The EU has seen sense and proposed a delay in the imposition of increased tariffs on electric vehicles imported from Britain. The current arrangements, under which vehicles for export face country-of-origin restrictions on parts, will be in place until 31st December 2026.
The Shadow Defence Secretary said that Labour would prioritise deeper military ties with the EU were they to win the next election, calling for “systematic cooperation and a defence and security pact”. Briefings has covered post-Brexit EU attempts to ensnare Britain through security pacts.
Onward EU soldiers
The government has negotiated access to fishing stocks worth £970 million for British fishers in an agreement with the EU and Norway. They estimate that the British quota would be 120,000 tonnes smaller were the UK still part of the EU.
The EU has become the first major economy to introduce legislation to regulate Artificial Intelligence. The regulations will require AI models to comply with transparency requirements conduct systemic risk evaluations. AI firms will also have to report to the EU Commission on ‘serious incidents’ and produce reports on energy efficiency.
The government’s Rwanda policy is becoming a major problem for the Prime Minister, as costs continue to pile up with no guarantee of results. The European Research Group’s ‘Star Chamber’ of lawyers have decided the emergency legislation is ‘not fit for purpose’. The resignation of Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick has led to rumours of leadership challenges, perhaps motivated by the Conservatives’ stagnant position in the polls.
PM struggles to steady the ship
Larry Elliot on the delusions of rejoiners.
Kemi Badenoch MP on the benefits of Brexit.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time – Abraham Lincoln.
The Tory party has failed to deliver so much of its (80 seat) winning 2019 manifesto but its failure to keep its promise to bring overall migration numbers down, end our reliance on low paid low-skilled workers whilst still attracting the brightest and the best, may well be the worst. Because it is not just another policy failure. It is another broken promise. At a time when public trust in all of our mainstream political parties and state institutions is at record lows.
In this first of a series of updates on the impact of Brexit, Professor Paul Ormerod argues that Brexit is a convenient scapegoat for the UK’s economic woes, but if we dig into the data we’ll see a different story.
One thing we know for certain is that the short-term forecasts put out by the Remain campaign during the referendum were shown to be spectacularly wrong. Following the vote in June 2016, by the end of that year the UK was meant to be in a deep recession and unemployment was going to rise by half a million. In fact, in the second half of 2016 GDP grew at a respectable annual rate of two per cent, and unemployment fell.
Eurosceptics will be quick to point out the flaws in the EU’s new AI regulation (it will stifle innovation and only encourage large AI companies to invest elsewhere) while europhiles will hold it up as a model to follow (a necessary step to mitigate against the huge risks that AI might pose). But whoever is right about the merits and demerits of the new legislation, Brexit should be seen as a positive: Britain can respond to new technology much faster and with much more flexibility outside the EU.
If you see AI regulation as an act of economic self-harm which will drive investment and innovation overseas, then the advantages of being outside the EU are obvious. Freed from the shackles of regulations imposed by institutions primarily geared towards shielding established industries from competition, Britain gains a competitive edge. The ability to chart our own course allows us to avoid regulatory overreach and attract technology firms whose products will likely change the world.
But if you see AI regulations as a necessary tool to manage an industry which poses existential threats, being outside the EU is still the better option. One key benefit is the autonomy to tailor regulations that are more closely aligned with the specific needs and dynamics of the British economy. Instead of adhering to a one-size-fits-all approach dictated by a diverse set of EU member states, each with their own interests to protect, Britain can implement regulations designed exclusively for its own situation.
Being outside the EU also allows for a more streamlined and efficient regulatory process. The EU, with its complex decision-making structure involving multiple institutions and numerous member states, is unable to respond quickly to changing technology. In contrast, Britain now has the agility to enact and amend regulations swiftly.
Whatever your view on AI regulation, Brexit should be seen as an advantage. If it is in our best interests to diverge from the EU’s regulations, we can. If it is in our best interests to implement similar measures, we can. The crucial point is that we can make the decision ourselves, with only our own best interests to consider, instead of trying to find a compromise which will also suit 27 other countries.
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