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Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed

BBC Radio 4

As the UK prepares to begin leaving the EU, what are the key deals to be done? Chris Morris cuts through the jargon to discover how everyone's lives could change.



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Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 8, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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Where might Brexit be taking the UK? Chris Morris takes a look beyond the daily news frenzy. As well as the withdrawal agreement currently being negotiated, there are much bigger questions now in play. What sort of economy, society and international links could the UK have? Journeying into this new world he discovers the possible destinations, the dramas to come why some are still clinging to the cheese sandwich theory of referendums. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 7, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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Britain's EU membership has shaped the way its security agencies and police co-operate with counterparts across Europe. Chris Morris discovers how Brexit might affect this. How far will co-operation continue as before, especially in key fields such as counter-terrorism? Will access to key databases be lost, and will the transfer of data be more difficult? And will extradition be affected? Producer: Viv Jones Editor: Hugh Levinson
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 6, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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Could hundreds of thousands of EU citizens find themselves living in Britain illegally after Brexit? Free movement is one of the key aspects of the European Union's single market. It means that anyone from any of the other 27 EU countries has been free to come to Britain and look for work and British citizens are able to exercise a similar right in those countries. But as the prime minister has constantly emphasised, when Britain leaves the EU, free movement will end. Chris Morris discovers...
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 5, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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Hardly mentioned during the referendum campaign, the question of a hard border in Ireland has become crucial in the Brexit process. Chris Morris discovers how economics, politics and history all play a role in making this border so sensitive as the UK leaves the EU. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 4, 2019 BBC Radio 4
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All the Brexit political noise leaves many asking - why has all this proved so tricky and taken so long? Continuing the series that's followed the twists, turns and quirkier moments in the Brexit saga, Chris Morris discovers what's really shaped the process. While the politics has dominated the headlines, what have we also learned about the deeper change the UK is now making? Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 23, 2018 BBC Radio 4
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The UK will formally leave the EU next year. But much of the current negotiation is about a 'transition' or 'implementation' phase which could last years. Chris Morris discovers what will actually change on 'Brexit Day' 2019, and why so much is still to be decided. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 22, 2018 BBC Radio 4
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So much emphasis in the Brexit debate has been on financial services and the City of London. But Chris Morris in the Midlands discovers a largely hidden story - of a region and an economy where much more is at stake for millions in Britain. Why is the fate of manufacturing services so vital to the post-Brexit future? Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 21, 2018 BBC Radio 4
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Far away from the main Brexit negotiations in London and Brussels are the British Overseas Territories. Dots on the global map whose people may be strongly affected - and who are struggling to make their voices heard. Chris Morris travels to Gibraltar to see what's at stake, and discovers too a hidden but vital Brexit story in the Caribbean Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 20, 2018 BBC Radio 4
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Brexit and food - Chris Morris discovers what leaving the EU could mean for the British baked potato. How might Brexit affect the food we buy, and what it might cost? And why could post Brexit food fights break out between different parts of the UK? Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 19, 2018 BBC Radio 4
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Brexit will mark a major change in how medicines and medical research is regulated in the UK. That could affect everything from the supply of medicine to what kind of research is done. Chris Morris explores the anxieties and opportunities created by this change. Producer: Chris Bowlby.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Nov 10, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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How long will Brexit take? Could it happen suddenly, might it take many years, maybe never end? With all kinds of outcomes and transitions being discussed, Chris Morris asks whether we now know where the Brexit journey could take us Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Nov 9, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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What will Brexit mean for Ireland? It could affect much more than just the border. Chris Morris visits Dublin and discovers the implications for the rich and complex British-Irish relationship. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Nov 8, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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The European atomic energy community, Euratom, deals with the peaceful use of nuclear energy. It's not technically part of the EU. So why is Britain leaving it - and what are the implications of the decision to leave? We hear about the crucial role Euratom plays in the nuclear energy industry, as well as its oversight of the nuclear material required for medical purposes. Plus, there's Euratom part in a hugely important nuclear fusion research project. Experts on nuclear material are anxious...
