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Daily Brexit Update: Friday 31st August 2018
Next update will be Monday 3rd September 2018
Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns says that while we've been working for Brexit on the surface, Whitehall has ensured we have become more entangled in a future EU military machine.
Writing in Brexit Central she says the root problem stems from the PM's February speech in Munich.
"In that speech, the Prime Minister outlined a Europe Unit proposal known as the ‘Deep and Special Partnership’, a key part of which meant the UK would stay in the EU Commission’s new defence fund and its new defence industrial programme." She wrote.
This is something that the UKIP AM David Kurten has also written about. In an article for Conservative Woman he said two supposed conservatives, David Cameron and Theresa May had both "…presided over an erosion of Britain’s armed forces which is unprecedented in our history".
He goes on to explain how, despite the Brexit negotiations intending to separate us from the EU where we could co-operate on defence, we are being sucked into its defence structures.
As he says: "Even if we leave the EU with no deal, Mrs May is likely to commit the UK to remain in the EU’s defence architecture, meaning that our armed forces will not be leaving the EU and will be permanently entangled in the EDA, CSDP, EDPD, EDF, PESCO and EU Battlegroups and any other new structures and schemes which the EU creates."
On the negotiations themselves, Dominic Raab and Michel Barnier are gearing up for a marathon six hour meeting to try and agree a deal prior to the EU summit on the 17th October.
But UK civil servants appear less than impressed over the government's handling of Brexit. "Four out of five of Whitehall’s scientists, engineers, analysts and mathematicians told the Prospect union they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the government’s ability to negotiate with the EU." Reports the Guardian.
UKIP MEP Stuart Agnew puts the cat amongst the pigeons on climate (video):
There are opportunities out there in the world outside the EU:
EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES: Our research shows there's significant opportunity to grow UK exports in emerging, high-growth markets, where UK goods are perceived to be better quality and value for money https://t.co/fU10sBKb50 @tradegovuk #BackingtheUK #ExportingIsGREAT #ExportStrategy pic.twitter.com/tzgZSAxdVb
— Barclays Bank (@Barclays) August 30, 2018
And the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has been to Singapore:
.@LiamFox was in Singapore this week to champion our trade relationship & build support for 🇬🇧's prospective Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership accession.
Have your say in our public consultations on future trade deals 👉https://t.co/S5ASfnYFeG pic.twitter.com/Wm9whEOZGa
— Department for International Trade (@tradegovuk) August 29, 2018