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Re: Brexit News

Post by Witness » Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:05 am

From September a strange document:
The Guardian wrote:Britain cannot easily dismiss Japanese Brexit warning letter

The Japanese government’s letter setting out its Brexit demands is deeply troubling to the UK since it is clear Japanese companies want Theresa May to negotiate a deal that leaves Britain not just in the EU customs union, and single market, but also retains a free flow of workers between the EU and the UK.

The British government could not possibly accede to these demands if May’s mantra that Brexit means Brexit is to mean anything. Yet the Japanese requests – set out in a 15-page memo – are likely to become the benchmark by which many countries with strong economic ties to the UK will judge the outcome of the talks.

Above all, the Japanese memo underlines that the UK is not only negotiating bilaterally with the EU commission and council of ministers, but with many other foreign firms that have invested in the UK, each of which is quite capable of upping sticks in the next phase of their investment cycle.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... -letter-eu

And a recent comment:
The Independent wrote:You should read Japan's Brexit note to Britain — it's brutal
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/busi ... 33396.html with link to the relevant PDF/letter/memo

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Grammatron » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:12 am

There have been several letters, I have read the latest. None are brutal, but very cold list of issues Japan business are concerned with and would to be well informed of all the dealings in the negotiation and ample time to adjust to new rules whenever they may arise. .

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Doctor X » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:21 am

We should 黙殺 it.

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Witness » Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:04 pm

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In other news:
Bank of America Chooses Dublin as Post-‘Brexit’ European Hub

LONDON — Bank of America said on Friday that it had chosen Dublin as its future European Union hub, the latest major financial services firm to outline its plans to deal with Britain’s departure from the 28-nation bloc.

Many banks and financial firms have concentrated their European operations in London, taking advantage of deep and liquid markets as well as the wide variety of support industries that have built up in the British capital, including accountants and lawyers. But those companies now face the distinct possibility that they may no longer be able to serve European clients from London after Britain leaves the bloc.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/21/busi ... rexit.html

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:48 am

But of course B of A will not be pulling out of the UK entirely, just moving their EU office.
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Re: Brexit News

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:52 am

Poor Theresa had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Britain's Theresa May Had To Give A Major Speech. It Didn't Go Well

The scene might have seemed comic had it not been so excruciating to watch.

"Bloody hell!" exclaimed one audience member
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Re: Brexit News

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:18 am

Are they out yet? :?
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Re: Brexit News

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:58 am

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Are they out yet? :?
No. If everything goes according to schedule, they will formally be out around March of 2019.

They are now in a kind of "negotiation phase" of negotiating some kind of new status with the EU.
Things to be determined by the negotiation include whether they will remain in the common market or out. And there is a "divorce bill" to be paid, the exact amount of which remains to be determined. They have 2 years to complete the agreement, of which half a year has already passed.
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Re: Brexit News

Post by Anaxagoras » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:28 am

Not exactly about Brexit, but this one made me scratch my head:

Theresa May to select new defence secretary after Michael Fallon quits over Westminster sex scandal

The "sex scandal" in question:
Theresa May is set to select a new Defence Secretary after Sir Michael Fallon became the first scalp of the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster.

The Tory veteran resigned on Wednesday evening, admitting that his behaviour had "fallen below the high standards required" in the role.

The resignation leaves the Prime Minister facing a reshuffle and deprives her of one of her most experienced and trusted colleagues.

Sir Michael's shock announcement came after it emerged he had repeatedly put his hand on a journalist's knee until she threatened to punch him at a dinner in 2002.
The 2002 Tory party conference incident involved radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer, who reacted with shock to the resignation.

"If this is over kneegate, him touching my knee 15 years ago and me not having any issue with it today, this is the most insane, absurd and ridiculous resignation of a Cabinet minister ever," she told Sky News.
Even the woman whose knee he touched thinks it's absurd.

Unless perhaps there's another shoe that's about to drop.
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Re: Brexit News

Post by Doctor X » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:38 am

Interesting.

Even without tentac[Stop that!--Ed.]

There is, for good reason, a heightened sense of awareness for harassment. I would never put my hand on a woman's knee unless I am trying to "make a move," and he bloody well should have known that. The question is, was that a mistake he made 15 years ago, or part of a pattern. If the latter, I expect that to come out.

As for the reporter, if you interviewed her, at the time, she probably had a more severe opinion. Or, she could have been like Hall of Fame sportswriter Jackie MacMullen who has spoken frankly about how male sportswriters and player "just assumed" she was around to be approached. To complain, publicly, then might have ended her career.

But this is politics, and rational thinking rarely comes to play.

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Re: Brexit News

Post by asthmatic camel » Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:50 pm

Hmmmm. I strongly suspect that Fallon took an early bath because the "hand on knee" incident is the tip of a shitburg.

Watch this space as the UK media goes for the Conservative party jugular.

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Witness » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:33 pm

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Giz » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:20 am

Witness wrote:Image

"I keep them but you pay the alimony!"
the EU will be ok. They have the million+ lawyers, doctors, Ph.D. Etc, refugees to help their aging workforce.

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Dec 14, 2017 3:48 pm

The real connection between Brexit and Trump being president.

Both were caused by Russian trolls on Facebook. :o

Russia-linked accounts were active on Facebook ahead of Brexit
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The Russia-linked troll farm that used Facebook to target Americans during last year’s election was also active in the UK ahead of the Brexit vote, the social media company has admitted.

