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.@PhilipHammondUK says the Prime Minister's proposals: "were never going to fly." #r4today
@PhilipHammondUK Hammond: "For too long we've allowed this narrative of third country trade deals to determine everything we do...but they would make only a tiny contribution to our GDP and standard of living."
@PhilipHammondUK Hammond says he "would not support an election at the moment."
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A thread- Labour & the #IrishBorder. Last night @jonsnowC4 interviewed @Keir_Starmer on @Channel4News. Starmer put forward Lab's Customs Union idea as the solution, Snow then picked up this idea & asked him about a Norway deal. 1/
Despite what Starmer implied, a Customs Union on its own would not stop customs checks. It was only when the UK & Ireland joined the Single Market in 1993 that customs checks vanished. Lab oppose being in the Single Market. 2/
theconversation.com/would-staying-…
As it is, Norway is in the Single Market. But, as it is not in the EU's Customs Union, there are checks. @Freight_NI points out its one lorry every 35 sec on #IrishBorder at the moment while there's a delay of 10 ins on Norway/Sweden. 3/
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This is such an appalling article in the @guardian that you would think @Kate_M_Proctor and @mwolferobinson would be embarrassed to put their names to it. 1/
Since when has democracy been anti-feminist? There is no evidence whatsoever that trigger ballots have been motivated by some male conspiracy, or by the equally nonsense allegation of antisemitism 2/
This non-article, of which both so-called journalists have done no external research for whatsoever, contains no evidence or corroboration at all. What then is the point of it, except to to produce an anti-Labour headline? 3/
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Impressive information op by Johnson's team today, apparently assisted by the BBC, if #r4today is any guide. Here's how it's working.

Two days ago Johnson outraged opponents by telling a female Labour MP her fears about wartime analogies in light of Jo Cox's murder were 'humbug'
Last night Leave campaign director, now no 10 svengali, Dominic Cummings, said it isn't surprising that people in the country are angry that Parliament hasn't agreed Brexit.

However, the precise words used by Johnson are no longer mentioned, in favour of just "language".
The government has successfully reframed the issue and the BBC is apparently allowing it.

This has been a feature of Brexit politics ever since the referendum began. Better framing by Leave, with the help of most media. And the ignorance of continuity Remain.
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#stayneutral

Not being funny. But @jeremycorbyn that is the worst plan I've ever heard. How is your leadership potential going to surprise 100 interviews of not having an opinion on the most important issue facing the country?

"you stay neutral on" memes are writing themselves
Let's just think for a moment jezza. Not saying you're wrong. Just a bit of PR role play.

1. Ok you want to be neutral because why?
A) you have no opinion
B) you have an opinion but don't think you should share it

Both of those are already a leadership car crash
2. You think this will in someway heal the country, that it's adult to "stay out of the fight"

Ok
But 1. They'll say that didn't stop you taking sides in Palestine
2.rather than peacemaker do you risk bring a care in a dog fight? The only thing they unite against?
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KCC leader Paul Carter says accelerated progress has been made since the Operation Yellowhammer document was drawn up. (Also incorrectly claims that OY represents "the worst case scenario") #r4today
"Issue is to make sure that the haulage and logistics industry understand what paperwork is to clear customs." So his implicit tack seems to be that it will be their fault if things go wrong.
"As long as we get satisfactory progress on how the customs clearance model will work, and communicate that effectively to the logistics industry, I'm pretty confident we will avoid disruption in Kent." Will Paul Carter turn out to be the Michael Fish of Brexit?
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Even wilder thought: Boris Johnson gets so desperate he offers Nigel Farage a merger. Renames the party the "Conservative and Brexit Party".

Likelihood: slim to none.
Hair-raising potential: infinite.
Logic: NF will never ever go away. UKIP and now the BP will keep harming the Tories for so long as Brexit persists (which we know will be years and years) even if their power wanes after Brexit Day. And euroscepticism will always be the Tory disease. Throw it all in the mincer...
And NF said this morning on #r4today that the Brexit Party would get out of the way if Boris Johnson pivots straight for no deal. So there are cosying up noises on both sides.
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Philip Hammond confirms he’s going to support the rebels bill. The former chancellor is on track to be kicked out of the Tory party. He “thinks” they have the numbers. #r4today
Hammond is threatening legal action if he loses the Conservative party whip. The former chancellor says he’s been a Tory member for 45 years and has no intention of going anywhere. #r4today
Hammond says we’re in Brexit stalemate: “There is no progress. There are no substantive negotiations going on.” #r4today
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David Gauke tells #r4today that he believes Boris Johnson’s strategy is to lose votes on blocking no deal - and then go to the polls. #electionahoy
Gauke says if parliament fails to pass a law this week, there’s a 95% chance of a no deal Brexit. #r4today
Gauke admits “the numbers may well be very tight” for passing a law to stop no deal this week. He says it’s an uncomfortable position for him to be in. #r4today
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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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1. Right, take two with proper redactions:

My @RemainerNow friend's letter to his MP:

'Regardless of how one voted...this appear (s) to be the actions of a PM with scant regard for due process'
2. #RemainerNows are the democratic betrayal dragon slayers for any GE or PV. Remain should incorporate them wherever possible. Please consider this: @BestForBritain @pimlicat @campbellclaret @TomBaldwin66
3. If this means ceding high profile slots e.g. #R4Today then please do it. If you are worried about people going 'rogue' then train them to stand their ground. You have enough comms people in the system.
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Why are @LibDems scared of the General election? As they can get up to 58 seats, have a bigger voice and reduce the Tory majority, hold a key in the next hung Parliament? @joswinson shared a top table with Cameron in the national interest & lost her seat as a result. @DavidLammy
The @LibDems have conned so many.

Yet again.

“Bollox to Brexit”, they squealed.

But now we know: rather than stopping Brexit they will enable the hardest of all possible Tory Brexits.

The party of betrayal then. The party of betrayal now. Nothing has changed.

#r4today
The Lib Dems would rather let No-Deal Brexit happen and make political bank off of blaming Corbyn for it than work with Corbyn to prevent it from happening.

They sole identifier at this point - being the party of Remain - is something they're not even willing to fight for in it
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You think @bbcnews isn't biased. Had the misfortune to listen to @BBCWorldatOne this afternoon. This is how they reported the #BreconByelection 1/
First of all they spun it as a good news story for the Tories. Yes you heard me. This isn't the Tory HQ. This is #bbcwato and @bbcnews spinning a Tory narrative 2/
They then play a clip of @JamesCleverly spinning it as a Labour disaster from the #r4today 3/
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As #newsnight investigates puberty blockers, a reminder that Susie Green, CEO of trans kids, and lottery funded, charity Mermaids, last year tweeted that we should give more of these drugs to children & not be bothered if they become sterilised - or even if they're actually trans
#newsnight found that suicidal thoughts among young people INCREASED when they were given puberty blockers. The whole 'a trans child is better than a dead child' argument is even more mendacious than the bogus 40+% attempted suicide rate figures for trans kids
Children are supposedly given puberty blockers to give them time to decide if they want to take sex change hormones or not. #Newsnight finds 100% of kids at GIDS who took them went on to take hormones. GIDS admits it doesn't know the reasons for this statistical anomaly
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My #tftd:

Tory members: who are the people deciding on the future of Britain?

They want the death penalty, they're climate change deniers and they're racists.

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@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight #PMQs #bbcaq
@LBC Tory members: who are the people deciding on the future of Britain?

They are also massive Islamophobes, obvs

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@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight #PMQs #bbcaq
@LBC Tory members: who are the people deciding on the future of Britain?

Many are hard right Brexit Party and UKIP entryists.

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@LBC #r4today #PoliticsLive #newsnight #PMQs #bbcaq #ToryLeadership
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After the #MetPolice tried & failed to frame me & after ex #MetPoliceUK turned private investigators @Surelock_ tried & failed to frame me & my mum, attempt number 3 was #EE & #UKMail. I had never used @EE but they made me their customer

#SwitchtoO2 #o2 #Vodafone #Three #LBC
#EE said I had ordered mobile phones & sim cards & #UKMail said they had delivered them to me (with me showing my passport) at home. I did neither. I didn't order any mobiles & I didn't receive any mobiles. It was a complete stitch up

#dontbuythesun #c4news #r4today #itvnews
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Peach Juice, social media, Boris, Fukushima, trade leverage & diplomacy - from 2017.... as part of a joint PM statement with some positive words on doing a post Brexit trade deal, Government promised to lobby to lift restrictions on Fukushima foodstuffs within the EU... #r4today
Lobbying EU to lift Fukushima food bans was written in to this the joint declaration on Prosperity Cooperation signed by May & Abe as the basis for the Trade and Investment Working Group- as was a “smooth and orderly” Brexit...
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Jeremy Hunt goes for Boris Johnson on Brexit #r4today:

“Boris voted against Theresa May’s deal, then for Theresa May’s deal. I’ve been completely consistent.”
Gloves off. Hunt also attacks Johnson for hiding from the media. “We can only have that debate if the frontrunner in this campaigner is a little bit braver...what would Churchill say if someone who wants to be PM of the UK was hiding away from the media?”
Hunt confirmed he’s definitely taking part in Sunday’s TV debate.
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V odd this “race to be PM” from afar - tax plans that won’t pass this Parliament, Brexit “plans” that won’t pass Parliament, promise not to have GE - promises being made to tiny selectorate that aren’t in hands of winner to deliver...

