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  1. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Not usual that I go off topic but,  on the subject of private company pensions, I saw something on Tagesschau about the German government tightening up on private company pension payouts. It would seem companies are bound by legislation to pay up. Has the UK Government just lost control, or were the 'rules' not there in the first place?  
  2. BREXIT positives and negatives

    I don't think the EU would be bending over backwards to re-admit the UK were they to re-apply today. For a start, I don't think the previous budgetary rebate would be on the table, and who knows they might expect the UK to join Schengen or sign up to the euro, even if other members are not all signed up.    However, I don't think they would stand in the way of re-negotiating an arrangement similar to Switzerland's or Norway's. In fact they've been encouraging the UK to adopt that direction since the Brexit decision, even now during the stand off over NI. That would overcome so many of the post Brexit problems at a stroke, and from the EU's viewpoint, it would benefit commercially, without UK politicians getting involved in setting the EU's policies.  
  3. BREXIT positives and negatives

    That was a narrow political point about funding, when they were in a coalition government. The issue about Europe is a lot broader and more fundamental and they are not constrained by any coalition partner.. 
  4. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Some politicians try to shape public opinion (a good example are the Greens) whilst others are more inclined to just go with the flow.  Labour is a mixed bag, but I'd be more disappointed in parties like the Lib Dems, not sticking up for their clear principled views on Europe.  You don't need to be Einstein to fathom out that Brexit has been a bit of a disaster, even if has been somewhat camouflaged by Covid. Surely they can do more than just relying on the Scots Nats to spell out how it is? 
  5. BREXIT positives and negatives

    They need to be a bit braver.  There is now a clear majority back in the UK that realise Brexit was a mistake. 
  6. BREXIT positives and negatives

      And that's only one industry. Spare a thought for all the others that have frequent dealings with Europe. Labour, the Lib Dems and the other opposition parties need to make this a central political issue.   
  7. BREXIT positives and negatives

      That Johnson sees returning crowns to pint glasses as a "key Brexit success" , or indeed celebrations about re-introducing imperial measures, shows how deranged these people are.  Is there anywhere else in the world where people celebrate re-focussing their economies back to past centuries?    BTW beware of politican use of the term "common sense". In practice it means, whatever I think.      
  8. BREXIT positives and negatives

    I'm not expecting any miracles from her, like getting the UK back into the Single Market, as Rees-Mogg and the other hardcore wackos would never allow that. But if she could just repair some of the PR damage to the UK from Frost's disastrous stint in charge, that would be something.  Then hopefully the UK won't have to wait too long before getting rid of her and the rest of the shower.  
  9. BREXIT positives and negatives

      To be replaced by Liz Truss.  Oh well, I suppose we have to be grateful it isn't Rees-Mogg. Would be nice if she's as flexible negotiating with the EU as with Australia, but I somehow doubt it. 
  10. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Wow! That's a cause for celebration. I see Frost was CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association so maybe I'll have one on him.  
  11. What's the issue with dual nationality?

      Only if you'd been living in Germany for 8 years by the time of Brexit. Otherwise you lose the right for dual nationality. 
  12. BREXIT positives and negatives

    Presumably the same rules apply to operators here in Europe as well. 
  13. What's the issue with dual nationality?

    On balance dual nationality has to be good if you want feel part of and want to participate in the society in which you are living.  Losing my British nationality has stopped me up to now, but if that's no longer an issue, I'd probably go ahead and do the deed.    At the same time, you need to be aware that having a second nationality has implications for things like taxation, inheritance or even military service, were it to be re-introduced. 
  14. BREXIT positives and negatives

      The gift was valued at £10 on the form, and I've tracked a 12 digit figure on the DHL sticker, so I'll take it from there!   Thanks for your help Murph!  And the Best of luck to all the thousands of Brits and others having to find out for themselves. Pity we can't send the bill direct to Boris!   
  15. BREXIT positives and negatives

      Thanks Murph,  I assume the Einfuhrumsatzsteuer is the full €15. and I'm able to claim because its a gift   I may just do that, if the bureaucratic exercise is 'relatively' straight forward.