The European Union: The Brexit

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: Editorial, European Union, General

Dover - Brexit by Banksy © Paul Bissegger/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dover – Brexit by Banksy © Paul Bissegger/cc-by-sa-4.0

(Latest update: 4 August 2020) Brexit, not even legally binding (insofar, the Brexit vote has about the same weight as if the British would had voted on the weather, with the result that from now on the sun would have to shine 365 days a year over the island – but at least there would be a chance to get upset about heaven’s mistakes, instead of trying to blame Brussels for any wrong decision by the British government) and at best a recommendation (while the actual conduct of the referendum was a big foolishness by David Cameron, just to calm down a few ultranationalistic backbenchers from within his own party (YouGov, 24 February 2015: Record support for staying in the European Union, Forbes, 20 January 2016: Brexit Is All About Taxation And Regulation Without Representation, The Guardian, 31 August 2017: Will Brexit boost or hurt the economy? (Economists for Free Trade, a pro-Brexit lobby initiative), The Guardian, 17 January 2019: So what is David Cameron really doing now?)), already causes some turbulences even before the actual execution (once scheduled for 29 March 2019), not least because the British government doesn’t have enough experts to negotiate Brexit adequately. Negotiations with third countries are negotiated by Brussels for the EU, so that member countries were able to reduce their competences (in the United Kingdom, 30,000 additional civil servants have to be recruited following Brexit. That’s another reason why the Tories should actually have serial heart attacks). In the case of an exit from the EU, this obviously has a very unfavorable effect on the future third country.



In August 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, during which the Prime Minister tried to soften the French position on Brexit (The Guardian, 2 August 2018: May prepares for talks with Macron that could make or break Brexit plan). The Macron administration is considered by the British as the clearest opponent of the so-called Checkers plan, which is why from May’s view, it would be all the more important to soften their position, so that it could have positive consequences for London in other EU states. In an interview with the BBC, the former British ambassador to France, Lord Peter Ricketts, has been clearly skeptical about the plan: “I do not see why there should be a chance. Above all, Macron does not believe that softening would lead to the goal. He is a passionate pro-European. Secondly, he is the last to want to be divided out of the remarkably disciplined and uniform EU negotiating side. We have to accept that we have to negotiate hard in Brussels. The problem is that these foreigners also read our own media and know how little preparation has been made on our side, so our bargaining position is basically considered a bluff.” and so it happened during the EU summit in September in Salzburg (The Guardian, 20 September 2018: Salzburg humiliation leaves May idling at the Brexit crossroads and The Guardian, 21 September 2018: Chequered history: what EU summit fallout means for Brexit camps). In the light of this, it is all the more astonishing that British officials have come to realize that a tough Brexit can come without an agreement, but at the same time they try to blame it on Brussels, just as if the EU had voted that the UK has to leave the EU and not vice versa. In addition, it was mainly for domestic political reasons that British people voted in favor of Brexit. In no other EU country is wealth and income distributed as unequally as on the island. London outshines everything else and generates about 30% of UK’s GDP. 1/5 of the population in the rest of the country earns less than 15,000 Euros per year, the health system has been severely damaged for years, household debt continues to rise as economic data continues to darken, and eternal austerity policies above all else ensures the deterioration of the entire public infrastructure. In the past five years alone, homelessness has increased by 170%. Should it really come to a hard Brexit without agreement, the economic conditions will continue to deteriorate relatively quickly, while the Tory government behaves like the orchestra during the sinking of the Titanic (The Guardian, 2 September 2018: No-deal Brexit: study warns of severe short-term impact on UK, The New York Times, 22 September 2018: Britain Stumbles Toward Disunion, The Guardian, 26 September 2018: EU steps up plans for no-deal Brexit as Labour stance alarms capitals, Politico.eu, 26 September 2018: Theresa May: No-deal Brexit preferable to EU offer, The Guardian, 26 September 2018: Jeremy Corbyn calls for election if MPs vote down May’s Brexit deal, The Guardian, 30 September 2018: Tory conference: Hunt says UK will ‘fight’ if EU refuses to compromise in Brexit talks – as it happened, The Guardian, 1 October 2018: Brexit disputes turn hairy on the fringe of the Tory conference, BBC, 2 October 2018: Brexit: EU figures demand Jeremy Hunt apologise for Soviet comparison, The Guardian, 4 October 2018: EU chief attacks USSR comparison and urges UK to compromise, The Guardian, 20 October 2018: People’s Vote march: ‘700,000’ rally for new Brexit referendum, The Guardian, 14 November 2018: Theresa May’s Brexit deal: everything you need to know, The Guardian, 14 November 2018: Brexit deal: key points from the draft withdrawal agreement, The New York Times, 16 November 2018: The Men Who Want to Push Britain Off a Cliff, The Guardian, 24 November 2018: Brexit: May gives way over Gibraltar after Spain’s ‘veto’ threat, The Guardian, 1 December 2018: Sam Gyimah: second Brexit referendum best option for both sides, Miami Herald, 8 December 2018: Brexit turmoil will reach Florida’s shores and France24, 9 December 2018: Pro-European activists in UK launch ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ campaign, The Guardian, 10 December 2018: Brexit: UK can unilaterally revoke article 50, says ECJ, The Guardian, 10 December 2018: Theresa May postpones Brexit deal vote, The New York Times, 10 December 2018: Theresa May Expected to Seek Delay on Brexit Vote in Parliament, Washington Post, 10 December 2018: E.U. high court says Britain can unilaterally reverse Brexit, boosting pro-Europe campaigners, The Guardian, 14 January 2019: May faces crushing Brexit defeat despite last-minute plea to MPs, Times of Israel, 15 January 2019: British Jews reclaiming German roots in path to Europe after Brexit, The Guardian, 15 January 2019: Theresa May loses Brexit deal vote by majority of 230, The Guardian, 15 January 2019: After this staggering defeat for May, our country is left lost and adrift, The Guardian, 16 January 2019: A Short History of Brexit by Kevin O’Rourke review – a devastating account, The Guardian, 17 January 2019: Don’t rely on Germany to solve Brexit, it doesn’t need to help Britain, The New York Times, 17 January 2019: Amid the Brexit Chaos, E.U. Sees a ‘Catastrophic Success’, The Guardian, 19 January 2019: Starmer: Labour ‘must keep open’ option of second referendum, The Guardian, 19 January 2019: Give MPs free vote on Brexit options, says Sir John Major, The Guardian, 21 January 2019: Cameron did not think EU referendum would happen, says Tusk, The New York Times, 22 January 2019: Watching Brexit fall apart, The Sunday Times, 27 January 2019: UK ready to declare martial law to avert no-deal Brexit chaos and the campaign End The Chaos). In this respect, the referendum and its outcome was much less directed against the EU than propagated, but rather against the decades-old failed British domestic policy away from Greater London. In particular, in the working-class cities and the coastal towns of England, the decline after the deindustrialization and Margaret Thatcher’s policies could not be stopped, the entire region has not recovered from the financial crisis yet and the Brexit will trigger the next negative push. This has a bittersweet taste particularly in the regions where significant EU funding has been channeled to (Cornwall as one example) and where most have voted in favor of “Leave” anyways, although the positive effects of EU mechanisms and support measures are clearly visible and it is clear that the British government will not be able to launch alternative support programs after Brexit. One have to wonder, by which devil the voters have probably been ridden, to vote as they have voted. Again, the paths lead back to Downing Street N° 10. There should be a second referendum, because Nigel Farage himself demanded a second referendum even before the Brexit referendum, at that time because he thought that the referendum result could be to his detriment. Today, he doesn’t want to know anything about it any more, but that doesn’t change the fact that the British only now know what they voted for and therefore should get a second chance to evaluate the situation. Ultimately, this is in the best interest of the Brexit and Remain camps, especially as the islanders will have to live with the Brexit results for many years. It is all the more important to make sure that the population is backing the Brexit agreement with the EU. For all legitimate criticism of Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, head of the Labor Party, shouldn’t been dismissed from his responsibilities concerning the Brexit. While May actually backed the “Remain” camp, Corbyn backs the “Leave” camp because he considers the EU a “neo-liberal elite project,” though many Labor members and voters do not think so and would rather avoid Brexit, keeping the Kingdom in the EU. Corbyn is not really interested in this, especially since he has ambitions to become British Prime Minister and sees the possible failure of the May administration as his chance for new elections. To achive this goal, he is willing to accept the heavy and hard consequences of Brexit for the United Kingdom and the generations to come (The New York Times, 17 January 2019: Corbyn Will Decide Fate of Brexit, Whether He Wants to or Not, The Guardian, 6 February 2019: Corbyn lays out Labour’s terms for backing May on Brexit, Times of Israel, 4 June 2019: In Israel, Blair says Corbyn is an anti-Semite, but doesn’t know it, Times of Israel, 10 June 2019: Pompeo: US will ‘push back’ against Corbyn before he makes things hard for Jews, Jerusalem Post, 10 June 2019: Campaign Against Antisemitism head to ‘Post’: Corbyn is an antisemite, Jerusalem Post, 1 August 2019: Antisemitism, and the battle for the soul of Britain’s Labour party).



The British pound reached a historic low in 2016 and is recovering slowly, inflation rates are rising, wages are falling, while the economy is growing only in homeopathic doses (before the Brexit referendum, UK growth rates were the highest in the developed world) and at least € 44 billion in foreign direct investment will be lost in 2018 alone in comparison previous years; real estate prices have slumped, especially financial services providers from the City of London have already sought new offices on the continent to gain access to the single market; but also the manufacturing industry is looking with great concern to the still completely unclear Brexit regulations. The auto industry relies on international supply chains and has already announced plans to shift jobs to the continent in order to reduce the negative consequences of customs controls and tariffs. Due to the expected kilometer-long truck queues before the customs clearance on both sides of the English Channel already appropriately sized customs clearance terminals would have to be built up in the harbors and the Channel Tunnel. So far this isn’t happening by now. Only Ireland has announced to create at least 1,000 new jobs for customs officers. The EU has now issued a warning to the member states. As a precautionary measure, countries should prepare for a hard Brexit because it is not impossible that no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom will be reached. So far, the country ranks 3rd among the largest EU net contributor countries. Meanwhile, even Brexiteers found out, that it wasn’t a wise decision to fall for the lies of British anti-EU populists and demagogues and nationalistic right-wing nuts. It may already be too late to draw the right conclusions from this insights and to start a turnaround on Brexit (The Guardian, 31 March 2018: Industry planning jobs cull to offset Brexit, Reuters, 12 July 2018: Finance industry tears into Britain’s Brexit trading plans, The Guardian, 29 July 2018: Oh for the days when it was all Brussels’ fault!, Reuters, 31 July 2018: Britain’s car industry cautions: No-deal Brexit is our nightmare, The Guardian, 28 September 2018: UK nationals would suffer under skills-based immigration, EU tells Javid, Economy of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016, economic effects of Brexit, The Guardian, 5 October 2018: Millionaire refuses to take down ‘Bollocks to Brexit’ poster, The Guardian, 13 October 2018: Like Banksy’s artwork, the United Kingdom is shredding itself in public, The Guardian, 9 November 2018: Jo Johnson quits as minister over Theresa May’s Brexit plan, Der Spiegel, 9 November 2018: Interview with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn: ‘We Can’t Stop Brexit’, The Guardian, 19 November 2018: Brexit is a class betrayal. So why is Labour colluding in it?, The Guardian, 25 November 2018: Not sad but defiant: Theresa May makes case for Brexit deal, The New York Times, 25 November 2018: U.K. and E.U. Leaders Clinch Brexit Divorce Terms, The Washington Post, 25 November 2018: E.U. leaders approve Brexit plan, setting up vote in British Parliament, where it faces stiff opposition, BBC, 28 November 2018: Brexit will make us poorer, government forecasts warn, The Guardian, 28 November 2018: UK significantly worse off under all Brexit scenarios – official forecast, The Guardian, 2 December 2018: Let’s be honest about what’s really driving Brexit: bigotry, The Guardian, 25 January 2019: The Guardian view on the Queen and Brexit: a crisis in the making, The Guardian, 27 January 2019: ‘We’ve dug ourselves a really deep hole’ – David Neiwert on the rise of the far right, Financial Times, 31 January 2019: The EU cannot rescue Britain from Brexit chaos, The Guardian, 3 February 2019: Queen to be evacuated if Brexit turns ugly – reports (that’s how it should be. As a self-confessed European she should not have to bear the consequences of the irrational decisions of her to 51.89% crazy minions) and The Guardian, 6 February 2019: Donald Tusk: ‘special place in hell’ for those who promoted Brexit without plan (one can only agree with EU Council President Donald Tusk), The Guardian, 6 February 2019: ‘A special place in hell’: which Brexiters did Tusk have in mind?, France24, 2 February 2019: There is a ‘special place in hell’ for Brexiteers without a plan, says EU’s Tusk, The Guardian, 6 February 2019: A special place in hell? Donald Tusk didn’t go far enough, CNN, 21 February 2019: Brexit is blowing up British politics, The Guardian, 22 February 2019: The Guardian view on Britain’s political parties: Brexit is breaking the mould, The Guardian, 1 March 2019: We now know the great prize of Brexit: becoming Trump’s prey, Die Zeit, 10 March 2019: A perfect summary of Britain’s flaws, The Guardian, 13 March 2019: MPs have voted against no deal. Now here’s how to make that decision stick, The Washington Post, 14 March 2019: Brexit will mark the end of Britain’s role as a great power, The New York Times, 15 March 2019: Dissecting the Dreams of Brexit Britain, France24, 17 March 2019: The Brexit rollercoaster: A timeline of Britain’s EU divorce, Times of Israel, 17 March 2019: Due to Brexit, Jews seek passports from countries that oppressed their ancestors, The Irish Times, 17 March 2019: Brexit’s most disturbing aspect is the casual adoption of extremist views, France24, 19 March 2019: Of Backstops, Brextremists and BOBs: A glossary of Brexit terms, The Guardian, 20 March 2019: Theresa May asks EU for Brexit delay until 30 June, France24, 20 March 2019: UK’s May asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30, The New York Times, 20 March 2019: May Requests Brexit Delay From E.U. as U.K. Government Remains in Crisis, The Washington Post, 20 March 2019: Britain’s May asks E.U. for three month Brexit delay, France24, 21 March 2019: ‘High time we made a decision’: May pleads with lawmakers to back her on Brexit, The Guardian, 21 March 2019: Brexit is not the cause of Britain’s political breakdown. It’s the symptom, The Washington Post, 21 March 2019: One million Brits signed a petition to halt Brexit and broke parliament’s website, The Guardian, 22 March 2019: The EU knows it, so do our own MPs – Theresa May is finished, France24, 22 March 2019: British press reacts to Theresa May’s ‘last chance’ Brexit delay, France24, 22 March 2019: EU offers Theresa May two-week Brexit reprieve, The New York Times, 22 March 2019: E.U. Approves Brexit Extension, but Chaotic Departure Still Looms, France24, 22 March 2019: Europe cannot remain a ‘prisoner’ to Brexit delays, Macron says, The Guardian, 23 March 2019: Brexit: hundreds of thousands expected at people’s vote march – live updates, The Guardian, 24 March 2019: The European Union has bigger problems to deal with than Brexit, The Washington Post, 25 March 2019: Europe says it’s prepared for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Britain can’t say the same., France24, 26 March 2019: UK MPs vote to take control of Brexit process in fresh defeat for May, France24, 27 March 2019: Brexit deadlock continues as no option wins majority in parliament, The Guardian, 29 March 2019: Brexit: as May’s deal is defeated for the third time, the next steps explained, The Guardian, 29 March 2019: EU gives Britain 11 days to come up with new Brexit plan, The New York Times, 29 March 2019: Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Is Rejected by U.K. Parliament, The Washington Post, 29 March 2019: Frexit? Italeave? After watching Brexit, other European countries say: No, thanks., The New York Times, 30 March 2019: ‘We’re in the Last Hour’: Democracy Itself Is on Trial in Brexit, Britons Say, The National, 31 March 2019: Brexit uncertainty shrinks UK economy and costs country £360m per week, The National, 31 March 2019: The UK seeks post-Brexit free trade agreement with GCC, British minister says, The Guardian, 1 April 2019: UK ‘silver spoon’ cabinet will escape Brexit fallout, says German minister, The Guardian, 1 April 2019: Brexit: what are the four indicative votes chosen by the Speaker?, The Guardian, 1 April 2019: This is no time for a compromise with Brexiters: there is no middle way, The Guardian, 1 April 2019: Brexit deadlock continues as MPs fail to find compromise, The Guardian, 2 April 2019: Rees-Mogg and the AfD’s Alice Weidel have a lot in common – all of it nasty, The New York Times, 2 April 2019: The United Kingdom Has Gone Mad, The Guardian, 2 April 2019: May to ask for short Brexit extension and reaches out to Labour, The New York Times, 2 April 2019: Theresa May Will Reach Out to Corbyn in Bid to Avoid Disorderly Brexit, The Guardian, 3 April 2019: Jeremy Corbyn under pressure to back public vote on Brexit deal, The Guardian, 3 April 2019: Could Macron knock Britain out of the EU next week?, The Washington Post, 3 April 2019: Brexit has turned British politics into a zombie horror movie, Times of Israel, 3 April 2019: The EU and UK hypocrisy on Israel’s Golan stance (although the article compares apples to pears, tomatoes, eggplants and oranges, lags argumentatively considerably in several points and deviates from the actual realities (“Not everything that limps is a comparison.”), it is interesting to read a completely different view on Brexit), The Guardian, 4 April 2019: Europe is a dysfunctional family, but divorce is not the answer, France24, 4 April 2019: European Parliament approves no-deal Brexit visa waiver, The Guardian, 4 April 2019: Leaked file shows contrasts for Britons in EU after no-deal Brexit, The New York Times, 4 April 2019: Brexit, Ireland and the Failure of the European Idea, The Guardian, 4 April 2019: Angela Merkel promises support for avoiding hard border in Ireland, Politico.eu, 5 April 2019: Rees-Mogg: UK should be ‘as difficult as possible’ with EU if Brexit delayed, The Guardian, 9 April 2019: Democracy is overrated – let the Queen sort out Brexit, France24, 10 April 2019: EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until end of October, The New York Times, 10 April 2019: European Union Extends Brexit Deadline to Oct. 31, The Guardian, 11 April 2019: May agrees to October Brexit after Franco-German carve-up, The Guardian, 21 April 2019: Europe’s patience with bumbling Brexit Britain is remarkable, The Guardian, 26 April 2019: In the Brexit era, Britain is more Mr Bean than James Bond, The Guardian, 29 April 2019: Some sort of Scottish independence is inevitable. May needs to face up to it, The Guardian, 1 May 2019: How ultra-remainers could score a spectacular own goal on Brexit, The Guardian, 17 May 2019: May and Corbyn blame each other as Brexit talks collapse, Politico.eu, 17 May 2019: Brexit talks between Conservatives and Labour collapse, Reuters, 17 May 2019: Brexit referendum more likely if talks collapse, Labour’s Benn says, The Guardian, 21 May 2019: May offers MPs vote on second referendum in ‘new’ Brexit deal, France24, 21 May 2019: May holds out promise of new Brexit referendum, The New York Times, 21 May 2019: Theresa May Offers U.K. Lawmakers a Vote on a Second Referendum, The Guardian, 24 May 2019: Theresa May announces her resignation, BBC, 29 May 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson ordered to appear in court over £350m claim, The New York Times, 29 May 2019: Boris Johnson Is Summoned to Court Over Brexit Claims, Bloomberg, 29 May 2019: Boris Johnson’s Leadership Ambitions Hit Snag With U.K. Court Date, The Guardian, 29 May 2019: Boris Johnson to appear in court over Brexit misconduct claims, The New York Times, 29 May 2019: Boris Johnson Is Summoned to Court Over Brexit Claims, The Washington Post, 31 May 2019: Britain is at its most delicate political moment in years. Now here comes Trump..

