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  1. Sometimes, some of the waste-of-bandwidth-and-server-storage guff posted on here is so dumb, that it really isn't worth acknowledging in the first place, never mind quoting or answering.
  2. It must have been very difficult, being a eurosceptic over the last 24 months. What was initially seen as heralding the fall of the EU, a fresh attack on a "corrupt and inept institution", has yielded the exact opposite outcomes than those which a euroskeptic would have expected. When they expected that Merkel and Macron would wade in and take the lead, use smaller EU countries as body armour, and bully and threaten the UK, instead the leaders of the big countries have stepped back, given the spotlight to the small countries like Ireland, and used the weight of the EU to protect them. Brexit was going to prove that the EU was nothing more than a step towards a new German federal superstate. Instead it's proven the opposite. When they expected that slow, incompetent EU bureaucrats would be chasing their tails while the savvy UK politicians dictated the playbook, instead the EU bureaucrats have been completely prepared from day one, have stood serenely and patiently waiting for the UK to get their s...tuff together, and have never once been thrown a curveball or been knocked off guard by the UK. Brexit was going to prove that the EU doesn't work, that it serves no purpose except to give big fat pensions to some foreign civil servants. Instead it's proven the opposite. It's quite an amazing phenomenon of Brexit. Not only has the factual part of an orderly exit from the EU been proven impossible, but even the fantasy stuff, the Brexit-related "wins" that people voted on and that people attached to their own personal visions of Brexit, have been proven wrong. There is not a single angle from which Brexit is not a complete and utter failure to deliver.
  3. Yeah, that really looks like me "saying it as if it's happening":
  4. Are you on the sauce or something? #299 links you to HMG notice about power supply in the Brexit context, which clearly and plainly states a real power supply problem for NI in case of no deal #299 also mentions that the genny barge story was in last year's papers, an example of which I then linked you to. I've seen plenty of cognitive dissonance on display by Brexiters on here and elsewhere, but that last post of yours is.... You never had a 'negotiating position' (and you were explained so before the referendum, but 'German car manufacturers' LOL!) Just delusions of grandeur and the overdeveloped sense of entitlement that goes with them, held by some amongst the 52%. Are you enjoying your humility lesson yet? Because it looks like not
  5. I posted in reply to lil-minx92 that power supply in NI was at risk in case of no deal Brexit, with an anecdote that HMG was planning to set up generator barges last year, with an open query about what was the progress on that front: post 269, feel free to check. You then queried the NI power supply risk (beside other). I then linked you to HMG's own, official preparation notice on the topic. And now you're accusing me of making up a fake story about the barges, when it was a government leak all over the papers last year? Do you really think I need to invent stuff like that, with how you've been handling Brexit, and still are?
  6. Don't know. And care even less, would you believe
  7. Is the problem with sentence construction or with the words, or both? I said it was complex, so that was the short and simple version without typing for an hour. I will readily agree in advance, that it's dangerous to (over-)simplify complex issues. Just like the UK's membership of the EU, say
  8. I'm not implying anything: it's in black and white in HMG's own notice. And hardly news: the stories about HMG planning barge-mounted gennys to maintain supply capacity in NI go back to last autumn. I guess the issue got cognitive dissonance-suppressed as just more 'Project Fear', like everything else in the preparation notices, as usual. Funny how these issues are all coming true one after the other, lately. As time goes on, I'm seeing less and less "let's just go out without a deal" posts and comments here and elsewher, so perhaps reality is dawning on some at last. Pity it's taken so long, but well...you are where you are. On the ejector seat, armed and primed, with the trigger handle halfway pulled.
  9. (in case of no-deal) 1st bit in bold: neither for Remainers nor Brexiters in Northern Ireland (unless HMG bought and setup those floating generators yet?) 2nd & 3rd bits in bold: your mileage may vary in the first week or two, but should be sorted quick-sharp regardless. The issues are, very broadly, jurisdictional scope of B2B & B2C contracts involved, and segregation/localisation of datasets on view of GDPR (+ copyright content & licenses for Netflix). It's very complex. Sufficiently so, for eg the BBC to be looking for an EU office in Amsterdam (& reciprocally for EU27-based providers). You really should read HMG & the EU's preparedness notices. They weren't put together for the laugh.
