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Britain is already heading for the worst coronavirus-induced slump of any major economy. Now fears are rising that businesses could be slammed by a second body blow this year — the failure of trade talks with the European Union.
'It’s tough as it is’: IMF chief says 'wise' to extend Brexit trade negotiations amid coronavirus uncertainty 16/04/2020
No 10 has repeatedly insisted the PM will stick with existing deadline.
In the 31 days since Brexit was signed, sealed and delivered we’ve seen no end of complaints and ‘red-tape’ measures imposed upon traders and customers who deal with Europe, which hasn’t been helped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Time is running out to "save the United Kingdom," more than forty local leaders in England have warned Boris Johnson.
After coronavirus, the UK government can’t afford to play Russian roulette with the EU over a Brexit trade deal - Michael Heseltine 27/06/2020
The battle for foreign investment is not a game conducted on public school playing fields. It is ruthlessly fought by governments armed with every trick in the book.
Deal may allow Faculty, linked to senior Tory figures, to analyse social media data, utility bills and credit ratings.
German leader signals trade compromise less likely as she hardens tone on no-deal Brexit.
Thousands of EU migrants work as doctors, nurses, carers, cleaners and porters as the UK fights gravest threat in years.
Witnesses have criticised the British government’s pandemic preparations as part of a public inquiry into the country’s response to Covid-19.
Backlash as Ann Widdecombe calls for people to return to work even if social distancing cannot be enforced 14/05/2020
Former Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe is facing intense public backlash after she called for people to use public transport to get to work, even if social distancing rules could not be enforced.
Sylvie Bermann, former French ambassador, puts PM’s handling of pandemic alongside Donald Trump’s.
Senior figures in Scotland and Wales warn Brexit is bringing a ‘statutory fist crashing down’.
Boris Johnson blames ‘email error’ for not joining EU ventilator scheme - but Matt Hancock says he got it 26/03/2020
After initially claiming it did not join an EU scheme for ventilators because of Brexit, it now blames an ‘email error’ for missing the invitation.
A new video by Peter Stefanovic rubbished Johnson's claim that the vaccine rollout's success was down to Brexit.
Under cover of the pandemic, his inner circle is sidelining elected MPs and pushing through laws with no scrutiny
Almost half of those questioned say they would like Britain to rejoin the European Union.
'The government walking away from this EU deal just smacks of ideological dogma'
Demands for prime minister to reveal if dangers listed in ‘no-deal readiness report’ last autumn are still real – and whether they have grown because of pandemic.
Boris Johnson's Brexit obsession 'cost lives to covid' claims SNP in wake of damning report 13/12/2021
Philippa Whitford said civil servants had been distracted by Brexit in the year before the first coronavirus lockdown.
Brexifornia: Checking out but never leaving 08/06/2020
Brexit will never be over.
Experts warn that European Medicines Agency membership would have had advantages.
In what follows, a group of leading social scientists explore these themes, explaining what has happened in the past, the situation the UK finds itself in now, and the issues that might confront us going forward. The collection is intended as a guide to the big questions confronting the country in the years to come.
With the NHS under such exceptional pressure during the coronavirus crisis, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the UK’s Brexit transition period ends on December 31. Mark Dayan takes a closer look at how these two challenges for the health service might collide, and says there is a case to err on the side of caution.
Shoppers frustrated by delays, shortages and rising costs.
Stock has been hit over the last few years by global supply chain issues, material shortages, the EU exit and the coronavirus pandemic.
Brexit and pandemic have cost UK businesses £250bn each but EU departure tally now rising faster than Covid disruption 25/01/2022
The political choice of Brexit has cost UK businesses as much as the unforeseeable Covid pandemic.
The bloc’s joint vaccines strategy – far from being a fiasco – is delivering a better outcome than the UK’s.
Brexit issues are causing small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in the West Midlands “significant disruption” as they look to recover from the economic effects of Covid-19.
Brexit issues are causing small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in the West Midlands significant disruption as they look to recover from the economic effects of Covid-19.
Brexit crippled the UK economy – Liz Truss just made it worse | Economics | New Statesman [5 mins] 22/10/2022
Economist Duncan Weldon and the New Statesman’s polling expert explore how Brexit and austerity have damaged the UK economy and set the stage for Liz Truss’s “mismanagement.”
The UK's manufacturing sector has been battered by Brexit and coronavirus.
The U.K. government’s preparations for a no-deal Brexit took “significant time and resources” away from planning for a potential pandemic, a major report found.
The Law Society of England and Wales has warned that COVID-19 lockdowns have delayed the full impact of Brexit on the legal sector, according to the Law Society Gazette of England and Wales.
A Nobel prize-winning scientist has said Brexit has cast the UK “several decades into the past” and feared it would damage the country’s standing in the scientific community.
The Office for Budget Responsibility suggested leaving the EU would reduce the UK's long-term GDP by around 4% - compared to 2% for the pandemic and lockdowns.
For new medical devices entering the UK market, they will only need to comply with the old, and for some, less stringent, device standard (MDR, 2002). / ... Coupled with the additional authorisation process required to reach the UK market, this may lead to delays or deter companies from selling their products in the UK altogether.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to depart Downing Street, tossed from office by his own party, his legacy — the opening lines of his eventual obituary — will call him the man who “got Brexit done.” / So how is that going? What can be said about the post-Brexit Britain that Johnson is leaving behind?
