Nicola Sturgeon launches blistering Brexit attack
Independent economist Julian Jessop highlighted a chart which showed that the Netherlands and Denmark have been hit much worse with supply issues despite both being EU members. Mr Jessop went on to claim that there was “little difference” between the US and UK because “both economies have bounced back relatively quickly and therefore first to hit the buffers”.
The former Chief Economist and current economics fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs went tweeted that Brexit was not to blame.
He was responding to a graph tweeted by financial journalist Andy Bruce which revealed how badly different nations had been affected by supply shortages.
He added: “Here’s the supplier delivery times index from every August manufacturing PMI (so far).
“Danish, Dutch and UK manufacturers most affected by delays, which probably makes sense for their own respective reasons.”
Mr Jessop, who previously said that Brexit was used as a “scapegoat”, responded are manic Remoaners insisted the shortages were down to red tape imposed after the Brexit withdrawal ended in January.
Numerous members of the liberal elite had gleefully “bemoaned” the lack of supplies – pointing the finger firmly at Boris Johnson for daring to honour the democratic will of the people and take the UK out of their cherished bloc.
While it is undeniable that there have been issues, Mr Jessop has repeatedly pointed out that blaming everything solely on Brexit is wrong.
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5.50am update: Take that Ursula! Brexit Britain’s pursuit to join CPTPP gets the green light from Japan
Brexit Britain’s pursuit to join the mammoth CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade group has taken one step closer, Japan’s economics minister has said.
According to Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, the 11-nation group has confirmed it will hold a meeting in the next to discuss the UK’s membership.
Not only did the minister reveal the timeline of the meeting but he also claimed the UK’s membership of the group would be a significant addition.
He said on Wednesday: “I believe that the importance of Britain as a strategic partner and the expansion of the high-level rules beyond the Asia-Pacific are extremely significant.
“It was agreed between member countries to hold the meeting in about a month.”
4.30am update: Liz does it again! Truss forges new army of trade chiefs to seize glittering Brexit prize
Liz Truss is beefing up her trade team to seize lucrative opportunities across the continent and Central Asia ahead of an economic boom.
The International Trade Secretary has appointed two HM Trade Commissioners to boost British trade across the continent.
The two roles which can pay up to £120,000 per annum will play a crucial role in attracting inward investment and helping British businesses seize export opportunities throughout Europe and Central Asia.
Ministers say both trade chiefs will lead on a coordinated government effort overseas to promote UK trade, delivering jobs and prosperity for the UK economy.
Ms Truss said: “As an independent trading nation, our relationships with our closest trading partner Europe and with Central Asia remain extremely important.
“We are working hard to promote Britain as a top investment destination – particularly in future-facing industries like science, tech and the green economy – and help British exporters access new markets.”
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2.15am update: Absurd! EU to spark fresh ‘nightmare’ as bloc ignores UK offer on tense Brexit border row
A Brexit spat erupted last night after the EU said it would press ahead with a solution the UK downplayed earlier this summer to resolve a tense border row.
The European Commission is currently preparing a plan to ensure the continued long-term supply of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland from next year under the Northern Ireland Protocol.
But despite the UK Government’s objections to the suggestion, Eurocrats are working on a legislative proposal for the European Council and the European Parliament to consider.
The plan would involve regulatory compliance functions, such as quality control tests for new medicines destined solely for the Northern Ireland market to be permanently conducted in the UK.
This would be instead of requiring companies to set up these procedures in Northern Ireland or the EU after existing grace periods expire in December 2021.
1.30am update: Typical! Bitter Brussels to BLOCK Britain from key treaty in ‘tit for tat’ Brexit response
The EU’s move to block Britain from re-entering the Lugano Agreement is a bitter punishment plot as a result of Brexit, according to an expert who branded the move a “political reaction” to the UK’s exit.
The Lugano Convention provides for the recognition and enforcement of a wide range of civil and commercial judgements between the EU and EFTA states.
It is an international agreement and other states may join subject to approval of the present parties to the agreement.
It allows citizens and companies to rely on uniform framework conditions for cross-border legal protection and makes it possible to obtain security from the competent court in the event of a dispute.