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The Guardian, 1 June 2019: Trump backs Boris Johnson and calls Meghan, Duchess of Sussex ‘nasty’, The Guardian, 1 June 2019: Trump is no friend to Britain: time to give him and his foreign policy the heave-ho, The Guardian, 1 June 2019: Donald Trump is like a 20th-century fascist, says Sadiq Khan, The New York Times, 1 June 2019: Trump Calls on Britain to ‘Walk Away’ if E.U. Does Not Concede to Its Demands, The Guardian, 2 June 2019: Royals to serve as extras in Donald Trump’s victory lap of UK, Times of Israel, 2 June 2019: London mayor compares Trump to fascist dictators, The Washington Post, 2 June 2019: As Trump’s state visit looms, Britain seems a reluctant host, The Guardian, 3 June 2019: Donald Trump attacks Sadiq Khan as he lands in UK for state visit, France24, 3 June 2019: Trump arrives in UK for state visit, The New York Times, 3 June 2019: Trump’s State Visit to the U.K.: Live Updates, The Guardian, 3 June 2019: Timeline: Donald Trump’s feud with Sadiq Khan, France24, 3 June 2019: Trump, first lady meet the Queen during UK state visit, The Washington Post, 3 June 2019: Trump arrives in London, calls Mayor Sadiq Khan a ‘stone cold loser’, The Guardian, 3 June 2019: An absolute state of a visit: what the Trump and Windsor snapshots tell us, The Washington Post, 3 June 2019: I don’t often feel bad for British royals, but when Trump visits, they have my prayers, The New York Times, 4 June 2019: For Trump, London Visit Is a (Royal) Family Affair, The Guardian, 4 June 2019: Trump says he turned down Corbyn’s request to meet, The New York Times, 4 June 2019: Trump Meets May in London: Live Updates, France24, 4 June 2019: Trump’s UK visit turns to Brexit and Huawei as protests planned in London, CNN, 4 June 2019: Trump’s unprecedented foray into UK politics, The Washington Post, 4 June 2019: Trump dismisses London protests, says he would have sued E.U. over Brexit, The Guardian, 4 June 2019: Yes, Jeremy Corbyn has to protest against Trump. But where does that leave politics?, The Washington Post, 4 June 2019: Baby Trump and the Trump robot headline London protests against U.S. president’s visit, France24, 4 June 2019: Making nice at end, Trump praises outgoing May, The Guardian, 4 June 2019: Trump visit brings full spectrum of protesters to Trafalgar Square, Times of Israel, 4 June 2019: Trump baby blimp flies in London as protests greet president, The New York Times, 4 June 2019: As Trump Dangles Post-Brexit Trade Deal, Some Britons See Opportunism, Times of Israel, 4 June 2019: Trump vows phenomenal UK trade deal, rebuffs Corbyn, meets Brexit leader Farage, The New York Times, 4 June 2019: Fact-Checking Trump’s London Visit: Trade, Protests, Brexit, The Guardian, 5 June 2019: Donald Trump tells Prince Charles US is ‘clean’ on climate change, The Guardian, 5 June 2019: How Brexit is playing into Erdoğan’s hands in Turkey, The Guardian, 5 June 2019: Damaging talk of ‘no deal’ spells doom for the Tories, The New York Times, 5 June 2019: President Trump, Unloved in Britain, Still Tries to Play Kingmaker, The Guardian, 5 June 2019: Trump compares Brexit hard border fears to Mexico wall plan as he arrives in Ireland – live news, The Guardian, 7 June 2019: Trump’s family holiday to UK Disneyland made for painful viewing, Reuters vom 10.06.2019: UK economy shrinks in April after car plants closed, expecting Brexit, The Guardian, 12 June 2019: Boris Johnson: a charlatan with bravado. Barely a word he spoke was trustworthy, The Guardian, 14 June 2019: Brexit Britain is wallowing in dangerous talk of national humiliation, France24, 16 June 2019: Trump in new Twitter attack on London’s mayor, BBC, 16 June 2019: Donald Trump hits out again at Sadiq Khan over London violence, The Guardian, 16 June 2019: Donald Trump attacks Sadiq Khan in tweets over deaths in London, The Guardian, 17 June 2019: Boris Johnson accused of making contradictory Brexit promises to MPs, The New York Times, 21 June 2019: Boris Johnson? How Did We Come to This?, Der Spiegel, 21 June 2019: Nicola Sturgeon Interview: Boris Johnson Lacks ‘Competence and Integrity’, Reuters, 21 June 2019: Ireland warns British PM contenders against ‘dumbing down’ border issue, The Guardian, 21 June 2019: Donald Tusk: Johnson may make Brexit more exciting, but we won’t budge, Politico.eu, 22 June 2019: Boris is the leader Britain deserves: It will take a clown to deliver Brexit, The Guardian, 23 June 2019: Brexit viewed with incredulity overseas, says ambassador, The Guardian, 25 June 2019: Boris Johnson reveals he makes models of buses to relax, BBC, 26 June 2019: Why EU is unfazed by no-deal Brexit threats, The Guardian, 26 June 2019: Boris Johnson is poised for a no-deal Brexit. Will MPs be able to stop him?, The Guardian, 26 June 2019: Boris Johnson’s full English Brexit could rip the union apart, The Guardian, 27 June 2019: No matter who gets into No 10, their Brexit plans are fantasy, The Guardian, 27 June 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal claims rubbished by Guy Verhofstadt, The Guardian, 27 June 2019: Japan says next British PM must not lead UK out of EU without deal, CNN, 29 June 2019: The UK might be living through its own post-truth Trump moment, BBC, 29 June 2019: UK seeks new no-deal Brexit freight plan, The Guardian, 30 June 2019: Jeremy Hunt: I would tell bust businesses no-deal Brexit was worth it, The National, 2 July 2019: Brexit puts Britain in position to revamp Middle East ties, Reuters, 5 July 2019: UK economy shows slowdown signs as recruiters, shoppers turn wary, The Guardian, 6 July 2019: Ex-MI6 chief: UK going through ‘political nervous breakdown’, Arab News, 6 July 2019: Britain caught between a US rock and a Chinese hard place, Daily Mail, 6 July 2019: Britain’s man in the US says Trump is ‘inept’: Leaked secret cables from ambassador say the President is ‘uniquely dysfunctional and his career could end in disgrace’, CNN, 6 July 2019: UK ambassador wrote what everyone is really thinking (all over the world and not just in politics), CNN, 8 July 2019: Don’t blame the ambassador, blame the leaker, say UK leaders in defense of envoy who criticized Trump, The Guardian, 9 July 2019: Corbyn says Labour would back remain in Brexit referendum, The Guardian, 9 July 2019: Trump calls May foolish as diplomatic row escalates, France24, 9 July 2019: Trump attacks PM May and ‘won’t deal with’ UK envoy after damning cable leak, CNN, 9 July 2019: Trump tweets likely deal UK ambassador a fatal blow, The Guardian, 9 July 2019: Trump’s spat with the UK reveals the bottomless depths of his insecurities, Saudi Gazette, 9 July 2019: Trump Twitter outburst tests US-UK ‘special relationship’, The Irish Times, 9 July 2019: Nostalgia for empire is implicit in British exceptionalism, Saudi Gazette, 9 July 2019: UK’s Labour backs staying in EU in call for second referendum, The Guardian, 9 July 2019: Irish government has ‘no easy answers’ for border in no-deal Brexit, The Irish Times, 9 July 2019: No-deal Brexit will see checks on UK imports but not at border, says Goverment, BBC, 9 July 2019: Brexit: Labour to back Remain as it calls for a new EU referendum, Palestine Chronicle, 9 July 2019: The Plot to Keep Jeremy Corbyn Out of Power, Politico.eu, 8 July 2019: Diplomatic leak was ‘unpatriotic’: UK trade secretary, France24, 9 July 2019: Trump attacks PM May and ‘won’t deal with’ UK envoy after damning cable leak, BBC, 9 July 2019: Trump ‘disrespectful’ to PM and UK, says Jeremy Hunt, The Washington Post, 9 July 2019: Trump calls British ambassador a ‘very stupid guy’ and a ‘pompous fool’, Politico, 9 July 2019: British ambassador, now target of Trump’s ire, has D.C. wired, Politico.eu, 9 July 2019: Britain should stand by its man in DC, The Guardian, 10 July 2019: Johnson under fire as Kim Darroch quits as UK ambassador to US (what’s amazing about the whole incident, apart from the leak itself, is that all former members of the Trump administration came to the very same conclusions as the British ambassador without there would have been big waves internationally, especially since even uninvolved people around the world can easily come to very similar conclusions, because it is obvious or as one would say sarcastically in the USA: “Thank you, Captain Obvious!”), BBC, 10 July 2019: Sir Kim Darroch: UK ambassador to US resigns in Trump leaks row, CNN, 10 July 2019: Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns after Trump cables leak, CNN, 10 July 2019: Who forced the UK ambassador to resign?, France24, 10 July 2019: UK ambassador to Washington quits over Trump row, The New York Times, 10 July 2019: Kim Darroch, U.K. Ambassador, Resigns After Leak of Trump Memos, The Washington Post, 10 July 2019: British ambassador to the U.S. resigns after Trump criticism, Times of Israel, 10 July 2019: UK ambassador resignation rare souring of relations with US, The Guardian, 10 July 2019: Ursula von der Leyen signals she will not reopen Brexit talks, BBC, 10 July 2019: Sir Kim Darroch: Five things the UK ambassador row reveals about Trump, The Guardian, 11 July 2019: Hunt exhorts UK envoys to ‘speak truth to power’ in coded rebuke to Johnson, The Guardian, 11 July 2019: Amber Rudd embraces no-deal Brexit as ministers pitch to Johnson, CNN, 12 July 2019: The UK ambassador scandal will make diplomats think twice before hitting send, BBC, 12 July 2019: Sir Kim Darroch: Police launch probe into Trump email ‘leak’, CNN, 12 July 2019: UK police launch probe into leak of Kim Darroch cables, BBC, 12 July 2019: Theresa May speaks of ‘pride and disappointment’ as prime minister, The Guardian, 13 July 2019: Kim Darroch: Boris Johnson joins defence of press over cables publication, The Guardian, 13 July 2019: Kim Darroch’s fall from grace casts chill over Washington ambassadors, CNN, 13 July 2019: Boris Johnson, the divisive Brexit-backing populist or the charming liberal metropolitan? UK has no idea which leader it’ll get, Reuters, 13 July 2019: UK police identify suspect behind leaked envoy memos: Sunday Times, The Guardian, 14 July 2019: Suspected leaker of Kim Darroch cables on Trump ‘identified’, Saudi Gazette, 14 July 2019: UK police identify suspect behind leaked envoy memos -Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, 15 July 2019: Boris Johnson ‘will travel to America within two months of taking office to agree a trade deal’ in bid to repair strained special relationship, The Guardian, 16 July 2019: EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt’s backstop plan, CNN, 17 July 2019: Theresa May condemns populism and expresses Brexit regret in last major speech as British PM, BBC, 18 July 2019: Brexit: MPs back bid to block Parliament suspension, BBC, 18 July 2019: No-deal Brexit could cause £30bn economic hit, watchdog says, CNN, 18 July 2019: UK will plunge into recession if it leaves Europe without a Brexit deal, The Guardian, 19 July 2019: Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions over party in Lebedev mansion, Politico, 19 July 2019: UK Brexit divide deepens as voters move to the extremes: poll, The Guardian, 20 July 2019: March for Change: anti-Brexit protesters take to London streets, The Guardian, 21 July 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans under threat from ministers’ resignations, BBC, 21 July 2019: Philip Hammond plans to quit if Johnson becomes PM, CNN, 21 July 2019: UK finance minister to resign if Johnson becomes prime minister, The Atlantic, 22 July 2019: Boris Johnson Meets His Destiny, BBC, 22 July 2019: Brexit harming UK industrial strategy, warns top economist, Al Arabiya, 22 July 2019: Why a Boris Johnson government could benefit the Gulf countries, The New York Times, 22 July 2019: Boris Johnson Is How Britain Ends, Der Spiegel, 20 July 2019: Mad in Britain: How Boris Johnson Turned the British against Europe, BBC, 23 July 2019: What is Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan?, France24, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson poised to oversee Brexit as UK’s next prime minister, BBC, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM, The New York Times, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson to Be U.K. Prime Minister After Winning Party Vote, CNN, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson will be UK’s new Prime Minister, The Guardian, 23 July 2019: Brussels greets Boris Johnson victory by rejecting Brexit plans, CNN, 23 July 2019: Could the pound crash to $1? A ‘Boris Brexit’ might make it happen, The New York Times, 23 July 2019: Deal or no deal? Here’s what to know about Brexit under Mr. Johnson., Haaretz, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson Will Be the Weakest British Leader Ever, Times of Israel, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s next prime minister, Al Jazeera, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson vows to ‘get Brexit done’ as he wins UK PM race, The National, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson wins race to become UK’s new prime minister, Arab News, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson wins race to become Britain’s next PM, Saudi Gazette, 23 July 2019: Brexiteer Boris Johnson to be Britain’s next prime minister, BBC, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson ‘faces challenging times’ – EU’s Ursula von der Leyen, The Guardian, 23 July 2019: Brace yourself, Britain, for a long stint of bad government under Boris Johnson, The Irish Times, 23 July 2019: No-deal Brexit more likely under Boris Johnson, Moody’s warns, The Irish Times, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson the joker wriggles out of straitjacket of statesmanship, The Irish Times, 23 July 2019: The Irish Times view on Boris Johnson: Britain’s new nadir, Politico.com, 23 July 2019: Trump praises Boris Johnson as the ‘Britain Trump’, BBC, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson: What the US makes of new British leader, Al Jazeera, 23 July 2019: EU warns incoming British PM Johnson it won’t change Brexit terms, The Guardian, 24 July 2019: Boris Johnson prepares to enter No 10 as Hunt ‘refuses cabinet demotion’ – live news, The New York Times, 24 July 2019: Johnson to Take Leadership of a Britain in Deep Crisis, The National, 24 July 2019: France tells Iran envoy Tehran must respect nuclear accord, Times of Israel, 24 July 2019: Will UK’s new Tory PM Johnson pave way to Downing Street for Labour’s Corbyn?, Politico.com, 24 July 2019: Why Europe can’t stop laughing at Boris Johnson, Arab News, 24 July 2019: Brexit will define Johnson’s premiership, Al Jazeera, 24 July 2019: What to expect from Prime Minister Boris Johnson?, France24, 24 July 2019: Boris Johnson named UK prime minister, vows to leave EU ‘no ifs or buts’, BBC, 24 July 2019: ‘The buck stops here’ says Boris Johnson, CNN, 24 July 2019: Boris Johnson delivers rousing first speech as UK PM, Irish Times, 24 July 2019: Varadkar tells Johnson new Brexit deal ‘not going to happen’, Irish Times, 24 July 2019: What Boris Johnson said about Ireland in his first speech, Times of Israel, 25 July 2019: Israel congratulates new British PM Johnson, thanks May for friendship, Economy of the United Kingdom, 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum and economic effects of Brexit, while the housekeeper of Her Majesty The Queen in the colonies, Donald Trump, rubs his tiny hands with joy, The German Air Force should fly her out). The easiest way to end the entire spectacle would be simply to withdraw from the exit request under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This would cost the British a few extra euros, but not even close to what a Brexit would cost the Brits.

For people with a sense of humor:
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Now it’s going to become exciting: Bojo has actually become the new British PM. It will be interesting to see if he, like his US counterpart Donnie T. (Obama had inherited the financial crisis from Bush Jr., along with some $ 12 trillion in debt (Bush Jr. himself started with nearly 6 trillion debt), and handed Trump a thriving economy, with around $ 20 trillion in debt. Trump, by now, has added another 5 trillion to it (as of 2018) and should he get a second term, the public debt will probably develop towards 30 trillion), will succeed in screwing the government’s public debt to breathtaking heights to knock the next three generations against the wall, by letting them pay back the public debts instead of investing in public affairs, while the national wealth in ten years will be as of today or even below. In the case of a “no deal” Brexit, the Bojo government would have no other choice but than to go to the limit of all feasibility, in order to cushion the social consequences of unregulated Brexit and to avoid widespread unrest on the island. But we are not there yet. So far, Bojo has only claimed, that he will push the UK out of the EU either way by Halloween, on 31 October 2019. Until then, you can try the various standard works “Economics for Dummies” (enriched with knowledge about international trade agreements and the time needed until such agreements can usually be closed) and calculate for yourself where the British journey might lead to. If you look at it with humor and as a competition between Trump and Bojo, then it would probably be based on a full-bodied announcement by Trump “No one on this planet can damage his home country economically, socially and (world-)politically as successfully and sustainably as I can!”, whereupon the voice of Bojo is heard from the background “Hold my beer!”.



