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Lib Dem leader Tim Farron: ALL LIB DEM PEERS will vote AGAINST Article 50 Bill

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Now that the time has come for the House of Lords to debate and vote on the Article 50 Bill, there are growing concerns that the unelected peers who make up this chamber could delay Brexit by up to ONE YEAR, with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron already admitted that all 104 Lib Dem peers could vote against it.

The Liberal Democrats have a far larger presence in the House of Lords than the House of Commons, and this would mean that only 30 more votes would be required in total for the bill not to pass outright.

Although the House of Lords is only officially in place to ‘advise’ the House of Commons, parliamentary law would mean that the blocked bill wouldn’t be able to proceed for at least twelve months, and this would delay Brexit for ONE YEAR at the very least!

According to a report in The Mirror, the growing desire to vote against the Article 50 Bill in the House of Lords is being driven by concerns that the whole process has been ‘rushed’ through when the decision itself is one of the most important that Parliament will ever be faced with.

The Tory peer Baroness Altmann said: ‘I don’t understand why the March 31st deadline is so significant when this is such a monumental decision.’

We can help her with this question! The March 31st deadline is important because the United Kingdom voted to Leave the European Union, and it has been agreed by most people that this needs to happen in a timely manner. Any sort of delay must surely complicate the process even further, frustrating the very people that were driven to vote Leave in the first place.

As a result of this warning from Farron, along with the fact that there is talk of Tory peer rebels stepping into the argument, there will now be a huge amount of public interest in the House of Lords proceedings – usually the general public dismisses this ‘higher chamber’ as some sort of cosy little club where unelected peers are often caught napping!

Do you think that the House of Lords has had its day? Let us know at info@yourbrexit.co.uk

UK could be forced to pay the EU up to £60 BILLION in exit fees

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One of the most vital parts of the negotiation process to leave the European Union will be to agree the final exit fees that need to be paid in order to cover budget commitments, pension liabilities, loan guarantees and spending on UK-based projects – some analysts have predicted that this figure could reach an eye-watering £60 BILLION.

This potential situation has been public knowledge for a few months now, but the issue was thrust back into the limelight on this week’s Sunday Politics show on BBC when a discussion between Andrew Neil, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform and Henry Newman from Open Europe.

The presenter became visibly angry when the figures were discussed, mainly because it would appear that such a huge lump sum would mean that it would take a considerable amount of time before the United Kingdom would see a financial benefit from Brexit.

It seems perfectly clear that the pressure is on Theresa May to ensure that this figure is as low as possible.

As a number of people have said all along, when it comes to our departure from the European Union, ‘no deal’ is better than a ‘bad deal.’ From where we are sitting at Your Brexit, a £60 BILLION GOLDEN GOODBYE wouldn’t just be a bad deal – it would be a monumentally bad deal. When you think of it as 240 billion Freddos (those Cadbury’s chocolate frogs made from Dairy Milk) it sounds even worse!

Put simply, the more that Theresa May gets stung for before they graciously allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, the harder that she will find it to win the next general election. Every penny that the taxpayer has to cough up to leave this silly club could be better spent on the NHS, schools, public infrastructure, Migraleve for Diane Abbott … you name it.

What’s the worst that could happen if we tell Brussels to take a running jump? They might say ‘OK Britain, you are hereby expelled from the European Union.’ We all know it won’t be that simple in reality, but surely this thought has crossed a few people’s minds.

What do you think about this £60bn figure, other than the fact that it is roughly £60bn too much? Let us know at info@yourbrexit.co.uk

 

Katie Hopkins SLAMS Diane Abbott ‘you are truly morally repellent’

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Katie Hopkins went on the attack after Diane Abbott got away with not voting on the European Union (Brexit) Bill due to a ‘migraine’, otherwise known by many as BREXIT FLU. 

Outspoken LBC presenter Katie Hopkins did not hold back on the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington for missing the Brexit vote. Many have called for her to resign as Shadow Home Secretary.

‘Having a migraine’ was the reason given behind her missed vote, despite being at the House of Commons two hours beforehand.

Katie Hopkins said while on LBC: “She managed to miss the most important vote in the history, I would suggest, of my time following politics.”

“She managed to have a migraine and not be there to vote that we should leave the European Union.”

“Corbyn had a three-line whip on it. Everyone else was told you either show up and vote, or you decide to leave your job.”

“Diane Abbott managed to get away, it seems, with saying she had a migraine.”

