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Brexit Shorts

Brexit Shorts

– being a compilation of instant, sometimes off-the-cuff reactions to the day-to-day Brexit saga ……   EU Parliament plenary approves post-Brexit visa waiver for UK nationals 04/04/2019 Update. The full European Parliament, with 502 votes to 81 and 29 abstentions, today backed the draft EU law exempting UK citizens from […]

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15/04/2018 at 11:27Brexit EU

Just a tree. Or something more?

Just a tree. Or something more?

Is it possible to feel close to a tree? I ask because I’m unsure. But there is a particular tree I know that, when I’m feeling down or miserable, or that the world is an unspeakable place full of unspeakable people, I can go to, and simply by touching it, […]

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31/05/2019 at 10:39Climate Life&Liberty Share the vibe

BBC TV standards still on the wane

BBC TV standards still on the wane

27/04/2019. I’ve no doubt that BBC standards are sinking; with ever-increasing budget cuts it must be difficult to maintain any kind of quality. But even so, last night’s short viewing, after a day in London that left me thirsty for a little quality content, brought not only disappointment but the […]

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26/04/2019 at 23:55Life&Liberty UK

Brexit: The Clock is Ticking – the UK’s withdrawal as seen by Europe

Brexit: The Clock is Ticking – the UK’s withdrawal as seen by Europe

Brussels 12/04/2019. ‘The Clock is Ticking’, a film by Belgian filmmaker Alain de Halleux, charts Brexit from Europe’s point of view. More precisely, it follows the Brexit process as seen from the standpoint of the EU officials charged with negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. To make the […]

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12/04/2019 at 22:01Brexit EU

EU agrees post-Brexit visa-free travel for UK nationals

EU agrees post-Brexit visa-free travel for UK nationals

Brussels, 05/04/2019. On Wedneday this week, 03/04/2019, the EU Parliament Civil Liberties committee (LIBE) passed a proposal for visa-free travel for UK citizens post-Brexit, regardless of any deal or no-deal decision in the UK Parliament. The proposal had already been endorsed on the Tuesday by the EU Council’s Committee of […]

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05/04/2019 at 10:11Brexit EU Life&Liberty Travel

Brexit from College Green – time to decide

Brexit from College Green – time to decide

    Thursday 15/03/2019 should have been a momentous day in the UK’s long-running Brexit saga. The third of three days of key Parliamentary votes, on how the UK withdraws from the European Union, was meant to determine if the political deadlock in the House of Commons and the country […]

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17/03/2019 at 15:31Brexit EU

This week an EU ‘Big Brother’ administration became almost inevitable

This week an EU ‘Big Brother’ administration became almost inevitable

Brussels, 08 February 2019. While Brussels politicos spent yet another day thrashing about the future form of Brexit amid today’s visit from British Prime Minister Theresa May, the EU Council quietly announced this week that it has reached preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on interoperable information systems in justice […]

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08/02/2019 at 01:10EU Life&Liberty Travel

Brexit – what is needed is confidence in the government

Brexit – what is needed is confidence in the government

Update, 10/12/2018, evening. It seems Prime Minister Theresa May decided to postpone the vote – no surprise there. What happens now is anybody’s guess. Brussels, 10/12/2018. Channel 4’s excellent ‘The Real Brexit Debate’ last night was thought provoking. Four UK Members of Parliament; James Cleverly, Barry Gardner, Jacob Rees-Mogg and […]

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10/12/2018 at 12:51Brexit EU

The First World War trenches – mud, blood and ….. music

The First World War trenches – mud, blood and ….. music

Brussels, 07/11/2018. My abiding image of the First World War is of the trenches. The fortifications that marked the front line between 1914 and 1918 spanned much of Europe, yet in Britain the strongest folk memories come from those in France and Belgium, the appalling carnage of the Somme and […]

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06/11/2018 at 23:54Life&Liberty

Why I ride …

Why I ride …

      Oxford, 15/10/2018. I was musing on the consequences, mental as well as physical, of having an ‘off’ in the last few days. My incident happened last Saturday at dusk, when in a moment of lost concentration on a road I didn’t know, I failed to see a […]

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15/10/2018 at 20:42Auto Life&Liberty

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Real pension returns across the EU are dangerously low – they will not meet future pension needs

Brussels, 09/10/2018. Europe’s pension savings gap remains dangerously large, exceeding €2 trillion a year, which is about equivalent to 13% of Europe’s GDP (Mind the Gap 2016, Aviva). This is by far the biggest financial issue facing EU citizens, their children and grandchildren, believes Better Finance in Brussels. With government […]

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09/10/2018 at 17:00EU EU_Business Life&Liberty