A BRILLIANT new song which rips into the European Union and David Cameron’s failed renegotiation is set to become an internet hit. You can watch the Referendum Game, released today on YouTube. It paints a picture of a proud, independent Britain free of the bureaucratic shackles of Brussels. The song’s catchy chorus asks: “Do we stay or do we go? Is it yes or is it no?” “Cameron says ‘I’ll save the nation from uncontrolled immigration. “Our saviour! On his best behaviour.”
One of Britain’s leading businessmen has told his 6,000 employees in the UK that there is “very little to fear” from leaving the European Union and he is confident that the country can “stand on its own two feet”. In the first such letter from a Brexit supporter to his workforce, Lord Bamford, chairman of JCB, set out the case for leaving the bloc, saying that it was of “diminishing economic importance”. The move by the Tory donor, whose company is one of Britain’s biggest exporters, will boost the Leave campaign and frustrate David Cameron.
Twitter users are talking about Britain leaving the EU around twice as much as they are discussing staying in, data showed on Wednesday, as some observers look to social media to help track the likelihood of a Brexit. With polls too close to call, hashtags related to a “Leave” vote have received over 800,000 mentions, against more than 400,000 for “Remain,” according to an analysis by social media monitoring tool Brandwatch. Up until June 7, there were 5.4 million tweets mentioning the EU referendum in the last two months, it said.
Britain would not face tariffs on trade if it voted to leave the EU on 23 June, UKIP MP and Vote Leave campaigner Douglas Carswell has suggested. Mr Carswell said Turkey and Iceland had “unrestricted, tariff-free trade” even though they were not in the EU. There was “no question” the UK, as the world’s fifth largest economy, would face worse trade terms, he said. The Remain side say quitting the EU and its single market would hit the UK economy, and cost jobs.
A PRO-European Union Tory has admitted the Vote Leave campaign is winning in the run-up to this month’s referendum, revealing the British public is swaying towards a Brexit. Lord Robert Hayward said polls suggesting the EU referendum will be a close run are wrong and that “more and more people” are set to vote ‘Out’. The former Tory MP told Newsnight: “As far as I am concerned the polls are over-estimating how close its going to be, as far as I can see, more and more people are deviating towards leave.
Turkey in the EU
Prime Minister David Cameron may be planning to make a last-minute pledge to hold a referendum on Turkish European Union (EU) membership in a bid to stop Brexit. The Financial Times says that if ‘Leave’ continues to gain momentum in the run-up to the EU vote later this month, David Cameron could make the pledge in a desperate bid to take the wind out of its sails. Such a promise would echo the run-up to the 2014 Scottish independence vote when Westminster political leaders made a desperate set of “pledges” in the last days of the campaign after a rogue poll put the pro-independence camp ahead.
Justice Secretary and Leave campaigner Michael Gove has issued a fresh warning about the risk of allowing visa-free EU travel for Turkish citizens. The proposed deal is aimed at trying to ease Europe’s migration crisis. But Mr Gove said Turkey had seen an “erosion of fundamental democratic freedoms” and the EU should be protesting, not offering “concessions”. David Cameron has said it would be “literally decades” before Turkey was ready to join the EU. And he has said the UK has a veto over it happening, saying the agreement of every other EU member – as well as 28 national Parliaments – was necessary before a new country could join. But Mr Gove said it was “official British government policy” for Turkey to become a member of the bloc and “not to have a referendum on new countries joining”.
A MAJOR leak from Brussels has revealed the NHS will be killed off if Britain remains in the European Union. Hundreds of papers from the secretive trade talks between the US and EU have been released online. They appear to confirm fears that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks between Brussels and Washington will, when ratified, lead to the health service being privatised or dismantled. The documents, obtained by Greenpeace Netherlands, include a US proposal to have a committee with representatives from Washington and Brussels to meet each year “to review state-owned enterprises and monopolies” which would include the NHS.
