Tuesday 21 May 2019 - People's Vote

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Morning Briefing: Hezza sacked for standing up for his country

Just two days to go before the nation goes to the polls in the European elections. Farage's Brexit Party is currently on course to clinch the most seats. But by backing pro-People's Vote parties, we can show the strength of support for giving the public the final say.

Every vote counts in these elections - make sure you use yours.

Hezza sacked for standing up for his country

People’s Vote campaigner and lifelong Conservative Lord Heseltine lost the party whip for announcing he would vote for the Lib Dems in the upcoming elections, which is a clear sign of how Brexit is eating into the fabric of centre-right politics.

It has too often been ignored that in the 2016 referendum, more than 5m Conservatives voted to stay in the EU - in so doing they were upholding their party's traditions and putting what they believed to be the national interest first. Yet Lord Heseltine has been sacked for standing up for their views.

He said that the Conservatives are "infected with the virus of extremity" but vowed to remain and fight inside his party.

Within hours of Prime Minister Theresa May’s “bold new offer” for Brexit, it appeared to bite the dust amidst more squabbling in the Conservative Party. It will emerge from Cabinet today.

But there were signs that it’s not just the right wing and phalanx of potential leadership candidates who have had enough.

Perhaps significantly chancellor Philip Hammond is emerging from a period of relative silence to argue that proponents of a no-deal Brexit are betraying the referendum result.

Having remained in the shadows of the Tory Party arguments, he will argue at the annual CBI dinner that a no-deal Brexit was never proposed in 2016 and that the result has been hijacked.

His move demonstrates the fear that moderates on the Tory side have at where hard Brexiters are going, particularly as the Brexit Party does well in the polls.

And The Times' Rachel Sylvester suggested Boris Johnson could offer the carrot of a second public vote to Tory moderates in a desperate bid to promote his own leadership campaign. This seems rather unlikely to us and a ruse to attract cross-party support.

It shows that there is no way out of this political crisis without a People’s Vote.

Brexit set to claim another 25,000 jobs as British Steel set to fail 

The ongoing economic carnage of Brexit is set to continue with the news that British Steel could collapse into administration tomorrow unless the Government brokers a bail-out. Last week, the firm begged for a £75 million loan, blaming "Brexit uncertainty" for their problems.

They are now desperate for £30m after investors provided more cash, but Sky News reports that there is unlikely to be a last-minute deal, leaving more than 4,000 employees at the Scunthorpe plant and others in danger of losing their jobs and a further 20,000 at risk through their supply chain.

It's yet another sign of how Brexit and the lack of a solution is causing real people with real skills to lose their livelihoods.

It's getting ugly on the election trail

Just another day on the election trail as we head closer to the European polls on Thursday. Nigel Farage got “milkshaked” in Newcastle, an unacceptable trend demonstrating how our politics is developing a nasty streak.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown called out the Brexit Party leader as “the man of the PayPal” rather than a “man of the people” in a speech querying the methods used to fund the Brexit Party, while the Electoral Commission will visit the new party’s offices today to review the systems in place after funding questions.

The latest polls continue to make grim reading for Labour and Conservatives. The Guardian/European Council on Foreign Relations poll shows that parties explicitly on opposite sides are running neck-and-neck, although the poll removes both Tories and Labour from their positioning. Perhaps even more disturbing is that 60% of respondents believe that politics in the UK and EU are broken, only in France and Greece are the levels of disenchantment higher. 

The message to all People’s Vote supporters is get out and vote for a party that is committed to a new vote. Check out our test site for guidance on who to vote for.

Put pressure on your MP to vote for a People's Vote 

The Brexit chaos isn't getting any better and supporters of a People's Vote should keep pressing their MP to adopt the only solution that will resolve it. Use our online tool to write to your MP.

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

"He's not going to be remembered, as he wants, as a man of the people, he's going to be remembered as a man of the Paypal - because that's where the money comes from."

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown questions the finances of Nigel Farage and the Brexit Party

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Liverpool legend and Sky presenter Jamie Carragher urges young people to choose a People's Vote party and vote on Thursday.

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More Brexit news…

British Steel set to collapse (Standard)

Hammond to let rip at no-deal chaos (HuffPost)

Milkshake man says attack on Farage wasn't planned (Newcastle Chronicle)

Turkey shows Brexit Britain how a customs union can hurt (Politico)

Top Brexit comment...

Rachel Sylvester: Leavers might not get the Brexit they want (Times £)

Nimo Omer: We still haven't acknowledged the overwhelming whiteness of Brexit (Independent)