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Brexit LIVE: Campbell silenced after Remain pile-on - 'Decisions should be made in UK!'

Brexit: 'No way' UK can have passporting outside EU says Beaune

The journalist and former spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair reposted a tweet from Best for Britain, which said “Wales got £357m of EU funding each year. Now it must compete for a share of a much smaller fund, intended to cover ALL regions. This year it expects to receive £10m".

In response to the report Wales would receive less funding post-Brexit, Mr Campell claimed leaving the EU was a “disaster”.

He said: “Brexit - The disaster that keeps on disastering (with the help of media and Parliament which can’t be bothered to face truths such as this ….)”

Twitter users took issue with the former spokesman’s post, with one saying: “These decisions should be made in the UK.

“No idea why you would want to send money and decision-making power to Brussels and Strasbourg in order to get some of it back?

“There may be issues with Brexit but this isn’t one of them. Ask Cardiff and Cardiff can ask UK government!”


Alastair Campbell has been attacked on Twitter after his latest jab at Brexit (Image: Getty)

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UK ministers have unveiled plans to tackle red tape (Image: UK Parliament)

More users questioned whether the money sent to Wales from the EU was originally from the UK.

One said: “Is this the money we gave the EU in the first place?

“A bit like paying for your own birthday present so that someone else has the pleasure of giving it to you.”

“Or is it money the EU gave us out of their own coffers? I've lost track.”

Another said: “The ‘truth’ is that the combination of UK Government and residual from EU structural, Wales is still getting £357m this year.

“But don’t let the facts get in the way of your nonsense.”


Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak said the tearing up of EU rules would significantly benefit UK businesses (Image: UK Parliament)

'Less we buy, less they can threaten us!' Britons back EU goods boycott as Germany suffers

Britons have lashed out following new research which showed economies within the European Union have taken a hit since Brexit Britain decided to cut ties with the bloc.

According to new research, published by pro-Brexit think tank Facts4EU, the economies of Germany, France, Spain have been clobbered as Britons vote with their wallets in protest of the UK's treatment by Brussels.

The report follows on from one published on Saturday based on figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday, which indicated sales into the UK by members of the EU27 in the last 12 months were £27.8billion lower than in 2016.

This study, based on the same ONS figures, lists the principal losers, starting with Germany, which has seen exports to the UK fall by an eye-watering £12.2billion compared with five years ago.

Belgium is the second-biggest loser with a £3.7billion drop, closely followed by France on £3.3billion, with Spain losing out to the tune of £2.6billion.

Isabella Marsans is taking over from Dylan Donnelly.

Brexit envy! Leo Varadkar savaged over 'pathetic' Covid jibe at UK: 'Very poor taste'

Ireland's attempts to troll the UK over Covid-19 vaccination rates have been branded "pathetic" by a former Irish diplomat - who suggested former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's party was motivated by a "desperation" to portray the EU "in a good light".

Ray Bassett spoke out after Fine Gael - the party led by Mr Varadkar, currently Ireland’s Tanaiste or deputy Prime Minister - on Sunday posted a tweet bragging that Ireland had overtaken Britain in terms of the number of people fully vaccinated against the disease.

The post said: “It's official: Ireland has OVERTAKEN the UK in fully vaccinating our adult population against #Covid19.”

Plenty of people were unimpressed, with Twitter users variously suggesting the message was “deeply inappropriate”, ‘very silly” and “in very poor taste”.

And Mr Bassett, Ireland’s former ambassador to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas, agreed, telling “The tweet just shows how defensive the Irish Government is over COVID vaccines.

“The figures for both the UK and Ireland on completely vaccinated percentages are almost identical, while the Republic lags somewhat behind on first doses.”

‘I care about UK as much as any Brexiteer' John Bercow shares hopes for UK after Brexit

John Bercow discussed his concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on the UK economy.

The decision to leave the European Union divided the UK, and the impact of Brexit is still yet to fully reveal itself. 

