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Scrap the Irish border backstop, Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister

(13/10/18) The influential Tory MP said it was “now completely obvious that the government made a dreadful mistake in December last year” agreeing the border backstop. The former foreign secretary says that the agreement then between Britain and the EU not to have any checks at the Irish land frontier has severe implications for “the unity of the United Kingdom”. Read the full article in the News Letter.

Influx of low-skilled workers from the EU had ‘no clear benefit’ for Britain, Government’s immigration tsar claims

(10/10/18) The influx of low-skilled migrants from the EU has brought ‘no clear benefit’ to Britain, the Government’s immigration tsar said last night.

Professor Alan Manning, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, argued it had cost taxpayers’ money as overall they cost more in benefits and public services than they paid in taxes. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

The backstop for the Irish border is not an insurance policy, it is a hidden trap

(11/10/18) This article by Shanker Singham of the International Trade and Competition Unit of the Institute of Economic Affairs exposes the various myths of the so-called backstop solution agreed in December 2017 by Theresa May. Read the full story in the The Times.

Gibraltar accounts for 25 percent of the GDP of the neighbouring region of Spain and is the second largest employer for the whole Spanish region of Andalucía.

(6/10/18) Gibraltar's Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia has listed exactly why Spain needs the European Union to secure a Brexit deal with Britain in negotiations. He said, “It is absolutely crucial for the Spanish side of the equation as well. It is not just because of the 13,000 frontier workers.

“Gibraltar businesses and companies spend £400million a year in sourcing goods and materials from Spanish companies across the border. That generates economic wealth, activity and employment indirectly on the Spanish side as well". Read the full story in the Daily Express.

Nigel Farage: EU's negotiating strategy is all about keeping the UK in the European regulatory framework

Nigel Farage in EU Parliament
(2/10/18) Excellent speech by Nigel Farage in the EU Parliament on 2 Oct. He notes that Jeremy Hunt at the Tory party conference copied his language of comparing the EU 'prison' with the Soviet Union. "We [UKIP] have shifted the centre of... this debate"

"The one thing Barnier has been scared of from the start is us leaving and us becoming competitive. Sadly, the British prime minister has fallen hook, line and sinker." Watch the short excerpt on YouTube.

Ignore May's speech, Tory grassroots still hate Chequers

((4/10/18) If you watched Theresa May’s speech yesterday, you may be fooled into believing her party are united around her, bound together like a May superglue ready for what comes next. But you would be wrong. Around 80% of the people I spoke to hated the PM’s Chequers plan and wanted either a No Deal Brexit or a ‘Super Canada’ deal. A minority supported May’s proposals. Read the full article on Westmonster.

'Can we trust Theresa May?' Gerard Batten launches SCATHING attack after UNCONVINCING speech

(4/10/18) BRITISH MEP and UKIP leader Gerard Batten tore into Theresa May over her failure to secure a Brexit trade arrangement with the European Union, claiming he cannot be trusted because of support for Remain during the referendum. He insisted the Prime Minister had undermined the progress of the Brexit negotiations with her unwillingness to share the details of her demands. Read the full article in the Daily Express.

Brexit campaigner Arron Banks launches campaign to deselect ‘remoaner’ Tories

(28/9/18) The Brexiteers behind the Leave.EU campaign have mounted a campaign to deselect “remoaner” Tory MPs. Insurance tycoon Arron Banks, a former Ukip donor who bankrolled the unofficial leave campaign, said the aim was to “make the Conservatives Conservative again”. Read the full article in the Gazette & Herald.

Farage says politicians must be made to 'feel the heat' if they betray Brexit at rally outside Tory conference

(30/9/18) Nigel Farage vowed to 'mobilise the people's army' today during a protest at the Tory conference. The former Ukip leader said politicians had to 'feel the heat' from Eurosceptics - as one of Theresa May's own MPs suggested he should be in charge of negotiations with the EU. Conservative backbencher Peter Bone told the march in Birmingham that the UK 'would have been out' by now if Mr Farage was Brexit Secretary. Read the full article AND watch video interview of Nigel in the Daily Mail.

Why a World Trade Deal – Brexit on WTO terms – would be highly advantageous - Prof Patrick Minford

(10/9/18) Today Economists For Free Trade publish A World Trade Deal: The Complete Guide, namely a WTO-based exit from the EU. This has been made necessary by two things: the mess in our negotiations with the EU on the basis of Mrs. May’s ill-fated Chequers proposals and the widespread ignorance among our politicians – not to speak of the general public – about the WTO and its workings. Read the full story on Brexit Central.

