Central Info
Recent Comments


    Second Referendum is our only hope

    The Election failed to show us any way forward.We are now in a worse situation.
    We have to reconsider our situation and ask the public to reconsider their situation NOW before we negotiate with the EU
    We need to have another referendum.
    We also need to state on the voting document

    If we vote out it will make us poorer.

    If we vote in our economy will be better

    Another hole in the head for The Government

    Now The Government is on the back seat mainly because of their own demise. in The Election.

    The only answer now is a soft or weaker Brexit.

    But is it worth going through the pain considering a soft or weaker weaker Brexit.

    Why not save the turmoil and have another referendum. Maybe the younger voters will now realise they have to vote and Brexit will be forgotten

    Brexit and an Election WHAT NEXT ?

    Having an election before Brexit. This appears to gives the Government a chance to impose more ways of getting our money. ie rewrite the Manifesto.

    The country has also had to accept for years that dementia is not an illness and we have to pay for it. Really?

    Now The Government are kidding us that 100 K is the way forward and we should be content with the government allowing us to keep 100 K of our inheritance. By the way you pay everything else over when  your dead.

    The election is unfortunately a diversion. We should be thinking more about Brexit and dealing with it.

    We have unfortunately managed to get ourselves into voting for Brexit because Cameron could not work with the European Union. There is a need for The European Union to change attitude and work more for the countries they represent.

    That does not mean we stop immigrants. Control it maybe if you can.

    We need immigrants from Europe to work with us and for us. So why don’t we go with Europe policy for now and wait for  them modify their immigration policy. There is nothing stopping us monitoring the immigration without restriction unless they are criminal etc.

    Trading-do we want to trade outside The European Union . Europe are are neighbours and our friends. We should trade with them first. They are on our doorstep.

    Are the conservatives going in the right way to improve living and trading conditions. I think not.







    Leaving The EU is much more complicated than we all thought. Do we continue in it and change the rules.

    Employment- We still need to allow employers employ Euro Nationals. We have do not have enough trained educated candidates in the UK. Extreme control over stopping immigration will be harmful and disaster for us.

    Trade- its good that we could get trading with who we want. There is still a strong need to continual trading with Europe.running the two systems would be better for all EU Members

    Election is a bit of a gamble

    Half the country never wanted to get out of Europe. They still do not.
    They will not vote Labour because it would be a wasted vote.
    They could vote Lib Dem hoping that a power shift away from The Conservatives will dilute a Hard Brexit.

    Brexit again it will not go away

    We had the vote because the politicians could not decide whether we stayed in The EU.
    Just over half of the country agreed to leave.
    We are really still in a position where half the country wants to stay in.
    How can we find a solution to sort this.
    The only answer is we have to go forward in the interest of the country. NOT THE INDIVIDUAL.

    Brexit is still not looking well

    The government seem to be doing what governments are good at. Do every thing the population do not want.

    Most people probably voted out because the EU would not listen and would not put some control over immigration. I say control I do not mean preventing or creating state registers.

    I agree Human rights also made it difficult for governments to have some control ie to prevent the wrong people getting into a country. How far do we want to control. We will never be able to control everyone and why would we want to.


    Most of the cameras installed in UK government sites appear to be made in China.
    Its time the orders were given to a company that is UK based.

    Hinkley Point Power Station the other issue- Will it ever get built maybe The Government takes that view.
    We will see how we get on with the high powered batteries concept that is built into houses to store wind and solar energy.

    The UK Now

    Our main focus should be to deal with Brexit

    The panic is over and we appear to have calmed down. Everything is geared to EU finance or put it another way our finance that goes to the EU.

    We need to re structure all this so it works for us.

    We appear to be floating on air and need some solid policies to show we are taking the break with EU.

    The meeting of the Mayor of Paris and The Mayor of London was a good start.Most countries have Mayors and it needs to be used to link in with these countries.

    Need some ACTION

    We are slowing the momentum of Brexit and its creating uncertain times for us and Europe.

    We now need to restore the economy before it dives.

    Reduce VAT to 15%

    Scrap NEW Stamp Duty Increases and Buy to Let extra Stamp Duty Charges.

    Start a National Council House Building Project.

    Offer building and development grants to industry and business.

    Offer EXPORT Incentives and enable Private or Public Companies to promote their products through Embassy networks

