Author: Kittens for Brexit

UK’s post-Brexit rebound extends to housing and jobs

The bounce back in Britain’s economy from the initial shock of the Brexit vote has expanded to the country’s recruitment and housing markets, according to two surveys which previously painted a bleak outlook. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation – which last month said hiring was in “dramatic freefall” – said firms increased permanent staff for the first time in three months, and were also spending more on temporary workers. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said its monthly house price index jumped to +12 in August from July’s three-year low of +5, the first rise in six months, though still one of the lowest readings in the past year and a half. Read the full article at Reuters Business...

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Tories say NO to single market as they lose patience with May’s delays

CONSERVATIVE members are losing patience with the Government’s delaying over Brexit, with more than three-quarters now in favour of a “hard” exit from the EU. A poll last week found that 78 per cent of Tory supporters want to leave the single market and regain full control of our borders, compared to 69 per cent last month. Only 18 per cent now back a Norway-type “softer” form of Brexit in which the UK remains a single market member without signing up to Schengen free movement but with a time-limited emergency break on immigration. Twenty six per cent favoured this...

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May says UK to become leader in free trade despite Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May said she wanted Britain to become a global leader in free trade as it exits the European Union. “As the UK leaves the EU I’ve set out our ambition to become the global leader in free trade,” May told reporters after a two-day summit of leaders from G20 nations in China. May said there would be no retreat towards protectionism and that there had been positive reactions from partners about securing new trade deals. Read the full article at...

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Australia says wants “very strong” Britain free trade deal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Monday he wants to negotiate a “very strong” free trade agreement with Britain after it leaves the European Union. Turnbull told reporters that May told the Australians she “remains very grateful for the assistance we are providing, both legislative and in terms of other resources”. “And of course, from our point of view, getting in to deal with the British early and making sure we can negotiate a very strong, very open free trade agreement once they are actually out of the European Union.” Read the full article at Reuters World...

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Commonwealth nations DESPERATE to secure free trade deals with Britain

THERESA May has been given a post-Brexit trade boost after Australia, India and a host of other Commonwealth nations declared their interest to form free trade deals with Britain. It comes as Theresa May met a host of top world leaders at her first G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China. Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has been vocal in his support of free trade talks, who said he wanted to secure a “very strong” free trade deal with once the UK finally invoked Article 50. Read the full article at The Daily...

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Michael Gove chastises ‘experts’ for predicting post-Brexit doom

POLITICAL outcast Michael Gove rubbed salt into the wounds of Remainers by claiming the so-called economic experts who predicted a financial downturn after Brexit must now have egg on their faces. The former Tory frontbencher hailed the latest statistics about Britain’s economic success as proof of the fiscal fibs told by Europhiles in the run up to the June 23 referendum. Mr Gove, who infamously said the public had “had enough of experts” during Brexit discussions, said it was clear the Vote Leave contingent “know a darn sight more about economics” than the “soi-disant experts” who issued warnings ahead...

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Theresa May in talks with Australia over UK’s FIRST free trade deal

THERESA May is set to open talks on a landmark new free trade deal with Australia ready for when Britain leaves the EU. The Prime Minister, who is currently in China for the G20 summit, will meet Australian leader Malcolm Turnbull on Monday to plan the outline of Britain’s first new trade agreement after Brexit. Mrs May is also expected to discuss other trade opportunities with Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the summit. Speaking ahead of the two-day meeting with world leaders, the Prime Minister said Britain is “open for business”. She said: “As a...

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UK economy expands at steady pace “despite Brexit”

Britain’s economy appears to have largely avoided a big hit from the Brexit vote in June and is growing at a steady pace while companies have grown slightly more optimistic about the outlook, the Confederation of British Industry said on Sunday. The CBI’s growth indicator rose to +8 in August from +5 in July when Britain was in the grip of a political crisis triggered by the decision by voters to leave the European Union. Consumer services companies grew moderately in the three months to August while manufacturers expanded more slowly, the survey of 833 companies showed. “While it’s...

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Brexit minister David Davis demands free trade with Europe

BREXIT minister David Davis has revealed the UK is seeking tariff-free access to the European Union (EU). The Tory MP said a good trading relationship is in the interests of the other members as well as Britain, but he warned the country has to take control of its borders and control the number of people coming in. He said: ”What we will seek to do is ideally to have a tariff-free access, but this is a matter of negotiation, and we will be negotiating over an issue which I suspect we will find is in the interest of the...

