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Tory Remainers prep No Confidence letters in the PM as Britain edges towards a No Deal Brexit

(11/11/18) Tory ‘Remainers’ are preparing No Confidence letters in Theresa May as the UK edges towards a No Deal, the Sun can reveal. A furious senior Tory last night stormed “it’s now clear the Prime Minister is the problem” and it was time for a change in No?10. Read the full article in the Sun on Sunday.

'Let's leave the EU as friends…by giving them £20BILLION': JACOB REES-MOGG offers Brussels a 'Brexiteer compromise' to achieve a quick and clean break

(11/11/18) A worrying article by Jacob Rees-Mogg offering compromise on Brexit in which he suggests that the UK offers Brussels £20 billion to make our departure from the EU as amicable as possible. Read the full article in the Mail on Sunday.

Niall Ferguson’s Brexit conversion

(25/6/18) Niall Ferguson is a well-known historian very broadly ‘on the Right’ and his discussion on how the Left now dominates the history departments of almost all universities is both illuminating and deeply depressing. The discussion on Brexit starts about one hour in. Ferguson was a Remainer but has since turned to Brexit. His explanation for this change of heart is convincing. He maintains that Brexit will probably have a damaging impact on the economy, but the vote to leave the EU was more than economics. It was about sovereignty and in particular controlling immigration. He takes the Leave campaign to task for essentially ignoring the immigration point. Watch the full video on Conservative Woman.

Anatomy of a sellout – how May manipulated us all

(5/111/18) The May/Robbins axis has almost reached victory, and is putting finishing touches to its astonishing plan for the UK to remain under EU control for trade and a wide penumbra of associated dimensions of our national life. The longer the European Research Group (ERG) spoke of nearly 48 letters going in to the 1922 Committee, the more credibility they lost, and now look a sorry band of ineffectual moaners. Read the full article on Conservative Woman.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, clarifies misconceptions on WTO negotiations and goods schedules

(2/11/18) Dr Fox writes: 'Before we leave the EU, the UK needs to separate its schedules from the EU’s. As part of this process, WTO members have a chance to respond. A small number expressed reservations and would like to discuss further. Last week, I announced that the UK intends to open negotiations at the WTO to address these concerns. This has been purposefully misunderstood by those wishing to stop Brexit as evidence that our WTO strategy isn’t working. In the unlikely event of a “no deal” between the UK and EU, we will be able to take full control of our trade policy in March 2019 based on the schedule we have set out. Read the full article on gov.uk.

Boris slams May's 'Brussels fudge' and urges ministers to REJECT her 'absolute stinker' of a Brexit deal

Theresa May is scrambling to quell a Brexiteer mutiny today as Boris Johnson urged MPs to oppose her ‘appalling’ blueprint for future relations with the EU. Mr Johnson said the plan was an 'absolute stinker' and a ‘Christmas present of the finest old Brussels fudge’ which meant ‘we are proposing to hand over an amazing £40billion for absolutely nothing in return’. ‘We have agreed to remain in vassalage forever,' he said. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

France signs Ireland deal to leave UK lorries in Calais queue for HOURS

(3/11/18)France has agreed to fast-track Irish lorries through Calais in a deal that could force British truckers to face gruelling queues lasting for hours. But the deal has angered haulage firms in the UK, who have blasted the EU for an apparent attempt to punish and humiliate Britain over Brexit. Read the full post in the Daily Express.

EU owes UK 10.3 billion euros – its time to leave and May must go - by Rodney Atkinson, author of 'Europe's Full Circle'

(24/10/18) The UK must demand from the European Union the share of the EU’s capital assets to which we have contributed over 46 years. Commitments on current and capital accounts should be treated the same. In other words if the UK has to pay for the “benefits” of the EU even after we have left, the EU must pay for the benefits the UK paid for and which they will continue to benefit from in the future – in other words our capital contribution. Read the full post on UKIP Daily.

Gerard Batten MEP and Mike Hookem MEP on the streets of London during the so-called People's March

(21/10/18) Short video of Gerard Batten MEP and Mike Hooken MEP (Leader and Deputy Leader) as they discuss the anti-democratic so-called People's March walking past them in London on Saturday 20th March. Watch the video on YouTube.

This is your Brexit Boudicca moment, Theresa… it’s time to say: ‘On Your Way, Barnier’ like ‘Up Yours, Delors’ by Nick Timothy

(15/10/18) The longer we pretend Chequers can survive, the worse the outcome will be. As we negotiate the Withdrawal Agreement, Britain should be seeking watertight assurances about our future relationship. Without them, we will sign away a £40billion divorce payment without any confidence we will get a fair deal for the future. Theresa May must call on her deepest reserves of defiance and stand up to the European Union like our ancient queen rose up against the Roman Empire. Read the full article in The Sun.

