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…]

Last call for residents to get their permits

A car parked in OberurselResidents of Oberursel have only a few days left to apply online for permits to enter the closed streets during the forthcoming Hessentag.

The permits have been available since the middle of April, but for whatever reason some people still have not applied for theirs.  This may be due in part to the information only being published in the newspapers and on the town website, but – as far as I know – not being put into letterboxes of the affected streets.  Anyone who does not read those sources and has not made preparations may be in for a surprise! [Read more…]

Hessentag in Oberursel – the permit

The Hessentag trailer parked outside the RathausRegular readers of this blog will by now know that the Hessentag will be taking place in Oberursel this year – in a few weeks in fact – and that I had been having trouble getting a permit to enter the town during that time to by able to visit my IT clients.

Not only has there been a lack of information for business owners in my opinion, but even when I spoke to the town’s mayor it did not change the situation much.

When I first tried to apply for a permit in February, I was told that it would not be possible before 1st April.  I was also told that I would need an ID card to apply – something that I do not have, and my British passport unfortunately does not show my address.  This was my first point of discussion, that someone had decided you needed a German ID card to get a permit. [Read more…]

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