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^ It's satire, mate. Particularly of the hardcore porn variety.


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^ It's satire, mate. Particularly of the hardcore porn variety.

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Gordon Brown warns of Brexit 'crisis point'

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has warned that the UK may hit a "crisis point next summer" as the UK edges closer to Brexit and held out the possibility that the UK may not leave the EU.

He said that he was not now advocating a second referendum, but suggested that there "may be scope for a reassessment" as voters began to realise, he suggested, that the promises of the Leave side of the referendum campaign would not be fulfilled.

He suggested that there could be a "game changer" from the EU side that allowed the UK to rethink.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...it-crisis-point



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Crops rotting in Cornish fields due to sharp fall in migrant labour says Cornwall Council in appeal to government

Crops are rotting in the fields as Cornish farms have been unable to fully harvest crops this year due to a sharp fall in migrant labour.

Cornwall Council is calling on the government to make sure future migration laws deliver the right skills for the Cornish economy to prosper after the UK exits the EU.

Recent research commissioned by Cornwall Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership found changes to migration laws after Brexit could lead to multi-million pound losses to the Cornish economy if the horticultural industry cannot access the skills and workforce it needs. The research found that following the Brexit vote, recruitment immediately became more difficult for horticultural farms, harvests could not be lifted in full and staffing requirements were already dwindling to 65% of need.

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EU preparing for possible collapse of Brexit talks - Barnier

12 November 2017

 

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, says he is planning for the possible collapse of Brexit negotiations with the UK.

Mr Barnier was talking to French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche days after giving the UK a two-week deadline to clarify key issues.

Failing to reach an agreement was not his preferred option, he stressed.

The UK's Brexit Secretary David Davis has said it is time for both sides "to work to find solutions".

On Friday, Mr Davis insisted good progress was being made across the board, and that the negotiations had narrowed to a "few outstanding, albeit important, issues".

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-41961412


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Brexit: Environment watchdog planned says Gove

12 November 2017

 

A new environment watchdog to protect UK wildlife, land, water and air once Britain leaves the European Union is being planned by the government.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove said the body would hold the powerful to account and deliver a green Brexit.

The plans come amid concerns that environmental regulations enshrined in EU law could be lost after Brexit.

Mr Gove told the Andrew Marr Show standards would not be sacrificed as part of a potential US free trade deal.

Speaking to Andrew Marr, Mr Gove rejected suggestions from US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the UK may relax its policies to secure an agreement post-Brexit.

"While we do want a trade deal with the United States, we will not lower environment or animal welfare standards," he said.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...litics-41958801


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Theresa May's ability to deliver Brexit in doubt amid growing threat to her leadership
Source: The Independent
Joe Watts, Political Editor
2 hours ago

 

Theresa May’s ability to deliver Brexit is in doubt amid a growing threat to her leadership and concerns over whether she still has the political clout to govern.

Ms May must this week renew the drive to push her EU withdrawal Bill through the House of Commons, with Tory MPs who backed Remain in the referendum threatening to join forces with Jeremy Corbyn’s party to impose changes.

But Labour and other opposition parties warned that Ms May no longer has enough authority over the Conservatives to secure the Bill’s passage, after it emerged some 40 Tory MPs may now be willing to sign a letter of no confidence in her and a note emerged in which two cabinet ministers appear to direct her Brexit policy.

It also follows reports that the EU is preparing for the collapse of Brexit talks and of her Government, which is torn between trying to give more ground in Brexit talks to achieve progress while also maintaining the support of Eurosceptic Tories who want no further compromise.

 

Read more: http://www.independe...e-a8051066.html


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Parliament to get binding vote on final Brexit deal

13 November 2017

 

Parliament is to be given a take-it-or leave-it vote on the final Brexit deal before the UK leaves the EU.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said the terms of the UK's exit, such as money, citizen rights and any transition must become law via a new Act of Parliament.

While any deal would "only hold" if MPs approved it, he said it would not alter the fact the UK was leaving the EU.

Labour welcomed a "climbdown" but some MPs warned of a "sham" if ministers could not be asked to renegotiate.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said the announcement was significant because it represented a big concession to potential Tory rebels and Labour MPs at a highly important moment in the Brexit process.

It comes as MPs prepare to debate key Brexit legislation later this week with the government facing possible defeat on aspects of the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will convert EU law into UK law.

The UK is due to leave the EU in March 2019, irrespective of whether MPs back or reject the terms of the deal negotiated by Theresa May's government.

 

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So parliament will get a chance to reject whatever deal is negotiated, and (if they do) we will instead have no deal at all?

 

What a pointless piece of rubber stamping that will be. 


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Belief that customs system will be ready for Brexit ‘borders on insanity’

Monday 20 November 2017 18.03 GMT

One of the world’s biggest logistics companies, whose clients include Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Primark, has said it is “bordering on insanity” to think new Brexit customs systems will be in place for 2019.

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Pomlett told the Freight Transport Association conference in Dublin on Monday that delays in Dover would lead to a “calamitous situation”. It is calculated that an increase of just two minutes in the average time it takes trucks to clear customs could cause 17-mile tailbacks in the port town.

He said 70% of EU trade entered Britain “on a lorry” and urged businesses to be more vocal about the potential disruption in order to force the government into action.

Meanwhile a body set up by the Good Friday agreement to promote cross-border trade in Ireland warned that some companies in Northern Ireland could be wiped out simply by the sheer number of rules of origin certificates required for each export to the EU post Brexit.

“They are £48 a pop. We worked out the bill for one company would add on £700,000 in costs a year, its entire profit,” said Aidan Gough, strategy director of InterTrade Ireland, which is coaching businesses on Brexit survival.

 

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A great reader's comment in the Guardian yesterday –
 
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"Thank you brexiters. You have succeeded in doing what no Armada, airforce, enemy or war has done in 300 years. You've made Britain small.
 
Your vote has manifestly and undeniably reduced this country. You have diminished us in the eyes of the world. Our power has been lessened, our influence has declined, we no longer have the same reach and standing.
 
You've lost us our seat on the international court. You've lost us our banks access to Europe. You've lost us our position as the cutting edge of European research. You've lost us any influence over our European neighbours and friends and as a consequence of that the rest of the world too.
 
You've turned this country into a backwater. You've made us a little people on a little island on the periphery of world events.
 
Taking back control? You've given all our power away for a sack full of dreams and a belly full of bile.
 
Why?
 
Why have you done this? I don't understand. What is it? What is this grand dream that you believe we've lost and that leaving the EU will bring back?
 
Is it possible that I'm the only British person alive today that has no clue as to what we're meant to be fighting for? I literally have no idea what you brexiters want. I know what we're meant to be against, but not one positive thing we're meant to be striving towards in this new non European Britain. It seems to be something to do with churchill but other than than not a clue. It also seems that as I don't know what this shared dream is meant to be then somehow you believe I'm now a traitor, why?
 
So brexiters please tell us all what you're for, what you want? What is this "control" you claim to want so badly? What is it control over?
 
I'm not sure you actually understand yourselves. I think it's a feeling you're craving, a feeling of control over a world that is passing you by. I don't think it ammounts to any more than that. You want our country to bend to feelings and that's it. You're after obtaining the intangible and ephemeral by dismantling the real and permanent.
 
So please brexiters if you want me to pronounce shibboleth can you please have the decency of saying it out loud first. Give me a clue as to what you want us to be?"

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UK faces longest fall in living standards since records began, says thinktank

 

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Thursday 23 November 2017 08.57 GMT

 

The UK is on course for the longest fall in living standards since records began in the 1950s, as analysis shows Philip Hammonds budget will drive up inequality.

The Resolution Foundation said the stark downgrade to economic growth revealed by the chancellor on Wednesday means household disposable incomes were now set to fall until 2020. It also found the poorest third are set for an average loss of £715 a year over the coming five years, while the richest third stand to gain £185 on average.

 

Hammond slashed stamp duty for first-time homebuyers as part of a package of measures to boost the economy, facing evidence that the UK will be one of the weakest-growing major countries over the next five years. Britain’s growth rate was cut from 2% to 1.5% in 2017 and by between 0.2 and 0.5 percentage points over the next four years.

 

 

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We are so fucked. :(

 

 



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The right never makes any sense...Always doing things without considering the downside of doing them.


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The right never makes any sense...Always doing things without considering the downside of doing them.

 

Brexit wasn't a clear left/right issue though. A lot of Conservatives voted to remain. Other factors were involved – e.g. young vs old, urban vs rural, educated vs uneducated.


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Johnson & Johnson pulls plan for first UK research centre

25 November 2017 • 7:05pm

American healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has pulled out of a plan to build a new research and development facility in the UK amid concerns about the economy.

It is understood the company, best known for its baby products, had identified a site for its JLabs concept, which helps fledgling pharmaceutical manufacturers to develop their products, just outside Cambridge.

But the plans have been put on hold over concerns that the UK is both politically and economically weak while negotiations to leave the European Union are ongoing.

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There have been concerns within the UK’s pharmaceutical industry that access to the European market could be restricted and manufacturers could incur huge restructuring costs unless a deal can be struck with Brussels.

In June, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) advised UK-based pharma companies to move hundreds of roles and functions to an EU member state ahead of Brexit in order to maintain their existing rights to sell medicines in the common market.

 

http://www.telegraph...esearch-centre/






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