Brexit News for Thursday 27 July

Brexit News for Thursday 27 July
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Government orders study looking at the impact of ending free movement from the EU…

A major study has been ordered by the Government to look at the economic impact of ending free movement of EU workers. The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, wants to know whether some parts of the UK will be affected more than others, whether there will be skills shortages and the impact on seasonal jobs. The study will be carried out by the Migration Advisory Committee, a quango that advises the Government on immigration issues, which will report by September next year. – Sky News

…as Home Secretary Amber Rudd announces ‘implementation period’ to delay promised curbs on EU immigration…

The flow of EU workers will continue for an “implementation period” after Brexit, the Home Secretary has announced, scrapping plans for tough new rules from March 2019. In a bid to calm the fears of businesses, Amber Rudd has bowed to pressure to accept the Government cannot have a new immigration system ready for Brexit Day. – Independent

  • Amber Rudd: A post-Brexit immigration system that works for all – FT (£)
  • EU workforce report ‘will arrive too late’ – The Times (£)
  • Controlling migration need not harm EU citizens or damage the economy – Brandon Lewis for The Times (£)

…and Boris Johnson insists the UK still want migrants to work in tech

Britain does not want to cut the number of migrants coming to work in the tech industry after Brexit, Boris Johnson said. The foreign secretary said the government wanted to ensure that ‘people who have energy and talent and ideas can still come to the UK’ during a visit to a tech hub in Sydney. – Metro

A post-Brexit UK-US trade deal is ‘100 per cent certain’ says Donald Trump’s new spokesman

Donald Trump’s new spokesman has said he is “100 per cent” certain there will be a US-UK trade deal after Brexit. Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, highlighted the “special relationship” between the two nations and Mr Trump’s love of Britain as a reason why a trade deal would be secured. – Telegraph

Britain plans a bigger role in Asia post-Brexit, announces Boris Johnson…

Britain plans to play a bigger role in Asia after Brexit, including deploying its military to the area if necessary, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Thursday. Johnson backed the campaign to quit the EU and said the decision had given his country the opportunity to “think afresh” about its international role, while maintaining close ties with its European partners. “One of the purposes of my trip is to get over the message that we are now going to be more committed to the Asia-Pacific region and more committed to Australia,” he told The Australian newspaper in a Sydney interview. – Daily Mail

…as he helps tighten security ties between the UK and Australia

Australia and Britain have pledged to strengthen their military, intelligence and trade ties as the UK prepares to exit from the European Union. The pledge was made by foreign and defence ministers from both countries during their annual talks in Sydney on Thursday… Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the UK agreement, which would be “high quality and comprehensive”, would come shortly after Australia concluded a deal with the EU. Ms Bishop said Britain was a “natural partner” to work with Australia on the development and security of the Pacific, noting the ministers had discussed the return of foreign fighters, China, North Korea and the threat of ISIS in the Philippines. – SBS

UK GDP growth edges up to 0.3% in Q2

Growth in the UK economy edged up in line with forecasts in the second quarter, in figures that will underscore Britain’s loss of economic momentum after a sharp growth slump at the start of the year. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics estimate the economy expanded 0.3 per cent in the three months to June, up from 0.2 per cent in the first quarter. – FT (£)

> Patrick Minford on BrexitCentral today: The anti-Brexit cognoscenti seem unwilling to welcome any positive economic data

Michael Gove seemingly contradicts Liam Fox and says Britain will ‘not accept’ US chlorinated chicken after Brexit

Theresa May is facing a Cabinet split over the import of chlorine-washed chickens post-Brexit after Michael Gove insisted Britain would not “dilute” animal welfare standards in the pursuit of a trade deal. The Environment Secretary said the poultry would be banned under any UK-US trade deal, directly contradicting Dr Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary. – Telegraph

> Matt Kilcoyne on BrexitCentral: Consider the facts about chlorinated chicken and relish the prospect of a UK-US free trade deal

Philip Hammond says talks on transitional Brexit deal should begin in the Autumn

Chancellor Philip Hammond – having won the argument within Cabinet for a transitional deal with the EU – has told ITV News he hopes talks on it can begin in the autumn. Asked how quickly a transitional deal could be done to give businesses certainty, Mr Hammond said: “The European Union timeline is clear that we have to make sufficient progress on the initial set of issues that David Davies has been discussing in Brussels. – ITV News

John McDonnell suggests Labour is not ruling out single market membership after all…