Trevor Kavanagh: Theresa May is leading Britain to our worst defeat since 1066 with Brexit

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(15/10/18) Excellent article by The Sun's former political editor. He says that the 'British Lion is a toothless kitten and we are the laughing stock of Europe unless the PM is stopped by her Cabinet, MPs or Parliament'. Also, 'Barring a last-minute revolt by Tory Brexiteers, Brussels has won and we have lost. The world’s sixth-largest economy will not just be worse off outside the EU, but reduced to a powerless political pawn on its margins — and paying for it'. In this he is totally right. Read the full post in The Sun.

Scrap the Irish border backstop, Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister

(13/10/18) The influential Tory MP said it was “now completely obvious that the government made a dreadful mistake in December last year” agreeing the border backstop. The former foreign secretary says that the agreement then between Britain and the EU not to have any checks at the Irish land frontier has severe implications for “the unity of the United Kingdom”. Read the full article in the News Letter.

Influx of low-skilled workers from the EU had ‘no clear benefit’ for Britain, Government’s immigration tsar claims

(10/10/18) The influx of low-skilled migrants from the EU has brought ‘no clear benefit’ to Britain, the Government’s immigration tsar said last night.

Professor Alan Manning, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, argued it had cost taxpayers’ money as overall they cost more in benefits and public services than they paid in taxes. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

The backstop for the Irish border is not an insurance policy, it is a hidden trap

(11/10/18) This article by Shanker Singham of the International Trade and Competition Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs exposes the various myths of the so-called backstop solution agreed in December 2017 by Theresa May. Read the full story in the The Times.

Gibraltar accounts for 25 percent of the GDP of the neighbouring region of Spain and is the second largest employer for the whole Spanish region of Andalucía.

(6/10/18) Gibraltar's Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has listed exactly why Spain needs the European Union to secure a Brexit deal with Britain in negotiations. He said, “It is absolutely crucial for the Spanish side of the equation as well. It is not just because of the 13,000 frontier workers.

“Gibraltar businesses and companies spend £400million a year in sourcing goods and materials from Spanish companies across the border. That generates economic wealth, activity and employment indirectly on the Spanish side as well". Read the full story in the Daily Express.

Nigel Farage: EU's negotiating strategy is all about keeping the UK in the European regulatory framework

Nigel Farage in EU Parliament
(2/10/18) Excellent speech by Nigel Farage in the EU Parliament on 2 Oct. He notes that Jeremy Hunt at the Tory party conference copied his language of comparing the EU 'prison' with the Soviet Union. "We [UKIP] have shifted the centre of... this debate"

"The one thing Barnier has been scared of from the start is us leaving and us becoming competitive. Sadly, the British prime minister has fallen hook, line and sinker." Watch the short excerpt on YouTube.

Ignore May's speech, Tory grassroots still hate Chequers

((4/10/18) If you watched Theresa May’s speech yesterday, you may be fooled into believing her party are united around her, bound together like a May superglue ready for what comes next. But you would be wrong. Around 80% of the people I spoke to hated the PM’s Chequers plan and wanted either a No Deal Brexit or a ‘Super Canada’ deal. A minority supported May’s proposals. Read the full article on Westmonster.

'Can we trust Theresa May?' Gerard Batten launches SCATHING attack after UNCONVINCING speech

(4/10/18) BRITISH MEP and UKIP leader Gerard Batten tore into Theresa May over her failure to secure a Brexit trade arrangement with the European Union, claiming he cannot be trusted because of support for Remain during the referendum. He insisted the Prime Minister had undermined the progress of the Brexit negotiations with her unwillingness to share the details of her demands. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Brexit campaigner Arron Banks launches campaign to deselect ‘remoaner’ Tories

(28/9/18) The Brexiteers behind the Leave.EU campaign have mounted a campaign to deselect “remoaner” Tory MPs. Insurance tycoon Arron Banks, a former Ukip donor who bankrolled the unofficial leave campaign, said the aim was to “make the Conservatives Conservative again”. Read the full article in the Gazette & Herald.

Farage says politicians must be made to 'feel the heat' if they betray Brexit at rally outside Tory conference

(30/9/18) Nigel Farage vowed to 'mobilise the people's army' today during a protest at the Tory conference. The former Ukip leader said politicians had to 'feel the heat' from Eurosceptics - as one of Theresa May's own MPs suggested he should be in charge of negotiations with the EU. Conservative backbencher Peter Bone told the march in Birmingham that the UK 'would have been out' by now if Mr Farage was Brexit Secretary. Read the full article AND watch video interview of Nigel in the Daily Mail.

Why a World Trade Deal – Brexit on WTO terms – would be highly advantageous - Prof Patrick Minford

(10/9/18) Today Economists For Free Trade publish A World Trade Deal: The Complete Guide, namely a WTO-based exit from the EU. This has been made necessary by two things: the mess in our negotiations with the EU on the basis of Mrs. May’s ill-fated Chequers proposals and the widespread ignorance among our politicians – not to speak of the general public – about the WTO and its workings. Read the full story on Brexit Central.

'They have ROBBED us' Brexiteer fisherman rips into French 'hypocrisy' over Scallop Wars

(2/9/18) Aaron Brown, who founded pro-Brexit pressure group Fishing for Leave, told France24 that the blame for the incident lay with the French. He said: “The level of violence and intimidation pre-meditatively deployed - since there were TV crews there that had obviously been scheduled - was completely unacceptable. “It is unacceptable from the point of view of navigation. It is also utterly hypocritical.

“For the 40 years, due to the Common Fisheries Policy, France in particular has received 90 percent of the share of fish stocks in the English channel. A fleet of French boats predominately do fish six miles from the beaches around Cornwall." Read the full story in the Daily Express.

We’ve needed a committed Brexiteer as Chancellor all along - by UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn MEP

(29/8/18) When Theresa May made Philip Hammond her Chancellor there were plenty of gags about two-thirds of the Top Gear presenting panel being at the head of the Government. But the true significance of the appointment of an ardent Remainer to the Treasury by the hesitant Remainer who found herself in 10 Downing Street was not appreciated at the time. Read the full article on Brexit Central.

Lord Mervyn King attacks 'incompetent' Brexit approach

(5/9/18) Former Bank of England governor Lord King has blasted Brexit preparations as "incompetent". The Brexit supporter said it "beggared belief" that the world's sixth-biggest economy should be talking of stockpiling food and medicines. This left the government without a credible bargaining position, he said. Read the full story on the BBC website.

Conservatives beware: the Chequers plan would sweep the party out of power

(3/9/18) To establish what voters on the ground actually think, Global Britain commissioned IQR to conduct surveys of 44 Conservative Party marginal constituencies and the message we got back is unequivocal: Chequers will not deliver Brexit, Chequers will deliver Corbyn.

Both in the general reaction across all those surveyed and in the individual constituencies there is no good news for the Prime Minister or those who back the Chequers negotiation position. The polling delivers a damning verdict on the Chequers proposal and a stark warning to any Conservative MP in all but the safest of seats. Read the full story on Brexit Central.

Brussels has no Plan B to cope with financial chaos of no-deal Brexit, EU’s budget chief warns

(30/8/18) BRUSSELS has no “plan B” to cope with the financial chaos of Britain quitting the EU without a deal, the bloc's budget chief has admitted. Gunther Oettinger said eurocrats were relying on Michel Barnier to reach a deal with the UK so that we continue to contribute to the club's coffers. Read the full article in The Sun.

Nigel Farage interview in The Times on returning to the political front line and rescuing Brexit from its enemies

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(25/08/18) Brexit’s in trouble, not that you would know it sitting opposite the genial fellow off the telly who brought it into being. Nigel Farage is lean, tanned and relaxed. He wears £2 coin cufflinks and gives every indication of enjoying life immensely. What he actually says, though, will be ominous for many of those who have taken him seriously in the past.

He says a highly organised Remain campaign is plotting to derail Brexit by forcing the government to suspend Article 50 as negotiations with Europe grind to a halt this autumn. Read the full article in The Times.

James Delingpole: Brexit is going to happen, whatever the experts say…

(30/8/18) Mentally they [the political class] are still stuck in the status quo ante – that nannying, Social Democratic mindset which has dominated Western politics since the war whereby the political elite goes ahead and acts in its own interests while wearing the fig-leaf of democracy.

[Brexit must mean] no Customs Union; no Single Market; no freedom of movement; no lunatic judicial interference from semi-literate Euro judges; no blood money; no Frenchmen nicking our fish — and absolute freedom to do whatever the hell we like politically and economically thereafter. Read the full article Breitbart London.

PROJECT FEAR CONTINUES: No-deal Brexit will be 'catastrophe' for NHS and increase risk from deadly pandemics, BMA warns

(16/8/18) A no-deal Brexit could increase the risk of a Europe-wide pandemic, according to the British Medical Association.

The doctors union warned in a new briefing paper shared with The Independent on Thursday that crashing out of the EU without a deal will leave the UK more vulnerable to outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases. Read the derisory article in The Independent.

Nigel Farage: The time has come to teach the political class a lesson: I'm back fighting for a real Brexit

(17/8/18) Nigel Farage: Starting from today, I have pledged to give Leave Means Leave my absolute and total support. I will help them to raise funds and will go back on the road to campaign once again. Over the last few months, and particularly since the Chequers betrayal, scores of people have stopped me in the street to ask: “When are you coming back?” Well now you have your answer: I’m back. Read the full article in The Telegraph.
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