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  1. Not in Brexit Britain…

    Nike has shelved its popular recycling scheme in the UK in response to higher costs arising from Brexit. “Bring your old pair and join us on a journey towards zero carbon, zero waste, future-proof sport,” the company’s marketing materials stated.

    However, Brexit and the subsequent introduction of EU export tariffs mean the scheme is no longer economically viable. Higher haulage and excise costs mean the programme is roughly one-third more expensive for Nike to run.

    Simon Ellin, chief executive of the Recycling Association, which represents British recyclers, said the industry was undergoing a host of Brexit-related issues, not least the HGV driver shortage and a one-third rise in export costs. He said: “Brexit has brought huge challenges for our industry, not least the mountain of expensive red tape we now need to enable us to export recycled materials on to the continent for reprocessing.

    “Brexit has also meant we have had to change our trading terms with our European partners for VAT purposes.

    Guardian

  2. 27 minutes ago, Warlord said:

    Not really.

    Some workers going home. A lot applied to stay as well ?  We re-adjust. As I said we coped fine as a nation before and can again. Why do we need to be in the EU ?  The US has a bigger problem and ports all over the world are backed up.  That has nothing to do with Brexit either

     

    I'm not really sure about all that, what benefits have you realized after Brexit?

  3. 57 minutes ago, scottbeard said:

    I think it's possible, but it's not certain, and it depends very much on how both China and others play things.

    For example, the UK was pretty much the world's top dog in Victorian times.  WW1 knocked us off the pedestal and arguably the entire period from 1918 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 you could argue both the USA and Russia were genuine contenders for the title.  

    From 1989 to 2007 the USA was unquestionably the dominant force in the world.

    The financial crisis weakened the USA's dominance, and frankly the entire Western world has been like a car mis-firing since then.

    But has China accelerated to fill the gap?  Not really.  Plenty of other places eg India seem to be doing better.

    Essentially from the fall of Lehman Brothers I think we are now in another "interregnum" equivalent where we await the new King to emerge.   Will the USA turn it around?  Will China grasp the opportunity that is there?  Will any others like India surge past?  Let's see.

     

     

  4. UK unveils plan for rebranded Brexit festival

    Unboxed festival drops Brexit name.

    Britain is getting ready to talk up its post-Brexit creativity with a festival, as it plots a host of science, arts, technology and engineering exhibitions across the country.

    Initially known as the Festival of Brexit, the event was conceived by former Prime Minister Theresa May as an opportunity to mark the U.K.’s departure from the EU. It has now been renamed “Unboxed: Creativity in the U.K.” — triggering complaints from Conservative Brexiteers lamenting the removal of any reference to Brexit from its name.

    Politico

  5. Government refuses to publish Northern Ireland Brexit plan legal text for scrutiny

    Lord Frost said he would not be making it public or allowing parliament to look at it.

    Britain’s Brexit chief has refused to publish details of his plans for changes to the Northern Ireland protocol, despite having already shared them with the EU.

    Lord Frost also appeared to suggest the government had not explicitly consulted with ministers in Northern Ireland during the process of drawing up the final legal text.

    Independent

  6. Document leak reveals nations lobbying to change key climate report

    A huge leak of documents seen by BBC News shows how countries are trying to change a crucial scientific report on how to tackle climate change.

    The leak reveals Saudi Arabia, Japan and Australia are among countries asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels.

    It also shows some wealthy nations are questioning paying more to poorer states to move to greener technologies.

    This "lobbying" raises questions for the COP26 climate summit in November.

    BBC

  7. UK government resists calls from NHS boss to bring in 'plan b'

    The UK government has refused to bring back coronavirus restrictions, known as “plan b”, after cases rose to their highest level since March - despite calls from a prominent health boss to take immediate action.

    Matthew Taylor called for ministers to immediately bring in plan b - and create a “plan c” of even tougher restrictions in case b does not prove to be enough.

    Guardian

  8. Restaurants and hotels facing ‘terrifying’ 18% inflation

    Supply chain chaos, labour shortages and ‘scourge’ of inflation expected to last years, says food and drink chief.

