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Leaving the Single Market only became an option because the EU wouldn't bend on Free Movement, and leaving the Custom's Union became a requirement when they realised they couldn't do their own trade deals from within it. They thought they could force the EU to compromise on both of these, and when the EU didn't, they threatened to leave - initially for most, as a negotiating tactic - and then as an ideological position. It took a long time for the "have cake and eat it" mentality to wear off, and it still, hasn't, quite.

But even I didn't think they would renege on the Withdrawal Agreement within months of having  won a general election on that basis and having ratified it after the election. And now  they expect the EU to negotiate another agreement? That takes real Chutzpah.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Sep 28th, 2020 at 03:59:35 PM EST
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In fact the UK had the most generous - read unmanaged and unmonitored - FoM terms in the entire EU. This was deliberate policy, because the UK has consistently - for centuries now - played the same game: import cheap foreign labour to drive down the wages of British workers, and then claim there's a flood of immigrants which British workers needs to be protected from.

But I think we've gone past politics now, into a world of genuine delusion and mental illness.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Oct 2nd, 2020 at 08:48:02 PM EST
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Mental illness can be a communicable social disease it seems, especially when governments sufficiently fuck with the electorate.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Oct 3rd, 2020 at 03:06:57 AM EST
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