It’s like a unicorn Grand National.
Actually, probably more like a unicorn Grand National without dope tests... Narco-cism
Hancock missed a trick there - I thought he was going to say - "you heard about the cat that can solve Brexit - I am that cat". #r4today
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11. Holocaust in Yemen caused by US, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAEmirates, Israel, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Senegal, Sudan, Qatar, Morocco, Canada, Australia, Germany
#Yemen #CrimesAgainstHumanity #WarCrime #Holocaust #YemenCantWait #YemenHolocaust #WorldHypocrisy
1. Holocaust in Yemen caused by US, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAEmirates, Israel, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Senegal, Sudan, Qatar, Morocco, Canada, Australia, Germany 🤨👇🏼
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2. Holocaust in Yemen caused by US, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAEmirates, Israel, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Senegal, Sudan, Qatar, Morocco, Canada, Australia, Germany 🤨👇🏼
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Struck by Gove telling #r4today giving people a #FinalSay is undemocratic as it’s “a route to frustrate Brexit”. So, he thinks it at least possible there’s no CURRENT majority behind Brexit but asking people is somehow LESS democratic than pushing it through against their wishes.
It’s a huge flaw in the Brexit thesis. You cannot claim to respect the will of the people, when your entire focus over three years has been to prevent people from ever expressing their will again. Respecting voters’ views MUST include respecting the fact that those views evolve.
The 2016 EUref provided no mandate for a specific Brexit. The 2017 GE provided no mandate for a specific Brexit. MPs have provided no mandate for a specific Brexit.

So, where does Gove derive his mandate for a specific Brexit? His subjective interpretation. That’s not democracy.
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Thread - I have tried to stay out of the debate on an amnesty for soldiers who served in NI. But Lord Dannatt’s comments on #r4today that allegations against soldiers were fully investigated ‘at the time’ is not accurate in many cases, esp in the 1970s, and should be discussed.
The Royal Military Police made clear in a subsequent 1973 memorandum that until the end of 1972 neither they nor the RUC collected evidence for criminal investigation purposes - except in the most egregious, unavoidably self-evident cases.
It is worth quoting from the 1973 Royal Military Police Memorandum: ‘With both the RMP and RUC sympathetic towards the soldier, who after all was doing an incredibly difficult job, he was highly unlikely to make a statement incriminating himself..’.
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There was a time in this country, not that long ago, when in order for an ordinary member of the public to be given a national broadcast platform, they had to have achieved something extraordinary, be clearly equipped to do so or have an informed insight to offer.

@lbc @bbc5live
That was a time when broadcasters took their responsibilities seriously. When informing, educating, and entertaining were qualitative measures of their key objectives rather than outrage and controversy delivered for clicks & ££.

@lbc @bbc5live @talkRADIO #r4today @JeremyVineOn5
Now the most racist, most ignorant, most stupid people go to the front of the queue. The mantra is that everyone has an opinion, and therefore everyone deserves & must be given the opportunity to "have a voice" and to "be heard"

@lbc @bbc5live @talkRADIO
@JeremyVineOn5 #r4today
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Brextremists constantly bang on about how impt it is for the UK to Leave the EU because it was a Tory party manifesto promise. What is true for Brexit, must presumably be true for other Tory manifesto promises, so let's see how they've done.
@LBC #PoliticsLive #newsnight #r4today
@LBC Page 15 of the Tory manifesto promised "effective" regulation of industry and markets and that govt would save £9bn through cutting two regulations for every new one created.

#Fail

@LBC #PoliticsLive #newsnight #r4today #bbcpm #PeoplesVote
@LBC Page 17 of the Tory manifesto promised to regulate tax advisory firms to reduce extreme tax avoidance, increase transparency and reduce "misuse of trusts".

#Fail

@LBC #PoliticsLive #newsnight #r4today #bbcpm #PeoplesVote
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