Economic forecasts strike blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Bank and Treasury predictions showing UK would be better off within EU undermine PM’s position

Source: Economic forecasts strike blow to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Surprising? Not!

More fake news from mainstream journalists trying to influence Brexit

FFS!

Pride's Purge

Interesting to see the Daily Mail’s Brussels correspondent David Churchill continuing the long tradition of Fleet Street journalists prepared to lie through their teeth to further the political ends of their proprietors.

But David has really been pushing the boat out.

This week, David produced an article about children supposedly being banned from writing to Santa by EU regulations.

The only thing wrong with it? Well, just about everything:

David wins our coveted  ‘Best Journalist At Getting The Most Lies In The Smallest Space Possible Award‘.

Well done David!

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Here’s an article debunking David’s story: 

EU data protection rules do not ban Christmas wish lists – in Bavaria or elsewhere

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Falsehoods, Failures, Fibs & Fabrications

The 40 reasons to back the Brexit deal published by the Prime Minister to support her deal, are a frantic farrago of frequently fanciful falsehoods, failures, fibs or feeble fabrications.  […]

Source: Falsehoods, Failures, Fibs & Fabrications | Richard Corbett

Study shows 60% of Britons believe in conspiracy theories

Leavers more likely to doubt immigration figures and think there is a plot to make Muslims the majority in UK

Source: Study shows 60% of Britons believe in conspiracy theories

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Austerity swung voters to Brexit – and now they are changing their minds

The voters most badly hit by austerity cuts were those drawn to UKIP and who supported Leave in the EU referendum, argues Thiemo Fetzer (University of Warwick). Recent polling evidence suggests that…

The contrast is quite stark – those areas most exposed to welfare reforms, and which saw a decided swing towards Leave in 2016, see among the largest drops in support for Leave in 2018. This suggests that the pivotal voters that contributed so crucially to the Leave victory are now having a significant change of heart. The question is whether politicians will take their views on board.

Source: Austerity swung voters to Brexit – and now they are changing their minds

A no-deal Brexit is not just for Christmas, or even Easter

This has been a chaotic, febrile week which has managed to unite everyone opposed to the self-serving draft treaty which Theresa May has agreed with the EU. Not even her former chief negotiator, Do…

The UK and the EU have perpetrated a stunning deception, one worthy of the most practised of dodgy traders or deceivers – EU citizens’ rights, including those of UK citizens, are not being protected.

As John Halford at Bindmans said when we opened our Millions in the Margins campaign, the UK and the EU “have almost pulled off the most ambitious branding exercise ever undertaken in Europe: presenting arrangements that will ultimately strip millions of their existing fundamental rights as generous rights-granting measures for the minority that will benefit in future.”

Source: A no-deal Brexit is not just for Christmas, or even Easter

Amid Brexit chaos, a damning UN report says extreme UK poverty is a Tory ‘political choice’ 

Heartbreaking and damning

Source: Amid Brexit chaos, a damning UN report says extreme UK poverty is a Tory ‘political choice’ | The Canary

Remain would win a new referendum by eight points, poll says

But while it was backed by 63% of people who voted Remain, it was backed by just 20% of Leave voters.

Source: Remain would win a new referendum by eight points, poll says

Gee, I wonder why Leavers don’t want to give us a chance to change our minds.

Arron Banks aside, worry about dark money’s effect on our democracy

And yes: I know that 17.4 million people voted leave. But 16.1 million voted remain, too. When the margin of victory is that slender, little things mean a lot. And the Banks criminal investigation is more than a little thing. Indeed, we long ago reached the critical mass of evidence where a political class of any statesmanship would have had the courage to suspend the Brexit process and establish beyond question that the original 2016 campaign was conducted fairly. This is no time for bovine paralysis or foot-shuffling timidity. If the satnav is leading you off a cliff, and you think it might have been tampered with, is it really an act of treachery to apply the brakes?

Source: Arron Banks aside, worry about dark money’s effect on our democracy | Matthew d’Ancona