The UK promises to “fix” the Northern Ireland protocol with unilateral legislation. This will be a major step backwards in trying to resolve genuine practical problems under the protocol.
Goods and services exported to bloc affected by return of customs border, EU commissioner says.
Polls show average annual gap between those who believe it was ‘wrong’ to vote to Leave compared to ‘right’ has risen to double digits for the first time. / A growing number of Britons say the UK was wrong to Brexit, according to a Standard analysis of more than 200 polls.
Stab-in-the-back: the nasty old myth that Brexiters are exploiting to explain away the disaster 25/06/2022
Lord Frost and others are reinventing a tactic used by the beaten German generals in 1918.
It’s Lord David Frost, but not surprisingly his sixth anniversary speech is long on blather and short on evidence.
A conspiracy of silence over Brexit 22/06/2022
ix years after the EU referendum, the United Kingdom is being forced to confront an inconvenient truth: Brexit is a process, not an event. It is emphatically not done. Only now are the consequences of the “oven-ready deal” of which Boris Johnson boasted becoming clear.
Ministers are portraying themselves as victims of a deal they created for Northern Ireland. A classic blame-shifting strategy.
A senior Tory MP has called for the government to take the UK back into the single market as the nation struggles with the cost of living crisis.
It is difficult to make sense of what Johnson’s Brexit government is doing, or trying to do, as regards the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP). I discussed the background in last week’s post, much of which remains relevant, but since then there have been daily, almost hourly, contradictory signals and reports.
The UK government would be acting in an “anti-democratic” way if it goes through with its threat to over-ride elements of the post-Brexit treaty, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said.
David Frost claims Brexit has gone ‘remarkably smoothly’ amid rising food costs and falling trade 27/04/2022
There are a ‘lack of things to talk about‘, ex-negotiator argues – one day after collapse in trading links revealed.
Fresh example of ‘disastrous’ impact of hard Brexit deal on creative artists stuns MPs.
The Brexit negotiator now recognises “a whole set of problems” caused after the deal.
David Frost admits that the Brexit deal presents “a whole set of problems” for touring musicians 17/03/2022
The chief negotiator of the Brexit deal has now called for fresh talks over the issue, adding: "This time, we should try harder"
Former Brexit negotiator admits “purist” approach to EU trade deal inflicted excessive paperwork on musicians 17/03/2022
The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost has admitted that he was “too purist” when it came to negotiating with the European Union over the free movement of performers and musicians across Europe, resulting in a bad deal for the British creative industries.
David Frost admits his Brexit deal failed touring musicians by inflicting ‘excessive’ red tape [1 min] 17/03/2022
‘We have been too purist on this’, concedes minister who rejected EU offer – breaking promise to rescue visa free tours.
There is an air of desperation in attacks from those on the right and their supporters in the press. They fear if Johnson falls, the Brexit deception will crumble too.
Imperial Idiocy: Could ‘Brexit opportunities’ include turning our back on the metric system? 14/02/2022
The madness of bringing back measurements no-one understands and most of the world does not use.
Former Brexit negotiator accepts 'extra costs' of leaving EU after report criticises border delays 09/02/2022
The man who negotiated the UK's Brexit agreement has accepted there are "extra costs" for British firms now they're outside of the EU, after a Commons report criticised the added bureaucracy necessary to trade with the bloc.
European Union and U.K. attempts to jump-start negotiations over the post-Brexit trading relationship in Northern Ireland have so far failed to make any progress, and diplomats see little chance for any substantial progress until they get past a key election scheduled for May.
The reality that Leavers are facing is that the promised benefits of Brexit are hard to achieve while the costs are hard to avoid.
Report shared with POLITICO urges UK to keep pace with Brussels. / Britain must not "rip up" protections for workers as a government review considers doing away with EU laws carried over post Brexit, according to a new report.
Ministers making ‘misleading’ claims about Brexit blow to music tours, Lords inquiry warns 21/01/2022
Ministers are making “misleading” claims about the costs and red tape facing performers trying to tour the EU after Brexit, a parliamentary inquiry says.
Anyone in the EU who has endured Boris Johnson’s serial dishonesty would need a heart of stone not to gloat at his current difficulties. A prime minister who signed an international treaty thinking he could break it when it suited him was never likely to be a very effective enforcer of coronavirus restrictions with his team in 10 Downing Street.