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  1. ‘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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. “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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Number of EU nationals living in UK falls 200,000 in a year The number of European Union nationals who are living in the UK has fallen, figures show. (ONS) data for 2020 shows that within a year, the population of EU nationals in the UK dropped by 200,000, from 3.7 million to 3.5 million. Jay Lindop, ONS “This could include an increase in those leaving but also a decrease in those coming to live in the UK.” The Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit have likely been factors in people’s decision to move from or to the country. Yahoo
  16. France recalls envoys after security pact row France recalls ambassadors from US and Australia signalling fury at new security pact it described as "a stab in the back" BBC
  17. City should brace itself for €900bn Brexit hit if Brussels plays clearing politics Yesterday, a trio of major lobby groups for Europe’s finserv sector called on Brussels to extend the EU’s access to London clearing houses amid warnings of financial instability. The groups wrote to the European Commission today, warning “there is a significant risk of market disruption for EU clearing members and their clients” if the deal is not extended past June 2022. Discussing the situation with London-based Tim Focas, head of capital markets at Aspectus Group, he said “worryingly, if the bid from Brussels bureaucrats to punish the City for political gain succeeds, we are heading for the mayhem of having multiple European clearing centres.” Now is not the time to politicise clearing, hindering the future growth and prosperity of capital markets in the EU and the UK. City AM
  18. Senior Tories stage last-ditch rebellion over UC cut Senior Conservatives will stage a Commons showdown in a last-gasp bid to force ministers to rethink the looming reversal of the £20-a-week universal credit uplift, tabling an amendment to block the annual uprating of pensions unless funds are diverted to stop the cut. The prime minister is reported to have told them to “spit out the orange peel” in a rugby-themed “half-time pep talk” and joked about having seen a lot of delivery rooms, appearing to compare the “delivery” of his government’s agenda with the “superhuman effort” of giving birth. Independent
  19. Nancy Pelosi warns Brexit could scupper transatlantic trade deal There will be no trade deal between the U.K. and U.S. if Brexit tensions between Britain and the EU damage peace in Northern Ireland, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned Boris Johnson. London and Washington negotiated on a trade deal for about six months, but the talks were thrown into a deep freeze after the Biden administration won the 2020 election. Relations between Britain and the U.S. soured further during the fraught withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. But Biden is a close watcher of the Brexit process, and remains concerned that long-standing issues over the Northern Ireland protocol, which governs trade between the nation and Great Britain to protect the EU single market, could have an impact on the Good Friday Agreement that secured peace on the island of Ireland. Politico
  20. Tory insiders point to the promotion of Nadine Dorries – a friend of Johnson’s wife, Carrie – to culture secretary Guardian
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