CNN, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson has rare powers. He’s gonna need them, The New York Times, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson Faces a Swift and Bloody Nemesis, The New York Times, 23 July 2019: Boris Johnson Is About to Collide With Reality, The Washington Post, 24 July 2019: Boris Johnson plays a clown. He’s really just a power-hungry nihilist., The National, 24 July 2019: Sightline with Tim Marshall: Who is Boris Johnson?, The Guardian, 25 July 2019: This is no normal transition of power. It’s a hard Brexit coup, Irish Times, 25 July 2019: Boris Johnson demands removal of Irish backstop for Brexit deal, The Guardian, 25 July 2019: Boris Johnson vows to ditch backstop and scale up no-deal plans, Saudi Gazette, 25 July 2019: UK PM Johnson rejects ‘unacceptable’ Brexit deal, BBC, 25 July 2019: Boris Johnson: Premiership will be the start of a golden age (the Tories have been representing the British government for nine years and have not done much good during this time. The Bojo administration will certainly not improve this record), Irish Times, 25 July 2019: Who’s who in Boris Johnson’s new UK cabinet, The Guardian, 25 July 2019: Irish minister says Boris Johnson’s Brexit stance ‘quite alarming’, BBC, 25 July 2019: Boris Johnson speech attacked as ‘combative’ by EU negotiator, France24, 25 July 2019: Johnson says delivering Brexit is his ‘mission’ as PM, The Guardian, 25 July 2019: We’ve yet to work out how to oppose Boris Johnson. It won’t be easy, CNN, 25 July 2019: Boris Johnson is not Donald Trump, The New York Times, 25 July 2019: Brexit Clashes Begin as U.K.’s Boris Johnson Pushes a Hard Line, Arab News, 25 July 2019: New British PM Johnson urges EU to renegotiate Brexit deal, Saudi Gazette, 25 July 2019: EU rebuffs Boris Johnson’s call to rework Brexit deal, Times of Israel, 25 July 2019: Echoing Trump, Johnson says he wants to make Britain ‘greatest place on Earth’, France24, 26 July 2019: Johnson vows to get rid of Irish backstop, The Guardian, 26 July 2019: France warns Boris Johnson not to play games with Irish border, Al Jazeera, 26 July 2019: EU rebuffs Johnson as Brexit showdown looms, France24, 26 July 2019: France reiterates EU rejection of Johnson’s Brexit policy, The Irish Times, 26 July 2019: Brexit: Pelosi warns UK not to jeopardise Belfast Agreement, The Guardian, 26 July 2019: Brexit deadlock as No 10 insists EU must scrap backstop before talks, The Irish Times, 26 July 2019: Johnson risks no-deal by being ‘very unhelpful’ on Brexit – Coveney, The Guardian, 26 July 2019: Boris Johnson as prime minister: what we’ve learned so far, The Irish Times, 26 July 2019: NI will question union in event of no-deal Brexit, warns Varadkar, The Irish Times, 26 July 2019: Confrontational Johnson makes it easy for Varadkar, The Irish Times, 27 July 2019: DUP accuses Government of ‘poor little Ireland’ act on Brexit, The Guardian, 27 July 2019: Boris Johnson plans to frighten Europe then charm it. Here’s why he’ll fail, The Irish Times, 27 July 2019: Fintan O’Toole: Johnson must confront tyranny of fact, The Guardian, 27 July 2019: Brexit: key strands of British policing ‘in jeopardy’ because of no-deal risk, Saudi Gazette, 27 July 2019: Bully or broker: EU wonders which Boris Johnson will come to Brexit talks, BBC, 27 July 2019: Trump: US and UK working on ‘very substantial’ trade deal (and here we go: US products are supposed to flood the British market. Opposition not allowed and “take back control” finally failed), Politico.eu; 27 July 2019: Donald Trump and Boris Johnson ‘working already’ on trade deal, The New York Times, 27 July 2019: Winston Churchill Would Despise Boris Johnson, The Guardian, 28 July 2019: Boris Johnson ‘turbo-charging’ no-deal Brexit plans, say ministers, The Guardian, 28 July 2019: Dude, I take no pleasure in having been right about Boris Johnson (nice, little rant ;-) ), The Guardian, 28 July 2019: Johnson told no-deal Brexit will crush domestic policy plans, The Guardian, 28 July 2019: Even now, Boris Johnson must know that no-deal Brexit is madness, The Telegraph, 28 July 2019: I’m ready to make a US trade deal happen (CNN, 1 March 2019: Britain’s hopes of a trade deal with America just suffered a big blow), BBC, 29 July 2019: Business lobby group CBI says UK not ready for no-deal Brexit, BBC, 29 July 2019: Vauxhall owner could move Astra production ‘from UK’, The Guardian, 29 July 2019: Johnson refuses to meet EU leaders unless they scrap backstop, BBC, 29 July 2019: Pound sinks to 28-month low on Brexit fears, The Guardian, 29 July 2019: No-deal Brexit was once a sick Tory joke. Now it’s serious, CNN, 29 July 2019: Brexit marketing campaign will tell Britons to prepare for no-deal, The Guardian, 29 July 2019: ‘Dangerous’ UK government intent on forcing no deal, says Sturgeon (of course it also depends on how “dangerous” is defined. In the case of a “no deal” Brexit, the chances for the Scottish independence and the reunification of the Republic of Ireland with Northern Ireland would rise exponentially and there are quite a few on both islands who see this as great opportunities), France24, 29 July 2019: Pound tumbles as no-deal Brexit fears cloud Johnson’s Scotland visit, The Guardian, 29 July 2019: The Guardian view on Boris Johnson and Scotland: state of disunion, Reuters, 30 July 2019: Brexit ‘no matter what’, PM Johnson promises as sterling falls, Reuters, 30 July 2019: PM Johnson holds Belfast talks on Brexit backstop riddle, Reuters, 30 July 2019: Sinn Fein says Brexit threat means Dublin should prepare for Irish unification, The Guardian, 31 July 2019: Johnson sends ‘ditch the backstop’ message to EU via Brexit adviser, France24, 31 July 2019: Johnson wraps up UK tour with Belfast talks on Brexit backstop impasse, The Guardian, 31 July 2019: We’ll block trade deal if Brexit imperils open Irish border, say US politicians, Reuters, 31 July 2019: Ireland not going to be bullied on Brexit – Varadkar, Irish Times, 31 July 2019: ‘Dial down the rhetoric’ on Brexit, Foster tells Varadkar, The Guardian, 31 July 2019: Boris Johnson’s threat of a no-deal Brexit will not break EU unity, Irish Times, 31 July 2019: ‘This is not about a return to empire’ – US Congressman warns Johnson on Belfast Agreement, The Washington Post, 31 July 2019: If Boris Johnson gets his Brexit, it may break the United Kingdom, BBC, 31 July 2019: ‘No room’ for excess meat in no-deal Brexit, Guardian, 31 July 2019: Sinn Féin: vote on Irish reunification must follow no-deal Brexit, The Guardian, 1 August 2019: £2.1bn on no-deal preparations? It will seem like peanuts if Britain crashes out, Irish Times, 1 August 2019: No-deal Brexit is something to fear, says Taoiseach, The Guardian, 1 August 2019: Bank of England warns of 1 in 3 chance of Brexit recession, BBC, 1 August 2019: Bank of England cuts UK growth forecast, Arab News, 1 August 2019: No-deal Brexit ‘lose-lose’ for EU and UK: BMW chief, The Guardian, 1 August 2019: Expecting Ireland to be servile is part of a long British tradition, BBC, 1 August 2019: Bank struggling to see through the Brexit fog, Politico.eu, 1 August 2019: From ‘Blade Runner’ to Brexit in England’s industrial north, The Guardian, 2 August 2019: Tory rebels threaten Boris Johnson after majority cut to one, CNN, 2 August 2019: Boris Johnson’s premiership is hanging by a thread, The Guardian, 2 August 2019: Charming but dishonest and duplicitous: Europe’s verdict on Boris Johnson, Irish Times, 2 August 2019: Fintan O’Toole: Ireland can stop a no-deal Brexit. Here’s how, The Guardian, 2 August 2019: Irish peace is too precious to be squandered by the Brexit ultras, Irish Times, 3 August 2019: ‘Brexit Irishmen’ are not just selfish Brits with an Irish granny, BBC, 2 August 2019: Mark Carney warns of instant shock from no-deal Brexit, BBC, 2 August 2019: Weak pound boosting UK tourism industry, Irish Times, 3 August 2019: When will reality catch up with Boris Johnson on Brexit?, The Guardian, 3 August 2019: No-deal Brexit: your financial survival guide, Irish Times, 3 August 2019: David McWilliams: Boris Johnson is like an incompetent kidnapper taking Ireland hostage, The Guardian, 3 August 2019: Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Brexit could yet pay off, even for remainers. Here’s why, CNN, 3 August 2019: Boris Johnson could be the last prime minister of the United Kingdom, The Guardian, 4 August 2019: A no-deal Brexit even after a no-confidence vote: how could it happen?, The Guardian, 5 August 2019: UK firms that export only to EU ‘unprepared’ for no-deal Brexit, Arab News, 5 August 2019: Who is ready for no-deal?, The Guardian, 5 August 2019: Boris Johnson has no intention of renegotiating Brexit deal, EU told, BBC, 5 August 2019: EU officials: No basis for ‘meaningful’ UK Brexit talks, Politico.eu, 5 August 2019: Scotland would vote for independence from UK, poll finds, The Guardian, 6 August 2019: MPs can still thwart Boris Johnson over no deal. Here’s how, Irish Times, 6 August 2019: Varadkar in Belfast not ‘fatalistic’ about prospect of no-deal Brexit, BBC, 6 August 2019: Brexit: No 10 rejects EU’s view of talks, Irish Times, 6 August 2019: Can a no-deal Brexit be prevented by the UK’s parliament?, The Guardian, 6 August 2019: Domino’s stockpiles toppings to beat no-deal Brexit, Die Zeit, 7 August 2019: “It’s a last throw of the dice to save Brexit”, The Guardian, 7 August 2019: Brexit: no deal would harm UK security, senior officer warns, Irish Times, 7 August 2019: Mary Lou McDonald: Fintan O’Toole wrong to say SF can block hard Brexit, CNN, 7 August 2019: The UK can’t even have a proper constitutional crisis, Arab News, 7 August 2019: Jordan’s King Abdullah in London to meet Boris Johnson, BBC, 6 August 2019: Brexit: What could no deal mean for the Irish border?, Politico.eu, 6 August 2019: The queen’s big Brexit moment?, The Guardian, 7 August 2019: Could the Queen sack Boris Johnson? The experts are divided, BBC, 7 August 2019: Brexit: UK assumes French plans ‘will ease no-deal disruption’, The Guardian, 7 August 2019: New rebel bid to halt no-deal Brexit amid fury at PM’s enforcer, BBC, 8 August 2019: UK to stay in Interrail scheme after U-turn, BBC, 9 August 2019: UK economy shrinks for the first time since 2012, CNN, 9 August 2019: UK economy shrinks for first time since 2012. Brexit could tip it into recession, The Guardian, 9 August 2019: Recession fears grow as UK economy shrinks on back of Brexit chaos, France24, 9 August 2019: UK economy contracts for first time since 2012 amid Brexit worries, The Guardian, 9 August 2019: Independence for Scotland is inevitable – we need a plan for it, The National, 9 August 2019: Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed congratulates UK’s new prime minister, Politico.eu, 9 August 2019: UK officials’ summer holidays canceled to prepare for no-deal Brexit, The Guardian, 9 August 2019: No 10 cancels staff leave, hinting at likelihood of snap election, The National, 9 August 2019: UK economy shrinks as recession fears grow, Reuters, 9 August 2019: U.S. overtakes Germany as UK’s biggest source of imports: UK trade department, Arab News, 10 August 2019: Brexit turmoil drives UK economy toward recession, BBC, 9 August 2019: Brexit: Chancellor announces one-year spending review, Irish Times, 10 August 2019: The British are deluded about Germany’s fear of a no-deal Brexit, BBC, 10 August 2019: Brexit: Email slip-up reveals no-deal fishing patrol ‘uncertainty’, Politico.eu, 10 August 2019: London to prop up business in case of no deal Brexit: report, Irish Times, 10 August 2019: Britain has always struggled to take Ireland seriously, say Irish ex-diplomats, Reuters, 10 August 2019: EU’s Juncker tells Britain: no-deal Brexit will hurt you the most, The Times, 10 August 2019: Bailout fund to prop up businesses after Brexit, The Guardian, 10 August 2019: Sadiq Khan, mayor of London: It’s no time to play parliamentary poker. Let the people decide on Brexit, CNN, 11 August 2019: Europe isn’t that scared of Boris Johnson, The Guardian, 11 August 2019: Ireland tells Boris Johnson there will be no backstop renegotiation, The Guardian, 12 August 2019: British diplomats to pull out from EU decision-making meetings within days, France24, 12 August 2019: Bolton says US to ‘move very quickly’ on post-Brexit trade deal, Irish Times, 12 August 2019: US would strongly support no-deal Brexit, says John Bolton, The Guardian, 12 August 2019: No 10 expects rebel move against no-deal Brexit on 9 September, Irish Times, 12 August 2019: No ‘good Brexit’ for Northern Ireland, says Liberal Democrat leader, The Guardian, 13 August 2019: Of course the US supports a no deal – it makes a minnow out of Britain, Politico.eu, 13 August 2019: Trump envoy’s cheap Brexit promises, The Guardian, 14 August 2019: Bercow will ‘fight with every breath’ to stop Johnson closing parliament for no deal, BBC, 14 August 2019: Brexit: Hammond says PM’s demands ‘wreck’ chance of new deal, The Guardian, 14 August 2019: Philip Hammond: MPs can stop Boris Johnson delivering no-deal Brexit, Irish Times, 14 August 2019: Hammond warns Johnson against ‘betraying’ Brexit referendum, The Washington Post, 14 August 2019: Three ways Boris Johnson could become Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, The Guardian, 14 August 2019: Johnson’s Facebook PMQs show how politicians can bypass scrutiny, CNN, 14 August 2019: Jeremy Corbyn threatens no-confidence vote to stop no-deal Brexit, The Guardian, 14 August 2019: Labour bloc plans ‘radical’ move to push through Brexit deal, BBC, 15 August 2019: UK must accept US food standards in trade deal, says farm chief, The Guardian, 15 August 2019: Brexiteers promised a new dawn for UK farming, not agricultural Armageddon, The Guardian, 15 August 2019: Lib Dems urged to back Corbyn as interim PM to stop no-deal Brexit, The Guardian, 15 August 2019: Brexit: where do parties stand on Corbyn plan to avoid no deal?, Politico.eu, 17 August 2019: Nearly half of UK voters back no-deal Brexit and no PM Corbyn, poll finds, The Guardian, 17 August 2019: Brexit: no-deal exit edges closer as key Tories refuse to back Corbyn, The Guardian, 17 August 2019: A trade deal with Trump will change Britain for the worse, Politico.eu, 18 August 2019: UK government no-deal Brexit fears revealed in full, The Guardian, 18 August 2019: Brexit: leaked papers predict food shortages and port delays, Daily Mail, 18 August 2019: No Deal Brexit doomsday dossier is ‘Project Fear scaremongering’ say ministers after documents predict fuel, food and medicine shortages and Irish border chaos on Oct 31, The Guardian, 18 August 2019: No 10 furious at leak of paper predicting shortages after no-deal Brexit, Operation Yellowhammer, BBC, 18 August 2019: Brexit: No-deal dossier shows worst-case scenario – Gove, Al Arabiya, 18 August 2019: UK minister Gove: No-deal Brexit will mean ‘bumps in the road’, The National, 18 August 2019: Boris Johnson to visit Europe as no-deal Brexit fears grow, NPR, 19 August 2019: Trolled Online, Women In Politics Fight To Hold Big Tech Accountable In The U.K., BBC, 19 August 2019: Brexit: EU migration rules ‘to end straight after no-deal’, CNN, 19 August 2019: How will a no-deal Brexit hit travel in and out of the UK and Europe?, The Guardian, 19 August 2019: EU unconvinced by Johnson’s fresh bid to remove Brexit backstop, Politico.eu, 19 August 2019: Boris Johnson appeals directly to Donald Tusk to scrap Brexit backstop, The Guardian, 19 August 2019: The Guardian view on preventing no deal: do whatever it takes, Reuters, 20 August 2019: EU rebuffs Johnson’s Brexit gambit, France24, 20 August 2019: Boris Johnson confirms to EU he wants Brexit without Irish backstop, Irish Times, 20 August 2019: Boris Johnson will enter EU leader talks ‘with a lot of oomph’, The Guardian, 20 August 2019: EU rejects Boris Johnson request to remove backstop, Irish Times, 20 August 2019: Fintan O’Toole: Ireland is not ready for unity but may have to take that step, The Guardian, 20 August 2019: Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaos, The Guardian, 20 August 2019: Being an EU citizen in the UK was hard enough. Now Priti Patel has made it worse, Politico.eu, 20 August 2019: Boris Johnson’s not-so-grand tour, France24, 21 August 2019: Boris Johnson rejects ‘backstop’ Brexit deal at meeting with Merkel, The Guardian, 21 August 2019: Boris Johnson visit will not change German stance, says Merkel ally, BBC, 21 August 2019: Merkel: Backstop alternative ‘possible within 30 days’, Politico.eu, 21 August 2019: Merkel to Johnson: Let’s find a Brexit plan in 30 days, CNN, 21 August 2019: Merkel delivers Brexit ultimatum to Johnson on UK PM’s first visit to Berlin, The Guardian, 21 August 2019: Merkel gives Johnson 30 days to find solution to avoid no-deal Brexit, Politico.eu, 21 August 2019: Tusk and Johnson will meet Sunday for Brexit pow-wow, Irish Times, 21 August 2019: Johnson’s efforts to control talks rebuffed by Merkel, BBC, 21 August 2019: UK sees record foreign investment in tech start-ups, Politico.eu, 21 August 2019: Brexit Britain’s new master: Donald Trump, France24, 22 August 2019: ‘The future of the UK is in Europe,’ Macron says ahead of Brexit talks with Boris Johnson, BBC, 22 August 2019: Backstop indispensable, Macron tells Johnson, CNN, 22 August 2019: Macron delivers tough Brexit message to Johnson, Politico.eu, 22 August 2019: Macron to Johnson: ‘Different’ Brexit agreement not possible in 30 days, The Guardian, 22 August 2019: Macron tells Johnson Brexit backstop is indispensable, Al Jazeera, 22 August 2019: What is Boris Johnson doing in Germany and France?, BBC, 22 August 2019: Northern Ireland farmers warn of no deal risks, The Guardian, 22 August 2019: The Guardian view on Boris Johnson in Europe: warmer words but a cold reality, Politico.com, 23 August 2019: Boris Johnson’s double Donald dilemma, The Guardian, 24 August 2019: Tusk: Boris Johnson must not become known as ‘Mr No Deal’, Irish Times, 24 August 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson responds to Tusk’s ‘Mr No-Deal’ jab, CNN, 24 August 2019: Boris Johnson stakes future on Donald Trump after Brexit. The gamble may break Britain, The Guardian, 24 August 2019: Boris Johnson seeks legal advice on five-week parliament closure ahead of Brexit, Reuters, 24 August 2019: Britain will withhold $37 billion from EU in no-deal Brexit – Mail on Sunday, The Guardian, 25 August 2019: Boris Johnson: no deal would mean UK did not owe Brexit divorce bill (whereupon the credit rating of the island by rating agencies will be “shortened” as well. Who can not fulfill his obligations is bankrupt. However, as Bojo will be only one of Trump’s puppets in the future anyway, this considerations are only of minor importance to him), BBC, 25 August 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson says odds of striking deal ‘touch and go’, The Guardian, 25 August 2019: A bumpy no-deal Brexit could turn panicking MPs against Johnson, The Guardian, 25 August 2019: A bumpy no-deal Brexit could turn panicking MPs against Johnson, The Guardian, 26 August 2019: Britain can ‘easily cope’ with no-deal Brexit, claims Boris Johnson, The National, 26 August 2019: Boris Johnson: UK will ‘easily cope’ with no-deal Brexit, The Guardian, 26 August 2019: You don’t get to decide whether Brexit happens, Johnson tells MPs, Politico.eu, 26 August 2019: Boris Johnson loses Brexit bite in Biarritz, The Guardian, 26 August 2019: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out forcing through no-deal Brexit, Irish Times, 26 August 2019: Government ministers step up warnings about a no-deal Brexit, Politico.eu, 26 August 2019: Experts propose alternative to Brexit backstop, Politico.eu, 26 August 2019: Trump warns Johnson: EU not easy to do a deal with, ‘just ask Theresa May’, BBC, 27 August 2019: Brexit: Is EU softening over Withdrawal Agreement?, The Guardian, 27 August 2019: Business will not forgive or forget the great Brexit betrayal of trust, Politico.eu, 27 August 2019: Johnson’s Brexit plan has a hole so big you can swim through it, The Guardian, 27 August 2019: EU ready to look at ‘realistic’ backstop plans from Johnson, The Guardian, 27 August 2019: MPs pledge to form alternative parliament in case of prorogation.

