The Brexit Party leader warned Leave voters the UK “will not truly be free” if Britain and Brussels finally agree to a deal by the end of this year. Writing for the Daily Express, he warned Brexiteers Brexit would not be the “true freedom” that they have “fought for decades”. He warned the UK would still have “financial liabilities” through the European Investment Bank and would never be free in areas such as state aid. Mr Farage said: “My own guess is that a deal will be reached in the coming months but one in which we have continued financial liabilities through the European Investment Bank and one in which we will not truly be free in areas such as state aid.
“The year 2020 will be remembered in history as the year we finally left the European Union, but the final shape of our withdrawal looks unlikely to be the true freedom that many of us had fought for decades.”
Speaking about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal in October, he said it was no better than the agreement reached by his predecessor Theresa May.
He added: “I sat for hours that morning with my lawyer in Brussels and went through the document line-by-line, even memorising some of the articles.
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“It was clear that this deal was little better than Mrs May’s.Not only was Northern Ireland to become a different entity, but the European Court of Justice would have a continued say in British public life.
“There were also clever legal wordings that would keep us within the common fisheries policy and commitments to continued regulatory alignment. In short, I felt it was not Brexit.”
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Speaking today, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister stated Mrs May’s Government had allowed “inertia” to set in while focusing on Brexit.
Winston Peters said: “Where you have a decision to leave the EU and you don’t have leading the exiting party, a prime minister committed to the departure it’s somewhat predictable that inertia would set in.
“And that’s what we’ve been witnessing from our part of the world until Boris turned up.”
9.26pm update: 60 percent of Britons fear rise in grocery prices
Boris Johnson is under more pressure to secure a free trade agreement, as a new poll has shown 60 percent of Britons believe the cost of shopping goods will rise if no deal is agreed between the UK and EU.
A YouGov poll commissioned by pro-EU group Best for Britain, stated 59 percent believe grocery prices will rise.
Just three percent said prices will drop.
This comes amid concern the new Global Tariff system in place after the transition period would put taxes on EU imports if there is a no deal Brexit.
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7.52pm update: Using Royal Nay in the Channel “an act of war”
The mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart told France 3 that the use of the Royal Navy in the Channel to deal with migrant crossings, was “an act of war”.
She also called on Priti Patel’s French counterpart, to press the issue with the UK.
The Navy has been used as migrants crossed the Channel for the ninth day in a row.
5.50pm update: Express reader comment
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5.21pm update: Nicola Sturgeon’s attempts to keep Scotland linked to Brussels post-Brexit in tatters
An SNP bid to keep Scotland linked with the EU after Brexit will not work, the Holyrood Government has admitted.
Constitution Secretary Mike Russell MSP said the new Bill will mean, on devolved matters, Scottish law can keep in line with those in Europe “when appropriate and practicable to do so”.
But the Scottish Government’s Chief Constitution Manager admitted she could struggle to see how the published legislation would work.
Emma Lopinska, the Scottish Government’s Constitutional Policy Manager at Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee said: “The power to align is a discretionary power so it’s not about maintaining absolute alignment with the EU on every subject.
“We couldn’t really do that because some of the legislation that comes out of the EU is in reserved areas so the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate.
“We have to recognise there’s a lot of EU legislation that only makes sense if you are an EU member state.”
4.39pm update: 80% of UK fishing taken by EU, we need to RECLAIM it to beat recession says JUNE MUMMERY
Former Brexit Party MEP, June Mummery has written a common piece for Express.co.uk on the UK’s need to reclaim our waters.
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4.28pm update: Ireland heading for worst recesssion in history due to Brexit and COVID-19
The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned Ireland’s economy may have contracted by 21 percent in April.
Due to the impact of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic, the council has warned the contraction could be worse than the UK’s 20 percent.
3.06pm update: UK confirms US trade deal talks suffer fresh delay
Follwoing the postponement of trade talks between the UK and US, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has confirmed talks in Boston will be delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Negotiations had been delayed due to tariffs on whisky while both sides have now also agreed to postpone talks until next year amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
A statement from the DIT has insisted the UK’s position on whisky is clear while also pledging to continue talks throughout the autumn.