John Bercow, former speaker of the House of Commons, discussed his apprehension at what may lie ahead for the UK economy, during a recent interview with

Mr Bercow was not in favour of Brexit, and reiterated his disagreement with the decision to leave the EU.

“I am not a supporter of Brexit; I am on the record saying that I think it is a mistake. But I am a democrat and I do accept the outcome.”

“We are in a world of trade blocs and the EU is a big trade bloc.

“On the whole, it made more sense for the UK, which is a medium sized European power, to be part of that trade bloc than to be outside it.

“The decision to exit it, was, I think, an act of national self-harm economically speaking.”

File photo dated 31/10/19 of John Bercow: Sunday June 20, 2021

John Bercow discussed his concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on the UK (Image: PA)

Brexit powerhouse of London to be unleashed by Rishi Sunak as he seeks to out-muscle EU

Ministers are thought to be considering tearing up EU bureaucracy on banking rules to help give London a post-Brexit boost.

Rishi Sunak is understood to be looking into removing restrictions on bankers' bonuses.

Under EU rules bonuses cannot exceed two times an annual salary.

The laws were introduced by Brussels in 2014 as part of reforms following the financial crisis.

The restrictions were opposed by the UK Government of the time but were forced through against its will.

Now, freed from Brussels, Chancellor Rishi Sunak is thought to be mulling over ditching the requirements to help boost the UK's competitiveness on the world stage.

Mr Sunak has vowed to used Brexit as an opportunity to unleash the potential of the City of London.

7pm update: Cummings humiliates Remainer with Brexit bus dressing down: 'You're still at start line'

Dominic Cummings has slammed an unapologetic Remainer for continuing to harp on about the Brexit campaign - five years after the vote.

The former chief adviser to the Prime Minister is famed for his outspokenness and distaste of Westminster’s London-centric bubble. 

And while the former Vote Leave director admitted that Brexit might have been “a mistake”, he was under no illusions about its impact on the UK democratically.

Dr Mike Galsworthy responded to a post from Mr Cummings referencing Vote Leave’s red bus which sported a slogan claiming that leaving the bloc would allow the government to give the NHS an extra £350million a week.

The founder of the Remain group Scientists4EU said: “That’s not what was written on the bus…”

This was instantly shut down by Mr Cummings, who responded: “'Take back control' (another campaign slogan) was on the bus...

“This is literally what it means...

“5 years on, elite-Remain-Twitter is still at the start line…”

The Vote Leave campaign bus is parked in Truro, Cornwall 11-May-2016

Cummings slammed a Remainer for harping on about the Brexit campaign (Image: PA)

6pm update: 'Just because you lost!' Verhofstadt lambasted on Twitter after his latest Brexit jibe

Guy Verhofstadt has stirred up Twitter with yet another thinly veiled jibe aimed at the UK over its decision to quit the EU - prompting claims that Brexit was "living rent free in your head".

In a reference to the result of the 2016 vote, others suggested the former Belgian Prime Minister’s apparent distaste for referendums stemmed from the fact that “you always lose them”.

Earlier today, he tweeted a link to a Ipsos MORI poll suggesting just 45 percent of Britons agreed that the most important political issues should be decided by referendums rather than elected officials.

The figure was 15 percent below the global average of 60 percent.

Mr Verhofstadt commented: “Referenda most unpopular where they have actually been tried... with devastating effect. No surprise.

“Still, we need to find ways to update our democratic legitimacy & interaction between representative and participatory institutions, also in the EU!”

The EU countries who have suffered the most because of Brexit have been revealed in a new report.

Facts4EU.Org revealed the financial carnage that losing the UK has wreaked on the bloc’s members.

Not surprisingly, Germany came out as the biggest loser after its economy was down £12.2billion in the last 12 months compared with 2016 - the year of the referendum vote.

It was followed by Belgium (£3.7billion), France (£3.3billion), the Netherlands (£2.7billion), and Spain (£2.6billion).

