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UK inflation rose by 3.2 percent in the year to August, based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).This was the highest figure since records first began in 1997.

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Anti-Brexit activists seized on the news, which they argued showed the UK’s EU exit was causing prices to rise.

They focused in particular on food, with #BrexitShortages trending on Twitter as people shared photos of empty shelves.

However Julian Jessop, a fellow at the Institute for Economic Affairs, pointed out EU inflation also increased by 3.2 percent in the year to August.

He also noted that food inflation has been higher in the EU, during this time, than in Britain.

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Mr Jessop’s supported his point by sharing official data produced by both the UK and EU governments.

Separately Remainers reacted angrily on social media after Boris Johnson today confirmed plans to bring back imperial weights and measures, allowing shops to ditch the metric system.

Pubs will also be permitted to sell pints in glasses with a crown stamp on them, having been banned from doing so by Brussels.

“The news prompted journalist Aaron Bastani to observe: “I will literally have no idea what anything weighs.”

Liz Webster suggested the decision would leave many younger people accustomed to kilos and grams badly confused.

She said: “Boris Johnson is to announce the return of imperial weights and measures that anyone aged under 50 won’t have a clue as to what they are.

“My childhood was confused with 2 systems but now as it’s sorted they’re going to mess with everyone’s heads.”

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Trending 05:48am update: Brexit Britain faces ‘disaster’ in international standing without space investment

Britain could suffer a “disaster” in its “international standing” unless investment in space is boosted, according to an industry insider.

The Government wants the UK to control 10 percent of the global space market by 2030.

Spaceport Cornwall, Britain’s first spaceport, could conduct its first launch next year whilst there are plans for vertical launch rocket sites in Scotland.

UK space, which represents the British space industry, is calling for more investment to maximise potential.

04:38am update: ‘Brexit kills independence argument!’ Nicola Sturgeon’s Scots referendum claim DISMANTLED

BREXIT “kills” the argument for Scottish independence, according to a prominent campaigner.

The SNP are demanding a second referendum on taking Scotland out of the UK, despite falling short of a majority at May’s Scottish parliament elections.

Instead, they have formed a government with the Greens, with Nicola Sturgeon vowing to hold another independence vote when the coronavirus crisis is over.

Scottish nationalists use Brexit as part of their justification for a second vote, as a majority in Scotland voted to remain in the EU while England and Wales backed ‘Leave’.

BREXIT “kills” the argument for Scottish independence, according to a prominent campaigner.(Image: Getty) 03:42am update: ‘I’m on the warpath’ Elton John requests meeting with Boris Johnson over post-Brexit issue

Sir Elton John has revealed he has requested a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and is currently “on the warpath” over visa issues for musicians following Brexit.

Sir Elton John, 74, has spoken out after requesting a meeting with Boris Johnson, 57, over post-Brexit touring issues he is currently worried about as a musician.

It comes after new rules implemented at the beginning of the year do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the bloc.

The rules have caused concerns that touring musicians will incur large fees in many of the countries they visit.

02:38am update: Emily Thornberry’s letter bashing Brexit trade deals backfires after humiliating gaffe

Emily Thornberry appeared to forget agreements signed by Liz Truss as she attacked the former Trade Secretary for leaving her role “without a single completed deal we didn’t have inside the EU”.

The Labour frontbencher wrote a four-page letter to Ms Truss’s successor criticising her legacy.

Anne Maire Trevelyan took up the responsibility of sealing post-Brexit trade deals as part of a Government reshuffle.

In her letter, Ms Thornberry outlined 25 “mistakes to correct” as she attacked Britain’s post-Brexit trade achievements.

01:50am update: Brexit triumph as Lord Frost delivers ‘best news of the year’ – but there is a catch

Lord David Frost’s decision to dump vast swathes of former EU rules and regulations have been welcomed by Lord Moylan, a former adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who described it as the “best political news of the year so far”.

However, the peer also suggested there were significant problems, especially in relation to Northern Ireland, which he warned was “still subject to a deluge of new EU laws”.

Despite severing ties with the bloc, large numbers of EU laws remain on the statute book.

Lord Moylan, previously Daniel Moylan, who was chief airport adviser to Mr Johnson when he was London Mayor, told Express.co.uk: “This is the best political news of the year so far.

Lord David Frost’s decision to dump swathes of former EU rules have been welcomed by Lord Moylan.(Image: Getty) 00.40am update: China pulls rug from under Boris’ Brexit masterplan as global trade pact in doubt

China has applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in a move that could shift the goalposts on Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade plans.

China has applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in a move that could shift the goalposts on Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit trade plans.

The move was officiated by the Chinese minister for commerce, Wang Wentao, in an official application request sent to New Zealand trade minister Damien O’Connor.

The CPTPP currently hosts 11 members, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan amongst its largest economic powers.

