Lobbying during Brexit April 5, 2017Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
I was reading a piece on how the Association of British Travel Agents were lobbying the Brexit Negotiations
The British travel industry is urging the government to protect the many benefits currently enjoyed by UK holidaymakers under EU membership, including visa-free travel and free or reduced healthcare, in Brexit negotiations.
Now maybe I’m late coming to this but I’d imagine visa free travel to the UK wouldn’t have been uppermost in the priorities of Leave voters worried about Immigration.
Given the short two year negotiation period ,lobbyists in the UK (and no doubt Brussels) will be going all out to ensure that their voices are heard. Get their particular area given priority in negotiations.
Already we see headlines like these..
Brexit has also been described as a “Lobbying Gold Rush”.
No surprise too when we learn that ..
“So much of what goes on with lobbying remains in the shadows,” and that all the major Lobbying firms have now specialised Brexit lobbying divisions.
At the minute the whole thing is looking haphazard from the UK side anyway. Trade Missions to India, Saudi Arabia, The Philippines and so on. The row over Gibraltar and God knows Gibraltar is probably a far higher priority to their Imperial Little Englander mindset than the border in our own island.
Brexit seems to be leading them down a series of blind Alleys. Be it “Empire 2.0” or even the order of which area will be negotiated.
This all to a backdrop of the Right Wing Tory Press whipping up anti European sentiment and the likes of Farage comparing the EU to the Mafia. From the outside it appears a shambles.
Into this crazy vacuum come the lobbyists and dealmakers, some which have switched from the Senior Positions in the UK Public Service to the Private Sector Lobbying groups ….. needless to say it won’t be the lesser off that will have the most powerful or influential lobbies.