Kate Andrews 9 April 2019 4:13 PM 9 April 2019 4:13 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Rumours continue to circulate that if a long extension were to be granted by the European Union, it could be flexible. This would mean that Britain could officially depart from the bloc earlier than the agreed-upon exit date if a deal were secured between the UK and the EU27. I’m unsure what about the past two-and-a-half years could make someone think that MPs will pull together and unite around a deal before crunch time. I remain deeply sceptical that a long extension could ever encourage a shorter exit process – evidenced by not one, but two requests for an Article 50 extension in the past six weeks. Putting scepticism aside, there’s an interesting parallel to be drawn between the EU’s attitude towards a flexible extension, and the Eurosceptics’ attitude towards the most controversial element of the Withdrawal Deal … [Read more...] about EU officials and Brexiteers share a similar concern over Brexit
Customs union advantages and disadvantages
Imagine a different world. It’s 2015 and the Conservative Party has just won the general election and is thinking about how to deliver its manifesto commitment to hold a referendum. It needs to put the question of our membership of the EU to the people. But it wants to do it in a way which is democratically sustainable. What does it do? It decides to do this; to hold a statutory inquiry under the 2005 Inquiries Act. It appoints a panel of independent members. They are to listen to the evidence and get to the truth. If we leave the EU what relationship would we want with it? What advantages and disadvantages would that relationship bring compared with Remaining? And might that relationship have majority support in the country – because there would be no point in holding a referendum if the answer was predetermined? They are given six months to hear evidence from pollsters and trade experts and economists and even EU lawyers, then a further two months to produce a report. … [Read more...] about Opinion: There’s nothing undemocratic about revoking Article 50
Picture: AFP By Peter Mandelson Parliament has a little over one week to prove that it can do what Theresa May should have allowed it to do after her failure in the 2017 election, and come up with a plan that saves us from the Brexit cliff edge. The question is whether it can, without the constraints of Mrs May’s self-imposed red lines, agree a deal based on the creation of a permanent customs union, and perhaps also continuing membership of the single market. Only a minority of the Conservative party, which now looks increasingly like the leave campaign, would buy into this, as most now want to leave the EU with as “clean” a break as possible, however painful. But we may find in the coming days that there is a cross-party majority of MPs – including possibly the DUP – who are willing to back a softer form of Brexit. Negotiations to see whether a compromise is possible are the only alternative to what the former Brexit minister, Lord Bridges, has … [Read more...] about A customs union would not solve the Brexit conundrum
(CNN)British lawmakers are taking the power out of Theresa May's hands on Wednesday. After defeating the government on Monday night, lawmakers are holding a series of "indicative" votes, in an attempt to find a Brexit plan that commands majority support in Parliament. We don't yet know exactly what alternatives will be selected for debate, but these are the main Brexit options. Theresa May's deal Theresa May's deal -- otherwise known as the Withdrawal Agreement -- was agreed with the EU last November. Its aim, broadly, was to allow the UK to formally leave on a set date (originally March 29), while abiding by EU rules for a further 21-month "implementation period". Read More This gives the UK and EU breathing space while they hammer out the details of a future relationship. Brexiteers hate this because it means following the rules of the EU's Customs Union and Single Market while having no say in either -- which hardly accords with their mantra of taking back control. The … [Read more...] about What are the alternative Brexit options?
Brexit crisis: ‘This is not the way to go... it’s not right and it’s not fair’ BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Andrew Ingredients is a wholesaler in Lisburn that supplies bakery ingredients into the Republic and Britain. The company was founded in 1945. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/brexit-crisis-this-is-not-the-way-to-go-its-not-right-and-its-not-fair-37911466.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/northern-ireland/article37911465.ece/91516/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-03-14_bus_48734981_I1.JPG Email Andrew Ingredients is a wholesaler in Lisburn that supplies bakery ingredients into the Republic and Britain. The company was founded in 1945. Weekly Business Digest Newsletter For its director John Graham, the proposals for avoiding a hard border by lifting tariffs for goods coming into Northern Ireland from the Republic are simply "ugly". It imports its supplies from Britain and the European Union, so will face tariffs on its … [Read more...] about Brexit crisis: ‘This is not the way to go… it’s not right and it’s not fair’