Here’s the Brexit cake you ordered, now you’ve got to eat it. At a lunch with EU ambassadors on Wednesday, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen is understood to have given a frosty response to the volley of complaints from UK businesses about how difficult it all is, especially the rules […]
Chris Grey notes that the ‘sticking’ points about the neverending saga of the Brexit negotiations is around divergence: It’s also worth noting something about these three sticking points. A key and utterly flawed claim of the Brexiters has been that a trade deal would be easy because the UK was starting from a point of […]
‘Sources’ close to the negotiations at what is now the long last minute of the 11th hour of the 4th year now believe a no-deal outcome is most likely. Sometimes, when dealing with children, you need to give them what they want, and then let them see what the consequences are. Of course, in this […]
“It’s the law of inverse relevance. The less you intend to do about something, the more you have to keep talking about it.” – Sir Arnold Robinson (played by John Nettleton), Yes, Minister, “Open Government” Yes, Minister still holds up, not only due to the excellent performances but the superb writing. It captured something timeless about […]
Got a friendly update from An Post (who I use for addresspal deliveries from the UK): Ah, time to look at alternatives to buying things from England I guess. I am reminded by all this about how ‘progress’ isn’t always in one direction, it’s redefinable and life really is characterised by change rather than progress.
“Democracy is not something you believe in or a place you hang your hat, but it’s something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.” – Abbie Hoffman
In November 2018, former defence secretary Gavin Williamson introduced a zero tolerance approach for drug use, saying it was the only way to ensure excellence was maintained as he highlighted that the purchase of illicit substances fuelled organised crime. via https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/aug/24/rise-in-number-of-british-soldiers-being-sacked-for-drug-use Instead of powering organised crime, you could tax it, and fuel the health system.
The other week, the Supreme Court rejected an argument put forward by Subway that their rolls are bread and are therefore zero rated for VAT purposes. The court ruled that the rolls are not, in fact, bread. As the Guardian reports: The ruling followed an appeal by Bookfinders Ltd, Subway’s Irish franchisee. The company had […]
Hmmm: Financial services in the UK can currently trade across the European Economic Area (EEA) because member countries are bound by the same regulatory framework. The arrangement, known as “passporting”, expires at the end of the year and, while the UK has legislated so that EU banks can continue to provide services for customers in […]