Boris Johnson is being warned that embracing a disruptive no-deal Brexit would fuel nationalism in Scotland and risk the future of the union, as both opponents and supporters predict that he will now claim a decisive victory in the Tory leadership election. With Johnson seemingly weeks away from entering Downing Street, the Scottish secretary, David Mundell, issues a thinly veiled warning to him that Nicola Sturgeon would welcome a no-deal Brexit with “unseemly glee”. Both Jeremy Hunt and Johnson have suggested they would be willing to back a no-deal Brexit if necessary. Yet, with signs that Johnson has retained a clear lead over Hunt, Mundell’s words appear squarely aimed at the former foreign secretary over his threat to leave the EU – with or without a deal – at the end of October. “Scotland has a first minister whose only true priority is the pursuit of independence,” he writes in an article for the Observer. “She poses as a defender … [Read more...] about Scottish secretary warns Johnson: no-deal Brexit could split UK
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British ambassadors have been sending messages to the foreign office describing Brexit as a political shambles that is destroying the UK’s reputation, the serving UK ambassador to South Korea has said. In the latest sign of Foreign Office dissent at the direction of British foreign policy, Simon Smith said no serious decision-maker or opinion-former in South Korea thinks the UK’s decision to leave the EU is a good idea, and that most South Koreans viewed Brexit with either bemusement or deep and serious incredulity. The comments are likely to alarm ministers as they seek to persuade their European counterparts that the country is united behind the Conservative plan to take the country of out of the EU in October. Addressing an audience at the thinktank Chatham House, Smith said he regarded it as his job to tell the Foreign Office what most people in South Korea thought of Brexit, and not to hide from the elephant in the room. Speaking on the record Smith opened his talk by … [Read more...] about Brexit is destroying our reputation overseas, says UK diplomat
Jonnie Hall, director of policy for NFU Scotland, wrote in a recent blog on the union’s website that this is nothing short of a “defining moment” in Scotland’s agriculture sector. This is not just because of the chaos of the Brexit process, but because, over the next decade, Scotland’s agriculture is facing the twin challenges of delivering its part in achieving the Scottish Government’s climate change ambitions and delivering the growth targets of ‘Ambition 2030’. This cross-industry and Scottish Government-backed policy would, if achieved, double the turnover of Scotland’s farm, fishing, food and drink sectors by 2030 to £15bn. Ensuring compatibility between these aims may yet be the real test ahead. For NFU Scotland’s president, Andrew McCornick, whilst there is no silver lining to Brexit, the issues and associated uncertainties have provided a moment in which the industry can reflect on its future. “Most farmers … [Read more...] about Brexit means the rural economy must change
Nick Cohen 8 May 2019 12:03 PM 8 May 2019 12:03 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Who will fight the British far right? The centre right, the left, the liberals? The European elections are giving Nigel Farage the chance to push for a catastrophic Brexit, and build a formidable and ugly nationalist movement. Yet allegedly serious politicians, who have a duty to oppose him, forget the national interest and their own self-interest and sit on their hands. Farage poses a mortal danger to the Conservative party. You would not guess it from the reaction of its leaders and PRs. They have provided no coherent argument against the Brexit party. Indeed, I have been hard-pressed to find any argument at all. Go to the Tories’ website and there is nothing. ERG vice-chairman Mark Francois MP: "The one upside of the European elections is that the British establishment, in all their cosseted, feather-bedded, oh-so-superior smugness are going to get the … [Read more...] about Which party will fight the rise of Nigel Farage?
Welcome back to the Guardian’s weekly Brexit briefing: trying to make sense of the nonsensical since June 2016. If you would like to receive this as a weekly email, please sign up here. And you can catch our monthly Brexit Means podcast here. Top stories Well. It’s all – somewhat, I suspect, to everyone’s relief – gone terribly quiet. Almost as if the accumulated exhaustion, a welcome Easter break and that lengthy article 50 extension until 31 October have combined to take the wind out of Brexit’s sails. It would be a mistake, though, to think it’s gone away. It really hasn’t. So Brexit talks between government ministers and Labour to find a compromise able to win MPs’ backing resumed last week, but expectations of a breakthrough were minimal. Rumours that Theresa May – who still hopes a deal will be ratified in time to avoid the UK taking part in EU elections next month – would table a vote on the key legislation … [Read more...] about Brexit weekly briefing: don’t make mistake of thinking it’s gone away