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Baffled, bemused and bewildered observer of politics (mostly the UK variety). Occasional clipper of news/current affair items. Usual caveats with RTs and likes.
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Sep 18, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
@rjbarfield1 Interview with Martin Donnelly from last night's #newsnight. 1/4 2/4 @rjbarfield1
Sep 17, 2018 4 tweets 4 min read
1/ A few clips from #GMB's feature with @IanDunt & @tnewtondunn (14/09/18). 'If I was going on a 2 day trip from Russia, Salisbury maybe not the first place that you go to...' @IanDunt 2/ 'I actually think the British govt mostly has got the tone right here, that's not something I say very easily.' @IanDunt #GMB
Sep 11, 2018 5 tweets 6 min read
@SamuelMarcLowe 1/ Here's the interview in full, with @SamuelMarcLowe & Martin Howe QC. 'We already do the majority of our trade around the world on WTO terms...' Actually we do most of our trade through the EU (SM, EU-FTAs and MRAs with US/China/Aus). Am I correct @SamuelMarcLowe & @IanaDreyer? @SamuelMarcLowe @IanaDreyer 2/ 'When I first read this report, that came out earlier today, I was amazed anyone serious whether a politician or QC, would want their name anywhere near it, because it's embarrassing.' @SamuelMarcLowe
Sep 8, 2018 5 tweets 11 min read
@RemainiacsCast @IanDunt @alexisconran @ayeshahazarika @AdamWagner1 @sturdyAlex @Nndroid 1/ A few clips from this week's @RemainiacsCast. 'The worst thing you can do, is shove it in someone's face and say, "Ha, you fell for it." The truth is that anyone can fall for it at the right time.' @alexisconran on the bait/switch psychology at play in the Brexit ref. @RemainiacsCast @IanDunt @alexisconran @ayeshahazarika @AdamWagner1 @sturdyAlex @Nndroid 2/ 'Authoritarians hate institutions. They stop you from having a strongman – and that’s why they trash them.' @IanDunt
Sep 5, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
1/ A few clips from yesterday's DExEU SC with Philip Rycroft, Head of UK Gov Group & Permanent Sec, DExEU. @hilarybennmp : 'Is the govt making provisions for portaloos on the M20 in the event of long queues?'*After March 2019* 2/ Very moot question from @hilarybennmp about the govt's use of non disclosure agreements in preparation for Brexit.
Aug 9, 2018 8 tweets 5 min read
1/ A few clips from DExEU SC (11/07/18). 'To try to have similar outcomes but without all of those standards & processes & institutions & co-operation networks, you are asking an enormous amount from the member states.' Michael Dougan on MRA/Equivalence re any future UK-EU TA. 2/ '...where you see more of the discussion on potential relocation of certain
jobs and offshoring on to the EU market from some of the American,
Japanese and Swiss banks. *who are based here b\c of the UK's access to the SM*' @AllieRenison
Jul 25, 2018 7 tweets 5 min read
1/ A few clips from this week's sitting of DExEU - am session - focusing on the impact Brexit will have on the UK's service sector. @hilarybennmp: 'What will be the consequences of a no-deal *outcome* for your members?' Adam Minns (Executive Director, CBA) shares some thoughts. 2/ Same question to @huwevans71 (Director General, Association of British Insurers). 'In many countries - in the EU - if you're not authorised to transact business there, it is illegal to pay a claim.'
Jul 18, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ A few clips from this afternoon's Liaison Committee. @angusmacneilsnp : 'Where else in the world does this exist? (May's proposal to maintain frictionless trade). May: 'Well it doesn't, it's a novel idea!' 2/ @yvettecoopermp tries repeatedly to get a clear answer to this simple question, 'Will we or won't we expect the EU to collect our tariffs?'
Jul 9, 2018 8 tweets 5 min read
1/ A few edits from last week's EU External Affairs Sub-Committee (Brexit : Customs Arrangements). 'I think we can't emphasise enough, that leaving the EU without a deal is one of the most ridiculous ideas I've ever heard.' @SamuelMarcLowe 2/ @jl_owen outlines some of the possible measures that the UK could try and adopt in the event of a no-deal outcome to keep trade moving. There are no silver bullets to put it mildly!
Jun 13, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
1/ A few clips from this week's @CommonsHomeAffs. Tim Lawton: 'It's 30 pages (Ivan Rogers, Uni Glas Speech) of we have gone to Hell in a handcart and since we've left our previous relationship...we've had it! Have I read the speech properly?' Ivan Rogers: 'No, I don't think so..' 2/ 'Now the Brits are going through the process of working out what they liked about EU membership, and they are demanding all kinds of things, that they use to like about the EU, on exactly the same terms.'
Apr 20, 2018 6 tweets 5 min read
1/ A few clips from @RemainiacsCast with oodles of Brexit analysis and chatter. Peter Collins on Nigel Farage, ' Farage is in favour of the will of the people, but it turns out actually just the will of the old people & not the young...' 2/ @KirstySNP on the #WindrushScandal, 'The Home Office has created a hostile environment...'
Mar 26, 2018 9 tweets 6 min read
1/ A few clips from 21/03/18 @EP_Trade hearing panel, 'Impact of #Brexit & transition'. Barbara Baarsma gives a frank assessment of what Brexit means for the UK economy. @NvOndarza @SamuelMarcLowe @KirstyS_Hughes 2/ Why the UK may end up with all the obligations from EU trade agreements with 3rd countries but not all the benefits during and after transition. @SamuelMarcLowe explains (in a couple of slightly edited clips).
Mar 3, 2018 10 tweets 7 min read
1/ A few clips from this week's DExEU select committee. ', Brexit is like removing an egg from an omelette.' Pascal Lamy. @IanDunt @StevePeers @GuitarMoog @EmporersNewC @CoppetainPU @IanaDreyer @Bengoa_Marta 2/ '...the EU and the UK cannot reach an agreement, and the UK leaves the EU at the end of this transition period without an agreement in place. How would you, as a
former chair of the WTO, explain to the British public what that would
mean in terms of trade?' @patmcfaddenmp
Feb 22, 2018 9 tweets 6 min read
1/ A few clips from this week's @DExUKgov Select Cmmt covering the EU-Turkey Customs Union, Custom checks, The Jersey model (doesn't include cows), Modes of services and much more. 'How does the EU-Turkey custom arrangement work for Turkey?' @hilarybennmp @pinarart 2/ @pholmes8 explains why the EU-Turkey border is far from frictionless for trade purposes.
Feb 4, 2018 5 tweets 4 min read
1/ A few clips taken from this week's proceedings in The House of Lords re: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – Second Reading. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC 'If only...' speech on Brexit. Must listen! @GuitarMoog @StevePeers @EmporersNewC @IanDunt @IanaDreyer @fascinatorfun 2/ 'To me certainty would mean we knew what The Govt's plans were for Brexit, for the outcome....' @SusanKramer
Jan 18, 2018 6 tweets 6 min read
1/ A few clips from Wednesday's #DExEU select committee. Some fascinating insights provided from Chris Bondy, Dr Lorand Bartels and William Swords. Full session here:… @SamuelMarcLowe @Lorand_Bartels 2/ 'I've heard many people say, well it's (negotiating an FTA with the EU) going to be easy because we are harmonised, well that's day one but what about day two? What about day ten?' Christophe Bondy or either on the EU bus (or sidecar, Norway) or not at all! #DExEU