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Theresa May appeasing hard-Brexit Tories, ministers warn

Key supporters of soft Brexit excluded from talks as PM seeks support for deal

Soft-Brexit cabinet ministers fear that Theresa May is determined to appease hardline leavers rather than reach out across the House of Commons, after key figures were excluded from discussions with other ministers.

May spoke to senior figures including the home secretary, Sajid Javid, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, and the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt.

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Boris Johnson wrongly denies stirring Turkey fears in Brexit campaign

After speech attacking PM, ex-minister claims he ‘didn’t say anything about Turkey’ in 2016

Boris Johnson has wrongly claimed that he “didn’t make any remarks about Turkey, mate” during the EU referendum campaign, in comments that overshadowed a speech in Staffordshire intended to burnish his leadership credentials.

The former foreign secretary’s clumsy attempt to rewrite history eclipsed a speech highly critical of Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating strategy, and earned him criticism for his refusal to disown or even recognise what he once said.

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

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech

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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East of England local government agency to close Brussels office

Decision leaves region, which had received €450m of EU funds, with no voice in Europe

A Brussels office that acts as conduit for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of EU funds for the east of England is to shut because councillors have pulled the plug on the relatively small subsidy they give to it.

The closure of the Brussels office of the East of England Local Government Association (LGA) has been described as premature and “ideological” at a time when doubts still persist about the type of Brexit that will materialise.

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Theresa May must form a one-issue coalition to resolve this Brexit mess | Simon Jenkins

The Tories never forgave Robert Peel for seeking opposition support in 1846, but the episode provides a lesson for this prime minister

Of all human reflexes, jingoism is the most dangerous. It was evident in the hysteria of Tuesday’s Commons vote on Theresa May’s deal. Neither MPs nor the crowds outside had any alternative to offer, so they just shouted: “How does Brussels dare?” We have been in this mess before: I can just remember Suez. My father, who opposed the intervention and hated Anthony Eden, still became emotional when listening to Land of Hope and Glory at the Proms that summer of 1956. As if bitten by some wartime patriotic bug, he shouted: “How can Nasser dare?” At school we were being fed Nazi war stories almost daily. We were thrilled to be fighting dastardly foreigners again.

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Where May’s ministers stand on customs union concessions

Some ministers are backing more flexibility in Brexit talks but others are opposed

Cabinet ministers are split on whether the way ahead in the Brexit process should involve concessions on a permanent customs union, with some arguing it is the only way to get cross-party consensus for a deal and others warning that it would cause a permanent split in the Tory party.

Senior Brexiters have said any moves towards a softer Brexit could lead to a damaging rift. However, May has been advised by other ministers to be flexible about how she approaches building consensus in parliament, including her red line of an independent trade policy, which she says precludes a customs union.

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Steve Bell on a PM who is sticking to her principles despite defeat – cartoon

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