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Factcheck 26 questions on EU

Below are our comments on the 26 allegations. Steve Peers, Professor of EU, Human Rights and World Trade Law at the University of Essex, has also responded to all 26 claims in a Tweet.

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I welcome Ofsted’s announcement that it proposes to measure schools on the quality of education rather than exam results.

Britain’s Brexit Plan B

People are obviously very concerned about what would actually happen regarding our trading relationship with the EU and Ireland in a No-Deal scenario. There is provision within WTO (World Trade Organisation) rules that, on the condition that a new free trade agreement is being developed Article 24 of the WTO's General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade provides the legal framework for keeping tariffs between Britain and the EU at zero. This would need Brussels to agree to these terms and for the UK and the EU to begin negotiations for a new trade deal immediately after we leave. Should Article 24 be used the concerns about free and frictionless trade can be allayed. My position is still to avoid a No-Deal and secure a withdrawal agreement that enables the UK to be an independent sovereign state able to negotiate and implement trade deals around the world. The following article below from www.politico.eu explains this in more detail

Energy price cap changes - Have your say

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas is writing to households in West Cornwall to find out the effect of the introduction of the new energy price cap which came into force on 1st January, 2019.

EU assurances to the UK on Brexit

The EU and UK negotiators agreed the texts of a Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration on a framework for a future EU-UK relationship, and the time came for the UK Parliament to vote on it. But on 15 January Parliament rejected the two documents by 230 votes.

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A third of all energy used in 2018, a record high, was produced from renewable sources. 46% used came from fossil fuels, a record low, but more could and should be done to reduce this further.