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Macron makes car industry rescue conditional on upping car production in France - this could have knock on effects on plants here, particularly at a time when car industry faces 10% tariff on exports and imports if there’s no post Brexit trade deal...…
Spanish Government too has been pitching hard to Nissan for survival of its Barcelona plant, after leaks (had desired result?) ahead of anticipated announcements tomorrow suggested production moved to France & Sunderland would focus on SUVs:…
quite an interesting interaction though between the Covid rescues /bailouts/ talks some carmakers in UK are asking for and the rising prospect of tariffs on car exports to main European market...

Eg could assuage car industry no deal concern with bigger covid rescue...
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A good day to bury bad news:

"Government’s secret Garden Bridge report withheld from publication"

Grant Shapps' Dept for Transport is refusing to release an internal report on Boris Johnson's cancelled Garden Bridge project

#PoliticsLive @lbc #newsnight
@LBC "The report has been suppressed on the grounds it is protecting the interests of the Garden Bridge Trust, which developed the project but which has has been in liquidation since April last year.

The report is understood to have warned the project had a funding gap of up to £75m"
@LBC "& advised ministers against putting more taxpayers’ money at risk by extending the government’s guarantee of the trust’s cancellation liabilities.

In the same month the report was drawn up, the trust avoided collapse by adding five months to its accounting year"

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Dr @peterdrobac of @UniofOxford on #PoliticsLive “the evidence that we have, both historically from influenza pandemics & also from our experience with this Coronavirus looking at countries who have been successful in Asia: the most effective way to flatten the peak is...1/5 to take early and decisive action through combinations of widespread testing and social distancing measures such as closures of large gatherings and having folks work from home etc, and we’ve seen that be successful in South Korea, in Taiwan, in Singapore, in...2/5
..a number of countries. And so the question here is whether the government’s response is enough. There’s not been another country that’s delayed taking action and been successful in flattening that peak.
..Italy right now doctors are having to make really horrible decisions 3/5
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We can fact check Brexit lies, & debunk their conspiracy theories, & that's what we've done for five years.

But there is one myth that Brexiters still cling on to, & that is "sovrinty", because it has no evidence, & it can't be fact checked.


#r4today @lbc #PoliticsLive
That is why Johnson's govt announced that it is "prioritising British sovereignty" over everything else in Brexit trade negotiations with the EU; pitching the undefinable as the marker against which we must measure their negotiating success.


@lbc #r4today #PoliticsLive
Things that matter less than sovrinty acc. to Johnson's govt:

Food shortages
Medicine shortages
Doctor shortages
Nurse shortages
Social care
Service sector
Automotive sector
N Ireland

Nothing measurable matters.

Only sovrinty

@lbc #r4today #PoliticsLive
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Johnson's govt finally publishes *some* economic analysis on a UK-US trade deal:

Economic benefit is expected to be £3.4bn - equivalent to 0.2% of UK GDP*

*This is unchanged from analysis by May's govt in 2018

#r4today @lbc #newsnight #PoliticsLive…
The UK economy in 2019 was £2,200,000,000,000 (£2.2trn).

The govt thinks a US-UK trade deal us worth £3.4bn.

This is Brexit's sunny uplands.

#r4today #politcslive #Newsnight #c4news
Govt analysis says Scotland and North East will benefit the most from tariff free access to US.

Where's the cost of a no deal, currently called an [imaginary] "Australian deal" by our lying govt.?

Here's the 2018 govt analysis.


@lbc #r4today #politicslive #c4news
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Yesterday, @KateAndrs appeared (as she often does) on a TV show giving her opinion on the politics news of the day. Her name was soon trending on Twitter. Here are just a few of the tweets to or about her. 1/
Tweets posted about @KateAndrs on #PoliticsLive yesterday... 2/
And some more tweets about @KateAndrs on #PoliticsLive... 3/
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The problem with Jon Ashworth’s comments is, as @Laura_K_Hughes said just now on #PoliticsLive, they ring true. Speaking to people is as unscientific as the bus beep poll (see earlier tweets!) but I wished I had listened more closely in 2017 so learning that lesson...
We’ve been on the Conservative bus this campaign. We’ve spent a lot of that time in the midlands and the north of England in areas not typically strong for the Tories, some where business are really struggling and things are pretty tough.
I’ve been struck by how well the Conservative message has stuck. People repeatedly - of their own accord - talk of ‘getting Brexit done’, about how a Labour government would ‘betray or delay’ Brexit and criticisms about Mr Corbyn himself.
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Deputy PM @M_McCormackMP says linking bushfires to climate change is 'woke capital-city greenies ravings'.Might come as a surprise to the local protestors outside his office or the local kids who joined the climate strike. #politicslive @amyremeikis…
@M_McCormackMP @AmyRemeikis Or like Wagga Council, which declared a climate emergency...…
@M_McCormackMP @AmyRemeikis At the time, Wagga mayor Greg Conkey said: “We believe it’s our job and our responsibility to plan for the future, to look after the future of the city."
Then he said:
“Some people you’ll never convert...🧐
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#PoliticsLive is back! Cabinet is being called for this afternoon and PM will be speaking to Tory MPs too
Just what could they be discussing? I understand real possibility now Johnson might put a motion down to ask MPs to vote for an election this week BUT still no final decision - more on #PoliticsLive in a mo
This would happen if the rebels pass the law - not of course if they lose!
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Sajid Javid says prorogation of parliament would be "trashing democracy"

