Farage on Remainers: They think ‘we’re stupid, we’re ignorant, we’re racist’

Brexit Party and Lib Dem leaders face off ahead of EU election.

The leaders of the two British parties ahead in the polls for the European election went head-to-head on Wednesday, and complained about the level of abuse directed at candidates.

Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party was hit by a milkshake while out campaigning in Newcastle on Monday and said Remainers believe they can act without consequences.

“They’ve given the impression that those who voted for Brexit didn’t know what they voted for, we’re thick, we’re stupid, we’re ignorant, we’re racist. It’s given people a sense that those who voted Remain feel morally superior to those who voted Leave,” he said.

“I think that one of the reasons we’ve got such appalling behavior on our streets, this new militant Remainer type … is because they genuinely think because they are superior to the Leavers, they can do whatever they like. That’s why we have the division we have today.”

Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said he “condemned the attack” on Farage.

“In public life we get a lot of unpleasantness. I’ve had spitting in the street, excrement through the door.”

Farage and Cable were taking part in a debate hosted by the Telegraph on Wednesday morning.

The debate frequently turned into an opportunity for both leaders to bash the Tories and Labour, whose votes their parties are hoovering up. Farage even praised Cable for having a “clear” position, adding: “As for Labour and Conservatives, why would anyone vote for them because goodness knows what they stand for?”

Farage confirmed that he intends to stand as an MP at the next general election and that the Brexit Party would field candidates in all 650 constituencies (although this only seems likely to be the case if Brexit hasn’t happened at the time of the next election).

Cable, meanwhile, conceded that he would have “no problem” with a no-deal Brexit being on the ballot paper in the event of a second referendum.

POLITICO’s latest projection has the Brexit Party in the lead at 33 percent with 26 seats, and the Lib Dems in third place with 16 percent and 12 seats, just behind Labour who are on 17 percent with 14 seats. The Tories are down in fourth place with 10 percent of the vote and seven seats.

Another poll published Wednesday predicts an even more extreme outcome. YouGov’s final poll before the election has the Brexit Party on 37 percent, the Lib Dems in second place with 19 percent, Labour down to third with 13 percent and the Tories below the Greens, in fifth place, with just 7 percent of the vote.

Tusk tells Brits to vote for Change UK candidate

‘I urge Londoners who want Britain to stay in the EU to vote for’ Jan-Vincent Rostowski.

European Council President Donald Tusk urged Londoners to vote for his former Polish Finance Minister Jan-Vincent Rostowski, who is standing for Change UK in the European election.

In a statement, Tusk said that not only was Rostowski “the best finance minister in Europe during the financial crisis, he is also a very dear friend who would make a great MEP for London, which I know he loves. I urge Londoners who want Britain to stay in the EU to vote for him.”

The economist and former deputy prime minister of Poland is number 2 on the new pro-EU party’s list in London, and has strong views on the EU. Asked if U.K. legislators should take a backseat and refrain from voting for the new Commission president because they may only hold their seats for a few months, Rostowski pushed back.

“We’re certainly going to vote. We’re certainly going to vote. If we’re there, we’re certainly going to vote. What on earth do they imagine. For God’s sake,” Rostowski told POLITICO in an interview last week.

Rostowski said his main task was to convince people in Brussels and across the Continent that the U.K. needs more time to reconsider Brexit. “Britain really needs to be given as much time as it needs. Because it has been a discovery process,” he said. Change UK backs a second referendum to keep the U.K. inside the EU.

Theresa May to set her departure date after vote on Brexit bill

Prime minister and Graham Brady will meet again ‘to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader.’

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for her departure — but only after her Brexit bill goes back to the House of Commons for a vote in early June.

May today held talks with Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful Conservative backbench 1922 committee. After that meeting, Brady said in a statement that May is “devoting her efforts” to getting her Brexit deal approved by parliament in the week of June 3.

The two will meet again after that “to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader.”

There have been calls from some Tories to force May out of office now, but the 1922 executive has shied away from changing its rules to allow another confidence vote in her leadership. The prime minister survived such a vote in December and cannot be challenged again for 12 months under the current party regulations.

Boris Johnson on if he’ll stand for Tory leader: ‘Of course’

Ex-foreign secretary says he’s ‘going to go for it.’

