BRITS have been barred from entering Sweden and deported from Spain as post-Brexit pettiness sparks "deep concerns".
Brit residents returning to their homes in Sweden were stopped at passport control in Gothenburg on Sunday night and told their negative Covid tests were invalid as they had been issued in the UK.
Judith Gough, the British Ambassador to Sweden, said she was “very concerned” that Britons had suffered travel disruption.
A similar incident happened to Brit expats heading back to their homes in Spain who were booted out the country by officials claiming their residents permits were no longer valid post-Brexit.
The news comes as a number of EU firms refused to deliver products to the UK claiming post-Brexit tax rules make it too expensive.
And some deliveries to Northern Ireland have been delayed since CHRISTMAS, with delivery operators "uncertain" of new rules post-Brexit, according to the BBC.
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MUSIC FESTIVALS WARN BREXIT DEAL THREATENS 'TALENT PIPELINE'
Music festival bosses have warned that the Brexit deal in its current form stands to threaten the UK's "talent pipeline".
Representatives from the music industry told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee’s inquiry into ‘The future of UK music festivals’ today that access to European artists could be more difficult under the deal's terms.
Parklife co-founder Sacha Lord said: "When you’re looking at headliners and paying for the visa, it probably won’t make much difference – but actually, when you stand at Parklife and look at the headliner, that headliner has not become a star overnight.
“They’ve started from grassroots and grassroots venues. So if you look at a six-piece band now, to bring them into Parklife you’re probably looking at £1,800 in visa fees, which for smaller bands which are just breaking is not viable.
“That is a big [piece of] red tape and a big barrier that is in the way now and never was before. It might stagnate new talent coming through.”
'TURING SCHEME CAN BE BIGGER AND BROADER THAN ERASMUS'
The new Turing scheme being developed for student exchanges can be "bigger" and "broader" than the Erasmus programme it is replacing, a government minister has said.
Conservative whip Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay told the Commons: "The Government sees the Turing scheme as bigger, broader and global in outlook allowing students to avail themselves of opportunities beyond 27 other countries."
It comes after the Erasmus scheme was shelved during negotiations with the EU, despite the UK's attempt to remain part of the programme, which allows British students to study in Europe.
CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION ON NI DELIVERIES
Northern Ireland's economy minister has written to cabinet secretary Michael Gove calling for urgent action to be taken on deliveries to the country.
Many orders from retailers have been cancelled or delayed amid uncertainty around post-Brexit transition rules.
On New Year's Eve, HM Customs announced a grace period confirming most parcels from GB-NI will not need customs declarations until at least April.
But some companies have been forced to suspend deliveries, including John Lewis.
A government spokesman said: "Our priority is to have a pragmatic approach that allows us to comply with the [Northern Ireland] Protocol without causing undue disruption to businesses and citizens."
A London-based finance analyst was banned from flying home to the UK in a post-Brexit bungle.
Angela Enzo travelled to Kenya for a work trip on her Italian passport and is stranded in Nairobi after officials there wrongly declared her ID documents invalid.
The Home Office admitted an error had been made in stopping her returning to Heathrow airport and her London home of five years – and bosses vowed to rap British Airways and High Commission staff over the knuckles.
Read our full story here.
BREXIT NEGOTIATOR TIPPED FOR AMBASSADOR JOB
One of Britain's top Brexit negotiators is reportedly set to become the UK's ambassador to Brussels.
Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, a member of the team who last month clinched the historic trade deal with the bloc, has now been lined up for the top diplomatic role, the Daily Express reports.
Sources told the paper an announcement could come by the end of the week, and his role would be key in promoting the 'Global Britain' agenda.
RYANAIR PASSENGER NUMBERS DROPPED 83% IN DECEMBER
Ryanair said that its passenger number dropped by a whoping 83% last month, compared with the year before, in another major blow to the airline industry.
In December 2019, the airline carried 11.2 million travellers, it said in a message to investors on Tuesday.
Last month Ryanair, which is listed in London, said it would remove the voting rights of their UK-based shareholders in a bid to remain majority-owned by EU shareholders.
This is a condition for an airline wanting to fly domestically within the European Union and the change was made necessary because of Brexit, the company said.
SUPERMARKETS UNDER PRESSURE AMID LOCKDOWN DEMAND
Supermarkets have seen websites come under pressure after shoppers raced to book deliveries ahead of the new national lockdown in England, as figures showed a record December for grocers.
The major chains experienced problems with their apps and websites yesterday evening after Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown.
