Conservative Councillors would like additional clarity for their councils to adapt and ensure a successful life outside the EU
In late September 2020 the Conservative Group for Europe circulated a questionnaire to senior Conservative Councillors in major English local authorities. Response was voluntary, unattributable and we are not making any claim that it is a structured survey of all councils.
In the years to come when the CGE International Trade Policy Group looks back on what we achieved in our first six months, coping with a national lockdown and trying to understand the issues that are paramount going forward, I think members will be satisfied with the work completed.
The group set itself the task of developing three reports; the first was to look from a top level perspective at where the gaps in knowledge around future trading with our European neighbours lay; the second was a detailed look at ways of resetting our country’s relationship with Brussels after some very tense negotiations; and the third was taking a look at specific issues at port-side around the roll on/roll off trade that currently freely flows between the UK and EU.
When discussing trade deals, we should beware any politician who talks of possible Tariff or Quota barriers, but ignores the third category, namely Non-Tariff Barriers. These are by far the most destructive barrier– tariffs and quotas are transparent, published in advance, and apply to all, and strategies can be pursued to mitigate them.
This week Brexit negotiations resumed between the UK and the EU. Taking place over video link, this particular round of talks are the last before the EU leaders’ summit on 18 June. The negotiations have so far have made little ground, with both the EU and UK negotiators; Michel Barnier and Sir David Frost, taking contrasting stances on most issues. This is despite the Government’s approach stating a deal would be preferable to reduce barriers to trade and streamline processes. However, the looming end to the agreed transition period at the end of December brings an increased risk of a no-deal outcome. Such a situation would bring a host of implications for health and care providers, the staff that work for them and, by extension, the patients, and residents they serve.Read more
The Brexit talks have stalled, the negotiations are in deadlock, and the 30 June deadline to extend the transition is looming. Pragmatic Conservatives need to take stock and re-orientate. It is now clear that we need to keep a border from opening up in the Irish Sea. The fate of the Union is at stake, and although this looming crisis is overshadowed by the pandemic, we must not lose sight of the integrity of the United Kingdom.
Seventy-five years ago today, the Second World War came to an end in Europe.
8 May 1945 marked the end of the Nazi reign of tyranny, the end of night-time bombing raids and death marches, the end of unprecedented German crimes and the end of the Shoah, that betrayal of all civilised values. Here in Berlin, where the war of annihilation was conceived and from where it was unleashed, and whither it returned with the full force of destruction – we had planned to commemorate this day jointly with others.
We thought we missed something? A brief check around colleagues in the Conservative Group for Europe indicated very little exposure to the “Get ready for BREXIT” campaign. Only last night did the campaign seem to move onto TV.Read more
The Conservative Group for Europe sponsored a 3-day International Policy Seminar which was organised by our youth wing – the Young CGE. This is the second international conference which YCGE has organised within the past 6 months, and we are most pleased they are growing in strength, size and complexity.Read more