Tag: Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

A Wine Rack on Rails? U.K. Businesses Seek Solutions to Shortages.

TILBURY, England — It is called the “wine train,” and every weekend it rumbles out of the port of Tilbury, east of London, on a 100-mile journey to a depot in central England. It looks pretty much like any other freight train, but it carries an unusual cargo: Almost 650,000 bottles of wine. This 32-car, […]

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U.K. Trucking Shortage Endures Despite Plea for Foreign Drivers

In the weeks since the British government announced that it would offer 5,000 temporary visas to truck drivers from continental Europe, part of a campaign to reduce supply chain pressure in the run-up to Christmas, Lukasz Skopinski, a Polish trucker now working in the United Kingdom, has offered this advice to friends back home: Don’t […]

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The U.K. and France, Once More Unto the Breach

WASHINGTON — When I got the invitation from the French ambassador for a black-tie gala called “Améthyste,” I wondered what that name meant. Was it a promotional party for a French jewelry company or maybe a new perfume? I didn’t go to the Thursday fête, because I’m studying for a master’s at Columbia University and […]

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The Daily Mail’s Top Editor is Out. What Could It Mean for the U.K.?

LONDON — Geordie Greig was always an odd fit as the editor of The Daily Mail, Britain’s biggest tabloid. Educated at Eton and Oxford; a former editor of the society magazine Tatler; and a friend of the writer V.S. Naipaul and the painter Lucian Freud, Mr. Greig is a suave, aristocratic fellow once described by […]

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Brexit Brain Drain Delivers Financial Boon to Estonia

Estonia has received applications for e-Residency, as it is known, from 176 countries, with Britain ranking fourth in the list of non-European Union nations after Russia, Ukraine and China. Being given e-Residency does not grant you citizenship, tax residency or entry into Estonia or the rest of the European Union. However it does come with […]

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Bitterness Over Brexit Lies Behind Fraying France-U.K. Relations

LONDON — On its face, the nasty squabble that broke out last week between Britain and France was over the fishing rights of a few dozen French trawlers plying British waters off the island of Jersey. As with many rivalrous neighbors, however, the root causes of the feud run far deeper. Britain and France have […]

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France Detains British Boat as a Fight Over Fishing Rights Escalates

PARIS — French authorities said Thursday that they had detained a British fishing trawler, prompting the government in London to summon France’s ambassador for talks, escalating months of rising tension between the two nations. The confrontation was the latest in a series of cross-Channel flare-ups over post-Brexit fishing rights that have led to accusations of […]

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Boris Johnson Promotes Rising Wages Amid Shortages in U.K.

In a country bedeviled by acute shortages of goods and workers, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is portraying the chaos as a source of national revival. Gas stations in Britain have recently had no gas and grocery items are sparse in part because of difficulties in delivering such goods. That is in part due to Britain’s […]

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Showdown Over Northern Ireland Has a Key Offstage Player: Biden

LONDON — When President Biden met Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the White House last month, one of Mr. Biden’s advisers passed him a note reminding him to raise the issue of trade tensions over Northern Ireland. “We’ve already talked about that,” the president said, according to people in the room, referring to a one-on-one […]

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E.U. Offers U.K. Concessions on Northern Ireland. Here’s What the Spat Is About.

LONDON — For months, a battle over the status of Northern Ireland has been the thorniest legacy of Brexit, even sparking a conflict known as the “sausage wars.” Now, Britain has upped the ante by demanding that post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland that it agreed to two years ago be scrapped and replaced. The […]

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Britain Escalates Dispute With European Union Over Northern Ireland

LONDON — Britain set itself on course for a new confrontation with the European Union on Tuesday by demanding the replacement of one of the most complex and vexing components of Brexit: the status of Northern Ireland. In a speech to diplomats in Lisbon, David Frost, the Conservative government’s Brexit minister, asked for an overhaul […]

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As Johnson Draws a Happy Face, Britons Confront a Run of Bad News

LONDON — Britons are lining up for gas, staring at empty grocery shelves, paying higher taxes and worrying about spiraling prices as a grim winter approaches. But to visit the Conservative Party conference in Manchester this past week was to enter a kind of happy valley, where cabinet ministers danced, sang karaoke and drained flutes […]

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Britain’s Christmas Lament: Meat Shortages and Delivery Delays

The National Pig Association has warned that about 120,000 pigs are backed up on farms because of a lack of slaughterhouse workers, and the British Poultry Council said it expected to cut Christmas turkey production by 20 percent. On Monday, protesters gathered outside of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester with signs that said “All […]

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Britain’s Fuel Shortages Are Just the Start

Instead of higher wages, the British public have so far encountered only higher prices. Inflation has risen faster than at any point since 1997 and the climbing price of gas globally is placing further strain on people’s lives, making energy more expensive than anywhere in Europe. Whereas other governments, in Spain and Italy, have ensured […]

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U.K. Gas Shortages Reveal New Crucial Workers: Truck Drivers

LONDON — For more than three decades David Carden drove across England’s Midlands, transporting tens of thousands of liters of fuel from holding tanks to service stations. The flammable liquid made it a dangerous job requiring skill and caution, but when he started the pay and the benefits were good, enabling him to support his […]

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A Brexit-Weary Britain Finds Itself in a New Crisis With Brexit Overtones

LONDON — Few things are more likely to set teeth on edge in Downing Street than the tentative winner of an inconclusive German election declaring that Brexit is the reason Britons are lining up at gas stations like it’s 1974. But there was Olaf Scholz, the leader of the Social Democratic Party, telling reporters on […]

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Why Gas Pumps Across Britain Are Running Dry

LONDON — Drivers in Britain have been rushing to gas stations to fill up, amid a fuel shortage that has lasted days. Long lines at gas stations and rising fuel prices are the latest challenges that the country faces as it emerges from the pandemic. Here’s a look at what’s been happening. Is this the […]

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Gas Shortages and Long Lines Upend Britons’ Daily Lives

LONDON — In the northern English town of Baildon, Jag Sanghera took the train to work instead of driving, saving fuel needed to drive his daughter to nursery school. In west London, Laid Ibrahim, an Uber driver, tried at least seven gas stations before finding one open at 2 a.m. and waiting in line for […]

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U.K. Offers Thousands of Visas to Foreign Truckers to Ease Driver Shortage

Though business groups generally welcomed the government’s move, some expressed doubt that it would be sufficient. The government’s reversal also comes after the hauling and logistics industries in Britain pleaded with lawmakers to ease restrictions on visas for drivers from the European Union. Logistics U.K., a trade group, had sought 10,000 seasonal visas for drivers, […]

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