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Skeleton Deal Post-Brexit

by Oui Mon Feb 3rd, 2020 at 03:25:21 PM EST

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Jean-Claude Juncker: 'Brexit was a waste of time and energy' | Interview  France24 |

"This is a sad day for the European Union, it's a tragedy in history," former EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told FRANCE 24. "But Britain is a great nation, British people have inspired so many positive undertakings in the world that I will never have disrespectful feelings for Britain."

EU leaders warn of Britain's 'splendid isolation' post-Brexit | The Guardian |

With less than 12 hours before the end of Britain's EU membership, three EU presidents spoke of their ambitions for the future of the club, as they sought to turn the page on three and a half years of Brexit negotiations.

"We know very well that as the sun rises tomorrow a new chapter for our union of 27 will start," said the European commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, setting out the EU's ambitions to confront the climate emergency and adapt to increasingly rapid digitalisation of the economy.

She said the EU had become "a global economic powerhouse" over the last 47 years.

    "Our experience has taught us that strength does not lie in splendid isolation, but in our unique union. Nowhere else in the world can you find 27 nations of 440 million people speaking 24 different languages, relying on each other, working together, living together. This is not by accident or by chance; this is grounded in centuries of shared history, decades of shared experience," she said.

    Reiterating the EU's long-held stance, she added: "We want to have the best possible relationship with the United Kingdom but it will never be as good as membership."

UK's post-Brexit deal demands won't lead to border checks, Raab insists | Sky News |

Mr Raab has accused the former European Council president Donald Tusk of being "irresponsible" in saying Brussels feels "empathy" towards an independent Scotland joining the EU .

He tells Marr: "I think it was frankly un-European and rather irresponsible given the separatist tendencies in Spain, France and Italy."  

'No trade deal without fisheries rights,' EU's Barnier tells UK

'No need' to accept EU rules in post-Brexit talks: Johnson | DW |

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline an uncompromising stance on post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union. The EU and the United Kingdom have until the end of the year to seal an agreement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will outline tough terms for post-Brexit trade talks with the European Union on Monday, with the UK leader expected to say "Britain will prosper" regardless of the outcome.

"There is no need for a free trade agreement to involve accepting EU rules on competition policy, subsidies, social protection, the environment, or anything similar," Johnson will say in his speech, according to excerpts released by his office on Sunday, just days after the UK left the now 27-member bloc.

He is also expected to say that if the European Union does not accept an agreement similar to the EU's arrangement with Canada, then trade with the EU will have to be based on the UK's existing withdrawal agreement with the bloc, which would be "more like Australia's."

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EU-Canada deal

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said when it comes to trade with the EU after Brexit: "We want a comprehensive free trade agreement, similar to Canada's". The EU's agreement with Canada is called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short.

The EU began negotiating with Canada in 2009, and CETA provisionally came into force in 2017, although it has not yet been signed off by all the EU member states.

What does CETA do?

We've heard a lot about wanting a "zero-tariff, zero-quota" deal between the UK and the EU. CETA does not do that. CETA gets rid of most, but not all, tariffs (that's taxes on imports) on goods traded between the EU and Canada. Tariffs remain on poultry, meat and eggs. It also increases quotas (that's the amount of a product that can be exported without extra charges) but does not get rid of them altogether.


The UK is open to an 'Australia-style' EU trade deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will consider a looser trade agreement with the European Union, similar to the bloc's ties with Australia, rather than follow EU rules to reach a closer deal, a government source says.

"There are only two likely outcomes in negotiation - a free trade deal like Canada or a looser arrangement like Australia - and we are happy to pursue both," the source said.

Canada does not follow EU rules, but some EU governments are reluctant to give Britain similar leeway to diverge on labour and environmental standards, given the much greater trade volumes involved.

In some areas, such as the minimum wage, maternity leave and the elimination of single-use plastics, British standards significantly exceed EU minimums.

Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement

Love for Britain lost already?

Friesland replaces Union Jack with Scottish saltire after Brexit

The Frisian capital Leeuwarden has replaced the Union Jack with a Scottish saltire in its parade of European flags as a gesture of solidarity after Brexit.

Alderman for culture Sjoerd Feitsma told the Friesch Dagblad he came up with the idea after visiting the Robert Burns festival in Edinburgh at the end of January. 'I was thinking of replacing the Union Jack with an EU flag or a rainbow flag,' he said. 'I noticed what a big deal it was for the Scots that they're no longer in the EU and that they are still flying the European flag in the Scottish Parliament. That's when I thought: we could do something with this too.'

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by Oui on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 02:02:56 PM EST
In some areas, such as the minimum wage, maternity leave and the elimination of single-use plastics, British standards significantly exceed EU minimums.

Of course they do, they were "imposed" on the UK while it was a member of the EU.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 04:54:37 PM EST
House Republicans Rip UK's Huawei Move, Claim It Will Affect British-American 'Special Relationship'
The EU quickly weighed in on the matter in the wake of the UK's move, saying member states would be able to decide for themselves on Huawei, which was subject to a US crackdown last year.
The Hill | Republicans condemning UK's decision to allow Huawei in 5G networks
6-point encouragement "introduced following the decision by the U.K.'s National Security Council"
by Cat on Tue Feb 4th, 2020 at 07:33:31 PM EST
I called it a "Skeleton Deal", the Germans now discuss a "bare-bones" deal at best to be considered in twelve months of negotiations with the Conservative Tory government. The old garde has left Brussels, a new team has to fix the insurmountable problems of the divorce.

Europe's British Question: What comes after the divorce? | The Guardian |

The German government is bracing itself for tough negotiations. Berlin sees the UK's decision to put a 31 December time limit on the process as a tactical manoeuvre by Boris Johnson, calculated to step up the pressure on the EU towards the end of 2020. Germany holds the EU presidency until the end of December and will have to oversee negotiations on the next EU budget, which will involve juggling increasingly difficult demands. It will also be the last major test for Chancellor Angela Merkel, coming shortly before she leaves office in 2021.

According to officials, a bare-bones EU-UK trade agreement that obviates only the introduction of customs duties and import quotas is fully negotiable within this time. If the agreement touches only on areas the EU has sole responsibility for, it will be quickly ratified. Greater difficulties arise in what are known as "mixed" agreements, where member states themselves also retain power. Here, national or even regional parliaments must agree, and ratification can take at least two years.

The German government no longer expects agreement on the "level playing field" provisions (outlawing competition by undercutting EU standards). London is unlikely to automatically submit to EU rules. Still, Berlin is determined not to allow EU environmental protection standards, social policies or data protection to be undermined.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 at 10:23:11 AM EST

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 at 10:24:50 AM EST
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LSE Symposium: German MPs taken aback by Johnson's hardline rhetoric | The Guardian |


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by Oui on Thu Feb 6th, 2020 at 03:49:58 PM EST
"Cicero/AMO is a full-service communications and market research agency, based in London, Brussels and Dublin" presenting a seminar to LSE ticket-holders on WHATNOW?

by Cat on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 08:46:07 PM EST
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Ursula von der Leyen mocks Boris Johnson's stance on EU trade deal

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 03:47:55 PM EST
Over 1000 EU financial firms plan to open UK offices after Brexit | City AM |

UK government wants 'permanent equivalence' for London's financial center after Brexit | CNBC |

Barnier tells UK: don't kid yourself about financial services deal | The Guardian |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Feb 11th, 2020 at 07:11:42 PM EST

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