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



Report from Der Standard - 28 December 2020

After the British, now the USA!


The free trade agreement between the EU and the UK announced before Christmas night is no promise of salvation, brings no saviour. There is no winner in Brexit, says EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Both sides have already lost. The British exit from the EU has been a fact for eleven months, idle to complain about it.

Shortly before the end of the transitional period on 31 December, after which the EU regulations expire, it was only a matter of not letting the damage get any worse. Truck chaos and supply bottlenecks after the border closures imposed because of Corona had shown what happens when closely intertwined EU states suddenly switch to closure.

In this respect, the latest Brexit package is worth a lot. And "fair", as EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has folded. He has accepted that his country is not completely sovereign, but must continue to respect EU production rules and standards in the internal market if it supplies goods to the continent duty-free. He got concessions on fishing rights.
Close trading partners

The EU and the UK remain close trading partners. The volume of freely exchanged goods is almost 1000 billion euros, more than anywhere else in the world. What is special is that an integrated member of the community is now being wound back: controlled distance instead of rapprochement after joining the EU in 1973.

The free movement of persons has come to an end. Labour can no longer be exchanged so easily as early as 2021. In the service sector, many things are open. Bitterly, because the British are dropping out of the Erasmus programme, the young, the students, of all people, will no longer be able to move so freely between universities.

It is striking how quickly von der Leyen and Johnson have changed their minds and turned their gaze to the future: "The Brexit chapter is closed. Both face much greater challenges in 2021, against which the trade pact seems like "peanuts". The huge economic collapse caused by the Corona pandemic has not been averted. Climate change continues. On 20 January, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the new US president, inheriting from Donald Trump an unprecedented ice age in transatlantic relations.
Longing for the old "Empire

If the Europeans - EU-27 as well as the British - still want to play an important role in tomorrow's world alongside China and the up-and-coming India, both will have to get their partnership with the USA off the ground. Johnson paints a picture of a new Britain that wants to face the global markets and step on the gas in research, digitalisation and services.

As always with Johnson, this sounds like megalomania, a longing for the old "Empire". But one should never underestimate the British. In any case, the EU-27 no longer have the excuse that London prevents everything in Brussels. They are now partners and competitors. The new treaty is not the conclusion of something, but rather the prelude to something new.


Austria Reader comments:

It's a pity that it came to a delay because of france. i would have liked to see a hard brexit with kilometre-long traffic jams and empty shelves.


Didn't we learn from the media, that after Brexit, the British would all die of hunger and poverty?
And now the relationship with the British Isles is even supposed to serve as a blueprint.
It's exciting how quickly the world can change.


You are twisting everything! Firstly, there was never any talk of hunger and poverty, secondly, the British will be worse off than without Brexit and thirdly, trade relations are the only chance for the isolated little country whose domestic market is far too small.

But that also doesn't mean that further trade relations like with the USA would of course also be in Europe's interest!

22.12.20 - News from Austrian paper Der Standard


Even in big world politics there are sometimes stories that cannot be invented, they are so curious. One such paradox took place in Brussels on Monday. A delegation of the British government has been negotiating a free trade agreement with the Community around the clock for a good week. This is supposed to replace the EU rules that have continued to apply since the formal exit from the EU at the end of January in a transitional period until the end of the year. The aim is to avert chaos at the borders and in trade - i.e. in supplying the population on both sides of the Channel.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson's envoys had travelled from London to the EU capital on the superfast Eurostar train under the "Channel". Since Sunday evening they have had a problem. They can no longer go home so easily, even if they reach a compromise Brexit succession deal with the EU-27.

Because after the discovery of a mutated coronavirus in southern England, which is even more contagious than the one known so far, the governments of the EU states have reacted: they are closing the borders to Great Britain. The bordering states Belgium, France, the Netherlands immediately stopped all flights from England, the trains, the road traffic.

What an irony!    Or a hint of fate to the populists in 10 Downing Street who always threatens the EU partners with breaking off relations? In real life, suddenly the island is isolated, as a pandemic measure.


There are traffic jams in the coastal area, at airports and on ferries in England. People want to go to Europe. The British need the EU and the continent more than Johnson would like to admit.


It would be hard to show more clearly how much better orderly relations are than a no-deal world, a brusque breakdown of friendly interaction. Corona makes it possible.


Austria Reader comments:

1.    it's a pity that it's just "a twist of fate".
i prefer honesty:   i.e.  "the channel is closed" state as of 1 january.
not because i hate the english. because i want to give them the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. but for that they first have to pay bitterly!!


2. These one-sided propaganda articles are getting more and more tiresome the longer they go on. Every leaf that falls from a tree is sold as the result of BREXIT.! 

What is the point of this nonsense. I don't want pointless wishful thinking, I want to finally experience reality. Then we'll see.

Dec 15th 2020 -  from Austrian paper Der Standard


Boris Johnson is always good for a gag!

Boris Johnson is always good for a gag. In the crucial phase of the talks on an EU free trade agreement, the British Prime Minister let it be known that the Navy was ready with four ships for a fish war with the French, Belgians and Dutch in the North Sea and the Atlantic.


It's not just a bad joke. It shows the bizarre world of ideas in which the Oxford graduate in classics lives. Gunboat politics existed between England and France for centuries. To bring this into play - a few weeks before Joe Biden will replace Donald Trump, even more bizarre from a global perspective - as US President - is an unnecessary provocation. EU leaders and heads of government should nobly ignore this - and negotiate all the harder. It wouldn't hurt the British. After Biden's swearing-in, a reorganization of global trade relations and climate protection is pending anyway. The British only play second fiddle, their economy stands or falls with both partners. Maybe Johnson will come to his senses next year.


Reader comments:

An extension of the status quo would mean That the British would benefit from the EU internal market for another 1-2 years without having to bear the obligations of EU membership. And we know exactly what it would look like. Johnson would always take more provocative steps (see Northern Ireland problem) use it as a bargaining chip in order to then "generously" take it back and then sell it as a concession. How naive can one still be. Then there is an extension and then another ... The British have decided to leave the EU and, through the election of Johnson, implicitly for a hard Brexit. On December 31 the curtain must finally fall! It is enough!


Can you finally get rid of them please? And please in such a way that the British can feel it and not some soft compromise, otherwise the EU is dead. An example is needed for the other countries with EU exit supporters. If this is not the case, France will try next.


December updates  - 10th Dec 20 - From German paper Spiegl

Great Britain and the EU are heading for a severe break in trade relations!


The EU Commission is now proposing emergency measures. If no more trade agreements are concluded, these are intended to alleviate “some of the major disruptions” in air and road traffic, for example.

Four emergency regulations are planned:

The "basic air traffic" between Great Britain and the EU is to be ensured for six months - based on reciprocity with Great Britain.

Various safety certificates for products should still be able to be used in European aircraft so that they do not have to remain on the ground.

A minimum of people and goods traffic should be ensured, also for six months and with mutual guarantee.

In the dispute over fishing, a legal framework is intended to guarantee access for British and European fishermen to the other waters until a corresponding contract is concluded, but no later than the end of 2021.

 According to the communication, the EU Commission intends to work closely with the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to enable the relevant regulations to come into force by January 1, 2021. It is now "more important than ever" to be ready for the turn of the year, the statement continues. There will be disruptions, with or without a trade agreement.


Reader comments:

Now finally let the island people go ... the good Lord already knew why he installed the English Channel there. That is a natural barrier that makes the little difference between a union and an apostate people. And that's good.

Today I heard 'early' that there could be a famine in the UK if the supply can no longer be guaranteed from January 1, 2021 due to the exit. Well, I'm looking forward to that, then Mr. Johnson will be lynched by his own followers.

30/11/20   - from Austrian newspaper - Der Standard

Brexit flexibility: bitter British jokes:

The independent bean counters predict a medium-term decline in gross domestic product of six percent for the British economy in the event of a chaotic no-deal Brexit. The consequences of Brexit would outweigh the corona costs in the medium and long term, said Central Bank Governor Andrew Bailey in the House of Commons.

Actually a clap of thunder, after all, the pandemic caused a slump of 11.3 percent in the current budget year. But Bailey's warning found little echo in the media or opposition. It almost seems as if nobody wants to get their hands dirty on the unpleasant topic. The British will regret this for years to come!

Reader comment.

Didn't it even mean that everything had to be in place at the beginning of October so that we still have enough time to get the free trade agreement through the various parliaments and now it's the beginning of December? And there is no option to extend it, because it should have been requested in June, right?
Well ... the way I see it, this is the toughest of all hard Brexits. Certainly not good for the EU, but I think there is an even more painful wake up for the British ..


November updates

25/11/20 - from German paper Spiegel


Suddenly, everything screeches to a halt in the Port of Dover!! It's a Wednesday in September and dozens of semi-trucks are backed up on the four-lane road that leads out of the port to the highway. Diesel exhaust wafts over the compound as some drivers nervously pump the gas pedal.    


Significant damage has already been done. Since the British voted by a razor-thin margin to leave the European Union four years ago, trade between the UK and the EU has plunged. Prior to the Brexit vote, Britain was Germany's third-largest export market, but it has since dropped to fifth place. At the same time, British exports to the Continent have sunk by 17 percent in just the first seven months of this year relative to the same time period one year ago, a steeper drop than that seen by exports from Japan or the United States. Economists refer to the phenomenon as "decoupling."  read the full article here:


18/11/20 - from Business Austria

Drug delivery problems for Europe:


The authorities warn of dramatic consequences for the supply of medicines after the British exit.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) fears serious disruptions in the supply of 39 drugs as a result of Brexit, despite precautionary measures by the pharmaceutical industry.


This is an improvement compared to July, when the authorities warned of delivery problems for 108 products.

The companies that are responsible for the leftover drugs now have to accelerate their planning, the EMA demanded on Monday. Of the 39 drugs, 25 are for humans and 14 are veterinary drugs.

More than 2,600 medicines are manufactured in the UK and 45 million packs are shipped to other European countries every month. Another 37 million go in the opposite direction, as industry figures show. In order to ensure that EU approvals for pharmaceuticals remain valid after the UK leaves the EU, companies must adapt their supply chains and legal regulations so that they do certain business in an EU member state.


October updates


The EU papers tend to be concentrating on the fishing issue and France's intransigence, but the deadlock on talks also took centre stage.


From Politico, the EU main English paper :


"It's now up to the U.K. whether they want to blow up the negotiations" . Johnson will set out the U.K.’s full “reactions and approach” on Friday, Frost said.


But even if the U.K. continues talking, there is little time left to reach a deal. The text of a Brexit agreement must be ready by the beginning of November, otherwise the European Parliament won’t be able to ratify it before year’s end, the chamber’s leading Brexit MEPs said Thursday.


With the deadline fast approaching, the idea of mini-deals or "salami tactics" might also pop up again. A more slice-by-slice approach to the negotiations could avoid a cliff-edge scenario in certain areas where progress has been made in the negotiations. But so far, the EU has shied away from that method even as an emergency measure, insisting that it only wants to sign off on a wide-reaching agreement to avoid cherrypicking from the U.K.


Reader comments on Britain taking back it's waters:

Fish a natural product would approach its real price. I recently bought a kg of fish from Kaufland for € 3.80. That's way too cheap! The greens always complain about meat prices that are too low, but when it comes to fish it's basically a much bigger problem. It is pure overexploitation what the Spanish and French fishing fleets are doing!



At the moment the EU news papers seem to have little new to say other than repeating some news from last week...I guess we will not hear much until the end of this week?


3.10.20 - from Politico

After the negotiations meeting and Privately, according to officials present, von der Leyen warned leaders that no-deal, in which the two sides fall back on World Trade Organization rules, would be better than caving to British demands and ending up with a bad, lopsided agreement. "A bad deal would mean no level playing field which would be a threat to our economy," von der Leyen said, according to an official.


For his part, Boris Johnson said, that he hoped for a deal but “it’s up to our friends [in the EU].”

“They’ve done a deal with Canada — long way away — of a kind that we want, why shouldn’t they do it with us, we’re so near, we’ve been members for 45 years.”


During the summit, leaders also heard a brief assessment from Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin, who urged them to stand firm against London's efforts to undermine the divorce deal.!!


While von der Leyen on Friday portrayed discussions over the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement as a “work strand,” the senior EU official said the Internal Market Bill had poisoned the atmosphere around the Brexit talks for EU heads of state and government, while unifying the EU27 even further.


