It seems that having an ardent EU supporter as president hasn't helped the french ports get a share of any extra traffic to and from Ireland after Brexit.
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Despite President Macron's full on support for the EU and his tough stance on the UK over Brexit, the EU Commission has decided that French ports will not be the ones to benefit from a new shipping route to link the Republic of Ireland with the rest of the EU post-Brexit.
"It will instead look at the routing of one of its corridors to connect Dublin and Cork with with ports of Zeebrugge and Antwerp in Belgium, as well as the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, to transport trade directly from Ireland to mainland Europe." Says the Express.
This would take traffic off of UK roads and send it on the longer route by sea.
The good point here is fewer lorries on the roads, the bad is that UK ports may be quieter due to no longer servicing the EU/Republic of Ireland shipping traffic conduit – but all the traffic coming in to UK ports would then be properly UK bound.
One surmises that, if the sea route was the cheaper and/or more efficient route, goods would already be travelling via this route anyway.
So, is Ireland about to experience some price rises for imports as well as make its exports less competitive in the EU?
This move by the EU Commission also means that the major French ports could well miss out on huge amounts of EU funding to upgrade their facilities.
As ever, the EU is looking to the whole EU and individual nations matter not one jot.
The final decision on all of this will depend on agreement by the Council of Europe and the EU parliament as well as the outcome of any Brexit agreement.
And of course, all is calm and sweet in the Utopia that is the EU – well actually it isn't.
German factory orders dropped four per cent in June compared to May and this was caused by a drop in demand from outside the Eurozone, reports Business Insider.
"In June, orders from inside Germany were down 2.8 percent and those from other countries in the 19-nation eurozone dropped 2.7 percent. Orders from outside the eurozone fell 5.9 percent." Said the report.
And Nasdaq reports that European shares have retreated over trade concerns.
This was put down to a combination of US/China trade concerns and the greater chance of a no-deal Brexit.
"Chinese state media has unleashed an unusually brutal and personal attack on U.S. President Donald Trump, raising investor concerns that the risks from the U.S.-China trade war will be a drag on overall global growth." Said Nasdaq.
A letter marked 'official sensitive' from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (the APCC), says that a no-deal Brexit will pose a substantial risk to public safety, reports the Guardian.
What they're saying is that the police will instantly lose the access they need to such things as databases and cross-border investigative powers.
"The European commission’s Brexit preparedness unit, operating under its German secretary general, Martin Selmayr, has already said it would 'switch off the databases' if a deal was not struck in the coming months." Says the Guardian.
This of course is not a failure of Brexit, it is a failure of those planning for it – or not planning as is becoming more and more apparent each day.
Anyone would think that the EU was the whole world, or that criminals only come from the EU. Surely we can set up information sharing with other nations, after all the technology exists – and surely we should have been 90% there by now.
The real question to ask is why have we been spending all our time trying to stay in these EU agencies instead of forming our own with instructions to build ties around the world where necessary and then legislate accordingly.
And the real truth here is that the Remain led establishment has been fighting this every step of the way!
Brexiteer Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkins says that, just like the Millennium Bug in a couple of years time we'll all be asking ourselves what all the fuss was about.
Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme he said:
"The civil service and the government are feeding the industry – and the industry is feeding the government – with this diet of gloom, alarm and despondency. Actually, it is unnecessary.
“We will look back and wonder what all the fuss was about – a bit like the Millennium bug. Remember all the experts on the Millennium bug?”
Well I do and what an expensive non-event that was!
The Tory MP also said:
"What will happen to the quarter of Dutch poultry farmers who sell their goods to the UK or the one fifth of Spanish tomatoes that come to the UK – what will happen to those producers of the EU insists on putting up all these barriers?
"There would be rioting in the streets at this perverse behaviour."
Now finally, a lot is being made of the pound going down recently, but I just want to point out that, despite this, Sterling is still higher against the Euro today than it was at this same time last year.
Also, despite all the worries, the FTSE 250, which is regarded by many as a good barometer for the UK, closed a little up on the day and the FTSE 100 was a cat's whisker down on the day. Both indices are above where they were a year ago.