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'The message must go out to all countries... that this is a British government that doesn't necessarily keep its word,' Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said in the wake of 'alarming' comments by Boris Johnson's former aide Dominic Cummings.
Quite the admission on the @Policy_Exchange’s Brexit panel. The protocol is being attacked not because it doesn’t work, but because it DOES - strengthening north-south economic links. And the urgency to dismantle it flows from the speed with which business is adjusting to it.
"#Newsnight was the first TV programme to highlight this in the summer... the government could have acted then." / As BP closes sites due to a lack of lorry drivers, the Road Haulage Association's Rod McKenzie says issues are down to Brexit, the pandemic and a historic shortage
Sir Roger Gale (Tory MP) says one farming business in his constituency has had to trash £320,000 worth of produce due to no pickers and no drivers. / There are cries of “Brexit, Brexit” around the house… and the Govt front bench looks nervous.
Looks like there will be disinvestment by Japanese companies in UK financial services sector for 2021 too. Nomura International PLC has just notified Companies House that they have reduced their capital from US$11.2bn to $3.2bn.
Michael McCormack (acting Australian PM) - 'The big winners, in the UK-Australian trade deal, are Australian producers, Australian farmers, indeed Australia full stop... I'm not worried about the Welsh, Scottish & NI beef producers... I want what's best for Australian producers.'
'I don't think we've ever done as well as this.' / The UK-Australia trade deal is an 'unprecedented result' for Australia, says former Australian trade negotiator Dmitry Grozoubinski.
Liz Truss has told six MPs she will not answer their questions in Parliament next week because they want to ask about the problems facing British exporters trading with Europe. I’ve led a cross-party group to tell Liz that sticking her head in the sand is just not good enough.
European Commission Maros Sefcovic has told @michaelgove that sweeping changes to the Protocol will not be possible, and that any flexibilities require the UK for its part to implement the terms of last December's NI Protocol.
“We’re in fits of despair.” Alistair Sinclair, of the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation, says his industry is struggling after the Brexit transition period came to an end and Boris Johnson needs to act.
'Sadly we need to suspend accepting orders for delivery to Northern Ireland with immediate effect. We know this will be disappointing for our NI customers. We just don’t have the resources to undertake the paperwork required. We are so sorry.'
Before Brexit, the owner of Cheshire Cheese Co was planning to invest £1 million and dozens of jobs in a Northern town. Because of Boris’ Brexit deal, he’ll be investing in France instead. So much for a ‘Brexit boom’.
Irish Foreign Minister @simoncoveney tells @Peston that checks required on goods coming into N.Ireland are causing disruption.
Vote Leave promised to “cut red tape” for the fishing industries. Now, one Oyster farmer tells @mikegalsworthy he can no longer export to Spain because of extra bureaucracy caused by Brexit.
So many stories coming out revealing that Brexiteers sold Brexit on lies and that reality of Brexit is turning out - just as experts had warned - to be a fiasco and an enormous act of economic self-harm for UK. I’ll keep track of some in this Brexit reality thread.
Welcome to the Modern world of BREXIT and the mess it brings , unbelievable that we find ourselves in this position, we need governments to cover our claims this week, we have lost thousands of pounds by doing nothing wrong.
"We're stuffed" - Brixham fish merchant Ian Perkes says he's unable to export his fish to France now the new post-Brexit rules and regulation have come into force.