A rather depressing but some might think all-too-predictable analysis of the new trade deal with New Zealand is offered by Brexit Watch.
"Who negotiated this deal, the EU?"
A fair question. Still, over the next 4 to 8 years (why so long?) tariffs on nearly all of New Zealand's products will be removed, although it seems that some quotas may remain.
So from all parties' point of view, traders and producers will have time to review supply chains and bring in controlled change. One can always argue about the details, but clearly an abrupt removal might be a source of unwanted disruption.
There again, the world is being disrupted with supply chains already in some turmoil, so one wonders whether we might need a bit more flexibility.
"the so-called ‘High Potential Individual’ visa... would allow graduates of universities around the world to come to the UK to work in jobs at any skill or pay level for two to three years"
"this is being enacted with minimal checks and balances, including….
- NO annual cap on numbers (even with 70% of the public wanting such a cap – Deltapoll, 2019).
- NO minimum salary requirement(even though the lack of one will open UK workers to the real risk of being undercut by cheaper overseas staff).
- NO need to secure a job before coming (even as 64% of the public say non-UK workers should have to have a job offer from an approved employer before coming here (YouGov, February 2020).
- NO protection for the UK jobskeekers(even though nearly eight in