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EU threatens to block any trade deal this year if Boris Johnson doesn’t give in on fishing rights

(15/1/20) Brussels last night threatened it will block any UK trade deal this year if the PM does not give in on fishing rights. Eurocrats hardened their position on demanding continued access to our waters after Boris Johnson vowed not to extend the transition period beyond December 31. Read the full post on The Sun.

Nigel Farage 'will not take a penny' of £153,000 MEP golden goodbye

13/1/20) Nigel Farage “will not take a penny” of the £153,000 windfall he could claim for his 20-year stint as a member of the European parliament, his spokesman has said, as the UK’s 73 MEPs are set to be told on Monday night about any cash payouts they are due. Read the full post on The Guardian.

Brexit has the potential to forge existential change for the UK if the Government is brave enough

(13/1/20) One of the most fascinating things in the coming months and years will be to see the extent to which Brexit proves to be a game-changer in politics, economics, the psyche of the country and the future course of British history. Will it be an existential change? Will it change our very being as a nation? Read the full post on Brexit Central.

Freedom of movement key to Post-Brexit trade deal says new EU Chief

(10/1/20) Britain cannot hope to get frictionless trade with the EU post-Brexit without ensuring freedom of movement of Europeans, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Friday.

"If there is no freedom of movement of people of course there can be no free movement of goods and services and capital," she told a news conference in Croatia, which has just taken up the rotating EU presidency. Read the full post on IBT.

New ONS figures show that UK exports to non-EU markets have grown five times faster than exports to the EU

(3/1/20) New ONS figures show that UK exports to non-EU markets have grown five times faster than exports to the EU. In the 12 months to September, sales to the EU grew by 1.3% to £296.8bn, while sales to the rest of the world grew 6.3% to £376.7bn. Read the full post on Business Leader.

Brussels to REFUSE opening up trade talks until UK surrenders fishing waters

(9/1/20) Brussels is said to be refusing to open up trade talks with Boris Johnson until the UK surrenders its fishing waters. Brussels sources have suggested that the first phase of talks will include only goods and fishing (the French, Danish and Dutch are keen on access to British waters). Read the full post on Daily Express.

Eurosceptic slams ‘pro-Remain’ civil service for ‘selling country short' over Brexit

(2/1/20) The leading Brexit Party MEP, Rupert Lowe, has accused the “pro-Remain” civil service of not standing up for the public’s interests in Brexit negotiations, characterising the talks with the EU as “deeply and totally flawed” and “selling the country short”. Read the full post on Daily Express.

Farmers receive Brexit boost as Javid pledges £3bn from Treasury to plan for future

(30/12/19) Chancellor Sajid Javid last night pledged £3billion from the Treasury to help farmers prepare for their future outside of the EU’s agricultural regulations and subsidy regime. The Chancellor said the cash will allow rural businesses and communities to plan for the future, sow their crops and care for their livestock with confidence after the departure from the bloc scheduled at the end of next month. Read the full post on Daily Express.

Brussels may demand its own Brexit extension to agree a trade deal with the UK after it leaves the EU in January

(27/12/19) Brussels hinted today that it could demand its own Brextension next year after the top EU bureaucrat questioned whether a trade deal could be done by next December. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has expressed 'serious concern' over whether 11 months after January's completion of Brexit is long enough. Read the full post on Mail Online.

UK faces ‘toxic time bomb’ in shape of ‘outrageous’ £32billion payment

(28/10/19) A Brexit Party MEP has warned Boris Johnson’s deal with Brussels will leave the UK vulnerable to a “toxic time bomb” of £32 billion (€37billion) if the Eurozone hits the skids - equal to more than a quarter of the NHS’s annual budget. Read the full article on Daily Express.

Conservative leave voters in England prioritise Brexit over Scotland remaining part of the UK, finds Lord Ashcroft poll

(21/9/19) More than three quarters of Conservative leave voters in England would rather the UK exited the European Union than Scotland remained part of the UK, according to new polling from Lord Ashcroft. Read the full article on Hollyrood.

Farage’s only ambition is to get us out of this stinking deal by Melanie Philips

(22/10/19) Nigel Farage has denounced Boris Johnson’s EU deal as ‘95 per cent the same’ as Theresa May’s withdrawal deal, which was deemed so terrible by Remainers as well as Brexiteers that it was voted down three times by the House of Commons. Read the full article on Conservative Woman.

If you only read one thing about Boris Johnson’s deal, make it this (via the Brexit Party)

(22/10/19) A devastating betrayal of the 17.4m who voted to leave in 2016, according to Nigel Farage. This brief assessment of Boris' Withdrawal Deal is scathing and one wonders why any ERG Tory member could vote for it. Read the full article on The Brexit Party website.

Boris’s ‘deal’ won’t take back control

(21/10/19) Many Brexiteers, even the so-called Spartans of the European Research Group (ERG), have decided that Boris Johnson’s ‘deal’ must be supported because the choice is between no Brexit or Brexit with his ‘deal’. But this framing of the debate means that the choice is between rule by Brussels (with EU membership) or rule by Brussels (with an EU treaty). Read the full article on Spiked Online.

Remoaner ex-Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption says: Forget emotion, look at the facts. The price of Brexit is too high

(11/10/19) Personally, I have no illusions about the EU. I think that it is a seriously defective top-down organisation which works as an economic project but not as a political one. I find the notion of national autonomy attractive, and I can understand why other people do. Nonetheless, I voted to remain and would do so again. I did so because I considered that the price of leaving after 45 years would be too high, the alleged benefits largely illusory, and the promised autonomy unattainable in an interdependent world. Read the full article in Evening Standard.

The unconstitutionality of the Supreme Court’s prorogation judgment -

(7/10/19) Policy Exchange has published an excellent report by Professor John Finnis FBA QC (Hon) on the unconstitutionality of the Supreme Court judgement, which cuts through these linguistic abuses and lays bare the innovations and questionable reasoning underpinning the Court’s judgement:
“Our constitutional law has always (partly under the influence of [the 1689 Bill of Rights,] art. 9) distinguished firmly between legal rules (justiciable) and conventions (non-justiciable). The Judgment offers no plausible reason for transferring the conventions about prorogation into the domain of justiciable law.” Read the full document on the Policy Exchange website.

Tonnes of British-grown fruit wasted over shortages of EU workers amid no deal Brexit fears (says ITV news)

(5/10/19) ITV News claims tonnes of food is being wasted, as a shortage of farm workers means some UK crops are not being harvested. Seasonal migrants from the EU are apparently, staying away, fearing a no deal Brexit. The industry blames the government’s failure to allow more agricultural workers from outside the EU. Read the full post on ITV.

However, maybe if they paid decent wages they'd get Brits doing this work instead of foreigners on slave labour wages?

Baroness Hale: The four times the judge has been overtly political

(7/10/19) Following Baroness Hale and the Supreme Court's judgement on the prorogation of Parliament, people should note this wasn’t Hale’s first Brexit intervention. She caused outrage in 2016 after a speech in which she addressed whether the Government had the executive power to trigger Article 50. Read the full post on Guido Fawkes.

Why this Supreme Court was never going to find Bojo’s proroguation legal

(25/9/19) There is something about the term ‘Supreme Court’ that affords it an image of absolutely scrupulous objectivity in all things. Like most British Justice these days, it is nothing of the kind. As this Slog investigation strongly suggests, the “Highest” Court in the Land is massively biased against Brexit. Read the full post on The Slog.

Brussels will put up hard border in Northern Ireland if there’s a No Deal Brexit, Juncker admits

(22/9/19) In a move that will cause fury, the EU boss said "yes" there would have to be border checks if Britain quit the bloc without an agreement in place at the end of October. It totally contradicts what other EU figures have said in the past, insisting there won't be such a border. Read the full post on The Sun.
(23/9/19) Theresa May’s former Chief of Staff, Gavin Barwell, has finally admitted the UK was “obviously” wrong to agree to the EU’s demand that the divorce negotiations take place before the future relationship negotiations! Read the full post on Guido Fawkes.

