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  • Trade bill vote rejects Lords amendment giving MPs greater scrutiny of trade deals. A power British MEPs had for all EU trade deals till we left the EU.  Source (Guardian)
  • ‘The total confusion about post-Brexit rules adds to the distress’: classical musicians speak out  Ten players and administrators on the fallout in government restrictions to EU touring. Source (TheArtsDesk)
  • Brexit is destroying music. Why has the government let this happen?  Source (Guardian)
  • British musicians touring Europe will now face increased costs and paperwork, and more red tape to cover equipment and crew.  Source (Guardian)
  • The National Theatre Halts ‘Financially Unviable’ Post-Brexit Europe Tour Plans.  Source  (Politics Home)
  • Theatre designer warns of obstacles for arts workers in Europe post-Brexit.  Source (The Guardian)
  • UK £35 billion fashion industry facing ‘decimation’ over Brexit trade deal,  Source  (Irish Times)
  • Modelling Giant Warns Of “End Of” British Industry Over Post-Brexit Work Permits.  A major agency which represents Naomi Campbell and Twiggy has warned that models now face a three month wait to work in Europe, effectively killing off their chances at work in the EU post-Brexit.  Source (Politics Home)
  • Several UK companies have paused trading with the EU and some have given up entirely.  Source (Financial Times)
  • Many EU businesses have stopped deliveries to UK customers because of Brexit.  Source (TheNewEuropean)
  • New customs declarations mean more red tape and higher costs for UK businesses.  Source  (TheHerald Scotland)
  • The UK on January 1 repealed the EU directive on cross-border tax arrangements, risking more tax avoidance and lower tax revenues.  Source (
  • Not Lovin (Brex)It! Due to supply chains following Brexit, there have already been food shortages, including at McDonald’s.  Source (Wales Online)
  • Exporters advised by Department for International Trade officials to form EU-based companies to circumvent border issues  (no export sales = no profit for the UK = no tax revenue)  Source (Guardian)
  • Cheshire cheesemaker says business left with £250,000 ‘Brexit hole’  Simon Spurrell says his firm lost 20% of sales and will switch £1m investment to France.  Source (Guardian)
  • Annual £7.5bn cost of EU trade as bad for business as no-deal Brexit.   Source (Times)
  • Ford Fiesta ST and Puma ST prices rise “due to Brexit”. Source   (Autocar)
  • Irish Sea border sees hundreds of items disappear from corner shops.  Source  (Newsletter, Belfast)
  • Ireland-Wales trade down 70% year on year as StenaLine shifts towards Ireland-France direct routes.  Source  (Financial Times)
  • Post-Brexit red tape could add £1.50 to bottle of wine warn importers.  Source  (Evening Standard)
  • Truckers face £50 an hour charge waiting for Brexit customs checks.  Source  (Telegraph)
  • Brexit charges are hurting us, say small British businesses.  “Jobs lost will be lost here, that is the Brexit reality.”  Source  (Guardian)
  • British business travellers face a bewildering return to the EU It’s not just new rules that will cause headaches — but the fact they vary from one member state to the next.  Source  (Financial Times)
  • Business travellers will face fines of up to €20,000 (£18,240) if they do not apply for special permits for visits to conferences or exhibitions in the EU.  Source  (Guardian)
  • 150,000 British sellers on Amazon and other online marketplaces hit by Brexit charges.  Source (ITV)
  • Hauliers who charged €1.50 per kilometre now want €10.  They have raised their rates for trips between the EU and the UK by almost 700% to account for disruption and difficulties finding back loads.  Source  (Trans.Info)
  • Brexit Paperwork Sours Belgian Beer Exports to UK. UK is set to slap on VAT of 20% on top of a new export tax of 17.5% for orders over 150 euros.  Source  (Courthouse News)
  • 50 oyster fishermen and women laid off because Defra hasn’t even created the form that allows them to export to Europe after Brexit. Source (Falmouth Packet)
  • At least £100,000 of tariffs have been slapped on Fairtrade bananas from Africa because of Brexit.  Source (Independent)
  • Taxes totalling £800m could go unpaid this year because of border checks on lorries being scaled back to avoid queues at ports after Brexit.  Source (Independent)
  • Exports to EU to plunge by more than one-third because of Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, study warns.  Income per head is forecast to fall by 6 per cent – just 2 per cent less than under a no-deal departure. Source (Independent)
  • British manufacturers’ confidence in their ability to compete in the EU market has fallen to its lowest level since records began 20 years ago.  Source  (CBI)
  • Brexit border delays could see 142,000 tonnes of food wasted in six months, government estimates.  Source  (Independent)
  • Deliveries of items given to charities for sale on the continent have fallen foul of rules of origin requirements, costing charities thousands of pounds.  Source (Guardian)
  • Brexit makes it more expensive to say it with flowers.  Source (ITV)
  • Number 10 snubs interior design giants’ protests over trade barriers  Source (Evening Standard)
  • UK retailers stumped by post-Brexit trade deal with EU.  Source (Financial Times)
  • JD boss says Brexit is costing it ‘double-digit millions’ and 1,000 jobs could move to EU.  Source (Mirror)
  • Red tape, added costs and plenty of confusion: Classic car firms reveal the toll Brexit has already had.  Source (This is Money)
  • Nearly half of UK exporters having Brexit difficulties, survey finds.  Source (Start Ups)
  • Brexit woes: small UK distillers struggle to ship gin and whisky to EU.  Source (Financial Times)
  • RSHP opens Paris office in response to ‘profoundly regressive’ Brexit.  Source (Architects’ Journal)
  • Call for UK to rethink £1bn Brexit red tape plan for chemicals.  Source (Financial Times)
  • More ‘Brexit’ companies shift to the Netherlands as uncertainty persists.  Source  (Reuters)
  • Covid has damaged our small businesses. Now Brexit might finish them off.  Source  (Guardian)
  • ‘We’ve been chucked into the dark ages’ – Racehorse industry insiders on Brexit realities.  Source (Racingpost)
  • Cheshire Police officers sent to Kent to help manage Brexit traffic chaos.  Source  (Warrington Guardian)
  • ‘An invisible traffic jam of exports’ as shipper anxiety buildsSource (The Loadstar)
  • Sussex medicines firm takes production line abroad in white van to beat Brexit ban.  UK assembly line at standstill as pharmaceutical company sets up in Amsterdam and plans EU expansion.  Source (Guardian)
  • Could Brexit Destroy British Fashion?  Source (New York Times)
  • Brexit is closing doors for UK architects working in Europe.  Source (Architects Journal)
  • Trucking hell – how the Brexit deal put the brakes on European touring.  Source  (West Country Bylines)
  • State offers loan support to foreign buyers of UK goods.  Source (Financial Times)
  • 20% of UK chemicals registrations face revocation after Brexit.  Source (Euractiv)
  • Brexit trade delays getting worse at UK border, survey find.  Two out of three supply chain managers report experiencing import delays of ‘two to three days’.  Source (Guardian)
  • Brexit has complicated trade – and that friction will end up hitting the bottom line.  Source (The Grocer)
  • Exports to EU to plunge by more than one-third because of Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, study warns.  Income per head is forecast to fall by 6 per cent – just 2 per cent less than under a no-deal departure.  Source (Independent)
  • One-in-four UK exporters looking to cut out EU customers post-Brexit.  Source (City A.M.)
  • Brexit challenges threaten to slow manufacturing’s come back in West Midlands – report. The latest Manufacturing Barometer found Brexit issues are causing SME manufacturers in the region ‘significant disruption’.  Source (Business Live)
  • Brexit: Lamb exporter to EU ‘making virtually nothing’.  Source (BBC)
  • Anger builds among manufacturers as EU customers cancel orders due to Brexit red tape.  Source (Independent)
  • Brexit red tape.  Source (Independent)