11.20pm update: Post-Brexit Britain ‘free from untrustworthy EU trade partners’, UK trade deals celebrated
Proud Brexiteers have celebrated news that confidence in the country’s economy has soared since it broke free from the EU.
A recent Lloyds Bank Business Barometer survey revealed that it had risen to a four year high as it signed trade deals with countries including New Zealand.
At the same time business confidence in the eurozone fell following a rise in COVID-19 cases across the bloc and issues with supply chain disruption.
The rosy news for business combined with a similarly positive outlook for employees – as a record number of UK businesses said they were planning to increase salaries and economic optimism rose for the first time in three months.
The news was roundly welcomed by Project Fear-dismissing Express.co.uk readers – keen to celebrate the freedom that leaving Brussels’ clutches has given the country.
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Isabella Marsans is taking over from Oliver Pritchard-Jones.
10.12pm update: Europe in crisis – Beer shortages in Britain but Brexit NOT to blame
Beer shortages have been reported from the Wetherspoons pub chain due to supply chain issues attributed to Brexit and the Covid pandemic.
Brexit is one of the most divisive issues in British history. Even though the deal is done, many remainers have been quick to criticise recent supply chain shortages from businesses including McDonald’s and Nando’s.
Now one of Britain’s favourite products has been affected: beer. But with widespread European lorry driver shortages being reported across the continent – claims Brexit is to blame are being fiercely disputed and criticised.
The pub chain Wetherspoons reported shortages of some of its beers on Wednesday amid a Brexit and Covid-induced shortage of delivery drivers.
9.41pm update: Brussels’ veil completely slips as leading German MEP demands EU army: ‘We need strength!’
Europhiles have used the calamitous withdrawal from Afghanistan to add weight to their burning desire to create an EU army.
In a recent meeting, German politician Manfred Weber insisted that “the hour for Europe is only now striking” in international events after America withdrew from the war-torn country last month.
Mr Weber, the leader of the European People’s Party in the EU Parliament, warned that if the EU withdraws from conflicts across the planet China and Russia “will fill the vacant spaces”.
He added: “Europe generally needs military capabilities.
“Take the cyberwar. In Lithuania or Latvia and beyond, Russia is waging a hybrid war. The Irish health system was recently paralysed. The attacks on public infrastructure are getting closer.
“(We need) a European task force with drones and a cyber brigade defending the online infrastructure.”
8.51pm update: Brexit trade deals: 10 countries Britain will secure deals with next – TWO key priorities
Britain left the European Union officially in 2020 and from that time the country has been attempting to make free trade agreements with other nations. These are the 10 countries that could be next in line for a free trade deal with the UK after Brexit.
Britain is free from being tied to the European Union (EU), meaning it can negotiate free trade agreements which suits the nation and its demands better.
A deal with Australia has already been struck and the UK is well on its way to securing other landmark deals. Express.co.uk speaks to an economic expert about the 10 countries Britain is likely to strike deals with next and why they are important priorities for the country.
The Australia deal negotiated between Britain and Australia was the first trade agreement to be negotiated since the UK left the EU.
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5.54pm update: Kevin McCloud admitted ‘freedom from restrictions imposed by Europe’ after Brexit
Kevin McCloud admitted that Brexit would give the UK “freedom from restrictions imposed by Europe”, an unearthed account shows.
The designer and TV presenter, 62, returns to British screens for a new series of “Grand Designs” tonight. The popular series follows people as they try to build the home of their dreams under Kevin’s watchful eye. In the latest episode the broadcaster meets a couple in south Devon planning to build an art-inspired pad.
The plans for the huge house, which is 70 metres long and overlooks a valley, are the brainchild of Joe and his wife Claire.
Joe admits in the show that their intention was to build “one of the best homes on the planet”.
Kevin is no stranger to grand ambitions himself, having developed his own property empire.
The presenter has also spoken in detail about the impact of Brexit on his own business interests and those of the wider construction industry.
Recently resurfaced comments reported by Express.co.uk from 2018 show how Kevin recognised the potential benefits Britain’s withdrawal from the EU may have on homebuilding in the UK.
4.28pm update: Thousands of UK students hoping to study on in EU left in limbo
Thousands of British students have been left in limbo over whether they can study or take up internships in the EU.
