About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

Brexit Day has come (or not)

Well here we are on 29th March, 2019, and today is supposed to be Brexit Day, when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The last few weeks have seen a fury of activity in the House of Commons, culminating in the votes on Wednesday night to decide which is the preferred way forward.  It does rather beg the question why that decision was not taken at the start of the process, before negotiations with the EU got underway.  In fact, it would have probably made more sense to agree on one of those options before the referendum itself.  That way, at least the Leave campaign could truthfully argue “people knew what they were voting for”.  As we saw on Wednesday, not even the MPs in the House of Commons can agree on what “Brexit” is going to mean. [Read more…]

Three weeks to Brexit

With three weeks left to go until the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit, and yet apparently people are not doing enough to prepare for it.

This is according to an import assessment by the UK Government which can be downloaded here.

It warns that only two thirds of critical projects are ready and trade agreements are not yet in place.  If talks of letting hauliers to pass through the UK/French Border controls without stopping, as long as their paperwork is correct, but also of the additional need for customs declarations and the burden that will place on businesses.

The report admits that 30% of the UK’s food supply comes from the EU and warns of price increases.

Other countries, it would seem, have be preparing for Brexit: [Read more…]

Brexit could free up some .eu Domains

Internet domains ending in .eu were introduced in 2006, and to be honest, I didn’t think that they were that widely used.  I was obviously wrong, as there are apparently 300,000 .eu Domains registered to addresses in the United Kingdom alone.

Since to own an .eu domain name you actually have an address within he European Union, those 300,000 domain owners could find themselves being asked to provide new addresses – ie. an address in an EU country – if no other deal is reached on what happens to them.

For companies in the remaining 27 EU countries that could mean that a long sought-after domain suddenly becomes free after the end of March.

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