Author: Kittens for Brexit

Brexit: Its the EU, not the UK, thats at peril.

Brexit is happening. Britain has invoked Article 50 of the EU treaty, starting the 2 year clock on the process of its leaving the European Union. The EU is in serious trouble, more so than Britain itself.  At question is the very justification for its existence. If the EU makes Brexit easy, it faces the risk of other restive member states also walking out, which would leave the EU an irrelevant shell of its current self. But If it makes Brexit hard for this reason, its will destroy whatever moral authority it has. After all, how can it be...

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German businesses calling for post-Brexit partnership

Firms in Germany want to maintain strong ties with the UK once it departs the EU, the managing director of one of the country’s major industry groups has said. “Ideally, we would have a deep and comprehensive partnership agreement on investment and trade,” said Markus Kerber of BDI, according to Reuters. From City...

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Ukip’s Paul Nuttall issues direct ‘electoral’ threat to ANY MP who attempts to stop Brexit

UKIP LEADER Paul Nuttall has issued a direct threat to any MP who attempts to defy the will of the people and vote against Brexit. On Monday the Supreme Court will begin hearing argumentsfollowing the High Court ruling which ruled Parliament must vote before the Government activates Article 50. Mr Nuttall, who recently succeeded Nigel Farage as Ukip leader, has warned Ukip will fight to remove any MP who “plays around with the will of the British people”. Speaking to Susanne Reid and Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the 39-year-old condemned those attempting to delay Brexit. “What...

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Get on with Brexit – top business bosses urge Theresa May to trigger Article 50

A letter signed by 200 business leaders being delivered to Downing Street today urges the Prime Minister not to waiver on her plan to trigger formal Brexit talks by the end of March without a vote in Parliament. The letter says: “We are confident that Britain can prosper outside the EU. “Some of us voted Leave, some Remain. Others represent international businesses with a stake in Britain’s success. “What we share is a respect for the decision made by a clear majority of the British people to leave the EU and a belief that it is now vital that...

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English Immigrant Maine Coon Ludo honoured by Guinness World Records

MEET the longest cat in the world who measures an incredible 46.6 inches from nose to the tip of his bushy tail. The fluffy Maine Coon called Ludo has been awarded a prestigious place in the Guinness World Records 2017 edition. His delighted owner Kelsey Gill has now been presented with a certificate from the famous official overseers of all things great and small to recognise his top cat status. Ms Gill fell in love with the Maine Coon breed after spotting one following Hogwart’s caretaker Mr Filch in the Hollywood movie series. Read the full article at The...

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Post-Brexit, we can make foreign aid work for the UK

THE International Development Secretary Priti Patel is standing by her pledge to crack down on wasteful foreign aid and next month a Multilateral Aid Review will take a hard look at how large aid agencies fail to get value for money when they are handing out British taxpayers’ money. Read the full article at The Daily...

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Britain is thriving now it is finally leaving the EU

WHITHER the doom-mongers now? Following one dire warning after another about the consequences of Britain leaving the EU, the purveyors of Project Fear are looking more foolish by the day. Good news continues to flood in: Britain’s economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the third quarter and now Japan’s Nissan has announced it is to build its new Qashqai car in Sunderland. And so where, you might ask, is a word of contrition from those who warned that Britain would fall off a cliff outside the EU, especially those in the Treasury? Their silence has been deafening. Indeed,...

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EasyJet boss says special aviation deal between UK and EU can be worked out post-Brexit

EASYJET’S boss has said that a deal can be worked out between the EU and the UK post-Brexit as it would be “beneficial to both economies”. Sophie Dekkers, the firm’s UK country director, has said she is optimistic about a bespoke deal being agreed in the upcoming negotiations to leave the EU. She dismissed concerns airspace would be a sticking point, claiming that an arrangement would be beneficial to both unions. She said: “The risk of reduced access is a technical problem, but I think it will be solved because it’s in the interest of both parties. “There are...

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JCB boss brands EU’s single market ‘HARMFUL for British business’

ONE of Britain’s biggest business owners has called for a Hard Brexit, claiming the European Union’s single market regulations are harmful for the British economy. Lord Anthony Bamford, chairman of manufacturing giant JCB, said yesterday “hidden barriers” such as EU red tape “proves that this single market has not created a level playing field”. He urged the Government to secure an exit deal that would allow Britain to become a “truly global trading nation”. Read the full article at The Daily...

