Author: Kittens for Brexit

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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Britain’s borrowing hits lowest level since 2008 as Brexit boom continues

BRITAIN’S public borrowing has fallen to its lowest level since 2008, in yet another blow to predictions the economy would be hit by a vote to leave the European Union (EU). The public finances were in surplus by around £1billion last month, after being in the red by around £7.8bn in June, official figures revealed today. Public sector borrowing is now at £23.7bn for financial year-to-date, down £3bn down from the same period last year and the lowest since 2008,the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed. Britain is usually in the black in July because it’s when a...

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EU exit plan FINALLY under way: City steps up work on Brexit blueprint

THE drive for a swift Brexit deal has been stepped up a gear, it has emerged. Experts in the City of London have intensified work on blueprints to secure the best possible agreement when Britain leaves the European Union. The Remain-supporting City is said to have resigned itself to no longer being in the EU Single Market. Instead it is focusing its energies on how to maximise free trade opportunities with the EU through a uniquely British solution. A pro-Remain former adviser to David Cameron conceded the UK could achieve a “good result”. And he warned Theresa May not...

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Wanted: a British bulldog for the Brexit department

In recent months, Downing St has played court to a turf war between No.10’s chief mouser Larry and Palmerston, the Foreign Office’s top cat. Things are only set to get more complicated now that the Treasury has also welcomed a feline — by the name of Gladstone — and the Cabinet Office are in talks to do the same. Unsurprisingly this new wave of pets has left some departments feeling rather left out. In fact, those in the newly formed Department for Brexit are now keen for their own pet. However, rather than a mere cat they are after a… British bulldog. The thinking is that...

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BrexitCentral – new site launching to track the status of Brexit

Vote Leave chief Matthew Elliott is back at Business for Britain post-referendum, and Guido hears he will be setting up a new website called BrexitCentral. Former Lobby journalist Jonathan Isaby is leaving the Taxpayers’ Alliance to join as editor. It sounds like the site will offer plenty of comment and analysis – there is a gap in the market for some proper wonkish insight making sure Brexit means Brexit. Read the full details at Guido...

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Britons less gloomy about economy in August – poll

Britons turned less pessimistic about the economy in August than in July, an opinion poll showed, a latest sign that the short-term impact on consumers from the decision to quit the European Union may have been milder than expected. Forty-three percent of respondents in the Ipsos MORI poll expected the economy to worsen over the next year, down from 57 percent in July. The proportion expecting the economy to improve rose to 28 percent from 23 percent, the poll published on Thursday showed. Read the full article at...

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Economists, not the economy, are the only ones taking a battering from Brexit

There are queues outside the money exchanges as we desperately try and swap our worthless pounds for euros. The Red Cross are flying in food parcels. The IMF is arranging an emergency aid package, whilst house prices are in freefall and interest rates are soaring. If you cast your mind back only a few weeks, that was meant to be an accurate description of the British economy by now if we were crazy enough to vote to leave the European Union. That, however, is not how it has worked out. In fact, the economy is fine. It is the economists...

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Amazon steps up British investment, to create 1500 jobs

Online retailer Amazon said it would create 1,500 new jobs in 2017 when it opens a new distribution centre in Tilbury, south east England, maintaining its surge of investment in Britain. News of the investment follows Friday’s announcement that it will create 500 jobs when it opens a fulfilment centre in Doncaster, northern England, next year. Read the full article at...

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Norway hints it will now WELCOME Britain to EU trade club

NORWAY has performed a dramatic U-turn over its stance on Brexit and is now hinting it would welcome Britain to join an exclusive EU trade club. Oslo today significantly softened its stance on the UK becoming part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), after initially seeming to rule out British membership. The trade agreement is between Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and allows all four to enjoy access to the lucrative single market. Read the full article at The Daily...

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IMF ‘clowns’ forced to admit Britain’s economy is GROWING despite predicting Brexit doom

BUNGLING International Monetary Fund officials have claimed Britain’s economy will grow faster than Germany’s and France’s just weeks after warning Brexit would have a “severe” impact on the economy. Officials are facing a humiliating climbdown after claiming Britain would face a recession if the country opted to leave the European Union. But now the IMF expects the British economy to grow by 1.7 per cent this year and 1.3 per cent in 2017. The forecast puts the UK’s economy as the second-fastest growing economy in 2016 among the G7 industrialised nations, second only to the US. The embarrassing backtrack...

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British shoppers defy Brexit shock as spending jumps in July

Shoppers in Britain shrugged off June’s shock Brexit vote as retail sales jumped by much more than expected last month, adding to signs there has been little immediate hit for consumers. Warm weather boosted clothes sales and the pound’s plunge tempted overseas buyers to splash out on luxury items such as watches and jewelry, official data showed on Thursday. These are the first official figures to shed light on how consumer demand has performed since the unexpected decision by voters to leave the European Union in the June 23 referendum. Read the full article at...

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UK households recover from Brexit hit to confidence on finances

British households have recovered from a loss of confidence about their finances after the country voted to leave the European Union, a survey showed on Wednesday, another sign consumers are taking the referendum result in their stride. Financial data firm Markit said its Household Finance Index for August reversed July’s plunge and edged above its level in June at 44.9, its highest reading in four months. “Concerns seem to have eased in line with the removal of some of the immediate political uncertainty arising from the shock referendum result, combined with a strong monetary policy response from the Bank...

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Wages up and unemployment down as Brexit Britain booms

BRITAIN’S jobless numbers fell, wages increased and out of work benefits dropped, in a triple whammy of positive news amid the vote to leave the European Union (EU), figures revealed today. Proving doom-mongers fears of economic disaster have been wrong, unemployment fell by 52,000 between April and June to 1.64 million to remain at a rate of just 4.9 per cent – the lowest since 2005 – figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed today. The last time there were fewer out of work Britons was between March and May 2008. At the same time, average total...

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Boosting our exports is key to Mayonomics

The 1970 election was lost, some thought, on the basis of Britain’s balance of payments. Labour had been comfortably ahead in the polls, but the surprise announcement of poor trade figures upended its campaign. A deficit of just £31 million helped bring down a government. Today, Britain has a balance of payments deficit of £32 billion. Of course, our economy has changed a lot in nearly five decades, and the balance of payments current account balance is no longer regarded as the premier index of national performance. But the deficit was only £664 million in the second quarter of 2011 and...

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FTSE 100 surges towards record 7,000 highs as Brexit boom continues

BRITAIN’S top stock index jumped again during Monday morning trading, reaching towards its highest ever levels, as investor confidence continues to surge following vote to leave the European Union (EU). The FTSE 100 was up by around 0.4 per cent at the start of the week to hover at a 14-month high of around 6940. Proving Brexit fearmongers who warned of economic meltdown were wrong, the bluechip index is now around 12 per cent higher than it was immediately before the referendum. Read the full article at The Daily...

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Brexit is ‘FULL STEAM AHEAD’ as Theresa May VOWS to get Britain out of the EU quickly

THERESA May is working “full steam ahead” to finish Brexit deals as fears mount that delays could lead to Britain being tied to the European Union for another three years. Brexit is the Prime Minister’s “top priority”, according to a Downing Street spokeswoman, as calls grow for Mrs May to trigger Article 50. But there are concerns that “chaotic” Whitehall civil service departments are woefully unprepared for the changes Britain’s divorce from Brussels would cause. City insiders said Whitehall staff would not be ready to trigger Article 50 for another 12 months. But prominent Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg has slammed...

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