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By Hailey Hannigan

NO-DEAL BREXIT

  1. Brussels must show more flexibility in Brexit talks, says German business chief, The Telegraph, 27 Sept 2018

    1. The UK has fallen from 3rd to 5th place trade partners with Germany. German industry leaden Dr Bernd Atenstaedt, “whose trade body represents more than 100 UK-based German firms” claims that the Chequers deal was fine since it had a common rulebook and would have kept the German and British economic relationship alive. Most German industries are preparing for a no-deal Brexit.
  2. Emmanuel Macron has vested interest in pushing for HARD-BREXIT, chief strategist warns, Express, 8 May 2017

    1. French President Macron is pushing for a hard Brexit, but some alayists think he may back down if he realizes the economic impact it could have on France. The UK is a huge importer of French goods and a hard Brexit with higher trade tariffs might not be in their interest.
  3. No-deal Brexit could result in Northern Ireland blackouts, leaks reveal, The Guardian, 27 September 2018

    1. It seems like most countries are prepareing for a no-deal Brexit. Northern Ireland depends on The Republic of Ireland for their power and are being advised to take precautions. A large power provider, Kilroot, closed recently in Northern Ireland after failing to “secure subsidies to provide backup power.”
  4. May: SNP should focus on issues that matter, BBC, 27 Sept 2018

    1. The internal market of the UK is more important to Scotland. Theresa May wants the Scottish National Party and focus on other issues. Nicola Sturgeon, sdf of the SNP still wants another independence referendum, but the idea was tabled after the SNP lost 21 seats last year. May predicts the Scottish fishing industries will improve once the UK leaves the European Union.
  5. Why Ireland is biggest stumbling block in reaching a Brexit deal, The Guardian, 17 Sept 2018

    1. Little progress has been made on the Ireland question. Though it was not a main point during the initial referendum, the divided island is causing problems for both the EU and UK in the Brexit agreements. Michele Barnier, chief Brexit negotiator for the EU, is trying to “dedramatize” the Ireland issue, but it continues to hold up negotiations.

 

WITHIN THE UK

  1. Boris Johnson: My plan for a better Brexit, The Telegraph, 27 Sept 2018

    1. The net result of two years’ negotiation has been to guarantee EU citizens’ rights – which could and should have been done on day one unilaterally; to pay over £40bn for nothing in return; and to negotiate a transition period by which the UK would effectively remain in the EU for another two years and under the most humiliating terms, with no say on laws or taxes this country would have to obey. And if for some reason the negotiations on the future trade agreement break down altogether we have additionally agreed to remain in the customs union indefinitely, for the sake of the Irish border – so making Brexit meaningless.
  2. Where is Labour in all this Brexit mess?, Al Jazeera, 26 Sept 2018

    1. In the midst of the tumultuous Brexit deals with the British Conservative government in charge, the Labor party has not offered any sort of counter-deal. Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labor Party, is “Eurosceptic” and opposed policies such as the Maastricht Treaty and Lisbon Treaty. The democratic nature of the Labor party has prevented it from creating a unified stance on Brexit.
  3. How to bend the EU’s rules on free movement, The Economist, 20 Sept 2018

    1. One of the many details to be worked out in the Brexit deals is the free movement of peoples between the UK and EU member states. The UK is more lenient on hardline immigration policies than many EU nations. May argues that the UK should not give special treatment to EU residents after Brexit, but a report by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) says “preferential access to the UK labour market would be of benefit to EU citizens.”

 

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

  1. MPs could still alter successful Brexit deal, researchers find, The Guardian, 29 Sept 2018

    1. Because of the structure of parliamentary procedure “on both sides of the Channel” Brexit deal could be voted upon, then changed during the transition into a bill. This gives MPs more time to examine and change the terms of agreement and “force concessions.” May is expected to leave little time for such scrutiny before starting the voting process on the Brexit deal.
  2. May to meet Trump in New York to discuss Brexit and trade, Reuters, 24 Sept 2018

    1. If the UK were to strike a trade deal with the US it might ease some tensions about post-Brexit life. President Donald Trump and Theresa May will meet to discuss the possibility of a deal between the US and Great Britain. Having Donald Trump’s support could also help May’s credibility going forward, soothing critics of the Chequers plan.

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