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EU slammed for ‘rewarding threat of violence’ over Irish Border amid Brexit deal deadlock

The European Union has been blasted for caving in to “threats of violence” from Northern Ireland terrorist groups in the row over the Brexit Protocol.

The Brexit campaigner and loyalist activist Jamie Bryson has slammed the EU for “awarding threats of violence” during the drafting of the Northern Ireland protocol.

Brussels and Dublin long held that any hard border on the island of Ireland would become a target for terrorism. 

Mr Byrson told Express.co.uk: “I have always taken the view that violence or the threat of violence was weaponized and rewarded.

“I mean, if we just tell us in its simplest form, the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic went to the European Union produced a newspaper article about IRA bombs, and said, Well, if we don’t get away, this is what might happen. You know, here’s the people behind me with the big stick almost.

“I mean, could you imagine for one minute, that the British Prime Minister had gone to the European Union with just a newspaper article about a UVF bomb in Dublin and said, Oh, well, I mean, if we don’t get our away, you know, loyalist might bomb Dublin,  I mean, there would have been worldwide condemnation.”

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‘Supranational monster!’ EU savaged as Frexiteers ready masterplan to ‘take back control’

The European Union has been brutally taken down by a leading Frexiteer, with momentum surging in a campaign for member states in the bloc to “take back control” in the form of a new documentary on Brexit.

Over the past 12 months, Brexit Britain has signed lucrative trade deals with countries around the world – such as Australia and New Zealand.

Late last year, oil giant Shell detailed plans to relocate its head office from the Netherlands to the UK in what was seen as a major nod to Brexit Britain, while car manufacturer Nissan will make a multi-billion investment into developing electric cars at its Sunderland plant.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also predicted the UK economy will outperform the EU’s top economies and that of the Eurozone as a whole in both 2022 and 2023.

But pressure is ramping up against the EU with a group of Frexieers in France planning to film a documentary to explore whether Brexit has been the big disaster the Project Fear campaign has made it out to be.

If it goes ahead, the documentary will be produced by French eurosceptic magazines Front Populaire and Ruptures and will aim to tell “the true story of Brexit, against the tide of media ready-to-think”.

Paul Withers

Tory voters turn on Boris in damaging blow – ‘Can’t be trusted’

Conservative Party voters are turning against the Prime Minister in the wake of Downing Street parties during lockdown, a focus group has shown.

J.L. Partners co-founder James Johnson has shared damning results from focus groups with voters, which see Mr Johnson branded a “coward”.

Mr Johnson, who was also Senior Opinion Research and Strategy Adviser to the Prime Minister for three years between 2016 and 2019, posted a thread on Twitter about focus grouped Tory voters.

Polling first-time Tory voters in Bolton North East, he found those who turned on the Red Wall in think the Tory leader is a “coward”.

One voter said: “I quite liked him at the beginning. I felt confidence during the pandemic, and that he was doing the best for all of us.

“Now, it’s like, we’ve been made a fool of.”

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Brexit LIVE: A focus group found Tory voters are turning on Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

Brexit blow as EU schools put off coming to Britain due to new passport rules

Britain’s tourism industry has suffered a massive blow as school trip visitors from the EU are being put off by new rule changes.

Teachers from EU schools are “finding it too difficult to organise trips to the UK”, according to a survey from the UK-based Tourism Alliance.

The data revealed 52 percent of tourism businesses suffered a decrease in revenue of over 50 percent following Brexit.

Nearly a quarter of those firms still have booking levels for the first quarter of this year that are down by over half.

Tourism Alliance director Kurt Janson told City AM: “Now that we have left the EU and all visitors are required to have a full passport, teachers are finding it too difficult to organise trips to the UK.

“They are taking their English language students to Ireland and Malta instead.

“This is risking the collapse of the UK’s £1.2bn Language School industry and an important component of the UK’s soft power.

“Implementing a simple ‘list of travellers’ scheme whereby teacher accompanying schoolchildren list their pupils on a document that is checked on the way in and out of the country would solve this.”

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‘Boris must go!’ Britons rage at Brexit fishing move

The Prime Minister has come under renewed attack after being accused of backtracking over his Brexit pledge to “take back control”.

The Africa and the Zeeland – two of the largest fishing vessels in the world – were spotted 15 miles off the Cornwall coast on several days last week.

Jayne Adye, director of the pro-Brexit campaign group Get Britain Out, said: “Both are registered in the Netherlands, and for some obscure reason, have been given licences to fish in UK waters.

“They are both well over 100 meters long and use nets which can be the size of six football pitches.”

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), had given permission for both vessels to fish here, she claimed.

In addition, seven other supertrawlers registered in the EU were operating with the blessing of the UK Government.

Britons have reacted by launching a blistering attack against Mr Johnson and his Government.

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Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson has come furious attack (Image: GETTY)

Paul Withers

Boris warned early election could put Brexit under threat

The Prime Minister facing calls to resign over the “partygate” scandal could spark a major threat to Brexit moving forward, a foreign policy expert has warned.

