Autumn/Winter Events

Autumn/Winter Events

10th December

 Virtual event

16.30 CET

POLITICO
Europe’s economy: How can it be reset?
Speakers: Laurence Boone, Tadeusz Kościński, Maarten Verwey
Register to attend here

Politico

3rd December

Online event

19.00 – 21.00 GMT

N.E. Surrey for Europe/Mole Valley European Movement
Johnson’s Great Brexit Deal – how far have we got?
Guest Speaker: Prof. Michael Dougan
Register to attend here

Michael Dougan

3rd December

Online event

12.00 – 13.00 CET

Going Global:
The Brexit Enquiry
The transition period comes to an end this year – are you ready?
Lee McDarby talks to Vicky Pryce & Charlie McGreevey
Register to attend here

Brexit 31220

2nd December

Online event

18.30 – 20.00 GMT

Islington in Europe
EU Nationals – understand your options post-Brexit
Speakers: lawyers from Wilson solicitors & Wesley Gryk solicitors will answer questions
Register to attend here

Brexit EU nats 021220

25th November

Webinar

17.00 – 17.40 CET

British Embassy Q&A exclusive for Bremain members

Featuring Lorna Geddie, Regional Consular Policy Advisor & Bremain council

Register to attend here

British Embassy

24th November

Online event

19.00 GMT

Oxford for Europe

“Our Democracy & the Rule of Law – Who is Threatening them & Why?”

Speakers: Jessica Simor QC & Peter Jukes, Writer/Activist

Register to attend here

Jessica Simor & Peter Jukes

21st November

Online Conference

Times tbc

Stay European

Campaign for EU associate membership scheme

To express an interest in taking part, email: 
join@stayeuropean.org

Stay European

17th November

Webinar

12.00 – 13.00 CET

European Parliament UK Liaison Office

The Final Hurdle – Will the EP Consent to the Brexit trade deal?
Moderator: John Peet (The Economist)
Speakers: MEPs Kati Piri & Christophe Hansen

Register to attend here

EU Nov

12th November

Online event

20.00 – 21.00 CET

Liberal Democrats in Europe

Citizens’ rights post Brexit for UK nationals living in the EU

Presented by Lord Oates

Register to attend here

Lord Oates

12th November

Webinar

15.00 GMT

Tony Blair institute for Global Change & YouGov

How the pandemic has changed attitudes to globalisation & technology

Speakers: Tony Blair, Indra Nooyi & Stephan Shakespeare

Register to attend here

Tony Blair YouGov

3rd November

Live on Slido & You Tube

 13.00 – 14.00 GBT

UK in a Changing Europe

Transatlantic relations & the US election

Chaired by Anand Menon

Register to attend here

UK in a Changing Europe

15th October
Online event

20.00 BST

In Limbo Book Launch

Guest speakers include:
Ian Dunt, Elena Remigi, Lord Greaves

To register your interest, click here

In Limbo

15th October

12.00 BST

Respect our Rights, Keep your Promises
Placard Protest & live stream.
Speakers include Terry Reintke MEP

To join the event on Facebook, click here

Rights & Promises

8th October
All day lobby

19.00 Virtual Rally

European Movement UK
Online lobby & #No2NoDeal virtual rally
Sign up to take part here
Supported by Grassroots For Europe

No2NoDeal

29th September
18.00 – 19.00 BST

UK in a Changing Europe
Beyond Brexit Live
With Lisa Nandy MP & Anand Menon.
Register here

Sept 29th
23rd September

20.00 – 21.30 BST

Ian Dunt Online Event
How to be a liberal.
Hosted by Bath for Europe & Cambridge for Europe
Register here

Ian Dunt event 230920

16th September
19.00 BST

EU Citizens in the UK Webinar:
Challenges, Stories & What Next?
Guest speakers:
Matt Rodda MP
Elena Remigi – In Limbo
Monique Hawkins – The 3 Million

EU Citizens Event
12th September

15.00 – 18.30 BST

BBC Proms EU Flags
Details being confirmed, Covid measures will apply
Reserve a place here
EU Flag Mafia event 120920
3rd September

12.30 – 14.00 BST

European Parliament
Liaison Office
Live Webinar:
The European Parliament & Future EU-UK trade relations
Register here

EP Event
3rd September

19.00 BST

Grassroots For Europe Webinar:
Britain’s road back to Europe. How quickly can Brexit be reversed? Featuring journalist Will Hutton
Register here

GFE event 030920
‘Brits in Spain are giving up hope of spending Christmas with their UK family and friends’

‘Brits in Spain are giving up hope of spending Christmas with their UK family and friends’

Sue Wilson of Bremain in Spain considers the obstacles preventing many Brits from heading back to the UK for Christmas and asks whether it’s a sacrifice we should all be prepared to make. As the UK approaches the end of its second lockdown, the government is considering measures to implement during December and – especially – over the Christmas period.

