Brexit LIVE: BBC's Faisal Islam pinpoints 'really big mystery' in new UK-EU relationship

Evaluating the impact of Brexit on small British businesses, the BBC’s Economics Editor looked at the trade volume of cars from the EU to the UK and said: “So the really big mystery is why EU imports into the UK have fallen more than the other way around.”

Here’s how you can still retire in EU despite Brexit – spend your Golden years in Spain

Millions facing sky-high fuel bills as the British winter turns cold will be warmed by thoughts of a retirement in the sun.

It is still possible but takes a bit more effort and money than before Brexit.

Brits may now be classified as non-EU citizens but that hasn’t stopped them from snapping up Spanish properties, latest figures from specialist builder Taylor Wimpey España show.

Sales and marketing director Mark Pritchard said while many are buying holiday homes, a growing number want full-time residency to work or retire in the sun.

He claimed: “Demand is incredibly strong, even as new Omicron travel restrictions are imposed.”

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Gang of Four Brexit Party defectors two years on: A report card for Boris Johnson

Two years on, and in the immediate aftermath of the Tory humiliation in the Shropshire by-election and the damning resignation of Lord Frost, two of the four, John Longworth and Lance Forman, give their view on how Boris Johnson has fared in his premiership so far:

“As periods in government go, this could hardly have been a more unpredictable one for Boris Johnson.

“In December 2019 when we advised the British public that they should back Boris and the Conservatives, Brexit was the dominant issue; it likely still would be, were it not for the small matter of a global pandemic.

“It is said that real leaders are forged in times of crisis. Unfortunately, the report card for the Prime Minister’s time in office is disappointing.”

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D-Day for Emmanuel! Macron set for brutal showdown with ‘formidable’ Presidential hopeful

There have been suggestions that Emmanuel Macron’s strident remarks about post-Brexit fishing access for French boats represent a calculated attempt to score points as the presidential election comes closer, a political scientist told Express.co.uk.

Dr Louis Perron said: “Macron is clearly pro EU. In that sense, it is easy for him to offer a clear opinion and contrast on those issues.

“It may win him a day of positive news coverage, but at the end of the day, the election will be won on other issues.”

President Macron is also facing a serious challenge from centre-right opponent Valeria Pecresse and must tout his achievements in order to secure a second term.

Dr Perron said: “I think that Valérie Pécresse is a formidable candidate.

“She runs the capital region and just won reelection there running a great campaign.

“She is someone who can integrate different sectors and therefore can reach many voters.

“And she is a woman, which could appeal to women on the left. I think she could pose a threat to Macron in the run off.”

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Emmanuel Macron

A tough election awaits President Macron in April 2022 (Image: Getty)

Time for talking is over! Truss urged to take nuclear option in crunch Brexit talks

Liz Truss, who took over responsibility for the UK’s future relationship with the EU following the resignation of Lord Frost earlier this month, has been urged to show she “means business”.

As talks between Britain and Brussels on the Northern Ireland Protocol are set to continue into 2022, Robert Oulds, director of the pro-Brexit Bruges Group think tank, urged the Foreign Secretary to trigger Article 16 – a move that would effectively unilaterally suspend the disputed agreement.

Speaking of the prospect of Ms Truzz becoming the UK’s next leader, Mr Oulds told Express.co.uk: “The time for talking is over, enough words have been said and it’s time for Liz Truss to prove that she has what it takes to succeed Boris Johnson.

“The only way she can guarantee that she will be in pole position to become Prime Minister is if indeed she does pick up and succeed where Lord Frost has failed.

“That means invoking Article 16. No talking, we need to see action.”

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Liz Truss’ allies calling for bid to take over from Prime Minister

Major boost of £10m to up-skill Brit fishermen and make the most out of Brexit

The UK fishing industry and coastal communities around the country are set to receive a major £10million boost in efforts to help maximise the benefits of Brexit.

The cash will be used to up-skill people in the fishing industry and attract new entrants.

It comes as relations between France and the UK continue to fester over French demands for dozens of new fishing licences in British waters and Boris Johnson’s Government prepares for the end of the five-year transition period, which allows EU boats to take 25 percent of British fish stocks.

A Defra spokesman said: “We are now an independent coastal state, and our new status has seen us gain additional quota and resume quota exchanges.

“But we must go further. We want to level up coastal and fishing communities to make sure that they are well equipped to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

“This is a major investment which will create a sustainable, highly skilled workforce and a sector which offers new entrants long-term career opportunities.

“The schemes are the second and third installments of the £100million UK Seafood Fund designed to rejuvenate the sector.”

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A fishing boat in Orkney

Post-Brexit fishing: A £10million boost is being given to the industry in the UK (Image: Getty)

‘Delusional!’ Macron destroyed over Brexit-bashing – warned Europe turning against him

Emmanuel Macron’s Brexit-basing of the UK — particularly on the fishing negotiations front — has been torn apart by Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, who warned the French President’s approach has left him alone in the European Union.

He told Express.co.uk: “Emmanuel Macron has become quite isolated in Europe with his approach.

“Germany is now rejecting that ‘bash Britain’ approach and want to have a very healthy relationship.

“Macron is delusional if he thinks his fear-factor, anti-British rhetoric is going to play well across much of the rest of Europe and it isn’t.”

Mr Gardiner warned creating “constant conflict with the British people” is a move that could backfire spectacularly on Mr Macron, especially as he fights to hold onto the French presidency as the 2022 election approaches.

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