Brexit – Rauen Sales Fri, 11 Jun 2021 22:47:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Health services boss Knight who spearheaded Brexit and Covid greets NHS family Fri, 11 Jun 2021 21:30:00 +0000


n The NHS boss who oversaw the health service’s preparations for Brexit, only to then be pushed to lead its Covid-19 response, has been knighted.

Professor Keith Willett, National Director of Contingency Planning and Incident Response at NHS England and NHS Improvement, joins host of scientists and health experts celebrated in honors list honorary of the queen’s birthday.

Recognized with the highest honor after 40 years in the healthcare service, Professor Willett was previously the Strategic Commander for the Delivery of NHS Preparations as the UK left the EU.

He told the PA news agency: ‘I had led the NHS’ preparation for Brexit. Literally until the week before, I was then asked if I would take responsibility for leading the response to what was then a first coronavirus that we didn’t know much about. “

But as a professor of orthopedic trauma surgery at the University of Oxford and a consultant surgeon, Professor Willett is used to working under pressure.

It was remarkable how everyone in the NHS and more broadly stood up to take on what was a challenge neither of us really understood how difficult it would be

“I have been a trauma surgeon throughout my career so dealing with the unexpected and dealing with little information and responding to incidents is what I am professionally trained to do,” he said.

“I thought Brexit was the most important role I was ever asked to take on, outside of clinical practice.

“But I have to say, clearly, that the pandemic has gone beyond that in terms of what it asked of everyone.”

Professor Willett said he was’ honored ‘to be knighted, but added:’ I am also very aware of the many, many really good people in the NHS and the wider health community who, these time, all gave so much, and for some, that’s it. “

In January 2020, as Director of Strategic Incidents, he took on the responsibility of leading the NHS response to the coronavirus pandemic across England.

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Pros, rookie, Brexit man and new heavyweight: the G-7 guide Fri, 11 Jun 2021 04:20:40 +0000

(Bloomberg) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to create the perfect picture of Britain’s Group of Seven summit chairing a united global effort to fight Covid and climate change, but the optics of these rallies have always been unpredictable. These events are all about these lenses – tracing who is ascending and who is reversing. Canada made history in 2018 when tired Angela Merkel leaned forward, arms crossed on a table, alongside other leaders facing a grumpy Donald Trump to convince him to sign a press release which he subsequently tore up anyway.

The Italy of the year before was all about the budding bromance of Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau, both fresh on the stage and with the wind in their sails. France in 2019 marked the debut of Johnson, who broke the Brexit ice with allies with a nice dose of slapstick. Power dynamics can change and reveal a lot about the geopolitics at play.

It has been two years since they all got to meet in person. The pandemic has changed everything and this year, off England’s rugged coasts jutting out into the Atlantic, a new set of characters will join the cast as the oldest of the group makes her final appearance.

Here is your guide on who is coming and what they want.

Joe Biden: The Rookie (Experienced)

He’s not Trump, and for some that may be enough. President Joe Biden is also a familiar figure, having been Barack Obama’s “veep”. But this is his first summit as president as the United States reconsiders its role as the world’s policeman. Biden arrives with the clear message that “America is Back,” but also aspects of “America First” are here to stay. At home his vaccination campaign has skyrocketed, but abroad there is anger over the build-up of gunfire – a headwind he has sought to quell by announcing a plan to the eve of the summit to donate 500 million doses. He wants an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and he’s relying on it now.

His efforts to raise corporate taxes have also been approved and although the UK is the host country for the annual global climate talks later this year, Biden has already hosted his own summit on the subject. One of the first tests will be the support he can get from his allies to form a united front against China, on the verge of becoming the world’s largest economy in a much shorter time frame (in part because of the pandemic). Another will be how it responds to a more assertive approach by European leaders, who may be skeptical about its ability to deliver on its long-term promises. Biden will also look forward to meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16, possibly the defining step in his overseas getaway. Before that, he might want to choose Merkel’s brain, the closest thing these makers to a Kremlinologist.

What to expect: Biden is a welcome change, that’s for sure, but Europeans aren’t ready to fully trust him yet.

