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More of Osborne's Project Fear nonsense: 'Cancer patients in Brexit scare'

(10/7/17) George Osborne is enjoying himself and the front page of today’s Standard basically implies Brexit will give you cancer. This will apparently be a consequence of the UK leaving Euratom – the European Atomic Energy Community. Allegedly it will mean nuclear scientists and material will not be able to cross borders. See the full post by Euro Guido

All the rights EU citizens in the UK are set to lose after Brexit

(27/6/17) Theresa May on Monday released what she described as a "generous offer" to EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. The plans, which will form part of the negotiations with the EU, were sold as offering Europeans living here rights which are "almost equivalent to British citizens". However, the plans as they stand do involve the loss of a number of existing rights for EU citizens. Here's all the degradation of rights that will affect European citizens living in the UK after Brexit. Read the full story on Business Insider

BBC struggle to find Rotherham Europhiles for show as steelworks praises ‘Brexit boost’

(2/7/17) A BBC show exploring what is next with Brexit struggled to find regretful Leave voters in Rotherham – with all of those interviewed standing by their decision to leave.BBC economics editor Kamal Ahmed arrived in Rotherham, where his mother was born, to see if locals had turned against Brexit and changed their minds “after a year of turmoil”. But all of the leave voters in Rotherham interviewed by the programme stood firmly by their decision to leave the European superstate. Read the full article in the Daily Express

'Commission is FURIOUS with us' Tory Brexiteer reveals EU rage on farming & customs union

(30/6/17) Owen Paterson said the EU body was seething at the idea of a £10billion shortfall after the UK exits the bloc after making the case for the “massive” opportunities now awaiting Britain. Speaking on BBC Two’s Daily Politics, the Tory MP said rising standards around the world meant there were more markets for the UK to export to. Read the full article in the Daily Express

'Ridiculous hubris' Brussels wants to retain INDEFINITE right to fine Britain AFTER Brexit

(30/6/17) Eurocrats dropped a Brexit bombshell on Theresa May as they published a list of extensive demands which would see the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the EU Commission retain their stranglehold on the UK long after our departure. The dynamite revelations were buried deep in a series of positioning papers published by Michel Barnier’s team this evening and are likely to be ferociously opposed by British negotiators. Read the full article in the Daily Express

New study finds the UK is 'more eurosceptic than ever' as it heads towards Brexit

The UK is more eurosceptic than ever following the EU referendum, with 75% of people saying they want to leave the EU or limit its powers. Education is the best way of identifying how people voted in the referendum, as only 22% of graduates voted Leave. Concern over immigration was the dominant reason for voting Leave - 73% who are worried about it voted Leave. The idea that people voted Leave because of disenfranchisement with politics "are largely wide of the mark." Read the full post on Business Insider

Britain would vote to leave EU again one year after EU Referendum

(26/6/17) One year after the UK’s historic vote to leave the European Union (EU) the British public would vote by the same margin to leave the bloc, a poll has revealed. The survey, conducted to coincide with the first anniversary of the Brexit vote, predicts that 52 per cent of voters would choose to leave the EU, with 48 per cent voting to remain. Read the full article on Breitbart London

Bloomberg: Despite Brexit, London's place as a leading global financial centre looks safe

(27/6/17) Ever since Britain voted to leave the European Union, analysts have debated the City's fate. In 2016, the British financial services sector employed over one million people (3.1 percent of all U.K. jobs) and contributed around 7.2 percent of the U.K.’s total gross value added, just over half of it from London. Any threat to the sector - and to London's place as arguably the leading global financial center - would be a major blow.

Fortunately for the U.K., Brexit itself won't erode the significant advantages London currently enjoys. Perhaps more importantly, neither will it help European rivals build up similar advantages. Read the full article on Bloomberg

Brexit boom: Business confidence reaches 18-month high as negotiations begin

(26/6/17) The Lloyds Bank Business in Britain reports confidence index rose to 24 per cent and has doubled since the days after the Brexit vote. The overall confidence index tracks expected profits, sales and orders over the next six months. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Tory Brexit confusion: Chancellor says UK should stay in Customs Union

(20/6/17) The Chancellor of the exchequer has demanded Britain remains subjected to the existing customs arrangements of the EU, unable to make new trade deals, until a new “long term” system is agreed. Philip Hammond – a stanch Remainer who has advocated a “soft-Brexit” inside the Single Market – also appeared to contradict the prime minister’s position on immigration. Read the full article on Breitbart London

Der Spiegel's view on the UK and Brexit after 'Calamity May's general election flop: 'A Wave of Anger Crashes over Britain'

(15/6/17) Europe used to have a fearful respect of the Tories. But those days have long since passed. Now, the weakened party may have accidentally killed off Brexit - a pet project that most party leaders didn't want in the first place. Read the full - and very ignorant - article in Der Spiegel

‘No way’ UK can get passporting rights after Brexit, says former Luxembourg finance minister

(17/6/17) U.K. financial services firms will definitely not be able to carry on business as normal within the European Union (EU) after it leaves the bloc, according to Luc Frieden, who has held several portfolios within the Luxembourg cabinet over the past few decades. Read the full article on Yahoo!

