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Notion Britain could ask an EU member to veto Brexit extension is ‘tittle-tattle’ – housing minister
Reuters, Oct 6 2019

LONDON – Britain’s housing minister Robert Jenrick said speculation that the government could ask another EU member state to veto a request to extend Article 50 to ensure Brexit happened on Oct 31 was “tittle-tattle.” He said on Sky News’ Sophie Ridge on Sunday programme:

I have not heard any serious talk of that beyond the speculation that I have seen in the papers, so I think that, with all due respect, is just tittle-tattle.

Johnson to sabotage EU if forced to delay Brexit
Edward Malnick, Christopher Hope, Jamie Johnson, Sunday Telegraph, Oct 6 2019

Boris Johnson would veto the EU’s seven-year budget and send a Eurosceptic commissioner to Brussels to “disrupt” the bloc’s workings if he were forced into a Brexit delay, under plans being discussed by ministers. Senior Government figures are considering a series of proposals to “sabotage” the EU’s structures if Brussels refuses to agree a new deal or let Mr Johnson deliver Brexit without one. Two Cabinet ministers told this newspaper that they were among those backing a more “aggressive” approach towards Brussels. It is understood that plans under discussion include blocking the EU’s 2021-27 budget, which is due to be agreed early next year, and nominating a British commissioner who would… (etc, subs only)

Johnson plans to use ‘nuclear weapon’ Farage to sabotage EU if Brexit delayed, Oct 6 2019

Johnson is not about to take the forced Brexit extension lying down, reportedly devising plans to veto the EU’s seven-year budget and appoint “nuclear weapon” Nigel Farage as commissioner. Johnson has long insisted that the UK would leave the EU by Oct 31, saying he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than ask the bloc for an extension to its exit deadline. Parliament passing the Benn act, which requires a Brexit delay unless a divorce deal is agreed, looks to have scuppered those plans, but if forced to hang around for longer Johnson seemingly plans to be a thorn in Brussels’ side. An explosive report in The Sunday Telegraph (above) reveals that senior government figures plan to “sabotage” the EU if Britain remains in the union after Halloween. Two cabinet ministers told the paper that the plans include blocking the Union’s 2021-2027 budget, which is expected to be signed off early next year, as well as sending a Eurosceptic such as Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage to Brussels as the UK’s next EU commissioner. On Saturday the approach was approved by Steve Baker, former Brexit Minister, who told Chopper’s Brexit Podcast:

I unashamedly back Nigel Farage to be our next EU commissioner in the unfortunate event that it transpires. This approach is inspired by the film Armageddon. There is that moment when they are trying to save the world and so what they do is they land on the asteroid and they put a nuclear weapon into the heart of the asteroid. Nigel Farage is that nuclear weapon.

One problem with this plan is that the rest of the European Commission will have been ratified by the European Parliament, so MEPs would have a clear vote on whether to approve the UK’s nominee. Given Farage’s two decades of causing trouble in Brussels, MEPs are highly unlikely to wave him through as a commissioner.

Johnson’s team talking to Labour MPs as around 40 rebels ‘could back a Brexit deal’
Lizzy Buchan, Independent, Oct 6 2019

Boris Johnson’s team has started talking to Labour MPs about his new Brexit proposals, as the prime minister seeks to shore up Commons support ahead of a possible vote on his plan. Labour MP Lisa Nandy said there had been tentative conversations between Labour MPs and senior members of the cabinet in recent days, and revealed that around 40 rebels could defy Jeremy Corbyn to support a deal. However, Ms Nandy warned that the prime minister’s new proposals were little more than a “pre-election party political broadcast,” arguing that he was “further away from achieving a deal” than two months ago. It comes as Brexit secretary Steve Barclay revealed the government was “considering” a Commons vote on the new proposals ahead of the European Council summit on Oct 17, to send a message to Brussels that Mr Johnson had the backing of MPs. Ms Nandy told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday:

I think there are a lot of Labour MPs, there are about 40 still, who have been working cross-party over the past three years trying to find a way to achieve a deal and there are still discussions going on. There’s a cross-party group, MPs for a deal. We’ve had some limited conversations with senior members of Boris Johnson’s government about what would be acceptable and how we might achieve that.

The Wigan MP, whose constituency backed Leave in the referendum, said she was ready to back a deal but the prime minister’s plans fell short. She said:

What we’ve got is a proposal which stands virtually no chance of being accepted by the EU which creates two borders on the island of Ireland which is completely incompatible with existing international law and which rips up the workers’ rights and protections and the environmental protections that we spent several months at the start of this year negotiating with the former prime minister. I would vote for a deal, but this is not a deal. This is a pre-election party-political broadcast from the prime minister, and the truth is that for all of the talk about getting Brexit done, we are further away from achieving a deal than we were two months ago when he became prime minister.

