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Brexit: Dominic Cummings blamed for unofficial No 10 briefing threatening

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.10am BST It is a busy day, but there is one story this morning that is hogging all the attention at Westminster, eclipsing even another spate of warning about a no-deal Brexit (such as the IFS saying it would send government debt to its highest level for half a century, as the Guardian reports, or HM Revenue and Customs saying it would cost businesses £15bn in form-filling, as the FT reports). The zinger is James Forsyth’s publication on the Spectator website last night of a very long message from someone he describes as “a contact in No 10” setting out the inside Downing Street view on where the Brexit talks are going.On the Today programme this morning Amber Rudd, the former Tory work and pensions secretary, said that she thought the author was Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s de facto chief of staff. Asked if she thought he had written it, she replied:I think Dominic Cummings, yes, because otherwise it would have been heavily denied and heads would have rolled. So clearly it’s come from them, it’s in their style. We will make clear privately and publicly that countries which oppose delay will go the front of the queue for future cooperation — cooperation on things both within and outside EU competences. Those who support delay will go to the bottom of the queue. [This source also made clear that defence and security cooperation will inevitably be affected if the EU tries to keep Britain in against the will of its government] Supporting delay will be seen by this government as hostile interference in domestic politics, and over half of the public will agree with us.Expected agenda for the Inner House hearing today. We begin at 9.30 am with an application for an urgent disposal of our appeal against yesterday’s Outer House decision. Then we will have a hearing of our Nobile Officium petition (our Note of Argument 1/2 Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-10-08 08:14:16

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