Brexit News Archive: 20 Aug 2019

Operation Yellowhammer: Speak up before it's too late

According to the government's own in-depth assessments, every version of Brexit will make us worse off. But their 'leaked' Yellowhammer report has revealed that a no-deal Brexit will wreak the greatest havoc. It will also put into jeopardy our own union of the United Kingdom. And still, no one can ...
Jon Danzig / Ideas on Europe   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:05:07

The EU's latest response to Boris Johnson could spell doom for Brexit negotiations

The nails seem to be approaching the coffin for Brexit negotiations. That's because the European Union has rejected U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's latest request to scrap the Irish border backstop from a new withdrawal agreement, The Guardian reports . Johnson r eportedly sent European Council President Donald Tusk a ...
The Week   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 19:27:50

What a No-Deal Brexit Would Mean for the Irish Border

It was the boundary between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that sank former U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's efforts to engineer an orderly exit from the European Union. Now her successor, Boris Johnson, is bumping up against the same challenge -- how to manage a historically fraught border ...
Washington Post   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:55:39

Customs passes to be allocated as part of no-deal Brexit planning

Without pass, exporter's goods could be held up at UK ports and airports after 31 October The government will allocate customs passes to thousands of businesses over the next two weeks to prevent goods being held up at the UK border in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The chancellor, ...
Phillip Inman / Guardian   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:41:38

Ireland officials reject British calls to renegotiate Brexit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted a new way must be found to keep the Irish border open, but still can not say what that plan may be.
Al Jazeera   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:31:34

Brexit: Boris Johnson's letter to the EU

Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the Irish backstop Brexit plan as
BBC   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:10:56

Is Britain Becoming a Failed State?

Failed states used to be largely the preserve of the developing world, where the institutions of democracy do not have deep roots. But given the extent to which the Brexit campaign has undermined Britain's institutions through lies, it is reasonable to worry that the country will soon come to resemble ...
Chris Patten / Project Syndicate   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:03:26

EU being a bit negative but we will get there on Brexit deal - Johnson

The European Union is being "a big negative" about the prospects of reaching a Brexit deal but it can be done, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 17:00:22

EU migrants must not be Brexit bargaining chips

Ending free movement under a no-deal exit risks a repeat of the Windrush scandal
FT   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:44:18

Boris Johnson's Brexit backstop bid rejected by EU leaders

Britain's new prime ministers wrote to European leaders suggesting Irish backstop position be removed from Brexit deal.
Al Jazeera   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:37:38

Worries over global trade, Italy lead FTSE 100 lower

London's main index ended firmly in the red on Tuesday after new U.S.-China trade jitters and political instability in Italy took down heavyweight firms across sectors, while exporter stocks dipped as the pound gained after German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments on the Brexit process.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:32:07

Merkel: No need to reopen Brexit deal to tackle Irish border

'It's a question of the future relationship,' German chancellor says.
Emma Anderson / Politico   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:29:59

Tuesday assorted links

1. Hong Kong Straussians. 2. Pro-Brexit views are pulling more British voters into conservative views on redistribution. 3. Links on Progress Studies. 4. "Our counterfactual analysis suggests that a persistent increase in average global temperature by 0.04°C per year, in the absence of mitigation policies, reduces world real GDP per ...
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 16:04:26

PM: EU clearly still thinks UK parliament might block Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the European Union "clearly still thinks that there is a possibility parliament will block Brexit".
Sky   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:57:00

'We need to survive': Stevenage's small business owners reveal Brexit fears

From the greengrocer to the gift shop, residents brace for the prospect of crashing out of the EU "You see the melons over there?" said Ali Ahmed, pointing across his extensive display of fruit and vegetables at his greengrocer's shop in Stevenage town centre. "They come from Spain. Most of ...
Frances Perraudin / Guardian   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:45:05

EU rebuffs Johnson's Brexit gambit

The European Union on Tuesday rebuffed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demand that it reopen the Brexit divorce deal, saying Britain had failed to propose any realistic alternative to an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 15:25:50

Brexit: 'No prospect' of a deal unless backstop is dropped

The PM calls the Irish border plan but the EU says he hasn't offered realistic alternatives.
BBC   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:45:57

