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UK proposals for implementing Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland deserve detailed scrutiny. No doubt the Commission will soon oblige! Below = some first thoughts from me (moving from the general to the specific) pending more critical reading & cross-checking ...
'I remain convinced that with mutual respect and constructive engagement by the #UK across the board, on all issues of the negotiating table, we can move forward in the limited available time.'
'The most interesting point in @DavidGHFrost letter was the bit expressing incredulity at no European country being able to operate outside EU sphere. The EU is how countries of Europe (up until now, UK included) have come to organise their relationship over time.'
It is understandable, and even desirable from a business perspective, that many of the UK's demands on EU are ahemm, 'ambitious'. ...
'Hello United Kingdom, it’s the ‘Friendly Five’ here, and can we ask you to cast your mind back to where this all began for us?'
This tweet outlines the UK's involvement in, and extensive influence on, the evolution and direction of the European Union (and its precursors).
1. Robbie Gibb asked me this question a while ago. I can’t say what he doesn’t know, but I can break down his article. / 2. I’m going to go through the article line by line to reiterate my original point, starting with the suggestion that our position is “all laid out” in the Conservative Manifesto.
'Have talked to officials across a number of depts in Whitehall. As I reported on #Newsnight just now they are expecting an extension to the Brexit transition period. One told me: “if it doesn’t come I just don’t know what we’ll do- with coronavirus we realistically can’t do both”' (Newsnight)
“As you would expect from an independent nation, we can’t be subject to the rules and laws made by somebody else" / Really? That could have some rather far reaching consequences...
"To sign up to a trade deal which results in opening our ports, shelves & fridges to food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt, it would be the work of the insane."
'I'm not opposed to tariff cuts, but this article which pretends tariffs are levied on the RETAIL price of a good and that consumers will see a 10% saving at the shops from a 10% tariff cut. / Flatly misleading. Trade illiterate.'
"The reality is that half of your trade goes to the EU. Britain’s trade with Australia is a very small percentage.”
A formal division was not required as there were no dissenting votes.
"To all people in the UK who are heartbroken right now: The pro-European movement you have created in the past years is absolutely beautiful. We will build on that. And trust me: One day, I will see British MEPs being elected into this chamber again."
'Get Brexit done is the biggest delusion of all' - Michael Heseltine launches scathing attack on Boris Johnson.
Boris Johnson's #Brexit deal would require checks on goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland, with much more limited checks in the other direction, says Ireland's Deputy PM @simoncoveney.
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
Powerful interview from Tony Blair. Should be watched by everyone. Whatever your views about Brexit, we’ve all got to be honest about what’s involved. Boris Johnson is trying to con the British people.