    Brexit red tape is leading to shortages in some UK supermarkets. At least one leading freight forwarding agent is warning that some hauliers may simply refuse to deliver goods to Britain rather than deal with all the revised paperwork and red tape involved.  Source (Euronews)

  • Stellantis Deciding Whether to Close U.K. Plant After Brexit.  Source (Yahoo Finance)
  • Wine Trade – post-Brexit plans are of “great concern” to the UK trade and risk wine being diverted away from the UK market, affecting all sectors, including the already hard-hit hospitality industry, that rely on sales.  Source (The Drinks Business)
  • Supermarket shelves are hit by Brexit port chaos and staff shortages as stores start to run low on fruit and veg.  Source (Daily Mail)
  • Brexit Paperwork Sours Belgian Beer Exports to UK.  Source (Courthouse News)
  • Exports to EU to plunge by more than one-third because of Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, study warns.  Income per head is forecast to fall by 6 per cent – just 2 per cent less than under a no-deal departure.  Source (Independent)
  • Brexit issues are causing small to medium-sized (SME) manufacturers in the West Midlands ‘significant disruption’. 71 per cent of companies have seen negative price changes within their supply chain since leaving the EU, with the availability of raw materials an issue for 47 per cent of firms.  Source (Business Live)
  • Brexit: Concern over plan for wine import papers.  Dozens of UK wine merchants and retailers have called on government to scrap plans for new post-Brexit import papers, warning they already face higher costs and drinkers will lose out.  Source (Decanter)
  • Car firms ‘paddling furiously’ to maintain post-Brexit supply chains.  Source (LBC)
  • Your parcel is in the post… for two months, thanks to Brexit.  Some customers are having to pay extra customs and courier fees.  Source (The Times)
  • UK importers brace for ‘disaster’ as new Brexit customs checks loom.  Exporters badly hit already but KPMG says ‘biggest headaches’ have yet to come’ for importers.  Source (The Guardian)
  • Sheffield climbing firm sets up in Holland to beat Brexit damage.  Source (The Star)
  • Brexit-linked red tape and higher prices already hitting small South West manufacturers, survey shows.   61% have already seen negative price changes within their supply chain, while the availability of raw materials is an issue for 52%.

    Some 53% had encountered complications with importing goods and 43% were finding exporting their products more difficult.  Source (Swindon Business)

  • Germany’s exports to the UK fell 30% in January. Exports from Germany to the UK started to decline in 2016, when the Brexit referendum took place. There has also been a decline in exports from the UK to Germany. In 2020, exports fell by 9.6% to 34.7 billion euros compared to the previous year.  Source (Trans Info)
  • International Road Transport Union Advocacy Director: UK “facing disaster” over new customs checks.  Some UK hauliers had told the IRU that they were exporting 20% of the volumes they had done previously before the end of the transition period.  Source (Trans Info)
  • British ports say they are not ready for Brexit customs checks.  Source  (The Guardian)
  • Mastercard hikes interchange fees for UK online purchases from the EU. Mastercard has imposed a five-fold increase on credit card interchange fees charged for UK online purchases from the EU, following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.  Source (Finextra)
  • Exodus of foreign workers ‘a threat to UK recovery’.  Construction, care and hospitality industries all at risk from major shortage of employees, say business leaders.  Source (The Guardian)
  • UK announces it will unilaterally change Brexit deal with EU, risking new confrontation with Brussels.  Source (Independent)
  • VAT changes after Brexit prompt firms to stop exports.  Source (Kent Online)
  • UK plc up for sale as overseas buyers eye bargains.  Value of businesses sold to foreign predators continues to break records.  Source (Financial Times)
  • Boss of UK pet food producer exposes post-Brexit red tape after sharing image of 72 pages of paperwork he filled out to send order to EU.  He also has to pay an additional £100,000 a year in veterinary inspection fees.  Source (Best for Britain)
  • UK goods exports slumped £54bn in 2020 and Brexit will hamper recovery, report finds.  Source (Independent)
  • Brexit triggers exodus of Japanese firms from UK to EU.  The number of Japanese firms in the UK fell by 12 percent between 2014 and 2019.  Source (Politico Eu)
  • UK food manufacturers face fresh hit from Brexit red tape  From April 21 the EU is introducing new rules on composite foods (pizza, chocolate, crisps etc) that are going to pile new red tape on U.K. food manufacturers.  Source (Financial Times)
  • Border checks set to rise and UK relaxes rules for imports. More checks for products entering the EU, relaxation on goods coming into the UK and a decline in exports to the continent has caused concern among the food and drink industry. 12-Mar-2021 By James Ridler.  Source (Food Manufacture)
  • Exports to EU plunge by 40% in first month since Brexit.  Source (Guardian)
  • Brexit: trade survey finds 74% of British firms hit by delays with EU markets.  Source (Guardian)
  • New delays to post-Brexit import controls announced despite tax evasion and smuggling fears.  The UK has announced further delays to post-Brexit import controls, despite warnings the move will be a boon for tax cheats and smugglers.  Source  (Independent)
  • Englishman’s haulage company loses £40,000 due to post-Brexit customs checks.  Source (Trans Info)
  • Brexit trade barriers to cost UK e-commerce firms £5bn a year, report warns.  Source  (Independent)
  • Thousands of firms halt trade with EU.  Of the 17 per cent polled who said that their organisations had halted EU trade in January, 48 per cent said that this had been temporary and 42 per cent said it was permanent.  Source (Times)
  • Visa to hike interchange fees for UK customers in post-Brexit move.  Source (Sky News)
  • Imports to Ireland from Britain dropped by more than €900 million in January following the end of the Brexit transition period.  Source (The
  • Plants shipped from Ireland take 1,400 mile detour to avoid Brexit headache at Holyhead.  Hauliers worried about paperwork errors holding them up are reluctant to use the port in North Wales.  Source (London Economic)
  • Sheffield climbing firm sets up in Holland to beat Brexit damage.  Source (The Star)
  • Data shows collapse of UK food and drink exports post-Brexit.  HMRC figures reveal huge year-on-year falls in trade, with whisky, cheese and chocolate worst hit.  Source (Guardian)
  • Food and Drink Federation publishes January food and drink trade snapshot. “It is extremely worrying that our exports to the EU have fallen by more than 75% in January. Businesses face significant challenges when trading with the EU and small businesses in particular have been shut out because groupage distribution is not working. In the absence of solutions, EU exporters will face much the same difficulties when the UK’s full border operating model enters into force in 2022.”  Source (Food & Drink Federation)
  • Brexit sent UK salmon exports to EU tumbling by 98 per cent in January.  The UK’s export market suffered a total fall of £750 million – a 75.5 per cent decline from the previous January, the FDF said.  Source (London Economic)
  • Kidswear indies hit by post-Brexit VAT charges.  Kidswear independents across the UK are receiving unexpected bills for import VAT and customs declarations, as post-Brexit trading rules cause chaos.  Source (Drapers Online)
  • Top Business Chief Accuses Brexit of Causing Major Harm to U.K.

