Brexit: 'Greatest error' Truss warned Boris' departure will cripple post-EU 'fantasy' – Express

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Mr Johnson’s exit from Number 10 will “bring down the curtain on the Brexit fantasy,” according to a commentator. Writing for the Irish Times, Eoin Burke-Kennedy argues that until now Covid and its fallout had provided a “smokescreen” for the damage caused by Britain’s “messy, and as yet unfinished” EU exit. In a scathing critique of the UK’s decision to leave the bloc, Mr Burke-Kennedy claims Brexit has caused travel chaos and spiralling inflation among other problems. He insists the “fantasy” of Brexit in Britain is over, as shown by a series of byelection defeats, particularly Tiverton and Honiton, which saw an unprecedented 30 percent swing to the Liberal Democrats. The solutions offered by “would-be leader Liz Truss” will fall short of capturing the national spirit and delivering a Brexit worth celebrating, he believes. Mr Burke-Kennedy concluded: “Drummed up in a fervour of nationalism and post-2008 populism but sold as an act of political and economic sovereignty, the Brexit project will go down as one of the great strategic errors in modern British history.”
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Nicola Sturgeon has sparked a furious backlash from anti-Scottish independence supporters after claiming the 2023 Eurovision Contest should be held in Glasgow.
Scotland’s biggest city by population has made the shortlist of seven in the UK that could host the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2023 – and will go up against Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield. London and Belfast were amongst those who were surprisingly snubbed after 20 cities expressed an interest in the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The UK is hosting Eurovision in place of war-torn Ukraine after British singer Sam Ryder finished second at this year’s contest.
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Jacob Rees-Mogg has told GB News that he did not stand in the ongoing Conservative Party leadership contest due to a need to deliver on Brexit and “unite around a single candidate”.
Speaking to fellow Tory MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies, the Brexit Opportunities Minister said that he was a great admirer of Home Secretary Priti Patel and Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi.
However, he felt that Foreign Secretary Liz Truss had more “momentum”,a clearer vision and was “better positioned” to become Prime Minister.
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Many Brits living in the European Union have been informed by banks back in the UK that their accounts could soon be shut.
Several banks, including Barclays, have told UK citizens living in the EU that they will no longer be able to have and use their accounts in member states, primarily in Spain, France and Germany.
International Trade Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been told not to rush a post-Brexit accord with India and instead focus on substance.
Boris Johnson, who will leave Number 10 on September 6 following the Tory leadership contest, had set a Diwali deadline.
GB News host Darren Grimes has taken a swipe at Tory leadership hopeful and former Chancellor Rishi Sunak over his plans to reopen negotiations with the European Union over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Mr Sunak, who voted to leave the European Union in 2016, said he is an “experienced negotiator” and hopes to break the deadlock with Brussels if he enters Number 10.
However, Mr Grimes took to Twitter to slam the Richmond MP.
Grimes said: “Negotiations with the EU? Why hasn’t anybody considered this before now?! Oh wait, they have. For years now.”
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In December 2021, 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.
Incoming Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has poked the fire with London with accusations toward the UK Government of trying to “go back on its word” over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The Fine Gael leader’s spokesman claimed this year’s Stormont elections had in effect been a vote of confidence in the mechanism for preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland. 
He also dismissed claims by leading Dublin-based eurosceptic Anthony Coughlan that Mr Varadkar pulled the plug on talks which could have resolved the Brexit wrangle over the Irish border five years ago, shortly after becoming Taoiseach.
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James Cleverly wrote for Express.co.uk: “We can turn the ship around, and this Conservative leadership contest gives us a chance to. 
“In Liz Truss, we can elect a Prime Minister who is optimistic and who loves our country.
“Liz believes that our best days are ahead of us and her plan for our country will unleash the growth and prosperity we know is within our reach.
“Her vision is based on Conservative values. She knows that we cannot tax our way to growth.
“Every pound taken out of the economy in tax is one less that can go towards investing in the great British businesses that provide high-wage jobs and drive prosperity and opportunity throughout the country.”

Scotland’s bid for independence while simultaneously wanting to rejoin the EU has been criticised, with Spiked writer Ewan Gurr blasting their “rampant Europhilia”.
He added: “There is one gaping hole in the SNP’s independence prospectus – it wants an independent Scotland to join the EU.
“This is a problem for the independence campaign. Not only would this present a barrier to true independence, it would also anger a substantial though largely ignored section of the pro-independence electorate.
“Eurosceptic nationalists are especially turned off by the SNP’s Europhilia and its woke posturing.”

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.
She has also promised to rip up any remaining EU laws present in the UK’s unwritten constitution, putting any existing rules through tests to see if they are still vital for Britain post-Brexit.
EU leaders have begun rallying around Greece as Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, continues to threaten the country with military action.
With tensions between Turkey and Greece growing, the EU must now reduce its dependencies on Erdogan, a German economist has warned.
In recent weeks, German government officials have visited Greece in what appears to be an act of support for the nation.

