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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Who knows. So, for the UK " the ability to negotiate for ourselves it in itself a positive" But for the EU "If the EU wants better terms in trade agreements then it will need to compromise more" It's a positive for the UK but a compromise for the EU?? How do you work that one out?
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    And every 400 pages, like clockwork, some pedant comes on and aimlessly points this out to everybody.
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    The EU doesn't have any trade relationship with the UK. It's also never had another big economy on it's doorstep before. OK, a trade war may be putting it too strong. But it seems naïve to expect the EU to simply sit back and allow the UK to snaffle up preferential export tariffs.
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    I wasn't wilfully ignoring them. It's really just a question of time and energy. The UK imports literally millions of products each year. Call me lazy, but I just couldn't be bothered to list all of them in my post. I'm talking about exports cos you were talking about tariffs. It's not fabricated. They're a real thing, honestly. Exports are products that a country produces but then ships abroad to sell to other countries. Google it.
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    OK well, imports don't really matter too much. Yes we'll have cheaper Bananas. They cost 22p at the moment, but they'll be cheaper so we'll all be taking to the streets to celebrate that one. That will clearly be a benefit of Brexit. The worry is around exports. The EU is hardly likely to look on and do nothing if other countries start giving the UK preferential deals for exports which undercut EU tariffs.. Are they? Don't you think that the EU and the UK will be competitors in the post-Brexit world? Who's gonna win that trade war?
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Well, couldn't they threaten other countries with increased tariffs if they agree to give the UK a preferential deal?
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    That was based on the hard Brexit that the Government were seemingly pursuing at that time. It's called "scenario planning". You state the conditions of your scenario (eg hard Brexit) and you then make your predictions based on the assumptions that you make in that scenario. You do know that we've not left the EU yet? Could this still happen?. Unless there's an international law to prohibit it, I'd say it was more likely, rather than less, that France will allow illegal migrants from the middle-east to travel on to the UK? Belguim and Holland too?
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Thanks yes. What a cafuffle. Only Labour can self-flagilate like this... Real shame as she sounds like a decent MP as well...
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    ? Not heard about this... what is all this?
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Well, many apologies for not commenting on things that you "never said" in your post. My mind-reading skills aren’t what they used to be. But yes, good point: the UK has switched to a more quality manufacturing market. Which is good for the economy - but with for example the pottery you mention - that's probably much less labour intensive than the industries we lost to overseas markets? So not much of a consolation for the communities which lost their main source of jobs in places like Scunthorpe…
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    And the Oscar for "Sweeping Generalisation" goes to... British industry declined for many reasons - but above all else it was simply because it become cheaper to make stuff elsewhere. Eg China. The problem wasn't really the decline in BritishIndustrial output per se, this was a consequence of free market economics. The problem was the lack of state responsibility to pick up the communities hit by the closure of manufacturing plants in Britain's industrial heartlands.
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    Salisbury, Skripal, Poison and Russia.

    It's a good point. I think though the most likely explanation is that this 'hit' has been botched. I'm sure the Russians would of wanted this done quietly as you say. http://uk.businessinsider.com/list-alleged-russian-assassinations-in-britain-litvinenko-2018-3?r=US&IR=T Not that i'm an expert on nerve agents - but I expect that once administered the victims should just go home and die quietly a couple of hours later. Somebody has messed this up, and is probably already wearing a pair of concrete shoes at the bottom of Lake Baikal.
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    What frustrates me is the lack of joined-up thinking in Government. With one hand, the Govt are saying that they want to close the Gender pay gap, but with the other they’re reducing the childcare services that would help working mothers...
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    Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Who you can't name... Which you can't quote... ... because no-one's said it. ... and no-one is claiming it. Good point well made.
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