Carlisle factory cancelled
The local company DMACK has decided not to open the planned factory in Carlisle due to Brexit. The facility has now relocated to Italy.
For more details of this company decision and why, check out In Cumbria News
First was the bad news that British Steel was to close after the Government refused to put in any more money. Maybe a rescue plan will happen in the future? Brexit was not blamed, but many of the companies customers are based in Europe and they had already started to locate new suppliers after the UK leaves the EU.
Now it is Ford’s turn to announce the closure of the Bridgend engine plant with the lost of 1,500 jobs, and many more in the supply change. Ford fear it could add tariffs and customs checks to their vehicles, engines and components, increasing costs.
Part of the problem is the falling demand for the engines from Ford in Germany and Turkey as people think electric.
Brexit, out of sight, out of mind
There is so much news on the current Brexit situation, it is easy to forget the decisions being made on relocating a business into Europe.
Many companies have already implemented their decisions and relocated, and many more are considering what to do.
“The Body Shop” is moving warehouse operations to Frankfurt.
Now it is the turn of The Body Shop to take steps to relocate to Frankfurt. You may not have seen the news but it is going on across the country as businesses of all types and sizes consider where and how will the company survived after a Brexit.
The Body Shop is a British company that started 1976, shame it will leaving the UK for Frankfurt and the loss of jobs. More lost jobs and lost taxes for the UK.
If you know of any business moving to Europe because of Brexit, send in details for publication and a link will be provided to your source.
The Honda company is expected to announce the closure of the Swindon plant officially on Tuesday 19th February, first reported by Sky News.
Firstly there is the human cost of lost incomes affecting the whole area, lost of Government taxes and add payment for unemployment benefits. Then there are taxes paid direct to the Government, and lost exports, which will affect transport companies and shipping lines as many of the vehicles are exported. The company produces more than 100,000 Civic cars a year.
With the new EU/Japan trade agreement, it dose not make sense having a manufacturing plant in a country just outside the European Union. This is the only Honda manufacturing site inside the EU.
Brexit must be a main reason for the closure. Nissan also announced manufacturing of the new X-Trail will now be made in Japan.
With the new EU/Japan trade deal, expect many more Japanese companies to decide their future with the UK in or out of the EU shortly.
You have heard and read many things over the last two and half years of Brexit discussion. But compared to other EU countries we have the best deal ever. Now we are throwing it all away, to satisfy the agender of the far right in the Tory party. Here is the Germany Plus version we already have.
The question is really about who CONTROLS the UK, the right wing of the Tory party, or normal politicians with the county’s best interests at heart.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the group ERG members will have done what they set out to achieve. Almost certain they will not be elected again. Question is are they doing for the country they love so much or for personal financial reasons? Only time will tell. Guess who will have to pay the price of believing lies, fake news and what they wanted to hear.
What does Taking Back Control mean?
There are many reasons for the result of the 2016 Referendum on staying in the EU or leaving. One of the most common reasons given by “Leavers” was Taking Back Control
This statement means many different things to many people. For the majority of the older generation it means returning to the “good old days” where they made their own decisions, lived in an environment that had good social services, jobs, security and had money to spend.
The decline of UK manufacturing has been going on for many years before the UK joined European Union as it is now called. I know first hand how banks treated small business that manufactured and exported around the world. Money for property Yes, money for investment growth No.
As all types of manufacturing declined and the number of competitors increased, it became easier and more profitable to import than manufacture, and that meant less jobs.
Taking Back Control
Ordinary voters believed they could take back control, but in reality the control of their lives has passed from one of common standards and rules inside the EU, to one of control made by businesses and banks. The UK politicians will have no control over what happens next.
£85 million, million was the deficit in 2018 on trade. As a trading nation the UK needs a lot more exporters of all types. The EU is the worlds largest trading block and accounts for nearly 50% of UK exports.
Many companies and businesses are taking control of their future by relocating out of the UK into different European countries, which will only make Britain’s trade deficit worse. This also means fewer jobs, and less tax revenue.
