The ‘Rejoin Campaign’ group, which was launched on Saturday, now has more than 9,000 followers on Twitter. Rejoin Campaign says in the drescription of the group on its Twitter account: “Welcome to Rejoin Campaign, proposing a campaign for the UK to rejoin the European Union. No group, party, organisation or commercial interest is behind this account.
“It’s run by someone of no particular significance, other than being pro EU.
“Its only value is in its followers.”
On Sunday after, Rejoin Campaign posted a poll on Twitter, asking its followers how king “we should aim to get the UK back into the EU in the next”.
The options were: five, 10 or 15 years.
Brexit news: Thousands of Rejoiners are frantically6 trying to drag the UK back into the EU
One person replied to the post: “Campaign for immediate #RejoinEU this will produce victories along the way like customs union and access to single market making a path to #RejoinEU.
“If we settle for 5 years then the can can be kicked down the road. Nothing less than #RejoinEU as soon as possible.
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Monday, January 4
0.03am update: Campaign for Britain to rejoin EU gains 9,000 Twitter followers
A new campaign calling for Britain to rejoin the European Union has gained over 9,000 Twitter followers just one day after launching.
The group, called ‘Rejoin Campaign’, currently has 9,353 followers on the social media site.
In tweet pinned to the top of its profile the group says: “Welcome to Rejoin Campaign, proposing a campaign for the UK to rejoin the European Union.
“No group, party, organisation or commercial interest is behind this account.
“It’s run by someone of no particular significance, other than being pro EU.
“Its only value is in its followers.”
James Bickerton takes over live reporting from Paul Withers
Sunday, January 3
A post-Brexit row has erupted after Britons living in EU countries were refused entry when trying to return home after their Christmas holidays.
Passengers at Heathrow airport were left “distressed” after being told by airline staff that they did not hold the correct proof of residency.
The British nationals were advised that the pre-Brexit “green cards” were no longer valid for entry.
Travellers bound for Italy and Spain were either turned back or barred from boarding planes.
In an interview posted on Twitter by journalist Max Duncan, passengers on an Iberia airline flight said that they were “absolutely gutted” to be stopped at the airport.
He wrote: “Brit residents of Spain distressed as can’t fly home from Heathrow Airport under #Covid19 restrictions as Iberia-en said their green residence certificate is not valid post-Brexit even though Spain’s @inclusiongob and @FCDOGovUK say it is. Need clarity.”
Arlene Foster said NI has a lot of opportunity after Brexit
The House of Lords should be completely scrapped, Express.co.uk readers have said in our latest poll, after politicians called for an urgent review into the upper chamber with Boris Johnson handing out another 52 peerages this year.
The size of the House of Lords has now ballooned to accommodate around 830 peers, with only the Chinese Parliament and Congress having a larger unelected legislative body across the world.
Dozens of peers have been appointed this year, including Scottish Tory MSP Ruth Davidson, Brexiteer former MEP Daniel Hannan, and the chairman of Sir Keir Starmer’s leadership campaign, Jennifer Chapman.
Campaigners have long called for radical change in the House of Lords, with a backlash growing amid accusations of “unelected and unaccountable” peers having too much power.
Many have argued the upper chamber should be scrapped altogether, with all legislation passed solely by the House of Commons.
Several others have suggested a significant reform should take place which would see peers only being elected as a result of nationwide elections.
But the latest poll from Express.co.uk has revealed readers are overwhelmingly in favour of the upper chamber being completely scrapped.
The Brexit trade deal reached with the European Union will still leave the UK negotiating with Brussels for the next five years, according to David Davis.
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis warned there are “concerning” aspects of the agreement he has read so far that could see London pushed into further talks until 2026.
Speaking to LBC, Mr Davis said: “I’m a bit concerned that, in five and a half years, when we take back control of our fisheries in toto, the Europeans have allowed themselves the right to cancel some of the deal.
“That will put enormous pressure on us not to correct the balance of who does the fishing in our waters to our own interest.
“Things like that you can deal with, there are diplomatic and other methods you can to. But the trouble is, you’ve got to start now. You can’t wake up in five years.”
Boris Johnson said the UK would benefit greatly outside the EU
5.15pm update: Boris urged to ban supertrawlers in the UK’s network of marine protected areas
Earlier on Sunday, Boris Johnson said after Brexit, the UK “will be able to ban these huge hoover trawlers that come in and hoover up everything off the bottom of the sea”.
Greenpeace UK’s head of oceans Will McCallum said: “The Prime Minister has just claimed that now the UK has left the EU, the Government will take action against the large-scale destructive fishing that is hoovering up fish at an unsustainable rate, often in some of the UK’s most sensitive marine environments.
“If he meant what he said, he should take the immediate step of banning bottom-trawling and supertrawlers over 100 metres long from the entirety of the UK’s network of marine protected areas.
“Unless we start properly protecting these fragile habitats from the most damaging examples of industrial fishing, the UK cannot lay claim to being a world leader in ocean protection.”
4pm update: Boris insists he will continue as Prime Minister following Brexit
Boris Johnson has insisted he will continue in his role as Prime Minister following the end of the Brexit transition period.
When asked whether he would remain in Downing Street after leading the UK out of the EU, the Prime Minister told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “Yes.”
He continued: “I think you should break out of your characteristic gloom, if I may say so Andrew.
