I couldn’t attend the climate change hustings in #Lewes last night, but I’ve heard a report of what happened.
The incumbent Tory, @mariacaulfield didn’t attend claiming she was ‘busy’ and sent a surrogate in the form of a local Tory councillor at the last minute.
All candidates each gave an opening 4-minute statement. The Tory surrogate announced that she had not had sufficient time to peruse the questions and so would be leaving after making her statement. This prompted an audience member to shout out that she might we well go now.
Her statement said little if anything about what the Conservatives would do about climate change but complained that “you all hate us”.
At one point she said, “it’s on people, there’s no such thing as Government” which resulted in a shout of “Rubbish” from the audience.
BJ's deal: EU tariffs will be applied to 'selected' as yet unknown goods crossing from GB into Northern Ireland. Goods deemed “at risk” of moving into the EU after entering Northern Ireland will be subject to the EU tariff, and potential rebate if they don't.
However, should the UK and EU come to a Free Trade Agreement it's possible that none of those tariffs would apply. No guarantee of that FTA and also no guarantee that all those "at risk" goods would be zeroed, or without quotas.
But what about, post any FTA agreement, goods from a 3rd country transiting GB into Northern Ireland?
Just finished cleaning up the kitchen and best I can. Glass everywhere. The brick hit my Google Home Hub and damaged the screen. I called 999 within seconds. But they can do nothing. Whoever did it was gone before I got to the door. Wife and myself stoic, but my son is very upset
This also happened around the corner from me a few months ago.
In 2013 FullFact published an article on the burden of EU regulations on business. They cited a report by Business for Britain with 3,580 regulations passed between 12 May 2010 to 30 Sept 2013. Around 600 on fruit and veg. People still quote this.
This is the report in question. Business for Britain trawled through the Official Journal of the EU flagging items they saw as burdensome to British business. I question the rigour of this study. Are all these references to fruit & veg really laws?
Here's the top half of first page. In the table you can see three highlighted references to "establishing the standard import values for determining the entry price of certain fruits and vegetables". There are 3 more on the same page.