|17/05/2021||UK economy could resemble that of Italy by end of 2020s – report||,,
Thinktank says new strategy needed in face of Covid, Brexit, net zero, automation and demographic change
Britain risks mirroring Italy’s economic woes unless it develops a strategy for tackling the five seismic changes that will shape a decisive decade for the country, a report has warned.
A joint project by the Resolution Foundation thinktank and the London School of Economics said the UK was neither used to nor prepared for the challenges posed by the aftermath of Covid-19, Brexit, the net zero transition, automation and a changing population.Continue reading...
|17/05/2021||The Guardian view on Covid ethics: easier to enter lockdown than leave it | Editorial||,,
It is a concern that the prime minister opted to ease restrictions without a sure grasp of the facts
The rollout of the vaccine in Britain has seemingly sprung the lock that kept the public indoors during the past pandemic year. For many this is a cause for celebration. Some may have paused, however, and wondered why many scientists appeared reluctant, as coronavirus restrictions eased, to take advantage of the new freedoms. For these experts, the risks are just not worth it. Indoor mixing, potentially with lots of different people, allows for circumstances fraught with danger in a viral pandemic.
The situation is made much more tricky by the emergence of the fast-spreading B.1.617.2 variant of Covid-19, first identified in India. Cases of this “variant of concern” are doubling every week and it is taking hold in different parts of the country. It opens up the question whether the government’s criteria for moving ahead with its road map for “opening up” has been met.Continue reading...
|17/05/2021||Frost hopes EU will not ‘react’ if UK suspends Northern Ireland protocol||,,
Brexit minister tells Commons’ select committee that Britain could act unilaterally over border checks
The British government has said it hopes the EU would not take retaliatory measures if it was forced to unilaterally suspend the special Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland.
Lord Frost told MPs that in the interests of stability and peace, he hoped that the “EU would not make that more difficult by reacting to it”.Continue reading...
|17/05/2021||Number Of India Variant Covid Cases Jumps By 1,000 Over The Weekend As Matt Hancock Urges Those Eligible To Get A Vaccine||,,Matt Hancock has revealed the number of cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has jumped by 1,000 amid fears its spread may impact the easing of lockdown restrictions.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Handcuffed, detained, denied medicine: EU citizens’ UK border ordeals||,,
Travellers caught up in extension of ‘hostile environment’ policy tell of being made to feel like criminals
Alarming stories have emerged of EU citizens being handcuffed at British airports, made to sleep in parked vans or prevented from accessing medication after being denied entry into the country under Brexit rules.
Ana Silvestre, 20, an Italian and Brazilian dual national, was refused entry at Luton airport on 8 May together with her Brazilian husband. She was handcuffed at the airport and left in a van overnight before being taken to Colnbrook detention centre, where she spent seven days before being sent back to Italy.Continue reading...
|17/05/2021||Home Office letter wrongly tells British citizens to apply for settled status||,,
Long-term citizens alarmed at letter saying they risk losing rights to work and healthcare unless they apply for post-Brexit status
A number of long-term British citizens have expressed alarm at receiving letters from the Home Office telling them they risk losing the right to work, benefits and free healthcare unless they apply for UK immigration status in the next six weeks.
Campaigners said they were concerned that the “scattergun” mailshot, which was sent out to thousands of people instructing them to apply for EU settled status before the end of June, revealed weaknesses in the Home Office’s databases, and a lack of bureaucratic clarity about who has the right to live in the UK.Continue reading...
|17/05/2021||Government Didn't Expect Brexit To Be So Disruptive For Northern Ireland, David Frost Admits||,,The government underestimated the impact Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol would have on businesses trying to send goods across the Irish Sea, David Frost has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Trump, Facebook, democracy and rights: how to handle free speech in an age of information chaos||,,
Marc Limon writes about Facebook's decision to ban Trump indefinitely from their platform; the Oversight Board warned that social media companies have a responsibility to strike a balance between free speech, and safety. In an age of information chaos, tech firms have significant influence over expression, but America may be moving towards increased intervention.
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|17/05/2021||Dominic Cummings Attacks UK’s “Joke” Border Policy Amid Row Over Keeping India Off “Red List"||,,Dominic Cummings has labelled the UK’s border policy a “joke” amid a row over whether keeping India off the “red list” for two weeks helped import a mutant Covid variant to the country.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Exclusive: Labour Calls For Door-To-Door Vaccines In Covid-19 Hot Spots||,,Exclusive: Door-to-door vaccines in parts of the country where take-up is low and cases are rising should be considered by the government, Labour has said today.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||Kensington And Chelsea Council Bans Grenfell Cladding Firms From Work On Local Projects||,,Several companies appearing at the Grenfell inquiry have been blocked from working on projects in the borough following anger from residents.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|17/05/2021||The Council of Europe and the UK||,,
Michael Hindley writes about the history of Council of Europe (which is often confused with the EU); Churchill was ardently in favour of its creation. Out of the Council came the European Convention on Human Rights (later the ECHR) which was essential at the time of the collapse of the USSR.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: The Council of Europe and the UK
|16/05/2021||UK ‘faces labour shortage’ as Covid and Brexit fuel exodus of overseas workers||,,
Experts say recovery at risk amid sharp fall in EU workers and dwindling interest in UK jobs from abroad
Britain’s employers are struggling to hire staff as lockdown lifts amid an exodus of overseas workers caused by the Covid pandemic and Brexit, industry figures reveal.
According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the recruitment firm Adecco, employers plan to hire at the fastest rate in eight years, led by the reopening of the hospitality and retail sectors as pandemic restrictions are relaxed in England and Wales on Monday.Continue reading...
|16/05/2021||European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union||,,The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/05/2021||Withernsea pier: the history behind the landmark||,,
John Heywood delves into the history of Withernsea pier, finished being built in 1877; an awful storm was to damage vessels on the pier, and four sailors were killed. The Genesta disaster was also relentless and destroyed 300 feet of the pier.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Withernsea pier: the history behind the landmark
|16/05/2021||Agroecological Farms are Needed to End Food Colonialism||,,
George Richmond tells our video reporter Julian Greenbank why it’s so important for farming to migrate to an agroecological base. Agroecology may be a new term to many but it is being promoted by many responsible environmental organisations. The British ‘Soil Association‘ defines agroecology as: “… sustainable farming that works with nature”. The United Nations […]
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|16/05/2021||Major Lockdown Lifting Overshadowed By Indian Variant Spread||,,The spread of the Indian variant could cause disruption to the government's lockdown roadmap, Matt Hancock has suggested.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|16/05/2021||Pie of the Week: Snowdens of Harden||,,
Can a pie turn things around for Keir Starmer? After Hartlepool, maybe the Labour leader needs fresh inspiration? Maybe erotic short stories starring the former DPP can change his image? And what rile might Mr Tumble play?
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Pie of the Week: Snowdens of Harden
|16/05/2021||How drinking habits changed during the pandemic||,,
Drinking habits changed for many people during the pandemic. Is this trend mirrored across other countries?
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: How drinking habits changed during the pandemic
|16/05/2021||Relegation’s too good for Boris Johnson and his team of Brexit fantasists | William Keegan||,,
England’s football clubs may be of Champions League quality, but the current political debacle reveals our politicians are not
It turns out that throughout the Brexit discussions with the British government, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, was keeping a diary. That he managed to do this at the end of days of usually frustrating talks says something for Barnier’s staying power. And to judge from speculation about the next French presidential election, he intends to stay around for some time.
His diary has been published in France. Surprise, surprise: with one or two exceptions, the British side does not come too well out of what our football commentators would call “the Frenchman’s” reflections.Continue reading...
|16/05/2021||‘Help us or LSO fails’: Sir Simon Rattle’s plea over Covid and Brexit||,,
As the orchestra prepares to welcome back live audiences, the conductor urges ministers to act on new touring rules in Europe
Sir Simon Rattle and his top team at the London Symphony Orchestra have appealed for government support to help them survive the difficulties created by Brexit and Covid.
The orchestra depended on international touring – much of it in Europe – for 40% of its revenue before the coronavirus, with tours cancelled by the pandemic.Continue reading...
|15/05/2021||David Nicholas Wilkinson’s Love Letters to Leeds||,,
Sadie Parker writes about David Nicholas Wilkinson's life as first a model, and later an actor. David's films always contain a 'love letter to Leeds'.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: David Nicholas Wilkinson’s Love Letters to Leeds
|15/05/2021||Building crisis looms as dwindling supplies bring sites grinding to a halt||,,
Shortages, delays and soaring prices caused by Brexit, Covid and the Suez blockage are holding up projects across the nation
By tradition, the wits of every construction apprentice are tested with two errands early on in their career: to ask the foreman first for some tartan paint and then a long weight.