Boris Johnson: the Brexit man

The British leader has chosen a seaside resort where he can entertain his counterparts in the style of a traditional English seaside holiday. If only bad weather hadn’t thwarted the best-prepared plans for tea with Biden in an unusual castle on a tidal island. It doesn’t matter. Johnson will show his sunny outlook as he tries to sell his Brexit vision with Britain as a global nation trading across the globe. Behind the good-naturedness, there is serious work to be done. His team is proud of a landmark global tax deal struck in London and is aiming for efforts to help immunize the entire world by the end of next year.

On climate change, Johnson will be relentless. He is hosting the UN climate summit in November and has set at home the kind of carbon reduction targets he also wants the G-7 to adopt. A proposal to eliminate polluting cars will test its success. There is, however, the prospect of tension. On China, Johnson wants to balance criticism of Beijing’s human rights record with openness to trade, and the UK’s European divorce has soured relations with other leaders. A dispute over trade rules for Northern Ireland will simmer on the sidelines and Johnson’s goal will be to prevent it from spilling over. What to expect: In the middle of the photoshoots on the beach, Johnson will have an eye on this summit in Glasgow. And he’ll want Biden to persuade leaders to make sure climate talks result in a deal to save the planet later in the year.

Angela Merkel: the outgoing veteran

Everywhere Merkel goes these days, there’s a good chance someone will feel pressured to give her a farewell speech. Or worse yet, a farewell gift. But the German Chancellor, known for her pragmatic style, is visibly uncomfortable in such situations and, above all, has little time for such sentimentality. In Cornwall, given that this will be its last G-7 summit after 16 years at the helm of Europe’s economic engine, it will have to suffer in part. But Merkel still has strong political goals, despite relinquishing the throne after the national elections in September.

One of its priorities is how to redefine relations with China – German companies depend on this market for their exports of high-end consumer goods – and Russia. Merkel grew up in East Germany and learned to speak Russian fluently. This gave him an edge when it came to connecting with Putin. Over the years, she has seen the Russian aggression in Crimea and Syria and how Moscow supported Belarus with the forced hijacking of a plane and the capture of a dissident. She saw the limits of what sanctions can do to bring rogue nations in line, and she saw with the Trump era the end of what she calls the post-war order.

What to expect: Uncensored advice to Biden and a true show of European unity.

Mario Draghi: the new heavyweight

Italians rarely have a say in the G-7. There is a bit of impostor syndrome at play as Italy has always emerged as a junior member of an elite club in developed countries, with a stagnant economy for decades. Historically, Italy has either auctioned off the United States (it owes its 1960s boom to the Marshall Plan) or has aligned itself very closely with Germany and France, the continent’s dominant voice once the He European Union has started to take shape. But this time it’s different. They have Draghi, a gold-plated powerhouse with the kind of experience and effortless gravity that many of his contemporaries will envy. During the Greek crisis, investors saw him as the one who saved the euro.

When he was chosen to become interim prime minister of Italy, the former head of the European Central Bank immediately showed his political strengths by being the first to impose an EU export ban to counter the sluggishness of the economy. block to vaccinate its population. Regarding Beijing, he set the tone by reversing his predecessor’s adherence to Chinese investment. On the climate, there is much more ambivalence because going green is expensive and Italy has no money to spare. However, Draghi is fully aware of the damage to a reputation for not being on the right side of history when it comes to the environment, especially as Italy hosts the G-20, where another important step will have to be taken. : a broader consensus on corporate taxes.

What to expect: When Draghi speaks, especially on the economic recovery, everyone will shut up and listen.

Emmanuel Macron: liberal champion in search of the limelight

Macron, the youngest French head of state since Napoleon, does not lack confidence. He is a shameless globalist whose vision of Europe with its own army leaves even the most passionate Europhiles uneasy. When he met Trump, he gave him a handshake so long and firm that the then president’s knuckles turned white. And yet, despite all these early promises, Macron had his share of missteps. At home, protesters have become a frequent presence in Paris due to the rising cost of living and the beheading of a teacher has raised questions about the integration of Muslims. Abroad, France’s complicated colonial heritage in Africa reaches its climax with the probable reduction of its military presence in the Sahel.

Despite all efforts to reason with Trump, Macron never made much progress, the relationship with the UK has been antagonistic in light of Brexit, and his handling of the pandemic has drawn criticism. Five years is a long time in politics and he now faces a tough re-election campaign with far-right candidate Marine Le Pen forcing him to calibrate his stance on immigration. With Merkel’s departure, Macron will seek to replace her as the US contact person for Europe. To do this, he will have to gain Biden’s trust and that will involve not being too strong.

What to expect: Macron loves to lecture – he did so as a host in Biarritz – but it can be a turning point.

Justin Trudeau: Keeping a low profile

The Canadian Prime Minister has been in power for over five years. He was once a social media darling with his youthful good looks and unwavering optimism. These days, he sports a grizzled beard and has become something of a footnote. Trump called it “weak” and withdrew from the joint communiqué agreed to in Quebec. The arrest of a senior executive at Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei made Canada the target of Beijing’s ire, and there was a failed trip to India to boot.

Trudeau struggled to react given Canada’s dependence on the United States and China for trade. He will support any initiative on China but, having been burned before, does not seek the limelight. Canada is at the forefront of many climate initiatives and while it would like the G-7 to get radical, it probably now knows it has limited scope to really influence the debate in a tangible way.

What to expect: Happy to make positive sounds about the climate.

Yoshihide Suga: the first timer

Suga has long been a key aide to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who took the reins last year after stepping down on health grounds. He found himself struggling with all kinds of issues, from hosting an already delayed Summer Olympics during a pandemic or not to overseeing a vaccination campaign that took months to complete. set up in one of the most densely populated countries on the planet. with a high concentration of elderly people.

Abe was Japan’s longest-serving post-war ruler and forged a bond with Trump while lending his name to a series of policies designed to lift the economy out of its deflationary funk. Suga is making a hesitant debut on the international stage, and with just a month away from the Tokyo games (and with an election looming), he will seek support to ensure the event does not fail. He can even distribute invitations to the opening ceremony.

What to expect: Success will be measured by photo ops with other world leaders.

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Boris Johnson must respect rule of law and implement Brexit deal, EU says | Brexit Thu, 10 Jun 2021 10:48:00 +0000

Boris Johnson must respect “the rule of law” by fully implementing post-Brexit deals for Northern Ireland, EU leaders said ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall.

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, said the Prime Minister’s behavior is of growing concern to EU member states. “It is essential to implement what we have decided – it is a matter of the rule of law,” he said.

The Prime Minister will hold a trilateral meeting with Michel and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in Cornwall.

The framing of the dispute between the United Kingdom and the EU as that of respect for the international legal order will resonate with the American President, Joe Biden, who arrived in Cornwall on Thursday. Biden is expected to call on both sides to stick to the Good Friday deal.

Under the withdrawal agreement signed by Johnson, Northern Ireland effectively remains in the single market and the EU customs code is enforced in the Irish Sea to avoid a hard border on the island from Ireland. But Brussels complained that these provisions were not respected.

The EU has previously accused the Johnson government of breaking international law by unilaterally extending grace periods for a series of border checks and controls on goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain.

In a meeting Wednesday between David Frost, Britain’s Brexit Minister, and EU officials, they failed to reach agreement on a range of other disputes and impending critical points.

The construction of border checkpoints in Northern Ireland ports has been suspended, sufficient staff have not been recruited to carry out checks and controls and cargo traceability systems have not been put in place , complain EU officials.

The EU believes that the UK’s attitude towards ending a grace period on a ban on exports from Britain to Northern Ireland of chilled meats such as sausages and the hash will represent a “crossroads” moment.

A further unilateral extension of the grace period would most likely lead the EU to open a case under the Withdrawal Agreement dispute settlement procedure. This could lead to the application of tariffs on British goods entering the EU or the suspension of parts of the trade agreement.

The EU has not ruled out a mutually agreed extension of the grace period, but the UK lacks confidence to help find a permanent solution.

The two sides are also arguing over the best way to avoid the application of the full range of sanitary and phytosanitary controls from 1 October on imports from Great Britain of meat, fish, eggs and products. dairy products, including long export health certificates (ESCs), which must be completed by a veterinarian or other qualified person.

In a joint press conference with Michel ahead of the meetings with Johnson in Cornwall, Von der Leyen said the UK could not avoid all the consequences of Brexit.

She said: “We agreed with the UK that the protocol was the only solution, ensuring no hard border for Northern Ireland [with the Republic of Ireland], we have been really debating this for years and we have found the one and only solution.

“Now we have a treaty on it, the Withdrawal Agreement, it was signed by both parties – Pacta sunt servanda [agreements must be kept]. It is important that we now implement the protocol. We have been flexible, we are going to be flexible, but the protocol and the Withdrawal Agreement must be implemented, fully.