The UK economy rediscovered a reverse gear in January as renewed coronavirus lockdowns knocked output while trade suffered a Brexit hit, according to official figures.
Rees-Mogg’s efforts to reap economic benefits from Brexit has come up woefully short.
If the coronavirus pandemic does not critically damage the British and European music industry, the effect of Brexit may finish it off.
And it will cost more here because of the UK pulling out of the European Medicines Agency on 30 December.
Impact of quitting EU has become top issue facing the nation, survey finds
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice and Tory MP Bob Seely reportedly broke lockdown rules to attend a barbecue at an event organised by one of the editorial team at the Spectator.
The UK’s only nation to border the EU was left to prepare for Brexit with no ministers, says Denis McMahon. / Preparing for a no-deal Brexit forced the Northern Ireland government to “cannibalise” departments, a senior civil servant has said.
A week ago the UK fully left the EU. The moment we all campaigned against, warned about and feared the consequences of became reality – and it’s every bit as bad as forecast.
British chief negotiator David Frost and European counterpart Michel Barnier talked via video link today while Anti-Brexit campaigners stepped up calls for the December deadline to be delayed.
The coronavirus should remind us of just why international cooperation is so important in reducing the threat of infectious disease.
Brexit trade deal is top priority for exporters ahead of trade outside Europe and coping with coronavirus 09/12/2020
A poll by Opinium shows that trade with the EU is considered the most important political issue for exporting firms.
UK and European negotiators are meeting later today for yet another round of Brexit trade talks.
Brexit issues are causing small to medium-sized manufacturers in the East Midlands "significant disruption" as they attempt to recover from the economic effects of Covid-19, a new report has found.
Brexit, tabloid 'sulks', and AstraZeneca 23/03/2021
Having spent almost five years living in Brexit Britain, the tabloids' hostility towards the EU comes as no surprise to me. However, I was surprised to discover the theories surrounding the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine, in which European countries are accused of deliberately punishing the UK.
COVID-19 is killing a high proportion of people in regions of the UK that voted for Brexit in the 2016 referendum, a new report has claimed.
Brexit: Endgame - Fabian Zuleeg 08/09/2020
The UK Government's recent statements make a deal between the EU and UK less likely, regardless of whether that is the intent or not.
Brexiteer calls for pubs and restaurants to re-open as ‘majority don’t care about coronavirus’ 23/03/2020
A Brexiteer politician has called for pubs and restaurants to re-open because he claims a ‘majority don’t care about the coronavirus’.
Brexiteer slammed for calling for Welsh Senedd to be scrapped so he can cross border for beach [4 mins] 14/05/2020
A Tory Brexiteer MP has been slammed by his own colleague for his “wrong and unhelpful” remarks about Welsh democracy.
The construction of Bristol University's Temple Quarter Campus has been delayed again and is now not expected to open until 2025.
Britain's economic recovery from coronavirus will be slowed for two years by Brexit, EU forecasts 06/11/2020
Businesses will have to adjust to new trading conditions in the middle of a pandemic.
UK firms warn that even with a trade deal, both sides need to phase-in changes to border checks over six months.
Experts insist successes of Brussels’ €95bn programme could never be replicated by a UK-only substitute.
Brittany Ferries reports hike in driverless freight as hauliers seek to tackle Covid and Brexit hurdles 29/01/2021
Covid tests for drivers and Brexit red tape mean more firms are looking at sending trailers on ferries without a cab
Brompton is facing a host of problems from material shortages to rising production costs as the fallout from Brexit and Covid continues to impact UK manufacturers.
Meeting of EU leaders this month will instead focus on post-Covid recovery and China relations.
Many firms are clinging on during the coronavirus crisis and have no capacity to to contemplate failure in talks with EU.
Brexiteers fear the end of the coronavirus outbreak could lead to a second referendum on EU membership.
The UK economy has been forecast to suffer an over £700bn blow to output due to the collision of Covid-19 and Brexit, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research warned today.
The United Kingdom has passed the point of no return. It has less than six months to reach a new trade deal with the European Union or risk heaping more pressure on companies that are already laying off tens of thousands of workers because of the coronavirus pandemic.
BREXIT secretary Michael Russell says failing to halt the exit from the EU during the coronavirus pandemic will leave the UK facing an “economic Stone Age” while the rest of Europe recovers.
A RECORD 78 per cent of UK firms attempting to recruit faced difficulties in finding staff in the first quarter, a survey by British Chambers of Commerce shows.
A survey of garden centres in Flemish Brabant has found that many of them are currently suffering from a shortage of flowers, trees and plants for sale to their green-fingered customers.
UK fishermen started the year in buoyant mood believing EU quotas would soon be scrapped. But coronavirus has dampened spirits. With Europe — their biggest market — in lockdown, the industry faces oblivion.
Had we stayed in the EU, the UK’s tottering economy would’ve stood a chance in the post-lockdown world. Along with the virus, the aftershocks of poor leadership will keep us reeling for generations.
Coronavirus leaves EU contemplating a longer Brexit transition period – but the time to act is short 06/04/2020
With the spread of the coronavirus casting serious doubts over whether the UK and EU can reach a final deal by the end of the year, Georgina Wright says the EU believe it is only a matter of time before a new extension is negotiated.
