The Brexit Blog

The Brexit Blog
News and comment on the Brexit process, as Britain tries to leave the EU.

Monday 31 July 2017

Why Germany Doesn't Want, Nor Can Afford, A Bad Brexit


Friday 28 July 2017

Hammond Wants Off The Shelf Brexit Transition

The FT reports that chancellor Philip Hammond has told business leaders he wants to negotiate a simple “off-the-shelf” (rather than bespoke) transition deal with Brussels to maintain current trading relations with Europe for at least two years after Brexit.

Hammond said he wants a “standstill” transition leaving companies with full access to the single market and customs union, followed by a further “implementation phase” while a new, UK-specific trade accord is put in place.

The tripping point for his cabinet colleagues is the fact that this would see Britain stripped of voting rights and influence in Brussels but obliged to accept European Court rulings, free movement rules and budget contributions.

Interestingly, whilst other cabinet ministers have let their views be known, Theresa May’s own views are a mystery to colleagues.

The question is, does Theresa May actually have any views or is she waiting to be told what they are?

Thursday 27 July 2017

Rudd Closes The Stable Door A Year Late

The Government has launched a major assessment of the “costs and benefits” of EU migration in Britain, over a year after the Brexit vote.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd will commission official experts on a Migration Advisory Committee to carry out a detailed analysis of the role of EU nationals in the UK economy and society.

Call me "picky", but shouldn't this have been done a year ago?

What has the government been doing for the last year?

Wednesday 26 July 2017


Whilst the world and his wife are hyperventilating over the Brexit issue of chlorine washed chicken, it is worth remembering that we eat salads from supermarkets that are washed in chlorine.

Additionally, those of you who rinse your chicken under the tap are more than likely rinsing it with water that contains chlorine.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Fox Challenged To Eat A Chicken

Ooh the irony!

However, it is nothing compared to Gummer's #Burgergate.

Monday 24 July 2017

The Price of a US/UK Trade Deal? Chlorine Washed Chicken

It would appear that Liam Fox is prepared to accept the import of chlorine washed chicken, as the price of a post Brexit US/UK trade deal.

Friday 21 July 2017

Transitional Period Agreed

Cabinet Brexiteers have finally agreed that the UK needs a “transitional” period after Brexit to keep skilled EU migrants coming into Britain.

The consensus is now that EU migration could continue for at least two and possibly four years after Brexit formally takes place in April 2019.

Quite logical, and quite amazing that the cabinet hadn't worked that out a long time ago!

Thursday 20 July 2017

Liam Fox - We Can Survive

Liam Fox is trending on Twitter for saying the UK can survive no deal.

Tuesday 18 July 2017

98 Negotiators Deployed

The 98 were deployed, yet the media focussed on the Davis/Barnier photo opp!

Monday 17 July 2017

Blair For Brexit

Fake Smiles All Round!

This charade will continue for the time being, until the powers that be work out how to tell everyone that they have no intention of letting Britain leave the EU and that Brexit won't happen!

Thursday 13 July 2017

The Great Repeal Bill - It Will Be Hell!

Today the government will publish the Repeal Bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving UK parliaments the power to change them.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has vowed to "work with anyone" to make it a success.

Unsurprisingly, the opposition will do its best to screw things up for Davis. In fact the mild mannered soon to be ex leader of the Liberals (Farron) told the government:

"This will be hell."

Let us trust that whilst the politicians of all sides play their games, they remember that Brexit isn't a game. It will have real consequences (good and bad) for everyone living in this country!

Tuesday 11 July 2017

Going Down Under

Reinvigorating the Commonwealth ties to compensate for Brexit is a rational policy.

Monday 10 July 2017

Verhofstadt Threatens Veto

Thursday 6 July 2017

Barnier Confirms Brexit

Wednesday 5 July 2017

Tuesday 4 July 2017

Juncker Calls EU Parliament "Ridiculous"

A house divided will always fall!