UK Brexit position paper commits to open and invisible Irish border…


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The government has said there must be an “unprecedented solution” for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic after Brexit. A paper detailing its proposals focuses on the need to avoid a hard border. The government stresses there should be no physical infrastructure, such as customs posts, at the border, which has almost 300 crossing points… The government’s paper does not envisage CCTV cameras or number plate recognition technology at the border, or set back from it. Instead, the government is arguing for a wide-ranging exemption under which small and medium-sized businesses will not have to comply with any new customs tariffs. – BBC News
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Brexit Central: A healthy dose of ambition and innovation for UK trade after Brexit

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Hugh Bennett,, August 15, 2017

The UK has stepped its Brexit preparations up a gear with an ambitious proposal for a “best of both worlds” customs arrangement with the EU after Brexit. In a paper published today, the Government sets out two possible post-Brexit scenarios. The first is a streamlined customs arrangement which would maximise technological and remote customs procedures to ensure highly simplified customs procedures with the EU, along the lines of what most are expecting after Brexit.

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Brexit Central: How to uncouple ourselves from the EU’s quangocracy

Lee Rotherham

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Dr Lee Rotherham is Director of think tank The Red Cell and Executive Director of Veterans for Britain. He was Director of Special Projects at Vote Leave.

The Red Cell’s latest research looks at the EU’s hidden layer of administration and governance. The Tangled Web: Dealing with EU Agencies after Brexit reflects on a massive growth industry in the EU. Today, Euroquangos employ 15,000 people and operate a budget of €10.1 billion. Clearly, this is not small beer territory but high ABV % Burton on Trent land, and should be an area of considerable focus for Brexit planners.

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BrexitCentral: The Common Agricultural Policy is emblematic of all that is wrong with the EU

Warwick LightfootWritten by, August 3, 2017

Warwick Lightfoot is Director of Research at Policy Exchange and the lead author of Farming Tomorrow: British agriculture after Brexit. He is a former special adviser to three Chancellors of the Exchequer.

The oldest and largest of the EU’s policies, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), is emblematic of why a majority of people voted for Brexit last year. Its objectives have focused for forty years on the interests of the producers, creating distorted markets, hindering trade deals, reducing farmers’ productivity and increasing prices for consumers. How on earth have we ended up with such a nonsensical system to disentangle?

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BrexitCentral: Your Essential Brexit Briefing Tuesday, 25th July 2017

BrexitCentralBannerParliament may now be in recess, but we haven’t been short of Brexit news these last 24 hours, so please bear with me! First of all, yesterday morning my colleague, David Scullion, reviewed the latest developments from the weekend for Paul Ross on his breakfast show on talkRADIO – click here to listen.

Then, after the publication of the latest economic projections from the IMF, BrexitCentral hosted a swift yet considered response from Dr Gerard Lyons of Netwealth Investments, who co-founded Economists for Brexit (now Economists for Free Trade). He set the IMF’s economic forecasts in context and explained why there remain many reasons to be positive about the UK’s economic outlook and Brexit. Click here to read his analysis.

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BrexitCentral: Why the EEA is not right for Britain

David Campbell Bannerman MEP
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David Campbell Bannerman has been MEP for the East of England since 2009, sitting firstly for UKIP and as a Conservative since 2011. He was Co-Chairman of Conservatives for Britain.

As a Brexiteer who has spent 10 years studying models of life outside the EU in order to promote a ‘positive vision’ of the great opportunities, and eight years doing deals on the European Parliament’s trade committee, I can confidently say it takes all of those 10 years really to understand it. The learning curve is indeed steep.

There is no ‘Eureka’ moment on what works best, just a recognition of just how complex technical matters intertwine, and how similar trade models can provide useful templates for our own unique deal.

There are over 50 different models of association with the EU, and a great deal of variety and complexity within the EU – where France signs up to everything including the Euro and Schengen, and the UK to as little as possible.

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Brexit Central: Your Essential Brexit Briefing Saturday, 15th July 2017

A new anti-Brexit strategy appears to be emerging, centred around the notion that the EU is prepared to reform freedom of movement once Britain realises what a terrible mistake Brexit is and decides to stay in after all, hence removing any objection to the UK remaining in the EU, because obviously the Brexit vote wasn’t about anything apart from immigration.

Nick Clegg was first to propose this with an article last week along the lines of ‘Belgium gets away with aggressively deporting EU citizens so we should stay in and do it too’, although they seem to be far from the most muddled thoughts currently in his head in light of his call yesterday for a second referendum where under-30s’ votes count twice. Yes, you read that right.

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Your Essential Brexit Briefing

BrexitCentral.comJonathan Isaby, Editor, BrexitCentral, @isaby

First out of the traps to be interviewed on yesterday morning’s round of political TV shows was Vince Cable, the man likely to be crowned Lib Dem leader later this month (in the absence of any other candidate). Speaking to Andrew Marr, he admitted that the Lib Dem policy offering a second EU referendum “didn’t really cut through” at the election, but nonetheless peddled the line that he’s “beginning to think that Brexit may never happen”. Click here to watch.

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BrexitCentral: Your Essential Brexit Briefing Thursday, 29th June 2017

BrexitCentralBannerJonathan Isaby
Editor, BrexitCentral

Good morning!

Amidst yesterday’s talk of ‘implementation periods’ and ‘transitional arrangements’ following the UK’s exit from the EU, Theresa May was handed the opportunity to make a pronouncement on the matter yesterday when Brexiteer Tory backbencher, William Wragg, asked her about it at Prime Minister’s Questions. The Prime Minister reiterated that her Article 50 letter raised the prospect of the possible need for an implementation period but was explicit in saying that this would not mean an “unlimited transitional phase”. Click here to watch the exchange for yourself.

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Brexit Central: Philip Hammond risks making David Davis’s job harder in the Brexit negotiations

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Patrick O’Flynn has been UKIP MEP for the East of England since 2014 and all views expressed are his personal views.

Above all other politicians, Chancellors of the Exchequer must take care to calibrate their words carefully. Any lapse into hyperbole can set off speculative reactions that destabilise the economy. They must aim to appear serene on the surface even when their legs are paddling like crazy below the waterline.
So what on earth was Philip Hammond up to when he went on The Andrew Marr Show earlier this month and declared that leaving the EU without a formal deal would be a “very, very bad result for Britain”?By using such a phrase, Mr Hammond made matters much more difficult for his Cabinet colleague David Davis, whose job it is to actually reach agreement with Brussels on the terms of our departure. Mr Hammond in effect sought to turn Mr Davis into that salesman’s dream: a customer who has advertised at the outset that he cannot leave the showroom without making a purchase.
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