With a slew of big international news stories, freak weather and a terrorist incident dominating the media this last week, it’s easy to forget that it was just a matter of days ago that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill secured its Second Reading in the House of Commons.
Writing for BrexitCentral today, the recently-elected Conservative MP for Aberdeen South, Ross Thomson, reflects on that significant step on the road to Brexit and, in particular, the way in which the Scottish National Party are opposing the legislation in an effort to thwart Brexit. Ross variously accuses the SNP of hypocrisy, scaremongering and attempting to undermine the UK from within and you can read his piece here (and here’s wishing Ross a Happy Birthday today as well!)
By Jonathan Isaby, Editor, BrexitCentral
What a momentous day – on several counts! Not only is today BrexitCentral’s first birthday, but we wake up to the news that the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill secured its Second Reading shortly after midnight by a majority of 36.
It’s hard to believe that it was only one year ago that I wrote my first BrexitCentral daily briefing. It’s been a momentous twelve months and I’m delighted to have made a reality – with the help of an incredibly talented team – the vision that our Editor-at-Large, Matthew Elliott, had for BrexitCentral when he announced its founding last summer after the referendum.
Written by David Campbel
David Campbell is a Professor of Law in the Lancaster University School of Law. He has taught at a number of British universities and in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Spain and the USA. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Abritrators.
Many MPs and members of the House of Lords of all political affiliations who wished, and perhaps still wish, to remain in the EU have signalled their intent to determinedly oppose the progress of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill through Parliament. Prominent amongst these are Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Shadow Secretary for Exiting the EU and Dominic Grieve QC, the former Conservative Attorney General. It is only very recently that, if I understand what he has said correctly, Sir Keir has made clear his Party’s intention to whip opposition to the entire Bill. Previously, the Labour Party and their allies in other parties had been very evasive about whether they opposed the Bill in this way. But all these MPs and Lords have for some time made it clear that they intend to propose an enormous number of amendments to that Bill.
Deputy Editor, BrexitCentral
The third round of the negotiations ended yesterday with a dramatic press conference in which the European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier accused Britain of ‘nostalgia’ for benefits of EU membership and David Davis gave a robust defence of the United Kingdom’s position over the so-called Brexit bill, saying that the UK government had “a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it,” and the any settlement should be “in accordance with law.” The British press has seized upon this latest press conference with glee, with the general consensus among them being that the only way in which it could have gone any worse, is if the negotiations had collapsed completely, there and then.
Darren Grimes, Deputy Editor, BrexitCentral
Monday, 21st August 2017
Not to alarm you on a Monday morning, but after this weekend there seems to be a lot to be an awful lot said for getting naked. Over this weekend, Economists for Free Trade have swung into action, launching their new website and releasing one paper with the Institute for Economic Affairs and another one of their own. The renowned set of economists proposes Britain undress post-Brexit by lowering its tariffs and reducing its prices by leaving the EU’s customs union. You can watch Professor Patrick Minford discuss his findings on Channel 4 News here.
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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
Hugh Bennett, brexitcentral.com, 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.
Read full story: HERE
Written by Lee Rotherham, July 30, 2017
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.
Written by, Warwick Lightfoot, 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?
Parliament 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.