In written statements after this week’s round, both chief negotiators stressed the “serious divergences” on the sticking points of fisheries and level playing field.

Barnier recalled that an agreement on level playing field, fisheries and governance is an EU key requirement to reach any sort of trade deal. The U.K.’s chief negotiator David Frost was especially pessimistic on a fisheries deal, saying that “the gap between us is unfortunately very large and, without further realism and flexibility from the EU, risks being impossible to bridge.”


1.10.20  - from Politico

EU bangs the Brexit negotiating table (but stays in the room)

Brussels launches legal action against UK over its Internal Market bill breaching the Withdrawal Agreement, but the road is long and uncertain.


Stop, in the name of the law!

That was the Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's message to the U.K. on Thursday 1st Oct, as she announced the EU would initiate legal proceedings to prevent London from trying to use domestic legislation to override aspects of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement signed last year.


It comes in response to the U.K. ignoring the EU's demand for changes to its Internal Market Bill, which seeks to give ministers powers to change parts of the divorce deal — and potentially break international law — subject to U.K. parliamentary approval.


But while the EU barked by announcing the infringement procedure, it made a calculated, choice not to bite by walking away from the negotiating table on the future relationship!


Sept - updates


30.09.20  - From Austrian paper - Der Standard

British House of Commons voted for Brexit law despite EU warnings

The law is intended to undermine the regulation laid down in the Brexit Treaty, according to which EU customs rules should also apply in the future in British Northern Ireland.

London - Despite all the warnings, the British House of Commons voted in favor of the controversial Single Market Act, with which Great Britain wants to undermine parts of the already valid Brexit deal with the EU. With 340 to 256 votes, Prime Minister Boris Johnson passed the law through the London Parliament on Tuesday evening with a clear majority. Next, the law has yet to pass the House of Lords.


Reader comments:

Somehow I'm slowly hoping
that Britain is now really crumbling:

Northern Ireland to Ireland, Scotland will become its own kingdom / republic again and in the end Wales and England are alone ...

These "delusions of grandeur" from which the British still suffer and believe they still have the same standing as at the end of the 19th century can no longer be endured ...


From German paper Die Spiegl

Experts warned that the House of Commons has now passed a controversial law that could override parts of the Brexit deals. The EU had described the plans as a "breach of trust".
Despite all the warnings, the British House of Commons voted in favor of the controversial Single Market Act, with which Great Britain wants to undo parts of the already valid Brexit deal with the EU. With 340 to 256 votes, Prime Minister Boris Johnson passed the law through the London Parliament on Tuesday evening with a clear majority. Next, the law has yet to pass the House of Lords.

The EU had previously condemned Johnson's plans as a breach of trust and asked London to give in by the end of September. However, the British government insists that the law will be used as a "safety net" in the event of a hard Brexit. Johnson had previously brought some deviants in his own ranks into line by assuring them further parliamentary control. Some Tories, including ex-Prime Minister Theresa May, had expressed criticism to the last. An amendment by the Labor Party, which was supposed to change the controversial passages of the law, had been rejected on Tuesday


From German paper - WELT

British let EU ultimatum pass !

At the end of the year, Great Britain is leaving the internal market and the customs union.. Will London and Brussels manage to avert chaos with a trade pact?  Much speaks against it.

Despite British violations of the current Brexit agreement, the European Union wants to continue working with London on the planned trade pact. This made EU Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic clear on Monday in Brussels. An ultimatum set by the EU to move away from the breach of contract is apparently ineffective: The British government has shown no intention to give in, Sefcovic admitted.




“Ruthless, irresponsible” - Theresa May criticizes Johnson  -  German paper

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May has accused her successor Boris Johnson of "ruthlessness and irresponsibility" in Brexit politics.

The Single Market Act will “do indescribable damage to the UK's reputation”, May criticized. “So I regret to inform the Prime Minister that I cannot support the law.” The House of Commons will vote on Tuesday next week on the EU’s heavily criticized Single Market Act from. Then the House of Lords deals with it.


Reader Comment on the above article.

We Germans and above all the German companies that have relied on the UK should realistically perceive that Johnson was elected by the majority of the British people with a very clear statement for this isolation policy. In contrast, the majority of Germans and the German economy support the EU. That doesn't really work together. At the moment the British are simply not the right people for friendly contacts and economic cooperation with us. We didn't want that, but on the other side of the North Sea the people there developed an aversion to us and pushed it through.




Reader Comment from Austria paper..which could be read as a veiled threat?

The EU should finally take measures and terminate other agreements with the UK with immediate effect. It is perfectly okay that this has ramifications for both sides. But you shouldn't let the madman dance around you. Then he should explain to his people in London, at the ports, in Northern Ireland and in Scotland why he is not keeping contracts.

It is HE who risks the welfare of his citizens here. If there are consequences, HE alone is responsible. Then you can't point your finger at the bad Europeans.


The big Brexit Bust up explained in simple terms by Politico - link


14.09.20 - from German paper Die Spiegl


Germany warns of the billions to be lost in the consequences of the Brexit dispute
The worsening Brexit dispute alarms the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the event of a hard break, the auto industry alone could collapse by two billion euros.

The recently intensified Brext dispute could cost the German economy billions, warns the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK). Without a trade agreement with Great Britain, the automotive industry alone could face tariffs of at least two billion euros, said DIHK Managing Director Martin Wansleben of the "Augsburger Allgemeine".

According to him, the automobile business accounts for the largest share of the trade volume between Germany and Great Britain. The tariffs would make vehicles more expensive and lead to a decline in demand, which would mean that the production of around three million vehicles would have to be discontinued in the next five years, said 23 EU associations of the auto industry in a joint statement.


Sept- updates


10.9.20 - From Austrian paper Der Standard:


EU Commissioner Šefčovič was in London for emergency talks on Thursday. Great Britain continues to threaten Brussels.


Because the alarm bells are ringing in Brussels after the British government presented a draft law on Wednesday that amounts to the cancellation of parts of the Brexit treaty. The Internal Market Bill unilaterally allows UK ministers to suspend provisions of the divorce treaty. There are "serious concerns about this law," said Šefčovič after his arrival in London. After the conversation, he added that London had "broken a lot of trust".

The British advance is seen as a clear provocation. While negotiations on a future free trade agreement between the UK and the EU were still in progress, London blew an explosive device by making it clear that it did not want to adhere to the provisions of the first divorce agreement.

Reader comments from Austrian newspaper:


*Maybe someone could have a link with a list of the UK's most important export goods to the EU?  (Just to know what you will definitely never "need" from now on ...)


*I think the british read too much harry potter
The UK will not rise from the ashes like the phoenix, but will remain what it will be: ashes.

*Let's finally let the British go! And prove to the world what it costs. I'm almost sorry for the British that they'll be the experimental rabbit, but it has to be one. And I really only feel sorry for the Scots and Irish. These tangled Englishmen, who have no idea what they want and do not have the brains to overlook what all this means, will unfortunately now have to bite the grass and try their luck in front of empty shelves, full rubbish bins and no nurses. I look forward to showing all "nationalists" what this nonsense means.



August - updates


18th August 20

Brussels is in no rush to compromise on a post-Brexit deal — even though time is quickly running out to agree one — because it believes "Global Britain" is delayed on the runway.

"The U.K. desperately needs this deal," said an EU official closely involved in the talks ahead of this week's round. "If the clock is ticking, reality will start to sink in in London. The U.K. might not always have behaved rationally in its negotiations with Brussels, but surely the pandemic and the lack of trade alternatives must lead to some reason in London."


17th August

Nigel farage new video exposes another hotel closed except to illegal migrants!  THis time it is in Priti Patel's own back yard!     Here is the youtube video link:


11th August 20

The U.K. government is hoping Brexit will bring greater powers to send migrants back across the English Channel to the Continent.

But as Britain prepares to exit the EU-wide migration pact in favor of securing bilateral deals with EU countries, there’s no guarantee that other capitals will agree to London’s aims.

5th Aug 20

Failure of Brexit talks ‘as good as inevitable,’ says German business lobby

Germany's major business lobby - BDI issued a stark Brexit warning last week, by saying that a failure of EU-U.K. negotiations is the most likely scenario, and urging the EU to focus all attention on the "necessary emergency measures."

This seems to be in contrast with both EU & UK press, which seem to maintain a deal is possible?


1st August

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

Watch the full video here

Over 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.





 January 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.”


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