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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

No deal may be the very BEST deal for Britain, says John Longworth

(4/8/17) The simple fact is that we now face a choice between engaging in convoluted and probably fruitless negotiations around an FTA, taken to the wire, for which we will probably have to pay billions, with the horror of transitional arrangements and restrictions placed upon our freedoms by the Eurocrats and Frau Merkel, such that we can only have a poorer version of what we have now. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Eurosceptic MPs accuse BBC of 'whitewash' after broadcaster rejects claim of Brexit bias

(3/8/17) The BBC has insisted its Brexit coverage is not biased as Eurosceptic MPs accused the broadcaster of a “whitewash”. MPs from across the political spectrum have called for new guidelines to be introduced to ensure the BBC remains fair in the way it reports on matters relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

But those calls have reportedly been rejected with James Harding, BBC Director of News, writing in a letter to MPs that he believed the broadcaster is “impartial” over Brexit. Read the full story in the Daily Telegraph

Brexit fisheries BETRAYAL: Gove vows EU fishermen can STILL use UK waters AFTER divorce

(3/8/17)The Environment Secretary, 49, who only recently returned to the cabinet after the general election, said during a visit to Denmark yesterday: “Danish fishermen will still be able to catch large amounts of fish in British waters, even if the British leave the EU.”

He added: “Britain has no fish cutters [those employed to clean, trim and bone fish] and production facilities enough to catch all the fish in British waters. [sic]” Read this shameful policy in the Daily Express

Six in ten Brexit-voters say significant damage to the economy is a price worth paying to quit the EU

(1/8/17) BREXITEERS are so dedicated to the cause of leaving the EU that four in ten would be prepared to give up their jobs to ensure it happens, new research reveals. Polling from YouGov showed that 39 per cent Leavers said that even if our EU exit caused them or a relative to be out of a job, it would still be a price worth paying. Read the full article in The Sun

European Brexit battle heats up: London set to continue outpacing biggest rivals despite efforts to claw away City jobs

(31/7/17) London will continue to outpace its biggest financial rivals in Europe despite increased EU efforts to claw at the City’s supremacy. The UK capital’s GDP is forecast to grow at a rate of 2.3 per cent annually between 2017 and 2021, ahead of Paris’ 1.6 per cent and Frankfurt’s 1.5 per cent, according to an Oxford Economics report out today. Read the full article on City A.M.

Philip Hammond is playing a calculating game of Brexit sabotage

(31/7/17) Theresa May had hardly stepped off the plane in Italy before Philip Hammond launched into Project Fear Mark II, declaring Britain had to put the brakes on its negotiations with Brussels because “literally nobody wants a post-Brexit migration cliff-edge”.

This must have brought a warm glow to the heart of his predecessor George Osborne, for whom scare-mongering and false assumptions were a political stock in trade. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Remainiac Philip Hammond is leading the country into a disaster by calling for three year Brexit transition deal

(31/7/17) WATCH out, Theresa! While you are enjoying a dangerously long holiday in the Swiss Alps, treacherous Philip Hammond is leading your Cabinet by the nose into a Brexit trap. The Remainiac Chancellor’s beguiling call for a three-year glide path OUT of the European Union is in fact a devious plot to keep us IN, for ever. Read the full article in The Sun

'We COULD walk' EU warned Britain could leave with NO DEAL over ECJ citizens' rights row

(27/7/17) A SENIOR minister has revealed that there is “a very good chance” Britain could walk away from Brexit talks over Brussels’ stubborn refusal to back down over the rule of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The leading member of the Government has told the Daily Express that the European Commission’s uncompromising demand that Britain continues to submit to the ECJ over citizen rights, trade, nuclear cooperation and other areas after Brexit “is a very, very big problem indeed”. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Remoaners hate fact that economy is performing well

(27/7/17) EVER since the EU referendum last summer the Remoaners have been sounding the mournful drumbeat of economic gloom. But their dire predictions have turned out to be baseless. Far from sinking into crisis the British economy continues to perform well. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Nigel Farage accuses the Government of 'betraying' Brexit by 'selling out' those most concerned by immigration

(26/7/17) Nigel Farage today accused the Government of overseeing the 'great Brexit betrayal' and 'selling out' the strongest supporters of quitting the EU.

The ex Ukip leader slammed the failure to pursue an immediate cut in immigration amid debate over a transition deal that could see the borders left open for years. Mr Farage said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had a 'tougher line' on EU migrants. Read the full article in the Daily Mail

Reality bites: the Brexit negotiations seen from the other side of the Channel

(24/7/17) This post by Fabian Zuleeg, Chief Executive and Chief Economist of The European Policy Centre (EPC) shows the inflexibility of the EU27 in negotiations. It seems they'd prefer the UK to leave the EU than concede on the "role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the exit payment, the rights of EU citizens and even (temporarily) continued freedom of movement of EU citizens." That's fine by us! Read the post in the EPC website

The EPC is an independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to fostering European integration through analysis and debate.

EU has upper hand? Deprived of UK cash bloc will be on brink of COLLAPSE

(22/7/17) THERE is a received wisdom among diehard Remainers that the EU has the upper hand in the negotiations regarding Britain’s exit from the EU. Just how big a nonsense this is has become clear with the publication of the minutes from a meeting in Brussels last week between Barnier and the House of Lords’ EU select committee. Read the full post in the Daily Express

It’s not Brexit that’s scaring migrants away

(21/7/17) It’s a terrible irony that so many who have settled in this country now needlessly feel afraid, not because of hordes of racists and xenophobes roaming the country, but because of fantastical media reports that pretend these hordes actually exist. Read the full post in Spiked

'Leaving EU in name ONLY' Farage warns Brexit will see Brussels rule courts AND borders

(23/7/17) Nigel Farage has revealed that he is growing extremely concerned that Brexit will happen in name only. The former Ukip leader told the BBC's The World Tonight that Britain started to slide down a slippery slope by diluting what people voted for in the EU referendum.

In a scathing assessment, the leading voice of the Brexit cause said the Government was trying to distort the referendum by keeping open borders and European courts. He warned that big business which backed Remain as well as joining the euro was dominating the argument around Brexit. Read the full story in the Daily Express

Brexit: Trade Secretary slams ‘biased’ BBC for ‘wilfully’ ignoring positive news

(23/7/17) Dr Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade, has written to BBC Director-General Tony Hall seeking a meeting about the corporation’s “biased” coverage of Brexit. “I cannot recall a single time in recent times when I have seen good economic news that the BBC did not describe as ‘despite Brexit’,” he blasted in his letter Lord Hall, which was seen by The Telegraph. Read the full post on Breitbart London

Eurozone faces doom no matter how hard France and Germany try to save it, warns top investment bank

(15/7/17) The eurozone is likely to break up no matter how hard France and Germany try to save it, one of the world’s biggest investment banks is warning. A senior employee at Bank of America Merrill Lynch says the single currency bloc has been gradually falling apart ever since it was formed almost 20 years ago. Read the full story in the Daily Mail

Vince Cable Remain crusade OUTRAGE over claims civil servants are briefing AGAINST Brexit

(13/7/17) Sir Vince Cable has revealed that civil servants in Whitehall are briefing against Brexit and are briefing politicians that Britain will not leave the EU. The revelation by the Twickenham MP who is running to become leader of the Lib Dems has provoked fury among Brexit campaigners who have demanded that “unpatriotic, EU sympathisers” are removed from the civil service. Read the full story in the Daily Express

Politico - Brexit can still be stopped

(11/7/17 The UK’s act of self-harm can still be reversed, but only if the British public plays its part. Doubting the inevitability of Brexit is suddenly in vogue. Read the full post in Politico

German industry warns UK not to expect help in Brexit negotiations

(9/7/17) German industry has warned Britain not to rely on its help in securing a good Brexit deal, in a stark intervention that strikes a blow at the government’s EU departure plans. Senior ministers have repeatedly claimed since the election that Germany’s powerful exporters will exert pressure for a deal handing Britain substantial access to the EU’s markets. Read the full story in The Observer

Mike Hookem MEP - "Withdrawal from London Fisheries Convention must be coupled with clarifications on Government’s intentions for the UK’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone"

(2/7/17) UKIP Fisheries Spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has said he fears another “wholesale betrayal” of Britain’s fishing communities after it was announced the government will finally withdraw from the London Fisheries Convention; but failed to give assurances on restricting access for EU vessels in the UK’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) post-Brexit. Read the full post on the UKIP main website
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