The joke is ringing even more hollow than usual on building sites across the UK, where firms needing essential building supplies are facing some very, very long waits. The British building industry is in the midst of a supply crisis. From roof tiles to steel, timber to insulation, paint to kitchen sinks, products are scarce – and when they can be found, they’re expensive.Continue reading...
|15/05/2021||Indian variant: playing fast and loose with our borders will have cost lives||,,
As concern rises about the impact and spread of the Indian variant of coronavirus, it appears that once again all the signs were there for the government to act swiftly – and yet failed.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Indian variant: playing fast and loose with our borders will have cost lives
|15/05/2021||#WhatsThePlanMatt: doctors taking government to court||,,
Doctors are taking the government to court over its decisions to award PPE contracts to inexperienced and ill-prepared companies. Last night EveryDoctor beamed giant illuminated messages onto the walls of official buildings in London.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: #WhatsThePlanMatt: doctors taking government to court
|15/05/2021||Norky’s ramblings: proud to be British||,,
Peter Norcliffe explains what being proud to be British means to him; he is ardently proud, without being nationalistic, of the four nations of the UK and the union flag, as well as the Yorkshire flag.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: Norky’s ramblings: proud to be British
|15/05/2021||Academics And Officials Have Questioned The Evidence Behind Gavin Williamson’s “Excessive” University Free Speech Bill||,,Several academics and university officials have questioned the evidence underpinning Gavin Williamson’s new Bill aimed at ensuring free speech at UK universities.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|15/05/2021||The importance of constitutional democracy||,,
The UK is now facing a major constitutional crisis. The PM's casual dismissal of the conventions of constitutional behaviour, is worsening this crisis and taking us further away from constitutional democracy.
Yorkshire Bylines Local News: The importance of constitutional democracy
|14/05/2021||Boris Johnson Says Indian Variant Could Make It "More Difficult" To Lift Covid Restrictions In June||,,Boris Johnson has said Monday's lockdown lifting would go ahead as planned but hinted there could be delays to plans to lift restrictions in June.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/05/2021||UK and Irish PMs hold talks amid Northern Ireland tensions||,,Boris Johnson hosts Taoiseach Micheal Martin at Chequers later, days after the Ballymurphy inquest.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/05/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol like Vichy regime, court is told||,,A judicial review into part of the Brexit deal has been brought by unionist political leaders.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/05/2021||Stop locking up EU citizens in removal centres, UK ministers tell border force||,,
Passengers refused entry to UK but who cannot get flight home will be allowed to enter on bail conditions
UK ministers have told border officials to stop locking up EU citizens in detention centres, it has emerged.
After 48 hours of criticism over “disproportionate” and “heavy-handed” decisions to place EU nationals without the correct paperwork for entry into the UK in immigration removal centres for days, the Home Office has issued new guidance to its border force.Continue reading...
|14/05/2021||Hostile UK border regime traumatises visitors from EU||,,
Italian woman visiting family was locked up in detention centre as they waited at the airport, Guardian told
Britain’s hostile regime for potential EU migrants is traumatising visitors caught in its web and provoking further worries for European families receiving visits from relatives, according to accounts provided to the Guardian.
The slightest suspicion that someone may be entering Britain to work is often enough for them to be locked up, held at detention centres for up to a week and then expelled to wherever they have travelled from, some of those caught up by the policy have said. Complaints from relatives and host families in the UK have either gone unanswered or been ignored by the Home Office and some local MPs, they say.Continue reading...
|14/05/2021||Edwin Poots Is The New Leader Of The DUP||,,Edwin Poots has been elected leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, succeeding Arlene Foster.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/05/2021||Pressure Is Piling On Unite To Investigate Howard Beckett Over Priti Patel Tweet||,,The UK’s largest trade union Unite is in turmoil today as pressure grows on the organisation to investigate assistant general secretary Howard Beckett over his Tweet that the Home Secretary should be deported.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/05/2021||Labour MP Wes Streeting To Undergo Treatment For Kidney Cancer||,,Labour MP Wes Streeting has said he will be taking time off work for treatment after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in April.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|14/05/2021||Young People Could Receive Covid Jab Sooner To Combat Rise Of Indian Variant||,,The government could speed up the vaccination young people in areas of the country where the Indian variant is growing, the vaccines minister has said.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||TikTok Claims Russia Not Given "Special" Treatment Despite Deleting Protest Posts After Kremlin Request||,,TikTok claims it did not give Russia “special” treatment after it agreed to a request from the Russian government demanding it delete posts of street protests supporting Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||Over 18s In Blackburn To Be Offered Covid Vaccines From Next Week After Sharp Rise In Indian Variant||,,Selected adults aged over 18 in and around the Lanchashire towns of Blackburn and Darwen will be able to book their coronavirus vaccine to help tackle cases of the Indian virus variant.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||David Cameron Admits "Serious Economic Interest" In Greensill But Insists It Didn't Motivate Lobbying Efforts||,,David Cameron has denied his lobbying efforts were motivated by potential personal financial losses if Greensill Capital collapsed.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||Boris Johnson Will Meet Ireland's Taoiseach Amid Tension Over Northern Ireland Protocol||,,Boris Johnson will host Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin at his Chequers residence on Friday, Downing Street and Dublin sources have confirmed to PoliticsHome.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||EU citizens arriving in UK being locked up and expelled||,,
Europeans with job interviews tell of detentions and expulsions despite rules allowing non-visa holders to attend interviews
EU citizens are being sent to immigration removal centres and held in airport detention rooms as the UK government’s “hostile environment” policy falls on them after Brexit, according to campaigners and travellers interviewed by the Guardian.
Europeans with job interviews are among those being denied entry and locked up. They have spoken of being subjected to the traumatic and humiliating experience of expulsion, despite Home Office rules that explicitly allow non-visa holders to attend interviews.Continue reading...
|13/05/2021||John McDonnell Grills PM's New Ethics Adviser Over Role With "Unethical Arms Dealer"||,,Downing Street's newly appointed ethics adviser has come under fire over his previous work with a British defence company, BAE Systems.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||Northern Ireland Secretary Says Government Is "Truly Sorry" For Ballymurphy Killings||,,Brandon Lewis has apologised for the Ballymurphy shootings in a parliamentary statement today, but Boris Johnson faces mounting criticism for not making a more formal apology to the families of the victims.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|13/05/2021||One in 10 EU nationals in UK may leave after June – survey||,,
Research shows lack of trust in government as deadline to apply for settled status approaches
One in 10 EU nationals in the UK are considering leaving after 30 June, the deadline for applications to remain lawfully in the country post-Brexit, according to a survey.
Common reasons cited in the research included a lack of trust in the government and a feeling that the UK is a less welcoming place as a result of Brexit, with 30% of respondents saying they had concerns that their rights would not be upheld by public bodies.Continue reading...
|13/05/2021||Minister Says It Is "Not A Priority" To Recognise The State Of Palestine Amid Ongoing Violence||,,Foreign Office minister James Cleverly has said it is not "credible" to argue the government should prioritise recognising the state of Palestine amid ongoing violence in the region.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/05/2021||No.10 Are In The Dark Over Boris Johnson Being Served With County Court Judgement For £535 Debt||,,Downing Street has said they are unaware of circumstances surrounding a County Court Judgement against Boris Johnson for a £535 debt.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/05/2021||Government Calls For End To “Cycle Of Violence” In Israel-Gaza Conflict Amid Fears Of “Full-Scale War”||,,Ministers have called for an “urgent de-escalation” of violence between Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli military as UN leaders warn conflict could escalate into a “full-scale war”.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/05/2021||Boris Johnson Confirms “Full, Independent" Covid Inquiry Will Take Place – But Not Until Spring 2022||,,Boris Johnson has confirmed he is establishing an independent inquiry into the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, starting next year.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/05/2021||Minister Refuses To Apologise To Shellfish Industry For Post-Brexit Trade Collapse||,,The fisheries minister has refused to say sorry for the government's handling of the post-Brexit shellfish saga amid tough questions from exporters whose sales to the European Union have been torpedoed since the New Year.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|12/05/2021||Labour Must Be “Bolder” To Win Back Voters Says Ed Miliband As Tony Blair Warns Party May Cease To Exist At All||,,Two former Labour leaders have issued a warning to Keir Starmer after last week’s disastrous election results.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves||,,The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil||,,The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Challenging Lies and Sleaze: The Echo Chamber Problem||,,
There is a danger that the opposition narrative is stuck inside ‘Echo Chambers’ of like-mindedness which prevents our chatter, debate, research and critiques from reaching the ears of Tory supporters. Are we talking to ourselves? Can and should we escape these confines? The UK electorate seems deeply perverse. Labour has bombed overall in last week’s […]
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|11/05/2021||Ditching Employment Bill From Queen’s Speech Shows Boris Johnson “Has No Plan For Working People”, Critics Say||,,Boris Johnson's decision to further delay planned legislation to improve workers’ rights post-Brexit has been heavily criticised by Labour, unions and business groups.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||A Plan For Northern Ireland Veterans Is Missing From The Queen's Speech||,,The government has been accused of lacking the "political commitment" to its pledge to protect Northern Ireland veterans from criminal trials after failing to include a plan for sensitive legacy issues in the Queen's Speech.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Civil Liberty Groups Come Out In Force Against “Unnecessary and Expensive” Voter ID Plans||,,Plans announced in the Queen’s Speech to require voters to produce photo identification at polling stations has been criticised as “an unnecessary and expensive distraction” by multiple charities and research groups.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Government Faces Backlash Over "Unfathomable" Lack Of Social Care Plan In Queen's Speech||,,Industry groups have criticised the government's failure to provide a detailed plan for addressing the social care crisis in today's Queen's speech, which only promised to "bring forward proposals" over the next year.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||What made it into the Queen’s speech, and what was left out||,,
UK government’s to-do list includes planning reforms, voter ID and limits on right to protest, but sidesteps social care and rental reform
The Queen’s speech has set out more than two dozen planned bills for the government’s legislative programme in the coming parliament. Here’s what it contains – and what it misses out.Continue reading...