It read: “She was clear that the UK considers these tariffs to be unacceptable and continued to push for their immediate removal.
“In terms of the timeline of negotiations, it was agreed that they should continue at pace throughout the Autumn.
“We hope to rearrange in Spring 2021.”
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2.44pm update: Brexit sparks surge in support for collapse of UK says Sinn Féin
Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU are exacerbating demands for a United Ireland in Northern Ireland, claimed deputy first minister Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill.
Speaking to The Guardian’s Politics Weekly series with Jonathan Freedland, the Northern Ireland deputy first minister claimed both Brexit and coronavirus are pushing people from all sides of the political spectrum to have healthy conversations about the collapse of the UK and the possibility of a United Ireland. The Sinn Féin chief argued that even those who identify as unionists are now engaging in such conversations.
She warned: “Brexit is the clearest demonstration of the blatant disregard that the British Government have for the people here.
“There isn’t anything good for us here in terms of Brexit. We voted to reject Brexit.
2.23pm update: MP urges ban on supertrawlers plundering UK waters
Supertrawlers which enter British waters to plunder the UK’s fish stocks have been branded “hoovers” by an MP who has backed a comprehensive ban to stop them from entering designated Marine Protected Areas aimed at protecting the marine environment.
Sir Roger Gale, Tory MP for North Thanet, has signed a letter coordinated by environmental pressure group Greenpeace, calling for a comprehensive ban which would prevent the massive ships from fishing in any of the conservation areas which surround the UK.
He told Express.co.uk: “We have this absurd situation where we have these protected zones around our coast but we are not protecting them from the predations of supertrawlers.
“It’s as simple as that – there is no point having protected zones if you don’t protect them.
“These things are huge, massive – they are hoovers.
“I thing we need to start taking a firm grip on this now, irrespective of any agreement which might be reached on fishing.
1.52pm update: New Zealand ‘frustrated’ at slow pace of Brexit talks
New Zealand has complained about the lack of progress in trade talks with the UK, claiming the Government was not “match fit” for the negotiations.
Winston Peters, New Zealand’s deputy prime minister, said he was “very frustrated” with the progress made on a post-Brexit deal.
He said the UK’s membership of the European Union – which dealt with trade policy – meant it was not ready to engage properly in negotiations once it was able to pursue independent agreements.
He said: “We’ve had to look offshore for a long time and so we are seriously match fit when it comes to that, in a way that I don’t believe that the UK is, because the UK has been locked up in the EU all these years.
“And in terms of their trading skills and finesse and their firepower – without being critical – they’ve never had an outing lately.
“They’ve never had a test, so to speak. It’s like coming into an Ashes contest when you haven’t played for 30 years – it’s the same thing in the UK when it comes to this.”
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12.40pm update: Britian must take back waters and not capitulate to EU bullying
Jane Mummery, former Brexit Party MEP, wrote for Express.co.uk: “Taking back full control of our waters has never been so important than today, with the announcement of the deepest recession on record.
“Not only is fish a valuable and healthy food source, the industry is a lifeline for coastal communities that are deprived and in desperate need of employment. Today’s announcement of the arrival of Britain’s deepest recession on record only deepens the need for dramatic and far-reaching action in our fishing industry which will help rejuvenate the nation. The fishing industry has the potential to create 100,000 skilled coastal community jobs – worth up to £6.6billion to the exchequer annually.
“This is why we must re-establish the economic link between the fishing industry and coastal communities.”
11.55am update: Sturgeon’s attempts to keep Scotland linked to Brussels post-Brexit in tatters
An SNP bid to keep Scotland linked with the EU after Brexit will not work, the Holyrood Government has admitted.
Constitution Secretary Mike Russell MSP said the new Bill will mean, on devolved matters, Scottish law can keep in line with those in Europe “when appropriate and practicable to do so”. But the Scottish Government’s Chief Constitution Manager admitted she could struggle to see how the published legislation would work.
11.28am update: EU poll says Brexiteer tribes are fracturing
The Brexit voter “tribes” that were created during the 2016 EU referendum, and that culminated in Boris Johnson’s general election victory last December, are already fading, according to a new poll.
