I am sure that the EU gets the irony of its criticism of Le Pen for possible dodgy finances, given that the EU itself doesn't have a set of accounts that the auditors are prepared to sign off!EU says Marine Le Pen’s National Front may have misspent as much as €5 million of its funds https://t.co/H7HaooAtEK— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 28, 2017
Friday, 28 April 2017
Thursday, 27 April 2017
As per Business Insider UK:
"I have to put it in such clear terms because, unfortunately, I have the feeling that some in Britain still have illusions, but that would be a waste of time.To her credit, she also noted that it would not be easy for the EU either:
We can only have an agreement on the future relationship with Britain when all questions about its exit have been cleared up satisfactorily. A third state, and that's what Britain will be, cannot and will not have at its disposal the same rights ... as members of the European Union."
"The exit negotiations will definitely demand a great deal of the European Union as well as Britain itself in the two years. I think that is completely beyond doubt."It will be a long two years. However, if people keep their heads the outcome can be satisfactory for both Britain and the EU.
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
The Telegraph reports that Britain will have to pay into the EU budget up until 2020 if it wants Europe to grant the UK reasonable terms on a Brexit transition deal.
The "Brexit fee" is estimated to be around Eruo17BN.
All very fine and dandy if it guarantees a "respectable" deal, and if there are some audited accounts on which to base that Brexit fee!
Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Friday, 21 April 2017
It is a strange fact that UK has the most free of freedom of movement regimes for EU nationals. No ID cards/'alien' register as elsewhere https://t.co/QKKQnEbyLg— Bruno Waterfield (@BrunoBrussels) April 21, 2017
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Tuesday, 4 April 2017
Monday, 3 April 2017
Sunday, 2 April 2017
Boris Johnson has stood by Gibraltar, saying:
"Gibraltar is not for sale.
Gibraltar cannot be traded.
Gibraltar will not be bargained away."
Draft guidelines following the United Kingdom's notification under Article 50
Interestingly they allow for parallel negotiations of both Brexit and future trade arrangements (once progress has been made on Brexit negotiations).
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Ministers need to "copy and paste" EU laws into UK law to avoid a legal "black hole" when Brexit happens.
Let's see how ell this goes then!
The statement is expected to start at 11.30am following the Business Question to the Leader of the House.
Timings are approximate as Parliamentary business is subject to change.
- Watch the statement on legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the EU
- Read current Parliamentary material in Topics: European Union
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
READ IN FULL: Leaked European Parliament's Draft Resolution Response https://t.co/JBmWzdJfvL pic.twitter.com/lYHRxeADtA— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) March 29, 2017
Read the full text here.
Ironically, Theresa May's letter has not yet been leaked.
Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.
Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk at 12:30 BST on Wednesday by the British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow.
March 2019 is the deadline for concluding negotiations.
Whether you are a Remainer or Brexiter, when we come to the end of the Brexit process we will be in a position (wrt international relations, trade etc) that neither Brexiter nor Remainer can accurately predict.
Let us therefore brace ourselves for the task in hand, knowing that for good or ill we who live in the United Kingdom are all in this together.
That means Brits, Europeans and non Europeans who reside in these islands should stand and work together for the best possible outcome and not be divided by past disagreements.
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Sunday, 26 March 2017
The Telegraph reports that a Whitehall shake-up is underway to make sure that saving the Union from Scottish independence is at the heart of Brexit negotiations.
Philip Rycroft (the country’s most senior civil servant head of the UK Governance Group - tasked with defending the UK - will move into the Brexit Department), will scrutinise every Brexit decision to make sure it does not undermine the Union.
All very well and dandy, but at some stage a there will be a conflict between Brexit needs and Union needs.
Which takes precedence?
Douglas Carswell is quitting UKIP to become an independent MP, claiming that UKIP has now done its job.
Unsurprisingly UKIP don't see it that way.
FARAGE: Letter to go to every house in Clacton to recall Carswell for a by-election. https://t.co/t0YPnCmOOw— Westmonster (@WestmonsterUK) March 26, 2017
Will this impact Brexit, in any meanuingful way?
