Thread on the impact of a no-deal #Brexit on a freelance service provider...
I'm a translator from Spanish. Due to the nature of my work most of my business comes from Spain and the United States. Over the years, almost all of my revenue has come from overseas. I'm an exporter.>
There is zero government information available to professionals in my position on the implications of a no-deal Brexit, even though it seems to be a realistic prospect in 7 months' time. Some Brexiters even think a no-deal Brexit 🦄 is the best option for 🇬🇧
With this in mind, this what I've been able to establish about the impact in a no-deal scenario so far. I'm not a commercial lawyer, I'm a translator, so please correct me if I'm wrong:
🇪🇸 Spain apples a 24 % withholding tax on services from outside the EU.
2. There are an estimated 150,000 Brits living in France. I say estimated because France is like the UK and doesn't require EU citizens to register. Many are trying to get permanent residence (carte de sejour) in case there's no deal and therefore no agreement on #citizensrights
3. There are 5 (yes 5) FCO staff dedicated to providing consular support for the citizens' rights aspect of Brexit. That's 5 for the entire EU 27 or 1.3mn @BritishInEurope (yes I know many are taking a new nationality but it's still a tiny number of staff to help the rest).
1. I have a serious problem with what my function is on twitter these days. And I doubt I'm alone. When we started off this whole Remain thing two years ago, there weren't many of us. And we worked night and day to get the message out about the benefits of EU membership.
2. With no help at all from the mainstream media or political parties, we were often the first to articulate the massive problems which came from triggering A50. Our mission was to educate people, to fight Leave lies, and never to ease up on the pressure.
3. And to a large extent, I think we succeeded. We made sure Leavers couldn't get away with lying. We kept Remain on the agenda and refused to leave the stage. We fought Kippers, Tories, Gammon and Corbynistas - or at least, those of us did who didn't want a career in Labour!
I usually avoid questioning people's intelligence at all costs but I can't help but think that future generations will look back at us arguing over what "No Deal" means and think "The clue's in the ***** title!!!"
(See below) #NoDealBrexit
All this is part of our current EU deal:
▪️The right to live in their own homes of 1.4 million British people living across Europe.
▪️Our NHS having access to radioactive cancer treatments (which we don't make here)
▪️UK planes and pilot licences being authorised in EU & US
▪️Lorries carrying fresh food and urgent orders moving quickly through ports at Dover & Calais
▪️UK certified products and services automatically being deemed legal by other countries courts
▪️UK citizens abroad being able to seek shelter in the embassies of any EU country
1) Following the failure of any Kent MPs to support business friendly amendments for the Taxation (Cross Border Bill) over the past 2 days we feel the need to explain why VAT is such an important issue for small business.
2) To begin, you have to understand that the #SingleMarket is only a Single Market for countries who are members of it. Businesses from 3rd countries not only have to deal with the taxman in each country they do business with, but also in each country their goods flow through.
3) At present, a UK company selling goods to Germany or providing parts in a supply chain will usually truck these goods via the @Port_of_Dover and land them in Calais. Within the #SingleMarket this is easy as they just pass through France without involvement of the French taxman
The Tory's control more than half of councils, nearly double Labour. Losing control of even half of them is unrealistic, and even if it happened under fixed term government I can all but guarantee it won't result in a General Election.
A Prime Minister calls a GE under two circumstances: 1) They are miles ahead in the polls and think they can increase their majority (as in 2017) 2) They have suffered a humiliating defeat or scandal.