Blog: Pounds and ounces will return to stores as part of the Brexit liberalization – R&R Magazine ( Rest and Relax

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The government has announced that British shops and kiosks will again sell only goods weighed in pounds and ounces, which was previously prohibited by the European Union. As the media reported on Friday, this ban sowed the seeds of Brexit years ago.

David Frost, Minister for Relations with the European Union, announced the restoration of imperialist measures on Thursday, speaking of a broader review of existing EU regulations and the elimination of unnecessary ones. In fact, the old scales can still be used, as long as they appear in kilograms, grams, or liters at the same time.

“Often over-regulation has been put in place and agreed upon in Brussels without the UK’s national interest in mind. We now have an opportunity to do things differently and make sure the freedoms of Brexit are used to help businesses and citizens succeed,” Frost said.

On Friday, a government spokesperson, responding to opposition allegations that the government had lost touch with reality while dealing with such matters now, stressed that the pound and the ounce are only a small part of the broader liberalization that will help the economy.

The return of imperialist measures is already symbolic, but the British media notes that from these seemingly secondary issues, the first time in Great Britain began to talk seriously about leaving the European Union. The Times and I on Friday summoned Sunderland store owner Stephen Thoburn, who was arrested and convicted in 2001 for violating the Weights and Measures Act, after undercover work inspectors purchased a batch of bananas from him for 34p and seized him using only conventional measures, not Standards imposed by the European Union.

He wrote: “In 2001, a Sunderland vegetable store owner may have done more than any other politician to steer Britain on the path to Brexit when he was found guilty of breaching EU laws prohibiting the sale of pounds and ounces of fruit and vegetables.” Times”.

As the newspaper reported, U.S. District Judge Bruce Morgan said at the time that “as long as a country remains a member of the European Union, the laws of that country are governed by the doctrine of the precedence of community law.” As he notes, the Thoburn affair sparked a broader debate among Brexit supporters, and Boris Johnson, editor of the conservative weekly newspaper The Spectator, now Prime Minister of Great Britain, was among those who chose it.

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Blog: GLEN OWEN: Liz Truss vows to ‘reclaim Brexit’ – Daily Mail

The secrets of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle were kept on a portable whiteboard, wheeled into the Prime Minister’s office on a trolley and pointed discreetly towards his corner desk, where aides thrashed out various sackings and promotions.

By the middle of Wednesday morning, hours before the first announcements were made, many of the moves were still in flux. But one key role had been set in stone – Liz Truss’s promotion to the Foreign Office in place of a seething Dominic Raab.

The latest stage in the rise and rise of Ms Truss has been interpreted by many as a Machiavellian move by Mr Johnson – keeping her out of the way of adoring local party associations and ‘setting her up to fail’ by handing her over to the hostile forces of the pro-EU mandarinate at the Foreign Office.

Liz Truss, pictured arriving on Friday in Downing Street is the Tory Party’s first female Foreign Secretary, wants to use her role to mould her vision of post-Brexit Britain

PM Boris Johnson demoted Dominic Rabb, but made him Deputy Prime Minister to soften the blow of losing one of the four big offices of state

These bullets are, as usual, bouncing off Ms Truss, who professes herself delighted by a portfolio that she believes gives her the perfect platform to mould her vision of post-Brexit Britain.

The Tory Party’s first female Foreign Secretary is understood privately to share the dissatisfaction of backbenchers, who complain that the reality of the UK’s departure from the EU falls short of the buccaneering picture portrayed by its architects.

Instead of witnessing Britain’s transformation into a low-tax, low-regulation ‘Singapore on Thames’, they have seen the imposition of a new £12 billion annual levy to fund health and social care, been told to prepare for a corporation tax hike from 19 per cent to 25 per cent by 2023 and grown restive over the speed at which EU red tape has been cut.

Ms Truss is also impatient to ‘reclaim Brexit’ with Britain becoming an incentivising hub on the edge of Europe which could beat France and Germany in the battle for billions in international investment through low taxes and the removal of Brussels’s regulatory shackles.

As one ally puts it: ‘Liz wants to focus more on what she calls “economic diplomacy”, with Britain being more competitive in the global marketplace and promoting free enterprise across the world.’

Some senior Government figures are concerned by her promotion, however, with one source saying: ‘Liz will need a strong team around her. The Foreign Office civil servants killed Raab, and they could do the same to her.’

No 10 has kept Ministers on their toes about the reshuffle over the past fortnight, sending out false signals about its imminence.