|11/05/2021||Freeports: What are they and where will they be?||,,Further details about England's new freeports were announced in the Queen's Speech.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Queen’s Speech 2021: Everything In Boris Johnson’s Plan To “Turbo-Charge" Post-Pandemic Recovery||,,Boris Johnson has laid out his plans to “create a stronger, healthier and more prosperous nation” after the coronavirus pandemic with more than 30 new pieces on legislation unveiled in today’s Queen’s Speech.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|11/05/2021||Matt Hancock Claims Tories Will Finally Deliver Social Care Reform But Still Cannot Say When||,,The health secretary Matt Hancock said the government remained committed to fixing social care but once again declined to say when exactly a proposal would be outlined.||www.politicshome.com||Visit...|
|10/05/2021||Main results of the General Affairs Council||,,Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/05/2021||Why Scotland’s election result is unlikely to hasten a referendum | Michael Keating||,,
Scots are still evenly split on independence, and a lengthy constitutional stalemate seems likely
Opinion polls for most of the past three years have shown Scotland to be evenly divided between supporters of union and independence. The Scottish parliament election result confirms this again. While the Scottish National party narrowly failed to gain an overall majority, independence supporters (the SNP and the Greens) have 72 of the 129 seats. Scottish electors cast two votes. The first is for a constituency MSP, elected by first-past-the-post as in Westminster elections. The second is for a regional party list, with seats distributed proportionally to ensure that the overall balance in the parliament is close to the regional list vote. Pro-independence parties won 49% of the constituency vote and 50.1% of the vote in the regional lists.
The polarisation of Scottish politics around the constitutional issue is exacerbated by Brexit. While unionists and nationalists backed remain by substantial majorities in 2016, since then there has been a move of remainers towards independence, while a smaller number of leavers have moved in the opposite direction. This polarisation has benefited the SNP and the Conservatives, while Labour has been squeezed. The middle ground, on which the largest section of Scottish opinion was previously camped – more devolution but short of independence – has shrunk.Continue reading...
|09/05/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Western Balkans and transatlantic relations. The Council also adopted conclusions on Security and Defence, and the Horn of Africa.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/05/2021||Labour wants to move on from Brexit, but English voters just won’t let them||,,
Keir Starmer may have hoped to put the referendum behind him, but its effects on voting patterns seem to be intensifying
Brexit is done. Long live Brexit. The long election weekend started badly for Keir Starmer and Labour, and got worse from there, as the aftershocks of the 2016 referendum decision continued to reverberate through the English electorate.
At 7am on Friday, a massive Conservative victory was announced in the Hartlepool by-election, Peter Mandelson’s former seat and Labour’s for decades hitherto. Even before the Hartlepool result was declared, the evidence from early council results was looking bad for Labour. Under Starmer, the party has sought to move on from Brexit. This, it seems, is not yet something English voters are willing to do. In seat after seat in Leave-voting parts of England, the Conservatives surged and Labour slumped. Leave voters, it seems, remain keen to reward the prime minister who “got Brexit done”.Continue reading...
|09/05/2021||It’s a win-win if UK loses war with France||,,
If victory eludes us in the row over fishing rights around Jersey, the prospect of Macron at No 10 has much to recommend it
If this week has demonstrated anything, it’s that war with France is one of few policies to still enjoy true cross-party support. Brexiters are happy because they crave armed conflict with the uppity frogs above all else. Remainers are happy because they always said Brexiters craved armed conflict with the uppity frogs, and they crave being proved right in a losing cause.
Other than being paid by the government not to work, it’s hard to think of another idea in recent years that everyone has rallied around with such enthusiasm. In fraught times, we ought to be grateful for these fleeting bursts of unity.Continue reading...
|07/05/2021||The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s win: Brexit is remaking politics | Editorial||,,
Boris Johnson has been forced to discover and explain what he stands for. Keir Starmer cannot, and voters are unimpressed
One can read too much into the Conservative party’s astounding victory at the byelection in Hartlepool, a deprived port town seat in north-east England. But it is rare that a government wins such contests, especially when it has been in power for 11 years and when the seat had been the opposition’s for decades. Now the town with the highest unemployment rate in the country has a Tory MP. This makes for a significant moment. The result represents the first fruits of Boris Johnson’s political strategy, which rests on consolidating the 2016 leave vote and using the state to direct cash and jobs to the parts of “rust belt” England that voted overwhelmingly for Brexit.
Labour might argue that “Super Thursday” was about much more than a single constituency. Elsewhere, devolved and local governments were being chosen. Yet in Scotland, Labour is being steamrolled by the nationalists. The party is clinging on in Wales. But to win power it needs to be competitive in England. At the time of writing, English local government elections seem to point to a revival in voting for the Greens and Liberal Democrats, eating into Labour’s support. This spells real trouble for Sir Keir Starmer, who could be caught in a pincer movement, losing votes on the left and the right. There are about 20 or so “safe” Labour seats, including those of Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper, where the combined 2019 Brexit and Tory party vote would easily overtake the sitting MP.Continue reading...
|07/05/2021||So who are you again? Boris Johnson meets the new MP for Hartlepool||,,
PM tried not to gloat at Jill Mortimer’s win, claiming no knowledge of Brexit party demise, vaccine bounce ... and even his new MP
The real surprise was that anyone was surprised. Over the last few days the polls had looked desperate for Labour and it would have been astonishing if the Conservatives hadn’t easily won the Hartlepool byelection.
And sure enough those who had voted for the Brexit party in the 2019 general election moved en masse to the Tories and Hartlepool went blue for the first time since the constituency had been created back in the mid-1970s. So what with the end of the Brexit party and the vaccine bounce, the byelection had been an accident waiting to happen for Labour.Continue reading...
|07/05/2021||The Jersey fishing standoff shows Brexit has only just begun | Marley Morris||,,
Ultimately, Britain will need to find a way to cooperate with its closest neighbours without resorting to gunboat diplomacy
When the UK and the EU finalised their trade deal last December, you could be forgiven for assuming that Boris Johnson had fulfilled his pledge to “get Brexit done”. But as events this week have proved, the process is far from over. An argument with France over fishing rights around the island of Jersey rapidly descended into threats, blockades and the government sending in the navy.
The current dispute rests on differing interpretations of one part of the trade and cooperation agreement (TCA), the trade deal that now governs economic relations between the UK and the EU. While Jersey is not part of the UK and was never within the EU, the TCA replaced the Bay of Granville agreement, which used to govern fishing rights in Jersey’s waters.Continue reading...
|06/05/2021||Brexit: Michel Barnier diaries outline struggles with DUP||,,The former EU Brexit negotiator claims Arlene Foster and Diane Dodds 'don't like each other and it shows'.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/05/2021||French fishermen leave Jersey after post-Brexit rights protest||,,The fishermen remain unhappy despite a Jersey official saying talks over access rights were "positive".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/05/2021||French fishing representative explains 'anger' over Jersey restrictions – video||,,
French fishers ended their protest around the Channel island of Jersey on Thursday.
French trawler crews, angered by limits on access to British fishing grounds, had sailed in a flotilla to Jersey earlier on Thursday to register their protest.
Representative Hugo Lehuby said the French government needed to proceed with retaliatory measures such as the one suggested by France's sea minister, Annick Girardin, to cut power supplies to Jersey if its fishers are not granted full access to UK waters under the post-Brexit trading termsContinue reading...
|06/05/2021||Dozens of French boats gather at Jersey port in protest – video||,,
British naval patrol vessels arrived in the waters around Jersey on Thursday as scores of French boats gathered at the port in St Helier to protest about post-Brexit fishing rights.
