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dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1021New Post! Jan 16, 2021 @ 14:02:31
Nonsense now turns more to tragedy. I have just received an email asking for signatures to a petition in favour of our "fishing communities". The petition is addressing our Government, asking them to sort out all the various problems associated with The Deal!! Tragic. Brexit of course, was "the answer" to their problems. Now it has caused them. Sort it out please!

What next? Farmers petitioning the Government to relax Border Controls and visa requirements because their fruit is rotting on the vine and there is no one here to pick it? A petition from the NHS asking again for the Govt to relax Border Controls because of the chronic staffing shortage?

How soon before enough people realise that problems are sorted by co-operation , mutual respect, by recognising that sovereignty in our inter-dependent world can never in practice be deemed inviolable. That the soundbites and slogans of our brexiteers and little englanders will never, and have never, solved anything?

Good grief.
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1022New Post! Jan 16, 2021 @ 16:20:37
Another aspect.......birds of a feather.

Early on, around 2017, in the debates on various Comments Sections regarding Brexit it was apparent that the majority of those pro-brexit were also admirers of Donald Trump. The mind-set that was attracted by the Brexit soundbites ("taking back control" etc etc) as well as to the simplistic "blame game" towards others (which in essence is the very antithesis of genuine self-determination) were also those who more often than not saw Mr Trump as a "breath of fresh air", one who told it "as it was", who was "prepared to stand up against the status quo", one who liked to "call a spade a spade" (!!)......and so on and so on and so on. Now, of course, all is silent on the Donald Trump subject.

And so with the UK Leaders of Brexit. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Nigel Farage and others......all expressed their admiration for this "great American", this even as many, often of the "left", expressed concern or open hostility. Birds of a feather.

Such does not bode well for "Global Britain".
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1023New Post! Jan 17, 2021 @ 12:01:20
Dear old Jacob Rees Mogg, arch brexiteer, once seen stretched out virtually asleep on the House of Commons benches, the place he sees as the heart of our great democracy, where sovereignty now rests. As he does! He has moved the offices of his investment company to Dublin from the UK......he needs to protect such interests! He surmises that we shall know if Brexit has been a success in 50 years time - nothing quite like the long view, especially if you have been born into money and privilege.

Now he observes that the fish are happier now! They are British fish and "happier for it" he claims. Many are rotting on the quayside, the new bureaucacy has struck. After 40 years of blaming EU bureaucracy, with Brexit we now have our very own to blame! So many forms to fill in order to move goods from the UK to Northern Ireland (aka, the UK) But of course, all "teething problems". Boris, serial liar, tells us so.
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1024New Post! Jan 18, 2021 @ 10:24:03
More on "taking back control". Due to a combination of incompetence and who knows what else, most goods now coming into the UK from the EU are not being checked. Its a six month delay in applying the terms of the Trade Deal. The six months "may be extended". And so our first act in taking back control is in fact not to apply control. But it is OUR decision, so we are in control.
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1025New Post! Jan 19, 2021 @ 11:58:00
Some knew REALITY even before the Referendum.....

Better for fishermen IN the EU

BIb Geldof told it AS IT WAS. And as usual, Nigel Farage was talking out of his posterior.
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1026New Post! Jan 20, 2021 @ 08:27:32
Not in my backyard.....or NIMBY's.

But it MUST be in their backyard!

How many of the protestors voted Leave? How many dismissed talk of giant lorry parks as part of "Project Fear"?

Not in my backyard
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1027New Post! Jan 20, 2021 @ 08:48:59
Just reading deep into the article and in fact NIMBYISM has raised its head.......



"Obviously we must have inland clearance sites but this is the wrong location,” (said one resident)

I really do sympathise BUT this really says much about Brexit. Its ALL "project fear" until its YOU.

dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1028New Post! Jan 20, 2021 @ 09:13:02
Further information:-

EU Referendum result......Kent 58% Leave. (Dover 62.2% Leave)

But.......NIMBY.
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1029New Post! Jan 23, 2021 @ 20:24:06
You know it makes sense.....Government advice,

Move to the EU to avoid Brexit costs!
Jennifer1984 On February 23, 2021
Returner and proud





Penzance, United Kingdom
#1030New Post! Jan 24, 2021 @ 18:55:53
@dookie Said

You know it makes sense.....Government advice,

Move to the EU to avoid Brexit costs!


