Nothing against doing deals with US states to mutually recognise qualifications. Nor have Ireland, for example, which has an agreement with the US for accountants. As does Scotland actually.…
US mutual recognition agreements for accountants. Note, nothing has actually stopped the UK seeking such agreements in the past, other than it being very difficult and of potentially limited economic value.…
Not a surprise that the UK government is seeking memoranda of understanding widely. Some may lead somewhere, most will not. And extremely unlikely any mutual recognition of professional qualifications deal will be without conditions. Small steps I'm afraid.
All just reinforcing the point that we have swapped a permissive trading regime in Europe, where it is generally assumed barriers to trade don't exist, with a prohibitory one where agreements have to be reached to remove individual obstacles.

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There has always been a significant risk to a Northern Ireland only arrangement as part of Brexit, but the major problem for unionists is that unless the UK government reverses the choice of pure Brexit over the union there is no plausible alternative.
It isn't ultimately the threats of republican violence that led to the Northern Ireland protocol, but a combination of US pressure, purist notions of sovereignty for Great Britain, and the DUP opposing softer Brexit solutions. The protocol was the choice of Boris Johnson.
And what happens if unionists render the protocol as it stands unworkable through violence? I would wager that no load will be able to leave GB for Northern Ireland without full checks. In other words, an even harder GB-NI border.
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Long read on UK-India relations. In my various experiences this is rather akin to the UK-US relationship in being more special for us than the other party - and UK ministers continually expect too much given significant areas of difficulty.…
A very good example in this passage. UK hopes of a 'modern trade deal covering digital' seemingly quite unaware of India's proposed data localisation laws. Other known problems include intellectual property in pharmaceuticals, and the UK wanting lower alcohol tariffs. Image
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This tweet appears to be ageing better than most of those abusing me for daring suggest regulators might not be making anti-British vaccination decisions.
UK performance on vaccines has been good whichever way you look at it (and paying little attention to those flaunting 'fully vaccinated' graphs). It just wasn't ever wise to suggest the beginning of a new age on the basis of a very good start.
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In keeping with our flag waving moment, a minor thread on English history and what we know of it.

Or how it occurred to me that I didn't actually know what the oldest intact building in the country actually was, though I gather there are some stones in Wiltshire
Congratulations to those of you who saw that first tweet and immediately said, the Roman lighthouse at Dover. In truth not absolutely 100% intact, but enough I think to qualify. When did we ever hear about that?…
Now as far as the general historical knowledge goes the country more or less closed down after the Romans left, until William the Conqueror arrived, though it seems strange we define our history by successive invaders. But plenty of churches from this time survive.
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Too many people have taken the joint committees established under the Withdrawal Agreement and Trade and Cooperation Agreement - these are not serious bodies in other EU agreements (the NI Protocol arrangements are - rightly - more substantive).
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What about fighting covid, hasn't this shown that we're dependent on China in a crisis? No. Multiple studies have in fact shown a variety of suppliers.
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