It followed French threats to cut off electricity to Jersey, a self-governing dependency of the UK off the tip of northern France. French fishers are protesting over new licences issued on Friday that restrict for the first time the number of days they can operate in shared watersContinue reading...
|06/05/2021||What is behind the dispute over fishing rights around Jersey?||,,
British navy patrol boats, protesting French fishers and Brexit – a summary of the escalating row
The immediate threat to which the prime minister was apparently responding when he dispatched the patrol vessels on Wednesday evening was a mooted blockade by French fishing boats of the port of St Helier, Jersey’s main entry point for supplies. French fishers accuse the Jersey authorities of limiting access to the waters around the Channel Island – and being in breach of the post-Brexit arrangements agreed between the EU and the UK in its Christmas Eve trade and cooperation agreement. A flotilla of boats full of angry fishers did indeed gather at the port on Thursday morning under the watchful gaze of two Royal Navy River class patrol vessels. The bigger picture, however, is the rancour and tension between Britain and EU member states after a bruising few years since the June 2016 referendum result.Continue reading...
|05/05/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/05/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics||,,The European Commission is complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID'.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/05/2021||Brexit: UK gives EU ambassador full diplomatic status||,,Joao Vale de Almeida will be immune from taxation or prosecution, as with officials from sovereign nations.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/05/2021||EU negotiator Barnier spills Brexit secrets in new book||,,From Theresa May and Boris Johnson to English breakfasts, Michel Barnier's new book reveals all.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/05/2021||Until Labour remainers properly accept Brexit, the party will be stuck in limbo | Larry Elliott||,,
Brexit has settled the UK’s relationship with the EU for years to come. Labour’s duty now is to help improve leavers’ lives
Traditionally, Europe is the issue that afflicts the Conservative party. Margaret Thatcher, John Major, David Cameron and Theresa May were all – in different ways – booted out of Downing Street as a result of Britain’s troubled relationship with Europe.
The political pattern has now been turned on its head. It will be five years next month since the UK voted narrowly to leave the European Union, and the Tories have accepted the result and moved on. Labour now says that it is reconciled to a post-Brexit future, but its predicted defeat in the Hartlepool byelection suggests the new approach has failed to convince.Continue reading...
|05/05/2021||Election – what election?||,,
Local elections are coming. Is it worth voting?
|05/05/2021||France threatens to cut Jersey's electricity over post-Brexit fishing rights – video||,,
The French maritime minister, Annick Girardin, warned on Tuesday that France could cut off electricity to the British island of Jersey in a dispute over fishing rights. The warning followed claims from Paris that Jersey was stalling in issuing licences to French boats under the terms of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. 'The agreement provides for retaliatory measures and these measures of retaliation we are ready to use,' Girardin told French lawmakers.
|04/05/2021||Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery||,,The Commission has updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/05/2021||Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market||,,The legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted by non-EU governments currently go largely unchecked, while subsidies granted by Member States are subject to close scrutiny.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/05/2021||Brexit: Edwin Poots threatens legal action over NI Protocol||,,The agriculture minister says a senior barrister has been instructed to examine the NI Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/05/2021||Projecting Global British Military Power||,,
Are enormous and expensive aircraft carriers the best way for Britain to ‘make friends and influence people’? The Americans have Route 66, the Chinese have the Silk Road and in the West of England we have the historic A303. The ‘303’ runs between Basingstoke and Exeter. Shortly after you leave Basingstoke, Popham Airfield is visible […]
|02/05/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU||,,The Commission proposed that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/05/2021||Brexit’s Mr Pooter may not survive his dispute with Cummings||,,
Boris Johnson and his former aide are locked in a relationship that is still having damaging consequences for all of us
Before he moved on to lower things, Boris Johnson lived in our neighbourhood, just off the Holloway Road in London’s Islington. Another famous Islingtonian who lived off the Holloway Road was the fictional Mr Pooter, protagonist of the Victorian classic Diary of a Nobody.
Mr Pooter’s wife was called Carrie, and his close neighbour went by the name of Cummings, of whom on one occasion Pooter writes: “Cummings and I have a little misunderstanding.”Continue reading...
|01/05/2021||A Vacuum of Integrity||,,
It gives no pleasure to witness integrity and professionalism being treated as an optional extra by those in power. Dominic Cummings: ‘It is sad to see the PM and his office fall so far below the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves.’ Lord Kerslake, former head of civil service: ‘The level of toxicity […]
|01/05/2021||NEUws from Elsewhere||,,
France: first the disturbing news More than a thousand mostly retired officers, including twenty generals, have published an open letter with a barely concealed call for a military coup in France, reports the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) on 29 April. They want to prevent what they call the ‘disintegration’ of France. Only military ‘intervention’, they […]
|30/04/2021||Brexit: Anger over government's failure to get Norway fishing deal||,,One Hull-based trawler, which catches 10% of fish for UK chip shops, will be out of action for a year.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/04/2021||Eurozone suffers double-dip recession as pandemic impact continues||,,Activity in the bloc has been hit by a renewed surge in infections this year and Covid-related restrictions.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/04/2021||If you put Lipstick on a Pig, it’s still a Pig||,,
I once spent several days grinding the rust of my old Mini car and carefully rubbing down the applied filler before re-spraying it and polishing it. I even vacuumed (not with a Dyson!) the interior and to be fair, it looked pretty tidy when I sold it. However, whatever the cosmetics, it was still, fundamentally, […]
|28/04/2021||Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future||,,The Commission has adopted a Communication on Better Regulation, proposing several improvements to the EU law-making process. To foster Europe's recovery, it is more important than ever to legislate as efficiently as possible, while making EU laws better adapted to tomorrow's needs.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||European Parliament upgrades rail passengers’ rights||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||EU ratifies the deal with the UK||,,The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement. This is the last step for the EU in the ratification of the post-Brexit deal. Both agreements will enter into force on 1 May 2021.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination||,,Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic. MEPs agreed that the new “EU COVID-19 certificate” - instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the Commission - should be in place for 12 months and not longer.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/04/2021||Arlene Foster resigns as first minister of Northern Ireland – video||,,
Arlene Foster has announced she is stepping down as leader of the Democratic Unionist party and Northern Ireland’s first minister after party members attempted to oust her over her handling of Brexit and other issues.
Foster said she would step down as party leader on 28 May and as first minister of Northern Ireland at the end of June. She said it had been 'the privilege of my life' to serve the people of Northern Ireland
|28/04/2021||Why is Arlene Foster stepping down as leader of the DUP?||,,
Party needs a scapegoat for Northern Ireland’s Brexit barrier and a chance to turn the page
Most of the DUP’s 27 assembly members and reportedly four of its eight Westminster MPs signed letters calling for a new leader, so Foster would have needed Houdini-level skills to survive. Her tumultuous six-year tenure as DUP leader and Northern Ireland’s first minister in effect came to an end on Wednesday with the announcement she would step down from the roles on 28 May and the end of June respectively.Continue reading...
|28/04/2021||EU parliament approves Brexit trade and security deal – video||,,
The European parliament has given its overwhelming backing to the Brexit trade and security deal. Five MEPs voted against the deal, with 660 in favour and 32 abstentions, although in an accompanying resolution the chamber described the referendum result of 23 June 2016 as a 'historic mistake'.
UK and EU senior figures hailed the vote as a ‘new chapter’ of friendly relations after four years of division. As the result was announced, Boris Johnson issued a statement saying: 'This week is the final step in a long journey, providing stability to our new relationship with the EU as vital trading partners, close allies and sovereign equals'Continue reading...
