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Ex-whitehall chief Lord Kerslake says Brexit decision may need to be re-opened

(18/8/18) Lord Kerslake, the ex-civil service chief advising Jeremy Corbyn, said the consequences of leaving without a deal in place would be so severe that parliament would have to re-examine the 2016 referendum result.

The peer’s intervention – in which he also suggested an extension to the Article 50 period may be needed – is the latest sign of pressure within Labour to move towards backing a new referendum, with the issue set to feature at this year’s party conference. Read the full story online on The Independent.

Smear campaign against Mark Littlewood, director general of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) linked to his support for Brexit

(3/8/18) Mark Littlewood, director general of the free-market think-tank, the IEA, has been splashed on the front page of the Guardian. In an elaborate sting operation, a reporter from Greenpeace had posed as a potential funder. The resulting ‘exposé’ claims to prove that the IEA is allowing donors to impact on its research and is selling access to ministers. Here is an online interview with Spiked Online. There's no doubt this is all part of the campaign to stop Brexit in our view. Read the full interview on Spiked.

The kamikaze Brexit strategy of this Government beggars belief

(1/8/18) What is wrong with this government? Its incompetence in its handling of the greatest question of our times is now so extraordinary, so mind-boggling, that it is at times hard to believe that any of this is actually happening. Did we all drop off to sleep the day after the referendum, and have yet to awaken? We have ended up with a kamikaze government...Read the full article in The Telegraph.

Italy’s hardman Matteo Salvini: EU ‘swindling’ UK over Brexit

(29/7/18) Italy’s deputy prime minister today accuses the European Union of trying to “swindle” Britain out of the Brexit that the public voted for.

In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Times, Matteo Salvini urges Theresa May to adopt a tougher stance in her Brexit negotiations with the EU, saying: “My experience in the European parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you. Read the full story in The Telegraph.

Project Fear gets desperate: Brexit could lead to spread of infectious diseases such as super-gonorrhoea, health chief warns

(27/7/18) Infectious diseases such as super-gonorrhoea could spread more rapidly if the UK leaves the European Union, health chiefs have warned.

Britain is said to be under “significant threat” from such diseases after Brexit if the government doesn’t work out a way of maintaining a close working relationship with European health bodies. Read the full story in the increasingly unbelievable and desperate Evening Standard.

Tory MP resigns her PPS role to fight for Brexit

(24/5/18) Andrea Jenkyns MP is one of the few Tory MPs with principles. "During my time on the [BREXIT] committee, it has become clear that some of my colleagues are committed to upsetting the democratic decision of the British people." Read her own words as to why she resigned from her role as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Read the full story on her constituency website.

Theresa May's Brexit plans are 'undeliverable' warns former head of UK civil service

(15/5/18) Theresa May's government is "heading at full steam towards an undeliverable goal" in its attempt to implement her Brexit customs plans by 2020, the former head of the UK civil service has told Business Insider. "We haven't sorted out a deliverable version of the "end state" of Brexit because there isn't a deliverable version," said Lord Kerslake. Read the full story on Business Insider.

Wrong and perverse! George Monbiot (no less) warns EU farming policy is DISASTER - and he's a Remainer

(8/5/18) Farming subsidies from the European Union disproportionately benefit large farming companies and the UK should totally change its system after Brexit, the environmentalist Goerge Monbiot has claimed, saying he was “chuffed” that the UK is set to depart from the European system - despite originally voting Remain. Read the full article in The Sun.

We’ve paid shameless EU £16 billion in tariffs for non-EU goods — and we should scrap the Customs Partnership idea

(7/5/18) Four fifths of the tariffs on non-EU goods bought by UK shoppers go directly to Brussels according to the economist Liam Halligan. It makes no sense for a diverse, competitive economy such as Britain to hide behind a tariff wall harming our consumers. Which is why we need to leave the EU’s backward-looking customs union. Read the full article in the The Sun.

Betraying Brexit voters is playing with fire

(23/4/18) A customs union would mean that Britain couldn’t trade on its own terms to its competitive advantage. This is exactly what the EU is desperate to avoid because it knows it would lose out.

Britain would also be crippled by EU trading rules without having any say over them. It would therefore be worse off than before Brexit. That, of course, is precisely the point. Forcing Britain into this farce is designed to make it slink back into the EU fold. Read the full article in the The Times.

