'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.
"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