Europe Day statement comes as trade talks between UK and its former partners hit new difficulties.
A coronavirus vaccine could be ready for approval in a year’s time in an “optimistic scenario”, the European Medicines Agency has said.
Health Secretary insists government has ‘plan for all eventualities’.
Coronavirus: Boris Johnson blames administrative error for failure to sign up to EU equipment help scheme 26/03/2020
Downing Street has blamed an administrative error for the UK's failure to sign up to an emergency EU scheme to help procure vital medical equipment to fight coronavirus.
Participation in the scheme is seen as a test of the prime minister's pragmatism on Brexit and Covid-19.
Coronavirus: Brexit trade talks in disarray after second round cancelled, with doubts over timetable 07/04/2020
UK-EU meetings cancelled as Europe fights spread of the virus.
Head of Commons health committee also raises alarm over UK missing out on benefits of new clinical trials.
Coronavirus: Brussels rubbishes UK government claim it missed EU ventilator scheme due to 'communications problem' 27/03/2020
‘Member states and the UK had the opportunity to signal their interest to participate in any joint procurements,’ says EU spokesperson
The EU continues to help EU Member States with the repatriation of their citizens stranded abroad due to increasing number of restrictions in third countries.
Pharmaceutical industry says restocking before December looking impossible.
Survey finds support from both Conservative and Brexit Party voters for extension of transition period
Coronavirus: Raab accused of 'reckless insanity' for claiming pandemic strengthens case for speedy Brexit 17/03/2020
Foreign secretary rejects calls to 'urgently' extend the transition period to 'focus 100 per cent on the emergency' - arguing it 'makes the case' for a clean break in December.
Coronavirus: Regulator rejects Matt Hancock’s claim that UK got vaccine first because of Brexit 02/12/2020
Britain’s medicines regulator has contradicted claims by health secretary Matt Hancock that the UK got the first coronavirus vaccine faster because of Brexit.
The European Union continues working on all fronts to assist European citizens across the world, who are affected by travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus: Three quarters of public favour working with EU to get vital protective equipment 16/04/2020
More than three quarters of the public think the UK should participate in EU schemes to secure vital protective equipment, as it emerged ministers passed on three opportunities to take part.
The European Commission has also stepped in and is operating its Civil Protection Mechanism to repatriate EU citizens. According to the Commission, so far, the mechanism has co-funded more than 80 flights organised by Germany, Czechia, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, France and Ireland.
Coronavirus: Two-thirds of Britons want UK to request Brexit extension to focus on pandemic, poll shows 29/03/2020
Two-thirds of people in the UK want the government to request an extension to the Brexit transition period in order to focus on the coronavirus outbreak, a new opinion poll indicates.
Coronavirus: UK failed to join EU ventilator scheme because of 'communication confusion', Michael Gove says 29/03/2020
The Cabinet Office minister claimed the UK's omission from the scheme was a communication error, contradicting a Downing Street spokesman.
Coronavirus: UK shops would have suffered food shortages during pandemic without single market, EU says 04/05/2020
Britain 'fortunate' it had not crashed out of bloc when coronavirus struck, Commission says – even as Boris Johnson vows to do just that if necessary.
Coronavirus: UK’s failure to join EU ventilator scheme was ‘political decision’, not communication error, says senior civil servant 21/04/2020
Sir Simon McDonald says ministers were briefed on ‘what was on offer’ to UK.
The Brexit transition period should be extended as the UK tackles the coronavirus outbreak, the Welsh Government has said.
Cost of living crisis: Brexit labour shortage could ‘permanently’ push up food prices, MPs warn 06/04/2022
The Covid pandemic has exacerbated the problems caused by Britain leaving the EU, the report found.
Costa del Covid: Millennials swap UK drizzle to work remotely in Spain and gain post-Brexit rights 16/05/2021
Rise in home working has led to people swapping small city flats for Spanish villas during the pandemic. / Mr Dell also says many younger people are moving to Spain to seek residency in a European State and regaining the rights they enjoyed on the continent before Brexit.
Covid and Brexit see timber prices rocket 24/05/2021
Any farmer looking to buy timber this spring is in for a shock.
MOST of Scotland’s visitor attractions still have “survival” and not “recovery” as their priority, with a “staffing crisis caused by Brexit” compounding challenges arising from a lack of international visitors, a key survey shows.
The government is yet to show that its decision not to extend the Brexit transition period was the right one, argues Joe Marshall.
Covid Crisis Means Six Month Extension To Brexit Transition ‘Inevitable’, Lidington Warns 02/05/2020
Theresa May’s former deputy says public and business realise coronavirus should be the priority.
The acute labor shortage because of self isolation is masking the systemic challenge for businesses struggling to recruit after Brexit.
As the pandemic recedes, the negative impacts of Brexit will become clearer and its political effects more unpredictable.
Some supply-chain issues related to the divorce deal between the U.K. and the European Union remain to be seen since Covid-19 hid some of the impacts of Brexit, according to Ireland’s prime minister.
Preparedness and vaccine rollout outside of EU under scrutiny as inquiry kicks off.