Many Brits residing in Spain have abandoned the idea of spending Christmas with their UK family and friends.

For those still considering travel, barriers have appeared with increasing regularity.

First, there was quarantine, then lockdown, then the prospect of requiring a negative PCR test before returning to Spain – all issues that have caused widespread flight cancellations.

Some areas of Britain will resume being in Tier 2 or 3, where visitors from other households are not allowed. If those hurdles aren’t enough, there’s the off-putting idea of potentially risking the health of our loved ones.

Regardless of our location, Covid measures will change the face of Christmas 2020.

How ‘Navidad’ will look in Spain remains unclear. We know that, in the UK, safety measures for December will be relaxed over the holiday season, with a five day “break” to allow three families or households to gather.

This strategy is already causing considerable concern across the UK, although the ‘Daily Express’ is enthusiastically billing it as Christmas being “saved”.

Non-Christians have complained that such measures were disallowed for their own religious festivals, such as Eid and Diwali. Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims were forced to dampen their usual social arrangements to prevent viral spread.

It’s hard to fault the logic that Christians should make a similar sacrifice for the national interest.  

Of course, the reasons for loosening the holiday period restrictions aren’t religious, unless it’s the worship of retail profit. Being popular has always been high on Boris Johnson’s priority list.

He doesn’t want to be labelled the Grinch that stole Christmas. If opinion polls are anything to go by, Johnson may have misjudged the mood of Britain. Clearly, many families are agreeing – for everyone’s health and safety – to keep apart during the festive season.

You can read the full article in The Local

Any Brexit deal will be sold as a victory for Britons but there won’t be any winners

Any Brexit deal will be sold as a victory for Britons but there won’t be any winners

Sue Wilson of Bremain in Spain weighs up the latest on Brexit negotiations. If you’re following the UK/EU Brexit negotiations, you’re probably suffering from a severe case of déjà vu. Over the last days, weeks and months, we’ve heard repeated claims that lose some of their potency with each utterance. “Time is running out”, a deal is “difficult” but “doable”, and both sides are working hard to secure the deal they really want.

Throughout the endless months of talks – and talks about talks – the difference in tone between the EU and UK has been obvious. The approaching deadline has not dampened the UK’s bullish stance or the EU’s air of calm professionalism.

This week’s latest (last?) round of talks in Brussels began with a series of tweets by the UK’s lead negotiator, Lord David Frost. On Sunday evening, he mentioned that some progress had been made, but ended on a pessimistic note.

His Twitter thread concluded:

The EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, clearly had a different outlook on Monday morning, tweeting that the EU “remains determined, patient, respectful. We want our future cooperation to be open but fair in all areas”. Considering the games that the UK government has played – such as threatening to break the existing legal agreement – the EU’s patience must have been tested many times over.

Despite some progress, including the preparation of hundreds of pages of legal text, the same issues are causing the biggest problems in the negotiations. A few weeks ago, there seemed some willingness to compromise over one of the most contentious issues – fisheries.

However, latest reports suggest that both sides are still “miles apart”, despite the EU offering access to its energy market in return for access to fishing waters. That arrangement is worth more to the UK than fishing, which represents just 0.1percent of GDP. Clearly, the UK’s position here is political, not economic. By contrast, the services sector, which contributes 80percent to UK GDP, has largely been ignored throughout the Brexit debate.

You can read the full article over at The Local. 

British Embassy Updates

British Embassy Updates

Bremain in Spain are proud to work closely with the British Ambassador & Embassy staff to keep you informed about life in Spain.

Throughout the Brexit process, the Embassy have been providing regular updates on our rights in Spain, and the necessary measures to take to ensure those rights are protected. We are grateful for all their efforts on our behalf & for sharing any developments promptly & efficiently.

We will pass on any new information as it becomes available, so please check in regularly for all the latest news.

Right: Chair Sue Wilson with British Ambassador Hugh Elliott

Sue Wilson Embassy

From an article by Bremain Chair, Sue Wilson, in The Local Newspaper, the Ambassador, Hugh Elliott told us:

“I know that, because of the suspension of residency appointments during the current state of emergency, many UK nationals are concerned about their ability to obtain the correct documentation before 31 December. I want to reassure people on two points. If you already have the green residency certificate, your core rights are protected and it remains a valid document, even after the end of the transition period. If you don’t yet have your green residency certificate there is, likewise, no need for alarm. We continue to advise people to get an appointment as soon as you can. However, as long as you are living in Spain and can prove that you satisfy the legal conditions of residence (i.e. sufficient income and access to healthcare) by 31 December 2020, your rights are assured even if you are not able to get the physical document before the end of the year.” 

Read the full article “What will Brits in Spain need in order to feel settled?” here

 

The Embassy welcome direct contact from members of the public, with general or more specific, personal enquiries. Please use this LINK to make direct contact as it will generate an online form & provide a reference number.

You can also contact the consulate in your area – a list of consulates can be found here

You will receive a direct response in due course.

The Embassy provide regular updates, including live Q & A sessions, on their Facebook page here

The Embassy website has a wealth of information on a variety of topics, including details of how things will change after the end of Brexit transition period here

You can also follow them on Twitter: @BritsliveSpain

Need help with applying for residencia?

The British government are funding a number of organisations in Spain to help struggling UK nationals apply for legal residency. The United Kingdom Nationals Support Fund Project (UKNSFP) particularly aims to help the most vulnerable Brits deal with Spanish bureaucracy.

See the table below for details of which organisation to contact for help, support & advice in your area. You can select the logo below to take you directly to their website.

residencia
BebeLia
Age in Spain
IOM

Update from Embassy 17 November

The Embassy have provided us with updates relating to:

  • British bank accounts for Spanish residents
  • DGT latest protocol re driving licences

To read the latest information re banking, click on the PDF HERE

To read the latest information re driving licence applications, click on the PDF HERE

 You will also find a post on the subject on the Embassy “Brits in Spain” Facebook page here

 

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DGT

Update from Embassy 11 November

The government have introduced a new portal to improve the process of applying for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

If you are eligible for a new card, for use after the end of the Brexit transition period, you can apply using the link below.

 

EHIC

In addition to a wealth of information about the EHIC, including eligibility post-Brexit, the Embassy have also compiled a list of FAQs on the subject – just click on the PDF HERE

To apply for your new UK EHIC via the new portal, click HERE

 

Update from Embassy 6 November 2020

The Embassy’s dedicated healthcare team have provided an update on exportable benefits. The policy review – which applies to those wishing to make a new application for an S1 form from 1/1/21 only – affects those who are in receipt of:

  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
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NB. this policy change does not affect the following groups:

  • those who qualify for an S1 form on the basis of another benefit, such as a UK State Pension
  • those receiving benefits from an existing S1

To read the Embassy update on exportable benefits in full, click on the PDF HERE

The healthcare team have also responded to your queries regarding EHIC cards. You can read their update PDF HERE (Updated 9/11/2020)

If you have any further questions, you can contact the dedicated health team by email at: healthcare.spain@fcdo.gov.uk

 

Update from Embassy 16th October 2020 – Your questions answered

Bremain in Spain members submitted a number of interesting questions to the Embassy, regarding residencia, driving licences, Withdrawal Agreement rights & much more. Open the PDF for your questions & the Embassy’s answers HERE or select FAQs image right. Further questions on healthcare have been submitted to the specialist team & will be answered in due course.

The Embassy also provided some useful Spanish authority links for further information:

FAQs

Update from Embassy 9th October 2020

 Driving Licences

The Embassy has been in touch with the Dirección General de Tráfico (DGT) regarding the difficulty in getting driving licence appointments. The Embassy are working with the DGT to improve the process for British citizens resident in Spain. For all the latest details, open the PDF, where you will also find updates regarding registration issues.

DGT

Specialised Committee on Citizens’ Rights (SCCR)

The SCCR met on 8 October for the 3rd time – the agenda included social security coordination, registration and support for the most vulnerable. You can read the joint statement from the UK and EU, issued following the meeting here

For details open or download the PDF HERE or select image above.

