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Portugal airports to introduce separate passport lanes for Britons after Brexit

(18/1/19) Portugal has announced plans to open separate customs lanes for British tourists at its airports after the UK leaves the European Union, as it seeks to prevent a post-Brexit slump in its tourism industry. Read the full post on Euronews.

The EU is facing a serious crisis. It's funding the same people who wish to wreck it

(15/2/20) The EU establishment is about to embark on years of deciding how the bloc can reform, refresh and ultimately reunite. One small snag: since Brexit, some Euroskeptic populists within the union have shifted from trying to leave the bloc to wanting to take it over and wreck it from within. Read the full post on CNN.

‘Access to British waters is essential!’ EU takes aim at UK fishermen in Brexit battle

(13/2/20) EU member states are calling for post-Brexit access to UK waters amid fishing rights already becoming a key battleground in the post-Brexit trade talks with the EU. But Fishing for Leave said that “The Government must revise the Fisheries Bill to legislate that in future foreign-flagged boats should only be granted access post-Brexit on a strictly annual basis and only if the UK receives a reciprocal value of fishing opportunities for in EU waters." Read the full article including the full quote from Fishing for Leave in the Daily Express.

The Irish General Election result shows that Leo Varadkar has paid the price for banging on about Brexit

(12/2/20) The result of Saturday’s general election is a brilliant blow against the Irish establishment and its obsessively pro-EU, anti-Brexit leanings. People are talking up the election result as a humiliation for Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader, Leo Varadkar. Read the full post in the The Spectator.

Macron and Barnier's 'shameless plot to dethrone London' in Brexit talks exposed

(12/2/20) Emmanuel Macron and Michel Barnier will be actively working during UK-EU trade talks to dethrone London as the continent's banker - as Brexit is the best opportunity in a century for France to achieve its "age-old ambition", unearthed reports claim. Read the full post in the Daily Express.

French president Emmanuel Macron demands Britain obeys EU rules on employment, environment and competition FOREVER to get a post-Brexit trade deal as tensions rise ahead of talks

(7/2/20) Emmanuel Macron is leading demands for the UK to be forced to commit to mirroring EU rules on employment and the environment forever if it wants a post-Brexit free trade deal with the bloc. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

Post-Brexit: who are the new thinkers that will reshape Britain?

Douglas Carswell recently pointed out that the British state is filled with Guardianista quangocrats, whose presence in our institutions means that we get a left-wing agenda in almost every sphere of public policymaking, irrespective of the vote to leave or the Tory majority in Parliament. In this article, those people who had a big influence on Brexit and who will influence Britain's new role in the world are revealed. Read the full post on 1828.

Enough bullying Barnier! EU can't boss Britain around any longer.

(3/2/20) Michel Barnier, the annoyingly self-righteous French Brexit negotiator, has launched an opening salvo in the crucial Anglo-EU trade talks, which start today, all but accusing Britain of being about to throw every commercial and workplace rule and regulation drawn up in the last 100 years out of the window. Read the full post in the Daily Express.

'Typical EU!' Fury as Brussels demands UK pays £1bn bill - 'Britain MUST stick to rules'

(6/2/20) The EU sparked fury today after refusing to back down in a row over fresh demands for a whopping £1 billion bill. The European Commission said Britain “must stick to the rules” despite having left the bloc last Friday at 11pm. On Brexit day, the EU executive sent the Government cash demands for an extra £1.09 billion towards its 2019-2020 budget. It means Britain could end up handing over £10 billion to the bloc this year while the country remains in the transition period. Read the full post in the Daily Express.

EU will fall apart the moment Britain emerges on the world stage as a thriving nation, by Trevor Kavanagh

(2/2/20) Without us, without our ­constant nagging and especially without our £10BILLION a year going into its busted kitty — the ratchet of ever-closer union is about to strip its cogs. Until January 31 it was hard to say when the Grand Projet and its misbegotten euro would finally disintegrate. Now we can. The European Union will fall apart the moment Great Britain emerges clearly and distinctly on the world stage. Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

A thousand EU financial firms plan to open UK offices after Brexit

(20/1/20) More than a thousand banks, asset managers, payments companies and insurers in the European Union plan to open offices in post-Brexit Britain so they can continue serving UK clients, regulatory consultancy Bovill said on Monday. Read the full post in the Reuters.

