Political adviser Nick Timothy said plans to hijack Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal or sabotage the entire process of Brexit completely are at greater risk of becoming more of a reality in the week before Brexit. In a piece penned for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Timothy said: “Cries of anger, howls of anguish, and claims of betrayal will fill the air this week. But as the details of Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal become clearer, it will not necessarily be the purists and hardliners among Leave supporters protesting. “It will be the Remainers and Remoaners whose hopes of stopping Brexit altogether now risk coming to nothing.”
He goes on to launch a vicious attack on Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, who today Boris Johnson told the House of Commons his “policy on cake was to neither have it nor eat it” in a swipe over his stance on Brexit.
Mr Timothy said: “Hiding behind vacuous soundbites such as ‘a jobs-first Brexit’, Labour’s policy has been a masterclass in obfuscation and opportunism.
“Jeremy Corbyn insisted we must remain in the EU’s customs union, yet when Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement – or more precisely, its backstop – effectively did just that, Labour refused to support it.
“Corbyn insisted on maintaining European standards on workplace rights and environmental protections, yet when the Government promised not only to match EU rules but exceed them, he still wasn’t interested.
“Voting down any form of ‘Tory Brexit’ helps to cover up Labour’s own divisions – between MPs representing constituencies that voted to leave on one hand and rabid Remoaners on the other – and inflicts greater damage upon the Conservatives.
“It might be deeply cynical, but to date it has been highly effective politics.
“Labour’s backbenchers have been little better. A sizeable faction of MPs have sought to wear their Brexit credentials on their sleeves. They have criticised their party’s leadership for failing to respect the referendum result.
“They have attacked other MPs for trying to delay our departure from the EU. They are fierce in their condemnation of those who support a second referendum.
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“And yet, with only a few exceptions, most have refused to vote for anything that might actually deliver Brexit.”
Mr Timothy’s commentary comes after Parliament re-opened following a short proroguement, with more drama in the Brexit debacle unfolding.
The Queen’s speech saw the monarch, 93, give a passionate talk on the Prime Minister’s plans to crack down on crime and close the UK’s flood gates to end free movement in order to adopt an Australian-style points system for immigration.
Mr Johnson is also prepared to reject an offer of a short extension to Article 50 after he insisted on sticking by his pledge of taking the UK out of the EU by October 31, Number 10 confirmed.
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The EU is ready to continue Brexit negotiations until Wednesday in a clear indication that a deal could be near – and also accepts Northern Ireland can leave the Customs Union at a time of its choosing in a key concession to Boris Johnson, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said earlier.
She tweeted: “Crucially EU has agreed negotiators can keep talking until Weds when they normally say something would have to be done and dusted by today.
“Also matters that EU has signalled NI can leave their customs union legally, and that UK has signalled they’re open to different ways of doing Stormont lock – in other words both sides showing a bit of flex.”
Mr Johnson is not minded to accept any further delay however.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “I’m generally not aware such a thing even exists. The PM is clear that we leave on October 31st”.
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