Brexit had a bigger effect on pandemic contingency planning arrangements in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK, the Covid inquiry has heard.
A government focus on Brexit “crowded out and prevented” the work that was needed to prepare for the next pandemic, the lead lawyer to the Covid-19 Inquiry has suggested.
The latest Government Business Insights report reveals that the transportation and storage sector has been hit hardest by Covid and Brexit. / ParcelHero says the shock result shows that more supply chain companies have closed and fewer surviving firms are currently trading than in any other sector.
"The EU and its member states are working together to reinforce national healthcare systems and contain the spread of the virus. At the same time, the EU and its member states are taking action to mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19."
The government's preparation for a no-deal Brexit sometimes "took precedent" over planning for a pandemic, the UK Covid-19 public Inquiry has heard. / Ministers were aware in 2016 that "even a moderate pandemic would overrun" the "fragmented" pandemic preparedness system within the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), newly disclosed documents revealed on Monday.
SNP WESTMINSTER leader Ian Blackford has urged other opposition parties to back a two-year extension to the Brexit transition period due to the coronavirus emergency.
Fields of flowers worth hundreds of thousands of pounds are being left to rot in Cornwall.
Local emergency services face being ‘burnt out’ by no-deal Brexit planning, a leaked government report has found.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged by a group of MEPs to delay his Brexit deadline as countries around the world battle the coronavirus.
Downing Street plays down prospect of food and water shortages in worst-case coronavirus and no-deal Brexit scenario 24/08/2020
Downing Street has played down the prospect of food and water shortages this winter if a no-deal Brexit coincides with a second wave of coronavirus.
Drugs industry appeals to Boris Johnson for urgent action to avoid no-deal medicine shortages 19/10/2020
The site had originally been used to carry out around 2,000 COVID tests a day - but has since shut down.
70,000 city jobs in at-risk sectors.
EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation Around the COVID-19 Pandemic 01/04/2020
As the U.S. government mulls whether to issue guidelines to states this week about when and how to end their lockdowns, the European Union has today adopted such guidelines for its member states.
UK foreign secretary has said EU invite for Covid-19 scheme was sent to old email address.
The common response includes a joint employment insurance fund worth 100 billion euros.
Downing Street has called on EU leaders such as Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to intervene and find a political way out of the impasse.
In total, European Commission has pledged €232M to help contain coronavirus outbreak, as Italy becomes an infection hotspot.
The European Union on Friday set up a unit of investigators to tackle an expected surge in finanial crime in the economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and crack down on defrauding of state subsidies.
Commission advises on a coordinated approach to easing restrictions across the bloc.
The European Commission is coordinating a common European response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
As the European Parliament continues its sessions partly online and in Brussels, the institution’s huge building in Strasbourg was transformed into a testing centre for the coronavirus this week.
After Brexit, some anticipated a shift in European sentiment and believed other members would follow the UK's lead. But 6 years on, the bloc seems more cohesive than ever and optimism is high. So why is this? And how did the EU become stronger than ever?
Conservative and pro-Brexit voters are turning against the prime minister after he refused to sack his chief adviser.
BREXIT-related factors are still being flagged by UK companies as a cause of lost business from overseas, a senior economist has declared.
“Under these extraordinary circumstances, I cannot see how the UK government would choose to expose itself to the double whammy of the coronavirus and the exit from the EU single market, which will inevitably add to the disruption, deal or no deal."
'As striking was his ridiculous vanity: Cummings cared so neurotically about his reputation as a prophet that he forged the record so it appeared that he was warning of the ‘‘urgent need’’ to plan for a coronavirus pandemic while the minds of lesser men and women were elsewhere.'
Accountancy firm warns of stalled economic recovery without EU trade agreement.
Food and drink supplies in the UK face more disruption after the end of the Brexit transition period than they did from Covid, the industry has said.
Fall in imports and exports not due to ‘teething problems’ or Covid, says expert.
Firms 'won't be ready for EU customs exit' 17/04/2020
Businesses fear big hold-ups at the docks when the UK leaves the EU customs area because of untrained staff.
British firms do not have the resilience to cope with a no-deal Brexit after the battering of the coronavirus crisis, according to the outgoing boss of industry body the CBI.
Visa and health fees likely to be levied on those who started UK courses overseas due to Covid.
From One Crisis to Another - As COVID-19’s influence begins to wane, restaurants, their workers, and their suppliers are heading out of the frying pan and into the fire of Brexit 14/05/2021
“For restaurants, COVID-19 has temporarily overshadowed many of the anticipated effects of Brexit.”
The all-consuming Brexit and coronavirus crises threaten a double whammy for the UK's Cinderella service.
Education secretary lauds vaccine rollout saying scientists in UK better than in France, Belgium or US.
High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell, supported by the EEAS, the Commission and EU Delegations around the world, is leading the work to strengthen coordination among Member States to help EU citizens who are currently stranded outside the EU.
Faculty, linked to senior Tories, hired to collect tweets as part of coronavirus-related contract.
Government says medicines must be stockpiled for no-deal Brexit on top of Covid-19 pressures 04/08/2020
But pharmaceutical industry has warned that sufficient buffer stocks may not be possible by December.
Boris Johnson infamously said 'Brexit saved lives' earlier this year. Judging by these comments, it did precisely the opposite.