Free Trade Deals
There has been lots of talk of the benefits to the UK of Free Trade Deals. But if you don’t have what other countries want to buy, the trade is only good for the other country. A Trade Deal with New Zealand will probably mean more lamb imported into the UK. Wiping out the Welsh sheep farmers that already export into the EU.
All very depressing. Let’s stay in the EU and continue to make Europe safer, richer and more accountable to it’s citizens. Don’t throw away 45 years of progress.
Immigration Control is back
Immigration was one of the most deciding factors in the 2016 Brexit referendum result. This was used to dramatic effect by UKIP with their image of Syrian asylum seekers crossing into Europe. As was the message from an existing Tory Minister that one million Turkish would move to the UK after joining the EU.
The European Union “Freedom of Movement” was signed into law with the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992, and in the Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of EU citizens, now called European Citizenship. This one of the four fundamental rights of the EU, and the UK signed the Treaty.
In 2004, the UK along with the other existing members allowed the accession of 8 east European countries into the EU as it is now known. Under Tony Blair’s Labour Government.
Taking back control
No controls were placed on the new members. Naturally if you have lived in Poland under Communism, an open offer without control, from the land of milk and honey was too much to resist.
Other countries place the agreed controls on the new immigrants, they must wait 7 years before being admitted into a country. They could only stay for 3 months without a job, then must leave. Cannot claim benefits, and must be registered.
None of this was implemented by the UK Government and is still not done today. Blame should be pointed directly at the UK Governments for the lack of control.
The United Kingdom has never been a fully committed European member and has resisted a number of important changes. It could well be that certain politicians have seen the lack of immigration control from Europe as a weapon to use to bring the UK out of the European Union, using the excuse “taking back control“. Looks like they have succeeded.
The majority of Europeans look just like the everyday British people. European immigration will go down after Brexit and immigration from the former Commonwealth countries, especially India will increase as the country needs more young immigrants.
Nobody seems to have seen the Northern Ireland problem, or planned for it. The UK is now facing the perfect “Shitstorm” of it’s own making. Are your Brexit preparations ready?
Brexit plans activated
With less than 100 days to go before Brexit day, many companies are now activating their business Brexit plans. Highly successful UK companies are being forced to make decisions which will affect the UK economy for many years. Less corporation tax, less income tax will mean less government spending and higher tax’s for most people.
The Scottish Daily Record reports that KellyBronze Free Range Turkeys are moving 10% of their breeding stock to Holland and Germany. This will keep the company inside the EU single market, where it can have access to European workers and European customers.
It is also reported in the Daily Record that FreestyleXtreme will reduce staff in Bristol by 78. They have opened an office in Romania and planning on opening a warehouse in Germany. Managing director Shaun Loughlin said businesses needed to know there would be a deal “tomorrow”, not in March.
Ian McCartney, director of strategy at Wilson Tool International, which has opened a branch in Germany, said: “It’s hard to believe in business how messy it is in politics. There’s absolutely zero certainty in Westminster.”
These companies need to trade inside the single market, and there are thousands more. How many more will relocate?
Galileo will go ahead without the UK
The new European global positioning system called Galileo, has a number of UK companies participating. With the UK leaving the EU because of Brexit in 100 days, and the Prime minster officially cancelling the UK’s involvement, things are starting to happen. The UK is planning to build its own GPS.
The Portsmouth Control Base will move.
The satellite control base will join a number of European organisations moving out of the UK, because only EU members can participate.
A major supplier to the Galileo system is SCISYS, based in Chippenham. They would have no more contracts, so to ensure they comply with European rules they are relocating the parent holding company to Dublin. Existing work will still continue in the UK, Germany and France.
Brexit is going to happen, maybe
It is too late now to change the course of history. The UK will be leaving under the agreed deal or a no-deal.
If it is of interest here are some facts to you should remember.
Pity these facts were not available before the referendum. History will not be kind to David Cameron and the Tory party. Brexit is a cover up for the ineptitude of various UK Governments.