Sky Special report: How Brexit changed Britain

(24/9/19) With the UK set to leave the EU next month, Sky News asks the public what they think of their MPs and the Brexit process. A 15minute film with interviews of street protesters from both sides and also a longer one with Jeff Wyatt of UKIP, well-known for his strong attendance outside the Commons in support of Leave. Read the full post on Sky News.

Video: David Cameron in 2009 calling for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty because it hands huge swathes of power from the nation states to the EU

David Cameron in 2009 making it clear that the Lisbon Treaty (the EU Constitution) ended our ability to veto proposals in over 60 areas. It was a massive transfer of power from nation states to the EU. And he wonders why he lost the #euref. Watch the video on Twitter.

UK to become ‘economic competitor’ after Brexit, Merkel warns

(11/9/19) The U.K. will become "an economic competitor on our own doorstep" after Brexit, Angela Merkel said Wednesday, while stressing that she believes a no-deal exit could still be avoided. Read the full post on Politico.

Economist Liam Halligan: No Deal Brexit will cause minimal damage — recovering from a Jeremy Corbyn Labour government will take 25 years or more

(12/9/19) Since we voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, the UK economy has shown serious resilience against a constant drumbeat of media negativity. The Treasury’s pre-Referendum scaremongering — a Brexit vote would spark “an immediate and profound ­economic shock” — was proved laughably wrong. Read the full post on The Sun.

Delingpole: ‘What Will We Do Without Amber Rudd?’ Said No One, Ever…

(8/9/19) If you believe the usual parti-pris suspects — the BBC, Sky News, The Guardian, The Times, etc — then last night’s ‘stunning’ announcement by Rudd that she is quitting her Cabinet job represents a major blow to Boris Johnson. No it doesn’t. Boris Johnson only appointed Rudd as Pensions Minister as an act of magnanimity. Read the full post on Breitbart Europe.

Emily Thornberry ridiculed for admitting Labour’s Brexit policy is to negotiate a new deal and then campaign to REJECT it in a second referendum

(7/9/19) LABOUR has admitted its Brexit policy is to negotiate a new deal and then campaign to REJECT it in a second referendum. Emily Thornberry was blasted by fellow panellists on Question Time as "ridiculous" when she revealed the party's plans last night. Read the full story in The Sun.

Brexit-backing Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin vows to slash beer prices to an 'unbelievable low' if Britain leaves the EU by the end of October

(25/8/19) The boss of Wetherspoons has promised to slash beer prices to an 'unbelievable low' should Britain leave the EU by October 31. Tim Martin, 64, founder of the low-cost pub chain, has said he can 'guarantee' a drop in prices following Brexit as he will be able to get 'supplies cheaper' after the country is released from EU tariffs. Read the full story in Daily Mail.

Farage in charge! 'At least 10 MPs' plead for Brexit Party to show mercy - shock claim

(4/8/19) Leave.EU founder Arron Banks claims “at least 10” Conservative MPs have asked him to persuade Mr Farage not to stand candidates in their constituencies. There is fear in Tory ranks that a split Brexit vote will lead to a Jeremy Corbyn-led Government and the country staying in the EU. Read the full story in The Sunday Express.

Why a US-UK trade deal ought to mean us finally getting some sense from Brussels - by Prof Patrick Minford

(28/7/19) If we sign a US trade deal, the EU will lose £20 billion at once, and a further £18 billion if there is no UK-EU trade deal so that mutual tariffs are levied – a total of £38 billion a year, nearly 8% of EU corporate dividends. This implies that the EU will be anxious to dissuade us from making a US trade deal by being more obliging in its negotiating approach over Brexit. Read the full story in Brexit Central.
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