“Now, I would say, unless you’re in intensive care, that’s probably sick, bit like a freelancer. You’re only not showing up if you’re in intensive care. That’s the only reason you missed that vote on .”

The European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill was passed on Wednesday by an overwhelming majority as MPs voted in favour of giving  the power to trigger Article 50.

Watch the video below!

Are you convinced by the migraine excuse? Let us know at info@yourbrexit.co.uk

Muslim children outnumber Christian pupils at more than 30 church schools in England

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According to the latest statistics that are available, there are now more than thirty church-affiliated schools in England where there are more Muslim pupils than Christian pupils. There is even one Church of England primary school in Oldham where the students are allegedly 100% Muslim.

The information applies to both Catholic and Protestant schools in England, and the news has prompted a number of educational experts to recommend that these educational establishments become secular teaching environments.

A report in the Daily Mail states that: ‘St Thomas in Werneth, Oldham, is reported to have no Christian pupils, according to the local diocese, with a 100 per cent Muslim population – though this figure may be ‘out of date’ according to one governor.’

This school’s website includes the statement: ‘St Thomas is a Church of England school and at present most of the children who attend are of the Muslim faith. We begin each day with a school worship when we say prayers to recognise the place God has in our lives. All children follow a course of Religious Education and we observe both Christian and Muslim Festivals.’

While it would be all too easy to jump to the conclusion that Christian values are under threat here, there are some people who feel that this experience could become confusing and uncomfortable for Muslim pupils in a school that has been founded on Christian values. If there are no Christian pupils in a particular catchment area, the educational sector needs to make the best possible use of services at its disposal.

The experts’ recommendation to convert these establishments into secular schools would mean that pupils would be able to attend without any religious influences in the daily life of the school (other than Religious Education), and this may well be a common sense solution if such a significant proportion of the students wouldn’t attend church as a matter of course.

On the other hand, is this a positive step in terms of cultural integration? The fact that the schools are able to combine Christian and Muslim festivals in the calendar of events could be considered as progress.

Let us know what you think at info@yourbrexit.co.uk

 

Why on Earth was TONY BLAIR holding Brexit talks with EU Commission President Juncker?

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Officially, Brexit talks cannot get underway until Article 50 has been activated and the United Kingdom has informed the EU that they wish to leave. Therefore, a lot of people have been slightly confused and even angry about the fact that the ex-Prime Minister and passionate RemainerTony Blair has been in Brussels recently meeting the EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker for what has been described as ‘private Brexit talks.’

Although the UK government has confirmed that Mr Blair wasn’t briefed or contacted ahead of his visit to Brussels a few weeks ago, it does seem a little odd for Tony Blair to be getting involved in any aspect of the Brexit process.

Putting aside the fact that ex-Prime Minister Blair is about as popular as the orange one in a packet of Revels, it’s still a bit of a cheek for Blair to be taking part in this kind of meeting as people will naturally assume that he is acting on behalf of the current British government, when in fact the reality is that he has no role to play in the process.

Many people even feel that Blair’s desire to start a war in Iraq led to the current climate where the United Kingdom has to live under the threat of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism.

The very public photo of the two politicians embracing would be enough to give most of the British public the hump as Juncker has come out with negative comments about Britain on a number of occasions relating to the outcome of the referendum in favour of Leave.

In an interview with French radio last year, Blair even admitted that it is possible that Brexit WILL NOT HAPPEN at all – you can see this below. Is this really the sort of person that we want to see meeting a Brussels official who has the power to make Brexit as awkward as possible for the United Kingdom?

How do you feel about Tony Blair having such a high-profile meeting with Juncker in Brussels? Let us know at info@yourbrexit.co.uk

‘Pro-Remain’ BBC has received more than £2 MILLION in EU cash recently

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If you have ever watched or listened to any BBC show and thought to yourself ‘Wow! These guys really have a thing against Brexit,’ it may have something to do with the fact that the publicly-funded corporation has actually received around £2.3m of EU funding since 2013. 

An investigation by the Sunday Express has revealed that this money has been provided to the BBC for a variety of projects, and the figure is actually higher in reality because the figures for the financial year 2016/2017 are not yet available. 

Under the banner of the ‘EU Framework Programme for Research and Development Projects, it breaks down as follows: 

2013-14 £878,000
2014-15 £779,000
2015-16 £676,000

The system operates by making the funds available for production companies who are making shows for BBC channels. 