Nile Gardiner, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, told GB News: “There’s certainly a battle within the Conservative Party for the future of the party.

“There is a battle between more wet elements, and more Thatcherite elements, for the future of the party.

“There are many MPs who fear of course that if Boris Johnson goes then the whole Brexit project will be threatened.

“There are some who fear that an early general election could lead a far-left Government taking power in the UK that actually reverses Brexit.

“It won’t be part of their platform for the election of course but once in power, a Labour/SNP coalition could seek to fundamentally reverse the process and defy the will of the British people.

“There are major concerns here on so many levels across the board.”

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Paul Withers

Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish independence plans savaged by Gordon Brown

The former Labour Prime Minister has lashed out at the plans from Scotland’s First Minister to hold another referendum on independence.

Speaking on the podcast, Finding Common Cause Online with Gordon Brown, hosted by Our Scottish Future, he said: “The SNP may have a plan for independence and it’s not very clear what it is but they have a plan that they want independence.

“We have a plan, we’ve got to save Scotland for social change, economic change.

“For good jobs, better jobs, better public services.

“I think when you can show you’ve got that plan for Scotland that involves co-operation with the rest of the UK, I think you can start getting your message across.

“You need the local example of what industries and what jobs can actually benefit from the co-operation that I’m talking about.”

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Bercow appeals after being found guilty of bullying staff– could be banned from parliament

John Bercow has dismissed a parliamentary inquiry finding him guilty of bullying three staff as a “kangaroo court”.

The former speaker – who angered Brexiteers on numerous occasion – has been found culpable on 21 counts out of 35 brought by a former clerk of the House of Commons, Lord Lisvane, as well as private secretaries Kate Emms and Angus Sinclair.

He said that the accusations against him include making a racially and sexually discriminatory remark, swearing at an employee and throwing a mobile phone.

Mr Bercow said he would appeal the ruling of parliamentary commissioner for standards Kathryn Stone.

John Bercow

John Bercow, the former Speaker of the House of Commons (Image: Parliament TV)

Ciaran McGrath

Boris on brink: ‘Clear betrayal’ of Brexit voters who feel ‘lied to’ could topple PM

Boris Johnsons has been warned not to “betray” Brexit voters by keeping the EU VAT charge on energy bills, Express.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Britons are charged with a five percent levy on energy bills, a policy introduced by the EU back in the Nineties.

The Prime Minister promised that the UK could get rid of that policy after Brexit, back when he was running the referendum campaign.

Back in 2016, Mr Johnson wrote in The Sun with Michael Gove: “Fuel bills will be lower for everyone. In 1993, VAT on household energy bills was imposed.”

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Ciaran McGrath

Boris betrayal: Insiders point finger at Dominic Cummings ‘Nurtured a viper to his bosom’

Dominic Cummings is masterminding the release of damaging information about lockdown busting parties including the infamous “bring your own booze” event attended by Boris Johnson last year, two sources have told Express.co.uk.

One insider suggests there are more revelations to come courtesy of the former Downing Street chief of staff – while another suggested the Prime Minister had “nurtured a viper in his bosom”.

Mr Cummings himself first drew attention to the BYOB party via a blog published on Substack earlier this month in which he said: “The inquiry should investigate the ‘Socially Distanced Drinks’ email sent on Wednesday 20 May 2020.”

The full email, sent by Martin Reynolds, Mr Johnson’s principal private secretary, to roughly 100 people, was subsequently obtained by ITV.

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Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings is Boris Johnson’s former chief of staff (Image: United Kingdom)

Ciaran McGrath

Desperate Boris launches plot to save job with SIX new policies – including BBC fee freeze

Boris Johnson has launched a desperate attempt to save his job by rolling out six new policies aimed at boosting his popularity, in what is being dubbed Operation Red Meat.

A two-year freeze on any increases to the cost of the BBC’s television licence is just one of the proposals which the Prime Minister is understood to be pushing for.

Mr Johnson is currently under enormous pressure after apologising in the Commons for attending a “bring your own booze” party in the garden of Downing Street at the height of the lockdown on May 20, 2020.

However, despite suggestions swirling around Westminster that it is only a matter of time before he is forced to quit, the PM is refusing to go quietly – and equally unprepared to shoulder the blame.

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Ciaran McGrath

Brexit Britain gets third gigafactory – £2.5bn Coventry plan approved creating 10,000 jobs

Brexit Britain has been given a huge vote of confidence following the approval of a new gigafactory.

Plans for the £2.5billion West Midlands Gigafactory were approved this week.

The new factory will provide 6,000 direct jobs in the UK and over 10,000 in the region.

Due to the new gigafactory, the price of electric car batteries is set to plummet in the UK, as the Government looks to become a world leader in electric car production.

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Ciaran McGrath

‘Fake Brexiteer!’ Furious Britons blast Boris over EU ‘betrayal’

Boris Johnson has been criticised as a “fake Brexiteer” by furious Britons.