|28/04/2021||Brexit: European Parliament backs UK trade deal||,,Euro MPs back the EU-UK trade deal by 660 votes to 5 despite rows over fishing and Northern Ireland.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/04/2021||Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement||,,Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s evaluation of and expectations from the deal, passed by 578 votes, with 51 against and 68 abstentions.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
Katy Balls is Deputy Political Editor at The Spectator magazine. Prime Minister Johnson was editor there before becoming an MP. Johnson’s new spokesperson Allegra Stratton is married to a senior Spectator journalist. The Spectator website says, ‘We uphold strict standards of accuracy’. It is clear therefore that they report accurately what is going on in […]
|26/04/2021||Migration management: New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration||,,The Commission adopted the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common EU system for returns, a key objective under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/04/2021||Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/04/2021||NI Protocol is 'brutal deviation from Good Friday Agreement'||,,An ex-Irish Brexit negotiator questions any Stormont role in consenting to protocol's continuation.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/04/2021||We are all ‘Grimbarians’ now||,,
I have to admit that I hadn’t heard of Lia Nici MP before her tweet regarding Queen and flag brought her to some prominence recently. So, I checked her Twitter profile and found that she represents the constituency of Leave-voting Grimsby and describes herself as a proud Grimbarian. Now, forgive my ignorance but I didn’t […]
|23/04/2021||A Local Theatre is Locked down, Rejected and Nearly Evicted||,,
The story of one theatre reflecting the issues faced by the wider industry. In the small market town of Hitchin in the Home Counties, is the appropriately small Market Theatre. Like all theatres over the past year and a bit, they were severely affected by the Covid Crisis. As manager Glyn Doggett explains, the Market […]
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|20/04/2021||European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement||,,The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/04/2021||Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence||,,The Commission has proposed new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/04/2021||Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities||,,The European Commission has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|20/04/2021||Northern Ireland: Did anyone warn about Brexit border checks?||,,Border checks have caused tension in Northern Ireland but were there warnings in the Brexit campaign?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|19/04/2021||COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets||,,At its meeting of 20 April 2021, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. PRAC also concluded that these events should be listed as very rare side effects of the vaccine.||www.ema.europa.eu||Visit...|
|18/04/2021||Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the multilingual digital platform||,,The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, comprising representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, is launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe inviting all EU citizens to contribute to shaping their own future and that of Europe as a whole.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/04/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup held a discussion on insolvency frameworks and looked into ongoing work on the euro as a digital currency. Ministers were also briefed about the outcomes of recent international meetings and reviewed the Eurogroup's transparency policy.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities||,,The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/04/2021||James Dyson says Brexit has given him 'freedom'||,,Sir James Dyson defends moving his firm's headquarters to Singapore and says Dyson is a British firm.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery||,,The Commission has taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Fight against organised crime: New 5-year strategy for boosting cooperation across the EU and for better use of digital tools for investigations||,,The Commission presented a new EU Strategy to tackle Organised Crime, focusing on boosting law enforcement and judicial cooperation, tackling organised crime structures and high priority crimes, removing criminal profits and ensuring a modern response to technological developments.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||Fighting trafficking in human beings: new strategy to prevent trafficking, break criminal business models, protect and empower victims||,,The Commission presented a new Strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings (2021-2025), focusing on preventing the crime, bringing traffickers to justice and protecting and empowering victims.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|13/04/2021||UK exports to EU rebound partially after January's slump||,,Despite the improvement, exports still remain below 2020 levels, the UK statistics body says.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/04/2021||Coronavirus response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis||,,Once in place, the new measures will allow the Commission and other EU agencies and bodies to import and purchase goods and services VAT-free when those purchases are being distributed during an emergency response in the EU. The recipients might be Member States or third parties, such as national authorities or institutions (for example, a hospital, a national health or disaster response authority).||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/04/2021||Brexit: EU and UK 'still at odds' over subsidy rules||,,MPs on the European Scrutiny Committee examine the operation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/04/2021||Belfast police use water cannon on Northern Ireland rioters – video||,,
Rioters have been blasted with water cannon by police on the streets of Belfast as unrest continued into a seventh day.
Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by groups of young people who had gathered on the nationalist Springfield Road, close to where riots took place on Wednesday night.
After calls for calm this week, there was a heavy security presence, with water cannon, riot officers and police dogs at the sceneContinue reading...
|08/04/2021||Northern Ireland unrest: why has violence broken out?||,,
Rioting has spilled on to streets in pockets of unionist areas in Derry, Belfast and towns in County Antrim
Northern Ireland has been rocked by six successive nights of violence with 55 police officers injured in a level of unrest “not seen in years”.Continue reading...
|06/04/2021||Coronavirus: Commission mobilises €123 million for research and innovation to combat the threat of variants||,,The Commission is mobilising €123 million from Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, for urgent research into coronavirus variants.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/04/2021||Northern Ireland clashes reflect loyalists' fear of marginalisation||,,
Analysis: Brexit terms and handling of funeral seen as latest in a litany of perceived or real concessions
A Sinn Féin funeral was the spark but loyalists in Northern Ireland have been throwing petrol bombs and burning cars partly because they fear political marginalisation.
The union flag no longer flutters daily over Belfast city hall, a trade border separates the region from the rest of the UK and the police are allegedly beholden to Sinn Féin. Add to this a criminal gang’s resentment at recent arrests and you have the context for three consecutive nights of rioting in several towns that have left dozens of police officers injured, including five on Sunday night.Continue reading...
|31/03/2021||How tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions have changed since Brexit||,,Tampon tax, hedgerows and sanctions: what's changed since Brexit?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/03/2021||What Brexit changed for clothes, flower and sausage firms||,,Three months since the end of the transition period, bosses share their stories of how trade has changed.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/03/2021||Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice to protect independence of Polish judges and asks for interim measures||,,The European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the law on the judiciary of 20 December 2019, which entered into force on 14 February 2020. The Commission also decided to ask the Court of Justice to order interim measures until it has issued a final judgment in the case.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/03/2021||SURE: Commission proposes additional €3.7 billion to six Member States to protect jobs and incomes||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|29/03/2021||Commission disburses further €13 billion under SURE to six Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €13 billion to six EU Member States in the sixth instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. This is the third disbursement in 2021. As part of today's operations, Czechia has received €1 billion, Belgium €2.2 billion, Spain €4.06 billion, Ireland €2.47 billion, Italy €1.87 billion and Poland €1.4 billion.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/03/2021||Brexit: UK lost 'significant' access to EU policing data under deal, report warns||,,Post-Brexit security arrangements are "complex and untested", a House of Lords report warns.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/03/2021||Commission welcomes entry into force of EU4Health programme||,,EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, supporting the fight against cross-border health threats and boosting the EU's preparedness and capability to respond effectively to future health crisis, as part of a future strong European Health Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|25/03/2021||Brexit: EU shellfish ban indefensible, says minister||,,George Eustice says UK fishermen may have to find "alternative markets" away from the EU for their catch.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/03/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol needs consent of 'all of the people' in Northern Ireland||,,Lord Frost says the government is working to sustain the protocol in a "pragmatic fashion".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||European Green Deal: Commission presents actions to boost organic production||,,The Commission has presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agricultural land under organic farming by 2030, as well as to increase organic aquaculture significantly.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond||,,The Commission adopted the first annual work programme of Erasmus+ 2021-2027. With a budget of €26.2 billion, (compared to €14.7 billion for 2014-2020), complemented with about €2.2 billion from EU's external instruments, the new and revamped programme will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans of all ages and all backgrounds.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||Video conference of the members of the European Council||,,EU leaders met via video conference to take stock of the COVID-19 epidemiological situation. They also discussed transatlantic relations together with US President Joe Biden. The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, relations with Russia, the single market, digital agenda and the international role of the euro were also on the agenda.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/03/2021||How Brexit added layers of bureaucracy to meat exports||,,
Producers in Great Britain could once sell meat to EU customers as easily as they could at home. Since Brexit, exporters face a process of up to 26 steps, with every shipment logged in multiple databases and certified by reams of red tape. Here are all the hoops exporters must jump through
Before Brexit, it was as easy to send a shipment of meat to Bavaria as it was to Birmingham, but since Britain left the EU, trade with the continent requires significantly more paperwork, cost and effort. Animal products such as meat have a particularly high number of checks and documents.
Before 1 January, meat exporters based in the UK only needed to obtain a consignment note (CMR) and a delivery note before their goods could be loaded on to a lorry and transported across the Channel.Continue reading...
|23/03/2021||Commission strengthens transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines||,,The European Commission has introduced the principles of reciprocity and proportionality as new criteria to be considered for authorising exports under the transparency and authorisation mechanism for COVID-19 vaccine exports.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/03/2021||Commission proposes action to uphold child rights and support children in need||,,The Commission has adopted the first comprehensive EU Strategy on the Rights of the Child, as well as a proposal for a Council Recommendation establishing a European Child Guarantee, to promote equal opportunities for children at risk of poverty or social exclusion.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/03/2021||Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council||,,EU agriculture and fisheries ministers met to discuss fishing opportunities for stocks shared with the United Kingdom, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and measures against plant pests.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/03/2021||Report confirms SURE's success in protecting jobs and incomes||,,The Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/03/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,The Foreign Affairs Council was briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Southern neighbourhood and Turkey. Ministers also held an informal exchange with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/03/2021||Commission launches European Innovation Council to help turn scientific ideas into breakthrough innovations||,,The European Commission launched, at an online event, the European Innovation Council (EIC) with a budget of over €10 billion (in current prices) for 2021-2027 to develop and expand breakthrough innovations.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/03/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes a Digital Green Certificate||,,The European Commission has proposed to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Green Certificate will be a proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/03/2021||Commission disburses further €9 billion under SURE to seven Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €9 billion to seven EU Member States in the fifth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|15/03/2021||Brexit: EU to begin legal action over alleged NI Protocol breach||,,PM Boris Johnson says the UK's actions "temporary and technical measures that we think are very sensible".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/03/2021||Horizon Europe's first strategic plan 2021-2024: Commission sets research and innovation priorities for a sustainable future||,,The European Commission has adopted the first strategic plan for Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme worth €95.5 billion in current prices. The strategic plan is a novelty in Horizon Europe and sets the strategic orientations for the targeting of investments in the programme's first four years.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/03/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup discussed the impact of the pandemic on various sectors of the euro area economy, as well as possible structural changes it may have triggered. Ministers also exchanged views on the fiscal support measures.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|12/03/2021||'Lawful and right': Johnson defends easing of post-Brexit trade checks with Northern Ireland – video||,,
Boris Johnson defends Britain’s unilateral move to extend grace periods for checks on some food products going to Northern Ireland that has angered the European Union, repeating on Friday during a trip to the province that they were lawful and right. The EU has said London should respect what it signed up to and has said it will launch legal action, or a so-called ‘infringement procedure’, against BritainContinue reading...
