Brexit LIVE: Desperate Rejoiner march unveiled to reverse EU exit – ‘We’ve not gone away!’

Brexit: Lord Adonis says UK ‘could rejoin the EU’

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Britain voted to quit the bloc on June 23, 2016 – but Adam Poole, 56, from Swindon, is refusing to accept the result – and is determined to reverse it. He told the London Economic website the march – which he is planning for May 9, which Brussels has designated Europe Day -would send a signal to Brexiteers attempting to focus on life outside the EU.

 

Mr Poole explained: “It’s a simple statement: we haven’t gone away and we are not going to go away and it’s an opportunity for us all to get together after the pandemic and celebrate Europe Day.

“It’s important to say to the current government and the rest of the Leave campaign, Dominic Cummings and Nigel Farage: ‘You have not won anything, and it’s not over, not by a long shot.

“’We don’t think what you have done is right, we are not going to get over it and we are going to be here until we are back in the EU.’”

Mr Poole insisted the event was open to anyone interested in Brexit and the EU.

He said: “I am open to anybody and that includes people who changed their minds and people who are genuinely open-minded about the whole issue.

“I think one of the main problems is that people are divided in two polarising groups who aren’t open to dialogue.

“Come along and let the world know that the rejoin movement is here, the pro-EU movement is here and come meet fellow Europeans.

“I am hoping it will be a positive, fun, family day out.”

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7.54am update: It’s NOT working! Fresh Brexit battle looms as Frost set to ignite new row over hated deal

A major Brexit battle is at risk of breaking out over the Northern Ireland Protocol as the UK Government could demand an extension to grace periods for key products which expire next month.

The Protocol, part of the Brexit divorce deal agreed by the UK and Brussels, effectively keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market for goods.

This means checks on goods being sent from Great Britain into the single market in some cases could result in prohibitions on certain products that do not comply with EU rules.

Following unionist anger over the Protocol at Stormont, Brexit minister Lord Frost put forward plans to renegotiate the Protocol, which he set out in a Command Paper last month.

7.39am update: Dream on, Nicola! Sturgeon living in ‘fantasy land’ as dire £300BN national debt laid bare

Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP is living in “fantasy island” if it thinks the EU would permit an independent Scotland to join the bloc with a national debt amounting to £300billion, a UK economist has warned.

David Blake, Professor of Economics at City, University of London, was speaking on the day the Scottish Government published its annual Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (Gers) figures.

These indicated the country’s budget deficit had more than doubled to 22.4 percent of GDP in 2020/21, the highest yearly figure since the Government’s annual accounts began two decades ago.

Spending increased by 21 percent during the year, reflecting the impact of the pandemic, while average public spending per person also rose to £1,828 above the UK average.

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