Even as late as Wednesday morning, some advisers were being dropped hints that it was coming on Friday – although a leak on one WhatsApp group warning the printing of the Cabinet line-up for next month’s Tory Party Conference had been delayed from Tuesday to Thursday was a bit of a giveaway.

Preparations had been under way for several weeks, with the Prime Minister – and former Daily Telegraph columnist – taking what one source described as a ‘journalistic’ approach: ringing round trusted advisers and scribbling down notes as he canvassed opinion.

Central to the process were Dan Rosenfield, No 10’s chief of staff, and Declan Lyons, Mr Johnson’s Political Secretary, who marshalled the views of No 10 advisers and fed them to the Prime Minister.

Inevitably, Michael Gove posed the biggest conundrum – how could he be handed a portfolio commensurate with his skills and experience without disrupting the Cabinet power balance?

The solution – making him Minister for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities – is being spun by everyone as a victory: by his allies, because it gives Mr Gove a central role executing the Tories’ flagship ‘levelling up’ policy, and by his enemies because it falls short of being a great office of state. Plus, he will be forced to define what ‘levelling up’ actually means.

He will also have to defuse party tensions over planning reforms and continue his fraught dealings with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over Scottish independence.

Allies of Mr Rosenfield also present it as a ‘wing-clipping’ exercise because it supposedly highlighted the limited reach of a cabal of ‘Goveite’ advisers in No 10.

While the Prime Minister relished the freedom to make changes without the influence – or interference – of former adviser Dominic Cummings, the reshuffle came at a difficult time for him: shortly after the death of his mother.

It meant he was moving, or sacking, people who had just offered their condolences, heightening the emotional temperature further.

At least one sacked Minister left Mr Johnson’s office in tears.

For others, their fears proved unfounded. Home Secretary Priti Patel had grown increasingly concerned that she was going to be ousted by Mr Gove, and had prepared a trenchant defence of her record in Government. Unnecessarily, as it turned out.

A source said: ‘Boris’s relationship with Priti is stronger than people think. This reshuffle was all about cultivating and retaining loyalists.’

Observers are divided about whether Chancellor Rishi Sunak can be counted as one of those. At least one backbencher claims that Mr Sunak privately believes the Health and Social Care levy was a ‘mess’ which he had been ‘bounced into’ – something that the Treasury denies.

The source added: ‘Rishi is doing his typical submarine act, choosing his battles but mostly staying out of trouble. How long can that last?’

Chairman Dowden to be tough like Cecil 

New Tory co-chairman Oliver Dowden will restore the post to its power in the Thatcher era, party sources said last night.

They said the former Culture Secretary would be as important in Boris Johnson’s top team as Cecil Parkinson and Norman Tebbit were in Margaret Thatcher’s. The pair chaired the party at key pre-election times during Lady Thatcher’s decade in power.

The move comes after mounting complaints from Tory backbenchers over the party’s performance under previous chairman Amanda Milling, including the shock loss in the Amersham and Chesham by-election.

New Tory co-chairman Oliver Dowden will restore the post to its power in the Thatcher era, party sources said last night

According to reports, Mr Dowden marked his appointment with a rousing speech to staff to ‘prepare for the next election’.

However, critics pointed out that under the party structure, Mr Dowden will still share the chairmanship with well-connected businessman Ben Elliot.

Top economist will help with ‘levelling up’

Boris Johnson’s ambitious levelling-up agenda will be delivered with the help of top economist Andy Haldane.

The former Bank of England’s chief economist will lead a new ‘Levelling Up Taskforce’, jointly established by the Prime Minister and Michael Gove, the Cabinet Minister overseeing the plans. Mr Haldane, who will report jointly to Mr Johnson and Mr Gove, said yesterday: ‘Levelling up is one of the signature challenges of our time.’

The Prime Minister also sought to underscore his commitment to the plans by announcing Mr Gove, who moved last week from the Cabinet Office, as the Secretary of State for Levelling Up.

However, Mr Johnson is still facing criticism that he has yet to define levelling up or give the policy real meaning.

Boris Johnson’s ambitious levelling-up agenda will be delivered with the help of top economist Andy Haldane

Blog: Brexit: French fishermen protest over restricted access to Jersey waters after October 1st – EU Today

Brexit: French fishermen protest over restricted access to Jersey waters after October 1st

A fresh protest over post-Brexit rights for fishing vessels to access Jersey’s waters has been held in France, The BBC reports.