By brutally strangling one of the most important decision-making phases of the British Parliament since decades and the most important decision for the decades to come, British democracy, which served as a role model for centuries, is at the same time seriously injured – and, of course, the country as a whole as well. It would be over with the role model function with the entry into forced by Bojo and his accomplices parliament break phase, especially since the desired action would correspond to that of a regime of a Central African civil war country and not that of a West European democracy (coup d’état, authoritarianism – Bojo, who was not legitimized by general elections, cuts out the parliament, legitimized by democratic elections. Only Russia, China or North Korea are more undemocratic): DW, 28 August 2019: Opinion: Boris Johnson, the UK dictator, BBC, 28 August 2019: Government to ask Queen to suspend Parliament, Irish Times, 28 August 2019: Brexit: Britain’s queen to be asked to suspend parliament ahead of no-deal – reports, Politico.eu, 28 August 2019: Boris Johnson to suspend parliament in run-up to Brexit: reports, France24, 28 August 2019: Johnson announces suspension of UK parliament until two weeks before EU exit, infuriating anti-Brexit MPs, CNN, 28 August 2019: The striking similarities between Boris Johnson and Trump, BBC, 28 August 2019: Brexit and suspending Parliament: What just happened?, The Guardian, 28 August 2019: What is prorogation and why is Boris Johnson using it?, CNN, 28 August 2019: Brexit shock as Queen agrees to suspend UK Parliament, Politico, 28 August 2019: Boris Johnson announces suspension of UK parliament, BBC, 28 August 2019: Parliament to be suspended in September, The Guardian, 28 August 2019: Suspension of parliament: MPs react with fury and Davidson set to quit after Johnson move – live news (Hugh Grant on Twitter), CNN, 28 August 2019: Boris Johnson just took a huge step to ensure Brexit happens on October 31, The Guardian, 28 August 2019: The Guardian view on proroguing parliament: an affront to democracy, Politico.eu, 28 August 2019: Boris Johnson vs. parliament, France24, 29 August 2019: Boris Johnson sparks outrage after forcing suspension of UK parliament, CNN, 29 August 2019: Backlash against Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament before Brexit, BBC, 29 August 2019: Brexit: Next week ‘only opportunity’ to act on no deal, The New York Times, 29 August 2019: Boris Johnson’s Parliament Suspension Prompts Protest and Resignations, The Washington Post, 29 August 2019: Allies of Johnson resign amid outrage over suspension of Parliament, France24, 29 August 2019: Of Backstops, Brextremists and BOBs: A glossary of Brexit terms, The Times, 29 August 2019: A US trade deal can provide a Brexit boost, DW, 29 August 2019: Suspending parliament: Why it couldn’t happen in Germany, Al Jazeera, 29 August 2019: Boris Johnson is clinging to his last chance for glory, Arab News, 29 August 20019: UK’s Brexit divisions widened by Johnson, France24, 30 August 2019: Legal challenge to stop suspension of UK Parliament delayed in Scottish court, Zeit Campus, 30 August 2019: British Youth: Thank you, Boris!, Politico.eu, 31 August 2019: Gordon Brown: Johnson ‘is tearing the country apart’, Irish Times, 31 August 2019: Brussels awaits UK backstop proposals as revolt against Johnson grows (actually, only fools go to a shootout with a jackknife. Bojo does just that: Without new ideas and approaches to deliver, he calls for further negotiations that make no sense in the absence of just these new ideas and approaches. Even N° 10 Downing Street should have noticed by now that it has led itself up to the neck into quagmire and another “Forward!” just leeds deeper into it. On this basis, there can be no negotiations with the EU, no matter how loudly Bojo cry about it), DW, 31 August 2019: UK holds #StopTheCoup rallies against Johnson’s suspension of parliament, The Guardian, 31 August 2019: Thousands protest against Boris Johnson’s parliament shutdown, Irish Times, 31 August 2019: Hard Brexiteers simply don’t know their Irish history, France24, 31 August 2019: ‘Stop the coup!’: Thousands protest Boris Johnson’s suspension of UK parliament, The Guardian, 31 August 2019: Brexit will blind Britain to global initiatives for recovery, BBC, 31 August 2019: Parliament suspension: Thousands protest across the UK, CNN, 31 August 2019: Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament sparks Brexit protests, The Washington Post, 31 August 2019: Brexit protesters bring anger over Parliament end-run to Boris Johnson’s doorstep, Politico.eu, 31 August 2019: Protests across the UK over parliament suspension, Arab News, 31 August 2019: Crowds gather in UK cities to protest Johnson’s Brexit plans, CNN, 1 September 2019: How will a no-deal Brexit hit travel in and out of the UK and Europe?, The Guardian, 1 September 2019: ‘Get Ready for Brexit’: government launches information blitz (Get ready for Brexit), CNN, 1 September 2019: UK minister refuses to rule out ignoring law preventing no-deal Brexit, Saudi Gazette, 1 September 2019: EU’s Barnier says Brexit deal cannot be changed, The National, 2 September 2019: Brexit: EU top diplomat Michael Barnier doubts no-deal can be avoided, BBC, 1 September 2019: Laura Kuenssberg: Why is Johnson planning to deselect Tory rebels?, The Guardian, 2 September 2019: Boris Johnson is using threats against his MPs: they should ignore him, BBC, 2 September 2019: Pound sinks after general election speculation, The Guardian, 2 September 2019: Splitting the Tories now is stupid. But Johnson knows only tribal machismo, BBC, 2 September 2019: Brexit: ‘Election in October’ if MPs block no deal, The Guardian, 2 September 2019: The Guardian view on Johnson’s campaign pitch: save my job, The Guardian, 2 September 2019: EU could declare no-deal Brexit a major natural disaster, The Guardian, 2 September 2019: Boris Johnson’s ultimatum: back me or face 14 October election, Al Jazeera, 3 September 2019: Brexit crisis deepens as Tory rebellion mounts, France24, 3 September 2019: Boris Johnson faces parliamentary rebellion over no-deal Brexit, BBC, 3 September 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson faces showdown in Parliament, Al Jazeera, 3 September 2019: Who is John Bercow? The speaker in the eye of the Brexit storm, CNN, 3 September 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit showdown as Parliament returns from recess, The Guardian, 3 September 2019: Brexit: Tory MP defects to Lib Dems as Boris Johnson makes statement on G7 summit – live news, BBC, 3 September 2019: Brexit: Tory MP defects ahead of crucial no-deal vote, Al Jazeera, 3 September 2019: UK parliament holds emergency debate over Brexit crisis, The Guardian, 3 September 2019: ‘He’s a reckless fool’: readers on Johnson’s Commons defeat, BBC, 4 September 2019: Brexit: Slouching Jacob Rees-Mogg lampooned in memes, CNN, 4 September 2019: Boris Johnson demands election after Brexit defeat, The Guardian, 4 September 2019: Brexit: MPs pass bill to prevent no deal amid confusion over amendment to put May’s deal back on table – live news, France24, 4 September 2019: Johnson seeks elections as MPs vote to block no-deal Brexit, BBC, 4 September 2019: Brexit: MPs back bill to block no deal on first vote, Politico.eu, 4 September 2019: Brussels eyes no-deal Brexit amid turmoil in London, The New York Times, 4 September 2019: Brexit’s ‘Doomsday Politics’ Mean Voters May Be Last Chance to Resolve Crisis, The Washington Post, 4 September 2019: Boris Johnson suffers two major losses in Parliament, leaving his governing authority and the terms of Brexit in doubt, Politico.com, 4 September 2019: Boris Johnson loses another battle: Here’s why he might still win the war, The Guardian, 5 September 2019: ‘PM cornered’: how the papers covered Johnson’s horror day in Commons, France24, 5 September 2019: UK lawmakers block PM Johnson’s call for snap election, CNN, 5 September 2019: The ‘mother of parliaments’ is falling apart on live TV, BBC, 5 September 2019: Brexit: Bill designed to stop no-deal ‘will clear Lords’, The Guardian, 5 September 2019: Brexit: Lords agree to push through bill preventing no deal by end of Friday, Arab News, 5 September 2019: Defeated Johnson loses his authority and credibility, Saudi Gazette, 5 September 2019: UK PM Johnson’s brother resigns on eve of Brexit election campaign, Gulf News, 5 September 2019: British politics goes topsy-turvy over Brexit, Irish Times, 5 September 2019: Brexit: Johnson’s room for political manoeuvre narrows, BBC, 5 September 2019: Will Brexit hit Britain’s fresh vegetable supplies?, The Washington Post, 5 September 2019: Boris Johnson will do anything for Brexit. Even destroy his own party., CNN, 6 September 2019: No one thought a UK Prime Minister could be worse than Theresa May. Until now., France24, 6 September 2019: UK’s House of Lords passes bill aimed at blocking no-deal Brexit, Al Jazeera, 6 September 2019: Brexit delay set to become law after winning Lords’ approval, NPR, 6 September 2019: Britain’s House Of Lords Approves Bill Blocking No-Deal Brexit, CNN, 7 September 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit options are so bad that he might have to call a no-confidence vote in himself, The Guardian, 7 September 2019: MPs ‘checked with EU chiefs over Brexit delay’ before passing bill, Politico.eu, 7 September 2019: ‘Boris Johnson is nothing like Winston Churchill,’ says wartime PM’s grandson, The Guardian, 7 September 2019: Anti-Brexit protesters decry Johnson’s ‘coup’ in cities across UK, Al Jazeera, 7 September 2019: British MPs prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay, Politico.eu, 7 September 2019: Welcome to the EU neighborhood, Britain, The Guardian, 8 September 2019: France threatens to veto further Brexit extension, Politico.eu, 8 September 2019: French minister: EU won’t grant UK Brexit delay as things stand, The Guardian, 8 September 2019: The vices that led Johnson to the top are useless when it comes to wielding power, The Guardian, 9 September 2019: Six ways Boris Johnson could evade block on no-deal Brexit, France24, 9 September 2019: Brexit: ‘No backstop is no deal,’ Irish PM Varadkar says ahead of talks with UK’s Johnson, The Irish Times, 9 September 2019: Brexit: Johnson tells Varadkar a no-deal Brexit ‘would be a failure’, France24, 9 September 2019: House of Commons Speaker to step down by October 31, Al Jazeera, 9 September 2019: UK Parliament faces shutdown after Johnson’s failure in Ireland, The Guardian, 9 September 2019: In Brussels, the goodwill Boris Johnson fostered is slowly ebbing away, BBC, 9 September 2019: Brexit: Parliament suspension to go ahead later, The Guardian, 10 September 2019: If Boris Johnson quits, MPs should back Jeremy Corbyn to avoid no deal, France24, 10 September 2019: Brexit at an impasse: What comes next?, The Guardian, 10 September 2019: EU looks to Northern Ireland-only backstop to break Brexit deadlock, CNN, 10 September 2019: UK Parliament is suspended amid scenes of chaos, CNN, 11 September 2019: Boris Johnson’s suspension of UK Parliament unlawful, Scottish court rules, BBC, 11 September 2019: Why the Scottish court ruling on proroguing Parliament is significant, France24, 11 September 2019: Adding to Brexit chaos, Scottish court rules parliament suspension ‘unlawful’, Gulf Times, 11 September 2019: Brexit in chaos after court rules PM’s suspension of parliament was unlawful, The Guardian, 11 September 2019: Merkel warns of danger to EU of Singapore-style UK on its border, Irish Times, 11 September 2019: Johnson acted ‘unlawfully’ in suspension of parliament, court rules, The Guardian, 11 September 2019: Chaos is being normalised. It is all part of Boris Johnson’s pernicious plan, CNN, 11 September 2019: If Boris Johnson misled the Queen, it would be a bad look. Even for him., CNN, 11 September 2019: UK government releases no-deal Brexit paper — but refuses to publish internal communications, BBC, 12 September 2019: Brexit: Operation Yellowhammer no-deal document published (again, the madness, which is usually triggered by right-wing national socialism and also represented by Bojo and his hardliner, becomes visible: the entire population shall have to live under the same miserable circumstances), The Guardian, 12 September 2019: Brexit: government publishes Operation Yellowhammer documents – live news.

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The Guardian, 12 September 2019: Michel Barnier: no grounds for reopening Brexit talks, France24, 12 September 2019: MP Dominic Grieve: Boris Johnson ‘doesn’t seem to have grasped that a prime minister is not above the law’, The Guardian, 12 September 2019: Passionate politicians took us into Europe. A poisonous press is dragging us out, The Irish Times, 12 September 2019: Explainer: The Boris backstop – an idea not without roadblocks, CNN, 12 September 2019: British politics is turning Trumpian because of Brexit, The Guardian, 12 September 2019: John Bercow: I’ll stop Boris Johnson breaking the law on Brexit, France24, 12 September 2019: EU’s Barnier warns not optimistic of finding Brexit deal, The Guardian, 12 September 2019: Boris Johnson has no right to call himself a one-nation Conservative, The Irish Times, 13 September 2019: Brexit threatens delays on Britain’s ‘bridge’ to Europe, Bloomberg, 13 September 2019: David Cameron Gets His Brexit Revenge on Boris Johnson, The Guardian, 13 September 2019: Cameron accuses Johnson and Gove of behaving appallingly over Brexit, BBC, 14 September 2019: David Cameron: Johnson and Gove behaved ‘appallingly’, CNN, 14 September 2019: Boris Johnson is trapped in a Brexit prison he helped build, Irish Times, 14 September 2019: Cameron ‘truly sorry’ for division that followed Brexit, The Guardian, 14 September 2019: Hopes of clean break with EU are nonsense, says ex-Brexit official, CNN, 14 September 2019: David Cameron says some people ‘will never forgive’ him for Brexit, Saudi Gazette, 14 September 2019: Britain may need a second Brexit referendum, says former PM Cameron, The Washington Post, 14 September 2019: Former British prime minister Cameron says Boris Johnson acted ‘appallingly,’ misled voters on Brexit, The Guardian, 15 September 2019: ‘Johnson is a liar who only backed Leave to help his career’ – David Cameron, The Guardian, 16 September 2019: Cameron may have fought Brexit. But it was his policies that made it happen, CNN, 16 September 2019: Banksy’s chimp-filled Parliament up for sale amid Brexit chaos, BBC, 16 September 2019: Brexit: UK offers no solution to replace backstop, says EU, CNN, 16 September 2019: Johnson cancels press conference appearance amid noisy protests, The Irish Times, 16 September 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson skips press conference near booing protesters, Politico.eu, 16 September 2019: Johnson no-show lets Xavier Bettel play to the gallery, France24, 16 September 2019: ‘We need more than just words,’ EU official says after Brexit talks, BBC, 16 September 2019: Boris Johnson says EU has had ‘bellyful’ of Brexit process, CNN, 17 September 2019: A high-stakes Brexit court case could force the Queen to pick a side, The Guardian, 17 September 2019: Britons in Europe are being hung out to dry. In Luxembourg, they found their voice, The Guardian, 17 September 2019: Boris Johnson humiliated by Luxembourg PM at ’empty chair’ press conference, The Independent, 17 September 2019: How Europe’s press reported Boris Johnson’s ‘humiliation’ in Luxembourg, The Guardian, 17 September 2019: Corbyn vows to put ‘sensible’ Brexit deal to voters in referendum, The Guardian, 18 September 2019: Boris Johnson ‘surprised’ by level of Irish border checks, Politico.eu, 17 September 2019: Jean-Claude Juncker: Risk of no-deal Brexit is ‘palpable’, The Guardian, 19 September 2019: Even bankers are starting to think Corbyn might be the safe choice now, Politico.eu, 20 September 2019: Unification, not no-deal Brexit, will destroy Ireland, CNN, 23 September 2019: European carmakers say ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’, BBC, 24 September 2019: Supreme Court: Suspending Parliament was unlawful, judges rule, The Guardian, 24 September 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson says supreme court ruling makes getting deal harder – live news, CNN, 24 September 2019: Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament declared unlawful | Prime Minister says he ‘strongly disagrees’ with decision | Opposition calls for immediate resignation, BBC, 24 September 2019: Supreme Court: Where does defeat leave Boris Johnson?, The Guardian, 24 September 2019: The supreme court judgment is a devastating blow for a failed prime minister, The Guardian, 25 September 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson says people don’t want a second referendum as he addresses MPs – live news, Politico.eu, 25 September 2019: Everything you need to know about the UK Supreme Court ruling, BBC, 25 September 2019: Parliament suspension: Angry Commons exchanges as MPs return to work, BBC, 25 September 2019: Supreme Court: Pictures from heated Commons debate, NPR, 25 September 2019: British Parliament Returns To Work In The Gathering Shadow Of Brexit, The Guardian, 25 September 2019: MPs trying to force Boris Johnson to seek Brexit extension earlier, Al Jazeera, 25 September 2019: Boris Johnson returns to parliament he unlawfully suspended, Politico.eu, 25 September 2019: Where Boris Johnson went wrong, France24, 26 September 2019: Johnson urges opposition to call confidence vote after shock Supreme Court ruling, CNN, 26 September 2019: Boris Johnson faces fury in Parliament after Brexit showdown, The Guardian, 26 September 2019: Boris Johnson’s brutish parliamentary performance defied all democratic dignity, BBC, 26 September 2019: Johnson urged to apologise over Jo Cox comments, The National, 26 September 2019: Widow of British MP killed by far right extremist ‘sickened’ by PM urging for Brexit in her memory, Gulf Times, 26 September 2019: UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise, BBC, 26 September 2019: Brexit: EU leaders believe new extension is ‘likely’, The Guardian, 26 September 2019: ‘Abuse is virtually constant’: female MPs speak about the threats they face, BBC, 27 September 2019: Parliament: Are threats to MPs widespread?, Irish Times, 27 September 2019: Dominic Cummings: do not be surprised by Brexit anger, Politico.eu, 27 September 2019: Brussels loses faith in ‘volatile’ UK, CNN, 27 September 2019: British politics has been taken over by trolls, The Guardian, 27 September 2019: MPs of all parties must unite to rein in this reckless, divisive government, Irish Times, 27 September 2019: Irish nationalism and unionism have paralysed Westminster, CNN, 28 September 2019: Boris Johnson could be forced out as UK Prime Minister next week, The Guardian, 28 September 2019: Johnson could face no-confidence vote next week to halt no-deal Brexit, CNN, 28 September 2019: For US and UK, the race to melt down may be too close to call, The Guardian, 29 September 2019: I used to think Boris Johnson could get a Brexit deal. Not after last week, NPR, 29 September 2019: David Cameron Calls The Brexit Referendum His ‘Greatest Regret’, The Guardian, 29 September 2019: Europe isn’t the enemy – demonising us is undermining Britain, Irish Times, 30 September 2019: Brexit deal hopes fade as DUP rules out concessions, The Guardian, 1 October 2019: While Johnson plays games, the EU prepares to move on, Irish Times, 1 October 2019: Fintan O’Toole: There is a pretence the British union is to be saved at all costs, The Guardian, 1 October 2019: Boris Johnson’s plans for Irish border checks threaten Brexit talks, Irish Times, 1 October 2019: EU to blame for Border checks after Brexit, says Johnson (and he actually might even believe this nonsense), The Guardian, 1 October 2019: Johnson has run out of road. Other people’s outrage is all he’s got now, Israel Hayom, 3 October 2019: In Britain, Boris is opening the door for Jeremy, The Guardian, 3 October 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit speech: preparing for an election, France24, 3 October 2019: UK’s Brexit proposal replacing ‘bridge to nowhere’ Irish backstop sparks guarded EU response, BBC, 3 October 2019: Boris Johnson: Brexit plan ‘genuine attempt to bridge chasm’, The Guardian, 3 October 2019: EU parliament: Boris Johnson Brexit plan not remotely acceptable, Irish Times, 3 October 2019: Brexit: Johnson’s plans ‘fall short’ in number of aspects, Varadkar says, CNN, 3 October 2019: Europe thinks Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan is a trap. They might have a point, The Guardian, 4 October 2019: Not even hallucinogens are enough to believe in Tory backstop fantasy, Irish Times, 4 October 2019: Johnson will send extension letter if no deal by October 19th, court told, The Guardian, 4 October 2019: Johnson will write to EU requesting article 50 extension, court told, The Scotsman, 5 October 2019: ‘Biggest independence march yet’ set for Edinburgh today, BBC, 5 October 2019: Scottish independence: Thousands march in support of Scottish independence, CNN, 5 October 2019: Brexit’s frontline: Why the Irish border matters, France24, 5 October 2019: Angered by Brexit, thousands rally in Edinburgh for Scottish independence, CNN, 6 October 2019: 25 days until ‘Brexit day.’ Here’s how it could play out, The Guardian, 6 October 2019: Boris Johnson is still gambling on winning his Brexit blame game, The Guardian, 6 October 2019: The Guardian view on a changing EU: leaving Britain behind, The Guardian, 7 October 2019: No 10 blames EU as Johnson’s Brexit plan fails to make progress, BBC, 8 October 2019: Is no-deal about to become the PM’s policy?, France24, 8 October 2019: Britain’s Brexit talks with EU appear on verge of collapse, BBC, 8 October 2019: Brexit: Deal ‘essentially impossible’ after PM-Merkel call – No 10, France24, 8 October 2019: EU’s Tusk tells Johnson to stop playing ‘stupid blame game’ on Brexit, CNN, 8 October 2019: Threats against female politicians in Britain are so bad that some have installed panic alarms, The Guardian, 8 October 2019: The Irish border is a matter of life and death, not technology, Arab News, 8 October 2019: Brexit chaos has gone beyond a joke, The Guardian, 8 October 2019: EU may offer to extend deadline for Brexit deal to summer, BBC, 8 October 2019: Brexit: Deal essentially impossible, No 10 source says after PM-Merkel call, The Guardian, 8 October 2019: Boris Johnson’s ‘deal’ has collided with reality. So what now?, BBC, 9 October 2019: Irish PM Leo Varadkar says deal ‘very difficult’ by deadline, The National, 9 October 2019: UK economy faces foreign capital slump with no-deal Brexit, BBC, 9 October 2019: Brexit: Special sitting for MPs to decide UK’s future, The Guardian, 10 October 2019: Nissan: no-deal Brexit would jeopardise entire European business model, Gulf Times, 14 October 2019: Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit week, BBC, 14 October 2019: Queen outlines government’s Brexit plan during state opening, France24, 14 October 2019: Brexit on October 31 a ‘priority’ for British government: Queen, The Guardian, 14 October 2019: The Guardian view on the Queen’s speech: show without substance, CNN, 14 October 2019: The Queen just read out Boris Johnson’s stump speech, The Guardian, 14 October 2019: Queen reduced to furious frontwoman for grubby election stunt, BBC, 15 October 2019: Brexit: Talks continuing amid claims deal is close, The Guardian, 15 October 2019: Boris Johnson ‘on brink of Brexit deal’ after border concessions, France24, 17 October 2019: Liveblog: Juncker defends Brexit deal, rules out further extension, Irish Times, 17 October 2019: Brexit deal: Juncker rules out an extension to deadline, The Guardian, 17 October 2019: Juncker seeks to sell Brexit deal by ‘ruling out’ further delay, Politico.eu, 17 October 2019: EU and UK agree draft Brexit deal but obstacles remain, CNN, 17 October 2019: Brexit deal agreed as Boris Johnson arrives for EU summit, France24, 17 October 2019: Northern Ireland’s DUP rejects Brexit deal, threatens EU talks’ optimism, BBC, 17 October 2019: Brexit: EU and UK reach deal but DUP refuses support, Irish Times, 17 October 2019: Brexit deal agreed: Boris Johnson hails great new deal with EU that ‘takes back control’, The Guardian, 17 October 2019: This Brexit deal still won’t ‘get it done’ – only a referendum can do that, Politico.eu, 17 October 2019: Brexit deal faces familiar obstacle — Northern Ireland unionists, NPR, 17 October 2019: Britain’s Boris Johnson Hails New Brexit Deal With EU As Deadline Looms, The National, 17 October 2019: Brexit live: ‘We have a deal’: EU and the UK reach agreement, France24, 17 October 2019: Johnson faces battle in UK parliament after EU leaders back Brexit deal, CNN, 18 October 2019: New Brexit deal is still bad for business and the UK economy, The Guardian, 19 October 2019: Brexit ‘super Saturday’: your guide to the big day, BBC, 19 October 2019: Brexit: Commons set for knife-edge votes on deal, France24, 19 October 2019: Live: British MPs prepare to vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, CNN, 19 October 2019: Brexit vote on Boris Johnson’s deal in Parliament, The Guardian, 19 October 2019: Brexit: Boris Johnson urges MPs to ‘heal rift in British politics’ in vote on new deal – live news, Arab News, 19 October 2019: People should have final say on Brexit – UK’s Labour leader Corbyn, The Guardian, 19 October 2019: EU withdrawal deal: How did your MP vote on the Letwin amendment?, France24, 19 October 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal mostly ‘cut and pasted’ from May’s, Irish Times, 19 October 2019: Brexit: Amendment to delay vote on deal passed, BBC, 19 October 2019: Brexit: Johnson vows to press on despite defeat over deal delay, The Guardian, 19 October 2019: Boris Johnson’s Super Saturday bubble bursts, France24, 19 October 2019: British MPs vote to postpone crucial Brexit vote, The Guardian, 19 October 2019: MPs put brakes on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal with rebel amendment (it is very brazen by the British Prime Minister to join the House of Commons and, during an international live broadcast of the debate in front of running cameras, say “I will break the law!” (“I will not negotiate a delay with the EU, and neither does the law compel me to do so”) by excluding an application to the EU until 19.10.2019 for an Brexit process extension as required by law. In the “good old days, when there was still the British Empire,” which many Britons still dream of, Johnson would at least have been immediately thrown in the Tower of London with good prospects of losing his head. That this isn’t the case, should even signal the Tories that the “good, old time” are not only over, but actually already history since a long time), CNN, 19 October 2019: What happened with Brexit on Super Saturday, and what happens next?, France24, 19 October 2019: Boris Johnson ‘to send Brexit delay request’ after setback in UK parliament, BBC, 19 October 2019: Brexit: PM sends letter to Brussels seeking further delay, CNN, 19 October 2019: Johnson asked EU leaders for a Brexit delay. He also told them not to grant it., The Guardian, 20 October 2019: Labour could back Brexit bill if second referendum attached, says Starmer, BBC, 20 October 2019: Brexit: Johnson ‘has the numbers’ in Commons to pass deal, says Raab, The Guardian, 20 October 2019: Boris Johnson could be held in contempt of court over Brexit letter, Politico.com, 20 October 2019: EU27 ponder how to deal with UK request for Brexit delay, The Guardian, 20 October 2019: EU will wait until MPs debate Brexit deal to make extension decision, The Guardian, 20 October 2019: Europe is fed up with Brexit, but it’s still best for all if Britain stays in, CNN, 21 October 2019: It’s another crunch week for Brexit (no, we really mean it this time), The Guardian, 21 October 2019: Johnson to push for ‘yes or no’ vote on deal as Labour woos rebel Tories – live news, BBC, 21 October 2019: Sir John Curtice: Do voters support Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal?, BBC, 21 October 2019: Brexit: No 10 to push again for vote on Boris Johnson’s deal, The Guardian, 21 October 2019: John Bercow denies Boris Johnson second vote on Brexit deal, CNN, 22 October 2019: Boris Johnson in last push to get deal through, The Guardian, 22 October 2019: Juncker says Brexit a ‘waste of time and energy’ as Johnson tries to ram through deal – live news (especially as “after Brexit” will mean, that the real negotiation works are only about to start. It will take many, many years, to come to terms in detail. Instead of wasting time and money on the Brexit nonsense, the Brits should become sober, and instead work hard on acceptable “remain” terms and conditions), Politico.eu, 22 October 2019: Jean-Claude Juncker: Brexit has been a ‘waste of time and energy’, France24, 22 October 2019: UK MPs reject Johnson’s Brexit bill timetable, making Oct. 31 exit unlikely, The Guardian, 22 October 2019: EU signals it is likely to give UK a Brexit delay up to 31 January, BBC, 22 October 2019: Brexit bill ‘in limbo’ as MPs reject timetable, The Guardian, 22 October 2019: Remain is now a political identity that will shape Britain long after Brexit, CNN, 22 October 2019: Johnson wants to get Brexit done by Halloween. It’s going to be a nightmare, Politico.eu, 22 October 2019: Brexit is no laughing matter. No, Brexit is hysterical..

