EU referendum morning briefing: leaders step up with the birds and the GMBs

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摘要:The big picture Today sees both David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn wheeled out for big set pieces: the opposition leader makes a speech this morning on why Labour is “overwhelmingly for staying in” ()

The big picture

Today sees both David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn wheeled out for big set pieces: the opposition leader makes a speech this morning on why Labour is “overwhelmingly for staying in” (), while the prime minister hits Sky News this evening for an interview and Q&A.

David Cameron: birds are pro-EU. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Cameron will be fresh from a visit to the Rainham Marshes nature reserve in Essex, where he’ll say that . Expect wellies – as essential to any political campaign as a .

Corbyn, in a speech at the Institute of Engineering Technology this morning, will say that would be a “disaster” threatening the rights of British workers, such as paid holiday and maternity leave.

He’ll also reiterate his opposition to sharing a platform with the prime minister (as in Roehampton a few days ago) and other pro-Remain Tories, saying:

The threat to the British people is not the – it is a Conservative government here in Britain, seeking to undermine the good things we have achieved in Europe and resisting changes that would benefit the ordinary people of Britain.

A vote to leave means a Conservative government would then be in charge of negotiating Britain’s exit. Everything they have done as a government so far means we could not rely on them to protect the workplace rights that millions rely on.

Tim Roache, general secretary of the GMB a Corbyn backer, the Labour leader was being “mealy mouthed” about the referendum and needed to be “bolder and braver” on the immigration issue:

These people don’t come here to sit on their backsides and claim benefits, they come here to work … It’s all right when people’s children are being taught by economic migrants, or when people’s parents are being looked after in hospital by economic migrants.

Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, is the latest European leader to weigh in, hot on the heels of by Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, on Wednesday. Rajoy said Brexit would be

negative for everybody, for the United Kingdom, for Spain, and for the European Union …

Over 100,000 Spanish citizens work and live in the United Kingdom. Over 400,000 British citizens work and live in Spain. If the United Kingdom left the European Union, it would be very negative for everyone and from every perspective.

You should also know:

  • , despite attempts by the Conservative party to block the court move.
  • In a speech at the Oxford Union, he also claimed “Jeremy [Corbyn] had no say” in his suspension from the Labour party.
If it’s hi-vis, I’m in: chancellor George Osborne tours a manufacturing firm in Harlow on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Poll position

Sky News, hosting tonight’s questioning of Cameron, it has been shown internal polling by Vote Leave and ICM in which:

  • 58% say they would be unhappy if current levels of EU migration continue.
  • 55% say EU migration has been bad for the NHS.
  • 67% say it has put pressure on housing.

All of which might be a hint about the line of questioning to expect this evening.

Separately, by YouGov’s Anthony Wells on why there won’t be official exit polls on referendum day – and why those private polls might not be of much use – is an interesting read.

Diary

  • Alistair Darling is on the Today programme at 8.30am, talking about his on Vote Leave’s “unworkable” proposals
  • Jeremy Corbyn is back, with a speech on workers’ rights at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London this morning.
  • From 8pm David Cameron is quizzed live by Sky News political editor Faisal Islam and then takes questions from a studio audience, via Kay Burley. (On Friday, Michael Gove gets his turn.)

Talking point

Cameron’s refusal to face his Tory opponents means tonight’s Sky News Q&A isn’t the only stretched-out debate to be coming to our screens. A full 24 hours will separate the prime minister’s appearance tonight from the snappy comebacks of Out campaigner – and Conservative Cabinet minister – Michael Gove.

Nigel Farage will make it on to the same programme as Cameron on 7 June for ITV’s “debate”, but the two men won’t appear on-screen together. And two BBC Question Time specials – again featuring Cameron and Gove – are four days apart.

(Do read Jane Martinson on the .)

It all comes as Boris Johnson – fresh from setting out a post-Brexit immigration policy – he was “not forming an alternative government”, despite the fact the policy was set out by Johnson (along with Gove and Priti Patel) as a pledge rather than merely an option for whoever might find themselves as prime minister after 23 June.

