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Boris Johnson condemned after falsely saying he did not make anti-Turkish claims in Brexit campaign – Politics live

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Boris Johnson and Michael Gove also raised the prospect of the Turkish migrants being able to enter the UK freely if it remained in the EU in a second letter sent to David Cameron during the referendum campaign in 2016. They said:

The Eurozone’s economic crisis is fueling the rise in migration. Millions of people in southern Europe, particularly young people, are giving up hope of their countries escaping recession. Unsurprisingly, migrants from those countries are disproportionately coming to Britain. Given the Eurozone crisis, we can only expect this to continue for many years. If we stay, we are tying ourselves to a broken Eurozone economy while simultaneously accepting unlimited migration of people trying to escape that broken economy. The only way to restore democratic control of immigration policy is to vote to leave on 23 June.

These problems will only get worse when countries in the pipeline to join the EU become members in the near future. British taxpayers are already paying nearly £2 billion for Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to join the EU. The European Commission recently announced an acceleration of these plans and is already extending visa-free travel to the border with Syria and Iraq. This is dangerous. The Government’s claim that Britain has a veto is meaningless if it is simultaneously trying to ‘accelerate’ this process.

During the 2016 referendum campaign Vote Leave, which was jointly headed by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, claimed that if the UK remained in the EU, and the Turkey succeeded in joining, then around 80m Turks could end up being able to move to Britain.

At one point in the campaign Johnson and Gove wrote a joint letter to David Cameron about this. They said:

Others assert that the UK has ‘a veto’ on Turkish accession. This claim is obviously artificial given the government’s commitment to Turkish accession at the earliest possible opportunity.

If the government cannot give this guarantee, the public will draw the reasonable conclusion that the only way to avoid having common borders with Turkey is to Vote Leave and take back control on 23 June.

Actually, I didn’t say anything about Turkey in the referendum. I think anybody who has followed my utterances during the last 20 years will know that I’ve always been in the camp of those who defend ...

Since I made no remarks, I can’t disown them.

I didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate.

You do me an honour. I was happy to support leave, and I do and I did.

Boris puts the moron in oxymoron. He’s now trying to act the great liberal by championing migration, after shamelessly pushing anti-Turkish messages as a leader of the Vote Leave campaign.

But the government must love it when he gets up and gives these speeches. He’s a helpful clown, distracting from the government’s failures by pushing a no deal that Parliament won’t let happen.

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Mordaunt urges May to prepare for no-deal as PM consults cabinet

No 10 says May is meeting ministers throughout day to prepare for plan B statement

Theresa May will hold meetings with members of her cabinet in Downing Street to try to forge a route through the Brexit impasse, as one of her ministers suggested her withdrawal agreement could be improved if the UK was prepared properly to leave with no deal.

May was meeting a large number of cabinet ministers either individually or in small groups throughout the day, Downing Street said, adding that she did not intend to speak to any opposition or backbench Conservative MPs.

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The 10-year challenge is catnip to narcissists. Speaking of which … | John Crace

Also this week: the two-horse race for worst PM of all time, and Piers Morgan being a snowflake

Take your pick. Either Gillette must be struggling to believe their luck or their marketing bods have done a brilliant job creating a backlash to their new advert to send it viral. I’ve watched it several times now and I’m still struggling to see what all the fuss is about. It’s basically just a slick sales pitch in which men are shown they can learn how to behave decently towards women and not bully each other, providing they shave regularly and don’t grow beards. Hardly controversial you would have thought, but it’s enough to have sent some rightwing organisations and Piers Morgan into a meltdown. For someone who has built a career out of saying the outrageous, Morgan has turned out to be a bit of a snowflake himself. He immediately announced he was boycotting all Gillette products because the advert was an affront to masculinity. Men should be allowed to be real men. Gillette must be gutted to lose his business. But it makes you wonder what kind of advert would make Morgan happy. Perhaps one where a man lies in bed while his wife gets the children up, before going to the bathroom where he farts loudly while shaving. He smiles, because that’s the best a man can get.

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Shocked diplomats suggest EU would extend Brexit deadline

European envoys in London say depth of UK turmoil has taken them by surprise

Phone lines and encrypted emails from EU embassies in London to their capitals have been red hot this week as diplomats seek to make sense of the chaos in the British parliament over Brexit.

Some diplomats admit their primary response has been sheer shock at the depth of the turmoil.

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Ditch Brexit, German leaders urge UK in paean to ale and milky tea

Leading politicians among signatories to Times letter calling on Britain to stay in EU

A group of influential German politicians and business leaders including the woman primed to take over from Angela Merkel as chancellor have urged Britain to stay in the EU as Brexit looms.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who became leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union last month, joined more than two dozen political, business and cultural figures in penning an open letter to the Times, arguing “from the bottom of our hearts” that Britain should not leave the bloc.

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Post-Brexit Britain may need a constitution – or face disintegration | Vernon Bogdanor

The EU is the glue that holds the UK together. Devolution and the Good Friday agreement are now under grave threat

Can the uncodified British constitution survive Brexit? The Brexiteers sought to “take back control”, by restoring the sovereignty of parliament just as it was in 1972, the year before we joined the European Community, as the EU then was. But the world of 2019 is very different from that of 1972, when there was no Human Rights Act, no devolution, no Good Friday agreement, a world in which the referendum was thought to be unconstitutional. The past is indeed another country.

Related: Brexit: Merkel's probable successor and other leading Germans urge UK to change mind - Politics live

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‘Back in 2019, Britain was much larger’: what the history books will say | Jack Bernhardt

Using the latest technology, I’ve got my hands on a textbook from the year 2070. And it isn’t very complimentary

It’s always odd when politicians make an appeal to “the history books” – it’s like an actor making an appeal to reviewers midway through the film. But it took on a new surreal meaning on Monday, when Theresa May asked us to consider what the history books would say about the vote on her deal.

It takes truly great commitment to your own mediocrity to sort through a catalogue of your own mistakes, find the largest and most avoidable, and then tell the gods of history that yep, this national humiliation is the way you want future generations to remember you. It’s like calling up the Oxford English Dictionary and requesting that “to cock something up irrevocably, to the point that people feel a pang of despair when they hear your name” be for ever known as “doing a Theresa”.

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