Research by the European Council on Foreign Relations said the coronavirus has changed Britons’ attitudes to the world, Europe, and the state.
It suggests that the pandemic may be bringing the “Brexit era” of British politics to a close – ending a four-year escape from normal politics. This presents an opportunity for the Labour Party to revive its fortunes, the paper argues – including in the Red Wall constituencies that were so crucial to the Conservative Party’s landslide victory in 2019.
Significantly, the data shows that UK voters are increasingly looking towards international cooperation as means of recovery from COVID-19. It finds, for example, that two-thirds of respondents believe in the need for more cooperation, with international partners, such as the EU, in their fight with the virus – and that just 18 percent think globalisation has “gone too far”. It also data reveals that, despite this call for a more coordinated response to the current health pandemic, faith in the UK’s traditional ally, the United States, has “worsened” significantly. Similar attitudes were expressed towards China, too, where COVID-19 is believed to have originated.
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10.02am update: Italexit could be final straw to destroy the bloc after ‘fatal mistake’
ITALY’s departure from the European Union could be the final straw which destroys the bloc – with support for Italexit rising steadily, a leading europhile has said.
Singling out the country of his birth, Hungary, led by Viktor Orban, and Poland for specific criticism, billionaire financier George Soros stressed: “But actually my biggest concern is Italy.
“A very popular anti-European leader, Matteo Salvini, was gaining ground until he overestimated his success and broke up the government.
“That was a fatal mistake. His popularity is now declining. But he has actually been replaced by Giorgia Meloni of Fratelli d’Italia, who is even more of an extremist.”
9.51am update: Sterling holds about US dollar
Sterling held above $1.30 on Wednesday, clinging on to recent gains on the back of dollar weakness, which outweighed the impact of a record drop in Britain’s economic output.
The Pound was steady at $1.3048, close to the five-month high of near $1.32 it rose to last week, and at 90.02 pence against the euro.
8.52am update: Sunak ‘Brexit extension is not right thing to do’
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said good progress had been made in several areas of the negotiations for a trade deal with the EU but there were gaps on “a couple of big issues.”
He said asking Brussels for an extension of Britain’s no-change transition period – which is due to expire on December 31 – was not the right thing to do and the government had to prepare for all eventualities.
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8.11am update: Expert exposes how Boris FORCED Ireland into Brexit climbdown
Boris Johnson’s uncompromising leadership of the Conservative Party was an instant contrast to the “shambles” associated with predecessor Theresa May – and it forced Ireland’s then-Taoiseach Leo Varakar into his dramatic Brexit climbdown towards the end of last year, a former diplomat has said.
After Mrs May tried and failed three times to get her Withdrawal Agreement through the Houses of Parliament, she resigned as Prime Minister on July 24, with newly elected Tory leader Mr Johnson replacing her.
Ray Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, said Mr Johnson’s arrival in Number 10 rapidly disabused Fine Gael leader Mr Varadkar and deputy, Simon Coveney, out of their assumption that a no deal Brexit would never be permitted in Westminster.
Writing in his new book, Ireland and the EU Post Brexit, Mr Bassett highlighted what he argues is the “folly” of Ireland “hitching its wagon” to the Backstop plan, a mechanism aimed at preventing a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland by tying the UK to some of the EU’s rules and regulations indefinitely.
7.55am update: Boris Johnson loses the trust of Britons to deliver post-Brexit trade deals
Boris Johnson is losing the trust of the public to deliver important trade deals with countries after he promised to obtain advantageous post-Brexit agreements.
Britons are sceptical about their benefits and are becoming concerned about deals which might reduce environmental and animal welfare standards in the UK, a government public attitudes study has found. Support for a trade deal with the US fell by 10 percent over a year.
About a third of the public are concerned that a US trade deal would reduce food standards in the UK and undermine the NHS.
The study also found that for the first time a majority of people no longer thought trade deals would lead to more jobs in the UK.
7.47am update: Britain enters recession for first time in 11 years – GDP crashes 20.4%
The UK has officially entered into recession after the economy contracted by a record 20.4 percent between April and June.
It is the first time the UK has been in recession for 11 years, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.
The bleak update comes after another ONS update yesterday, warning almost three-quarters-of-a-million jobs had been lost.