“The advantage of an agreement, of a signed treaty, is that both parties have also signed a dispute settlement mechanism and corrective measures that can be taken. So there are no unilateral actions, but there is an agreed dispute settlement mechanism with different stages. “

However, Von der Leyen stressed that she wanted the protocol to work for “everyone” and added that the committee would be flexible in the coming weeks as solutions were sought.

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UK-EU ‘sausage war’ talks generate threats, not progress Wed, 09 Jun 2021 16:42:00 +0000

Britain and the European Union failed on Wednesday to agree on solutions to facilitate post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland and exchanged threats in a deadlock that could darken an international summit on weekend.

Since Britain completed its torturous exit from the EU late last year, relations with Brussels have deteriorated further, with each side accusing the other of bad faith over part of their deal on the Brexit which covers the movement of goods to Northern Ireland.

The dispute has been dubbed the “sausage war” by British media because it affects the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland, a British province.

The dispute shifted into high gear on Wednesday, with Britain saying it could once again unilaterally extend a grace period by removing controls on certain foodstuffs, and the EU saying it could take action forward in court, a step that could end with customs duties and quotas. Read more

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the summit of the world’s seven largest advanced economies (G7) in southwest England to present what he calls “Global Britain”. He said he was not worried about the feud overshadowing the event. Read more

But he could receive a warning from US President Joe Biden, who the Times newspaper said will tell London to stick to a deal with the EU that was designed to protect a 23-year peace deal in Northern Ireland. Read more

UK Brexit Minister David Frost, who is expected to attend the summit and participate in talks with EU leaders, met with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic in London to discuss the issue.

“There haven’t been any breakthroughs. There aren’t any blackouts either, and we’re going to keep talking,” Frost told reporters. “What we must do now is find urgent solutions.” Read more

A UK source close to the talks said all options were on the table if there was no deal, including London extending a grace period that rolls back controls on certain food items transferred to Northern Ireland in the -beyond June 30. read more

Sefcovic responded similarly, saying the EU was considering advancing its legal challenge against Britain’s actions, which could lead to legal action by the fall or the possible imposition of tariffs. and quotas. Read more


“The US administration and the US Congress are following this matter very closely,” Sefcovic said at a press conference.

“I’m sure the G7, as well as European leaders, would raise this issue because I think what we should be focusing on right now should be economic recovery … and how to form and forge this new strategic partnership between the L ‘EU and UK. Instead, we have these very difficult meetings. “

When asked if the G7 summit would be overshadowed by the feud, Johnson said: “I’m not worried about it.” He expressed optimism that a solution could be found, adding: “I’m very, very optimistic about this, I think it’s easily doable.”

Preserving the delicate peace in Northern Ireland without leaving the UK a backdoor into the EU’s single market across the Irish land border was one of the trickier issues of the Brexit divorce. Ireland is an EU member state.

The result was the protocol, which essentially kept the province in the EU customs union and adhere to many of its single market rules – which the rest of Britain left.

As Brussels is upset that London is breaking the protocol, Britain says it has no choice as some of the controls hamper supply to supermarkets in Northern Ireland.

He also pointed to rising tensions among pro-British trade unionists in the province, who say the protocol undermines the 1998 peace deal by loosening their ties with Britain.

Aodhán Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, called for swift action to protect consumers in the province:

“We need immediate solutions to keep goods flowing now, and we need a breathing space so that the UK government and the EU can, in the longer term, find a viable solution.”

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EU diplomats launch emergency Brexit plan to restrict access to Ireland’s single market – POLITICO Wed, 09 Jun 2021 02:35:30 +0000

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LONDON – EU officials and diplomats are discussing a contingency plan to break the deadlock over Brexit settlement in Northern Ireland by restricting Ireland’s access to the bloc’s single goods market.

The idea, which arouses extreme anxiety in Dublin where officials see it as unfair punishment for its neighbor’s decision to take Brexit, is intended as a back-up plan to solve the conundrum of where to carry out vital checks on the goods. These are designed to protect EU countries against food and plant diseases.

This issue was supposed to be addressed by the Northern Ireland Protocol, a key part of the Brexit deal, but London is resisting implementation of that part of the deal which it says is unenforceable.

