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EU on brink: Ireland fears economic 'Armageddon' if Boris rejects Brussels' Brexit delay

(9/5/20) The EU is on edge as Boris Johnson's refusal to extend the Brexit transition period takes its toll of member-states. During a debate in the Irish Parliament, the Dáil Éireann, this week MPs warned of an economic collapse across the EU if Britain refused Brussels' demands for an extension in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Read the full post in the Daily Express.

Scottish government urges Boris Johnson to seek maximum two year Brexit transition period extension so EU and UK can focus on coronavirus

(20/4/20) Holyrood's Constitution Secretary Mike Russell said pushing back the deadline for trade talks to conclude beyond the end of this year is necessary because of the global pandemic. He said delaying the end of the 'standstill' transition period would allow both Britain and the bloc to focus on fighting the deadly disease together. Read the full post in Daily Mail.

'We need Brexit done to help the UK recovery from coronavirus'. Downing Street rejects any delay to EU trade talks because of the pandemic.

(16/4/20) No 10 has flatly rejected a call from the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to delay the end of the transition period past its current December 31 deadline to focus on the pandemic. Read the full post in Daily Mail.

Government figures reveal far more EU migrants in UK than previously thought

(17/4/20) The number of EU citizens in the UK has been massively underestimated by the Home Office by up to 55 per cent, according to figures for applications to the EU settlement scheme. Read the full post in Daily Telegraph.

Shaping up the UK to win in the fourth industrial revolution

(5/2/20) Brexit is unfolding against the backdrop of an increasingly complex global environment. Geopolitical shifts to Asia, the climate crisis, ageing demographics and the accelerating technological revolution set the scene for the UK’s separation from the Continent. The UK is at a strategic inflection point, which can be the start of a sharp decline or the opportunity to rise to new heights. Read the full post in Daily Telegraph.

Coronavirus: Brexit will make it harder to fight future pandemics, Jeremy Hunt warns

Brexit will make it harder to fight future pandemics and reap the benefits of new clinical trials in the EU, Jeremy Hunt is warning. The current proposals for the UK’s full divorce will have “a significant impact on health and social care”, a letter sent by the head of the Commons health committee states. Read the full post in The Independent.

Revealed: Michel Barnier and France’s Brexit stitch-up

(14/3/20) The glaring difference between the EU and British negotiating goals has been brought into plain sight. It is clear that, were Britain to concede on even half of the recommendations regarding dynamic alignment, it would sabotage any parallel agreements with the US or Australia, as well as being Brexit in name only. Read the full post on The Spectator.

The real reason Germany got rich from the EU and the UK didn’t

(10/03/20) One EU country – Germany – now represents 25% of the total EU27 economy. In this simple but unusual Brexit Facts4EU.Org report, we look at the absolute basics of the UK and German economies. In particular we consider the question: Why has Germany got so rich from the EU, but the UK has not? Read the full post on Facts4eu.org/.

Tory government tells EU that royal navy will be sent in to protect UK waters from European fishing vessels

(4/3/20) The environment secretary has warned the EU that the UK has taken “sufficient” steps to protect its waters after Brexit, as fears grow of a French blockade. The royal navy boasts three extra vessels, the Home Office will provide a further four and the government can call in help from the private sector, George Eustice said. Read the full post in The Independent.

The UK’s threat to walk out of EU trade talks is real

(1/3/20) Here’s an astute observation from a former senior British official in the EU, which came during a conversation about political misjudgments: in the corridors of Brussels, one no longer bumps into Brits to talk about how the politics is shaping up back home. There is nobody around any more at the heart of the EU machine to tell you what the UK government is really thinking. Read the full post in the Financial Times.

The UK's Brexit negotiator David Frost's reflections on the Brexit revolution in Britain

(18/2/20) Wow. The speech delivered yesterday evening at Brussels university by David Frost, who is now leading the UK’s negotiations with the EU over the post-Brexit trade deal, was a belter. Moreover, Frost framed his remarks in the context of Edmund Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France”. Read the full post on Melanie Phillips.com.

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.
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