United Kingdom | The Brexit of the little things

London, a cold night in late January 2021. George and Mildred are looking forward to taking the plane and reaching Alicante, where they have a small apartment on the beach. Since they retired they have enjoyed it several months a year, between October and March, during which time they only return to the UK for a few days at Christmas, to spend the holidays with their children Michael and Hellen. This year, because of the covid, they were left without a trip and without Christmas, so on the eve of their flight to Spain they take advantage of the relaxation of the measures imposed by Boris Johnson at the beginning of December to have dinner together as a family.

–It’s the first dinner in which we don’t talk about Brexi! Michael said jokingly.

George didn’t smile. He had voted ‘yes’ in the 2016 referendum, and was always a strong supporter of Brexit. Mildred, not so much, and her children, who have spent half their lives touring Europe, still do not understand what are the advantages of the new blue passport. His father, however, proudly showed it to him at the end of dinner:

-Here it is! Isn’t it nice?

– What is that stamped there? – Michael asked – The visa for Spain?

– Yes, the Schengen visa. Do you see how remainers are you exaggerated? They gave it to us right away! That, yes, for a maximum of 90 days, of course …

“Not only that,” Mildred wailed. At the Embassy they have told us that European visas do not allow stays of more than 90 days in a period of 180. Come on, this year we will no longer be able to return in October. Or, if we go, we would then have to spend three months in London before being able to return to Spain.

“It’s okay,” George said. After all, five months in a row was too long. We have to make the most of and enjoy our Scottish grandchildren more, right Hellen? This year I have thought of renting the house in Spain from April to October, and then we will go from January to March.

-I am delighted, dad, but do not think that things are very good in Scotland Hellen said. There is a lot of tension with the independence referendum.

“Are you still doing that?” George protested. But what are they complaining about? If in the end we had to swallow a Brexit agreement!

“They do it to annoy us”

“Yeah, dad,” the son replied, “but it’s a minimal agreement.” There are a lot of traffic jams at the border, and Scottish companies are whirling. By the way, regarding the house, you can rent it, yes, but remember that Now that you are not European, they would no longer withhold 19.5% of you in Spain as taxes on rental income, but 25%, and above without the possibility of deducting expenses.

–You economists, always so ominous! Europeans do it to annoy us! ”George exclaimed.

“No, Dad, it’s always been like that,” his daughter replied. Those who have changed have been us.

–By the way, when we request the visa we demanded travel insurance Mildred interrupted. They told us that ours could no longer cover us in Spain. That’s true?

“Yes, Mom,” explained Hellen, who worked in a bank. Financial services and insurance are now much more complicated. Not only citizens have renounced the European passport: financial and insurance companies, too. Now we can only provide services in other countries through subsidiaries, not directly from here.

“The same has that to do with the letter I got the other day from the bank … Anyway … For losing, even Poppy lost her passport,” Mildred added. Putting a dog in Europe now is going to be a real nightmare, as the vet told me. Certificates and more certificates, and if any are missing, they quarantine it. This time we will have to leave it here with you. Well, not with you, “she said, looking at her son,” because you’re already coming to Spain to work, right?

The visa riot

“I’m afraid not, Mom.” I am still processing the recognition of my title, because since Brexit it is necessary, and until I have it, I cannot sign the contract. They have told me that they are taking several months, due to the accumulation of files. And then you have to manage the work visa, which is tremendous paperwork.

“Tell me about it,” Hellen said. The bank has canceled the training courses in Frankfurt of staff because of the visa fuss. With the illusion that it made me! By the way, Dad, how come you finally fly? Didn’t you want to go by car, like other years?

“It was a mess,” George said. Car insurance is no longer valid in Europe, I imagine that by what you said before. But I’ll rent one when I get to Alicante.

–Well, don’t forget to bring your international license –Michael pointed out– Remember that the British one is no longer valid to drive through the European Union.

– What do you mean not? George yelled. “But it was worth last year!”

“Like so many things that were worth last year and are no longer worth,” Mildred murmured.

The visit is going to be very expensive, since Brexit they have greatly reduced flight frequencies and tickets have gone through the roof

“Well, well, nothing happens.” I don’t have time before the trip, but I have to return to London in a fortnight for a house issue, I’ll take advantage of it and take it off then. Although the visit is going to be very expensive, since Brexit they have greatly reduced the frequencies of flights and the tickets have gone through the roof.