3pm update: Macron's withering warning Brexit would ‘make Britain like Guernsey’: ‘A little country’

Emmanuel Macron warned that Brexit would result in Britain becoming as relevant as Guernsey, branding it "a little country", an unearthed account shows.

In a 2016 interview with French daily newspaper, Le Monde, Mr Macron, then-France's economy minister, said the UK would become like Guernsey once it left the EU.

The self-governing British Crown dependency is one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel off France and has never been part of the EU.

Speaking ahead of the referendum on EU membership, Mr Macron said: “Leaving the EU would mean the 'Guernseyfication' of the UK, which would then be a little country on the world scale.

“It would isolate itself and become a trading post and arbitration place at Europe's border.”

He said that if given the choice he would vote to remain in the EU, explaining that he thought it was in the UK’s interests to stay part of the European trading bloc.

Dylan Donnelly takes over reporting from Richard Percival

2pm update: Australia trade deal set to provide more choice for UK wine-lovers 

Lovers of Australian wine are set to enjoy greater choice in their favourite tipples when the UK’s free trade deal with Australia comes into force later this year.

All Australian wine is currently charged a tariff of up to 20p per bottle (£26 per hundred litres) but this will be eliminated as part of the agreement, which was agreed in principle by Prime Ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison in June.

From Barossa Valley Shiraz to Margaret River Chardonnay, the reduced fees in the agreement will impact iconic Australian favourites such as Jacob’s Creek and Hardys, and allow more brands to make their name in the UK.

Ursula von der Leyen's vaccine scheme has been criticised for its "insufficient shipments to Africa and Latin America".

The European Union’s top foreign diplomat, Josep Borrell, said the bloc was losing influence to China by not helping the Covid jabs drives in poorer and low-income countries.

His intervention is a direct attack on the European Commission’s promise to help smaller economies fight the coronavirus pandemic. 

11am update: SNP claim hard border with England will 'benefit Scots' torn apart

The SNP has been branded "out of touch" after a party branch claimed a hard border with the rest of the UK will bring "economic, social and demographic benefits", even if Scotland rejoins the EU.

Plans for a Borders Commission to examine how passport control checks at Gretna "might favourably benefit Scotland" will be discussed at the party's conference next month. 

The motion, lodged by the Meadows Morningside and Hawick and District SNP branches, calls for a “Regional Development plan” for the creation of “International Border Gateways".

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UK leaving the EU timeline (Image: Express Newspapers)

10am update: EU's AstraZeneca snub backfires as other firms hike prices for VDL's vaccine scheme

The European Union's snub of AstraZeneca has backfired with other makers of Covid vaccines hiking their prices.

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have raised the prices of their coronavirus jabs for the EU because of the success of their products in the bloc.

The European Commission turned its back on Anglo-Swedish AstraZeneca after a row over supply shortages turned into a bitter legal row. 

9am update: Vets tell owners to get pets EU passport and avoid red tape

Pet owners have been urged to "make their dogs and cats French" by giving them an EU pet passport after backlogs caused some delays for vets in the UK.

Since the UK left the EU, owners who want to take their pets to the EU must pay a vet to fill out a complex nine-page pet travel certificate form.

Vets have reported the document takes up to an hour to complete, with some businesses charging owners £200.

But a loophole means animals that are assessed by a vet in the EU can get a passport from the bloc, allowing them to travel repeatedly without extra cost.

8am update: UK Government urged to take action on setting up Trade Commission 

The SNP has blasted the UK government on its failure to deliver on its promise to urgently establish a statutory commission to scrutinise future trade deals on behalf of Scotland’s farming sector.

Ministers promised to establish a new statutory Trade and Agriculture Commission to scrutinise future trade deals and to ensure that farmers and crofters across the UK would not be undercut and squeezed out as a result of any trade deals.

However, amidst concerns from the farming industry that the Australian deal would set a precedent for lower standards and prices for future trade deals, the commission has still not been established.

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