'Whatever UK citizens were told during the vote, they need the European single market' - Macron 16/10/2020
"It just so happens that making the British prime minister happy isn't the vocation of sovereign leaders of the 27 member states that chose to remain in the EU."
On Brexit I am disappointed. The EU will remain at the table until the last moment. We hope the UK government will recognise the historic choice we face and consequences of not reaching a deal. We want to move forward but this can only happen if previous agreements are respected.
Press statement by President Ursula von der Leyen on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK [2 mins] 01/10/2020
What it takes to have frictionless trade - and why we won't have it with the EU even with a trade deal - Holger Hestermeyer 24/09/2020
Maybe it has not been explained often and simply enough why there won't be frictionless trade - even with a trade agreement. So let me try to do this: WHAT IT TAKES TO HAVE FRICTIONLESS TRADE - AND WHY WE WON'T HAVE IT WITH THE EU EVEN WITH A TRADE DEAL (thread)
'JPMorgan ... moving around €200 billion euros ... from the U.K. to Germany ... Here's why' - Bloomberg 23/09/2020
JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank, is moving around €200 billion euros ($230 billion) from the U.K. to Germany as a result of Britain’s exit from the EU. Here’s why.
Four senior congressmen write to Boris Johnson to reiterate there will be no US-UK trade deal if the legislation to override the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement isn’t pulled 15/09/2020
A former Irish Ambassador retweeting a former French Ambassador, half in condemnation half in sorrow about the UK government. 15/09/2020
A former Irish Ambassador retweeting a former French Ambassador, half in condemnation half in sorrow about the UK government. Once upon a time this would have mattered deeply to any UK government.
'A case in point: is not refusing to list as a third country for food imports (SPS).'
"Lots of requests for a step-by-step explanation of Johnson's plans to breach Protocol on Irish border. No problem." - Michael Dougan 13/09/2020
Lots of requests for a step-by-step explanation of Johnson's plans to breach Protocol on Irish border. / No problem. And by the end, you'll understand why this man is totally unfit to hold public office.
'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'. ...