Thursday 6 September 2018 - People's Vote

Thursday 6 September 2018

Morning briefing: Wales flips on Brexit - TUC boss: 'people deserve say' - Anglo-German fudge

Wales backs a People’s Vote on the final deal by a margin of 8 points, 44% to 36%, a new YouGov poll has found. In the event that the government fails to strike a deal with the EU, that margin soars to 26 points.

The result is another blow for the government’s botched Brexit strategy, with 82% of respondents saying the process of leaving has been a mess. And who could argue with them? Between the Chequers debacle, the absurd red lines and the increasing risk of no-deal, there’s very little to inspire confidence that Theresa May can pull a rabbit out of the hat and find a palatable deal.

As things stand, Wales, which voted to Leave in 2016, would now prefer to stay in the EU by a narrow margin. For all that May tries to kid us that people are “coming together and uniting behind the opportunities that lie ahead”, it looks like the thing really bringing the country together is a sense that she’s blown it - and that we need a People’s Vote.



Tweet of the day

Some eye-catching charts on the Brexit hit to the UK economy, from Sky's Ed Conway.


TUC boss backs a People’s Vote

Pressure continues to build within the trade union movement in support of a People’s Vote. Yesterday Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, said that the “people deserve a say” on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Taking aim at the government’s botched negotiating strategy, she argued that the red lines should have been “protecting the economy, workers’ rights and jobs, as well as the peace process in Northern Ireland”.

Quote of the day

“I’m a trade unionist and there is no way that union negotiators would go into a negotiation about what is going into a deal without getting the approval of the membership.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady backs a People’s Vote

Graphic of the day


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Anglo-German fudge?

The German government is backing away from demanding the UK sort out its future relationship with the EU before getting a divorce deal done, Bloomberg reported yesterday. UK negotiators, too, are happy to settle for a vague statement of intent, leaving the tricky business of sorting out what Brexit deal we’ll actually get until after we’ve left - when it would be too late to say we don’t want it. Reuters, however, quotes a German government spokesman saying the administration’s “position is unchanged”.

Any attempt to drag us out without knowing what we’re getting - a blindfold Brexit - would be damaging and dishonest. Fortunately, the people are already cottoning onto the danger, as a YouGov poll last week showed. But there’s still a big risk that the PM, the EU and our MPs will go along with fudge. If they do, the people must have the final word - and they won’t like it.

Audio of the day

LISTEN: Sian Berry, the new Green Party co-leader, on Radio 4's Today programme explaining why she's calling for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal.


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EU free movement is better way to recruit farm workers

The government is set to test a scheme for seasonal farm labour from non-EU countries to “ensure farmers have access to the seasonal labour they need to remain productive and profitable”. The programme will give visas to 2,500 workers during the transition period, as the UK prepares to end free movement from the EU.

For a government that has consistently talked about the need to end movement of unskilled labour - and tried to sell UK jobseekers on fruit-picking -  this is an embarrassing turn of events, especially as it was the prime minister herself who scrapped a similar scheme when Home Secretary. Free movement inside the EU is a simpler, cheaper and easier way to ensure the UK gets the labour it needs, rather than adding heaps of red tape to the process.

Video of the day

ICYMI here are some of wonderful women from our campaign launch on Monday making the case for a People's Vote - featuring Caroline Criado Perez, Rachel Johnson, Ayesha Hazarika, Emily Chapman and Lara Spirit.


More Brexit news…

Britain draws up 27 different pacts to protect flights if there's no Brexit deal as new government papers will accept possibility UK planes WON'T be able to take off and land on the continent (Daily Mail)

UK's biggest insulin manufacturer building up 4 month stockpile in case of no-deal Brexit (Independent)

Chequers plan is dead, says MP, who reported rejection by Barnier (Guardian)

Farage-linked Brexit pollster faces scrutiny over operations (Bloomberg)

Tweet of the day 2


Top Brexit comment

Laura Kuenssberg: What's the Brexiteers' alternative plan? (BBC)

Kieran Cutting: Brexit will be tough on charities and people they support (InFacts)

Looking forward...

Today, Thursday 6th September

- Dominic Raab meeting Michel Barnier in Brussels
09:30 MSPs to question Scottish secretary David Mundell on Brexit
- Backbench debate on Brexit, science and innovation

Tomorrow, Friday 7th September

- House of Commons not sitting