Boris Johnson confirmed Thursday that he wants to replace Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party.

“Of course I’m going to go for it,” the former foreign secretary told a business event in Manchester, the Evening Standard reported.

May has said she will step down as Conservative leader before the next stage of the Brexit negotiations and that she won’t be party leader at the next general election. However, no date has been given for her departure.

The prime minister on Thursday met with Graham Brady, chairman of the powerful Conservative backbench 1922 committee, to discuss her future.

Giant talking robot of Trump on gold toilet to be shipped to UK

‘My goal is to create this year’s attention-getting and bile-producing sequel to the Trump baby balloon,’ says creator.

The mass protests planned for Donald Trump’s visit to the U.K. in June could feature a new star attraction — a giant robot version of the U.S. president on the toilet.

According to the Guardian, a 4.9-meter “Dumping Trump” robot is being shipped from Sichuan in China to London in time for the president’s state visit on June 3-5.

The robot depicts Trump with his trousers down, on the toilet and tweeting. It makes fart noises and plays recordings of common Trump phrases such as “a witch-hunt,” “you are fake news,” and “I’m a very stable genius.”

It’s the brainchild of Don Lessem, a Philadelphia-based anti-Trump campaigner, who paid around €22,000 to have it made it China.

Late last month, Lessem told U.S. site Daily Kos: “My goal is to create this year’s attention-getting and bile-producing sequel to the Trump baby balloon, and one that could be more easily deployed at rallies all over the world.”

He added: “When not on the [golf] links, Trump apparently spends most of his time on the can tweeting, so I figured to pay full tribute to him he’d have to be positioned on a golden toilet. For his own safety, we thought to put his overlong tie into the toilet itself. He’s tweeting of course, and his mouth moves to utter deathless quotes in his own voice.

“The fart noises, however, are not his own — recordings of his flatulence are apparently unavailable.”

Boris Johnson could be prosecuted over Brexit bus claim

Businessman wants to take ex-foreign secretary to court over £350m a week claim.

Boris Johnson could be prosecuted over claims that the U.K. sends £350 million a week to the EU that were plastered all over a bus that toured Britain during the Brexit referendum campaign.

According to the Financial Times, a businessman called Marcus Ball is bringing a private case against Johnson, a former foreign secretary, alleging that he committed misconduct in public office by endorsing the claim on the bus while knowing it to be untrue.

On the bus was written the widely discredited claim that “we send the EU £350m a week, let’s fund our NHS instead.”

A judge on Tuesday agreed to hold a hearing on the case on May 23, the same day that the U.K. will vote in the European Parliament election.

Ball said before Tuesday’s hearing, according to the FT: “This case is a world first, it has never happened before. A member of parliament has never been prosecuted for misconduct in public office based upon alleged lying to the public.

“My backers and I aspire to set a precedent in the U.K. common law making it illegal for an elected representative to lie to the public about financial matters.”

Blair to Brexiteers: You aren’t draining the swamp, you created it

Ex-UK prime minister says he talks to anti-Brexit party Change UK ‘a lot.’

Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair told Brexiteers that they were responsible for making out that Brexit is “the answer to the country’s problems, when it’s the answer to nothing.”

Blair, who supports a second referendum, told Sky’s Sophy Ridge that “Nigel Farage and the people associated, they’re not the people to drain the swamp of politics. They’re the people who created the swamp.”

Polls out Sunday show Farage’s Brexit Party with a commanding lead ahead of this month’s European Parliament election.

Blair also warned the two biggest parties in British politics that if there is a hard Brexit, there will be a “silent revolution” that will see them “swept away.”

He said Labour and the Conservatives face a huge challenge ahead of the European election because of their stance on Brexit, which has left many voters looking for other parties to support.

Blair used an op-ed in the Observer to say that Labour’s “destructive indecision” on Brexit “pleased no one” and let down the country. He told Ridge that “despite everything” he would still vote Labour in the European election but advised disgruntled Labour supporters to cast their ballot for a pro-Remain party if they couldn’t stomach voting Labour.

‘I do come across Labour people who can’t vote Labour at the moment, so I say to them ‘don’t stay home, go out and vote for an avowedly Remain party.'”

Blair also said he talks to anti-Brexit party Change UK “a lot.”

“A lot of what they say I sympathise with,” he said.

