They were wrong! The Express is one of the media reporting the falsities surrounding Project Fear.

SCAREMONGERING claims made by Project Fear during the referendum campaign have been debunked in a report.
The Brexit “myths” include those made by the respected International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The World Bank claimed that the UK economy would only grow by 1.2 per cent in 2017 when it actually grew by 1.8 per cent.
Similarly, the IMF and the OECD incorrectly said the UK economy would grow by 1.5 per cent.
All three international organisations played a central role in the Remain campaign’s “Project Fear”. 

The Telegraph says the predictions were ‘wildly wrong’.

Economic organisations that warned a vote to leave the European Union would damage the British economy have already been proved “wildly wrong” in a series of predictions, according to an analysis by a leading pro-Brexit campaign.
Leave Means Leave highlighted a series of forecasts by bodies including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which it described as “far off the mark”.
The analysis came as Lord Young of Graffham, who was Trade Secretary under Margaret Thatcher greeted news of a boost in Britain’s productivity as proof that predictions of a “car-crash” or “fourteen years of doom and gloom” were wrong.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed labour productivity expanded by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter of last year – the largest rise since 2011.

And yet, MEPs are encouraging the Prime Minister to stay in the Single Market, says the Mail.

Three Conservatives are among 20 MEPs urging  Theresa May to keep Britain in the single market following Brexit.
The cross-party group expressed ‘deep concern’ over the Government’s existing Brexit strategy, which will ultimately see Britain leave the EU single market and customs union.
The group is formed by Conservatives, Labour, the  SNP, Greens and Liberal Democrats.
The argument for remaining in the trading block has been strengthened since last year’s referendum vote, they claim.
It the open letter, the MEPs said it was right to question ‘whether the Brexit course chartered by our Government is the right path for our country’.
It was signed by 12 Labour MEPs, including the party’s deputy leader in the European Parliament, and three Tories.
They included the Conservative group’s foreign affairs spokesman. 

The Guardian points out that the MEPs included three Conservatives.

Theresa May is being urged to change course and seek full membership of the European single market and customs union by 20 British MEPs, including three Tories and the majority of Labour politicians based in Brussels.
In a letter that lays down a challenge for the prime minister but also the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, the group claims the case for staying in the internal market has become stronger since the referendum.
They warn that crashing out of the economic grouping would make Britain poorer and suggest that voters should still be given a chance to rethink Brexit  altogether.
“The best way to secure Britain’s prosperity would be to remain close to Europe, inside the single market and customs union, and to secure a deal that keeps Britain in the room,” write the MEPs, who are supporters of the Open Britain campaign.

The Independent also has the story.

Twenty British MEPs, including three Conservatives, have urged the Government to change course and keep Britain in the EU single market after Brexit.
The cross-party group, which includes representatives of the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP, Greens and Liberal Democrats, expressed “deep concern” over the Government’s current Brexit strategy, which will see Britain leave the single market and customs union after a transitional period.
The case for staying in the trading bloc has grown stronger since last year’s Brexit vote, they said.
In an open letter, the MEPs suggested people were right to question “whether the Brexit course chartered by our Government is the right path for our country”.

Westmonster calls them ‘pathetic’.

A pathetic group of just 20 MEPs have called on Theresa May to keep Britain in the Single Market and Customs Union.
Considering there’s 73 UK MEPs, that’s hardly a convincing plea.
The MEPs, who are probably more concerned about preserving their pay packets than enforcing the democratic will of the British people, wrote: “The best way to secure Britain’s prosperity would be to remain close to Europe, inside the Single Market and customs union, and to secure a deal that keeps Britain in the room.”
…A room located directly under the thumb of Brussels? No thanks.

The Express reports on a tough team heading for Europe this week.

A TOUGH-talking Pro-Brexit group inspired by Churchill will meet Michel Barnier this week to warn him the UK is ready to walk away rather than be fobbed-off with a bad deal.
The group are concerned the EU’s chief negotiator Barnier has been surrounding himself with – and being informed by – only opponents of Brexit and is forming the opinion Britain is weak and biddable.
Now the delegation, which includes MWP Steven Woolfe, ex-CBI head Lord Digby Jones, Labour Leave chairman John Mills, and former British Chamber of Commerce chief John Longworth, hope to invoke the spirit of Churchill telling Mr Barnier there is “huge support” for reverting to World Trade Organisation rules rather than accept a bad deal.
Mr Barnier’s spokesman has said that his door is “always open” to those wishing to discuss Brexit.
Mr Woolfe said: “I think the EU has recognised there has been a bit of an echo chamber – it wasn’t just Blair, Adonis and Kenneth Clarke, but they also saw the leader of Scotland, the leader of Wales and on two occasions Jeremy Corbyn.