Ahead of a key meeting on Wednesday with his British counterpart, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič threatened in an editorial for the Telegraph that “the EU will not hesitate to react quickly, firmly and decisively” if the UK does not isn’t moving (and the EU’s arsenal is diverse.) But Irish officials fear that even the possibility of the plan – which would amount to treating Irish goods destined for other EU members as coming from a third country – does not take the pressure off the UK to honor its commitments. as part of the Brexit deal.

The controversial proposal was initially discussed as part of Ireland’s contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit in 2019, when the UK parliament rejected the Withdrawal Agreement three times. But an EU official said he’s back in “everyone” now amid growing concerns over the need for a Plan B.

“That’s why they [the Irish] are so worried because they know they might have to pay the price, ”they said. “No one is ready to say yet that this is going to have direct consequences for Ireland, but it is a little underpinned [implied]. “

The problem stems from the UK’s reluctance to carry out so-called sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks on food and plants coming from mainland Britain at ports in Northern Ireland. This arrangement – which effectively places Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market as far as controls are concerned – was crafted to negate the need for a politically sensitive economic border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. The fear is that the border posts could become targets for dissident Republican groups and could trigger a cycle of violence.

The EU considers SPS controls essential to prevent outbreaks of food-borne illnesses and the unauthorized entry of products such as hormone-treated beef into the single market if the UK concludes trade deals with countries like the Brazil or Australia. But despite signing the deal, London now cites practical difficulties in implementing the controls – as well as intense opposition from the Unionist community in Northern Ireland who sees them as creating an economic barrier between the region and the rest of the UK.

In March, the UK unilaterally decided to extend a grace period for the introduction of checks, which prompted legal action from the EU.

Intense technical talks over the past few weeks have not resulted in a deal, and frustration with the UK government is mounting in Brussels and European capitals ahead of Wednesday’s meeting between Šefčovič and his UK counterpart David Frost.

Apocalyptic scenario

If the UK refuses to budge and both sides agree that checks cannot be carried out between North and South, then this begs the question of where they should take place.

Some members of the EU27 have started to believe that, although undesirable, there is only one option left, the EU official said. “Goods from Ireland [into the EU] would be checked as if they came from a third country.

The idea of ​​erecting a barrier between Ireland and the rest of the EU’s single market began to resonate beyond the EU and the UK A US official said an Irish counterpart had expressed concerns about the safeguard plan, and confirmed that these were renewed proposals following the UK position.

The official said a French counterpart described the idea as contingency planning and said there was no choice but to come up with a fallback option in the absence of emergency measures. Irish emergency clear.

“The only option we are considering is the implementation of the protocol,” said a French diplomatic official.

The lack of an Irish alternative if Britain continues to focus on it is also worrying businesses. Stephen Kelly, managing director of Manufacturing NI, a lobby group for manufacturing companies in Northern Ireland, said nothing about his conversations with Irish ministers and officials that made him think Dublin had come up with better alternatives.

The public reaction to any EU control over Irish products “would destroy almost all [Irish] ministers who had to implement them, and that would end the government, ”Kelly said.

“It’s a doomsday scenario in Irish terms. And for some of those types of scenarios, you don’t build a contingency because they’re so extreme and so beyond what you’d accept that you just aren’t planning for it.

Irish diplomats and officials dismissed the idea as politically impossible, pointing to US President Joe Biden’s support for Ireland.

No matter how light the controls might be, imposing them on goods from Ireland to the rest of the EU would be interpreted in Dublin as a demotion of Ireland’s position in the single market and an unfair punishment. for the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Not a viable solution

Britain would appreciate this, an Irish diplomat said, warning that any reference to the possibility of controls far from the Irish Sea could encourage London to take further unilateral action on the Northern Ireland Protocol – knowing that the The EU would only implement controls elsewhere. A separate grace period for food safety checks on chilled meats like sausages and hash is due to end on June 30 and the EU fears the UK will unilaterally extend it as well.

The diplomat confirmed the idea was one of many options discussed in 2019, but denied that it was launched again.

“It has certainly never been an accepted or acceptable option for Ireland,” they said. “It’s not a viable solution. Getting Ireland out of the Single Market [for SPS checks] would be very drastic… This is probably not the direction the EU would politically want to take.