Sainsbury's app is said to have gone down temporarily last night, while Tesco also experienced issues with its online operations and Morrisons and Ocado were forced to place shoppers in virtual queues.
ERASMUS PLEAS 'FELL ON DEAF EARS', MINISTER CLAIMS
The UK's pleas to stay in the Erasmus student exchange scheme "fell on deaf ears" during talks with the EU, a minister has said.
The programme, which the UK joined in 1987, allowed students to study and work across Europe but was shelved during Brexit negotiations.
It will be replaced in the UK by a worldwide scheme named after code breaker Alan Turing.
Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Garden of Frognal today told the Commons asked why the scheme had been scrapped after "assurances from the Prime Minister and from Government" that it would continue.
Responding for the Government, Conservative whip Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay said the government's proposals "fell on deaf ears" during negotiations.
BREXIT STOCKPILES HIT HONDA
Japanese carmaker Honda said it was halting output at its Swindon factory on Tuesday and Wednesday due to global supply delays.
Honda suspended output for a few days in December as some British ports struggled with goods being stockpiled before a Brexit deal was agreed.
Trade has also been disrupted by the Covid pandemic but the company hopes to restart on Thursday.
PM TO SELL BREXIT DEAL TO BUSINESS LEADERS
Sky News reports that Boris Johnson will sell his new Brexit deal to business leaders later this week.
The PM will reportedly hold a phone call with executives to discuss plans to bolster investment.
Senior business figures are said to have received an invitation to examine the PM's Brexit deal and how "business and HMG can best work together to build back better in 2021".
BRIT AMBASSADOR TO SWEDEN 'CONCERNED' BY TRAVEL CHAOS
British ambassador to Sweden Judith Gough has said she is "very concerned" after UK nationals were refused entry to the Scandinavian nation.
It comes as officials admitted there had been "teething problems" for travel as the transition period came to an end on January 1.
She said: " is clear that there have been teething problems … we are asking the Swedish authorities to provide greater clarity and consistency for UK nationals, who wish to return home to Sweden."
'NO PRESSURE' ON BIDEN TO STRIKE TRADE DEAL
A trade expert says there is "no pressure" on incumbent President Joe Biden to strike a trade agreement with the UK.
Alan Winters, director of the Trade Policy Observatory at the University of Sussex, told the Express: "The chances of a trade deal with the US in the near future are really low.
"Americans want things out of the deal that are pretty unpalatable in the UK, such as chlorinated chicken and access to a pharmaceutical market at high prices.
"Now, they are not going to slip it through with Trump and Biden has lots of other things on his mind.
"He almost certainly will not appoint a trade representative to oversee the negotiations for a month or two."
PM CANCELS POST-BREXIT INDIA TRIP
Boris Johnson has cancelled a trip to India later this month to focus on the coronavirus response after he imposed a third national lockdown.
The PM called his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, this morning to "express his regret" that he will be unable to visit as planned, No 10 said.
His visit had been billed as an effort to boost trade and promote his Global Britain agenda after the UK's departure from the European Union's single market.
GERMAN POLITICIAN CLAIMS UK WILL REJOIN EU
A German MEP has claimed that the UK will eventually rejoin the EU.
Terry Reintke, of the Green Party, penned an article alongside former British Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato titled 'Together, we are stronger than Brexit'.
They wrote today: "The day the UK left the European Union was marked by sadness but a light was left on at the European Parliament and it still burns brightly.
“We believe that the British experiment in isolationism will be short-lived and that the UK will return to the heart of Europe and to membership of the EU."
UNION CALLS FOR NEW CAR INVESTMENT AT PSA'S VAUXHALL FACTORY
Britain's biggest trade union Unite has called for French automaker PSA to build electrified vehicles at its Vauxhall/Opel car factory in England after post-Brexit trading terms were finalised.
"We call upon PSA to look at a longer term plan to build electrified vehicles at both Luton and Ellesmere Port with future regulatory and legislative changes in mind," said Unite national officer for automotive industries Des Quinn.
"At Ellesmere Port, it is also now time for our members to be rewarded for their ongoing commitment and having met all cost requirements to be awarded new product currently, it is the only plant in Europe not to have been."
M&S COMPLAINS OF BREXIT FOOD DELAYS TO FRANCE
Marks & Spencer said new trade rules in place since Britain left the EU were delaying deliveries of some fresh food to its stores in France, where at least three branches had empty shelves today.
In a statement given to Reuters, M&S said: "We have prepared for changes associated with Britain leaving the EU in order to minimise disruption for customers."
