Source: British Brexit landscape six months on

Source: British Brexit landscape six months on

“The articulation of little more than a series of unrelated and mutually conflicting aspirations cannot hide the absence of a game-plan.” This withering summation of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit achievements to date is typical of the brisk style of…

Flanagan criticises UK for wasting six months

Flanagan criticises UK for wasting six months

Just before Christmas, exactly six months since the Brexit vote, Dublin’s diplomatic patience finally snapped. “The mixed messaging from the UK is a matter of concern,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told the Irish Times. ““I want to see a plan….

Sturgeon pitches for Scottish place in EEA

Sturgeon pitches for Scottish place in EEA

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon went to great lengths to separate Brexit issues from the little question of independence  when she launched “Scotland’s Place In Europe”. The first political message was that this mess is not of Scotland’s making and  it was…

SCOTLAND TO PUBLISH SINGLE MARKET PLAN

SCOTLAND TO PUBLISH SINGLE MARKET PLAN

Reuters reports that the Scottish government will publish its plan to remain in the single market this week. “In line with our commitments to explore all options to protect Scotland’s interests, we will set out compromise proposals which, while not…

Brexit preparations “chaotic and dysfunctional”

“Whitehall has the skills but not the capacity or resources to deliver Brexit.” This is the stark conclusion of a 26-page study by the Institute for Government – “Whitehall’s preparation for the UK’s exit from the EU” – which is highly…

“EU’s Brexit negotiators prepare for disaster”

Nobody does hard-headed realism in journalism quite like the Economist magazine, which has encapsulated the gulf of mutual incomprehension in which the Brexit negotiations will take place. There will not even be a shared understanding of what the negotiations are…

British still focused on border cosmetics

British still focused on border cosmetics

Number plate recognition, joint north-south customs patrols, sure it’ll be no bother at all: this was the basic message of Brexit minister David Davis to the Commons Brexit Committee this week. “A very important part of the [Good Friday] peace…

Lords outline UK options for trade

Another Brexit blockbuster from the House of Lords EU Committee, this time outlining in great detail the various options the UK has for a trading relationship with the EU. Presuming an exit from the single market they can be reduced…

Forecasters know: the future can surprise

Forecasters know: the future can surprise

We cited John Fitzgerald in the very first item we posted on BBB and no doubt you will see his name again from time to time, because he has a certain ability – practically unique among economists – to talk…

Brexit trade deal could take 10 years

Somebody finally said it – in fact it was the UK ambassador to the EU.  According to the BBC’s Laura Kuensberg, Sir Ivan Rogers has warned Cabinet ministers that the European consensus was that a deal might not be done until…