Top British business bodies have warned the government against rushing into a a trade deal with India in order to meet a self-imposed deadline.
A remoaner has sparked an online debate after he shared a picture of full supermarket shelves in the EU in an apparent Brexit dig.
He claimed that “Brexit voters” needed to “fess up” that domestic issues were caused by Brexit.
However, people were quick to mock the tweet, pointing out that Britain also had full shelves.

Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, a prominent Brexiteer sold Brexit as a “once in a generation opportunity” to “take back control”.
Mr Sunak said the vote would result in a “freer, fairer and more prosperous” Britain.
His Parliamentary voting record shows an enduring belief in separation from the EU.

Scotland’s First Minister wasted little time celebrating the good news for Scotland possibly hosting Eurovision, tweeting: “It’s got to be Glasgow!” She accompanied this with a party hat emoji.
But her tweet has sparked a furious backlash, many of whom appeared to be against her relentless pursuit of Scottish independence.
Twitter user “Simon (spud) Wynn” (@simonspudwynn) raged: “So you can pack out the arena with EU flag waving Remoaners and turn it into a political event? No thanks.”

Leadership candidate Rishi Sunak has promised a new “Brexit delivery” department if he becomes the next Prime Minister.
Mr Sunak, who is falling behind Ms Truss in the race to become next leader, has pledged to review all existing EU laws within the first 100 days of being Number 10.
The caller, from Wimbledon, said: “Brexit doesn’t work.”
Mr Ferrari responded by saying: “The fact we haven’t got water is not down to Brexit.”
Thames Water announced a hosepipe ban earlier this week as a weekend of hot weather sets in.
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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.A football chief has claimed there could be a “Brexit in football” with the controversial European Super League forming without the involvement of England’s ‘Big 6’ football clubs.
The formation of the European Super League came to light in April 2021 but collapsed just two days later with all six English teams pulling out following a furious backlash from players, fans and politicians – including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Most of this stemmed from concerns about elitism and the lack of competitiveness within the competition, as it would have only involved high-ranking teams from a few European countries.
Fans accused the clubs owners of “selling out”.
But Adriano Galliani, best known as vice-chairman and CEO of AC Milan from 1986 to 2017, a period in the club’s history known as the “Silvio Berlusconi era” when he owned the Italian giants, is hopeful the ESL can revived – but without English teams.
When asked if a European Super League could be the solution to a period of English football dominance, he told Italian sports magazine Tuttosport: “Yes, but without the English. There should also be a Brexit in football.”
READ MORELiz Truss has vowed to use new Brexit freedoms to get tough on the Bank of England as she prepares to shred hated EU laws.
The Tory leadership hopeful is facing a battle against the Bank of England (BoE) if she is successful in her bid for the top job after suggesting she will hand ministers the power to override City regulators, widely seen to be holding back post-Brexit reforms.
The Foreign Secretary will allow ministers to “call in” regulatory decisions in the public interest if they feel watchdogs are being excessively cautious.
Leadership rival Rishi Sunak has also promised to push ahead with this policy.
The former Chancellor and his ally John Glen, former City minister, infuriated BoE governor Andrew Bailey by proposing the “call in” power as part of a new financial services bill.
The “call in” power is expected to be added to the financial services bill as it passes through parliament, although Mr Bailey is expected to fight a rearguard action against what he sees as regulatory interference.
The Good Friday Agreement (so-called because it was reached on Good Friday, April 10, 1998) was an agreement between the British and Irish governments and most of the political parties in Northern Ireland on how the country should be governed.
Talks leading up to the Agreement addressed issues which had caused conflicts in previous decades.
The aim of the Agreement was to create a new devolved government for Northern Ireland in which unionists and nationalists would share power.
The Agreement marked the end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
However, there are fears that Liz Truss’ plans to override parts of the Northern Ireland protocol could endanger the Good Friday Agreement.Britain’s drinks exports has received a massive post-Brexit shot in the arm, surging by almost a fifth last year, new research has indicated.
In a huge endorsement of outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Global Britain strategy, UK brands are now seen as bywords for luxury the world over, the analysis, published by Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers Hazelwoods, concluded.
Drinks exports rocketed from £6.4billion in 2020 to £7.6billion in 2021 an increase of 19 percent, data indicates.
Global exports of Scotch rose by £4.51billion – although 19 percent – year-on-year.
Exports of whisky to the US also spiked thanks to the scrapping of tariffs imposed as part of a US-European trade dispute.
The measures were in place for a year until June 2021, with exports recovering sharply in the second half of 2021.
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A Remoaner has sparked an online debate after he shared a picture of full supermarket shelves in the EU in an apparent Brexit dig.
He claimed that “Brexit voters” needed to “fess up” that domestic issues were caused by Brexit.
However, people were quick to mock the tweet, pointing out that Britain also had full shelves.
Simon Manning said on Twitter: “Fresh fruit and veg galore. No shortages of staff. Fuel at €1.68 (£1.42). All is good in the EU, affected by the same Covid pandemic and same Ukraine invasion.
“UK politicians and Brexit voters need to fess up that domestic issues are Brexit related and deliver their solution.”