    Adam Marshall, the outgoing director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, was blunt: “I push back pretty hard against anyone who says that all of the issues are simply around adjustment.”  Source (Bloomberg)

  • UK food exports drop 75% in first month of post-Brexit trade.  Imports from the EU were also down 25% from £2.6 billion to £1.9 billion.  Source (Euractiv) 
  • UK firm to stop using British pork after post-Brexit border problems. Helen Browning’s Organic says it is switching to Danish suppliers owing to bureaucracy, delays and costs.  Source (Guardian)
  • British food faces ‘outright export bans’ in wake of EU exit. 23-Mar-2021 By James Ridler  British food businesses face ‘outright export bans’ and ‘structural’ barriers to trade with Europe thanks to bureaucracy linked with Brexit, according to the House of Lords EU Environment sub-committeeSource (Food Manufacture)
  • Brexit: Plant and animal checks to be ‘permanent barrier’ to trade without new deal, study warns.  It rejects Boris Johnson’s claims of “teething problems” – arguing the punishing red tape is here to stay unless agreement can be reached with Brussels on common health and safety standards.  Source (Independent)
  • Brexit’s service sector problem: “if you’re a UK company you’re screwed”

    The services sector accounts for over 80 percent of the UK economy. It was barely mentioned in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and for them, Brexit has effectively meant no deal. But up to now, because services mainly involve people and travel, covid restrictions have largely concealed the impact.  Source (Yorkshire Bylines)

  • Brexit: UK cheese firm boss in despair over minister’s export advice.  Co-founder of Cheshire Cheese Company told by environment minister to look at US and Canada markets rather than EU.  Source (Guardian)
  • Due to Brexit we have been forced to stop supplying the UK . Please do not select a different country and then ask for UK delivery as we cannot provide this. We have been importing Montessori Materials from Europe from over 10 years and it is now easier to ship to Africa or Asia than the UK.  Source (Montessori Supplies)
  • ‘We’ve been sold a dud’: small firms suffer decline in post-Brexit exports.  The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), a lobby group, said 35 of the 132 exporters it surveyed had temporarily suspended trade with the EU or stopped it permanently. One in 10 of the exporters surveyed said they were also considering giving up trade with EU customers.  Source (Guardian)
  • UK exporter faces closure within weeks due to Brexit.  A UK honey exporter is within weeks of closure as hauliers refuse to transport its small loads to the EU due to post-Brexit red tape.  Source (The Grocer)
  • Brexit: Trade changes ‘challenging’ for Welsh car industry.  Source (BBC)
  • Data shows EU freight forwarders are increasingly rejecting contracts for UK deliveries.  Data from German software company Transporeon indicates that European freight forwarders are rejecting contracts to take loads into the UK. The company say the development is likely the result of increased fears of delays at the UK border.  Source (TransInfo)
  • The UK now ‘a micro-climate in Europe’ when it comes to shipping.  “….carriers now see the UK as a feeder port that’s a nuisance to call into, as there are always delays from Southampton to Liverpool,”   And so, carriers either simply do not want UK-destined boxes, or they are charging for the privilege, making us a micro-climate in Europe when it comes to shipping.”  Source (The Loadstar)

  • New Impact Report reveals the real cost of Brexit to the UK meat industry.  Dismissing trade disruption at the borders as simply short term ‘teething problems’ is no longer credible. As we near the end of the first quarter of trading outside the EU single market, British meat companies are painting a very different picture. They are reporting systemic weaknesses in the current export system, mountains of red tape and a potential permanent loss of trade of between 20 and 50 percent.  Source (British Meat Industry)

  • New customs rules branded ‘illogical’ and ‘disturbing’ at Brexit committee.  The Irish Small and Medium Enterprise Association said Revenue’s proposed solutions to the issues are ‘not practicable’.  Source  (Belfast Telegraph)

  • Welsh ports under threat from post-Brexit trade.  The Welsh government has warned that post-Brexit trading patterns threaten the viability of the country’s Irish Sea ports.  Source (BBC)

  • US threatens tariffs on UK exports over digital services tax.  Price of clothing and footwear, ceramics, beauty products and furniture could be hit.  The Biden administration has warned it could slap 25% tariffs on British exports to the US after the UK levied a digital services tax on major technology companies.  Source (Guardian)

  • What Brexit changed for clothes, flower and sausage firms.  Source (BBC)

  • Brexit: Plant and animal checks to be ‘permanent barrier’ to trade without new deal, study warns.  EU said agreement on common rules ‘on the table’ – but UK would probably have to drop prized right to diverge.  Source (Independent)

  • Brexit could rob UK meat industry of 50 per cent of exports.  British meat exporters could lose up to 50 per cent of exports, a trading body warned.  Britain’s meat industry could permanently lost up to half of its exports because of “mountains” of Brexit red tape, a leading trade body has warned.  Source  (London Economic)

  • Shipments from UK to EU take twice as long in wake of Brexit, says logistics firm.

    Post-Brexit exports from the UK to EU countries now take 112 per cent longer on average, according to new research.  Shipping company Forward2me has looked at the difference in shipping times between December 2020 and January 2021 – and found that the average for all EU countries jumped to 8.55 days from 4.03, with the highest individual increase coming in at 950 per cent.  

    The parcel-forwarding service, which ships to more than 200 countries, cited various factors contributing to the overall increase, such as DPD stopping its UK-to-EU courier service, increased customs checks, and more paperwork to fill out.  Source  (Scotsman)

  • UK shellfish farmers threaten legal action over ban on exports to EU.  Industry claims it was misled by Defra over post-Brexit position and will sue unless trade with union restarts soon.  Source (Guardian)

  • Brexit trade disruption leads South West firms to cut staff and move operations to EU, BCC survey finds.  Firms reported concerns about future under new trading conditions.  Businesses in the South West have reported significant drops in exports to the European Union, with some saying they are moving their operations to the bloc amid rising costs and paperwork since Brexit.

