Weekly Roundup: EU plummeting as May reaches summit

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What better way to mark 100 days at Number 10 Downing Street than by facing up against 27 other EU leaders still seething at the referendum result that propelled you into office? Such is the sheer volume of crises clogging up the agenda in? Brussels at present that T?heresa May’s turn to speak to at the European Council’s autumn summit session last night did not arrive until 1 AM.

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Her promise to not hold a second referendum on EU membership and her plea for Britain to not be shut out of EU decision-making until the UK has finally departed were received with equal measures of disappointment and bafflement. The omens point to a very messy divorce.

Closer to home, this week saw the Remainer fight back continue as a lawsuit against Brexit hit the High Court and Hilary Benn won the right to chair a Brexit committee in parliament. His contender for what will be one of the hottest seats in Parliament was none other than Kate Hoey, inspirational campaigner
and Leave.EU ally.

It is lamentable that Parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process will now be led by Remainers even though their tribe lead the government and the economy, and account for most of the cabinet.

Speaking of Remainers, at the beginning of the week the curtain was pulled back on BBC bias, exposing the lengths they will go to cast our vote to pull out of the failing European Union in a bad light.

Meanwhile, the ongoing Brexit court case revealed that the government believes 650 politicians in Westminster should be given the chance to “ratify” our Brexit deal, even though most of them are staunch Remainers. And, like the rest of us, they had their chance to vote on June 23 – when they lost. Many of us fear that a vote in parliament could give political elites a chance to crush Brexit and offer a way out, or rather, a way to remain.

But the pro-EU cause may be on the back foot elsewhere. Chancellor Philip Hammond appears to have annoyed the rest of the cabinet with his constant moaning and attempts to keep us in the single market. Recent reports say he’s been locked out of key Brexit meetings, although he’s never been thought of as a close ally of Theresa May. Let’s hope Mrs May keeps those 17.4m patriotic Britons foremost in mind and forms a stronger working relationship with David Davis, Liam Fox, and Boris – the three Brexiteers – instead of Spreadsheet Phil and his Treasury bureaucrats.

This week also saw a huge row over so-called ‘child refugees’ after many pointed out that several of those entering the country were clearly adults. The Home Office then insulted our intelligence when it told us that grown men were in fact children aged by conflict. Some people like MP David Davies used a little common sense and demanded tougher checks, an intervention that provoked consternation among the liberal media. Had this campaign not become so jaded with the state of the media we would ourselves have been flabbergasted by the overreaction.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced each other down in their final televised debate live from Las Vegas. Leave.EU founder Arron Banks was in Nevada with UKIP leader Nigel Farage and saw the media circus in person. Trump hit Hillary hard on her call for a “common market” and “open borders”. Sound familiar? Nigel Farage drew striking comparisons with the Brexit vote, and Mr Trump must be hoping the comparison holds on polling day in a little under three weeks.
Check out our selection of articles published on Leave.EU this week, including our roundup of the week’s top stories on the economic front. We also recommend that you visit our daily news update page for the latest on Brexit and going global.

Trump and Clinton clash in final TV encounter

Commons ratification of Brexit deal would be disastrous

Chancellor Philip Hammond tries to derail Brexit

BBC regulator found filled with ex-BBC employees

May meets frosty reception at EU summit

Big Four accounting firm Deloitte shows consumer confidence hitting a five-year high with the greatest quarterly rise in a year and a half, the latest ONS figures show the British labour market holding firm with record employment, an architect of the Euro warns that ‘the house of cards will collapse’, British American Tobacco plans to become the world’s largest tobacco company, and the FTSE 100 continues to soar upwards.

The overwhelming sense among EU leaders on the occasion of Theresa May’s first EU summit is that Brexit will be “rough going” to use the words of Chancellor Merkel. French President Francois Hollande was even less diplomatic, “I say very firmly: if Mrs May wants a hard Brexit she will get a
hard negotiation.”

Clearly, Britain, in spite of its ability to foster enviable alliances with nations the world over has not aroused much affection during its 43 years of membership and billions in budget transfers. Even if Mrs May wanted to Remain in the EU, after two years of testing negotiations she will surely? want to see the back ?of Brussels more than anyone.

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