Brexit Britain ‘firing on all cylinders’ says expert
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The EU is reportedly allocating fishing quotas over a region that they don’t even own, the Svalbard Zone in the arctic circle. The bloc is even portioning cod quotas for the UK in this zone. Arne Byrkjeflot, a political adviser to No to the EU, an interest group against Norwegian membership of the European Union (EU) and a Trondheim regional politician said: “Norway Fisheries relies on the law of the sea and believes that either Svalbard has its own economic zone or the archipelago is an extension of Norway’s shelf.
“Svalbard is part of Norway and Norway decides.”
However, the political advisor warned that the EU “has never formally accepted this view, but has stated that it is Norway and Russia that set the total quotas and it is Norway that distributes the quotas”.
He added: “In order to preserve peace, Norway has granted quotas based on historic fishing, but never accepted that this means that other countries are entitled to free fishing.
“After Brexit, Norway has given the United Kingdom 5,500 tonnes and the EU 17,855 tonnes.
“The EU has taken action and in a European Council regulation on 28.1.2021 to give five EU countries the license to fish 28,431 tonnes of cod.
“Yes, they have also set the quota for the UK, which they believe should have no more than 4,323 tonnes.”
This news comes as the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal has left the UK’s fishing industry “filleted”, a Brexiteer has said in a scathing verdict on the agreement the Prime Minister signed at the end of last year.
Meanwhile, more two-thirds of Scottish employees plan to recruit new staff as business confidence climbs above pre-pandemic levels, a survey has indicated, dealing a blow to Brexit naysayers – including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib, writing on the Think Scotland website, said: “There's no avoiding the truth – our fishermen were filleted by Boris.
He explained: “Throughout the general election campaign, after he won his thumping majority and throughout 2020, he went on saying the same thing: we would have total control of our water.
“Eventually, when the future trading arrangements were settled in the form of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (T&CA) – released last year on Christmas Eve(!), he claimed this delivered on his promise to take back control.
“He is either deluded or is seeking to delude because he could not be more wrong.”
The UK had in fact agreed to provide fixed fishing quotas to the EU all the way down to six miles off the coast, only on a marginally declining scale to 2026, Mr Habib pointed out:
He added: “After 2026 we cannot freely alter the quotas agreed with the EU.”
In other news, research published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) suggested 67 percent of Scottish employers plan to recruit in the three months to September – up from 45 percent six months ago and 41 percent this time last year.
The labour market outlook survey involved more than 2,000 UK employers covering all sectors of the economy.
The CIPD, which specialises in human resources and job training, said the number of Scottish employers planning on redundancies “has settled around nine percent, compared to 32 percent in summer 2020”.
This suggests the end of the furlough scheme “should be a relatively smooth transition with minimal job losses”, it added.
Across the whole of the UK, about a quarter (26 percent) of employers in hospitality, arts and entertainment were looking to hire last summer. The figure for this summer is 72 percent.
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In transport and storage, the figures have risen from 33 percent to 65 percent of employers looking to hire over the same period.
Nevertheless, both sectors have been hit by both COVID-19 and changes to immigration rules after Brexit, and are suffering from widely reported labour shortages, the CIPD said.
Nearly half (44 percent) of employers with hard-to-fill vacancies say they plan to boost the skills of existing staff, about a quarter (26 percent) said they would hire more apprentices, and 23 percent said they would raise wages.
CIPD Scotland head Lee Ann Panglea said: “Employers are very optimistic, indicating strong recruitment intentions and redundancy expectations appear much lower than originally predicted during the pandemic.
“As the furlough scheme winds down, employers will no longer be able to flex their workforce to meet demand by rapidly expanding and contracting staffing levels at minimal cost.
“Recruitment and retention will have to pick up the slack as employers look to plug any gaps in their workforce.
“In the absence of labour supply in some sectors, employers will need to think more long-term about how they meet skills needs.
