Rory Stewart has gone from an outsider in the Tory leadership contest to second favourite behind Boris Johnson.
Sugar: "Boris has got a good chance because he's a likeable chap and from my point of view, anybody who can stop Corbyn being elected, I would back them."
Noel Gallagher: “You take part in a democratic process - if you don’t like the outcome, go to North Korea."
The former Foreign Secretary told supporters in London he wants Britain to leave the EU by October 31 and that 'now is the time to unite the country'.
Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Matt Hancock and Dominic Raab have all suggested that they intend to reopen negotiations with the EU, despite Michel Barnier’s insistence that the current deal is their “only option”. Kit Malthouse, meanwhile, is basing his bid on the 'managed no deal’ and 'alternative arrangements’ plan he gave his name to in January. Malthouse dropped out yesterday too.
D-Day veteran Eric Chardin said breaking up Europe would be a 'crying shame' after everything they had fought for.
The most strident supporters of the project want to leave the EU because it imposes demands upon the UK, but then also secure a trade deal with the US which would involve accepting a whole new set of obligations. Doubtless these Brexiters will be out in force as the president visits the UK, selling the beauty of no-deal Brexit and promoting a new UK-US trade deal. It will be explicitly designed to increase barriers between UK and EU, in keeping with an anti-trade president.
For the next few weeks it’ll be wall-to-wall Tory leadership elections. The candidates are bottom drawer. Last night it was Mark Harper, the immigration minister who resigned a few years back after admitting he could not find the documentation for his cleaner.
Legendary hitmaker Elton John slammed British politicians and 'stupid, English idiots' who voted to leave the European Union.
Esther McVey came pretty close to basically just saying she would pursue a no-deal strategy the other day. Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab want to first try and renegotiate with the EU, but pledge that we will leave, deal or no-deal, on October 31st regardless. Given the EU has been clear it will not reopen the withdrawal agreement - a point Michel Barnier reiterated last night - that translates to no-deal.
Forcing the results of the European election into a second referendum straitjacket is an uncertain and rather disreputable business. The turnout in the European election was 37% while it was 72% in the 2016 referendum. The most cautious approach would be to look at the vote for out-and-proud Remain parties (Lib Dem, Green, Change UK, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance and a handful of minor parties and candidates) and compare it to the parties that have the hardest pro-Brexit No Deal policies (the Brexit party, Ukip, DUP and Tommy Robinson – although admittedly it might be an oversimplification to put the DUP in this company).
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has the most backing so far from Conservative MPs to become the next prime minister, it has been revealed.
After weeks of wall-to-wall coverage of the Brexiters - be it Nigel Farage or the circus of Tory leadership candidates - it was Remain which came out triumphant in the end. The Lib Dems, Greens, SNP, Plaid and Change UK vote share, so far, was 40.4%. The Brexit party and Ukip together was 34.9%.
In reality, as everyone knows - as she knows best of all - Brexit has wiped everything else off the domestic agenda. The Conservative government did not stand in the “common ground” of British politics. From the moment of her 2016 conference speech, when it was clear that ending free movement overrode all other political considerations, she made it a formal policy to sabotage Britain’s trading status and economic and legal structure in order to reduce immigration.