Update from Embassy 23rd September 2020 HMA video for UK Nationals

With 100 days until the end of the Transition Period, HMA Hugh Elliott has recorded a message for UK Nationals – providing reassurance about citizens’ rights under the Withdrawal Agreement and reinforcing the importance of being legally resident. 

Updates from Embassy on 22nd September 2020 re potential bank account closures

Thousands of British citizens living in the EU have been contacted by UK banks warning of potential account closures due to Brexit.

Following concerns raised by members, Bremain contacted the Embassy for an urgent update.

Please open or download the PDF HERE or select image right for the Embassy’s swift response.

Banks

To receive the latest updates direct from the Embassy, we recommend you sign up for the Embassy email alerts. You can select your preferred frequency of alert here

Updates from Embassy on 18th September 2020

Read updates from the British Embassy regarding:

    • The Internal Market Bill
    • TIE
    • Driving Licences
    • Dates for LIVE Facebook events
Embassy Spain Advice

For details open or download the PDF HERE or select image above.

 

On Friday 11 September, Bremain in Spain Chair, Sue Wilson took part in an Embassy Stakeholder meeting. Topics discussed included:

  • Internal Market Bill
  • TIE applications
  • Communications
  • Stakeholders input
  • UKNSF government funded support programmes
  • Healthcare

For more information, download the PDF HERE or select image right.

Living in Spain after Brexit

A few outstanding queries have yet to be answered, but on receipt of any further updates from the Embassy, we will pass on any additional information.

 

The New Normality

The New Normality

After 14 weeks of strict lockdown measures, the initial ‘state of alert’ officially ended at midnight on June 21. The new phase, known as the “new normality”, saw the lifting of mobility restrictions, but with some health and safety measures remaining in place.

With infection levels under constant review, those measures could change at any time, either on a regional or national basis.

Bremain will endeavour to keep you informed of ongoing developments, as and when they happen. Stay safe!

Updated 26/10/2020

Check back with us regularly for the LATEST NEWS updates re: changes to safety measures, travel arrangements, quarantine and much more

 

NOVEMBER 12: Travellers will need a negative PCR test result before arrival in Spain

From Monday 23 November, the Spanish government will require passengers arriving from at-risk countries to provide proof of a negative PCR test before allowing their entry into Spain. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure & will only apply at airports, not at land borders.

The measure – which will affect most EU countries – will apply to over 60 countries worldwide that have high infection rates.  Further details of countries affected will be available shortly.

For EU/EEA countries, the authorities will use data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control – you can view their ‘risk map’ here

For other countries, the restrictions will apply to countries with an infection rate of over 150 in 100,000.

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PCR Test

You can read the full press release from the Ministry of Health here

To read more on this story, see the article in El Pais here

OCTOBER 30: Most Spanish regions set to close borders ahead of All Saints weekend

With the exception of Extremadura, Galicia & the Canary Islands, all Spanish regions have announced plans to close their borders before the holiday weekend. The closures will limit travel across the country, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

To interact with a map of Spain for further information, visit La Sexta here

For more on this story, read the article in El Pais here

The situation is very fluid at present, so please check in regularly for the latest updates

Map 29-10-20

OCTOBER 30: Congress votes to extend ‘state of alarm’ until 9 May 2021

Last Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a new ‘state of alarm’ & his intention to seek parliament’s approval to extend it for six months. Today, following a two-day debate, Congress has voted for that extension.

The ‘state of alarm’ will enable regional governments to enforce the new curfew and mobility restrictions.

For further information, read the article in Spain in English here

Spanish Parliament

OCTOBER 25: Prime Minister approves a new state of alarm

The Spanish Cabinet have approved a new national state of alarm, providing a legal framework for regional authorities to curb public mobility. In a bid to combat the spread of Covid, socialising at night will be restricted.

Although the measures are initially for 15 days, the government has made clear its intention to keep them in place until April 2021.

The new restrictions are:

  • A curfew from 23.00 to 6.00 daily (with flexibility to add/subtract 1 hour either way)
  • Travel restrictions between regions, unless justified

For the full story, read El Pais here

To view the press statement from President Pedro Sánchez, visit the government Facebook page here

    Spanish Gov

    OCTOBER 23: New Covid measures put in place across 2214 municipalities

    Due to the rise in infection rates, new restrictions are being put in place in many towns and municipalities across the country. The restrictions, which will affect areas with 500+ new cases per 100,000 population, over the last 14 days, will include curfews and “perimeter confinement”.