    A survey of 500 firms by the British Chambers of Commerce South West (BCC SW) found that more than half of exporters said they had been impacted by the new UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA), which came into effect in January.  Source (Business-Live)

  • Brexit has been a disaster for Britain as collapsing European trade puts UK firms out of business. The UK government promised that Brexit would liberate Britain from European trading regulations and herald a bright new era for Britain on the world stage.

    Yet after spending years campaigning for the UK’s exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his colleagues have been oddly quiet about Britain’s fortunes ever since it left.

    The reason for their silence is becoming increasingly obvious. Since Britain left European trade and customs rules at the start of this year, there has been a dramatic decline in UK trade.  Source (Business Insider)

  • Brexit: Scottish dog food firm relocates to France due to export red tape.  The founder of a Scottish dog food business has told how Brexit forced him to move to France after his exports to the EU were halted because of the new trade barriers in place since 1 January.  “The trade deal they agreed at Christmas is very close to as good as no deal,” he said.  Source (Guardian)

  • Wine Trade – post-Brexit plans are of “great concern” to the UK trade and risk wine being diverted away from the UK market, affecting all sectors, including the already hard-hit hospitality industry, that rely on sales.  Source (The Drinks Business)

  • Brexit: £100,000 of tariffs slapped on Fairtrade bananas from Africa threatening farmers with ruin.  Liz Truss under pressure to explain why punishing levies being charged – despite announcement that UK-Ghana deal was struck.  At least £100,000 of tariffs have been slapped on Fairtrade bananas from Africa because of Brexit, prompting mounting anger that farmers face ruin.  Source (Independent)

  • Brexit is tormenting British chocolate makers. Chocolate is Britain’s second-largest food and drink export, after whiskey. “We have to explain, it’s not our fault, it’s not the fault of the producer. It’s Brexit,” In January, exports of British chocolate to Europe fell 68 percent compared with the same period the year before.  Source (New York Times)

  • Simon Rattle: ‘Brexit has not had any upside in the arts’ The LSO’s music director talks about how freelance musicians have been hit doubly hard by Brexit and the pandemic — and about his concert to support them.  Source (Financial Times)

  • Brexit snags force firms to cut trading ties with EU.  Three in ten British businesses have stopped trading with the European Union since the end of last year, research suggests.  More than seven in ten have experienced problems with trading since the Brexit transition period ended on December 31 and nearly half expect the disruption to continue in the long term, according to a poll of more than a thousand executives.  Source (The Times)

  • British chocolatiers reveal how Brexit blighted busy Easter period.  “We’ve lost our entire European trade,” one chocolatier lamented.  Source (London Economic)

  • Bikemaker Brompton warns of soaring costs for UK manufacturers.  Group faces accumulation of problems in sign of growing pressure on British companies.  Source (Financial Times)

  • UK consumers need clear idea of cost of EU purchases, Which? says. Consumer organisation says many people have been taken by surprise by bills for VAT and import duties.  Source (Guardian)

  • Can’t sleep I am incredibly upset yesterday I had to accept a defeat. My guitar wood import businesses no more.

    £350 of duty and licenses on £450 of stock.

    And I was only told of this when it hit the U.K.

    Brexit bonus again.  Source (Twitter)

  • Data shows collapse of UK food and drink exports post-Brexit.  HMRC figures reveal huge year-on-year falls in trade, with whisky, cheese and chocolate worst hit.  Whisky, cheese and chocolate producers have suffered the biggest post-Brexit export losses in the food and drink sector, new figures from HMRC have shown.  Source (Guardian)

  • Buying a £5,000 bike from Poland has become a Brexit nightmare.  I was asked for £2,000 more in duty and VAT to get it delivered.  Source (Guardian)

  • Data from German software company Transporeon indicates that European freight forwarders are rejecting contracts to take loads into the UK. The company say the development is likely the result of increased fears of delays at the UK border.

    The rejection rate for cargo from France to Britain was almost three times higher than the normal Q3 average, while for Germany-UK it was twice as high.  Source (Trans Info)

  • Brexit: Trade changes ‘challenging’ for Welsh car industry.  Wales’ automotive industry faces more challenges over future Brexit trade changes, according to experts.  The Welsh Automotive Forum (WAF) said new checks on imports and new rules over where car parts can come from could add to customs disruption when they are introduced.  Source (BBC)

  • Wiltshire firm to stop using British pork after post-Brexit border problems.  Helen Browning’s Organic says it is switching to Danish suppliers owing to bureaucracy, delays and costs.  For two decades, Helen Browning’s Organics sausages – which account for about a quarter of its sales – have been manufactured in Germany because of, according to the company, a lack of a suitable factory in the UK. The vast majority (85%) of its sausages, representing 300,000 packets of sausages annually, were re-exported to Britain to be sold to UK consumers.  Source (Guardian)

  • British food faces ‘outright export bans’ in wake of EU exit.  23-Mar-2021 By James Ridler.  British food businesses face ‘outright export bans’ and ‘structural’ barriers to trade with Europe thanks to bureaucracy linked with Brexit, according to the House of Lords EU Environment sub-committee.  Source (Food Manufacture)

  • Peers ‘dismayed’ at Brexit trade barriers.  New House of Lords report calls on government and EU to do more to reduce trade burden on food and farming sectors

    British businesses face “outright export bans” on some goods and structural barriers to trade with Europe including more paperwork and higher transport costs, according to a new Lords report. Source (Fresh Produce Journal)

  • Brexit: UK cheese firm boss in despair over minister’s export advice.  Co-founder of Cheshire Cheese Company told by environment minister to look at US and Canada markets rather than EU.  Source (Guardian)

  • All is not rosy for UK gardens as Brexit hits supplies and Covid hikes demand.  Red tape and a labour shortage leave retailers and millions of lockdown gardeners with scant pickings.  Source (Guardian)

  • Food Businesses Brace For A New Wave Of Post-Brexit Paperwork Affecting Pizza, Pies And Sandwiches.  The UK food industry is warning that a deluge of new post-Brexit red tape which comes into effect today will increase export paperwork by a third and make some sales to Europe unviable.  Source (Politics Home)

  • To Avoid Brexit Disruption, JD Sports Seeks EU Warehouses.  Source (Bloomberg)

  • ‘Brexit cost my bicycle business £250,000 extra in just two months, and I can’t see any positives’.

    The extra costs of doing trade with Europe have already wiped out the entire 2020 profits of Frog Bikes in Pontypool.  A Welsh business co-owner says Brexit cost him around £250,000 extra in just the first two months of this year and that he can’t see any positives from Britain’s exit from the EU.

    Frog Bikes, a children’s bike manufacturer which employs around 50 people at its Pontypool factory, has a customer base that stretches across the globe.  Source (Wales Online)

  • Brexit blamed by car parts firm for potential plant closure and loss of 200 jobs

    Kautex Textron site faces closure as car manufacturers look to source parts on continent instead.  Source (Car Dealer Magazine)

  • Courier service warns ‘non-EU countries will not fill the hole created by Brexit’ as UK exports tumble.