Merkel - Irish border solution possible, but not by reopening Withdrawal Agreement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday the EU would think about practical solutions regarding the post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, but not by revisiting the Withdrawal Agreement.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:33:06

UK officials to withdraw from EU meetings from September 1

Attendance will be reduced by more than half, says Brexit secretary.
Annabelle Dickson / Politico   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:30:30

Sterling briefly jumps after Merkel says will think about Brexit backstop solutions

Sterling briefly jumped on Tuesday after German chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union would think about practical solutions to the backstop, an agreed insurance policy for the Irish border that London wants scrapped.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:17:15

Britain to 'unshackle' officials from most EU meetings ahead of Brexit

Britain will its officials from most European Union meetings so they can focus on Brexit, reducing attendance by up to half, the Brexit ministry said on Tuesday.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:56:03

Riksbank's Jochnick: Risk of hard Brexit has increased

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FX Street   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:44:52

Explainer: A guide to the Brexit backstop, and why there's a UK-EU standoff

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a fresh push to drop the so-called Irish backstop from the Brexit deal, renewing a demand the EU has repeatedly rejected.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:36:17

Johnson's opening Brexit bid lands flat with EU leaders

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demand that the European Union reopen the Brexit divorce deal was rebuffed on Tuesday by the bloc, which said Britain ...
No Author / Japan Times   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:19:33

Ireland disappointed with Johnson's opening Brexit bid - foreign minister

Ireland expressed disappointment on Tuesday at a demand from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that the Brexit backstop insurance policy for the Irish border be replaced with a pledge.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:19:28

Brexit: UK to withdraw officials from EU meetings from September 1, Boris Johnson government announces

PM has vowed to 'unshackle' diplomats in Brussels
Lizzy Buchan / The Independent   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:08:00

Johnson digs in on need to change Brexit deal after EU rebuttal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to reopen the deal to leave the European Union and to replace the Irish border backstop, his office said on Tuesday, stressing the need for a renegotiation even though the EU said a new deal was not possible.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:06:02

UK PM Johnson spokesman: No prospect of Brexit deal unless Withdrawal Agreement is reopened

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FX Street   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 13:00:13

The real consequence of a no-deal Brexit is not short-term shock - it's a long recession | Ellie Mae O'Hagan

Those opposed to no deal need to stop predicting an apocalypse and instead focus on the slow economic destruction it will bring A couple of days before the UK voted to leave the EU, the official remain campaign, Stronger In, released a bulletin of what it imagined the news headlines ...
Ellie Mae O'Hagan / Guardian   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:11:28

Exclusive: EU contests Johnson letter, says backstop only way to keep Irish border open - document

The European Union British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for the Brexit backstop to be dropped and regrets his bid to scrap a "necessary, legally operative solution" to avoid erecting an Irish border, a document seen by Reuters says.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:04:15

UK Economy £26 Billion Bigger than Previously Calculated

New ONS methodology revealed today has shown the UK economy is actually £26 billion larger than economists previously thought, having revised up 2016 GDP growth by 1.3%. Surely the biggest #DespiteBrexit story of them all. The new methodology focuses on costs faced by businesses, it also changes the way assets ...
Christian Calgie / Guy Fawkes' blog   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:49

Khan: Scrap 'callous' plan to end EU free movement in no deal

London mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the government to scrap plans to immediately end freedom of movement from the European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
Sky   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:55:00

UK, EU harden their positions on Brexit as G7 approaches

Leaders of the UK and European Union hardened their positions Tuesday on whether it is possible to re-open Brexit negotiations, dimming prospects for any breakthrough ahead of a summit of G-7 leaders this weekend. Since taking office last month, Johnson has pledged Britain will leave the EU on Oct. 31 ...
Times of India   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:41:21

Tusk rejects Johnson demand to scrap Irish backstop

European Council president says UK lacks 'realistic alternatives' to prevent hard border after Brexit
FT   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:38:03

Brexit: Freedom of movement plan 'will create chaos' - Abbott

The shadow home secretary says the policy would "make Windrush look like a minor blip".
BBC   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:30:34

EU's Tusk accuses Johnson of pushing towards post-Brexit Irish border controls

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demands to drop the Brexit backstop came with no "realistic alternatives" and amounted to seeking a return to controls along the sensitive Irish border.
Reuters   |   Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:28:09