The EU referendum result could be open to a legal challenge after the online voter registration process descended into ‘a shambles’, ministers were warned last night. The deadline for voters to register online was extended by 48 hours after the official website crashed on Tuesday night in the run-up to the midnight cutoff, potentially denying thousands the chance to take part in the June 23 poll. Chris Grayling, the pro-Brexit Leader of the House of Commons, made an emergency statement to say legislation will be introduced today to allow an extension to midnight tonight. But Bernard Jenkin, a Tory backbencher and Leave campaigner, warned that in extending the deadline by two days, when the website was down for only 90 minutes, the Government was on the ‘cusp of legality’. He said that if the Remain side narrowly wins the referendum, there could be a court injunction against the result.
The deadline to register to vote in the European Union referendum has been extended following technical problems with the registration service. Voters will be able to sign up to the electoral register until midnight on Thursday 9 June. The previous deadline had been midnight on Tuesday June 7. The GOV.UK website service however ground to a halt just after 10pm under the “unprecedented” weight of people registering to vote.
Jeremy Corbyn will take to the airwaves to answer questions about the European Union referendum from a live studio audience, it has been announced. The Labour leader’s only set-piece event of the campaign will take place on 20 June, three days before polling day. Mr Corbyn will appear on Sky News at 6pm where he will appear in front of a representative audience of young people. The programme will be presented by the channel’s political editor Faisal Islam. Mr Corbyn has faced some criticism for not taking a more hands-on approach during the referendum campaign.
The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will make his only live set-piece television appearance of the EU referendum campaign on Sky News in the final week of the campaign. The leader of the opposition will face questions from a live studio audience made up of a representative selection of young people at an event which I will be chairing. The event will take place on the evening of Monday 20 June, less than three days before the EU referendum polls open
The European Union is doomed unless Brussels ends free movement across the continent, Labour’s Andy Burnham warns today. The Shadow Home Secretary says “there will have to be changes” to EU rules which have let eastern Europeans flood to the UK. “The EU won’t survive if it won’t make them,” he will warn in a break from Jeremy Corbyn ’s official position. Mr Burnham will urge voters not to use the referendum as a “protest vote” on immigration, but to think long-term and back Remain.
Britain’s lack of coastal border security was laid bare last night as it was revealed the country has only a handful of boats to guard our waters – while Italy has 600. UK Border Force has just three vessels monitoring 7,700 miles of coast despite mounting evidence of smugglers and migrants targeting small harbours and isolated beaches. On Tuesday border guards detained three Iranians spotted drifting in an inflatable boat a few miles off Dover. All three have now claimed asylum. And figures show the size of our operational fleet is tiny compared to other European nations.
More than 30,000 non-EU immigrants a year are taking advantage of a backdoor into Britain created by Brussels, it has emerged. The number of people benefiting from the so-called European Economic Area family permit route has rocketed by 50 per cent under David Cameron. Last night Vote Leave said the figures showed that edicts handed down by Brussels were now allowing both EU and non-EU migrants into the UK. Under British immigration rules, migrants from outside the EU need to obtain a visa for either work or family settlement. But under the family permit route, an exception is made for those with a spouse or close relative who is an EU citizen. These people are known as third country nationals, and since Mr Cameron was elected the UK has issued them with 140,921 permits. For 2014/15, the figure was 30,879 – up by 48 per cent since 2010-2011.
The overseas aid department has been criticised by the National Audit Office for wasting £285 million on an airport for the South Atlantic island of St Helena that may never be used. The cost will rise after its opening last month was abandoned for safety reasons. It had been hoped that the airport would attract 30,000 tourists a year to the British overseas territory. Due to dangerous wind and turbulence risks, however, the airport is not open to commercial flights and may never welcome holidaymakers.
This is the scene in Paris just days before the start of Euro 2016 with rubbish piled high in the streets during strikes that have also brought chaos to the city’s transport system. Still reeling from floods that hit the capital last week, Parisians are now facing overflowing bins as industrial action by waste treatment workers continues to take its toll on the country. Meanwhile, rail passengers are facing disruption for the eighth day running and riot police were even brought in as strikers threatened to disrupt a Euro 2016 publicity event at one of the city’s main stations. It comes as the government unveiled a smartphone app ahead of thetournament which can alert fans to possible terror attacks.