Brexit Britain from Abroad: Cursed Tories Zigzag Towards a Cliff-Edge Brexit

 German Business Preparing for Hard Brexit

German companies are watching the zigzag course of the British government and the very difficult Brexit negotiations with the EU with nervousness. Great Britain is one of the most important trading partners in Germany. German companies have recently exported goods worth around one hundred billion dollars to Great Britain. German companies employ around 400,000 employees in the United Kingdom.

"The unbundling of one of the closest allies of Germany is inevitably associated with high economic losses," warns Lang. Basically, the German economy is preparing itself in working groups for all possible scenarios, according to the BDI. A disorganized departure from the EU from the EU without any consequences would lead to considerable disruptions for all parties involved, Lang said. Over many activities of German firms "not only the Damocles sword of uncertainty hovers, they are exposed to the risk of massive devaluation".

Der Spiegel

Brexit Causing Manpower Shortage

Alex Wretham has a bar, restaurant and brasserie in Ealing Broadway, West London: sixty-five employees, for a thriving SME. " But on some days, our business is on the verge of breaking up because we can not find anyone to wash the dishes," explains Charlotte's boss. He has tried everything: local classifieds, direct contact with local job centers , temporary work agencies ... Nothing is done, the dozen people he needs to dive is extremely difficult to find.

Of course, in a British capital that is full-fledged, it has always been complicated to find workers for these "very hard" tasks , according to Mr. Wretham's own admission. But the vote in favor of Brexit in June 2016 changed the fragile balance in place.

Not that immigration rules have changed or that Charlotte's boss sees many Europeans leaving London, but the number of new migrants has sharply reduced."Since the pound collapsed, those who come to work very hard for a few months and send money to them are far fewer. The value of what they earn here, transferred to local currency, has dropped significantly. "

Eric Albert, Le Monde

No Progress on Divorce Bill

Estimates vary widely on the amount Britain will be expected to pay, from 20 billion euros ($27 billion) to over three times that amount.

“Serious rifts remain, especially on the financial settlement,” Barnier said. “We will not pay at 27 what has been decided at 28, it is simple as that.”

The parliamentary resolution called for postponing any move to widen the talks with Britain unless “a major breakthrough” takes place during the fifth round of negotiations in Brussels next week.

Observers said decisive progress was highly unlikely.

Tuesday’s moves further dampened hopes that the EU leaders might give the green light to an expansion in the talks at a summit on Oct 19-20.

British Prime Minister Theresa May downplayed the EU vote, saying it was “not unexpected” and adding that she believed EU leaders were beginning to consider Britain’s ideas.

Raf Casert and Lorne Cook, The Washington Post

Fears on Progress

The European Parliament was able to express its fears on Tuesday 3 October in plenary on the progress of the divorce between the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Brexit chief negotiator Michel Barnier acknowledged this in Strasbourg on Tuesday (3 October): "We have not yet made enough progress today to start the second phase of the negociation. " The European Parliament has weight in these discussions, since it is he who at the end of the race ratifies - or not - the withdrawal agreement of the United Kingdom.

The EU has always set itself the goal of agreeing on the conditions of exit from the United Kingdom before beginning to talk about the relationship with the British. But this first phase of negotiation (dealing with the cost of divorce, border management with Ireland and citizens' rights in each party) is bogged down.

Jean-Baptiste François, Le Croix

The Brexit Curse

While Brussels told the British yesterday that months of negotiations had not been fruitful, the disunity among the Conservatives over Britain's future is greater than ever. Justice Secretary of State Phillip Lee, for example, considers the demarcation from the continent to be "just as bad as Trumps Wall". For Hardline-Brexiteers the building of the wall can not go fast enough.

Meanwhile, the respect of many delegates to their "ministers" - as well as to the Prime Minister - seems to be waning at this congress. In the first part of the Congress, before the Brexit debates on the service evening, the congress hall was always half empty. Talks such as those of the Chancellor of the Treasury, Philip Hammond, who hardly offered anything new, hardly had their own visions of the future, did not help to lift the mood. They only increased the frustration of the party base.

Peter Nonnenmacher, Der Bund

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