-Clear, British airlines can no longer make stops in the European Union to pick up travelers. Anyway, if you come you won’t be able to go back to Spain, ”Hellen said, leafing through her father’s passport. The visa they have stamped you is not multiple entry.

“What the hell are you saying?” George growled.

–Look, it puts it here: “Single entry”. You had to have made sure before ordering it. You will have to get another Schengen visa when you return to London. Of course, they will only issue it to you for the days that remain of the maximum of 90.

“Anyway, what can you do to him?” George sighed. It is the price of freedom. What does it matter to be fifteen or twenty minutes in the queue for passports for non-EU citizens, if we no longer depend on bureaucrats in Brussels? By the way, Mildred, did you get the recipes?

“Yeah sure,” said Mildred. At least in Alicante pharmacies will have everything. Here they have told me that it will be a complicated few months, at least until things are normalized in Dover. Speaking of bureaucracy, I am told that they have had to hire hundreds of customs officers …

“Well, guys,” George concluded, “you’d better get going, Mom and I have to get up early tomorrow to go to the airport.” In addition, the curfew. Don’t worry, everything will be fine. I am sure that the people of Alicante will remain as friendly as ever.

– Yes, yes. Good trip. Don’t forget to call us when you arrive, ”Hellen said as she got up from the table.

“We’d better send you a message,” George muttered, without looking up. Now him roaming it is very expensive …


The French veto on Brexit, a maneuver for another extension in 2021 even if there is an agreement

The news that France has threatened to veto the Brexit deal They are beginning to shape the markets to accept that despite the fact that the treaty that will govern trade relations from January 1 closes on time, the Brexit drama will not come to an end on December 31, as we all hope. The negotiating blocks are working on a document that will be ready before that date – as soon as this weekend, according to some sources – fulfilling in the eyes of the public opinion the commitment made last year, but Member States will reject it, if we pay attention to the position of Paris, supported by Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Denmark. The outcome is “a future round of negotiations in 2021”According to Russ Mold, chief investment officer at AJ Bell.

“Investors will soon start to take more seriously the possibility that there is an agreement this year, but that it is not signed and that give and take to be continued next yearwhen the United Kingdom will have a weaker negotiating position ”, he argues. “This would be a total change in events since the consensus thought that we were about to reach a pact, thus ending the year on a more positive note along with the news about vaccines,” adds the expert.

Thus, days after the extension given in 2019 for London and Brussels to settle the ins and outs of future commercial exchanges, the desynchronization between the negotiating teams and the governments of the Twenty-seven it becomes apparent. The objective of the former is to fulfill the task entrusted and present a document on time, while the latter seek to mark ground and take advantage of the fact that they are the center of attention “to launch political proclamations for the consumption of their citizens,” says Michael Hewson, analyst from CMC Markets. The expert refers to the French threat on the weight as an internal maneuver, while the reality is that, if there is no agreement, the French fishermen will be greatly harmed.


In any case, experts insist that although the text is closed between Friday and the weekend, something very different is that the EU ratifies it at the summit on December 10 and 11, and then be sent on time to the European Parliament in the middle of the month. In this sense, EU sources have indicated that they will be able to assess the progress of the last week very soon and their British counterparts have highlighted the progress, although they have stressed that London would not sign an agreement that was not in their interest.

‘Reuters’ collects the testimonies of several diplomats who assert that the negotiators, Michel Barnier of the EU and David Frost of the United Kingdom, could seal a deal before sunday, so the next 24-48 hours are crucial. “The signs of tension that EU leaders are showing are, in fact, proof that the talks are coming to an end,” says Hewson, adding that “that’s why France is nagging.”

“It can also be argued that the increased nervousness among some Member States suggests that the agreement is pending only some fringes and that there is a general sense of urgency that may lead the EU negotiating team to commit beyond what these countries are willing to compromise, as long as you have the document on time ”, adds the expert.

As things are, time is running out for both nations to achieve a framework of mutual consensus that guarantees free trade between the United Kingdom and the 27 countries of the EU as of January 1. Over the past 365 days, there have been sounded disappointments as negotiators have repeatedly failed to reach an agreement, most recently in mid-October, when after an ultimatum from London, the talks continued as if nothing had happened.

If a treaty is not signed, they will obstruct the borders, financial markets will be disrupted and supply chains will be disrupted as the world tries to cope with the enormous economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, many analysis houses believe that it will be agreed ‘in extremis’ to throw the ball forward. The EU heads of government meet at the end of next week and hope to reach the date with a more than solved pact and thus tackle the negotiation of European budgets without a major burden. However, if a treaty is not signed before the deadline, as of January 1, 2021, relations would be governed by the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In theory.


