Boris Johnson gets his Brexit band back together to crush the Farage threat and squeeze the Leave vote: Brexit News for Saturday 30 November

Boris Johnson gets his Brexit band back together to crush the Farage threat and squeeze the Leave vote: Brexit News for Saturday 30 November
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Boris Johnson gets his Brexit band back together to crush the Farage threat and squeeze the Leave vote…

Boris Johnson has got his Brexit band back together today to crush the Nigel Farage threat and squeeze the Leave vote on December 12. The PM appeared alongside fellow Vote Leave veterans Michael Gove and Labour’s Gisela Stuart to make a direct appeal to Brexiteers to back the Conservatives in the election. He has set out his bold Brexit roadmap for delivering on the result of the 2016 referendum this morning, so people can finally get the change that they voted for three years ago. With the latest polls suggesting the Tories are being squeezed by the Brexit Party vote in some key marginals, it is a direct appeal to Leavers that a vote for Boris is the only way to secure our EU exit. He insisted that “no other party can deliver change” – except the Conservatives. – The Sun

…as he launches a new plan to woo Labour voters but is warned it risks a trade deal with EU

Speaking in London, the prime minister laid out a series of changes that a Conservative government would ensure were in place for 1 January 2021, when the Brexit transition period ends. They include replacing the European Union’s state-aid rules, which govern how and when governments can step in to support failing companies and industries. However, experts warned that the proposals would put the prospect of a comprehensive trade deal with the EU at risk. Under the EU’s rules, which are designed to ensure fair competition, governments must seek permission from the European Commission if they want to step in to directly help struggling firms or industries. This can slow up the process, with the Tories pointing out that it took the commission 50 days to approve UK government plans to cut tariffs for the steel industry in 2015. – Independent

  • Boris Johnson backs looser state aid rules after Brexit – FT (£)

Ex-Labour MP Gisela Stuart urges traditional party voters to back Boris Johnson and ‘get Brexit done’

Gisela Stuart urged voters to “set party allegiance aside” as she launched a bitter attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s leader of the Labour party. Ms Stuart, who served as MP for Birmingham Edgbaston from 1997 until 2017, said she continued to hold Labour values, but claimed the party she believed in had “gone” under Mr Corbyn. She spoke out as she appeared at a Conservative press conference alongside former Vote Leave colleagues Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. On the dilemma facing Leave-backing Labour supporters, she said: “They will feel as I do that they face a difficult choice, torn between loyalty to the party and the best interests of the country as a whole. I say to these traditional Labour voters who three and a half years ago voted to leave, that we can bring the country back together again, and we can unite, but that is not by voting for Jeremy Corbyn.” She added: “Vote Leave was a cross-party endeavour and I believe that this election, we need to come together again once more. Set aside party allegiance to get Brexit done and heal the country. In this election I will not vote for Jeremy Corbyn, but I can vote for Brexit.” – PoliticsHome

> Gisela Stuart’s speech on BrexitCentral: Leavers can either put Brexit at risk with Jeremy Corbyn or get Brexit done with Boris Johnson

> WATCH: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Gisela Stuart: Vote Tory to Get Brexit Done

Labour’s Rebecca-Long Bailey is ridiculed during BBC debate for Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘neutral’ on Brexit stance…

Jeremy Corbyn’s neutral stance on Brexit was ridiculed in Friday night’s election debate, as Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey struggled to defend his position. The shadow business secretary said it was right Mr Corbyn adopted a neutral position while a second Brexit referendum was held in the event he becomes prime minister. But her remarks prompted exasperated groans from the other politicians, and even prompted host Nick Robinson to quip: ‘It’s usually the Queen who takes a neutral position, not the prime minister.’ The BBC presenter, who was chairing the seven-way showdown from Cardiff, then asked Ms Long-Bailey if she could think of a single issue in Mr Corbyn’s parliamentary career where he had not taken a decisive stance. – Daily Mail

…while pro-Brexit shadow cabinet ministers are dispatched to key Leave seats to try and revive support for Labour

Pro-Brexit shadow cabinet ministers are being dispatched to key Leave seats amid fears that Labour has significantly underestimated a swing to the Conservatives. Labour insiders claim a change in strategy has been prompted by a major new poll which suggests Jeremy Corbyn stands to lose dozens of seats in Labour’s heartlands in the Midlands and north of England.  With YouGov’s survey indicating that Boris Johnson could steal 44 seats from Labour, the party has shifted its focus northwards, with leave-backing frontbenchers believed to have been handed more prominent roles in the campaign. They include Ian Lavery, the party chairman, who has signalled he will campaign for Labour’s proposed Brexit deal, along with Richard Burgon and John Healey. – Telegraph (£)

