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  1. A combination of stagflation, the energy crisis, petrol shortages, rising prices, missing workers and empty shelves summon the spectre of another Winter of Discontent. It’s worth looking at the government’s list of workers we’re short of: health workers, care workers, scientists, nuclear experts, engineers, IT workers, programmers, web designers, graphic designers, cyber security specialists, economists, architects, vets and welders. We’re even short of dancers, musicians, producers, directors - and archeologists. Clearly, the pandemic has an influence - but finally we’re starting to see the truth about Brexit bite. Boris Johnson played Brexit for laugh from the get-go. heraldscotland
  2. Get a grip, how could someone prepared for this, based on Brexit promisses from 2016? Here is one: Boris promises cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit Writing exclusively for the Sun, the Tory "Out" campaigners promise: "Fuel bills will be lower for everyone." BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove today promise to scrap VAT on household energy bills if Britain backs a Brexit. In the first cash sweetener of the EU Referendum campaign, they argue that leaving the EU will allow ministers to bin the "unfair and damaging" £2 billion a year tax on gas and electricity prices. Sun
  3. This excuse is not good enough and is obsolete now. Surely, you can come with something better than this and explain the UK's negotiation failures. The Brexit agreement that reaches the finish line but quickly has been falling apart during the implementation phase.
  4. A British roasting - My Secret Brexit Diary by Michel Barnier The EU’s chief negotiator found his UK counterparts bizarrely unfocused during the long haul to fix a Brexit deal – and believes they still don’t know what they’ve done. The fact is, the die was cast from the beginning. The EU set the framework and the UK was unable to escape. Michel Barnier’s new book helps explain why Britain ended up being comprehensively out-negotiated over Brexit and saddled with a flawed withdrawal agreement and a deeply disadvantageous future relationship. Five basic reasons for the EU’s success and the UK’s failure jump out of these pages, which, as a result, contain valuable lessons: First, the EU side was professional and properly prepared, whereas the UK was not. Second, Barnier says it was the unity of the 27, “so unexpected for the British, that forced them to finally agree to pay their full share”. Third, the EU knew what it wanted and stuck to it. The fourth reason for British failure was that Johnson made the disastrous tactical decision to try to provoke the EU in the hope it would be shaken, even briefing it as “the mad man strategy”. Finally, the EU used deadlines effectively to get its way, whereas the UK walked into a series of traps. Guardian
  5. ‘The kingdom of empty shelves’ European newspapers blame Brexit for UK supply chain crisis. Continent’s press liken situation to 1970s Winter of Discontent and ‘boycotted Cuba’. The front page of the French outlet Liberation featured a finished roll of toilet paper with the final sheet emblazoned with “Brexit”, above the headline “The future that failed to deliver”. The German magazine Der Spiegel’s coverage of the issue was headlined: “In the kingdom of empty shelves” and warned supply bottlenecks could become even more drastic. The Barcelona-based daily La Vanguardia compared the empty shelves, closed KFCs, fruit rotting in the field and empty vending machines to “the boycotted Cuba”. Germany’s public TV station ARD said Britons were facing a perfect storm of high fuel prices, the expiration of the pandemic boost to benefit payments and higher food prices in supermarkets. It likened the situation to the infamous Winter of Discontent from 1978-79, when hardship caused by crippling strikes ultimately brought down the government of the day. Independent
  6. Shell hit by panic buying Some Shell petrol stations are reporting that they have run out of fuel as news of the demand for fuel sent motorists to the pumps en masse to fill up their tanks. It comes after BP, Tesco and Esso warned of a lack of fuel at some of their forecourts as a result of the HGV driver shortage. Long queues formed at petrol stations across the nation on Friday in spite of transport secretary Grant Shapps’ assertion that motorists should “carry on as normal”. Independent
  7. Petrol stations across the UK have run out of fuel Transport Secretary Grant Shapps ducked an event in his constituency today. Upon arrival at the Hatfield retail park one of the potential reasons for his abrupt cancellation became apparent. Despite pleas from government - including from Mr Shapps - to avoid panic buying, the government has insisted there is no fuel shortage. Mr Shapps and the Department for Transport did not explain why he was no longer taking part in the event, but said they would try to reschedule. The Government said they are monitoring the stock levels of fuel to avoid shortages, and steps are being taken to try to fill HGV vacancies. Twittwer
  8. Brazil beef warning after UK Government signs trade DEFENDERS of home-produced Scottish food this week expressed concern over the newly signed "memorandum of understanding" between the United Kingdom and agricultural powerhouse Brazil. Campaigners are warning that the scene is being set for the importation of beef produced using growth-promoting hormones. Tereza Cristina predicted that the UK would become more aligned with international rules on food safety, "closer to science-based approaches". Ruth Watson of pressure group Keep Scotland The Brand noted that "science-based" food safety was debating shorthand for the United States-led position that the onus should be on legislators to conclusively prove a food or its production process was unsafe, before banning it from their market. Brazil, like the USA, is an enthusiastic user of growth-promoting and production-boosting hormones on its livestock, and has an equally aggressive trade policy aimed at exporting to high value markets like the UK. thenational
  9. Do you remember the aged joke about cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit? Boris promises cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit Writing exclusively for the Sun, the Tory "Out" campaigners promise: "Fuel bills will be lower for everyone." BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove today promise to scrap VAT on household energy bills if Britain backs a Brexit. In the first cash sweetener of the EU Referendum campaign, they argue that leaving the EU will allow ministers to bin the "unfair and damaging" £2 billion a year tax on gas and electricity prices. thesun
