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It’s time to stop doom-mongering over the Irish border – the solutions are already out there

(07/02/18) An excellent and long article by Hugh Bennett, Deputy Editor at BrexitCentral, as to how the Irish border could work whatever Brexit deal is eventually reached. Read the full article on Brexit Central.

UK manufacturing output at its highest for 10 years #despiteBrexit

(10/1/18) UK manufacturing output is expanding at its fastest rate since early 2008 after recording a seventh consecutive month of growth in November. Renewable energy projects, boats, aeroplanes and cars for export helped make output 3.9% higher in the three months to November than in 2016. Official figures also show industrial output rose by 0.4% in November. Read the full article on the BBC website.

Hammond and Davis warn excluding City from Brexit deal could cause a GLOBAL CRASH on visit to Germany - but Merkel threatens to BLOCK UK plan for aligning regulation

10/1/18) Failing to include the City of London in a Brexit trade deal could raise the risk of a global financial crash, Philip Hammond and David Davis warned today. The two ministers delivered the stark message as they launched a charm offensive in Germany with negotiations at a critical stage. They said the 2008 credit crunch had demonstrated how easily 'contagion' could spread between economies if financial regulation was not coordinated between major nations. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

EU President Juncker: Brexit will happen, no second Referendum

(9/1/18) The president of the European Commission has said he thinks Brexit will go ahead and there will not be a second referendum, whilst warning remaining member states they will have to pay more into the bloc’s budget. Read the full article on Breitbart London.

Brussels admits bad Brexit deal would hurt: Leaked EU report lays bare fears over economic damage from attempt to punish Britain

(9/1/18) Brussels has admitted that a bad Brexit deal will cost jobs and harm trade in Europe, a leaked document has revealed. The EU report lays bare the many towns and cities across the bloc which rely on Britain for its trade and manufacturing. Daily Mail.

Priti Patel calls for investigation that the Remain campaign overspent funds during Brexit campaign

(1/1/18) FORMER Cabinet Minister Priti Patel has demanded Britain's election watchdog open a probe into overspending by Remain in 2016’s bitter Brexit referendum. The devout Brexiteer said it could not be right that Britain Stronger in Europe were able to “blatantly flout the rules to feed the British people their propaganda” in a hard-hitting letter to the Electoral Commission. Read the full article in The Sun.

Trade deal by March or WALK AWAY: Owen Paterson warns May to ignore 'Remoaner double talk'

(31/12/17) Senior Brexiteer Owen Paterson has warned Theresa May that heads of terms for a new free trade deal with the EU need to be agreed by March or Britain should quit talks and prepare for no deal. The former cabinet minister has told the Prime Minister that enough concessions have been made to the EU and the Prime Minister must not be taken in by “Remoaner double talk.” Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Business chiefs warn Theresa May their patience over Brexit is 'wearing thin' amid dismay at 'division and disorganisation' across Westminster

(31/12/17) Theresa May has been warned that business chiefs' patience over Brexit is 'wearing thin' and Westminster must get to grips with the challenge. British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) director general Adam Marshall said firms want clarity and results from the Government and suggested industry was dismayed by 'division and disorganisation' across Westminster. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

UK to TURBOCHARGE global trade links as HUNDREDS of key negotiators are hired

(30/12/17) Britain's drive to turbocharge its global trade links after Brexit has passed a crucial milestone with more than 100 experienced trade negotiators hired at a key ministry to strike new deals around the world. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said the recruitment meant the UK was ready to take full advantage of the opportunities of breaking free from the European Union. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

We got it wrong on Brexit gloom, economists admit: Buoyant British economy is set to power past France by 2020

(26/12/17) Britain's economy is now predicted to overtake France's in 2020 as experts admitted they had been too gloomy over Brexit. The Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) had claimed the economy would slow down because of a drop in consumer spending and investment. But last night the think-tank admitted it had got this wrong, saying: 'In practice this has not happened.' Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

New poll shows 9 point lead for those in favour of Brexit

(27/12/17) YouGov’s Eurotrack results for December shows that whilst 48% of Brits asked prefer that the UK leaves the EU, only 39% now say they would prefer for the UK to remain, a 9 point lead for those now full square behind Brexit. An additional 13% of those asked are undecided. That is a big swing since the same firm asked the same question in October. Back then support for leaving had just a 2 point lead. Read the full article on Westmonster.

