Brexit may mean Britons need visas into the EU? What else did they expect? September 14, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
The Guardian front page on Saturday was making a lot of this. But to be honest read any sober commentators since the referendum result (and indeed before it) and that was near enough a given should Brexit become a reality.
Steve Peers, a professor of EU law at the University of Essex, said he could envisage British holidaymakers having to apply online through a future EU electronic visa waiver scheme before travelling to Spain or France, for example.
“It’s going to annoy a lot of people,” he said. “We can ask for full free movement, but any arrangement is going to have to be reciprocal, so you have to ask what Nigel Farage and the others will accept. We have no idea what the rules will be.”
Exactly. No idea. And none from the start. What geniuses thought this was a good plan?
British-based financial institutions must be prevented post-Brexit from selling their services in the eurozone, Emmanuel Macron, the likely progressive left candidate for the French presidency has told the Guardian.
He said a ban on so-called financial passporting rights, seen as potentially highly damaging to the City of London and one of the most fraught issues in Brexit talks, “should not be seen as a technical issue but a matter of sovereignty”.
One doesn’t have to be a fan of Macron in the slightest, and I’m not, to see which way matters are going in the EU in relation to Brexit.
David Davis, the Brexit secretary, has admitted the UK could have to revert to World Trade Organisation tariffs if it leaves the EU without having struck a trade deal with the bloc.
The cabinet minister said this was not a very likely outcome but still a possibility if the UK was not successful in talks with the EU.
The Labour MP Chuka Umunna, chair of the campaign group Vote Leave Watch, said Davis had “let the cat out of the bag [about] a real possibility that we could fall out of the EU with no trade deal, and face swingeing and destructive tariffs on key exports.”
Why, and I know I was asking this last week, did people like Davis believe that anyone would give the UK preferential treatment, even if it doesn’t quite come to no trade deal?