BBC – Business bodies call for softer Brexit

Five major UK business bodies have come together to call for continued access to the European single market until a final Brexit deal is made with the EU. In a letter to Business Secretary Greg Clark, they also ask the government to “put the economy first”. The letter is from the British Chambers of Commerce,…

OECD predicts Britain will crash out of the EU without a trade deal

UK economic growth will slow sharply next year before Britain leaves the EU in 2019 without a trade deal, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The influential Paris-based policy group predicts in its latest UK forecast that GDP growth will weaken slightly to 1.6% in 2017 then slow dramatically to 1% in…

BBC – Most MPs want soft Brexit

Most of the MPs elected last week want to avoid a so-called “hard Brexit”, pro-EU politicians claim. Conservative ex-minister Anna Soubry said: “The people have spoken – and they have rejected a hard Brexit.” And Ms Soubry – a leading figure in the Remain campaign before last year’s EU referendum – told the BBC’s Sunday…

Can Brexit be reversed?

Quartz:  Although the UK voted to leave the EU on Jun. 23 last year, it wasn’t until Mar. 29 that it formally began the exit process. Brexit was officially initiated when prime minister at the time Theresa May sent a notification to the EU that triggered Article 50, a clause in the Lisbon Treaty that…

UK scientists hope for softened Brexit after shock election result

Nature 9 June 2017 The United Kingdom’s general election on 8 June produced no clear outcome — but scientists trying to divine meaning from the chaos hope that the result will ultimately benefit their nation’s research ties with the European Union. “The result may provide hope that a hard Brexit can’t be pursued with such vigour…

Financial Times – Brexit need not mean the violent rupture.

“Sometimes there can be salvation in chaos. Britain’s inconclusive general election gives it the opportunity to revisit the terms of its future relationship with the EU.  Brexit need not mean the violent rupture imagined by Theresa May’s government. A better outcome, though, will test the generosity and patience of Britain’s partners. The post-election political impasse…