    Exports recovered in February compared to the previous month, but “that is setting the bar exceedingly low”.

    Trade between the UK and EU partially recovered in February, after a steep drop in January following Brexit. However, the Office for National Statistics said exports were still below last year’s levels and imports from the EU had seen a weaker recovery.  Source (London Economic)

  • U.K. Aerospace Warns Brexit Deal Threatens Parts Production.  U.K. aerospace-industry trade lobby ADS warned that Britain could lose business to the European Union after the Brexit deal failed to resolve issues concerning design-approval for plane components.  Source (Bloomberg)

  • Brexit has driven 2,500 finance jobs and €170bn to France, says bank governor. Source (Guardian)
  • €6 billion of EU share trading has moved away from the City and is lost for good. Source (Financial Times)
  • The loss of passporting rights on January 1 has put the financial services sector (7% of the UK economy) at risk. Source (CNBC)
  • MEPs vote to add Channel and British Virgin Islands to tax haven blacklist UK overseas territories such as Cayman Islands also may lose protection once afforded by UK’s EU membership. Source (Guardian)
  • “Britain is now losing its very strong position in trading of European equities in London,” Source  (Independent)
  • Chemical companies, facing costly new regulations and extra tariffs, are looking to the continent. It is a concern that is spread across Britain’s £33 billion (or about $45 billion) a year chemical industry. Source (New York Times)
  • London Fund Managers See Post-EU Threat to $2 Trillion Business. Source  (Bloomberg)
  • EU opens up to US clearing houses in blow to City of London. Source (CityA.M.)
  • Brexit hit to London may top £9.5bn a year without EU financial services deal. Source (City AM)
  • Amsterdam ousts London as Europe’s top share trading hub. Source (Financial Times)
  • Amsterdam punctures City’s post-Brexit hopes. Source (Financial Times)
  • Brexit trade deal to swipe £45bn from UK economy over two years, EU analysis finds. Source (Independent)
  • Brexit cost will be four times greater for UK than EU, Brussels forecasts. Source (Guardian)
  • Morgan Stanley Bases Global Capital Markets Head in Germany. Source (Bloomberg)
  • Universities are forecast to lose an estimated £62.5 million per year in tuition fees as a result of Brexit. Source (Forbes)
  • Derivatives trade worth billions flees London for New York post-Brexit. Source (Yahoo Finance)
  • Britain’s fintech crown is under assault.  Entrepreneurs lament complacency in London just as other capitals are muscling in.  Source (Economist)

  • Brexit: Ending the City’s Dominance of European Finance?  Source (Federal Trust)

  • Brexit-backing Sunderland says it is not receiving same level of funding outside EU.  Source (London Economic)

  • Post-Brexit Cornwall to receive only 5% of what it needs to replace EU funding.  Source (The New European)

  • BoE governor warns EU over derivatives clearing power grab.  Bank of England expects the City of London to lose £25 trillion to £89 trillion in European derivatives trading business over the next year.  Source (Financial Times)

  • City firms revealed in the final months of 2020 that they planned to shift nearly £100bn in assets to the EU, taking the total value of assets lost to the bloc since the Brexit vote to £1.3 trillion, according to a new survey.  Source (The Guardian)

  • Brexit heralds a bleak future for the City of London.  With the Brexit trade deal barely mentioning financial services, the flight of the United Kingdom’s financial industry to the European Union will be difficult to avoid. Source (LSE)

  • Irish assets leave London in €100bn post-Brexit switch.  Transfer to Brussels of securities deposits follows shift of share trading away from UK.  Source (Irish Times)

  • Dublin is first choice for Brexit finance firm relocations to EU..  Ireland’s capital is attracting more UK firms than Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Paris, or other centres in mainland Europe.  Source (Irish Examiner)

  • Bank of England clamps down on Brexit-driven EU relocations.  “Being told in advance of banks’ plans is one thing, but requiring regulatory approval first is quite another,” said one senior adviser to a US bank in London.  Source (Financial Times) 

  • Forget equivalence, the City of London needs a post-Brexit plan.  Latest ‘deal’ between EU and UK offers little in the way of progress.  The latest “deal” between the UK and the EU was meant to clear a path to a new way of operating for the City of London.  In reality, it feels more like the end of the road.  Source (Financial Times)

  • JPMorgan chief Jamie Dimon warns of Brexit hit to London amid uncertainty over financial services.  Higher costs will make for “few winners” in UK’s departure from EU.  The chief executive of the world’s biggest bank, JPMorgan, today declared Brexit “cannot be positive” for the UK in the short term and will lead to added costs for customers across the UK and Europe.  Source (Standard)

  • Brexit: JPMorgan may one day move all European business out of London, says bank boss.  Leaving the EU ‘cannot possibly be good for the United Kingdom’s GDP’, says investment bank boss.  Source (Independent)

  • Bankers talk of being sold out as London waits for its own Brexit deal with Brussels.  Bankers who have spoken to CNBC feel the industry has continually been neglected throughout Brexit talks.  Financial services make up 7% of the U.K.’s total output, and 10% of government tax receipts, but the industry was not a part of the “zero tariff-zero quota deal” concluded on Dec. 24.  Source (CNBC)

  • Bank of England clamps down on Brexit-driven EU relocations.  Source (Financial Times)

  • Dublin is first choice for Brexit finance firm relocations to EU.  Ireland’s capital is attracting more UK firms than Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Paris, or other centres in mainland Europe.  Source (Irish Examiner)

  • City of London Brexit hit worse than expected, says study.  Over 400 financial firms in Britain have shifted activities, staff and a combined trillion pounds ($1.4 trillion) in assets to hubs in the European Union due to Brexit, with more pain to come, a study from New Financial think tank said on Friday.

    “We think it is an underestimate and we expect the numbers to increase over time: we are only at the end of the beginning of Brexit,” the study said.  Source (Reuters)

  • Business secretary confirms post-Brexit review of UK workers’ rights. Source (Guardian) Remember “To restore Britain’s competitiveness we must begin by deregulating the labour market. Political objections must be overridden. It is too difficult to hire and fire and too expensive to take on new employees. It is intellectually unsustainable to believe that workplace rights should remain untouchable while output and employment are clearly cyclical.” Liam Fox 2012)
  • Review of UK workers’ rights post-Brexit is axed in sudden U-turn. Source (Guardian)
  • Brexit: UK ‘risks falling behind’ EU on workers’ rights.  The UK is at a “real risk” of falling behind the EU when it comes to workers’ rights, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) says.  The union body said the EU had “various initiatives” in the pipeline which would improve standards once they became law.  But it said the UK had no similar legislation on the way.  Source (BBC)

  • Brexit leaves UK protections for Zero Hours workers lagging behind EU.  One year after Brexit, it looks like UK zero hours workers could be worse off than their counterparts in the European Union (EU).  Source (ZeroHoursJustice)

