Europe

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

4 December 2020

Vaccine approval isn’t quicker because of Brexit

The MHRA could have given the Pfizer vaccine the same emergency approval when the UK was in the EU.

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Vaccine approval isn’t quicker because of Brexit
2 November 2020

Daily Mirror misrepresents research on public support for Brexit

The Daily Mirror claimed a new poll shows that 62% think Britain was wrong to leave the EU.

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Daily Mirror misrepresents research on public support for Brexit
4 June 2020

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

Most studies into the economic impacts of Brexit show leaving the customs union and single market will mean the UK economy is smaller compared to remaining.

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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 Falklands War, 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

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