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  1. FirstWorldProblems

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    So leave the thread if you think there is nothing more to be said We are literally at the most critical juncture of the process since the referendum. It is the final days of the negotiation process for a deal that will set the tone for our economic, political and social future for decades generations to come. We ought to be engaged citizens, inspecting our elected leaders and holding them to account if they fall short. The purpose of this thread is surely for engaged citizens to discuss and debate and to enhance our understanding. Please stop trying to shut down that discussion. Just abstain from it if you think it's no value.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    A lazy and transparent attempt to deflect from the arguments by trying to paint those who criticise as being the enemy and against "us". Be better than this. Argue the issue, stop attacking the people who highlight it. argumentum ad hominem, is a term that refers to several types of arguments, most of which are fallacious. Typically this term refers to a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself. This avoids genuine debate by creating a diversion to some irrelevant but often highly charged issue.
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    Corona Virus

    Fingers crossed. That would be fantastic
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    Corona Virus

    How come Melbourne? Is that where the workforce is? Or supply chain? just curious why they wouldn’t place it in a location where the investment would benefit communities that are less well off than one of the big cities.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    We’ve been hearing the panic from the fishing industry this past few weeks. Here’s a good (shirt) interview with the CEO of the company who probably produced the milk you buy from the supermarket explaining how in an industry with 3% margins, the tariffs and costs of red tape at the borders make business unsustainable They export 50% of their product. Remember that it’s companies like these where your pensions are invested. The rest of farming will be in the same boat. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-49817455 is there really no way we can stop this disaster?
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    Corona Virus

    Jul 2020: UK officially opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme. Aug 2020: EU expands vaccine scheme with a 5th company, Moderna. Oct 2020: EU fast-tracks Moderna approval. Nov 2020: Moderna trial shows 95% effectivess from vaccine that doesn't need special storage. Damn.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    This is so weak, I can’t even summon the energy to Google “clasping at straws meme”
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    It’s been said many many times in this thread that the country voted leave for the second time in 2019. I’m just putting that assertion in context - the facts don’t back that up. More importantly why do you continue to defend this calamity? You are an intelligent guy. Now we have had time to watch this all play out, you can’t really believe any more that this is a good thing.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Explain this one to me? How have remainers been thwarting the efforts of Brexit? Remainers who are not in government. Remainers who are not at the negotiating table. Remainers who have no power whatsoever in this exercise. Literally the only thing Remainers can do is scream into the void by posting our opinions on forums like this. And as for will of the people - it was the will of 52% of the voting people in 2019 to have a second referendum. You should write to your MP to complain that we didn't. [edit: typo - 2016 should have been 2019 [refering to the general election])
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    How is Boris Doing So Far?

    What did he say this time? Usual populist stuff?
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    You'll not get a response to a single one of these on this forum......or any other. Whilst there are plenty of Brexit voters who have flipped their position and are angry at the way they were lied to and mislead, Brexit fanatics won't take responsibility - it's now all about finding someone else to blame. Taking responsibility for the cock-up would bring with it a responsibility to fix said cock-up and that takes a different mentality than the one it takes to destroy things.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    For once I agree with you. Over 1/4 of the British people voted to leave the EU and I think a significant percentage of them don't care one jot about deal or no deal. Brexit means Brexit.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Hopefully not - but it could be worse than that. Around half of the exports from the UK are by foreign owned businesses. I think that's worth repeating - half of the things we manufacture and export are made by foreign owned businesses. Why would those foreign owned companies continue to manufacture here when everything they export is subject to tariffs and red-tape delays, both of which will drive up the price for consumers and decreasing their competitiveness. Something something project fear something something sovereignty We need that deal! [edit: I am mistaken, apologies. It's more like 3/5ths are foreign owned according to the ONS] In 2018, foreign-owned businesses exported £96.3 billion and imported £49.9 billion of services, whereas domestically owned businesses exported and imported less, at £69.8 billion and £33.5 billion, respectively
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    Corona Virus

    I might be losing my memory, but I think that when I was erecting fences as a summer job 25 years ago I was earning £50 a day.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Any deal would be welcome. With a deal we have to have people who manage that deal, they will have a relationship and with a relationship we have a basis to continue conversation and to build upon the deal. Like any contract, we can mutually agree to change a deal, and to grow it and improve it. With no deal we have none of those.
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