London and Brussels seek a way out of Brexit without having resolved the friction points | Economy

British and European Union negotiators are trying to find a last-minute deal to avoid a no-deal end to the post-Brexit transition period that ends at the end of the year. Although the goal is to have a pact before next week begins, according to Bloomberg, the European negotiator, Michel Barnier, has informed the delegates of the EU members that the differences persist in three key aspects: the fishing, the creation of a balanced competitive environment in the long term and the implementation of the agreements. The same disagreements, in short, as months ago.

“The agreement is still in the air,” Barnier said, according to Reuters. The pound fell 0.6% after transcending the report from the negotiating leader. The next few days are crucial, with the UK and EU teams meeting in hopes of reaching a deal before Monday. According to Bloomberg, one of the negotiators said that while an outline of a possible deal is emerging, the situation is incredibly delicate.

The EU heads of government will meet on the 10th, but Brussels wants to have the British negotiations resolved to address the unblocking of the European budget. Barnier and his team aspire to an agreement that is as close as possible to avoid blockades at the summit.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that the negotiations are “very complicated and so difficult” but should reach a conclusion soon. The EU is “well prepared” for any outcome, “and we will see how things develop in the next few days.”

This final period is seen as the true end of the game, officials on both sides said. The talks have been going on since March and need to end in a few days so that the UK and EU parliaments can endorse an eventual agreement before Britain leaves the single market on December 31.

Otherwise, businesses and consumers will face the costs and complications of export tariffs and quotas, and relations between the UK and the EU will be seriously damaged. Brussels officials have pointed out that planned UK legislation empowering the government to unilaterally rewrite parts of the deal prompts the EU to block any deal. They hope, however, that London will erase the most controversial clauses of the draft law there is agreement.

The two biggest obstacles remain the access of EU vessels to British fishing waters and a level playing field for companies. Progress has been made in recent days, sources close to the negotiations told Bloomberg.

As for fisheries, the UK expects greater control of inventories, something it considers a sovereign issue. Emmanuel Macron has warned that France will not allow an agreement that does not respect its interests. The commitments that are being discussed include delaying any changes in the allocation of quotas and the gradual introduction of quotas. But efforts to reach an agreement on the issue are hampered both by claims by EU countries for historic fishing rights in certain areas, and by the UK’s demand to condition access on annual negotiations.

On business competition, both parties are trying to set up a system in which UK labor standards can evolve in a similar way to that of the EU, but which allows London the British government to have full control. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman Jamie Davies told reporters on Tuesday that the government is working hard to bridge differences with the EU.


Coveney thinks a deal is likely to be reached in the next few days

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has made some Upbeat comments on Brexit, saying he thinks the UK and the EU can reach a deal in the coming days.

Additional comments:

“Believes that the UK wants a deal but doesn’t always behave like this“.

“It is very dangerous to assume that if there is no agreement now, there will be one in the first semester 2021 “.

“It is not surprising that the final stages are full of tension.”

“Time to keep your nerves.”

“We hope that the negotiations will finally come to an end.”

“It is no secret that both parties are running out of time.”

We are in the space of days, not weeks“.

When asked if there will be an agreement, he says ‘well, I hope so’.

There will be no extensions“.

“The last two topics are fisheries and governance; we need solutions in the next few days. “

“If we trust Barnier ‘there is a good chance that we can reach an agreement in the next few days.’


Our position on the internal market bill remains unchanged

British Prime Minister’s Spokesperson Boris Johnson, repeated Wednesday that negotiating teams continue to work hard to resolve remaining differences in trade negotiations between the UK and the EU, according to Reuters.

“We have been clear that the transition period ends at the end of this year,” added the spokesman, noting that his part in the clauses of the Internal Market Law remains unchanged.

Market reaction

The British pound continues to weaken against its rivals following these comments. At the time of writing, the pair GBP/USD it was down 0.88% on the day to 1.3298.


EU representatives – Brexit talks stall on three important points

FILE PHOTO: A British Union Jack flag flutters outside the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Dublin / Brussels (Reuters) – In the stalled Brexit negotiations, an EU representative continues to see significant differences on three key points.