Indeed, even an investigation by their own show Newswatch found that there had been a disproportionate amount of bias towards the ‘Remain’ argument on BBC shows leading up to the referendum. 

A spokesperson for the BBC has pointed out that news programmes do not get any external funding as a matter of principle to ensure that their content is impartial.

However, that doesn’t mean that they cannot show bias based upon funding factors in other arms of the corporation. 

With all of the people who have complained about Nigel Farage getting too much airtime time, it may even be possible that the BBC is just trying to desperately balance their own output in light of this perceived bias. 

Your thoughts – info@yourbrexit.co.uk

Saira Khan accuses Nigel Farage of being ‘NAUGHTY ISLAMOPHOBIC UNCLE’

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Nigel Farage has been called just about everything under the sun in his lifetime, and we all know that he has the thickest skin in politics. Loose Women panellist Saira Khan is the latest ‘big name’ to have a pop at Nige about his views on Donald Trump’s immigration policies. 

Nigel was a guest on ITV’s Loose Women, and as ‘the show’s only Muslim panellist’ (she helpfully pointed this out in her Mirror article afterwards – we have often wondered about Katie Price’s religious background, so thanks for clearing that up) she asked Nigel how ‘he would feel if someone who subscribed to his views physically attacked someone like me (Saira) because they didn’t like immigrants, Muslims, or people with brown skin?’

She admitted that she wanted Nigel to empathise, but instead he replied with another question that she seems to be very angry about.

He said: ‘How would you feel if Muslims listening to an extremist preacher planted a bomb on a London Tube?,’ and she took exception to this and just said that he had chosen words that would ‘resonate with his supporters.’

Wow. A politician using language to appeal to the members of society that support them the most. Hold the front page – this is sensational stuff. 

Stepping into the oestrogen-filled bear pit that is Loose Women, any male would feel the need to fight their corner – there has to be the occasional guest who isn’t there to discuss fluffy puppies and Channing Tatum’s six-pack. 

The best part of Khan’s post-show analysis? ‘He presents himself as a bit like that naughty uncle we all have, who says things like: “I have Muslim friends. How can I be Islamophobic?” And people go along with it – he doesn’t mean any harm, it’s just banter.’

One minute she is willing to engage him in sensible conversation, and the next minute the mud slinging begins. 

Her follow-up article also accuses Farage of creating a society of ‘them and us,’ while spending the whole article hinting that Farage and his supporters are ‘them,’ and everyone else is ‘us.’

As far as ‘half baked,’ is concerned, we can assure everyone that Nigel’s ideas and TV presence are all very much ‘fully baked’ – they have been dished up for the whole world to see since the referendum campaign got underway. 

How do you feel about Nigel ‘Naughty Uncle’ Farage? Let us know at info@yourbrexit.co.uk

READ – 100 Reasons to be cheerful post-Brexit

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Who remembers all of the Remain scare stories during the referendum campaign? They said the economy would tank and Britain would out of business. Here’s 100 reasons to be cheerful after Brexit!