George Eaton argues that some in the Brexit camp certainly view the referendum as a chance to oust Cameron – but also claims a number of MPs “had informed the chief whip that they would resign the Conservative whip if Gove was made deputy prime minister”.

Britain’s Got Talent: Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Michael Gove in Preston on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Read these

Juliet Samuel asks why the Brexiteers want to copy the :

A statement released by the Brexit campaign suggested repeatedly that immigration would be lower if we left the EU and adopted such a system, reducing the strain on hospitals, schools and workers who face intense competition for jobs from migrants. There is no guarantee of that …

But more important … is the principle at the centre of Australia’s system: they decide how it works. And for all the details of the policy, which the Brexiteers did not include in their statement, it boils down to one thing: our immigration policy would be decided here and not abroad. So if the British public wants a more restrictive immigration policy, it will be able to vote for a government that can deliver one. That is not possible at the moment.

Latika Bourke, , says the proposals could also make it easier for Australians to move to the UK, according to Conservative MEP and Leave campaigner Daniel Hannan:

People with Australian passports are kicked out at the expiry of two years, or less now if they don’t earn enough money in order to free up unlimited space for people who may have no connection to this country whatsoever,’ Mr Hannan told Fairfax Media after a public rally in Hammersmith.

‘I think that’s immoral, I also think it makes no economic sense,’ he said.

(This also contains the interesting nugget that there are approximately 87,000 Australians living in the UK eligible to vote in the referendum.)

EU supporter Fred Powada stands next to a help sign he made in the grass with weedkiller in Laurenckirk, Scotland. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Steven Erlanger says the referendum is “becoming as divisive and nasty as the one in Scotland” and talks to Douglas Alexander, the former Labour MP , and now a campaigner for Remain:

First, [Alexander] said, ‘psychology matters more than psephology’ – ignore the polls, at least until the very end. Both telephone and internet polls are flawed when assessing support for referendums, because they are so rare, and what matters will be ‘the overriding question in people’s minds as they vote’.

So it will be vital to manage the news cycle in the last 10 days, to shape the anxieties and aspirations of voters. In Scotland, opponents of independence focused on the economic risks and the inability of the ‘yes’ side to answer crucial questions about currency and the sustainability of the oil-based economy.

Now, both sides are pushing fear.

On the issue of the nastiness or otherwise of the current debate, is an illuminating guide.

Baffling claim of the day

Google has been “accused of burying results for [a] popular pro-Brexit website” in the little-traversed wilderness of the second page of search results. The site – EUReferendum.com – has been demoted, according to founder Richard North, and now comes behind such little-known sources as the BBC, Telegraph and the Guardian, as well as government information sites, in searches for “EU referendum”.

Celebrity endorsement of the day

Times Literary Supplement cover 3 June 2016: a host of European cultural figures have written to the TLS in support of Britain remaining in the EU ahead of the referendum on 23 June.
Photograph: @theTLS

A cavalcade of European cultural figures – including novelist Elena Ferrante, actors Julie Delpy, Isabella Rossellini and Stellan Skarsgård, illustrator Axel Scheffler (who also drew the cover art), singers Nana Mouskouri and Björn Ulvaeus, and, um, footballs managers Arsène Wenger and Gérard Houllier – have asking Britain to “please stay”:

We would like to express how very much we value having the United Kingdom in the European Union. It is not just treaties that join us to your country, but bonds of admiration and affection. All of us hope that you will vote to renew them. Britain, please stay.

The day in a tweet

Andrew Cooper (@AndrewCooper__)

3 weeks still to go. God. Many complained vehemently that a mere 7 weeks of referendum campaigning after May elections was rudely short.

If today were a song ...

It would be . Sung by the Police. But also by David Cameron to Michael Gove. And Jeremy Corbyn to David Cameron. And pretty much everyone to Nigel Farage.

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