Wednesday 24 July 2019 - People's Vote

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Morning Briefing: Johnson has no mandate for No Deal

There are just 99 days until the extended Brexit deadline of October 31 and it is all change in Westminster. Today Theresa May will hold her final Prime Minister's Questions, do another farewell Downing Street speech and go to the Palace to resign to the Queen. 

Then it is Boris Johnson's time, bringing all the fears of a tough Brexit or No Deal. He will announce his new cabinet, instantly creating an experienced and patriotic backbench rebel group that includes Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Rory Stewart and possibly even Jeremy Hunt, according to overnight reports.

The threat of a destructive No Deal has ramped up and it is vital that we keep fighting for a People's Vote. Yesterday our supporters were out in force to protest at the vote that gave no mandate to deliver an extreme Brexit or No Deal and today we will again demand to be heard. Come and join us in Parliament Square, Downing Street and outside Buckingham Palace today between 12.45 and 6pm.

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Johnson has no mandate for No Deal

Boris Johnson will become prime minister today, but he does so with no mandate for No Deal.

While his supporters, such as Liz Truss, claim loudly that he gained a great mandate, we know that he is getting the top job with the backing of just 92,153 Conservative members. 

Just 0.1% of the country have backed the man who said we will leave the EU on October 31 “do or die, come what may”, upping the stakes for a potentially destructive No Deal. There has been no public vote for this, it is anti-democratic, no matter how his fans try to dress it up.

His announcement was greeted with protests by People’s Vote supporters in Westminster. We know that Boris Johnson’s election campaign had the acronym “dud” – deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Corbyn.

The first two are diametrically opposed: it seems impossible to deliver Brexit, particular if it is No Deal or hardline, and unite a country that has had no say on its future. Polls show that Johnson is a polarising character, who will energise those who recognise that a People’s Vote is the only way out of this nightmare situation.

As Conservative MP and People’s Vote supporter Guto Bebb said yesterday Johnson's approach to Brexit lacks any coherence. “In the last three years he has made a multitude of contradictory and confused promises. Now the music has stopped he will have to deliver and will quickly find that not even the most erudite of aphorisms will resolve the complexities.”

Johnson and Farage are Trump's boys now 

They are Trump’s boys now: Nigel Farage sitting in the audience and “Britain Trump” Boris Johnson stepping up as the new prime minister.

The US president sees himself as pulling the strings towards a loaded transatlantic trade deal in the event of the UK falling out of the EU and in need of an economic pick-me-up.

He was full of praise for Johnson, saying “we have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the UK now.” Trump claimed Johnson is tough and smart and that we call him “Britain Trump”, that this is somehow a “good thing”.

With the threat of the NHS being up for sale "on the table" as well as chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef, the fears of Mr Johnson doing an electoral pact with Farage and bowind down to Trump become more real.

EU leaders were cautious in their welcome to Mr Johnson, reiterating that they will not budge from the Withdrawal Agreement already negotiated, refusing to countenance "side-deals" and arguing against No Deal.

Spin and rhetoric won't fool the people of Northern Ireland 

Boris Johnson has said that the Irish backstop is dead as he points the UK towards No Deal. Nowhere will a cliff-edge exit be more damaging than Northern Ireland.

The extraordinary answer? Spend three-quarters of a million pounds on a company who can sell No Deal to citizens of Northern Ireland.

An emergency contract has been put out for tender by the government to recruit a communications company in an accelerated process. The warnings of the reality of No Deal on Northern Ireland have been legion: smuggling, farmers going broke, threats to the Good Friday Agreement, jobs lost.

But the new answer is not a real answer: just more spin and rhetoric to try and fool the people who know the reality of No Deal for Northern Ireland.

Amidst all the hoopla and celebrations of Conservative MPs banging their desk and looking for jobs from the new boss, were more real warnings about the damage of hard Brexit.

The CBI says a double whammy of Brexit uncertainty and a global trade slowdown are leading to the biggest factory slowdown since the financial crisis.

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

“We have a really good man who’s going to be the prime minister of the UK now, Boris Johnson. Good man, he’s tough and he’s smart. They’re saying Britain Trump. They call him Britain Trump.

“People are saying that’s a good thing. They like me over there, that’s what they wanted. That’s what they need. He’ll get it done. Boris is good. He’s going to do a good job.”

President Trump welcomes Boris Johnson as new prime minister, just in case anyone has any doubt that the president believes he can interfere in UK politics and that Boris Johnson is his poodle.

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More Brexit news...

Trump hails "good man" Johnson (Guardian)

Wanted: company to sell No Deal to Northern Ireland (Politico)

How the historic handover will take place today (PoliticsHome)

Johnson claims of EU side deals are "rubbish" (Guardian)

EU shoots down Johnson's Brexit plan (Independent)

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