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About murphaph

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  1. Brexit: The fallout

    I read a funny statistic today. The UK needs to very rapidly hire and train 50k people just to complete customs declarations while the "bloated EU" employs a total of 48k people for all 27 member states.
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    Jeremy, the EU didn't exist when the UK joined the EEC! Also, your conspiracy theory doesn't explain why the UK electorate ratified Heath's decision 2 years later.
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    I suppose if you don't think you'll be exporting much to the EU you can spare all that training lol.
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    You've never heard of Peter Foster, smellfire?   He's a Daily Torygraph correspondent!    
  5. Brexit: The fallout

    The terrifying reality is that nobody in Whitehall is listening to British business leaders at all:
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    It's all just fluff from the UK side...
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    2,000 people died because a French pharmaceutical company was dishonest? That's genuinely awful. How many die every year in the US from opioid overdose? 70,000.   The origin of that crisis? US pharmaceutical companies being dishonest about the addictive properties of their opioid products.
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    Safer than the US does not mean we have no food safety scares. We have significantly fewer though and you are far more likely to catch a food borne illness in the US than the EU.   I can find individual scares in the US too. They are meaningless in isolation. What matters is the big picture.   By the way, chlorine washing doesn't actually work reliably. It's not a catch all.   Also, you forget that far from all the chicken consumed in the UK is labelled at all as it's served in restaurants and so on. Best of luck avoiding chlorine washed meat in your local take away.    
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    Is 'dramatic' your new favourite word smellfire? You are really tiresome.
  10. Brexit: The fallout

    The UK is already saying it could walk away from the negotiations in June if they are not going the way the UK would like (lots of having cake and eating it).   I think they have and had no intention of agreeing a deal and Cummings and Johnson are just setting things up so the EU can be blamed for no deal.
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    It did. In 1986 or earlier when food safety was a purely national competence of the member states of the then EEC. The EU would not come into existence until 1993.   The European Food Safety Authority was founded as an agency of the EU later still in 2002 so the UK can take all the credit for BSE.   In fact it was Thatcher's deregulation spree that led to it as the regulations around rendering (infected) animals into meat and bone meal were relaxed. The rendering temperature could be reduced and the disease make it through the process into the finished animal feed. Previously it had been destroyed. Go Torys!
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    Johnson talking shit if course. Americans are significantly more likely to contract food borne illnesses than we are here in the EU.    US food is safe compared to some other places but not as safe as ours.   Cue some posts about horsemeat from Romania negating all the good things the EU does to maintain food standards.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    Interesting speech by Barnier at his Alma mater...   One excerpt:   During its 47 years of membership, the UK built up a privileged position in a number of strategic areas: financial services, of course, but also as a regulatory and certification hub, and a major entry point into the EU single market. In great part, this was made possible by the fact that the UK was an EU Member State, within the single market. But the UK has decided to leave this single market, the customs union, and all the EU's international agreements. It no longer wishes to participate to our common ecosystem of rules, supervision and enforcement mechanisms. This choice will have consequences as of 1January 2021, even if we reach a deal with the UK on our future relationship. ... 1/ First of all, regarding imports from the UK: On 1 January 2021, whatever the outcome of the negotiation, there will be checks and controls on all UK goods entering the single market – as there are for any third country. The EU must be able to assess risks on any product coming into its market and, if necessary, activate physical controls.These checks are particularly important given the UK's position as a major entry point into the single market. As part of these checks, we will need to pay the greatest attention to the rules of origin that we will put in our trade agreement. Of course we love made in Britain! But we must have guarantees that the goods we import from the UK – tariff- and quota-free – really are British. We cannot take the risk that the UK becomes an assembly hub for goods from all over the world, allowing them to enter the single market as British goods. 2/ Second example: financial services: As of 1 January 2021, UK firms will lose the benefit of the financial services passport. Indeed, no firm from a country outside the Single market has such a passport. This means that UK financial services firms will no longer be able to offer their services in all EU Member States based on their UK authorisation. Those UK financial institutions that want to continue working in all certainty across the Single Market know that they can establish themselves in an EU Member State. For the rest, in a number of sectors, such as in the area of Credit Rating Agencies, the EU will have the possibility to grant equivalences. We will do so when it is in the interest of the EU; our financial stability; our investors and our consumers. But these equivalences will never be global nor permanent. Nor will they be subject to joint management with the UK. They are, and will remain, unilateral decisions. I read in the Financial Times recently that London must retain its primacy as a hub for wholesale financial markets without becoming a rule-taker of European regulation. As a former Commissioner in charge of financial services, allow me to question that. Why should we accept that the profits stay in London while the EU carries the risks? The UK may not want to be a rule-taker. But we do not want to be the risk-taker. When the next financial crisis strikes, who will foot the bill? I doubt the UK will foot it for the EU. That is why the EU must take the responsibility for its financial regulation, supervision and stability. 3/ Third example: the authorisation and certification of goods for circulation in the EU Single Market. As of 1 January 2021, as a third country, the UK will no longer be able to grant marketing authorisations for pharmaceuticals or type-approvals for cars for the EU market. In addition, goods certified by UK bodies will no longer be allowed to be placed on the EU market. Indeed, the EU cannot accept, whatever the sector, to be reliant on the UK – as a third country that is no longer participating in the internal market – for key regulatory, supervisory and certification tasks. Especially when we are talking about very large volumes. And even more so when we are talking about critical products, such as medical devices. Aside from possible supply risks, this would raise enforcement issues. That is why these functions must be carried out in the EU in the future.
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    Yep. Cars for the British market will come with sunglasses as standard for those sunlit uplands.
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    EU governments taking note of the apparent lack of action with regards to the Northern Ireland protocol in the WA...   The UK government seems to forget that with English being the Lingua Franca of the EU that their messages for internal consumption are not exactly top secret!