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Nov 7, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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Return of the series that explains - in surprising ways - what's really at stake with Brexit. Immigration was a big referendum issue. With free movement from the EU set to come to an end, the UK will need an entirely new immigration policy. There have been leaks, hints, and proposals, but so far nothing concrete. Chris Morris asks what's really going to happen with immigration. Producer: Ben Crighton Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Nov 6, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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Return of the series that explains what is really at stake with Brexit. Chris Morris begins by discovering who could be in control when the final deal is done.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 17, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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What might Donald Trump mean for Brexit? Will the new US President offer Britain a vital new ally as it leaves the EU? Or will the president's attitudes towards Europe complicate the Brexit process - and trade pose problems for Theresa May? Chris Morris investigates how we now have to navigate a new global universe.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 16, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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Will the City of London - Britain's golden goose - have its wings clipped by Brexit? Chris Morris discovers a financial fairy tale surrounding a vital question. Many EU countries say they hope to win some of the City's lucrative business after Britain leaves the EU. But does Europe fear harming what will remain a vital asset for the whole continent? Producer: Chris Bowlby Researcher: Dearbhail Starr.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 15, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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The Scottish government says it wants to stay closer to the EU than England after Brexit. What could this mean in practice? Chris Morris investigates - with the help of a glass of claret, a fishing excursion and a brain-stretching session of neuropolitics. Producer: Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson Reseacher: Dearbhail Starr.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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Could Brexit send UK trade off a cliff edge? Chris Morris discovers what's at stake as the UK extracts itself from the EU. What if there's no deal on new trade arrangements when Brexit happens? Producers: Shabnam Grewal and Chris Bowlby Researcher: Dearbhail Starr.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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When the UK leaves the EU, will travel to and from Europe change? Will low-cost airlines find it more expensive to do business and pass on the costs to us? Will we have to factor in the cost of a visa and the hassle of getting one, just to cross the Channel? And even if we do, does it matter? Or are these things just a price worth paying for controlling our borders and blocking the free movement of people? To find out how things could go, Chris Morris takes his own journey - into the future....
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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When the UK negotiates Brexit, who will be on the other side of the table? The answer's complex. Chris Morris reports on the complicated range of interests on the EU side who will have a say in settling a deal on Britain's departure - with domestic elections across the Continent playing a key role. And find out why there could be scorpions.... Producers: Shabnam Grewal, Chris Bowlby Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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Chris Morris takes a road trip through Cornwall to find out if Brexit would mean the loss of nearly half a billion pounds in subsidies, and if so, how the region would cope. Cornwall is one of the poorest areas in England and so qualifies for EU regional subsidies. Its people also voted overwhelmingly for Brexit. Chris meets a pasty maker who benefited from subsidies and voted to remain, while his friend, a dairy farmer, voted to leave. He asks voices from business, academia and local...
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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How much will it cost the UK to leave the European Union? Chris Morris investigates with the help of a top divorce lawyer and an expert on the financial facts. He draws up a list of assets to be divvied up and the ongoing maintenance payments which may need to be made. It could add up to around £50 or £60 billion and the EU seems determined to extract payment. Will it all end in tears? Producers: Shabnam Grewal, Chris Bowlby Researcher: Dearbhail Starr.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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After Brexit, what happens to all those EU rules and regulations? Chris Morris discovers how Britain will face will undergo an extraordinary legal revolution. Many of the country's laws will be rewritten, and all kinds of new agencies created to police them. What will this mean in practice, how long might it take, and what has Henry VIII got to do with it? Producer: Chris Bowlby Researcher: Dearbhail Starr Editor: Hugh Levinson.
Brexit: A Guide for the Perplexed
Feb 14, 2017 BBC Radio 4
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How could things change for British expats and EU nationals in the UK after Brexit? Chris Morris meets a community worker who advises Poles living in Britain and takes part in a radio phone-in on a station which broadcasts to British expats in Europe. It seems that people on both sides of the channel share similar views. Some are worried about their pensions and healthcare while others think little will change. The experts appear to think a deal will be done to protect both the migrants and the...