Shadow justice minister Anna McMorrin has been caught by The Sun admitting a Labour government would try to undo Brexit, in order to rejoin the Single Market and Customs Union as a precursor to potentially rejoining entirely. Unfortunately for McMorrin, the leaked video came out the same day it emerged UK exports to the EU have hit their highest levels since records began…
McMorrin told a group of Labour activists last week:
“Customs union and single market at the very least, I think. In the future I hope we return to that… Certainly need to renegotiate the current deal, and I hope eventually that we will get back into the single market and customs union and then who knows?”
ONS figures released yesterday spell out in black and white that “EU exports have increased for the third consecutive month in April 2022 and are at the highest levels since records began.” Exports of goods to the EU, excluding precious metals, increased by £1.2 billion in April 2022, reaching £16.4 billion. Their highest level in current prices since the ONS began records in 1997. Good luck building a case to rejoin the customs union with these figures…
It took less than an hour for the EU to start beating its chest over the Northern Ireland Protocol. At the time of going to pixel, Liz Truss is still up at the despatch box fielding questions over the planned changes, and already European Commission VP Maroš Šefčovič has issued a statement essentially threatening a full on trade war:
“Should the UK decide to move ahead with a bill disapplying constitutive elements of the Protocol as announced today by the UK government, the EU will need to respond with all measures at its disposal. Our overarching objective is to find joint solutions within the framework of the Protocol. That is the way to ensure legal certainty and predictability for people and businesses in Northern Ireland.”
Read the full statement below:
On Friday the Welsh Government’s appeal over its failed legal bid to overturn a post-Brexit UK trade law – the Internal Market Act – was once again thrown out by the courts. Having previously claimed the Act would, by unifying trade rules across the four nations, “neuter” the Senedd’s ability to regulate goods and services, it was always going to be a tall order for Welsh ministers to explain why they were happy for such an arrangement under EU rules – yet forcefully opposed to it within the UK. The judge agreed.
Writing in the full judgement, Sir Geoffrey Vos said:
“…When one drills down into the alleged inconsistency between the restriction that says the Senedd cannot amend UKIMA on the one hand, and the reservations that imply that the Senedd can legislate for non-reserved matters on the other hand, one always end up needing to know precisely what the Senedd wants to legislate about before one can determine whether there is an inconsistency […]
Moreover, the existence of an inconsistency may also turn on the extent that the EU had the competence that the Senedd seeks to exercise before the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020.”
What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander…
Guido managed to grab a word with the new Foreign Secretary, whose conference workaholism has stood out in comparison to her holiday-loving predecessor. She confirmed that a date has been set for her first visit to India – October 22nd. Her date recall tallies with Playbook’s report last Wednesday’s that Boris plans a trip to the country ahead of COP in November…
Co-conspirators will remember Boris was very keen for a trade trip to India in April, cancelling it last minute due to the country’s rapidly deteriorating Covid crisis. Guido had looked forward to attending that trip, so he’s hoping invites will once again be offered out to the media. Among other topics, the foreign secretary confided in Guido she was finding the new department’s mandarins to be “a bit ‘Yes, Minister'”…
As formally announced at the weekend, the UK has today applied to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade bloc, consisting of Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. A combined GDP of $13.5 trillion, and 495 million people.
In the letter sent by Truss this morning, she writes “to formally request the commencement of negotiations on UK accession to CPTPP”:
“Accession to CPTPP is a priority for the UK government and a key part of our trade negotiations programme as a newly independent trading nation. CPTPP is one of the most important free trade areas in the world and UK accession could see CPTPP’s proportion of global GDP rise to 16%. UK membership would also be the first step in expanding this influential and modern trade network of 11 dynamic economies beyond the Indo-Pacific region and Americas.”
Read the letter in full below:
As co-conspirator Deirdre Walsh tweeted this morning “Sky News lamenting the fact that the Port of Dover is running smoothly and there are no queues of Lorries, they are so disappointed, it’s actually really cringe worthy they are so forlorn.” Initial reports from Dover and Calais show trucks and zero tariff trade flowing smoothly. Could it be that people involved in the multi-billion export – import trade can manage to arrange to ping an electronic customs form to customs with a bill of goods for what they are transporting? Maybe people aren’t as stupid as remainers thought?
Grant Shapps tweets this morning the good news that the EU will accept UK driver’s licences as valid without the need for any additional permits. The first bit of remainer scaremongering to be disproved in 2021…
UPDATE: This is the scene just in from the border control point at Dover this morning: