Category: News Bites

EU to put Cayman Islands on tax haven blacklist

February 13th, 2020 by

The EU blacklists tax haven the Cayman Islands following the UK departure from the EU.

Blacklisted countries face additional hurdles in accessing EU funds and European companies must take additional compliance measures if they do business in the territories
The decision will be seen as a shot across the bows of the UK ahead of negotiations on the future relationship with the bloc. ~ The Guardian.

No.10 bans media outlets from briefing causing press walkouts

February 3rd, 2020 by

Ryanair recruits must have unrestricted EU access

February 3rd, 2020 by

Ryanair will be holding a recruitment day on 22 February 2020 in Manchester with the following requirements. Point 1 is worth noting.

1. Applicants must have the unrestricted right to live and work in the EU.
2. You must be between 5 “2 (157 cm) and 6” 2 (188 cm) in height.
3. You must be able to swim 25 meters unaided.
4. It helps if you are hardworking, flexible and have an outgoing and friendly personality.
5. Adaptable and happy to work a shift roster.
6. Enjoy dealing with the public and have the ability to provide excellent customer service with a ‘can do’ attitude.
7. Comfortable speaking and writing in English with ease.
8. A passion for travelling and meeting new people.

The blame game begins as UK trade position hardens

February 1st, 2020 by

It’s been less than 24 hours since the United Kingdom left the European Union and it appears the government has already started the blame game.

With Brexit now done and dusted, the EU can no longer be the target for problems at home in the UK. Johnson appears to be taking fire at the EU already by attempting to talk tough on trade negotiations with a take it or leave it attitude before they have even begun.

The reality of not being able to have his cake and eat it has not sunk in and comments today hint at a turbulent few months of trade negotiations.

This could all be government bluster ahead of negotiations but it reiterates that a no-deal option is still firmly on the table which would be the worst possible outcome for the UK.

Brexit day arrives

January 31st, 2020 by

The 31 January has arrived, the day of Brexit. An event has been held in Parliament Square while in Scotland crowds gathered outside the Scottish Parliament to show support for the EU.

This is definitely a country split apart by the Brexit project and there appears to be little sign that a healing process has begun, and it may never begin, especially if the Johnson government fails to stick to its election campaign promises. The pre-referendum promises have yet to materialise and the road ahead is going to be a rocky one, especially with a cliff edge still looming at the end of 2020.

The UK now treads an uncertain path during the transition period which begins on 1 February with trade negotiations set to start in March.

Brexit arrives

LedbyDonkeys shone once again with their poignant video which was projected onto the cliffs at Dover.

The EU lowered the flag at the European Parliament

Scotland sends a clear message to Europe


Parliament Square

11 PM Arrives