BrexitCentral: The General Election will settle the questions the Brexit nay-sayers keep raising once and for all




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Jonathan Isaby is Editor of BrexitCentral

Since becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May has run a virtually leak-free tight ship, and so it was that her announcement of a General Election for June 8th took all of us in Westminster entirely by surprise.

Just a few hours before the PM came out of the door of Downing Street, I had been reflecting on last month’s YouGov polling – noting how seven in ten voters want the Government to deliver on the referendum result and how even the majority of those who voted Remain were not wanting to frustrate the delivery of the expressed will of the British people.

So it is all the more frustrating that there remains a vocal minority, particularly among the political class – and disproportionately represented in the House of Lords which has to give its approval to all the Government’s Brexit-related legislation – which has refused to accept the result.

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BrexitCentral: UK Taxpayers Funding EU Propaganda Centres

BrexitCentral.comDavid Scullion, BrexitCentral

Government lawyers are confident Britain has no obligation to pay the hefty £50 billion leaving bill some are suggesting we should owe the EU, with a government source saying: “Think of it like golf club rules. Once you leave the club, there is no obligation to keep paying.” A House of Lords Select Committee has come to the same conclusion on golf clubs, arguing that there is no ‘leaving fee’ in Article 50.

But for those worried that not enough taxpayers’ money is being spent on EU projects, we break the news today that the EU is set to launch a raft of ‘information’ centres in Britain. You can read the story here.

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BrexitCentral: How Gina Miller’s legal case will actually help reinvigorate the Commons

BrexitCentralBannerBy Darren Grimes

On the BrexitCentral site today, with the Supreme Court delivering its judgment on Tuesday as to whether Mrs May’s Government can trigger Article 50 to leave the EU without a parliamentary vote, we have a timely piece from Professor David Abulafia. He has co-authored a new Politeia paper, Triggering Article 50: Courts, Government & Parliament, in which he explores the effect of Gina Miller’s legal challenge on Britain’s democratic system, analysing where exactly sovereignty lies and looking into what role should parliament play. Click here to read what he has written for us about it.

Also on the site today, Charlotte Smith analyses Theresa May’s Lancaster House speech and the realistic prospects and opportunities available to global Britain once it takes back control. Click here to read it.

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Deputy Editor, BrexitCentral


BrexitCentral: Your Essential Brexit Briefing Sunday, 8th January 2017

BrexitCentral.comBy Jonathan Isaby, Editor, BrexitCentral

Today sees the first round of Sunday morning political TV of the year, in advance of the House of Commons returning from its Christmas recess tomorrow. At 10am all eyes will be on Sky News, when Sophy Ridge’s new eponymous show debuts, which will feature Theresa May’s first interview of 2017. Historically a Prime Minister’s first TV encounter of the year would be with Andrew Marr on the BBC, but May and her team are doing things a little differently.

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Brexit Central: Today’s news and analysis from BrexitCentral


Today I have done my bit to challenge the negativity of those who continue to insist that Brexit will lead us to some form of Armageddon. I have, for The i newspaper, written about how life in Britain might well be in 2019 after we have left the European Union. A fews days ago they published a “worst-case scenario” in which we were effectively up there with North Korea in not even having access to the single market, trade was ceasing in a whole range of sectors and supermarket shelves were being left empty. I sought to counter this kind of nonsense and I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read my optimistic vision of Brexit Britain.

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Lawyers for Britain have applied to the Supreme Court to intervene in the Article 50 appeal

One potentially significant piece of news we have highlighted below that you may not have seen elsewhere relates to the excellent group, Lawyers for Britain. They have just announced that they have applied to the Supreme Court to intervene in the appeal in the Article 50 case with arguments additional to those being used by the Government. Click here to read all about it.

We also have confirmation today that a motley crew of MPs on the Opposition benches will vote against the triggering of Article 50, but by no means in big enough numbers to threaten its passage. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron popped up on the Today programme indicating all the conditions he and his seven other MPs would demand in order not to vote it down – conditions that I would certainly not anticipate the Government adhering to. And among the Labour MPs evidently committed to defying Labour whips to oppose any resolution or bill on Article 50 is Catherine West who, last time I checked, is a shadow foreign affairs minister. Would she resign from the front bench to do so? Or are Labour so at sea that it would effectively become free vote territory?

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Unveiling the cost and extent of the 12,651 EU import tariffs – and why we should repeal them

By Dan Lewis,, 18th October 2016

dan-lewisDan Lewis is Chief Executive of the Economic Policy Centre which today publishes The Essential Guide to EU Import Tariffs 2016 and launches a new public-facing database website at

It’s a safe bet that at least a few of you have never drunk unfermented coconut water or even knew there was such a fruit as a Bitter Melon. And it’s almost certain that you are completely unaware that in the few months since the Brexit referendum, the EU has introduced substantial import tariffs on both – 17.6% and 12.80%.

These tariffs and 12,649 others tell us a story, sadly: on trade, Europe has been – and is still – moving in the wrong direction. And that is the theme of a new paper, The Essential Guide to EU Import Tariffs 2016, and accompanying interactive website that we at the Economic Policy Centre are launching today.

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Francis Hoar: Why the UK is legally free to negotiate future trade agreements before Brexit


Francis Hoar   4th October 2016  

francis-hoarFrancis Hoar is a barrister specialising in electoral, public, commercial and employment law and a committee member of Lawyers for Britain. Here he summarises his recently-published paper, The UK’s Right to Negotiate Free Trade Agreements before leaving the European Union.

Since the United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, it has been suggested that the UK may not negotiate future free trade agreements (‘FTAs’) with countries outside the EU while it remains a member state.

This view has no support from the EU Treaties or the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU): the EU may not prevent the UK negotiating and entering into such treaties providing that they will not come into force until the UK withdraws from the EU.
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By Jonathan Isaby, email:

I’m now up in Birmingham for the next few days at the Conservative Party Conference, where Brexit is going to be the most significant topic of discussion, both on the conference stage and on the fringe. We of course have our very own BrexitCentral rally tomorrow at 5.45pm in Hall 5 of the International Convention Centre with a first-class line-up of speakers reflecting on the referendum result and considering how to make a success of Brexit. I hope to see lots of BrexitCentral readers there (although please note that you will need a conference pass to access the venue).

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