Boris Johnson pledges to get Brexit done as he warns voters ‘it’s me or a horror show of dither and delay’: Brexit News for Thursday 7 November

Boris Johnson pledges to get Brexit done as he warns voters ‘it’s me or a horror show of dither and delay’: Brexit News for Thursday 7 November
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Boris Johnson pledges to get Brexit done as he warns voters ‘it’s me or a horror show of dither and delay’…

Boris Johnson channelled his hero Sir Winston Churchill as he launched his election campaign and urged voters: “Come with us, get Brexit done, and take this country forward.” Striking the wartime Prime Minister’s V for Victory pose outside No10, the Tory leader said the only alternative was the “horror show” of Jeremy Corbyn delivering two referendums next year. He warned that the latter would write-off 2020 as 12 months of “dither and delay” — due to the Labour leader’s pledge to hold a second Brexit referendum and his willingness to stage another vote on Scottish independence. He said: “Imagine waking up on Friday 13th December and finding Corbyn at the head of his technicolour yawn of a coalition.” – The Sun

…and brands the now dissolved Parliament ‘paralysed’ over Brexit as he launches Tory election campaign

Boris Johnson has said the upcoming election is “the most important in a generation”, as he launched the Conservatives’ General Election campaign. Addressing a jubilant crowd of Tory supporters, chanting “Boris, Boris” in Birmingham, he said he “had no choice” but to call an election as Parliament was “paralysed” over Brexit. Mr Johnson described Parliament as an “anaconda that has swallowed a tapir, neither moving one way or the other.” He accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of “wanting nothing more than dither and delay”. “The whole Brexit delay is holding us back, it’s like a bendy box, jack-knifed on a yellow box junction, nobody can get round it, it is blocking traffic in every direction, the uncertainty and delay are bad for the country,” the prime minister said. – ITV News

  • Boris Johnson rallies the troops after tough day 1 of election race – Politico
  • Boris in blistering attack on Remainer MPs at Tory election launch ‘Can’t go on like this’ – Express

> WATCH: Boris Johnson’s speech at a rally in Birmingham last night

Jeremy Corbyn ‘will keep free movement of people’ in Brexit U-turn

Free movement of people between Britain and the EU would continue under a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed. Asked if his proposed new Brexit deal would contain any controls on migration from Europe, the Labour leader said free movement “enriches the lives of all of us”. He has previously claimed he would end the open-borders regime after Brexit. The U-turn comes as Mr Corbyn has revealed the Labour general election slogan will be “It’s time for real change”. The party promises to negotiate a new Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then put it to the public in a referendum to decide whether Britain should remain or leave. – iNews

Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru to unveil Remain pact in 60 seats

The Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Greens have finalised a plan to step aside for each other in 60 seats across England and Wales in the general election. The alliance is intended to give a free run to one pro-remain party in each constituency. The agreement, which does not include Labour, covers 49 seats in England and 11 in Wales. It was made under the banner of a cross-party group called Unite to Remain, which has spent several months trying to broker the plan. A so-called progressive alliance plan, also including Labour, was attempted before the 2017 election but arrangements were only made for a handful of seats, in part because of the difficulty of getting local parties to agree. – Guardian

Ex-Speaker John Bercow sparks fury by calling Brexit the ‘biggest mistake since the war’

Remainer ex-Speaker John Bercow has sparked fury after describing Brexit as the “biggest mistake” Britain has made since the war. Mr Bercow said he “respects” Boris Johnson but leaving the EU “doesn’t help us.” Wading into the election campaign just days after quitting as Speaker, he added: “I don’t think it helps the UK. Brexit is the biggest mistake of this country after the war. It’s better to be part of the EU power bloc.” But one of Mr Bercow’s former deputy speakers have hit out at the comments, saying Remainer elites hate Brexit because “they are losing control”. Brexiteer Tory MP Nigel Evans blasted: “Brexit was the authentic voice of middle Britain demanding self rule and taking control of our own laws. – The Sun

  • John Bercow: Brexit was the biggest mistake since the war – Telegraph (£)
  • John Bercow: Brexit is UK’s biggest mistake since second world war – Guardian

Jean-Claude Juncker mocks Boris Johnson for missing the October 31st Brexit deadline…

Jean-Claude Juncker has mocked Boris Johnson for breaking his promise to leave the EU on October 31 and warned that Britain has bigger problems than Brexit. The President of the European Commission said that Brexit had made those problems worse and warned that the General Election should not be just another Brexit referendum campaign. Mr Juncker refused to back Boris Johnson in the December 12 election, even though a resounding Tory victory would make the ratification of the Brexit deal in the House of Commons more likely. “Although I often feel like it, I have never interfered in the final decisions of voters in various European countries,” he told German radio station ARD. – Telegraph (£)

…as EU claims it did not amend Theresa May’s Brexit deal for Boris Johnson and only ‘clarified’ it…

Brussels has poured cold water on Boris Johnson’s claim to have negotiated an entirely new Brexit deal with the EU, and insisted that it never reopened the withdrawal agreement for him. A spokesperson for the European Commission raised eyebrows on Wednesday by insisting that the EU had merely made “clarifications” to Theresa May’s Brexit deal and that it had not been “amended” in any meaningful way. The sensational claim is at odds with Downing Street’s presentation of negotiations: the prime minister hopes to get his agreement through parliament on the basis that it is not the same as his predecessor’s, which was rejected three times by MPs. – Independent

…and Boris Johnson is urged to nominate a new EU Commissioner ‘rapidly’

The incoming head of the European commission has exposed Boris Johnson’s failure to meet his “do or die” pledge to leave the European Union on 31 October, by requesting the “rapid” nomination of a British candidate to join her Brussels top team. Ursula von der Leyen has written to the prime minister asking him to propose a British candidate or candidates for EU commissioner “rapidly, in the shortest time possible”, one of her spokespeople said on Wednesday. Von der Leyen hopes to take office on 1 December, leaving barely three weeks for a British commissioner to be proposed, accepted and vetted by the European parliament. Heightening the pressure on Johnson’s government, von der Leyen has called on the UK to propose female candidates, as part of her bid to have a gender-balanced commission. If she insists on that point, the UK’s current commissioner, Sir Julian King, would be ruled out. But any UK commissioner would have to stand down on the next scheduled Brexit day, 31 January, unless another delay is agreed. – Guardian

  • Brussels asks UK to nominate European commissioner – Politico

Nigel Farage confronted in street over Brexit by ‘Workington Man’ but tells him ‘we must implement the referendum’

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage clashed angrily with a ‘Workington Man’ in the street as he visited Cumbria yesterday. Mr Farage was confronted by Labour voter Karl Connor, 38, who accused him of trying to feed off a “politics of fear”. Mr Farage visited the Cumbrian town after a think tank identified ‘Workington man’ as a key swing voter for the Tories ahead of the election on December 12. It described a “middle England” voter who is an older, white, non-graduate man from the North of England, with strong rugby league traditions and a tendency to vote Labour. Mr Farage, who is the first of the party leaders to visit the town since it was named as a key target, claimed the idea was a “load of patronising cobblers” as he addressed a roomful of supporters in the Washington Hotel in Workington. – The Sun

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson quitting Parliament

Tom Watson has announced he will quit as Labour party deputy leader and stand down as an MP after nearly four decades in politics. In a shock announcement, the Labour veteran said he would give up frontline politics to campaign on public health matters, staying on in his role until the 12 December election. Mr Watson claimed he was standing down for “personal, not political” reasons but his decision to quit will raise eyebrows, after he repeatedly clashed with Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit and antisemitism. Labour’s annual conference in Brighton in September was almost derailed by a failed attempt to abolish Mr Watson’s post by Momentum founder Jon Lansman. – Independent

  • Labour deputy leader Tom Watson to step down – Politico

Asa Bennett: Nigel Farage’s bogus insistence that anything but a no-deal is surrender risks leaving Brexit at the Remainers’ mercy

Benjamin Disraeli was onto something when he declared “England does not love coalitions.” In any cross-party engagement, it is safe to say that whenever one side declares it has made a fair offer, it is anything but. That was shown earlier this year when Jeremy Corbyn made six “practical” demands of Theresa May in order to support her Brexit deal. These, predictably, amounted to a wholesale dismissal of Tory red lines and a restyling of what she had agreed to resemble what Labour would have negotiated. And it has cropped up yet again in the current Brexican stand-off between Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. The Brexit Party leader leader has repeatedly insisted that he is making “a totally reasonable offer…in the interests of building a Leave alliance”, but his price is that Prime Minister drops the deal he has negotiated against the odds to pursue the no-deal he prefers. – Asa Bennett for the Telegraph (£)

Rod Liddle: Boris Johnson must take control, exert a bit of discipline upon his Cabinet and run a tight ship

The Conservative election ­campaign is up and running – with the PM doing his Churchill impressions once again. The famous two-fingered salute. He also likened Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin, the paranoid and psychopathic Russian commie wartime leader who murdered millions upon millions of his own countrymen. Meanwhile, members of Boris’s Cabinet were making fools of themselves on radio and television. Jacob Rees-Mogg and Andrew Bridgen jabbering idiotic comments about the Grenfell Tower tragedy. It all smacks a bit of ­arrogance and complacency. ­Terribly misplaced arrogance and complacency, I’m afraid. – Rod Lilddle for The Sun

Telegraph: This is a Brexit election, and only a Tory majority can bring about a resolution

This is a Brexit election. Labour wants it to be anything but because its policy is a mess. The Greens want it to be about climate change. The SNP wants it to be about Scottish independence. But it is about getting Brexit done. It has been precipitated by the failure of Parliament to enact the result of the 2016 referendum. As Boris Johnson said in Downing Street when he fired the starting gun for the December 12 poll, only a Conservative majority will bring about a resolution of this matter. The country is weary of the shenanigans that have held up the UK’s departure from the EU. Even many people who voted Remain want Brexit concluded. But a victory for Labour will lead to another round of pointless negotiations followed by a further referendum and the agony will go on for another year at least. A vote for the Liberal Democrats, while not putting them into power, could none the less put Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street with the same outcome. – Telegraph (£) editorial

The Sun says: Either we give Boris Johnson the majority he needs to get Brexit done or we get Labour’s economic chaos

The fight for Britain’s future prosperity – and yours – has begun. Boris Johnson launched the election yesterday with a stark choice, between a thriving, confident nation bursting with opportunity for all, or a nightmare that would begin on Friday the 13th of December if Jeremy Corbyn is in No10. The options are clear. Either we give Boris the majority he needs to get Brexit done; to build a new, fairer relationship with our European friends; and to unleash a surge of investment. Or we will be stuck with paralysis, uncertainty and Labour’s economic chaos. If you believe in respecting democracy, the decision is a straightforward one, but this election is about more than just honouring the Brexit vote. – The Sun says

Brexit in Brief

  • Nigel Farage says children do not support Brexit in large numbers because they are told it is ‘evil’ in schools – Telegraph (£)
  • Vote Tory, urges former Labour MP Ian Austin – The Times (£)
  • The 55 marginals where Corbyn’s Brexit muddle leaves Labour vulnerable – Telegraph (£)

And finally… B is for Brexicon

It is billed as the A-Z of Brexit — although Collins’s new ‘Brexicon’ does have an unusually large number of entries filed under the letter B. Brexiteer, Brexiety, cakeism, flextension, no-deal, Project Fear, remainer and remoaner all make the dictionary’s list of words brought into use by Britain’s exit from the EU. Helen Newstead, of Collins, said: ‘The dictionary has no opinion on Brexit other than to say it has been quite generous in its gifts to the English language, as well as, I am sure, inspiring the use of many old-fashioned expletives. The Brexicon could be even longer, but we feel our selection sums up many of the key themes since Collins named Brexit word of the year in 2016. As the process continues through this latest flextension, no doubt more words will emerge until we come to a Brexend.’ – Metro