The five-week general election campaign period officially begins: Brexit News for Wednesday 6 November

The five-week general election campaign period officially begins: Brexit News for Wednesday 6 November
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The five-week general election campaign period officially begins…

Campaigning in the general election will officially begin on Wednesday, after Parliament was dissolved in the early hours of the morning. Boris Johnson will see the Queen at Buckingham Palace later to mark the start of the election period in the run-up to the 12 December poll. The Conservatives will also launch their campaign, with Mr Johnson promising he can “get Brexit done”. Meanwhile, in a speech Jeremy Corbyn will pledge “real change” under Labour. The dissolution ended the shortest parliamentary session in just over 70 years, with the Commons having met for only 19 days since the state opening on 14 October. Writing in the Daily Telegraph to launch the Conservative Party’s campaign, Mr Johnson compared his opponent Mr Corbyn to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. Mr Johnson also likened the UK to a “supercar blocked in the traffic” by Brexit, adding: “If we can get Brexit done, there are hundreds of billions of pounds of investment that are just waiting to flood into this country”. Mr Johnson – who will speak in the West Midlands later – said he did not want the election, but “we simply have no choice”. “There is only one way to get Brexit done, and I am afraid the answer is to ask the people to change this blockading Parliament.” Mr Johnson added: “It’s time to change the dismal pattern of the last three years and to get out of our rut.” – BBC News

…as the Tories and Labour clash over their Brexit promises

Labour’s promise to “get Brexit sorted” within six months of winning power has been dismissed as “fairytale politics” by the Conservatives in the first clash of the election campaign on the issue. In a speech in Essex, Jeremy Corbyn said his plan to get a better deal and then put it to the public in another referendum was “clear and simple”. He said a deadline to hold the vote next summer was “realistic and doable”. But the Tories said Labour’s plan would result in “paralysing uncertainty”. However, the Conservative commitment to negotiate a new free trade deal with the EU in just over a year is also coming under scrutiny. It took seven years for the EU to conclude a free trade deal with Canada, an agreement which many Brexiteers see as a template for the UK. Any deal would need to be agreed by all 27 remaining EU states before it could come into force. Michael Gove, the minister in charge of Brexit planning, said a majority Conservative government would “absolutely not” extend the transition period after the UK’s departure from the EU – under Mr Johnson’s deal it is due to end at the start of 2021. The UK and US have both said they are eager to do a free trade deal after Brexit, and in August, President Donald Trump predicted that leaving the EU would be like losing “an anchor round the ankle”. But in a speech in Harlow – a target seat for Labour – Mr Corbyn accused Mr Johnson of seeking to “hijack Brexit to sell out the NHS” to American firms in a future trade deal with the US. – BBC News

> WATCH: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech ahead of the general election campaign 

Jeremy Corbyn refuses to say he won’t scrap Brexit as price of winning power with Liberal Democrats…

Jeremy Corbyn today refused to rule out cancelling Brexit altogether and revoking Article 50 if he had to do a deal with the Liberal Democrats to get into No10. The leftie Labour boss claimed his aim to renegotiate a whole new deal with the EU AND hold a second Brexit vote by next June was “realistic” – but still couldn’t say what his party would support. At a major Brexit speech today he was specifically asked about whether he would revoke Article 50 as the price of forming a coalition with the Lib Dems – or whether he would rule it out. But he refused to answer the question and dodged it completely. He said: “All I can say is, we are campaigning to win this election with a majority Labour Government. “We are not campaigning to form a coalition with anybody, we are campaigning to go into office to carry out our manifesto.” Lib Dem boss Jo Swinson today ruled out going into Government with Labour at her own campaign launch. But their policy is to revoke Article 50 and try and do all they can stop Brexit. But a Labour source tried to play down Mr Corbyn’s dodge, saying: “He said no coalitions and we’ve said that again and again.” – The Sun

…while Kay Burley mocks Sir Keir Starmer for ‘getting splinters’ over Labour’s baffling Brexit policy