    Restaurants and hotels are wrestling with “terrifying” inflation running as high as 18%, bosses have warned, as supply chain disruption and labour shortages wreak havoc in the hospitality sector.

    Guardian

  9. York housing waiting list soars as Brexit and Covid cause ‘perfect storm’

    It has seen York’s council house waiting list soar by 25% – from around 1,500 in 2019 to 2,000 now. And there’s a backlog of more than 500 new applications waiting to be processed.

    Council rent arrears have also shot up – from from £975K in March 2020 to £1.25m today.

    Related to this, there’s been an increase in the number of empty properties that can’t be relet until they are repaired – from 72 to 159.

    And there’s a large backlog of repairs and maintenance work of about 6,000 jobs built up.

    The impacts of Brexit “through labour and goods shortages” mean “the ability of the housing service to maintain the standard of customer service has been compromised”. Contractors are now requesting price uplifts to reflect increased material, labour and prelim costs – 10-12% is typical.

    yorkmix

     

  10. 40 minutes ago, yelims said:

    https://reaction.life/britain-looks-like-brexit/
     

    It’s 24 June, 2025, and Britain is marking its annual Independence Day celebration. As the fireworks stream through the summer sky, still not quite dark, we wonder why it took us so long to leave. The years that followed the 2016 referendum didn’t just reinvigorate our economy, our democracy and our liberty. They improved relations with our neighbours.

    The United Kingdom is now the region’s foremost knowledge-based economy. We lead the world in biotech, law, education, the audio-visual sector, financial services and software. New industries, from 3D printing to driverless cars, have sprung up around the country. Older industries, too, have revived as energy prices have fallen back to global levels: steel, cement, paper, plastics and ceramics producers have become competitive again.

    The EU, meanwhile, continues to turn inwards, clinging to its dream of political amalgamation as the euro and migration crises worsen. Its population is ageing, its share of world GDP shrinking and its peoples protesting. “We have the most comprehensive workers’ rights in the world”, complains Jean-Claude Juncker, who has recently begun in his second term as President of the European Federation, “but we have fewer and fewer workers”.

    The last thing most EU leaders wanted, once the shock had worn off, was a protracted argument with the United Kingdom which, on the day it left, became their single biggest market. Terms were agreed easily enough. Britain withdrew from the EU’s political structures and institutions, but kept its tariff-free arrangements in place. The rights of EU nationals living in the UK were confirmed, and various reciprocal deals on healthcare and the like remained. For the sake of administrative convenience, Brexit took effect formally on 1 July 2019, to coincide with the mandates of a new European Parliament and Commission.

    That day marked, not a sudden departure, but the beginning of a gradual reorientation. As the leader of the Remain campaign, Lord Rose, had put it during the referendum campaign, “It’s not going to be a step change, it’s going to be a gentle process.” He was spot on.

    In many areas, whether because of economies of scale or because rules were largely set at global level, the UK and the EU continued to adopt the same technical standards. But, from 2019, Britain could begin to disapply those regulations where the cost of compliance outweighed any benefits.

    The EU’s Clinical Trials Directive, for example, had wiped out a great deal of medical research in Britain. Outside it, we again lead the world. Opting out of the EU’s data protection rules has turned Hoxton into the software capital of the world. Britain is no longer hampered by Brussels restrictions on sales, promotions and e-commerce.

    Other EU regulations, often little known, had caused enormous damage. The REACH Directive, limiting the import of chemical products, had imposed huge costs on manufacturers. The bans on vitamin supplements and herbal remedies had closed down many health shops. London’s art market had been brutalised by EU rules on VAT and retrospective taxation. All these sectors have revived.

    Financial services are booming – not only in London, but in Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh too. Eurocrats had never much liked the City, which they regarded as parasitical. Before Brexit, they targeted London with regulations that were not simply harmful but, in some cases, downright malicious: the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, the ban on short selling, the Financial Transactions Tax, the restrictions on insurance. After Britain left, the EU’s regulations became even more heavy-handed, driving more exiles from Paris, Frankfurt and Milan. No other European city could hope to compete: their high rates of personal and corporate taxation, restrictive employment practices and lack of support services left London unchallenged.

