British repudiation of the European human rights convention could blow a hole in the Belfast Agreement 02/12/2023
We have been here before. Several times. Five consecutive Tory PMs up to Rishi Sunak speculated about, or advocated, repudiating the European Convention (and Court) of Human Rights, which Britain helped draft in 1951, and of which Boris Johnson had previously spoken warmly as “one of the great things we gave to Europe”.
A leading figure in Germany’s ruling Social Democratic party (SPD) has called for far closer links between the UK and the European Union, amid rising concerns the Brexit divide is harming efforts to solve international crises, including mass migration.
The Square Mile and the EU 03/12/2023
The man who speaks for the City knows the bankers can’t do without Europe.
There was little doubt who came ahead in the spat between Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and Rishi Sunak last week over Britain rejoining the EU. She began her salvo acknowledging that the EU had “goofed up” in losing Britain, but that it would fall to her children’s generation “to fix it”. The “direction of travel was clear”. Britain one day would rejoin.
Lee Anderson has yet again invited widespread mockery after saying he would move to a remote Scottish island – and the internet was happy to oblige. / The Tory deputy chair claimed he would move to Orkney if the UK ever votes to reverse Brexit, in an apparent attempt to show that it was a suitable location to send migrants.
Richard Desmond, the Brexit-backing media tycoon, is invoking EU law to sue the gambling regulator after it rejected his “fanciful” bid to run the national lottery, in a suit that could deprive good causes of millions of pounds.
Seven in ten Britons support a closer relationship with the EU than we have now. / As we approach the fourth anniversary of Brexit, 52% of Britons now believe that the UK leaving the EU was the wrong decision. The Labour party – likely to form the next government – have so far resisted calls to move towards rejoining the single market...
Brexit: 57% of Britons support rejoining single market even with freedom of movement, YouGov poll finds 30/11/2023
The YouGov poll comes after EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the UK should rejoin the EU to "fix" Brexit.
However, international sales declined by 26 per cent in the same period, with Wiggle CRC citing the impact of Brexit reducing sales into the EU “where higher duty and fulfilment costs” necessitated higher pricing.
Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles to switch off international e-commerce stores, citing Brexit 30/11/2023
Administrators have today announced that the international eCommerce stores for Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles will be switched off. / In a move that will see the WiggleCRC business "focus its efforts solely on the UK market," the Joint Administrators in charge of the group have revealed that the transition will take place "over the coming weeks."
We need a Brexit inquiry 29/11/2023
The Covid inquiry has shone a light on the government’s pandemic response. Now it’s time for scrutiny of another national disaster.
“I was at Leicester for about three months and had been given the chance to sign there, but because of Brexit, which came into effect on January 1st, I wasn’t allowed to stay,” said Circati.
An international petition has been launched aiming to secure Scotland's European future. / The new project is calling for Scotland to be part of the conversation around EU enlargement ahead of the European elections next May.
A Banksy mural prompted by the UK's Brexit vote has been destroyed after the building it was painted on was demolished.
The UK’s exit from the European Union resulted in important changes to the residence and employment rights of many British-European families. Drawing on new survey research, Elena Zambelli, Michaela Benson and Nando Sigona explain how these changes affected people living across Europe.
The polling has been released after Ursula von der Leyen suggested the next generation could put the UK on a path to rejoining the EU.
The president of the European Commission said it was up to young people to reverse Brexit after her generation "goofed it up".
‘We goofed it up, you have to fix it’, Ursula von der Leyen tells young people. / European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said young Britons could still reverse Brexit by deciding to re-join the EU in the years ahead.
Rishi Sunak faces an impossible conundrum and it’s of the Conservatives' own making. / The EU is introducing a raft of new measures to lure skilled workers from outside its borders, increasing competition with the UK for vital personnel – just as the British government commits to drastically reducing migration.
he OBR pours cold water on hopes for a big boost from the Pacific trade deal. / Have you ever wondered how the UK, based firmly in the north Atlantic, managed to join the free trade area known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)? After all, as the name suggests, it is for countries around the Pacific.
The European Council, representing the EU's 27 member countries, said it adopted the New Zealand pact, setting it up come into force "probably in early 2024" once Wellington ratifies it.
How Voting Behaviour Links to National Identity – And What it Means for the Next Election 27/11/2023
Between 2001 and 2019, the Conservative share of ‘more English than British’ voters rose from 40% to 68% while ‘more British’ voters still preferred to vote Labour. ‘Political Englishness’ was also evident in support for UKIP and the Brexit party in the 2014 and 2019 EU elections and in support for Leave in the EU referendum.
Venus flytraps are in short supply following a popular Christmas advert, and due to Brexit, garden centres say.
Braverman unable to identify a single industry to benefit from Brexit in excruciating interview 26/11/2023
Nick Robinson asked the former home secretary if she could identify a single industry that has benefitted from Brexit... she could not.