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BREXIT BEGINS: Europe REMOVES Britain from maps of Union

(26/4/17) THE extent to which the triggering of Article 50 has impacted the EU became clear today as the bloc omitted Britain from a series of maps laying out its flagship social policy.The UK was conspicuously greyed out as a non-EU country in material the EU Commission has produced to advertise the launch of its keystone Pillar of Social Rights. See the full article in the Daily Express.

Britain told to keep EU laws or jeopardise Brexit deal

(21/4/17) Brussels is demanding lifelong rights for EU citizens and their families in a move that would overturn Theresa May’s pledge to end the power of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Britain. Leaked European Commission negotiating guidelines reveal that the EU is demanding that Mrs May indefinitely submit to rulings by the ECJ on the pensions, employment and welfare rights of the three million EU citizens living in the UK. Read the full article in The Times.

Remain campaigners urge voters to unseat Brexit-backing MPs

(24/4/17) Voters are being urged to unseat prominent Brexit-supporting MPs such as Iain Duncan Smith, Theresa Villiers and Kate Hoey by the successor organisation to Britain’s pro-EU remain campaign. Open Britain has drawn up an “attack list” of 20 seats, held mostly by Conservative MPs, where constituents voted to stay in the EU but their representatives are Brexit supporters. Read the full article in the Guardian.

Europe will pay if it punishes Britain in Brexit talks, warns Iceland Foreign Minister

20/4/17) Europe should give Britain a trade deal that closely replicates current EU-UK trading relations and not seek to punish the UK after Brexit by erecting trade barriers, the Icelandic foreign minister has told the Telegraph. Read the full article in the Telegraph.

'Brexit can be REVERSED' EU Parliament President says

20/4/17 A senior Brussels bureaucrat today risked angering Brexit voters by saying the decision to leave the EU can be reversed. European Parliament president Antonio Tajani said the EU would happily welcome the UK back if the country decided to U-turn on the referendum. His comments risk angering Theresa May who has said there is 'no turning back' from last year's historic vote.Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

Tory manifesto will guarantee end of free movement, UK to leave single market and no more meddling by Euro judges as May issues her cast-iron Brexit pledges

(19/4/17) Theresa May will place a triple lock on Brexit in the Tory manifesto to stop obstruction by diehard Remainers. Tory sources say she is set to include specific pledges to overcome opposition within her party and in the Lords. The manifesto is expected to commit the Conservatives to ending EU free movement and pulling out of both the single market and European Court of Justice. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

Britain preparing to scrap EU green energy targets as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit

(16/4/17) Britain is preparing to scrap EU green energy targets which will add more than £100 to the average energy bill as part of a bonfire of red tape after Brexit.

The UK is currently committed to getting 15 per cent of all energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2020. Ministers have long been critical of the targets because they exclude nuclear power, carbon capture or gains from energy efficiency. Read the full article in the Telegraph.

EU referendum may have been targeted by foreign cyber hackers intent on influencing result

(12/4/17) The EU referendum may have been targeted by foreign cyber hackers trying to influence the outcome of the historic vote, MPs have warned.

An official website which enabled people to register to vote in the referendum collapsed just hours before the official deadline, forcing it to be extended. Read the full article in the Telegraph.

Support for Brexit hits a five-month high, with 55 per cent of UK population now backing exit from European Union

(16/4/17) Support for Brexit has hit a five month high, with 55 per cent of the population now backing Britain’s exit from the European Union, a new poll has found. A new survey from Orb International shows a four per cent boost for Theresa May in days after she triggered the start of Brexit talks at the end of last month. Read the full article in the Telegraph.

Post-Brexit trade deal with India 'worth extra £2 billion to British economy'

(9/4/17) Britain will be able to increase its exports to India by more than £2 billion per year after Brexit by cutting EU red tape, a new analysis has found.

The UK currently faces significant tariffs on its trade with India because of the European Union's failure to agree a free trade deal. The deal has been held up for a decade by European Union regulations on intellectual property and data protection, with which India is refusing to comply. Read the article in the Telegraph.