  1. The outcome of the Brexit Referendum could very likely to prove to be as significant and as beneficial to Europe as the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
  2. And the benefits of Brexit won’t just be felt in the UK and Europe – many African countries may reap long-term economic and political benefits from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.
  3. Project Fear’s apocalyptic claims turned out to be bunkum. We are not in the midst of World War Three.
  4. Western Civilization has not collapsed.
  5. And we are not experiencing a global Brexit recession.
  6. Each UK family is not £4,200 worse off.
  7. David Cameron, the leading cheerleader for Project Fear has stood down as Prime Minister.
  8. George Osborne another leading Project Fear advocate is no longer Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  9. As a result we have not had his “Punishment Budget.”
  10. By voting to leave on 23rd June, we have avoided being subsumed by the new European Union joint defence system, despite claims from Remainers during the referendum that there were absolutely no plans for an EU army.
  11. Despite what the former head of M&S Lord Stuart Rose, who chaired the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign said we have not retreated, withdrawn and become inward-looking.
  12. Leaving the European Union has liberated the UK to commence negotiating trade deals with the rest of the world.
  13. South Korea has formally requested the UK to start to commence negotiating a trade deal.
  14. Australia has called for a free trade deal with the UK as soon as possible.
  15. New Zealand offered to loan the UK their trade delegation, to assist the UK in negotiating new trade deals.
  16. Trade talks have already commenced with India (the world’s 7th richest country).
  17. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives has called for Washington, in parallel with its negotiations with Europe, to pursue a separate free trade agreement with Britain, once it has formally separated from the European Union.
  18. President Barack Obama’s contention that Britain will be at the “back of the queue” for trade talks now seems somewhat premature.[1]
  19. Brexit has wiped more than £1bn off the UK’s vast trade deficit. The Office for National Statistics reported the gap in August was £4.5billion, shrinking from £5.6billion before the referendum.
  20. There has been a jump in exports, up by £800million to £43.8billion post Brexit.[2]
  21. The first post-Brexit data on the UK jobs market caught economists by surprise, with the claimant count falling by 8,600 to 763,000 in July 2016, according to official figures.[3]
  22. On 30 June, HSBC ruled out leaving London after Brexit vote[4]
  23. On 30 June, Barclays said that it has no plans to move jobs out of the UK and is “staying anchored in Great Britain”.[5]
  24. On 11 July, Boeing announced it will build £100m aircraft facility in Moray[6]
  25. On 16 July, INEOS, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, announced that it was establishing a new office in London.”[7]
  26. On 16 July, Recruitment specialist Reed Group said demand for new staff has flourished since the referendum, with 150,000 more jobs added to its website in the prior three weeks compared with the same period last year.[8]
  27. On 18 July it was reported that US retail bank Wells Fargo £300m had purchased a shiny new London HQ for £300 million.[9]
  28. On 19 July, the International Monetary Fund – whose head Christine Lagarde warned back in May that the consequences of Brexit would be “pretty bad to very, very bad” – forecast UK growth in 2017 to be 1.3 per cent, the fastest in Europe ahead of both France and Germany.[10]
  29. On 20 July, Eliot Forster, chairman of MedCity, the body set up by Boris Johnson to promote the “golden triangle” of London, Oxford and Cambridge, said he was “bullish” that Britain could benefit from Brexit in the long term. [11
  30. “All of the assets that existed pre-Brexit are here today. We continue to have world-leading institutions. We have a new opportunity to look at how we become more competitive than we have for the past few decades. Some of the choppiness of the water at the top of the surface is smoothed out over time. It’s the underlying currents that are more important.”- Eliot Forster, chairman of MedCity.[12]
  31. On 21 July, The Wall Street Journal reported: ‘London’s financial services industry could be boosted by the UK’s planned exit from the European Union, according to Luxembourg’s finance minister.[13]
  32. On 22 July, it was reported that the FTSE index of the UK’s top 100 companies had soared to an 11-month high, closing above the 6,700 mark for the first time since August.[14]
  33. On 27 July, it was announced that fast-food chain McDonald’s plans to create more than 5,000 new jobs in the UK by the end of 2017, in a vote of confidence in the economy after the EU referendum. The company will open 250 new restaurants, extend opening hours at existing sites and introduce new initiatives such as table service.[15]
  34. On 27 July, it was reported that GlaxoSmithKline is to invest £275m into its UK manufacturing sites, saying the country remains “an attractive location”[16]
  35. Drugs giant AstraZeneca followed suit and has announced plans to invest £330million in research and development saying that it is ‘hard to find a better place in the world’ to do science than Cambridge.[17]
  36. On 29 July it was reported that Britain’s decision to leave the European Union is already generating signs of a boom in Chinese travellers who like to shop abroad.  Travel sites reported Chinese searches for UK holidays shooting up following the Referendum.[18]
  37. On 29 July 2016, the London Evening Standard reported: ‘London is enjoying a remarkable “Brexit boom” in tourism as visitors flock to the capital in record numbers.[19]
  38. On 2 August, the Daily Telegraph reported that Brexit presented “unprecedented” opportunities to seal trade deals that are beneficial to both the UK and foreign partners, according to the boss of Britain’s biggest car dealer. Britain leaving the EU and the time it will take to negotiate an exit offer massive advantages to the UK, he said.
  39. “We have got the opportunity to reset trading relations. We have knowledge of the terms of every trade deal the EU has as we are still part of that and that gives us a huge, huge advantage”- Pendragon chief executive Trevor Finn [20]
  40. On 8 August, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the jewellery and watches category of its monthly retail sales monitor had recorded its strongest growth since records began in November 2014. Other retailers are also benefiting from tourists visiting the UK.[21]
