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  1. Gbye grey sky

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Fair enough. I should have said that the UK has no agreements in place as it is a party to the EU agreement. There is no guarantee that Britain will have been able to have an agreed split by the end of March.
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    Ben Stokes violent assault

    How can he think he is immune. He missed the Ashes series, was arrested and tried and now faces further disciplinary hearings. You might consider these minor punishments but I am certain that he doesn’t.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    You seem really confused here. On the one hand you acknowledge that the UK is still a member of the EU and then on the other contend that the UK left 2 years ago. Having said that the vote will have had an impact on net migration already so we will soon be seeing whether that affects the economy positively or negatively. Whether unemployment rises or falls over the next 2 years depends on factors like investment, trade and economic growth. All are seriously at risk so falling net migration would, in those circumstances, soften the blow as far as unemployment was concerned but it would be expected to lead to a rise. Much still depends on the manner of leaving still which remains in the air and I remain cautiously optimistic that May and her party will not sacrifice the country merely to make a futile gesture.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Do you not think it wierd saying that you have observed older people are more adaptable and open to change than younger people are. Can you even remember being young and stuck in your ways at that time while your parents and grandparents were clearly fully embracing all the societal and technological changes. My experience differs from yours in that older people generally tend to yearn for times past more often than move with the times.......and I am (just) in that older category now. And I mix with a lot of people older than myself that express those views. It is so obvious why you as the oldest thought it was a good idea but if you cannot see it..........well.
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    Ben Stokes violent assault

    I am really hoping that Stokes honestly reflects on his actions and what they have cost him personally - and, by extension the integrity of English cricket. This guy is so talented and anyone who loves cricket wants to see him on the playing field channelling that aggression he has in a positive way in all forms of cricket. The boozing culture is anathema to sporting excellence. I also hope the ECB do not extend the ban beyond what he has already missed......but this must be a last chance for him.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Actually you could not be more wrong. The people who want Brexit cannot cope with the changing world and see Brexit as an opportunity (albeit delusional) to turn the clock back to a time when Britain was pre-eminent in the world. You can see that by the supporters of both sides. The Brexit crew are the mostly the most conservative minded people out there whilst Remainers are largely progressive thinkers who have come to terms with a changing world in the 21st Century.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    It is but one of the many reasons why ‘no deal’ is not actually an option. It was part of a silly slogan but there were only ever three options. A bad deal, EEA/EFTA or a deal on EU terms. May seems to have ruled out 2 of these and left her negotiating the terms of a bad deal. There is still a little time for the Government to come to their senses but there is no outward sign of it happening yet.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Actually the UK is not a member of the WTO. The EU is so, as a member of the EU, the UK is too. But on leaving the membership ceases and the UK will need to apply. Many are assuming this is a formality but expect there to be some lag time at least.
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    The Bush Comes To The City (Brisbane)

    Seems quiet there. Have to admit I have never been though my wife and daughter have. Wife said it was not dissimilar to the Surrey County show back in UK - which I also never visited despite living not far away from Guildford.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Should add that the other sure thing is that there cannot be ‘no deal’ as the UK would not even be a member of WTO so trade would be highly problemmatic, EU citizens in Britain would have no standing and vice versa, and a hard border in Ireland would have to go up to name but three. A deal of some kind is therefore inevitable. ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ was always just an empty slogan and Europeans must have laughed behind May’s back every time she uttered it.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Believing we are at the end of this is wishful thinking. However the clock is ticking down so we will soon have some idea what sort of Brexit the country will be facing. One thing for sure is that it will not be the one set out in the recent White Paper. The key difference between the Brexi crew and Remainers is that Brexiteers think that the UK holds a strong hand in any negotiations (because of the trade surplus - which they view is at risk as the British will no longer buy German made cars for example) so the other 27 must sacrifice their principles and Remainers are convinced that the best deal is actually what we have already as a member so the least damaging outcome is being as close to that as possible.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Which people are they?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Amazing how often this needs saying.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Andrew Bolt is mainly quite funny though he does generally speak out for the marginalised and downtrodden of the world (ie. white males) so I can see why he is popular amongst many in that demographic.
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    What is better, what is worse?

    I grant you that supermarkets are much bigger in the UK so you get more different brands of ketchup etc. But more of the fresh produce is local in Oz year round. Didn’t go hungry in either country. You can buy booze in Oz but not in the supermarket. A good thing I think and one the UK should copy. Perhaps less convenient in Oz for alcoholics. Nutricious Ready Meals ....... you are joking with that one , right? Meat is definitely better in Oz but deli counters not quite so good. Fish is plentiful but expensive but it was in the UK too. I am thinking that you may not have been in Oz for some time. TV was better in the UK....but deteriorating. We get many of the shows here anyway either on ABC, SBS, YouTube or Netflix. Don’t watch channels 7, 9, 10 etc unless they have cricket as the ads are intolerable. Pubs better in the UK for sure so if you are a pub regular you are better served in the UK. Luckily I was the occasional country pub lunch type (3-4 times per year so not a big deal). Haven’t noticed much difference in general friendliness but, in general, customer service is better in Oz. Staff in our local supermarkets are far more likely to smile and be friendly/interested. In the UK most looked miserable. Fast food is plentiful in UK too isn’t it? I thought it was anyway. Just looked up that at end of 2014 there were over 600 KFCs in Oz but nearly 2000 in the UK which is in line with population sizes though more Maccas here. Nearly 900 compared with 1200 in UK.