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This thread covers life in the UK after Brexit and what outcome it will have within the country in the months and years ahead after leaving the EU.

‘Help us or LSO fails’: Sir Simon Rattle’s plea over Covid and Brexit
Sir Simon Rattle and his top team at the London Symphony Orchestra have appealed for government support to help them survive the difficulties created by Brexit and Covid.

The orchestra depended on international touring – much of it in Europe – for 40% of its revenue before the coronavirus, with tours cancelled by the pandemic.
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/ ... and-brexit
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UK proposes phasing in post-Brexit Irish Sea border checks on food
The UK has made a fresh attempt to solve the Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland by asking Brussels to phase in border checks in four stages, it has emerged.

The plan, revealed by BBC Northern Ireland, comes as the Brexit minister, David Frost, urged Brussels to stop “point-scoring” over the Northern Ireland protocol, hinting that the UK would take unilateral action if needed.

In a bluntly worded newspaper article, Lord Frost urged Brussels to find a new way to implement the protocols for trade across the Irish Sea, arguing that the EU had adopted a “purist” approach that was threatening the “political, social, or economic fabric of life in Northern Ireland”.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... ood-brexit
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Farmers warn post-Brexit trade deal with Australia could hit UK agriculture
Tue 18 May 2021

Farmers are warning of “damage” to UK agriculture if Australian beef and lamb producers are granted tariff-free access to the UK as part of the first major post-Brexit trade deal.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) assembled agricultural leaders from all four devolved nations on Tuesday afternoon to voice their concerns amid reports of a split in the cabinet over whether to approve a wide-ranging free trade deal with Australia.

The trade secretary, Liz Truss, is racing to conclude negotiations ahead of the G7 summit, which the UK is hosting in Cornwall in June. The Australian deal is considered crucial, as it would mark the first free trade agreement negotiated since Brexit that was not a rollover of existing agreements with EU trade partners.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... ivelihoods
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UK expected to offer post-Brexit trade deal to Australia
Fri 21 May 2021

UK ministers are expected to offer Australia a trade deal that will gradually eliminate all tariffs and quotas, one seen as a victory for free-trade Brexiters in the cabinet but is likely to prompt alarm among UK farmers.

Downing Street did not deny reports on Friday that the likely offer to Australia would be a transition to zero quotas and tariffs over 15 years, although it insisted discussions were still taking place.

Such an outcome would be viewed as Boris Johnson siding with Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, against the views of the environment secretary, George Eustice, who is understood to be worried that large-scale Australian beef and lamb producers could undercut UK farmers.

With a deal informally scheduled to be agreed next month, on Thursday Johnson chaired a meeting of ministers, including Truss and Eustice. According to the Sun and the BBC, the eventual decision was to seek a 15-year timetable to zero tariffs and quotas.
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U.K. Starts Prep for India Trade Deal in Latest Post-Brexit Push

24 May 2021

The U.K. began formal preparation for a free-trade agreement with India, a post-Brexit target for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he seeks to prove the benefit of leaving the European Union.

Britain will do a 14-week consultation on the potential accord with the world’s largest democracy with the aim of starting negotiations in the fall, the Department for International Trade said in a statement. The U.K. and India want to double trade between their two countries by 2030, up from about 23 billion pounds ($33 billion) in 2019.

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Tories ‘can’t be trusted’ with economy as post-Brexit trade plummets
25th May

Only as an independent nation can Scotland secure a fair, strong and equal recovery say the SNP after new figures revealed the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on trade.

The impact of Brexit on trading with Europe has been laid bare by the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). They reveal that UK trade in goods with EU countries has plunged by nearly a quarter.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that total trade in goods with EU countries tumbled by 23.1% in the first quarter of 2021, compared with the same quarter in 2018 – seen as the last stable trading period.

But, in the same period, trading with countries outside the EU edged back by a far less dramatic 0.8% in a sign of the toll taken by Brexit disruption and the ending of the transition period.
https://www.thenational.scot/news/19328 ... -plummets/
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EU tourists complain of fingerprinting at UK border
Thu 27 May 2021

EU tourists coming to the UK have told of being fingerprinted, detained and treated like liars by border officials before trying to travel through the Channel tunnel or by ferry at Calais.

Sergio D’Alberti, a 51-year-old Italian hotel manager currently out of work due to the Covid pandemic, told the Guardian he was held for seven hours at the French port after UK Border Force officials concluded he would be a potential drain on the benefits system.

They said his €4,500 (£3,870) in funds was “not sufficient to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your being without working or accessing public funds” and that his lack of return ticket and job added to suspicion he was lying.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... -treatment
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UK begins process to join Asia-Pacific trade bloc
12 hours ago

The 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc has agreed to open accession talks with the UK.

The British government, which asked to join the TPP in February, said membership was a huge opportunity in a post-Brexit world.

A working group is now expected to be set up to discuss tariffs and rules governing trade and investment.

The UK is not expected to join the TPP, which includes Australia, Mexico and Japan, until next year at the earliest.

International trade secretary Liz Truss said in a statement the decision to begin the accession process was "excellent news".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-573 ... 8NtDVAq7bw

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UK strikes trade deal with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein
Fri 4 Jun 2021

A trade deal struck with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein with provisions for digital paperwork to cut down the time and costs of post-Brexit border bureaucracy has been championed by the international trade secretary, Liz Truss, as a “major boost”.

After months of difficult talks, the comprehensive trade deal was hailed by both the UK and Norwegian governments as being pioneering in its scope and measures, with tariff-free trade in industrial goods secured.

British firms exporting to Norway and Iceland will crucially be able to rely on state-of-the-art electronic documentation to facilitate the onerous customs procedures made necessary by the UK’s exit from the EU.

Truss said the deal would be crucial in boosting an economic relationship already worth £21.6bn, while “supporting jobs and prosperity in all four nations at home”.

Under the deal, Norway has reduced its duties in 26 areas of agriculture, which includes provisions to allow a quantity of West Country farmhouse cheddar, Orkney Scottish Island cheddar, traditional Welsh caerphilly, and Yorkshire wensleydale cheese to avoid full 277% export tariffs. The total quota of UK cheese that can be sold into the Norwegian market tariff free has not increased, however.
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Ireland urges Boris Johnson to 'very seriously consider' option to resolve Brexit Protocol tension
Sunday 13 June 2021

Ireland's Prime Minister, Taoiseach Micheál Martin, has told Sky News there is "a route" to resolving tensions over the Brexit Protocol following US President Joe Biden's intervention.

He urged Boris Johnson to "very seriously consider" a veterinary-type agreement with the EU to eliminate "up to 80% of checks" on goods crossing from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

President Biden cleared the way for what is known as a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement by reassuring London it would not prevent a UK/US trade deal.

Mr Martin said: "I believe the US administration's comments… are interesting as well in so far as they deal with a significant issue that would concern the British government, i.e. the capacity to do a trade deal with the United States whilst also having an SPS arrangement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

"In my view, there's a legitimate issue there for the United Kingdom government, but in our view, an SPS agreement would deal with up to 80% of all of these issues and I think it's a prize worth certainly exploring in the fullest manner possible."
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He warned it would be "very problematic" if the UK government acted unilaterally for a third time at the end of this month to extend the grace period for checks on chilled meats.
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