NZ must help build new global grouping 25/07/2020
When great powers fail, New Zealand and other small states must organise to protect their interests, Robert G. Patman writes.
'For starters the Finance minister is a lot more honest about what is causing difficulties in global trade' - Brexit video clips from New Zealand govt. 29/07/2020
A selection of videos from New Zealand showing their government's view of Brexit and its consequences.
International trade secretary tells PM and chancellor plans risk smuggling and damage to UK reputation.
The last chance to save us from a no-deal Brexit has now slipped by. Here’s what we lost today 01/07/2020
The negotiations which will set our relationship with our closest neighbours for the next generation are being rushed in a reckless game of chicken.
I WAS struck last week how little notice was paid to the fourth anniversary of the Brexit referendum which took place last Tuesday.
Brexit risks triggering a race to the bottom 08/06/2020
If the government accepts chlorinated chicken, other nations will sense its desperation and our reputation will be shot.
British envoys may be deploying a combination of indignation and stubbornness.
Now Brits face a chaos and internal division of their own making, alongside potential isolation and years of economic hardship -- particularly if the UK crashes out with no deal on April 12. / Across much of Britain's former Asian colonies, many are greeting the UK's impending departure from the European Union with a mixture of bafflement, apathy, amusement -- and a touch of schadenfreude.
Concerns raised after reports negotiating team told to devise plans to ‘get around’ protocol in withdrawal agreement.
"The sheer scale of the lunacy is difficult to fully comprehend. What you are seeing, more or less in real time, is a nation turn into the clown car model of itself."
Officials feared ‘reputational impact’ of error in which details of crimes by foreigners were not passed on. / The UK has failed to pass on the details of 75,000 convictions of foreign criminals to their home EU countries and concealed the scandal for fear of damaging Britain’s reputation in Europe’s capitals, the Guardian can reveal.
A senior British diplomat in the US has quit with a blast at the UK government over Brexit, saying she could no longer "peddle half-truths" on behalf of political leaders she did not "trust."
The refusal of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to publish a bipartisan Parliamentary report on Russian involvement in the 2016 EU referendum is the latest development in a prolonged Brexit crisis that is eroding the UK's strategic credibility in the world.
Interview with John le Carré [3 mins] 17/11/2019
From the outside, nothing much has changed yet. From the inside, however, the UK has undergone a radical and at times ugly transformation. The June 2016 referendum has helped set off a chain of events that has impacted many aspects of life in the country.
Boris Johnson drops plans for government to 'go on strike' if MPs reject pre-Christmas election after ridicule 25/10/2019
No 10 vowed that 'nothing will come before parliament but the bare minimum' - but has now retreated.
The UK’s international reputation has never been lower, and its government has never been so utterly discredited.
The prime minister’s Brexit policy is sacrificing the UK’s science reputation – and billions of pounds in EU grants.
British government has broken its own solemn legal and political commitments.
Johnson says he has a deal that might fly but he won't show it to anyone yet, because it's too soon isn't it? [turns head, stares at camera]. / Is the EU losing patience? Xavier Bettel looks as if he has. ... Plus we have a half-hearted go at a making verbal Jon Worth flowchart on the fly - what are the scenarios from here on out? And - we can dream - what happens the morning after revocation?
We begin this editorial with an apology to you, our faithful readers. In March, we described the Brexit situation, then careening through its third year and nowhere close to resolution, as an “omnishambles.”