As a small pause filler during the never ending stage play called “Brexit”, the British came up with the idea to hold early House of Commons elections on 12 December 2019: BBC, 23 October 2019: PM to push for election if EU offers longer delay, Politico.eu, 23 October 2019: German MPs demand compensation for UK customs cash-in, Irish Times, 23 October 2019: Brexit: Varadkar and Tusk support extension with option to leave early, Reuters, 23 October 2019: Second Brexit referendum would keep Britain in EU: Virgin’s Branson, Haaretz, 23 October 2019: The Real Danger That Brexit Poses for Israel, Politico.eu, 24 October 2019: Brexit, Brexit go away, come again another day, BBC, 24 October 2019: EU extension decision expected on Friday, The National, 25 October 2019: EU agrees to Brexit extension but defers decision on delay length, Jerusalem Post, 25 October 2019: British Jews would rather have a no-deal Brexit than a Corbyn-led government, survey finds, Jerusalem Post, 26 October 2019: British Jews favor no-deal Brexit over Corbyn-led government – survey, Gulf Times, 26 October 2019: EU states postpone decision on Brexit delay, CNN, 26 October 2019: The UK has messed up Brexit. Now Boris Johnson is trapped in hell, BBC, 27 October 2019: Brexit negotiators removed ‘adequate’ from worker rights plan, The Guardian, 27 October 2019: Turkeys won’t vote for Christmas when the polls are telling them they’ll be stuffed, The Guardian, 27 October 2019: Brexit: EU prepares to grant UK three-month extension, France24, 28 October 2019: EU agrees to further delay Brexit until January 31, BBC, 28 October 2019: European leaders agree extension to 31 January, CNN, 28 October 2019: Brexit extension announced as Boris Johnson pushes for December election, CNN, 28 October 2019: Boris Johnson fails — again — to secure an early election, The Guardian, 28 October 2019: Boris Johnson abandons Brexit bill in new push for December election, BBC, 29 October 2019: PM to try again for 12 December election after MPs reject plan, The Guardian, 29 October 2019: UK election date: which party wants what, and why does it matter?, BBC, 29 October 2019: UK set for 12 December general election after MPs’ vote, The Guardian, 29 October 2019: Brexit: MPs vote for general election on 12 December – live news, France24, 29 October 2019: British MPs vote for December election to break Brexit deadlock, Politico.eu, 29 October 2019: UK sets course for December general election, Al Jazeera, 29 October 2019: ‘Brexhaustion’: Voters doubt election will break Brexit impasse, BBC, 30 October 2019: Leaders in pre-election clash over NHS, Brexit and economy, CNN, 30 October 2019: Everything you need to know about the UK general election on December 12, The Guardian, 30 October 2019: General election: Corbyn challenges Johnson to TV debates – live news, Politico.eu, 30 October 2019: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn practice their election lines, The Guardian, 31 October 2019: Trump says parts of Johnson’s deal would obstruct US-UK trade agreement – live news, Times of Israel, 31 October 2019: End of an Orderrrr! UK Commons speaker John Bercow bows out, The Guardian, 31 October 2019: Like Donald Trump, Boris Johnson is a politician who deserves to be booed, Times of Israel, 31 October 2019: Polls: Despite mixed opinions on Brexit, 93% of UK Jews won’t vote for Labour, The Guardian, 31 October 2019: Trump says Johnson and Farage could form ‘unstoppable force’, Jerusalem Post, 31 October 2019: If Corbyn wins, Jewish life ‘as we know it’ will be in danger, Rabbi says (BBC, 25 July 2018: Jewish newspapers unite against Labour ‘threat’), The Guardian, 31 October 2019: Jewish group removes campaigning support for Labour in election, BBC, 1 November 2019: General election 2019: Farage calls on Johnson to ‘build Leave alliance’, CNN, 1 November 2019: Donald Trump weighs in on UK election backing Boris Johnson, The Guardian, 1 November 2019: Farage to Johnson: join forces or Brexit party will contest every seat, The Guardian, 2 November 2019: Super-rich prepare to leave UK ‘within minutes’ if Labour wins election, The Guardian, 2 November 2019: The more Nigel Farage plays Brexiters for fools, the more they seem to like it, The Guardian, 2 November 2019: Johnson ‘knew about Vote Leave’s illegal overspend’, says MP, BBC, 3 November 2019: General election 2019: Nigel Farage will not stand as candidate, The Guardian, 3 November 2019: Boris Johnson apologises to Tory members for deadline extension, Politico.eu, 3 November 2019: Nigel Farage says he will not fight a seat in UK election, The Guardian, 4 November 2019: Juncker: Boris Johnson told ‘so many lies’ in EU referendum campaign, France24, 4 November 2019: UK Parliament to elect new speaker after John Bercow’s departure, The Guardian, 4 November 2019: PM accused of cover-up over report on Russian meddling in UK politics, The Guardian, 5 November 2019: Brexiters evoking Ireland’s civil war should be careful what they wish for, The Guardian, 5 November 2019: Johnson delay on Russia dossier helps Putin, says Litvinenko widow, CNN, 6 November 2019: The UK will never get the US trade deal it wants, The Guardian, 6 November 2019: It’s not just Britain that’s breaking up, Europe is too, The Guardian, 8 November 2019: Johnson accused of misleading public over Brexit deal after NI remarks, CNN, 9 November 2019: Delivering Brexit has been impossible. Stopping it will be even harder, Irish Times, 9 November 2019: Fintan O’Toole: What will EU demand for supporting us on Brexit?, The Guardian, 9 November 2019: Many Jews want Boris Johnson out. But how can we vote for Jeremy Corbyn?, BBC, 11 November 2019: General election 2019: Brexit Party will not stand in Tory seats, The Guardian, 11 November 2019: Brexit party will not contest 317 Tory-won seats, Farage says, The Washington Post, 11 November 2019: Nigel Farage offers Boris Johnson a truce, boosting prospects for Conservatives in December election, The Guardian, 15 November 2019: ‘CVs at bottom of pile’: Britons in EU say Brexit is taking its toll, Times of Israel, 15 November 2019: How bad would it get? Month before vote, UK Jews worry over a Corbyn government, The Guardian, 16 November 2019: Police assessing claims that Tories offered peerages to Brexit party, Jerusalem Post, 16 November 2019: UK public figures, writer John le Carré oppose Corbyn due to antisemitism, The Guardian, 16 November 2019: General election: focus on freedom of movement as Labour debates manifesto – live news, BBC, 16 November 2019: General election 2019: Police ‘assessing’ call for peerage claim probe, Irish Times, 17 November 2019: Corbyn’s nationalisation plans will freeze investment, UK business warns, The Guardian, 17 November 2019: Scientists and climate advisers condemn Tory environmental record, The Guardian, 18 November 2019: Boris Johnson to shelve planned cut in corporation tax, The Guardian, 18 November 2019: Johnson’s Brexit would devastate business – the CBI must be hoping that he’s lying, BBC, 18 November 2019: The obscure groups buying up Facebook election ads, Politico.eu, 18 November 2019: In Scotland, Remain vs. Leave is not just about the EU, Irish Times, 19 November 2019: Fintan O’Toole: Brexit not the pure shining prize it once seemed, France24, 19 November 2019: Britain’s health service becomes election battleground amid ‘crisis’ fears, BBC, 19 November 2019: Leaders go head-to-head in first TV debate, The Guardian, 19 November 2019: The election debate: who came out on top? The panel verdict, The Guardian, 19 November 2019: The Guardian view on the TV election debate: political theatre needs a new script, BBC, 20 November 2019: Johnson and Corbyn clash over Brexit, CNN, 20 November 2019: The UK’s election debate shows Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn need to get better at politics, The Guardian, 21 November 2019: With the polls offering little in the way of hope, Corbyn goes for broke, BBC, 21 November 2019: Labour eyes ‘radical’ plan for companies, Politico.com, 21 November 2019: UK Labour’s manifesto explained, The Guardian, 21 November 2019: Jeremy Corbyn launches most radical Labour manifesto in decades, BBC, 23 November 2019: Corbyn defends ‘neutral’ Brexit stance, Gulf Times, 23 November 2019: UK’s Labour vows action on ‘tax and wage cheat’ multinationals, Irish Times, 23 November 2019: Dear Britain… Love, Ireland. Your open letters to UK voters, CNN, 24 November 2019: Donald Trump is unpopular in Britain. That’s why he’s being used to attack Boris Johnson, The Guardian, 24 November 2019: Boris Johnson launches Tory manifesto with 50,000 nurses pledge, The Guardian, 25 November 2019: Scotland’s election results could dramatically change Northern Ireland’s future, Politico.eu, 25 November 2019: All I want for Christmas is Brexit, The Guardian, 25 November 2019: We now know the Boris Johnson blueprint: crisis, inequality and division, The Guardian, 26 November 2019: Antisemitism and Labour: everything you need to know, CNN, 26 November 2019: British Jews ‘gripped by anxiety’ at prospect of Labour government, says chief rabbi, The Washington Post, 26 November 2019: Britain’s chief rabbi blasts Labour Party for anti-Semitic ‘poison’, Times of Israel, 26 November 2019: Jeremy Corbyn declines to apologize to Jews over Labour anti-Semitism, Jerusalem Post, 26 November 2019: Labour’s failures over antisemitism: The chickens come home to roost, France24, 26 November 2019: If Tories win UK elections, Johnson’s ‘preposterous’ Brexit plans threaten no-deal, The Guardian, 27 November 2019: Jeremy Corbyn reveals dossier ‘proving NHS up for sale’, CNN, 28 November 2019: Jeremy Corbyn was once a radical outsider. Now he has the chance to transform the UK, Politico.com, 28 November 2019: Leaked papers hint at post-Brexit trade priorities for UK, US, France24, 28 November 2019: ‘Our democracy is under threat’, former Cambridge Analytica employee tells FRANCE 24, Haaretz, 28 November 2019: Boris Johnson Won’t Protect the Jews, Either, Politico.eu, 29 November 2019: Six charts that explain the UK’s digital election campaign, The Guardian, 29 November 2019: How the right’s radical thinktanks reshaped the Conservative party, Politico.eu, 29 November 2019: Boris Johnson struggles with questions on trade deals and trust, The Washington Post, 30 November 2019: Trump isn’t running in Britain’s election. That hasn’t stopped him from getting in the middle., Haaretz, 1 December 2019: Toughest Job in This U.K. Election? Being a Jewish Labour Party Candidate in a Jewish Area, DW, 1 December 2019: London Bridge attack becomes election issue, Haaretz, 1 December 2019: Toughest Job in This U.K. Election? Being a Jewish Labour Party Candidate in a Jewish Area, The Guardian, 1 December 2019: How accurate were Johnson’s Andrew Marr interview claims?, The Guardian, 1 December 2019: The Guardian view on Boris Johnson’s fact-free claims: dodging responsibility on terror attack, CNN, 1 December 2019: Boris Johnson is trying to avoid a one-on-one meeting with Trump. Here’s why, BBC, 2 December 2019: Could the UK and EU sort a trade deal in months?, Politico.eu, 2 December 2019: Trump timebomb lands in UK election campaign, Al Jazeera, 3 December 2019: Britain’s ‘Brexit election’: All you need to know about the vote, Politico.eu, 3 December 2019: Jeremy Corbyn apologizes for ‘everything’ in Labour anti-Semitism row, The Guardian, 4 December 2019: How Boris Johnson and Brexit are Berlusconifying Britain, CNN, 4 December 2019: Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs, The Guardian, 4 December 2019: The Guardian view on Trump and Johnson: a toxic alliance, CNN, 5 December 2019: UK Election 2019: The vote that could destroy the United Kingdom, Arab News, 5 December 2019: Israel’s foreign minister says he hopes Corbyn loses British election, Al Jazeera, 5 December 2019: Why as a Palestinian I support Corbyn’s Labour, Israel Hayom, 6 December 2019: The single-issue nature of upcoming British election can make it unpredictable, Politico.eu, 6 December 2019: Senior UK diplomat in US quits over Brexit ‘half-truths’, Al Jazeera, 7 December 2019: Is Jeremy Corbyn a ‘threat’ to British Jews?, France24, 7 December 2019: Johnson, Corbyn go head-to-head in final debate before UK poll, BBC, 7 December 2019: Divisive UK campaign reaches climax, CNN, 7 December 2019: Boris Johnson is hiding from scrutiny. It might win him the election, Politico.eu, 7 December 2019: EU moves away from promise of post-Brexit trade deal in 2020, Al Jazeera, 7 December 2019: ‘Yalla Corbyn’: Why some British Arabs support Labour, Arab News, 7 December 2019: ‘Get Brexit Done’ is just more misleading Boris bluster, Times of Israel, 8 December 2019: UK Conservative party probing 3 candidates for anti-Semitism, Politico.eu, 5 December 2019: Britain’s ‘hold-your-nose’ election, Gulf Times, 7 December 2019: UK minister says concerned about election interference after leak of documents linked to Russia, The Guardian, 8 December 2019: Labour antisemitism row may affect election result, says McDonnell, The Guardian, 8 December 2019: James Cleverly apologises over Tory Islamophobia and racism allegations, Al Jazeera, 8 December 2019: Infographic: What you need to know about the UK election, The Guardian, 8 December 2019: Boris Johnson admits there will be some customs checks after Brexit, Gulf Times, 8 December 2019: ‘Nervous’ PM Johnson promises Brexit and less immigration ahead of election, The Guardian, 9 December 2019: Whoever wins this week, the Tories should worry about their future, CNN, 9 December 2019: Boris Johnson is playing with fire in Northern Ireland, The Guardian, 9 December 2019: Farage appeared with antisemitic pastor on US web radio show, Politico.eu, 9 December 2019: Northern Irish leader says Boris Johnson broke his word on Brexit, The Guardian, 9 December 2019: ‘Get Brexit done’ is this election’s biggest lie, Politico.eu, 10 December 2019: Northern Ireland’s pro-Brexit unionists avoid talk of Europe, NPR, 11 December 2019: Britain Holds Another Election To Determine Brexit And The U.K.’s Future, The Guardian, 11 December 2019: Scared of Corbyn? As a black Jewish woman I’m terrified of Johnson, The New York Times, 11 December 2019: Jeremy Corbyn, U.K. Labour Leader, Races to Close Election Gap, Politico.eu, 11 December 2019: UK’s election: The essential guide, BBC, 11 December 2019: Free trade deals ‘won’t offset leaving EU’, Al Jazeera, 11 December 2019: UK braces for critical election called to break Brexit deadlock, The Guardian, 12 December 2019: General election 2019: nation faces ‘historic’ choice – polling day live news, BBC, 12 December 2019: Latest as UK voters head to the polls, NPR, 12 December 2019: U.K. Holds A Pivotal General Election, And Voters Bring Their Dogs To The Polls, Politico.eu, 12 December 2019: UK election: Live blog, France24, 12 December 2019: Conservatives predicted to win large majority in UK general election, exit poll says, CNN, 12 December 2019: Exit polls project Boris Johnson to win clear majority, Haaretz, 12 December 2019: ‘Thanks to Corbyn, There’s Never Been as Much Unity Among British Jews’, The Guardian, 12 December 2019: What time will we know who won? Hour-by-hour election night guide, CNN, 13 December 2019: UK Election results 2019, CNBC, 13 December 2019: ‘Celebrate Boris!‘: Trump lauds Johnson’s UK election victory, hints at a ‘massive’ trade deal, The Guardian, 13 December 2019: Trump welcomes Tory win with promise of ‘massive’ trade deal, The Guardian, 13 December 2019: Corbyn revels in defeat while Johnson packs his victory speech with lies (overall, the WTO rules only apply to a limited extent after Boris’ buddy Donnie has paralyzed them), BBC, 13 December 2019: Boris Johnson to meet the Queen, France24, 13 December 2019: UK’s Johnson vows to ‘get Brexit done on time’ after crushing election victory, The Guardian, 13 December 2019: Bombastic Boris Johnson wins huge majority on promise to ‘get Brexit done’, BBC, 13 December 2019: Election results 2019: Boris Johnson hails ‘new dawn’ after historic victory, France24, 13 December 2019: EU ‘ready’ for next round of Brexit after Johnson win, The Guardian, 13 December 2019: Brexit: EU leaders call for swift ratification after Tory victory, Politico.eu, 12 December 2019: Digging into the Remainers’ dirty secret, The Guardian, 13 December 2019: Clashing egos and ‘policy incontinence’: inside Labour’s campaign, France24, 13 December 2019: The rise of Boris Johnson: from bumbling journalist to landslide election winner.

