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*FINAL* Guide to pro-Remain Tactical Voting at the European Elections

The aim of the guide is to maximise the pro-Remain vote so that it produces the highest possible number of MEPs.

#marr #ridge #pienaar #bbcsp #WestminsterHour #bbcnews #BBCPolitics #C4News #itvnews #skynews
Since we're trying to maximise the number of MEPs won by pro-remain parties, that means voting for the parties that have the best chance of getting MEPs, not necessarily those you usually support. Brexit's the massive issue that's front and centre this time around.
Brexit trumps party loyalty. It trumps past grudges. It trumps everything. This isn't a winner-takes-all general election. Nobody's forming a government on the back of this. But it's a chance to send a loud, clear message.
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Let's make them famous!
"Conservative leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are facing growing calls to account for illegal behaviour by the official Vote Leave Brexit campaign.
#marr #ridge #pienaar #bbcsp
theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/m…
Background... At exactly the same time things were reaching a peak on Brexit-Day-that-wasn't, this happened: "Vote Leave has dropped its appeal against a £61,000 fine for electoral offences committed during the Brexit referendum."
theguardian.com/politics/2019/…
Re. Vote Leave: "This is the group that has met every day during the campaign to plot strategy and decide on the messages to put out to the media."
Within that group:
- Michael Gove
- Boris Johnson
- Gisela Stuart
So BJ & MG were meeting *daily* with VL!
bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politi…
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So, Brexit is such a magnificently brilliant idea, the Health Minister is ordering 5,000 huge fridges to stockpile baby milk in.

Because that’s what normal countries do in the normal course of normal business, normally. Nothing to see here, folks... dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6…
Turns out 80% of baby milk is imported from the EU, something that only seems to have become apparent to the UK Government very recently.

Pity they don’t have access to a giant “web” containing every piece of information in the world, plus free tools to search it. Oh, wait...
Once the above has sunk in, how about another 100+ real consequences of Brexit? All things happening right now, not in some hypothetical future. #projectfact #marr #ridge #bbcsp
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So, those Brexit costs are really mounting up...
- £4.2 billion for Government preparations
- £1.2 billion written off on Galileo
- £92 million for Galileo replacement feasibility study
- £9 billion plus for alternative to Galileo
- £500 million/week in lost economic growth
Note on the last point: it’s perfectly possible for the economy to be growing AND for it to be damaged by Brexit. They’re not contradictory.

(If growth was expected to take us from 100 to 104, and instead only took us to 102, we’re down 2 compared to where we were meant to be.)
That “opportunity cost” of Brexit is real, and has a real impact.

We have to grow the economy constantly just to stay still to beat inflation.

If Brexit is hurting the economy, we’re going backwards in real terms.
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So, Theresa May has pulled the UK out of the £9 billion Galileo GPS satellite programme. Talk of the UK building its own system, with £90 million earmarked for a feasibility study.

Presumably line 1 will say: “This project will cost at least £9 billion.” theguardian.com/politics/2018/…
Also worth noting that Theresa May is so desperate to get us out of the EU that the £1.2 billion the UK contributed to Galileo is just another thing written off due to Brexit, like the £4.2 billion spent on Government preparations. Anyone would think the UK is made of money!
Oh, and the final jolly jape in this caper is we lost the work on, and funding for, future ground stations for the Galileo network to Spain, because of Brexit. And the existing UK data centre will be moved to the EU27 too.
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Steris PLC, a company with $2.6 billion in annual revenue, is planning to redomicile from the UK to Ireland due to Brexit. What that means is that, as an Irish company, the Irish tax authorities will collect its taxes going forward and not HMRC. 2/50
seekingalpha.com/filing/4225572
8 health providers have warned of medicine shortages in the event of a no-deal Brexit: "we do not believe that the current medicine supply plans will suffice, and we will have widespread shortages if we do not respond urgently." 3/50
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A compilation of factual threads about Brexit (AKA unicorn dream shredder). Each tweet is the start of a self-contained thread #marr #ridge #bbcsp

First: The truth about Brexit, the "no deal" scenario, the "punishment" narrative, and trading on WTO terms.
Every Brexit scenario will hurt the UK economically, with the North East, the West Midlands, the North West and Wales bearing the brunt of the damage.
Brexit changes everything. You can forget ending austerity, funding the NHS, reversing cuts to the police force, etc. There is only ONE challenge over the next few months: Brexit! (Copy of "open letter" to MPs)
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Here's the truth about Brexit, the "punishment" that some people claim the EU wants to inflict on us, consequences of "no deal", and dangers of a possible transition period. Buckle in, it's quite long. Better to be thorough than leave stuff out! 1/25
#marr #ridge #pienaar #bbcsp
The EU isn't punishing the UK for Brexit. We're punishing ourselves. Losing all the benefits of EU membership IS punishment, in the same way as no longer being able to use the fitness equipment, weights or other facilities is punishment for quitting the local gym. 2/25
If you cancel your gym membership, you might well put on weight. But you wouldn't then turn around and say "Hey, the gym punished me for leaving by making me fat!" That would be absurd because it's the consequence of losing your gym membership, not the fault of the gym. 3/25
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Here's the truth about Brexit, the "punishment" that some people claim the EU is trying to inflict on the UK, and the real consequences of "no deal". Buckle in, it's quite long. Better to be thorough than to leave stuff out! 1/19

#marr #bbcsp #ridge #pienaar #newsnight #bbcqt
The EU isn't punishing the UK for Brexit. We are punishing ourselves. Losing all the benefits of EU membership IS punishment. Just like no longer being able to use the fitness equipment or the weights is punishment for quitting the local gym. 2/19
You might well put on weight because you cancelled your gym membership. But you wouldn't turn around and say "Hey, the gym's punishing me for leaving by making me fat!" That's the consequence of losing your gym membership, not the fault of the gym. 3/19
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