Bill Austin: The Brexit borders debate is a red herring – What matters is whether you control your tax system, or let corporations run wild
Customs expert with over 30 years experience in the UK and worldwide, Bill Austin argues that Brexit is an attempt to undermine revenue and customs collection to serve unbridled corporate power, but that there is a chance for an independent Scotland to have a tax system among the world’s best
WE NEED to explain to Scotland’s electorate, but particularly No voters, the consequences to their day-to-day lives of the catastrophic Brexit fraud concurrent with demonstrable evidence of how to protect our society through Independence in the EU. No problem, right?
In the face of a 'cluster-mess', what are the roads ahead for Scotland’s Brexit opposition?
CommonSpace considers the responses of pro-EU politicians and activists to the UK’s Brexit chaos
WITH PRIME Minister Theresa May’s government in turmoil over Brexit and its ability to agree a deal which both the EU and MPs can get behind, what options remain for Scotland to avoid what SNP MP Angus MacNeil described as a “cluster-mess”?
Bill Austin: I've been in Customs for 30 years and I agree with Boris - May's Chequers plan is a turd
Bill Austin, former HM Revenue & Customs officer for 30 years and current Customs international consultant, argues that Theresa May’s Chequers plan would create a Customs blackhole, leading to massive smuggling of goods and lost revenues for the UK and EU
'Fantasy': MSP blasts Corbyn's big Brexit speech as Labour leader ignores Scotland
The Labour leader laid out his Brexit plans on Monday morning promising a "jobs first Brexit"
UK LABOUR LEADER Jeremy Corbyn has said he would negotiate a "bespoke relationship" with access to the customs union and the single market after Brexit in a major new speech – which mentioned Scotland only twice.
Sottish Greens MSP Ross Greer criticised the speech, saying Corbyn’s promise of a jobs first Brexit was a “fantasy”.
Bill Austin: Why the UK's Brexit customs paper is a fantastical wish-list
Former customs officer Bill Austin says the UK is completely unprepared for its customs responsibilities post-Brexit
THIS brief perspective on the Westminster governments’ recently released Brexit customs arrangements is based on a 40-year career principally with HM Customs and Excise and, subsequently, as a customs manager across Europe and Africa.
James McEnaney: Damn the consequences, damn the future - a hard, angry, xenophobic Brexit it is
CommonSpace columnist James McEnaney says Theresa May's Brexit plan gives Scotland a mandate for a second independence referendum
IT may have taken 207 days (enough time to walk from London to Paris via Brussels, Warsaw, Athens and Rome) but Theresa May has finally confirmed what anyone with an ounce of sense already knew: Brexit means hard Brexit.
“Utterly unbelievable”: Backlash as Labour frontbench vote with Tories against protecting customs union
Division in Labour as MPs whipped to vote against backbench amendment
THE LABOUR PARTY’S disunity over its Brexit policy came to the fore last night as party whips ordered MPs to vote against or abstain on a backbench amendment to the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill to keep the UK in the customs union, although remaining in the customs union has been the stated Labour party policy.
Had the amendment passed, taxes would not have been charged on imports to the UK after leaving the EU, which would effectively keep the UK in the customs union.