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So now the next act of the Brexit Theater can start: The next stop is on 31 January 2020, followed by up to eight years of exit and adjustment negotiations, if everything works and can be implemented. Otherwise it can easily become 10 years and more. A retreat to WTO rules, as BoJo has in mind, will only be moderate, especially since his US buddy Donnie has ensured that the WTO is increasingly unable to act (The Economist, 28 November 2019: The twilight of the WTO: The trading system’s referee is about to leave the field, Al Jazeera, 30 November 2019: The WTO 20 years after the ‘battle of Seattle’, The Guardian, 8 December 2019: WTO faces crisis over settlement disputes unless Trump backs off, The Diplomat, 12 December 2019: Trump’s War on the World Trade Organization, DW, 30 December 2019: US, China and Germany profit most from global free trade, says WTO, WTO, 1 January 2020: The WTO’s 25 years of achievement and challenges). The intended goal of having an agreement with the EU at the end of 2020 seems more like a desperate attempt to maintain the lie construct of the Brexiteers of recent years. It cannot be achieved, or only to a limited extent, by agreeing points on which there is already broad agreement, and negotiating the remaining points, of which there are many, in the following years: The Guardian, 13 December 2019: Scottish independence vote a ‘democratic right’, says Sturgeon, Politico.eu, 13 December 2019: After Tory election romp, EU adopts new Brexit slogan, DW, 13 December 2019: Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon presses for independence vote, Politico.eu, 13 December 2019: What Boris Johnson’s victory means for Brexit, BBC, 13 December 2019: Three key economic questions for Boris Johnson, Politico.eu, 13 December 2019: 5 reasons Boris Johnson’s victory could break the Union, The New York Times, 13 December 2019: Brexit’s Advance Opens a New Trade Era, Politico.eu, 13 December 2019: We’re all living in Dominic Cummings’ world now, Jerusalem Post, 14 December 2019: British Jewry breathes a sigh of relief after Corbyn defeated, The Guardian, 14 December 2019: BBC staff express fear of public distrust after election coverage, The Washington Post, 14 December 2019: After his big win, Boris Johnson could embrace pragmatism over divisiveness, The Guardian, 14 December 2019: The battle for EU membership is lost, but a European England is still possible, Politico.eu, 14 December 2019: Sturgeon cites ‘mandate’ for Scottish referendum, The Guardian, 14 December 2019: EU looks at extending Brexit transition period beyond 2020, France24, 14 December 2019: Scotland’s campaign for a new independence referendum begins, The Guardian, 14 December 2019: The election in the media: against evasion and lies, good journalism is all we have, The Times, 14 December 2019: The real test for Johnson is just beginning, Politico.eu, 15 December 2019: Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I take my responsibility’ for defeat, The Guardian, 15 December 2019: ‘I own this disaster’: John McDonnell tries to shield Corbyn, BBC, 15 December 2019: Labour leadership takes blame over result, Arab News, 15 December 2019: Fears of Islamophobia in the UK even as record number of Muslim MPs elected , Gulf Times, 15 December 2019: UK PM Johnson eyes parliament vote before Christmas to ‘get Brexit done’, Al Arabiya, 15 December 2019: UK’s PM Johnson plans big shakeup of government, civil service: Reports, The Guardian, 16 December 2019: Watch out, Whitehall. Dominic Cummings has some tough love in store for us, Politico.eu, 16 December 2019: David Davis: UK will diverge from EU trade rules, BBC, 16 December 2019: MPs’ vote on Brexit bill planned for Friday, The New York Times, 16 December 2019: With Echoes of Trump, Boris Johnson Scorns the BBC, CNN, 16 December 2019: Boris Johnson may go after the BBC’s funding, BBC, 16 December 2019: Queen’s Speech: What is it and why is it important?, Politico.eu, 17 December 2019: Von der Leyen: EU and UK to launch talks on future relationship ‘ASAP’, The Guardian, 17 December 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit extension block ‘will limit UK options’, Politico.eu, 17 December 2019: Here comes European protectionism, The Guardian, 17 December 2019: Why does Boris Johnson want to prevent a transition period extension?, Politico.eu, 17 December 2019: Britain’s Yellow Jacket election: The great new divide in the UK’s electoral map is ‘Metropolis versus Periphery.’, The Guardian, 17 December 2019: Will the UK really turn into ‘Singapore-on-Thames’ after Brexit?, BBC, 17 December 2019: Brexit bill to rule out extension to transition period, Al Jazeera, 17 December 2019: ‘Deeply damaging’: Anger as Boris Johnson plans ‘anti-BDS’ law, The Guardian, 18 December 2019: Cliff-edge Brexit will hurt UK more than EU, says Von der Leyen, Politico.eu, 18 December 2019: UK seeks new powers for judges to reject EU court rulings, France24, 19 December 2019: Queen Elizabeth II opens Parliament with speech laying out Johnson’s Brexit plans, BBC, 19 December 2019: Queen’s Speech: Brexit and NHS dominate government agenda, Politico.eu, 19 December 2019: EU countries gear up for post-Brexit trade battle, The Guardian, 19 December 2019: Queen’s speech: NHS funding and terrorist sentencing at centre of plans, Politico.eu, 19 December 2019: Boris Johnson launches Brexit-focused plan for government, Gulf Times, 19 December 2019: PM sets sights on quick Brexit with ‘radical’ agenda, BBC, 20 December 2019: Latest as MPs debate Brexit deal, The Guardian, 20 December 2019: Boris Johnson asks UK to ‘move on’ from Brexit as MPs debate withdrawal bill, Politico.eu, 20 December 2019: Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill passes Commons vote, The Guardian, 20 December 2019: Johnson will break his Brexit promises. Labour must be forensic in exposing this, CNN, 20 December 2019: Brexit set for January after Boris Johnson’s deal is approved by Parliament, The Guardian, 20 December 2019: Parliament passes withdrawal agreement bill by 124 majority, France24, 20 December 2019: UK lawmakers pass Johnson’s Brexit bill, pave way to EU exit, BBC, 20 December 2019: MPs back Boris Johnson’s plan to leave EU on 31 January, CNN, 21 December 2019: Brexit was a distraction. Now Europe is facing a hellish 2020, Politico.eu, 22 December 2019: 3 AI scenarios that keep Dominic Cummings awake at night, The Guardian, 24 December 2019: Queen’s Christmas message: ‘2019 has been quite bumpy’, The New York Times, 24 December 2019: Queen’s Christmas Message Acknowledges a ‘Bumpy’ Year for U.K., The Guardian, 24 December 2019: With its lurch to the right, Britain is no longer special in Europe, The Guardian, 24 December 2019: London expected to co-host next stage of post-Brexit negotiations, The Guardian, 24 December 2019: Brexit discourse contributed to death of Jo Cox, says bishop, BBC, 26 December 2019: Timmermans ‘love letter’ says UK always welcome back in EU, The Guardian, 26 December 2019: Post-Brexit UK always welcome back in EU, says Timmermans, The Guardian, 27 December 2019: Brexit talks: EU chief questions feasibility of Johnson’s time limit, The Guardian, 27 December 2019: How Brexit has battered Britain’s reputation for good government, The Guardian, 27 December 2019: Will Brexit spell the end of English as an official EU language?, The National, 28 December 2019: Deadline for trade talks with UK may need to be extended, EU chief warns, The Guardian, 29 December 2019: EU accused of seeking to cut funds for poor in post-Brexit cost savings, The Guardian, 29 December 2019: ‘Get Brexit done’? We’re not even allowed to mention it, The Irish Times, 30 December 2019: Johnson will abandon pledge on Brexit transition period – Hogan, Politico.eu, 30 December 2019: Honorable friends: Awards for Europe’s politicians, The Guardian, 30 December 2019: Boris Johnson will have to break his promise not to extend transition, EU trade commissioner claims – live news, The Irish Times, 30 December 2019: Phil Hogan: ‘A no-deal Brexit would pour salt into the wounds’, Politico.eu, 1 January 2020: Boris Johnson promises a decade of prosperity, The Guardian, 6 January 2020: Northern Ireland firms could seek £100m Brexit compensation, The New York Times, 6 January 2020: Johnson’s Balancing Act With Trump and Europe on Iran, The Economist, 7 January 2020: More Britons than ever are seeking EU passports, Politico.eu, 8 January 2020: Boris Johnson criticized for hands-off approach to Iran crisis, BBC, 8 January 2020: Full UK-EU trade deal ‘impossible’ by deadline – von der Leyen, The Guardian, 8 January 2020: Ursula von der Leyen: UK deadline makes full Brexit deal impossible, Politico.eu, 8 January 2020: Von der Leyen: EU to pursue ‘unprecedented’ deal with UK, Irish Times, 8 January 2020: Johnson signals ‘no alignment’ with European Court of Justice, Politico.eu, 8 January 2020: Salami tactics loom for Brexit trade talks, Gulf Times, 8 January 2020: Britain’s Prince Harry, Meghan to step back as ‘senior’ royals, France24, 9 January 2020: British lawmakers poised to seal Brexit deal, The Guardian, 9 January 2020: It’s 2020 – so where’s the paradise politicians promised us?, Irish Times, 9 January 2020: EU’s Barnier says it will take more than a year to agree full deal with UK, The National, 9 January 2020: Stop blaming Meghan: Old-fashioned Britain was never going to accept a progressive royal female, The Guardian, 10 January 2020: Meghan returns to Canada as Queen calls for ‘workable solution’, BBC, 10 January 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan: Duchess returns to Canada as Queen seeks solution, France24, 10 January 2020: Queen Elizabeth demands swift response to ‘Megxit’, BBC, 10 January 2020: Prince Harry and Meghan ‘step back’: Your questions answered, The Guardian, 10 January 2020: Northern Ireland: Sinn Féin backs deal to restore power sharing, CNN, 10 January 2020: Coming or going, Meghan gets the blame — and it’s because of her race, The Times, 10 January 2020: Harry and Meghan: Palace insiders dismiss claim that couple were frozen out, Irish Times, 10 January 2020: Sinn Féin to re-enter power-sharing in Northern Ireland, Gulf Times, 10 January 2020: Boris Johnson under pressure from business over post-Brexit trade deal, Politico.eu, 10 January 2020: Michel Barnier’s new right hand, BBC, 11 January 2020: Queen and Prince Harry to hold talks over Sussexes’ future, The Guardian, 11 January 2020: Harry and Meghan: Queen calls senior royals to crisis summit, The Guardian, 11 January 2020: Brexit deal: EU may threaten ‘to block’ City’s access to its markets, The Guardian, 11 January 2020: Beware a closing of the British mind if we abandon European endeavours, The Guardian, 13 January 2020: Johnson hails ‘incredible time’ for region as he visits Northern Ireland, France24, 13 January 2020: Queen agrees to let Harry and Meghan ‘live a more independent life’, The Guardian, 13 January 2020: Irish border issue could land UK in court, report finds, CNN, 13 January 2020: Queen agrees on ‘period of transition’ for Harry and Meghan, The Guardian, 13 January 2020: Queen gives reluctant blessing to Harry and Meghan’s plans, BBC, 14 January 2020: Queen agrees ‘transition’ to new role for Harry and Meghan, BBC, 14 January 2020: Scottish independence: Johnson rejects Sturgeon’s indyref2 demand, The Guardian, 14 January 2020: Boris Johnson refuses to grant Scotland powers to hold independence vote, Politico.eu, 14 January 2020: Boris Johnson rejects Scottish government request for second independence referendum, Al Jazeera, 14 January 2020: A second Scottish independence referendum? Johnson says no, Politico.com, 14 January 2020: Barnier: Goods entering Northern Ireland from Britain will be checked after Brexit, Politico.eu, 16 January 2020: 12 Americans who tried to ruin the British monarchy, The Guardian, 16 January 2020: Food security plan after Brexit: biggest shake-up to farming in 40 years, Politico.eu, 16 January 2020: Last choucroute in Strasbourg: Brit MEPs say goodbye, Daily Star, 16 January 2020: ‘Meghan Markle’s turned Prince Harry into a frog – strip the spoilt idiots of titles’, Politico.eu, 16 January 2020: EU to UK: You’re history, BBC, 18 January 2020: ‘No alignment’ with EU on regulation, Javid tells business, NPR, 18 January 2020: White House Calls Impeachment Process ‘Highly Partisan And Reckless’, France24, 18 January 2020: Paris Opera musicians serenade public in pension reform protest, The Guardian, 18 January 2020: Johnson to cabinet: shape up or I’ll sack you within weeks, NPR, 18 January 2020: Harry And Meghan Are No Longer Working Members Of The Royal Family, Palace Says, Politico.eu, 18 January 2020: UK to celebrate Brexit with flags and ‘light display’, BBC, 19 January 2020: Harry and Meghan: PM says the country wishes them well for the future, The Guardian, 19 January 2020: With Brexit imminent, what are the chances of a UK trade deal with China?, CNN, 19 January 2020: Harry and Meghan are giving up royal titles and state funding. Here’s what that means, The National, 19 January 2020: Harry and Meghan ‘cheapening’ UK royal family, says Thomas Markle, Politico.eu, 19 January 2020: Johnson tells Putin UK-Russia relations still poisoned, The Guardian, 20 January 2020: Unsettled status: EU citizens want card to prove right to stay in UK, Politico.eu, 20 January 2020: EU threatens fines or trade sanctions if UK reneges on Brexit deal, The Guardian, 20 January 2020: It’s not just British leavers – the rest of Europe is responsible for Brexit, too, Politico.eu, 22 January 2020: Brexit Britain faces the gunboats, Politico.eu, 22 January 2020: 5 things to know about the EU’s Brexit negotiating stance, Reuters, 23 January 2020: Brexit brings jobs boost – for Germany, Politico.eu, 23 January 2020: European Commission, Council presidents sign Brexit deal, BBC, 24 January 2020: Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law, Politico.eu, 24 January 2020: Boris Johnson signs Brexit deal, The Guardian, 25 January 2020: Exclusive: John Bercow on friends, enemies and the drama of Brexit, The Sunday Times, 26 January 2020: Why our European Union marriage was troubled from the start, Arab News, 25 January 2020: Boris goes to Washington, The Guardian, 26 January 2020: Observer special report: Farewell Europe: the long road to Brexit, BBC, 26 January 2020: Zero tariff, zero quota aim for trade talks, says Barclay, The Guardian, 27 January 2020: EU sombre as UK prepares to end 47 years of membership, Politico.eu, 27 January 2020: Irish PM: EU will have ‘upper hand’ in Brexit trade talks, The Guardian, 27 January 2020: Brexit explained: how it happened and what comes next, Politico.eu, 27 January 2020: Barnier: Brexit checks between Britain and Northern Ireland ’indispensable’, The Guardian, 27 January 2020: Britons in EU urge Barnier not to use them as bargaining chips, Gulf Times, 28 January 2020: EU, Britain must ‘rebuild’ after Brexit, says Barnier, France24, 27 January 2020: ‘Brexit will be a matter of damage limitation’, says EU’s chief negotiator, Politico.eu, 29 January 2020: Heiko Maas: UK must pledge ‘zero unfair competition’ to get ‘zero tariffs’ Brexit trade deal, The Guardian, 29 January 2020: EU vessels will no longer have automatic access to UK fishing waters, BBC, 29 January 2020: European Parliament: MEPs set to approve Brexit deal in historic vote, The Guardian, 29 January 2020: The Britons getting out before Brexit ‘drawbridge’ goes up, France24, 29 January 2020: British MEPs pack their bags ahead of Brexit, BBC, 29 January 2020: European Parliament overwhelmingly backs terms of UK’s exit, The Guardian, 29 January 2020: MEPs approve withdrawal agreement after emotional debate and claims UK will return – live news, Politico.eu, 29 January 2020: European Parliament approves Brexit deal, The Guardian, 29 January 2020: The highs and lows of Britain’s 47 years in the EEC and EU, France24, 29 January 2020: European Parliament gives final approval to Brexit deal, The Guardian, 29 January 2020: MEPs ratify UK withdrawal agreement, The Times, 29 January 2020: Brexiteers who won their fight for ‘independence’, Irish Times, 29 January 2020: MEPs overwhelmingly endorse Brexit deal giving UK go-ahead to leave EU, The Times, 29 January 2020: Brexit timeline: key moments on the road to Britain’s exit from the EU, Irish Times, 29 January 2020: The Irish Times view on future EU-UK ties: roadblocks ahead, Politico.eu, 28 January 2020: Brexit means rightward shift for the European Parliament, Politico.eu, 29 January 2020: Pomp, tears and bagpipes as Parliament ratifies Brexit treaty, France24, 29 January 2020: European Parliament gives final approval to Brexit deal, bids farewell with ‘Auld Lang Syne’, Gulf Times, 29 January 2020: Trump’s Mideast peace plan draws criticism, Politico.eu, 29 January 2020: Britain leaves its mark on Europe, CNN, 30 January 2020: Watch MEPs sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ after Brexit deal passes, The Guardian, 30 January 2020: How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? January verdict, The Economist, 30 January 2020: A weaker post-Brexit Britain looks to America: Good luck with that, Politico.eu, 30 January 2020: UK Brexit secretary: It’s time to write the next chapter, France24, 30 January 2020: ‘Two different political cultures’: A divided Scotland braces for Brexit, The Guardian, 30 January 2020: Britons in EU remain fearful of post-Brexit healthcare and pension provisions, France24, 30 January 2020: Brexit countdown: EU Parliament overwhelmingly approves departure terms, Politico.eu, 30 January 2020: Brexit Day? EU says UK left long ago, The Guardian, 30 January 2020: UK economy close to turning point on eve of leaving EU, The Times, 30 January 2020: British MEPs wave the flag of farewell, but is it only au revoir?, Politico.eu, 30 January 2020: Say hello to invisible Brexit, Al Jazeera, 30 January 2020: After UK leaves EU on January 31, what will change?, Politico.eu, 30 January 2020: EU’s Franco-German axis will stutter without the Brits, says Vestager, The Economist, 30 January 2020: After Brexit, who will be the British of the EU?, Politico.eu, 30 January 2020: How Britain rejoins the EU — in a decade’s time, BBC, 30 January 2020: Brexit: What will change after Friday, 31 January?, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: ‘The irony is we got things right by 2015’: UK’s Brussels envoys on Brexit, Der Spiegel, 31 January 2020: The Tories’ Man in Brussels: “We Felt Let Down by Angela Merkel”, France24, 31 January 2020: UK’s Johnson hails Brexit as ‘new beginning’ as conflicted nation prepares celebration, Politico.eu, 31 January 2020: European Parliament group fires British staffers in post-Brexit ‘restructuring’, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Why Brexit is a chance to fix the UK economy’s long-term problems, France24, 31 January 2020: Divided Britons bemoan and celebrate Brexit on social media, The Times, 31 January 2020: Brexit day in pictures, Politico.eu, 31 January 2020: What would a Canada-style trade deal with the UK look like?, CNN, 31 January 2020: 4 years of Brexit in 4 minutes, Al Jazeera, 31 January 2020: The UK can still rejoin the EU, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: That was Brexit: the mad energy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but lasting three and a half years, France24, 31 January 2020: Jean-Claude Juncker: ‘Brexit was a waste of time and energy’, Irish Times, 31 January 2020: Britain is leaving the EU not with a bang but with a whimper, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: I fear the growing nastiness that Brexit is ushering in, BBC, 31 January 2020: 12 big moments in the UK-EU relationship, France24, 31 January 2020: Brexit is a ‘historic warning sign’ for the European Union, says Macron, NPR, 31 January 2020: Brexit Day: What To Know When The U.K. Leaves The EU, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Flag wavers to silent protests: Brexit day – in pictures, The Times, 31 January 2020: Brexit Party MEPs board the Brexodus express, but not before getting their daily allowance, Irish Times, 31 January 2020: Finn McRedmond: UK rank and file too weary for forced Brexit joy, France24, 31 January 2020: In London’s ‘Frog Valley,’ French diaspora braces for Brexit, Al Arabiya, 31 January 2020: Brexit is ‘historic warning sign’ for European Union, says Macron, CNN, 31 January 2020: Britain is leaving the European Union today. The hard part comes next, The New York Times, 31 January 2020: What’s Next for Britons Who Lost the Brexit Battle, Politico.eu, 31 January 2020: ‘A new era’ — Brexit Day front pages across Europe, Al Jazeera, 31 January 2020: After UK leaves EU on January 31, what will change?, The Times, 31 January 2020: What’s at stake in Brexit trade talks — and what happens next?, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Brexit day in pro-leave areas: ‘I live in hope it’s the right decision’, CNN, 31 January 2020: Britain is leaving the European Union today. The hard part comes next, Politico.eu, 31 January 2020: Trump will demand high price for UK trade deal, says former ambassador, Al Jazeera, 31 January 2020: Brexiters burn EU flags as army veterans mourn European departure, Arab News, 31 January 2020: Brexit day: Britain quits EU, steps into transition twilight zone, The National, 31 January 2020: Brexit day live: the latest news as the UK leaves the European Union, The New York Times, 31 January 2020: Brexit Day Live Updates: U.K.’s Final Hours in the E.U., Die Zeit, 31 January 2020: Boris Johnson: A Nationalist Project without a Nation, France24, 31 January 2020: Live: Countdown to Brexit as UK set to part ways with EU, BBC, 31 January 2020: UK gets ready to leave the EU, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Sadness and celebrations as UK prepares to leave the EU – live news, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Boris Johnson promises Brexit will lead to national revival, NPR, 31 January 2020: The Long, Uneasy Wait Is Over: Parties, Protests And Solemn Silence Greet Brexit, BCC, 31 January 2020: UK no longer a member of EU, The Guardian, 31 January 2020: Goodbye, adiós and ciao: 27 Europeans say farewell to Britain, France24, 1 February 2020: Brexit, the day after: A divided Britain grapples with leaving the EU, The Guardian, 1 February 2020: Britain wakes up to uncertain future after UK leaves EU, CNN, 1 February 2020: The UK has left the EU — and the implications for the world are huge, Politico.eu, 1 February 2020: Britain remains split on Brexit night, BBC, 1 February 2020: UK leaves the European Union, The Guardian, 1 February 2020: Brexit, the most pointless, masochistic ambition in our country’s history, is done, Politico.eu, 1 February 2020: Von der Leyen to departing Brits: Things will change, France24, 1 February 2020: ‘Absolutely bloody furious’: a rancorous Britain leaves the EU, BBC, 1 February 2020: UK begins new chapter outside European Union, France24, 1 February 2020: Au revoir, Europe: Britain heads into uncharted waters as it leaves the EU, The Guardian, 1 February 2020: Party, or hide under the covers? How we spent Britain’s last night in the EU, France24, 1 February 2020: ‘It’s over, we’re done, we’re out’: Fear and fatigue on the day after Brexit, The Guardian, 1 February 2020: Brexit day one: Johnson goes for broke with hardline trade deal, Arab News, 1 February 2020: Why Brexit is about more than just Britain, The Guardian, 1 February 2020: Brexit trade talks: EU to back Spain over Gibraltar claims, The Economist, 1 February 2020: Post-Brexit Britain may find trade deals hard to negotiate, Irish Times, 1 February 2020: Brexit remains a collective English breakdown, Arab News, 1 February 2020: Brexit is done … but now for the hard part, The National, 1 February 2020: Full text: Emmanuel Macron’s letter to the British people after Brexit, BBC, 2 February 2020: We won’t take your rules, PM to tell Brussels, Politico.eu, 2 February 2020: Tusk: Brussels ‘enthusiastic’ about Scotland rejoining the EU, Irish Times, 2 February 2020: Johnson to tell EU he will accept border checks in case of no free-trade deal, BBC, 2 February 2020: ‘Empathy’ for independent Scotland joining the EU says Tusk, Politico.eu, 2 February 2020: UK hardens rhetoric ahead of trade talks with Brussels, The National, 2 February 2020: UK set to demand comprehensive trade deal from EU, The Times, 2 February 2020: Britain and Germany must carry their shared interests forward.



