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SR: "If we leave on March 29, is that it?"
Tony Blair: "Some people think you leave on 29 March, go into a long transition period, maybe try to rejoin during that time. I think what will happen once we leave is 'we're out'. And that will be it for a generation at least."
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He makes a very important point. Brexit Day is as final as a guillotine. Article 50 is very clear. We're OUT out, and all the EU's treaties and agreements cease to apply to us (absent any deals cobbled together to preserve aspects of them). Our only recourse would be Article 49.
And Article 49 isn't designed for speedy accession. There's no chance we could get readmitted to the EU during the transition period, even if we make maximum use of the permitted extensions. So readmission won't save us from the post-transition cliff edge.
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Did I miss a key referendum leaflet? When were we told there would be:
- food & medicine shortages
- destruction of manufacturing industries
- army on the streets
- Government commandeering ferries
Which one said Brexit would be "survivable" & "not national suicide"?
#marr #ridge
Meanwhile, this is the reality of Brexit as it's already impacting the UK...
And this is what trading on WTO terms after a no deal Brexit would entail...
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Raab tells Sophy “we can’t let the EU bully us or call the shots” and so if no changes to deal should leave with no deal on WTO terms; EU will demand a negotiation “reasonably swiftly” and as a third country we would have more negotiation leverage

#Ridge
Few of the optimistic claims “we hold all the cards/ German carmakers/ easy trade deals/ trade deals ready to go/ need us more than we need them” about how EU would respond to Brexit have been borne out by the experience of past 2 years - indeed if true bullying wd be impossible
Dominic Raab on Marr suggests that in conversations as Brexit Sec with @simoncoveney “there was an opening” to get a backstop exit mechanism “got ruled out by less moderate Leo Varadkar”.

This is what Coveney told me on cam while Raab still Brexit Sec:
news.sky.com/story/ireland-…
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John Mann says he’s likely to vote for the deal on Tuesday and suspects he won’t be the only Labour MP to do so #Ridge
Mann says the PM gave him indications the government would give legally binding assurances of “the highest standards” for workers’ pay and conditions when we leave
He says Labour support won’t be enough to take Mrs May over the line on Tuesday but will help. He thinks the worst option would be an extension of article 50
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Barry Gardiner says a Labour Brexit would mean the UK would have a veto over the EU's trade deals, despite not being an EU member. More false promises about Brexit. This country deserves better.
He just proved that a general election now would be POINTLESS!
#Ridge
In fairness, Gardiner then goes on to say they'd put that deal to the people, but that deal will never exist.
That would put us in the exact same position we're in now, (no viable deal), but we'd have simply wasted several months.
🗣️"But he never said the word veto"🤭
"We would have a customs union" = Same trade deals. No customs checks as the same tariffs apply either side.
"Not a rule taker" i.e. we're not in any deals we don't like.
If we can say no for ourselves, then we can say no for the EU ➡️VETO
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140+ factual, fully-sourced examples of the impact Brexit is already having on the UK. Jobs going, investment drying up, companies moving assets to the EU, or redomiciling. And all happening as Government burns through £billions chasing a no deal Brexit.
#ridge #marr
The Government has spent £4.2 billion pounds on Brexit preparations (£2.2 billion in previous Budgets, plus an additional £2 billion in the most recent Budget.) 1/143
gov.uk/government/new…
Barden Corporation is closing down its Plymouth factory after 51 years, putting 400 jobs at risk, as its parent company Schaeffler shifts production to various sites outside the UK due to Brexit. 2/143
plymouthherald.co.uk/news/business/…
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#GiletsJaunes protesters sing La Marseillaise in #Marseille

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Theresa Villiers should not be allowed on TV to discuss Brexit after saying:

"There is no reason why we have to change our border arrangements in the event of a Brexit, because they've been broadly consistent in the 100 years since the creation of Ireland as a separate state."
Today on #Ridge, Theresa Villiers argued in favour of leaving with No Deal and trading on WTO terms, even though the WTO has already confirmed (on #Marr) that that would break the Good Friday Agreement.
Can more people start calling out Theresa Villiers please?
She was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. She can't be allowed to keep saying absolute rubbish on the topic! #Ridge
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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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Sophy: Have you thought of just giving up?
PM: “No... this isn’t about me this is about the national interest. The next seven days are critical” #ridge
Asked about the Cabinet quintet plotting changes to the deal, PM says Negotiations are ongoing... but goes on to clarify that is just about future relationship, not the backstop/withdrawal agreement
PM reveals that she will travel to Brussels to meet Juncker #Ridge
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Corbyn starts up interview by saying “No” Labour wont be supporting the Withdrawal Agreement “We’ll vote against this deal”... says it is because the customs union is not permanent...
Corbyn says Government has embraced without any question EU rules on state aid, but not its rules on workers’ rights.
“Where’s the guarantee on environmental protections? Where’s the guarantee on workers’ rights?” Says Corbyn. Sophy points out the level playing field.
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NEW: Commons Leader Leadsom to @SkyNews:

Do you still support the PM?
“I'm absolutely determined to support the prime minister in getting the best posible deal for the UK as we leave the EU.

There is still more to be done and we do still have more time before the EU Council..”
“So, yes, I'm absolutely committed to getting the Brexit that 17.4million people voted” 2/2
Also PM will do her first broadcast interview since the #brexit Withdrawal Agreement live on @SkyNews with @SophyRidgeSky - watch @RidgeOnSunday at 9am tomorrow morning #Ridge
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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
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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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NEW: Chancellor Philip Hammond tells @SophyRidgeSky on @RidgeOnSunday

“If we don't get a deal… we would need to take a different approach to the future of Britain's economy... frankly we'd need to have a new budget that set out a different strategy for the future.”
Here’s the quote from the Chancellor on a No Deal budget: #ridge
Chancellor wouldn’t say what would happen in such an emergency No Deal budget, but did tell Sophy tomorrow’s Budget “the turning point” on austerity is predicated on a Deal
“we would take appropriate fiscal measures to protect the economy, to prepare us for the future“ #ridge
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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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Great ⁦@SophyRidgeSky⁩ show live from conservative conference - ⁦@BrandonLewis⁩ says he’s not preparing for a snap General Election next one is 2022 - currently preparing for 2019 locals...
Ruth Davidson leader lays into Boris Johnson: says its “strange” BJ was “praising what PM brought home last December”... was sitting round Cabinet now says he was deceived... “I knew what was being said around Cabinet table in Dec not quite short re how former Foreign Sec didn’t”
David Davis doesn’t repeat Boris Johnson’s critique of the PM’s Chequers plan as “deranged” says instead “it’s wrong” if it was done “the Europe issue would not go away, the toothache we’ve had for 30 years would still be there for another 20 years” #Ridge
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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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