Brexit figures reveal damning outlook across Britain
The figures for the lost growth to each region of the UK from the various Brexit scenarios still on the table, have been leaked. The figures show that projected lost growth across the UK if the government gets no deal will be a devastating 8%, 5% with a free trade agreement, and 2% if we remain in the Single Market.
Breaking it down region by region, the worst case scenario, that has still not be ruled out by the government, would see the North East lose a devastating 16% of growth, the West Midlands 13%, and the North West and Northern Ireland 12%.
Cable: Marr interview shows Labour leadership's "betrayal" in backing the Conservatives' damaging hard Brexit
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ruled out membership of the Customs Union and the Single Market in an interview with Andrew Marr this morning. This is despite overwhelming support for both among his party's membership and conflicting messages from the Labour frontbench.
Brake - An Exit from Brexit is still possible
Commenting on reports that three QCs have written to the Prime Minister setting out their view that Article 50 can be rescinded, Liberal Democrat Brexit Spokesperson Tom Brake said:
“These latest legal opinions only strengthen our case that an Exit from Brexit is still possible. Instead of trying to hide behind the idea of irrevocability, the government should accept the clear evidence that we can stop this shambolic process if necessary.
Cable responds to Hammond comments on the customs union
Responding to news that the Chancellor has not ruled out the UK staying in some form of customs union with the EU after Brexit, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said:
“The likes Fox and Gardiner have cheerfully dismissed the concerns of British industry, but this offers some reassurance that the Chancellor does understand the economic advantages of being part of a customs union with the EU.
Conservatives are reinventing Dad's Army at Britain's ports
The Liberal Democrats have warned that plans for volunteer border guards would expose Britain's soft underbelly in the fight against terrorism and organised crime.
The Home Office has confirmed proposals for “border force special volunteers” at small air and sea ports, who would be unpaid and have no powers to interrogate or arrest suspects.