  41. Research from travel analytics firm ForwardKeys revealed flight bookings to the UK rose 7.1 per cent in the four weeks after the Referendum vote. [22]
  42. Meanwhile, like for like retail sales – in stores which had been open for more than a year – increased by 1.1 per cent compared to the same time in 2015, despite gloomy consumer confidence surveys in the weeks since the Brexit vote.[23]
  43. On 15 August, the Daily Express reported that Britain’s small businesses – the backbone of the UK economy – are flocking to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Brexit. [24]
  44. There has been a massive surge in funding enquiries from small and medium-sized companies determined to exploit the trading opportunities offered by the country’s withdrawal from a bureaucratic and competition-stifling EU. Requests for finance totalling more than £20m have been recorded since the beginning of August – exceeding £2m a day, figures from the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) have shown. [25]
  45. The average size of business loans being requested has also been significantly higher than during any month last year, as businesses are showing a healthy appetite to borrow. The average loan wanted is £128,000; that’s compared to £73,000 in July and £94,000 in June, pre-Brexit.[26]
  46. On August 17 official statistics revealed that the number of people claiming jobless benefits plunged by 8,600 to 763,000 in the period after the historic vote between June and July.
  47. Separate figures also showed that employment in the UK reached a record high of 31.8million in the three months running up to the vote.
  48. Data from the Office for National Statistics showed the jobless total dropped by 52,000 to 1.64million in the three months to last June – the lowest for eight years. [27]
  49. Official data also showed that average earnings increased by 2.4% in the year to June, 0.1% up on the previous month.[28]
  50. Cheaper mortgage deals began to appear on the market in the wake of the decision to leave the European Union in July, which are now at an all-time low.[29]
  51. On 26 August, The Independent reported: ‘UK consumer confidence rose the most in more than three years this month as the initial shock from the Brexit vote faded. An index of sentiment by YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research jumped to 109.8 from 106.6 in July, which was a three-year low.’[30]
  52. Fears that the UK would see a mass exodus of banks in the event of a “hard Brexit” have been downplayed by one of the world’s three big rating agencies in a report that says the impact on the City would be modest and manageable.[31]
  53. On 29 August, The Independent reported: ‘Britain can be more successful outside of the European Union, a former governor of the Bank of England has said.  Lord King of Lothbury also suggested a future decline in UK productivity could be a result of the Remain camp exaggerating the repercussions of the Brexit vote. [32]
  54.  “We are now in a better position to rebalance the UK economy” – said Lord King speaking to Central Banking magazine.[33]
  55. On 4 September 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported that two thirds of people believed Britain was on the right track following the Brexit vote and most believed that the British economy will do well next year. [34]
  56. Research found that 59 per cent of people said the UK is moving in the right direction, including almost 30 per cent of those who voted to remain in the EU. [35]
  57. The poll also showed that the majority of the 8,000 people asked were optimistic about Britain’s future outside the union, despite fears that a vote to leave would cause economic uncertainty.[36]
  58. On 5 September 2016, the Daily Telegraph reported: ‘The UK services sector rebounded sharply in August suggesting an imminent recession will be “avoided”.[37]
  59. On August 9, it was reported that a survey of retailers carried out after the EU referendum, showed that many are already reviewing how their supply chains operate, as a result of the vote to leave the EU. In a potentially positive sign for the British economy, a third of retailers (32%) predict that they will source more from the Uk, with only 12% expecting a reduction.[38]
  60. The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the services sector jumped to 52.9 in August from July’s seven-year low of 47.4, its biggest monthly increase in 20 years and beating consensus forecasts of a reading of 50.[39]
  61. For those who feared Armageddon after the Brexit vote, the recent economic news has been a pleasant surprise. Over the summer, high street activity was unexpectedly vigorous.[40]
  62. “Brexit provides a sea of opportunity to restore our coastal rights and give our industry a real chance to prosper once again. We will have the critical mass to control the bulk of fishing on the northern continental shelf, with some of the best fishing grounds in the world.”- Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), speaking ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on Brexit. [41]
  63. On 14 September, it was reported that EDM, the global provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, is on target to grow revenues to £20m this year. The Manchester-headquartered company, which broke ground on the construction of a new £1.3m manufacturing facility, said it is seeing the benefits of the vote to leave the EU. [42]
  64. On 15 September, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors reported that the UK’s housing market had stabilised after the initial shock of Brexit. [43]
  65. Looking long-term, the outlook is even better, with RICS members forecasting that house prices will increase 3.3 per cent a year for the next five years. The figures echoed the Nationwide House Price Index for August that found the average price of a home rose 0.6 per cent to £206,145.[44]
  66. On 15 September, the Bank of England released the minutes of its monetary Policy Committee Meeting on 14 September. They stated: ‘”The Committee expected some bounce-back in surveys of business and consumer sentiment following the sharp falls in the immediate aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union. Nevertheless, since the August Inflation Report, a number of indicators of near-term economic activity have been somewhat stronger than expected. The Committee now expect less of a slowing in UK GDP growth in the second half of 2016.” – That’s the closest you’ll ever get from the BoE to them saying “Sorry”.[45]