The possible decision on the 10th of December to permit the UK to withdraw Article 50 means there are now a number of possibilities, including remaining in the EU.
Next bank on the move
This post was created in 2017 and has now been updated.
Today it was the turn of the Bank of America to announce it plans to move to Dublin after Brexit. There seems three choices for banks remaining inside the EU. Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris. Possibly with a smaller branch office in London.
But the centre for finance that London has held since the Bank of England was established in 1694 is under threat. 1694 was the time the City of London was established as financial centre. Now that centre is breaking up. There is the Internet to make financial transactions seamless, but the decline has started, where will it stop?
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has completed its move to Dublin. More than 800 staff now work for the Irish based bank. More details here
Another loss to the UK and the City of London.
Important relocations because of Brexit
There are many decisions being made, based on the possible outcome of Brexit, but many companies cannot wait until the last moment before making important relocation decisions.
These decisions don’t make news in the tabloid press, because bad news is not good for the country, economy or readership circulation.
Chubb a well known security and insurance company is relocating to France. Other insurance companies based in the “Services” sector are also moving to Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Malta and Luxembourg, and they are not coming back.
Not only will the UK receive less taxes from employee’s and less corporation tax, the loss to the Exchequer will last for many years.
This means either more Government borrowing, higher taxes or more austerity in the future.
As the UK economy is made up of about 80% of service businesses, expect more businesses to move staff and relocate to the EU in the coming weeks.
Brexit Leaver or Remainer, what it means.
What is a Leaver or Remainer?
A change in political views have taken place in the two years since the UK Referendum on leaving the European Union. The country is now almost equally divided between Leavers or Remainers. What is a Leaver or a Remainer?
A Leaver is a person that believes the UK will be better off outside the European Union. Taking back control of borders, stop sending money for EU membership, immigration and able to do trade deals with any country it chooses. The UK has been a member (EEC) since 1971 and confirmed in a 1975 Referendum. Many Leavers are middle aged or older.
Younger people and people identifying as Europeans, believe staying in the EU, amongst our closest neighbours, will ensure a more prosperous UK future. Nearly half the UK exports go to the EU. Immigration is seen as a benefit to the NHS and the country as a whole.
More details on Leavers and Remainers
These two groups could in fact be represented as political parties. No longer a Conservative, a LibDem or Labour supporter, but as a Leaver or Remainer. There seems little doubt that Brexit in one version or another will happen on 29th March 2019.
The Government will have to succeed in all the promises made to the Leavers, ensuring a better life for all. The cost so far is estimated at £26 billion Pounds.
The beliefs of both sides does not change with new information. Persuasion, debates, nothing changes the views of each side, only time will prove which side was right. By then it will be too late to rejoin the European Union.
Remainers will wait and see what happens.
If the Government fails to produce the expected results, and quality of life and opportunities fall, Leavers and Remainers will combine and hold the Government to account, probably wiping out the Conservative Party in the next General Election. The Conservative and Unionist Party must deliver the promised benefits or feel the anger of the whole population.
Panasonic HQ off to Amsterdam
It has been reported by the BBC , that Panasonic are to move their European headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam.
The number of Panasonic staff required to move is not known, what is certain is that the UK will not receive any more taxes from the relocated staff and the property sector.
The companies that are relocating out of the UK to Europe is growing, and even if there is a deal, they will not be moving back after of spending large sums of money and time.
For most companies being located in the EU is more important than located in an English speaking country out of the EU.
Liam Fox is telling fibs again
Liam Fox is spreading false information yet again. You either believe him or question the information.
“I think the public can differentiate between people who come here with a job and will be contributing to the economy and those who under free movement were able to come to the United Kingdom and use our public services without every having contributed to them,” Fox told LBC in a radio interview.
The EU provides for all countries to register EU citizens moving to another EU country. Not the UK.
If after 3 months the EU citizen does not have a job, they can be sent home. Not the UK.
ID is required to access medical facilities in the EU, Not the UK.