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WRONG! and WRONG again – the utterly useless ‘forecasters’ we should stop listening to

Britain’s Gross Domestic Product defied the warnings of Project Fear to rise by 0.5 per cent in the three months after the historic decision to cut ties with Brussels, according to the Office for National Statistics. The surge exceeds expectations of many City experts and contrasts starkly with predictions of recession from George Osborne and other supporters of the UK’s membership of the EU, including former prime minister David Cameron and Bank of England governor Mark Carney. And Britain’s economy was given another ringing vote of confidence yesterday when car giant Nissan announced plans for building two new models...

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Voters still believe Brexit is BEST for Britain

MORE voters still believe Britain was right to quit the EU and are confident the country will be better off once Brexit is completed, a new poll has revealed. In a YouGov survey, 45 per cent are convinced leaving the EU is best for Britain compared to 44 per cent who disagree. There is also optimism about Britain’s economic performance away from the Brussels-based bloc, with 42 per cent believing the UK will be richer in the long-term than it would have been remaining inside the EU. Only 28 per cent said the British economy would fare worse over...

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Britain’s EU divorce won’t be acrimonious, says Johnson

Foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday Britain’s exit from the European Union would not be acrimonious, adding he hoped to negotiate a new relationship with the bloc that would be more valuable than the current one. “I think it is so important to recast this whole conversation and … to stop thinking of it as this acrimonious divorce. It’s not going to be like that, it’s going to be the development of a new European partnership between Britain and the EU,” he told a parliamentary committee. Read the full article at UK Reuters...

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Norway agrees to begin talks with UK over post-Brexit business

During a meeting on September 14 international trade minister, Liam Fox, asked Norway’s trade and industry minster, Monica Mæland, to form a bilateral trade working group to ready for trade post Brexit. The business daily Dagens Næringsliv said he request was passed to the Norwegian foreign affairs ministry, which is coordinating Norway’s Brexit response. A statement from the Norwegian embassy said: “The two ministers agreed to initiate a dialogue as a contribution to minimise any potential future disruption to the bilateral trade relationship and to reduce uncertainty in the business community. Read the full article at The Daily...

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Negotiating International Trade Treaties Before Exit? Most certainly.

Original article posted at http://www.lawyersforbritain.org/int-trade-before-exit.shtml Claims have been made by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and others that the United Kingdom is legally prevented while it remains an EU member from formally negotiating and concluding post-exit trade agreements with non-member countries. Francis Hoar, Lawyers for Britain Committee Member and barrister, has looked into this issue in depth.  His conclusions are clear and are set out below, and his full article can be downloaded here: Francis Hoar: UK’s Right to Negotatiate Free Trade Agreements before leaving the European Union (PDF). Executive summary – conclusions 1    Since the United Kingdom’s referendum vote...

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FTSE hits 16-month high after Brexit date set

UK shares opened higher on Monday, rising after Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said that she would trigger the process to leave the European Union by the end of March, which put pressure on sterling. The blue chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.9 percent to 6,960.43 points by 0800 GMT, hitting its highest level since June 2015. The index fell sharply after Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 24, but has since recovered and is up nearly 10 percent, thanks to the large number of internationally-facing firms listed which have benefited from a fall in sterling....

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UK firms expect output surge in late 2016

British companies expect a surge in output in the final quarter of the year despite a slowdown in the three months to September, a survey showed, the latest sign that the country’s economy is largely coping with the shock vote to leave the European Union. The Confederation of British Industry said on Sunday its growth indicator, based on a poll of companies, fell to +3 in the third quarter of 2016, down from +8 in the three months to August and the lowest since March. The measure showed manufacturing output grew as the fall in the value of sterling...

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PM vows to make Britain ‘sovereign’ in first Brexit detail

Prime Minister Theresa May will promise to make Britain “a sovereign and independent country” by repealing the act that took it into what is now the European Union next year, she told the Sunday Times newspaper. In an interview, May, appointed after Britain’s vote in June to leave the EU, said she would not wait for an election in Germany next September before triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty to start formal divorce proceedings. The former interior minister has been under pressure from EU officials, investors and members of her ruling Conservative Party to offer more detail...