  10. You are old-fashioned donut, remainers jokes are no longer current. The world moved on now and fool around about the Muppet characters are "in". Boris Johnson criticised over Kermit the Frog joke in climate change speech Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Johnson said: “When Kermit the Frog sang ‘it’s not easy being green’…” Looking up at his audience, the PM, apparently uneasy, asked: “Do you remember that one?” He continued: “I want you to know that he was wrong. He was wrong." “But he was also unnecessarily rude to Miss Piggy, I thought.” It prompted Labour's shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy to say: “After a year of diplomacy, the prime minister’s ‘year of global leadership’ [the UK hosted the G7 summit in June and will host the COP26 summit in November] seems to have collapsed into insulting Kermit the Frog. “No trade deal. A disastrous G7. Imagine almost any prime minister in a crisis of this magnitude, with this little to say.” Yahoo
  11. Brits forced to pay hundreds or cancel holidays over new post-Brexit passport rule Now that Covid travelling restrictions have eased, many families will be planning a long-overdue holiday abroad. It might not be as easy post-Brexit however, as it’s not just the expiry date that counts when travelling to the EU - it’s the issue date too. It all goes back to Brexit. If you remember before that when we were in the European Union all the way up to the transition period it was really straightforward. If you had a British passport, you could go to the EU and stay in any of those countries up to and including the expiry date. But now, your passport has to meet two conditions which the European Union has long had in place for third countries, which is what we are now. The conditions are that a passport needs to be valid for at least three months after the date you intend to leave the EU, and it has to have been issued within the last 10 years. walesonline
  12. US has ‘no closer ally than Australia’, Biden says after Aukus pact “The United States has no closer or more reliable ally than Australia,” Biden said on Tuesday ahead of a bilateral meeting with Morrison on the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York. Guardian
  13. “The most remarkable thing is how little the Americans are talking about this and how much the Brits are,” said Leslie Vinjamuri, director of the U.S. and the Americas program at Chatham House, a British research institution. “That basic fact captures a lot about "the special relationship” Mr. Johnson has made the cornerstone of his foreign policy. "Special doesn’t mean equal.” nytimes
  14. Britain’s soft drink makers have just days of carbon dioxide left The British Soft Drinks Association has said manufacturers have "only a few days" of carbon dioxide left in reserve to produce beverages and can't import supplies from the European Union due to Brexit. The gas is also used to stun animals before slaughter and in meat packaging, with that industry also warning it could run out within five days. In the latest sign of how a widespread shortage of CO2 is causing shock waves in Britain's food and drink sector, most carbon dioxide suppliers aren't scheduling deliveries earlier than 24 hours in advance, which means manufacturers have no visibility on stock levels or when they will receive their next batch. independent
  15. EU Brexit chief says Northern Ireland protocol cannot become ‘eternal’ issue The EU aims to have all outstanding issues related to Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit arrangements resolved by the end of the year, its lead official on the issue has said. “What we need to focus on is the practical problems that people and businesses are facing,” said Mr Sefcovic. He added that “this process cannot be eternal”, and that the EU aimed to “resolve outstanding issues by the end of the year”. irishtimes
  16. Carbon dioxide 'threatens food security' says meat industry Meat processors are in talks with the government over a shortage of carbon dioxide that could hit meat production. Poultry producers said the shortage "threatens national food security". The gas is used to stun pigs and chickens prior to slaughtering, and also in the packaging process. This crisis highlights the fact that the British food supply chain is at the mercy of a small number of major fertiliser producers - four or five companies - spread across northern Europe. The carbon dioxide used by the meat industry is a by-product of fertiliser production, but fertiliser factories have been halting production due to soaring natural gas prices. This week, two large UK fertiliser factories owned by US firm CF Industries Holdings suspended operations due to soaring gas prices, and on Friday Norwegian firm Yara said it would also cut production at a number of its European plants. "This is incredibly serious," one supermarket executive told the BBC. "Some suppliers are telling us they could run out of CO2 in less than two weeks." Meat processors have already been struggling with a shortage of lorry drivers and recruitment problems at abattoirs exacerbated by EU nationals leaving the UK after Brexit. BBC
  17. Submarine Deal Gives Post-Brexit Britain Its Moment on the Global Stage For Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will meet this coming week with President Biden at the White House and speak at the United Nations, it is his first tangible victory in a campaign to make post-Brexit Britain a player on the global stage. Still, for a country that was treated as little more than an afterthought by President Biden in the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan, it was a welcome return to relevance. “The most remarkable thing is how little the Americans are talking about this and how much the Brits are,” said Leslie Vinjamuri “That basic fact captures a lot about the special relationship. Special doesn’t mean equal.” Britain has cast about for a place in the world. Brexiteers latched on to the phrase “Global Britain,” which always seemed more a marketing slogan than a coherent foreign policy. Britain deployed an aircraft carrier to help the United States keep an eye on China in the South China Sea. It also lent credibility to Mr. Johnson’s effort to build a British presence in Asia, a strategy that at first looked mostly like a nostalgic throwback to its imperial past. nytimes
  18. I'm sorry, but I just have to disagree with you on this. (ONS) data for 2020 shows that within a year, the population of EU nationals in the UK dropped by 200,000. Other sections of the population have remained stable non-British residents total 6.1 million and non-UK-born residents of which there are 9.5 million. Yahoo
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