0 Have your say Scotland has been sidelined by the deal agreed between the UK and the EU, according to Scotland’s Brexit Secretary Mike Russell. Mr Russell said the Withdrawal Agreement, signed off by EU leaders in Brussels on Sunday, would also sell out vital national industries. The Scottish Government said it will publish its analysis this week of the impact the deal could have on the Scottish economy and living standards.Mr Russell said: “Far from providing certainty, this is a blindfold Brexit which will lock in years of negotiations and uncertainty with no guarantee there will even be any sort of trade deal at the end of the process.READ MORE: Britain ‘taught lesson’ over Gibraltar“The UK Government’s focus has been on Gibraltar and, rightly, Northern Ireland, but Scotland has been sidelined.“It is not just the fishing industry that is going to be sold out by the Tories, the whole economy will be damaged if the … [Read more...] about Michael Russell: Scotland ‘sold out and sidelined’ by Brexit deal
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BRITAIN has been warned against the dangers of striking a customs union deal with the EU which leaves it with “semi-colonial” status. A former top Turkish diplomat said a replica of his country’s agreement would not be the “most intelligent” choice for the UK. Mehmet Ogutcu, who helped negotiate Ankara’s customs arrangement, revealed some Turkish politicians feel being in the customs union has reduced them to rule takers from Brussels. He explained Turkey has “not been in the decision making process at all” when it comes to EU trade deals but still has to accept their terms. His remarks came as it emerged EU officials are considering consulting Britain - but not giving us a vote - if the Government U-turns on the Customs Union. Mr Ogutcu told The Sun: “Being part of the Customs Union but not being able to make favourable trade deals with the rest of the world, and being subjected to unilateral EU rules and decisions in which you are … [Read more...] about Striking a Turkey-style Brexit deal would reduce us to ‘semi-colonial status’, Britain warned
0 Have your say From: John Turley, Dronfield Woodhouse. COULD Don Wood (The Yorkshire Post, April 19), and other Brexiteers, explain why they regard it as being undemocratic to let the British people have the final say on any Brexit deal, especially as most opinion polls indicate that the majority are now in favour of such a vote?Brexiteers like Don Wood love to bang on about democracy, but have scant regard for it when it does not fit in with their views. They do not care that:Their narrow victory in the EU referendum was achieved in part on the back of misleading information, and false promises of extra money for the NHS.Only 37 per cent of the electorate voted for Brexit. Most opinion polls indicate that if everyone entitled to vote in the EU referendum had actually done so, then it would have been a narrow victory for Remain.Most opinion polls indicate that if another referendum on EU membership was held tomorrow, then it would also be a narrow … [Read more...] about YP Letters: How can a vote on Brexit deal be called ‘undemocratic’?
Rolls-Royce is preparing to relocate the “signing off” of British-made airliner engines to Europe, as the EU aviation authority will hold the right to certify they are safe to fly in the event of a hard Brexit. The iconic British brand - and leading member of the country’s £31.8bn-a-year aerospace sector - is preparing the contingency plan to protect itself from huge disruption if negotiations stall over Britain leaving the EU. Without such an arrangement, sources inside the company say that design, manufacturing and maintenance of Rolls-Royce engines built at its Derby base could grind to a halt if Britain suffers a “cliff-edge” departure from the EU. The UK was a founder member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and Rolls-Royce’s engines and designs are certified under its authority on a daily basis as the company modifies its designs. But if Britain leaves the EU without agreeing a deal that includes associate … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce mulls European move as Brexit deal worries grow
CONFIDENCE in the UK economy will pick up later this year as the outcome of Brexit becomes clearer, the Chancellor said yesterday. Philip Hammond said the continuing uncertainty caused by the negotiations was “dampening” investment. But speaking at the IMF Spring Meeting in Washington DC, he insisted he “hoped and expected” this would change later this year. Official figures next week are expected to show that economic output or GDP rose by just 0.2 per cent in the first three months of the year despite the buoyant jobs market. Experts believe the Brexit uncertainty and the effects of the ‘Beast from the East’ snowstorms have slowed activity. The Chancellor said he believed firms would pick up investment later this year – and Brits would become more confident about making so-called ‘big ticket’ purchases. He said: “The decision to leave the European Union and then the process of negotiating how our future relationship will … [Read more...] about Economy will pick up when Brexit deal is finally completed, says Chancellor