And the Sun claims the foreign secretary is backing its call for a commemorative stamp to be issued.

BORIS Johnson has backed The Sun’s campaign for the Royal Mail to release special stamps to “show the world we’ve got Brexit licked.”
But a huge government rift opened last night as Postal Services Minister Margot James branded Brexit stamps “divisive”.
The Royal Mail has been blasted for snubbing commemorative exit stamps — despite marking our entry into Europe in 1973.
The Sun want Post Office bosses to think again after they refused to put out a stamp to commemorate Brexit on 29 March 2019.
Boris Johnson told The Sun: “Leaving the European Union will be a monumental moment in British history, so let’s deliver a commemorative stamp that shows the world we’ve got Brexit licked.”


The bloc’s chief negotiator is still fighting the result of the referendum says the Express.

GUY Verhofstadt has sparked fresh derision after appearing to take a thinly-veiled swipe at the UK’s Brexit decision.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator had already caused outrage after sneering at Theresa May’s blue passport victory.
And yesterday, he was at it again, warning that nations which decided to go it alone “will fail”.
He tweeted: “Individual countries can’t solve the challenges we face.
“From climate change to human trafficking, nationalists and populists are unable to provide the answers and that’s why they will fail #WeAreEurope”


At Westminster, Theresa May is considering her top team, says the Times.

Theresa May will move or sack at least six members of her cabinet in a reshuffle tomorrow designed to refresh her top team. An aide said she wanted to “make sure the government reflects the modern and diverse country” we live in.
Boris Johnson has been spared demotion and, along with Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd and David Davis, will stay in his post. But a group of younger women and non-white MPs will be drafted into the ministerial ranks.
Those tipped to move or be sacked include party chairman Patrick McLoughlin; education secretary Justine Greening, said to have annoyed May with her “patronising” tone; Greg Clark, the business secretary; and Andrea Leadsom, leader of the Commons — who are all seen as “dead wood”.

The Independent reports that some of her top people will get the push.

Theresa May is to carry out a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday amid reports that a series of senior ministers are set for the axe.
The Prime Minister has been forced to make changes to her top team following the resignation last month of Damian Green as First Secretary of State after he admitted to lying about the alleged discovery of pornographic images on his Commons computer during a police raid.
But unlike the previous resignations of Sir Michael Fallon and Priti Patel – when consequent changes were kept to a minimum – his departure is expected to trigger a wider ministerial re-jig. Downing Street sources indicated that it would continue into a second day on Tuesday with the middle-ranking and junior ministerial appointments.
Ms May’s most senior colleagues – including Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis – were reported to be safe.

And the Guardian claims the reshuffle will include junior ministers.

Theresa May will carry out a reshuffle of her cabinet and junior ministers this week, Downing Street has confirmed. The jobs of the education secretary,  Justine Greening, and the party chairman, Sir Patrick McLoughlin, are particularly vulnerable, it is believed.
Greening was no enthusiast for the prime minister’s push to expand the number of grammar schools and it is widely reported that the Conservatives are anxious to refresh their education policies. However, in an indication that she could resist any attempt to move her, the education secretary posted a series of messages on Twitter heralding her achievements in the role and twice declared: “School standards are rising.”
Downing Street refused to comment on possible changes on Saturday evening but it is understood that the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, the Brexit secretary, David Davis, and the home secretary, Amber Rudd, would all be continuing in their posts.

The Sun claims more women will be brought in.

THERESA May will wield the axe on “deadwood” ministers from tomorrow in her New Year reshuffle.
The PM will make a handful of changes to her top team before chopping through the lower tiers.
Talks with close aides will take place today before Cabinet ministers are informed of their fate starting tomorrow.
The PM will use the reshuffle to make her Government more diverse, more youthful — and bring in more women.
Sources say the Cabinet big beasts are safe — but Education Secretary Justine Greening, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom are seen as vulnerable to be sacked or demoted.
Those heading upwards probably include Brandon Lewis who is likely to be made Party chairman.

And Sky News also claims more female ministers will be appointed.

