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Referendum 1) Hilton: Cameron has known since 2012 that we’ll never hit the migration target inside the EU

Steve Hilton‘David Cameron was told four years ago his immigration target was ‘impossible’ while Britain is in the EU – but continued to make the promise. The claim is made today by the Prime Minister’s ex-closest aide Steve Hilton, who attended the meetings with senior Whitehall officials in 2012. He reveals Mr Cameron was warned ‘directly and explicitly’ by civil servants that his ‘tens of thousands’ net migration goal was not deliverable given EU freedom of movement rules. Despite this, the Prime Minister has repeatedly restated his ambition to hit the target – even including it in his 2015 general election manifesto.’ – Daily Mail

  • The Prime Minister has been less than honest – Daily Mail Leader
  • Britain pays £657 million to help Turkey join the EU – The Sun (£)
  • Forgers sell EU citizenship in Brazil – The Times (£)
  • EU border chief predicts 10,000 migrants a week will soon cross the Med from Libya – Daily Mail
  • Beckham backs Remain – ITV
  • The Prime Minister compares Gove to Trump – The Sun (£)

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>Today: ToryDiary: After the referendum. If Britain doesn’t get a new Chancellor, it faces the prospect of a Zombie Government

Referendum 2) The Daily Telegraph declares for Leave

‘It is the EU which is insular and self-regarding, hemmed in by the narrow confines of dreary summits and endless treaty-making. Britain, by contrast, has always been a global player, with its connections to the Commonwealth, the UN and Nato, and will be again. We have often commended David Cameron for staging the referendum but have been dismayed with the way his campaign has been conducted, especially in besmirching his opponents and impugning their motives. In supporting a vote to leave, we are not harking back to a Britannic golden age lost in the mists of time but looking forward to a new beginning for our country. We are told it is a choice between fear and hope. If that is the case, then we choose hope.’ – Daily Telegraph Leader

>Today: Chris Grayling on Comment: A vote to Leave is a vote to control our own future

Referendum 3) Crosby: It’ll come down to the wire – and the turnout

Opinion Poll graphic‘For the first time, under half (47 per cent) of all respondents expect Remain to win the referendum while almost two in five (39 per cent) believe Leave will come away with the win. This could be contributing to complacency among Leave voters – the same complacency problem I’ve previously highlighted as a potential threat for the Remain campaign – that is driving down the importance of voting on Thursday and, in turn, negatively affecting Leavers’ motivations to head to the polling booths. Alternately, it could be motivating Remainers who didn’t think their vote was needed to decide they better show up. As I pointed out in my original column, the side that is most effective in motivating their voters to turn out on the 23rd will be the side that emerges victorious.’ – Sir Lynton Crosby, Daily Telegraph

  • Curtice: It’s all within the margin of error – Daily Mail
  • Another poll suggests it’s on a knife edge – The Sun (£)
  • Markets are betting on a Remain victory – The Times (£)
  • London is the capital of pro-EU feeling – FT
  • Cameron warns of higher fuel prices – The Sun (£)
  • Don’t worry about an EU army – Lord Bramall, The Times (£)
  • Veterans urge a Leave vote – The Sun (£)

Referendum 4) Corbyn ‘helps’ again…by attacking the EU

‘Jeremy Corbyn tonight lashed out at the ‘poisonous’ and ‘catastrophist’ warnings peddled by David Cameron in the EU referendum as he admitted: ‘I’m not a lover of the European Union’. He insisted Europe will need to change ‘quite dramatically’ if Britain decides to stay in the EU as he made his final pitch to voters ahead of Thursday’s historic referendum. He warned of ‘massive’ implications if Britain leaves the EU but again insisted there will never be an upper limit on immigration into the UK as long as we stay in. But the Labour leader, a life-long Eurosceptic, revealed his anti-EU views as he hit out at the EU for crippling Greece with austerity and failing to deal with the refugee crisis last year.’ – Daily Mail