Kelly agrees. “We think there is goodwill within the Commission to try to resolve some of these issues, but there are Member States especially the French who are more interested in being firm with the UK than ‘to be fair to the people of Northern Ireland. This is a concern for us.

The idea of ​​controlling Irish goods has not been discussed in formal meetings as it is not Commission policy or the desired outcome and there are still hopes “that the protocol can survive”, said the EU official.

An EU diplomat said the move would be “counterproductive”, adding that it had not been part of formal Brexit discussions at the EU Council. “It would be in the hands of the UK, which has taken all kinds of steps to remove SPS checks between Britain and Northern Ireland. If the whole island of Ireland were kept out of the EU’s SPS zone, we would be giving the British a gift while punishing our Irish friends, who faithfully defend the interests of the EU.

But a second EU diplomat, from a country other than France and Ireland, who had not heard of the plan, offered a more resigned stance: “It may sound realistic, unfortunately. “

Jacopo Barigazzi, Rym Momtaz and Hans von der Burchard contributed reporting.

This article has been updated.

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Brexit Britain may soon have a new best friend in Germany Tue, 08 Jun 2021 12:04:00 +0000

John Seymour Chaloner, a 21-year-old major of the Westminster Dragoons, requisitioned office space and recruited a former Wehrmacht radio operator called Rudolf Augstein to create an unfettered weekly magazine.

Chaloner tolerated blunt reporting even when a first edition accused British authorities of providing starvation rations to Ruhr workers. The story caused a storm in London, but tolerance for criticism eventually prevailed. What has become Der Spiegel Magazine was launched under German control in 1947.

The Americans also moved towards reconciliation, but with some delay, while the French resisted longer. It was the British who pushed for the revival of German industry in key talks in January 1946. “They were the most liberal and led the way,” said Dr Knowles.

It would be an exaggeration to describe Armin Laschet as a committed Anglophile. The Christian Democrat candidate is a negotiator at heart who likes to keep the lines open to everyone, including Vladimir Putin. “He is from Achen (Charlemagne’s lair) and will always put the Franco-German relationship at the forefront when the going comes,” said Holger Schmieding of Berenberg Bank.

Yet Mr Laschet gave a striking answer when asked during the first presidential televised debate which country should be the European Union’s primary partner. “We have to do everything we can to keep the British very, very close to us,” he said.

You could say this is an implicit recognition that the EU has mismanaged Brexit negotiations, more or less forcing the UK into a hard Brexit by insisting on dynamic legal alignment and sweeping oversight of the European Court as a sine qua non of basic free trade.

Rather, its main anger is directed at those states that remain in the EU, eagerly spend handouts from Brussels (i.e. German taxpayers), while ignoring the EU’s rules of the game when it comes to them. fits. The British may have been thorny, but they didn’t abuse the system in that way.

When Greens candidate Annalena Baerbock was asked the same question about foreign policy, her straightforward Pavlovian response was to advocate for more “Europe”, which captures a fundamental difference in ideology. She is a reflexive supranationalist. There is little room for the democratic nation-state in its philosophy.

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Italy Says Brexit Impact ‘Starting to Show’, But ALWAYS Swears European Integration Won’t Stop | World | New Mon, 07 Jun 2021 15:22:01 +0000

Rishi Sunak praises G7 tax deal on corporate taxation

Vittorio Colao, Minister of Technological Innovation and Digital Transition, spoke on the sidelines of the Trento Economics Festival, where delegates examined the needs of the digital sector at a time when remote working was increasingly becoming Standard. And Mr Colao, the former chief executive of Vodafone, also lamented the UK’s decision to vote to leave in 2016 – and the impact that decision had had.

He said: “The negative impact of Brexit is starting to be felt, but the integration of the European process will continue.

“In the long run, I think the continued progress of this 27-country EU pays off more than not taking a bet every now and then.

Mr. Colao added, “I am a big believer in a future that brings together the best of both worlds.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak at the G7 summit (Image: GETTY)

Vittorio Colao

Vittorio Colao, Italian Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition (Image: PA)

“We must enable the legal and also the cultural framework that will take the best of face-to-face work and smart work.

“In this sense, we also encourage companies, universities and public companies to combine the best of both worlds.

“We are moving towards a mixed work model, without the anxiety of going to work very early or not being able to manage family life.

“But we must not forget the necessity and the importance of socialization and mentoring towards young people.”