'They have ROBBED us' Brexiteer fisherman rips into French 'hypocrisy' over Scallop Wars

(2/9/18) Aaron Brown, who founded pro-Brexit pressure group Fishing for Leave, told France24 that the blame for the incident lay with the French. He said: “The level of violence and intimidation pre-meditatively deployed - since there were TV crews there that had obviously been scheduled - was completely unacceptable. “It is unacceptable from the point of view of navigation. It is also utterly hypocritical.

“For the 40 years, due to the Common Fisheries Policy, France in particular has received 90 percent of the share of fish stocks in the English channel. A fleet of French boats predominately do fish six miles from the beaches around Cornwall." Read the full story in the Daily Express.

We’ve needed a committed Brexiteer as Chancellor all along - by UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn MEP

(29/8/18) When Theresa May made Philip Hammond her Chancellor there were plenty of gags about two-thirds of the Top Gear presenting panel being at the head of the Government. But the true significance of the appointment of an ardent Remainer to the Treasury by the hesitant Remainer who found herself in 10 Downing Street was not appreciated at the time. Read the full article on Brexit Central.

Lord Mervyn King attacks 'incompetent' Brexit approach

(5/9/18) Former Bank of England governor Lord King has blasted Brexit preparations as "incompetent". The Brexit supporter said it "beggared belief" that the world's sixth-biggest economy should be talking of stockpiling food and medicines. This left the government without a credible bargaining position, he said. Read the full story on the BBC website.

Conservatives beware: the Chequers plan would sweep the party out of power

(3/9/18) To establish what voters on the ground actually think, Global Britain commissioned IQR to conduct surveys of 44 Conservative Party marginal constituencies and the message we got back is unequivocal: Chequers will not deliver Brexit, Chequers will deliver Corbyn.

Both in the general reaction across all those surveyed and in the individual constituencies there is no good news for the Prime Minister or those who back the Chequers negotiation position. The polling delivers a damning verdict on the Chequers proposal and a stark warning to any Conservative MP in all but the safest of seats. Read the full story on Brexit Central.

Brussels has no Plan B to cope with financial chaos of no-deal Brexit, EU’s budget chief warns

(30/8/18) BRUSSELS has no “plan B” to cope with the financial chaos of Britain quitting the EU without a deal, the bloc's budget chief has admitted. Gunther Oettinger said eurocrats were relying on Michel Barnier to reach a deal with the UK so that we continue to contribute to the club's coffers. Read the full article in The Sun.

Nigel Farage interview in The Times on returning to the political front line and rescuing Brexit from its enemies

Grab of Farage interview page in The Times
(25/08/18) Brexit’s in trouble, not that you would know it sitting opposite the genial fellow off the telly who brought it into being. Nigel Farage is lean, tanned and relaxed. He wears £2 coin cufflinks and gives every indication of enjoying life immensely. What he actually says, though, will be ominous for many of those who have taken him seriously in the past.

He says a highly organised Remain campaign is plotting to derail Brexit by forcing the government to suspend Article 50 as negotiations with Europe grind to a halt this autumn. Read the full article in The Times.

James Delingpole: Brexit is going to happen, whatever the experts say…

(30/8/18) Mentally they [the political class] are still stuck in the status quo ante – that nannying, Social Democratic mindset which has dominated Western politics since the war whereby the political elite goes ahead and acts in its own interests while wearing the fig-leaf of democracy.

[Brexit must mean] no Customs Union; no Single Market; no freedom of movement; no lunatic judicial interference from semi-literate Euro judges; no blood money; no Frenchmen nicking our fish — and absolute freedom to do whatever the hell we like politically and economically thereafter. Read the full article Breitbart London.

PROJECT FEAR CONTINUES: No-deal Brexit will be 'catastrophe' for NHS and increase risk from deadly pandemics, BMA warns

(16/8/18) A no-deal Brexit could increase the risk of a Europe-wide pandemic, according to the British Medical Association.

The doctors union warned in a new briefing paper shared with The Independent on Thursday that crashing out of the EU without a deal will leave the UK more vulnerable to outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases. Read the derisory article in The Independent.

Nigel Farage: The time has come to teach the political class a lesson: I'm back fighting for a real Brexit

(17/8/18) Nigel Farage: Starting from today, I have pledged to give Leave Means Leave my absolute and total support. I will help them to raise funds and will go back on the road to campaign once again. Over the last few months, and particularly since the Chequers betrayal, scores of people have stopped me in the street to ask: “When are you coming back?” Well now you have your answer: I’m back. Read the full article in The Telegraph.

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).
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