  67. Europe’s biggest flight booking website Opodo has stated that travel from the Continent to London was up by 42 per cent in the four weeks after the referendum.[46]
  68. On 21 September, The Times reported that a multibillion-dollar American healthcare company, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals is to open its European headquarters in the UK in a vote of confidence for Britain’s status as an international trade centre.[47]
  69. On 21 September, the Office of National Statistics broke ranks with the Bank of England and the OECD, reporting that Brexit has had no major impact on the economy.[48]
  70. On 22 September it was reported that there were further signs of a Brexit bounce in the economy as figures showed a robust performance from the manufacturing sector in September[49]
  71. On 22 September, the Evening Standard reported: ‘The UK car industry brushed off Brexit last month with its best August for vehicle manufacturing for 14 years.[50]
  72. Car production was up 9.1% year-on-year in August, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. Year-to-date output rose 12% at more than 1.1 million units.[51]
  73. On 23 September Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin said Britain’s vote to leave the EU is bringing more luxury buyers to London[52]
  74. On 23 September, the London Evening Standard reported that Credit Suisse admitted post-Brexit life for housebuilders isn’t quite as bad as they had feared as they reeled in their gloomy forecast.[53]
  75. City broker Liberum admitted trading had been “much better than we feared” after upbeat data on the UK economy and the housing sector, which has boosted housebuilders’ shares.
  76. On 23 September it was reported that there has been a Brexit boost to British tourism as visitors flock to UK. A whopping 3.8million tourists flocked to Britain – up 2% on July last year – spending £2.5billion.[54]
  77. On 25 September, the Daily Telegraph reported: ‘The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not dent growth at all this year, according to economic forecasts compiled by the Treasury, in a complete reversal of the gloomy short term forecasts made after the EU referendum.[55]
  78. Panic has faded rapidly among the dozens of independent economists consulted by the Treasury as strong data in the three months since the vote reassured the analysts that any shock from the vote was far less severe than first feared. [56]
  79. Forecasts for 2016’s GDP growth had been chopped to 1.5pc immediately after the 23 June ballot, but economists have reversed those downgrades and now expect growth of 1.8pc – exactly the same as they predicted before the vote. [57]
  80. On 23 September, new research was published that suggested that hangover free booze and safer alternatives to cigarettes could be a legacy of post Brexit Britain.[58]
  81. On 25 September, City AM reported: ‘The Brexit vote has breathed so much life into the UK’s fine wine scene that it is beginning to drain the market of available stock, according to wine merchants BI. Though this might be better news for wine sellers than wine drinkers![59]
  82. On 26 September, Bloomberg reported that the City of London remained ahead of its closest competitor New York, as the world’s top global financial centre.[60]
  83. On 27 September, publisher Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of Axel Springer (one of Europe’s largest digital publishing houses) was quoted as stating that Britain would emerge from Brexit with a stronger economy and be better off than other EU countries within five years.[61]
  84. On 27 September, the Daily Express reported that economists had finally accepted at that British business was surging ahead following the 23 June Brexit vote: ‘A monthly analysis of forecasts prepared for Chancellor Philip Hammond showed that dozens of independent experts believe national output will continue growing this year. On average, they expect growth to continue at exactly the same rate as forecast before the EU referendum. The verdict was a major reversal following earlier expectations that the country’s decision to leave the EU would deliver a massive shock to the economy. Instead, the data suggests that the historic vote had no significant impact on growth at all.[62]
  85. On 27 September, a report was published saying that London is the best city in the world for fostering fintech, ahead of New York, Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.[63]
  86. On 27 September, City AM noted that the UK has surged to seventh place in a highly-influential ranking of the world’s most competitive economies.[64]
  87. On 29 September, London’s position as Europe’s premier financial hub was hailed with the latest statistics on the UK’s dominant fund management industry showing London coming a strong 2nd to the US in terms of a home for financial assets. [65]
  88. The same data showed UK has more assets under management than France, Germany and Italy combined.[66]
  89.  On 29 September, Japanese car manufacturer Honda reaffirmed its commitment to the UK as a major manufacturing base, and said that Swindon-built Honda Civics would continue to be exported globally.[67]
  90. On 29, September the Daily Mail reported that the housing market is showing signs of a post-Brexit surge as mortgage approvals rise.[68]
  91.  On 29 September, it was reported that Apple is to create a stunning new London HQ at Battersea Power Station.[69]
  92. On 30 September, it was reported that British consumer morale had rocketed back to pre-Brexit levels in September, according to a survey, confounding expectations that the vote to leave the EU would wreak more lasting damage on Britons’ willingness to spend. Market research firm GfK’s gauge of consumer confidence suggests Britain has avoided a rapid slump. [70]
  93. On 30 September, it was reported by The Independent that “The UK’s dominant services sector grew strongly in July according to the latest official data, confirming the impression that the economy has so far successfully brushed off the impact of the Brexit vote.”[71]
  94. A separate survey of businesses by Lloyds Bank has showed confidence levels increased by 8 points to 24pc in September amid a “significant increase” in economic optimism.[72]
  95.  100 days after the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, London is still the centre of the financial world.
  96. London is still a great place in which to do business.
  97. London continues to be one of the world’s leading tourist hotspots.
  98. London is still the creative and cultural capital of Europe.
  99. London is now more open to the world than ever.
  100. …and London is still the greatest City in the world.