Labour has not ruled out continued membership of the EU single market, John McDonnell has said, as he sought to play down divisions over Brexit. Everyone wanted tariff-free access to EU markets, the shadow chancellor said. But there was a debate on-going within the Labour Party about whether the best option was continued membership or a separate agreement, he added. Jeremy Corbyn has suggested the single market is “inextricably linked” to EU membership and the UK cannot remain. – ITV News

  • Shadow Chancellor says UK and Welsh Labour are on ‘same page’ for Brexit plans – ITV News

…as Sir Keir Starmer says we must not ‘sweep options off the table’

Labour’s Brexit plans have descended into chaos again after Sir Keir Starmer insisted that no options for Brexit should be swept off the table. The shadow Brexit secretary told senior business figures that it was “vital” to obtain the benefits of the single market and the customs union and “how we achieve that is secondary to the outcome”. – Telegraph

> Jonathan Isaby on BrexitCentral on Tuesday: Labour’s leadership clarify beyond any doubt that Brexit means a clean break from the Customs Union and Single Market

Arrest warrant gap after Brexit would pose ‘unacceptable risk’, claim peers

Britain needs an arrangement on the European Arrest Warrant in place for Brexit if it wants to avoid an “unacceptable risk”, a Lords report has warned. The Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee urged the Government to avoid any gap on extradition procedures after the country leaves the European Union in March 2019. – Sky News

> Steven Woolfe MEP on BrexitCentral: If we haven’t left the European Arrest Warrant, we haven’t left the EU

European Court rejects ‘open-door’ policy and upholds right of member states to deport refugees…

In a ruling which could have far-reaching consequences for how the European Union deals with migrants in future, the European Court of Justice on Wednesday upheld the right of member states to deport asylum-seekers to the first EU country they enter. The ruling amounted to an effective rejection of Angela Merkel’s controversial “open-door” refugee policy, which saw more than one million asylum-seekers flood into Germany. – Telegraph

…and says Canada air passenger data deal must be revised

A deal between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger data must be revised as parts of it violate privacy and data protection laws beyond what could be justified for fighting terrorism, the EU’s top court said. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that while transfer, retention and use of passenger data was allowed in general, the envisaged rules for handling sensitive personal data “are not limited to what is strictly necessary”. – Reuters

Poland’s constitutional crisis threatens to pull the EU apart

Since the election of Emmanuel Macron in France, the mood in Brussels has been positively giddy with the prospect of a “rebirth” of the European project, driven by the promise of the renewal of the ailing Franco-German partnership. But the limits of the EU’s integrationist ambitions are being cruelly exposed by the fight between Poland’s hardline conservative government and the European Commission over whether Poland is failing to maintain the ‘rule of law’. – Telegraph

Brexit chance to improve environment, says Natural Resources Wales chief

Brexit presents an opportunity to improve the way Wales’ environment is looked after, according to the outgoing head of Natural Resources Wales (NRW). Dr Emyr Roberts said the EU’s impact had been “largely positive” but there was the “potential to do even better”. In a wide-ranging BBC Wales interview, he also defended his leadership of the environmental watchdog, which has faced a slew of difficult headlines. – BBC News

Welsh and Scottish ministers meet to discuss Brexit

Welsh and Scottish ministers will meet today, Thursday, to discuss the impact of Brexit on devolution. Wales’ finance and local government secretary Mark Drakeford along with counsel general Mick Antoniw will meet Scotland’s Brexit minister Michael Russell and lord advocate James Wolffe in Cardiff to discuss the EU Withdrawal Bill. – South Wales Argus

Former MP Stewart Jackson appointed Brexit Secretary’s chief of staff

Peterborough’s former MP – who described his party’s manifesto as “electoral poison” after losing his seat – has been appointed the Brexit Secretary’s chief of staff. Stewart Jackson, a prominent Leave campaigner, said he was “hugely honoured” to take up the post at a “historic juncture”. – ITV News

The Spectator: Stop playing chicken with Britain’s free-trade future

Besides being important in themselves, the trade talks between Britain and the United States which began this week are symbolic of the opportunities that should become available as we leave the European Union. For years we have dealt with the US, our biggest single customer, under burdensome tariffs and other regulation — but we had no choice. The EU handled trade policy and it never succeeded in completing a trade deal with any of its major trade partners. Britain, by contrast, has always been more global than Europe in its outlook. The vote for Brexit was, among other things, a vote to raise our sights to more distant horizons. – The Spectator