Farage’s party set for massive gains in EU, general elections: polls

Survey has Brexit Party getting more EU election votes than the Tories and Labour combined.

Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is on course for major success in the European election later this month, and would alter the landscape of British politics if a general election were held in the U.K., according to new polling.

poll by Opinium for the Observer puts the Brexit Party on 34 percent of the vote — more than the Conservative and Labour parties combined — in the EU election in late May. That’s an increase of 6 percentage points for Farage’s party since the last Opinium poll, on April 23.

Labour comes in second on 21 percent (down 7 percentage points since April), with the Tories on 11 percent of the vote, in fourth place behind the Liberal Democrats. The new pro-Remain party Change UK is on 3 percent support, behind the Greens, UKIP and the Scottish National Party. Opinium polled 2,004 people online between May 8-10.

According to POLITICO’s own polling, Labour will win 21 seats in the European Parliament, with the Brexit Party picking up 16 and the Tories 12.

Another poll, in the Telegraph, makes even bleaker reading for the Tories. It has the Conservatives led by Theresa May finishing third in terms of vote share if a U.K. general election were held now, behind Labour and the Brexit Party.

The poll has Labour winning 27 percent of the vote, with Farage’s party on 20 percent and the Conservatives on 19 percent. However, Britain’s first-past-the-post voting system would see the Tories get 179 seats in the House of Commons, far behind Labour on 316 but way ahead of the Brexit Party on 49.

The Telegraph poll, while worrying for the Conservatives, is hypothetical. The next U.K. general election is not scheduled until 2022 (although an early election could be called at any time), and May has pledged that she won’t be Tory leader during that ballot. The 2,034 adults surveyed on Thursday were asked to give their opinion based on May leading the Tories in the next general election.

The polling was carried out by ComRes and Brexit Express, a campaign group run by Jeremy Hosking, a Tory donor who has given a substantial sum to Farage’s new party.

Donald Tusk: 30 percent chance of UK staying in EU

‘If the 2016 referendum was able to change the result of the referendum in 1975, why can it not be changed again?’

Donald Tusk reckons the chances of the U.K. staying in the European Union could be as high as 30 percent.

The European Council president said he thinks Brits would reject Brexit if there was a second referendum: “A real debate about the consequences of Brexit wasn’t had during the referendum campaign, but only after the vote. Today the result would probably look different. Paradoxically, Brexit awoke in Great Britain a pro-European movement.”

Tusk was speaking to Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza in an interview that was shared with the Guardian and other European media outlets.

“After the British referendum in 2016, I thought that if we recognise that the case is closed, it will be the end. Today the chance that Brexit will not happen is, in my opinion, 20-30 percent. That’s a lot.

“From month to month, it is becoming increasingly clear that the UK’s exit from the EU will look completely different than the Brexit that was promoted,” Tusk said. “I see no reason to capitulate.”

“Even if we repeat that the referendum is the expression of will by the nation, and the will of the nation must be respected, yes, you have to respect it,” he said. “But the 2016 referendum was not the first on the UK‘s membership of the EU. The first took place in 1975, when the British, two years after entering the European Economic Community, decided whether to remain in it.”

He added: “If the 2016 referendum was able to change the result of the referendum in 1975, why can it not be changed again? Nothing is irreversible until people believe it is.”

Juncker to Theresa May: I’m leaving my job so ‘please speed up’

‘I don’t like the idea to leave the presidency of the Commission, but that was my decision two years ago.’

Jean-Claude Juncker said he told Theresa May to “please speed up” with Brexit because he is stepping down as European Commission president at the same time as Britain is supposed to leave the EU.

Speaking at a Young Citizens’ Dialogue event in Sibiu, Romania ahead of a summit of EU leaders (minus the U.K.) on Thursday, Juncker said: “I don’t like the idea to leave the presidency of the Commission, but that was my decision two years ago. And so I will stop my job on the 1st of November this year. In fact at midnight on the 31st of October.

“The British are supposed to leave on the 31st of October and I told [Prime Minister] Theresa May ‘I will leave at midnight so please speed up the process.'”

At a summit in April, EU leaders, acting on a request from May, for the second time postponed the deadline by which the U.K. would be ejected from the bloc without the protection of a negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, setting the date for October 31.