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Brexit group’s campaign brands Supreme Court judges ‘enemies of the people’ within minutes of verdict

Leave.EU mocks up the justices as “enemies of the people” in a social media campaign. Photograph: Facebook


Pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU launched a series of social media posts branding the ‘unaccountable lawyers’ behind the Supreme Court verdict ‘enemies of the people’.

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LEAVE. EU brands Supreme Court judges enemies of the people. Photograph: Facebook

In an image updated using an old Daily Mail front, the campaign group superimposed a picture of the justices from the Supreme Court to make it relevant for 2019.

In one social media post the group writes that it “is a dark day for our country that will not be forgotten by the pro-Brexit majority”.

It explains to its Brexiteer audience that “a panel of unaccountable lawyers have totally overturned our constitutional order in a desperate attack on the democratic will of 17.4m British voters.”

The post is being used to recruit new supporters and additional funding for its campaigning.

LEAVE. EU brands Supreme Court judges enemies of the people. Photograph: Facebook

The group also personally single out some of the justices involved in the decision.

It claims they were “wedded to the European Union” because some have advised the EU, worked with Tony Blair, and have sat on the European Court of Human Rights.

The posts were added to their Facebook page within minutes of the decision, with thousands of people sharing the images.

One said: “I am totally disgusted, unbelievable. Would it be possible to know which way these judges voted in the referendum. I’m betting all remain.”

Leave.EU brands Supreme Court judges enemies of the people. Photograph: Facebook.
Leave.EU brands Supreme Court judges enemies of the people. Photograph: Facebook.
Another responded: “The establishment have once more shown their complete contempt for democracy”.

“Wow so now he have a completely broken parliament AND judicial system, where on earth do we go from here?” fumed a third.

But others branded the posts “unbelievable” as the posts did the rounds on Twitter.

Dr Catrin Griffiths said: “The lines are drawn here: you either support the rule of law, or you don’t.”

Nick Crossland wrote: “Is this the point at which those behind Leave finally get found out? How can they support breaking the law?”

“It’s started. Leavers allegedly desperate to preserve the traditions of our democracy fail to recognise that today is a stunning triumph for democracy” said James Laddie QC.

“This is totally absurd. The Supreme Court defended the supremacy of parliament as set out in the Bill of Rights 1689. Parliamentary sovereignty was rightly defended today, as it is the proper role of the court to do” responded James Armstrong.

Paulie Doyle joked: “I voted to leave because we should be able to enforce our own laws. No not those ones.”

Earlier this month it was revealed the former journalist behind the Daily Mail’s original headline received a resignation honour from Theresa May for “service to the public”.

With many thanks to the: New European and Jonathan Read for the original story @archangel.co.uk @jonoread

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Boris Johnson posed with military chiefs and the jokes wrote themselves

Boris Johnson, British prime minister, whose middle name is ‘de Pfeffel’, posted a photo of himself with military generals on Twitter, and the internet couldn’t resist making jokes about it. Picture: Boris Johnson/Twitter

Boris Johnson


Today I met with military chiefs at 10 Downing Street. Thank you all for the selfless work that you do to protect our great nation. 🇬🇧

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On the face of it, probably quite a well-meaning tweet, but also a little bit Trumpian. ‘Our great nation’ – do we say this now?

The last few years have proved that we’re anything but.

Regardless, in the aftermath of the photo, the internet had a grand old time of doing what we Brits are actually good at, making fun of things. Here are some of the best responses;

Replying to @ThePoke
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James Felton


Pro-tip: Nothing screams “not a coup” like using your time after you’ve shut down parliament to pose for photos surrounded by military generals in Number 10. https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1174682159673724929 

Boris Johnson


Today I met with military chiefs at 10 Downing Street. Thank you all for the selfless work that you do to protect our great nation. 🇬🇧

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This one gets to the point pretty quickly…

Rt Hon Sir Peter Mannion KCB MP@PeterMannionMP

Soldier, Sailor, Soldier, Cunt…

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And you know it’s bad if Alistair Campbell is getting involved on a personal level

Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell


I don’t know them all but the ones I know think you’re a clown and Brexit is a threat to national security https://twitter.com/borisjohnson/status/1174682159673724929 

Boris Johnson


Today I met with military chiefs at 10 Downing Street. Thank you all for the selfless work that you do to protect our great nation. 🇬🇧

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We hope Armando Ianucci was watching…

The Reds ☭ 🇵🇸@Red_UnderTheBed

Looks like a fucking shite remake of the Death of Stalin.

The feller on the left is intense isn’t he https://twitter.com/BorisJohnson/status/1174682159673724929 

Boris Johnson


Today I met with military chiefs at 10 Downing Street. Thank you all for the selfless work that you do to protect our great nation. 🇬🇧

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Plus, is it even political satire without a Blackadder reference?