British economy will grow faster than eurozone rivals, says IMF

(21/1/20) Britain’s economy will grow faster than those of other major European countries this year as chief executives regard it as an increasingly attractive place to invest, two studies have found. Amid growing optimism over Britain’s economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund said that it would outperform the eurozone this year and next. Read the full post in the The Times.

Lib Dem peer Lord Greaves faces anger for warning that post-Brexit Britain could be 'reminiscent' of Nazi Germany

(15/1/20) A Liberal Democrat peer faces a furious backlash for warning post-Brexit Britain could be 'reminiscent' of Nazi Germany. Lord Greaves also claimed people were crying themselves to sleep at night over the UK's withdrawal from the EU, as he warned against 'triumphalistic behaviour'.Read the full post in the Daily Mail.

EU threatens to block any trade deal this year if Boris Johnson doesn’t give in on fishing rights

(15/1/20) Brussels last night threatened it will block any UK trade deal this year if the PM does not give in on fishing rights. Eurocrats hardened their position on demanding continued access to our waters after Boris Johnson vowed not to extend the transition period beyond December 31. Read the full post on The Sun.

Nigel Farage 'will not take a penny' of £153,000 MEP golden goodbye

13/1/20) Nigel Farage “will not take a penny” of the £153,000 windfall he could claim for his 20-year stint as a member of the European parliament, his spokesman has said, as the UK’s 73 MEPs are set to be told on Monday night about any cash payouts they are due. Read the full post on The Guardian.

Brexit has the potential to forge existential change for the UK if the Government is brave enough

(13/1/20) One of the most fascinating things in the coming months and years will be to see the extent to which Brexit proves to be a game-changer in politics, economics, the psyche of the country and the future course of British history. Will it be an existential change? Will it change our very being as a nation? Read the full post on Brexit Central.

Freedom of movement key to Post-Brexit trade deal says new EU Chief

(10/1/20) Britain cannot hope to get frictionless trade with the EU post-Brexit without ensuring freedom of movement of Europeans, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Friday.

"If there is no freedom of movement of people of course there can be no free movement of goods and services and capital," she told a news conference in Croatia, which has just taken up the rotating EU presidency. Read the full post on IBT.

New ONS figures show that UK exports to non-EU markets have grown five times faster than exports to the EU

(3/1/20) New ONS figures show that UK exports to non-EU markets have grown five times faster than exports to the EU. In the 12 months to September, sales to the EU grew by 1.3% to £296.8bn, while sales to the rest of the world grew 6.3% to £376.7bn. Read the full post on Business Leader.

Brussels to REFUSE opening up trade talks until UK surrenders fishing waters

(9/1/20) Brussels is said to be refusing to open up trade talks with Boris Johnson until the UK surrenders its fishing waters. Brussels sources have suggested that the first phase of talks will include only goods and fishing (the French, Danish and Dutch are keen on access to British waters). Read the full post on Daily Express.

Eurosceptic slams ‘pro-Remain’ civil service for ‘selling country short' over Brexit

(2/1/20) The leading Brexit Party MEP, Rupert Lowe, has accused the “pro-Remain” civil service of not standing up for the public’s interests in Brexit negotiations, characterising the talks with the EU as “deeply and totally flawed” and “selling the country short”. Read the full post on Daily Express.

Farmers receive Brexit boost as Javid pledges £3bn from Treasury to plan for future

(30/12/19) Chancellor Sajid Javid last night pledged £3billion from the Treasury to help farmers prepare for their future outside of the EU’s agricultural regulations and subsidy regime. The Chancellor said the cash will allow rural businesses and communities to plan for the future, sow their crops and care for their livestock with confidence after the departure from the bloc scheduled at the end of next month. Read the full post on Daily Express.