11.29pm update: Von der Leyen branded ‘one of the weakest European Commission presidents in EU history’

European commission president Ursula von der Leyen has been branded “one of the weakest presidents of the European Commission, in EU history”.

The incendiary attack, from a prominent academic, followed her annual State of the Union address earlier this week.

Ms von der Leyen used the occasion to champion the EU’s record on coronavirus vaccines, commenting: “Today, and against all critics, Europe is among the world leaders.

“We did it the right way because we did it the European way.And it worked.”

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10.15pm update: EU crisis as Hungary and Poland threaten bloc’s very existence: ‘What is left?’

The European Union’s future could be uncertain as Poland and Hungary threaten the bloc’s existence, according to an expert.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, urged other EU leaders to unite behind plans for a bloc-wide military this week.

In her annual State of the Union Speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, said the withdrawal of the US-led mission in Afghanistan raised troubling questions.

She added: “In the last weeks, there have been many discussions on expeditionary forces.

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10.05pm update: Brexit triumph as Lord Frost delivers ‘best news of the year’ – but there is a catch

Lord David Frost’s decision to dump vast swathes of former EU rules and regulations have been welcomed by Lord Moylan, a former adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who described it as the “best political news of the year so far”.

However, the peer also suggested there were significant problems, especially in relation to Northern Ireland, which he warned was “still subject to a deluge of new EU laws”.

Despite severing ties with the bloc, large numbers of EU laws remain on the statute book.

8.33pm update: France and EU left ‘furious’ as Macron loses BILLIONS on Australia submarine deal

France has been described as “furious” over Australia’s decision to cancel an order for submarines worth “billions of euros.”

Australia scrapped the order of French submarine technology in favour of a new alliance with the US and UK which will see the Australian Navy kitted out with new nuclear-powered subs.

Correspondent Teri Schultz told DW News that President Emmanuel Macron was not the only European leader that was angry at being left in the dark about the AUUKUS deal.

7.31pm update: ‘Talk about EU autonomy’ Germany and Sweden also tried to ‘torpedo’ France-Australia deal

Emmanuel Macron’s anger at Australia’s decision to cancel a costly submarine deal with France in favour of a new alliance with the US and the UK was spectacularly debunked by Charles-Henri Gallois.

The US, Britain and Australia announced they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines and scrap the $40billion French-designed submarine deal.

The move infuriated France sparking accusations of betrayal.

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6.30pm update: Brexit Britain in line to be tech superpower as Boris slashes his way through EU red tape

Brexit can turn Britain into a “technology superpower”, economist Shanker Singham has said in the wake of Lord David Frost’s confirmation that the UK is ditching numerous EU rules and regulations after quitting the bloc.

Mr Singham, the CEO of Competere, was interviewed by GB News anchorman Tom Harwood during his morning slot about the implications of the Brexit Minister’s radical announcement in the House of Lords yesterday.

The man sometimes been referred to as the “brains of Brexit” said: “I think there are certain things you want to do if you want to genuinely be a scientific tech powerhouse which I think, I think the UK has the potential to be.

“There are only a handful of countries in the world that can, can, can have that less aspiration obviously the US is one.But I think the UK is right up there.”

5.03pm update: EU army warning as Brussels sidelined by Boris’ defence deal with Australia and US

Boris Johnson’s groundbreaking trilateral security agreement with the United States and Australia has left the European Union “sidelined”, while increasing pressure on Brussels to move towards a European army, a Brexiteer has said.

And Jayne Adye, director of the pro-Brexit campaign group Get Britain Out, emphasised that the AUKUS deal unveiled by Mr Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Scott Morrison, Australia’s Prime Minister, would not have been possible without Brexit – and was a huge endorsement of the UK Prime Minister’s much-vaunted Global Britain vision.

However, she also suggested it was likely to see French President Emmanuel Macron – whom she compared to Napoleon – spearheading a move towards a bloc-wide military force.

3.55pm update: ‘Commonwealth without WEALTH?’ Europeans mock Boris’ imperial measures ‘Brexit delirium’

Europeans rushed to social media platforms to mock Boris Johnson’s decision to allow British businesses to go back to the imperial measures system.

UK Ministers have set out plans for the return of the crown stamp on pint glasses and pledged to review a ban on marking and selling products in imperial units.

The move was sneered at by European citizens on Twitter, claiming Boris Johnson has “beer in his brain”.

The Daily Express campaigned passionately for Brexit (Image: EXPRESS ) 1.52pm update: Brexit warning issued to Christmas shoppers – don’t ‘get caught out’

Brexit could impact Christmas shoppers this year, as new laws surrounding imports could cause supply chain issues across the UK.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials say consumers may be liable for taxes introduced following the UK’s departure from the European Union.In most cases, smaller items may be exempt from duty, however, items exceeding £135 in value will.

This also applies to items priced over the value purchased in consignments, and will be charged by the seller at the point of sale.

For more valuable items received from abroad, consumers can expect to face an added sum upon receiving their goods, stemming from import VAT and customers and excise duty.

1.38pm update: Brexit Britain’s freedom from EU red tape can make UK tech superpower, says economist

Brexit can turn Britain into a “technology superpower”, economist Shanker Singham has said in the wake of Lord David Frost’s confirmation that the UK is ditching numerous EU rules and regulations after quitting the bloc.

Mr Singham, the CEO of Competere, was interviewed by GB News anchorman Tom Harwood during his morning slot about the implications of the Brexit Minister’s radical announcement in the House of Lords yesterday.

The man sometimes been referred to as the “brains of Brexit” said: “I think there are certain things you want to do if you want to genuinely be a scientific tech powerhouse which I think, I think the UK has the potential to be.

“There are only a handful of countries in the world that can, can, can have that less aspiration obviously the US is one.

But I think the UK is right up there.”

1pm update: Number of EU nationals in UK drops

The number of European Union nationals who are living in the UK has fallen, figures show.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data for 2020 shows that within a year, the population of EU nationals in the UK dropped by 200,000, from 3.7 million to 3.5 million.

Experts have said the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit have likely been factors in people’s decision to move from or to the country.

An ONS spokesperson told the PA news agency: “Decisions to migrate are complex and a person’s decision to move to or from the UK will always be influenced by a range of factors, including social and economic reasons.

“It’s possible that the impact of the pandemic, alongside other factors such as the UK exiting the European Union, may have influenced the behaviour and decisions of the non-UK population living in the UK.

US President Joe Biden (Image: GETTY) 12.56pm update: “Easily understood unit of measurement”

Downing Street has defended its review into the ban on marking and selling products in imperial units.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Pounds and ounces are an easily understood and widely used unit of measurement.

“This is one small part of a wide-ranging drive across government to establish the right regulatory environment to support jobs and growth across the UK.”

He was unable to say whether Mr Johnson uses pounds and ounces, or give a timeline on when the review would return.

12.22pm update: Brexit Britain is Biden’s ‘poodle’! Ex-French Ambassador lashes out at UK’s submarine win

Brexit Britain is Joe Biden’s “poodle”, a former French Ambassador blasted as he reacted to the UK’s latest defence alliance with Australia and the US.

France’s former ambassador to the US Gérard Araud lashed out against Australia , the US and the UK over their forged defence deal announced on Thursday.

The US, Britain and Australia announced they would establish a security partnership for the Indo-Pacific that will help Australia acquire US nuclear-powered submarines and scrap the $40 billion French-designed submarine deal.

Mr Araud told The Sydney Morning Herald that the move was “inelegant” as he blasted irrelevant Britain and “hostile” America.

11am update: Nancy Pelosi throws down gauntlet on US-UK trade deal with blunt ultimatum to Boris US HOUSE of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi threatened to block a UK-US trade deal if a Brexit row over the Northern Ireland Protocol threatened the Good Friday Agreement.

The high-profile US politician issued the warning the day after meeting Boris Johnson in Downing Street.

Ms Pelosi is visiting the UK to attend a meeting of the speakers of the G7 leaders, hosted by Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Speaking at a Chatham House event this morning, the senior Democrat warned there were serious concerns over the rhetoric being used of the Protocol.

She said: “If there is destruction of the Good Friday accords, they very unlikely to have a UK-US bilateral.”

Dutch PM Mark Rutte (Image: GETTY) 10.37am update: Now they need us! Dutch PM to offer Boris Johnson new deal for EU army co-operation

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte will offer Boris Johnson a deal with the European Union on defence and security co-operation.

When the pair meet at Downing Street later today, Mr Rutte is hopeful that he can convince the Prime Minister to back down on his previous refusal to agree to such a pact.

No10 turned down the opportunity to discuss defence and foreign affairs co-operation as part of the post-Brexit future relationship deal between the EU and UK.

Diplomatic sources have suggested that America’s hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan will help lower Government opposition to a new pact with Brussels.

10.07am update: EU left out! Brussels fumes as bloc ignored in new UK alliance to thwart China threat

Brussels was “not informed” in advance about the UK’s new defence alliance with the United States and Australia, according to a spokesman.

London, Washington and Canberra have formed a new military pact, called AUKUS.

The news was jointly announced on Wednesday by Joe Biden, Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison.

While not stated explicitly by members, analysts believe AUKUS is a bid to contain possible Chinese aggression.

It will include cooperation on a range of projects, including cyber warfare, artificial intelligence and drones.

