Brexit and Impeachment Updates

Grind for January 25th
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– Friedrich Nietzsche

This Is Going To Hurt

The Headline

UK Chancellor breaks from EU rules, says UK will ‘not be a ruletaker’

The Grind

With the Brexit transition period set to begin January 31st, UK Chancellor Sajid Javid has vowed to pull the country away from EU rules.

“There will not be alignment, we will not be a ruletaker,” said Javid. “We will not be in the single market and we will not be in the customs union – and we will do this by the end of the year.”

Javid also hopes to double the UK’s annual economic growth after Brexit to 2.7% (economists predict a growth rate of between 1% and 1.5%).

The Details

Speaking to reporters, Javid warned manufacturers they would receive no support from the UK Treasury if they attempt to follow EU rules after Brexit. He did not specify which EU rules will be off-limits after the divorce

Major industries insist that a break with EU rules will lead to lost jobs and price increases.

“We have to make sure the government clearly understands what the consequences will be for industries like ours if they go ahead and change our trading terms,” argues Tim Rycroft, Chief Operating Officer of the UK’s Food and Drink Federation, adding that Javid’s promises sound like a “death knell” for smooth trade with the bloc.

The Confederation of British Industry described Javid’s plans as “ambitious,” but said he should not feel obliged to part from EU rules, while the nation’s chemical industry remains supportive of EU rules in the interest of maintaining jobs and profits.

The Conservatives’ promises about trade after Brexit are “now exposed as not worth the paper they were written on,” tweeted Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

The EU and the UK have 11 months to finalize a trade deal, during which time existing rules will remain in place.

Mark My Words

The Headline

Defense attorney Alan Dershowitz clarifies his role in impeachment trial

The Grind

Retired Harvard law professor and constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz is among a group of high-profile lawyers who will defend President Trump against Democrats’ claims of wrongdoing in the upcoming impeachment trial.

Speaking with NPR last Friday, Dershowitz said he will focus solely on his argument that the two articles of impeachment presented by House Democrats do not meet the constitutional criteria for removing a president from office.

“I have never allowed partisanship or politics or my own personal views to intrude into principled decisions about what I will represent, who I will represent, what constitutional arguments I would make,” said Dershowitz, adding that he would not comment on whether new witnesses should be called in for the Senate trial – something the Dems desperately want but Republicans do not.

The Details

“I will not be involved in arguing the facts, nor will I be part of the defense team in the sense of strategy of the facts,” said Dershowitz. “My role is limited. I am doing precisely the same thing I would be doing had Hillary Clinton – who I voted for – been elected president and had the Republicans try to impeach her.”

Dershowitz, a liberal Democrat, frequently defends Trump on TV but does not agree with his policies on healthcare, immigration, or abortion.

In 2018, he published a book titled The Case Against Impeaching Trump.

In a previous interview, Dershowitz said he had “no position on the politics” of the trial but worried the trial itself could “weaken the presidency and weaponize impeachment as a partisan tactic.”

Did you know… When Voltaire was asked to renounce Satan on his deathbed, his last words were: “This is no time for making new enemies.”