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Everything posted by holystove

  1. Yes they are. I'm getting ads for cycling gear. What have you been googling @Palfy ?😄
  2. Palfy, there is no way a no-deal brexit will ever benefit France's economy, no matter how much brexit-business moves to Paris. The country which has gotten the most inward investment up until now from UK-based-companies relocating to the continent is The Netherlands and even for them it won't even put a dent in the hit their economy will take. There's no hidden agenda or greedy vultures, there's only damage limitation and not letting this process drag on so individual member states (namely France) and the EU can focus on other pressing issues seems like a good strategy given the impasse in UK politics. I did say 'economic' ruin, because that is what I believe (short to medium term) will happen. I hope to be proven wrong. At least the UK got to vote to inflict this on themselves; the Irish, Dutch, Belgians, .. can only look on in despair as their economies are set to shrink. Other than that I refer to the other replies.
  3. It's not just France; Spanish PM has just said the same thing. Brexit is a side issue for most EU countries who mostly just want it over with. If you find yourself in a position where you are dependent on 27 individual countries to save you from (economic) ruin, probably need to look at yourself instead of blaming others, Palfy.
  4. The extension debate is very one sided in the UK. Extension has to be agreed to by the EU. Under what circumstances would it do so? An extension of only a couple of months offers no guarantee of the UK being able to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement. A longer extension is problematic because of the European elections. You can't be a member state of the EU without having directly democratically elected representatives in the European Parliament; the next elections are May 26th. Nobody wants to see 73 Farages crossing the Channel. I think there is a strong argument to be made to flat out say an extension is not possible. This way, the UK can stop pretending a "better" deal is only a few (extension- , transition- , .. ) months away. I think Macron is right to take this approach.
  5. The great Ken Clarke on manifesto's
  6. pre-referndum Gove should really have a word with post-referendum Gove about "Project Fear".
  7. I agree with you Matt. I was just showing Hannan (who is still a blind brexiteer) has been lying since 2015 on this issue. As for RR : https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/business/rolls-royce-approval-derby-germany-2491083
  8. https://www.ft.com/content/9cd62bde-32ba-11e9-bd3a-8b2a211d90d5 "The differences of position, which the Hunt/Fox letter acknowledges as “challenging issues”, centre around Japan’s refusal to accept a simple “cut and paste” of the terms of the EU-Japan agreement ratified last year. Instead, its [Japan's] officials have been told to negotiate as they would any other trade accord, and to seek better terms from the UK than Japan won through its long haggle with the much larger EU." Noone could have predicted this ... 🤦‍♂️
  9. https://talkradio.co.uk/news/exclusive-jeremy-corbyn-called-european-union-be-defeated-explosive-rally-speech-19021129836 Yup.
  10. That's brilliant 😂.
  11. https://videopress.com/v/i3QUGNOx This is your -opposition- leader.
  12. Were you wearing a yellow vest while you wrote this? 😉 EU is, and will remain, at its core, a peace project. Why is it that all these movements that are crying out for more democracy, liberalism and rule of law in Central and Eastern Europe are waving EU flags...
  13. I'm increasingly convinced the UK wouldn't meet the necessary standards of a modern parliamentary democracy to be allowed to (re-)join the EU.
  14. I was watching some of it unfold in your House of Commons yesterday. Why don't they use electronic voting like any other modern parliament? Every time there is a 'division' it takes twenty minutes to count the votes.
  15. I was making the comparison with Greece 2015 where they held their referendum, voted "OXI" to the deal ... (and then Greece accepted a worse deal 8 days later.)
  16. House of Commons says "OXI".
  17. Not really an EU competence that, John, .. forcing countries to organize referendums; let alone "re-run" them. Is this UK 'democracy'? https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46971390 (Mogg proposes the Queen (!) shuts down Parliament to protect brexit) 😉 .. Though if you brought that to this forum, I don't know who would play the Queen.
  18. Yes like Greece. What's your point? Any country can make sovereign choices but it has to stand by the consequences of that choice. If it so whishes, noone can stop Greece from making the sovereign choice to leave the euro.
  19. This, however, is inviting a foreign government to interfere with your sovereign parliament.
  20. Benelux sign agreements often too. You see, as sovereign countries they can do what they want 😊.
  21. The Belgian King (/Queen) also has a lot of powers. And I assume other continental Kings and Queens are not all as (constitutionally) powerless as you claim. However, much like the British Queen, they are not supposed to use their powers. I remember when in the 80's Belgian parliament legalised abortion, the King refused to sign that particular law (without his signature no law can come into effect). After he coudn't be convinced to sign it, they just deposed him for a day.
  22. The only way to be a 100% sure this will turn out like Greece 2015 is to start taking Varoufakis' advice 😄 How many times has the Brexit side said "any minute now, German car makers will intervene and force the EU to give us what we want". German car makers have consistently said the integrity of the Single Market is most important. Don't expect much from the "French and Dutch governments" either, as it is the member state governments that have decided the Commission should take a firm line. Norway plus option is fine, the political declaration allows for such a thing to be negotiated. As I have said before however, Canada +++ Norway ++ or whatever else, all require the Withdrawal Agreement to be ratified. The Withdrawal Agreement is the legal basis for the transition period, during which Canada or Norway or.. will be negotiated.
  23. I never backed Brexit wishing the UK harm. Hope everything works out. EU has been trying to set up a common foreign policy for 10 years.. Brexit helps, but countries like Hungary and Poland can still slow things down (be it not as succesfully as the UK).
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