Sir Keir Starmer has been mocked for “getting splinters” with Labour “sitting on the fence” over Brexit. The Shadow Brexit Secretary was grilled by Kay Burley on Sky News about Labour’s confusing policy. Ms Burley asked Sir Keir: “What are we voting for if we vote for Labour?” The Shadow Brexit Secretary replied: “If you vote for the Conservative Party you get a hard Brexit which I think will damage our economy. “It will also, I think, lead to the break up of the Union. So that’s one side. “The other side you’ve got revoke. Now I know a lot of people who voted Remain and are passionate about Remain who don’t think revoke is the right thing to do because they think if you’re going to remain you’ve got to ask the public and you’ve got to win the argument. “What the Labour Party is doing is sitting in the middle really and saying actually let’s ask the public if they want to leave with the best deal that can be secured or they want to remain.” – Express

> WATCH: Kay Burley pulls apart Labour’s scaremongering about a UK-US trade deal 

Number 10 divided over including no-deal Brexit in election manifesto as ERG piles on the pressure… 

Downing Street is split over whether to include “no deal” in the Tory party manifesto, after Brexiteer MPs lobbied the Prime Minister to commit to leaving the EU on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms if a free trade deal is not struck with Brussels by the end of 2020. With the manifesto expected to be finalised this weekend, members of the European Research Group (ERG) are agitating for a clause making it expressly clear that the two-year transition period will not be extended beyond December 31 next year. According to a senior Tory source: “Key ERG members have been lobbying Boris but Downing Street wants the focus to be on the wonders of the Prime Minister’s deal – they don’t want to be distracted or drawn into the previous arguments about deal or no deal. “They want to say that the Conservative Party is completely lined up behind the deal, which has won the approval of Brexiteers and Remainers. “But the very simple point being made to Boris is that he will be asked the question during the election campaign: ‘If you don’t get a trade deal with the EU during the two year transition period, will you leave on WTO terms?’ “Some people in Number 10 are worried including no deal in the manifesto will put off soft Tories who voted remain and are tempted by Labour and the Lib Dems. The leavers are saying that a commitment to no deal could help to entice voters back from the Brexit Party.” – Telegraph (£)

…as Michael Gove concedes there could be a no-deal Brexit at the end of the transition period…

A no-deal Brexit will stay on the table if the Conservatives win the general election, Michael Gove says, admitting the UK could still crash out of the EU without a trade deal. Asked if a no-deal remained a threat at the end of 2020 – when the brief transition period will finish – Boris Johnson’s key ally replied: “It’s always the case that we need to prepare for every eventuality.” The admission will fuel criticism that leaving the EU’s political structures with the prime minister’s deal, at the end of January, leaves open the “trapdoor” of losing all economic and security ties less than a year later. Downing Street has insisted the transition period will not be extended – even though trade experts have ridiculed the claim of striking a complex deal within a year. Asked whether MPs will be given a vote on extending, Mr Johnson’s official spokesman told reporters: “No. The answer to that is a simple No. We aren’t extending the implementation period.” – Independent

…and Boris Johnson sparks a fresh Tory rift by refusing to give MPs a vote on extending the transition period

Boris Johnson sparked a fresh rift with Tory moderates after declaring MPs will not be given a vote on whether to extend the Brexit transition period. The PM binned a pledge from Justice Secretary Robert Buckland to ask the Commons if we should leave at the end of 2020 even without a trade deal in place. Asked if Parliament would get a say, his official spokesman said: “No, the simple answer is we are not extending the transition period. There is no reason whatsoever to believe a trade agreement wouldn’t be ready by that date.” The remarks prompted a furious reaction from Tory rebels, who accused Mr Johnson of breaking a “clear promise”. Ex Cabinet minister David Gauke fumed: “Looks like the Conservative message is ‘we’ll be out on WTO terms by 2021’. I have to say – that is reckless.” Former Tory MP Nick Boles added: “Johnson wants to force through a WTO Brexit next December.” Mr Buckland had told Parliament it has a “legitimate role to play” and could “have its say on the merits of an extension of the implementation period”. – The Sun

Nigel Farage accuses Boris Johnson of seeking ‘a Remainer’s Brexit’ as he hits the campaign trail in Labour Leave seats…

