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by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 2nd, 2021 at 06:44:39 PM EST
Brexit campaign group Leave.eu has moved its internet registration to the Republic of Ireland in order to be able to keep its .eu suffix after the UK quit the European Union.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 03:33:20 PM EST
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If I read the article correctly, they will be tossed from Ireland in a few weeks due to not having staff there?
by asdf on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 07:59:45 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 05:02:06 PM EST
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Scrap EU consumer and worker protections now Brexit is completed, leading Tory says
Change is coming. To succeed outside the EU, we need to be fitter, leaner and more globally engaged,' said the former MEP, who has just been made a Conservative peer. [...] "We have won the right to make different decisions outside the EU," Mr Hannan wrote - attacking "Stone Age instincts" that instead back stronger state intervention, because of the pandemic.
by Cat on Thu Jan 7th, 2021 at 05:07:19 PM EST
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NI - UK trade problems to 'get worse' before they improve - DW
The British government is aiming to resolve trade disruptions between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said amid reports of problems caused by post-Brexit regulations coming into force at the beginning of the year.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) sent a report to the minister warning that the "supply chain is collapsing and within a matter of a week may totally collapse," Northern Ireland's The News Letter reported on Saturday.

Several supermarket chains in Northern Ireland were forced to withdraw some produce from their shelves as the new regulations caused backlogs and delays.

An editor for The News Letter tweeted a picture of oranges at a supermarket warehouse in Belfast, saying that the fruit took too long to arrive from the mainland and eventually needed to be thrown out.

Can't they supply from that place located, you know, on the same island?

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 09:23:39 PM EST
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UK businesses wake up to hard truths on tariffs  - Politico.eu
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have promised a "tariff-free" post-Brexit trade deal at the end of last year, but British businesses are increasingly sounding the alarm over the scale of potential new duties.

Throughout nearly five years of Brexit talks, economists and trade experts repeatedly warned that, even in the best-case scenario, an EU-U.K. accord would only prevent the imposition of tariffs on goods that were predominantly produced in the U.K. Many other goods passing through Britain or distributed from there could face import duties, they warned, but the subject gained only scant attention in mainstream political debate.

In the last couple of days, however, the message has sunk in and a growing number of companies have spoken out over the disturbance that new tariffs could cause for exporters.

Who Could Have Predicted?
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 9th, 2021 at 09:48:30 PM EST
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Move to EU to avoid Brexit costs, firms told
"In an extraordinary twist to the Brexit saga" slow learners' annex follows the City to beachhead, "laying off a small number of staff here and taking on people in the Netherlands"
by Cat on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 10:21:37 PM EST
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This will mean laying off a small number of staff here and taking on people in the Netherlands.

Yeah ... free movement of business after Brexit ... not people. 😖

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2021 at 11:06:41 PM EST
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Netherlands protected from Engish sandwiches
Border officials have been confiscating sandwiches and other foodstuffs from drivers arriving in the Netherlands from the UK after Brexit, TV footage has revealed.

A Dutch TV clip showed a driver had his ham sandwiches taken away by border officials as he arrived - with one border guard joking: "Welcome to the Brexit, sir."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 11th, 2021 at 06:05:38 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 13th, 2021 at 07:59:04 PM EST
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But government is evil, and privatization cures everything!  Maggoty Trencher and The Blessed St. Ronnie Ray-Gunz said so, so it must be true!
by rifek on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 02:14:34 AM EST
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Yeah, but working class kids will actually eat the stuff on the right.
by Number 6 on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 11:55:12 AM EST
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It is mostly smaller amounts of the same stuff on the right. And beans and a few slices of cheese on the right instead of meat and eggs on the left.

So I don't see your point.

by fjallstrom on Wed Jan 27th, 2021 at 09:10:30 AM EST
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a brilliant if unexpected "infographic"
by Cat on Thu Jan 14th, 2021 at 06:58:00 PM EST
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The fishes were unavailable for comment.

by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Jan 15th, 2021 at 03:32:04 PM EST
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If Rees-Mogg was actually alive he'd be an anachronism.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jan 15th, 2021 at 05:06:36 PM EST
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It would be interesting to see the demographics of fish & chips consumers vs pro- and anti-Brexit
by asdf on Fri Jan 15th, 2021 at 08:31:52 PM EST
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Coronavirus sparks exodus of foreign-born people from UK - FT
Coronavirus has sparked an exodus of immigrants from the UK and what is likely to be the largest fall in Britain's population since the second world war, according to a statistical analysis of official data.