NHS is off the table and stay out of our elections, Johnson tells Trump…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised that the UK would walk away from trade negotiations with the U.S. if its National Health Service (NHS) was on the table. Speaking to LBC radio on Friday, Johnson insisted that the NHS was “not for sale,” and promised that the NHS would not be part of any trade negotiations following the UK’s departure from the European Union. The main opposition Labour party earlier this week released a cache of leaked internal documents from the Department for International Trade (DIT) pertaining to show the renowned state-run health service being discussed as part of bilateral talks between British and American negotiators. – CNBC

…although opposition parties refuse to believe Tory promises not to ‘sell’ the in BBC debate

Tory Rishi Sunak strenuously denied Conservatives plan to sell off our NHS to Donald Trump and American drug companies as part of a post-Brexit trade deal branding it a “conspiracy theory”. Under fire from Labour’s Rebecca Long-Bailey and the the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon Mr Sunak accused the his opponents of trying to mislead the public. It came as political leaders – and their loyal stand-ins –  traded blows over Brexit , climate change and taxes at the latest TV election debate in Cardiff. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn sent party frontbenchers Rushi Sunak and Rebecca Long-Bailey to the 90-minute primetime BBC1 showdown in Cardiff. The seven politicians on stage – Tory Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Lib Dem boss Jo Swinson, Plaid Cymru chief Adam Price, the Greens’ former leader Caroline Lucas and Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice – made sympathetic statements about the London Bridge terror attack before locking horns under the studio lights. – Mirror

Charles Michel replaces Donald Tusk as European Council President

It’s all change at the top of the EU this weekend. Donald Tusk’s five years as Head of the European Council are ending as he’s replaced by the former Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel. The outgoing leader exchanged a handshake and a hug with the new Council President on Friday before the two gave speeches, exchanging a golden bell used to start meetings. “It is a great responsibility and a great honour,” Michel said. He joked that he hoped he received as much applause as Tusk had at the end of his own leadership. The other major change will see Jean Claude Juncker replaced by Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission. She managed to get her commission team approved by the European Parliament earlier this week. – EuroNews

James Crisp: Jean-Claude Juncker devoted his political life to EU integration only to see it dominated by Brexit at the last

Jean-Claude Juncker will go down in history as the man who succeeded in keeping Greece in the European Union but failed to prevent Britain voting to leave in the Brexit referendum. The president of the European Commission retires at the end of today in Brussels, after decades enmeshed in the machinations of EU politics and five tumultuous years in office buffeted by crisis after crisis. It was a job Mr Juncker, 64, never wanted. His preference was to be European Council president, chairing summits of EU heads of state and government. But he was persuaded to campaign for the role in the 2014 European elections in an short-lived EU experiment with democracy that was later ditched. – James Crisp for the Telegraph (£)

Kai Weiss: Von der Leyen promises a ‘transformation’ – but does she really intend to deliver it?

“Finally!” That’s probably what Ursula von der Leyen was thinking on Wednesday when she and her team of 27 Commissioners were confirmed by the European Parliament. The transition phase from the Juncker Commission to one led by von der Leyen has taken months.  The elections took place way back in May and the EU’s head of states agreed to von der Leyen’s appointment as president in July. It doesn’t say much about Brussels’ efficiency that she will finally start work this Sunday, December 1. – Kai Weiss for CapX

Joshua Mackenzie-Lawrie: Where should the UK go in future Brexit negotiations?

Boris Johnson throughout this campaign has claimed he has an ‘oven ready deal’ ready to go, but this is not the end of negotiations with the EU. Assuming Mr Johnson does win the General Election as polls indicate at the moment, we must consider what his priorities should be in the upcoming trade negotiations which, according to the Conservative Party Manifesto, will end with Deal or No Deal by January 1st 2021. Get Britain Out has identified 5 key focus areas for the future: defence cooperation; ending the influence of EU institutions; the end of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice; the protection of UK fishing rights and the ability to set our own regulations. These are areas we have pointed out to Boris Johnson in this letter, which was countersigned by many thousands of our supporters. – Joshua Mackenzie-Lawrie of Get Britain Out for The Commentator 

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