|12/03/2021||Turing Scheme: What is the Erasmus replacement?||,,What will Brexit mean for students in the UK wanting to work or study abroad?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/03/2021||UK exports to European Union drop 40% in January||,,Official figures show a sharp drop in trade in goods with the EU as the Brexit transition period ended.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/03/2021||Plenary highlights: Future of Europe, EU4Health, media freedom||,,During a busy plenary session MEPs marked International Women´s Day, adopted investment and health programmes and paved the way for the Conference on the Future of Europe.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|11/03/2021||Brexit: UK delays border checks on EU goods into Great Britain||,,Ministers say the move will help firms after Covid - but Labour says it "smacks of ill-preparedness".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/03/2021||Brexit: NI official being sent to US amid UK-EU tensions||,,US president Joe Biden has previously expressed concerns about the situation in Ireland after Brexit.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|10/03/2021||European Commission authorises fourth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19||,,The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, and the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/03/2021||Parliament declares the European Union an ‘‘LGBTIQ Freedom Zone’’||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/03/2021||Brexit: UK acted prevent empty shelves, says Brandon Lewis||,,Brandon Lewis defends the decision to extend Brexit check grace periods without the EU's agreement.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/03/2021||MEPs: Put a carbon price on certain EU imports to raise global climate ambition||,,To raise global climate ambition and prevent ‘carbon leakage’, the EU must place a carbon price on certain imports from less climate-ambitious countries, say MEPs.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/03/2021||Humanitarian action: New outlook for EU's global aid delivery challenged by COVID-19||,,The Commission has proposed to strengthen the European Union's global humanitarian impact in order to meet the substantially rising humanitarian needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/03/2021||Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/03/2021||Parliament gives green light for new EU4Health programme||,,MEPs adopted the EU4Health programme for 2021-2027, which aims to prepare EU health systems more rigorously for future health threats and pandemics.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/03/2021||Parliament adopts InvestEU programme for strategic and innovative investments||,,MEPs adopted the new InvestEU programme, which will mobilise public and private investments and guarantees simplified access to financing.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/03/2021||Europe's Digital Decade: Commission sets the course towards a digitally empowered Europe by 2030||,,The Commission presented a vision, targets and avenues for a successful digital transformation of Europe by 2030. This is also critical to achieve the transition towards a climate neutral, circular and resilient economy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|05/03/2021||Brexit: Further trade rules relaxed between GB and NI||,,The UK government is taking the step to ease the movement of plants without the agreement of the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||International Women's Day 2021: COVID-19 pandemic is a major challenge for gender equality||,,Ahead of International Women's Day, the Commission published its 2021 report on gender equality in the EU, that shows the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Brexit: EU legal action imminent over UK extension to grace periods||,,The UK says it will unilaterally extend grace periods for Irish Sea border checks on parcels and agri-foods.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Brexit: Stormont leaders at odds over UK-EU protocol row||,,Arlene Foster says the EU is ignoring unionist concerns, but Michelle O'Neill says Number 10 is acting in bad faith.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/03/2021||Northern Ireland Brexit issues can be solved with 'goodwill', says Johnson – video||,,
Boris Johnson has said the latest problems surrounding Brexit and Northern Ireland could be solved with 'goodwill' and 'common sense'. The EU said it would take legal action against the UK government after it unilaterally extended a grace period for checks on food imports to Northern Ireland, against terms of the Brexit dealContinue reading...
|03/03/2021||Pay Transparency: Commission proposes measures to ensure equal pay for equal work||,,The European Commission presented a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/03/2021||The European Pillar of Social Rights: turning principles into actions||,,The Commission sets out its ambition for a strong Social Europe that focuses on jobs and skills for the future and paves the way for a fair, inclusive and resilient socio-economic recovery.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Commission presents updated approach to fiscal policy response to coronavirus pandemic||,,The European Commission has adopted a Communication providing Member States with broad guidance on the conduct of fiscal policy in the period ahead. It provides guiding principles for the proper design and quality of fiscal measures.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Union of Equality: European Commission presents Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030||,,The European Commission presented an ambitious Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030 to ensure their full participation in society, on an equal basis with others in the EU and beyond.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/03/2021||Fishing firms could go bust over Brexit, MPs told||,,Industry figures warn extra costs could see British firms relocate to Europe or stop trading.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/03/2021||Commission supports reform projects in Member States for more jobs and sustainable growth||,,The Commission approved 226 projects in all 27 Member States that will support their efforts in designing and implementing national reforms to enhance growth.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|01/03/2021||Protecting European consumers: Safety Gate efficiently helps take dangerous COVID-19 products off the market||,,The European Commission published its annual report on the Safety Gate, which is the EU rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products helping to take dangerous non-food products off the market.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/02/2021||New EU energy labels applicable from 1 March 2021||,,To help EU consumers cut their energy bills and carbon footprint, a brand new version of the widely-recognised EU energy label will be applicable in all shops and online retailers from Monday, 1 March 2021.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|25/02/2021||Main results of the European Council video conference||,,On 25 February, the members of the European Council met via video conference to discuss the current situation with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic and preparedness for health emergencies. On 26 February they met again, focusing on security and defence, and relations with the Southern Neighbourhood.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|25/02/2021||Post-Brexit trade: Boris Johnson calls for eat British fish campaign||,,The PM promises action to boost the industry - but Labour says his Brexit deal threatens jobs.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/02/2021||Brexit: NI leaders at odds on Irish sea border meeting||,,Arlene Foster says the EU was 'tone-deaf' but Michelle O'Neill says the meeting was "constructive".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Building a Climate-Resilient Future - A new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change||,,The European Commission adopted a new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, setting out the pathway to prepare for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Commission proposes new Regulation to ensure EU travellers continue to benefit from free roaming||,,To ensure that citizens can continue to enjoy roaming without additional charges when travelling in the EU, the Commission proposed a new Roaming Regulation. At a time when non-essential travel is discouraged, this is an important action in preparing a brighter future.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|23/02/2021||Protecting people working through platforms: Commission launches a first-stage consultation of the social partners||,,The Commission launched the first-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. Platform work is developing rapidly in the EU across a growing number of business sectors.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/02/2021||EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition||,,The Commission has proposed to set up 10 new European Partnerships between the European Union, Member States and/or the industry. The goal is to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/02/2021||Brexit: DUP says NI Protocol could cause political instability||,,The DUP urges No 10 to scrap the mechanism, but a government minister says issues can be resolved.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/02/2021||First calls under Horizon Europe to be launched by the European Research Council||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/02/2021||EU industry: Commission takes action to improve synergies between civil, defence and space industries||,,The Commission presented an Action Plan on Synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|21/02/2021||Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council||,,EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Russia, and Hong Kong. The Council also adopted conclusions on: Myanmar/Burma, a human-rights-based post-COVID-19 recovery, and EU priorities in UN human rights fora in 2021.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|19/02/2021||Twycross Zoo conservation 'halted by lack of Brexit forms'||,,Twycross Zoo says it is unable to export its female Amur leopard for breeding until the new paperwork is available.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/02/2021||EU doubles contribution to COVAX to €1 billion to ensure safe and effective vaccines for low and middle-income countries||,,The European Union has announced an additional €500 million for the COVAX Facility, doubling its contribution to date for the global initiative that is leading efforts to secure fair and equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines in low and middle-income countries.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||Commission sets course for an open, sustainable and assertive EU trade policy||,,The European Commission has set out its trade strategy for the coming years. Reflecting the concept of open strategic autonomy, it builds on the EU's openness to contribute to the economic recovery through support for the green and digital transformations, as well as a renewed focus on strengthening multilateralism and reforming global trade rules to ensure that they are fair and sustainable.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||February infringements package: key decisions||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||Lord Frost: Brexit negotiator joins cabinet to deal with EU||,,Downing Street says the UK's Brexit negotiator will help carve out a new relationship with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|17/02/2021||National Theatre shelves European touring after Brexit||,,The venue says a "lack of clarity" about visas and permits makes such tours "not financially viable".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||A renewed multilateralism fit for the 21st century: the EU's agenda||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||Coronavirus: preparing Europe for the increased threat of variants||,,The new European bio-defence preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants called “HERA Incubator” will work with researchers, biotech companies, manufacturers and public authorities in the EU and globally to detect new variants, provide incentives to develop new and adapted vaccines, speed up the approval process for these vaccines, and ensure scaling up of manufacturing capacities.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||Coronavirus: Commission approves second contract with Moderna to ensure up to additional 300 million doses||,,The European Commission has approved a second contract with the pharmaceutical company Moderna, which provides for an additional purchase of 300 million doses (150 million in 2021 and an option to purchase an additional 150 million in 2022) on behalf of all EU Member States.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||LIFE Programme: EU invests €121 million in environment, nature and climate action projects||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|16/02/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol is 'only solution' despite challenges||,,EC vice president Maros Sefcovic says the NI deal is "administratively extremely challenging".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|14/02/2021||Main results of the Eurogroup video conference||,,The Eurogroup exchanged views on macroeconomic developments and policy prospects in the euro area, based on the European Commission's Winter Forecast.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|14/02/2021||Dominic Raab appears to blame EU for Brexit trade troubles – video||,,
The UK's foreign secretary has said people should take a '10-year view' of the economic troubles caused by losses in trade with the EU after Brexit, arguing that opportunities in developing markets outside Europe would eventually close the gap. Questioned on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show about warnings from UK businesses of the threat that new bureaucracy and duties pose to viable trade with the EU, he appeared to blame Brussels, saying that it was imposing obstaclesContinue reading...
