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Sep 29, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
So a design flaw in the Conservative party’s conference app means users have access to the mobile numbers of Cabinet ministers, MPs and prominent journalists. This is really, really bad. cc @CCHQLondon @CCHQPress
Sep 20, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Exclusive: Liam Fox is plotting to scrap EU food standards using controversial Henry the 8th powers, multiple sources have said.… Michael Gove's DEFRA is pushing back against Fox's plans to do away with European food standards. "DEFRA and DIT are not pals... DEFRA have a big trade team now which sees its mandate as stopping DIT from doing silly things," one source said.…
Sep 7, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
As we reported 3 weeks ago, Sir Vince Cable will today make a major speech on the future of the Lib Dems. Two senior sources and WhatsApp messages said he would use today’s speech to announce his plan to resign in 2019.… I’m here at the National Liberal Club where Sir Vince Cable will deliver his major speech in the next few minutes. A-Ha — Take On Me currently being blasted.
Sep 3, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
The way in which Boles' "Better Brexit" is being treated a hassle-free panacea of sorts is alarming. EFTA-EEA is sensible & has many advantages. But: 1) UK can only submit EFTA application after it has left the EU & accession could take up to a year. What do we do until then? 1/3 2) EFTA-EEA states have been pretty positive about the prospect of UK membership (see remarks from Norway's PM; delegate to EFTA/EEA) — but would they be as keen on temporary UK membership? 3) Boles proposal is based on binning current WA. Would that fly in Brussels? 2/3
Aug 23, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
I'm at the Treasury where Dominic Raab will be unveiling the first batch of no deal Brexit technical notices. They're expected to go public at 11:30. Raab speech imminent, details of the first 25 no deal Brexit notices coming soon
Aug 20, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
I wonder how Theresa May feels about Suelle Braverman — a serving DExEU minister — supporting the Farage-backed Leave Means Leave campaign which claims Chequers is a "massive fraud," "totally unacceptable," and "a sell-out"… Suella*
Aug 8, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
Is there really going to be a new centrist party?

Talks are happening. However, they're at an early stage, vague, and more likely to produce a parliamentary bloc of breakaway MPs than a brand new party.

Here's the latest on *those* secret discussions.… Brand new party = very unlikely. Vince Cable has been "sounding out" Labour/Tory MPs who might break from their whips to join a parliamentary alliance. Lib Dems have a new slogan, reforms ("Project Ozark") and no plans to call it a day just yet.…
Jul 26, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Barnier kicks off his press conference with Raab by saying the EU "cannot and will not" outsource its customs collection competencies to a third country Raab resurrects David Davis' insistence that any backstop must be time-limited, which the EU has previously rejected
Jul 21, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I’m going to Marseille for a few days. Back on Brexit next week. Morning
Jul 20, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Exclusive: A former advisor to Justin Trudeau who worked on Emmanuel Macron's campaign is advising Vince Cable on how to revive the Lib Dems… EXC: I sat down with Sir Vince Cable to discuss the first year of his Lib Dem leadership. He told me why:

— "the tide is moving" in their favour
— Monday's customs bill cock-up is being exaggerated
— the Lib Dems student issue has been "largely overcome"…
Jul 17, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Government tries to tempt Hammond, Morgan and co with a promise to recognise "essence" of the customs union amendment (but not the specific customs union reference) in a Lords amendment.

Hammon says it's "generous offer" but will not accept it. Ouch. Philip Lee, who until recently was a minister in May's government, said yesterday was "the worst experience I've had in Parliament for eight years"
Jul 16, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
An open Irish border is impossible without UK-EU VAT alignment. The House is Commons just voted against UK-EU VAT alignment. Am I missing something? The House of Commons*
Jul 9, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
At this point it's probably worth noting that friends of Liam Fox say he has always wanted to be foreign secretary Former colleague of Liam Fox on whether he'll be the next foreign secretary: "He'll be so pissed off if he isn't"
Jul 8, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Keir Starmer hints on #Marr that Labour's policy is preferential treatment for EU citizens after Brexit: "If you want a good deal with the EU, which we want, it comes with citizens being treated in that way" Michael Gove tells #Marr he likes the Chequers deal because it will liberate the UK's services sector from the EU's "regulatory orbit." That's certainly one analysis.
Jul 6, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Exclusive: The EU asked the UK to resume Brexit talks either this week or next but the UK said it was “not available.” This despite Theresa May calling for more “pace and intensity” in negotiations. Talks won’t start again until July 16. That & more here.… A DExEU spokesperson insisted they were “making good progress” in Brexit talks. One wonders how much progress could have been made in the 2 weeks of talks the UK has turned down. Labour’s Brexit team described this report as “deeply disturbing.”…
Jun 28, 2018 8 tweets 3 min read
Big Brexit news tomorrow AM This has got somewhat out of hand
Apr 25, 2018 14 tweets 5 min read
For those interested, I have a juicy Brexit story coming your way tomorrow morning Exclusive: The European Commission is "deeply concerned" by the lack of work Britain has done to roll over trade deals. It has briefed the rest of the EU about UK government "indecision" and Liam Fox's "failure to grasp basic concepts and trade-offs"…
Apr 9, 2018 9 tweets 3 min read
So, based on my report last month and the Guardian/Red Roar reports this week, Barry Gardiner said a) Labour should be ready to vote for a Brexit deal it doesn't like and b) described the Good Friday Agreement as a "shibboleth"... all in one meeting. He denies it all, of course. Labour MP on Gardiner’s Irish border remarks: “Incredible. As if the men with the bullets and the bombs will give a toss about why there's a hard border.”
Feb 1, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Here's David Davis literally wincing when Steve Baker suggested the civil service might be trying to sabotage Brexit Boy. What a week Steve Baker is having. He is now accused of misleading Parliament over allegedly using a false quote to back up his civil service conspiracy.…