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UK CANNOT stay in EU ‘through back door’

THERESA MAY has wasted no time in reminding her senior Cabinet members “Brexit means Brexit”, as they met for the first time since their summer recess last Wednesday. The new PM told her Cabinet this morning: “We must continue to be very clear that Brexit means Brexit, and we are going to make a success of it. “That means no second referendum, no attempts to sort of stay in the EU by the back door.” Today’s Cabinet meeting took place at the Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers, where working on the UK’s divorce from Brussels will be at the top of...

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British consumer morale recovers some of its Brexit slump

British consumer morale in August recovered some of its post-Brexit slump, a survey showed on Wednesday, a latest sign that consumers are adjusting to the decision to leave the European Union. Market research firm GfK said its gauge of consumer confidence rose to -7 in August from -12 in July, when it suffered its sharpest drop in over 26 years. But August’s level was still the second-lowest since early 2014. The improvement was in keeping with recent data suggesting consumers have remained resilient after the June 23 referendum, even though there have been some indications that they are more...

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Theresa May insists MPs CANNOT overturn referendum vote

THERESA May today again signalled her determination not to give Remain campaigners a chance to overturn the British people’s decision to leave the European Union. At a meeting at Chequers, her country residence Mrs May said: “We’ll be looking at the next steps that we need to take, and we’ll also be looking at the opportunities that are now open to us as we forge a new role for the UK in the world. “We must continue to be very clear that ‘Brexit means Brexit’, that we’re going to make a success of it. That means there’s no second...

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May has no legal obligation to consult parliament on EU divorce

The British government has no legal obligation to consult parliament on triggering the formal divorce procedure with the European Union, but lawmakers will have a say, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday. “The will of the people must be respected and it must be implemented … There is no legal obligation to consult parliament on triggering Article 50 – that position has been well set out,” the spokesman told reporters, adding that parliament had overwhelmingly backed holding the EU referendum. Read the full article at Reuters World...

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‘GET ON WITH BREXIT’ Theresa May orders bitter pro-EU mandarins to do their job

THERESA May has told bitter Europhile civil servants to get on with the job and deliver Brexit. Her comments come as top Government figures clash over accusations that Remainers are “blocking” Britain’s split with the European Union. The Prime Minister is set to announce Brexit will at the “top of her in-tray” when she returns from holiday next week amid fears of a pro-EU “stitch-up”. Former Cabinet Secretary Lord O’Donnell warned Remain-backing mandarins in Whitehall could lead to the UK staying in a reformed EU. But a Downing Street source said: “The Prime Minister has been very clear that...

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Hammond tries to slam brakes on Prime Minister’s exit strategy

UK PM Theresa May has called an extraordinary Cabinet meeting at Chequers this week to thrash out a Brexit plan. She had told all members, not just the three Brexit teams, to spend the summer break coming up with solutions to get the best out of EU negotiations. But Mr Hammond is said to be attempting to slow down the moves for Britain to parachute out of the failing EU administration.  He is said to have lobbied the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK’s financial services sector is protected ahead of any exit but was staunchly supportive of...

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Prime Minister Theresa May puts Brexit success ‘at top of in-tray’ and calls Cabinet meeting to discuss strategies

THERESA May has put Brexit success at the “top of the in-tray” as she strives towards a negotiating strategy to leave the EU. The Prime Minister has summoned Cabinet ministers to discuss Britain’s EU exit as she returns to Westminster. Mrs May, who was at Lord’s for England’s one-day cricket international against Pakistan yesterday, had ordered them to come up with ideas to make a success of Brexit. They will meet at her country pile Chequers on Wednesday to deliver their pitches. It signals that all departments, not just the Three Brexiteers of Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox,...

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PM gives £40m for tourism holiday hotspot projects

THERESA May has insisted Brexit will boost tourism to the UK as she uncovered a £40million pot for the growth of tourism projects across the country. The Prime Minister said the new funds would ensure parts of Britain outside London would feel the benefits of Brexit. And she will also seek to cut restrictive licensing laws to give B&Bs the power to offer guests a welcome drink. Mrs May said she will make sure the tourism industry – which was worth £126.9billion in 2013 – will “thrive” as part of exit negotiations from the European Union. Read the full...