So now the actual exit negotiations are beginning, to regulate future relations between the EU and the UK. Bojo has given himself and his government an almost silly 11 months to do so, during which, at best, the framework conditions can be set and individual key issues that have been agreed upon before can be completed. In fact, a negotiation and transition phase of up to 10 years can be assumed. Since Great Britain is now a third country to the EU only, media monitoring will take place occasionally from here on. It remains to be seen what will actually be negotiated by the end of December 2020. What the EU owes the British is at least gratitude: After all, without the referendum, there wouldn’t be the great support for the EU and the eurozone in the states today, as is the case. Even the simplest nationalists have suddenly realized that leaving the EU and the eurozone are no options if their states are to remain or become sustainable in the long term: DW, 3 February 2020: EU, UK begin post-Brexit poker on trade talks, BBC, 3 February 2020: Will it be a Canadian or an Australian ending?, Politico.eu, 3 February 2020: Independent Scotland will need more than ‘empathy’, France, 4 February 2020: Post-Brexit blues hit British elected officials in France, The Guardian, 4 February 2020: Brexit is not ‘done’. But its new challenges could address some old problems, BBC, 4 February 2020: Croatia wishes the UK ‘good riddance’ on leaving EU, Politico.eu, 5 February 2020: Brexit bad blood is back, Financial Times, 5 February 2020: Brexit writes a new chapter in Anglo-German relations, Politico.eu, 5 February 2020: Britain’s all-you-can-eat approach to global trade (it took six years for the free trade agreement between the EU and Japan to come into force, and only so quickly because the EU has negotiating professionals. So, when the BoJo administration think that they can close big free trade agreements within less than a year, it clearly shows that London doesn’t have enough negotiating knowledge, which became allready clear during the Brexit negotiations), The Guardian, 6 February 2020: German MPs taken aback by Johnson’s hardline trade rhetoric, The Guardian, 6 February 2020: Fishing: EU countries seek tough stance on access to UK waters, Politico.eu, 6 February 2020: UK trade deal faces potential veto from every EU country, Politico.eu, 6 February 2020: Britain and Germany are BFFs, Politico.eu, 8 February 2020: UK foreign secretary: Britain wants trade deal with Japan within the year, CNN, 8 February 2020: Boris Johnson is spoiling for a fight, The Guardian, 9 February 2020: How does Johnson get away with his ‘spaffing’ language?, BBC, 9 February 2020: Brexit divorce: Five key things the UK must navigate, Politico.eu, 10 February 2020: Scotland ♥ EU but Brussels declares no-glow zone, BBC, 11 February 2020: Border delays ‘could cause fresh food problems’, CNN, 11 February 2020: Britain finally admits that Brexit means the death of frictionless trade with Europe, Politico.eu, 11 February 2020: Von der Leyen: EU wants more ambitious Brexit trade deal than ‘Australia model’, The Guardian, 13 February 2020: Javid resigned after Johnson pushed him to sack advisers, BBC, 13 February 2020: Cabinet reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor, France24, 13 February 2020: British PM appoints Rishi Sunak as finance minister amid cabinet shakeup, Politico.eu, 13 February 2020: Boris Johnson and his ‘chino chancellor’, The Guardian, 13 February 2020: This revenge reshuffle has a dangerous message: absolute power resides in No 10, Politico.eu, 14 February 2020: UK ministers back post-Brexit points-based immigration system, The Guardian, 14 February 2020: No 10 refuses to confirm if budget will go ahead as scheduled, Israel Hayom, 15 February 2020: Israel asks UK to include Judea, Samaria in future free trade agreement, BBC, 15 February 2020: EU research head optimistic on post-Brexit future, The Guardian, 16 February 2020: Brexit: Britain and EU ‘will rip each other apart’ in trade talks, CNN, 16 February 2020: The BBC is nearly 100 years old. Will it survive the next decade? (as it is always the case with right-wing governments: first the truth dies, then freedom of the press, and finally freedom of expression and the rule of law), The Guardian, 16 February 2020: Boris Johnson will find there is a price to pay for No 10’s power grab, BBC, 17 February 2020: France warns UK of bitter trade negotiations, BBC, 17 February 2020: Brexit negotiator says UK must be able to set its own laws, The Guardian, 17 February 2020: Boris Johnson adviser quits over race and eugenics controversy, CNN, 17 February 2020: Boris Johnson urged to fire adviser who has voiced support for eugenics, The Guardian, 17 February 2020: We won’t budge on escaping EU rules, says UK’s Brexit negotiator, Politico.eu, 17 February 2020: UK Brexit negotiator: We’re not bluffing on not accepting EU rules, BBC, 18 February 2020: Michel Barnier: UK can’t have Canada trade deal with EU, The Guardian, 18 February 2020: Michel Barnier rejects UK call for Canada-style trade deal, Irish Times, 18 February 2020: Michel Barnier rejects UK’s call for Canada-style trade deal, Politico.eu, 18 February 2020: UK’s EU guru explains Brexit with dinosaurs and de Gaulle, France24, 19 February 2020: Britain hails end to influx of ‘cheap labour’ from EU after Brexit, Irish Times, 19 February 2020: Finn McRedmond: Johnson pulls up drawbridge on immigration, The Washington Post, 19 February 2020: Britain wants to close its borders to low-skill migrants and lure English-speaking engineers instead, The New York Times, 19 February 2020: U.K.’s New Immigration Rules Will Restrict Low-Skilled Workers, Al Jazeera, 19 February 2020: A racist adviser in Downing Street? That should not surprise us, The National, 19 February 2020: Greece demands return of Elgin Marbles from UK as part of Brexit talks, Al Jazeera, 20 February 2020: The UK wants the ‘best’ immigrants. Why would they want the UK?, CNN, 22 February 2020: There’s a dark side to Boris Johnson’s government and even his allies are fed up with it, BBC, 23 February 2020: Emmanuel Macron ‘not sure’ of UK-EU trade deal by end of year, Irish Times, 23 February 2020: Johnson orders Brexit team to ‘get around’ Northern checks protocol, The Guardian, 23 February 2020: UK reneging on Northern Ireland pledges risks trade deals with US and EU, The Sunday Times, 23 February 2020: Sturgeon dismisses MPs’ plan to force second referendum, Irish Times, 23 February 2020: The Boris bridge: Will Johnson’s ‘vanity project’ ever happen?, The Guardian, 24 February 2020: Immigrants built Britain. Now their Conservative children are disowning them, Politico.eu, 24 February 2020: EU ambassadors green-light next Brexit mandate, The Guardian, 24 February 2020: No 10: UK aim is to ‘restore independence’ from EU by end of year, The National, 24 February 2020: Hyperactivity, Boris Johnson and the dead cats on the table, BBC, 25 February 2020: London stocks drop again on coronavirus worries, The Guardian, 25 February 2020: Barnier pours scorn on Johnson’s spokesman ahead of trade talks, Irish Times, 25 February 2020: UK-EU tensions mount ahead of divorce talks, BBC, 25 February 2020: UK would be ‘insane’ to let in chlorinated chicken, farmers say, The Guardian, 25 February 2020: Why chlorinated chicken is centre of the table in UK-EU talks, Irish Times, 25 February 2020: What is at stake for Ireland in the new Brexit talks?, Politico.eu, 25 February 2020: Irish deputy PM: Even basic Brexit trade deal at risk if UK tries to evade customs checks, Politico.eu, 25 February 2020: Boris Johnson versus the ‘blob’, The Guardian, 26 February 2020: UK will not be offered Canada deal because ‘UK is not Canada’, says Barnier, Politico.eu, 26 February 2020: Boris Johnson: ‘Part-time’ prime minister, The Guardian, 27 February 2020: UK negotiating objectives for trade with EU, in a nutshell, BBC, 27 February 2020: UK nears acid test in trade talks with EU, Politico.eu, 27 February 2020: UK publishes Brexit trade mandate, warns it’s ready for no deal, The Guardian, 27 February 2020: UK says it will consider walking away from Brexit talks in June, BBC, 27 February 2020: Post-Brexit talks: UK prepared to walk away in June if no progress, The Guardian, 27 February 2020: UK to withdraw from European arrest warrant, France24, 27 February 2020: UK threatens to walk away from EU trade talks ‘if no progress within four months’, The Guardian, 28 February 2020: The EU will respect British sovereignty, and Britain must respect ours, Politico.eu, 28 February 2020: Politico’s guide to the Brexit negotiations, CNN, 29 February 2020: No-deal Brexit is back — and it looks more likely than ever, The Guardian, 1 March 2020: What are the key flashpoints as EU-UK trade talks begin?, The Guardian, 2 March 2020: British economy ‘to grow 0.16% at best under US trade deal’, CNN, 2 March 2020: A trade deal with America will not compensate Britain for the loss of EU benefits, Irish Times, 2 March 2020: Fishing: Why it is the first flashpoint issue in EU-UK trade talks, The Guardian, 2 March 2020: EU warns UK to tone down political rhetoric as trade talks start, Irish Times, 2 March 2020: UK ‘will not sell out fishermen’ as Brexit trade talks begin, The National, 2 March 2020: Brexit leads to rising anti-Muslim and anti-migrant prejudice in UK politics, The Guardian, 2 March 2020: US-UK trade deal: PM eyes three-course meal, but may end up with packet of crisps, Politico.eu, 2 March 2020: UK strategy for US trade talks promises to protect NHS, food safety standards, The Washington Post, 2 March 2020: U.S.-U.K. trade deal, Trump boasted, would be ‘fantastic and big.’ Boosters may be dissappointed., The Guardian, 2 March 2020: The Guardian view on Europe and Britain: cherish the ties that bind, The Guardian, 2 March 2020: Britain is leaving Europe. The Guardian is not, Gulf Times, 2 March 2020: Qatar-UK trade jumps 21% to £6.7bn in 2019, Politico.eu, 3 March 2020: Britain plays hardball in Brexit trade talks, The Guardian, 4 March 2020: Boris Johnson says he will ‘stick by’ Priti Patel under fire from Labour, Politico.eu, 4 March 2020: Whisper it … an EU-UK deal is there to be done, Politico.eu, 5 March 2020: UK firms search for new Irish trade routes to avoid Brexit customs woes, Politico.eu, 5 March 2020: 5 takeaways from the first round of Brexit talks, Irish Times, 6 March 2020: Phil Hogan concerned at decreasing focus on Brexit in Ireland, The New York Times, 7 March 2020: Boris Johnson Launches War on U.K.’s Own Deep State, The Guardian, 7 March 2020: Brexit ‘opportunity to ban supertrawlers from UK waters’, Irish Times, 7 March 2020: Are the Brexiteers now weaponising coronavirus?, The Guardian, 7 March 2020: Parliamentary watchdog to investigate Johnson’s Caribbean holiday, The Guardian, 8 March 2020: We won’t let Dominic Cummings ‘whack the BBC’, campaigners say, The Guardian, 9 March 2020: Russia ‘hired network of Britons to go after enemies of Putin’, BBC, 11 March 2020: Summary of Budget 2020: Key points at-a-glance, Politico.eu, 11 March 2020: UK goes on a spending spree, The Guardian, 13 March 2020: Brexit: EU’s demands in negotiations with UK revealed in draft treaty, The National, 13 March 2020: Coronavirus: UK population told that ‘herd immunity’ is the only way to cope with crisis, CNN, 14 March 2020: Coronavirus is Boris Johnson’s worst nightmare, The Guardian, 14 March 2020: Coronavirus sparks calls to extend EU transition period, The Guardian, 15 March 2020: I’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire, The Guardian, 15 March 2020: UK ministers will no longer claim ‘no successful examples’ of Russian interference, The National, 17 March 2020: Coronavirus: UK on war footing as confirmed cases near 2,000, Politico.eu, 18 March 2020: Michel Barnier has coronavirus, Politico.eu, 18 March 2020: Coronavirus’ next victim: Populism, Politico.eu, 19 March 2020: UK immigration refuses EU citizen applications to settle in Britain, Politico.eu, 19 March 2020: Brexit Britain is running out of time (and yet the Tories and Brexit were voted for. The corona crisis makes it clear, even to the most unteachable, how important it is to be part of a large community based on solidarity and how little nationalistic narrow-mindedness, simplicity and selfishness leads to solutions), CNN, 20 March 2020: UK social distancing measures should be in place for “most of year,” government advisers say, The Guardian, 20 March 2020: Johnson as Churchill? History really does repeat as farce, CNN, 20 March 2020: UK government will pay 80% of wages as it closes pubs to fight coronavirus, France24, 21 March 2020: Don’t come here! UK tourist hotspots tell people to stay away, CNN, 22 March 2020: Coronavirus is revealing how badly the UK has failed its most vulnerable, The Guardian, 26 March 2020: No 10 claims it missed deadline for EU ventilator scheme, The Guardian, 26 March 2020: UK-EU talks on post-Brexit relations ‘in deep freeze’, Politico.eu, 26 March 2020: UK missed out on EU ventilator scheme due to ‘communication problem’, The Guardian, 30 March 2020: Extend Brexit transition by years over coronavirus, UK told, The Guardian, 1 April 2020: The scale of the coronavirus crisis exposes how pointless the Brexit cause is, CNN, 2 April 2020: ‘Complete waste of time.’ UK media slam government coronavirus briefings, The Guardian, 3 April 2020: Boris Johnson will be judged on the next four weeks. That prospect should frighten him, CNN, 4 April 2020: Coronavirus means that no one’s talking about Brexit any more, BBC, 4 April 2020: New Labour leader Keir Starmer vows to lead party into ‘new era’, CNN, 4 April 2020: Keir Starmer elected as UK opposition Labour leader, Politico.eu, 5 April 2020: Panic-buying in UK will return ahead of Brexit transition end, experts say, BBC, 5 April 2020: Queen tells UK ‘we will succeed’ in fight, The Guardian, 5 April 2020: ‘We will meet again’: Queen urges Britons to stay strong, CNN, 6 April 2020: Queen Elizabeth II delivers coronavirus address and calls for unity, saying ‘we will succeed’, Jerusalem Post, 6 April 2020: Friends of Palestine chair is UK Labour’s new shadow foreign secretary, Jerusalem Post, 7 April 2020: Starmer addressed Labour antisemitism more in days than Corbyn in years, The Guardian, 8 April 2020: UK plan to agree trade deal by December is fantasy, says EU, Arab News, 11 April 2020: A new Left leader, making the right moves, Politico.eu, 12 April 2020: Boris Johnson embraces NHS ‘lifesaver’ as UK heads into deep with COVID-19, CNN, 13 April 2020: Boris Johnson is getting better, but the nation he leads is not, The Guardian, 13 April 2020: UK missed three chances to join EU scheme to bulk-buy PPE, The National, 14 April 2020: Coronavirus: Egypt sends ‘large number’ of medical gowns to UK to meet PPE demands, BBC, 14 April 2020: Hundreds of extra UK coronavirus deaths revealed, The Guardian, 14 April 2020: Growth in surveillance may be hard to scale back after pandemic, experts say, BBC, 14 April 2020: Older people being ‘airbrushed’ out of virus figures, Politico.com, 15 April 2020: Will the coronavirus kill the Brexit negotiations?, France24, 15 April 2020: UK WWII veteran raises millions for the NHS by walking laps in his garden, BBC, 15 April 2020: Eastern Europeans to be flown in to pick fruit and veg, The Guardian, 15 April 2020: The British state has long been unfit for purpose. Now everyone can see that, The National, 15 April 2020: Britain and EU revive Brexit talks by video amid coronavirus crisis, Politico.eu, 16 April 2020: Downing Street: UK will say ‘no’ if EU asks for Brexit extension, The Guardian, 22 April 2020: UK making ‘impossible demands’ over Europol database in EU talks, Politico.eu, 22 April 2020: UK’s shifting position on (non)participation in EU coronavirus scheme, Arab News, 23 April 2020: Worst UK slump in ‘centuries’ looms as lockdown slams business, The Times, 23 April 2020: Peter Brookes Times cartoon: April 23 2020 – Social Distancing: at last a use for Rees-Mogg, Politico.eu, 24 April 2020: Groundhog Day for Brexit talks, Vanity Fair, 24 April 2020: Prince William Earned a Few Laughs on the Coronavirus Telethon Big Night In, CNN, 24 April 2020: Prince William’s reason for not watching ‘Tiger King’ will make you laugh, Politico.eu, 24 April 2020: EU’s Barnier slams UK for lack of progress in Brexit talks, The Guardian, 26 April 2020: UK will need to extend Brexit transition, Merkel ally warns Britain, The Guardian, 27 April 2020: Boris Johnson’s message to Britain on the lockdown is ‘trust us’. Why should we?, Politico.eu, 28 April 2020: Thousands die with coronavirus in UK care homes in a single week, The Guardian, 30 April 2020: Fears Brexit talks could collapse in June but UK still optimistic, BBC, 30 April 2020: Captain Tom Moore celebrates 100th birthday, CNN, 30 April 2020: Where did it go wrong for the UK on coronavirus?, The Guardian, 30 April 2020: Coronavirus deaths: how does Britain compare with other countries?, BBC, 1 May 2020: Shopping centre giant threatens brands over rent, Al Jazeera, 1 May 2020: Black Africans dying at much higher rate than white Britons, Reuters, 2 May 2020: UK shadows Italy as worst hit in Europe: virus death toll passes 28,000, The New York Times, 4 May 2020: The U.K. Needs a Real Government, Not Boris Johnson’s Puppet Cabinet, Jerusalem Post, 4 May 2020: UK plans anti-BDS law after court rules against gov’t ban on boycotts, France24, 5 May 2020: Britain begins post-Brexit trade talks with United States, BBC, 5 May 2020: UK-US trade talks will not be an easy ride, NPR, 5 May 2020: U.K. Surpasses Italy In Recorded Coronavirus Deaths, Now Leads Europe In Fatalities, France24, 5 May 2020: UK is Europe’s worst-hit country by Covid-19, as official death toll tops 32,000, The Guardian, 5 May 2020: Will Americans ever forgive Trump for his heartless lack of compassion?, Politico.eu, 5 May 2020: Cruel Britannia: Coronavirus lays waste to British exceptionalism, The Guardian, 6 May 2020: Will Johnson smuggle a bad Brexit through the coronavirus crisis?, Politico.eu, 6 May 2020: Theresa May: ‘Special relationship’ with US should not prevent UK from working with China, BBC, 7 May 2020: Bank of England warns of sharpest recession on record, Irish Times, 7 May 2020: UK plans to blame Covid-19 for Brexit fallout, says Hogan, Politico.eu, 7 May 2020: EU trade chief: UK preparing to blame coronavirus for Brexit fallout, The National, 7 May 2020: Bank of England says UK economy could shrink 30% in first half of year, CNN, 7 May 2020: The UK economy is heading for its worst crash in 300 years, Politico.eu, 7 May 2020: EU ambassador to London shrugs off Brexit deal threat from US, The Guardian, 8 May 2020: Once again a battle-scarred Britain must find a new role in the world, Politico.eu, 8 May 2020: Coronavirus wipes out Brits’ trust in Trump’s America: survey, France24, 9 May 2020: Stewart prepared for first county wipeout since WWII, Politico.eu, 9 May 2020: UK plans 14-day quarantine for incoming travelers, France24, 9 May 2020: Travellers to Britain to face two-week quarantine, Irish Times, 9 May 2020: Why contrasting ideas on sovereignty are feeding distrust between EU and UK, Arab News, 9 May 2020: Does Boris really want a Brexit deal?, The New York Times, 10 May 2020: In U.K., Hard-Hit Ethnic Minority Communities Struggle to Bury Dead, Politico.eu, 10 May 2020: Brussels starts next round of Brexit talks with low expectations, BBC, 10 May 2020: Boris Johnson speech: PM unveils ‘conditional plan’ to reopen society, France24, 10 May 2020: Covid-19: UK’s Johnson announces phased easing of lockdown, The Guardian, 10 May 2020: It’s no accident Britain and America are the world’s biggest coronavirus losers, BBC, 11 May 2020: Coronavirus: French passengers exempt from UK quarantine plans, CNN, 11 May 2020: Matt Lucas’ spoof of Boris Johnson’s coronavirus announcement goes viral, Irish Times, 11 May 2020: Post-Brexit talks near make-or-break