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Public Policy Ed at the Financial Times. Opinions my own. "One of the worst hacks in SW1" - Dominic Cummings
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Jun 22 12 tweets 12 min read
Roll up, roll up #Brexit faithful....@Jacob_Rees_Mogg wants you to say which bits of 'retained EU law' you don't like ... you can look them all up here. Good luck. Bag of smarties for the winner. No seriously.../1… @Jacob_Rees_Mogg I am being serious. He really is his statement to the House of Commons today...he wants the public to "join us on this journey" and deliver a "crucial boost" to productivity /2…
Jun 12 20 tweets 28 min read
🚨🧨🧨🧨🧨🧨NEW: leaked section of Northern Ireland #Brexit bill that I've seen hand ministers massive powers to 'switch off' the Protocol...only 3 articles of the NI Protocol are specifically protected. My latest via @FT w @GeorgeWParker @jude_webber /1… @FT @GeorgeWParker @jude_webber This legislation is far broader in scope that the Internal Market Bill 2020 that the government admitted breached international law in a "limited and specific way"...section 15 of this bill makes clear how broad the powers are.../2
Jun 11 12 tweets 5 min read
🧨🧨 NEW. Leaked Treasury memo concedes Boris Johnson’s plan to cut civil service risks ‘adverse impacts’ on frontline services - my latest with ⁦@eirnolsoe@FT /1 So @BorisJohnson said this week the decision to “prune back” Whitehall departments could be achieved “without harming the public services they deliver” — but no-one agrees with that. Not insiders or experts. /2
Jun 8 10 tweets 11 min read
The @DUPonline now look unlikely to be persuaded into power by tabling the NI Protocol-busting legislation, Brandon Lewis has warned PM...which leaves Govt in a predicament/1

Latest on #Brexit via @GeorgeWParker me and @clivecookson… @duponline @GeorgeWParker @clivecookson Per Whitehall insiders, Brandon Lewis initially promised Truss/Johnson at cab cmme that it WOULD do the trick -- justifying they unilateral law-breaking move -- but that has had to be revised. DUP say they feel "no pressure" to move until it's actually on the statute book. /2
May 16 11 tweets 12 min read
NEW: Amazingly broad range of conservation and marine habitat industry user-groups are expressing deep misgivings about George Eustice @DefraGovUK plans to reform/replace EU Habitats directives post #Brexit my @FT latest/1… @DefraGovUK @FT These are plans to reform Habitats/Birds and other EU directives that were sucked into UK law at point of #Brexit but now, per UK Govt consultation, George Eustice wants to "simplify and streamline" /2…
May 16 8 tweets 4 min read
Worth reading @BorisJohnson oped…and then imagining if it had been written after 18 months of good-faith engagement — as NI business had done — rather than grandstanding and threats. There are still accessible solutions here…/1… In that more benign world, the EU could agree the implementation grace periods are permanent (No-one in Brussels seriously thinks they aren’t anyway.)

And that U.K. subsidy control regime allows re think on Art10/State Aid clause/2
May 10 18 tweets 8 min read
🚨🚨🇪🇺🇬🇧🐖🐄🐖🐄🇬🇧🇪🇺🚨🚨NEW: Vets and farmers warn @Jacob_Rees_Mogg decision to delay #Brexit border checks on EU food imports is "accident waiting to happen" @ft latest, revealing details of biosecurity breaches that already occurred/1… You may recall that vet and farming groups sounded the alarm when the announcement was made -- here's why:
industry sources say UK authorities have warned pig industry that illegal 'white van' loads of Romanian pork have been entering the UK. This is a problem.../2
May 9 6 tweets 3 min read
An optimistic view from ever-perspicacious @NewtonEmerson -- DUP desperate to get back into govt given political price of not governing that caused Alliance party surge. There is a moment here, so London/Brussels should take it...that said... /1… @NewtonEmerson You need quite a lot of semantic fudge to get around a fix that restore's NI's place "fully" in UK internal market...and in the past fudge hasn't really helped with DUP. Perhaps these 2022 results are sufficiently existential to be different this time.../2
May 5 6 tweets 5 min read
🚨🇬🇧🚨🚨🇩🇪🚨Incredible @valentinaromei animation showing how German goods exports to UK have tanked since UK the only major German trading partner reporting a contraction in exports compared with March 2016 /1… You can read full story here via @ft here...@William_Bain William Bain, head of trade policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said German-UK trade figures “paint a consistently alarming picture” /2…
Apr 29 20 tweets 26 min read
🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺🇮🇪🚨 @DavidGHFrost intervened on the NI Protocol this week, but there was a less-noted but v.powerful intervention by Andrew McCormick @AGMcCormick, the retd NI official who was #Brexit lead for executive. He asked for "honesty"...but why? 1/thread… @DavidGHFrost @AGMcCormick The first piece of honesty that is required, is over the fact that the British government new exactly what it was signing. And was perfectly able to anticipiate what it would mean for the Irish Sea Border.

McCormick says there is "little credibility" UKG didn't know/2
Apr 29 10 tweets 18 min read
Fascinating change of tack by @Jacob_Rees_Mogg to sell decision to delay UK border checks as a £1bn #Brexit boon in his interview with @GeorgeWParker -- industry might see it that way, but vets, farmers and ports really do not. They see risk and waste. /1… @Jacob_Rees_Mogg @GeorgeWParker If there is a health scare or animal disease outbreak, the government cannot say it wasn't warned by the professional.

