BREXIT & THE FALLOUT!

 

Much Brexit information affecting the UK, can be got from the main UK national newspapers, so we will here be concentrating on the effects in the EU and comments from European newspapers.

 

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1st August

Nigel farage exposes 147 illegal migrants hidden away in Bromsgrove Hotel!!

Watch the full video hereOver the last few months, I have done my best to highlight the rapidly increasing numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the English Channel in inflatable dinghies and small boats in order to settle in the UK. Many millions of you have watched my videos on this issue since March. In doing so, you have helped to make it a national talking point.

 

15th July 20

 

Talks start yet again today, but this time in Brussels. Generally the European newspapers, tend to ignore a lot of Brexit news, as many feel it does not apply to them!!  But I did find some positive comments in Politico...well I did after reading through all the Doom & Gloom stuff first of all...they cannot seem to grasp Brexit is about more than trade!! here is the positive:

 

'Those who championed Brexit as freedom for Britain from EU red tape are holding the line. “Get ready!” cheered the pro-Brexit Daily Express newspaper about the ad campaign. “£93 million blitz kickstarts Britain's EU exit.”

 

Conservative MPs also made it sound as though new customs barriers with the U.K.'s largest trading partner was what Britain dreamed about all along.

 

Rob Roberts told the House of Commons, “After all of the predictions of doom and blatant scaremongering from the opposition parties ... it’s this word of empowerment that is key for the U.K. to forge a positive way in the world, and from which we must be completely focused on all sides of this house and in every nation of our union.”

 

 June

Michel Barnier: ‘No agreement’ unless UK sticks to Brexit promises!!

‘We remember very clearly the text which we negotiated with Boris Johnson,’ the EU’s chief negotiator said.

Boris Johnson needs to "remember" the promises he made in the Political Declaration that was part of last year's Brexit deal, if he wants to avoid a failure of trade talks, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Sunday.

Speaking ahead of a final round of negotiations before a "stock take" in June, Barnier told the Sunday Times that London needed to “show more realism” if it wanted a deal.

 

That meant Johnson should honor the "commitments" on maintaining a level playing field with the EU and fisheries access that he entered into when he signed the Political Declaration. The document set out goals for the future relationship between the U.K. and EU but unlike the Withdrawal Agreement it is not legally binding.

"We remember very clearly the text which we negotiated with Boris Johnson. And we just want to see that complied with. To the letter... And if that doesn’t happen, there will be no agreement,” said Barnier.

Barnier  said the contours of a trade deal had been clear to both sides.

“The U.K. has been taking a step back — two steps back, three steps back — from the original commitments. The U.K. negotiators need to be fully in line with what the prime minister signed up to with us. Because 27 heads of state and government and the European parliament do not have a short memory," he said.

 

14.05.20

EU takes legal action against UK on free movement

Brussels gives Britain four months to comply with rules!!

Updated

The European Commission launched infringement proceedings against the U.K. on Thursday, accusing it of failure to comply with EU law on free movement.

During the Brexit transition period, which is due to end on December 31, EU law on free movement applies to the U.K. as if it were still a member of the bloc, although its membership officially ended on January 31 this year.

 

A Commission statement said U.K. legislation "limits the scope of beneficiaries of EU free movement law in the United Kingdom as well as the possibilities for EU citizens and their family members to appeal administrative decisions restricting free movement rights," thus breaching the Free Movement Directive and several other EU rules.

"The Commission considers that the United Kingdom has failed to notify its last five legislative instruments for the transposition of the Free Movement Directive," said Commission spokesman Christian Wigand at a press briefing.

According to the assessment, U.K. rules also fail to transpose "the safeguards prescribed by the directive for certain individual decisions restricting free movement, as well as correspondence tables."

In response, a spokesman for Downing Street said: "We will look at what the EU has to say and we will respond in due course."

The Commission said it was concerned that current shortcomings endanger the implementation of EU citizens' rights that was formally agreed in the Withdrawal Agreement between the U.K. and the EU signed in January.

"The United Kingdom now has four months to take the necessary measures to address the shortcomings identified by the Commission," the Commission statement said, adding that otherwise it might have to send a formal request to U.K. authorities to comply.

 

 

WHERE BREXIT WILL HURT MOST IN EU.

 

 

24.01.20

So, today 24th January 2020, Brussels has signed off the Brexit Withdrawal agreement.

The impact of Brexit will vary considerably across the European Union, with some regions bracing for severe costs and others less exposed.

 

That's the message from data collected by the EU's Committee of the Regions on the predicted local economic and cultural fallout of the U.K.'s departure from the bloc. The document, made up of questionnaire responses submitted by local officials and obtained by POLITICO, reveals a detailed and diverse patchwork.

 

The findings is sure to bolster the view among Brexiteers that there may be divisions on the EU side that can be exploited to Britain's advantage in Phase 2 of the negotiations, which are due to start within weeks. So far, the EU has demonstrated rock-solid unity over the three divorce issues of citizens' rights, the Brexit bill and the Northern Irish border. But that may be harder to sustain when talks touch on issues for which countries (and regions within countries) have differing interests.

A survey was sent out to all EU countries and the responses are quite telling and below are some examples.

Trade and agriculture

Trade is a concern for the great majority of local authorities across Europe who responded to the survey. The German city of Bremen stressed that the U.K is its third-largest trade partner while Berlin pointed out that the U.K. is its fifth-largest. For Cyprus, “Britain is the second trading partner ... as a whole and the first one in terms of services, investment and shipping.” And while Polish regions made clear their biggest concern is a reduction of the EU budget, the province of Lublin, southeast of Warsaw, is also worried about reduced exports, “especially agricultural and agri-food products.”

Fishing

The prospect of the U.K. leaving the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and potentially blocking access to the waters in its Exclusive Economic Zone — the area around its shores where it will regain control of fishing rights — is causing anxiety in several coastal communities across Europe.

 

The French département of Finistère, in Brittany, is bracing itself for a hit to its fishermen. “The end of the access to the British fishing areas to the Finistère fishing boats is a real economic risk, 50 percent of the fishing activity in Brittany region ... is made inside the British Exclusive Economic Zone,” warned local official Nathalie Sarrabezolles.

 

Hauts-de-France is home to France's main fishing port, Boulogne-Calais, which the report describes as the main European center for the treatment and processing of sea products. “Along the region's coastline nearly 170 small-scale and deep-sea fishing businesses produce a turnover of close to €80 million with a fleet of around 190 vessels, providing nearly 900 on-board jobs,” writes Decoster.

 

“Wholesaling and processing of sea products provides 5,000 jobs in 150 companies. Thus significant effects are to be expected in the case of a hard Brexit,” he adds. The official warns that if the U.K. withdraws from the CFP, the whole thing may "unravel."

 

Regions of the Netherlands are also potentially heavily impacted by losing access to U.K. waters. In the central Dutch province of Flevoland, the coastal town of Urk (which sports a fish on its coat of arms), is concerned that the fishing and fish processing industries will be badly hit (40 percent of its economic activity is based on fishing). The provinces of Flevoland and Overijssel predict a potential drop of 60 percent in fishing business!

 

Source: Politico