EY's Item Club quadruples GDP forecast

(10/4/17) Independent economic forecaster the Item Club – sponsored by City professional services giant EY – today reports a headline prediction of 1.8% GDP growth for 2017. This is well up on even the 1.3% prediction it made last October. Read the post and report on Euro Guido.

Douglas Carswell ‘very keen’ on free movement of labour after Brexit

(11/4/17) Douglas Carswell has admitted he is “very keen” for Britain to continue allowing unlimited numbers of EU workers into the country - on one condition.

The MP, who last month left Ukip to become an independent in the House of Commons, said free movement of labour should continue, but only for migrants paid more than £24,000 a year by the companies hiring them. Read the article in the Huffington Post.

Unskilled workers should be banned from entering UK for FIVE YEARS say top Brexit think-tank

(9/4/17) Leave Means Leave is setting out a plan for reducing net-migration to 50,000 a year once the UK has left the European Union. In the first blueprint published since the referendum of what Britain’s new immigration system should look like, the Brexit pressure group will call for a full five-year freeze on unskilled migration.

The report, authored by former Ukip migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP, sets out in detail how a new bespoke British Working Visa System would reduce overall numbers but continue to welcome the brightest and the best from around the world. Read the full post on Leave Means Leave.

Immigration post-Brexit – a fair, flexible and forward-thinking immigration policy - the report by Leave Means Leave

(10/4/17) First detailed blueprint since referendum of what Britain’s new immigration system should look like. Report authored by former UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe MEP – in his first major intervention since resigning from party in October

Calls for a new “fair, flexible and forward-thinking immigration policy” – and the Government to announce immediate immigration cut off for EU citizens in April 2017. Former ministers Owen Paterson MP and Sir Gerald Howarth MP back the new British Working Visa System – calling for a return to mid-1990s levels of immigration. Read the full article and view the report on the Leave Means Leave website.

The economist predicting new post-Brexit golden age for City

(28/4/17) This is a story that you may not have come across because it’s been shunned by most of the world’s media. It’s a story about a new report recently published by top economist, Professor David Blake, in which he argues the City of London can become stronger after a “clean” Brexit and an even greater World Financial Centre. Read the full post on Reaction.

Web trolls target Michael Caine after he hails Brexit, saying 'I'd rather be a poor master than a rich servant'

(6/4/17) Sir Michael Caine hailed Brexit as a vote for freedom from rule by ‘faceless civil servants’ yesterday. But while some praised the 84-year-old film star for his ‘sane’ views that ‘hit the nail on the head’, he faced a torrent of abuse from Remain-supporting internet trolls who branded him an ‘old and senile bigot’. Read the full article in the Daily Mail.

Labour, Lib Dem, and Greens Plot to Oust Pro-Brexit MPs in ‘Remain’ Seats

(7/4/17) Labour, Lib Dem, and Greens have colluded to draw up a hit list of Leave supporting MPs in Remain supporting constituencies to “go after” and attempt to depose at the next election. Read the article on Breitbart London.

Why economic forecasts get the impact of Brexit wrong

(5/4/17) Professor Philip Booth writes: The economics profession has not exactly covered itself in glory in recent years. Few people forecasted the crash. Forecasts of economic recovery after the crash were dreadful. Neither the Office for Budget Responsibility nor the Bank of England have had a particular good recent record and, also, the widespread forecasts of doom and gloom in the event of a Brexit vote have proven to be wide of the mark. Read the full post on the IEA website.

Leavers worked very hard for years to secure Brexit – but we were also helped by a string of good luck - by Patrick O'Flynn MEP

(06/04/17) Excellent article by UKIP's Patrick O'Flynn who recognises that luck played a massive part in us winning the EU referendum. Read the full post on Brexit Central.

Vintage Nigel Farage as he accuses EU of ‘behaving like the mafia’

Farage in EU Parliament
5/4/17) Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage likened the EU’s stance on a Brexit divorce bill to organized crime during a European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday. “You’re behaving like the mafia, like we’re a hostage. We’re not — we’re free to go,” Farage said to loud jeers from fellow MEPs. Read the article and see the video on Politico.

