“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...
"opening our ports, shelves & fridges to food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt..." - Minette Batters, NFU 26/02/2020
"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."
New UNCTAD estimates show that the United Kingdom risks losing up to 14% ($32 billion) of its exports to the EU [1 min] 25/02/2020
'I'm not opposed to tariff cuts, but this article ... Flatly misleading. Trade illiterate.' 07/02/2020
'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.'
Singing of Auld Lang Syne starts in the European Parliament as the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement is approved by MEPs 29/01/2020
Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says a trade deal with the UK is “not a substitute for the EU” [2 mins] 21/01/2020
"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 ... One day, I will see British MEPs being elected into this chamber again." - Terry Reintke 14/01/2020
"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 [1 min] 09/12/2019
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.
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 [1 min] 03/12/2019
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
'You've still got the main negotiation to happen ... anyone who is telling you it is that simple is conning you' [2 mins] 22/11/2019
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.
Interview with John le Carré [3 mins] 17/11/2019
"There is no reason to fear low-skilled migration." - Esther Duflo, Nobel prize-winning economist [2 mins] 13/11/2019
Prime Minister and Michael Gove have known of Vote Leave's illegality for over three years - Ian Lucas MP [2 mins] 05/11/2019
Must watch: Dominic Grieve on Russian report 02/11/2019
We had access to highly classified info. / Report is ready. / Redactions agreed. / PM has received report (17/10): signing off a formality. / What no.10 has said is a lie. / "Quite simply whopping untruths."
Dispatches discovers how Donald Trump’s allies and US drug giants want to force the NHS to pay more for US medicines [1 min] 28/10/2019
Tahir Amin is a British lawyer based in America who is an expert on drug pricing and on previous trade negotiations.
'Either there is a border in the Irish Sea, or the UK remains in the Customs Union. Fin.' - Nina Schick [2 mins] 25/10/2019
The circle that is still impossible to square. Either there is a border in the Irish Sea, or the UK remains in the Customs Union. Fin.
'UK Government has not conducted an economic impact assessment on the effect of the Brexit deal on Holyhead Port.' - Delyth Jewell AC/AM 24/10/2019
Michael Gove just confirmed to me at @SeneddEAAL that the UK Government has not conducted an economic impact assessment on the effect of the Brexit deal on Holyhead Port. This did not stop him from claiming that the deal would leave Holyhead in "a stronger position than ever".
"a quick summary of the new deal, I explained to Al Jazeera today why it’s bad for jobs, bad for prosperity, bad for supply chains..." 17/10/2019
If anyone wants a quick summary of the new deal, I explained to Al Jazeera today why it’s bad for jobs, bad for prosperity, bad for supply chains, bad for rights and protections, bad for border disruption, and bad for the DUP. It’s a really bad deal.
“So what you’re saying Richard, is there are multiple forms of Brexit...” - Mehdi Hasan expertly unravels Richard Tice’s Brexit madness [3 mins] 11/10/2019
Philip Hammond - Tariff free trade deals would only contribute a tiny amount to our GDP... so we must quash "this myth that third country trade deals will solve all our problems"
With my Brexit Twitter hat on, let me share some details on the steps involved in getting to that agreement, and why it's unwise (read mad) to expect it to be done quickly. [thread]
"People who're involved in current politics… are borrowing some of the tactics of the 1920s and 1930s" - Prof. Timothy Snyder [2 mins] 09/10/2019
Yale History professor Timothy Snyder says some of today's politicians have learned propaganda techniques from twentieth century fascists.