'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.
"I can see no reason why any prime minister in their right mind would ever take us out" - Boris Johnson [2 mins] 28/07/2020
"I can see no reason why any prime minister in their right mind would ever take us out," says prime minister taking us out of the EU.
'this Commission summary of what businesses need to prepare for under Tories' "Great Brexit Deal" acts as a very effective lie detector' - Prof. Dougan 28/07/2020
Every time Johnson Government waffles on about NI's integral place in UK Internal Market and guarantee of unfettered trade with Great Britain, this Commission summary of what businesses need to prepare for under Tories' "Great Brexit Deal" acts as a very effective lie detector.
"In all areas, the U.K. continues to backtrack," says EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, accusing Boris Johnson's government of distancing itself from the political declaration previously agreed with the bloc
Nissan's COO ... explains that despite Nissan's recent moves, under a No-Deal Brexit ... Sunderland ... will be unsustainable 03/06/2020
Nissan's Chief Operating Officer, Ashwani Gupta, explains that despite Nissan's recent moves, under a No-Deal Brexit (most likely outcome), the Sunderland Plant, on which 34,000 jobs depend, will be unsustainable. / He's saying this 2 June 2020. / Deadline to avoid No-Deal: 30 June.
'Since the UK government is bullish about surviving no trade deal with the EU shall we just look at how that might affect a few industries?' [thread] - David Henig 21/05/2020
'UK proposals for implementing Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland deserve detailed scrutiny' - Michael Dougan 20/05/2020
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 ...
My reply to @DavidGHFrost - Michel Barnier 20/05/2020
'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.'
'most interesting point in @DavidGHFrost letter ... incredulity at no European country being able to operate outside EU sphere' - Seb Dance 20/05/2020
'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'. ...
'As UK prepares to publish its oh-so-reasonable detailed proposals ... let’s just recall a few key facts and considerations' - Michael Dougan 18/05/2020
Tánaiste Simon Coveney says a no-deal Brexit is a risk now because the UK is looking for something very different to what was committed to in the Political Declaration [4 mins] 17/05/2020
'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?'
'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' - Steve Analyst 04/05/2020
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.
'putative UK breaches of legal duties in relation to own Withdrawal Agreement so far include ...' - Prof. Michael Dougan 04/05/2020
One told me [re extension]: “if it doesn’t come I just don’t know what we’ll do- with coronavirus we realistically can’t do both” 01/04/2020
'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...
"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.