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From the start of this silliness the Leavers have been totally & completely wrong about the actual state-of-play.  The Leavers thought they could state their terms, stick to them, and the EU would ultimately agree.  This, in part, stems from the fact Brits never fully understood the fundamental and underlying political nature of the EU.  For the Brits it was always about making money.  Which is why the Leavers keep harping about things economic and why they think the EU will cave.

Fundamentally, Anglo-Americans are grotesquely ignorant of how the rest of the world ticks but don't know they are grotesquely ignorant.

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

by ATinNM on Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 10:19:21 PM EST
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Bingo, you nailed it.
A nation of shopkeepers. The ignorance, as you aver, is blinding.
The business of America is business, Brexit is brexit.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

'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 Mon Oct 15th, 2018 at 11:43:35 PM EST
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Guardian - Polly Toynbee - Feel no pity for Theresa May - this Brexit bind is of her own making

Feel no pity for May. At first she seemed plausible as the least incapable pair of hands on offer. But she threw away every chance to escape this Brexit dead-end by turning to her extreme wing. In the more than 18 excruciating months since she recklessly triggered article 50 with no plan, nothing has changed. The Brexit conundrum remains where it began, except she has made it far worse. There stands the same giant boulder in the road that is Northern Ireland's borders. All she has contributed is mutually contradictory "red lines" that made any solution impossible. Frictionless trade, with no adjudication by the European court of justice, with no customs union, no single market and no hard border in Ireland: this was not any old cake-and-eat-it but a bankrupted Patisserie Valerie confection. And there she has stayed.

Patisserie Valeire is a high street french cake shop chain in the UK that went bankrupt almost overnight with little or no warning. The CEO was a Tory contributor who loudly preached the gospel of entrepreneuralism and the necessity of understanding cashflows in your business from his pulpit in the Times. I think Polly was intending some irony, but many would not know of the CEO's fiscal sanctimonious bullshit.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 16th, 2018 at 01:21:36 PM EST
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Plan B is as bug-house as anything May has proposed.  

Some weird and undefined "five year transition period?"  Why the devil would the EU go for that?  

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

by ATinNM on Wed Oct 17th, 2018 at 03:38:31 AM EST
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