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
“The London Stock Exchange Group via the London Clearing House operates a very successful clearing business and is currently licensed to operate in for example, in what I believe could be frankly the only logical alternative to London, if that came to pass, and that is the New York market.”
All very well and nice, except that New York isn't Europe!
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Monday, 20 March 2017
EU TOLD BY BRITAIN THAT IT WILL ANNOUNCE ON MONDAY IT WILL TRIGGER ART.50 EXIT CLAUSE ON MARCH 29 - SOURCES— MineForNothing (@minefornothing) March 20, 2017
THERESA MAY WILL TRIGGER ARTICLE 50 NEXT WEDNESDAY: CITYAM— zerohedge (@zerohedge) March 20, 2017
Apparently Brexit is set to place a "huge burden" on Parliament.
Parliament might have to scrutinise up to 15 new bills to deliver Brexit, leaving little time for other legislation, the Institute for Government has warned.
Seemingly the introduction of 15 Brexit bills before the UK even exits the EU "will leave very little space for non-Brexit related legislation".
That surely is good news, given that the less that MPs fart around with domestic legislation the less they mess with people's lives!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
That feeling when the Swedes have done more thinking on how to mitigate Brexit's impact than we have. https://t.co/f2uHnD45Hl pic.twitter.com/NfiaPVhMiA— Samuel Lowe (@SamuelMarcLowe) March 16, 2017
Well done Sweden!
"Since no solution can be identified that would mean that the flow of goods could flow as smoothly as today, it is a question of minimising and mitigating the negative effects of the UK's exit. From a business perspective, it is crucial to shorten as far as possible the period during which there is uncertainty about what will apply."
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
PM's Brexit speech: "I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain"— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) March 15, 2017
Also likes to 'look at the evidence' https://t.co/dEZBw8DMJg
Brexit Secretary David Davis: no deal with EU is 'by no means' the worst option— Olly Barratt (@ollybarratt) March 15, 2017
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Both Houses of Parliament cleared the way for Brexit yesterday, giving Theresa May the right o invoke Article 50 as and when she wants.
As already noted on this site, May will eschew the Ides of March and opt for triggering Brexit at the end of March.
The shenanigans of Nicola Sturgeon, who has decided to call another Scottish independence referendum (despite losing the last one in September 2014), will not interfere with Brexit. May has, as I noted yesterday, decided to veto any referendum until after Brexit has been negotiated. Thus shooting Sturgeon's fox!
Monday, 13 March 2017
Despite the fact that the Article 50 bill is expected to be voted through both Houses today, Nicola Sturgeon is doing her best to screw things up.
The Telegraph reports that Sturgeon will make a key speech on the future of the union this morning in which she is expected to demand a special EU deal for Scotland.
Sturgeon could also use the event to announce her preferred date for a second Scottish independence referendum.
This is of course an irrlevance, as Theresa May will simply veto any referendum during the Brexit negotiations.
However, all is not lost for Sturgeon, she has the support of Jeremy Corbyn (the kiss of death if ever there was one!).
Sunday, 12 March 2017
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Philip Hammond allowed yesterday's Budget to be hyped across the media, before he rose to his feet, as being the "Brexit Budget".
However, when he finished speaking and sat down, it was all too apparent the Budget was nothing more than tinkering and increasing taxes on the self employed.
Whither the Brexit aspects of the Budget?
Methinks the government has yet to get its bearings wrt Brexit.
However, former Chancellor George Osborne (who warned of financial calamity if we voted Brexit) isn't too worried; as he is raking in £650K per annum from BlackRock, for just 36 days' work, giving insights on the 'global economy'.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
The BBC reports that Heseltine learned hours later on Tuesday that he had been fired from five government advisory roles he had held.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. No matter, he has never met her anyway.
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Trade Minister Liam Fox will kick off by trying to recreate special free trade relations with New Zealand, Canada, Australia and a variety of African nations (ie the Commonwealth).
Members of the Commonwealth (the 52-nation network) will meet in London on Thursday and Friday and officials will launch a charm offensive in a bid to replace the EU.
As one door closes, so another opens!
Monday, 6 March 2017
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Members of the Exiting the EU committee also want healthcare and pension rights for UK expats living overseas.
The government says it wants to guarantee the rights of EU citizens and British nationals "as early as we can".