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  1. Brexit: The fallout

      What's so clever about going out of your way to be awkward, with the UK's closest trade partners and neighbours?? Whatever anyone thinks about the EU, they are here to stay, and its nobody's intrests just to wind them up for the hell of it. Its particularly daft for us living in continental Europe. Whether we may like it or not, the EU will continue have a major impact on our lives in hundreds of ways. Not just getting our sandwiches confiscated in customs. It will affect all of us doing transactions with the UK, and think of all those occasions, especially here in Germany, where you get divided into EU and non-EU in various ways. We don't need an idiot like Frost throwing petrol on the flames.      
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    Trying to drum up support for Freedom of Movement  to Australia and N Zealand comes across a bit bogus to me, when those pushing for it tend to be the same people most vehement about all those Europeans taking UK British jobs, housing, pressure on the NHS etc.   I'm sure there are some nice aspects to living in Australia, but in the wider context it is an economic backwater on the opposite side of the planet.  The UK's economic and geo-political interests need to be more closely aligned with Europe. The UK remains a European country.     I hope the next UK Government, as I've given up hope with this one,  makes it a priority to re-negotiate a deal similar to the one with Switzerland or Norway.   That will make life so much easier for thousands of British businesses, and indeed millions of British individuals. Most Europeans now see Freedom of Movement as part of their birthright. The closure of borders due to Covid has brought alot of strong reactions. I can't see any Europeans wanting to keep borders closed after Covid. But thanks to Boris and his pals and Priti Patel, the British are excluded from what other Europeans take for granted.   
  3. Brexit: The fallout

      If you can read German, its not that difficult to figure out alot of written Dutch. Most words have a 'germanic' root. In fact the word Dutch is derived from Deutsch (not that Luke will thank me for pointing that out )  It also has less grammatical endings than German.    Whats quite funny is when Dutch take a word and make it sound German. Majority of the time it comes off, but when there's no equivalent, it just leaves blank expressions.   However, a Dutch friend of mine stayed in Hamburg and only spoke to everyone in Dutch, who spoke back to her in German. It seemed to work. 
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    I thought you might pick me up on cheese and tulips not being sent via the Rijnvaart. Tulpen und Kase nach Deutschland is just such a well known cliche, that I tried to work it in regardless!  I noticed that people in Rotterdam always spoke about Zuid as meaning Rotterdam-Zuid. As in, Sportclub Feijenoord is de grote vereniging uit Rotterdam Zuid!   Anyway, as I was saying, Holland is a decent country for Brits. Pity that with Brexit,  its just got alot more complicated for us to move there. 
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Ja, ja, de grotere schepen in Rotterdam-Zuid, of nu beter gezegd Europoort.   En dan Kase und Tulpen met de Rijnvaart nach Deutschland!  Ik heb voor 9 maanden in Zuid gewerkt. En gewoond in Den Haag, mooie stad achter de duinen! 
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      The Netherlands is a good choice for British companies.  They are pro-business and slightly less bureaucratic than Germany. Added to that virtually everyone understands English, even if a somewhat americanised version.  Dutch TV not so good, but very open to foreign influences, so on the cable they can pick up stations from 6 or 7 countries.   And last but not least, the Dutch generally have a very good sense of humour. 
  7. Brexit: The fallout   Boris has now switched Gove for Frost, the bloke who led the Brexit negotiations, as new Brexit minister. Boris thinks Frost is "punchier" and will take a tougher line with the EU. I think this will backfire.  The EU appreciate partners they can talk to, not those who just want to be awkward. Expect more unresolved rows, when we should be trying to work together on the basis of what both sides signed up to in the Withdrawl Agreement and the Trade deal. 
  8. Brexit: The fallout   We've sacrificed a single easily understood access rules for British artists into Europe, for an ad-hoc one depending on the whims of whichever  border officials.  In so doing, we are jeopardising livelihoods, but also inhibiting the exchange between cultures which is one of the great benefits of the EU.   The cultural history of Europe is long and rich, of which the UK has made an enormous contribution.  Who was it who said, when I hear the word "culture", I reach for my gun?    
  9. Brexit: The fallout

      One of the scariest lines he's come up with was when he was Brexit Secretary, and talking about Citizens Rights, and he said "Forgive me if I don't keep a laser-like focus on the substance".   I wonder how he might have responded if when enquiring about his own future Civil Service pension, he was told 'forgive me if I don't keep a laser-like focus on the substance" . Doesn't send out a very re-assuring message.    Another of his classics was, ' people who use food banks, have a liquidity problem'.     I think I'm happier with Boris, if it meant this bloke taking over. 
  10. Brexit: The fallout

     Wasn't there a famous economist who came up with the quote, "In the long-term, we'll all be dead". 
  11. Brexit: The fallout

          Try to close down Parliament to get Brexit bill passed without debate (until reminded by High Court that the Government also has to obey law) Refuse to publish embarassing reports about economy post Brexit By-pass local authorities to get Brexit related lorry parks in place Pretend Referendum result meant leaving Single Market and Customs Union.  PR misinformation about bumps in the road and teething problems to describe existential problems for exporters   Add to the list- No popular vote to join the CPTPP    I think most rational-thinking people will see a certain trend there, but then, maybe you're in a different category. .  
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      Sorry if its bothering you, but its the Brexit thread, and its important that the misinformation and fantasies get nailed. Maybe if a few more people had picked up on the rubbish Farage was putting out at the time, we wouldn't be where we are now.   Feel free to skip my bits!
  13. Brexit: The fallout

      I think Ursula (or her staff) did mess up by not reading the smallprint on the vaccine contracts closely enough, but if I was in the UK Government's shoes, I'd be a bit careful about being too cocky with the handling of the Covid crisis.  There's still a long way to go, with virus mutations, and lots of logistics and production issues still before us. With vaccine production plants spread around on both sides of the Channel, we are all dependant on one another, so any country who is too insistent on putting their interests above others will find the others will remember when the next time comes around.    On whether the Germans were right to co-ordinate with the rest of Europe, a number of German policticians have said, if they had have gone it alone with the vaccine rollout, (as the Germans had the capacity to do), what would be the point in a Europe which depends on trade with open borders and where loads of commuters cross into Germany every day. 
  14. Brexit: The fallout

      The fundamental point is that the EU are our neighbours whilst this CPTPP outfit is about as far away as you can get. Strategic thinking??  Why do you think countries form regional trade blocks? Do you travel to your local supermarket or use one 50 kilometres on the opposite side of the city? Or would that be strategic thinking? By the way, the EU still trades with the outside world. Weltexportmeister Germany does quite a bit of trade with China, but they are not daft enough to abandon their home market. I haven't bothered reading Liz Truss article.   I'm sure its full of the same sort of drivel other over-promoted party hacks used to sell Brexit to a gullible public. .     And by the way, when do we get a Referendum on joining this CPTPP?  Did I miss it?  Or is this something Boris and his pals have decided on our behalf, like he did on coming out of the Single Market and Customs Union.   
  15. Brexit: The fallout

      Have Switzerland got a worse deal than the UK? The lack of hassle at the Swiss border would seem to be a major plus. And hasn't the UK's negotiation on the level playing field amounted to more or less what Switzerland have got?    Freedom of movement cuts both ways. The next generation of Brits miss out on what their European counterparts take for granted. I'm not convinced there was ever a majority for stopping FoM anyway.