Reels of Red Tape Blocking UK/EU Trade

The British Meat Processors Association is receiving a growing number of calls from meat companies highlighting the plethora of problems they’ve been experiencing at the borders; problems which are now causing a serious and sustained loss of trade with our biggest export partner.  Alongside seafood, fresh meat is one of the most time critical perishable products. Every…

Brexit Butty Chaos

After their Christmas recess, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament is now due to comment on the trade agreement between the EU and the UK, in preparation for the Parliament’s vote in March on granting consent to the agreement. In the meanwhile less than two weeks into implementation of the agreement, EU-UK trade…

EU-UK Negotiations Set to Continue

The UK-EU trade deal prioritises sovereignty over economics. Politicians will soon be talking about how to improve the deal. Very little about the UK’s long-term relationship with the EU has been settled, writes Charles Grant. One particular comment that I heard during the Brexit negotiations has lodged in my memory. In September 2020, a senior…

EP to Scrutinise EU-UK deal

On Monday 28 December, the leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament and President David Sassoli exchanged views with Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on the deal reached on 24 December on the future relationship between the EU and the UK. The Conference of Presidents reiterated…

UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement

On 24 December 2020, the UK and EU agreed a new Trade and Cooperation Agreement to govern the future trading and security relationship now that the UK has left the EU.  President Ursula von der Leyen spoke about the “long and winding road ” that led to an agreement. However, it is also clear that there is much…

No Deal Brexit Chaos?

The European Parliament has approved urgent contingency measures to avoid No Deal Brexit chaos on 1st January 2021. Ciarán Cuffe, Green MEP for Dublin has been working on these measures as part of his role as coordinator for the Greens in the European Parliament’s transport committee. Such contingency measures provide common rules for six months to…

EP’s Scrutiny of Brexit

European Parliament group leaders, agreed in the Conference of Presidents of the Parliament to push ahead with a vote on a potential Brexit deal before the end of the year. The Greens/EFA group express concern that expediting the consent procedure will not allow adequate time for proper democratic scrutiny of any potential deal with the…

Cold Water for Brexit Deal

Martin Schirdewan MEP, co-president of The Left in the European Parliament & member of the EU Parliament’s UK Coordination Group has given his take on the latest developments in the negotiations between the EU & the British government. He said, “We have heard from Michel Barnier that there has been no significant movement on the fundamental…

Save the Right Whale

The European Commission is about to incentivise one of the main threats to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, by eliminating taxes on the import of lobster from the east coast of the US. Entanglements in vertical lines connecting buoys to lobster traps on the ocean floor in east coast fisheries are the leading…

MEPs appeal to High Representative Joseph Borell in support of the Kingdom of Morocco

A number of influential members of the European Parliament, representing the major political groups, have appealed to the High Representative, Joseph Borell, in support of the Kingdom of Morocco in its efforts to guarantee the free passage of goods and people in the demilitarised zone of Guerguerat, writes Gary Cartwright. European parliamentarians belonging to the…