    Reduce Capital Gains Tax to 10%

    • Azevêdo joins ACP brainstorming session: ‘we need to explore innovative ways forward’
      Speaking at a meeting of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) at the WTO’s headquarters on 15 February, Director-General Roberto Azevêdo urged members to be ready to explore fresh perspectives and new pathways which may help move negotiations forward at the WTO. He also underlined the importance of development and the needs […]
    • DDG Wolff: Standards have central role to play in assisting growth of world trading system
      Speaking at a meeting of the World Standards Cooperation in Geneva on 15 February, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff discussed what international standards bodies can do to support the growth of the world trading system. He suggested several lines of action, including improving coherence between international standards, and highlighted the need to spread the message that […]
    • Trade Policy Review: Malaysia
      The seventh review of the trade policies and practices of Malaysia takes place on 14 and 16 February 2018. The basis for the review is a report by the WTO Secretariat and a report by the Government of Malaysia.
    • DG Azevêdo in UAE: Global economy is evolving, we need to adapt
      WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo visited Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week (12 —13 February) to participate in the World Government Summit. On 12 February, he took part in the high-level panel on ‘the future of trade and globalization’, which was held in partnership with the WTO. He also gave a keynote intervention […]
    • Trade growth to sustain momentum in first quarter of 2018, latest trade indicator suggests
      The WTO’s latest World Trade Outlook Indicator (WTOI), released on 12 February, suggests that the trade recovery of 2017 should continue, with solid trade volume growth in the first quarter of 2018. The WTOI’s current value of 102.3 is little changed from the 102.2 recorded last November, indicating steady merchandise trade volume growth. Strong results […]
    • WTO members consider India’s request for compliance panel in dispute over solar cells
      At a 9 February special meeting of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), WTO members considered India’s request for a panel to be established to examine India’s compliance with the recommendations and rulings of the DSB in a dispute over India’s domestic content requirements for solar cells and solar modules. The United States did not agree […]
    • Director-General welcomes new cohort of WTO young professionals
      Director-General Roberto Azevêdo welcomed the 2018 cohort of WTO young professionals on 8 February. The 15 participants of the Young Professionals Programme will spend a year in the WTO Secretariat to learn about the organization’s work and contribute to its activities.
    • Estonia donates EUR 20,000 to help developing countries fully participate in global trade
      The government of Estonia is contributing EUR 20,000 (approximately CHF 23,000) to help government officials from developing countries gain a better understanding of WTO agreements and improve their negotiating skills.
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina’s WTO accession negotiations advance towards conclusion
      At the 13th meeting of the Working Party on the Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina held on 7 February, WTO members supported the swift conclusion of the negotiations and welcomed the strong commitment and desire by Sarajevo to finalize this process in the coming months. Bosnia and Herzegovina started its accession negotiations to the WTO […]
    • EU requests WTO consultations with Russia on compliance with pig products ruling
      The European Union has requested WTO consultations with the Russian Federation to discuss Russian measures affecting imports of live pigs and pork products from the EU. The EU contends the measures effectively maintain import restrictions that were earlier found to be inconsistent with WTO rules. The request was circulated to WTO members on 7 February.
    • The Brexit regulation debate pits short-term disruption against future prosperity
      Open Europe's Henry Newman argues if the UK doesn’t have the ability to decide its own rules in key areas, the Government will have sacrificed future prosperity to minimise short-term disruption.The post The Brexit regulation debate pits short-term disruption against future prosperity appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Government must make clear what it wants in future relationship with EU
      Following the fallout from Chancellor Philip Hammond's comments that he hopes Britain’s relationship with EU will move “very modestly apart”, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar tells Sky News' All Out Politics that the government must be clearer in it's vision.The post Government must make clear what it wants in future relationship with EU appeared first on […]
    • UK-France summit setting roadmap for future relationship
      Ahead of the 35th UK-France summit, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar tells CNBC that the meeting is not about quick resolutions, but will set the roadmap for what we can expect from the Franco-British relationship in the futureThe post UK-France summit setting roadmap for future relationship appeared first on Open Europe.
    • The view from Brussels: how do think tanks in Brussels see Brexit talks unfolding in 2018?
      Before the New Year, we hosted an Open Europe “think tank roundtable” in Brussels, gathering think tanks, industry representatives, NGOs and other observers who are dealing with Brexit to share their analysis about the ongoing Brexit negotiations. Open Europe’s Brussels representative Pieter Cleppe presents a summary of the discussion.The post The view from Brussels: how […]
    • EU regained confidence but it should not get complacent
      Open Europe's Leopold Traugott tells Voice of America that even though the threat of a Brexit domino effect has decreased the EU should not get complacent with the migration crisis and the instability of the eurozone.The post EU regained confidence but it should not get complacent appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Beyond the Westminster Bubble: What people really think about immigration
      Open Europe's new report, Beyond the Westminster Bubble, finds that the public do want greater control over immigration, but they prefer a flexible system to a flat reduction in numbers.The post Beyond the Westminster Bubble: What people really think about immigration appeared first on Open Europe.
    • Lord Wolfson: We are over the first Brexit hurdle…now we want free trade with the EU
      Open Europe Chairman Lord Wolfson writes in The Sun that now the UK has made 'sufficient progress' in the Brexit negotiations we can start discussing the more important issues of trade and future relationsThe post Lord Wolfson: We are over the first Brexit hurdle…now we want free trade with the EU appeared first on Open […]
    • Rand suggests little difference between a CETA and EEA model for the British economy
      A new study by US think tank Rand examining the impact of different Brexit scenarios for the UK economy, suggests that the row over whether the UK should opt for a CETA or EEA-style Brexit is less about economics than politics.The post Rand suggests little difference between a CETA and EEA model for the British […]
    • Europe reacts to EU giving UK green light on ‘sufficient progress’ – classic EU fudge or substantive advance?
      After much anticipation the EU gave the UK the green light and said it had made 'sufficient progress' in the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, Open Europe's Marta Vokshi takes a look at how the agreement is being viewed on the Continent.The post Europe reacts to EU giving UK green light on ‘sufficient progress’ […]
    • What next after sufficient progress?
      The European Commission today declared that "sufficient progress" has been achieved in the first stage of Brexit talks. Open Europe's Stephen Booth analyses the contents of today's joint UK-EU report and considers what happens next in negotiations. The post What next after sufficient progress? appeared first on Open Europe.