Europe

Fact checks about Brexit, the 2016 referendum, the UK's trade relationships and the EU

17 June 2022

The EU did not completely outlaw use of imperial measures in the UK

Claims that the EU forced the UK to adopt the metric system and made the use of imperial measures illegal are not entirely true.

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The EU did not completely outlaw use of imperial measures in the UK
15 June 2022

Decision to stop Rwanda flight nothing to do with EU

The European Court of Human Rights is a totally separate institution from the EU.

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Decision to stop Rwanda flight nothing to do with EU
1 June 2022

EU rules didn’t ‘ban’ crown symbols on pint glasses

The law is more complicated than recent headlines have made it seem.

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EU rules didn’t ‘ban’ crown symbols on pint glasses
29 March 2022

Chris Bryant wrong on 0% EU VAT for heat pumps

Labour MP Chris Bryant also claimed that VAT exemption on solar panels already happens in the EU. This isn’t quite true.

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Chris Bryant wrong on 0% EU VAT for heat pumps
29 March 2022

Facebook video shows actors making a TV series in 2020—not staging the war in Ukraine

The clip was first shared by a producer of the series in December 2020.

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Facebook video shows actors making a TV series in 2020—not staging the war in Ukraine
9 March 2022

Government has not backed up Russian sanction claims

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office said it has sanctioned Russian bank assets worth more than those sanctioned by the US or EU—but hasn’t explained how it reached its figures.

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Government has not backed up Russian sanction claims
25 February 2022

BBC Breakfast uses old footage of Russian parade rehearsal to show invasion of Ukraine

The clip of military planes is one of a number of misleading videos which have circulated online following the invasion.

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BBC Breakfast uses old footage of Russian parade rehearsal to show invasion of Ukraine
23 February 2022

Keir Starmer hasn’t voted 48 times to take the UK back into the EU

The figure repeatedly quoted by Boris Johnson appears to include some votes which were not about whether or not the UK should be part of the EU.

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Keir Starmer hasn’t voted 48 times to take the UK back into the EU
25 January 2022

Dover lorry queues can be seen from space, like most UK traffic can

Posts on Facebook claim that the queues of lorries at Dover were longer than the Channel and could be seen from space at one point.

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Dover lorry queues can be seen from space, like most UK traffic can
18 January 2022

Express overstates Brexit trade deal value, again

The Express claimed that post-Brexit, the UK has struck new free trade deals with 70 countries worth over £760bn. This is the total value of trade with these countries, not …

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Express overstates Brexit trade deal value, again

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