The message from China is that they have the virus beaten but there is the possibility of a resurgence as the result of travellers bringing the infection into China from abroad. Worth recalling that China's preferred means of government is lies and misinformation. How convenient would it be if future deaths and disruption in China … Continue reading Opportunity Knocks, Perhaps?
It is possible that the economic and social chaos inflicted by the corona virus pandemic will overwhelm us and that questions about the ‘big issues of yesterday’ will then appear wholly irrelevant or painfully trivial. But all that aside, we face three Brexit scenarios. The first is a fully-fledged UK/EU trade deal, agreed and … Continue reading When It’s Over
Poor Saj. Despite being the son of a bus driver and educated at ‘a bog standard’ state school’ and a ‘non-Oxbridge’ university, he nonetheless did what he could to keep in with the ‘posh boys’ with their posh parents and their public school\Oxford educations. He sucked up the humiliation when ‘posh boy’ Dominic sacked his … Continue reading It Takes Some Sucking UP
Many have complained and contrasted Boris Johnson’s blustering speech yesterday with the EU Negotiating Guidelines published on the same day. The PM’s utterance was long on the usual rhetoric about sovereignty, delivering what ‘the people’ voted for and a buccaneering Britain and characteristically short of any detail: the EU Guidelines are 33 pages long on … Continue reading Fire and Fury and Signifying… Surrender?
This blog has argued that Boris Johnson is likely to meet the 31 January 2021 deadline for concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU by embodying in an FTA all or most of the terms of the Transitional Arrangements (TAs) that will come into force in 25 days with a mechanism to amend … Continue reading We’re In Charge…We Are!
Everyone, other than the UK government, insists that negotiating and implementing a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and the EU by January 2021 is improbable, many would argue impossible. Yet the Withdrawal Bill that the government has brought before Parliament prohibits the UK seeking an extension to the ‘standstill’ Transitional Arrangements beyond that … Continue reading The Harder the Deadline the Softer the Brexit?
Whom do you think you are kidding Mr Johnson If you think that Brexit’s done Barnier is the boy to stop your little game Barnier is the boy to make you think again ‘Cause whom do you think you are kidding Mr Johnson If you think that Brexit’s done Boris J is … Continue reading Whom do You think You’re Kidding
When the UK leaves the EU on 31 January it will surrender all its rights as a member of the EU but will remain subject to its laws and governed by its institutions. As Jacob Rees Mogg observed, the UK will be in the position of a vassal state including having to continue paying money … Continue reading Keep the White Flag Flying
As of today, the Tories look set to win a majority. Why? Because splits in the Remain vote mean that in many constituencies voting for anyone other than the Tories will be as likely to help them to win as voting for them. For Brexiteers and Tories, this is a delightful prospect. For Remainers or … Continue reading Be Still Your Beating Hearts
Concluding ‘trade agreements’ usually involve improving the terms of trade between countries by amicable negotiations in which both parties seek to open up trade under mutually beneficial arrangements. Restricting rights to trade is usually the hostile business of unilaterally imposing trade restrictions, called ‘sanctions’, that harm the other party. Unilaterally abolishing mutually agreed trade relations … Continue reading Vote Tory! Vote Surrender?