Nigel Farage came out fighting today, taking a swing at Boris Johnson as he hit the campaign trail in a boxing ring. The Brexit Party  leader accused the Prime Minister of chasing a ‘Remainer’s Brexit’ – a jab at the Brexit deal he agreed with Brussels. Mr Farage was in Bolsover at the start of a tour of Labour-voting Leave seats he believes his party can take from Jeremy Corbyn’s party. The Derbyshire seat of veteran firebrand Dennis Skinner voted 70 per cent to Leave in 2016. Addressing the crowd at Bolsover Boxing Club Mr Farage said Mr Johnson’s deal would ‘effectively break up the United Kingdom’. ‘Ninety five per cent of what Boris Johnson is trying to sell as his great new deal is actually the bad old treaty,’ he said, adding: ‘Without the Brexit Party we will not get a genuine Brexit, and I am going to make sure this cause is best prepared for  elections across the country.’ – Daily Mail

> Ben Habib MEP on BrexitCentral today: Why the Brexit Party maintains that Boris Johnson’s deal is not Brexit

…but the Brexit Party loses another candidate who doesn’t want to split the Leave vote…

A Brexit Party candidate quit yesterday saying “we should all back Boris”, as Nigel Farage braced himself for more defections over accusations that he was splitting the Leave vote. Mr Farage insisted that only his party would prevent being “trapped for years and years” in EU rules as he continued his campaign against a Conservative deal that he insisted was “not Brexit”. However, after 20 of the party’s candidates dropped out in recent weeks, another would-be MP quit yesterday with a public attack on the leader’s strategy of standing against the Tories. Calum Walker, who had been the candidate in Dundee East, said: “Having the Brexit Party stand against the Conservatives will only split the Brexit vote. This runs the risk of allowing Labour propped up by the SNP into government. We should all back Boris and vote for [the Tories].” Mr Walker joined Stephen Peddie, who quit his Tonbridge & Malling candidacy in “exasperation”, saying: “Farage cynically parrots the phrase ‘country before party’. I believe it.” He warned on Twitter that the Brexit Party “was evolving from a national asset into a national threat. This is a fantastical and dangerous strategy.” – The Times (£)

> Tim Bowling on BrexitCentral today: Nigel Farage has misjudged the mood of Brexiteers, which is why I’ve left the Brexit Party for the Tories

…while Farage is reportedly in secret talks with Tory Eurosceptics to stand down Brexit Party candidates

Nigel Farage is in secret talks with individual Eurosceptic Tory candidates about withdrawing Brexit Party opponents at the general election after Boris Johnson snubbed a nationwide pact. The Brexit Party leader said he was “open” to such deals but hinted that the price of any co-operation could be an agreement from the Tory candidate not to support Mr Johnson’s deal in Parliament. The news came after a Tory candidate in Portsmouth begged Mr Farage not to stand a candidate against her if “he really wants Brexit to happen” and another Brexit Party candidate jumped ship to the Conservatives. News of the putative talks will infuriate the Prime Minister who has insisted that the Tories will not agree to Mr Farage’s proposal of a “patriotic alliance” by combining the electoral resources of the Tory and Brexit Party. Mr Johnson will have to introduce his Brexit deal again to a new batch of MPs in Parliament if he is returned as prime minister on Dec 12 and will need the backing of all his MPs now that the DUP has turned its back on him. Around a dozen Tory MPs agreed local election pacts with Mr Farage in 2015 when he ran the UK Independence Party. Such deals were done locally to avoid angering central office. – Telegraph (£)

Jean-Claude Juncker insists the UK will leave the EU by 31st January 2020…

The outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told the BBC he believes the UK will leave the EU by 31 January 2020, the end of the current extension period. He told BBC Europe Editor Katya Adler that Brexit is “a too-long story that has to be brought to an end”. On Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s claim that he will negotiate a trade deal with the EU before the end of December 2020, Mr Juncker said some UK MPs think negotiating a deal will be easy, but discussions with Canada “took years”. And he said he did not think Labour’s pledge to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement if it wins a majority in the general election was a realistic approach – although this would be an issue for his successor. – BBC News

…although Michel Barnier hints that Brexit may have to be delayed yet again

Michel Barnier heaped pressure on Boris Johnson’s election campaign on Tuesday by warning that Brexit may have to be delayed yet again. The EU’s chief negotiator said there may not be enough time to complete free trade negotiations with Brussels before the end of the planned transition period at the end of 2020. Mr Barnier said that that the UK and the EU would start “difficult and demanding” talks from opposing positions and time would be “extremely short” to meet the deadline, warning an extension would be necessary to avoid a no deal “cliff edge”. The Prime Minister has vowed he will not extend the end of 2020 deadline for the 11-month transition period, which is expected to begin at the end of January, if the House of Commons and European Parliament ratifies the Brexit deal after the Dec 12 election. The transition period preserves Britain’s membership of the EU’s Single Market and Customs Union beyond the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement to buy time for negotiators to agree a trade deal. The Brexit deal allows for a one-off extension to the transition period of either one or two years. – Telegraph (£)

