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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    Lol. The British sat in their bases in Cyprus during the 1974 invasion and subsequent occupation by Turkey and we're now expected to believe that they are essential for the security of the eastern Mediterranean.   I'm quite sure the EU could help Cyprus financially with the cost of operating the listening stations on Cyprus if that was deemed useful. That's what it's mostly about these days as warfare has gone cyber. The UK doesn't have much of an armed forces in terms of men and equipment these days and as we move away from fossil fuels our 'interest' in the middle East will wane. See their adventures with their aircraft carrier for details.   I actually agree with Trump on one thing. The EU should not be so reliant on the US and NATO as a whole for its defence against (primarily) Russian aggression (ironically where a few of the paid trolls on here 'earn' their crusts). The EU can afford to defend itself.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    With a name like Doyle I'd wager even he had Irish ancestry ;-)
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Brexit Party Ltd. calibre Tory MP really isn't helping matters:   Trump's NI envoy has today also warned about creating a border in Ireland "by accident". This is a telling tweet. It illustrates that the Irish American vote is too important to alienate.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    Ireland, Gibraltar, Cyprus. Three UK-EU borders created by British imperialism ultimately.   Whatever about Gibraltar, the continued Cyprus occupation is clearly against the will of most Cypriots and as Cyprus is a member state of the EU will also cause problems in the future, just as the Turkish occupation of Cyprus does. The UK will never be able to rejoin the EU (I expect an application in a generation or so) without forfeiting both Gibraltar and their Cyprus possessions.   Brexit has shone a spotlight on all of these things. Britain's imperial past is really coming back to bite it in the arse.   Irish America (only exists because of British treatment of Ireland during the 19th century) blocking a trade deal, MERCOSUR trade deal blocked because the Argentinian government will be demanding the return of the Malvinas before anything is signed, China 😂 (HK).   Britain should have kept its head down as a middleweight country with great influence inside the world's largest trading bloc but that wasn't enough for it.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    The 'destined to rule' Etonians in the British government are being schooled in diplomacy by the 'bogtrotters' from across the Irish sea. How very dare they?!   The Irish DFA has been one step ahead of the Brexiteers at every turn. There will be no tearing up of the GFA without serious, indeed the most serious, damage being done to the British economy.   The fools on here who insisted that the Irish border was of no consequence in all this are also being schooled. That's fun to watch.
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  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Lord Keen has offered his resignation to the British P.M. One will remember him as the government barrister defending the Scottish case brought to the UK Supreme Court.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    For now the UK is not repudiating the citizens' rights part. Give them time. 
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    No it isn't. The WA has two parties. One party hasn't made it a complete year before repudiating it!   Do you think the EU will just tolerate the UK's repudiation of the WA and uphold the terms on our side? No! As someone familiar with CH you should know what happens when a third country repudiates an agreement it has signed with the EU. The Swiss soon found out that the EU can and will retaliate when the other party breaks the deal.   The British don't get to break the agreement without consequences. What exactly the EU does remains to be seen but no Brit living in the EU based on the terms of a deal their government is currently repudiating should be concerned!
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    It's crazy. All 5 living ex-PMs are now on record in their opposition to this path. 3 Tory and 2 Labour!   You have to be doing something very wrong to unite this group in opposition to your position.   Brits should be very worried about the unprecedented path Johnson is taking your country down.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    I see the goalpost shifting has already begun!   Luna: no deal for most of us referred to the trade aspects. 
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    I think you need to try to understand what people mean by "no deal Brexit". I know Johnson and his merry band of liars have muddied the waters with claptrap like "an Australia type deal" (no deal).   No deal means no free trade agreement and trade between the UK and EU being conducted on WTO terms.   The WA has nothing to do with this specifically. The WA primarily covers citizens' rights, the divorce bill and Ireland. Even this is now in doubt as the UK prepares to repudiate the WA today in parliament.   Geoffrey Cox, former Attorney General, Brexiteer and former staunch supporter of Johnson, has publicly condemned the bill and stated he will vote against it.   No deal is now the most likely outcome. We will get to see how accurate the Brexiteers on the thread here were in their predictions of global glory for Britain. Expect lots of goalpost shifting in the new year!!
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    Or Germany for that matter?!
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    It's not just me that thinks Britain can no longer be trusted. This is what Sir John Major and Tony Blair had to say in their joint statement:   "We both opposed Brexit. We both accept it is now happening. But this way of negotiating, with reason cast aside in pursuit of ideology and cavalier bombast posing as serious diplomacy, is irresponsible, wrong in principle and dangerous in practice," they said. "It raises questions that go far beyond the impact on Ireland, the peace process and negotiations for a trade deal - crucial though they are. It questions the very integrity of our nation."