Brexit News for Saturday 22nd October

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Brexit News for Saturday 22nd October

CETATrade talks between Canada and the EU collapse as they hit a blockade in the form of Wallonia

A tearful Canadian minister declared that the European Union was incapable of reaching an international trade deal after an agreement between her country and the bloc hit the buffers yesterday. Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s trade minister, was clearly emotional as she addressed reporters in Namur, the capital of Wallonia, after failing to salvage the deal seven years after negotiations began. – The Times (£)

  • The European Parliament president has called for emergency meetings to try to save a free trade deal with Canada – BBC

Jason Beattie:How a small region of Belgium has just caused panic in the Brexit ranks

If Boris Johnson, Liam Fox and David Davis believed that securing a trade deal with the EU would be a stroll in the park, they are now reaching for the wet-weather gear and heavy duty walking boots. The reason they should be braced for heavy weather is Wallonia has just sabotaged seven years of work to get a Canada-EU trade deal. This, by the way, is exactly the sort of agreement Britain was hoping to strike with the EU. – Jason Beattie in the Daily Mirror

  • What is the CETA trade deal and why could it be significant for the UK’s Brexit talks? – ITV News
  • Belgian response to CETA treaty casts doubt on EU-UK trade deals after Brexit – Sky News

The EU’s Brexit negotiator suggested Brexit talks being conducted in French….

Michel Barnier, the former French foreign minister running the complex separation with London, is keen that his native tongue be used in meetings and documents, [a source] told Reuters during a EU summit at which Theresa May was making her first appearance as prime minister at the European Council. – The Independent

…and got short shrift from Theresa May

The British government insisted on Friday it would not accept negotiations in French. “We will conduct the negotiations in the way that is going to make sure we get the right deal for the United Kingdom,” Theresa May told journalists after the EU summit. – The Guardian

After her first EU summit, Theresa May ‘optimistic’ she can get right Brexit deal for UK…

Theresa May has predicted “difficult moments” ahead in Brexit negotiations but said she is optimistic she can get a deal “that is right for the UK”. Speaking at a summit in Brussels, she said she felt it could be achieved, despite the continuing deadlock over a landmark EU-Canada trade deal. Mrs May said she had played an active role in discussions and was not “backwards in coming forwards”…. She said she aimed to “cement Britain as a close partner of the EU once we have left”, with the country able to control its immigration but trade freely with the EU. She said she would seek a “mature co-operative relationship” with the EU. – BBC

  • Theresa May expected to maintain opposition to EU trade tariff reforms – The Guardian
  • European leaders adopt tough stance on Brexit talks while leaving door ajar – The FT (£)
  • Talk to the hand, Theresa, because the EU aren’t listening – John Crace in The Guardian

…while David Davis keeps the union together in Scotland

David Davis has claimed the case for independence is now weaker than it was in 2014 and called on the SNP to abandon “divisive” talk of another referendum….Ms Sturgeon has warned a new referendum will be called if it is necessary to keep Scotland in the single market, while insisting she is exploring a range of options to protect the country’s interests in Europe after it voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. A spokesman for Mrs May said on Thursday that she did not accept the Ms Sturgeon had a mandate to call a new poll. – Daily Telegraph

  • If the SNP truly want another referendum, the clock is ticking – Julia Rampen in the New Statesman
  • UK Government could seek to block indyref2 until after Brexit – The Herald

British technology firms bin Berlin as post-Brexit London proves better for business

City analysts had anticipated Britain’s brightest new businesses would leave following June’s vote and one German campaign group even sent a billboard to Silicon Roundabout in East London offering tech firms the chance to move to Berlin…. But businesses that had planned to move have found Germany less fertile ground for new technology firms. Brickvest, a financial technology firm set up in London, said German banking regulations made it difficult to get a licence. Website design company MBJ London also said it had not been clear before they moved to the German capital just how difficult it would be to secure office space, set up a German bank account and register the company so that it could trade abroad. – Daily Express

Nissan to make Sunderland plant investment decision ‘next month’

The company is debating whether to produce the next Qashqai SUV at its Sunderland plant, which employs nearly 7,000 people and produces about a third of the UK’s car output. Speaking at the Japanese company’s headquarters in Yokohama, Carlos Ghosn, the chief executive of Nissan, said: “We’re not asking for any advantage [from the British government], but we don’t want to lose any competitiveness no matter what the discussions.” – The Independent

How will Britain limit immigration from the EU?