    For further information, and to identify areas affected, click here.

    You can also find information relating to specific areas, on the Road Safety Association Facebook page.

    Read articles in El Pais covering the following topics:

    • 7 million Spanish residents now facing perimetral lockdown here
    • Valencian Community, Andalusia & Castilla y León announce curfews here

    11 autonomous authorities are so concerned about rising infections they are calling on central government to declare a “State of Alert”. An urgent ministerial meeting is being convened by Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on 25 October. Read more on this story in El Pais here

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      AUGUST 25: Autonomous regions can request ‘state of alert’; contract tracing support from military & government app

      • In a press conference today, Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez offered regional premiers the authority to request their own ‘state of alert’, firmly putting the authority back with the regions. Sánchez said the progress of the coronavirus curve was worrying and that it “needed to be tackled”.
      • In Catalonia and Madrid – two of the worst affected areas for new cases – the Prime Minister has offered the support of the military to aid with contract tracing.
      • Regional authorities are being encouraged to roll out the use of a new contract tracing app, created by the government. If widely used by the public, the ‘Radar Covid’ app is expected to reduce the impact of the pandemic by 30%. The app does not require the supply of personal data, so personal privacy is protected.

      Sign up to the new app (currently available in Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragón & Extremadura): https://radarcovid.app/andalucia-cantabria-aragon-extremadura-app-radarcovid/

      AUGUST 14: Health Minister announces new measures to curb the spread of the virus

      Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, today announced a ban on smoking in outside public spaces and closure of nightclubs, discos & music bars.

      Illa said that smoking is only allowed in open public spaces as long as a safe distance of 2 meters can be maintained.

      In hospitality premises, a minimum safe distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained at bars & tables, with a maximum of 10 people only at each table.

      All establishments, including bars and restaurants, will have to close at 1:00 am & no new patrons will be allowed entry after midnight.

      AUGUST 7: Guidance for wearing masks

      The Spanish government has issued advice about wearing masks, in order to keep the population safe from coronavirus.

      Valencia Masks
      • Wash your hands first
      • Make sure your mask is in good condition
      • Wear the mask the right way round:
        • Metal strip at the top
        • Coloured side on the outside
      • Make sure to cover your nose, mouth & chin
      • Ensure the mask fits correctly, with no gaping
      • Don’t touch the mask while wearing (except for the straps)
      • Replace mask after a maximum of 4 hours wear

      JULY 18: Wearing of masks now mandatory in the Valencian Community

      Following the example set by many other Spanish regions, the wearing of masks became mandatory today in the Valencian Community. The decision was taken due to the four-fold increase in the number of infections of 20 to 40-year olds.

      Masks will be compulsory at all time, with the following exceptions:

      • on the beach or in a swimming pool
      • in outdoor areas such as the countryside or the mountains
      • in bars & restaurants
      • for those with respiratory problems
      • whilst taking part in sports activities
      Valencia Masks
      Valencia Masks

      JULY 14: Many Spanish regions implement mandatory face coverings

      A number of regional governments are making the wearing of face masks compulsory in public spaces. The following regions have either made face coverings mandatory or are about to:

      • Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Navarre, La Rioja, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura, Andalusia & Murcia

      In the Valencia region, the option is being seriously considered – a decision will be reached shortly.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-07-13/with-over-100-coronavirus-outbreaks-more-spanish-regions-make-face-masks-mandatory.html

      Masks

      June 30: Spain prepares to open its borders

      As part of reciprocal arrangements between the European Union & 15 other countries, Spain will open its borders from July 1.

      The named countries have been selected based on the epidemiological situation in each country, which must have a similar or lower contagion rate than the European average for every 100,000 inhabitants for 14 days. 