Prince Andrew says there may be 'fresh grass' for British business after Brexit

(16/6/17) Prince Andrew, who stepped down as the UK's roving business ambassador six years ago, said he had "no idea" how the country's exit from the European Union would play out and warned of "upheaval." However, he also claimed there were opportunities outside the bloc and the "world is your oyster." Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph

Britain would be '£156 billion a year better off WITHOUT a deal with EU' - John Longworth

(15/6/17) New analysis has revealed that Britain would be better off by £156 billion a year by simply walking away from the EU without a deal. Former British Chambers of Commerce director John Longworth has issued “a Brexit fight back” after Remainers have tried to capitalise on the hung parliament election result to claim that Theresa May’s vision of a clean Break with the EU is “dead”.

The annual boost - worth around a third in growth for the British economy - would continue for at least 12 years as Britain’s economy is transformed by throwing off the shackles imposed by Brussels. Read the full article in the Daily Express

The Government’s plans for a ‘Vote Leave’ Brexit are far from derailed - Matthew Elliott

(12/6/17) It’s no secret that I would have preferred a different general election outcome – my joint editorial with Jonathan made clear that my preference was for a majority Conservative administration.

But the voices now suggesting that the Government’s plans for Brexit have been derailed are, in my view, very wide of the mark. For starters, this general election result does not change or override the result of the EU referendum which took place less than 12 months ago. Read the full post on Brexit Central

There is no “soft Brexit”: it does not exist as a serious or credible option

(11/6/17) The reality is that there is no “soft Brexit”. It does not exist as a serious or credible option. Half-way house arrangements in which we are subject to EU rules but have no say in setting them are the worst of all worlds, which would continue to subject us to all the disadvantages of EU membership but not give us the freedom and opportunities of leaving the EU in shaping our laws, controlling our borders and taking advantage of global trading opportunities. The only softness is in the heads of the people who advocate such half-baked and ill-thought out notions. Read the full article on Brexit Central

Whichever party wins must invest in the future of British manufacturing after Brexit

(4/6/17) The long-term success of the United Kingdom depends not only on our deal with the EU but also on how future governments support the growth and development of the economy. Whichever party forms the government after the 8th June, they will have to adopt a strategy that responds to the challenges of being outside the single market and customs union, including the potential impact of rules of origin, customs delays, tariffs and regulatory diversion. Read the full article on Brexit Central

Theresa May: Brussels must pay its own Brexit bill of billions of pounds

(20/5/17) Brussels must pay its own Brexit bill of billions of pounds for Britain's share of the European Investment Bank and other joint projects, Theresa May has indicated. The Prime Minister says in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph that “money paid in the past” by the UK must be taken into account in the final divorce bill. Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph

Hand over £1bn more, EU chiefs tell Britain: Brussels outlines huge increase in spending despite UK's decision to leave

(31/5/17) Brussels expects the UK to pay an extra £1billion to the EU next year, documents have revealed. In a controversial move, EU officials have outlined a huge increase in spending, which they expect the UK to help fund despite voting to leave. Calls for British taxpayers to pay even more into the bloc’s annual budget will infuriate Eurosceptics amid the ongoing row over the huge Brexit bill being demanded by Brussels. Read the full article in the Daily Mail

Brexit Britain has no need to fear WTO terms

(27/5/17) Andrew Stoler is a Visiting Fellow at Policy Exchange, and a former WTO Director General. Geoff Raby is Head of Trade Policy at Policy Exchange, and a former Australian Ambassador to the WTO.

