Europe

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

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
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

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