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NEW: At the grassroots National Conservative Convention in Oxford - 80% of attendees have voted for there to be no delay to Brexit and for 'no deal' to be left on the table. Clear message there and totally the opposite of what the Rudd/Gauke/Clark piece today calls for
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Rob Powell Feb 23
Replying to @robpowellnews
The National Convention is the governing body of the Tory voluntary wing. So lots of on-the-ground activists and constituency members. Today’s vote is not binding in any way but sends a clear message from the grassroots that they don’t want a delay to
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Rob Powell Feb 23
Replying to @AmberRuddHR
So if I was a Conservative MP calling for a Brexit delay with a slim majority in a leave voting constituency, I might be a bit worried 🤔😬
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Rob Powell Feb 23
Replying to @robpowellnews
Here is the full motion from the National Conservative Convention this morning where grassroots members voted against a delay to Brexit and against no deal coming off the table
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Sunder Katwala Feb 23
Replying to @robpowellnews
The terms of this motion appear to make it open to a short delay to May 23rd (no delay beyond the European elections). Govt could extend late June if no European elections in UK in scenaro where have left before Euro Parl reconvenes on 2nd July.
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Rob Powell Feb 23
Replying to @sundersays
Yes, most Brexiteers I’ve spoken to are open to a short technical delay if a deal is agreed and a bit more time is needed to get legislation through. That’s different to a longer delay to get more time to negotiate (there’s evidence the EU would be against that as well)
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Samuel Vaughan Feb 24
Did see the ex... but 👍
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Rob Powell Feb 24
Hi both, but those voting (officials/chairs of local parties) represent thousands of others across the country... and it's not hard to conclude from talking to constituency chairs and members that the Tory grassroots is more pro-Brexit than many of those in the cabinet
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David Angell Feb 24
That’s an appreciated to reply. It does show the traditional power of associations (going back v far) so that’s fair. It’s bizarre that they see March as being a set date as if enshrined in the original referendum ballot.
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Steve PEOPLE'S VOTE North Feb 24
Replying to @robpowellnews
It was held at the Belfry, a Hilton hotel with conference space. So depending on the numbers, the most that venue can hold in one space is 450. That’s why they’ve gone for a % figure. It sounds more impressive than a small bunch of bluekippers holding the country to ransom.
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Rob Powell Feb 24
It’s only March 29 because a50 specifies 2 years. But she promised them it repeatedly on that date. I think the fear among many is of a never ending extension and permanent Brexit purgatory where we never really leave ... they worry that’s what an extension would lead to
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Rob Powell Feb 24
Replying to @snorth86293881
The exact figures are in a later tweet when I got the full results. The above was based on a conversation with someone at the convention. Those at the convention (party chairs etc) represent thousands of grassroots members - so it does tell us something about the wider mood
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