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Guardian (February 10)

2021/ 02/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Across the UK, firms and consumers are discovering costs of Brexit that Mr Johnson denied. That denial was born of a failure to understand the trade-off between regulatory autonomy and market access. The prime minister swapped seamless trade for notional sovereignty and passed the cost on to unsuspecting businesses. Naturally, he wants to blame the EU for any pain. These are not teething troubles in implementation of the deal. They are the deal.”


New York Times (January 27)

2021/ 01/ 28 by jd in Global News

“For months now, wealthy countries have been clearing the world’s shelves of coronavirus vaccines, leaving poorer nations with little hope of exiting the pandemic in 2021. But a fresh skirmish this week has pitted the rich against the rich — Britain versus the European Union — in the scramble for vials, opening a new and unabashedly nationalist competition that could poison relations and set back collective efforts to end the pandemic.”


Bloomberg (January 24)

2021/ 01/ 26 by jd in Global News

“The world economy is facing a tougher start to 2021 than expected as coronavirus infections surge and it takes time to roll out vaccinations…. Double-dip recessions are now expected in Japan, the euro area and U.K. as restrictions to curb the virus’s spread are enforced.” Advanced economies are “beginning on a weak note and emerging economies diverging.”


NBC News (January 1)

2021/ 01/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Millions of us feel a great sense of loss. Our divorce from the European Union will hinder the freedom of movement of people — and ideas.” While it is “a relief that a deal to govern U.K.-E.U. relations post-divorce was done at all,” the deal did not deliver new freedoms. Essentially it achieved “a loss of freedoms, quite the opposite of what we were promised.”


The Guardian (December 24)

2020/ 12/ 25 by jd in Global News

“The Brexit deal itself is nothing but thin gruel. It will make it much harder for Britain to sell services to EU countries, where we were once advantaged. Britons will lose their right to freely travel, work and settle in other European countries. While there will be no tariffs or restrictions on the quantity of goods that can be sold, British exports will for the first time in decades face checks on their origins and compliance with EU regulations.”


Wall Street Journal (December 17)

2020/ 12/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Who wins from Brexit? New York.” No matter how “current negotiations between the U.K. and EU end, U.S. swap exchanges stand to gain European business.”


Financial Times (December 10)

2020/ 12/ 11 by jd in Global News

“When the dust settles on the UK’s departure from the EU, few doubt that London will remain a major financial centre for the foreseeable future, as well as by far the largest hub in the European timezone, but there will doubtless be headwinds.”


CNN (December 7)

2020/ 12/ 08 by jd in Global News

“With days left to reach a trade deal with the European Union, the stakes have never been higher.” Boris Johnson “will have to decide whether sticking to his guns on national sovereignty… makes real-world sense given the economic price the United Kingdom will pay if negotiations fail.” In a no-deal exit “UK companies, already reeling from the pandemic, would lose tariff-free, quota-free access to a market of 450 million consumers that is currently the destination for 43% of British exports.”


Reuters (November 27)

2020/ 11/ 29 by jd in Global News

Europe is struggling “to find a common solution for the upcoming Christmas winter sports season.” Germany and France want the resorts closed while Austria doesn’t. A total closure “would be costly: Austria wants EU compensation for 2 billion euros of expected losses. But allowing people to squeeze into cable cars and enjoy apres-ski may pile pressure on national health systems as Europe fights a second wave of Covid-19. Without a coordinated and strict EU approach, a post-Christmas virus resurgence could be on the cards.”


CNN (November 10)

2020/ 11/ 13 by jd in Global News

“Johnson has mismanaged Covid, Brexit and the economy. Now his inner circle is falling out…. The political storm surrounding Johnson and his team of advisers broke on the same day that the UK’s coronavirus death toll passed the eyewatering 50,000 figure.” The shakeup could signal an eventual concession to the EU on Brexit as “the simplest route to a breakthrough that would lead to a deal.”


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