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Brexit 1) Leave is ahead by ten points

Vote LEave‘The campaign to take Britain out of the EU has opened up a remarkable 10-point lead over the Remain camp, according to an exclusive poll for The Independent. The survey of 2,000 people by ORB found that 55 per cent believe the UK should leave the EU (up four points since our last poll in April), while 45 per cent want it to remain (down four points). These figures are weighted to take account of people’s likelihood to vote. It is by far the biggest lead the Leave camp has enjoyed since ORB began polling the EU issue.’ – The Independent

>Today: Michael Fabricant on Comment: Here’s why I now want Britain to be more European. Please raise a glass of lager to my change of heart.

Brexit 2) Dyson: Voting Leave will deliver more jobs, more wealth and democratic control

‘Things that don’t work properly really bug him, which is why we are here to talk about the European Union. After much thought, Dyson is coming out passionately for Brexit. In fact, he has worked out that, should we vote to leave in 12 days’ time, we could be much better off, both in spirit and in wallet. “When the Remain campaign tells us no one will trade with us if we leave the EU, sorry, it’s absolute cobblers. Our trade imbalance with Europe is running at nine billion a month and rising. If this trend continues, that is £100bn a year”…We will create more wealth and more jobs by being outside the EU than we will within it and we will be in control of our destiny. And control, I think, is the most important thing.”‘ – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday: WATCH: Johnson summarises his case for Brexit

Brexit 3) IDS: The number of EU criminals behind bars will double if we stay

Border‘Britain will need to find £500million and build seven new prisons to cope with an explosion in EU prisoners, a former Cabinet Minister claimed tonight. Iain Duncan Smith warned if net migration continued at current sky-high levels the numbers of EU criminals behind bars would double to almost 8,000 by 2030.He said analysis showed this would cost taxpayers as much as £144million a year – but also requires £400million to be spent on building new jails.’ – The Sun (£)

>Yesterday: WATCH: Vote Leave target Cameron over Turkey

Remain in crisis 1) Cameron: I’m very concerned and losing sleep

‘David Cameron has admitted he is “very concerned” about the outcome of the European Union referendum. With some polls showing the Leave side ahead, the Prime Minister said it was “very competitive” with many people still genuinely undecided as to which way they would vote on June 23. Asked during the Facebook Live event hosted by Buzzfeed if he was losing sleep over the result, he replied: “Of course.”‘ – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday:

Remain in crisis 2) Hampstead Labour has lost touch with its Hull core vote

LABOUR dead rose‘After years of chattering among their own ilk around the scrubbed pine dinner tables of North London, the metropolitan grandees of the Labour Party have simply ignored the grumbles of their tiresome provincial supporters on one of the key issues of our age. Only now are they are starting to realise their mistake. As former Labour Cabinet minister Andy Burnham put it this week: ‘We have definitely been far too much Hampstead and not enough Hull in recent times and we need to change that.’ But is it too late? Two famously outspoken Labour MPs, Dennis Skinner and John Mann, clearly think so because, yesterday, both finally announced that they were declaring for Brexit…A Remain spokesman assures me they are not giving up.’ – Daily Mail

  • Burnham tries to pretend he didn’t criticise the campaign as out-of-touch – The Times (£)
  • Their message just isn’t getting through – FT
  • Working class Britons feel betrayed – Labour must change their minds – Owen Jones, The Guardian
  • Don’t worry, they’re deploying…Ed Miliband – FT
  • Reluctant Corbyn must get behind Remain – FT Leader
  • The stinking hypocrisy of the Kinnocks – Daily Mail

>Yesterday: LeftWatch: Labour’s pro-EU campaign was sputtering from the start – now the wheels are coming off

Remain in crisis 3) Panicked Downing Street sets out to destroy Boris

‘Downing Street is “panicked” over the EU referendum amid growing internal signs that support for the Leave campaign is surging. Private data and internal polling which shows that after two weeks of building momentum there have been huge swings to the Brexit campaign has prompted growing alarm in the Remain camp, sources have said. It has led to a marked change in strategy, with the campaign to keep Britain in the EU now orchestrating a series of highly personal attacks on Boris Johnson, one of the leaders of the Leave campaign.’ – Daily Telegraph

