Remoaners Defeated in Single Market Clash

 

This week the government successfully passed their legislative agenda in a tense Commons vote that was narrowly won by a margin of 323-309. The success came after Theresa May successfully hashed out a deal with Northern Ireland’s pro-Brexit Democratic Unionist Party on Monday.

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The group, who’s ten MPs will be vital to the success of the British government over the course of this parliament, succeeded in getting Mrs May to abandon toxic Tory election pledges on pensions and Winter Fuel Allowance while securing an extra £1bn in funding for their constituents in Ulster.

The party have had less success at Stormont where talks between their representatives and politicians from Sinn Fein broke down. Power-sharing talks will continue into Monday despite a missed deadline, but expect the process to drag on.

The Queen’s speech wasn’t the only victory for the government on Thursday night. They also defeated a significant amendment, tabled by Remoaner Chuka Umunna, which would have left Britain trapped in the EU’s single market. The amendment eventually won even fewer votes than previous attempts to block Article 50 in the last parliament – a sign that MPs are finally starting to heed the will of the people.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn instructed his MPs to abstain on the amendment but a number of Europhile politicians defied him. Newly emboldened by his success on election night, Corbyn sacked them from his top team for their obsessive pro-EU leanings. Is this long-time critic of Brussels finally rediscovering his Eurosceptic roots?

Now that Corbyn has begun to axe pro-EU agitators in his own party, perhaps it’s time for Theresa May to do the same. Rumours continue to swirl that Chancellor Philip Hammond is pushing for a watered down Brexit that would see the UK chained to either the EU single market or customs union. But with Hammond’s insufferable predecessor George Osborne being rewarded this week with an economics professorship at the University of Manchester, it’s no wonder that Hammond is happy to toe the Establishment line.

If Hammond were to get his way, Britain would be left unable to control either its own borders or its own trade policy – two of the key reasons that 17.4m people voted Leave last year. The push for single market membership is looking increasingly untenable as Theresa May vows to subject EU and non-EU nationals to the same immigration system in her recent offer on EU migrant rights. Will the Chancellor get the message?

In economic news: Brexit Britain got huge trade news this week as Liam Fox signals the start of talks with the US as early as next month; Japan is also set to begin pursuing free trade with the UK as the government insists it will retain duty-free access to the British economy for 46 developing nations once we free ourselves of Brussels; our negotiating team in Belgium look set to rebuff demands for huge sums of money as a think-tank reveals that Eurocrat demands are three times too high and the UK receives legal advice to reject the bill; business confidence has hit an 18-month high as M&A activity soars and foreign investment reaches its strongest position for a decade. Remoaner Mark Carney has been undermined by the Bank of England’s top economist as Rolls Royce and Australian DIY chain Bunnings provide more great investment news.

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