Brexit News Archive: 04 Jan 2019

British schools explore post-Brexit EU expansion

Demand for UK-style education expected to rise in Europe due to staff relocations
FT   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 22:00:25

Week ahead: Trade, Powell and Brexit

FT   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 21:58:27

Eurosceptics hold firm against May's Brexit deal

PM struggles to make any progress in effort to win crunch Commons vote
FT   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 19:31:22

France tightens security at ports to stop migrants reaching Britain

France will heighten security at its northern ports and increase surveillance along beaches to counter the rise in migrants trying to cross the English Channel to reach Britain, its interior minister said on Friday.
NEWS WIRES / France 24   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 19:05:08

No-deal Brexit rehearsal: 150 lorries to test Dover traffic

Monday morning will be a big day in the story of Brexit.
Sky   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 18:29:00

France's Macron tells May Brexit deal is best possible - Elysee official

French President Emmanuel Macron told Britain's Theresa May in a telephone call on Friday that the deal she negotiated over Britain's departure from the European Union was the "best one possible", an official in the French presidency said.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 18:27:25

Irish PM expects Brexit deal 'in the next few weeks'

'One of the biggest challenges we face as the EU is the challenge of Brexit,' the Irish PM said.
Judith Mischke / Politico   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 17:43:24

Juncker had 'friendly' Brexit call with May, to talk again next week

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a telephone conversation with British Prime Minister Theresa May on her Brexit plans, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on Friday.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 17:05:09

Brexit stockpiling and the bullwhip effect | Letters

Professors Alan McKinnon and Jan Fransoo on the long-term effects of the threat of a no-deal Brexit, Peter Lowe on David Cameron's barring from parliament and Martin Guha on a job swap for Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas The latest IHS Markit/CIPS survey shows that stockpiling for a no-deal Brexit ...
Letters / Guardian   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 16:50:13

UK Ranked As World's Second Most Powerful Nation

The UK has been ranked the world's second most powerful nation despite Brexit. The Henry Jackson Society's Audit of Geopolitical Capability used a model involving four attributes, 33 indicators and 1240 potential data observations and placed the UK after the US but slightly ahead of China. The Audit's Chief Analyst, James ...
Tom Harwood / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 16:19:53

UK plans rehearsals for no-deal Brexit amid fears of road, port chaos

Britain will begin rehearsals for the possible chaos of a no-deal Brexit on Monday by testing how the road network copes with a tailback of around 150 lorries caused by disruption at its most important trading gateway to continental Europe.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 16:11:49

Irish PM Varadkar: Still expects Brexit deal in coming weeks

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar recently crossed the wires saying that he still expected a Brexit deal in coming weeks. "Prudent to still prepare for a no-deal," Varadkar added. Source: Reuters.
FX Street   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 15:43:59

UK to test emergency plan for dealing with truck jam in no-deal Brexit

Britain will hold a trial run on Monday of its plans for dealing with long queues of lorries at the southeastern port of Dover caused by disruption to cross-Channel traffic in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 15:30:07

'Increasing Number' Of Tory MPs Are Considering No-Deal Brexit As A 'Viable' Plan B

Arj Singh / Huffington Post   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 15:12:45

Government to carry out major test of no-deal Brexit road plan involving 150 lorries

Exercise will see 150 lorries dispatched from Kent airfield to assess whether local roads can cope with potential border disruption
Benjamin Kentish / The Independent   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 15:07:00

Gridlock Fears As Government Prepares To Test Out No-Deal Brexit Back-Up Plan

Rachel Wearmouth / Huffington Post   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 14:54:50

Is Theresa May any closer to unblocking her Brexit deal?

Is the prime minister any closer to getting MPs' backing for the UK's deal for exiting the EU?
BBC   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 14:51:18

Police officers put on standby for no-deal Brexit unrest in Northern Ireland

Reimposition of hard Irish border could cause revival of Troubles, police fear
Tim Wyatt / The Independent   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 14:30:06

Brexit ferry firm: who are the 'old sea dogs' behind venture?

Seaborne Freight is in the spotlight after award of £14m government contract Its ranks include a retired submarine officer, a former veal exporter and a lawyer specialising in the insurance of class actions. While the men behind Seaborne Freight might not have expected the level of scrutiny to which they ...
Rob Davies and Ben Quinn / Guardian   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 14:07:13

All aboard Chris Grayling's Brexit pizza ferry - what could possibly go wrong? | James Felton

Contracting a ferry firm with zero ships - and a takeaway company's terms and conditions - is a perfect slice of Brexit life We're about to "give back control" to a government that can't tell the difference between P&O and Papa John's pizza. I know you think that sounds good, ...
James Felton / Guardian   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 13:32:31

UK house prices take pre-Brexit hit, says Nationwide

Rise of only 0.5% in December - the slowest annual rate of growth since February 2013 Fears over Brexit caused British house prices to all but stagnate in 2018, rising by the smallest amount in almost six years, according to data from Nationwide. Related: UK housing market is a 'goldmine' ...
Miles Brignall and agency / Guardian   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 13:20:44

Brexit: Manston Airport to host lorry park trial

Government tests plans to reduce HGV traffic and keep motorways open in event of 'border disruption'
BBC   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 12:28:39

150 lorries recruited for 'no-deal' Brexit test

The first rehearsals for how Britain's roads will cope with a "no-deal" Brexit are to be held next week.
Sky   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 12:18:00

UK: Upside surprise in Services PMI - TDS

Analysts at TD Securities note that the UK's Services PMI surprised to the upside for the month of December, rising nearly a point to 51.2. Key Quotes "Firms noted that Brexit concerns weighed on sales in the month, and that consumer demand remained subdued. Markit estimates that the Q4 PMIs ...
FX Street   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 12:13:38

Juncker plans to 'listen' to May on Friday

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will listen to British Prime Minister Theresa May give an update on Britain's Brexit plans on Friday, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 11:46:30

May's party opposes her Brexit deal as economy slows

British Prime Minister Theresa May's bid to push her Brexit plans through parliament was dealt another blow on Friday when a survey showed most of her own party's members oppose the agreement and would prefer to leave the EU without a deal.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 11:39:37

Brexit anxiety dragging UK economy almost to standstill

Service sector survey reveals slow demand and economists predict GDP growth of 0.1% Brexit anxiety dragged the UK economy almost to a standstill at the end of 2018, with optimism among services companies dropping to the lowest levels since the financial crisis. According to the latest snapshot of the services ...
Richard Partington Economics correspondent / Guardian   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 11:39:35

May to speak to Juncker on Friday - BBC

British Prime Minister Theresa May will speak to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker later on Friday as she steps up her push to secure concessions from Brussels to help get her Brexit deal through parliament.
Reuters   |   Fri, 4 Jan 2019 11:39:22