Europe

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

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
3 December 2021

Express vastly overstates impact of UK trade deals

The Express suggested that post-Brexit trade deals will deliver a £766 billion boost. This figure refers to the total value of trade between the UK and countries it has agreed …

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Express vastly overstates impact of UK trade deals
3 November 2021

Did the French PM really ask for the EU to ‘punish’ the UK over Brexit?

Claims the French PM wrote to the EU President asking the EU to punish the UK for Brexit have been controversial. We look at what his letter actually said.

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Did the French PM really ask for the EU to ‘punish’ the UK over Brexit?
2 November 2021

Morrisons chicken sparks backlash

A picture of a chicken from Morrisons has gone viral for packaging stating the salt and pepper used are “non-EU”. Morrisons says this is to comply with legal requirements, not …

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Morrisons chicken sparks backlash
27 October 2021

Is the UK really the EU’s ‘Treasure Island’?

The UK accounts for 69% of the EU’s goods trade surplus—but that’s a figure which could be misleading unless you understand exactly how it’s calculated.

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Is the UK really the EU’s ‘Treasure Island’?
13 October 2021

No, the ‘P’ on your passport does not stand for ‘peasant’

A Facebook post falsely claims that the capital ‘P’ which appears on passports under “type” stands for “peasants”.

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No, the ‘P’ on your passport does not stand for ‘peasant’
28 September 2021

Has Brexit caused higher gas prices?

There are a number of factors at play but leaving the Internal Energy Market is unlikely to be a significant one.

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Has Brexit caused higher gas prices?
13 August 2021

Post makes misleading claims about Covid vaccines and animal trials

Animals used in clinical trials are usually euthanised so scientists can examine their organs.

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Post makes misleading claims about Covid vaccines and animal trials
2 August 2021

The government’s numbers on savings for wine drinkers don’t add up

The government estimated its new imports policy will save wine drinkers £130 million. An industry body puts the figure at around £30 million.

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The government’s numbers on savings for wine drinkers don’t add up
29 July 2021

Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day

Social media posts have misleadingly suggested tanks were deployed in Paris in response to protests.

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Tanks in Paris were almost certainly there for Bastille Day

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