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Local MP Blasts Johnson and Gove Cheats

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Ian Colin Lucas was the MP for Wrexham from 2001 to 2019.

– Boris Johnson and Michael Gove aware Vote Leave had broken electoral law.

– Will not answer questions posed by Select Committee investigating.

In his final speech, Ian C Lucas, MP for Wrexham for 18 years gave details of how Boris Johnson and Michael Gove were both aware of Vote Leave’s electoral law-breaking during the 2016 referendum.  Both men were key leaders in the Vote Leave campaign. The campaign was later found guilty of electoral fraud due to deliberate breaking of spending limits organised by Boris Johnson’s now chief adviser Dominic Cummings.   Mr Lucas has been sitting on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee in parliament, a cross party group which has been investigating electoral fraud and disinformation. 

Speech

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Ian Lucas was the MP for Wrexham from 2001 to 2019.

After paying tribute to his parents for giving him the values of truthfulness, respecting the law and listening, Mr Lucas went on to say “I want to place on the record some information that I have concerning disinformation and the Government of the day”.  He said “..both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster were aware of Vote Leave’s offences but they have not come clean to the House of Commons or to the select Committee by producing that evidence. “

Mr Lucas told the House that because of technology, the current election law is unsound and needs change.  Sadly, none of the recommendations examined by his committee will be implemented The current Conservative Party leaders seeking to lead the country have failed to explain their knowledge of the 2016 law-breaking to the British public.  

Dominic Cummings

In his speech, Mr. Lucas quoted evidence from emails sent by Dominic Cummings, the man who managed the Vote Leave campaign. Mr Cummings also ran their misleading Facebook ad campaign which was exposed by the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr – and broke spending limits by directing extra donations to another campaign under his control.

Dominic Cummings has refused to speak to the select committee on this and Boris Johnson has failed to compel him.  Importantly. these matters of law breaking which led to electoral commission fines are the subject of an ongoing police investigation which has now been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service

Spot the Difference: what are the political parties promising on Brexit?

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Party Leaders in the 2019 General Election Corbyn Swinson Johnson Sturgeon Pice Lucas
What are the Political Parties Offering on Brexit?

What are our political leaders plans for us over Brexit? It can be hard to tell the difference. Are Johnson’s Tory Party and Farage’s Brexit Party the same? Does Labour really support second referendum? Is there any difference between the Lib Dems, The Greens and the Nationalist Parties? Our reporters have been studying the statements of the party leaders and have prepared this summary of their positions. Check out our Brexit Ready Reckoner and decide for yourself which party makes most sense.

Table showing Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem, Green and Brexit Party Positions on Brexit
Brexit Ready Reckoner

*Labour policy is to try to negotiate a better deal with the EU than Johnson (or May) achieved.  Their policy is to put whatever exit deal is agreed to the people, asking whether we want to leave the EU with that deal, or stay in on our current terms.  This would be a ‘People’s Vote’.

**The Brexit party do not want to leave using Johnson’s deal.  They don’t believe it would be a ‘real Brexit’.

“Johnson’s deal” means that Northern Ireland has to continue to meet EU standards. There would be a ‘customs border’ in the Irish Sea, and customs paperwork for all transport between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Further trade deals would still need to be negotiated by the end of 2020, or we would be left without trade deals with the EU. New deals would have to be agreed; Brexit uncertainty will continue until they are. (This could take years.)

“No deal” means we have no trade or other deals with the EU from the minute we officially leave the EU. We would be a ‘third country’ for legal purposes overnight. Tariffs and customs paperwork will be required immediately for all transport & travel to & from the EU. Many serious effects, including problems for national security, sharing of data across borders, and import of radio-isotopes for cancer treatment. Brexit uncertainty will continue until new trade deals are agreed, which could take years.

Brits Coming Home Add to NHS Woes

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Nurse Manager and Doctors discuss staff shortage
Shortage of Medical Staff will be made worse by a flood of Britons with medical conditions returning to England from abroad.

Worries about Brexit have made it harder to provide high quality healthcare in Cheshire and across England. In October The King’s Fund reported 4 areas where healthcare will be badly affected. As an independent charity working to improve health and care in England, the King’s Fund helps plan healthcare policy. Their main concerns were:

The availability of health and social care staff who might have joined the workforce from Europe has fallen. Staff shortages are worst in care homes and palliative care.

Worries about future trade deals are raising the cost and weakening the supply of medicines.

The end of reciprocal health agreements risks the backwash of British emigrants with expensive long-term health and care needs returning to the United Kingdom.

The move of the European Medicines Agency and all its staff out of England means that medical and scientific expertise will be lost to Amsterdam. The UK will need to set up a new agency which won’t be able to work with other European countries on public health research or stopping counterfeit medicines unless a trade deal is agreed.

Sue Wilson, chair of an organisation representing Britons living in Spain said: “All along we’ve been told our healthcare is protected. This is a big shock to everyone and our members are really, really scared.”

The King’s Fund report raises concerns that where the NHS struggles to cope, more destabilization cannot fail to cause suffering.

Shocking – no-one is talking about Brexit!

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In the early stages of an election campaign that will determine the future of this country for generations, the critical issue of how (perhaps if?) we leave the European Union is receiving scant coverage.

People are bored of course – the same arguments, rehashed time after time.  Heated debates, more heat than light, no conclusion or agreement. Superficial soundbites, appealing to their target demographics – but our policitcian are (so far) failing to provide any analysis on what a Tory Brexit actually means. Much easier to talk about the old staples – taxation, the NHS, education, police numbers.

Except that how (and if) we leave the EU is critical to each and every other subject.  If we manage to damage our trading arrangements with our closest neighbour before we have replaced it with agreements with other countries, the economy takes a huge hit.  Even under the government’s own figures, we will be poorer for decades.  And if we are poorer that means less investment in public services – or higher taxation, fewer jobs, recession.

The agreement that Boris Johnson will implement if he gets a 12 December majority will hit the economy. In the long term it may be that future trade deals will replace what we lose by leaving the customs union and single market – but Jacon Rees Mogg (remember him?) said it would take 50 years to see the economic benefit of Brexit.

Graph - GDP and Brexit
Credit: https://www.niesr.ac.uk

Opinions vary as to the true economic impact, and in our fractured society voters hear what they want to hear and disregard the rest.  Someone should put that in a song.  No-one however is forecasting that leaving the EU will have a positive effect on the nation’s finances – they just disagree by how much we will be poorer.

And yet on they go with the promises of public spending, as if this was the same election campaign as any we’ve had in the past.  Perhaps it’s just too difficult to talk about the realities of Brexit – but they are coming, and if voters make the wrong choice (as somebody once almost said) “The lamps will be going out all over Britain, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”,


You can read our other Brexit relatd posts here

Is this the Brexit you voted for?

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Nigel Farage is mocked up to wear Steve Bray's 'stop Brexit' hat after calling for another extension. Photograph: Chris Barker/Twitter.
Photograph: Chris Barker/Twitter.

If you voted to Leave in 2016, how does the agreement negotiated by Boris Johnson compare with what you voted for?

There were 3 main elements of the Leave campaign:

Control of our :
Money
Laws
Borders

Let’s see how the Deal stacks up against those three objectives:

Do we have control of our Money? 

Nein. Leaving the EU will cost us far more money than we will save by not paying for our membership. We will still be subject to international influences on our finances – trade agreements, world wide supply shortages, inflation, our own exchange rate.  The cost of our borrowing is determined by our credit rating, and right now we couldn’t get a new  Credit Card because our future is so uncertain.  And of course the Deal requires us to pay  £33 bn, which we will still be paying in the 2060s.

What about control of our Laws? 

Non – we’ll still be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, in some cases even after the transition period ends. And Johnson himself recognised that we can make our own laws as members of the EU.

How about Borders? 

Nee – at least no more than we have right now.  The much vaunted “Points Based System” for controlling immigration has a number of flaws, not least the huge bureaucracy involved in managing those numbers – and the Home Office has refused to say that numbers will fall. And of course immigrants will still be crossing the channel in a search for a better life – but our relationship with our EU friends will be more distant so the prospect of effective controls will be weakened. 

We like Nigel Farage’s statement – in many ways we are better off remaining in the EU.  We’ll be more prosperous, more secure – and we won’t have to endure endless years of Brexit turmoil. 

Do Truckers Need “Export Forms” at Liverpool Docks?

Johnson’s EU Withdrawal Deal says that truckers taking goods to or from Northern Ireland will have to fill in “Export Forms” listing everything they are carrying. But at a reception with N.I. businesses with a half-full glass in his hand Johnson said: “I will direct them to throw that form in the bin. There will be no forms, no checks, no barriers of any kind.”

However, the government minister in charge of Brexit says that truckers will have to fill in forms before they take goods across the Irish Sea. Who’s right? Surely Johnson’s Deal was meant to ‘get Brexit done’?

So, The Patriot asked a senior worker at a Cheshire transport firm that regularly exports to Ireland to see if he knew. He said “Nobody is clear on what we need to do. If we have to stop to fill in forms at Holyhead or Liverpool trucks could have to wait for hours. Shelves will go empty both sides of the Irish sea.”

The government needs to make it clear what deal they want. They can’t keep going in circles to Brussels for a new deal. Rather than put the “Export Forms” in the bin; the government should just put Brexit in the bin.

Tory MP Says Johnson’s Deal Is The Start of 10 Years of Pain

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Victoria Prentice Withdrawal Agreement
Tory Grins to Hide Fear of 10 Years of Brexit

Tory MP Victoria Prentice came clean about the problems of Johnson’s Brexit deal saying: “We’ve got years and years to talk about this. I wish I could say this (Johnson’s deal) was the end of Brexit.”

In further comments she admitted that the deal was a climb down for Johnson: “27 EU countries have agreed the deal, that’s good enough for me…….We have to get the deal through. People are frightened about the prospect of more uncertainty.”

Johnson’s boast that he could ‘get Brexit done’ by 31st October meant he would accept any deal to meet his deadline. He accepted a deal that even Theresa May could have had but refused.

Cheshire farmers, car makers and chemical companies are quietly furious that Johnson’s deal really means a never-ending Brexit and doesn’t protect British goods from cheap imports from countries with poor animal welfare and weak environment protection. One farmer says:

“With no reciprocal tariffs e.g. grain, how can we compete?”

 Antoinette Sandbach MP says:

“Farmers in Eddisbury receive approximately £28 million from the EU as payment for delivery of environmental benefits including Cheshire wildlife trust.” The beautiful Cheshire countryside will suffer if farmers can’t afford to maintain the environment.