The fishing rights, guarantees for fair competition and the regulation of future relations are still unclear, said Stefaan de Rynck from the team of EU negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday. “In summary, the talks in London continue. Significant differences remain, ”he said at a seminar in Brussels. “Both sides are working hard to overcome it, but the outcome is uncertain.” Other EU representatives had previously expressed the hope of being able to conclude on Friday or the weekend.

There has been no significant progress in the negotiations for weeks, with the EU and Great Britain demanding compromises from the other side. The British Education Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed on Thursday on the Sky broadcaster the stance to only approve an agreement that was in the interests of his country. On the other hand, France, Belgium and the Netherlands have declared that a breakdown in talks could be better than an agreement that is bad for the EU.

A planned British internal market law, which will be discussed again in parliament next week, could also cause a stir. From the point of view of the EU and also of British critics, it breaks international law. Last month, the House of Lords called for the relevant passages to be deleted. However, they are to be resumed during the deliberations in the House of Commons. According to this, the government in London should be allowed to overturn the regulation already enshrined in the Brexit Treaty, according to which EU customs rules should also apply in the future in the British province of Northern Ireland.

Time is running out. Great Britain left the EU at the beginning of the year. There is a transition phase until December 31, during which the kingdom is subject to EU rules. If there is no agreement for the time after that, the economy fears disruptions in trade relations and customs barriers from 2021. In addition, the national parliaments of the 27 EU countries and the EU Parliament must approve a treaty. Brexit should also be a topic at the EU summit on December 10th and 11th.


London relaxes its position on fishing to promote the pact

The voice of Galicia

Juan Francisco Alonso

London / E. The Voice

03/12/2020 05:00 h

When there is less than a month left for the Brexi, Negotiations between the UK and the EU to agree on their future relationship are now in their final and ‘crucial’ hours, according to both parties. And in what seems like a last attempt to reach an agreement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a move on the fisheries issue, one of the great obstacles.

The premier has proposed to the Twenty-seven that they give him up to 60% of the catches they make in their territorial waters, instead of 80% that he had been demanding in recent days. This was conveyed by the chief community negotiator, Michel Barnier, to the members of the European Parliament and the ambassadors of the member states, according to The Guardian.

This is the second concrete offer that London has made in the last two months to try to overcome this stumbling block. Weeks ago, he proposed a three-year transition period, during which the Community fleet could continue to fish in its waters, although each year fewer boats and catches could be made. Although the community negotiators would have valued the proposal “positively”, Barnier acknowledged to MEPs that he does not know if there will be time to finalize the details and thus sign an agreement, according to the newspaper.

Pressure from the EU

The British press attributes Johnson’s resignation to pressure from countries like France, Belgium and Ireland to end the endless talks if Downing Street does not make any meaningful gestures. He also assures that the EU wanted to resolve the fisheries issue before those related to competition and the governance of the possible pact, in which both sides have approached positions in recent days.

Despite the fact that fishing represents not even 1% of British GDP, it has become a red line for the Government and supporters of the Brexi, which made it one of their great flags in the 2016 referendum. A sector that in 2019 generated 446 million pounds (492 million euros) today puts the automobile sector at risk, which had a turnover of 49,000 million pounds (54,000 million euros) or financial -126,000 million (138,000 million euros) -.

Johnson wants to take away their powers from judges and Parliament

As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has the final say on many matters related to British politics and the economy. However, he wants more power and is therefore preparing a legal reform that will allow you to regain the power to dissolve Parliament, without having to have the endorsement of the majority of the deputies and, incidentally, will prevent the courts from reviewing that decision.

The premier aims to reduce the powers of legislators and judges by repealing the Fixed Parliamentary Mandate Law of 2011, which establishes that members of the House of Commons will be elected for a period of five years and that any electoral advance must be approved for two thirds of legislators (434 out of 650).

The instrument was approved during the first Government of the also tory David Cameron and sought to give stability to the Executives, especially those who were from a coalition or who needed the support of other political formations. However, the regulation has been temporarily suspended on two occasions, in 2017 and in 2019, through other laws, to allow the convening of the general laws held at both times.

But Johnson wants not only to be able to dissolve Parliament, as almost all of his predecessors did, but also to include a provision preventing the decision from being reviewed by the courts, even when a citizen so requests. “This will reaffirm the tradition that there are government decisions that cannot be reviewed by Justice and will bring more clarity,” justifies the Cabinet.

Many see in this maneuver a retaliation by Johnson against the Supreme Court, which last fall declared illegal its decision to suspend the sessions of Parliament for five weeks, in full negotiations on the Brexi and with the excuse that he was preparing the Queen’s speech.