Lewis Silkin LLP partner Brinsley Dresden explains why brands should be careful of using nationalism to try to sell products.
Hatred of Boris Johnson biggest reason behind surge for Scottish independence, poll finds 02/11/2020
New research finds current Tory leader ‘loathed’ by Scots in a way David Cameron and Theresa May were not.
NICOLA Sturgeon has been urged by one of her predecessors to make a direct request to the European Union for a Scottish-only extension to the current transition period in order to protect the country from dealing with a No-Deal Brexit while fighting the coronavirus pandemic and an economic recession.
How Britain Falls Apart 05/01/2022
A road trip through the ancient past and shaky future of the (dis)United Kingdom. / The grim reality for Britain as it faces up to 2022 is that no other major power on Earth stands quite as close to its own dissolution.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked for SSP "to be increased to European levels" but exactly how much worse off are we than our continental neighbours?
The UK is lagging "well behind" other European countries when it comes to rights relating to sick pay and self-isolation, a union has warned.
IMF head warns on Brexit trade deal failure 16/04/2020
The IMF has suggested the UK and the EU should not "add to uncertainty" from coronavirus by refusing to extend the period to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal.
The U.K. and the European Union would be “wise not to add more” to the uncertainty from the coronavirus by refusing to extend the deadline of their Brexit trade deal negotiations, the head of the International Monetary Fund told the BBC.
Our recent #IsolationInsight event looked at the state of the Brexit negotiations, considering where they are, what’s happening and where the talks might go, especially in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
While Germany has taken in Italian patients for treatment, the UK has failed to participate in an EU ventilator scheme.
THE UK’s leading election expert has predicted Brexit could provide the crucial moment for renewing the drive for indyref2 in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
Johnson condemned for ‘reprehensible decision’ to prioritise Brexit over pandemic response 13/06/2023
Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP, has criticised Boris Johnson’s “reprehensible decision” to prioritise Brexit over pandemic preparations.
Leaked government dossier warns of army street patrols if second Covid-19 wave and no-deal Brexit hit UK at same time 24/08/2020
A government dossier leaked to the press has revealed that the military may be called in to airdrop food and patrol parts of the UK if it is hit by a no-deal Brexit and a second coronavirus wave at the same time.
The combination of a No Deal Brexit and Covid-19 will have a devastating impact on our NHS and our economy. Chip in to stop a No Deal Brexit.
As COVID-19 and the new variant add further complications to a possible no-deal Brexit for the NHS, the NHS Confederation asks the Prime Minister to seek a one-month extension to the Brexit transition period.
Lockdown masking new car supply problems 18/02/2021
Current lockdown restrictions are masking new car supply issues caused by post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, according to Cox Automotive, while the used car market continues to outperform expectations.
The challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus will make the effective implementation of any new legislation impossible in the short term, says FTA, the business group representing the logistics sector.
About 150 delegates were due to arrive next week for three days of talks.
The difficulties of relocating staff during a pandemic has postponed some finance jobs from moving out of London and into the European Union, according to EY.
A no-deal Brexit later this year during winter and amid coronavirus would be ‘a vicious, and avoidable, combination of risks’ says Health Foundation.
Majority of Britons support extending Brexit transition period amid coronavirus outbreak, new poll shows 21/03/2020
Latest round of negotiations delayed last week as governments scramble to contain outbreak.
Senior Foreign Office official tells MPs that ministers refused scheme because UK had left EU.
Measuring the Cost Brexit Six Months On 09/06/2021
The end of the transition period was merely a staging post within a process that will be long with us, says Chris Grey.
Medical supplies needed to fight second wave to be hit by no-deal Brexit, think tank warns 14/10/2020
Medical supplies crucial to fight a second wave of coronavirus face being disrupted by a no-deal Brexit, a leading health think tank has warned.
Mike Russell wrote to Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, requesting a halt to the withdrawal process during the coronavirus pandemic.
"THIS was the week when the EU stubbornly refused to collapse, yet again. Two much-publicised EU crises did not turn out as the hardline Brexiteers fervently hoped."
Social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has urged the UK Government to be “sensible” and put tackling coronavirus before forthcoming Brexit talks.
No 10 told failure to agree deal will push health service ‘over the edge’ in January.
Nicola Sturgeon has blamed no-deal Brexit planning for diverting resources away from emergency planning at the Covid-19 public inquiry. / The former First Minister of Scotland said "every part of our work was impacted" by preparing for a potential no-deal exit from the EU.
Nicola Sturgeon on course to provoke ‘full-blown constitutional crisis’ over Scottish independence, leaked memo admits [2 mins] 20/10/2020
Brexit means Boris Johnson’s argument against Indyref2 – that it was a ‘once in a generation’ vote – is ‘no longer effective’.
Nigel Farage is to relaunch his Brexit Party as an anti-lockdown party called Reform UK as he campaigns against measures imposed by the UK government to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Nigel Farage has applied to change the Brexit Party's name to Reform UK, promising to focus on dealing with the government's "woeful" Covid response.
No 10 and Department of Health clash over access to EU pandemic warning system in wake of coronavirus 01/03/2020
Matt Hancock wanted to retain membership of EWRS as part of EU-UK future relationship deal, but Number 10 said no.