Britain and the US have pledged to help Australia acquire a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

9.39am update: Rejoiner orders Boris to pay France compensation – and calls for ‘trade blockade’ from EU

Brussels has been urged to impose an unlikely “blockade” on the “racist” UK in response to the trilateral security deal between Britain, the US and Australia this week – which has cost France a submarine deal with Canberra worth £90billion.

The bizarre suggestion was floated by Twitter user Mia Queef – an advocate of Scottish independence, judging by her Twitter handle – in a post the announcement, by Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, and Australian President Scott Morrison earlier this week.

She posted: “France a pure EU member, has lost a €90billion contract to build subs because of Brexit.”

Ms Queef, whose Twitter page features a picture of herself draped in an EU flag, added: “The EU must make sure that the UK pays compensation to France and impose a total blockade until the racist UK pays up.”

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9.06am update: Angry and bitter Emmanuel Macron cancels US-French naval gala over lost submarine deal

Emmanuel Macron cancelled a gala in Washington DC to celebrate France’s long naval alliance with the US, in a bitter response to Joe Biden’s new defence deal with the UK and Australia.

The move was first reported by the New York Times and highlights the furious reaction of the French President at the news the UK, Australia and the US forged a new defence alliance.

The French embassy in the US announced that a Friday evening gala at their compound would be cancelled over frustration with the new security trans-pacific alliance.

French officials confirmed that the event, which was intended to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of the Capes, will no longer take place at the embassy in Washington.

8.42am update: Angry French ambassador shows true colours by reminding Biden about naval victory over UK

Brexit Britain’s newly forged defence deal with Australia and the US infuriated French Ambassador to America, Philippe Etienne, who took a bitter swipe at his transatlantic allies.

The UK, US and Australia agreed to co-operate on the development of the first nuclear-powered fleet for the Australian navy in a ground-breaking agreement dubbed Aukus.

But this meant that Canberra ripped up a deal worth around £30 billion that was struck with Paris in 2016 for France to provide 12 diesel-electric submarines.

Reacting to the news, Philippe Etienne, French Ambassador to the United States took the opportunity to take a bitter swipe at both the US and the UK.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Foreign Minister (Image: GETTY) 8.14am update: Nigel Farage taunts France over AUKUS deal as he hails coming together of ‘Anglosphere’

Nigel Farage has hailed the new security pact between the UK, US and Australia as the coming together of the “Anglosphere” to solve twenty-first century problems.

The former Brexit Party boss also claimed the deal would never have happened if the UK had still been in the European Union.

He added the deal represented what Brexiteers had always wanted, the ability to forge closer ties with English speaking “friends”.

The AUKUS pact was announced on Wednesday by the leaders of the three countries involved.

7.48am update: Pelosi issues new Brexit deal demands after thrashing out row in London talks with Boris

Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, held talks with Boris Johnson on Thursday in 10 Downing Street.

The two discussed a range of issues, including Brexit and its impact on Northern Ireland.Under the terms of Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal, some checks now take place on trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.

This has infuriated unionists who demand the ‘Northern Ireland protocol’ is scrapped.

However, senior Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have urged the Government not to do anything which could undermine the peace process.

In a statement, Ms Pelosi said: “Respectful of the will of the British people and Brexit, I reiterated the strong bipartisan support that the Good Friday Accords continue to enjoy in the United States Congress and our hope that the ongoing negotiations will yield a positive outcome that recognizes this landmark agreement.”

Liz Truss at the Policy Exchange earlier this week – before being appointed Foreign Secretary (Image: Policy Exchange) 7.43am update: Thornberry sends outrageous ‘beginner guide’ to clean up Truss Brexit mess in brazen stunt

Liz Truss’ record as Secretary of State for International Trade has been attacked by Labour’s Emily Thornberry, shortly after her promotion to Foreign Secretary.

She has been replaced as trade minister by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a former business minister.Ms Thornberry shadowed Ms Truss as trade minister.And she offered a scathing assessment of Ms Truss’ record in a letter to her successor.

She accused the minister of having “left the DIT [Department for International Trade] without a single completed deal we didn’t have inside the EU”.

Ms Thornberry, who served as shadow foreign secretary under Jeremy Corbyn, added: “She does leave behind a legacy of major problems for her successor.”

7.31am update: Frost’s Brexit bonfire of EU rules – pounds & ounces BACK in shops and Crown Stamp returns

Brexir Britain will ditch the EU’s CE mark and bring back the Crown Stamp on UK pint glasses while imperial measurements may also return.

As part of Lord Frost’s bonfire of EU regulation, the UK will bring back the stamp which was ditched in 2007.

The stamp was introduced in 1699 before it was replaced by the European Conformity mark.

The decision to bring back the Crown Stamp was announced as part of the UK’s so-called Brexit Opportunities document while shops may also be allowed to sell fruit and vegetables in pounds and ounces.

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