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Brexit – Norway-style or Canada WTO Access

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We have at least two solid offers offering honourable ways for Britain to leave the EU. There is every reason for MP’s to remain calm and reject the nonsense that is Theresa May.

Claude Juncker famously said on UK TV that he was fed up with Mrs May asking what the EU wanted and to ask the EU what the UK wanted.

Mrs May has spoken to constituents over their MP’s heads. She has spoken to Labour and she that failed, she appealed to the Unions. She made ethereal promises to all.

Yet there has been a cross-party group meeting for months and rightly so. Mrs May has forgotten one thing: the average MP is intelligent and wants to give a well thought out opinion.

We rely on them.

Lucy Lou

 

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EU fall over themselves to say that the current deal is the only one

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It is a nightmarish scenario. The EU know they have not conceded much, if anything and 27 countries who threatened not to sign last week, are now racing to sign. Bizarre. Weird. and somewhere: dishonest.

There may be content in the deal, but the words are nonsense and strung in a line. How dare Mrs May take our intelligence and throw it down the throats of an eager EU?

Eighty Conservative MP’s have publicly declared their opposition. Well done; it’s good to see MP’s standing up for their constituents. They have also been made to look fools by the government and more so, perhaps, as they trusted Mrs May to bring in a good deal. Let the Campaign for Plain English see it and there will be uproar.

For next week, let’s plan a new Brexit and refuse the scandal of the EU keeping concessions.  Messrs. Barnier and CJ Juncker are celebrating tonight; let’s make them cry. And frankly, if we were another smaller country, how much more would they be bullied. 
Mrs May is living in a bubble of fantasy.  

I hope that there is no way this scandalous note of history can be accepted by politicians.  Do the people want a vote again? It sounds like the buck is being passed.  

Goodnight

LucyLou

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Time to declare our position

Is history repeating itself?

Mrs May called a General Election within six months of winning one. It was a massive miscalculation because she and her two autocratic aides had kept all details to themselves.

Now, with the deadly boredom for the public and mounting panic for businesses, that is Brexit, we have no details. Why do I get the feeling that every time M. Barnier and co., report good progress, it means that we have conceded something? The trouble is that the public knows nothing and MP’s are being stonewalled, when the whole plan should have been made available to them. They should be signing off the details, but still Mrs May is silent.

The second problem is that we are being bullied by the EU. If 75% of our exports go to the EU, then what will happen to them if there is no deal? It will be the same as it is for us in the UK, so therefore those businesses should also be panicking. Negotiators for the EU and those for the UK need to show their hands. People on the streets is not a feature of British daily life. Agitators and activists breed in this atmosphere.

You cannot disrespect people’s lives; you have to give them answers. Wearing down Civil Servants and trying to blame them for Mrs May’s intransigence is unfair. If there is confirmation of a ‘no deal’, the possible consequences should be discussed in Parliament and Emergency Plans set up to deal with it, before we bounce out.

Meanwhile, our Prime Minister and thus our country have been insulted by M. C-J Juncker, the Luxembourg President of the EU Commission. He danced into a speech, days after Mrs May had danced the Conservative Conference to a happy conclusion. For publicly mocking the Head of another member state, he should be sacked. Had she been a man, would that have happened? Yes, probably; he does not consider us equal partners, a cheek coming from his small country. I should think his citizens are mortified.

Brexit is not a contest; it is about the future of the UK. The Referendum threw up almost a 52% to leave and 48% to remain. The British have been on the streets, demonstrating, which shows the level of frustration out there. Ignore it at our peril.  However, sack any MP who wants another Referendum; you can’t do that just because you did not like the result the first time.

It is time for Mrs May to show her hand. If she does not do so, she risks civil disunity, never mind political unity. Disappointment is being hurled from all sides.  The teams of negotiators can no longer consider our position; we should declare it. I suppose Mrs May has to trust in MP’s of all hues to bring us about instead of flapping in the wind. We are a fiercely proud island nation, sometimes mavericks, always independent. in our history, leaving the EU will be a blip in trade.

We just have to wake up and look at what other countries are doing,  China’s refusal to accept our plastic waste may mean a boon to putting plastics in roads (British startup). We have numerous Chinese students and financial services’ workers in London; let us keep our friends.

LucyLou

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Casting Mrs May Adrift Misses The Point

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The British are mavericks and as such, never submit easily. Leaving the EU seems to be as difficult as joining it. Very reluctantly and with much kicking and screaming did we sign up to the European Courts having a say in our laws.

I think we forget that Britain leaving the EU will be a big wrench for EU citizens. So we should be more confident in putting forward our plans. Unfortunately, this time, the Cabinet’s discussions at Chequers last Friday 13 July 2018 have fallen by the wayside. as the enormity of no Customs Union hit MP’s in Parliament. On reason is that the other 27 countries in the EU could get jealous of Britain having a special deal. Frictionless trade does not need emotions running high.

Could you clear up something for me? Does having a Customs Union mean that we have frictionless trade or are these two separate discussions?

There can only be one leader, yet there could be cross-party discussion. Let us think for a moment about the radical Jeremy Corbyn and if he got into power, after Tory backbenches lost their collective nerve. He would have to take responsibility for Brexit. He may discuss it ad infinitum with his MP’s, but he is on record in two debates of saying something completely different. Of course, a man of such strict left-wing principles would be expected to denounce ministerial cars and insist they all had Minis.

If Mr Barnier is pleased, we are doomed

What is best for the country?

Mrs May is doing a good job. Why? Because it is easier to criticize than it is to create. So negotiators are not born, they are developed and that takes practice.

Here’s a curveball. Let us support Mrs May over a new plan that was created at Chequers. MP’s we have never heard of are resigning in pairs. Let them go. The pickle-minded are entrepreneurs who work for themselves.

Unfortunately, this is Parliament’s country and ours and we must negotiate Brexit sensibly. Why are Conservative MP’s making such a fuss? Plans are always amended. Once a billion-pound company Admiral Computing Ltd., made its Project Managers submit their best shot and then it would be criticized and redone. That meant it grew exponentially and was always a step ahead of competitors.

There is no need for Mrs May to be downcast. We are at the beginning of the creation of a Brexit. And it would be politic to support her.

Have a good week

LucyLou

PS As for M. Claude Juncker, he is not drunk (The Sun?).  He most likely has Meniers Disease where your horizon waves and makes it impossible to walk in a straight line. Operations are for other people.

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Share a common rulebook – So sensible!

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The deliberations at Chequers have been agreed to a soft Brexit and we will never want a hard Brexit, as that will hit the man on a street, trying to keep himself in a job and the economy growing.
“Sharing a common rulebook’ is a chance to compromise with a Customs Union , Irish borders for the Irish and free trade. There will be enough arguments against it from the EU as the UK seems to have done a good deal for itself. Some jealous Europeans will not like it, so we need to present a united front, just like the Cabinet. It is our country at stake.
Congratulations to Mrs May.
If some dimwit Conservative MP’s attempt ‘dear John letters’, let them go back to their constitutuencies beforehand. And later give them Mr. Trump to deal with. He will tear us apart if he can.

LucyLou

PS So we have lost Mr David Davis. Everyone will thank him for what he has done, but to quit when we are near agreement is sad.

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The ‘Aquarius’ Solution – Migrants

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Ten years ago, I was looking at the seaside of an English coast and saw a tanker with two anchors a mile offshore. I could not figure what it was doing. It was too close inshore to be emptying its tanks.

Ten years on and after reading an article today by Michael Peel in Brussels and Michael Stothard in Madrid (FT), I remembered that ship.

What if you could put migrants in ships in international or Mediterranean coastal waters?

We must be compassionate. Rather than cram them in and leave them to rot, Brussels could levy monies from EU members to teach these people a trade, IT, or seamanship and the languages of their choice. When they reach a certain examination standard, EU countries could take their pick of them as economic migrants. If they would like to take their skills back home, then that is a double winner.

David Cameron wanted to teach children towards a better life in Syria.  It was a heartfelt idea, but impossible to implement in a beautiful country crushed to smithereens. So, migrant ships are one avenue. If anyone wants to jump ship, send them back. It may be tough to implement, yet it is an act of compassion for people who have paid thousands to traffickers and just need a break.

If you can give a people a purpose in life, you can grow a country back.

LucyLou

 

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Save Our Soul, Keep Theresa May As Prime Minister Plus Customs Union

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No Prime Minister is ever popular, as there are self-serving Cabinet members ready to take the role.  It is disgraceful that the new Home Secretary caved in to a suggestion to join the guys in the Cabinet.  Lobbyists may be  trying to destroy our democracy. Have they been investigated?  Do we know where they come from?

Mrs May is doing a fine job, which is generally thankless.  Thank you.  You have stood up for businesses and for the existing export route via Customs. Before the EU/Common Market, if anyone can remember, we had petty rivalries with the French. They refused our beef, so we went tit-for-tat and refused entry to the UK of their lamb.  We cannot afford to have that happen, with every product.

If it is true that 75% of our exports go to the EU, then we must preserve a fast-track Customs between us. 75%. 3/4, most of our trade. We will put our businesses out of business!

If it is also true that the UK would run out of food within days of no Customs Union, then we are doomed. Unless others in Cabinet put aside their wishes to pursue new  and perhaps lucrative Customs deals with countries outside the Commonwealth. The country and your constituents need you to stand with the Prime Minister.

Those who wish to make Customs Unions  with the USA should talk to Tesco. They had their fingers severely burnt after diving into the American market.   Fiercely, maybe half of the USA think the UK is in Europe and only as part of a tour.  Read not interested.

I don’t care whether there are splits within the Conservative Party. They don’t matter. Food does.  You have to keep happy every person who contributes to our GDP, from steel* to utilities to every person in a strained NHS, who turns up to work day in day out.

 

LucyLou

  • Don’t get me started on a ridiculous attempt at the US choosing to be introverted. Their problem is that they cannot manufacture the type of steel that we sell to them. £300 million odd? When we had an Empire, we sent our citizens to teach people in other countries how to trade with us.  We could offer the same to the US? Outrageous? So is chlorinated chicken.

 

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