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Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (Image: GETTY)

Referring to behavior that was considered the norm before the pandemic, Mr Colao said, “We will not do some things anymore.

“I admit that I went to Hong Kong for a dinner and if I think about the imprint of that dinner… some nonsense that we will not do again.”

Referring to the sensitive issue of cybersecurity, Mr. Colao said, “We have 93-95% of public administration servers that are not in secure condition.

“No one is safe here and we cannot continue like this.

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Digital services are becoming more and more crucial especially since the pandemic (Image: GETTY)

“We need more secure clouds because sensitive and less sensitive citizen data is kept secure.

“We will also categorize business data and cloud layers which, if used, will need to be certified.

“A safe world on both the business and non-business side. “

Mr Colao criticized Brexit in the run-up to the 2015 referendum, insisting that Britain must stay in the bloc to shape the future of the single market for digital services, one of the sectors of the fastest growing economy.

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Mapping of factions in the EU budget (Image: Express)

At the time, he told Radio 4’s Today program: “We believe that the digital single market is the next big opportunity for the economy, in Europe in general and for Britain in particular.

“It would be a great missed opportunity if Britain tried to sit on the outside and not shape it from the inside.”

Speaking yesterday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said a “seismic” global deal to tax big tech companies was proof that Brexit Britain was a world leader.

The new global tax deal agreed by the G7 countries of the world’s largest economies will set a minimum global corporate tax rate of 15 percent on profits.

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Working from home is becoming more and more the norm (Image: GETTY)

Mr. Sunak commented: “What this shows is that we as a country can play a leadership role.

“Various people have asked what is the UK doing after Brexit? Has our position in the world diminished? Are people listening to us?

“I think this is one of the many examples, hopefully, of the UK playing a definite leadership role.

“The UK is doing its job, playing this leadership role on issues that help people’s lives.

(Additional report by Maria Ortega)

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UK is second behind France again in attracting foreign investment to Europe | International exchange Sun, 06 Jun 2021 23:01:00 +0000

The UK lost to France as the most popular European destination for foreign investors for the second year in a row, amid Brexit disruptions and the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020, the United Kingdom obtained 975 foreign investment projects against 985 projects in France, according to the accounting firm EY.

The UK dominated foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe for the first 18 years of the annual Foreign Investment Survey. However, the UK first lost its crown to France in 2019, as companies grappled with uncertain prospects of a UK-EU trade deal. A last-minute deal was struck on Christmas Eve 2020, just a week before the UK left the EU’s single market.

Attracting foreign investment to a “global Britain” is a key objective of the Conservative government, whose leaders have argued that leaving the EU would make the UK a more attractive destination. The government has set up an Office for Investment to attract foreign investment, but it has also facilitated intervention in foreign takeovers for national security reasons.

Evidence of the significant benefits of Brexit has so far been limited – although benchmarking has been made much more difficult by the disruption of the global pandemic.

Some experts have already detected effects of Brexit on trade, which is linked to foreign investment. Academics at Aston University in Birmingham published research last month suggesting that Brexit dropped services exports by £ 114 billion between 2016 and 2019.

EY said declining investment from countries like Japan suggested that “the UK’s appeal as an export base is much less than it was” because of Brexit. The pick-up in investment from other countries outside the United States, the EU and Japan may not be “of a magnitude to offset the decline in activity in the traditional base,” the report said.

However, the pandemic has caused a sharp drop in international investment across the world: the United Nations trade body found that global FDI fell 42% in 2020 – its lowest level in 26 years last year , according to research by Simon Evenett, Professor of International Trade at the Swiss University of St. Gallen, and Johannes Fritz of the St Gallen Endowment for Prosperity through Trade.

EY’s figures do not reflect the value of investments in the UK, but they do suggest that a further decline is possible from 2019. Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that the value of foreign direct investment in the UK was £ 36bn in 2019, up from £ 66bn in 2018 and below the 10-year average of £ 54bn.

The UK investment project tally is down 12% from 2019, a slower drop than the 18% drop in French projects. Germany was the third most popular country, with 930 projects, and the second most popular country, Spain, was far behind, with 354 projects, with inward investment falling by more than a quarter over the course of the first year of the pandemic.

Japanese automaker Nissan’s program to modernize its Sunderland auto plant, an expansion by online retailer Amazon, and data centers by Japanese tech company NTT are examples of large foreign direct investments announced in 2020.

