Unemployment Falls Again Despite Brexit

Figures out from the ONS this morning show unemployment was down 16,000 on the previous three months and down to 4.8% from 5.2% last year. Unemployment is at its joint-lowest rate since 2005. The Guardian honestly says “The figures will be poured over for signs that the economy is weakening in the face of continued Brexit uncertainty” and indeed the usual suspects are pointing to a tiny fall in employment as evidence of a Brexit hit. Style guide for all Remain media: if it’s good news then “we haven’t left yet”, if it’s less good news it’s “the Brexit effect”…

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Emmanuel Macron comes over all euro-sceptic…

“We ended the day on what we can call a failure. It’s a very bad image we are giving of the Council and Europe, no one can be satisfied with what happened over so many hours. Our credibility is profoundly tainted with these meetings that are too long and lead to nothing, we give an image of Europe that isn’t serious. We cannot hold talks with world leaders, in an ever more violent world, and be a club that meets at 28 without ever deciding anything.”


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