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Doing my prep for @LordsEUCom I have been revisiting the question of how many #BritsinEU there are and why this matters for #citizensrights and #Withdrawalagreement. Just a recap, there are significant limitations to statistics about this population 1/…
These are the baseline for considering the progress of different EU member states in making sure that #britsinEU are registered for their new residence rights used in the joint UK-EC reports from the Specialised Committee on citizens' rights 2/… Image
This is particularly important when it comes to countries operating a #constitutivesystem including #france which hosts the second largest population of #britsinEU. The official statistics about #britsinfrance are likely a considerable underestimate 3/… Image
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British citizens in Italy are caught in a bureaucratic nightmare, unable to access services despite the #WithdrawalAgreement.

A thread with Francesca's testimony.

She writes: “We are an Italian-British family that has returned to Italy because of #Brexit.
My British husband Paul has been living in Italy since 2019. Since then, he has worked with various fixed-term contracts like any citizen of the EU.
His last contract, which began before the end of 2020, has just expired and the company has offered Paul a contract renewal.
Unfortunately, this time they requested the residence permit number without which they cannot register the contract and without which my husband cannot work.
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Ora che abbiamo esaurito il nostro interesse per la #Pennsylvania almeno per i prossimi quattro anni possiamo tornare ad occuparci di #Brexit (si, quella cosa là che si concretizzerà a fine anno) alla luce del voto US.
2/ La vittoria di @JoeBiden mette all’angolo @BorisJohnson e ora l’Ulster è il crocevia dei nuovi equilibri atlantici.

Ma andiamo con ordine.
Le posizioni di #Londra e #Bruxelles “sono ancora distanti”, mi hanno confermato fonti diplomatiche vicine a @MichelBarnier, capo negoziatore di Bruxelles, a 50 giorni dall’uscita. Gli scogli per un accordo commerciale rimangono dove sono, da tempo.
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DAY 2 of the #InDivEU Mid-Term Conference is about to get underway! Today we have 2 panels:

1⃣ Effects of #DifferentiatedIntegration
2⃣ External #Differentiation

As yesterday, we'll be keeping you updated by live-tweeting all our expert contributions from Team #InDivEU💪
The Chair of our first panel, Wojciech Gagatek from @UniWarszawski, has just opened up proceedings 💪

Ioannis Vergioglou from @ETH_en is taking us through the methodology and framework of the first paper of the day: "Effects of #DifferentiatedIntegration on EU Institutional Trust"

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Lamenting the future after the #WithdrawalAgreement? Done with #Brexit? Tired of the fight? Sad?

Either way, if you've got the #brexitblues #FBPE don't lose hope.

Instead, kick back, get popcorn and join me in a thread of #NotBrexitDone.

Because we need you even more
You see for 3.5 years we've been fighting. Two groups in an endless war of not listening to each other.

But wherever this goes now, there is no #Remain anymore. So say goodbye to it. Have a funeral for it.

Don't think for a moment I mean giving up 😍. It's move ⏭
Did you notice?
In the blink of an eye you turned from resistance to participant.

How will you play this new game? IMHO you have 4 options

1. Make sure they keep their promises
2. Remind them they were stupid/wrong
3. Check Out
4. Their bed...

Which do you choose?
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And Part 4 of our #WithdrawalAgreement explainers is live. This one is all about Working Rights, Professional Qualifications and Future Family Reunification - remember that 80% of us are under retirement age so this is a very important chapter.…
Note that FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT is not included so many of us face our businesses crumbling and our dreams being destroyed as we become landlocked if this is not resolved in the coming negotiations.
So help BiE survive so we can support the many many businesses and families through this difficult period where we are still in limbo...…
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Thread: The UK Parliament is set to approve Boris Johnson's #Brexit deal in one hour.

It was thought Johnson's large majority in #GeneralElection2019 could allow him to defy the hardline ERG faction and be more flexible for an EU free trade deal.

But the opposite is happening.
Johnson is still promising “no quotas, no tariffs, no dumping”.

But the bill the parliament is about to approve, which rules out extending negotiations past end 2020, means an FTA with no tariffs now impossible.

A full FTA cannot be negotiated in 11 months.
Brussels is responding by recalibrating its post-Brexit expectations, according to sources.

The landing zone is now expected to be a minor partnership, nothing like the Canada-style FTA promised.

Come 2021, Canada will have less tariffs on trade with the the EU than the UK.
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Does Boris Johnson want to be less constrained by parliament or not?

There are contradictions in the approach to the #WithdrawalAgreement Bill up for debate today

Johnson's majority of 80 means he can drop some constraints in the original #WAB. But he's also added new ones. 1/5
As many have noted, eg. the excellent @woodstockjag below, prior requirements for parliamentary approval at the next stage of Brexit have been removed.