moment, The Guardian, 11 May 2020: The UK is being run by a second-rate ad agency. No wonder we feel vulnerable, The Guardian, 12 May 2020: Lessons on civic duty from Boris Johnson? No thank you, BBC, 12 May 2020: Coronavirus: Victoria ticket worker dies after being spat at, The Guardian, 13 May 2020: Boris Johnson looks increasingly like the prime minister of England alone, CNN, 13 May 2020: Packed London Tube trains are the latest symbol of the UK’s confused coronavirus response, The Guardian, 13 May 2020: UK-EU trade deal with tariffs impossible in six months, say diplomats, BBC, 13 May 2020: Coronavirus: ‘We feel so lost’ – Young face job despair, The Guardian, 13 May 2020: Coronavirus has changed Boris Johnson, and that makes Tories nervous, The Guardian, 13 May 2020: Troubles troops amnesty could break law, said Northern Irish watchdog, The Guardian, 13 May 2020: Brexit will mean checks on goods crossing Irish Sea, government admits, BBC, 14 May 2020: Coronavirus: Will I be able to go on holiday?, CNN, 14 May 2020: The United Kingdom’s four countries take a divided approach to coronavirus crisis, Politico.eu, 14 May 2020: EU takes legal action against UK on free movement, BBC, 15 May 2020: Coronavirus infection ‘R’ rate in UK creeps up, France24, 15 May 2020: UK and EU deadlocked after ‘very disappointing’ trade talks, BBC, 15 May 2020: Coronavirus: 14,000 lockdown-breach fines imposed, The Guardian, 15 May 2020: British negotiator gives EU two-week deadline to drop ‘ideological’ stance, Politico.eu, 15 May 2020: Money laundering on the high street, Irish Times, 15 May 2020: Michel Barnier ‘not optimistic’ deal can be reached with UK, Politico.eu, 15 May 2020: Brexit’s game of chicken increases chances of no deal, The New York Times, 15 May 2020: ‘The First Step Was the Hardest’, The National, 15 May 2020: Coronavirus: London turns ‘large swathes’ of city car-free following lockdown, The Guardian, 17 May 2020: Brexit: a strange idea derailed by these strange times, Politico.eu, 17 May 2020: Michael Gove: Huge gap between UK and EU in Brexit talks, The Guardian, 17 May 2020: As lockdown consensus unravels, Boris Johnson divides nation and party, BBC, 19 May 2020: UK death toll hits 35,000 and jobless claims soar, BBC, 19 May 2020: Mirrors and garden shears prices set to fall in Brexit tariff plan, BBC, 20 May 2020: Coronavirus: Not just any retail recession…, The Guardian, 21 May 2020: No-deal Brexit ‘would overwhelm local emergency teams’, Politico.eu, 21 May 2020: British Council faces financial ruin due to coronavirus, Reuters, 22 May 2020: Britain in deepest downturn for centuries, scant chance of negative rates – Reuters poll, The Times, 22 May 2020: Boris Johnson wants self-sufficiency to end reliance on Chinese imports, CNN, 22 May 2020: Remember Brexit? Why Britain could really struggle to dig itself out of recession, Reuters, 22 May 2020: UK PM Johnson orders for plans to end reliance on Chinese imports: The Times, France24, 23 May 2020: UK PM Johnson resists calls to fire adviser Cummings over breaking lockdown, BBC, 23 May 2020: Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings rejects calls to quit as PM’s chief adviser, CNN, 23 May 2020: Boris Johnson under pressure to sack aide over reported lockdown breach, The Guardian, 23 May 2020: Dominic Cummings clearly broke rules, says ex-police chief, Al Arabiya, 24 May 2020: UK must defend its companies against overseas takeovers: British lawmaker, CNN, 24 May 2020: The row over Dominic Cummings isn’t going away: what the papers say, BBC, 24 May 2020: Boris Johnson backs key aide Dominic Cummings in lockdown row, The Guardian, 24 May 2020: The weak defence of Dominic Cummings further erodes trust in the government, BBC, 24 May 2020: Boris Johnson failed to close down Cummings story, Irish Times, 25 May 2020: Dominic Cummings controversy: The unanswered questions, Politico.eu, 25 May 2020: Furious backlash after Boris Johnson defends aide’s lockdown journey, The Guardian, 25 May 2020: Dominic Cummings refuses to resign or apologise for lockdown breach, Irish Times, 25 May 2020: Dominic Cummings affair reflects Brexit exceptionalism, BBC, 26 May 2020: Dominic Cummings coronavirus row: Government to try to move on, The Guardian, 26 May 2020: The Cummings debacle has exposed Boris Johnson’s weakness and dependency, The Guardian, 29 May 2020: The numbers are in, and Johnson’s government really is world-beating, Politico.eu, 29 May 2020: Michel Barnier: UK needs to get real if it wants a Brexit deal, The Guardian, 29 May 2020: June Brexit summit on cards as talks head for deadlock, Politico.eu, 29 May 2020: UK sets out Hong Kong ‘path to citizenship’ plan, The Guardian, 31 May 2020: Cummings is now a laughing stock. Alas, so is Britain, The Sunday Times, 31 May 2020: Inside No 10: They are tied together, but is the Dom and Boris show over?, Politico.eu, 31 May 2020: Michel Barnier: ‘No agreement’ unless UK sticks to Brexit promises, The Sunday Times, 31 May 2020: Keep promises or face no‑deal Brexit, Barnier tells PM, The Guardian, 1 June 2020: EU has no legal duty to give UK trade privileges, document says, Politico.eu, 1 June 2020: EU, UK fishing in troubled waters in Brexit talks, The Guardian, 1 June 2020: Brexit: UK’s smallest firms divert £10bn in exports away from EU, Politico.eu, 1 June 2020: Business cannot prepare for a no-deal Brexit in the middle of a pandemic, The Times, 3 June 2020: PM offers hope of refuge to 3m Hong Kong people, France24, 3 June 2020: UK-China row escalates as Johnson pledges asylum for Hong Kongers, The Guardian, 3 June 2020: Bank of England urges lenders to bolster no-deal Brexit plans, BBC, 3 June 2020: UK to change immigration rules for Hong Kong citizens if China passes law, CNN, 3 June 2020: Boris Johnson promises UK will provide Hong Kongers path to citizenship after national security fears, The Guardian, 3 June 2020: The pandemic is being used as cover for a no-deal Brexit, DW, 3 June 2020: Record number of Britons becoming German citizens, Politico.eu, 4 June 2020: UK and EU clash over British share of COVID-19 fund, BBC, 5 June 2020: UK backtracking on commitments, says Michel Barnier, Politico.com, 5 June 2020: Brexit deadlock: What happens next?, Irish Times, 5 June 2020: EU accuses Britain of backtracking as Brexit deadline nears, Gulf Times, 5 June 2020: EU, UK to step up Brexit talks despite limited progress, The Guardian, 6 June 2020: Merkel among winners as Europeans give verdict on anti-Covid battles, DW, 7 May 2020: British slave trader statue pulled down in George Floyd demonstration, CNN, 8 May 2020: UK protesters topple statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol (Royal African Company), France24, 8 May 2020: ‘It represents years of hurt’: Statue of slave trader toppled by UK protesters, BBC, 8 May 2020: Edward Colston: Bristol slave trader statue ‘was an affront’, France24, 8 May 2020: British politicians condemn toppling of Bristol slave-trader statue, CNN, 8 May 2020: Britain’s biggest companies are cutting tens of thousands of jobs. Millions more are at risk, BBC, 9 June 2020: UK to start post-Brexit trade talks with Japan, The Guardian, 10 June 2020: EU may veto UK trade deal lacking safeguards, leaked report reveals, Al Jazeera, 10 June 2020: Worst recession in a century amid pandemic – OECD: Live updates, BBC, 10 June 2020: Coronavirus: UK economy could be worst hit among leading nations, says OECD, CNN, 11 June 2020: ‘Catastrophic’ one-two punch from coronavirus and Brexit threatens UK, The Guardian, 12 June 2020: UK GDP falls by record 20.4% in April as lockdown paralyses economy, The Washington Post, 13 June 2020: Rare tornadoes possible in Britain this weekend as severe storms strike, The Guardian, 13 June 2020: Majority of Britons support Brexit transition extension, survey finds, Politico.eu, 14 June 2020: UK risks being squeezed in trade triangle with EU and US, France24, 15 June 2020: Britain’s Johnson, EU chiefs seek Brexit talks reboot, BBC, 15 June 2020: War of the deadlines at Brexit summit, The Guardian, 15 June 2020: 2m children in UK ‘have done almost no school work in lockdown’, Politico.eu, 15 June 2020: Brexit summit: Tigers and pigs … but no fish, Arab News, 16 June 2020: Boris Johnson’s UK government has failed on coronavirus, Arab News, 16 June 2020: Time to re-energize the GCC-UK strategic partnership, The Guardian, 17 June 2020: Dispute mechanism is key sticking point in Brexit talks, says Von der Leyen, Politico.eu, 17 June 2020: Brexit deal’s last hope: Germany, The Guardian, 17 June 2020: While other countries are recovering from Covid-19, Britain is still in intensive care, The Guardian, 18 June 2020: Little point prolonging EU talks past autumn, Johnson tells Macron, BBC, 18 June 2020: Hancock defends tracing app after U-turn, The Guardian, 18 June 2020: More than 3.3m EU and EEA citizens granted right to remain in UK, The Times, 18 June 2020: Huge U-turn as coronavirus tracking app is axed, The Guardian, 18 June 2020: What is happening with the UK’s contact-tracing app?, The National, 18 June 2020: Coronavirus: UK government drops its contact-tracing app and moves to Google-Apple model, The Guardian, 19 June 2020: John Bolton memoir reveals UK’s fragile relations with Trump, Politico.eu, 19 June 2020: Europe won’t give in to UK time pressure on Brexit, French minister says, Politico.eu, 20 June 2020: Britain preps global alternative to EU’s Erasmus scheme, CNN, 20 June 2020: Tens of thousands of Britons have died from coronavirus. But Boris Johnson is stoking a culture war., The Guardian, 20 June 2020: Outrage as hardliner is chosen as next Israeli ambassador to UK, The Guardian, 22 June 2020: Britain nearly went bust in March, says Bank of England, Arab News, 22 June 2020: EU-UK talks: No time for games as Brexit deadline nears, Politico.eu, 23 June 2020: Brexit Britain looks to the Pacific, BBC, 23 June 2020: England lockdown easing ‘not risk free’, BBC, 24 June 2020: Coronavirus: Human trial of new vaccine begins in UK, The Guardian, 24 June 2020: On different planets: how Germany tackled the pandemic, and Britain flailed, CNN, 25 June 2020: Four years after Brexit, support for the EU surges in Britain, UK in a changing Europe, 25 June 2020: Brexit and UK manufacturing, The Guardian, 25 June 2020: EU parliament leader: Boris Johnson seems unwilling to find compromise in Brexit talks, The Guardian, 26 June 2020: Angela Merkel: UK must live with consequences of weaker ties to EU, Politico.eu, 28 June 2020: In Gove we trust, Politico.eu, 29 June 2020: Merkel’s Dr. No gets his toughest mission yet, Irish Times, 29 June 2020: British pound sinking to ‘emerging market currency’ status, BBC, 29 June 2020: Will return of face-to-face talks mean progress?, Politico.eu, 30 June 2020: Boris Johnson’s (not so) new deal, Irish Times, 30 June 2020: Britain ups the pressure to end Brexit talks by end of summer, BBC, 1 July 2020: Hong Kong’s new security law: Why it scares people, The Guardian, 1 July 2020: Boz the Bluster gets hammered in PMQs ‘whack-a-mole’, BBC, 1 July 2020: Hong Kong: First arrests under ‘anti-protest’ law as handover marked, Politico.eu, 1 July 2020: UK triggers Hong Kong citizenship offer, The Guardian, 1 July 2020: Reannounced and reheated: Johnson’s ‘new deal’ plans fall short in every way, Politico.eu, 1 July 2020: Angela Merkel says EU ‘must prepare’ for no-deal Brexit, France24, 1 July 2020: UK expands citizenship access for Hong Kong residents as China security law takes effect, The Guardian, 2 July 2020: Hong Kong: China threatens retaliation against UK for offer to Hongkongers, DW, 2 July 2020: Europe, UK trade talks stall over ‘serious differences’, The Guardian, 2 July 2020: EU-UK trade talks break up early over ‘serious’ disagreements, Politico.eu, 2 July 2020: ‘Serious divergences’ remain after latest round of Brexit talks ends early, France24, 4 July 2020: England’s pubs, restaurants and hairdressers reopen as Covid-19 lockdown eases, CNN, 4 July 2020: The UK is reopening for business. London may never be the same, BBC, 4 July 2020: People head to pubs as England’s lockdown eases, CNN, 4 July 2020: Plastic screens, tracings apps and table service. English pubs reopen on bittersweet day, The Guardian, 4 July 2020: UK ponders joining EU’s coronavirus vaccine scheme, Arab News, 4 July 2020: Humanitarian aid and a populist act of vandalism, Politico.eu, 4 July 2020: EU needs to ‘see movement’ from UK on post-Brexit trade deal: Phil Hogan, Arab News, 4 July 2020: Boris’s bluster undermined by inconvenient truths, CNN, 5 July 2020: ‘Crystal clear’ that drunk people can’t socially distance — UK police officer, DW, 6 July 2020: China rebukes UK, Canada on Hong Kong; pressures France on Huawei, France24, 6 July 2020: Brexit talks resume in London after Brussels round leaves ‘serious divergences’, BBC, 6 July 2020: Hong Kong: Chinese ambassador warns UK over ‘interference’, Reuters, 6 July 2020: UK will face consequences if it rules China is a hostile country – envoy, BBC, 6 July 2020: Sealand: A peculiar ‘nation’ off England’s coast, Irish Times, 7 July 2020: Britain’s ‘world beating’ Covid-19 tracing app had one problem – it didn’t work, The Guardian, 7 July 2020: UK Brexit negotiator meets EU counterpart in bid to revive talks, Irish Times, 7 July 2020: The Irish Times view on the dual threat of coronavirus and Brexit, The Guardian, 10 July 2020: UK’s Windrush scandal seeing it lose influence across African continent, BBC, 10 July 2020: Liz Truss: US trade deal ‘won’t mean lower food standards’, Arab News, 11 July 2020: How luck ran out for Boris, CNN, 12 July 2020: Britain is the worst-hit country outside of the US and Brazil. But it STILL won’t wear masks, France, 13 July 2020: UK unveils post-Brexit border plans and ad campaign, The Guardian, 13 July 2020: The Tories’ latest Brexit plans expose frictionless trade as a fiction, BBC, 13 July 2020: Brexit: Get ready because this time it’s for real, The Guardian, 13 July 2020: UK to open 10-12 border customs sites in EU trading shake-up, Politico.eu, 13 July 2020: Why Britain must ditch the Brexit deal, Al Jazeera, 13 July 2020: Boris Johnson is threatening to undo UK’s international standing, CNN, 14 July 2020: US allies once seemed cowed by China. Now they’re responding with rare coordination, CNN, 14 July 2020: UK bans Huawei from its 5G network in rapid about-face, The Guardian, 15 July 2020: Brexit was meant to make Britain global. It has made the country friendless, Politico.eu, 17 July 2020: UK housing and car markets ‘returning strongly,’ Bank of England chief says, CNN, 18 July 2020: Britain might like to follow Trump’s lead on China. But it’s hardly in a position to call the shots, Irish Times, 18 July 2020: Fintan O’Toole: If Brexit is so great, why is Britain acting like it’s not happening?, The Guardian, 18 July 2020: Johnson is asking Santa for a Christmas recovery, Arab News, 18 July 2020: Boris U-turn brings UK back into line on Huawei, The Guardian, 19 July 2020: UK urges EU countries to ensure Britons living abroad can stay after Brexit, The Guardian, 20 July 2020: Britain deserves better than an Old Etonian Donald Trump, Politico.eu, 20 July 2020: UK ramps up fight with China, suspends extradition deal with Hong Kong, The Washington Post, 20 July 2020: Beefeaters guarding the Tower of London face job cuts for first time in their 500-year history, The Guardian, 20 July 2020: Hong Kong: UK risks China’s wrath by suspending extradition treaty, BBC, 21 July 2020: Russia report: Long-awaited publication to detail threat to UK, France24, 21 July 2020: UK government ‘slow’ to recognise Russia meddling threat, report says, The Guardian, 21 July 2020: Russia report: UK government and spy agencies failed to investigate Kremlin interference, The Guardian, 23 July 2020: Face masks mandatory in shops, takeaways and stations in England from Friday, The National, 23 July 2020: The ‘self-effacing’ British are actually revolting against face mask rules, The Guardian, 23 July 2020: Boris Johnson is trying to woo Scotland. But only money is holding the union together, The Guardian, 23 July 2020: Boris visited Scotland to save the union. Mission accomplished — for the SNP, Irish Times, 23 July 2020: Barnier says trade agreement unlikely between EU and UK, Al Arabiya, 23 July 2020: Coronavirus: UK had no economic plan for a pandemic, ‘astonishing failure’: Gov panel, The Guardian, 24 July 2020: Germany calls on UK to show more realism in Brexit negotiations, Politico.eu, 24 July 2020: Failure of Brexit talks ‘as good as inevitable,’ says German business lobby, The Guardian, 24 July 2020: Get set for the next round of Britain’s Brexit brinkmanship, Al Jazeera, 25 July 2020: How not to deal with a resurgent Beijing, CNN, 25 July 2020: England and Scotland went separate ways on Covid-19. It may lead to a full divorce, Al Jazeera, 25 July 2020: Time is running out for Brexit brinkmanship, The Guardian, 26 July 2020: 49% of voters believe Kremlin interfered in referendum, The Guardian, 28 July 2020: Brexit EU departure will deliver double shock to UK economy, study finds, Irish Times, 28 July 2020: Fintan O’Toole: Brexit is like having to listen to someone else’s dreams, The Guardian, 29 July 2020: UK negotiators have only engaged with issues ‘in last week or two’, says EU, CNN, 29 July 2020: Unfortunately for Boris Johnson, much of Europe has moved on from Brexit, Politico.eu, 29 July 2020: Terrorists and organized crime will be the winners of a no-deal Brexit, The Guardian, 30 July 2020: I’m optimistic about a Brexit deal – despite the gloomy outlook, Politico.eu, 30 July 2020: UK has ‘poisoned’ relations with China, says ambassador, Politico.eu, 31 July 2020: Boris Johnson’s brother and Theresa May’s husband rewarded in UK honors list, The Guardian, 2 August 2020: ‘Shameless and far too long’ The Guardian view on Johnson’s honours list, Jerusalem Post, 2 August 2020: Labour MP apologizes for ‘clumsy’ antisemitic tweet, The Guardian, 2 August 2020: ‘It shows contempt’: No 10 criticised over drive to recruit White House-style spokesperson, The Guardian, 4 August 2020: Number of UK citizens emigrating to EU has risen 30% since vote on withdrawal.

This post has been written from the point of view of an EU enthusiast and fan, for whom it is out of the question to vote in favour of an opt out of his home country from the Eurozone or the European Union, because for him, even as a latent conservative, it would be equal to a treason. Of course, the economic, political and social aspects also play a major role. In this respect, there is very little understanding for the British “Leave” campaign and the Brexiteers, because their views need to be described as all to often “nationalist-ideological nonsense, largely free of facts, conspiracy theories and blatant lies”. However, a few valid points of criticism, which particularly affect small and medium-sized, regionally active, Western European entrepreneurs/companies, are given. While the EU regulations for large companies and corporations now work well, this is not (yet) the case for SMEs, which shall be remedied and respective initiatives are already under way. An example: A Western European, medium-sized craft business has always been able to count on public contracts, which it can currently not, since public construction projects must be tendered EU-wide. As a result, the company can not compete with the much lower personnel costs of its competitors from Eastern Europe and therefore does not receive public contracts from the region, where it has created jobs and pays taxes. With this background given, it would be at least a bit more understandable that someone might be willing to agree to withdraw from the EU, at least if he/she didn’t (yet) know that exactly the problem is being worked on at EU level, so that in the future all applicants for public contracts have to pay wages like the local companies they are competing with.

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