Barnier lays out key principles for Brexit talks

(5/4/17) EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the European parliament Wednesday that agreeing on citizens’ rights, phased negotiations and European unity will be key to successful talks with Britain going forward.

Speaking to MEPs at a plenary debate in Strasbourg, Barnier also issued a blunt warning to London against pursuing simultaneous discussions of divorce terms and the future relationship between the EU and U.K. Read the full article on Politico.

Comedians tell how anti-Brexit jokes are damaging their careers as audiences outside of London walk out in offence

(4/4/17) Comedians have told how anti-Brexit jokesare killing their careers as audiences outside of London walk out in offence.

A number of comedians have described scripting their take on Britain leaving the European Union for left-wing audiences in London, only to face unamused audiences when they take their acts out to the rest of the country. Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph.

Is the government’s Great Repeal Bill a missed opportunity to slash red tape?

(31/3/17) Len Shackleton, professor of economics at the University of Buckingham, says Yes. Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, says No. Read the argument in City A.M..

BBC Today programme's Nick Robinson says the BBC no longer has a duty to be “broadly balanced” over its Brexit coverage

(4/3/17) Mr Robinson had said that while the BBC had to be impartial, it was “not the same as ‘balancing’ one ‘side’ reading out ‘lines to take’ with other ‘side’ doing same. “Referendum is over,” the BBC’s former political editor said. Meanwhile, Mr Farage, a leading figure in the Leave campaign, responded: “Simply can’t believe Nick Robinson thinks that the taxpayer-funded BBC does not need to provide balance on Brexit.” Read the full article in i News.

And here is Peter Bone MP's response to Nick Robinson on Leave Means Leave.

Cultural clash between Europeans and the British could sink Brexit negotiations

(30/3/17) One of the key issues in Brexit negotiations has not been recognised - European politicians find their UK counterparts very difficult to work with. To them, the British appear arrogant, insensitive and contrary. The reason for this is the yawing gulf that separates Britain and Europe over the rules of political engagement. Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph.

Britain will get money back from the EU instead of paying to leave under plans being considered by ministers

(2/4/17) European leaders have warned the UK that it will face a divorce bill of up to £50billion for outstanding commitments and pension liabilities. However The Telegraph understands that officials are currently drawing up a register of the UK's assets in the European Union as part of negotiations.

In addition, a Government source said: "This is being presented in a binary way as a divorce bill, in which we owe them. It's not like that. It's more like leaving a gym or a club. You don't continue to pay for other people to use the facilities after you leave". Read the full article in the Daily Telegraph.

What does triggering article 50 mean for young people?

(29/3/17) As the UK takes the first official step towards Brexit, young writers give their views on what this means to them. See their views in The Guardian.

Theresa May must be ready to walk away from the EU

(31/3/17) Comment from the Telegraph: The UK must be prepared to walk away from the Brexit negotiations without a deal. This week, Theresa May made a perfectly reasonable, even conciliatory, opening gambit to the EU. The EU has replied with insults and threats to the future of Gibraltar. If its goal is to tie us up in ridiculous distractions for two years, and even dictate the kind of economy that we will have after leaving, then Mrs May must make it clear that Britain would rather walk than talk. Read the full article.

Outrage as Spain draws Gibraltar into Brexit negotiations

(31/3/17) The EU has put the future of Gibraltar at stake in the coming Brexit negotiations, in effect backing Spain in its centuries-old dispute with the UK over the British overseas territory. A clause in the nine-page draft document outlining the EU negotiation position suggests that unless Britain is willing to let its citizens on “the rock” be subject to an inferior economic future than those in the UK, the EU has in effect handed the Spanish government a veto on Britain’s entire future relationship with the bloc. Read the full article in the Guardian.

Article 50 was designed never to be used. Now we're heading into dangerous and unknown territory - by Gina Miller

(28/3/17) Quote: "People like myself – calling for a transparent, scrutinised Brexit negotiation process to ensure it is not executed at the cost of Parliamentary sovereignty".

If Parliamentary sovereignty is so important to Gina Miller, why was she happy for the UK Parliament to consistently hand over more and more of it to the EU? What a hypocrite! See her article in the Independent.
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