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4 June 2020

Claim that extending the Brexit transition period could cost £380 billion is not credible

Most studies show the UK economy gains more from retaining free trade with the EU than it could achieve by leaving the EU.

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Claim that extending the Brexit transition period could cost £380 billion is not credible
26 May 2020

Claim that 7.7% of UK goods exports go to the EU is a big underestimate

The Express has misquoted figures on the UK goods trade with the EU.

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Claim that 7.7% of UK goods exports go to the EU is a big underestimate
13 March 2020

The government’s “£1.8 billion pay rise” from a US trade deal doesn’t outweigh the impacts of Brexit on wages

Analysis from the government estimates real wages after 15 years to be 6.4% less than had we stayed in the EU, but a US deal could counterbalance wages by 0.2%.

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The government’s “£1.8 billion pay rise” from a US trade deal doesn’t outweigh the impacts of Brexit on wages
3 March 2020

No, the Treasury doesn’t expect the economy to shrink if we sign a Canada-style deal with the EU

The Treasury estimates that Brexit will cause GDP to grow more slowly than if we hadn’t left the EU, but not to shrink.

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No, the Treasury doesn’t expect the economy to shrink if we sign a Canada-style deal with the EU
28 February 2020

When arriving to an EU airport, which queue do I now use at passport control?

Continue to use the EU/EEA/Switzerland queue at European airports until the end of 2020.

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When arriving to an EU airport, which queue do I now use at passport control?
27 February 2020

The European Community supported Britain during the Falklands War

During the conflict, the European Community banned all weapons sales to, and imports from, Argentina.

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The European Community supported Britain during the Falklands War
27 February 2020

Iceland has not declared that all religions are mental disorders

A satirical article falsely claims Iceland has declared all religions to be mental disorders.

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Iceland has not declared that all religions are mental disorders
21 February 2020

You can have freedom of movement outside the EU if you’re in the single market

Norway and some other countries follow the free movement rules of the single market without being EU members.

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You can have freedom of movement outside the EU if you’re in the single market
30 January 2020

Brexit: What will change after 31 January?

The main thing you need to know about what will change after Brexit day is that most things will stay the same—for eleven months, at least.

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Brexit: What will change after 31 January?
23 January 2020

Has the “cost of Brexit” amounted to more than the UK’s total net contributions over 47 years?

Not quite. In real terms we paid £216 billion into the EU between 1973 and 2018, while the economic cost was estimated at £130 billion by 2019.

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Has the “cost of Brexit” amounted to more than the UK’s total net contributions over 47 years?
11 December 2019

How many trade deals will we lose access to post Brexit if we leave the Customs Union?

This article is part of our Ask Full Fact series on the 2019 general election, answering your questions about the election, from claims the main parties are making to what …

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How many trade deals will we lose access to post Brexit if we leave the Customs Union?
11 December 2019

What do we have to pay to the EU for Brexit?

This article is part of our Ask Full Fact series on the 2019 general election, answering your questions about the election, from claims the main parties are making to what …

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What do we have to pay to the EU for Brexit?

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