Gone are words requiring MPs to approve the negotiating objectives, or an extension to transition. 2/5

Full details are set out nicely in the @instituteforgov explainer by @ThimontJack and colleagues below. 3/5…
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20 of my observations on the NI Protocol. Hoping that some experts can explain why I've got it wrong.…


@lawyers4britain @benhabib6 @BrexitCentral Image
@lawyers4britain @benhabib6 @BrexitCentral 1/ The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will rule supreme over any discrepancies that will arise out of the Northern Ireland (NI) Protocol.
@lawyers4britain @benhabib6 @BrexitCentral 2/During the Transition period, and for six years thereafter, the EU will be able to make changes to rules and regulations in Northern Ireland that will be binding in perpetuity, even in the event of the Protocol being rejected by the NI electorate.
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Looking through new #Brexit deal, the preamble has lost some of the paragraphs in the previous #WithdrawalAgreement from April 2019 👇
Here's the addition in the preamble to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the new #Brexit #WithdrawalAgreement that refers to democratic consent from NI for application of EU law. 👇
What might be a very important deletion of wording from what was in the preamble of the April 2019 version of the #Brexit #WithdrawalAgreement in relation to North-South cooperation, avoiding a hard border, physical infrastructure, checks and controls. 👇
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Worth outlining in full Lady Sylvia Hermon's Q to the PM in @HouseofCommons this afternoon (16:59).

And his response, which doesn’t answer the Q & which presents as a ‘simple fact’ something easily provable as untrue & which only serves to fuel the fears of unionists in NI.

@HouseofCommons Lady Hermon says she thinks the PM “owes the people of N.Ireland some explanation as to why he and his govt have treated for treating the @BelfastAgmt with such a careless & cavalier manner.

That Agreement has kept stability & #peace in NI since it was signed 21 years ago.”

@HouseofCommons @BelfastAgmt “It is reported that the Crown Solicitor’s Office has advised the govt that a #NoDeal #Brexit would be in contravention of the 1998 Agmt."
Hermon calls on PM "to publish today in full -& he owes it to the people of NI & to the House- any legal advice he has received" on this.
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PM Johnson has made the removal of the #backstop the make-or-break matter when it comes to an exit deal with the EU.

So this thing is pretty damn important.

Time for a quick recap of what the 'loathed and detested' backstop actually is?

The #backstop is there specifically to meet the UK’s commitments to avoid a hard Irish border & protect the 1998 Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement & peace process.

This isn’t just of benefit or interest to the island of Ireland.
A broken Northern Ireland means a limping UK.
How does the #backstop work?
A v.brief explanation:

Having to apply & enforce customs procedures & rules around market access makes a border ‘hard’.
(just talking trade here)

Put simply, the greater the hassle in getting goods across a border, the harder that border is.

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So #NoDeal holds No Fear for 3 of the remaining 6 Tory contenders? They assume such bravado gives leverage against the EU.

Perhaps now wd be a good time to check on how prepared UK is compared to the EU, which published its latest update this week.…
There are only 3 possible outcomes: No Brexit; Deal; No Deal.
Little sign yet of a 2nd ref.
Deal comes thru UK ratifying #WithdrawalAgreement.

No Deal = if UK fails to do so
+ there is EITHER (i) no UK request for an extension
OR (ii) no unanimous EU27 approval for one.

#NoDeal requires legislation [unless it really is apocalypse they're after].

EU Commission’s tally: 18 out of the 19 legislative proposals needed to prepare for Brexit have been adopted (19th due this month).
+ 63 non-legislative acts adopted. Doesn't see a need for more.

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I've not done any #Brexit #border slides for a while.
Here's an effort to outline in as simple a way as possible what each of the main scenarios would mean for movement of goods across the UK's land & sea borders.
[DM me with an email address if you need a grayscale version]
In a Transition Period, following the #WithdrawalAgreement, the movement of goods between the UK and EU remains free flowing.
During this time, the negotiations on the future UK-EU trade agreement will be underway.
If at the end of the Transition Period, there is no UK-EU FTA close enough to avoid a hard Irish border, the backstop will kick-in on a temporary basis.
It has both NI-specific and UK-wide dimensions to minimise controls needed across UK land & sea borders.
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Haven't seen anyone on here run thru' the options on the Order Paper for HoC #indicativevotes tomorrow (Mon 1/4), so, for your info... (apologies if people have & I've missed it): There are 8 motions tabled for possible selection by Speaker: 1/
A) Baron, unilateral backstop exit; B) Baron, if no WA by then, no-deal Brexit on 12/4; C) Clarke, permanent UK-wide Customs Union as UK negotiating objective in primary legislation; 2/
D) Boles, support for #WithdrawalAgreement Bill conditional on it including, as UK future relationship negotiating mandate, a Political Declaration revised to include Common Market 2.0 (EEA+CU); 3/
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More Old Bailey Sophistry from Codpiece Cox admitting that in order that today's vote is NOT an attempt to repeat #MV2 (to comply with Speaker Bercow's re-iteration of 1604 convention) it is also NOT a #MV in sense of #EUWA18 Section 13.1.b

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Attempt by Codpiece Cox to scare House into voting in a #MeaninglessVote for #WA (only) solely to secure the offered (actually only technical) extension of #BrexitDay from Apr 12 to May 22 sans guarantee of any other extension. Sophistry.

