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Daily Brexit Update: Wednesday 15th August 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg has trashed Theresa May's Chequers based Brexit plan calling it 'weak and feeble'.

Talking to the Financial Times in a podcast, the Tory Brexiteer said:

"Chequers tore up Mansion House.

"The Prime Minister referred to it as an 'evolution' but it was one of her big U-turns. This is so craven, weak and feeble."

He also claimed that he thought a no-deal WTO Brexit would be a good thing for the UK saying:

"It's a clear Brexit. We're in control of our laws, our money and our borders on day one.

"It will give us an opportunity to get on with domestic policy faster. Being a third country is great.

"It's independence, it's liberty and it's not being shackled to the failing European Union's economic model."

In the last three months, employment is up 42,000 and unemployment fell by 65,000 according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

And another report from the ONS shows that businesses in Northern Ireland businesses "…conducted most international trade with the Republic of Ireland, accounting for around 27% of exports and 23% of imports….." between 2012 and 2016.

The report also said that the rest of the UK is still Northern Ireland's biggest market. Also, more than 50% of its exports went to the USA and the Republic of Ireland.

"Almost 70% of exporting businesses in Northern Ireland were small (employing 0 to 49 workers), selling a small number of products to a few markets." Said the report.

A group of Expats living in the EU have lodged a Judicial Review claim with the High Court against the Prime Minister in an attempt to have the decision to trigger Article 50 quashed.

Jeremy Hunt continues his Chequers based Brexit plan sales visit to the EU with a three day trip to Finland, Latvia, Denmark and the Netherlands.

The UKIP leader, Gerard Batten, anwers a question from the Daily Mirror:

While Nigel Farage, the former UKIP leader continues to pour doubt on Jeremy Corbyn's future as Labour leader:

And you can see where any increases in funding for the police and extra officers will go, can't you:

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