News / UK by Press Association 08/04/2019, 3:50 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Any compromise Brexit deal between the Government and Labour is likely to feature UK involvement in some sort of customs union with the EU. But what is a customs union and why does it matter? What is a customs union? What are tariffs and why are they charged? Who is in the EU customs union? What are the advantages of being in a customs union? What are the downsides of membership? How would customs union membership affect arrangements at borders? How would leaving the customs union affect everyday life? In the longer term, it would allow the UK to forge its own free trade agreements with major economies like the US and China, which could result in lower prices in the shops, but would also challenge the viability of some domestic industries. Where do the parties stand on customs union membership? Labour states that, rather than remaining in the existing union, it … [Read more...] about What is a customs union and why does it matter?
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Kristian Niemietz 21 February 2019 7:30 AM 21 February 2019 7:30 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp If there were a modern remake of the TV series Fawlty Towers, it would probably contain an episode called ‘The Socialists’, in which the one-liner ‘Don’t mention Venezuela!’ would become a running gag. Mentioning Venezuela in the presence of a self-described socialist is considered boorish and impolite these days. Yes, a lot of people on the left have said foolish things about Venezuela over the years. But do we have to hold that against them forever? And why does this matter anyway? We live in Britain, not Venezuela. If ‘Venezuela-mania’ had no domestic policy implications, and if there were no wider lessons to be learned from it, I would sympathise with that sentiment. That is why I am not particularly bothered about, for example, Cuba-romanticism. A lot of people on the left have a soft … [Read more...] about Why we shouldn’t let the left forget its support for Venezuela
In a few days, the parliamentary election will take place in the Republic of Moldova. The results of the future election depend, to some extent, on the degree of the candidates’ involvement in the electoral campaigning and on the outlandish promises wherewith they want to convince the voters. The Moldovan politicians that participate in the election consider these days decisive, that is why they visit every locality and swear up and down. In reality, this is a crucial period for the Moldovan citizens that need to collect as much information as possible about the electoral candidates they are going to choose. In this regard, the platform for monitoring the election promises – deFacto was re-launched. It was opened in 2016 for the presidential elections and had a break for 2 years. At present, it displays the list of candidates from the single-seat constituencies, as well as the electoral promises made by them, which were confronted to the problems identified by voters … [Read more...] about Why does Russia get involved in the 2019 elections in the Republic of Moldova? / “Ask Dodon about it”
'What does it matter if Max gets a bit high? He has no life' BelfastTelegraph.co.uk G&T in one hand, dachshund in the other, Steph and Dom Parker quickly proved to be nothing short of TV gold on Channel 4's Gogglebox. Taking to their famous yellow sofa, the Kent B&B owners left viewers in stitches with their in-house banter and witty critiques of the week's biggest and best telly. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/what-does-it-matter-if-max-gets-a-bit-high-he-has-no-life-37737639.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/article37737637.ece/13af0/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-01-26_lif_47385043_I1.JPG Email G&T in one hand, dachshund in the other, Steph and Dom Parker quickly proved to be nothing short of TV gold on Channel 4's Gogglebox. Taking to their famous yellow sofa, the Kent B&B owners left viewers in stitches with their in-house banter and witty critiques of the week's biggest and best telly. But now, more than two years since their last … [Read more...] about ‘What does it matter if Max gets a bit high? He has no life’
Why is the Irish Border such a big deal with Brexit?UK and the European Union after Brexit. The 1998 Belfast Agreement brought peace to Northern Ireland and removed the need for border checks. It also established north-south rules and institutions that helped solidify the Peace Process. The border is currently invisible and neither side wants the return of infrastructure along the border or the creation of a hard border. So what exactly is a hard border? The general fear is that the return of customs officials or border inspectors would be so unacceptable to people who travel freely across an open border that it would lead to anger and, potentially, violence. That could in turn lead to a police or military presence along the Border to protect check points. Customs and security posts along the Border were regular targets of republican paramilitaries during the 30-year Troubles. Why would there be a need for border checks? What do the EU and UK want along the Border? So have they come up … [Read more...] about Brexit explained: Why does the Border matter and what is the backstop?