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May to set out vision of Brexit ‘success’

Prime Minister Theresa May will set out her vision of a successful Brexit on Sunday as investors raise growing concern that the world’s fifth largest economy could face upheaval from a disorderly exit from the European Union. The June 23 Brexit vote took many investors and chief executives by surprise, triggering the deepest political and financial turmoil in Britain since World War Two and the biggest ever one-day fall in sterling against the dollar. May’s government has tried to reassure manufacturers and banks that Britain is open for business and that it will take their views into account during...

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Hammond says Brexit deal should not harm economy

British controls on immigration following the country’s referendum decision to leave the European Union must not be damaging for the economy, finance minister Philip Hammond was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph story on Friday. Hammond told newspaper that Britain would use any new immigration powers “responsibly” in comments that could ease concerns among investors that the country might be heading for an acrimonious divorce with its main trading partners in the EU. “We’ve got to be clear about one thing – there’s an implicit term of the mandate we received from the British people,” Hammond said in...

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The man who brought you Brexit

Until about nine months ago, leaving the European Union was not something that sensible British politicians talked about. They hadn’t, really, since the country entered the bloc in 1973, the year that Theresa May sat her O-levels. In the intervening 43 years, as the EEC became the EU; and Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair came and went; and the Channel Tunnel was dug; and the borders spread to the east; and the euro was launched, and then foundered; our relationship with Brussels seemed, more or less, to embody a settled ambivalence towards the European continent that most British people...

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Britain must invoke Article 50 NOW to avoid EU army & regain military might, MEP tells May

Britain should also focus less on its NATO alliance and more on bolstering its own military might in the face of growing Russian aggression, according to Ukip’s defence spokesman Mike Hookem. With EU member states rapidly pressing ahead with plans for a joint defence system, despite claims from Remainers during the referendum that there were no solid plans for such a force, Mr Hookem has urged the UK to look after its own interests. The Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP said it will not be long before there is an EU seat at the NATO table as European defence...

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EU MP tears apart Cameron’s disastrous bid to remain in EU

Günther Oettinger ripped into the former prime minister’s failed bid to keep the UK within the Brussels bloc and claimed the EU needs to move on from the historic vote. The commissioner, who is part of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union party, said: “We have to accept the democratic decision and the s*** campaign of Cameron. “I’m sorry, that’s life and s*** happens.” Mr Oettinger’s view was echoed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who has called on Brussels to accept the consequences of Brexit. The furious comments come as International Trade Secretary Liam Fox pursues a “hard Brexit”...

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UK manufacturing expands strongly in September – CBI

British manufacturing grew strongly in September and orders flowed in at an above-average rate, adding to signs the economy has avoided an immediate hit from June’s Brexit vote, an industry survey showed on Thursday. The Confederation for British Industry’s total order book balance held at -5, well above its long-run average of -15 and as expected in a Reuters poll of economists. Output expectations for the next three months touched a three-month high, although export order growth eased slightly from August’s two-year high. Read the full article at Reuters Business...

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Brexit will make Britain BETTER OFF than other EU countries, top German businessman admits

Going against the doom-mongering Project Fear predictions that Britain’s economy would suffer because of Brexit, Mathias Dopfner – chief executive of Axel Springer publishing – Mathias Dopfner revealed the UK will now become a more attractive prospect for foreign investors. He said: “You basically integrate and invite the people that you benefit from and not people who only benefit from your social welfare system.” In a devastating blow to the EU, Dopfner said beleaguered Brussels will suffer disproportionately from Brexit and the UK’s “healthy” influence on the bloc. He added: “I very simply think that in the long run...

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London backed to retain world-beating status as city for opportunity after Brexit

London has retained its status as the world’s greatest city for opportunity, and will hold on to the top spot if it seizes the chances presented by Brexit, according to an in-depth study published this morning. For the second year running, London beat the likes of New York, Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo, to top a global ranking compiled by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The list aims to identify the world’s leading centre for business, commerce and culture. The report identified economic clout, reputation as a city gateway, ease of doing business, innovation and entertainment as reasons for London taking top spot....

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Leading Brexiteers club together to stop May from backsliding on EU

LEADING Brexiteers are set to effectively resurrect the defunct Vote Leave campaign to prevent Theresa May from backsliding on leaving the European Union. Key figures from the push to get Britain out of Brussels are forming a new pressure group to ensure the new PM sticks to the referendum result on key issues like migration. The new campaign, which will be called Change Britain, will be headed up by Labour MP Gisela Stuart who lit up the EU referendum debate with her sparkling performances, according to Politico. Senior sources within Westminster told the website that new Foreign Secretary Boris...

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