Special Status for Northern Ireland?

According to reports in The Guardian Northern Ireland may well stay within the Customs Union and Single Market, even after the end of the 21 Month “transition period” that follows the UK’s departure from the European Union next March, in order to prevent the need for a hard border between the North and the Irish Republic.

Sources in Brussels claim that this will be part of the conditions set out in the draft separation agreement between the UK and the EU which is due to be published in the next couple of weeks. The deal, which the UK government is expected to sign off on, will see Northern Ireland remain subject to EU Law wherever it is relevant to the north-south economy, and the requirements of the Good Friday agreement.    Read more

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The Farce Continues

Following our earlier article about the UK government’s Brexit impact analysis report, details have emerged of the arrangements put in place for Scotland’s MSPs to view the report.

Joan McAlpine, the SNP MSP for South Scotland has tweeted a copy of a letter sent by Robin Walker of the Department for Exiting the European Union to MSPs. In the tweet she describes herself as “Incredulous and angry” at the content of the letter and remarks on the “total contempt” shown to the Scottish Parliament by the department and by David Davis.

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Hypocritical is the Kindest Word

The UK Government faces more Brexit embarrassment after a leaked report showed that Scottish economic growth could be slowed by as much as 9% should no trade deal be in place when we leave the EU.

The report, titled “EU Exit Analysis – Cross Whitehall Briefing” was prepared in January and leaked to Buzzfeed last week, sets out the forecast for the impact to economic growth over the next 15 years for each area of the UK given three different Brexit scenarios.

The leak comes after publication of the SNP’s own impact study which was much derided by the Conservatives as “completely over-the-top scaremongering”. Scottish Tory constitutional spokesman, Adam Tomkins, saying the SNP had proved with their 2014 white paper on independence that “their financial forecasts simply cannot be trusted”.  Read more

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