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Alison Kay, Managing Partner of Customer Service at EY UK & Ireland, said that “the UK’s former dominance in the foreign direct investment market has been replaced by a three-way fight with Germany and France”.

However, this was overall a “positive” performance for the UK in light of “the impact of the pandemic, a shrinking foreign direct investment market and the then uncertain future trade relationship. with the EU, ”she said.

She added that the drop in inbound investment was relatively smaller than expected. Investors had forecast an average fall of 30 to 45% in UK projects in the fall compared to 2019.

The report also found that the outlook for investing in the UK may have improved due to the speed of its Covid-19 vaccine rollout relative to its rivals, Kay said. A survey of 570 international investors found the UK to be considered the most attractive place to invest in Europe, a quick turnaround from the fall when it was lagging behind France and Germany.

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Brexit news: Boris Johnson’s ‘ready-to-cook’ deal brutally mocks furious ex-MEP | Politics | New Sun, 06 Jun 2021 06:01:00 +0000

June Mummery, a former Brexit Party MEP, told French and Dutch fishermen admitted they didn’t expect the UK to give Europe such generous terms for fisheries in the post-Brexit trade deal. She also lambasted Boris Johnson’s “oven-ready” deal, saying the Prime Minister had not turned on the oven.

Ms Mummery said: “Another 105 vessels got licenses to fish inside our 6-12 miles, we haven’t even secured our 6-12 miles.

“I had French fishermen and Dutch fishermen talking to me and telling me we weren’t even expecting to be able to do this.

“They would have been happy with a transition period of five and a half years and having the rest.

“Talk about a bad deal and talk about terrible negotiations.

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“I’ve had it from the start, it’s like baking a cake, they mixed everything up, put everything in the oven but they didn’t light it.”

She added: “This is what happened, Boris needs to bring people around the table who really know what they are talking about.

“We have to survive the next 5 and a half years.”

The former Brexit Party MEP has also shamed the UK government for securing “horrible” terms for the UK fishing industry.

“Looking back now, they weren’t prepared, I knew that.

“Even the last two weeks before we left, I thought it was going to fall apart because we hadn’t heard anything.

“The [fishing] the industry had not heard of exporting.

“The reason they accepted this horrible deal was because they weren’t prepared and Boris was getting a lot of misinformation.”

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Brexit victory: EU power is “paralyzed” without London dealing a “blow to Brussels” | United Kingdom | New Sat, 05 Jun 2021 11:31:36 +0000

Last month, Brexit Minister Lord David Frost urged the City of London to “jump in and do its own job” as an equivalency deal with the EU seems out of reach. UK financial firms lost their broad access to EU markets when the Brexit transition period ended on December 31 and must now navigate a patchwork of regulations from individual member states. Former Chancellor Lord Norman Lamont asked Lord Frost at a Lords Committee meeting about progress on equivalency and added that “more and more people in the financial services industry are failing to do not expect much equivalence “.

Lord Frost said the EU was still reflecting on the equivalency assessment documents sent by the UK almost a year ago.

He added: “We are still waiting for the EU to complete these processes.

“Obviously, the city has to go on and do its own thing while waiting for this and this is increasingly happening. “

However, it appears the EU is also facing challenges, as Politico reported in December that Brexit has “crippled” Brussels’ soft power over financial rules.

Simon Gleeson, a lawyer specializing in international capital markets at UK law firm Clifford Chance, said that when Hong Kong and Singapore both adopted EU-compliant market regulations, their main focus was on London.

He told Politico: “If you look at it from their perspective, it was clear that they wanted access to London.

“The question now will be whether the access to Frankfurt and Paris will care enough to change its rules in the future?”

He added that “Brexit is a blow to the extraterritorial ambitions of the EU, especially in terms of financial regulation”.

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Professor Iain Begg of the London School of Economics told that although the money is being “sucked” from London to EU capitals, there is no need to be. worry.

He said: “It is certainly true that the jobs do not only concern Amsterdam but also Paris and Frankfurt and Dublin has also been a big winner.

“It is financial activity that must be sucked into London’s euro zone, at the same time as the City is reinventing itself and looking for where it has markets in the world.

“At the moment I don’t think there is any clear indication that City are losing from Brexit, but there may be some European centers that are marginal winners. If the net turns into a flow, we can say it is damaging to the UK economy. “

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