“Organisations should look carefully at their recruitment and retention strategies, and consider where they need to develop these, for example by increasing investment in training and re-skilling.
“Employers also have a huge role to play in improving working lives and fair work principles should be kept in mind when building retention and recruitment strategies.”
Joe Biden has been tipped to put his Brexit anger aside if Prime Minister Boris Johnson can “double down” on his climate policies ahead of COP26, Express.co.uk can exclusively reveal.
The pair sought to play down tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol when they met in Cornwall for the G7 summit. It came after Mr Biden’s national security adviser said the White House had “deep” concerns a UK-EU trade row could endanger peace in Northern Ireland. But there is one thing the pair are said to strongly see eye-to-eye on – the climate crisis.
Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, has tipped it to strike a chord in their relationship.
He said: “They have their differences on things, particularly Brexit, but on climate there there has been a strong alignment with US Presidents.
“Obviously not with Donald Trump, but with Biden that alignment is stronger.
“I think it would be even stronger if Boris doubles down on his plans and shows how, in the next few years, we will keep the momentum.
“That’s the big question. I don’t think there should be any more debates about 2050 – we have our target – now the emphasis needs to be on what we are doing in the next week, month and years.”
Joe Biden tipped to put Brexit fury aside if PM ‘doubles down’ on COP26 target (Image: Getty)
UK ministers have issued a warning to Sri Lanka over developing a future trade deal following the deterioration of human rights in the country.
It comes after a report released by NGO Human Rights Watch highlighted increasing police brutality, detentions, and extra-judicial killings being undertaken by the Sri Lankan law enforcement.
Lord Tariq Ahmed, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth made clear to the Government, led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, that any benefits Sri Lanka gets from a UK trade relationship would be subject to tight conditions.
Poland’s deputy prime minister has created a crisis for the EU that is “bigger than Brexit”, a European political commentator has claimed.
Poland and Hungary are now showing distinct autocratic tendencies, and this is a challenge to the EU and threatens it to its core, Maximilan Popp warned.
In Poland, a challenge made by deputy prime minister Jarosław Kaczyński could destroy the shared democratic values of the EU and “threatens Europe at its core”.
Der Spiegel’s deputy head of foreign affairs warned: "In the case of Poland, it really is about everything.
“This crisis is significantly bigger than Brexit. It threatens Europe at its core.
“If the EU Commission does not counter this with very harsh sanctions, then it is putting its own existence at risk.”
One of Norway’s lead opposition parties has pledged to renegotiate an existing agreement with the European Union and take back control of key policy area’s if they win next month’s general election.
Thousands of Norwegian’s will go to the polls on September 13 to elect its 169 parliamentary representatives for the Storting in Oslo.
However, opposition parties including the Centre Party and Labour are expected to make big gains after almost eight years out of power.
Trygve Slagsvold Vedum, who leads the Centre party, could form a coalition with other Centre-Left parties and oust the Conservatives out of power.
The SNP has accused Labour of being “out of touch” with Scotland by deciding to not allow a future Scottish independence vote.
Senior Nats also hit back at recent comments made by leader Sir Keir Starmer on Brexit when he stressed there was “no case” for Britain to rejoin the European Union in the future.
Kirsten Oswald, deputy leader of the SNP at Westminster said: "Labour recorded its worst-ever result in Scotland this year since the abolition of the property franchise in 1918, yet it seems they have learned nothing since their overwhelming rejection in May."
Angela Merkle and other EU top officials cannot travel to the UK without facing quarantine rules despite being double jabbed.
The UK requires arrivals to be fully vaccinated with two doses of the same vaccine, which must be approved by the UK regulator.
But many in the EU have now received two jabs of two different vaccines, including the German Chancellor and the French Minister of Health, Olivier Veran.
EU countries suspended the use of AstraZeneca after reported cases of blood clots caused by the Anglo-Swedish vaccine.
People who had already received the first dose of the Oxford vaccine were later inoculated with a different and compatible vaccine to complete their vaccination course.
