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  1. Unlikely... tourism accounts for significantly more movement than those using FoM. To put it into context (I appreciate the UK isn't in Shengen but), over 3m people come to the UK as tourists *each month*, orders of magnitude higher than those who travelled under FoM over the entire year! FoM/Schengen is a red herring, changing it would have made no difference in the current situation (IMHO), borders always have been closable if the need arises.
  2. I hadn't until recently, there was a BBC Storyville about it a few weeks ago which was fairly informative: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000dt7d/storyville-the-gene-revolution-changing-human-nature
  3. Check their share price, dropping like a brick. Tim's on his knees... begging Joris not to close pubs too!
  4. Only 77 people tested since Sunday in the US: https://news.yahoo.com/cdc-tested-only-77-people-this-week-coronavirus-testing-slow-around-the-nation-153646616.html "Redd also revealed in his testimony that the total number of people tested for the coronavirus by the CDC was 1,784. That means that, as of Wednesday morning, the CDC had tested only 77 people for the coronavirus since Sunday. According to a CDC spokesman, the number that had been tested as of Sunday was 1,707. " S.Korea is testing more people per day than the US has in total so far...
  5. Why spend £40m when you can pay £400m instead, for no benefit... ...Brexit in a nutshell. I see the UK's Galileo replacement has hit the ground running: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/03/02/brexit_satellite_delay/ "Rockets are fuelled by more than wishful thinking and maybe some of those experts might be useful after all." All so predictable, sadly. Turns out, that £350m was a bargain... who'd have thought it!
  6. Well if you did, you might have been able to spell it correctly ...but since you don't, and can't, you don't really have anything to complain about.
  7. Someone who "proudly" sponges off others by using a service they refuse to pay for, complains the service they refuse to pay for doesn't have the funds to pay someone else to spell check every article, on a service they've previously proclaimed they hate! Maybe you should have made the title "How can I better highlight my rank hypocrisy?"
  8. How many would have lost their jobs anyway? Fish stocks were seriously depleted. Without the CFP there may not have been any more fish to catch at all! The EU Common Fisheries Policy has helped, not harmed, UK fisheries: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/can-europe-make-it/eu-common-fisheries-policy-has-helped-not-harmed-uk-fisheries-0/ "Many ports around the UK only have a small fraction of the vessels they once had, but blaming the EU here doesn’t make much sense. First, technological changes have led to a reduction in the number of fishing vessels in developed countries both inside and outside the EU. Second, vessel decommissioning schemes from the EU actually helped many fishers and coastal communities through a difficult transition as quotas lessened. Third, one of the most significant issues for small ports is how quota is allocated between different fishing fleets and this is a national decision." There's every chance that the decimation was inevitable and for those involved, far worse without the EU. Brexit isn't going to help the UK fishing industry or address any of the problems it faces, a significant portion of which were a result of UK government policy rather than the EU's. They'll be the first under the wheels come crunch time I'll wager.
  9. The gift that keep on giving... Oil giant Total to shift London finance hub to Paris https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2020/01/14/oil-giant-total-to-shift-london-finance-hub-to-paris-due-to-brexit/
  10. Aye... my mum went a couple of years ago, had a great time. 9 million tourist went to Iran in 2018, their prisons must be reet full The epitomy of their views of Iranians. The irony being that Spider is more radicalised than they are
  11. Depends on the deal, the US is pushing hard for a serious reduction in information on food labelling. Having nutrition, high-fat/sugar info, and origin information on labelling is considered a "barrier to trade" by the US, for fairly obvious reasons... Fortunately, most of the public understand the importance of keeping our labelling and standards: https://www.ippr.org/news-and-media/press-releases/public-willing-to-sacrifice-us-trade-deal-to-protect-food-safety Bit of a bind for Boris though... Only time will tell.
  12. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50840595 The mechanisms to erode worker rights and individual freedoms enter phase 1
  13. On the democracy index Singapore is 70th out of 167, where 80% of the population live in public housing. Where you can't buy a car without a government supplied "Certificate of Entitlement". Hmmmm, inspirational
  14. Senior British diplomat in US quits with tirade over Brexit 'half-truths' https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/06/uk/top-british-diplomat-quits-brexit-intl/index.html "I have been increasingly dismayed by the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us; and some behaviour towards our institutions, which, were it happening in another country, we would almost certainly as diplomats have received instructions to register our concern. It makes our job to promote democracy and the rule of law that much harder, if we are not seen to be upholding these core values at home. I am also at a stage in life where I would prefer to do something more rewarding with my time, than peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust"
  15. Accurate as ever. The VAT rate is 5% ... and as usual, it's the exact opposite direction to which you claim. The EC has already announced amendments to allow member states to set whatever rates they wish
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