“Things are very tough, we’re going through a very tough period as a country, but I really think people should focus on the amazing fact this country has created a room-temperature vaccine which can be used around the world.
“And we now have freedoms that we haven’t had for 50 years and there are lots of reasons to be very positive about this otherwise grim new year.”
Brexit: Johnson discusses ban on ‘hoover’ EU fishing trawlers
Paul Withers taking over live reporting from Richard Percival.
2:45pm update: ‘Rejoin’ campaign gets thousands of followers within 17 hours of launching a Twitter profile
A “Rejoin” campaign group has obtained thousands of Twitter followers less than a day after launching.
The group has 8,957 followers and describes themselves as an organisation which is “proposing a campaign for the UK to rejoin the EU. “
They stressed: “Not affiliated to any group, party, organisation, or commercial interest.”
2pm update: New Brexit bureaucracy on bike saddles
Great British bottoms are at risk after being slapped with Brexit bureaucracy on bike saddles, it has emerged.
Brooks England, makers of hand-crafted leather bicycle saddles, have had to suspend all new orders for seats from British cyclists, despite their saddles being made at their factory in Smethwick, West Midlands.
The firm, which has been making saddles for the nation’s cyclists since 1882, has halted direct-to-consumer sales in the UK, citing Brexit as the reason.
Boris Johnson has hinted at more rules to stop harmful EU fishing practices post-Brexit.
12.30pm update: NI has a ‘gateway of opportunity’ after Brexit, says FM
Northern Ireland has a “gateway of opportunity” following Brexit, the First Minister of Northern Ireland has said.
Arlene Foster pledged to mitigate the worst effects of the protocol requiring checks on some goods coming from Great Britain.
The DUP leader said the country had left the EU’s common policies on farming and fishing, and added: “What we have is a gateway of opportunity for the whole of the UK and for Northern Ireland and it is important that in this centenary year that we look forward to that and step through that gateway and take all the opportunities that are available for our people.”
Lord Adonis spoke out about The Rock deal
11:45am update: UK getting considerable wealth due to Brexit
Boris Johnson said that “substantial sums of money” are coming back to the UK due to Brexit.
He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme: “For instance, they’ve already got substantial sums of money coming back into this country as a result of leaving the EU.
“We’ve got control over our borders, a points-based immigration system has already been established.
“And then when it comes to areas in parts of the country that feel that they’ve been left behind, one of the things that you can do for instance, to say nothing more (of) the regulatory changes you can make, one of the things you can do is have free ports.”
Boris Johnson’s Government has been urged to make the most of new post-Brexit freedom and pursue “the big one” – a deal which would unlock trade with some of the Pacific’s most important economies.
Champions of free trade want the UK to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement between 11 countries around the Pacific Rim including Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore and Vietnam.
The breakneck speed at which the Prime Minister nailed down a deal with the EU has raised hopes that the UK can rapidly secure deals and exploit opportunities to boost trade and grow the economy.
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10:15am update: Lord Adonis expresses jealousy over Gibraltar deal
Lord Adonis has hinted the UK could break apart after Gibraltar’s border with Spain will remain open following the end of the Brexit transition period after the UK and European Union agreed a draft deal.
The Rock’s status was not covered in the trade agreement reached by Boris Johnson on Christmas Eve, prompting concerns about what would happen when the transition period ends at 11pm on Thursday.
He tweeted: “Gibraltar & Northern Ireland effectively remain part of the EU as from Friday, giving their citizens the freedom of movement & completely free trade which is now denied to the English, Scots & Welsh Brexit is a massive rupture of the UK even as it starts.”
9:30am update: Customers barrier in the Irish Sea not wanted by Brexiteers
David Jones, deputy chairman of the European Research Group (ERG), which is made up of Eurosceptic Tory MPs, said the customs barrier between Northern Ireland and the UK had not been something Brexiteers had wanted.
Asked whether he had expected Britain’s exit from the European Union to lead to a “de facto border down the Irish Sea”, the former minister told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “Certainly not. It was not what we expected and it is something that the European Research Group has always expressed concern about.
“Sadly, however, that is what has been agreed with the European Union and, of course, we are going to have to find a way to work through this problem.
“But absolutely not, a border in the Irish Sea was something that we did not expect, nor did we approve of.”
Michel Barnier admitted securing a Brexit trade deal was difficult
8:45am update: Tory Bigshot sides with SNP over EU stance
Tory grandee Lord Heseltine has called for pro-Europeans to “fight back” and battle to rejoin the EU.
The former deputy prime minister cited the stance of the SNP in pushing for another referendum on Scottish independence as the way forward for Remainers, despite the UK formally leaving the Brexit transition arrangements on New Year’s Eve.
Lord Heseltine insisted that as the 52%-48% decision to quit the EU was so close, pro-Europeans must not “lie down”, but follow the example of the SNP.
8am update: Police get beefed-up security powers after UK leaves EU
Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she is prepared to give policing and security agencies “even tougher powers to keep this country safe” after the UK’s exit from the EU.
Ms Patel talked up the post-Brexit trade and security deal that was hammered out as the clock ticked down to withdrawal from the bloc, insisting the UK would now be in a better position to protect its borders.
The Home Secretary said the country would be safer outside the EU.
However, the EU has made it clear that under the agreement the UK would not enjoy the same level of “facilities” on policing and security issues as before.