hump101

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  1. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Presumably all their non-UK suppliers are registered with HMRC for VAT and are not passing on the costs of doing so and administering the VAT payments? They are fortunate if so.
  2. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Thanks Leo, very interesting find. My first observation is that the UK now has more civil servants working on the competition and markets agency than the entire EU, at a cost of £90 million per year. So much for reducing bureaucracy!
  3. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Surely the SNP must be paying him to do this? He is going to dilute the Tory vote and infuriate all the Scots who are starting to feel the Brexit pinch they didn't vote for.
  4. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Many thanks for that link, first time I have heard any definitive information. Holders of existing UK-issued ICC's can still operate sub-14m vessels in EU, regardless of vessel flag, EXCEPT in Spain, where a UK-issued ICC is only valid on a UK-flagged vessel. Interestingly, they mention RYA certificates of competence, rather than ICC's, which will NOT be valid in EU on any vessel. Still lots of other combinations that have not yet been confirmed one way or the other. A lot of people have spent a lot of money getting qualifications that will now be useless for the Med charter business. Wonder what happens when they start to sue when their livelihoods are removed? Edit: What happens when you got your UK-issued qualification in an EU country, as many have?
  5. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    It was inevitable that as soon as the UK government moved to 12 weeks between shots, they were going to claim 1 shot = vaccinated. Will be interesting to see in a year how many never get the second shot.
  6. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I appreciate that existing contracts are in place, and there is an inertia to overcome for change, but the UK steel producers have enjoyed the protection of the EU tariff barriers for years, but now complain that they are no longer protected. The EU quota reflects the EU's needs, which presumably have reduced now the UK is out. Why would the EU still allow the single market protections to extend to a country that is now outside? You can only apply these protections if your market is big enough to be attractive enough for others to want to deal with you. That may no longer be the case for the UK, but why should the EU give up its advantage in this regard to the UK? If the UK is big enough, it can apply the same tariff regime to its own imports as the EU does, and reimburse its steel exporters from the tariffs, so all would be the same, except the UK would now be directly competing on productivity with the other countries outside the EU. That is what they wanted to do, so get on with it!!!
  7. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    I am not understanding the issue for NI here. They process steel made elsewhere. When UK was in EU, the steel they imported from outside the EU was subject to this tariff, so they imported from the UK as, despite being more expensive than India, was cheaper when the tariff was added. Now supply from the UK is no longer competitive, so they will just have to buy from elsewhere in the EU, or just buy more from India and elsewhere with the tariff added. Their basic costs are little effected and they can still import tariff-free into EU. The big loser is the UK steel producers, who now no longer have the tariff barrier to protect their low productivity when supplying the EU, including NI. They just need to learn to produce steel for 25% less so they can compete with India, etc., and export worldwide. Might be an issue in the FTA they want with India, but that is what being global is all about.....
  8. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    The government had an existing system to deal with this, using vouchers so the family could buy food, but no Tory mate can make money out of that so they change it to having a catering company provide £6 of "food" that doesn't even constitute a balanced diet for £30 of taxpayers money. Yet more cash into their mates pockets, whilst kids go hungry and the taxpayers foot the bill. What £30 of food should look like: The blatant corruption is on another level, as @Grog says, appalling and beyond. Reinforces @jgh66 's EU benefit of Brexit number 4 above.
  9. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Certainly from COVID, but will be interesting to see if this is the case due to Brexit in the long term. I suspect travel agents will just package up the required health insurance and other paperwork into the cost of the holiday, so the Brits won't notice the difference as the price hike will be post-COVID. They will moan about the airport queue, but get over it, and won't care that their budget flight provider is now EU-owned. Plenty of Brits living in Spain to provide that "authentic" Costa ambience for the visitors, atleast for the next few years. One thing BREXIT won't change is the British weather....
  10. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    9. Weakens the far right caucus in the European Parliament
  11. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    On BBC Question Time a while ago, Ian Hislop "criticised the premise of capital punishment, something which had been advocated by a Conservative panel member Priti Patel".
  12. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Comments on this article are worth looking at, given all are medics. Seems this is not the surprise it is being spun as, and previous escalations have been similarly manipulated.
  13. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Just received the mobile roaming charges document for my UK mobile phone (242 pages!). All is the same as before Brexit except that calls or texts from the UK to France are now not included in the free minutes allowance, whereas previously they were. Calls/texts from France to France or France to UK are still included in the allowance, along with call lengths rounded to the nearest second, which is stated as an EU requirement(?). Not received any changes for the French mobile, so presumably it will still roam in UK as normal. French mobile gives free roaming in North America, North Africa, Middle East amongst others, so not likely to change.
  14. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    French nationality is a gift of the state. They are not obliged to give nationalility even if the individual meets all requirements. That is made very clear during the application process.
  15. hump101

    Brexit WTF, WTF

    "Work together" in the title is a generous description of the content, which is more like "Britain will have to work with France, on French terms, to keep its head above water". There have started to be a few pieces like this appearing, analysis of the new reality by people with real experience, and the common thread is that the UK will end up being a rule taker to a much greater extent than it ever was, but will be doing so in the name of sovereignty, thereby eliminating the narrative that it is someone elses fault.