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6 November 2019

£50 billion “remain bonus” figure is a reasonable estimate but highly uncertain

The calculation is a fair assessment of the best available forecasts. But those forecasts themselves contain a high degree of uncertainty.

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£50 billion “remain bonus” figure is a reasonable estimate but highly uncertain
1 November 2019

UK workers’ rights: what are the rules on sick pay, maternity and annual leave?

Most of the numbers in a viral post about UK and EU workers’ rights are correct, but could benefit from some more context.

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UK workers’ rights: what are the rules on sick pay, maternity and annual leave?
29 October 2019

Boris Johnson repeats his false claim that extending Brexit costs £1 billion a month

A three month extension costs the same amount in EU budget payments as Boris Johnson’s own deal.

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Boris Johnson repeats his false claim that extending Brexit costs £1 billion a month
23 October 2019

The Brexit deal has not passed Parliament

The Withdrawal Agreement Bill has not passed Parliament—it passed its “second reading”, which is just an early stage in Parliament passing it.

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The Brexit deal has not passed Parliament
21 October 2019

No evidence that People’s Vote march had over two million people

None of the tweets making this claim are able to provide a source.

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No evidence that People’s Vote march had over two million people
21 October 2019

Think tank did not say GDP per capita will fall by 7% under Boris Johnson’s deal

The Mirror incorrectly wrote that experts say UK GDP is expected to fall under the new Brexit deal.

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Think tank did not say GDP per capita will fall by 7% under Boris Johnson’s deal
21 October 2019

Southampton MP gets trade figures wrong

Royston Smith claimed 90% of trade through the Port of Southampton is with non-EU countries and so under WTO terms. They’re not the same thing.

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Southampton MP gets trade figures wrong
18 October 2019

Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: four key questions answered

Following the publication of the revised agreement between Boris Johnson's government and the European Union, we look at four key questions about the deal.

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Boris Johnson's new Brexit deal: four key questions answered
18 October 2019

We fact checked this viral image on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal

Some of the claims aren’t quite correct and need some context.

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We fact checked this viral image on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal
18 October 2019

Could we still have a “no deal” Brexit in 2020 at the end of the transition?

A "no deal" remains a possibility at the end of 2020 even if the withdrawal agreement passes, but this is a different type of “no deal” to the one that’s …

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Could we still have a “no deal” Brexit in 2020 at the end of the transition?
18 October 2019

Does the new withdrawal agreement create a border in the Irish Sea?

Checks would have to take place on goods crossing into Northern Ireland from Great Britain.

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Does the new withdrawal agreement create a border in the Irish Sea?
18 October 2019

This comparison between Brexit’s impact and the financial crisis is flawed

Government analysis estimated GDP and wages will be lower following Brexit than if the UK remained in the EU. It’s wrong to say the analysis says GDP and wages will …

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This comparison between Brexit’s impact and the financial crisis is flawed

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