Scotland in Europe update 5th May 2017

"The rocks are out to get us!" shrieks the captain, whilst steering us towards rocks. The Prime Minister’s response to the account of her dinner with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker shows just how low she will stoop. As the Tories become increasingly shrill it is clear that they are putting their party’s narrow interests before the interests of either Scotland or the UK.

In case you missed it last weekend, the account of the dinner was published in FAZ, a German newspaper, and can be read here:

There is a good summary in English of the main points here:

The account is obviously a leak, but it must be said, much of it rings true. The UK Government has looked increasingly out of touch with reality.

In contrast to Westminster’s Trump-esque paranoia, the EU continued to get on with business in a calm and methodical manner. More details on the Brexit negotiations have been published by the European Commission. It is worth highlighting that these negotiations will be transparent and open to public scrutiny, and that this is against the wishes of the UK Government.

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Ireland has run rings around an arrogant and confused UK Government, as this Irish Times article shows.

“I can see no sense whatever in Ireland considering following the UK out of the EU and I see no swell of opinion in Ireland pointing in that direction.” So says Daniel Mulhall, Ireland's Ambassador in London.

Sir Julian King, the EU Commissioner appointed by the UK Government, has argued that UK may have to recognise the Court of Justice of the European Union if it wishes to maintain security cooperation.

Simon Tilford has written a persuasive comment piece in the Guardian arguing that British exceptionalism is causing complacency amongst Leave advocates.

JP Morgan Chase is going to move hundreds of its London employees to offices in Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

Full details of the EU's Political Guidelines for the Brexit negotiations and the accompanying remarks of President Juncker can be read here:

Freedom of movement will continue after Brexit because a new immigration system will not be ready by the time we leave the EU, according to the Institute for Government.

Lord Kerr, the author of Article 50, thinks that this a “45% chance of no deal”.

Spain intends to focus on Spanish workers’ rights and abolishing Gibraltar’s low tax regime in the talks ahead.