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…]

Driving a car in the UK after a no-deal Brexit

The UK Government has issued advice on what rules will apply to driving in the UK and the EU after 29th March 2019, if the country leaves the EU without a deal.

The guidelines, entitled “Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit” were updated in February.  The apply to car drivers, but there is also advice available for commercial coach and lorry drivers.

Driving off a ferry in Dover

To summarise: [Read more…]

The reality of Brexit and politics

I’m not the only person watching the countdown to Brexit very closely.  On the other side of the Channel, Annette Dittert, the ARD‘s correspondent in London and author of “London Calling: Als Deutsche auf der Brexit-Insel” is providing regular updates on her Facebook page as well as making frequent appearances on the evening news.

This morning she released a video containing three very interesting interviews.  The first of which left me shaking my head in despair.  Staff and customers in a London café complain that the UK should have been out of the EU by now and is not leaving quick enough, and they are somehow under the impression that “they need us more than we need them”, rejecting the possibility of “no deal” leaving the country poorer and without trade deals.

A London Underground train on the Northern Line in May 2007

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