Post-Brexit visa hurdles have created a lot of red tape that previously never existed for students.
Natasha Kerr, a modern languages student at Bristol, is waiting to hear if her application for a visa has been successful after filling in forms and obtaining the correct documents followed by a long wait for an interview at the Spanish consulate in London.
James Illingworth, a coordinator for the University Council of Modern Languages, told the Guardian that university administrators were struggling to support their students with the “seemingly never-ending requirements” for Spanish visas.
A UK government spokesperson said: “We have raised the issue with the Spanish government, and are supporting Universities UK International.”
3.25pm update: Remainers spark fury as they revel in Wetherspoons beer shortage ‘Deserves what he gets!’
Wetherspoons customers will be disappointed to find the pub chain is facing a shortage of some beer brands.
JD Wetherspoon is the latest business to fall victim to supply chain issues and lorry driver shortages as it was announced today that the pubs are out of multiple brands of beer.
One fuming customer shared the news on Twitter with a photograph of a sign warning: “We regret to inform you that we are out of stock of Carling, Coors and Bud Light.”
Remainer Twitter users have been quick to point the finger at Wetherspoons boss Tim Martin, who was a staunch supporter of Brexit during the referendum and even printed 200,000 beer mats urging people to “Take Back Control” in 2016.
One feisty user said: “I used to give Wetherspoons credit for its democratic pricing and half-decent curries. Not now. Brexiteer owner Tim Martin has been instrumental in creating the labour and supply shortages now affecting him. He deserves everything he gets. #BrexitChaos.”
Another said: “Tim Martin was one of the architects of Brexit its now backfired on him, he is suffering what he said would never happen, namely beer/staff shortages. I have got no sympathy.”
3pm update: Oliver Pritchard-Jones taking over from Bill McLoughlin
2.37pm update: ‘We have the final say!’ Spain urges EU to support its Brexit power grab over Gibraltar
Spain is urging the European Union to bolster its power grab over Gibraltar by approving the negotiating mandate for the post-Brexit deal “as soon as possible”.
Madrid has called on Slovenia, which holds the bloc’s rotating six-month presidency, to rush through the wrangling over the UK-EU treaty covering the Rock.
The issue of the British overseas territory was raised on Monday during a meeting between Spain’s foreign minister Jose Manuel Albares and his Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar.
Mr Albares said: “I have expressed to my colleague my desire that the presidency pushes for the approval of the negotiating mandate for an agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom on Gibraltar, so that it is adopted as soon as possible.
“For us, for Spain, this is evidently a priority issue.”
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1.33pm update: Nissan supplier opens new factory in Sunderland to serve as ‘beating heart for Europe’
Nissan supplier Magna has officially opened its new multi-million-pound factory in Sunderland which will employ 300 people when it is at full capacity.
The Canadian-owned firm has 347 manufacturing plants and 87 other facilities across 28 countries – 12 of them are in the UK employing 2,125 Britons.
Magna provides a range of components, including major body and chassis parts, to the automotive sector. It will produce exterior trim parts of Nissan’s third-generation Qashqai car at the facility which houses a robotic assembly line.
12.04pm update: Brexit turbo-charges entire UK economy but Remainers bemoan brie shortage! COMMENT
No wonder our beloved liberal elite were so terrified of Brexit – five years on and we are now staring down the barrel of a full on crisis.
If the dread warnings are right apparently it may soon become marginally more difficult to buy Roquefort and brie.
It gets worse. Chorizo, that granite-hard Spanish sausage nobody actually eats, might also be in short supply. The horror!
Imagine the shame around the dinner party tables of Islington, being forced to serve only British (spit!) produce like Stilton or this delicious Yorkshire Chorizo. Good Lord Diedre, it wasn’t this bad in the war!
Quick Jeeves, Fortnum & Mason tout suite and don’t spare the horses – there’s panic buying to be done!
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11.41am update: Brexit could FINALLY allow UK to block endless ‘box-ticking’ warnings on websites
Politicians plan to use new freedoms afforded by Brexit to end the barrage of warnings about cookies every time you visit a new website.
You’re probably familiar with the constant barrage of cookie warnings that pop-up whenever you visit a new page on the web.