      The named countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China will also be included, but only if visitors from the EU receive reciprocal treatment.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-30/as-eu-prepares-to-reopen-borders-spanish-experts-stress-importance-of-coronavirus-safety-measures.html

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      June 21: All of Spain enters the ‘New Normality’

      The ‘state of alert’ has officially ended after 24 weeks of lockdown measures. Whilst many restrictions have been removed, 4 essential rules remain:

      • Social distancing of 1.5 meters
      • Compulsory wearing of face masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained
      • Hand washing/sanitising
      • Hygiene in public & private spaces

      Travel between provinces is now allowed, and travel from EU countries/UK is now permitted, without quarantine, with the exception of Portugal (to follow shortly).

      June 21: Brits can visit Spain without quarantine

      Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez, has announced that with immediate effect, British citizens can travel to Spain from today, without facing quarantine measures. British visitors will need to:

      • Provide contact information & any history of Covid exposure
      • Undergo a temperature check & a visual health assessment

      For full travel details re Spain, checkout this EU webpage, updated in real time – use the icons on the right to scroll around transport options: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ESP

      Currently this decision is a unilateral one, & we await confirmation regarding quarantine measures for Brits returning from Spain to the UK.

       

      Read more on this story in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-20/no-quarantine-for-uk-travelers-entering-spain-foreign-minister-confirms.html

      USEFUL LINKS:

      Spanish Department of Health travel page has useful travel/health information about including the online travel form: https://www.spth.gob.es/

      Worldometers monitor the number of cases & death tolls, by country: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

      Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 death toll projections for Spain: https://covid19.healthdata.org/spain

      For updates about the lockdown rules – Boletín Oficial del Estado: https://www.boe.es/index.php?lang=en

      The Spanish government website has all the latest news from Spain, in English: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/Paginas/index.aspx

      N322 Road Safety Association has a wealth of information about lockdown measures on their Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain/

      European Commission coronavirus home page: https://ec.europa.eu/health/coronavirus_en

      WHO specific information on Spain: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/spain

      WHO specific information on UK: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

      Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs & Social Welfare: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/home.htm

      Spanish Ministry of the Environment: https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/ministerio/medidas-covid19/

      UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

      Brits in Spain (British Embassy in Madrid) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

      Brits in Spain website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain#coronavirus

      Why Biden’s victory could have a big impact on Brexit negotiations

      Why Biden’s victory could have a big impact on Brexit negotiations

      Sue Wilson of Bremain in Spain believes the change at the helm of US politics will be prove a decisive factor in the UK’s willingness to compromise over a Brexit deal. You have probably noticed that America is soon to have a new president. The current White House incumbent has his ears and eyes firmly closed and refuses to accept that his days are numbered. According to some sources in the UK media, our own head of state, Boris Johnson, may be in a similarly insecure position.

      Since Joe Biden officially became the President Elect on Saturday, after what seemed like days of election uncertainty, he has hit the ground running. Despite not yet receiving any recognition of his win or offer of transitional support from Donald Trump, he has already started to implement important plans.

      An urgent task for Biden is the fight against coronavirus. He has created a special task force, comprising health officials, physicians and virology experts. He has also actively encouraging the wearing of face masks by the American public – unlike Trump, who was pictured without one even when he was Covid positive.

      The contrast between Biden and Trump could not be starker. In January, the American people will finally have an adult in charge: one who has a heart, a brain and a wealth of experience. The change will leave many UK residents feeling jealous that we are being led by “Britain’s Trump”. Prime Minister Johnson and Biden have never met, though they have now spoken on the phone. On Tuesday, Biden spoke with a number of European leaders, including Ireland’s Michael Martin. Biden reassured the Irish Taoiseach that Brexit must not damage the Good Friday Agreement, in a call that Martin described as “warm and engaging”.

      On his call with Johnson, Biden stressed the importance of securing a Brexit deal that protects peace in Northern Ireland. Presumably, Biden’s earlier reference to Johnson as a “physical and emotional clone” of Donald Trump, was not mentioned.

      Biden has made no secret of his disdain for Brexit and is fiercely loyal to, and proud of, his Irish roots.

      Johnson’s Internal Market Bill (IMB) is a cause of consternation in America, as it threatens to break the international treaty of the Withdrawal Agreement (WA).
      The deal that Johnson signed with the EU a year ago, settling the early stages of Brexit – including our rights as citizens – is under significant threat, along with the Good Friday Agreement (GFA). Both Biden and the US government have made it clear that, as guarantors to the GFA, they will refuse any trade deal with the UK if Johnson reneges on his international commitments.

      You can read the article in full over at The Local.