Brexit Diary: May in Copenhagen, Davis in Parliament, negotiation style, parliamentary votes, Ireland, etc

This is a round-up of recent Brexit news and commentary.  Commentary is grouped under the relevant “dimension” of Brexit.

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Brexit news

Prime Minister’s statement in Copenhagen of 10 October 2016

Next Steps in Leaving the European Union, statement by Brexit Minister David Davis to House of Commons, followed by debate

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The UK/EU relationship dimension

 Britain’s Brexit delusions, by Paul Taylor at Politico

Britain’s raucous negotiating style will not help Brexit, by Alan Beattie at FT

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The parliamentary dimension

Brexit means Brexit, but Parliament is Parliament. MPs must vote on how we leave, by James Kirkup at Daily Telegraph

On the sidelining of Parliament: The Brexit Secretary’s statement to the Commons, by Professor Mark Elliott at the Public Law for Everyone blog

Guardian editorial – The Guardian view on Brexit negotiations: MPs matter

Parliament should be central to Brexit, not marginal, by me at FT

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The Northern Irish dimension

This Brexit plan will divide Britain and Ireland once more, by Diarmaid Ferriter at Guardian

 

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Brexit Diary: recent news on the “high politics” of Brexit in Westminster and Whitehall

(These Brexit Diary posts collect recent news and commentary.)

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Today’s Brexit diary contains recent news on the “high politics” of Westminster and Whitehall.

Brexit is not inevitable, says former civil service chief, Guardian, 27 August 2016

Few things are inevitable in human affairs, and this was a statement of the obvious by O’Donnell.  This observation, however, was useful as a peg to hang the civil service stories below.

The following two links are also not really news: the government’s long-standing position is that Article 50 can be triggered without a parliamentary vote.  This contention will be tested by the High Court in October, with a likely Supreme COurt hearing in December.

Theresa May will trigger Brexit negotiations without Commons vote Telegraph 27 August 2016

Theresa May ‘acting like Tudor monarch’ by denying MPs a Brexit vote Guardian 28 August 2016

The following links are news.  What is significant is that there is still no settled government position on the shape of Brexit.  There can be no surprise that in the absence of such a policy, splits are emerging.

Theresa May calls Brexit meeting amid reports of single market split Guardian, 28 August 2016

Chancellor blamed as cabinet splits over single market Sunday Times, 28 August 2016

The prime minister tells civil servants to “get on” with implementing a policy which does not exist yet:

Theresa May tells pro-EU civil servants to get on with the job of delivering Brexit Telegraph 28 August 2016

The prime minister also tells her cabinet to come up with a Brexit policy:

Theresa May, the Brexit enforcer, orders her Cabinet ministers to come up with blueprint for EU exit Telegraph 28 August 2016

And already the civil service (on whom the success of Brexit will depend) are being attacked for not implementing a policy which does not exist yet:

Whitehall must not try to block Brexit Telegraph, 28 August 2016

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Brexit Diary: the clash of political will and reality, continued

22nd August 2016

(These Brexit Diary posts collect recent news and commentary.)

The story of Brexit is about the clash of political will (the referendum result and express government policy) and the realities of trade, devolution, and government capability.  All because the government wants something to happen, it cannot just be made to happen.

In respect of trade, here are a couple of interesting, well-informed but sceptical  pieces.   First, George Magnus – one of the best follows on Twitter on Brexit and trade questions, at the Sunday Times:

And this is an excellent blogpost by Jeegar Kakkad on whether the UK could emulate the Canada-EU deal:

On devolution, there is news of another Article 50 claim in Northern Ireland – and you should ask anyone who confidently assures you “Brexit will happen” to explain how these Good Friday Agreement issues will be addressed.  It may well be that they cannot be dealt with.

Back in Whitehall: it is reported there will be 32 senior civil servants at the Department for Brexit.   The Observer assesses the unpromising start of the Brexit ministers, and the Telegraph describes how the ministers are fighting over space and resources.

The frustration at the lack of movement is becoming louder.  The Spectator announces it is time to start defending Brexit, and the Telegraph reports Iain Duncan Smith is demanding that Brexit talks as soon as possible.  In the Guardian, Fabian Zuleeg says Brussels is also getting “impatient”.

And so what is the solution? In the Sunday Times:

Theresa May will harness the spirit of Britain’s Olympic “world beaters” to draw up a blueprint for Brexit — as Team GB’s performance in Rio was hailed as the greatest yet by a British team.

A senior cabinet minister has revealed the government will adopt the same approach of backing “excellence” that has catapulted Team GB to Olympic glory as the master plan for economic prosperity outside the EU.

This must be the daftest thing yet said on Brexit, by either side, and against tough competition.  If the government believes the “blueprint for Brexit” is somehow “backing” winners, it should be remembered that this is only two months after government backed the losing side in referendum…

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Brexit Diary: more delays and difficulties

1st August 2016

These Brexit Diary posts collect recent news and commentary.

News

Lords could delay Brexit decision, says Conservative peer.

Britain to ‘leverage’ £11bn of foreign aid to build new trade deals after Brexit – possibly unlawful, certainy desperate, and largely irrelevant, given UK’s main trading partners are not those in receipt of aid.  And “leverage” is not a verb.

Commentary

Britain should look to leave the EU as swiftly and simply as possible, writes Bernard Jenkin in the FT – not a detailed piece, and the comments underneath are the most brutal I have ever seen in the FT.

Civil Service World: Theresa May’s Brexit shake-up of Whitehall sending “mixed messages” to the EU – on the Whitehall confusion caused by the three Brexit departments.

ICTSD: Nothing simple about UK regaining WTO status post-Brexit, by former WTO staffer Peter Ungphakorn – important piece on an overlooked difficulty.

LSE Blogs: Return to the Commonwealth? UK-Africa trade after Brexit will not be straightforward, by Peg Murray-Evans – another overlooked difficulty.

Institute for Government: Leaving the EU customs union: what is involved, by Daniel Thornton – on the the implications of Fox’s favoured approach.

A misleadingly titled piece on Michel Barnier at the Guardian by Syed Kamall is worth reading – the title refers to Banier, not the UK’s Brexiteer ministers.

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Brexit Diary: delays and difficulties

31st July 2016

These Brexit Diary posts collect recent news and commentary.

News

Theresa May confirms Crown dependencies will take part in Brexit talks – this will not speed things up.

Commentary

A good piece by Alan Riley on “Hard Brexit” vs “Soft Brexit”.  He explains why neither option is the easy one.

At Quora, Paul Mainwood sets out a plausible case for Brexit being delayed endlessly: The art is to make it look as though it’s not collapsing.

And for those who said we were never warned of the difficulties, this by Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska from April(!) reads well today on the difficulties of Brexit.

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Brexit Diary: UK’s six tasks, and the need for French lessons

28th July 2016

The immensity of what needs to be done by the UK is becoming plain.  One excellent post on this is Six Brexit deals that Theresa May must strike by Charles Grant.  government. 

And, in the meantime, it seems Michel Barnier is not going to make it easy for the UK.

 

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