Isabel Hardman 30 April 2019 1:25 PM 30 April 2019 1:25 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Will the cross-party Brexit talks ever end? They seem to have been going on for almost as long as the negotiations to get Britain out of the European Union, and with a similar lack of anything for either side to boast about. Yesterday, David Lidington said he was ‘encouraged by the sense in the room today about the need to inject greater urgency into this’, which was read by some as a sign that a breakthrough might be imminent. This seems a rather hopeful reading of what is essentially an admission that everyone has been faffing around a lot, but members of the Labour negotiating team also believe the government might shift on some of its red lines. Lidington updated the cabinet on the talks when it met today. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said after the meeting: ‘Cabinet received an update on the Brexit talks with … [Read more...] about The Government wants Brexit talks to end next week. But can they end well?
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Isabel Hardman 12 March 2019 2:30 PM 12 March 2019 2:30 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The DUP has confirmed that it will be voting against Theresa May’s Brexit deal this evening. A party spokesman said that ‘sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time’ and that ‘it is clear that the risks remain that the UK would be unable to lawfully exit the backstop were it to be activated’. Along with the European Research Group’s recommendation to vote down the deal, this means that the Prime Minister’s strategy of trying to win over the DUP and the Brexiteers in her own party has failed. It means that she is facing a landslide defeat tonight. The Commons benches behind the Prime Minister as she is giving her speech at the start of the debate are eerily empty, almost as if a good number of Conservative MPs can’t face being there to watch government disintegrating. Some are urging her to delay … [Read more...] about DUP confirms it won’t support May’s Brexit deal
News / UK and world by Press Association February 11, 2019, 12:03 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Government’s Immigration White Paper will cost employers more than £1 billion in red tape, according to a new report. The study by Global Future said the flagship proposals will also impose an £80 million barrier to EU students, and the proposed “settled status scheme” post-Brexit “exactly mirrors the makings of last year’s Windrush scandal – but on a much larger scale”. The think tank’s analysis also suggests the proposed £30,000 salary threshold for skilled workers would “leave over 100,000 unfilled jobs in social care and nursing, and cause the total EU workforce to shrink by 2025 – making it very difficult for businesses to survive and expand”. Fergus Peace, the report’s author, said: “The White Paper includes some sensible measures, but overall … [Read more...] about Immigration White Paper will cost employers £1bn in red tape, says report
0 Have your say THE Government should encourage EU workers to come to the UK after Brexit to help tackle “biting” skills shortages in areas such as health and social care, according to the chief executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC). Neil Carberry, who heads the professional body for the UK recruitment industry, also called on the Government to take steps to avoid a no deal Brexit, because he feared it could create barriers to trade that would damage the UK’s economy. Mr Carberry, who previously held senior roles at the Confederation of British Industry and the Low Pay Commission, said EU nationals were needed to help fill labour shortages.He said multinational teams are needed at highly skilled levels, where teams are serving clients in many countries from the UK.He added: “In areas like hospitality, health and social care, and logistics we are already seeing shortages biting. “In logistics last year … [Read more...] about We will need EU workers after Brexit to tackle ‘biting’ skills shortages, says CEO of REC
EU fishermen will be eligible for compensation if the UK blocks access to its fishing waters in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the European Commission confirmed on Wednesday (23 January). The EU executive tabled an amendment to its rules on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, which provides financial support to coastal communities and fishermen, enabling them to be compensated if the UK prevents them from fishing its waters. It also published a proposal to ensure that the EU is able to give UK boats access to European waters until the end of 2019, provided that EU vessels are granted reciprocal access. The changes are the latest pieces of contingency planning by the Commission in case the UK leaves the EU without agreeing a withdrawal deal by 29 March, when it is due to formally leave the bloc. “This will help offset some of the impact of a sudden closure of UK waters to EU fishing vessels in a no-deal scenario,” the Commission said in a statement. … [Read more...] about EU prepares compensation for fishermen hit by no deal Brexit