Not as easy as it sounds. What isn't mentioned in the advice is that to do what is being suggested means that the directors of any business setting up under that sort of arrangement have to declare, on oath before a judge or magistrate, that they reside in the area in which they have set up, and they will have to play local taxes and rates.

The strict residency rules also include a minimum period in which the directors (all of them) have to reside in the area in any calendar year. Failure to do so carries stiff penalties to the individual and the business.

They will also have to employ local labour, under local regulations and be liable for all legal responsibilities. In short, their new business would be subject to EU rules.

Taking back control...?

The British aren't the first to have thought of this. The EU tightened up on this practice years ago.

For sure, you could set up like that and avoid customs duties in UK, but it would probably cost you as much, if not more, to set up in, say, Belgium or Holland. And the directors would have to buy property in the area to live in... pay taxes and rates on that.... live there for the minimum period per year.....
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1031New Post! Jan 26, 2021 @ 13:32:53
"We knew what we were voting for" UPDATE:-

Extra costs
shadowen On February 24, 2021




Bunyip Bend, Australia
#1032New Post! Jan 28, 2021 @ 07:05:24
Remember last year when the UK government announced that it would not be joining the EU's joint procurement plan re covid 19 vaccines? The government stated that they believed they could more efficiently source vaccines from outside the jpp. Remember too how europhiles called the government's decision not to work with the EU 'reckless', 'irresponsible' and 'unforgivable' and that it would cost lives. Well turns out the government's decision not to work with the EU was a responsible one that will save lives. The government have no doubt made many mistakes re dealing with Covid 19 (as have most governments around the world) but deciding not to be a part of the EU's jpp is not one of them.

With the above in mind let us take a look at the latest vaccination rates in Europe.

The following figures are vaccination doses delivered per 100 people

- UK, 11.25
- Éire, 2.9
- Spain, 2.9
- Italy, 2.61
- Germany 2.38
- France, 1.68
- Netherlands, 1.08

The overall EU average as of January 27 is approx 2 doses delivered per 100 people.
shadowen On February 24, 2021




Bunyip Bend, Australia
#1033New Post! Jan 28, 2021 @ 07:15:34
History tells us that large bureaucracies tend to be slow and inefficient. The EU is a modern example of this.

At the moment there is a row going on btw AstraZeneca and the EU. Both sides have a different story re what the contract entails and so it would be helpful if relevant details of the said contract btw the two parties were made public.

What we do know at this stage however is the time line involving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, the UK and the EU.

May 2020 - The UK signs a contract with AstraZeneca which would see it receive 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine.

Early June 2020 - the 'inclusive vaccine alliance' (made up of Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy) reach a preliminary agreement with AstraZeneca.

June 13 - The EC insist that they take over negotiations with AstraZeneca on behalf of all member states.

Late August - EU sign agreement with AstraZeneca.
Note - there were no material changes to the preliminary agreement reached btw AstraZeneca and the IVA three months earlier.
dookie On February 20, 2021
Foolish Bombu





, United Kingdom
#1034New Post! Jan 29, 2021 @ 08:06:52
How is Brexit going?

A selection of headlines drawn from various sources and presented in The Article:-


'Clean shift’ as euro share trading exits London for EU — Reuters, 4 January

“Bank of England Governor Bailey warns Brexit Will Bring Big Economic Losses” — Bloomberg, 6 January

“Exclusive: ‘It’s a catastrophe’: Scottish fishermen halt exports due to Brexit red tape” — Reuters, 8 January

“’We’ve lost 30 years’: Brexit shatters supply chains for French fish hub” — Reuters, 12 January

“Scottish fish prices ‘collapsing’ by as much as 80% due to Brexit bureaucracy, industry warns” — Independent, 12 January

“N Ireland food shortages set to worsen, say UK supermarket heads” — Financial Times, 12 January

“Brexit Deal May Mean Less British Cod for Fish & Chips” — Bloomberg, 13 January

“Millions of Dollars of Artworks Left U.K. Before Brexit Cutoff” — Bloomberg, 13 January

“Average cost of shipping a lorryload of goods to Britain from Germany rose 26% in 1st week of 2021, from France 39%.” — The Times, 14 January

“German freight giant DB Schenker pauses UK deliveries” — BBC, 14 January

“Brexit Driving Top Dealmakers Out of London and Into the EU” — Bloomberg, 15 January

“You misled us over Brexit deal, angry fishermen tell Johnson” — The Times, 15 January

“Exports to EU to plunge by more than one-third because of Boris Johnson’s Brexit trade deal, study warns” — The Independent, 15 January

“Post-Brexit customs systems not fit for purpose, say meat exporters” — BBC, 15 January

“Scottish fishermen ‘sailing to Denmark to land catch’” — BBC, 16 January

“New York emerges winner as Brexit pushes swaps trading from London” —amny.com, via Reuters, 21 January

Statement by the Cheshire Cheese Co: “It is with great sadness we must stop sending our cheese to the EU. Due to an oversight in the Free Trade deal it is impossible for us to send cheese to our EU online consumers. DEFRA has told us not to expect an exemption or change anytime soon. Investment & hope is lost today” — Twitter, 22 January

“Union in crisis as polls reveal voters want referendum on Scottish independence and united Ireland” — The Times, 23 January

“Mastercard set to hike fees for UK purchases from EU” — Financial Times, 24 January

“First flashes of Brexit trade trouble appear in UK data” — Reuters, 28 January

Many of these stories have been lost in the swirl of the pandemic. But what they are telling us is that Brexit seems to be failing on its own terms. The assurances given by the politicians who pushed so hard to leave the EU are beginning to come unstuck.

Britain’s fishing industry is being crushed. Trade between the EU and Britain is weakening. London’s position as the world’s leading financial centre is under threat, as firms shift their activity to the Continent. Britain will need to broker more deals with the EU, on services — which makes up nearly three quarters of the UK economy — and also financial services, on which the US and EU recently agreed a deal.

Worst of all, the Union is coming under pressure. If the SNP wins yet another landslide at the Scottish elections in May, then the fight for another independence referendum will be on.

I will continue to gather Brexit headlines on that Twitter thread, which you can see in full here. And remember, these stories above represent a single month. 2021 is going to be a long year.


END OF ARTICLE
shadowen On February 24, 2021




Bunyip Bend, Australia
#1035New Post! Feb 01, 2021 @ 16:46:01
Well what a week it's been. What a last few days...

The EU's vaccine procurement program has (sadly) been a monumental clusterf^ck. As the heat started to come from frustrated member states the EU sought to deflect blame by attacking the UK and AstraZeneca. The completely unfounded claim was that the UK were in effect stealing some of the EU's allocation of the Oxford Covid-19 vaccination doses. They threatened to prevent the UK from receiving covid vaccination doses it had on order from an EU based supplier if the UK didn't give the bloc some of the Brits allocated Oxford vaccine doses. Extraordinary. The EU at the same time attacked AZ and threatened them with legal action even though leaked details of their contract with the company show that the EU don't have a leg to stand on.

All of the above was merely a prelude to the outrageous behaviour of the bloc in triggering article 16 of the N.I protocol in order to prevent legally acquired vaccine doses from entering the UK via the Republic. In triggering article 16 the EU was in effect putting in place a hard border btw the Republic and N.I. This is something that they swore they would NEVER do. Remarkably the commission decided to invoke article 16 without even bothering to inform the Republic, nor the governments of N.I and the UK. Indeed most commissioners were only informed of the EC's decision to invoke article 16 30 mins before it happened. Of course the reaction to the decision to invoke article 16 from the governments in the UK, N.I and the Republic were swift and united. Northern Ireland's first minister, quite rightly, called the EU's decision an "incredible act of hostility". VDL and BJ were soon on the phone and after two 'robust' conversations the EU did a complete u-turn. In the aftermath the EU commission has been rightly criticised by not just the Brits and Irish but also by notable EU figures like Barnier and GV. Now as stated earlier, all of this is because of the EU's problems with their vaccination rollout. Problems that are entirely of their own making and problems that will cost lives.
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