It can be 5 years after paying into the tax system to obtain unemployment benefits, Not the UK
Why has the government not put in place the basic controls to manage immigration? If you read this, why not ask your local MP why there is no registration system after 40 plus years as a European member state.
There are times when another persons grasp of a complex issue is far better than self created. Just read the article, and then if you like, forward it to others.
Lloyds Bank to open three new European Offices
Yet another UK bank after Barclays has announced it’s contingency plans for Brexit. It does not mean the end of Lloyds Bank in London, just a precaution that the bank can continue trading and selling its products and services within the European Union. Contingency plans are being made by many companies in the financial sector and the details often do not make the main news feeds. After all, why tell your competitors what your plans are.
Many of the plans are not disclosed, or the number of staff moving. Additional reporting here
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The EU Brexit Preparations
Business plans are normal, but the likelihood the UK will leave the European Union on 29th March 2019 without a deal remain high. The UK government is planning on issuing notices shortly on Brexit Preparations for businesses.
The EU has also sent out Brexit Preparedness plans to the remaining 27 countries.
Some Brexit Preparedness Highlights
All UK citizens will loose many fundamental rights currently enjoyed as a European citizen. If you live in the UK or in Europe the loss will be similar, unless there is a deal. The alternative is, with agreement of the EU to extend Article 50 so that better decisions and agreements can be made. Article 50 can be cancelled. The UK Government announces the stock piling of food and medicines, so should you. Time to make your preparations.
European Preparedness for the long goodbye
Transport, including aviation
Click on the image to view the complete Fact Sheet.
See the Brexit Preparedness PDF at https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/communication-preparing-withdrawal-brexit-preparedness.pdf
The Scout movement has the motto ” Be prepared” since Lord Baden Powell created the movement in 1907. Individuals and businesses would do well to follow this advise.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, Fake News or the truth
Finally there is information on how long the UK will have to wait for the full benefits of Brexit to be known. It is 50 years.
No, not fake news, direct from Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg’s own lips.
The Conservative MP was outspoken about Brexit and defended the reasons for leaving the EU in a major interview.
“You don’t seem to be prepared to put your own future on the line when you’re prepared to put everybody else’s futures on the line.”
This is what happened when we asked leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg MP whether he’d resign from parliament if he’s wrong over Brexit. pic.twitter.com/4bc94AIF4R
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) 21 July 2018
The problem is that nobody really knows what is going to happen after Brexit. It is guess work and wishful thinking. What is certain is that many things will change and not all for the better. No, there is no £350 million a week for the NHS, and no Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg is just making promises which he cannot keep.
The best solution for the UK is to stay in Europe and negotiate a deal like David Cameron, then work with Europe to change the many parts of the European Union that need to be changed, or just wait for 50 years after Brexit. The world will be a very different place by then.
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The European Union is based on rules
Unless the EU rules had been studied before the referendum, most people believed what they were being told by their politicians.
After all, why should politicians lie?
We expected them to know more about the UK – EU relationship than us. It is only after more than 2 years it has become clear that lies were told on both sides of the Referendum debate, mainly for the benefit of political careers and the benefit of the political parties.
Both main parties are against accepting the existing structure of the EU for the UK, but for different reasons. The Conservatives for control, to do what they think is best for the party, to open the UK to competitive trade agreements and stop free movement of European citizens.
The Labour Party is against the EU because it wants to spend vast amounts of public money (which will have to be borrowed) on nationalisation and other pet projects. The EU will not permit this, and they are against European supervision.
What are the rules?
The rules governing the EU have been created over the years, with all members agreeing to common standards. The United Kingdom has been a member of the Union for more than 40 years, and has helped make many of the regulations and directives. UK politicians don’t like rules, as it interferes with they ability to change their minds and make laws which they have an interest in. All countries can make their own laws, but must conform to the standards agreed.
Nick Gutteridge, a successful journalist based in Brussels, recently tweeted a comment from an unnamed EU official who summarised the third country conundrum perfectly.
