Thursday 26 July 2018 - People's Vote

Thursday 26 July 2018

Morning briefing: Summer of Action - Trump's trade turnaround - what's the plan?

The People’s Vote campaign is turning up the heat on the streets, in the media and online for our Summer of Action. We’re holding rallies and protests across the country to make sure politicians hear the ever-louder demand – from all walks of life and every corner of the country – for the people to have a vote at the end of the Brexit talks.

This is a step change in our campaign. After months of chaos at Westminster, it’s now vital to show how the impact of a bad Brexit deal – or no deal at all – will be felt, not only in the national economy and metropolitan areas, but directly in some of Britain’s hardest-pressed communities.

The People’s Vote campaign will be focusing on seven regions and nations across the UK, with plenty of grassroots action, punctuated by a People’s Vote rally in each.

Looking to build on the success of June’s People’s Vote March in London, our latest rallies will be held in cities including Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Cambridge, Cardiff, Liverpool and Birmingham. We’ll top off our Summer of Action with another gigantic march through central London on October 20 which promises to be the biggest Brexit protest yet.


There will also be a series of national Action Days staged by 130 local People's Vote volunteer groups. We want to increase that number to 200 by the end of the summer.

We’re also looking at how Brexit will affect people’s real lives, the towns and cities where they live, the values and traditions they cherish. Ahead of each march, we will publish research showing the impact of Brexit on communities and industries across the country - drilling deep into data, local institutions and real people’s stories. We’re also commissioning opinion polling of specific areas and groups to show how, where and why public opinion is moving.

The campaign is deploying our one million-strong internet army of activists to contact friends and family to write to MPs and address key groups of voters through social media.

Brexit has been too focused on squabbling politicians in Westminster. What’s really at stake is how Brexit will affect people’s lives across the nation. The People’s Vote Summer of Action is bringing the Brexit debate back to the people.


Graphic of the day


Quote of the day

“Brexit shouldn’t be about who’s up and who’s down in political parties or about which Minister is coming or going - it’s much bigger than that. It’s about the jobs and futures of students and young people in every town and county of the UK, about the future of our businesses, environment and health service.

“With only months to go, time is running out for our politicians to reach an agreement that truly benefits our students – it is time to take back control with a People’s Vote.”

Shakira Martin, president of the National Union of Students and a supporter of For our Futures’ Sake (FFS), part of the People’s Vote campaign

Video of the day

WATCH this BBC interview with top Brexit donor Arron Banks as questions are raised about his links to Russia.


Clout matters

Donald Trump has backed away from a trade war with the EU, agreeing to work on a plan to scrap transatlantic tariffs, non-tariff barriers and subsidies on industrial goods. That shows the value of being in a bloc of 28 nations that are collectively the largest economy in the world. Even America can’t bully the EU. After Brexit would the UK really have the clout to force Trump to give ground if we ever got into a fight with him? And what about that “beautiful” trade deal the US president kept promising Brexiters? He's much more interested in cutting a deal with the EU. Power talks.

Video of the day 2

WATCH: Your prime minister, everybody, telling us to take "reassurance and comfort" from the fact that the government is having to stockpile medicines and blood supplies. If you're not convinced a no-deal Brexit is madness, just look into Theresa May's eyes.


Tweet of the day

Which brings us onto this tweet from Mike Galsworthy from Scientists For EU - a man who knows a bit about supplying our NHS with medicines.



What’s the plan, prime minister?

Three different stories today laid out three different Brexit plans. It’s unclear which Number 10 is going for.

Bloomberg reports that UK officials are mulling the idea of leaving Northern Ireland under EU market regulations as a “backstop” solution to keep the border open while the rest of the country breaks away for Brexit, according to an unnamed source. That’s kryptonite for the government’s relationship with the DUP, whose support allows May to win votes in Parliament.

The Times suggests May hasn’t given up on her car-crash Chequers plan and will use a conference in Salzburg in September to try and sell it to the other 27 EU countries. Meanwhile there’s an interesting suggestion on ConservativeHome that the government might opt to leave the EU and start preparing for WTO trading terms, but try and stay within the single market to avoid any economic turmoil until after the 2022 election.

All this shows there’s still no clear direction to the government’s Brexit policy. What a mess.

Wales biggest loser from bad financial services deal

Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds and Northampton are far higher than London in the ranking of UK cities that will lose out from a bad Brexit deal for the financial services sector, reveals a study by the Centre for Cities think-tank reported in the FT. Wales risks being the biggest loser from a bad Brexit deal for the finance industry, when you take into account the proportion of Cardiff’s services exports coming from finance.

This research overturns assumptions that the City of London is the biggest loser from leaving financial services out of a Brexit deal - as May’s Chequers plan does. Brexit will wreak havoc across the country.

Tweet of the day 2

This from American journalist Dylan Matthews.


More Brexit news…

Project Fear redux? Tories divided over planning for a no-deal Brexit (Guardian)

Brexit threat to sandwiches (BBC)

British and Irish governments agree post-Brexit talks structure (Irish Times)

Top Brexit comment

Looking forward...

Today, Thursday 26 July

- Parliament in summer recess
- Dominic Raab holds talks with Michel Barnier in Brussels
09:30 ONS: UK GDP figures
19:00 The Left Against Brexit event in Bristol

Tomorrow, Friday 27 July

- Parliament in summer recess