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UK never 'got' - at any level - the EU was a political project as much, if not more, as an economic project.

Thus:  

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

Some Tory MPs believe the UK should flex its muscles and walk away from the talks unless the EU is more accommodating, arguing the EU has as much to lose as the UK from not agreeing a trade deal.

Ireland had best get cracking on how they are going to operate under a Brexit No Deal.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 17th, 2017 at 07:14:02 PM EST
Boris:"Of the 52 countries I have visited as foreign secretary, Ireland is more closely tied to Britain by kinship and history than just about any other."

or Ireland:Britain as Algeria:France

Evidently, Simon Coveney, lackey, agrees.

Mr Coveney and Mr Johnson differed too on the duration of the transitional arrangements around Brexit; the Irish side believe the ["]UK["] needs a period of up to five years after quitting the EU in March 2019, the UK side believes it should be two.

I predict, he will not be invited to sit at the cashier's windoq to count out the coins, 2019 or 2024[!]

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 17th, 2017 at 10:17:02 PM EST
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Boris is the UK's Trump, an embarrassing albatross worn around our neck as a sign of our fallen status.

As in this instance, he says things of no obvious consequence simply because they flatter his audience who, he presumes, will applaud him and laugh at his jokes.

In foreign countries, anybody who publicly agrees with him is either has a financial interest in doing so or is too stupid to see the con.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 08:16:06 AM EST
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I came across this wtf in Local France. Would you explain 'van service'?
"We also spend less in euros: because my pension is paid in sterling, it now makes sense to pay a shopping van service to bring over groceries from the UK."


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 03:41:28 PM EST
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Don't worry. After the UK gets its great trade deal with the UK, and starts importing chlorine-washed hormone-fed chicken, they won't be allowed to bring these groceries into France anyway.
Lorna Cooke, a retiree who lives with her husband in Morbihan in Brittany says that they were aware that their lifestlye would be subject to exchange rate fluctuation when they bought their house in France in 1996.
Is "fluctuation" really the right word?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 03:58:39 PM EST
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I am sure it's a typo, but the way things are going, the UK is probably the only country the UK will get a great trade deal with.
by fjallstrom on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 10:40:06 PM EST
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the only country the UK will get a great trade deal with.

Your confidence in the ability of May's government to get such a deal is touching.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 09:49:05 AM EST
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I would assume it's when you order your groceries online and have them delivered. Never heard of doing it cross borders, but why not?
by fjallstrom on Sat Nov 18th, 2017 at 10:38:06 PM EST
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It could be a reference to private van drivers bringing van loads of wine from France to the UK ("for personal use", of course, and so evading duty) and offering to bring UK staples to expats living in France. Although I doubt they could do it for less than Carrefour, Aldi, et al.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 02:25:47 AM EST
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Yes, although they are very lucrative.

A friend of mine in SW France says there are several deliverers who take large orders for UK supermarkets bringing back those essential staples of cultural affirmation. A van filled with 100 + grocery orders makes quite a nice living.

In Spain my not only are there UK vans, but Imy sisters tells me there are Dutch and German ones too.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 04:25:16 PM EST
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Portugal remains an untapped market.

Given the distance it would probably be easier to organise a wholesale franchise than to do the man+van thing.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 07:41:27 PM EST
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Put a big Marmite logo on the side of the van.
You'll be mobbed!
I remember in the 50's when beret-bearing French paysans would ferry-bicycle over to Sarf Ken draped with red onion braids round their necks, handlebars and back panniers.
Madly exotic...
Hella business plan, Asterix!
Crusty Brits pouring out of their villas like kids to the ice cream vans.
Or are they gone too?
(The vans, not the Brits...)

B-wrecks-it blues

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Tue Nov 21st, 2017 at 02:56:23 AM EST
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"The government recognises, parliamentarians, businesses, people across the country, people in Europe recognise as well that it is in everyone's interest to have at a minimum a transition period to the new relationship," Mr Carney said in an interview with ITV. He also called for "as comprehensive and open a trading and investment partnership between the UK and the EU 27 at the end of that transition".

That would fit with the Irish Government position, reiterated last night by Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at a dinner for the finance sector in Dublin.


BoE's Mark Carney wants Brexit transition deal as retail wanes

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 17th, 2017 at 10:32:36 PM EST
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The UK Ruling Elite are either delusional or in denial.  The UK will be out of the EU on March 29, 2019 and on November 19, 2017 there is every indication it will be the hardest of hard Brexits.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 04:33:11 PM EST
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These are synonymous words.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 05:58:01 PM EST
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not quite

delusional: characterized by or holding idiosyncratic beliefs or impressions that are contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

denial: failure to acknowledge an unacceptable truth or emotion or to admit it into consciousness, used as a defense mechanism.

Delusion is being out of touch with reality, denial is refusing to accept reality.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Nov 19th, 2017 at 10:26:48 PM EST
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idiosyncratic beliefs:unacceptable truth
mental disorder:defense mechanism
out of touch with reality:refusing to accept reality
+ the mother of them all +
cognition:reasoning

All "facts" dancing on the head of a pin called "autonomic nervous system" or "involuntary functions" or "unconscious reflexes" which inexplicably and often omits examination of the organ, brain, save or create PROFESSIONAL jobs.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 05:22:45 PM EST
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bathos

Ex. n + 1
I awoke this morning to an SMS from my daughter requesting explanation of the critique she received from her English instructor. The instructor's marginal comments (marginalia) identified the following errors in her exposition on the topic of socialization, dramatized by the novel The Bluest Eye: "reductive," not "centrifugal", "expand". The word limit for the assignment, including subject matter citations, was set at 800.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Mon Nov 20th, 2017 at 06:08:43 PM EST
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