Brussels may demand its own Brexit extension to agree a trade deal with the UK after it leaves the EU in January

(27/12/19) Brussels hinted today that it could demand its own Brextension next year after the top EU bureaucrat questioned whether a trade deal could be done by next December. European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has expressed 'serious concern' over whether 11 months after January's completion of Brexit is long enough. Read the full post on Mail Online.

UK faces ‘toxic time bomb’ in shape of ‘outrageous’ £32billion payment

(28/10/19) A Brexit Party MEP has warned Boris Johnson’s deal with Brussels will leave the UK vulnerable to a “toxic time bomb” of £32 billion (€37billion) if the Eurozone hits the skids - equal to more than a quarter of the NHS’s annual budget. Read the full article on Daily Express.

Conservative leave voters in England prioritise Brexit over Scotland remaining part of the UK, finds Lord Ashcroft poll

(21/9/19) More than three quarters of Conservative leave voters in England would rather the UK exited the European Union than Scotland remained part of the UK, according to new polling from Lord Ashcroft. Read the full article on Hollyrood.

Farage’s only ambition is to get us out of this stinking deal by Melanie Philips

(22/10/19) Nigel Farage has denounced Boris Johnson’s EU deal as ‘95 per cent the same’ as Theresa May’s withdrawal deal, which was deemed so terrible by Remainers as well as Brexiteers that it was voted down three times by the House of Commons. Read the full article on Conservative Woman.

If you only read one thing about Boris Johnson’s deal, make it this (via the Brexit Party)

(22/10/19) A devastating betrayal of the 17.4m who voted to leave in 2016, according to Nigel Farage. This brief assessment of Boris' Withdrawal Deal is scathing and one wonders why any ERG Tory member could vote for it. Read the full article on The Brexit Party website.

Boris’s ‘deal’ won’t take back control

(21/10/19) Many Brexiteers, even the so-called Spartans of the European Research Group (ERG), have decided that Boris Johnson’s ‘deal’ must be supported because the choice is between no Brexit or Brexit with his ‘deal’. But this framing of the debate means that the choice is between rule by Brussels (with EU membership) or rule by Brussels (with an EU treaty). Read the full article on Spiked Online.

Remoaner ex-Supreme Court judge Jonathan Sumption says: Forget emotion, look at the facts. The price of Brexit is too high

(11/10/19) Personally, I have no illusions about the EU. I think that it is a seriously defective top-down organisation which works as an economic project but not as a political one. I find the notion of national autonomy attractive, and I can understand why other people do. Nonetheless, I voted to remain and would do so again. I did so because I considered that the price of leaving after 45 years would be too high, the alleged benefits largely illusory, and the promised autonomy unattainable in an interdependent world. Read the full article in Evening Standard.

The unconstitutionality of the Supreme Court’s prorogation judgment -

(7/10/19) Policy Exchange has published an excellent report by Professor John Finnis FBA QC (Hon) on the unconstitutionality of the Supreme Court judgement, which cuts through these linguistic abuses and lays bare the innovations and questionable reasoning underpinning the Court’s judgement:
“Our constitutional law has always (partly under the influence of [the 1689 Bill of Rights,] art. 9) distinguished firmly between legal rules (justiciable) and conventions (non-justiciable). The Judgment offers no plausible reason for transferring the conventions about prorogation into the domain of justiciable law.” Read the full document on the Policy Exchange website.

Tonnes of British-grown fruit wasted over shortages of EU workers amid no deal Brexit fears (says ITV news)

(5/10/19) ITV News claims tonnes of food is being wasted, as a shortage of farm workers means some UK crops are not being harvested. Seasonal migrants from the EU are apparently, staying away, fearing a no deal Brexit. The industry blames the government’s failure to allow more agricultural workers from outside the EU. Read the full post on ITV.

However, maybe if they paid decent wages they'd get Brits doing this work instead of foreigners on slave labour wages?
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