OBR likens potential no-deal Brexit impact to three-day week

Britain’s fiscal watchdog has likened the possible scale of impact of a no-deal Brexit to the three-day week which saw the country plunged into crisis more than 40 years ago.

Source: OBR likens potential no-deal Brexit impact to three-day week

No doubt, there will be another chorus of “Project Fear” from the Brexit zombies.

Parliament never lost control, and EU is certainly no prison

Parliamentary sovereignty means Parliament chose to follow EU rules and could stop at any time. This reality has been warped by Brexiters.

Source: Parliament never lost control, and EU is certainly no prison

Brexit costing Britain £500m a week and rising, says report

Economy 2.5% smaller than it would have been if UK had voted remain, says thinktank

Source: Brexit costing Britain £500m a week and rising, says report

No doubt Brexitters will continue to spout bullshit about the will of the people and the uselessness of experts.

Rightwing thinktanks unveil radical plan for US-UK Brexit trade deal

Groups linked to Trump and Fox want foreign competition in NHS and regulations bonfire…

It would remove tariffs and throw out the precautionary principle that has guided much EU regulation on GM foods, chlorine-washed chicken, hormones in meat, pesticides and chemicals in cosmetics.

Source: Rightwing thinktanks unveil radical plan for US-UK Brexit trade deal

I am quite sure that this is not what most of the 52% voted for.

Costly, Chaotic and Catastrophic: What happens with a no-deal Brexit?

As the possibility of a no-deal Brexit scenario increases, and the government publishes its “no-deal preparedness” notices, it is worth taking stock of the sheer variety of problems that would arise with a no-deal Brexit.

Source: Costly, Chaotic and Catastrophic: What happens with a no-deal Brexit? | Richard Corbett

Bloody scary. No doubt, Leavers will scream “Project Fear” again.

2.6 million Leave voters have abandoned support for Brexit since referendum, major new study finds

More than 2.6 million people have abandoned their support for Brexit and now back staying in the EU, a major study has concluded. If the huge number of Britons who have changed their mind had voted to stay in the EU in 2016, the referendum would have delivered a clear Remain verdict. The data will add to the debate about whether the country now needs a new referendum, with millions having second thoughts about their Leave vote amid growing fears about Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal.

Source: 2.6 million Leave voters have abandoned support for Brexit since referendum, major new study finds

8 good things EU has done since Brexit vote

While Brexit has consumed UK government, putting all other policies on ice, the EU has been busy improving the lives of its citizens.

Source: 8 good things EU has done since Brexit vote

It’s not just about the economy.

The dangerous delusion of no-deal Brexit – Ready or not

THE lure has always been powerful. Why negotiate with an organisation you dislike, which also wants to erode any gains from leaving? Why not just walk out? After all, no deal is better than a bad deal, as Theresa May has often said.
— Read on www.economist.com/britain/2018/08/02/the-dangerous-delusion-of-no-deal-brexit

LOSING control of our money, borders, laws and trade

Brexit supporters are organised and disciplined in their constantly repeated sound-bites. Almost every day you can hear the mantra “Take back control of our money, borders, laws and trade”. Constant repetition of this line is aimed at it becoming a commonplace, something that is accepted without discussion. Yet the assertion is false.

As with many of the mantras of the Brexit ultras, their simplistic phrases belie the complicated truth. In international relations, contrary to their assertions, the UK cannot just make demands and expect the EU, or indeed the rest of the world, to give us exactly what we want. Any form of international agreement requires some nominal loss of sovereignty and compromise, but this is balanced with mutual benefits and agreed routes for appeal if either party breaks the rules.

To describe marriage as ‘losing control’ of your right to be single would be seen by most people to be silly. Agreeing a mortgage so that you can live in a home is not ‘losing control’ of your money. Respectfully taking off your shoes when visiting a friend’s house is not ‘losing control’ of your right to own footwear.

Framing cooperation as a loss of control is a populist rhetorical device that is starting to be exposed as such, as the government is finally having to face the hard reality of what Brexit really means – and how much we, as a country, actually stand to lose if we leave the EU.

Source: LOSING control of our money, borders, laws and trade – Richard Corbett

 

Has Vote Leave broken the law? The Electoral Commission thinks so.

We know that the Electoral Commission reopened its investigation into Vote Leave, Darren Grimes and Veterans for Britain after the Good Law Project initiated judicial review proceedings. On 6 June 2018 Tom Watson asked a written question about that investigation: What can we tell from the answer? We can tell, from the reference to “in […]

Source: Has Vote Leave broken the law? The Electoral Commission thinks so. – The Good Law Project

Because you do not obtain the will of the people if you cheat.