A blog, published on Thursday by the government-funded Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), estimated that up to 1.3m people born abroad left the UK between the third quarter of 2019 and the same period in 2020.

In London alone, almost 700,000 foreign-born residents have probably moved out, the authors of the blog calculated, leading to a potential 8 per cent drop in the capital's population last year.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 01:12:56 PM EST
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How do they tell the difference between COVID and Brexit?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 01:23:58 PM EST
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Because they are the FT, so they know. That's why.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 02:09:54 PM EST
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CST response to Scottish Government
"Dear Kate, Thank you for your letter to the Chancellor on 12 January seeking further funding assurances in 2021-22. I am replying as the minister responsible for public spending. ..."
by Cat on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 07:45:22 PM EST
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This seems like double jeopardy. "We are making you park here, but if you park here we will fine you." Stuck in line, no food, no toilet, no income from mileage.

Hauliers waiting for their paperwork to clear during Brexit custom checks face a £50 ($68) an hour fine. Truckers have been told that from 1 February, after the first two hours of waiting at the nine sites for the green light, they will be charged £50.

In December, Kent County Council was given new powers to clamp and fine lorries in certain areas. Those entering the county need Kent Access Permits and face £300 fines for not having them.

I wonder if, after the drivers get home after their first or second experience with this, they will just direct their attention elsewhere. Or just stay home.

by asdf on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 09:20:34 PM EST
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I'm seeing stuff over Twitter suggesting drivers are refusing to return to the UK. Meanwhile major logistics firms are dumping the country entirely:

German logistics firm DB Schenker stops UK shipments over Brexit red tape:

German logistics company DB Schenker is temporarily suspending deliveries from the European Union to Britain because of bureaucratic hurdles brought on by Brexit.

The transport giant is experiencing "considerable problems" in customs formalities in the movement of goods between the UK and EU, it said in a statement sent to AFP on Friday.

Only "around 10 percent" of deliveries are accompanied by the complete and correct paperwork, it added.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 11:35:06 PM EST
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This is not only Twitter chatter: drivers are increasingly refusing to go to the UK and logistics companies, like Schenker, the largest European land transporter are backing off too.

Good thing that the UK has a business friendly government. Oh, wait...

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 08:42:00 AM EST
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Wrapped in Brexit red tape, a UK freight firm struggles to trade
Swallow is one of thousands of freight forwarders and customs brokers based around Britain's biggest ports who have described the OVERNIGHT INTRODUCTION of a full customs border as akin to the country placing economic sanctions on itself.
He said many EU drivers were adding 400 pounds ($550) to the cost of driving into Britain so they were covered if they returned without any goods. The industry estimates up to half of the trucks going back to the EU are empty.
past prologue 10 March 2015
by Cat on Mon Feb 1st, 2021 at 07:02:01 PM EST
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Home Office Crime Data Loss

UK Accidentally Deletes 150k Arrests Records

UK Home Office Data Loss Incidents Surge by 120% | 2019-2020 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Jan 16th, 2021 at 10:30:49 PM EST
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archived A few first principles
by Cat on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 06:21:34 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun Jan 17th, 2021 at 07:15:03 PM EST
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UK refuses diplomatic status to EU representatives
The EU needs to deploy a proportionate diplomatic response. I suggest opening full EU embassies in Glasgow, Belfast, and whatever the capital of Wales is.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 06:08:00 PM EST
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'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 21st, 2021 at 08:18:32 PM EST
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Official advice from the British government inside:

Move to EU to avoid Brexit costs, firms told  - Observer

British businesses that export to the continent are being encouraged by government trade advisers to set up separate companies inside the EU in order to get around extra charges, paperwork and taxes resulting from Brexit, the Observer can reveal.

In an extraordinary twist to the Brexit saga, UK small businesses are being told by advisers working for the Department for International Trade (DIT) that the best way to circumvent border issues and VAT problems that have been piling up since 1 January is to register new firms within the EU single market, from where they can distribute their goods far more freely.

by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 04:13:40 PM EST
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Many items are now prohibited from travellers' baggage from Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). These are the most significant rules.


The ban on meat and dairy extends to items such as cakes  that contain fresh cream and confectionery "made with high levels of unprocessed dairy ingredients".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Jan 24th, 2021 at 05:37:49 PM EST
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