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

Part 1: Everyone's talking about Brexit

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

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

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@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 👇

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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.

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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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1) 3 options, that's all on #Brexit
MPs are behind on this but the commentators are realising, its:
- May's deal
- No deal
- Remain
That's it, no other options for #Brexit. This gets us to a couple of points that would be a big help in moving us along
2) for programs like #politicslive, #Peston, #newsnight it would be really very helpful for the UK if you cut across any "we'd get a better deal" bullshit and simply asked "there's 3 options, no time or inclination for more negotiations, please pick one your party would support"
3) for those same programs, if you really must get Mogg, Patterson, IDS on then you could save a lot of time by saying "no deal may be as you say, but you blew your chance so if you can't get it through parliament what's the point in talking about it endlessly?"
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Hmm. BBC’s Politics Live are now amplifying the tweets of @KeithRo30359526, a dubious botlike entity with 2 followers, whose timeline consists *exclusively* of daily inflammatory tweets under the #politicslive hashtag. Even a cursory look reveals the account to be problematic.
This was immediately followed by amplifying a tweet from @anthony79494570, who joined twitter only days ago, and whose tweet #politicslive kindly corrected for him. Hmm, again.
To be honest, if I were a campaigning group like “Leave Means Leave”, creating a few bogus accounts specifically to target daytime programmes with tweets, texts and emails, would be a very good strategy for skewing public debate. @VictoriaLIVE should also take heed.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg tribute act and Guido wannabe, Tom Harwood, spanked by @NickyMorgan01 on #politicslive. Spanked.

PS Why do all those “anti-establishment” representatives of “ordinary people” ALWAYS sound like a Fast Show parody of angry posh boys?
How interesting that dozens of Brexiter responses to this are about how the “females” or “hags” are “shrill”, “gobby”, “uppity”, “hysterical” or “ugly”. Or about me being a foreigner, “a luvvie” or “a beardy”. Every day the ugly source of this “movement” is revealed more starkly.
Also worth noting what Tom “Everyone Knew What They Were Voting For” Harwood thought (and sold to his followers) before the referendum. Now he’s all “OMG THAT’S NOT REAL BREXIT, THAT’S BRINO”.

Such a profoundly undemocratic power grab. A hijacking of a mandate. Shame on you.
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The annual cost to the NHS of securing all necessary visas and other documentation for its overseas staff post-Brexit (i.e. under the new immigration regime) is estimated at £490 million. 2/40
rcplondon.ac.uk/news/490-milli…
Panasonic is moving its European HQ from the UK to Amsterdam (the legal aspects of the move were completed in October 2018, as the £200 million capitalised UK company was absorbed by Panasonic's Dutch entity). 3/40
techcrunch.com/2018/08/30/pan…
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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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And by 11am he had - not a great look for the PM for another letter to in shortly before her big speech
2. Mood of conference has not been of fomenting plots against the PM, but it's absolutely the case that there are plenty of people here who don't see her staying to the next election, including Cabinet ministers
3. That's why some people suggesting speech today could be her swansong, but the timing and manner of departure will be so shaped by how Brexit turns out, and her colleagues have underestimated her so many times
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The truth about Brexit, the "EU is punishing us" narrative & what "no deal" actually means... (1/19)
#bbcr4today #gmb #r4today #bbcbreakfast #victorialive #politicslive #LBC #bbcnews #C4News #itvnews #skynews #5news #bbcpapers #skypapers #peston #bbcqt #itvtonight #bbctw #bbcaq
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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