Sturgeon’s dream in tatters
As we have said all along – Scotland will have to leave the EU along with the rest of the UK.
Today’s Daily Express reports that Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of Scotland being able to veto the Brexit vote are in tatters!
The paper says it has learnt that a meeting between Scottish UKIP MEP David Coburn and European Parliament President Martin Schulz has confirmed that Scotland will have to leave the EU with the rest of the UK.
It came after the SNP First Minister had held meetings with senior EU figures to try to get a separate Scottish deal from the Brexit talks after a majority of Scots voted to Remain.
Mr Coburn told the paper: “President Schulz is no more interested in ‘Balkanising’ the UK than Great Britain is in ‘Balkanising’ the EU – especially Spain and the Baltic States.”
IMF admits the economy is growing
Officials are facing a humiliating climbdown after claiming Britain would face a recession if thecountry opted to leave the European Union.
But now the IMF expects the British economy to grow by 1.7 per cent this year and 1.3 per cent in 2017. The forecast puts the UK’s economy as the second-fastest growing economy in 2016 among the G7 industrialised nations, second only to the US.
First of all, the IMF is widely seen as a cheer-leader for Brussels. It is largely staffed by Europeans, with close links to the EU institutions.
It has attracted severe criticism because it has appeared to spend more resources and effort on saving Greece and the €urozone than on its broader global remit.
Indeed frustration with the IMF was a factor prompting China to create an Asian equivalent, the AIIB. The current head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, is a former French Foreign Minister. So to paraphrase Mandy Rice Davies, “She would say that, wouldn’t she?”.
The second reason to doubt the IMF’s advice is that it’s frequently wrong – most notably, perhaps, with its recent dire warnings that Osborne’s spending cuts would lead to financial collapse in the UK. When the opposite happened, it was obliged to eat its words.
It is now looking likely Article 50 will be triggered early next year
The Guardian, for one, reports Theresa May will warn Angela Merkel that she needs time to prepare for Brexit, as she heads to Berlin for private talks with the German chancellor.
The new prime minister will fly to Berlin after facing her first prime minister’s questions on Wednesday.
Merkel and May’s working dinner is likely to be dominated by discussion of Britain leaving the EU but they are also likely to touch on the trading relationship between the two countries, the migration crisis and Islamist terrorism.
I’d like to see Article 50 ASAP. But I do start to get a sense that the UK is imposing its own timetable – not being pushed around!