>Yesterday:

Remain in crisis 4) Unelected Altmann tells voters not to disagree with their MPs

rosalt‘An unelected Tory Minister has launched a bizarre attack on voters, urging them not to “overrule” their “leaders” by voting Leave. Bungling Baroness Ros Altmann claimed last night that “majority of MPs in all three parties want to stay in the EU…”Former Deputy Commons Speaker Nigel Evans told The Sun that “the concept of democracy that clearly is alien to Baroness Altman.’ – The Sun (£)

Remain in crisis 5) Germany threatens to block British Single Market access

‘Germany has warned that it will shut Britain out of the single market if voters opt for Brexit in the European Union referendum. Wolfgang Schäuble, the finance minister, said the bloc would still work without the United Kingdom and that “at some point the British will realise they have taken the wrong decision”. He cautioned that the rest of the EU would interpret a vote for Brexit as a “decision against the single market”’ – The Times (£)

Referendum row over Queen’s birthday honours

Queen‘David Cameron has used today’s Queen’s birthday honours to dish out gongs to Remain supporters. At least 20 business chiefs and luvvies backing his campaign to keep Britain in the EU have been handed knighthoods or other accolades. Gisela Stuart, a senior Labour MP, described the situation as ‘bordering on the corrupt’.’ – Daily Mail

  • Rotherham whistleblower gets MBE – The Times (£)
  • Rod Stewart knighted – The Sun (£)
  • OBE for the man behind the voter registration website – The Sun (£)

>Today: ToryDiary: A knighthood for the movement. Congratulations, Sir Roger Scruton.

Oborne: MI6′s complicity in torture betrays the nation

‘The third recent failure of MI6, which forced its way onto the news agenda once more this week, concerns British complicity in torture during the early years of the War on Terror. There is now a mountain of evidence (invariably extracted after a series of furious official denials) that MI6 was routinely involved in what is euphemistically called ‘extraordinary rendition’ — the kidnap of terror suspects and their forcible transportation to foreign jails to be abused and tortured…By failing to act on the very serious evidence of British involvement in the disgusting crime of torture, we risk giving a propaganda gift of incalculable value to our opponents in terror organisations like ISIS or Al-Qaeda. They now have the ammunition to claim that Britain is as brutal and barbaric as any other regime.’ – Peter Oborne, Daily Mail

Corbyn’s latest pitch for the youth vote involves a fur coat and black tie

Jeremy Corbyn 16-11-15‘The Labour leader appeared on Channel 4′s The Last Leg last night in a bizarre bid to get his pro-EU message across to a younger audience. He made his entrance in a James Bond-style supercar, full black suit and bow tie – with a ‘fur’ coat over his shoulders. However, many people took to Twitter to express their boredom at watching the comedy show due to his demeanour…Clare Delderfield said: ‘Anyone else struggling to stay awake listening to #jeremycorbyn (sic) on @TheLastLeg Time for bed….Worthy maybe.,but dull for a Friday night.” – Daily Mail

  • Berger is asked to sum up Corbyn in three words: “Can I think about that?” – The Times (£)
  • Getting this Jeremy as Prime Minister is my greatest fear – Jeremy Clarkson, The Sun (£)

MPs want Green to pay £600m for BHS pension debts

‘The chairman of a UK parliamentary committee probing the collapse of BHS has said it “would laugh” if Sir Philip Green were to offer less than £600m to settle the former retail chain’s pension debts. Sir Philip, whose Arcadia Group sold BHS for £1 to a former bankrupt in 2015, is scheduled to give evidence next week to the Work and Pensions Committee chaired by Frank Field. Mr Field said the committee was prepared to respond to any offers to settle the pension debt that Sir Philip might make’ – FT

News in Brief

  • Football hooligans clash in Marseilles – Daily Mail
  • Schools and universities may be turning a blind eye to money laundering – The Times (£)
  • A weekend of celebrations for Her Majesty’s birthday – Daily Mail
  • Axl Rose launches legal battle against the internet calling him fat – The Times (£)
  • Ex-wife awarded £300,000 23 years after divorce – FT
  • Vast medieval cities found in the Cambodian jungle – The Guardian
  • Commons clerk dies in fall – The Sun (£)

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