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Brexit LIVE: 'Want our star back' Truss put on alert as Rejoiner plot 'building at pace'
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The National Rejoin March announced its first event will take place on September 10 in London sporting the slogan “we want our star back”. Speakers will include Brexit-bashing protester Steve Bray – also known as Mr Brexit and political activist Femi Oluwole. Mike Galsworthy founder of Scientists for EU will also speak at the event. Commenting on the announcement he tweeted: “Just in case you weren’t aware… this is now building at pace.”
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Guy Verhofstadt has sparked a row following the emergence of a leaked recording in which Liz Truss is said to have “dismantled the lies behind Brexit”.
While Chief Secretary to the Treasury, a post she held until 2019, the Tory leadership hopeful said voters claim “it’s all Europe causing these problems”, and migrants too, whereas working Britons themselves need to have “more graft”.
The former Brussels negotiator responded in a post on Twitter: “Liz Truss dismantles the lies behind Brexit. Publicly, she blames migrants and manufactures [in] a fight with the EU to win Tory votes.”
Remain campaigner Femi Oluwole also said Ms Truss had admitted “the Brexit referendum was won on lies about immigration and the EU”.

Conservative Party members will not back Rishi Sunak to be their next leader because they are “lost in Brexit la-la land”, it has been claimed.
The former Chancellor backed ‘Leave’ ahead of the 2016 vote and has claimed to take advantage of the country’s withdrawal from the EU while in Cabinet. 
Liz Truss, on the other hand, is a former Liberal Democrat who backed ‘Remain’ at the time of the referendum and has only since publicly described Brexit as a good thing.
But the largely pro-Leave Tory party is, however, looking set to hand the Foreign Secretary the keys to Number 10.
Harry Lambert, Senior Politics Correspondent for the New Statesman, suggests this is largely a result of the fact Mr Sunak is failing to cater to the views of the party membership.
On Brexit, he wrote: “Sunak… backed Brexit in 2016, while Truss did not.
“Yet it is Truss who is considered the true believer in the cause, and Sunak who Tory members feel represents the establishment that they, through Brexit, wished to take on, if not take out.”

Ex-pats have blasted the Portugese authorities for “deliberately” leaving them stranded with inadequate paperwork.

British citizens in Portugal were guaranteed protection for their social and employment rights within the country as part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. However, the Portuguese government has yet to provide the 34,500 Brits with the biometric residency cards they need to have their rights protected. As a result, British residents are left unable to access healthcare, change jobs, or travel in and out of the country – prompting widespread criticism of the government’s failure to provide the necessary paperwork

Trade figures released today show the UK remains a dominant player in the global economy despite the present crisis.
Statistics released by the Department for International Trade (DIT) today show the value of total UK trade surged 15 percent in the year to June, totalling £1.4billion.
Rebounding after the  and an initial post- trade slump, the UK’s surplus in services grew as the country attracted more money from foreign investors than any other bar the .
For all the talk of impending , chronically low productivity and uncontrollable , the UK remains among the strongest and most connected economies in the world.

A Brexit warning has been issued by a leading scientist, drawing attention to his loss of millions of pounds in potential investment due to the Government’s post-Brexit dealings.
I report here: “Over 100 grants from an EU research programme were scrapped in July due to the ongoing row over the Northern Ireland Protocol. UK beneficiaries of the £80billion Horizon Europe deal were told their grants would not be available unless their research moved to an institution based in the Brussels bloc.
“One such scientist was José R Penadés, Professor of Microbiology at Imperial College London and Director of the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection.
“He was offered €2.5million (£2.13million) from the European Research Council (ERC) for study purposes.
“But, Professor Penadés said, ‘I was informed that the funding was in jeopardy because the UK failed to negotiate an agreement to remain in the EU’s Horizon Europe funding programme’.”
Read more here.

Tory MP Andrew Davies has insisted it is time for the Labour party to “get over” Brexit.
His comments came following a failed challenge to the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020, which is concerned with UK internal trade.
Mr Davies wrote in a post on Twitter: “The Welsh Government’s legal challenge to the UK Government’s Internal Market Bill has failed.
“It’s time for Labour to get over Brexit and get back to the day job.”

Former MEP Andrew England Kerr has argued the EU is working to “damage” Britain to dissuade other countries still in the Brussels bloc from thinking about leaving.
He wrote in a post on Twitter: “The bottom line is the EU is desperately seeking to damage Britain making a success of Brexit as very worried others will also leave if Britain a success.
“The EU reneging on part of the deal agreed is just part of their spiteful game.”
The bottom line is the EU is desperately seeking to damage Britain making a success of Brexit as very worried others will also leave if Britain a success.

The EU reneging on part of the deal agreed is just part of their spiteful game.
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Pro-Brexit economist Julian Jessop has pointed to figures which suggest rising prices in the UK are not necessarily a result of the country’s withdrawal from the EU.
He wrote in a post on Twitter: “I see the usual suspects still trying to pin higher food prices on Brexit…
“FYI, food price inflation is also in double digits (≥10 percent) in the US, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, Greece, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Denmark, and in both the euro area and EU as whole.”
I see the usual suspects still trying to pin higher food prices on #Brexit

FYI, food price #inflation is also in double digits (u226510%) in the US, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Finland, Greece, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Denmark, and in both the euro area and EU as whole.
The graph below shows how the Brexit transition in January 2021 contributed to a record drop in EU trade.Brexit transition effect on EU trade

Liz Truss was originally on the side of the Remain campaign, but switched her allegiance following the 2016 referendum.
Loyal to Boris Johnson to the end, Ms Truss says she is the true Conservative candidate and will cut taxes to help ease the burden on families struggling with the cost of living crisis during her leadership campaign.
Ms Truss has vowed to reform the Northern Ireland Protocol, something she has already started by issuing a bill to allow the UK to unilaterally disable parts of the Brexit agreement.

What is Liz Truss's Brexit proposal?

The EU has warned it will take retaliatory action if the UK acts unilaterally to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol, but what are they proposing?
It has offered to get rid of sanitary and phytosanitary checks on chills meats with an exemption for British sausages and other goods for Northern Irish supermarkets.
The proposal suggests reducing customs declarations by 50 percent.
An ‘express land’ out of ports would be offered for goods destined for Northern Ireland only.
An uninterrupted supply of medicines was also offered.
Brexit was balmed for large amounts of sewage dumped by water companies into the sea and polluting beaches in England and Wales after days of heavy rain. 
The parched ground caused by the scorching heatwaves of the past month meant the heavy rain that followed couldn’t be absorbed, causing the sewage system to overflow, water bosses explained.
Many Twitter users rushed to comment blaming Brexit and the change in regulations for the appalling images of the polluted beaches.

Twitter user with the username Parody Liz Truss wrote: “40 beaches in the UK are now dangerously polluted.
“This is because leaving the EU enabled us to start dumping raw sewage onto beaches again. This is one of the benefits of Brexit.”
Someone with the username The Purple Pimpernel wrote: “Forty years ago, EU regulations forced the UK to clean up its beaches.
“Two years into Brexit, and we’re wallowing in raw sewage.”

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The Northern Ireland protocol is the piece of legislation that prevents a hard border from being in place between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 
Before Brexit, it was easy to transport goods between Northern Ireland and the Republic because both sides were subject to the same EU rules. 
However, after Brexit, a new system was needed as the EU has strict rules and requires border checks when certain goods arrive from non-EU countries.
The protocol agreed that there would be no checks at the Irish border but there would instead be checks on goods coming from Great Britain to Northern Ireland. 
However, the UK government now wants to rip up parts of the protocol and remove the need for goods checks between Britain and Northern Ireland. 
Nigel Farage forecasts who is going to win the next election in a damning verdict for the losing party. 

Nigel Farage believes Liz Truss is not fit to run the country over her repeated U-turns on issues ranging from Brexit to tax cuts.                       
“Liz Truss, well, this is a real enigma. She backed remain in the referendum. She voted three times for Mrs May’s treacherous sellout of Brexit.”

“But now – oh now – she’s a born-again Brexiteer,” Nigel Farage said. “And she wants to start defending our borders and doing all the things that need to be done. 
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Nigel Farage calls criticised the Foreign Secretary

Brexit negotiations are still ongoing, despite Britain leaving the European Union more than two years ago. 
Here is a key Brexit timeline of how it played out.

Key moments in the Brexit timelineGermany’s economy would lose out six times more than it has because of Brexit if the EU decoupled from China in a trade war. 
The bloc’s biggest economy would lose out millions if China retaliated against the West in a trade war.
According to a report by the Ifo Institute, Germany stands to lose the most across EU nations with the automotive industry, the production of transportation equipment, and manufacturers of machinery as the industries most at risk.
Lisandra Flach, co-author of the report, said: “Deglobalisation makes us poorer.
“Rather than turning away from important trading partners without good reason, companies should additionally source inputs from other countries in order to reduce one-sided and critical dependencies on certain markets and authoritarian regimes.”
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In December, Lord Frost resigned as chief Brexit negotiator, making way for his successor, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. 
Since taking on the role Brexit negotiations with her EU counterpart Maros Sefcovic have made little progress. 
However, Ms Truss has outlined plans to scrap parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. 
She said the first priority is to uphold the Good Friday agreement. 
Ms Truss said the UK wants to see a first minister and deputy first minister in place in Northern Ireland. 
She is currently running against her rival, Rishi Sunak, to become the next Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. 
Liz Truss’s approach to Brexit and the Northern Ireland protocol is set to be a “major test” for UK-US relations if she become Prime Minister, a US diplomat claimed. 
The diplomat who spoke to Politico said Ms Truss is “likely to continue the policies and tone of Johnson’s government”, which is expected to bring a positive outcome in a first step of building relationships

But at a second stage, the two governments will have to negotiate over Brexit and the relationship with the EU, and this will be a “major test”, according to the diplomat.
The diplomat predicted that “the issue of how a Truss government approaches the [NI] protocol will be the first major test of relations.”

READ MORE.US-UK relations tipped to plummet over Truss's Brexit stanceTake a look back at how we covered Brexit in the years and months leading up to the referendum.Brexit in Express front pagesJacob Rees-Mogg has demanded a “re-thinking” of Britain following its exit from the EU. 
The Brexit opportunities minister has suggested the next Government should go beyond ministers to seek out cost-cutting methods and reconsider what functions the state should continue to deliver to British people.
The Brexit opportunities minister said: “Our departure from the European Union necessitates a re-thinking of the British state.
“This means going beyond ministers looking for fiscal trims and haircuts and considering whether the state should deliver certain functions at all.”

Mr Rees-Mogg argued reducing the function of the state in some areas would allow the next Government to help people with rocketing energy bills, something current favourite to win Liz Truss has said she will prioritise.
Mr Rees-Mogg continued: “As a supporter of Liz Truss to become prime minister I am a strong advocate of the benefit of tax cuts to the economy and to the British consumer.”

Rishi Sunak has vowed to put in place post-Brexit domestic agricultural policy after pledging not to boost domestic food production through a UK food security target.
In an apparent swipe at Ms Truss, who has been criticised for giving away too much to foreign farmers in post-Brexit trade deals, he wrote in The Telegraph: “In any trade negotiations, I would fight for the interests of our farmers and food producers rather than trading away their interests for the sake of meeting self-imposed deadlines.”Sunak vows to work with farms on post-Brexit policy

The EU is a political and economic union of 27 countries that trade with each other and allow citizens to move easily between the countries to live and work. 
The UK joined the EU, then known as the EEC (European Economic Community), in 1973.
A referendum was held June 23 2016 to decide whether the UK would remain inside the EU. 
The Leave side won by nearly 52 percent to 48 percent – 17.4 million votes to 16.1 million.

What is the EU?

Liz Truss is on high alert as the plot to rejoin the European Union is “building at pace”.
The National Rejoin March announced its first event will take place on September 10 in London sporting the slogan “we want our star back”.
Speakers will include Brexit-bashing protester Steve Bray – also known as Mr Brexit – and political activist Femi Oluwole.
Mike Galsworthy from European Movement UK and founder of Scientists for EU will also speak at the event.
Commenting on the announcement he tweeted: “Just in case you weren’t aware… this is now building at pace.”

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Tory party members will not back Rishi Sunak to be their next leader because they are “lost in Brexit la-la land”, it has been claimed. 

Harry Lambert, Senior Politics Correspondent for the New Statesman, suggests this is largely a result of the fact Mr Sunak is failing to cater to the views of the party membership.
On Brexit, he wrote: “Sunak… backed Brexit in 2016, while Truss did not.
“Yet it is Truss who is considered the true believer in the cause, and Sunak who Tory members feel represents the establishment that they, through Brexit, wished to take on, if not take out.”

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