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 at the Carnival

The subject of Brexit has not gone unnoticed by those in Germany building floats for the many carnivals taking place this week.

One in Düsseldorf shows Theresa May with a Pinnocio-style Brexit nose stabbing through the heart of the British economy.

Meanwhile in Oberursel, one float was more critical of the fact that the Brexit process is dragging on, whilst the EU has other problems to sort out:

Kunstgriff Oberursel - Brexit here and Brexit there - als gäbs kaan annern Scheissdreck mehr! (3rd March, 2019)

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