The changes were rejected by the Electoral Reform Society, an organization that promotes electoral reform in the United Kingdom that allows Parliament to truly represent British society. “Any plan to grant the Executive more powers must be carefully examined and viewed with caution,” said Jessica Garland, a member of the entity, who advocated modifications that allow the decentralization of power and that make the House of Commons more plural of what it is.

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Johnson scores a goal for Europe ‘thanks’ to Brexit

Starting next week, the United Kingdom will become the first country in the world to massively vaccinate the population to stop the pandemic which has plagued every corner of the planet since last January. British authorities have proven to be much more agile than European ones when it comes to protecting the health of its citizens. The British drug regulatory agency, MHRA, has given the green light to Pzifer Y BioNTech to begin distributing the first 800,000 doses of its vaccine, which has an effectiveness rate that its developers place above 95%.

The first lucky ones will be the elderly English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish people who are admitted to nursing homes, as well as their caregivers. Subsequently, Downing Street will focus on the population over 80 years old and the rest of the health personnel. A strategy that shows that the United Kingdom had already established a vaccination plan for a long time, without the need to discuss it with 27 other nations. Meanwhile, in some countries of the Union, discussion continues on the population groups they should be the first to receive the miracle elixir when the vaccine arrives.

The British have not hesitated to point to the Brexit as the origin of the health advancement by the right to the European Union. Keep apart from centralized purchasing for the whole of the EU it will allow London to secure the first doses of the drug. A weapon that can be double-edged if we look at the cost it will have for His Majesty’s public coffers.

Being the first also has its price. The pfizer vaccine could suppose for the British treasury an approximate cost of 660 million euros. A resulting amount much more expensive than the treatment proposed by Oxford AstraZeneca. A dose of the latter is barely 3.3 euros, while that of Pfizer BioNTech adds up to 15.4 euros per unit. So things, each patient ‘saved’ will have a cost for the British health system of more than 30 euros, while Europeans can access other options for only 6 euros.

Each patient ‘saved’ will have a cost for the British health system of more than 30 euros, while for Europeans it will be only 6.

But nevertheless, Boris Johnson He does not seem to be frightened by these figures, ridiculous if we take into account the economic effects that the pandemic has left in the United Kingdom. As soon as the news was announced and with all the pageantry of the English Parliament, the ‘premier’ assured that it will be precisely the protection offered by vaccines “that will finally allow us to recover our lives and get the economy moving again “.

That long-awaited recovery was what led the British Government to secure 40 million doses of Pfizer BioNTech outside the EU. For its part, the community authorities have pre-contracted 200 million doses which is still in the authorization phase by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The placet is expected to arrive at the end of the month, but we will have to wait for the last permit from the European Commission, which will be the institution responsible for giving the final green light for the product to be marketed in the European Economic Area.

Undoubtedly, the UK has put a very important medal on its lapel. Many of the instigators of Brexit have not taken a second to claim the success of the operation. “We are the first thanks to our departure from Europe”, they cried yesterday in the streets of London, in an attempt more to reinforce their isolationist position than to congratulate themselves on seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Regardless of Brexit and its greater or lesser influence on the UK being ahead of the EU in acquiring this global panacea, not everything is oregano in the English countryside. The characteristics of the Pzifer and BioNTech vaccine make hospitals will become the first vaccination centers. The cooling and maintenance requirements of the purchased doses reach -70 degrees. A temperature that only the large and advanced cameras located in the nerve centers of the British health system can reach.

Its chief executive officer, Sir Simon Stevens, stated that the health service was preparing to “the largest-scale vaccination campaign in the history of our country.” At least in a first phase, the meeting points of the vaccination campaign will have to have the British health system, which is already passing its particular stress tests before the effects that the second wave of the pandemic is leaving in the Kingdom United.

A failure, whatever it may be, in the vaccination campaign could put, even more, in question the management that the government of Boris Johnson is carrying out with respect to Covid-19. The high number of infections and restrictive measures that have not been welcomed by the population could derail Johnson’s efforts to take a step forward in the unbridled race for mass vaccination.

But this is not the last paradox the UK is experiencing. The first doses will have to depart from the warehouses of the Pfizer factory in Belgium. European trucks will have to access the United Kingdom via the English Channel in a complex logistical transfer and in which the EU will have to see how the long-awaited doses leave the European territory to land in another country outside the bureaucratic rules of Brussels.

Curiously a vaccine designed by Americans and Germans will have its first beneficiaries in a UK outside the European Union. An example of globalization that is coming and going.


Time is running out for a trade deal

December 02, 2020 – 8:17 am Clock

by Ulrich Oppold

The never-ending story of Brexit is a bit lost in view of the Corona crisis – but in a month the British will finally leave the EU internal market. The British and the EU are still negotiating a new trade agreement. Tens of thousands of jobs in Germany also depend on it. Time is running out. Our correspondent Ulrich Oppold reports from London.

German truck drivers fear mega traffic jams

Bernhard Joostberends drives his truck from Germany to England eight times a month. He’s afraid of mega traffic jams.


Bernhard Joostbeerends drives his truck from Germany to England around eight times a month. He fears mega-jams and chaos on the border at the beginning of the year if London and Brussels do not conclude a free trade agreement. Joostbeerends has seen a lot on the English motorways towards Dover. It was worst in 2016 when refugees demonstrated in Calais and set up road blockades, which led to a mile-long backlog on all access roads to the port. “For us that meant standing for two hours, driving for five minutes, standing for three hours, driving for three minutes, and so on – you can’t sleep at all,” says Joostbeerends.

When the German truck driver arrives on the island by ferry, he has to register his load with British customs from January 1st.

The British authorities expect a flood of around 270 million customs declarations in the coming year. Many German freight forwarders have long prepared for the new regulations for handling goods. “There will definitely be a backlog at the ports, fears Cetin Celik, the managing director of M + F Spedition GmbH in Nordhorn,” we are trying to take alternative routes from January and try to avoid the ferry between Dover and Calais and the Eurotunnel. “

Empty shelves due to no-deal agreements? Could be

Great Britain has to import around 40 percent of its food, with fresh fruit and vegetables it is even 57 percent. Most of it comes from the European Union. Without a trade agreement, food on the island would become significantly more expensive, and massive additional costs due to customs duties and delays in transport would be passed on to consumers. A contractless economic break with the EU at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st could lead to supply bottlenecks and empty shelves in British supermarkets. According to the latest surveys, only 50 – 70 percent of the companies are prepared for a no deal at all, which means that hundreds of trucks would arrive in Dover and Calais every day without the appropriate papers, and the port entrances would be blocked quickly.

Articulated lorries that arrive at Mini in Oxford with components are unloaded immediately and the parts are immediately assembled on the assembly line. This “just-in-time production” could be interrupted by border jams. That’s why many companies have increased their inventories, explains Terry Sargeant, the head of ThyssenKrupp in the UK. “Around 1,200 trucks arrive in the UK every day for automobile production alone, and if they get stuck in ports it has massive implications for the entire industry.”

The manufacture and sale of Covid-19 vaccines could also be delayed by a no-deal Brexit. “The last thing we need is delivery problems caused by problems at the border,” says British pharmaceuticals entrepreneur Steve Foots. “I’m sure the government knows that, but we have to make sure the vaccine gets to the UK on time.”

No deal and corona crisis: Johnson has to answer for this double blow

London-Korrespondent Ulrich Oppold

London-Korrespondent Ulrich Oppold


It is all the more important that London and Brussels agree on a trade agreement and that economic relations between Great Britain and the EU are regulated in the future. The grand finale in the Brexit drama is imminent. The coming days are crucial. In January, the British Brexit supporters had celebrated the exit from the EU. A political and economic disaster threatens now if negotiators David Frost and Michel Barnier do not find a compromise at the last minute.

A no deal and the corona crisis would be a double blow for which Prime Minister Boris Johnson would have to answer. However, he would blame the European Union for the drastic consequences.

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No more Cesc Fabregas, Pique or Eric Garcia cases

The idiocy that is Brexit means the Premier League won’t have access to young talents like Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia. The English top-flight announced this week the measures they will put in place after the UK leaves the European Union, in 2021.


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Lots of big sides around the continent can breathe a sigh of relief. Barca especially. Not longer ago than last summer did they lose Juan Larios and Marc Jurado to Man City and Man United respectively.

However now the English clubs will not be able to sign players from abroad who are under 18 years old.

“Under FIFA’s rules, the UK’s exit from the EU will also mean that clubs will not be able to sign players from overseas until they are 18,” said the FA in a statement.

They also cannot bring in more than six U21 players per season. They will have a maximum of three in each transfer window.