in 2018 so far, which is a large reduction on the numbers seen last year, the two parties have seen a boost in their joint support to over 60%.
The second Westmonster report is about Sweden and that the anti-EU party, the Swedish Democrats, have taken the lead in the polls running up to the country’s elections this coming Sunday the 9th September 2018.
This is an increase of six percent and leaves the Social Democrats lagging behind on 22%.
The real significance here is that the Swedish Democrats have called for their own referendum on EU membership!
According to the Swedish Democrats leader, Jimmie Åkesson, the EU is a ‘a large web of corruption’ and he told the Swedish media: ‘We pay an enormous amount of money and get overwhelmingly little back’.”
Could we be seeing the start of a Swexit?
Now for something refreshing on Brexit, Remain voting Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, said he would now vote to Leave the EU.
Talking on Chopper’s Brexit Podcast, he gave a couple of reasons: the first was that he thinks we should follow the democratic decision of the UK voters and the second was that he had been naive –
“I had no idea that the British establishment would try and do everything to stop it. One of my favourite political books is ‘A Very British Coup’ by the old MP Chris Mullin. And what this is, it’s not a coup against the leader it’s a coup against the people, a coup against a decision of the people.
“So when you see the actions of the great and the good, you see the Electoral Commission hammering some guy, who I’ve never met by the way, I’ve never spoken to this Darren Grimes, some student.
Finally, the BBC Europe editor, Katya Adler, says that the EU is banking on a last minute Brexit deal after what is dubbed as ‘The Final Push’ this autumn.
Although at the end of the day she says that the individual EU27 member states have ‘little appetite’ to ruin relations or make things difficult for the UK, she doesn’t think they’ll break ranks just yet to force the EU Commission to be more amenable to the UK.
However, she did say that:
“Let me first tell you that that there is a slow but spreading sense of panic EU-wide across business and industry. A no-deal scenario would be costly for Europe as well as for the UK.”
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