Thursday 25 July 2019 - People's Vote

Thursday 25 July 2019

Morning Briefing: People's Vote campaign leads long, hot summer of protest

When we launched our Let Us Be Heard campaign, we talked about this being a long, hot summer of protest. As we move through this pivotal, historic and sweltering week, it is clear that protest has seldom been more necessary.

Yesterday, People’s Vote campaigners were on the streets of London around Whitehall and Buckingham Palace in the 30C+ heat with giant banners saying “Let Us Be Heard” and “Put It To The People.”

Showing amazing commitment, dexterity and communications skills, our teams of supporters showed the world that we will not give in to the Boris Johnson government who will pursue an extreme Brexit or a destructive No Deal with a reckless abandon.

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The buck stops with ruthless avenger Johnson

New prime minister Boris Johnson could not have been clearer: “Never mind the backstop, the buck stops here.”

And the buck certainly will stop with him as he carried out a Night of the Long Knives on Theresa May’s government to bring in his own hard Brexit supporters, including Michael Gove, Priti Patel, Theresa Villiers, Andrea Leadsom and Dominic Raab, losing more than half of the Cabinet in the process. ERG leader Jacob Rees-Mogg becomes Leader of the Commons.

Perhaps most telling was the news that Dominic Cummings, who was the driving force behind the Vote Leave campaign, is being installed at the heart of Johnson’s backroom team. Cummings gets a job at the heart of government despite being found to be in contempt of Parliament earlier this year.

There is no doubting the path that he is choosing on Brexit and the battle lines are drawn as we head to the October 31 deadline and beyond. Every member of his Cabinet has had to sign up to Johnson's "do or die" pledge. The fight against a destructive No Deal will need to come from elsewhere.

Look over your shoulder, Mr Johnson

Mr Johnson will need to only look over his shoulder at his own backbenches to see where a lot of opposition may come from as he pursues No Deal.

Theresa May’s team is there and many have vowed to fight: Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Rory Stewart and David Lidington resigned, having been open in their contempt for Johnson’s No Deal rhetoric and they know he has no mandate for it.

But yesterday Johnson sacked his rival Jeremy Hunt and all his supporters too – Liam Fox, Penny Mordaunt, Damian Hinds and others who will have no reason for loyalty to a new prime minister with a tiny Commons majority.

The Lib Dems are clear on their position with new leader Jo Swinson supporting a People’s Vote. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon yesterday wrote to Mr Johnson warning about the “gravity of the potential damage” of No Deal to Scotland and urging a course change.

Labour too have been clear in their support for a People’s Vote in opposition to No Deal but yesterday, of all days, still managed to shoot themselves in the foot by refusing to be clear over whether they’d support staying in the EU if they were in government.

Once again a Labour spokesman - widely understood to be Seamus Milne - sought to muddy the waters regardless of the demoralising effect on Labour’s members and supporters.

The battle against a destructive No Deal will be a tough one inside Parliament as well as on the streets as we prepare for the People’s Vote march on October 12. Sign up to Let Us Be Heard here.

Job cuts announcement from carmaker Nissan

Japanese carmaker Nissan is to axe 12,500 jobs around the world, it announced this morning. It is expected that most of them will come in Europe, but it has not been announced where. The Sunderland plant currently employs around 7,000 people and supports thousands more jobs in the local economy.

Is this what Mr Johnson means when he talks about the “the buck stops here”?

It is time for Birmingham to be heard

The people of Birmingham are coming out in force to join the clamour to Let Us Be Heard on Tuesday July 30. For your free tickets, click here.

It's clear that Brexit must be put to the people. Now is a crucial time to get involved with the People's Vote campaign. Sign up to volunteer today. 

Quote of the Day

"The hardline Brexiteers in Conservative ranks, hellbent on a no-deal departure, claim to be patriots. I see nothing patriotic about willingly risking untold damage to our economy, to jobs and to our global standing for decades to come. 

"They also claim to be unionists but, through their actions, they have placed the future of the Union itself in grave peril. It may already be too late. The election of Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister and self-styled Brexiteer-in-Chief is surely the final insult."

Pudsey Conservative Association chairman Jason Aldiss quit on the day Mr Johnson became prime minister, saying "this is no longer the party that I joined in 1995".

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More Brexit news...

Tory party chairman quits in protest at leader Johnson (PoliticsHome)

Night of the Blond Knives (The Sun)

Johnson hands top Brexiters jobs in brutal cull (PoliticsHome)

Johnson takes his revenge and sacks over half the cabinet (Guardian)

Fears over Nissan job cuts (Chronicle Live)

More Brexit comment...

Matthew Parris: Enemies put to sword in quest for revenge (The Times £)

Tom Kibasi: Think Johnson's "blue terror" reshuffle means No Deal? Think again (Guardian)

Pippa Crerar: Johnson's purge no surprise as he pursues No Deal (Mirror)

Tom Peck: Broken Britain has met its breaker (Independent)