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.
We fact checked this viral image on Boris Johnson's Brexit deal
Some of the claims aren’t quite correct and need some context.
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 commonly discussed.
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.
It’s not true to say a Brexit extension would cost £1 billion
You can say your plan is to leave with a deal, or you can say an extension will cost £1 billion a month, but you can't say both.
GATT 24: new argument, same old problems
A new claim about GATT 24 runs into an old problem: the EU probably won’t agree to it, and it doesn’t explain that it would mean significant barriers to trade with the EU.
Would an extension to Brexit cost £1 billion a month?
Not if you plan to leave with a deal, it wouldn’t.
A new Brexit bill doesn’t allow the EU to unilaterally extend the Brexit date
Parliament has the power to reject an extension date suggested by the EU.
Does a no deal Brexit mean no divorce bill?
It’s highly uncertain. The case could well go to the International Court of Justice.
What is the Irish backstop?
The “Irish backstop” is an insurance policy in UK-EU Brexit negotiations to ensure there is no hard border in Ireland.
The EU "divorce bill"
The latest estimate for the size of the UK’s ‘divorce bill’ with the EU is £33 billion.
The GATT with nine lives: revisiting Article 24 again
There was a heated discussion during the Conservative leadership debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt about GATT 24. No matter how many times the claim is repeated, the facts remain the same.
The withdrawal agreement is not a trade deal with the EU
It only sets the immediate terms of the UK’s exit from the EU. The future trading relationship would need to be negotiated once the UK has left.
Brexit plans: five key arguments factchecked
We round up five of the most commonly repeated points about how to get a Brexit deal over the line that we’ve covered before.
Boris Johnson repeats an old line about “GATT Article 24”
Article 24 of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade does not remove the need to strike a deal with the EU.
Labour MP’s Brexit poll is meaningless
Tom Watson MP found in a poll that 84% of Labour members back a vote by members to decide the party’s future Brexit policy. But there are a number of flaws with the poll which make the results effectively meaningless.
This post about EU budget contributions is misleading
We don’t yet know what the EU budget will look like in 2022.
Does the public want no deal?
Some polls indicate no deal is the most preferred Brexit outcome but others don’t. The results are heavily influenced by methodology.
Is the government prepared for a no deal Brexit?
There is explicit evidence to suggest that the government is not ready for no deal in a number of areas.
Does most of the EU have no steel industry?
Seven EU countries produce more steel than the UK, including Germany, Italy and France.
You can’t have an “implementation period” after Brexit without a deal
If Theresa May were to drop her deal and leave the EU now, we wouldn’t get an implementation period.
Does WTO Article 24 allow us to have tariff-free trade with the EU?
Almost certainly not.
There’s a lot wrong with this viral list about the Lisbon Treaty
A large number of our readers have asked us to factcheck a list of claims about the Lisbon Treaty, or “what will actually happen if we stay in the EU”, which has gone viral on social media.