October 29, 2021 at 5:43 am #223846
France’s ambassador in London was summoned and two Royal Navy patrol vessels were put on a state of “high readiness” to tackle potential port blockades by French fishing boats as the row over post-Brexit access to British waters escalated.October 31, 2021 at 11:48 pm #223917
The US and EU trade war ceasefire but the UK steel industry excluded from the peaceFebruary 11, 2022 at 5:24 pm #226310
UK exports of goods to the EU have fallen by £20bnFebruary 14, 2022 at 6:52 pm #226442
It’s becoming clearer and clearer that Starmer is an unscrupulous place-hunter. To become PM he is prepared to go back on all he once said and on what he promised Labour Party members to get elected Leader.
Wasn’t he the person who forced Labour to take a more pro-Remain position that Corbyn wanted and whose tactics of holding out for a second referendum sabotaged any chance of a softer Brexit?
Him and the gang of careerists around him show once again that the Labour Party is just a vehicle for careerist politicians and can never be reformed into being an instrument of socialist advance, as some still naively believe.February 19, 2022 at 7:25 am #226694
Rees-Mogg may extol the virtues of Brexit but British businesses hold a differing opinion.
Seven in 10 UK firms say the government’s Brexit trade deal with the EU has been bad for business and held back growth, with a majority reporting it has pushed up costs and increased paperwork.
A majority of the 1,000 companies polled by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) also said the deal had put Britain at a competitive disadvantage.
Just one in eight firms think the hard Brexit deal secured by Boris Johnson has had a positive impact on them,February 20, 2022 at 9:54 am #226721
Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle believes the UK’s exit from the EU will lead to a referendum on reunification.
She said: “Well I certainly think we’re closer than we’ve ever been previously and I think now is the time to plan and that’s why we’re saying to the Irish government, now is the time for them to make the preparation…If that last couple of years of Brexit has taught us anything, it’s that the Tories will never prioritise the interests of people here, whether you be Unionist, Nationalist, or other.”February 20, 2022 at 1:18 pm #226728PartisanZParticipant
It is just ore nationalist huffery puffery. The Tories priorities are to be the government at any cost.
Jeez! They even sold out business.April 15, 2022 at 2:08 am #228785
Broken Brexit Pledge
Conservative’s 2019 manifesto promised “at a minimum” to match the average EU subsidy of about £1.5bn a year to help the most deprived parts of the UK.
But details of the government’s Shared Prosperity Fund show that it will hand out only £2.6bn over the next three years and will not match the previous EU funding level of £1.5bn a year until 2025.
A 43% cut in real terms compared with the average annual EU grants of £1.5bn between 2014 and 2020.November 22, 2022 at 10:41 pm #236675
Brexiteer Owen Paterson wants European court to decide on his lobbying
Hypocrisy, did someone remark?November 22, 2022 at 11:32 pm #236677
The European Court of Human Rights (so called) in Strasburg has nothing to do with the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg of course. Still, English Nationalists like him don’t like the one in Strasburg any more than the one in Luxemburg.
I thought you were going to comment on Starmer who used to champion the free movement of labour becoming a Brexiteer on immigration. Another hypocrite. Or perhaps he didn’t believe that either but is just an unprincipled, careerist politician.November 23, 2022 at 8:37 am #236694
Starmer on a loser.
“a decade of warming public attitudes to immigration, with half of the public expressing positive views on migration compared with a third in 2014.”
“Labour could attract 5% of the public and only repel 2% by signalling a more open approach to immigration.
Only 1% of the general public would be attracted to Labour if it adopted a restrictive stance on immigration, the paper said, and 11% would be repelled.
The Conservatives would attract 3% and repel 2%, using the model of voting behaviour focusing on the swing voters most likely to switch parties.
For the Tories, a restrictive stance would attract just 2% of the public and an equal number would be repelled.”November 24, 2022 at 12:43 am #236759
Now it is semi-Brexit
Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly refused to deny that the Treasury briefed a newspaper that the government was considering a closer, Swiss-style relationship with the EUApril 5, 2023 at 12:37 pm #242178
Latest news (and joke): Britain has joined the Trans Pacific Partnership:
I suppose the mad Brexiteer idea is to get a trade agreement with an area as far away as possible from the EU, British capitalism’s nearest and biggest market. No wonder most of the British capitalist class are pissed off with Brexit.
Britain only has one colony left in the area — Pitcairn island (population 47) where the descendants of the mutiny on the Bounty live.
Not sure Brexiteers will be too pleased with what this involves in terms of “sovereignty”:
“The TPP also gives global corporations an international tribunal of private attorneys, outside any nation’s legal system, who can order compensation for any “unjust expropriation” of foreign assets. The tribunal can order compensation for any lost profits found to result from a nation’s regulations.”
I don’t think even the European Court of Justice could order that. In any event, joining the TPP means that the UK has signed up to the Brexiteers’ nightmare of being subject the jurisdiction of an outside legal body.July 16, 2023 at 5:24 pm #245283
Britain has gone and done it. As from the middle of next year Britain will be part of the Pacific.
What a joke.
“the government’s technical estimates suggesting it will add just £1.8bn annually to the economy after 10 years, the equivalent of 0.08% of Britain’s gross domestic product.”
Government ministers are telling the dominant section of the capitalist class still suffering from its loss of unfettered access to the EU market to be grateful for small mercies. They are more likely to be thinking “it’s Badenough but it could be worse.”
Here’s the details of the procedure under which private corporations can sue member-states of this trading arrangement:
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