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson sets out her Remainer plan to ‘stop Brexit and build a brighter future’

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson set out her stall for Government, vowing to ‘stop Brexit and build a brighter future’ for Britain. She launched the Remainer party’s election campaign this morning with a dig at Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, painting them both as Brexiteers. And she praised immigration to the UK, something which the Government is planning to overhaul if Mr Johnson wins a majority. The Liberal Democrats have vowed to put a £50billion ‘Remain bonus’ into public services if they win the General Election. At the launch event in central London this morning she said: ‘Any type of Brexit will damage our economy, will cost jobs and starve our public services of the resources that they need. ‘So we know that that Remain bonus will be £50 billion that we can spend on our public services, investing in our schools and in the welfare system to help the poorest in our society. So every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to stop Brexit and invest that £50billion in our public services.’ – MailOnline

> WATCH: Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson at her Party’s campaign launch 

> Ruth Lea on BrexitCentral today: The Lib Dems’ economically illiterate “Remain bonus” is based on very dubious forecasts

Anti-Brexit parties in Northern Ireland strike electoral pact to oust key DUP figures

The DUP is facing a stiff challenge in three key seats after Northern Ireland’s anti-Brexit parties struck an electoral pact that could defeat deputy leader Nigel Dodds. On Monday, Sinn Féin announced it had withdrawn candidates from South Belfast and East Belfast, clearing the way for moderate nationalists SDLP and the non-sectarian Alliance to take on the DUP. The party has also stood down its candidate in North Down in a bid to keep the incumbent Lady Hermon, an independent unionist, in power. In turn, the SDLP have pulled out of North Belfast and thrown their weight behind Sinn Féin candidate John Finucane, who came close to unseating Mr Dodds in the 2017 general election. DUP sources were bullish last night about holding on to North Belfast, but admitted that the SDLP’s challenger in South Belfast, Claire Hanna, could be a tough opponent. It came as the moderate Ulster Unionist Party said it had been forced to withdraw from North Belfast following threats from suspected loyalist paramilitary groups, as well as warnings their presence would split the unionist vote. Unlike the abstentionist Sinn Féin, both the Alliance and SDLP would take their seats if they emerge as the winners in December. – Telegraph (£)

Nicola Sturgeon says she has no fears of a backlash from pro-Brexit SNP voters

Nicola Sturgeon said she is not concerned about alienating Brexit-supporting SNP voters with her pro-EU stance at the upcoming general election. The Scottish first minister said the party’s position of backing a confirmatory EU referendum and calling for Brexit to be stopped has not cost them support among voters. Ms Sturgeon spoke out as she hit the campaign trail in Dalkeith, Midlothian, where she joined in with a folk band’s rendition of I’m a Believer by The Monkees on her visit to a community centre. It is unclear how many SNP voters backed Brexit, but more than one million Scots voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum. Asked if she is worried about her pro-EU stance, she said: “No I don’t – I don’t worry. In politics, you have to decide what side of issues you’re on – big defining issues. “You only have to look at Labour to see what happens to parties who try to straddle the fence and aren’t frank with people. – ITV News

Philip Hammond to stand down as MP

Former Chancellor Philip Hammond is to leave Parliament “with great sadness” after deciding against standing as an independent in his Surrey constituency. Mr Hammond lost the Conservative whip in September after defying Boris Johnson over a no-deal Brexit. As a result, he cannot stand as a Tory candidate in Runnymede and Weybridge, which he has represented since 1997. He said he would not stand as an independent as that would be a “direct challenge” to the party he loved. Mr Hammond was among 21 Tory MPs thrown out of the parliamentary party in September for backing legislation designed to stop the UK leaving the EU without a deal – the so-called Benn Act. Unlike a number of the group, he has not had the whip restored after rebelling again earlier this month to back Labour calls for more time to scrutinise Boris Johnson’s deal. The PM blamed him and other former Tory rebels for stopping the UK leaving the EU on the 31 October deadline. – BBC News

Boris Johnson: A deal is oven-ready. Let’s get Brexit done and take this country forward

For the last three-and-a-half years this country has been trapped by Brexit – like some super-green supercar blocked in the traffic. We are stuck in a rut. We have been paralysed by a broken parliament. Like Tantalus in Hades, we can see the opportunities in front of us – the luscious grapes, the refreshing stream – and yet every time we reach out to grasp them we find they are whisked away, with yet another delay, and yet another pointless parliamentary manoeuvre. With every week that goes by, this delay is costing us all. If we can get Brexit done, there are hundreds of billions of pounds of investment that are just waiting to flood into this country. If we get Brexit done, businesses and families will have the certainty to take key decisions – taking a new job, buying a new house – that are currently on hold. If we get Brexit done we can inject a surge of confidence into the UK and the UK economy. nd as things stand, there is only one way to get Brexit done, and I am afraid the answer is to ask the people to change this blockading parliament. I don’t want an election. No prime minister wants an early election, especially not in December. But as things stand we simply have no choice – because it is only by getting Brexit done in the next few weeks that we can focus on all the priorities of the British people. – Boris Johnson for the Telegraph (£)

John Longworth: Jeremy Corbyn continues to pursue a Brexit for the Islington few, not the many Leavers

Given the state of party politics, we must take the risk of a “Knickerboker Glory” coalition seriously, at least for a moment. If Jeremy Corbyn represents the nutty sprinkles, no doubt Jo Swinson can play the role of the shiny cherry on the top, not that she has any ambitions to be at the top of course. In fairness, John McDonnell  is a serious politician and a rational economist if your taste is for ice cold Marxism, so no doubt would provide a solid base in contrast to the sixth form politics of the anti-democratic Liberals and the light relief afforded by the wee Cranky. So Jeremy Corbyn’s unveiling of his Brexit policy, such as it is, provides an important insight into the fate of Brexit should the whipped cream prevail. Clearly, despite his better instincts and the divisions in his own Party,  he has had to provide some comment on Brexit, however incoherent. He may claim that this is Brexit and helps to protect both UK jobs and EU relations, but it is profoundly a policy suite that is for the few and not the many, in complete contrast to his mantra. – John Longworth for the Telegraph (£)

Leo McKinstry: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour will ‘get Brexit sorted’? That’s a sick joke

Soon after the Second World War began, Winston Churchill described Russia’s foreign policy as “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Labour’s stance on Brexit is almost as opaque. In his desperation to face both ways on the EU, trying to appeal to both Leave and Remain supporters. Jeremy Corbyn has ended up with an unprincipled, incomprehensible and unworkable policy whose only outcome would be more Brexit confusion and chaos. That is why it is so absurd of Corbyn to claim, as he did this morning, that Labour will “get Brexit sorted.”  A Government under his incompetent leadership would achieve exactly the opposite. According to Corbyn’s convoluted proposal, Labour would first renegotiate a new deal with Brussels, based on a closer trading relationship with the EU. Such talks, we are told, would take just three months. Then, within six months, Labour would hold a referendum on its withdrawal agreement, though, ridiculously, Corbyn will not state whether the party will campaign for this new settlement or will back Remain. That decision will be taken by a special conference once the deal is secured. The whole approach is a grotesque recipe for paralysis and despair. – Leo McKinstry for the Telegraph (£)

Gurjit Bains: I share the frustration of Brexit Party voters, but backing Farage will hand victory to Marxist Corbyn

Having worked on the Vote Leave campaign, I understand the frustration of many over the past three years in seeing this Parliament dither and delay. I’ve felt that same sense of frustration and yes, at times, anger. We’ve seen deadlines come and go, with the most recent just days ago despite the Prime Minister’s best efforts to get us out of the EU. And therefore I understand why he felt we simply need a new parliament. I’m privileged now to have the chance to make this case directly to the electorate as the Conservative candidate for Walsall South. Having been a Conservative councillor and campaigned for the party for years, this is something that fills me with pride, if also a little nervousness. My overriding feeling, though, is one of determination – determination to get Brexit done. We need to do that before we can move on and deliver on people’s priorities. And we need to get Brexit done to move on as a country. Labour, the Lib Dems and the rest only offer more delay, more dither and no prospect of helping this great country reach its massive potential. I know there are people who are thinking about voting for the Brexit Party, who see that as perhaps an expression of frustration. The frustration I share. But that would be wrong: a vote for the Brexit Party would only help one person – Jeremy Corbyn. And I for one will do nothing to help a man who would lead this country to ruin – and into two referendums next year which could see us split our union and remain in the EU. Gurjit Bains for the Telegraph (£)