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UK economy suffers little immediate Brexit hit

Two months after Britain decided to leave the European Union, consumers seem to have taken the result in their stride but there are some signs that the challenge for the economy has barely begun Read the full article at Reuters Business News for a summary of the of various measures of the economy’s performance since...

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May tells EVERY Cabinet member to put leaving EU TOP of agenda

The Prime Minister told Cabinet members to spend the summer working on Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU and they will report back at the Government’s first meeting at Chequers on Wednesday. Morale in Downing Street has been boosted by new figures suggesting that 50,000 people have joined the Conservative Party since Mrs May took office last month. Sources say she will demand input on Brexit from everyone around the Cabinet table, not just leading Brexiteers Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox. It follows reports that there will not be a parliamentary vote on Brexit before Article 50...

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‘Labour was wrong to back Remain,’ says Gisela Stuart

THE Labour Party should have not taken sides in the referendum debate, according to its most prominent Leave campaigner. Gisela Stuart said the party’s decision to officially back the Remain campaign in the weeks leading up to June 23 alienated large numbers of its traditional supporters. The MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, who was chairwoman of Vote Leave, added that Jeremy Corbyn’s position was particularly “curious” as he was Eurosceptic before taking up the leader’s job. This comes after leadership rival Owen Smith on Friday accused Mr Corbyn of being secretly pleased with the referendum result. Read the full article...

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You’re WRONG Nicola! Scotland to enjoy £2bn Brexit BOOST, debunking fear mongering

The First Minister last week unveiled a Scottish Government report which predicted that cutting ties with Brussels would lead to a massive reduction in the country’s GDP by 2030. Civil servants analysed 15 economic forecasts – all of them predicting a negative outcome for Brexit – to conclude that Scotland stood to lose out by between £1.7bn and £11.2bn. This would work out at between £300 and £2,100 per head, with Ms Sturgeon claiming there were no circumstances under which Scotland might benefit from leaving the EU. One of the major economic forecasts to be overlooked was from the...

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Author Gerald Warner says ‘Forget Brexit ‘talks’… we’ve paid our bill, now lets check out of EU hotel’

IT is time to stop using the misleading term “Brexit negotiations”. Britain’s exit from the European Union is not subject to negotiation. It has been determined by the British people — the sole legitimate authority on this issue. One negotiates to enter an institution, not to leave it. We are simply checking out of the EU hotel. We paid our bill long ago and are free to leave. We are merely saying a courteous farewell. Read the full article at The...

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New move for instant EU exit: Tory MPs pile on pressure to ditch Brussels for good

A plan put forward by a group of Tory MPs for Parliament to just repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and leave the EU immediately is “on the table” according to a Whitehall source. The revelation comes as former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith yesterday piled on the pressure for Britain to leave the EU as quickly as possible following the historic vote in the referendum on June 23. The prominent Brexiteer said the UK should not necessarily seek to remain a member of the single market as such a move would involve surrendering control to Brussels. He also...

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Theresa May to trigger Article 50 WITHOUT Commons vote

The Prime Minister will take Britain out of the EU irrespective of threats from former British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair who mooted campaigners could challenge her decision and sue the Government almost a decade after he left office. Mrs May has taken legal advice from Government lawyers who have been studying the legislation contained within the Lisbon Treaty. They have also been looking into claims Remain campaigners can use the European Communities Act of 1972 to block the majority vote of the British public. Mrs May is to move forward despite pressure from the House of Lords who...

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Dutch anti-immigrant party chief urges ‘Nexit’ referendum for Netherlands

(Reuters) – The Netherlands should hold its own referendum on whether to leave the European Union following Britain’s vote in favor of exiting the bloc, the leader of the Dutch anti-immigrant PVV party, Geert Wilders, said. Wilders’ Eurosceptical party is leading opinion polls in the Netherlands, one of the six founder nations of what has become the EU, ahead of a parliamentary election expected next March. “I congratulate the British people for beating the political elite in both London and Brussels and I think we can do the same,” Wilders told Reuters in an interview. “The Dutch would like...

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