Henry Hill: Gove and Fox must work together to prepare farmers for Brexit

Free trade versus protection is one of the oldest stories in modern British politics, and from Sir Robert Peel and the Corn Laws to Joseph Chamberlain and ‘Imperial Preference’, it has often divided the right. Now Michael Gove and Liam Fox look like squaring up for another (hopefully much more low-key) round of the struggle, this time over the future of British agriculture after we leave the European Union and, in particular, US imports. – Henry Hill for ConservativeHome

James Forsyth: The dark clouds that threaten Brexit

It’s summertime and the living is easy… unless you’re a civil servant working on Brexit. Whitehall has recognised that the UK needs to step up its preparations for leaving the EU and to offer greater certainty about the country’s immediate future. A big speech is planned for September, probably by the Prime Minister, which will set out more of the government’s thinking on the issue. – James Forsyth for The Spectator

Ross Clark: It’s a score draw on the economy for Brexiteers and Remainers

Yesterday was a golden day for the Despite Brexiteers – those who try to frame every piece of good economic news as if it is somehow a great surprise and shouldn’t really have happened. BMW announced that it is to build the electric version of the Mini in Britain, Amazon announced it was doubling the size of its research team in Britain, while according to the CBI, output from factories is growing at its fastest rate in 20 years. – Ross Clark for The Spectator

Rohan Silva: We need better broadband if London is to keep up with the rest of the world

Whichever way you voted in the EU referendum last year — and I voted Remain — the fact is that Britain is leaving the European Union, whether you like it or not. The only way forward is to roll our sleeves up and make the most of the global opportunities ahead — but we mustn’t for a second think that’s going to be a straightforward task. For decades, our leaders have been able to rest easy, safe in the knowledge that Britain is part of the world’s largest single market. That meant all we needed to do is be slightly more economically competitive than our European neighbours, and global investment would flow to our shores, with the UK as a gateway to the rest of the EU. – Rohan Silva for the Evening Standard

Andrew Grice: Time is running out for Corbyn to make his mind up about Labour’s stance on Brexit

There is a left-wing case for leaving the European Union and it was made eloquently in London last week by the Harvard University professor Richard Tuck, who argued that Brexit would benefit the left more than the right. On a tactical level, Scotland would be more likely to remain in the UK, enhancing Labour’s prospects of winning power. More fundamentally, Tuck said, the EU is hostile to socialism, so after Brexit, “the space available to left-wing policies would suddenly expand, and all sorts of possibilities, including such things as thoroughgoing nationalisation or differential regional taxes, would be on the table again”. To which Corbyn allies might add state aid and favouring the public sector for state-funded contracts. – Andrew Grice for the Independent

Leo McKinstry: If Britain takes its time leaving, it could end up as the EU’s migrant dumping ground

In the final year of his second premiership, Winston Churchill became increasingly concerned about levels of immigration to Britain. “It is the most important issue facing this country but I cannot get my Ministers to take any notice,” he complained to Sir Ian Gilmour, the editor of the Spectator, in early 1955. Churchill’s alarm had been caused by his discovery that the number of new arrivals in the previous year had reached 10,000. – Leo McKinstry for The Telegraph

Brext in brief

  • How Brexit will change Germany – William Cook for the Spectator
  • The German politician pushing for a good Brexit deal between Britain and Berlin – Maggie Pagano for Reaction
  • James Dyson on Brexit, trade and being Britain’s biggest farmer – Will Heaven for the Spectator
  • If Brexit is dying, what about democracy? – Rod Liddle for the Spectator
  • EU animal welfare standards are not good enough – John Redwood MP for John Redwood’s Diary
  • Pursuing cheap-at-all-costs food in post-Brexit trade could cost Britain dear – Meurig Raymond for the Telegraph
  • Why the EU Court of Justice is a key brexit battleground – Bloomberg
  • Business wants Brexit to be phased in slowly – Allie Renison for The Times (£)
  • Why Ukip might not be dead just yet – Stephen Bush for the New Statesman
  • Another German car-maker scandal is good news for Brexiteers – Martin Vander Weyer for the Spectator
  • Embracing a brilliant new era of close UK-South Korea relations – Jack Hands for City A.M.
  • Aberdeen will be ‘worst hit by clean Brexit’ in UK, it is claimed – BBC News
  • The car industry demands the Government deliver some clarity on its Brexit plans – Sky News