Asa Bennett: Jeremy Corbyn will never convince the British people he can get Brexit sorted

Clearly nervous about how well Boris Johnson’s “get Brexit done” mantra is resonating with voters, the Labour leader has come up his own twist: “Get Brexit sorted”. Mr Corbyn’s plan is to renegotiate the deal to base it on a customs union and a “close single market relationship” within three months of taking power, and then to put it to yet another referendum in the months that follow. But Labour is struggling to handle a number of simple questions about its plan as Boris Johnson highlights in his open letter. Perhaps the simplest one, which is still somehow being fudged, is whether, if another referendum were to be held, the party would back its newly renegotiated deal or Remain. Plenty of Labour frontbenchers like Diane Abbott and Emily Thornberry have made clear they would prefer, no matter what, for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union. One cannot exactly imagine Michel Barnier feeling much pressure to cut a good deal with a Corbyn Government – leaving aside how much closer it would want to stay to Brussels – if he can see plenty of its ministers itching to start touring the country trashing it. No matter how hard Mr Corbyn tries to sell Labour’s approach, he will never be able to convince the British people that he can be relied upon to – as he puts it – “get Brexit sorted”. If they cannot be persuaded to trust him on the biggest issue facing the United Kingdom, would they want him anywhere near power? – Asa Bennett for the Telegraph (£)

Nile Gardiner: There will be a UK-US trade deal by 2020

Never one to mince his words, Donald Trump expressed concerns over Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal with the EU last week. In a radio interview with Nigel Farage, he questioned whether it would be possible for the US to strike a trade deal with the UK if the PM’s agreement is implemented, echoing the line advanced by the Brexit Party leader. However, opponents of a US free trade deal are likely to be sorely disappointed by how the President ultimately acts. As Downing Street has pointed out, the new Withdrawal Agreement will give the UK complete freedom to negotiate trade deals across the world. What’s more, President Trump has long been a huge supporter of a trade agreement with the UK. Having met and spoken with numerous US Administration officials, I am in no doubt that the government there is 100 per cent committed to moving forward swiftly with a UK trade deal, ideally in 2020. With trade between the two nations valued at over $260 billion a year, this is a foreign policy priority for the White House. Significantly, there have already been at least six meetings of the US and UK Trade and Investment Working Group, headed by the top US trade negotiator and the British trade secretary. And as Vice President Mike Pence made clear during his visit to London in September,“the United States fully supports the UK’s decision to leave the European Union through Brexit… America is ready, willing and able to immediately negotiate a free trade agreement with the UK once Brexit is completed.” – Nile Gardiner for the Telegraph (£)

Ann Widdecombe: Farage has made a reasonable offer, Boris – go with it and win together

Boris Johnson, you have got it wrong. Nigel Farage has made a perfectly reasonable offer: the Brexit Party will try to take seats in the Labour Leave heartlands, which would never vote Tory if you paid them. He proposed that the Tories give us a free run in those seats and in return we will not stand against their Brexiteers. In summary, prime minister, the offer was for a non-aggression pact: he did not ask for a coalition or any other formal agreement. It is well known that the Remainers are trying to put together an alliance so why on earth should the Leavers not do the same? We can win together. Boris is almost certainly relying on three factors: public ennui, otherwise known as Brexit fatigue, fear of Corbyn and fear of splits. He is right that the public is sick of Brexit. Just get it done, is the cry. But he should think ahead. This deal is not Brexit and he knows it and in two or three years’ time, when he is still in office, the electorate is going to realise how badly it has been conned. It will be he who will have to take the backlash. – Ann Widdecombe MEP for the Express

Brexit in Brief

  • This is a Brexit election. The Revoke Party leader should be at the debate – Philip Johnston for the Telegraph (£)