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First published in August 2019.

14 August 2019 — BBC Radio 4, Today Programme.

When Philip Hammond told Nick Robinson that he thought Parliament certainly could find a way to stop a No-Deal Brexit.

🗣 Philip Hammond: “I’m very confident that the means exist for parliament to make its voice heard and to pass legislation that gives effect to the clear view of parliament... It’s very clear to me, and the Speaker of the House of Commons has also been very clear, that if a majority of MPs clearly want to go down a certain route, a means will be delivered to allow that to happen... More than 17 million people did not vote to leave the EU with no deal. That is the key point here. There is no mandate for leaving with no deal... It is absurd to suggest that the 52% of people that voted to leave the European Union all voted to leave with no deal when, in fact, as the BBC itself has pointed out, during the referendum campaign there was virtually no mention made by the leaders of that campaign at all of the possibility of leaving with no deal.”

Philip Hammond, 14 August 2019. / BBC Radio 4, Today Programme

14 August 2019 — BBC Radio 5 Live.

When Emma Barnett challenged Iain Duncan Smith on the No-Deal preparations which we were told a few weeks ago by the previous government were in hand, but now seem to be far from ready with the new government.

🎙️ Emma Barnett: “Your government came out again and again... and told the British public that all preparations for a No-Deal Brexit were made.”
🗣 Iain Duncan Smith: “Yes.”
🎙️ E.B: “Were they lying?”
🗣 I.D.S: “Well, it wasn’t correct.

Iain Duncan Smith grilled by Emma Barnett, 14 August 2019. / BBC Radio 5 Live

14 August 2019 — CBS, This Morning.

When speaking in Urbandale, Iowa, Republican Representative Steve King defended his anti-abortion position (without exceptions for rape or incest) by questioning whether there would be “any population of the world left” if not for rape and incest throughout history.

🗣 Steve King: “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? ... Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that...”

Steve King, 14 August 2019. / CBS, This Morning.

15 August 2019 — BBC News, Afternoon Live.

When Professor Vernon Bogdanor told Simon McCoy that a General Election after Brexit could actually change the fate of Brexit.

🗣 Professor Bogdanor: “A general election, even if held in November, would take on something of the character of a referendum... Even if we have left by then, our Parliament is sovereign. It can do what it likes. It can vote retrospectively to deem that we haven’t in fact left... Suppose a Remain majority was returned (in a General Election), that majority could vote retrospectively to deem that we had not in fact left the European Union... And on the European Union side, an agreement would also be necessary because October 31 is the default date for them by the Treaty. I believe, nevertheless, the European Union could get round the Treaty if  it wants to do so. And it wouldn’t suggest that Britain would have to re-enter by Article 49. They could deem that we hadn’t left.

Professor Bogdanor, 15 August 2019. / BBC News, Afternoon Live.

16 August 2019 — CNN, Anderson Cooper 360.

When President Trump claimed in a rally in New Hampshire that he once was named “Michigan Man of the Year”... Spoiler: it never happened!

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[This is an original piece, first published by the author in on 12 August 2019. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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