Faisal Islam

Faisal Islam


Economics Editor, BBC. Fin crisis book @theDefaultLine .. Brexitologist. Host award-winning 2016 EUref TV interviews & 2017 live GE debate. United ST.

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Among yesterday’s news, were a couple of interesting statements on Brexit from Johnson and Corbyn... Labour leader sent out this tweet, explicitly making argument that quick negotiation possible because trade relationship “not being ripped up... ( remaining same? exactly? EEA?)

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NEW - despite denials on Irish Sea checks, shipping, freight, & ports preparing for them on exit from GB ... including routing freight thru ports with space and inspection facilities - such as Liverpool and Stranraer... and “pop up labs” #bbcnewssix 

Conservatives acknowledge regulatory checks GB-NI, that build on existing checks (eg for animal imports at Larne) - customs checks they say only apply to goods destined for RoI/EU (but what is at risk of this determined by EU/UK Joint committee) - Alternative Arrangements help

Prediction time - turnout for GE2019... Context: GE2017: 68.8% EURef16: 72% GE2015: 66.2% GE2010: 65.1% GE2005: 61.4% GE1923: 71%

Commons library turnout chart, by nation over past century...

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Turnout in latest election across Europe... interesting variety...

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On @BBCr4today  now with @bbclaurak  @BBCMarkEaston  and @MishalHusain  giving editor’s verdict on campaign...

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Final video from the Election Ads project with Rory@ruskin147  : - for now... Rory spots DUP target those interested in Catholicism and Gospel with facebook ads on abortion... I find a minister targeting “married” “women” with reassurances about education spending and more...

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Full extraordinary resignation letter from Chair of UK infrastructure commission over EU Withdrawal Bill - “worst legislation of my lifetime” for a “Ukip allied Brexit ..fraught with danger” and “indefensible bailout” of East Coast Mainline:

UK medicines pricing clearly on US side of table... This video from January is US Pharma industry lobby telling US trade negotiators that US-UK trade deal is “an important opportunity” to deal with “artificially depressed prices” in UK - “dictated” via our “primary payer” system

Dominic Grieve deselection campaign being led by someone who not only stood against him as Ukip candidate in GE 2017, was a UKIP local council candidate and local branch chairman of Ukip, but also stood for the UKIP National Executive Council in 2016... now a Conservative.

Get involved in our attempt to track #GE2019  campaigns targeting you. Here @ruskin147  & I explain how to help: 2 simple screenshots from your Facebook/other feeds👇🏾 1. The ad 2. “why am i seeing this?” & if you can hometown/ constituency send to Election.ad @bbc .co.uk Thanks!

You can’t seriously have posted your supporters literally blocking an ambulance from Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital on an emergency run. Seriously, ? ?

So, 1 year & 43 weeks after EU referendum, with 300 days until UK becomes a third country under EU law, Government can’t decide between 2 options already rejected by the other side of the negotiation, and not backed by business, and for which it may not get Parliamentary support

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