However, others were quick to point out that food was readily available in Brexit Britain
Haighy replied in a tweet: “Yes same here in Wakefield. Payed £1.69 for petrol, no empty shelves at supermarket. What’s your point?”
Another user, Robbie, taking a dig at the EU’s energy crisis added: “Wow, I love Europe. Will the lights still work in the winter though?”
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Dublin-based eurosceptic Anthony Coughlan has suggested Leo Varadkar pulled the plug on talks that could have resolved the Brexit wrangle over the Irish border, shortly after becoming Taoiseach.
He said: “Leo Varadkar is the person primarily responsible for the problems associated with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
“When Mr Varadkar became Taoiseach in 2017 he ordered the promising contacts between the Irish and British Revenue authorities, initiated by his predecessor Enda Kenny, to cease.
“He did this in order to facilitate the EU’s desire to use the Irish border issue as a means to keep the whole of the UK in the EU single market and customs union.
“This was at a time when Theresa May and her advisers were willing to play along with that objective once she had lost her House of Commons majority in the 2017 UK general election.”Ursula von der Leyen has been threatened to be overthrown after refusing to dish out recovery funds to Poland.
Poland’s leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has pledged his government will take no further steps to meet the EU Commission’s demands on the rule of law debate.
Poland has been waiting for €35 billion to be unlocked for its country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic on the condition it would make changes to its judicial system.
Mr Kaczynski insisted Poland has now met its side of the deal with the EU executive and that it is prepared to take legal action against Ursula von der Leyen’s team unless the money is released.
Speaking to the pro-government Sieci news portal, he said: “We have shown maximum goodwill, but concessions have yielded nothing.
“It’s time to learn lessons.
“Since the European Commission is not fulfilling its obligation to Poland in this area, we have no reason to fulfil our obligations to the European Union.”
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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.A Leigh voter has expressed his fury over a broken Brexit promise from frontrunner Liz Truss.
Ms Truss today answered questions from voters in the Greater Manchester town in the hope of securing their votes. 
They have until September 2 to put a cross behind either the current Foreign Secretary or former Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
During the question-and-answer session, a voter expressed his frustration at the failure of the Government – of which both leadership candidates have been significant members – to fulfil a long-touted Brexit promise.
Trevor Bell asked Ms Truss: “How can any government in the current situation justify keeping VAT on gas and electric?
“It was a Brexit promise that we would be free to get rid of that tax.
“It should go now.”
READ MORESneering elites have been silenced by an influx of American entrepreneurs poised to unleash the power of Brexit Britain.
Nile Gardiner, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, has revealed a wave of American businessmen coming to the United Kingdom despite the liberal media “hissing” at Brexit.
Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Gardiner said: “The East and West Coast elites sneer at British sovereignty, worship Brussels and cheer the imminent departure of their hated transatlantic nemesis, Boris Johnson.”
But, he added: “Despite their mocking tone, however, there is a growing exodus of wealthy elites from big Democrat-run US states, particularly from California, with many executives now ironically relocating to Brexit Britain.
“As much as US elites like to hiss at Brexit, Global Britain, free of the shackles of the EU, is an increasingly attractive place to do business for Americans, especially in comparison to Left-wing California, frequently derided today as a socialist basket case by US conservatives.”
Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, is amongst the people abandoning the US for Brexit Britain, as is former deputy Prime Minister and ardent Remainer Nick Clegg, who relocated to Silicon Valley for social media giant Meta in 2018.
Meringue manufacturing firm Flower and White previously exported to 12 countries across the bloc. But the company’s owner Leanne Crowther said Brexit has been a “disaster” for her business, which is based in Telford.
Mrs Crowther said thousands of pounds worth of stock had been left stranded at ports due to confusion over rules for exporting food products.
She and her husband Brian decided to halt exports to the EU after six months of chaos.
Mrs Crowther said it had been “tricky to plan” for the future of her business before a Brexit deal was struck.
She told the BBC: “The problem we had was nobody really knew what was happening.
“Because we use egg, there was a real problem with ‘do we need to get a vet in to certify the egg?’ and we were being pushed from pillar to post from [the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs] and the Department for Trade and it was so difficult to understand.
“One person would tell us one thing and another would tell us another.”
READ MOREBrexit Britain’s manufacturing sector is poised a make a huge comeback with over 17 major new factories opening up.
Jefferson_MFG, an advocate for Britain’s manufacturing sector and the founder of Factory Now tweeted: “We don’t make anything anymore?
“Aston Martin, Moog, Britishvolt, Siemens, Johnson Matthey, Ciner, Forterra, Knauf, Envision AESC, Ball, Crown, Swizzels, Pensana, SeAH, Stannah, ITM Power and Rolls-Royce are just some of the manufacturers building new factories in the UK.”
Responding to this tweet, Richard Marks, of the University of Reading, tweeted: “Having spent 25 years as a system engineer working with British Manufacturing companies before leaving to be an industrial historian and being ridiculously busy for all of it, I can safely second this.
“British Manufacturing is alive & well, we just don’t talk about it enough !”
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