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The five must-read blogs from today on a "bigoted woman", Tory councils and the right-wing media.

1. Brown was wrong - but politicians need to disagree with voters too

Sunder Katwala says that the lesson from Brown's encounter today is that any disagreement ought to be expressed to the voter, not privately afterwards.

2. Why Brown was right to blame his staff

At Comment Central, Daniel Finkelstein says Gordon Brown was right to be angry with his staff this morning: they forgot to tell him to take the mike off.

3. Options for David Cameron if there's a hung parliament

Gary Gibbon explores whether David Cameron could strike a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party in the event of a hung parliament. He also reveals that the Lib Dems believe Cameron will be able to lead a minority government if he is no more than 20 seats short of a majority.

4. Cameron's Councils show the real face of Tory government

Over at Left Foot Forward, Mary Thorogood argues that we should look at Tory councils to get a picture of what a Conservative Britain would look like -- and it certainly isn't the "supportive funding environment for volunteer-based charities and community groups" that Cameron describes.

5. Exclusive poll: newspaper hostility makes voters more likely to back Lib Dems

Liberal Democrat Voice's Mark Pack publishes the results of a survey which found that press attacks on the Lib Dems make people more likely to vote for the party.


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#RedWhiteandBlueBrexit: How do you like your EU negotiations?

Twitter users have responded to the prime minister's statement that she wants a multi-coloured Brexit.

Earlier today, Theresa May spoke from Bahrain to the BBC’s deputy political editor John Pienaar, about the type of Brexit deal she is looking to make. The most we've heard from the prime minister so far on this most significant of consitutional issues is the much repeated "Brexit means Brexit." Yet now it seems May has a new catchphrase — what she is really looking for is a "red, white and blue Brexit".

The remark was a response to the suggestion that the chancellor Philip Hammond and the Brexit secretary, David Davis favour a so-called "grey Brexit" which would involve the UK exiting the single market while retaining Canada-style access to parts of the free trade zone, and limits on immigration apart for skilled migrants in specific sectors. This is the mid-range option between a "white Brexit", which would see the UK attempt to remain in the single market, and a "black Brexit" which would see the UK exit the EU without a viable future deal.

May told reporters: “I’m interested in all these terms that have been identified – hard Brexit, soft Brexit, black Brexit, white Brexit, grey Brexit – and actually what we should be looking for is a red, white and blue Brexit.” 

The people of Twitter, as always, have responded to the prime minister's possibly ill-advised attempt to inject some patriotic colour into the debate with suggestions for the type of Brexit they would like to see.

Some Twitter users were just clowning around.


Some would like to see a festive Brexit.


While others would like to sweeten the deal.

Some are auditioning for the Great British Brexit Bake Off.

And some are just staring at Twitter in confusion.