Mackle

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    @john g., @RedMidge, that's quite fascinating stuff because it really does show how those today who consider themselves British (or at least English) are ancestrally anything but.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

      I was making this point to a work colleague earlier; along with the thing that I have been told by some Welsh people (and I have no idea about how true it is) about how they are the "true Britons" because they were in the country before 1066...
  3. Brexit: The fallout

      I have to admit, I am probably one of these people; I had a job in the UK, and obtained an internal transfer to Germany, and all of my colleagues here in Germany have at least a degree, whereas I didn't even finish college.   My understanding of the residency title / permit here is that if I was a non-EU citizen, my employer would have to justify hiring me over an EU-canidate (likely with a degree!) and that would be quite a hard sell!   Interestingly enough, and you may say @BMurphy "quite rightly so", but I was informed at the recent British Open Evening in Frankfurt by a representative from the local ABH, that as I have been here for two years, my post-Brexit residency title will be a conditional Aufenthaltserlaubnis - with the condition being "Beschäftigung erlaubt als  <current job title> im <Current Empoyer>" for the next two years.  And if I wanted to change jobs AFTER the three/nine/etc. month transition period has ended, then "full non-Eu Aufenhaltserlaubnis requirements" would apply.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    I see that on Oct 10th there is one of these FCO Brexit meetings in Frankfurt, I think I'll try and get a ticket.   After the description of the most recent FCO event, I wonder if anyone from DExEU is even going to turn up this time.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    Just seem the press conferences between Varadkar and Johnson; I certainly get the impression that he is not for turning.   It will be interesting what comes of these "all Island solutions" that have been muted over the last few days; with the chaos in Parliament, is DUP support really that crucial now? If the general mood in Northern Ireland is that an NI-only backstop is an acceptable solution, perhaps that gives a deal that the rebel alliance and Labour brexiteers can just about get over the line without needing the DUP?
  6. Brexit: The fallout

      I think I said something about this many pages ago - basically someone I know in the UK went to one of the hustings, and this suggestion was being muted back then as the solution, so this idea is definitely not new!   Presumably if Johnson does suggest this, he does it knowing full well that Ireland (or indeed any of the other EU countries) could never agree to such - so it would simply be a case of him playing to the gallery, like a less overtly confrontational Trump...
  7. Brexit: The fallout

      There have also been some legal people saying that it can retrospectively happen too (especially with a new Government).
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    So looks like an election is coming... Labour can really appear to be putting country before party if they put getting no deal legislation above getting an election
  9.   This looks like something lifted from a tourism guide, but fair play to you if you wrote that.   Have to be honest, I very much like living in Frankfurt, I don't find it (or the region in general) a dull place at all. I do have enormous difficulty persuading friends to visit here though - maybe it's the idea of visiting me rather than Frankfurt that puts them off 
  10. I usually don't mind going for runs, but I'm in Enkheim/Fechenheim area and not near Nordend!
  11. Brexit: The fallout

      There are some strange ones in there... Sam Allardyce eating a pie... and no idea what Neil Warnock is doing there? Danny Dyer looking at David Cameron, brilliant!  Aaron Banks looks to have a central role in this picture too
  12. Brexit: The fallout

      Hey I'm sure there is nothing wrong with Estonian females! 
  13. Brexit: The fallout

      It would be another area where he can claim that the Democrats had acted against him I guess
  14. Brexit: The fallout

      Absolutely right - unfortunately, because Cameron first of all expected to be in coalition with the Lib Dems again if Tusk is to be believed, and then on winning a majority believed that the country would vote to remain, meant that issues which should have been solved before a referendum took place, were never even considered. 
  15. If only this was Frankfurt! Although I've only played computer-based D&D like Neverwinter Nights and Knights of the Old Republic...
  16. Brexit: The fallout

      Oh absolutely.  But Hannan is all too happy to appear on US television spouting conspiracy theories and all sorts of other shite. In some ways, I think he is worse than Farage - everyone knows what Farage is, but Hannan gets wheeled out as some respectable, intelligent, politician from a long established mainstream party, and lends perceived credibility to his viewpoint.
  17. Brexit: The fallout

    Well, if it’s not my old mate Daniel Hannan talking shite...   https://apple.news/AUG2ZifHMNOSsLmiz83OA4g
  18. Brexit: The fallout

      They are probably quite anonymous so it doesn't really matter :P
  19. Brexit: The fallout

      That really would be something... Johnson wins a general election and then reverts to the original idea of a customs border down the Irish sea, and sells it as an improved Withdrawal Agreement.   Would that be the first step towards Northern Ireland leaving the UK?
  20. Brexit: The fallout

      Fully agree. It's fighting a general election on a Brexit ticket. Why else have Dominic Cummings in there?
  21. Brexit: The fallout

        This is what I am thinking. EU refuse to drop the backstop, says "Okay no deal", Parliament says no to no deal, and then goes to the electorate with a people vs the elites campaign spearheaded by Dominic Cummings. 
  22. Brexit: The fallout

      This is a very good point. We've already had Wilbur Ross and Woody Johnson from the US, calling for US agri to be at the forefront of any deal, and from the UK first of all it was Daniel Hannon's mini-TTIP proposal (ironic considering that he was very anti the original EU-US TTIP), and now Boris Johnson in his very first PM speeches talking about abolishing rules about GMO crops.
  23. Brexit: The fallout

      A friend, or rather, acquaintance of mine went to one of the hustings. Something that he said was being talked about by some members (so I hasten to add not the candidates) was that a GFA compliant solution to avoiding a hard border, was that in light of Ireland being both an Ireland and not being in Schengen, that Irish ports / airports could be where the customs frontier is rather than checking between North and South.   I have no idea if that's even legal, or if it just shows the idiots that are making up the Tory membership
  24. Brexit: The fallout

    Interesting article on Reuter’s, suggesting there maybe some room for compromise:-   https://apple.news/AszKqHqeMTIO8oDA4vkv5HQ
  25. What do you do when you feel down or anxious?

    When I feel down, I watch the Blues Brothers (the original, not the sequel).   That probably doesn't help anyone else, but it's worked for me...