If Theresa May caves in on the customs union, the consequences will be stark, by Michael Fabricant MP

(24/4/18) Remain in the Customs Union? I don’t think so! Back in 2012 when I was Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, I had a major falling out with David Cameron over Ukip when he was PM.

For some years, I had coordinated the Parliamentary Party’s campaigning effort and I had witnessed the inexorable growth of Ukip and how it was beginning to shave off Conservative votes in crucial constituencies. Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph (behind paywall).

Galloway: Lords push to undo Brexit as voted for by the British people is an act of high treason

(22/4/18) We are a Constitutional Monarchy without a constitution, a Parliamentary Democracy with a rigged electoral system in which Parliament can be bypassed on the issue of a war on the whim of a here today gone tomorrow Prime Minister (without even a parliamentary majority to her name).

And now we have an entirely unelected chamber – with Liberal Democrat peers stuffed to the rafters – deciding to railroad us out of a real Brexit and into the Brino siding. Read the full post on Westmonster.

HSBC survey says UK business will 'OUTPACE EU' for fastest growth in years

(10/4/18) Brexit Britain can “expect” a UK growth of “10 per cent” which would be the fastest since 2011 as UK businesses explore exciting new markets. Brexit's possible impact on businesses was reported by Amanda Murphy, head of commercial banking for HSBC UK, while she claimed her bank predicts “a really strong near-term outlook for UK exporters and importers”. Read the full story in the Daily Express.

Fishing for Leave announce mass protests over Brexit transition deal

(4/4/18) Fishing for Leave are staging protests across the country to hit back against the government’s apparent sell-out of fishing communities in the Brexit transition deal. The group says the terms of the deal would mean that the EU could essentially eradicate the UK fishing fleet and plunder British waters. It represents a total betrayal of the fishing communities who have already been badly hit by EU membership in the past.

On Sunday, around 200 vessels will form flotillas in places such as Whitstable, Hastings, Portsmouth, Milford Haven, Newcastle and Plymouth. Read the full story on Westmonster.

GALLOWAY: Blair’s still calling the shots, we’re heading towards Brexit in name only

(02/04/18) Excellent post by George Galloway on how Blair has deftly manipulated and galvanised the Remoaner movement across political parties, Whitehall and Westminster, finance capital, what remains of industrial capital, the deep state, the Captains of Fleet St and Broadcasting House. Read the full post on Westmonster.

Gerard Batten says the UK will not surrender to the European Union

(14/3/18) Gerard Batten MEP said in a speech in the European Parliament that the UK will not surrender to the European Union despite the Prime Minister’s position in the Brexit negotiations suggesting she will settle for a “conditional surrender”. Ending his short speech he said, “We will not accept subservience to the EU, we want full independence and the return to our former status as an independent democratic nation-state.” Watch the short speech on his YouTube channel.

Tusk visits Dublin to reject British calls for Brexit trade talks before an 'explicit' deal on the Irish border question

8/3/18) Excellent post explaining the situation over the Irish border and Brexit. Donald Tusk today warned Britain all 27 EU nations are united in their determination to secure a deal for Ireland before trade talks. The EU's fall back position is keeping Northern Ireland inside EU rules - something considered impossible by London and Belfast despite a political agreement in December with Theresa May. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Who do you trust on the Irish border? The UK’s top customs official, or the unapologetically pro-EU Hilary Benn?

(6/3/18) Via BrexitCentral on Twitter, a very revealing exchange on 29th November 2017 in a Parliamentary committee between Hilary Benn and Jon Thompson, Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Watch the short video.

The EU Withdrawal Agreement - an attempt to annex Northern Ireland? By Briefings for Brexit

(4/3/18) The EU Withdrawal Agreement hardens the EU’s line on using the Irish land border as a battering ram to elicit further concessions from the UK. This tactic is unlikely to work. The border is a manageable issue, and the sensible UK proposals have been validated by a detailed EU report on the use of technology to solve the problem. This article is from a new organisation set up academia to champion Brexit and offset the inherent ideological bias in academia against leaving the EU. Read the full article on Briefings for Brexit.

Labour ‘weaponises’ Brexit to win votes from EU migrants for local elections

(27/02/18) Labour is planning to “weaponise” its new softer Brexit stance to woo three million citizens from other EU nations who are eligible to vote in the forthcoming local elections. MPs have been writing to Europeans living in Britain appealing for their support at the ballot box in London and elsewhere in May. Read the full article in The Times.

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.
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