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Facts4EU has the story!

"In a major announcement overnight, the Government has declared the UK’s first post-Brexit Freeport officially open as of today.

"Teesside Freeport has begun operations this morning (19 Nov 2021) putting the region at the forefront of manufacturing and innovation, green energy, and boosting jobs, trade and investment"

More please!



England fast-tracking GMO food?

"Ministers say that the next step is introducing legislation that would allow gene-edited food from crops and livestock that could have been created naturally, or through traditional breeding, to be sold without having to go through GM regulations and safety tests"

GMWatch has some comments:

"we do not agree with ... [the] definition of gene editing as 'speeding up a process that might happen naturally'. This is GMO industry framing that is based on zero evidence; on the contrary, there is plenty of evidence that gene editing causes intended and unintended changes that could not happen naturally or are extremely unlikely to happen naturally" 

Apparently our ministers believe that there is no need to label such foodstuffs either! Do they work for us or do they work for the GM food industry?

So much for transparency.

I wonder how many of those who voted in the Brexit referendum (on either side) voted for this?

To be fair to the BBC, they reported this at the end of September (under "science and environment").

Probably not an eye-catcher, but worth reading.

As the writers in the Comments section note - will our farmers be too pleased when the EU slaps additional controls on our exports to keep this stuff out?



Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has been touring Northern Ireland and commenting upon the NI Protocol, which continues to be a source of friction and dissent in the province.

So who is his excellency? Read his responsibilities here and form your own conclusions.

His official title bestowed by Ms von der Leyen is "Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight" (I'm reminded of Jim Hacker being the minister for the Department of Administrative Affairs, but I'm sure the vice-president has far greater responsibilities. Let us hope that he doesn't have the monopoly on foresight). There is more of course, but I'll let those interested follow up the link.

Facts4EU present their analysis of his remarks to Queen's University Belfast in the context of Northern Ireland history and present day life, and it's becoming hard to dissociate the vice-president from the Orwellian concept of the Minister of Truth. 

An interesting exploration of the EU approach to Northern Ireland. 

"Plus ça change ..." as they say.

Is the writing on the wall now for the NI Protocol?

Perhaps Lord Frost will give it a well overdue coup de grâce?

Like/dislike this video here.



The Brexit Watch team deliver a slew of articles on the NI protocol situation. This has been rumbling on for so long that one comes to the conclusion that it suits both sides to keep it going, either as a distraction from other matters or to provoke mistakes by their opponents. Either way, good faith is called into question.

I take the view that with Brexit formally done (if still not much implemented in terms of cutting the red tape) this will be resolved sooner or later along with much else that afflicts the EU (migrants in all directions, populations becoming more restless by the week, and Covid nonsense escalating once again as winter arrives).

Still, it's useful to remind ourselves from time to time that Brexit is still demonstrating how little our governments actually care to respond to their peoples, whilst the global jet-setters still push their UN agendas to stifle normal economic activity whilst pushing the limits of how far it remains possible to enrich the global corporate oligarchy even further. 



It seems an aeon since we voted to leave the EU.

It took three years of obfuscation that threatened the collapse of Parliament before we finally voted (for a least the third time) for us to leave, even on Boris' compromised Withdrawal Agreement that it seems nobody fully understood.

As a result the EU has been leveraging that verbiage to keep Northern Ireland within the EU, no doubt with the support of the Irish government who would like to end up with a united Ireland under their control. I suspect that they should be careful what they wish for - a united Ireland might not be the panacea that brings an end to the "troubles".

For a review of roughly where these negotiations now stand and whither they might be (still painfully slowly) moving, the Express published a piece by Jayne Adye of Get Britain Out.

It's worth perusing, and it reiterates the same point that we have known all along - the UK must take and keep the initiative in these ongoing battles of the negotiation and the parallel public narrative - against the ponderous bureaucratic monolithic EU, how difficult can that really be?