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holystove last won the day on June 12 2017

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  1. So this is where Americans finally draw the line.
  2. holystove

    Brexit...

    You are right there will be changes to the new UK proposal, as it crosses several EU red lines. May wants to stay in the Single Market, but only for goods, not capital, services and labour. She doesn't want oversight by the European Court of Justice even though she does want to partly stay in the Single Market. She proposes to collect customs duties for the EU, which is unacceptable as this would mean the EU27 outsourcing customs procedures to a non-EU member. She wants the security and judicial cooperation to stay the same (so with all the UK opt-outs), which is impossible because a non-member can't have the same advantages. I could go on and on. I think it will end up with a "soft brexit" but this proposal, even though it's much softer than previous proposals, to me definitely falls in the category of "hard". I agree the UK will probably just end up asking for more time to negotiate, but I don't think they will threaten a no-deal scenario as the EU will just call their bluff knowing no-deal will cripple the UK.
  3. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    Well deserved for Belgium. I'm biased, but I think they were the best team this WC, sadly not the smartest. Beating Brazil, England twice, .. not bad.
  4. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    There is no doubt in my mind both teams play to win this game, unlike the last game in group stage.
  5. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    Meunier is running circles around Rose. Badly missed against France.
  6. holystove

    Brexit...

    In light of todays' article in the S*n where Trump blasts May for going "soft" on brexit, you should really read this article: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/07/12/trump-backed-brexit-then-he-used-it-as-leverage-219001
  7. holystove

    England.

    wow Pickford just saved England
  8. holystove

    England.

    where did first-half-England go? Croatia are flying right now.
  9. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    Alli is the least likeable player in the Premier League, imo.
  10. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    France were so defensive, in retrospect he should have started Mertens instead of playing 3 defensive midfielders. I disagree about taking off Fellaini sooner; when you are 1-0 down with 20 minutes to go, he's the one player you need to park in the oppositions' box. Varane and Umtiti were very strong so I doubt we could have scored twice; we had one very good chance with Alderweireld which Lloris saved. Courtois made three great saves, and Giroud screwed up a couple of chances so no complaints from me. Too bad the referee was poor though, that free kick might have resulted in a goal.
  11. holystove

    Brexit...

    You are right that this is an incredible difficult issue and quite irresponsible for the Tories to force you to make a decision on. I'm definitely not saying being a member of the EU cannot be questioned, but not through a yes or no question, where one side represents the status quo and the other side represents every other political vision (globalist, protectionist, inclusive, racist, capitalist, communist, ...). This is the reason there is no clear vision for what to do with Brexit, because during the campaign it was everything at once. EU membership has always been in question in the UK and as a result UK governments have a bunch of opt-outs in many fields of EU policy. Now you are blowing all of that up to create the exact same thing but by a different name. I don't understand why you say the Leave vote is being ignored. The UK is leaving on March 29th 2019. It will no longer be an EU member. The small margin by which Leave won means there is no mandate for the hardest of Brexit, so it is only right that the UK government seeks to retain most benefits of EU membership, while trying to minimize what they think are downsides. The EU27 are (rightly) playing hardball so a lot of those "downsides" will still be there after March 2019, but that is just political and economic reality.
  12. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    Hazard, Courtois, Kompany and Witsel were good enough but the others not so much. Martinez: mistake to take out Fellaini, waited to long to bring on Batshuayi, should have ordered players not to beat England. Good luck against Croatia.
  13. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    Ummm. Referee? I will never understand why they don't use the good uefa refs when uefa teams play.
  14. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    Debruyne playing his worst game of 2018.
  15. holystove

    2018 World Cup

    even steven so far. two great saves, one by lloris and courtois each. hazard looks hungry.
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