The Press Room

The week in Brexit

10 August – 16 August 

Brussels expects next round of Brexit negotiations to be like ‘shadowboxing before the real engagement begins’ (Telegraph)
Negotiators keen to build confidence in latest round of talks but a significant breakthrough is unlikely.

Micheál Martin upbeat about Brexit trade deal after meeting Boris Johnson (The Times)
A “landing zone” is emerging for a free trade deal between the EU and UK after Britain leaves the bloc at the end of the year, the taoiseach has said.

Taoiseach warns against ‘second systemic shock’ of no-deal Brexit (The Irish Times)
Boris Johnson insists there will be no border down the Irish Sea – ‘over my dead body.

EU settlement scheme: Two million granted full rights to stay (BBC)
Two million EU citizens living in the UK have been granted settled status - allowing them to remain here permanently after Brexit. Another 4,600 applications were refused, 36,500 were withdrawn and 34,900 were made by people who are not eligible for the scheme.

Scottish Government considering court battle over Westminster ‘power grab’ (The Scotsman)
The Scottish Government could launch a court battle to fight controversial Westminster plans for a post-Brexit UK internal market, Constitution Secretary Michael Russell has said.

Legal threat over ‘unfair’ Brexit deal on customs (Telegraph)
Industry groups claim the new Trader Support Service will destroy businesses that provided customs brokerage services themselves.

Could a UK-EU trade-off over refugees be on the cards? (Financial Times)
Brussels has been reluctant to help Boris Johnson without concessions in areas such as fishing access.

Brexit: Farmers seek assurances on ‘unfettered access’ through Dublin (BBC)
Farmers want assurances that meat exports from NI shipped through Dublin Port to customers in Britain will qualify for “unfettered access”. The Ulster Farmers’ Union says up to 50% of red meat destined for the GB market goes this way.

Other trade deals

Boris Johnson losing confidence of public on trade (The Times)
People are losing faith in Boris Johnson’s ability to deliver game-changing trade deals after Brexit that can create jobs and prosperity, according to internal government research.

UK trade deal with Japan stalls over blue cheese demands (Financial Times)
Liz Truss holds out in attempt to promote Stilton abroad.

New Zealand ‘frustrated’ over UK trade talks, says deputy PM (BBC)
Winston Peters said the UK’s EU membership had not left it “match fit” to negotiate its own agreements around the world.

Scotch whisky makers rail against UK government inaction over US tariffs (The Guardian)
Industry says UK is prioritising post-Brexit trade talks with Washington rather than fight 25% tariffs.

UK-Canada trade talks back on the table (Telegraph)
A deal with Canada is now back on after Britain revised its global tariff strategy in May.


Trade and regulation after Brexit (Institute for Government)
The government will not be able to conclude a large number of trade agreements at speed and maintain its much-prized regulatory autonomy after Brexit.

Anna Jerzewska: You are not a true Brexit geek until you know about “extended cumulation” (Prospect)
With the quantity of trade at stake, such terms should not be the sole preserve of customs specialists.

Professor Steve Peers: The Dublin Regulation – an overview (UK in a Changing Europe)
One key feature of the debate on Channel crossings is the impact of the EU’s ‘Dublin system’, allocating responsibility for asylum applications between EU member states. It’s worthwhile having a deeper look at the Dublin system – particularly as it has a specific link to Brexit.

Andrew Grice: The Brexiteer pledge to ‘take back control’ of the UK’s borders has been exposed as hollow (Independent)
The supreme irony is that, despite all those Vote Leave promises, Brexit is making it harder to control UK borders.

Check, change, and going nowhere – the government’s Brexit communications plan is falling short (Institute for Government)
As the pressure to be prepared for the end of the transition period mounts, Maddy Thimont Jack says the government’s current communications strategy is unlikely to drive the action it wants.

Professor Andrea Biondi and Luca Rubini: State aid control is proving a dealbreaker in Brexit negotiations – but is it really worth the trouble? (Independent)
The EU and UK can’t agree on the best approach to state aid rules. However, it’s in the best interests of both parties to compromise on the issue.