Government clarifies position after critics accuse Boris Johnson of putting ‘Brexit over breathing’.
A leaked "reasonable worst-case scenario" document paints a stark picture about the impact of a no-deal situation while coronavirus pandemic continues.
Record View says the blame lies with Boris Johnson’s government, which was determined to push through Brexit whatever the cost.
This being 2020, it didn't take long for good news about the Pfizer/BioNTech jab to turn into a tiresome row about Brexit.
Leaked report warns local disaster planning already exhausted by coronavirus crisis
A major voice in the pharma sector echoes warnings that Brexit risks delaying crucial supplies as winter hits its height.
A no-deal Brexit could jeopardise the UK’s access to medicine just as a second wave of coronavirus could hit.
Nobel scientists warn Britain will lose ‘superpower’ status if access barred to €100bn EU fund
No-deal Brexit planning 'undermined preparation for coronavirus pandemic', adviser claims 19/04/2020
Brexit preparations "sucked all the blood" out of planning for a severe disease outbreak - despite this being considered a serious threat for many years - a government adviser has claimed.
No-deal Brexit planning may have 'crowded out' work on the UK's resilience preparedness for a pandemic 13/06/2023
The independent Covid inquiry has heard that Brexit may have interfered with and ‘crowded out’ the UK’s capacity to prepare for a pandemic.
Andrew Bailey said failure to agree to deal would cause long-term damage to UK economy
Carolyn Fairbairn says many businesses cannot prepare for no deal during Covid-19 crisis.
Bleak impact including higher prices in shops is revealed in OBR report accompanying Rishi Sunak's spending review.
“Well, I think the long-term effects ... would be larger than the long-term effects of COVID.”
DOWNING STREET ignored pleas by health chiefs to keep Britain in the European Union’s pandemic early warning system — because of Brexit.
Venki Ramakrishnan says Horizon programme is vital to ensuring UK retains influence.
Lords committee warns uncertainty over trading rules may add to economic damage of crisis.
Novel coronavirus (COVID-19): Repatriation of EU citizens through the UCPM - DG ECHO Daily Map 24/03/2020
As part of the EU’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) has so far facilitated the repatriation of over 1,700 EU citizens to Europe...
NZ must help build new global grouping 25/07/2020
When great powers fail, New Zealand and other small states must organise to protect their interests, Robert G. Patman writes.
Pandemic has led to shift towards welcoming more EU citizens just as free movement is cut off 23/07/2020
New polling has shown that the coronavirus pandemic has led to the British public becoming more sympathetic towards welcoming EU citizens to work and live here - just as freedom of movement is being cut off as part of Brexit.
Photo shows march calling for referendum on final Brexit deal in 2018, not anti-lockdown protest 29/04/2021
Multiple Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts have shared an aerial photo which they claim shows a protest against coronavirus lockdowns in the UK capital of London in April 2021. The claim is false: the photo shows a march in October 2018 that called for a fresh referendum on Brexit.
Spike in imports has led to bottlenecks of containers carrying supplies for shops and factories.
Government advisers say pandemic has highlighted vital economic contribution of migrant workers
Priti Patel urged to extend EU settled status scheme deadline in response to coronavirus crisis 16/04/2020
Numbers applying halve in a month as support centre closed by lockdown.
Kate Bingham contradicts Matt Hancock's claim UK authorities backed jabs swiftly "because of Brexit".
the app to follow coronavirus health and travel developments in your country and beyond, is now available for free download on Google Play and the App Store.
Monarch’s annual message is expected to focus on impact of coronavirus pandemic.
Refusing to ask for an extension of Brexit transition amid coronavirus crisis would be ‘irresponsible’, say freight forwarding chief 01/03/2020
The director general of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) says that it in light of the massive disruption to supply chains being caused by the coronavirus crisis, it would be irresponsible of the UK government to try to abide by the timetable for ending its Brexit transition period.
Diversity efforts across the UK’s tech industry were significantly derailed by the fallout of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research by Tech London Advocates (TLA).
Experts express concern over the loss of Britons’ free movement rights after Brexit.
‘We should all have expected this....he lies, he’s disorganised, he betrays almost every personal commitment’. / Rory Stewart has warned it is “very disturbing” that Boris Johnson was ever elected as prime minister when he has a record as a proven liar.
RURAL tourism and hospitality businesses in Scotland face a “double whammy” of Brexit and Covid exacerbating labour shortages, MSPs have been warned.
Nicola Sturgeon says exiting the Brexit transition period at the end of the year would be "extraordinarily reckless".
The First Ministers of Scotland and Wales have written to Boris Johnson to request an extension to the Brexit transition period.
Constitutional relations secretary Michael Russell warned of a 'catastrophic' recession due to Covid-19.
The economy cannot afford the 'double hit' of Covid-19's impact and a no-deal Brexit, Michael Russell warned. / The Scottish Government has urged the Prime Minister to extend the Brexit transition period by the maximum two years amid the coronavirus pandemic.
HELENSBURGH, Scotland (Reuters) - James Henderson has spent most of his life fiercely opposed to Scottish independence. Now, reluctantly he is backing it.
The SDLP has called for the UK Government to extend the Brexit transition period.
Settled status: ‘Left behind’ EU nationals struggle to apply for post-Brexit scheme without face-to-face help 20/11/2020
EU nationals who have been unable to return to the UK due to Covid-19 travel restrictions could also face difficulties applying for the scheme after freedom of movement ends on 1 January.
SNP calls for opposition parties to back two-year Brexit transition extension due to coronavirus crisis 05/05/2020
United opposition would ‘send a powerful message to our European friends,’ says MP Ian Blackford — as ministers insist there’s no reason to change timetable.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has urged other opposition parties to back a two-year extension to the Brexit transition period due to the coronavirus emergency.
The UK faces the “chilling prospect” of a no deal Brexit and a double blow to the economy because of the Government’s refusal to extend the transition period, Ian Blackford has warned.
The Spanish authorities announced last week that the country would no longer apply COVID-19 entry rules for travellers from the European Union/Schengen Area but did not make any exemptions for those travelling from the United Kingdom.
Stop trying to link Brexit to coronavirus – politics has nothing to do with a global pandemic. Oh, wait... 26/06/2020
Nobody ever said that a no-deal Brexit would badly affect our ability to deal with the global outbreak of a viral illness. Well, apart from the British Medical Association in 2018. And the Faculty of Public Health, in 2016 before the referendum was held.
The former first minister says resources were diverted away from Covid planning in order to prepare for potential no-deal Brexit.
James Grace addresses Boris Johnson’s falsehoods about the impact of the EU on the speed of our jabs.
The Brexit Benefit Myths 29/10/2021
The government and its supporters are beginning to claim 'benefits' of being outside the European Union some of which were always available to EU member states or, in other cases, are not benefits at all.
Trade has plummeted and red tape has blocked our borders. Is that what ‘protecting our sovereignty’ meant?
The Brexiteer pledge to ‘take back control’ of the UK’s borders has been exposed as hollow 14/08/2020
The supreme irony is that, despite all those Vote Leave promises, Brexit is making it harder to control UK borders.
Amid the cancellation of basically everything, The Festival of Brexit is still going ahead.
The last chance to save us from a no-deal Brexit has now slipped by. Here’s what we lost today 01/07/2020
The negotiations which will set our relationship with our closest neighbours for the next generation are being rushed in a reckless game of chicken.
The Potential Nightmare Facing The UK If No-Deal Brexit And Second Coronavirus Wave Collide 23/08/2020
A leaked Cabinet Office document describes a possible disaster in the coming months.
Should the aim be limiting damage or designing a bold future? / Japanese negotiators remain skeptical about the U.K.’s ability to handle multiple FTA negotiations simultaneously / What is evident, however, is that no country wants to conclude a definitive trade deal with the U.K. without knowing the final shape of the EU-U.K. partnership.
The three remaining arguments for Brexit 26/06/2023
And why none of them actually stack up.
The consequences of leaving have long been clouded, including by the impact of Covid. Now the data is firming up—and it’s not good news.
The UK economy: Brexit vs Covid-19 24/08/2020
There is an obvious flaw in advocating Brexit on the basis that it’s less costly than the worst pandemic the world has faced in a hundred years. But this aside, the claim Covid-19 is a bigger economic shock than Brexit deserves further interrogation.
An aerial image of a large protest has been shared on Facebook and Instagram alongside a claim that it shows an anti-lockdown demonstration in the UK capital of London in March 2021. The claim is false; the photo in fact shows an anti-Brexit protest in March 2019.
Former prime minister says UK could have achieved fast rollout within the EU.
MUSICIANS have been hit by a “double whammy” of coronavirus restrictions and the impact of Brexit, MSPs have been told.
The ongoing economic shocks from COVID-19, the sector-specific worries of African swine fever and the logistical upheaval from Brexit have left the UK’s pig industry in peril.
TWO-THIRDS of Scots want Brexit to be delayed, according to a new poll. With coronavirus engulfing the political machinery of the UK and the EU, Boris Johnson is coming under increasing pressure to extend the transition period beyond December this year.
The U.K. government backed down on plans to impose full-border checks after Brexit in an attempt to avoid piling an additional burden on businesses already struggling with the impact of coronavirus.
The United Kingdom has abandoned its plan to introduce full border checks with the European Union on Jan. 1 as British ministers face pressure from businesses not to increase chaos already caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Financial Times newspaper reported.
UK car industry posts worst production figures since 1954 as Brexit and coronavirus take their toll 30/07/2020
Even if there is no second wave of coronavirus to shut down factories once again, British car production in 2020 will only recover to about a half of last year’s figure, says industry body.
European scrutiny committee warns that UK approach risks access to vaccine
Ratings agency cites weakening economy, Brexit woes and coronavirus shocks.
Hopes that political stability might lead to recovery dashed by Covid-19 crisis.
The UK is on course to be the world's worst-performing major economy this year, according to updated predictions from the International Monetary Fund - which puts at least part of the blame on higher taxes and interest rates.
NIESR says UK facing worse permanent damage than other rich nations due to ‘poor Covid response’ .
Cabinet office briefing warns of ‘sustained disruption’ for several months.
European commission indicates Britons will face ban on nonessential travel at end of Brexit transition.
A weaker than expected recovery from the coronavirus pandemic has left the UK as the only G7 country with a smaller economy than in early 2020, according to official figures likely to further undermine the government’s tax-cutting measures.
