US Congress threatens to pull out of #freetrade deal if UK undermines #GoodFridayAgreement

This is awkward for Boris Johnson. The US Congress – or at least members of it – is threatening to withdraw from any free trade deal with the UK if Boris Johnson’s Internal Market Bill undermines the Good Friday Agreement that brought peace to Northern Ireland. This is a body blow to Johnson, who has claimed that the Bill is vitally important even though it very clearly breaks international law by shattering treaty agreements with the EU and in NI. According to the BBC: US Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week…

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Cheese queen Truss trumpets free trade deal with Japan, selling Stilton to people who are lactose-intolerant

Liz Trust can’t get away from cheese, can she? The International Trade minister has just announced a brand-new post-Brexit free trade deal with Japan. Hooray! But didn’t we already have a free trade deal with Japan? Yes. Yes we did. But this one has added Stilton cheese! Let’s review Liz Truss and her association with cheese: Well, at least now she’s talking about exporting it… Quick summary of key benefits:-we get to sell Stilton to Japan, a country where 70% of the people are lactose intolerant. — Parody Boris Johnson…

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Andrew Bridgen destroys his government’s credibility on EU trade talks

Everyone with any political nous in the UK has been laughing at eurosceptic Andrew Bridgen after he swallowed both feet (metaphorically) in a Channel 4 News interview. Discussing his Fuhrer Boris Johnson’s plan to renege on the EU withdrawal agreement that he signed in January, Bridgen said – well, see for yourself: The reaction on Twitter has been universal: The preposterous Andrew Bridgen on #c4news telling us all that the EU are crumbling under the pressure. Also purports to know about the Irish border issues. Remember this was the man…

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If Johnson is ready to renege on EU withdrawal agreement, what’s the point in a trade deal?

Boris Johnson seems to think that negotiations are proceeding too slowly – and is pushing the EU to give him the ‘no deal’ Brexit he wants. That’s the only interpretation that can be put on the revelation that he is planning to break the withdrawal agreement that he merrily signed in January. EU negotiators will see that no deal struck with the UK under his leadership will carry any weight. This Writer would not be surprised if they walk away from the negotiating table in disgust. On the eve of…

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Should we have any sympathy for Leave-voting farmers facing bankruptcy after ‘No Deal’ Brexit?

A former chief economist for the National Farmers’ Union has said one in three farms could be driven out of business within five years if Brexit continues without a trade deal with the EU. According to Farmers Weekly: Sean Rickard said half of all farms were already unprofitable – and would be even less so after the government phased out direct payments to growers and livestock producers. The situation would deteriorate further with no deal, he added. Didn’t these people all vote for Brexit? This Writer remembers attending pre-referendum meetings here…

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‘No deal’ Brexit looking more likely as UK negotiator rattles his sabre at the EU

If the UK government is not “scared” of leaving the EU without a trade deal, then it is because the interests of UK government ministers will not be harmed. Reading between the lines of the BBC’s story, perhaps they expect the taxpayer to fund any businesses in which they have an interest? The downside is that UK negotiator David Frost is saying your Tory government couldn’t care less if your business crashes to dust as a result of high tariffs that will be imposed by the EU nations in January. Both…

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Trade with EU nations is picking up! The Netherlands is sending us SEWAGE, including human waste

It seems this is all the UK is good for, now. After the revelation that failed Australian politician Tony Abbott has been appointed to an advisory position on the Board of Trade, it turns out that the Netherlands is also sending us human waste: Sewage sludge containing human waste from the Netherlands has been passed for import to the UK, to be used on farmland as fertiliser, despite concerns over the safety of its use. Spreading the sludge on farmland is banned in the Netherlands, where incineration is preferred, but allowed in the…

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‘Homophobic misogynist’ Tony Abbott appointed to trade role by sexist racist Boris Johnson

Why would a sexist racist like Boris Johnson want to appoint a “homophobic misogynist” – as Tony Abbott has been described – to a role advising his Tory government? The connection should be obvious. Birds of a feather flock together, and all that. And it’s an attempt to reassert some authority after the disastrous loss of any credibility that Johnson’s administration suffered over the summer… Hmm.Tony Abbott's membership of the Board of Trade has just been confirmed !So, let that disabuse you of any notion that Johnson gives a flying…

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Supine Sunak set to axe ‘Facebook tax’ because he’s scared of big, nasty Donald Trump

Could there be a more blatant display of the UK’s newfound powerLESSness in the world? The UK imposed a tax on tech companies like Facebook last year, expecting to bring in £500 million per year from firms that make more than £25 million each and would otherwise pay very little indeed. But now Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning to axe it, in the hope that doing so will encourage Donald Trump not to insist on sending chlorinated chicken to the UK. Sunak doesn’t even have the bargaining power to say he’ll do…

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Leaked report warns of Covid-Brexit “horror show” – remember THIS IS WHAT BORIS JOHNSON WANTS

A Cabinet Office “reasonable worst-case” report on the effects of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit combining with another wave of Covid-19 has laid out exactly what Boris Johnson wanted for the UK when he became PM. Johnson, you’ll remember, did not want any trade deals with the European Union after the UK leaves that bloc. It was widely believed that this is because the hedge fund managers who supported his bid to be Tory leader have bet heavily on the UK going into recession, with many big-name firms going out of business.…

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