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Old Yesterday, 23:01   #6631
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Re: Brexit

Many leavers hoped that German business might come to our rescue and persuade the powers to be of the right course of action to take in the course of Brexit. The "they need us more than we need them" belief.

Well, they might be right after all!
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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new head of Angela Merkel’s party, is the most senior German politician yet to openly appeal to the UK to abandon Brexit. She is among more than two dozen leading figures from German politics, industry and the arts to announce an “unprecedented” cross-party campaign to persuade Britain “from the bottom of our hearts” to remain.
Their affectionate letter to The Times marks a significant shift in Berlin’s tone. It argues that the two countries share an indissoluble bond thanks to Britain’s role in rebuilding Germany after the Second World War.
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Re: Brexit

In today’s Times letters.
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Re: Brexit

It’s a nice sentiment, but the first paragraph occurred in the 30-odd years before we joined the EU and they can still come here and enjoy a pie, a pint and a panto after we leave.

So unless this letter is somehow a coded plea for us not to leave them alone with the French, I’m unmoved ...

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In all seriousness I’m not sure what it’s meant to achieve. If they think the abandonment of Brexit is likely, or even on the table, then a very senior German politician is misreading the situation in Britain very badly indeed. If they think that Britain’s role in forcibly bringing Nazi Germany to its senses and then assisting in its post-war rehabilitation is in any way connected, in the British psyche, with our membership of the EU, then for all the affection and sentiment in their letter they really don’t understand us at all.
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Re: Brexit

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This must surely reduce our chances of leaving the EU on 29th March. That Anglo-Saxon saying "Couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery comes to mind.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46917999

Meanwhile, fellow leaver BoJo has been caught out for lying to the public. A ploy to aid his prime ministerial ambitions or a genuine memory lapse?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46926119
If Turkey isn't going to join the EU, why has the EU given them over 9 billion Euros plus other billions as part of preparations for it? Turkey has pushed for visa-free travel. That is freedom of movement in all but name.
EU Auditors report,
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
I. EU financial assistance planned for Turkey from 2007 until 2020 through the
Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) mounts to over 9 billion euros.
Our objective was to assess the design and effectiveness of the IPA to Turkey,
the purpose of which is to align the candidate country with the acquis and
strengthen its administrative capacity.
Another €6bn to Turkey.
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Countries including Germany and the Netherlands are pushing for the European Commission to fund all of the €3bn payment due as part of a deal signed with Ankara in 2016. An earlier €3bn was two-thirds financed by EU member states
Then there's the likes of Ukraine being lined up.
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All measures combined could bring overall support of €11 billion over the next seven years from the EU budget and the international financial institutions, including up to €1.4 billion in grants from the Member States
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Re: Brexit

I saw in the papers from a few days ago that the EU could lose 500 billion from a no deal. not sure how true that is.
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Re: Brexit

All the more reason for no deal.
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Re: Brexit

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If Turkey isn't going to join the EU, why has the EU given them over 9 billion Euros plus other billions as part of preparations for it? Turkey has pushed for visa-free travel. That is freedom of movement in all but name.
EU Auditors report,

Another €6bn to Turkey.

Then there's the likes of Ukraine being lined up.
I'm not sure you read the article I linked to. Boris denied mentioning Turkey whereas he did. The point is about his honesty or memory.

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I saw in the papers from a few days ago that the EU could lose 500 billion from a no deal. not sure how true that is.
They could gain 500 billion. It depends on the period of time involved and the formula; we'll all lose from a no-deal initially and the UK long term.
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