The European Union has approved the coronavirus vaccine from Moderna, leaving the UK trailing because of changes to post-Brexit drug approval rules.
Cabinet office minister drops 'no compromise' stance, saying: 'If that is the price that we have to pay, then there we go'
Britain did not take part in €1.5bn order for kit to protect against Covid-19 despite shortages in NHS.
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been told there is "significant opposition" to the United Kingdom Government's refusal to consider extending the timetable for talks.
The UK has been warned by the pharmaceutical industry that some stockpiles of medical supplies have been "used up entirely" by the virus.
The most obvious macro factor is Brexit. Before Britain left the EU, more than 30% of hospitality workers across the UK were European. In London, the proportion was more than half. Brexit and the pandemic have meant many of those workers have returned to their home countries.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he doesn’t want border ‘restrictions’ for medicines, but that’s what his government is doing.
In the words of another current cliché, UK science is already ‘world-beating’. But researchers are concerned that ministers’ plans may put that status in jeopardy as MARTIN MCQUILLAN reports.
Government now wants close links with early warning system despite Brexit, source says.
The coronavirus has increased the challenges of negotiating a new trade agreement for the UK before December 31.
UK showing ‘no real sign’ of approaching trade talks with plan to succeed, key EU official says 08/05/2020
Trade commissioner suggests Britain is planning to blame Covid-19 for Brexit 'fallout'.
Worries over the impact of Brexit and coronavirus mean more than 70 per cent of the UK’s small and medium-sized businesses do not expect the country’s economy to grow during the rest of 2020, according to new survey data.
The UK government has said it remains “absolutely committed” to Brexit negotiations and the December 2020 transition date despite the coronavirus outbreak limiting talks between the two sides.
Government figures showing a bounceback in February rightly come with a health warning.
ONS figures could be a sign that the UK is losing its overall competitiveness, say experts.
Councils and port health authorities risk being overwhelmed, Institute for Government says.
Under cover of Brexit - Chris Grey 03/07/2020
The most important Brexit event of the week came and went with relatively little fanfare, yet it marks a significant moment.
A British fruit and veg farmer fears his crop will rot in the ground this year because of a shortage of pickers caused by Brexit and coronavirus.
The U.K. risks failing to recruit the 50,000 customs agents the logistics industry says are needed before Britain’s final parting with the European Union, spelling potential chaos at the country’s busiest border.
Britain and the European Union will restart talks on Monday over their future relationship, with time running out to get an agreement after a six-week interruption caused by coronavirus.
Tory minister is resisting calls to sell stake in Faculty as it expands its Whitehall reach
Former No 10 adviser pressed for appointment to be hurried through, saying he had ‘ordered it’ from PM.
Welsh health officials have said that preparations for a pandemic stalled in the run-up to coronavirus and that systems in place were too complex, as bereaved families said their loved ones “didn’t stand a chance”.
We can’t make a deal with the EU in the middle of a pandemic – whatever Boris Johnson tries to tell you 27/06/2020
The dangerous threat of a no-deal Brexit will only rear its head again in six months time, just as we’re striving to save jobs and fix our economy. Even if we are able to reach a deal, it will fall short of what’s best for us.
Notrees Care Home in Kintbury could be closed, and all its residents moved elsewhere.
We’re running out of time. If post-Brexit negotiations don’t prioritise health, we won’t get through a second wave 30/06/2020
Everyone is fishing in the same pond. Stocks built up in readiness for Brexit are having to be replenished. If another pandemic strikes, we’ll hardly be in the best position to get through it.
Despite the best efforts of a cross-party coalition of MPs to stop the ‘shutdown’, Wednesday marked the end of the successful Virtual Parliament proceedings in the Commons.
As the June extension deadline looms, the prime minister’s priority will be to minimise damage to his personal brand and legacy.
A study by University College London found 18 to 29-year-olds were more concerned about Brexit than catching Covid-19
Ipsos MORI survey shared with HuffPost UK raises questions for Boris Johnson's negotiating strategy as hopes of a deal begin to fade.
When the prime minister was first informed, his response was: “You keep an eye on it. It will probably go away.”
Covid lockdowns have delayed the full impact of Brexit on the legal sector, the Law Society has warned, as international travel tentatively begins to open up. / ‘The people who are going to lose out are the younger generation, the people who are not based in the country but who would like to work there, who would like to have a European practice.’
While large multinationals may be able to ride out the economic turmoil on the horizon, some smaller firms have more to worry about.
“Honestly, it is hard to make significant progress because of major delays from Covid. Also, costs have risen almost 20-30% due to Brexit.”
DISRUPTION to medical supplies and potential coronavirus vaccines as a result of Brexit cannot be ruled out, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister has said.
‘Disorderly’ no-deal Brexit will strain food supply chain even more than coronavirus, MPs warned 05/06/2020
‘The focus of retailers now is 100 per cent on what’s going to happen on 1 January’
‘They can effectively blame Covid for everything’: What coronavirus means for Brexit talks 12/05/2020
Professor Lucy Easthope is one of the country’s foremost disaster planners and a member of the Cabinet Office’s behavioural sciences expert group. / She says that the Government were difficult to convince that a pandemic was a major risk.
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