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate #VictoriaLIVE #LBC
Of course, if the House falls for Codpiece Cox's scare tactics, none of this will figure in future utterances by #TheresaMay's #Brexihadis - the headlines will scream 'Parliament approves #Brexit arrangements' (sans qualification or caveat).

#BBCpc #EUWAdebate
#VictoriaLIVE #LBC
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OK, I've caught up with Twitter again & there's both some v. interesting exchanges & still a fair bit of apparent wider public confusion re: the date UK leaves the EU, A50 #extension & the SI to change 'exit day'. So, in interests of end-of-the-week clarity, here's another go. 1/
The date UK leaves the EU is an intl matter. It's not determined by whatever UK domestic law may say.Changing 'exit day' in UK law doesn't change date UK leaves the EU. See posts this wk by @woodstockjag & @DomWalsh13 as well as me, & eg @ProfMarkElliott & @carlgardner on here 2/
UK & EU have now agreed that A50 period, at the end of which the departing state leaves the EU, will be later than 29/3. The only way the UK still leaves the EU on 29/3 is if UK gov, or EU, or both, renege on the agreement reached last night. 3/
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#WithdrawalAgreement In the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK agrees to develop a long term 'economic partnership' with the EU with a customs union similar to the EU-Turkey CU. That is, we would be forced to align our tariffs with EU tariffs. We would have no say in the negotiation of
new EU FTAs. The Commission would of course be negotiating on behalf of EU member states, not the UK. Moreover we would have no guarantee that the third country would agree an FTA with us also. It is the worse of all worlds.
The government is claiming that we will be able to strike our own trade deals in the future, but they are lying, so far as I can see. In the Northern Ireland Protocol preamble, the UK agrees to have as an objective for the 'future relationship'
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🗳️Tonight MPs will vote on the #WithdrawalAgreement in the @HouseofCommons.

❔Want a breakdown of what's happening? Read this:…
📽️Want to watch the vote live? Go to:
🤳Follow the debate in the chamber: @HouseofCommons
📗 Want a breakdown of key #Brexit terms? The @commonslibrary have created a Brexit glossary at…
🔊 Learn more about UK Parliament with our award-winning podcast series 'Parliament Explained’. It gives you an accessible and impartial overview of how and why things happen the way they do in Parliament.…
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The EU Committee has today published its report on #Brexit and the European Investment Bank @EIB, which the UK will lose access to after it leaves the EU:…
Find our main conclusions below 👇1/6
The @EIB has provided almost €50 billion of funding to the UK over the last 10 years, mainly to infrastructure. This has covered a range of different sectors 2/6 Chart showing the volume of EIB funding received by the UK across different sectors since 2008
But there has been a marked decline in funding from the @EIB since the #Brexit referendum and triggering of Article 50. This has fallen 87% since 2016 3/6 Chart showing EIB lending to the UK over the last 10 years, including a marked decline since 2016
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"It is now clear that there is a route that can secure a substantial and sustainable majority in this House for leaving the EU with a deal" - UK PM Theresa May reacts after MPs back her bid to change #withdrawalagreement

Live #Brexit coverage:
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will meet UK PM Theresa May to discuss his party's approach to the #withdrawalagreement

Live #Brexit coverage:
Irish backstop is "part of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the #WithdrawalAgreement is not open for re-negotiation" - @eucopresident Donald Tusk responds after UK PM Theresa May backed to reopen #Brexit negotiations
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MPs reject plan aimed at preventing no-deal Brexit if Theresa May cannot get her deal through House of Commons
The moment MPs reject Yvette Cooper's amendment which sought an extension of Article 50 if MPs have not approved the #WithdrawalAgreement by 26 February

Live #Brexit coverage:
UK MPs back alternative move to stop no-deal #Brexit, in non-binding vote #WithdrawalAgreement
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If a parliament elected to represent our interests, and whose sovereignty is at the heart of our constitution, chooses not to ensure we avoid a #NoDealBrexit the British Medical Association calls "catastrophic" for the NHS, our democracy is broken beyond repair.
The first responsibility of Parliament/Government is to protect its citizens.
Parliament is actively abandoning its responsibility to protect the country from the effects of No Deal.
#WithdrawalAgreement #BrexitDebate "Cooper Amendment"
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Our @CCC_Research and @UKandEU event is kicking off with remarks from @McEwen_Nicola. We will be live tweeting the event using the hashtag #brexitwhatnext
@anandMenon1 of @UKandEU ‘we confront a series of highly implausible outcomes’ but will end up with one of them. #brexitwhatnext
@anandMenon1 - Tory mps have to appeal to an electorate which would prefer a #nodeal. Details of Brexit and public opinion here:… #brexitwhatnext
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