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The Prime Minister was meeting with military generals to announce an added £2.2 billion boost to the UK’s defence budget, and this was one of many tweets where Boris showcased himself meeting with and admiring the armed forces this week. After the hospital debacle, which he has tried to pass of as a good thing. We’re sure Brexit has nothing to do with us having to spend more to protect ourselves. Nothing at all.

HT The Poke

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This Is What The EU Thinks Of Boris Johnson’s Brexit Proposals

A diplomatic note seen by BuzzFeed News reveals that European officials believe documents sent by the PM contain only “concepts” that are “not detailed”.

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European officials say the UK’s proposals to get around the issue of the Northern Ireland backstop are just “concepts” that Britain would want to develop after Brexit and so should be “openly and clearly discarded”, according to a diplomatic note seen by BuzzFeed News.

The note is of a meeting on Friday between EU officials and diplomats from the 27 member states. It comes after the UK government sent the EU three documents earlier this week covering food and agriculture as well as sanitary and phytosanitary measures (known as SPS), customs and manufactured goods.

The three “non-paper” — jargon for informal — documents outlined in writing for the first time Boris Johnson’s ideas on how to get around the issue of the backstop, the insurance policy included in the withdrawal agreement that guarantees that the border between the North of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains open after Brexit in all circumstances and scenarios, while also protecting the integrity of the EU’s single market.

Johnson has repeatedly pledged to ditch the backstop and replace it with alternative arrangements, and to leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal.

The EU and the 27 governments have consistently been clear that any such alternatives would need to meet all the requirements of the backstop, and would have to be legally operative.

The three documents were labelled “HMG property”, and the British government asked for them not to be forwarded onto member states.

EU diplomats were told on Friday that the SPS paper is “not detailed”. The one-pager sets out the scope of a single regulatory regime north and south of the Irish border for food and agriculture, and includes an annex listing two sets of legislation. The first list is of EU rules that would apply to the North of Ireland after Brexit obviating the need for border checks. The second list outlines EU legislation that wouldn’t apply, requiring checks to take place away from the border.

The other documents add nothing to what the UK has described in recent meetings, the diplomats were then told. On customs, the UK is not proposing legally operative solutions but concepts that would need to be further developed after Brexit during a transition period.

The French representative at the briefing said the idea the 27 could agree on general concepts to be developed during the transition should be “clearly and openly discarded”. The same diplomat stated that a legally operative solution was required.

The UK acknowledged that there would be a customs and regulatory border in this scenario, and noted that controls would take place at the premises of companies or inland, away from the border. Britain is also proposing to work on developing new technologies to assist in the endeavour, and to adopt and adapt a series of procedures, such as trusted trader schemes.

EU officials told the member states that some of the ideas the UK was proposing were not compatible with the bloc’s customs code and EU law.

UK Brexit minister Steve Barclay shakes hands with EU negotiator Michael Barnier ahead of their meeting in Brussels, on July 9th. Francois Walschaerts/AFP/Getty Images

The 27 were also informed on talks that took place earlier in the day between the Brexit secretary Steve Barclay and the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier.

Barclay repeated the main points of a punchy speech he gave in Madrid on Thursday — the same day the UK proposals were submitted — stating that the backstop must go and a solution should be found during the transition period. He also suggested that the UK had given ground, citing SPS as an example, and the EU should do the same.

The EU has consistently said that without a withdrawal agreement there will be no transition period.

The diplomatic note states that Barnier made clear that he disagreed with Barclay’s assessment, and noted that the UK was “backtracking” on the withdrawal agreement — the UK’s terms of departure negotiated by Theresa May — and the onus was on Britain to come up with solutions.

Johnson’s chief EU advisor, David Frost, then explained that the UK had yet to set out its full approach and that further papers outlining this would be shared with the EU at the “right moment”. Barnier reiterated that the bloc was open to looking at alternatives, but these needed to be legally operative solutions that come into force after the withdrawal agreement is ratified. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator also reminded his UK counterparts that he was open to revising the political declaration, the framework outlining the future UK-EU relationship.

The status of talks doesn’t bode well for Johnson as he heads to the UN general assembly in New York where he will be meeting French president Emmanuel Macron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Council president Donald Tusk.

A UK government source insisted the proposals were “serious and workable” and would avoid a hard border in the North of Ireland.

They continued: “As for the Commission, two months ago they said we couldn’t reopen the withdrawal agreement and there was absolutely no alternative to the backstop. Now we are having detailed discussions.

“Leaks from Brussels on Twitter are par for the course. You can set your watch by them. What we’re focused on is actually getting a deal in the room. We trust they’ll do the same.”

With many thanks to: BuzzFeed News and Alberto Nardelli Europe editor based in London for the original story alberto.nardelli@buzzfeed.com

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