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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    6/ It's fair to say the legal action would be supported by member states and the European Parliament. It reflects the strength of feeling about the UK move. Luxembourg MEP  @CHansenEU , on the EP trade committee, is saying the Parliament shd postpone ratifying the TCA  
  2. Brexit: The fallout   "EU negotiating with a partner it can't trust"
  3. Coronavirus

    The data is now available for this cohort. The UK government, having the worst death rate by far in Europe and one of the highest in the world, felt compelled to gamble early. I'm delighted that the gamble paid off, but it was still a gamble! (as was the longer delay between doses, which also paid off)
  4. Brexit, New residence permits

    I reckon a lot of folks "flying under the radar" will be flushed out of the long grass. A mate of mine in the Canaries was telling me that the place used to be full of Brits who were never registered at all. They'd spend most of the year there, working cash in hand doing stuff like building work and trades or working remotely for UK companies, using a UK issued EHIC for any medical cover etc. Completely against the rules of course. Now they've all had to just go home.
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    And speaking of security, loyalist umbrella group withdraws support for GFA:   Brexit is a thundering disgrace. Anyone who voted for it should be ashamed of themselves.   It completely ignored the 800 years of British-Irish history that went before it.    Remember the goons on here telling me that NI was of no consequence to Brexit and that it would all be sorted?! Ha!  
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    Hmmm. Remember all the guff from certain posters on here that the EU badly needed the UK for security reasons?   "The failure to comply with EU law and notify member states was first discovered within Whitehall at least six years ago, and a provisional plan to update them had been drawn up at that time by the Criminal Records Office. It was not acted upon amid concerns about the “reputational impact” on Britain.
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    The unilateral action by the UK has gone down badly in Dublin and Brussels. The trade deal is yet to be ratified. MEPs may not be inclined to vote for it at all now. 
  8. Brexit, New residence permits

    Once you move outside your Gemeinde or Landkreis you're looking at a new Einwohnermeldeamt anyway so just staying inside the Land isn't likely to be of any particular benefit. At least that's the way it is in Brandenburg. My citizenship application was processed by Landkreis Havelland here in Brandenburg. If I'd moved to another Landkreis the whole process would have been interrupted or restart. I don't know which.   As to hassle moving Bundesland, most of it is trivial, informing everyone of your new address, your tax returns just go to a different office and you note the previous one on the first new return.   The car is the "biggest hassle" but you can use a registration service so you don't have to go to the Zulassungsstelle yourself if you don't want to.   Now moving a child from one education system to another can be a real problem, especially for older kids nearing Abitur.    
  9. The whole "talk" thing is not really an issue for us. We've never tried to conceal where children come from etc. It's just biology. 
  10. We basically did what MAM did. The part about secrets and not having any from mammy and daddy is crucial. Later on in life they can keep secrets but as children needing our protection they shouldn't.
  11. No Ovelha negras in your family Mike lol? (Yeah I checked wiki)      
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    The BBC isn't all that impartial. It is funded by government effectively. They can easily be defunded by an angry government. Same problem in Ireland. I think here the GEZ is at least somewhat independent of the government of the day.   Ironically I'd put more faith in Murdoch's Sky News than the BBC these days.    
  13. I agree. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day as they say.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    You'd think so but...
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    Biden pauses UK US trade deal talks to take stock and deal with Covid.   "One furious reader said: "Tell them to stick their trade deal where the sun doesn't shine!   Another said: "Why the need for a trade deal with USA? History proves they're only concerned with protecting their own interests and as usual it's their way or the highway.   "Let them keep their protectionist economy all to themselves and also their foreign policy all to themselves as well."   And another said: "We all know that the world needs the UK much more than the UK needs the world."   Just how many bridges does the average Express reader think the UK can afford to burn.