There were only bad solutions to the "Brexit trilemma" - a consequence of the UK government's choice for an extreme form of Brexit in which the country left the customs union in addition to the single market.
A customs border had to go somewhere. Johnson chose option A.
May chose option C, which would have eventually kept al UK in customs union with EU if no solution could be found.
Johnson rejected that and chose option A. It's far less disruptive than B, because a few ports and an airport are easier to police than 350 separate land crossings.
"Diplomats say that the Biden administration has given no indication when it might reverse the [travel ban] on the Schengen zone...even as vaccination rates tick up and scientific evidence suggests little efficacy in the ban."
The culprit is apparently the Biden administration's fear of even introducing the concept of requiring vaccination for anything, including for travel into the US, Politico reports (h/t @CeliaBelin) politico.com/news/2021/07/1…
At the January 2016 meeting with Putin, his spy chiefs and senior ministers “agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them ‘social turmoil’ in the US and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position” theguardian.com/world/2021/jul…
“Russia’s 3 spy agencies were ordered to find practical ways to support Trump, in a decree appearing to bear Putin’s signature.”
“A report prepared by Putin’s expert department recommended Moscow use “all possible force” to ensure a Trump victory.”
“There is a brief psychological assessment of #Trump, who is described as an ‘impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex’”
“There is also apparent confirmation that the Kremlin possesses kompromat on the future president”
It is the largest single batch of legislation to stop climate change proposed by any government anywhere, designed to update EU laws to meet the new 2030 emissions reduction target of 55% (raised from 40%).
That EU 2030 target was raised in December, motivated partly by the #FridaysForFuture climate protests.
But for the past 6 months there have been many questions about how the new target will be met.
But I disagree that the US is exceptional because "Our constitution, our system of government, is unique in that we have this capacity to amend it and fix it over time." crooked.com/podcast/baby-y…
The idea that the US is a young, agile democracy and the nation states of Europe are old and inflexible is itself an American narrative that needs debunking.
Because the precise opposite is true.
The nation states of Europe are almost all younger than the US. Their constitutions are more recent. And they are constantly amending and reinventing things to adjust to modern realities - something the US is now incapable of doing.
Dutch PM Mark Rutte told reporters about the emotional moment last night when Luxembourg's openly gay PM Xavier Bettel implored Viktor #Orban to think about the people he's hurting with his anti-LGBT law. politico.eu/article/eu-lea…
Rutte confirmed that he invited #Orbán to take #Hungary out of the EU if the country doesn't want to conform to EU values.
He said there was "broad" and "fierce" criticism of Orban by other PMs, the most "forceful" internal condemnation he'd ever seen at an #EUCO summit.
Strikingly, #Orbán does not appear to have received support during the discussion from the Eastern European countries who declined to sign Tuesday's letter condemning the law.
Following yesterday's letter signed by Europe ministers asking the Commission to take legal action against #Hungary's anti-LGBT law, 16 prime ministers and presidents will sign a similar letter this morning ahead of today's #EUCO discussion on the matter. politico.eu/newsletter/bru…
“We have to be intolerant to intolerance," Luxembourg's openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel told Politico.
"A member state makes laws that stigmatize a sexual minority and that mix up pedophilia and homosexuality — you can’t let that pass."
Politico reports the letter has been signed by:
Merkel 🇩🇪, Macron 🇫🇷, Draghi 🇮🇹, Sánchez 🇪🇸, Bettel 🇱🇺, De Croo 🇧🇪, Rutte 🇳🇱, Marin 🇫🇮, Löfven 🇸🇪, Frederiksen 🇩🇰, Kallas 🇪🇪, Kariņš 🇱🇻, Martin 🇮🇪, Mitsotakis 🇬🇷, Anastasiades 🇨🇾, and Abela 🇲🇹.
This was a remarkably fast turnaround for this 1st step of taking Hungary to the Court of Justice and reflects the urgency President @VonDerLeyen spoke of this morning, wanting to stop the laws before they enter force in Hungary.
I have no doubt that this legal action would not be happening today were it not for the statement coordinated by the BENELUX yesterday, and #Italy's signature last night was crucial (plus EP's legal threat against EC).
17 of 27 EU countries now demanding Commission stop Hungary.
Breaking: EU VP @MargSchinas says the Commission got tough with the United States in talks yesterday, demanding reciprocity on ending #TravelBans.
"They were receptive...so we’re hopeful we will have good news on that soon," he says. "It's now up to them" #LoveIsNotTourism
"We very much insisted that the ‘America is back’ narrative and the revival of the transatlantic partnership should not be reserved to politicians, officials, diplomats and generals," Schinas says.
#Biden must also restart people-to-people contacts.
"We told them Europe is the most vaccinated continent in the world today," says Schinas. "We have in record time produced an EU #Covid19 certificate that testifies in a very accurate way that a traveller is not a risk to others."
To people who have been following these issues for a long time, there is little surprising in this split.
🇮🇹🇦🇹🇬🇷🇨🇾 remain the countries most hostile to LGBT rights in ‘western’ Europe, the Baltics have emerged as the countries least hostile to gay rights in ‘eastern’ Europe.
List of signatories now finalised (Latvia did sign on).
The letter, initiated by #Belgium, says Hungary's new laws represent "a flagrant form of discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and hence deserves to be condemned" wilmes.belgium.be/en/thirteen-co…
I'm old enough to remember when people laughed at the launch of Fox News in the US.
In two decades it transformed the American political and media landscape and laid the ground for Trump. And we're not laughing now. theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Even by 2001, five years after its launch, the relentlessly building influence of Fox News could be felt.
It was already driving the news agenda, whipping people into into a nationalist fervour. Everyone else had to compete. It pulled the entire media spectrum to the right.
True for both Fox & GB News: "It is the natural extension of the increasing popularity of a sort of conservative grievance politics, more concerned about what pictures students have on their walls than how the economy works or the outcomes of public policy..."