Theresa May’s long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle is expected finally to go ahead as MPs return to Westminster on Monday, with around half a dozen ministers changing jobs.
The Prime Minister needs to replace her former de-facto deputy, Damian Green, who she sacked nearly three weeks ago after he admitted lying about computer porn allegations.
It is also thought the PM is keen to restore some gender balance to her Cabinet and boost the number of women, as well as trying to balance the Tories’ pro-Brexit and Remain factions.


The vote on the ban on hunting with hounds seems to have gone by the wayside, says the Times.

Theresa May has revealed that she has scrapped the Tory pledge to overturn the ban on foxhunting after a public outcry that contributed to the Conservative setback in last year’s general election.
In an interview broadcast today, the prime minister said there would be no vote on a repeal of the law during this parliament, as disclosed last month by The Sunday Times.
May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that her own support for foxhunting has not changed, but admitted that she had received a “clear message” from the electorate to change her government’s approach to it as well as to “school funding, tuition fees and housing”.
She said: “I’ve not changed my personal view. I’ve never foxhunted as it happens.

BBC News says the vote won’t happen for years.

Prime Minister Theresa May has dropped plans to hold a vote on the fox-hunting ban during this parliament.
The Conservatives promised a vote on repealing the Hunting Act – which bans the use of dogs to hunt foxes and wild mammals – during the 2017 general election campaign.
But Mrs May told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show there was a “clear message” against it from the public.
It comes as the prime minister prepares to reshuffle her cabinet on Monday.
In July, shortly after the government lost its majority in the election, it backed away from the manifesto promise, saying there would not be a vote held until at least 2019.

The Sun claims the move will win Mrs May voters.

THERESA May has attempted to win back lost voters by ditching plans to overturn the fox hunting ban.
The PM confirmed that MPs won’t be offered a free vote on repealing the Hunting Act during this Parliament – but insisted she is still a supporter of hunts.
The move, a u-turn on the Tory election manifesto pledge, is seen as trying to win over the under-40s and appear to make the Tories more “caring”.
Asked on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show to be shown today (Sun), whether she supported the blood sport, she said: “I‘ve not changed my view on that.
But if look back at what the messages we got from the election, one of the clear messages we got was there were a number of areas in which people were concerned about what we were proposing.
“So just as we’ve looked at issues on school funding, on tuition fees, on housing, and we’re taking forward approaches in relation to that, on this issue of fox-hunting, what I can say is there won’t be a vote during this parliament.”


The beleaguered health service has urged its workers to have a flu jab, reports the Telegraph.

NHS trusts are failing to get medical workers to have flu jabs amid warnings that a French epidemic could spread to Britain, a Sunday Telegraph analysis has found.
Health officials are pleading with NHS staff to have the jab as figures show as few as one in three workers have been vaccinated at some hospitals.
Public health officials urged staff to protect themselves and their patients amid warnings that flu has reached epidemic levels across the channel.
It comes amid a deepening NHS winter crisis, with 24 hospital trusts declaring “black alerts” last week, as pressures threatened to overwhelm them, and thousands of patients stuck in ambulances outside hospitals as flu rates soar.


The Times reports that it’s all but impossible to fail at some universities.

At some of Britain’s most prestigious universities, failure is impossible and all must have prizes. Almost a dozen institutions, including Durham, Liverpool and Oxford, have admitted they did not fail a single student in their final exams last year.
All 33,000 undergraduates who took finals at the 11 universities passed and received an award, according to data released under freedom of information laws or given to The Sunday Times.
A further 32 universities awarded degrees to 99% or more of finalists. Typical of this group was Birmingham, where five of 5,768 finalists — 0.09% — failed their exams. At Leeds, 5,738 students sat finals and 17, or 0.3%, failed.
The disclosures will add to concern about an apparent erosion of standards.

Armed forces

Funding for our forces must rise, according to a minister who is reported in the Telegraph.

Britain must “invest” in its Armed Forces in order to be a “force for good” on the world stage, a defence minister has said.
Writing for The Sunday Telegraph amid a stand-off between the Treasury and Ministry of Defence over military funding, Tobias Ellwood warns of a “collective naivety about the durability of peace” and insists that future increases to cyber defences must not come at the expense of the Armed Forces.
Mr Ellwood, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army reserves who previously served in Northern Ireland and Bosnia,says Britain has a duty to be “less risk-averse” and consider stepping in to help stabilise conflicts such as the civil war in Yemen.
But without the necessary investment the country would be forced to “withdraw to a more reactionary footing” – leading to “negative consequences” for Britain’s economy and long-term security.

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