@uttoxeterjames of the BVA calls it a "deeply misguided" action since UK has left EU’s "inegrated and highly responsive surveillance systems" /2
Apr 26 8 tweets 5 min read
🚨🚨🇪🇺🇬🇧🚨🚨NEW research by @thom_sampson et al. of LSE shows #Brexit triggered "steep decline"in the number of trading relationships Britain has with the bloc -- with small biz hit hardest - my @ft latest. Stay with me for links and charts. /1… The research looked at 1,200 individual product lines traded UK-EU27 and saw them shrinking sharply, especially with smaller EU countries. See charts/2
Apr 22 10 tweets 12 min read
🚨🚨🚨NEW: the Westminster farce also leads to farcical policy-making: like ordering Englands top 20 cities to increase house building by 35%...even when some were already missing their old targets! With @GeorgeNHammond & killer graphix by @theboysmithy/1… @GeorgeNHammond @theboysmithy So this goes back the Tory backbench revolt over the algorithm -- "mutant algorithy as Theresa May called it -- that spread housing growth needs over England to hit the 300,000 a year by mid 2020s manifesto target -- it was scrapped...and in its place.../2
Apr 20 10 tweets 12 min read
I know we're not really supposed to take @Jacob_Rees_Mogg seriously; or to 'rise to the bait'....but I did ask some qualified folk about various aspects of his performance at @CommonsEU's what the said, on cars, on deregulation etc. /1… @Jacob_Rees_Mogg @CommonsEU Rees-Mogg said: “We must get away from this idea of divergence. I don’t care what the EU does any more, any more than I care what the United States does or the Singapore does." And made clear that he didn't want UK car makers to follow EU rules on speed-limiters in cars /2
Apr 9 7 tweets 3 min read
🚨🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺🚨🚨NEW: docs seen by @ft show that England will be £80m worse off in U.K. version of EU “structural funds” *despite* repeated @BorisJohnson govt pledge they would “match” after #Brexit - a pledge they’re still making 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ /1 And that £80m for England is only the 2024-25 figure — the year that the new U.K. Shared Prosperity fund “ramps up” £1.5bn a year, which does match the EU level. Before that the fund is £400m this year and £700m next. /2
Mar 29 12 tweets 4 min read
👇👇a belated admission that imposing ‘rest of world’ trade processes on high-intensity EU-U.K. agrifood trade doesn’t really work. …from the ‘negotiator’ who did exactly that./1 As @ColdChainShane explains, if you impose full vet checks/health certs on EU exports to U.K., industry is warning EU exporters will stop bothering./2
Mar 25 18 tweets 38 min read
🚨🇬🇧🇪🇺🇬🇧🇪🇺🚨 NEW @ft Britain After #Brexit briefing pondering the (genuine) question: given Brexit has delivered only red tape and economic pain, why is it the Tory's top priority for the next General Election? And what does that portend? Stay with me/1… @FT The starting point for this discussion is that #Brexit has really, as the OBR fiscal outlook made clear this week, really only discernably delvered -- to quote Meg Hillier -- "increased costs, paperwork and border delays" /2
Mar 16 20 tweets 13 min read
Some quick thoughts on @DavidGHFrost #Brexit speech last night which contains a striking admission of failure on the lack of a mobility chapter in the TCA...but continued denials over the economic trade-offs of leaving the EU/1 @DavidGHFrost First the denial. This extraordinary section that Frost/Johnson did a sovereignty-first #Brexit to remedy business investment in the UK...short term pain for (Frost says) long term economic gain. /2
Mar 15 20 tweets 10 min read
NEW:🚨🇬🇧🇬🇧🇪🇺🇪🇺💶💷🚨 Will the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund -- as the govt promised -- mean that "the people of the UK do not lose out" from #Brexit and the ending of EU structural funds??? BIG questions being asked. Stay with me. My @ft latest /1… So first a quick recap. As part of EU membership the UK got a 'rebate' on its subcriptions fees which amounted to about £1.5bn a year in last 7-year EU budget cycle in which we participated (2014-2020)...during the #Brexit referendum folks asked if/how this would be replaced./2
Mar 14 14 tweets 14 min read
🚨🚨NEW: It's not the high glamour of Westminster politics, but is hyper-local government key to the future health of UK democracy? @michaelgove is keen...but critics just see it as a sticking plaster for the wounds left by austerity. Today's @FT Big Read w @SebastianEPayne /1 @michaelgove @FT @SebastianEPayne Right. First the broad idea, which is outlined in the Levelling Up white paper, which promises a review of how to empower commmunity groups/assets...mobilising Burke's Little Platoons...echoes of Cameron's Big Society and all that../2…
Feb 22 19 tweets 10 min read
🚨🚨🇬🇧🤡🇪🇺🇬🇧🤡🇪🇺🚨🚨 This is a story about how No.10 quietly shot down @Jacob_Rees_Mogg the new #brexit opportunities minister…and a story that begs questions over just how low the bar for ministerial competence appears to be set. Stay with me. /1… @Jacob_Rees_Mogg It starts on February 14 when Rees-Mogg lauds a report by the right-wing think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs advocating that the UK unilaterally recognises other countries standards to make the most of #Brexit /2…