Mrs May and her home secretary, Amber Rudd, have both been clear that they are not willing to allow any continuation of free movement, They have also yet to clarify the status of European citizens currently in Britain. As a result, immigration will be one of the most fraught topics when negotiations commence. Here is a guide to what we know so far about Downing Street’s plans – The FT (£)

Russell Group chair tells universities: Brexit is ‘the catalyst we all need’

“Did you know an astonishing 90 per cent of the Higher Education community voted for remain? Compared with the Leave campaign’s winning margin of only 4 per cent, it’s a position of relative unity that would make many people blush. Yet it fills me with a slight unease. Why? Because it suggests either the academic world knows something the electorate doesn’t or we’re hopelessly out of touch. While we deal with this sense of loss and disconnect there’s a risk that the opportunities presented by Brexit are overshadowed. As our future becomes more closely determined by trade and forging new global links, all universities, and not just those in the Russell Group, have a lot to share with Whitehall.” – Sir David Greenaway in the Daily Telegraph

EU is in no state to snub or bully Britain

Greater confidence and greater clarity would be welcome….It should give a sense of the fundamentals, of what Mrs May wants for Britain on education, free trade, the future of the City and the ability to sell goods on the continent. She has already demonstrated tremendous will and her astonishing poll lead over Labour implies that she stands shoulder-to-shoulder with most of the voters on the European issue. The Europeans must respect that mandate. Her authority to negotiate comes from the people. – Daily Telegraph editorial

Frank Field MP: May should tackle Brexit like Churchill fought the war

Churchill reshaped the whole machinery of government with one objective in mind — to win [the war]. Likewise with Brexit. A similar transformation of government is required if these Brexit negotiations are going to be successful…. The prime minister’s time must increasingly be consumed with driving through these successful negotiations. She should be drawing on a wider group of individuals in parliament and beyond who can help her. – Frank Field in The Times (£)

Asa Bennett: As Brexit dominates British politics, both the Tories and the Lib Dems are reaping the rewards

Voters who want Brexit to carry on have flocked to [Theresa May], enthused by her competent start, which is why she has opened up an 18 point lead on Labour in the latest Ipsos MORI poll. Her ownership of Brexit as an issue has also robbed voters of one of their key reasons for voting Ukip…Labour is confused enough as it is over Brexit under Jeremy Corbyn, while Tory Remainers are in a minority, so there is only one force that is united in its passion for the EU: the Liberal Democrats….Mr Farron may be widely pillored for his anti-democratic stance, but he knows the 48 per cent who voted Remain need a voice, and there are signs that voters are listening. – ASA Bennet in the Daily Telegraph

Brexit comment in brief

  • ‘We need EU workers . . . people have to get real and understand’ – Anna Soubry MP in conversation with The Times (£)
  • Britain’s justified scepticism of integration must not lead it to overplay its hand – The Times (£) editorial
  • Brexit could be good news for African trade – Chi Onwurah MP for The Voice
  • A soft, flexible Brexit could be possible with Ireland’s help – Fintan O’Toole in The Guardian
  • Let’s face it. The EU is in a truly dreadful state – Iain Martin for Reaction
  • Brexit can be the rallying call for a Europe at its lowest ebb – José Manuel Sanz for EurActiv

Brexit news in brief

  • House of Lords’ future at risk if it tries to block Brexit – The Independent
  • Fuming Italian PM blasts unelected eurocrats over plot to block budget – Daily Mirror
  • German MEP gloats about falling pound causing ‘economic damage’ to Britain – Evening Standard
  • As pound drops, the tourists shop – The Times (£)
  • Britain’s borrowing at lowest level since 2008 as Brexit boom continues – Daily Express
  • Brexit is a good thing for Somerset cider says Thatcher’s boss Martin Thatcher – Somerset Live
  • Tory health minister Lord Prior calls Brexit vote ‘a terrible mistake’ – The Guardian
  • George Osborne admits Brexit ‘mistakes’ and says he is trying to put them right – The Independent
  • Gibraltar urges Britain not to be held hostage by Spain during Brexit talks – Daily Telegraph
  • Swiss firm Nestle threatens to raise the price of a Kit Kat and other family favourites because the plunging pound is hitting profits – Daily Mail

And finally… Does your supermarket reveal your views on Brexit?

YouGov data has granted insight into the voting patterns of supermarket shoppers, painting the differing demographics granting footfall to each store. A study of more than 100,000 consumers from YouGov, showed that Iceland customers were most likely to have voted Leave in the EU referendum – around 65% of consumers. It was followed by Morrisons (56%), Asda (54%), Aldi (52%), Lidl (52%) and Tesco (50%). At the other end of the spectrum, Ocado proved to be the most remain store, boasting a customer base of 64% remainers. It was followed by the Co-operative (60%), Waitrose (57%), Sainsbury’s (54%) and M&S (51%). – The Drum

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