  • Government to let farmers use bee-killing pesticide banned in EU. Source (Independent)
  • ‘Bee-killing’ pesticide now will not be used on UK sugar beet fields.  Source (The Guardian)

  • UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports. Source  (Guardian)
  • Green Brexit didn’t happen, says environmental coalition.  Source (BBC)
  • EU Says A Post-Brexit Shellfish Export Ban Is Indefinite, After Government Claimed It Was Only Temporary. Source (Politics Home)
  • British beekeeper told his order of 15 million baby Italian bees would be destroyed if he tried to import them. Source  (Independent)
  • Brexit threatens heritage and organic seed supply. Source (Wicked Leeks)
  • Australia deal threatens British farming. Source  (WestEnglandBylines)
  • More than 100,000 British pigs stranded by Brexit border problems. Source (Financial Times)
  • Iconic Somerset cider business hit by Johnson’s trade deal. “Brexit has caused a stumbling block that a family-run business like ours cannot simply overcome.”  Source  (West Country Bylines)
  • EU sinks UK hopes of overturning shellfish ban. Source (Financial Times)
  • Meat processors trade in EU to bypass Brexit export woes. Source (FoodManufacture)
  • 53 Tons of Rotting Pork and Other Brexit Nightmares. Source (New York Times)
  • “Brexit is taking us back to 1995 work practices” Source (Flanders News)
  • Brexit forces world’s largest daffodil farm to let flowers rot in fields.  Source (Cornwall Live)

  • Our countryside faces huge challenges post-Brexit, and the Welsh Government’s plan only scratches the surface.  Source (Nation.Cymru)

  • Sausages and other chilled meats produced in Great Britain are set to be banned in Northern Ireland from July 1.  Source (London Economic)

  • Brexit forces Northern Ireland buyers to cancel orders for 100,000 trees.  Source (Guardian)

  • A zoo says its conservation programme has stalled due to a lack of post-Brexit paperwork.  Source (BBC)

  • UK pet food industry hurt by Brexit checks and red tape.  Source (Financial Times) 

  • Brexit bureaucracy and disruption costs Scottish salmon farmers £11 million.  Source (Scottish Salmon)

  • Brexit has robbed Britain of the mechanism to deliver on climate change.  Source (The New European)

  • Public trust ‘eroded’ by ministers flirting with post-Brexit cuts to food and animal welfare standards, report warns.  Source (Independent)

  • This is the paperwork required to send one order to the EU now. Previously zero. £100k / year of Veterinary inspection fees now, previously £0. Very annoying/ costly for an established business like us, crippling for a small company! Emailed@GregHands, no response…  Source (Twitter)

  • Organic food hit by UK’s ‘1970s’ Brexit red tape. Issues faced by exporters threaten to increase food prices and reduce Brits’ food choice.  Source (

  • Brexit farm workers scheme found fueling risk of slavery in UK.  Source (Reuters)

  • Endangered species are facing a new threat. Conservation programmes stopped by new Brexit export regulations.  Twycross Zoo in Leicester is due to export its critically-endangered Amur leopard for conservation. But the forms they used before the UK left the EU’s single market no longer exist.  Source (Best for Britain) 

  • Nematodes become latest casualty of post-Brexit trade glitches.  Source (Financial Times)

  • Brexit: Plant and animal checks to be ‘permanent barrier’ to trade without new deal, study warns.  EU said agreement on common rules ‘on the table’ – but UK would probably have to drop prized right to diverge.  Source (Independent)

  • Green Brexit didn’t happen, says environmental coalition.  The group says protections for climate, farming, fisheries and water quality are similar to 2016; but for chemicals, nature, air quality and waste are weaker. The coalition, which includes The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and ClientEarth, says:

    • New institutions – including the post-Brexit watchdog the Office for Environmental Protection – will be weaker than those they are replacing
    • Crucial environmental principles are being watered down.
    • There’s been a lack of coordination with the EU on mutually beneficial issues, from carbon pricing to wildlife protection
    • The UK has left the EU’s gold standard chemical regulation system – and created a domestic version with fewer staff, less funding and restricted access to existing data.  Source (BBC)
  • Brexit threatens heritage and organic seed supply.  Demand for local food and a supercharged interest in gardening has combined with Brexit bureaucracy to create delays and a growing shortage of heritage and organic seed.

The shortage has further long-term potential to reduce the amount of plant biodiversity growing in the UK, thanks to renationalising a previously pan-European seed list without transferring all existing certified seeds.  Source (WickedLeeks)

  • Young people are more anxious about Brexit than catching Covid-19, study finds. Source (New European)
  • Brexit has delivered the ‘biggest loss of rights in history’, according to two legal experts. Source (BestForBritain & Le Monde
  • UK students lose Erasmus membership in Brexit deal. Source (Guardian)
  • Britain loses eTwinning as well as Erasmus+.  Source (West England Bylines)

  • New ‘Erasmus’ scheme will not pay tuition or travel costs and living allowance slashed.  Fresh accusations that ministers are crushing hopes of students who want to live, study and travel abroad….Boris Johnson promised last year that there was “no threat” to the hugely-popular Erasmus programme.  Source (Independent)

  • Why the Turing scheme is no replacement for Erasmus.  Source (Tes)
  • Fears language degrees at risk as Erasmus replacement focuses on UK trade agenda.  Source (Guardian)

  • Thousands of UK language students left in limbo as Brexit hits travel plans.  Universities say they have received inadequate guidance on red tape and costs for academic years abroad.  Source (Guardian)

  • More costs, paperwork, delays and limits on travel to the EU. Source (Guardian)
  • Travellers returning from the EU will be restricted to 18 litres of wine (24 bottles), 42 litres of beer and 4 litres of spirits or liqueurs over 22% in alcohol – plus up to 200 cigarettes. Source (Guardian)
  • From time-consuming paperwork to new training, vets count cost of scrapping pet passports. Source (INews)
  • There is no mutual recognition of professional qualifications in the deal, causing complications for those such as doctors, accountants and architects. Source (Guardian)
  • Only 90 days in a 180 day period are allowed (from 2022 you will need to pay €7 to visit) so if you want to stay in Europe longer you will need to apply for a long stay visa.  France-Visas  The official visa website for France
  • Reduction of free healthcare. Although the EHIC (soon to be GHIC) card will cover you for medical emergencies the long stay visa requires repatriation cover as well. (Cheapest Schengen visa insurance found by us to date:   Source (
  • Possible return of roaming charges
  • French bank lays out tougher mortgage requirements for Brits buying second homes. Source  (TheLocalFrance)
  • EU citizens offered financial incentives to leave UK. Source (Guardian)
  • UK au pairs under threat from new immigration rules on which 45,000 working families depend. Source (Financial Times)
  • British riders may be unable to race in Europe under new Brexit rules. “The UK has a huge number of sporting professionals, young an

  • d training athletes that travel year-round to Europe to train and compete.”  Source (Road CC)