It comes after a leading anti-EU campaigner accused the Prime Minister of being “ashamed” of Brexit and acting as if nothing more needs to be done.

Jayne Adye warned the PM that in order to “get Brexit done” properly and to secure his legacy, he needed to pull his head out of the sand and show everyone around him the process is not yet done.

She said: “Even as far back as the start of 2020 – with his fresh 80-seat majority – Boris Johnson had already reportedly banned the use of the word ‘Brexit’ inside Number 10, before we had even got a final trade deal with the EU!

“All this seems to tell the public is that Boris appears somehow ashamed of Brexit.”

Express.co.uk reader PGD commented: “Boris always was a remainer, only swapped at the last moment to improve his chances of being leader.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Macron tipped to use France’s EU presidency to make bloc ‘ever more protectionist’

Emmanuel Macron is plotting to use France’s EU Presidency to make the bloc increasingly “protectionist”, a Brussels-based policy analyst has warned.

And Pieter Cleppe warned such an approach would undoubtedly impact consumers throughout the continent.

France took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1.

Pieter Cleppe, a research fellow with the think tank Property Rights Alliance, said Mr Macron – who has yet to confirm his plan to seek a second term – nevertheless regarded the rotating presidency as a chance to further his Gallocentric vision, boosting his re-election hopes into the bargain.

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French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

‘Absolutely terrifying’ Britons dismiss Starmer as potential PM despite Labour polls lead

Sir Keir Starmer has been slammed by Britons reacting to the notion the Labour leader could be a potential Prime Minister, with one branding the idea “absolutely terrifying.”

The news comes as the Labour Party surge ahead in the polls following the scandal that rocked the integrity and reputation of the Prime Minister and Conservative Party to the core.

With some polls now placing the Labour Party on 41 points, to the Conservatives 27 points, the reading looks grim for Boris Johnson who awaits the Sue Gray report following the Downing Street garden party.

Yet for some Britons, the concept of Sir Keir at the helm appears to be worse than the controversy surrounding Mr Johnson.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Brexit Britain win as London named best city for young businesses

Data shows London has been crowned the best city in the world to be a young entrepreneur, in a boost to Brexiteers.

After leaving the EU on January 1 2021, City insiders feared Brexit would damage businesses as the trade deal included no equivalence with the bloc’s financial sector. However, new data puts the UK capital ahead of other European financial hubs.

Analysis of Forbes 30 Under 30 lists by business comparison platform Bionic saw London host the highest number of young entrepreneurs.

The UK capital houses 115 of Forbes’ list of top young business persons, ahead of New York with 106 and San Francisco at 88.

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City of London: One of the world’s foremost financial centres (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Liz Truss erupts at EU before crunch showdown

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has been urged to follow the example of Margaret Thatcher as she prepares for the latest round of negotiations with Brussels and works to prevent a crisis in Northern Ireland.

Ms Truss is expected to travel to Brussels next week to try and thrash out a deal on problems with the Northern Ireland Protocol which she fears are a threat to peace.

She wants to get a deal done before the Stormont elections in May – in which Sinn Fein is widely expected to be the biggest party – and is urging the European Union to show greater “pragmatism”.

She wants to get a deal done before the Stormont elections in May – in which Sinn Fein is widely expected to be the biggest party – and is urging the European Union to show greater “pragmatism”.

A source close to the foreign secretary said: “Fundamentally, the EU will need to be more flexible if we want to get a deal. Liz’s top priority is defending peace in Northern Ireland.

“The EU has a responsibility to help fix this, because if we don’t then stability in Northern Ireland will be risked. Northern Ireland isn’t in the single market, and the EU need to stop treating it like it is.”

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Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (Image: GETTY)

Ciaran McGrath

Boris on brink: ‘Clear betrayal’ of Brexit voters who feel ‘lied to’ could topple PM

Boris Johnson has been warned not to “betray” Brexit voters by keeping the EU VAT charge on energy bills, Express.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Britons are charged with a five percent levy on energy bills, a policy introduced by the EU back in the Nineties.

The Prime Minister promised that the UK could get rid of that policy after Brexit, back when he was running the referendum campaign.

Back in 2016, Mr Johnson wrote in The Sun with Michael Gove: “Fuel bills will be lower for everyone. In 1993, VAT on household energy bills was imposed.

Ciaran McGrath

Brexit Britain roars back to outpace the EU as expert hails ‘fastest growing G7 economy’

Brexit Britain is roaring back as it shrugs off the impact of the pandemic – and is outpacing other major economies throughout Europe, an economist has said.

Julian Jessop took to Twitter after the Office For National Statistics published its latest economic statistics, relating to November 2021, which reveals GDP rose 0.9 percent, while the economy was 0.7 percent larger than in February 2020.

Mr Jessop, who used the data to update his UK GDP forecasts, posted: “UK economic growth in 2021 is likely to be just shy of 7.5 percent, one percent higher than assumed in the October Budget and three percent higher than the consensus at the start of last year.

“This means that the UK was almost certainly the fastest-growing G7 economy in 2021.”

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