This week there was even more confirmation that the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) really is at death's door. On Monday the Commission conceded that it had still to successfully negotiate even one of the proposed twenty four chapters of TTIP (mentioned at 1 min 50 secs):
This shows quite how little progress has been made on TTIP and confirms what I have been saying for a while: it is nearly over. It also shows how difficult trade negotiations can be, something the UK Government keeps forgetting. In further TTIP news French Trade Minister Matthias Fekl confirmed that since the talks were going nowhere France intended to request that the TTIP negotiations stop (in French):
At today's meeting of trade ministers in Bratislava the Austrian minister echoed this appeal requesting the whole deal be torn up and started again. I agree, and from the very beginning have said that the inclusion of certain sectors (such as agriculture) made it almost inevitable that no acceptable deal could be found.
Back in Scotland I have had a busy week. A particular highlight was reaching out to charities at the Enterprising Third Sector 2016 conference:
It is clear there are a lot of concerns about the implications of Brexit on the sector. The Scottish Government and I will do what we can to protect such organisations but there is still a lot of work to be done to ascertain what impact leaving the EU could have.
Boris Johnson roundly rubbished by Theresa May over his latest Brexit timetable. It is remarkable that none of the ministers responsible for Brexit appear to either agree with the PM or have her support. (subscription required)
The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz met with Theresa May to discuss the forthcoming EU-UK negotiations.
The role of the House of Commons in initiating article 50 is still the focus of much debate. From a legal perspective Jolyon Maugham QC has produced this thought provoking piece:
Ireland is starting to look into what it can gain and loose from Brexit. The Institute of International and European Affairs has produced a brief assessing the implications for Ireland’s digital sector:
Ryanair's Michael O'Leary has said “I have no faith in the politicians in London going on about how 'the world will want to trade with us'. The world will want to screw you.”
The Centre for European Reform produced a briefing on why a ‘hard brexit’ seems to be increasingly likely:
UK press coverage in the run up to the referendum was dominated by pro-Leave stories according to the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Press Release here:
Full Report here:
Germany’s central bank chief Jens Weidmann has warned that banks “Passporting rights are tied to the single market”
Czech State Secretary for EU Affairs Tomas Prouza said “There is no way whatsoever for the U.K. to have the cake and eat it at the same time”: