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  1. Yes, I agree with WG. GBrown's article ( https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/may/09/scots-independence-union-nationalism ) about three Scotlands yesterday is only right on the surface. Indeed, I find the article promotes GB own organisation, rather than about what's best for the Scots. Anyway... The middle Scotland that GB identifies as being generally pro devolution can also be identified as pro Euro. In devolution, governance looks a lot more Euro, cultural structures look more Euro, etc. The smart play for Scottish independence is to push the Euro association. If you
  2. My parents were stationed overseas and I grew up with Time and National Geographic - big american influences. I find the Economist to be just another little England opinion paper dressed up as a news magazine. At least acknowledged did Time, of its status as a celebrity mag :). Read der Spiegels international page, it is a much better source of solid reporting. tbh, you need to read a pile of newsweeks to get a real picture. For me, the Economist is at the bottom of that list, right above Newsweek.
  3. One of the big benefits of Brexit has been the uncovering of the real story in Ireland. That has been a long time coming...
  4. Dubya, I like this call of Idiot. Cheers. We need a t-shirt. It would sell like hotcakes. Or, perhaps, a bit of fly's cemetery, if you are more borders...
  5. ^ Haha! Or another middle finger from having to use it so much (to roll the scroll, what did you think I meant)
  6. Sorry, there may be other replies, I haven't read through the list since these postings... Jack, this outcome was always in the mix. If you look at the EU negotiation strategy (which the UK happily accepted and copied into their blank jotters), the separation of services, and in particular, financial and medical research services, was there from the beginning. Some smart city solicitors were hip to the move and so the EUxit to Amsterdam, Paris, and Frankfurt was begun early. I think this reflects the fundamental friction in financial services governance that existed, since the mid
  7. Yes, of course, it is a lower level of access. But access that softens the blow of brexit. This allows the UK to muddle along for a bit, while laying on the coal in the skunkworks of global britain. What, you mean there are no skunkworks? There's coal at least, yes? Of course, there are no longer any irish to man the black gang...
  8. ^ Access. They will take the next four years to build global Britain, and when the review comes along, torpedo the 2020 EU deal. At least that's what I would say to them if they paid me for my advice. Although I would set out a pre-condition. The plan needs a whole lot more drive and leadership than what has been on display since 2016.
  9. OK, I am late on my answer, but anyway... It looks like your Option 1 can be massaged into a structured hard exit, so I would call this "playing for time". I think that this is the biggest risk for the EU, which is why it is so attractive to the ERG types. Strategically, the UK wants to leave, and they want the EU to provide them a bit of a knee cushion until the UK gets its UK Worldwide strategy sorted. At that point, the UK pushes the opt out, arbitration fails, and they exit to their glorious global britain future. Option 2 offers access to SM, but with the greater transparen
  10. Yes, what I was actually saying was that Boris went in expecting to pick cherries and got rolled over by a woman in a suit, and lost all his cherries along the way...
  11. All that being said, I have to say that I am impressed by the work of the negotiation teams, and in particular, of the EU team, which has continued to work with a difficult party on the other side. I have been in negotiations (about two orders of magnitude lower than this) and it can be quite demoralising to face that situation month after month, much less, year after year. !Ehrerbietung!
  12. So what you are saying Leo (or rather, what Mr. Barnier is saying) is that the cherry picking is actually going the other way? The EU gets to induce financial services to move, regulatory / education to NL, and, finally, fish? That is an impressive turn around by the EU. What is most remarkable is that the turn-around happened under the covers. I would have thought BJ would have some experience in this, but maybe he is not that gifted in that department, either...
  13. Actually, I think it is now getting to the time that we may have to give Wayne a group hug and offer to provide assistance. Whatever else is at play here, no-one in the UK should have to put up with this situation. Just let us know how we can help, we will do what we can Except for that. That's going too far.......
  14. It really is going to be embarrasing to travel under a UK passport.
  15. Guardian is reporting 4 vessels https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/11/four-navy-ships-to-help-protect-uk-waters-in-case-of-no-deal-brexit FT also reports 4. UK puts Royal Navy on standby to deter European fishing boats
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