Were the UK and EU unable to agree to a high-quality bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), it would be bizarre – and could only be attributable to bloody-mindedness by the EU. No two economies that have entered into an FTA negotiation have been more deeply integrated than are the UK and EU today. Already, trade between them is free, their respective services are largely open, and the UK has adopted the EU’s acquis for regulations for the past 44 years. Read the full article on Conservative Home

Gloomy report by CEBR on the impact of limiting migration

(24/5/17) Reducing U.K. immigration to the tens of thousands after Brexit, as the Conservatives have promised to do, could shrink the economy by between 1.5 and 3 percent, with a bigger hit in the future, according to a report published today by the Centre for Economics and Business Research. See the full article on the CEBR website

UKIP Cambs comment: Haven't we heard all this gloom before? Why can't people be positive about Brexit and embrace the opportunities it presents? Like training up our own people instead of hoovering up talent from around the world and inviting them here to put untold pressure on our creaking infrastructure?

Work with the EU, not against it, Michel Barnier tells May

(17/5/17) The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has appealed to Theresa May to work with the union during the negotiations and not against it, following the prime minister’s claim that Brussels had sought to attack both her leadership and British interests.

Addressing the European parliament in Strasbourg, Barnier cautioned against an aggressive approach to the talks due to start after the UK’s general election on 8 June, the result of which he said he hoped would bring stability. Read the full article in the Guardian

Grow up or we'll walk away - says Nigel Farage MEP to the EU Parliament

(17/5/17) Speaking today in the European Parliament plenary debate in Strasbourg on the European Council’s adopted guidelines for the Brexit negotiations UKIP MEP Nigel Farage labelled Mr Juncker’s behaviour as unacceptable and called for a change of tactics from the EU or the United Kingdom may be forced to walk away from the talks before the end of the year. See the video and read the full transcript on the UKIP website

Spain sets sights on post-Brexit citizens deal

(17/5/17) Spain will push for a post-Brexit deal on citizens as close as possible to the status quo, according to the country’s foreign minister, who expressed frustration that London was over-complicating the issue.

The government in Madrid, emboldened by an economic recovery and a measure of political stability, is marking its return to the larger European diplomatic stage by staking out a firm position on citizens — and adding a potentially complicating factor to the already fractious Brexit negotiations. Read the full article on Politico

New poll suggests more than two thirds of people 'now support Brexit'

(15/5/17) More than two thirds of people now support Brexit following the emergence of "Re-Leavers", according to the latest poll. A total of 68 per cent of respondents would like to see Britain withdraw from the EU, the latest YouGov figures show. Some 45 per cent said they were Eurosceptics, while 22 per cent said they wanted the Government to ignore June's election result. Read the full article in the Telegraph

Death of '1.5m oldsters' could swing second Brexit vote, says Ian McEwan

(12/5/17) At a Brexit conference in London, the author said ‘angry old men’ are shaping UK’s future and by 2019 the mood could be different. The two-day Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash, organised by the journalist Henry Porter, struck a defiant opening note on Friday as politicians and artists debated whether any Brexit deal agreed by the government should be put before voters. Read the full article in the Guardian

What citizens in the other 27 EU countries think should be the EU's priorities to negotiations over Brexit

(12/5/17) In total 78 per cent of people polled in nine key EU states said that protecting the interests of the 27 remaining members must come ahead of giving the UK a fair trading agreement.

But the strength of feeling against Britain varies significantly from country to country, and the results indicate Theresa May could find an unexpected ally in the form of France. Read the full article in the Daily Express

Gibraltar says it plans for hard Brexit, with end of access to EU market

(9/5/17) Gibraltar is preparing for a post-Brexit setup in which its firms will have no longer access to the European Union market but will maintain a preferential relationship with Britain, a top Gibraltar financial official said on Tuesday.

"We are currently planning for a hard Brexit," James Tipping, director at Gibraltar's government body for financial promotion, told EU lawmakers in a hearing in Brussels. Read the full story on Reuters

David Cameron slams ‘Extreme Brexit’ Tories as he wades into 2017 General Election campaign

(11/5/17) David Cameron has urged Theresa May to stand firm against Tory ministers who want “extreme Brexit”. The former Prime Minister broke his silence in the 2017 general election as he hit the campaign trail for the first time in Crewe. Meanwhile Paul Nuttall said: “The mask slips, Cameron’s comments are exactly what we thought all along. Mrs May is a Remainer at heart and this election is all about ensuring that she has a majority of lobby fodder to force through a soft meaningless Brexit against the wishes of the British people. Read the full article in the Huffington Post.

Why an EEA agreement is no alternative to Brexit

(10/5/17) This article, entitled 'Why Norwegians now want a referendum on quitting the European Economic Area' gives sure reasons as to why EEA agreements are no 'soft' alternative to leaving the EU. Any EEA agreement means “pay, obey and no say”. Read the full article on Brexit Central.
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