Mr Barclay confirmed the government was holding talks with opposition MPs in a bid to secure their backing for a deal. He told Andrew Marr:

We are talking to members of parliament across the House, because I think many members of parliament want to avoid no-deal. And particularly those members of parliament in Leave constituencies who have voted against no-deal and voted against a deal three times, then they will need to be able to address this issue when they return to their electorate.

Asked if the government would hold a vote on the plans before the EU Council summit, Mr Barclay said:

We are considering it.

Labour leavers have long been seen by the government as a key part of securing Commons support for any Brexit deal, but despite speculation that around 30 MPs could support Theresa May’s deal, only a handful actually rebelled. Mr Johnson claimed he had been encouraged to discover not all MPs are “so recalcitrant” in supporting his plans. He wrote in the Sun on Sunday:

MPs from every wing of my own Conservative Party, from Northern Ireland’s DUP, even from Jeremy Corbyn’s own ranks, have said that our proposed deal looks like one they can get behind. Where the previous withdrawal agreement, backstop and all, drove an almighty wedge through the heart of parliament, I have heard positive noises from across the House.

Brexit now only belongs to the lawless ‘party of law and order’
William Keegan, Graun, Oct 6 2019

It is a great tribute to the supreme court that it called Boris Johnson’s bluff when he tried to prorogue parliament (with the emphasis on “rogue”). Lord Pannick QC, who triumphed in the case brought by the patriotic hero Gina Miller, recalls that he was on safari, watching wild animals in Botswana, when he heard what “wild political animals” were up to in London. Pannick says:

How ironic that the case arose in the context of Brexit, a political policy that its supporters justify by the wish to return sovereignty to parliament and to make our supreme court supreme over the European court of justice.

Undeterred, Johnson and his henchman Dominic Cummings (or should it be Cummings and his henchman Johnson) reacted by giving every impression of wanting to continue on their lawless path. Yes, the men at present running “the party of law and order” carried on being dead set on “delivering Brexit,” if necessary by lawless means. The joke going around at the moment is that this nation, ruled by a badly advised Queen and this shambles of a government, is no longer the United Kingdom but the United Kindergarten. Thank goodness that Johnson and Cummings were up to their tricks at the Conservative conference in Manchester when I visited No 10 Downing Street last week. I was there for the launch of Jack Brown’s fascinating book No 10 – The Geography of Power at Downing Street, and bumping into my old acquaintance Johnson would certainly have spoiled the evening. Lord Donoughue, head of the No 10 policy unit for the Labour governments of the 1970s, was at the launch and amused the gathering by saying that in his day No 10 was almost certainly bugged. I am not sure that anyone in their right mind would want to bug conversations between Johnson and Cummings. We know quite enough about what they are up to already. One of the many bizarre aspects of it all is the monstrous lie that their mission is to satisfy a public desire to “honour” the results of the referendum, “get Brexit done” and then spend, spend, spend. The true nature of Johnson’s economic plan was laid bare in an address he gave to Pindo business executives on his recent trip to New York. Instead of meeting the many demands of our austerity-worn economy with a programme of tax-financed public spending, he is planning lower taxes, especially for the more prosperous element in society. True, at last week’s Conservative conference there were all sorts of wild promises about magic money trees providing tens of billions in public spending. But who swallows this guff? Certainly not the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies, or the Office for Budget Responsibility, who are well aware that, thanks to a combination of austerity and the initial effects of the prospect of Brexit on investment and productivity, the scope for fulfilling these wild promises is somewhat limited.

Perhaps the absurdity of the so-called One Nation future Johnson promises was epitomised by the way that a pledge of “40 new hospitals” was subsequently translated as the renovation of half a dozen existing hospitals. And, as medical professionals have quite rightly been pointing out in the past week, the really pressing need is to fill the gap in staff shortages in the National Health Service. This has been much aggravated by the distasteful and counterproductive Brexit campaign to make EU nationals on whom the NHS depends feel unwelcome. It remains my strong belief that the only sane course for this country is for better leaders than are at present in the saddle to acknowledge that going ahead with Brexit would be a historic mistake of gigantic proportions. It is not the referendum that should be honoured: it is the interests of the nation. Given all the accusations of “project fear” now being made by the more extreme Brexiters, it is obvious that a straight revoking of article 50 would offend their like, and they would just love to stir up civil revolt. Therefore it would probably be judicious to hold another referendum. Apparently none other an authority than Cummings has conceded that “there is a strong democratic case” for a second referendum. In his view, it would be to ensure public consent for Brexit. In my view, as the extent of Brexit damage becomes more evident by the day, it would be to ensure the reverse. Never forget that a mere 37% of the electorate voted Leave in 2016. Moreover, as the Irish prime minister has pointed out, recent polls now show a shift towards Remain.

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