Another Brexit update

Now that the UK government is back from summer holidays and talking about triggering Article 50 early next year, Brexit news should get more exciting.

At the start of last month, Theresa May refused to stand by earlier promises that Brexit would lead to immigration restrictions and increased NHS funding. The minister in charge of the negotiations to leave the EU has said that Parliament won’t be told what’s going on — congratulations on taking back control, Brexiteers!

Barack Obama has made it clear that there won’t be any fast-track trade deal between the US and UK.

Japan warned that its companies might leave the UK entirely. Nissan, who employ 6700 people in Sunderland, have said that they’ll leave if they don’t like the new arrangements. In particular, they want the government to pay the cost of any new tax barriers. 61% of people in Sunderland backed Brexit in the vote, and are now belatedly worrying about the jobs they’ve probably destroyed.

EasyJet aren’t waiting to see what happens; they’ve left. Although a UK company, they’re applying for the certificates to become an EU airline.

The European commission is planning a fee-based system for UK citizens who want to visit the EU. Spain has said they want the UK to pay for healthcare for all the UK citizens resident there.

The LSE was allegedly told to exclude non-UK nationals from a Brexit-related project. Schools have been sending out questionnaires demanding to know the nationality of children attending. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd wants firms to list all their foreign employees, and that will include the Irish — though they won’t be deported, yet.

And of course, the pound fell ever lower, dropping below the ‘remain’ campaign’s widely derided prediction that it might fall to $1.28.

It now turns out that racism isn’t all that has spiked since the Brexit vote — homophobic attacks were up 147% too.

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