@lbc #c4news #newsnight #r4today

In June 2019 Amber Rudd said Boris Johnson proroguing parliament would be outrageous and ridiculous

@lbc #c4news #Newsnight #r4today #bbcpm #PoliticsLive #bbcaq

And here's secretary of state for health and Johnson lickspittle, Matt Hancock, saying prorogation would go against "everything that those men who waded onto those beaches fought and died for"

@lbc #c4news
#wato #Newsnight #r4today #bbcaq #politicslive
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For those following – @corybernardi @Senator_Patrick @PaulineHansonOz – here's a thread with key stories from the @GuardianAus investigation of Angus Taylor, Josh Frydenberg & endangered grasslands, as revealed by @_LisaMCox & @annefdavies. This is #grassgate: THREAD👇
We first revealed the meeting between Taylor, Frydenberg's office and environment officials took place at the same time a company Taylor part-owns was under investigation for poisoning the grasslands he sought a briefing about… #grassgate
Next, Josh Frydenberg's office sought advice from environment department on whether protections of the grasslands could be watered down without seeking the advice of the threatened species scientific committee & whether that could be kept secret… #grassgate
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The spectacle of @nadhimzahawi refusing to condemn Trump’s overt racism on #PoliticsLive because he’s a Johnson/Brexit supporter... So profoundly and utterly depressing.
I had hoped Trump’s words would jolt PoC who act as alt-right proxies. I’m only a swarthy Mediterranean and *I KNOW* I’ll never be pale enough or anglo enough. However many generations go by, I will always be seen as an interloper. But no. There was Nadhim, toeing the line.
it is such a mystery to me. Why would anyone with brown skin legitimise white supremacist projects?
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1) There is, understandably, a strong reaction to us interviewing Ben Shapiro on today's #politicslive. We do so because he has millions of followers on social media and is hugely influential, particularly among young people worldwide. We could ignore that or. . .
2) . .we can do our job and challenge with tough questions put by @afneil. Shapiro is actually "platformed" when he speaks, unchallenged, to 5.2million on Facebook, 2.1m on Twitter and 1.5m on Instagram. If you are worried about this you should watch this very tough interview.
@afneil 3)In March 2019, Shapiro's podcast was the 2nd most listened to in the US, he has written a bestselling book and has a huge number of YouTube followers and views. These are all platforms where he puts ideas out there unchallenged. An interview with @afneil is quite different.
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I enjoyed Pascal Lamy schooling Iain Duncan Smith on #PoliticsLive, including this completely magnificent snooker: if you accept that lowering barriers to trade produces efficiency benefits and cost savings, it’s irrational to deny that erecting them has the opposite effect. 1/3
IDS repeatedly refused to grasp this insisting he understood borders better and that a disorderly exit on WTO rules would involve no border. TO THE FORMER HEAD OF THE WTO. When this was pointed out, IDS muttered he has spent his life exporting when he was in private business. 2/3
NARRATOR: By “all my life” Iain Duncan Smith refers to a spell at GEC Marconi for 7 years in the 80s, where he claims he was director (he wasn’t), after he went to the University of Perugia (he didn’t) and while being educated at Dunchurch College of Management (he wasn’t). 3/3
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Just don’t understand Richard Burgon’s argument on #politicslive that a second ref will enthuse and inflame the far right. What does he think will happen if we end up with a customs union that keeps us tied to the EU or a no-deal that crashes the economy?
If we give far right what they want they are not going to shake hands, thank us and shut up shop. They’ll simply energise further and move on to their next target. We know this. It’s what fascists have done throughout history. It’s time to fight them, not triangulate with them
Of course we must be vigilant about far right and be honest about rage a second ref will provoke. But it’s also time to recognise the far right will exploit literally every Brexit scenario, and some people will follow them for it. It doesn’t mean we do what they tell us - ever.
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More Old Bailey Sophistry from Codpiece Cox admitting that in order that today's vote is NOT an attempt to repeat #MV2 (to comply with Speaker Bercow's re-iteration of 1604 convention) it is also NOT a #MV in sense of #EUWA18 Section 13.1.b

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Attempt by Codpiece Cox to scare House into voting in a #MeaninglessVote for #WA (only) solely to secure the offered (actually only technical) extension of #BrexitDay from Apr 12 to May 22 sans guarantee of any other extension. Sophistry.