|12/02/2021||UK and EU hold 'frank but constructive' talks on NI trade rules||,,The two sides vow to implement the Northern Ireland Protocol and "address all outstanding issues".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/02/2021||Plenary highlights: Covid-19 recovery, vaccines, circular economy||,,MEPs approved the EU’s key instrument to help countries recover from Covid-19, debated the vaccines situation and called for tighter recycling rules.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/02/2021||EU recovery package: Council adopts Recovery and Resilience Facility||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|10/02/2021||Winter 2021 Economic Forecast: A challenging winter, but light at the end of the tunnel||,,Europe remains in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The resurgence in the number of cases, together with the appearance of new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus, have forced many Member States to reintroduce or tighten containment measures. At the same time, the start of vaccination programmes throughout the EU provides grounds for cautious optimism.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||COVID-19 vaccination: MEPs call for EU and global solidarity||,,The EU must continue its concerted efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and take urgent measures to ramp up vaccines production to meet citizens’ expectations, MEPs say.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Parliament gives go-ahead to €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility||,,Parliament approved the Recovery and Resilience Facility, designed to help EU countries tackle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Circular economy: MEPs call for tighter EU consumption and recycling rules||,,||www.europarl.europa.eu||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Brexit: NI port staff to return after security concerns||,,Officials were withdrawn from post-Brexit checks at border posts after claims of intimidation.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/02/2021||Brexit effect: No custard creams for Brits in Europe||,,A British supermarket chain in Belgium is on the verge of closure with no deliveries since December.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/02/2021||Southern Neighbourhood: EU proposes new Agenda for the Mediterranean||,,To relaunch and strengthen the strategic partnership between the European Union and its Southern Neighbourhood partners, the European Commission and the High Representative adopted a joint communication proposing an ambitious and innovative new Agenda for the Mediterranean.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|08/02/2021||Brexit: What trade deals has the UK done so far?||,,The UK-EU agreement came into force on 1 January 2021, but what other trade deals has the UK done?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/02/2021||Brexit: Trade unions dispute Larne port threats claim||,,Three trade unions ask a council to withdraw remarks attributed to them about "suspicious activity".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|06/02/2021||Brexit: Irish Sea border issues foreseen when deal was done||,,The NI Protocol problems, which have been in sharp focus this week, were predicted by civil servants.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/02/2021||Brexit: 71 pages of paperwork for 1 lorry of fish||,,How new rules on exporting to the European Union have affected a British fishing firm.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/02/2021||SAMIRA Action Plan: Radiological and nuclear technology in support of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan||,,The Commission presented its SAMIRA Action Plan – the Strategic Agenda for Medical Ionising Radiation Applications. The Plan will improve EU coordination, ensure that radiological and nuclear technologies continue to benefit the health of EU citizens, and contribute to the fight against cancer and other diseases.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|04/02/2021||Brexit: Arlene Foster says unionism coming together to oppose Protocol||,,DUP leader Arlene Foster accuses the British government of "sleepwalking" into NI's Brexit arrangements.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/02/2021||Commission opens infringement procedures against 24 Member States for not transposing new EU telecom rules||,,The European Electronic Communications Code modernises the European regulatory framework for electronic communications, to enhance consumers' choices and rights, for example by ensuring clearer contracts, quality of services, and competitive markets.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|03/02/2021||PM urges EU action to ease Brexit tensions in NI||,,The UK wrote to the bloc calling for lighter enforcement of rules as port staff face threats over checks.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|02/02/2021||Europe's Beating Cancer Plan: A new EU approach to prevention, treatment and care||,,On the eve of the World Cancer Day, the European Commission presented Europe's Beating Cancer Plan – a main priority in the area of health of the von der Leyen Commission and a key pillar of a strong European Health Union.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|02/02/2021||EU temporarily withdraws staff from Northern Irish ports over Brexit security concerns – video||,,
EU staff will be temporarily withdrawn from their work at Northern Irish ports due to security concerns, an EU commission spokesman said. Northern Ireland’s government has also suspended Brexit checks on animal and food products arriving into Belfast and Larne ports after 'sinister and menacing behaviour' towards staff led to fears for their safetyContinue reading...
|02/02/2021||EU shellfish import ban indefinite, UK fishing industry told||,,The government promises to push Brussels to change its transport rules on scallops, clams and mussels.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/02/2021||Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States||,,The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine Member States in the fourth instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|31/01/2021||Covid: EU and AstraZeneca in 'step forward' on vaccines||,,The Commission chief announces a "step forward" after criticism over EU handling of vaccine plans.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/01/2021||COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on measures affecting free movement||,,Under the updated recommendation, a new colour (dark red) is added to the existing categories of green, orange, red and grey in the weekly map published by the ECDC.||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|31/01/2021||UK applying to join Asia-Pacific free trade pact CPTPP||,,If successful, Britain will join a club including Japan and Australia and covering 500m people.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/01/2021||EU vaccine export row: Bloc backtracks on controls for NI||,,It follows anger over a decision to invoke an emergency provision in the Brexit deal in order to control vaccine exports.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|29/01/2021||Brexit: NI Protocol 'obstructs free movement of military'||,,The UUP says the MoD must now fill out customs declaration forms to move equipment.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Vaccines: contract between European Commission and AstraZeneca now published||,,Following the renewed request from the European Commission on 27 January 2021, pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to publish the redacted contract signed between the two parties on 27 August 2020. The Commission welcomes the company's commitment towards more transparency in its participation in the rollout of the EU Vaccines Strategy.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Commission puts in place transparency and authorisation mechanism for exports of COVID-19 vaccines||,,In an effort to ensure timely access to COVID-19 vaccines for all EU citizens and to tackle the current lack of transparency of vaccine exports outside the EU, the Commission has put in place a measure requiring that such exports are subject to an authorisation by Member States.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|28/01/2021||Post-Brexit trading 'difficult' for my business - Samantha Cameron||,,The fashion brand owner tells Woman's Hour she speaks to her former PM husband about her firm's frustrations.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/01/2021||Screening of websites for ‘greenwashing': half of green claims lack evidence||,,The European Commission and national consumer authorities have released the results of a screening of websites (“sweep”), an exercise carried out each year to identify breaches of EU consumer law in online markets.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|27/01/2021||Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries||,,||www.consilium.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/01/2021||Rule of Law: Commission adopts next step in the infringement procedure to protect judicial independence of Polish judges||,,||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/01/2021||Commission launches debate on responding to the impact of an ageing population||,,The European Commission presented a green paper to launch a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe's ageing society. It sets out the impact of this pronounced demographic trend across our economy and society and invites the public to express their views on how to respond to this in a public consultation, which will run for 12 weeks.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|26/01/2021||How Brexit shapes people's views on Scottish independence||,,Sir John Curtice looks at whether a future Yes vote in Scotland could be boosted by the UK leaving the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/01/2021||Commission study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors||,,The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study. Trade agreements are due to result in substantial increases in EU agri-food exports, with more limited increases in imports, creating a positive trade balance overall.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/01/2021||Coronavirus: Commission proposes additional safeguards on travel from outside the EU and updated criteria for applying travel restrictions||,,New coronavirus variants and the volatile health situation worldwide call for further action to ensure that any travel to the EU takes place safely.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|24/01/2021||European Commission launches Green Consumption Pledge, first companies commit to concrete actions towards greater sustainability||,,The Green Consumption Pledge is part of the European Climate Pact which is an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe.||ec.europa.eu||Visit...|
|22/01/2021||Brexit: Retailers warn they could burn goods stuck in EU||,,UK retailers may abandon goods EU customers want to return because it is cheaper than bringing them home.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|22/01/2021||Brexit: Nissan commits to keep making cars in Sunderland||,,The Japanese car maker has told the BBC its Sunderland plant is secure for the long term.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/01/2021||UK accused of 'petty' behaviour in EU diplomat row||,,Ex-ministers have criticised the UK for downgrading the diplomatic status of the EU's ambassador.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|21/01/2021||EU website purchases: the import charges UK customers have to pay||,,
Consumers now face UK VAT, rather than local rates, as well as customs duty and courier admin charges
Before Brexit, UK consumers were free to buy items from anywhere in the EU without incurring import duties and other charges. That all changed on 1 January 2021.
Online orders up to £135 are now supposed to have the UK’s prevailing VAT rate added at the point of sale by the EU retailer, which has to have registered with HM Revenue & Customs.Continue reading...
|21/01/2021||Brexit: 'I was asked to pay an extra £82 for my £200 coat'||,,Shoppers buying items from Europe now have to pay customs or VAT charges on those above a certain value.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|20/01/2021||Brexit: 'My meat shipment is rotting in Rotterdam'||,,Brexit border hold-ups mean customers are starting to go elsewhere says UK meat exporters group.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|18/01/2021||Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption||,,Boris Johnson promises £23m in compensation for exporters which have lost orders due to delays.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/01/2021||Brexit: 'My £50,000 shellfish lorry was delayed for 30 hours'||,,A Welsh shellfish exporter says she is struggling with new post-Brexit border rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/01/2021||Brexit: Five surprising consequences||,,Confiscated ham sandwiches, delayed Scottish salmon and other fallout from the new regime.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/01/2021||Brexit: MP says teething problem remark is an 'insult'||,,The DUP's Ian Paisley says the Irish Sea border is having "severe economic consequences".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/01/2021||Brexit: Supermarkets call for action on NI food supplies||,,Retailers have been grappling with problems importing some products from Great Britain||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|12/01/2021||Brexit leaves Spain's Costa Brits facing dilemmas||,,British expats in Spain tell the BBC how the new post-Brexit rules have changed their lives.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/01/2021||Brexit: UK driver has ham sandwiches confiscated at Dutch border||,,Dutch TV films officials confiscating ham sandwiches from UK drivers under new food import rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/01/2021||Global health insurance card to replace EHIC under new rules||,,UK residents can apply for the new card to access emergency medical care when their EHIC card runs out.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/01/2021||Brexit: M&S temporarily cuts hundreds of products in NI||,,Criticism of new Brexit trade rules is growing as firms warn of more bureaucracy, higher costs and delays.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/01/2021||Were there hold-ups in first week after Brexit?||,,Low traffic at borders has meant there have been few problems in Kent, but there have been other issues.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/01/2021||Brexit barriers for the arts 'heartbreaking'||,,Industry leaders say uncertainty over future funding is causing concern.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/01/2021||Brexit: Fresh test for Irish Sea trade border processes||,,As businesses return to work after Christmas, the amount of freight moving through NI will increase.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/01/2021||Brexit: Arlene Foster sees 'gateway of opportunity' in UK-EU trade deal||,,NI's first minister says the UK-EU deal eases "some of the difficulties with the NI Protocol".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|01/01/2021||Brexit: New era for UK as it completes separation from European Union||,,Boris Johnson celebrates the "freedom in our hands" as the long Brexit process comes to a conclusion.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/12/2020||Brexit: Gibraltar gets UK-Spain deal to keep open border||,,The deal - yet to become a treaty - enables Spanish workers to continue entering Gibraltar freely.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/12/2020||Brexit: Dover-Calais route 'will work well on 1 January'||,,Channel Tunnel operator Getlink says there will not be congestion when new trading rules begin later.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|31/12/2020||Brexit: New EU trade arrangements to begin after Parliament vote||,,The UK's hard-fought agreement with the EU is set to come into force at 23:00 GMT on Thursday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Brexit: Labour aides quit over Starmer's backing for trade deal||,,Three frontbenchers were among 36 Labour MPs to defy orders to back laws enacting post-Brexit deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||MSPs vote to 'refuse consent' for Brexit deal||,,The Scottish Parliament is set to demand a "pause" to Brexit rather than the deal negotiated with the EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|30/12/2020||Post-Brexit trade: UK having its cake and eating it, says Boris Johnson||,,The PM refuses to acknowledge his post-Brexit trade deal brings new barriers to trade, in a BBC interview.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/12/2020||Brexit: NI MPs to vote against trade deal in Commons||,,The trade deal does not address "many issues that are damaging to Northern Ireland", says a DUP MP.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/12/2020||Brexit: 'Bumpy' period expected as UK adjusts to new EU rules||,,Ministers warn of "practical and procedural changes" when the Brexit transition period ends this week.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|28/12/2020||Brexit deal: What is in it?||,,A post-Brexit agreement has been announced. Here are 10 key questions.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|27/12/2020||Brexit: PM vows to focus on 'levelling up country' after securing deal||,,Boris Johnson promises "big changes" after Brexit, but fishermen's leaders accuse him of "caving in".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/12/2020||Brexit trade deal 'moment of national renewal', says Lord Frost||,,The UK's chief Brexit negotiator says the new trade agreement with the EU is "one of the biggest ever".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|26/12/2020||Brexit: UK and EU can have 'special relationship', says Michael Gove||,,The Cabinet Office minister says he has lost friends over Brexit and admits it turned UK politics "ugly".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/12/2020||Brexit deal 'will make UK safer', Priti Patel says||,,The home secretary says border controls will be "fairer" but there are concerns over data access.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|25/12/2020||Brexit: EU diplomats briefed on Brexit trade deal||,,The BBC has seen the 1,246-page document, which includes about 800 pages of annexes and footnotes.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU||,,The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||Brexit trade deal 'not what was promised for Wales' says FM||,,First Minister Mark Drakeford says it is not what Wales was promised, but is better than no deal.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||Brexit: PM announces new deal between UK and EU||,,Boris Johnson called the deal between the UK and EU the ‘biggest trade deal yet’||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|24/12/2020||European Commission announces ‘fair’ post-Brexit trade deal||,,The President of the European Commission announces the end of negotiations between the UK and EU.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2020||Brexit: What would no deal mean?||,,What will it mean if there is no deal between the UK and EU by the end of the year?||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2020||Brexit trade deal: What do WTO rules or an Australia-style relationship mean?||,,If the UK leaves the EU without a trade deal it will have to trade on WTO terms.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|11/12/2020||Brexit: Malcolm Turnbull tells UK 'be careful what you wish for' over EU trade||,,Malcolm Turnbull tells BBC Question Time his country's arrangement with the EU has "large barriers".||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|09/12/2020||Brexit: Lords defeat government in row over devolved powers||,,Critics of the Internal Market Bill say it will undermine devolution after the UK regains EU powers.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|08/12/2020||Brexit food supply fears grow: 'It's too late, baby'||,,The industry tells MPs it has not had enough time to prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|05/12/2020||Brexit: UK-EU trade talks to resume over 'critical issues'||,,Negotiators will talk on Sunday, but "significant differences" between the two sides in post-Brexit trade talks remain.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|04/12/2020||Post-Brexit trade talks paused amid 'significant divergences'||,,Boris Johnson and European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen will seek to break deadlock on Saturday.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|03/12/2020||Live animal exports to be banned in England and Wales||,,The environment secretary says the ban could be in place by the end of 2021 in a move away from EU rules.||www.bbc.co.uk||Visit...|
|13/12/2019||Why we lost – and where we go from here||,,
When the history of Brexit is written, the Lib Dems’ decision to let Johnson hold this election will be seen as a key strategic error.
|11/12/2019||7 reasons to vote Johnson out||,,
We can kick Johnson out. So brave the elements and vote for the candidates with the best chance of beating the Tories.
|11/12/2019||Trump sabotages Brexiters’ last-ditch safety net||,,
Relying on the WTO for our trade was always a terrible idea. Now that the US president has ripped a hole in it, it’s economic suicide.
|11/12/2019||With a final tactical voting push, we can beat Johnson||,,
Good news from YouGov poll is Tory lead is shrinking. Bad news is they are still ahead because too many pro-European votes are being wasted.
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|10/12/2019||Johnson won’t stop the chaos – that’s just propaganda||,,
A Tory victory means more chaos. The only way to end the arguments over Brexit and fix our real problems is to vote them out.
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|10/12/2019||Tories bully BBC because it’s easily cowed||,,
Johnson yesterday hinted he would axe the licence fee. This had two purposes: cover up his NHS blunder and pummel the BBC into submission.
|10/12/2019||At Christmas you tell the truth, but not if you’re Johnson||,,
PM rips off Love Actually in his video but misses out the punch line: “Just because it’s Christmas and at Christmas you tell the truth.”
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|10/12/2019||Don’t worry about voting tactically for Corbyn. He won’t win||,,
Right-wing press has branded Corbyn unelectable. They are right - he is. Not for the reasons they suggest, but because of simple maths.
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|09/12/2019||Tory “punch” propaganda backfires||,,
To cover up Johnson’s NHS disaster, Tories fabricate story about Labour activist punching Hancock aide.
|09/12/2019||Johnson’s dishonesty and disorganisation on Irish Sea border||,,
Not only is Johnson lying about surrendering to the EU demand for an internal UK border, he isn’t ready to deliver a deal by December 2020.
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