EU Slammed By Academics For Lying Brexit Graph

The EU’s attempt to row back from offering a Canada Style FTA backfired last night as senior academics slammed a new “horribly misleading” and “indefensible” graph from the Commission. The EU tried arguing the UK could not have a normal FTA because it does too much trade with the EU. As a result, they’re demanding we accept a subservient rule-taking relationship…

Unfortunately for the EU, the graphic they used to make their point massively distorts the data – showing artificially small bubbles representing the amount of EU trade with countries that are further afield. The Japanese bubble (€117.1 billion in 2018), for example, should be around one quarter the size of the UK’s (€516.6 billion in the same year). Instead, the Commission shrunk it to just one-sixteenth the size. That’s before the Japan-EU FTA came into effect…

David Spiegelhalter, professor of the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University, told Politico that the EU’s graph was “indefensible“, went against “standard graphical practice“, and was “the biggest mistake to make.” While a professor of applied statistics at the OU called the graph “horribly misleading.”

A senior Tory source ridiculed the EU’s graphic, telling Guido “The EU appear to have made a massive balls up. Let’s hope they are as good at negotiating as they are at PowerPoint.” The Government is sticking to its line – the EU can take a Canada deal or it’s Australia…

UPDATE: Analyst Harry Chisholm has re-made the EU’s graph with accurate numbers. It’s clear the EU wants to treat the UK very differently from countries that do similar amounts of trade with it. If a simple FTA would do for the US, the EU can’t explain why it refuses to countenance the same for the UK…

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Brussels Bureaucrats Berate SNP Stunt

The Sun’s Nick Gutteridge has revealed that Nicola Sturgeon’s projection stunt on the EU Commission building was not authorised by the EU, and Belgian police have “taken up” the case. The Scots aren’t as loved in Europe as they think they are…

In a stunning turn of events, Brussels’ busy body bureaucrats berated the stunt saying “We are not in the business of being requested or granting authorisation for people outside projecting messages on our building”, further adding that it had become “a matter for the Belgian police.” Maybe Alex Salmond won’t be the only SNP leader in court this year…

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EuroStat Thinks UK Has Already Brexited

EuroStat, the EU’s offical beancounting operation, has produced some updated handy data and infographics. From the chart above Guido learns that Luxembourg, the biggest per capita recipient of EU funds, is five times as rich as Bulgaria. Eurstat doesn’t record UK GDP per capita. In fact the UK has disappeared from all the data tables. Looks like they’ve decided the UK has already Brexited…

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EU’s Proposed Justice Commissioner Faces Corruption Probe

Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders, was unveiled last week as incoming president Ursula von der Leyen’s pick for Justice Commissioner, has been named by a former Belgium spy as part of a corruption scheme. Awkward for a Justice Commissioner…

The former spy testified that Deynders was part of a “veritable criminal association” involving arms sales to the Congo and Libya as well as money-laundering and taking bribes. Naturally, the EU Commission has declined to comment on the revelations. Justice, EU style…

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EU Commission Wants to ‘Protect Our European Way of Life’

The EU has announced the planned structure of Ursula von der Leyen’s forthcoming Commission, with a new college of eight ‘vice-presidents’. A whole swathe of new bureaucrats to be thoroughly bored by…

One role attracting attention, however, is that given to Greece’s Margaritis Schinas who will be taking up the role of ‘Protecting our European Way of Life’, which – when clarified – will cover migration and security. Guido’s sure if Donald Trump had created a ‘protecting our way of life’ job to deal with immigration, pro-EU lefties would be losing their heads…

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Read In Full: EU Commission’s Response to Boris

Following Boris’s letter to the EU last night, the EU Commission has written to the Council in response to the points raised by the PM, refusing to budge on the Backstop and rejecting Boris’s accusation that it is not democratic. Shows what passes for ‘democracy’ in the eyes of the EU… 

The letter claims the UK has offered “no realistic alternatives”, but says the Commission is “ready to work constructively within our mandate” and will “analyse any operational UK ideas that are compatible with the existing WA”. Read it in full here:

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