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Of course, if the House falls for Codpiece Cox's scare tactics, none of this will figure in future utterances by #TheresaMay's #Brexihadis - the headlines will scream 'Parliament approves #Brexit arrangements' (sans qualification or caveat).

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate
#VictoriaLIVE #LBC
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Nadhim Zahawi: "I will not vote for a longer extension because I believe it will be political meltdown in our country & we would unleash forces where none of us know where this ends up."
When you run out of arguments, fall back on fear. The last refuge of a coward!
NZ: "I'll tell you what will happen [if MV3 is voted down]. You will unleash forces. There will be politicians who stand up and say 'these political elites have betrayed you, they've lied to you because they don't want to deliver on the promise of the referendum."
NZ: "[on what the 'forces' will say, contd.] vote for me and we will sweep the pace out and we will have our Brexit.' That's what will happen."
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My #tftd:

John Oliver has done a Brexit update, and it is utterly damning.

Part 1: Everyone's talking about Brexit


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight
@LBC Part 2: Explaining the English border in Ireland problem


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight
@LBC Part 3: What happens if there is a #NoDealBrexit?


@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight
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Jacob Rees-Mogg "I would remove tariffs on wine. It's a very small industry." #PoliticsLive
He's talking about a rapidly growing industry producing over 5 million bottles a year. And it's just collateral damage in his mind.
(Later in the same discussion, he clearly had no clue what the tariffs on Australian and NZ wine actually added up to. Babbled his way past that when he was challenged.)
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How's this for a compromise deal @theresa_may: if we crash out and there are food shortages, Leavers go to the back of the queue. Same for insulin/medicines if their supply is affected. Because this apparently is what they wanted all along #Brexit #PoliticsLive
Could use your polling cards as ration books: X for Remain means express queue while Brexiters get to wait in the hardship anteroom, where they can sip on beakers of blitz spirit and indulge in the mass privation that's been painted as 'good for the country'
This format will of course be reversed when jobs are to be culled at any factory or EU-dependant business, for which Leavers can now be first in line as they're the ones happy to take an economic hit for 'sovereignty'. Leave means leave, after all, even if it's your employment 👋
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I'm going to keep arguing like this and I'm not sorry.
I will point out that immigration culturally, economically and medically enriches our society. But I won't convince everyone in 4 months. So for those who only see it as a negative, I'll point out the EU's safeguards on that.
There are those whose principles prevent them from taking a two-pronged approach and I respect that (even if one such person did call me "disgraceful" for my approach today) but for me I have one priority: Preventing something which would in fact do FAR more harm to EU citizens.
I was sat there on @BBCPolitics #PoliticsLive surrounded by politicians all treating Free Movement as a big problem completely unchallenged until I set them all straight. As I've done with Farage, and repeatedly across news and social media.
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1) The crux of why Labour is hamstrung on #Brexit
It *is* an outrage that May is saying "take my deal or take chaos", it's blackmail

But the only alternatives are a #PeoplesVote or #RevokeA50

If Labour won't call for either they are just shouting ineffectively into the wind
2) Gardiner can say on #politicslive "this is unacceptable, we must be given a meaningful vote"

But when asked for Labour's alternative he talks about a new equal partner CU which is illegal under EU law, and so the highly justifiable attack on May splutters to a halt
3) the fact is, when Corbyn attacks May's ridiculous deal, she can respond with "well, where's your alternative?"

When May says "it's my deal or no deal" Labour can bluster but offer no credible 3rd option

So Labour cannot effectively oppose, at all
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I understand why some are pushing an indicative vote but I think it's misguided & messy

The best thing is head off for a Christmas break & encourage MPs to spend the time thinking carefully

Meanwhile reports of the death of May's deal are greatly exaggerated

A thread 👇

It's obvious there are only now three real options -

✖️Leave with No Deal

✖️Leave with May's Deal

✖️Don't Leave

There are special cases of each of these but every possible path falls into one of these three boxes.

Managed no deal (whatever that is or isn't) is a way of dressing up No Deal with a nice bow.

Norway Plus entails leaving with May's Deal & seeking to add commitment to build a closer future relationship.

A General Election or a Second Referendum could take us to No Brexit

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