The NI protocol

The Northern Ireland Protocol of the Withdrawal Agreement signed by Boris Johnson after a partisan vote in the House of Commons, introduces a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Great Britian. Now that the Unionists have caught up with what the deal means, they are mightily unhappy; the problem is that many of them are armed and lethal violence was only expunged as a regular tactic in 1998. Here are my notes on the NI protocol. Continue reading “The NI protocol”

What is to be done? (About Brexit)

It’s turning pear shaped, that Brexit, not as easy as they thought, and maybe worse than Remainers predicted. Here are some notes that I made for the AEIP National Committee meeting. I quote from blog articles of mine and other sources, and will try and turn this into a blog article later in the week. Anyway, as they say on Youtube, let’s get to it … Continue reading “What is to be done? (About Brexit)”

Brexit, Month One

The post brexit deal, one month on. It’s not going well, both trade, which is down, some say by 68%, due to the economic consequences of non-tariff barriers to entry, mainly paper work, and the consequences of agreeing a border in the Irish Sea are placing massive strains on the Good Friday agreement. Here are some notes. Continue reading “Brexit, Month One”

Starmer vs Johnson, Winter 2020/1

I wrote a piece on my blog, about Boris and Starmer’s polling numbers. I observe that the score seems to be different depending if one’s seeking to determine approval or suitability for the top job. I made a charts  from yougov data but didn’t use it in my part II, and so I present them here. Johnson is thought of less well than Starmer but seems to be closing the gap. Continue reading “Starmer vs Johnson, Winter 2020/1”

TPP Mk II

While in Europe we were busy campaigning about TTIP and its ISDS clauses, the Obama administration were trying the same trick on their other coast, then called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Trump pulled out, but the remaining countries completed the treaty, now renamed, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with a modified a more limited ISDS and intellectual property clauses. The British Govt. have applied to join to the applause of Lord Hannan, an ex MEP and so I think we need to understand the ISDS & IPR clauses, and the direction of travel. If the US decide to rejoin, they will probably seek to ‘improve’ the ISDS and IPR chapters. We should note it has a Commission. Here as ever are my notes. Continue reading “TPP Mk II”

The EU’s democratic deficit.

Some notes based on the ERS’ document, “Close the Gap: Tackling Europe’s Democratic Deficit”. They have 12 proposals, seven of which suggest actions for the UK Parliament, two for political parties (other than Labour) and one each for the Council, Commission and Parliament. So not so much an EU deficit, more a UK paying attention problem. Mind you, they could pay more attention to what HMG is doing too. I read it once, and made some diigo notes, which I reproduce below/overleaf. … Continue reading “The EU’s democratic deficit.”

How to rejoin the EU

The EU flag and Matterhorn

That Brexit: it’s falling apart faster than I thought, what with the fishing fuck up and the closure i.e. suspension of one of the Nissan production lines. I was ruing my new blue passport when a friend told me he had seven years on his burgundy one and I said, we’d be back in by then. He thought not, but those of us for whom it’s life time project need to consider what our response is to what’s happening. The fact is that leaving is a disaster, here are my notes. Continue reading “How to rejoin the EU”