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  1. I have relatives who lived through it and they tell me differently. We chased the trade. We always do. I quoted the site because people on here always whine when no links are provided.
  2. I don't doubt they do but I do doubt they would use those contacts to make themselves look weak.
  3. The UK originally rejected the idea of joining the EEC, preferring to join the Free Trade Association instead. When things got going in the EEC, the UK then changed its mind. It tried twice to join, France putting paid to the attempt because of the UK's ties to the USA. France has always had problems with our divided loyalties. Anyway, I got that info from this site. We weren't begging.
  4. Anti-Europeans? Lazy of you to conflate the EU with Europe. Nobody on here is anti-European. I would suggest very few people are anti-European. Quite a few people are anti-EU. Me included. Always have been. A part of our country has thrived in the EU: London and the South East. As for whether we would have done just as well outside of the EU, well, we'll never know will we because we joined the common market and then signed up for the EU. But it is perfectly feasible that we would have done just as well outside the EU as in it. We were a basket case in the 1970s but prior to that we were an independent nation that did ok.
  5. As I've said previously on other threads, those elements of our banking system dealing directly with Euro and EU financial matters were always bound to move to the continent once we leave because that is where such business will be in the future. If we lose taxpayers then it is up to the government and UK businesses to ensure we rebuild other areas of our economy which have been neglected for a number of years now to compensate. Just in case people think I'm talking out of my backside there, this article confirms which bank workers would move: namely, those directly involved in EU banking matters. Also, I note, HSBC has stated there is 'no rush'. So, when translated, this could be yet another HSBC push for more leeway from the government. They threaten to move their HQ to Hong Kong every few years. I think the last time they did so was either early 2016 or in 2015. Let's see where they all are come 2019.
  6. I thought Trump's tariffs were 35%?
  7. So did someone from MI5 (or MI6) call up the Sunday Times to report this? Or do we have a leak in our intelligence services now?
  8. I think she is putting Scotland firmly in its place. She has suggested there will be more powers devolved but Nicola Sturgeon will be forced to accept that Scotland can only apply to join the EU as an independent nation, the polls are not showing a majority in favour of another referendum and Westminster under May will not allow another referendum. Sturgeon has boxed herself in and I've no sympathy.
  9. Well, I thought May's speech was excellent She made it clear that we are exiting the single market, which is obvious to those of us with a brain in full working order given that EU leaders have consistently made it clear that we cannot remain a member of the single market without also retaining free movement of people. Given that one of the clearest messages of the leave campaign was taking back control of our borders, how anyone ever considered anything else is beyond me. The aim is to negotiate a free trade deal. Canada just completed one. Yes, that took seven years, but we start from a different point: we have equivalence with the other 27 states. So there is no haggling over product standards or what have you. She said she was open to some negotiation over the customs union, which is fair enough. But having listened to the best explanation of the whole thing on the BBC from a professor at Lancashire Business School this evening I can't see how remaining in the customs union will make sense because of all the non-tariff baggage that comes with it (for example, there will be constraints on May's industrial policy provisions as a result of being a member of the customs union). She was very positive about our relationship with the EU and very positive about her hopes for the EU, wanting it to be successful. However, she learned from Cameron and decided to play hardball: some member states want punitive terms for the UK to punish us for wanting to leave. I am very glad she basically gave the finger to those member states and asserted that if the EU sought to punish us by trying to force punitive terms we would just leave and rely on WTO rules. Apparently, according to the professor of Lancashire Business School, the trade weighted average of tariffs for EU countries is under 2% although obviously some areas, like farming and fisheries, bring double digit tariffs. But then, as the prof pointed out, we have absorbed a 15% drop in Sterling value and so some higher tariffs could be absorbed and the UK still remain competitive. Again, she undermined Labour by stating she would offer up the Brexit deal for a vote in the Commons and the Lords. Labour and the leader of the Brexit committee have been banging on about this for a while and yet when cornered they cannot explain how a vote at that point would work: if the deal was voted down, what is the alternative? We will have triggered Article 50 so there is no EU membership. She is a crafty lady is Theresa May. Obviously, all that she did today was set out broad but substantive principles about what the government is seeking from the negotiations and where the lines in the sand are drawn. I think she honoured the referendum result by drawing the lines where she did, which is pretty good going for a remainer. The devil is in the detail in some areas of course but I definitely agree with all that she set out on the table today. I think one of the most difficult elements to the negotiations will be Northern Ireland. But at least there is the Common Travel Area ensconced in the EU legal framework already, which will help negotiations I'm sure. And the pound had its biggest one day rise since 2008!
  10. I have sufficient intelligence to know the difference between someone's professional life and their private business.
  11. Apparently things were better in the NHS in the second week in January. No surprise really. It's the same every year. Funny how that hasn't been reported on the TV. The BBC have snuck it on their website though: There was an interesting piece on BBC North West tonight focusing on Furness General Hospital in Barrow. There is some innovative thinking in the region when it comes to agencies working together and different systems, practical and technological, being adopted to help create a smoother health and social care system. It was also interesting to hear a hospital doctor saying that they don't need more beds, what they need is to work out ways to use the beds they have more effectively.
  12. You are completely rewriting history there. Totally and completely! Or don't you remember things like the hysteria over Nigel Farage and his poster? Immigration, the single market and taking back control of our laws were precisely what the vote was about. You know it but you've hit on this self-delusion from somewhere that has turned you into a history denier! It's quite amusing actually, if not a little sad.
  13. Speak for yourself. I voted leave because I don't want and never have wanted the UK to be subject to the EU, in any way whatsoever. Only I didn't get a chance to express my view until I was halfway through my time on earth. That was a long wait but it was worth it.
  14. Well, it might do to people with your view of the world.