  • UK airlines warn of job losses as they lose business to Brexit.  Carriers say they are severely disadvantaged when applying for flight permits under new rules.  Source (Guardian)

  • Britain’s au pair system ‘killed’ by Brexit.  Source (Euractiv)

  • Cost of post-Brexit travel for horses to EU up 300%: call for evidence to improve situation.  The cost of travelling horses abroad by ferry has increased by around 318% since the end of the Brexit transition period.  Source (Horse and Hound)

  • As homeowners in Spain, we worry that Brexit has ruined the expat reputation.  Source (Metro)

  • Here in Italy, there are now many British nationals, often long term residents, whose lives have suddenly been brought to an abrupt stop.  Source (Repubblica Italy)

  • Biggest Foreign-Worker Exodus Since WWII Adds to Britain’s Woes.  Source (Bloomberg)

  • Travel jobs at risk because of Brexit, say trade groups.  An estimated 20,000 Britons employed in the UK’s “outbound” travel industry are affected, according to ABTA but there are more in UK reliant on sales.  Source (Financial Times)

  • 900,000 UK boaters set to be hit by post-Brexit travel rules, Royal Yachting Association survey finds.  Source (Sail World)

  • Pozzi rues Brexit rules that threaten Olympic hopes as Markovc takes gold.  Britain’s world champion hurdler Andrew Pozzi fears his Olympic ambitions are under threat because of new Brexit rules that could force him to quit his training base in Italy.  Source (The Guardian)

  • Top Siberian husky team forced to stop competing because of Brexit.  Source (Daily Record)

  • The Spanish dream is over as Brits leave Spain to avoid being deported as illegal immigrants.  Source (Global 247 News)

  • Britons in France could lose driving licences due to post-Brexit impasse. Thousands face not having a valid permit after lack of deal between UK and France and flood of applications.  Source (Guardian)

  • Thousands of EU children face ‘cliff edge’ as still without post-Brexit status three months before deadline. Three-quarters of EU nationals in local authority care yet to be granted settled status, figures show.  Source (Independent)

  • Brexit forces bitter British couples to flee EU holiday homes.  Thousands will wake up on Thursday as illegal aliens as a post-Brexit limit on time spent in the EU kicks in.  Source (London Economic)

  • Brexit has left domestic abuse victims in limbo.  “Abuse victims who relocate to the EU or even go there on holiday will not be safeguarded by any court order issued in the UK.”   This must be one of the worse oversights in this thin-as-gruel Brexit deal.  Source (The Times)

  • Brit expats and homeowners ‘screwed over’ by Brexit as retirement dreams dashed

    Hard-working Brits who dreamed of a retirement dividing their lives between the UK and Europe say their plans are in ruins – with one pensioner forced to move home after 20 years in Spain.  One of the conditions that had to be met to gain residency was an income of £21,000 a year – ruling out thousands of UK pensioners living in Spain.  Source (Mirror)

  • Ex-Brexit Party MEP mocked for moaning that EU ‘restricted free movement’.  Lance Forman claimed he “believed in free movement”, and called the EU “crazy” for “restricting” it.  Source (London Economic)


  • Brexit: What does it mean for security in the UK?  Source  (BBC)
  • Brexit leaves UK and EU diminished in fight against international crime. Source (Financial Times)
  • Nordic and European security issues left unanswered because of Brexit.  Source (Euractiv)

  • At least 10 EU countries will not extradite criminals to UK because of Brexit.  Source (Independent)

  • Policing capabilities lessened after Brexit.  Source (UKandEU)

  • Britain will lose significant access to EU security data due to Brexit deal.  The greatest impact on our security comes from losing access to the Schengen information System, for swapping alerts on the movement of criminals and missing persons.  Source (Politics Home)

  • Trust between the EU and the UK is in short supply. This poses risks to British-European security relations.  Source (LSE)

  • Brexit: UK lost ‘significant’ access to EU policing data under deal, report warns

    When the UK left the EU it lost automatic access to EU databases with information on criminal records, fingerprints and wanted persons.  Under a deal struck between the two sides at the end of last year, the UK secured access to certain sets of information, for example air passenger data.  Source (BBC)

  • Policing capabilities lessened after Brexit.  Although the final Brexit deal agreed between the UK and the EU contained a mutual commitment to future security and law enforcement cooperation, there is no doubt that the settlement resulted in an overall lessening of policing capability.  Source (UKandEU)

  • Loss of access to EU policing data post-Brexit concerning, Lords Committee finds.  Source (Committees Parliament)

  • Lords Raise ‘Grave Concerns’ about Brexit’s Impact on Family Law, Crime and Justice.  UK law enforcement can no longer immediately access real-time data about persons and objects of interest, including wanted and missing persons.  Source (Byline Times)

  • Building a Super Life Science Industry will be vital for UK to navigate the challenges of Brexit. Along with the EMA’s departure went 900 jobs undertaken by highly qualified personnel and 40,000 business visits.  Source  (LondonEconomic)
  • Mother fears son could die as Brexit stops medical cannabis supply. Source (Guardian)
  • Tories vote down protections for NHS in trade deals. The full list of MPs who voted the amendment down (including John Glen)  Source  (LondonEconomic)
  • Brexit Border Friction Led to “Two Or Three Hundred Consignments” Of Cancer Drugs Being Destroyed. Source  (Politics Home)
  • ‘My disabled child has no wheelchair due to Brexit red tape,’ Source  (LBC)
  • Six year old’s vital medication runs out because of Brexit changes.  Source (ITV)

  • The EU healthcare option that ended with Brexit.  An EU healthcare option, no longer available in the UK due to Brexit, was growing in popularity on both sides of the Irish border.  Source (BBC)

  • Science cuts could see experts leave UK, warns Nobel laureate.  “Catastrophic” cuts to the UK’s science budget could result in top scientists leaving the country, a Nobel laureate has warned.

    Sir Paul Nurse also said science was crucial to the UK’s reputation overseas and for dealing with climate change.

    Scientists are concerned the UK’s domestic science budget will have to foot a bill that has arisen as part of the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU.

    The UK science funding body might have to absorb a cost of £2bn a year.  Source (BBC)

  • Brexit sees applications from EU students to University of Portsmouth fall by more than half.  Source (The Portsmouth News)

  • Erasmus Plus was open to everyone: have these opportunities gone for good?

    The government has rejected the EU’s offer to keep the UK in the Erasmus Plus education schemes. And in so doing, has slammed the door shut on educational and training opportunities that we’d all taken for granted. By stopping us being in the Erasmus programme, the government has ended an age of opportunity that was available to everyone, no matter what their background. Johnson has used Brexit to crush that once and for all.  Source (Yorkshire Bylines)

  • Startling fall in EU applications to study in the UK.  Applications from the United Kingdom’s number one overseas student market (the countries making up the European Union,) have plummeted by 40% for undergraduate courses starting in 2021-22, but it is Brexit and not COVID-19 that is to blame for the fall.  Source (University World News)

  • Tony Blair and John Major warn a Brexit could threaten peace process during visit to Derry.  9 June 2016.  Source (Irish News) 
  • Villiers says Brexit would not undermine peace process. Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has condemned as “highly irresponsible” claims that a British exit from the European Union could undermine the peace process in the North.  June 2016.   Source (Irish Times)
  • The EU was crucial to securing peace in Ireland. This plan puts it in peril. “The Good Friday Agreement was born of the most painstaking talks I ever took part in. Now our prime minister threatens to rip it apart.” Tony Blair October 2019.   Source (Guardian)

  • ‘There will be no border in the Irish Sea’, insists Lewis.  Secretary ‘committed’ to plans addressing the legacy of violence.  The new Northern Ireland Secretary has insisted there will be no border between Northern Ireland and Britain.  February 2020.   Source (

  • Brexit is the catalyst for rioting in Northern Ireland.  With marching season approaching, it is a dangerous time in the province.  Source (Economist)
  • Northern Ireland ‘playing with matches’ amid Brexit trade deal tensions.  Brexit has added fuel to the fire as Northern Ireland is hit by fresh unrest.  Source (Politico)
  • Northern Ireland riots signal dark new chapter for Brexit.  Source (Yahoo)
  • Brexit: the view from Northern Ireland.  Northern Ireland is on the periphery of both the EU and the UK, and this is why it is right at the nexus of the new UK-EU relationship. It is why the withdrawal negotiations ended up concentrating so intensely on ‘the Irish question’. And it’s why Brexit-related stories continue so often to be centred on this small place, with accompanying tales of UK-EU tensions.  Professor Kay Hayward.  Source (Yorkshire Bylines)
  • 100 days of Brexit: Countdown to crisis in Northern Ireland as peace goes up in flames.  Timeline from the Troubles to Peace and back again, thanks to Brexit.   Source (West Country Bylines)
  • The consequences of Boris Johnson’s careless Brexit are playing out in Belfast.  This week’s violence is an ominous sign that leaving the EU took a wrecking ball to the Good Friday agreement.  Source (Guardian)
  • Peace in Northern Ireland is in danger – Johnson’s lies and inaction offer no help.  Jonathan Powell.  The region has been used as a pawn since the Brexit vote. All sides must now start talking to avoid an escalation of violence and division.   Source (Guardian)
  • Brexit ignites the debate about a united Ireland. Campaigners say Northern Ireland is edging towards holding a referendum on its future.   Source (Financial Times)

  • Dear Boris Johnson, There is no better Brexit when it comes to the Good Friday Agreement and Northern Ireland. As you still seem bamboozled by all this Paddywackery here’s a few pointers for your next stab in the dark.  Source (Thread Reader – Patrick Kielty)

  • Brexit forces Northern Ireland buyers to cancel orders for 100,000 trees.  Exclusive: Ban on plants being moved across Irish Sea is major setback for tree-planting programmes in region.  Source (Guardian)

  • Johnson’s carelessness over Northern Ireland is an undeniable factor in the current violence.  The prime minister consistently overlooked the Irish border issue during Brexit negotiations. The riots in Belfast are inextricably bound up with his irresponsibility.  Source (Prospect Magazine)

  • Brexit: the view from Northern Ireland.  Source (Yorkshire Bylines)

  • Northern Ireland ‘playing with matches’ amid Brexit trade deal tensions.  Brexit has added fuel to the fire as Northern Ireland is hit by fresh unrest.  Source (

  • The totality of UK-Irish relations is at risk because of Brexit.  The European Union was a crucial element of the totality of UK-Irish relationships that would allow for the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.  Source (Blogs LSE)

  • Brexit to hit supplies of cancer, epilepsy and diabetes medicines to Northern Ireland, government warned.  Firms already starting to withdraw vital drugs because of costly new red tape, says industry group.  Source (Independent)

  • How much has Brexit cost the UK?  Two months after the UK’s full departure from the EU, the painful consequences of that decision are becoming ever clearer. N early all economists agree that Brexit has left the UK poorer.  Source (New Statesman)
  • What Does it Look Like When a Society Commits Suicide? Brexit.  The Results of Brexit are Trickling In — And They’re CatastrophicSource (Eudaimonia)

  • Biggest Foreign-Worker Exodus Since WWII Adds to Britain’s Woes.

    Foreign workers are leaving Britain at the fastest pace since World War II, presenting a challenge to an economy already roiled by Brexit and the coronavirus.  “The risk is that people don’t come back, so we have skill and labor shortages and we lose some output, growth and tax revenue permanently,” said Jonathan Portes, a King’s College London economics professor who estimates well over 1 million foreign-born workers may have left. “Given how migration has driven economic growth, particularly in London, that could be bad news.”  Source (Bloomberg)

  • OBR CONFIRMS BREXIT WILL CAUSE LONG-TERM DAMAGE TO THE UK ECONOMY.  The Government’s Trade & Cooperation Agreement is set to cause a 0.5 per cent short-term hit to GDP and a 4 per cent reduction in productivity in the longer term.  Source (Best for Britain)

  • Brexit has delivered the worst of both worlds.  This isn’t the Brexit Leavers voted for and it is exactly the Brexit Remainers voted against.   Source (London Economic)

  • Brexit’s economic impact: early evidence and future prospects.  Excellent discussion by the LSE on the impact of Brexit. Which ever way you look at it we have lost considerably more than we gained.  Key quote “It would require 4 US trade deals to compensate for the lost EU Free Trade Agreement “. 

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"Brexit Benefit" Claims v The Reality:

‘Benefit’ 1:

“Brexit has enabled UK to axe the ‘Tampon Tax’”

The Free Periods campaign group said it was "misleading" for the UK government to say Brexit was necessary to eliminate VAT on menstrual products. Ireland does not have VAT on sanitary products, and an EU-wide ban will be implemented soon.

‘Benefit’ 2:

“Brexit means we can now ban Pulse Fishing”

France and Belgium have already outlawed the practice in their territorial waters. The UK could have done the same when it was still a member of the EU. An EU-wide ban comes into force on July 1 2021.

‘Benefit’ 3:

“After Brexit we can have free ports”

There are more than 80 special economic zones, or free ports, across the EU, so they could have been done pre-Brexit. And in any case, they are of limited value, and can often be a haven for money laundering and tax evasion.

‘Benefit’ 4:

“There will be no non-tariff barriers after Brexit”

From English fish merchants and Scottish seafood exporters to hauliers crossing the Dover Straits, British businesses are unable to trade as smoothly as before, with new barriers meaning some companies will be unable to export at all and others are being turned away at ports.

‘Benefit’ 5:

“Because of Brexit, freed from EU rules, we were able to approve vaccines quicker”

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine approvals took place within the framework of EU rules, while the Moderna vaccine has already been approved by EU regulators - but because of Brexit, its availability in Britain will be delayed until April.