References: http://www.ukip.org/100_reasons_to_be_cheerful_post_the_brexit_vote

Another HUGE BOOST for Post-Brexit Britain as US banking giant looks for new London HQ

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The US banking giant Merrill Lynch has displayed a massive amount of confidence in Post-Brexit Britain by searching for a new London location for their European HQ. 

According to a report in The Telegraph, the Bank of America owned company has instructed an agent to find a site of at least 500,000 square feet. 

Yes, you read that correctly, 500,000 square feet. This doesn’t sound like something that would happen in the ‘doom and gloom’ that is constantly peddled by the Remain lobby!

The fact that it will effectively be OUTSIDE of be EU will also send a harsh message to Brussels that Britain is very much the future of global financial trade. 

This is just the latest endorsement of Britain as a commercial superpower outside of the European Union. 

Apple, Google and Facebook have all recently announced that they will be expanding their presence in London, and yet London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan is giving the impression that London would be better off remaining in the EU somehow. 

But while many are scrambling to discuss the ‘worst case scenario,’ it is fascinating to see so many massive global players just getting on with it. 

Are you happy with this latest big business endorsement for London? Let us know on info@yourbrexit.co.uk

House of Lords could delay Brexit for ONE YEAR

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Although the Article 50 Bill has now been passed through a vote in the House of Commons, there are now concerns that a ‘loophole’ in the process could mean that it is delayed by the House of Lords for ONE YEAR. 

The House of Lords in the unelected upper House of Parliament in the United Kingdom, and all parliamentary bills have to be passed by both houses before they are activated into law.

Although technically the House of Lords only plays as advisory role, a report in The Express said that there are concerns across all parties within the house the bill has been ‘rushed through’

If it gets to the stage where peers in this upper house cannot agree on the Brexit Bill, it can be passed back to the House of Commons to proceed – but only after 12 MONTHS have passed under parliamentary law. 

This would mean that Theresa May wouldn’t be able to start Brexit negotiations until March 2018 at the earliest, with Brexit possibly coming two years later in 2020. 

The Express report added that concerns over losing access to the single market are driving this uncertainty in the House of Lords. 

Baroness Altman, a Remain voter, added: ‘The role of the Lords is to scrutinise and advise the Commons.’

‘The Lords surely has a role to play and there are many across all parties who are concerned at the rushed timetable.’

Because the House of Lords has a reputation for being full of the wealthiest members of society, any attempt to slow down the Brexit process will not go down well with the Leave-voting working class. 

The referendum result was seen by many as the moment that the less-wealthy classes managed to ‘get one over’ on those who stand to possibly lose the most after Brexit.

Nigel Farage predicted that any attempt to stifle the process would cause ‘unrest,’ and we hope and pray that these latest concerns do not come true.