More than 100 fishermen gathered on Armanville beach in Normandy on Saturday, where the power cable which supplies the Channel Island lands. The protest is the latest in a dispute over access to Jersey’s waters for French fishing boats.

They gathered to express frustration at plans to restrict access to the number of vessels from October 1st.

They said nothing has been done and they feared they will lose their livelihoods, if Government of Jersey restrictions over how many days they can fish and what equipment they can use are introduced as planned.

In May, dozens of boats blockaded St Helier harbour in protest, a move which saw Royal Navy ships deployed to monitor the situation.

This move followed the intervention of French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin, who threatened to cut off Jersey’s electricity over the restrictions initially introduced in May.

Negotiations over fishing rights under the UK and EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), signed ahead of Brexit in December 2020 are ongoing, after a further three month delay in July, and are based around fishing vessels being able to demonstrate a history of operating in Jersey waters between 2017 and 2020.

Currently, 48 fishing vessels from France larger than 12m will be licensed to fish in Jersey waters once the scheme begins.

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Blog: State Support Available to Hungarian Companies Facing Difficulties as a Result of Brexit – Hungary Today

Applications for state support can be submitted between October 11 and 15 by Hungarian companies that face difficulties as a result of Brexit, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

Péter Szijjártó said on Facebook that the government had decided hardly a week ago not to wait for the European Union procedure which could extend for four years but offer support to Hungarian companies in trouble this year already.

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“We have decided to advance the funds from national coffers and provide a bid opportunity to companies facing difficulties because of Brexit,” Szijjártó said.Continue reading

“Extended transfer is no solution right now, there is no time to wait because the economy will soon recover and our interest is that Hungarian companies should be well-capitalised and be able to take the best possible starting position now for the new global economic competition,” he said.

A 22 billion forint (EUR 63m) allocation set up by the EU will be made available now from state resources to all Hungarian companies that are willing to carry out investment to boost exports despite the difficulties that result from Brexit, Szijjártó said.

The main conditions for support have been published already a detailed announcement will be made on October 1, after which date Hungarian companies will have ten days to prepare their applications, he said.

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Blog: Britain may revert back to imperial system as part of plans to ‘capitalise on new Brexit freedoms’ – Business Insider South Africa

  • The UK announced plans on Thursday to reevaluate leftover laws from the European Union.
  • The government said it will review the EU ban on imperial units and legislate “in due course.”
  • The EU-imposed metric system has “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU campaigners,” i news said.
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The UK is considering reverting back to the imperial system, the weight and measurement system that uses pounds and ounces, as part of it’s efforts to “capitalise on the freedoms from Brexit,” according to the British government.

In statement issued Thursday, the UK said thousands of European Union laws that the UK retained after Brexit “will be scrutinised by the Government to ensure they are helping the UK to thrive as a modern, dynamic, independent country and foster innovation across the British economy.”

The announcement said the government will be considering laws that have an impact on technology, transportation, and agriculture. It also said it would be “reviewing the EU ban on markings and sales in imperial units and legislating in due course, none of which were possible within the EU.”

Under the EU, supermarkets in the UK were required to list measurements for fruits and vegetables in the metric system, such as grams and kilograms, starting in 1994. However, the EU allowed Britain to use imperial measurements alongside metric, according to The New York Times.

Most of the world uses the metric system of weights and measurements. The US uses the imperial system.

UK newspaper i news said the EU-imposed metric system has “long been a flashpoint for anti-EU campaigners.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on a promise of reverting to the imperial system, saying in 2019 the change would be part of “an era of generosity and tolerance towards traditional measurements,” according to The Week.

With the announcement on Thursday, David Frost, the UK’s Brexit chief, said “overbearing regulations were often conceived and agreed in Brussels with little consideration of the UK national interest,” i news reported.

“We now have the opportunity to do things differently and ensure that Brexit freedoms are used to help businesses and citizens get on and succeed,” Frost said.

Critics have said changes to such rules seem insignificant in light of the difficulties businesses are having filling positions, driven “in part because of the exodus of European Union immigrants since the vote to leave the bloc,” The New York Times reported.

Other changes to back to pre-EU times have also been celebrated by the pro-Brexit crowd, including the UK reverting back to blue-colored passports last year, replacing the burgundy color used by EU countries.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said at the time the blue passport will “once again be entwined with our national identity,” the BBC reported.