The UK remains top for tech startups after Brexit, whether it's talent, capital or "deep tech" expertise

(30/11/17) The UK remains the top country in Europe for innovative technology startups, attracting more talent and investment than any other country and claiming the crown as the region's capital for "deep tech". The findings come in a major new report from venture capital firm Atomico which signals a feared Brexit effect on the industry has not materialised. Read the full article in City a.m..

Eire - freed from Britain, trapped in the EU

(24/11/17) Excellent short article on Eire’s current obstruction of Brexit talks. The author asks, 'What was the point of fighting to extricate the country from London rule, only to hand it over to Brussels in a matter of decades? Remind me: what was that expression? ‘Ourselves Alone’.' Read the full article on Spiked Online.

We cannot incorporate the EU Charter into UK law or else it will be chaos says Suella Fernandes MP

(21/11/17 This week Parliament will be asked to vote on whether to incorporate the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights into UK law. If Labour, acting with others, manage to force this through there will be legal chaos. Not only will it hand new and long lasting powers to UK courts to strike down UK laws over the head of Parliament on woolly interpretations of EU ‘rights’, but it will oblige them to continue to follow the EU’s Court. Read the full article in The Sun.

'If you walk away they’ll come to us!' James Dyson's brilliant argument FOR no deal Brexit

(12/11/17) Sir James Dyson has said that “the time has come” for the United Kingdom to walk away from the European Union without a Brexit deal. The sixth round of Brexit talks concluded on Friday with David Davis and Michel Barnier announcing that negotiations were still in the first phase of talks. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, the founder of the Dyson company, claimed the EU was asking for too much in negotiations. Read the full story in the Daily Express.

REVEALED: The 10 regions to hit fishing jackpot as Brexit to see industry boom 50 per cent

(12/11/17) Brexit will revive the UK fishing industry, creating 30,000 extra jobs and regenerating seaside towns in a boost to the nation’s economy worth almost £3 billion, according to fishermen’s leaders. Long-neglected ports such as Lowestoft, Grimsby and Whitby could be given a new lease of life, along with Cornish coastal towns and seaside resorts such as Scarborough. At the moment 60 per cent of Britain’s fishing stock, worth £650million a year, is caught by foreign vessels from the EU. Read the full story in the Daily Express.

New York Times: No One Knows What Britain Is Anymore

(4/11/17) 'I’ve lived and worked for nine years in Britain, first during the Thatcher years and then again for the last four politically chaotic ones. While much poorer in the 1980s, Britain mattered internationally. Now, with Brexit, it seems to be embracing an introverted irrelevance.' Read the full article in the pro-Democrat, liberal New York Times.

Christopher Chope MP: After meeting Michel Barnier and Guy Verhofstadt, I’ve concluded that no deal will be better than their deal

(10/11/17) 'Having heard what they had to say, I’m afraid I’ve come to the conclusion that the only Brexit deal being offered to us from Brussels would be far worse for the UK than leaving without a deal in March 2019'. Read the full article in Brexit Central.

'GET US OUT!' Anger as its revealed EU is costing Britain £267million A WEEK

(01/11/17) Britain handed a colossal £13.9 billion to the EU last year, official figures revealed today. Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the eye-watering sum, equivalent to £267 million a week, was paid to Brussels by UK taxpayers to cover the country's membership of the bloc. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

We don't want YOU back! Eurocrats crush Remainer's faint hopes of keeping Britain in bloc

(26/10/17) Brussels officials today delivered a big blow to Remainer hopes of overturning Brexit by insisting they will not play along with any attempts to keep Britain in the EU by the backdoor. Eurocrats said they are fed up of “dancing around” the UK and have no interest in working with europhile MPs on a never-ending transition that would maintain the status quo. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Brexit: Tory MPs warn Theresa May over claims she has privately agreed to bigger divorce bill

(23/10/17) Theresa May has come under pressure from Tory bankbenchers over claims she privately agreed to pay the EU a bigger divorce bill to speed up the Brexit talks. The Prime Minister was told not to hand over “a penny more” than Britain owes, with one backbencher suggesting it would be impossible to “look public sector workers in the eye”. The warnings, during a Commons statement, laid bare the difficulty Ms May faces in meeting the EU’s demand to up her offer in order to break the deadlock in the negotiations. Read the full article in News Store.