"As we are transitioning to the new processes, it is taking a little longer for some of our products to reach stores, but we are working with our partners, suppliers and relevant Government agencies and local authorities to quickly improve this."
BREXIT 'TEETHING PROBLEMS' AND COVID POSE ISSUES FOR BRITS FLYING TO EU
"Teething problems" with Brexit as well as the continuing pandemic have posed issues for Britons trying to enter EU countries.
Travellers heading for Spain, the Netherlands and Sweden have been held up at borders following the UK's departure from the single market.
The Spanish embassy in London acknowledged there had been "problems for British nationals resident in Spain" and reiterated that both pre and post-Brexit residence documentation could be used.
Meanwhile, police in the Netherlands confirmed that 10 Britons were refused entry into the country.
FIRMS TO RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT DURING LOCKDOWN
Rishi Sunak has unveiled one-off grants of up to £9,000 for struggling firms to help them get through to spring.
The Treasury revealed a fresh £4.6billion package to help retail, hospitality and leisure sector businesses cope with the seven-week shut-down.
The extra cash help – which is on top of existing £3,000 grants – aims to help firms make it through until the spring, when restrictions will be lifted after the vaccine is rolled out.
600,000 firms are expected to be helped with the fresh offer, the Treasury said, with help available across the UK.
The news will come as a relief to firms also coping with changes caused by the end of the Brexit transition period.
SAINSBURY'S 'STOCKING RIVALS' PRODUCTS AMID SHORTAGE DUE TO BREXIT'
Sainsbury's stores in Northern Ireland are stocking products from a rival grocer amid Brexit disruption, The Independent reports.
The supermarket giant is selling several SPAR-branded products in line with a "temporary" agreement to avoid empty shelves from January 1.
Sainsbury’s told the Independent that a “small number” of products were “temporarily unavailable for our customers in Northern Ireland while border arrangements are confirmed”.
KENT LORRY PARK OPENS FOR FIRST TIME
A huge post-Brexit lorry park in Ashford, Kent has opened for the first time – but it's far from complete.
According to Kent Live, contractors have not been able to lay enough tarmac.
But the park has opened for HGV drivers heading to the UK from Europe to receive coronavirus tests.
Customs checks are currently being carried out at a temporary facility at the Waterbrook Park estate in Sevington.
FIRMS' FURY OVER TAX CHANGES
Certain EU specialist online retailers have said they won't deliver to the UK due to post-Brexit tax changes.
Bicycle part firm Dutch Bike Bits told the BBC it would no longer ship to Brits.
They said: "We are forced by British policy to stop dealing with British customers."
And Belgium-based Beer On Web said it would discontinue sales to the UK "due to the new Brexit measures".
BUSINESSES LEADERS CALL FOR HELP AMID NEW LOCKDOWN
Business leaders have reacted with despair to the fresh lockdown announced by Boris Johnson amid fears that companies may not last until the spring.
British Chambers of Commerce director general Adam Marshall said: "Businesses will understand why the Prime Minister has felt compelled to act on the spiralling threat to public health, but they will be baffled and disappointed by the fact that he did not announce additional support for affected businesses alongside these new restrictions.
"The lockdowns announced in England and Scotland today are a body blow to our business communities, hard on the heels of lost trade during the festive season and uncertainty linked to the end of the Brexit transition period."
PORT DISRUPTION 'PUSHED XMAS SHOP FORWARDS'
A retail expert has said that port disruption at the end of December meant that Brits pushed forward their Christmas shop to December 21.
Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar, said: "Fifteen million households – more than half the entire population – visited a grocer at some point that day and spent a collective £819 million.
"This is a real step change from recent years when consumers have typically completed their 'big shop' closer to Christmas Day."
POUND STEADIES AFTER POST-BREXIT HIGH
The British pound steadied today but held well below a more than 2 year high of $1.37 hit in the previous session as a new lockdown deflated post Brexit-deal optimism.
"The successful conclusion of the Brexit talks offered just a momentary breather with the pound back into the dumps after Johnson ordered a third economically disastrous national lockdown for England," said Marshall Gittler, a strategist at BDSwiss Group
MORRISONS TO HOST COVID VACCINE SITES
Morrisons has revealed its car parks will be used as Covid-19 vaccine centres, with three stores hosting jabs from next Monday and a further 47 sites being made available to the Government.
Chief executive David Potts said the assets of the company are "at the disposal of the country".
"We'll have three stores operating from Monday 11th January and we have offered up another 47 subject to requirements and availability of the vaccine," he said.
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