This seems obvious but clearly still needs repeating. No country can "promise", give or grant an FTA to another country.

That's not how it works. Countries neogitiate an FTA together and reach a deal provided that both sides are happy with the conditions

/1
The reason behind it should please a lot of avid Brexiteers - countries negotiating an FTA are sovereign countries with independent trade policy.

As such, the EU and the UK did not "promise" to grant each other an FTA.
/2
They promise to enter into negotiations. And within these negotiations, it is completely normal and understandable that each side looks out for its own interests.

/3
It's completely normal for the UK to want to obtain as many concessions as possible.

It is also completely normal for the EU to stick to its rules and principles applicable to all 3rd countries. Which is exactly what the EU is doing whether we like it or not

/4
The only thing that both sides could have possibly "promised" each other is to enter into negotiations with an aim to achieve a comprehensive deal (and negotiate in good faith).

There was never a guarantee that the deal will be reached.

/5
That was always going to depend on what each of the sides did during negotiations and to be honest nothing in the last 6 months indicated that things are going well.

/6
Saying that the EU is "refusing" to give us an FTA is wrong. Saying that it "broke international law" by doing so is frankly stupid so I won't even entertain this part.

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16 Sep
On this "the EU acted in bad faith" point.

The EU was never the question mark in these negotiations.

We've seen the EU negotiate FTAs time after time. We've seen EU FTA neogiations breaking down because the demands were too high/will to compromise was too low

/1
We've known what EU's 3rd country rules and obligations were since before the referendum. All of this was obvious. Painfully obvious.

/2
The EU 3rd country rules, whether it's export procedures (exist summary decl) or SPS rules, were the rules we applied to 3rd countries as a member of the EU.

Yes, somehow, these are the rules that ended surprising our Gov.

/3
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3 Sep
Interesting. By @Joe_Mayes (h/t @JohnHol32019188)

A couple of questions on this. First one - why is the Gov always the last to find out that these plans are unrealistic?

/1


bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Who looks at plans that include up to 10 new IT systems, most of which don't yet exist, and thinks - yeah 9/6/3 months sounds about right?

Especially with given the whole CDS debacle

/2
Regarding duplication. That was something I've been wondering about since the BOM was published. If we don't have time to finish GVMS to be ready for 1 Jan - why are we planning to design a new app as a fallback measure?

/3
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8 Aug
🚨Update on the Trader Support Service, the new IT system for NI – turns out it won't be “fully digital and streamlined” (who knew...)

/1
I initially thought this will be an attempt to create an automated customs system.

For example, the trader enters the description of the product and the system tries to provide a product code lookup.

/2
Seems it’s not quite that.

On one hand, there is a bit less of a need for new, non-existing tech, on the other this comes with its own challenges

/3
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7 Aug
🚨On the NI announcement🚨

First of all, this is not the border operating model we've been waiting for. This is yet another new IT system that will supposedly take care of customs formalities on behalf of biz- but don’t get too excited

/1

businessinsider.com/brexit-boris-j…
It’s good news in principle, at least for NI biz (not so much for GB biz selling to NI- so far more bad news for them).

Just as with all recent announcements, the main question is HOW?

/2
Two main regarding this announcement.

1⃣ one - the automation of the customs process

/3
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4 Aug
🚛🚛🚛 Operation Brock is back

One of the least popular elements of nodeal prep last time around.

This wasn't so much "shelved" last time as dismantled overnight due to being very unpopular and apparently leading to accidents

/1

businessinsider.com/brexit-operati…
I'm somewhat confused by this.

Some form of traffic management will be needed whether we have a deal or not. Disruptions may occur even if we get a last-minute deal.

/2
GVMS, the new traffic management app was supposed to sort that out - only the trucks with permission would be heading towards the port. Via the system, the authorities would have some level of control over the incoming traffic.

/3
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19 Jul
Yeah it is. But it really should come as no surprise. We’ve been talking about it for years. Indulge me for a few minutes while I give you a quick backstory.

And H/t @pendletongs who tweeted about the Amazon announcement a few days ago

/1
Two reasons behind this announcement:

1⃣ (obviously!) Brexit and the introduction of customs formalities between the UK and the EU, and

2⃣ the removal of the low-value consignment relief which is an import VAT relief for low-value parcels.

/2
We've known about both of these for years

/3
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