    Other cities, too, have boomed, not least Liverpool and Glasgow, which had found themselves on the wrong side of the country when the EEC’s Common External Tariff was phased in in the 1970s. In 2016, the viability of our commercial ports was threatened by the EU’s Ports Services Directive, one of many proposed rules that was being held back so as not to boost the Leave vote. Now, the UK has again become a centre for world shipping.
    Shale oil and gas came on tap, almost providentially, just as the North Sea reserves were depleting, with most of the infrastructure already in place. Outside the EU, we have been able to augment this bonanza by buying cheap Chinese solar panels. In consequence, our fuel bills have tumbled, boosting productivity, increasing household incomes and stimulating the entire economy.

    During the first 12 months after the vote, Britain confirmed with the various countries that have trade deals with the EU that the same deals would continue. It also used that time to agree much more liberal terms with those states which had run up against EU protectionism, including India, China and Australia. These new treaties came into effect shortly after independence. Britain, like the EFTA countries, now combines global free trade with full participation in EU markets.

    Our universities are flourishing, taking the world’s brightest students and, where appropriate, charging accordingly. Their revenues, in consequence, are rising, while they continue to collaborate with research centres in Europe and around the world.

    The number of student visas granted each year is decided by MPs who, now that they no longer need to worry about unlimited EU migration, can afford to take a long-term view. Parliament sets the number of work permits, the number of refugee places and the terms of family reunification. A points-based immigration system invites the world’s top talent; and the consequent sense of having had to win a place competitively means that new settlers arrive with commensurate pride and patriotism.

    Unsurprisingly, several other European countries have opted to copy Britain’s deal with the EU, based as it is upon a common market rather than a common government. Some of these countries were drawn from EFTA (Norway, Switzerland and Iceland are all bringing their arrangements into line with ours). Some came from further afield (Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine). Some followed us out of the EU (Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands).
    The United Kingdom now leads a 22-state bloc that forms a free trade area with the EU, but remains outside its political structures. For their part, the EU 24 have continued to push ahead with economic, military and political amalgamation. They now have a common police force and army, a pan-European income tax and a harmonised system of social security. These developments have prompted referendums in three other EU states on whether to copy Britain.

    Perhaps the greatest benefit, though, is not easy to quantify. Britain has recovered its self-belief. As we left the EU, we straightened our backs, looked about us, and realised that we were still a nation to be reckoned with: the world’s fifth economy and fourth military power, one of five members on the UN Security Council and a leading member of the G7 and the Commonwealth. We recalled, too, that we were the world’s leading exporter of soft power; that our language was the most widely studied on Earth; that we were linked by kinship and migration to every continent and archipelago. We saw that there were great opportunities across the oceans, beyond the enervated eurozone. We knew that our song had not yet been sung.

    Daniel Hannan is a Conservative MEP and author of Why Vote Leave published by Head of Zeus

    And what happen to Northern Ireland, will they live happily ever after?

  11. 1 hour ago, Gigantic Purple Slug said:

    You'll be relieved to find that Brexit is not found to be a significant factor in affecting gas prices in the UK at the moment :

    https://fullfact.org/online/gas-prices-brexit/

    I would expect the uk to have the cheapest gas in Europe right now, thanks to Brits back Brexit.

     

    EU'LL NEVER BELIEVE IT: Boris promises cheaper household gas bills if Brits back Brexit

    In 30 May 2016, BORIS Johnson and Michael Gove 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

  12. 9 hours ago, Cocha said:

    It isn't an argument, just a fact remainiacs can't face up to. I love how remainiacs go on about how changes could have been made without us leaving the EU. Yes they could have, but remainics wouldn't let the discussions anywhere near the table. So eventually the table was just ignored and we left the EU lock, stock & barrel instead. 

    It seems you're having post-Brexit memory problems:

    Campaigners for British withdrawal, known as Brexit, tossed out promises of a better future while dismissing concerns raised by a host of scholars and experts as “Project Fear.”

    But that was before they won. With financial markets in turmoil, a big drop in the pound and the prospect of further chaos, some supporters of Brexit are backpedaling on bold pronouncements they made ...

  13. Overseas abattoir workers to get temporary visas

    The government is to allow 800 foreign abattoir workers into the UK on temporary visas, after warnings from farmers of mass culls. It previously said businesses should pay higher wages and invest in skills.

    The shortage of butchers has already seen farmers destroy 6,600 healthy pigs due to a backlog on farms, the National Pig Association (NPA) said.

    The meat industry blames the butcher shortage on factors including Covid and Brexit.

    BBC

  14. Brexit minister Lord Frost doesn't like it but ...

    Northern Irish firms hail EU proposals to resolve Brexit protocol row

    The EU’s proposals to break the impasse over the NI Brexit protocol have gone “beyond expectations” of local businesses who say the bloc has listened to their demands and come up with solutions.

    They say the promise to do away with most of the checks for British food and goods entering Northern Ireland and customs paperwork could forge the basis of a deal.

    Guardian

  15. 4 hours ago, winkie said:

    Payment in art......you never know one day might be worth a fortune.;)

    The PM, caught unawares, pursuing his Churchillian hobby.

    Whether he’s yet up to Churchill’s standards – a painting by the former wartime leader recently sold for a record £7m – the prime minister has long been known to dabble in the craft.

    During the Tory leadership campaign in 2019, Johnson said he wound down by painting buses on old wooden crates, and added “passengers enjoying themselves” on his model Routemasters.

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/b6cae2a5e47eb4783882cc28b5c6e55c89a3186d/0_222_4000_2400/master/4000.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=f0ffa31e56478fc79448c55f5439dd52

    Boris Johnson with a painting of a ladybird he produced during a school visit.

    Guardian

     

  16. 2 hours ago, Bruce Banner said:

    Brexit: Irish deputy PM Leo Varadkar warns nations UK might not keep its word - BBC News

    Ireland's deputy PM has warned governments doing trade deals with the UK that it is a nation that "doesn't necessarily keep its word".

    Leo Varadkar made the comment after Dominic Cummings suggested the UK had always intended to tear up the Brexit deal it signed with the EU in 2019.

    Boris Johnson's ex-adviser said the plan had been to "ditch the bits we didn't like" after winning power.

    Mr Johnson fought the 2019 election on a "Get Brexit done" platform.

    During the campaign, he repeatedly claimed the withdrawal agreement he had negotiated with Brussels - including the Northern Ireland Protocol - was a "great" deal that was "oven ready".

    Mr Cummings - who has turned against Mr Johnson since being removed from Downing Street at the end of 2020 - claims the prime minister never understood what the withdrawal agreement really meant.

    He tweeted: "What I've said does NOT mean 'the PM was lying in General Election 2019', he never had a scoobydoo [a clue] what the deal he signed meant.

    "He never understood what leaving Customs Union meant until November 2020."

     

    BBC

  17. 1 hour ago, Staffsknot said:

    Frost is making big noise as the EU were making a far more generous offer than he expected and he needs to distract from his core shithousery and desire to kick out ECJ so no recourse.

    This is theatre to hide that no matter how generous EU is the UK Gov wants out of what it signed.

    Ironically though we need to be able to simultaneously blame EU if Christmas issues, but also have trade so Gov not getting the flak when there's issues getting a turkey

    EU ready to scrap most post-Brexit checks on British goods entering NI

    The EU will offer to remove a majority of post-Brexit checks on British goods entering NI as it seeks to turn the page on the rancorous relationship with Boris Johnson. Up to 50% of customs checks on goods would be lifted and more than half the checks on meat and plants entering Northern Ireland would be abandoned under the bold offer from Brussels.

    Guardian

    Lord Frost proposes 'entirely new' NI protocol

    Brexit Minister Lord Frost has proposed plans for an entirely new protocol to replace the existing Northern Ireland Protocol. In a speech to diplomats in Portugal on Tuesday, he described his new legal text as "a better way forward".

    He said it was forward-looking, improved on the current "excessively rigid" protocol, and would allow the EU and UK to "get back to normal" by removing "the poison" from their relationship.

    BBC

     

     

     

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