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UK immigration in 2018: “You told me that your nationality is…

UK immigration in 2018: “You told me that your nationality is Greek but your passport shows you are Helenic citizen.”

Agenda: Events in Geneva could make the London drama pointless

Agenda: Events in Geneva could make the London drama pointless:

IT would be easy to be distracted by the stramash at Westminster but it is worth the odd glance at events in Geneva to realise that the breathless drama in London might well be entirely pointless. After all it is in the sleepy Swiss city, not London, that the Brexiters have promised Britannia will once again launch herself as a totally independent and glorious trading state.

Sadly, a bit like everything else to do with Brexit, it is demonstrably not going to plan. This matters because the Brexiters’ Plan B (“We’ll just revert to WTO terms”) is as unfit for purpose as their Plan A.

Guess what? In a staggering development foreseen by literally everybody except Liam Fox, at the end of October countries began to challenge.

This escalated just last week when tiny insignificant economies like Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Uruguay joined the fun. They signed a joint document demanding the establishment of a mechanism to provide “appropriate compensation” to ensure they do not end up worse off from the establishment of the UK’s schedules.Is this the real crisis in Brexit? Yes it is. The WTO is the arbiter of international trade and the UK is not on the starting grid. Instead of doing the work, Dr Fox tried to find a quick fix and it has failed,

He goes on explaining in very simple and easy to understand terms, why the No Deal / WTO option isn’t an option at all. I would recommend to read on … https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/17232332.agenda-events-in-geneva-could-make-the-london-drama-pointless/

I did mentioned this before, but never summarised it so beautifully. Here a list of previous posts about this very subject:

Unfortunately the population inside the UK is vastly unaware of this situation.

Brexit Is Killing the Great British Curry House

Brexit Is Killing the Great British Curry House:

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This was nothing like what he was promised in the Brexit campaign he supported. Joynu was told there’d be plenty of workers from South Asia and that restaurants specializing in spicy vindaloos would thrive if only the U.K. could break free from rules allowing the free movement of people between European Union member states.

Unlike EU citizens, former commonwealth citizens, such as Indians, could vote in the 2016 EU referendum. 

In the weeks leading up to the referendum, campaigners when door to door in English areas where a high number of Indian or Pakistani lived, and told them about the great injustice that EU citizens could just come over to the UK, while they had to go through lengthy visa procedures. 

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They should vote for Brexit given how unfair this all is. And promised them that after Brexit UK immigration would be more fair for them. 

Instead, immigration has become tighter, business has suffered, and the workers from eastern Europe he had come to rely on have fled. Getting chefs over to work in Britain’s cherished Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants is near impossible under current immigration laws: Even the Queen isn’t paying cooks in Buckingham Palace enough to comply with the rules on foreign skilled workers.

The irony of this is that the EU tried to relax visa restrictions for Indian workers. But guess who did not like that at all? So much so that they vetoed the entire trade agreement on it!

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Link: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/8051349/India-trade-deal-with-EU-will-allow-thousands-of-immigrants-into-Britain.html

UK court rejects bid to stop ECJ examining if Brexit can be reversed

UK court rejects bid to stop ECJ examining if Brexit can be reversed:

The case to investigate whether it was possible to reverse Brexit was put forward by a Scottish court, where some politicians opposed to it wanted the interpretation of Article 50 clarified.

They wanted to know whether Britain can withdraw its notification to leave without permission from the EU’s other member states.

Subsequently, the British government put in an application to stop the European Court of Justice from looking into it.

The appeal was on the grounds that whether or not Britain could reverse the decision was immaterial, since ministers had no intention of doing so.

Statement by UK Supreme Court:

Health Secretary ‘told Brexit crunch Cabinet he could not guarantee people wouldn’t die under no deal’

Health Secretary ‘told Brexit crunch Cabinet he could not guarantee people wouldn’t die under no deal’:

Why Do British People Think The EU Is Their Enemy? A much more…


Why Do British People Think The EU Is Their Enemy?

A much more comprehensive list can be found here.

Not sure what happened in the UK today?

So I am just going to leave this here …

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as agreed at negotiators’ level on 14 November 2018 – European Commission – European Commission

Draft Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, as agreed at negotiators’ level on 14 November 2018 – European Commission – European Commission

UK signals failure of bid for quick Brexit transition at WTO

UK signals failure of bid for quick Brexit transition at WTO:

In total 27 countries have already filed complaints and moved to block the UK from trading under WTO. Among them, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Moldova, …

Border issue holds up Brexit deal in Brussels talks

Border issue holds up Brexit deal in Brussels talks: