Tag Archives: Brexit

No return to Irish border [sic] posts, UK regime insists in Brexit plan

Source: Guardian [UK]

"The UK government will insist there must be 'no return to the hard borders of the past' as it publishes its proposals for ensuring goods and people can continue to travel freely between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. In the latest of a series of papers covering different aspects of Britain’s future relationship with the EU, David Davis’s Brexit department will say it hopes to agree upfront with the EU that there will be no need for 'physical infrastructure' such as new border posts. The future status of the land border between Northern Ireland, which will leave the EU along with the rest of the UK, and the Republic, which will remain a member, is one of the knotty issues the European commission has insisted must be resolved early in negotiations, before discussions about future trade relations can begin." (08/16/17)


UK: Regime may seek "temporary" customs union with EU

Source: Washington Post

"Britain might seek to remain in a customs union with the European Union for a time to avoid border chaos after leaving the bloc, the government’s Brexit department said Tuesday. The Department for Exiting the European Union said there could be 'a temporary customs union between the U.K. and the EU' to help businesses make the transition to life outside the EU. And it said a future 'customs partnership' could eliminate the need for a border for goods traveling between Britain and the EU." (08/15/17)


UK: Amid criticism, regime tries to show unity on Brexit

Source: Sacramento Bee

"The British government tried to fight back Sunday against criticisms that it is divided and unprepared for Brexit, saying it will set out detailed plans for the U.K.'s exit from the European Union and issuing a joint statement by two Cabinet rivals over Europe. Trade Secretary Liam Fox, a strong supporter of leaving the European Union, and the more pro-EU Treasury chief Philip Hammond, wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that they agreed there should be a 'time-limited' transition period after Britain formally leaves the bloc in 2019, to avoid a 'cliff-edge' for people and businesses. Fox and Hammond said the transition period 'cannot be indefinite; it cannot be a back door to staying in the EU.'" (08/13/17)


"We respect the referendum result, but …"

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"The continuing battle over Brexit raises the question of how far Britain 'really is a democracy.' We may not have fixed elections and state repression as in, say, Venezuela or Turkey. But we do have a political elite plotting to betray the popular vote for Brexit — which, as even Lord Hague concedes, was 'higher than the number of votes cast for any government in our history.' This looks more like a demock-racy, where our rulers pay lip service to democratic politics in principle while trying to undermine and sideline them in practice. It is true that, at the June General Election, more than 80 per cent of votes cast were for parties formally committed to 'respecting' the vote to leave. Yet, with every week that passes, it becomes clearer that no major UK political party really believes in Brexit." (08/03/17)


Belgium: UK's Davis resumes Brexit talks as cabinet splits turn ugly

Source: Bloomberg

"U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis returned to Brussels Monday to resume Brexit talks with the European Union, as infighting among ministers in London over the future of Prime Minister Theresa May gathered pace. Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, shook hands before talks started on the priority issues identified by the bloc, including the rights of EU citizens in the U.K. and Britain’s financial obligations. … Davis is in a rush to move talks toward the crucial issue of future trade even as open divisions in the cabinet back home make it hard for Europe to know what Britain wants. A Sunday Times photo montage illustrated May’s tenuous grip on power with an image of Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson — all names touted as potential successor — aiming pistols at each other." (07/17/17)


The Tories were never the party of Brexit

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

"If you need any more proof that the Tories aren’t the party of Brexit, that the old party of the establishment is fundamentally ill-equipped to see through the most radical vote for generations, then this weekend’s revelations about cabinet infighting should have put you straight. A series of remarkable leaks, to the Sun and The Sunday Times, revealed a government lacking not just authority, but basic discipline and shared mission. … PM May is incapable of keeping her top team in-line and disagreements over Brexit, public-sector pay and the suitability of women to drive trains are just proxies for the opening qualifiers of the inevitable leadership beauty contest to come. But these problems run much deeper. The Tory Party is bitterly divided on Brexit, and always has been." (07/17/17)


UK: Regime publishes Brexit "repeal bill"

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"MPs must 'work together' on Brexit, the minister in charge of the UK's EU exit has said, as he published a bill to convert EU law into British law. The legislation, known as the repeal bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving the UK Parliament power to change them. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would 'work with anyone' to make it a success, but he faces opposition. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the government: 'This will be hell.' Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has made clear his party would not support the Bill in its current form." (07/13/17)


EU to reject Brexit deal if UK fails to secure "favorable" status for EU citizens


Source: CNBC

"The European Parliament has criticized the U.K.'s proposals on EU citizens' rights as a 'damp squib' and has vowed to reject a Brexit deal if Britain does not offer more. Chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt and leaders of four of the parliament's main groups wrote in a joint letter to newspapers that Britain's plans for the three million EU citizens expecting to remain in the U.K. post-Brexit 'fall short' of what they are entitled to and what U.K. nationals are being offered in the EU." (07/10/17)


UK: Beleaguered May rips up Tory manifesto, unveils bare-bones Queen's Speech

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

"Theresa May vowed 'humility' today as she unveiled a bare-bones Queen's Speech with a laser focus on delivering Brexit. The Prime Minister is bidding to shore up her troubled government with a two-year legislative programme that sweeps away much of the Tory manifesto. Plans notable by their absence include scrapping the winter fuel allowance and the triple lock on state pensions, ditching free school dinners, expanding grammar schools and a vote on repealing the foxhunting ban. Instead, eight of the 27 laws announced by the monarch are dedicated to pushing through the process of cutting ties with Brussels and ending free movement rules. A pared back domestic agenda will see tougher counter-terrorism measures, consumer reforms and major infrastructure projects brought to the fore." (06/21/17)


UK, EU regimes kick off Brexit negotiations

Source: Hindustan Times [India]

"A year after its historic vote, Britain on Monday finally opened negotiations with the other 27 European Union nations about leaving the bloc, with the final outcome, due in 2019, as globally important as it now seems unpredictable. The two chief negotiators, Michel Barnier of the EU and David Davis from Britain, immediately set off to find common ground in their working relationship, an important touchstone to see how amicable the biggest political divorce in decades will become." (06/19/17)