  10. Its past history of debt and failure is irrelevant: the company was bought out by a new owner in 2017. With regards to the EU plastics directive, wasn't Brexit supposed to remove such EU constraints on UK manufacturers? Seemingly not, then. It clearly isn't wrong, since each of the two articles I picked (at random) in your list clearly referenced Brexit as one of the factors material to the job losses, as I quoted. You've proven nothing more than your bias, disavowing any relevance of Brexit howsoever so long as there is at least one non-Brexit factor involved. What I stated above, is plainly clear: articles about job losses without Brexit as a direct or indirect factor aren't included (else the list would cover every last job loss in the UK since the referendum, and that runs significantly higher than 217,000 ) Feel free to continue taking issue with the dataset: it doesn't invalidate the fundamental point that Brexit has already cost thousands upon thousands of jobs (75,000 if you only look at articles giving EU moving/relocation as a factor). That's my last on this. Well, do you support Brexit or not? Have you not consistently argued and opined in favour of it on here, for the last 2+ years? You can try and shift the blame on the government and Parliament...but they're only trying to do as you instructed, argued and opined: so you get to wear the outcome just the same... ..unless you only talk the talk, while the going's good? Remember Thatcher and the miners? That long of it to go yet. Whichever Brexit gets resolved, it will continue to dominate your politics and media for years.
  11. Easily: chronic under-investment. Withholding investment in newer tools, machines, automation, systems <etc> means having to hire ever more hands to do the increasing amount of work (actual, but also admin) that needs to be done just to keep level in a growing (international) commercial context. You've had a long spell of under-investment after the 2008 GFC (like everywhere else), few productivity gains afterwards (in-work top-up benefits & ZHCs made employment a cheap corporate resource, with far less exposure to 3rd parties (i.e. bankers)) and now another spell of under-investment since the 2016 referendum result (unlike everywhere else). So 10 years after the 2008 GFC, you're still a productivity red lantern in the G7/G20. And in 10 days, Brexit. Which will seal that under-investment in the UK economy for another 5 years at least. Slow clap optional.
  12. The rethoric in your media is no laughing matter. Bercow will probably need a protection detail for a while, after this morning's front pages. They're way up there with the earlier "enemies of the people" at Judges. Beyond disgraceful.
  13. I'm giving the company statement a bit more credence than that of a former employee. LOL, look who's talking! At least I took care to quote enough to show the balance of the article, i.e. that it was not all caused by Brexit. More than can be said about your desperate attempts to head off the bad news. 10 days to go. You ready to own this?
  14. You did not even see that I'd quoted the bit told by the employee about under-investment, which you then accused me of leaving out and re-quoted. Then, and of course, you completely glossed over the significance of the uncertainty caused by the government's handling of Brexit, to that under-investment which is pervading every last nook and cranny of the British economy. Have your cheap imaginary points and your LOLs, I'm not interested in wasting more time with you.
  15. First mentioned in your list, Body Shop. Source article. Extracts: A worker for Body Shop told Metro.co.uk: ‘There are a lot of worried people in the company right now. They have already moved the warehouse operations to Frankfurt, Germany and head office employees are going through another round of redundancies. ‘They are doing this because of Brexit but are trying to keep the scale of it all quiet. The Body Shop might have been founded in Britain but it is no longer a British owned company so it can move wherever it likes.’ Confirming the job losses a company spokesman said: ‘The continued uncertainty about the impact of Brexit requires us to be proactive in managing every aspect of our business to meet our customers’ needs. ‘The Body Shop is opening a new distribution centre in, Frankfurt, Germany. The distribution centre, our first in Continental Europe, will contribute to improving the quality of our service across all channels we operate in.’ He added: ‘In terms of the impact on the distribution centre in Littlehampton, the changes will result in approximately 20 roles being made redundant. But nothing to do with Brexit you say? Vision Gelpack. Source article. Extracts: Gelpack said nothing last week but has now issued a statement through Mr Farncombe. “The decision to put the company in administration mirrors harsh realities to do with future prospects that have been affected by the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit process,” he told the Visonscape website. "The reason it failed was that Visionscape did not really support the business coming towards the end of last year when they were continually running out materials," said the former worker who did not wish to be named. "This created the problem of lines being stopped or changing to other jobs. VisionGelpack could not secure finances needed to buy the materials as they were, in a sense, a new business so they could not secure enough credit, and were having to pay for most things upfront." In 2017, Gelpack Excelsior was bought out of administration by the Visionscape Group who acquired the assets of the former company. But nothing to do with Brexit you say? You might not remember what investment and funding was like for SMEs in 2017 , but I certainly do: I was still in the UK, and seeing local start-up clients go to the wall one after the other through investment starvation. I posted about it in the Brexit thread of the day. Investment dropped off the proverbial cliff across the UK after the referendum in 2016, and hasn't picked back since. Positively tons of evidence about that from official and journalistic sources. Whatever the UK does in the next month, and whatever new post-membership or renewed-membership life awaits the UK when all is said and eventually done about its exiting or remaining process itself: it will be re-joining the global economic competition after 3+ years' worth of investment penalty pit-stopping. Don't bother with the rest of the list, as you say.
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