Tuesday 20 August 2019 - People's Vote

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Morning Briefing: Councils reveal No Deal threats to school children's meals and nutrition

Boris Johnson is refusing a call from more than 100 MPs to bring Parliament back from recess to deal with the growing No Deal crisis. With more and more warnings up and down the country of the problems to be faced after October 31, the EU bemused by government posturing over the Irish backstop and President Trump hanging on the telephone, licking his lips, at a one-sided transatlantic trade deal, it seems astonishing that the government is willing to run down the clock.

Only a People’s Vote can stop the chaos. It is time to Let Us Be Heard.

Councils reveal No Deal threats to school children's meals and nutrition

The probable damage from Boris Johnson’s No Deal is becoming clearer and clearer, day by day, as if an onion is being unpeeled layer by layer.

Now the BBC has revealed that legal school meal nutrition standards may need to be amended or discarded. Yes, the very standards designed to make sure school children are fed healthy food.

No-one said in 2016 that school meal costs will rise and funding for free school meals increase if there is No Deal.

Once again, these predictions are not a result of Project Fear but from sober internal local council planning documents up and down the country.

The People’s Vote campaign have been making Freedom of Information requests into how councils are preparing for No Deal. Last night the BBC revealed the shocking truth with local authorities from North Ayrshire to North Tyneside reporting the potential impact on children’s school meals.

Hastings Council even goes so far as to say there “might be the need for rationing”, depending on the “duration of any shortages’.

Coming after the leaked Operation Yellowhammer documents at the weekend, it demonstrates the catastrophic harm that Johnson is doing to the UK, with no mandate for a destructive No Deal.

There will be more revelations this week of the dangers coming after October 31. The only solution to the crisis is a People’s Vote. It is time to Let Us Be Heard.

Johnson posturing over Irish backstop leaves EU unmoved

The Irish backstop was the UK government’s idea to resolve the Brexit border issue and Boris Johnson voted once for it in Parliament.

So the EU must be bemused by the posturing of the UK Prime Minister arguing now it is undemocratic and risks the Good Friday Agreement in his letter to European Council President Donald Tusk.

Irish PM Leo Varadkar insisted that it won’t be renegotiated, but it is yet more proof that Johnson is making this up as he goes along.

It seems designed to make it impossible for any common ground to be reached and is a clear attempt to shift the blame for a No Deal onto our European partners (or “friends” as Johnson continually calls them).

No-one is buying this cynical smokescreen thrown up by a Prime Minister who not only has no mandate for a destructive No Deal but continues to recklessly take us down that road.

Hardline immigration move could "dwarf Windrush scandal"

Rules allowing EU nationals to live and work freely in the UK will end in the event of No Deal on October 31, a decision that has been condemned as a “recipe for the kind of chaos, cruelty and confusion that could dwarf the Windrush scandal”.

With revelations about the economic damage of No Deal dominating the headlines, Boris Johnson and his Home Secretary Priti Patel tried to shift attention by talking tough on immigration with "tougher criminality rules".

EU citizens living here reacted with horror as it immediately became unclear what challenges they could meet when crossing UK borders.

“The more we see of this Government’s hard-right Brexit agenda, the more obvious it becomes that it is a project which is alien to our traditions as a nation and an affront to our democracy,” said People’s Vote supporter Jo Stevens MP.

Corbyn slips back to confusing Brexit position

It seems like one step forward, one step back to the fence that he feels most comfortable on for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He simply cannot bring himself to give full-throated support for a People’s Vote. Yesterday, he gave a speech in Corby in the East Midlands, but it was during questions that he differed from his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell over the party’s approach.

“In a general election, we will put forward the opportunity for people in this country to have the final say,” he said. “It is not a rerun of 2016. It is simply saying the people of this country should make the final decision.

“If it is no deal versus remain then obviously John McDonnell and others made it very clear we would support remain. If there is the opportunity for some other option to be put then that will be put. I want to bring people together.”

It is this somewhat-confused position that is driving frustration in the ranks of Labour, front bench, MPs and members alike.

Join our Let Us Be Heard rally in Edinburgh

The people of Edinburgh get the chance to give a full-throated backing for a People's Vote on Thursday August 22 at The Meadows. We have a great set of speakers including MP Jess Phillips, comedians Grace Campbell, Fred McCauley, Matt Forde and Andrew Maxwell. To get your tickets, click here.

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"Brexit is the epitome of democracy under threat - indeed, of democracy gone wrong. To end this awful impasse, we must have another referendum, one that is not afflicted with the lies and spin of 2016 - the People's Vote. The spirit of Peterloo must endure."

Film-maker Mike Leigh commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre and calls for a People's Vote to resolve the current political crisis.


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More Brexit news...

EU citizens to face tough new criminality rules (PoliticsHome)

Labour may stay neutral if referendum is between Brexit deal or remain (Guardian)

Corbyn: Johnson should publish secret No Deal assessments immediately (HuffPost)

Boris Johnson gives EU his demands (The Times £)

Sadiq Khan urges ministers to drop "cruel" plans to instantly stop free movement (Independent)

British diplomats getting ready for No Deal rehearsal (Buzzfeed)

More Brexit comment...

Mike Leigh: Brexit threatens our democracy - can the spirit of Peterloo help us through (Guardian)

James Kirkup: Project Fear isn't the way to stop No Deal (The Times £)

Polly Toynbee: No Deal is disastrous but are MPs brave enough to stop it? (Guardian)