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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.

PM's desperate bid to keep £46billion EU divorce bill secret as she fears fury at Tory conference

(3/9/17) Theresa May is hoping to keep details of the UK’s EU divorce bill a secret until after the Conservative Party conference – to avoid a damaging revolt by Brexit supporters. The Mail on Sunday understands that the Prime Minister has been advised that Britain is likely to have to fork out up to €50 billion – £46 billion at current exchange rates – as the only way to break the deadlock of the Brexit talks. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

Senior Tories dismiss Juncker as a 'pound shop Bismarck' who is trying to blackmail Britain after he digs in over two-stage Brexit talks

(30/8/17) The EU Commission President faced charges of blackmail after he backed his chief negotiator Michel Barnier's resistance to talks on the future trading relationship between Britain and the EU before finalising the divorce deal. Britain is desperate to start parallel talks on both the exit from the EU and the rules that will be put in place after. The impasse is set to leave the third round of negotiations deadlocked this weeks. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

'We will NOT move ONE MILLIMETRE!' EU chief's SHOCK outburst as Brexit tensions boil over

(30/8/17) David Davis’ calls for the European Union to be more flexible during Brexit talks appear to have fallen on deaf ears after one EU bigwig said the bloc will not alter its position by “one millimetre”. Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, said: "The EU will not step back one millimetre from its position in defence of the rights of European citizens. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Britain will boom once free from the EU’s ‘destructive policies’, top economist claims

(24/8/17) Britain will boom once free from the EU’s “destructive policies”, a top economist claims. Roger Bootle said in a report backed by 15 other experts that the EU is a “comparative economic failure” hamstrung by “cack-handed” decisions. Read the full post in The Sun.

European Investment Bank HALTS billion pound UK investment projects - despite us STILL paying

(22/8/17) Bitter Eurocrats have halted the funding of vital billion pound investment projects in the UK despite Britain continuing to pay into the scheme, an investigation revealed. The European Investment Bank (EIB) will reportedly put most UK applications for long–term loans on hold until a Brexit deal has been agreed. The decision could impact big capital projects that fund schools, university buildings and hospitals due to the attractive interest rates. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

The voices of Brexit-backing entrepreneurs must be heard over the din of rent-seeking Remainers

(13/8/17) Jon Moynihan is a venture capitalist who chaired the Vote Leave Finance Committee. He was also the first chair of Vote Leave’s Campaign Committee.

In less than a month, a series of debates and motions in Parliament will set the ground for what this country will look like once we leave the EU. Almost certainly, a majority of the people who are reading this article played their part in the great referendum win. You now have to sigh deeply, gird your loins, and go back on the attack, to make sure not just that we leave the EU (that, at least, is for sure now that we have signed Article 50), but that we leave it in a way that reaps all the potential rewards of that vote for our country, and our country’s people. Read the full article on Brexit Central.

Philip Hammond and Liam Fox’s Brexit transition plan is a pipe dream

(14/8/17) Article by John Springford, Director of Research at the Centre for European Reform in London. The deal sketched out by the international trade secretary and the chancellor is one the EU could never agree to. Why did they go public with it? The international trade secretary, Liam Fox, appears to have bowed to the inevitable and realised that some kind of transition is the only way to make Brexit work. But the price of Fox’s assent appears to be a type of deal that would in fact be impossible to agree with the European Union. Read the full article in The Guardian.

I am more confident than ever about Brexit - Matt Ridley

(14/8/17) The EU is an experiment in building a top-down, centralising, supranational government, with a bureaucratic surplus and a democratic deficit. Compared with most of the rest of the world it is a failure, as its economic growth rate, unemployment rate and innovation record demonstrate. Read the full article in The Times.

Brexit is a chance to rebalance our economy

(9/8/17) There are no panaceas in economics, but contrary to what you will hear from Project Fear, Brexit has the potential to alleviate some of the most enduring problems of the UK economy in recent times. The UK after Brexit may not only succeed in putting its economy onto a more sustainable and equitable footing, but could also become a major centre of economic growth in Europe. Read the full article on CapX.

Britain needs a Chancellor who believes in Brexit, not 'FlipFlopPhil'

(5/8/17) Few people who have climbed the slippery pole of politics are more adept at facing two ways at once than the man who unfortunately occupies the second-highest office in the land. Business guru John Longworth calls Chancellor Philip Hammond “Flip-Flop Phil” for changing his mind on key issues concerning the EU and the economy and demands he be sacked because of the damaging effect his anti-Brexit attitude is having. Read the full article in the Daily Express
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