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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

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(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

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.
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