BBC Brexit bias EXPOSED: Leave vote 'would be even BIGGER' but third more Remainers on air

BBC Kuenssberg
(22/10/17) The BBC and its top journalists are guilty of bias against Brexit and more British people would have voted to leave the European Union if coverage was fair, according to a damning report. The BBC invited a third more pro-EU speakers than anti-EU speakers to appear during the election campaign. The report, carried out by media analysts News-watch, slammed high-profile figures like the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg and Kamal Ahmed, economics editor, for making Brexit sound negative to the British public. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Remoaner-in-Chief Vince Cable says Leaving the EU without a trade deal could cost Britain £430 BILLION over five years

(22/10/17) Vince Cable has warned that leaving the EU without a deal could cost the country an astonishing £430 billion over five years. The Liberal Democrat leader said the figures, based on the cumulative impact on the country’s economic output, were a ‘real indictment’ of Brexit Secretary David Davis ‘talking up’ the possibility of a no-deal Brexit as part of a negotiating strategy. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

Project Fear rears its head again

(17/10/17) Two organisations have come out with reports heavily criticising Brexit. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has projected that the British economy will grow by just 1 per cent next year in part because of uncertainty around Brexit. It also claimed that 'reversing Brexit with a second referendum would have a 'positive' impact on economy'. Read the full article in The Telegraph.

The second study, a report by the Resolution Foundation and the University of Sussex, looks at the impact on British families of the UK imposing the same tariffs on EU goods as it does on those from other World Trade Organisation countries, a likely no-deal outcome. It claims that a no deal would cost millions of families £500 a year. Read the full article in The Independent.

RBS chief reveals EU is dragging out Brexit talks to exploit British 'financial exodus'

(8/10/17) Howard Davies, who leads the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, said that the EU was deliberately dragging out Brexit talks to entice anxious bankers. The banking chief warned that a Brexit transition deal needs to be in place by early next year - or else, the country faces an unprecedented loss of businesses. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Most voters want Theresa May to stay on as Prime Minister and believe she is ‘best person to deliver Brexit’, poll shows

(8/10/17) Embattled Theresa May was yesterday given a clear message in a poll of voters — to stay put and deliver Brexit. Most people think the Prime Minister should keep calm, carry on and show her MPs who is the boss. Read the full article in the Sun on Sunday.

David Attenborough: Brexiteers “probably don't understand” facts

(25/9/17) In an interview with Greenpeace, the 91-year-old broadcaster and naturalist compared Brexit to "spitting in each other's faces" and called the referendum "an abrogation of parliamentary democracy" because of a lack of facts. Time for this old fossil from the Jurassic age to get back in his box? Read the full article on Unearthed.

‘Brussels told May to say UK would pay Brexit divorce bill’

(27/9/17) Theresa May ‘took dictation’ from Brussels when she signed Britain up to pay a Brexit divorce bill to the EU, diplomats claim. The European Commission reportedly told May to use the exact phrase “honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership” and say that no EU country “will need to pay more or receive less”. Read the full post on Westmonster.

Theresa May should NOT fall for EU divorce bill demands because it owes us £9.3billion — and must PAY US on Brexit

(7/9/17) SENIOR Tories and top lawyers have piled pressure on Theresa May not to succumb to the EU’s multi-billion divorce bill demands - by revealing the ONLY legal basis for payments is a £9.3 billion refund to UK taxpayers. A joint report by the Conservative European Research Group (ERG) and Lawyers for Britain has produced detailed legal analysis showing Britain owes nothing. Read the full article in The Sun.
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