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John Whittingdale, the Conservative Brexiter and former culture secretary, was also on the Today programme this morning. He was speaking in his capacity as vice chair of the Commons Brexit committee and he told the programme that, when the committee met Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, in Brussels yesterday, Barnier said the UK government’s Chequers plan was “not acceptable to the European Union”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, another Tory Brexiter who sits on the committee, gave a similar account of Barnier’s views yesterday, only in more colourful language.
I don’t think Chequers can possibly work.
I’m very unhappy with the proposal because it seems to me that it leaves us still under the control of the European Union but without any influence at all.
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Stephen Kinnock was on the Today programme alongside the journalist and Corbyn supporter Michael Segalov. Segalov said that “clarifications” to the IHRA definition of antisemitism were needed, and that the Commons home affairs committee said so itself. He told the programme:
While the definition itself should not be under question … some of these examples (of antisemitism) do have the potential … to veer off into restricting the rights of Palestinians to describe their own experiences and oppression.
We spent the whole summer quite rightly talking about how Jewish people and Jewish voice should be heard when it comes to anti-Semitism. The same thing has to be true for Palestinians and other minority groups.
To make out in this narrative that it is Jeremy Corbyn’s fault there is a small number of anti-Semites in Labour Party ranks when anti-Semitism sadly has been a stain on our country, and beyond across Europe, for generations and caused untold horrors, is an absurdity.