In a letter to the Electoral Commission, Facebook said accounts associated with the Internet Research Agency spent $0.97 for three ads in the days before the EU referendum. These ads appeared on approximately 200 news feeds in the UK before the country voted to leave the EU last year.

For months the social media company has sidestepped questions from MPs and\njournalists about Russian interference through its platform in the UK.

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Brexiteers plot to install ‘dream team’ at No 10: ...

Post by Skeeve » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:00 pm

Brexiteers plot to install ‘dream team’ at No 10: Boris Johnson, Michael Gove — and Jacob Rees-Mogg as chancellor
Theresa May will face a coup that would install a “dream team” of “three Brexiteers” if she persists with plans to keep Britain in a customs union with the European Union, Tory MPs warned last night.

Eurosceptics contacted Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, on Friday and urged him to agree a pact that would see Michael Gove, the environment secretary, become his deputy prime minister and Jacob Rees-Mogg — the shop steward of the backbench Brexiteers — appointed chancellor if the prime minister is forced out.

While encouraging MPs to “rally round” May, Johnson also told one of the plotters that he would be “ready” for a future contest. He vowed that the “cavalry is coming” to block the customs union plan when May’s Brexit…
The rest is, alas, behind a pay wall...however the Daily Fail also has an article....

Coup plot to install Brexit 'dream team' and oust May:...
Theresa May could be ousted from No10 and replaced by a 'Brexiteer dream team' if she tries to keep Britain in a ­customs union with the EU, Tory MPs have reportedly warned.

Eurosceptics are plotting to install Boris Johnson as PM with Michael Gove as his deputy and Jacob Rees-Mogg as Chancellor if Mrs May goes soft on Brexit.

Mr Johnson is said to have told one of the plotters that the 'cavalry is coming' and he stands 'ready' to swoop in.
The Tories are deeply divided over their negotiating strategy ahead of crunch meeting of Mrs May's Brexit war Cabinet later this week.

Brexiteers fear the PM is paying too much heed to Remain-backers including Chancellor Philip Hammond and will try to push for the UK to stay in a customs union with the EU.

They warn this would seriously hamper Britain's ability to sign free trade deals with other countries around the world.

News of the plot is a major blow to the authority of the PM and comes just 24 hours before she hosts chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at No10 for lunch.
Meanwhile, senior Tory Bernard Jenkin accused ministers of being 'vague and divided' around Brexit.
May bear some watching...
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Re: Brexit News

Post by Skeeve » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:12 am

Don’t break up Britain, May warns EU leaders
Theresa May will warn Brussels not to use Brexit to break up the UK in a “robust” fightback against its insistence that Northern Ireland must remain in a customs union.

The EU will today publish a new draft withdrawal agreement demanding that Mrs May sign up to legal commitments preventing a hard border in Ireland even if that means customs checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

It also states that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) must have the power to “interpret and enforce” the agreement against British objections.
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Eight Tory MPs have signed an amendment that threatens to force Mrs May to seek a customs union. One, Dominic Grieve, made clear that he would not be swayed by accusations that he was helping Labour into power. “Jeremy Corbyn’s speech is a mixture of cynical political advantage and woolly thinking . . . But he has cottoned on to an important issue — that our ability to trade without tariffs or an inspection regime with our European partners is critical to the future of our sales of our manufactured goods,” he said.
Seems more internal than EU though...
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Re: Brexit News

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:02 am

Not directly Brexit, but it won't help:
EU gives Britain two months to pay 2.7 bn euros over China fraud

The EU on Monday gave Britain two months to recover 2.7 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in lost customs duties or risk referral to the EU's top court after London allegedly ignored a scam by Chinese importers.

The demand, part of a so-called infringement action launched by Brussels, threatens to further inflame tensions amid fraught Brexit negotiations just days after an EU summit in Austria ended in acrimony.
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The case follows an investigation last year by the EU fraud watchdog that found Britain turned a blind eye to the rampant use of fake invoices and customs claims by Chinese importers for textiles and footwear.

The commission believes that "despite having been informed of the risks of fraud", Britain "failed to take effective action to prevent the fraud" -- a failure which in turn short-changed the EU budget.

The affair is especially ill-timed as Britain's proposal for future trade ties with Europe after Brexit centres on an offer that London handle customs checks on behalf of the EU after the split.
https://www.afp.com/en/news/1272/eu-giv ... oc-19d6ek3

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Grammatron » Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:25 am

Oh it's absolutely directly Brexit

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Re: Brexit News

Post by Skeeve » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:56 pm

Witness wrote:
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:02 am
Not directly Brexit, but it won't help:
EU gives Britain two months to pay 2.7 bn euros over China fraud

The EU on Monday gave Britain two months to recover 2.7 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in lost customs duties or risk referral to the EU's top court after London allegedly ignored a scam by Chinese importers.

The demand, part of a so-called infringement action launched by Brussels, threatens to further inflame tensions amid fraught Brexit negotiations just days after an EU summit in Austria ended in acrimony.
[…]
The affair is especially ill- perfectly timed as Britain 's proposal for future trade ties with Europe after Brexit centres on an offer that London handle customs checks on behalf of the EU after the split. should promptly tell the EU to go fuck themselves...and have a nice day.
https://www.afp.com/en/news/1272/eu-giv ... oc-19d6ek3
FTFY
They should, but they probably won't.
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