Brexit information dwell: Newest updates as EU companies refuse UK deliveries

The unfortunate Brexiteer says: “Be careful what you wish for.”

A growing number of retailers in the EU have chosen not to deliver to the UK due to the new post-Brexit shipping costs. Companies have stated that they are not ready to register for VAT in the UK. A Dutch company describes the bureaucracy as “ridiculous”.

Due to the Brexit disruption, Sainsbury’s reportedly lost around 700 product lines in Northern Ireland – where it was forced to stockpile goods from Spar. And Marks & Spencer said new trade rules since Britain left the EU are delaying the delivery of food to its stores in France – where stores had empty shelves on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a former Ukip MP has been criticized for leaving the UK to take a job in the US after helping lead the Brexit movement. Douglas Carswell, who was the British Independence Party’s first elected MP in 2014, will move to the US to head the Mississippi Center for Public Policy later that year.

Boris Johnson was forced to cancel a high-profile trip to India due to the coronavirus, his first visit abroad since leaving the EU. Brexit supporters have cited India as one of the most important new trade deals they had hoped for this year.

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Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 10:27 PM


GCSE and A-level exams are slated to be scrapped in 2021, says DfE

Students will not be asked to take GCSE and A-Level exams this summer, the government has confirmed.

On Monday evening, the Department of Education (DfE) said, “It is recognized that this is a fearful time for students who have worked hard on their exams.

“The government’s position is that we will not ask students to do GCSE and high school.”

My colleague Zoe Tidman Reports:

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 10:05 PM


British companies are calling on ministers to give them more support

UK businesses have urged the government to offer more assistance to help businesses survive through spring. Many across the country are warning that Rishi Sunak’s offer of grants of up to £ 9,000 will not be enough to prevent mass closings.

Many pubs, bars and restaurants are on the verge of collapse, having burned cash and borrowed to move on.

Ben Chapman wonders if the relief given by the government is enough:

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 9:53 PM


Former Ukip MP berated for leaving Britain after fighting for Brexit

A former MP has been criticized for taking a job in the US after quitting his role as a leader in the Brexit movement.

Douglas Carswell, who became the first elected MP for the British Independence Party in 2014, will move to the United States to head the Mississippi Center for Public Policy.

A bipartisan group for pro-European citizens from Slough tweeted the announcement, saying, “Imagine you’ve been fighting for Brexit for years, leaving your party to try and activate it. Then when it finally comes to fruition, you will leave the country to get a job in the US instead of staying to see your endeavors come true. “

Mr Carswell said in a statement that he believed in the American state of emergency and said that “the US is the greatest republic the world has ever known because it is the most successful experiment in freedom that has ever existed”.

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 9:35 PM


Analysis: “Businesses pay for government mistakes”

Businesses and households are paying the price for government flaws during the pandemic hampered by the Brexit chaos.

Particularly to blame is the so-called lockdown skeptics, including the man who is supposed to steer the British economy through this crisis, Rishi Sunak.

Acting too late made a third suspension inevitable. What could it do for UK businesses, households and the wider economy?

My colleague Ben Chapman analyzes the state of the UK and what to expect for businesses:

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 9:10 PM


Gove: The third lockdown lasts until March

After Boris Johnson’s new timeline with floral motifs, Michael Gove’s outlook on the restriction periods of today follows:

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 8:50 PM


Lockdown is supposed to be relaxed “before the end of the daffodil season,” says PM

Boris Johnson reportedly used the flower season at today’s 1922 committee meeting to give MPs a schedule for easing lockdown restrictions.

The prime minister told colleagues he hoped to relax the lockdown by spring, then said measures would be relaxed “before the end of the tulip season, even before the end of the daffodil season,” Sun Westminster correspondent Kate reports Ferguson.

People were quick to react – and despise – on Twitter. One man said the Prime Minister’s answer was “a little flowery”. Another pointed out that daffodils are in season until the end of May for an extension of deadlines already set by the government.

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 8:25 PM


Sketch: “The end is in sight,” says Boris, although he has no idea when

Our political sketchwriter Tom Peck gives his verdict on the Prime Minister’s press conference that evening:

“The end is in sight. This is the last stretch. When will it end? Probably never. And will the children be back at school before summer? I’m not sure either, I’m afraid.”

These were the key messages of another self-satirizing briefing by Boris Johnson at 5 p.m., which is now firmly anchored in our daily routine with the same metronomic security as the old neighbors screening in the early evening, with the exception that Toadfish closes in every single episode his wife accidentally drives off a cliff on her own wedding day. “

Read the whole piece here:

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 8:05 PM


More Britons cannot board flights from the UK

Another UK resident was denied boarding a flight to the EU, this time due to confusion over the coronavirus protocol.

Peter North said he was denied access to a Ryanair flight to Sweden shortly before boarding London Stansted Airport because airline staff said they could not accept an NHS negative coronavirus test as evidence.

60-year-old North, who tried to supervise his eight-year-old granddaughter Eija on the way to Sweden, where her mother lives, was asked to book a private test.

He now has to spend more than £ 150, five times the price of the plane tickets, which were around £ 30 each, on a private test before he and Eija can take a new flight together.

“I was very upset about it, my granddaughter was just looking forward to going back and seeing her mother and friends,” Mr. North of Hornchurch, Essex, told the PA news agency.

“When I asked the Ryanair staff why this happened, they had no real answers … I was back searching the internet and couldn’t find anything about NHS tests that weren’t allowed on their website.

“Your attitude was terrible, both at the gate and when I went to customer service. It is absolutely disgusting to treat people like that. “

It comes after a group of British people living in Spain were denied access to flights supposed to bring them home after the Christmas break.

The Iberia airline’s flight to Spain, which took off from Heathrow Airport, informed passengers that they did not have correct proof of residence.

Both incidents have sparked widespread panic that ongoing, changing coronavirus restrictions, as well as the unpreparedness of Brexit, will wreak havoc in the UK through 2021.

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 7:44 PM


Trump denies trip to Scotland after Sturgeon told him to stay away

The White House has said Donald Trump has no plans to travel to Scotland. The US president reportedly planned to travel to Turnberry to avoid Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month.

It comes after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Mr Trump could not make the trip due to local coronavirus restrictions.

“Playing golf is not what I think is an essential purpose,” Ms. Sturgeon said Tuesday.

Graeme Massie, from our US team, reports:

Sam HancockJanuary 5, 2021 7:24 PM

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