>Today: Local Government: Brexit would strengthen local democracy

Referendum 5) Remain campaign accused of ‘exploiting’ last week’s killing, after tape is leaked

stronger-in‘The director of the Remain campaign has been accused of seeking to attack the Leave camp by “exploiting” the murder of Jo Cox. A recording of Will Straw coaching pro-EU campaigners in a conference call and referring to the MP’s brutal murder has sparked uproar on social media. Mr Straw, who says he was a close friend of Mrs Cox, says the Remain camp ought to criticise Brexit campaigners for “stirring division and resentment” in the wake of her death.’ – Evening Standard

>Yesterday: ToryDiary: The Remain campaign talks “kind” but acts cruel

Parliament pays tribute to Jo Cox

‘Parliament was united yesterday. United in grief, united in decoration, a white rose pinned to the chest of every politician in memory of this daughter of Yorkshire, taken before her time. Two more flowers rested on the seat by the gangway, three rows back, where Mrs Cox often sat. “We meet in heartbreaking sadness, but also in heartfelt solidarity,” John Bercow, the Speaker, said at the start of an hour of tributes. “She was caring, eloquent, principled and wise. Above all, she was filled with, and fuelled by, love for humanity.” We talk of such occasions showing “parliament at its best” but really it showed humanity at its best. Our politicians are no better than any of us but also no worse.’ – The Times (£)

>Yesterday:

If Boris becomes leader, Davidson’s Scottish Tories could break away

Union Jack Tree Logo‘Ruth Davidson believes the Scottish Conservatives would have to break away from the UK party under a new name if Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister, the Telegraph can disclose as the pair prepare to face off on Tuesday night in an EU referendum TV debate. Senior sources close to the Scottish Tory leader said she thinks the former Mayor of London would be toxic to her party’s electoral hopes north of the Border if he succeeds David Cameron in the wake of a vote for Brexit on Thursday. They said Ms Davidson predicts the Scottish Conservatives would have to “do a Murdo”, a reference to her former leadership rival Murdo Fraser’s controversial proposal to break away from the UK Tories and form a new right-wing party.’ – Daily Telegraph

>Today: Ruth Davidson’s column: Whatever the outcome, we Conservatives must come together after this bruising referendum

DfT plans tougher fine system for late trains

‘Train companies face penalties for services that are only one minute late under plans to improve punctuality on the network, The Times has learnt. Rail bosses are preparing to abolish rules that allow trains to be classed as “on time” despite arriving at their final destination up to ten minutes behind schedule. The move comes amid frustration that less than half of trains arrive on time on some routes. Today hundreds of thousands of commuters are braced for delays across the southeast when unions stage strikes on the Southern network over the downgrading of conductors. A rail executive has said that drivers and conductors on Southern trains have been feigning illness as part of unofficial industrial action.’ – The Times (£)

British man ‘tried to kill Trump’

TRUMP Donald‘A British man arrested at a Donald Trump rally in Las Vegas told authorities he tried to grab a police officer’s gun and shoot the billionaire Republican presidential candidate. Protester Michael Steven Sandford, who appeared in court on Monday, even went to a gun range on Friday so he could learn how to shoot. The 20-year-old, who was carrying a UK driver’s licence, was arrested at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on Saturday after going for a metro police officer’s gun.’ – Daily Mail

American and Russian planes face off in the skies over Syria

‘US and Russian warplanes were involved in a dramatic showdown over Syria after the Russian fighters bombed US-backed Syrian opposition forces. The mid-air confrontation occurred between F/A-18 fighters scrambled by the Pentagon and several SU-34s, Moscow’s most advanced bombers. The Russian jets had struck a 200-strong garrison of Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State in At-Tanf, near the Jordanian border.’ – Daily Mail

  • Five children a day are referred over radicalisation concerns – The Times (£)
  • Why do union officials oppose efforts to deradicalise young people? – The Times Leader (£)

News in Brief

  • Cliff Richard’s fury at police – Daily Mail
  • DNA test settles baronetcy dispute – The Times (£)
  • Israel considers building an artificial island with an airport and seaport for Gaza – Daily Mail
  • Galloway pays costs and apologises in court dispute – The Times (£)

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