According to the latest UK travel rules, a fully vaccinated traveller must have received two doses of the same vaccine approved by the UK regulator, and 14 days have passed since the traveller has received the second dose.
The former Prime Minister of the UK has lashed out at the EU’s “neocolonial approach” for coronavirus vaccines and accused the bloc of putting the world at risk of a resurgence of the virus.
The former prime minister said it was shocking only 1.8 percent of the population of African countries had received two Covid jabs, compared to 50 percent of the EU, US and UK.
Attacking the European Commission, he said Brussels was “dividing the world into rich and protected people, who live, and those who are poor, unprotected and at risk of dying”.
The European Union is desperately scrambling to save staff working at its embassy in Kabul amid fears they will face reprisals from the Taliban.
Brussels is lobbying its member state governments to offer local employees at the bloc's representation in Afghanistan visas.
It comes after Taliban fighters were ordered into Kabul city centre last night after it was confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani had fled the country following the terrorist group's sweeping advance across the country.
A spokesman for the group said it was in control of all 11 districts of the Afghan capital, prompting chaos at the city's civilian airport as evacuation attempts were escalated.
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Almost four in 10 Irish businesses have been hit by disruption as a result of Brexit red tape.
The UK's departure from the European Union was said to be having a substantial impact on businesses in Ireland.
It was claimed that the introduction of new trade rules has forced them to alter supply chains and export strategies to avoid getting slapped by delays.
Some 37 percent of firms surveyed for the Grant Thornton Ireland's International Business Report said they were experiencing longer lead times.
One of the founders of the EU is one step closer to being declared a saint by the Catholic Church, sparking outrage in France.
Pope Francis issued a decree recognising Robert Schuman, one of the "fathers" of the EU , “the heroic virtues of the serf of God” thus opening the way to beatification which could be followed by sanctification.
The European Commission will set out plans to establish a common charger for mobile phones across the bloc.
The move will essentially prevent iPhone maker Apple from producing exclusive cables for its devices sold within the EU.
Products powered by Google's Android platform will be less impacted because they already use universal chargers, such as the USB-C connection.
Roughly half of the mobile phones sold in the EU in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, 29 percent had USB-C and 21 percent with Apple's Lightning cable.
Pound Sterling has slipped back (Image: GETTY)
10.40am update: Redwood challenges Archbishop of York to a debate about “Englishness”
tory Brexiteer Sir John Redwood has challenged Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell to a debate on the subject of “Englishness”, citing the resentment he said many felt at the EU’s refusal to put England on their maps.
Writing in his weekly online diary, the Tory MP said: “I was pleased to hear reported your view that there needs to be more recognition of England and Englishness to complement the recognition of Scottish and Welsh cultures and interests within the UK Union.
“I was not however persuaded that you do understand the nature of the English view when you went on to propose the international and EU elite solution to the English problem, more devolution to regions. England has rejected EU/Whitehall proposals to create artificial regions with elected governments.”
He explained: “Many of us resented the way the EU refused to put England on their maps but broke us up into unpopular Euro regions. We were relieved they allowed Scotland and Wales to escape whole and unscathed. We are now concerned about the EU's aggressive approach to Northern Ireland.
I would be happy to debate these matters with you to extend understanding of England and Englishness within the UK and to expose lopsided and unfair devolution. There could be an online debate or we could book a room at Westminster with an audience if rules allow.”
10.25am update: Pound slips back after COVID-19 recovery concerns
The British pound slipped in early trading on Monday, hurt by a fall in risk appetite globally, after economic data from the United States and China prompted concerns about their recovery from COVID-19.
Data on Friday showing a plunge in US consumer confidence and data on Monday showing a sharp slowdown in China’s factory output and retail sales growth spooked investors, pausing the 10-day winning streak in European stocks.
The dollar edged higher and riskier currencies lost out – with the Australian dollar leading the losses.
At 0757 GMT, the pound was down 0.1 percent against the dollar at $1.3852. Versus the euro it was little changed, at 85.035 pence per euro.
Oneweb is being considered by some as a future alternative to the EU’s Galileo project after securing £200million more investment from South Korea.
Hanwha, one of the country's biggest conglomerates, has become the latest to place their trust in OneWeb – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband constellation.
The company was acquired by the Government, along with Bharti Global, from bankruptcy to provide “global” Internet coverage. It brings the total investment to £1.95billion.
The tech company, based in London, recently declared itself “financially stable” after raising the £1.73billion funding necessary to roll out the remaining 650 satellites in its constellation.
A Galileo satellite launch in 2017 (Image: GETTY)
Brexit Britain’s employment success sparked fresh calls for France to leave the EU and “take back control”.
A new survey showed on Monday that British employers plan to increase staff numbers by the most in more than eight years over the coming months and few intend to make staff redundant when government furlough support ends next month.
The news was hailed by Frexiteers who argued Brexit and UK’s freedom from EU’s shackles was to be thanked for the positive forecast.
Generation Frexit leader, Charles-Henri Gallois said: “Hiring prospects at their highest for 8 years in Brexit UK!
“From ‘despite Brexit’ to ‘thanks to Brexit’.”
EU bosses have been slammed by Sir John Redwood over their “deliberate attempt” to “wrestle trade” from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.
Brussels has been blasted over moves to “wrestle” Northern Irish trade away from Great Britain in what Sir John Redwood described as a “deliberate” interference in the UK internal market.
Speaking on GB News the Conservative Brexiteer was damning of the EU’s handling of the trade dispute over the Irish sea border. Sir John argued that the constitutional balance of Northern Ireland needed to be “very balanced” and slammed Brussels for acting unilaterally.
Sir John told GB News: “I think in the case of Northern Ireland trade the situation is very serious.
“I think there is a deliberate attempt by the EU to wrestle trade from GB to Northern Ireland to turn it into EU to Northern Ireland trade.
“To face people with an impossible situation unless they start buying from the EU rather than from ourselves.”
Sir John Redwood is a prominent Brexiteer (Image: GETTY)
Brussels' dream of a European superstate is in dire jeopardy as a result of the repeated non-compliance of member states when it comes to the EU's freedom of movement rules, Brexiteers have said.
Tory MP David Jones welcomed the findings of new Facts4EU research highlighting more than 300 breaches in the last 15 years, saying it was good news of anyone who cared about the concept of national sovereignty.
The former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib similarly welcomed the news, suggesting the bid to abolish the bloc's internal borders had been "deeply damaging".
In total, 22 of the EU27 are members of the Schengen Area, within which all passport and other border controls have been abolished, with four of the remaining five – Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania – obliged to sign up as soon as the EU permits them to. Only Ireland has an opt-out, thanks to action taken by the UK in 1997.
Rightmore has reported that the average price of property coming to market has plunged by £1,076 (-0.3 percent) this month – the first drop to be recorded in 2021 so far. However, the UK’s largest property site is predicting an autumn “bounce” as prices fall in the “upper-end sector”.
With stamp duty savings largely behind us, Rightmove has seen prices drop in the upper-end four-bedroom-plus sector.
Prices have dropped by £4,699 (-0.8 percent) in the month, with buyers no longer making larger stamp duty savings after the threshold was reduced at the end of June.
However, Rightmove also recorded record highs in the price of property coming to market in the mass-market sectors which includes first-time buyer properties.
Emmanuel Macron and the EU are set for more hostility towards the UK in an attempt to “bring Brexit down” according to a political scientist.
Director of UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Anand Menon insisted French President Emmanuel Macron considers fights with Britain good politics.
During an interview with Express.co.uk, he argued hostility from both sides was expected to continue for two key reasons.
One reason being the issues surrounding Northern Ireland and another being the EU’s determination to see Brexit fail.
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