“There is not an issue of general distrust towards the UK. That’s not the issue, but the EU is a rules-based system. Why is that? It’s because 28 member states do not trust each other spontaneously; they trust each other because they work on the basis of agreed common rules with common enforcement, common supervision and under a European court that will make sure they all apply the same rules in the same manner. They trust each other because there are remedies available. If you don’t have these remedies, you’re a third country.”
The four pillars
The four pillars of the European Union single market are established in the Treaty of Rome and the Lisbon Treaty. The free movement of goods, services, capital and people. The EU is the largest open single market in the world, with more than 510 million people and more than 5o trade agreements. Why would any country want to leave?
The current negotiations over the UK leaving the European Union are centred on these four freedoms. Only 37% of the population voted for Brexit. In a normal democracy, two thirds of the vote should be the bench mark to pass such a fundamental change to the UK’s laws and trading commitments and obligations. You might be interested in my article on Imports and Exports.
Stories from the World of Brexit
There are many stores that never make the headlines in the popular press or news channels, either because of ideology or lack of time and space. Here are some stories selected that you really should read, because some news organisations don’t want you to know what is going on.
Why would the Conservatives vote against protecting UK Jobs
We welcome the opportunity to publish or provide a link that informs the UK public what is going on behind their backs, this is not what they voted for.
Credit Suisse to start moving staff out of London
With just over a year to go before the official departure of the UK from the EU, companies and businesses of all types and size are planning their survival after Brexit. As is often said, it is the millions of small decisions that will shape the UK’s success or failure of leaving the European Union. The UK single largest trading partner.
The leading investment bank Credit Suisse has announced the move of 250 banking jobs under its first phase of Brexit planning.
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Your MP must vote for Democracy .
Democracy matters. Next Tuesday 5th December, the UK Parliament will be debating and voting on the final terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. They need to vote for Amendment 7 to Clause 9 to approve or reject the final terms. This will give clarity to the negotiations and ensure that the people and the country are put first, not vested interests.
You all have seen the mess the government is making of Brexit,and all the broken promises. Don’t forget the cost so far, and rising. It is not going to the NHS, that’s for sure.
If you love your country and want a better future for all, then your local MP, she or he, should vote for a democratic vote next Tuesday. More details on how to contact your local Member of Parliament are here.
If you voted to leave the EU at the Referendum, here is the chance to reconsider. If you voted to remain, it is important your local MP knows your views, and if you did not vote in the Referendum, give your MP the instructions they should vote to have the final say on the terms, it is the least you can do.
Make your voice heard.
Brexit Trade Plans
Under EU rules, all countries can import a certain amount of goods from other non EU countries at a lower tariff. Part of the trade discussions over Brexit is how to split this amount between to UK and the EU.
Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo confirmed it would put additional restrictions and added costs. Countries like Australia and New Zealand can decide where their exports go, into the UK or into the European Union. Guess which will be the winner.
This could also affect trading with the US, Brazil and other countries like Canada. More from BBC News As more details emerge of the financial cost and complexity of trading with Europe after Brexit, what is next?
European Banking Authority moving to Paris
Yet another blow to London after the decision to leave the European Union in the Brexit Referendum. There will be a chain reaction to the two decisions this week to move key EU authories to mainland Europe. More information on the benefits to Paris here.
Expect other major legal and financial services to announce their decisions shortly to relocate staff to Europe. Never forgot the decisions made by millions of individuals, that effect is not yet visible. If you are affected send details to our submit an article link.
Amsterdam is the winner
Amsterdam has won the right to become the new center for the European Medicines Agency (EMA). It all came down to a 2 horse race between Amsterdam and Milan.
Yet another permanent loss for the UK after Brexit.
With the loss of nearly 900 jobs and the loss to the city, for hotels and restaurants of around 40,000 vistors per year to the EMA, the losses are starting to climb. More from the Guardian
The other losers from this decision are the UK based pharmaceutical companies, and potentially the UK NHS.