Rejoin march this Saturday

The fight back begins and we must be seen! We cannot let Brexit be the norm! We owe it to future generations to start the reversal of the tragedy that is Brexit.   

Join us for the Rejoin March in London on the 10th of September. Full details can be found here

We will meet at Reading Station (South entrance) from 9:30 am for photo opportunities, etc. Then we’ll catch a train to Paddington between 10:30 and 10:45 am. There’ll be another meet-up at Paddington in front of WH Smiths to allow people from Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead to join us. Then at 11-11:20 am we’ll walk from Paddington to the Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, (this takes a good 25 mins – nearest post code SW1X 7DL – check this map to get exact location). Then we’ll ease our way into the march from there when it starts at 13:00. Bring flags, placards, etc.


UK: Online Safety Bill is a serious threat to human rights online – Article19

ARTICLE 19 remains concerned about the Online Safety Bill, which is currently being debated in the UK Parliament. The Bill is an extremely complex and incoherent piece of legislation that will undermine freedom of expression and information, privacy and the rule of law and will ultimately be ineffective in achieving its stated goal of making the Internet a safer place. We urge UK legislators to not shy away from the sweeping overhaul that this Bill requires in order to fully protect all human rights online.

British wine wholesaler ‘leaves Brexitland for good’ over paperwork

The Guardian 26th July 2022

Daniel Lambert, who supplies M&S, Waitrose and 300 independent retailers, to set up in France after £150,000 hole in revenue

Before Brexit, transporting wine across the Channel was relatively straightforward. After Brexit, it has turned into a nightmare.

Still, we’ve got blue passports now!

UK chemicals sector hit by £2bn Brexit red tape bill

FT 26th July 2022

George Parker and Peter Foster

Outside FT Paywall

The chemicals sector faces a £2bn hit of post-Brexit red tape, twice the cost of initial industry estimates, as Britain sets up its own regulatory regime, ministers have warned.

The Defra impact assessment implied a £91,000 bill for each substance registered under the UK scheme known as UK Reach.

During the Brexit trade negotiations, the UK failed to negotiate reciprocal access to the equivalent EU database. UK chemical companies now face huge bills to register in UK Reach.


The Independent 25th July 2022

This link is outside the paywall.

British passport holders must now have their travel documents inspected and stamped.

Just when we all thought the queuing in Dover and Folkestone this weekend was a temporary inconvenience that will soon be sorted out.

The next steps, which are due to be introduced in May 2023, will involve more red tape. Passport stamping will end. Every traveller must be fingerprinted and provide a facial biometric instead.

The EU will introduce an “entry exit system” (EES) that will record the movements of non-EU visitors.

British travellers are restricted to 90 days stay in any 180 days, but checks currently depend on checking passport stamps and are haphazard.

Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: EU Commission launches four new infringement procedures against the UK 22nd July 2022

The European Commission has today launched four new infringement procedures against the United Kingdom for not complying with significant parts of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland

1. Failing to comply with the applicable customs requirements, supervision requirements and risk controls on the movement of goods from Northern Ireland to Great Britain.

2.Failing to notify the transposition of EU legislation laying down general EU rules on excise duties,

3. Failing to notify the transposition of EU rules on excise duties on alcohol and alcoholic beverages.

4. Failing to implement EU rules on Value Added Tax (VAT) for e-commerce, namely the Import One-Stop Shop (IOSS).

Green groups in last-ditch bid to block UK’s Australia trade deal

The Guardian 19th July 2022

Environmental campaigners have launched a last-ditch legal bid to prevent or delay the UK’s trade deal with Australia.

The groups – include WWF, Sustain, Green Alliance, Compassion in World Farming, the Soil Association, the Trade Justice Movement and the Tenant Farmers’ Association.

Under the Australian trade deal, the UK could be opened up to Australian beef and other farm products that are subject to lower standards, including on the use of antibiotics on livestock and of harmful pesticides, than are legal in the UK.

Flaws in the UK / New Zealand trade deal exposed by separate EU arrangements. 15th July 2022

Chris Southworth, the director of the International Chamber of Commerce, speaking on the Farming Today programme, when asked if the UK-New Zealand trade deal left British farmers at a disadvantage compared to EU farmers, agrees the new UK / NZ trade deal is potentially damaging to UK food and farming interests.