For those living in Britain, that could soon change.
Following the departure from the European Union, Britain is now free to make its own decisions around data laws, including the cookie warnings required by EU regulations. According to Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden, Britain is now looking to give these messages the chop.
10.39am update: Liz Truss close to signing £100m New Zealand trade deal in Brexit boost
Liz Truss is close to striking a free trade deal with New Zealand – an important step towards Britain’s bid to join the £9trillion Pacific free trade bloc.
The International Trade Secretary is locked in negotiations to thrash out the final sticking points in the agreement that will axe tariffs between the nations.
Whitehall sources said the deal was “quite close, but there are a few things still to resolve”.
The insider added: “New Zealand will need to give us more on digital and services trade.”
Total trade in goods and services between the two nations was worth £2.3billion last year and it had been hoped a trade deal would boost it by as much as £100million a year.
Nicola Sturgeon launches blistering Brexit attack
10.04am update: First meeting for UK’s CPTPP inclusion to be held in a month
Members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreed to hold a meeting to discuss the UK’s inclusion to the trade alliance, Japan’s economy minister announced today.
Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said today: “It was agreed between member countries to hold the meeting in about a month.
“I believe that the importance of Britain as a strategic partner and the expansion of the high-level rules beyond the Asia-Pacific are extremely significant.”
9.22am update: Brexit Britain enjoying ‘wine boom’ to economy as industry braced for £658m injection
Brexit Britain’s wine industry has blown up as climate change has fostered ideal conditions for the grape growing season – and experts say it could be braced for a £658million injection.
The average growing season, April to October, has seen temperatures above 14C making it possible to reliably grow more grape varieties and rapidly increase production.
Last year, British vineyards produced 8.7 million bottles of wine.
That made it the third-warmest year in England since records began in 1884, according to the Royal Meteorological Society’s ‘State of the UK Climate 2020’ report.
Now, British wineries are planting more grapevines year after year, and research group WineGB estimated that, by 2040, production in Britain will increase to 40 million bottles per year.
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8.38am update: Brexit Britain ‘doesn’t ask EU for permission to breathe!’ – Remoaners brutally shut down
Brexit Britain has scored another huge victory after leaving the European Union that has seen Remainers brutally torn apart over their vicious doom-mongering.
Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit plans to turn the UK into a global shipping hub received a monumental boost with the news the Duke of Northumberland is joining forces with pensions giant Legal & General to fund an ambitious “super-port” in Teeside.
JP Morgan is advising the consortium, which is expected to table an offer in a matter of days before the second and final binding bids are made by the end of this year, sources close to the deal told The Sunday Telegraph.
Investment bank Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is running the sale for PD Ports, which employs 1,300 staff and has 12 sites throughout the UK.
8.02am update: Brexit opens the door for us to be workshop of world, says TIM NEWARK
New firms have hit a record high this year, up by 24 percent at Companies House.
Start-ups with high values – called “unicorns” – are at their highest in the UK with 81 of them worth over $1billion each, more than in France, Germany and Sweden combined.
Despite the pandemic, £11billion of capital flowed towards talented British entrepreneurs with smart ideas in 2020, another record.
Britain’s freeports also look set to get a big boost, with investors putting in £2billion to create a mega-logistics empire that stretches from Teesside in the North East to the Thames Estuary.
Granted low-tax status by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the March budget, the jewel in this crown is Teesport, which hopes to attract top foreign companies and generate £200million of profits by the end of the decade.
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7.34am update: Fury erupts as Rejoiner claims millions sacrificed over Brexit
Prominent Remainer, Femi Oluwole claimed millions of people and major parts of the country had been sacrificed for Brexit.
In doing so, he alleged those who voted to Leave the EU, could not be labelled as patriots.
He said: “Can we all agree that if you’re happy to sacrifice major parts of your country and the millions of people who live there, you don’t get to call yourself a patriot?”
His claim led to many on Twitter questioning his remark on the popular social media platform.
One person said: “Not sure what purpose this serves.
“Are we to continue with a Punch & Judy show for eternity over Brexit?
“Nothing wrong in highlighting the issues in terms of trade etc, but name-calling or putting one side into a box will ensure that Punch & Judy will continue to divide.”
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