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    Quote Originally Posted by gogobongopop View Post
    It's a consequence of triggering Article 50 without any vision or agreement about what success looks like.
    On that I completely agree. Theresa May has been terrible for that, absolutely terrible.
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    In this case they are justified. We know perfectly well what the various border schemes will result in. The logistics companies also know very well what those results will mean for their own business.

    The problem is that both the companies and your government (should!) know about those consequences - and the companies have asked what will be done to mitigate the more problematic results (example: Drivers licenses becoming invalid).

    As of yet, they have no clear answer.

    To put it into a perspective you can understand: This is like an announcement that all pubs, restaurants and other locales will face new regulations to be allowed to serve alcohol. If they don't uphold those regulations, no alcohol is allowed to be sold. What those new regulations actually are? Who the fuck knows.
    Yes except the government has already said and agreed in principle with the EU that there will be a standstill transition until 31 Dec 2019. The new regulations will come into force in nearly two years time. Laws can and frequently do change with shorter notice than 2 years.

    We can't say what the new regulations are until an agreement is made with the EU as to what they will be.

    One regulation that has just changed affecting small businesses of every size and shape is the introduction last month of the GDPR. I would estimate more than 90% of small businesses would have spent less than 1.5 years planning for GDPR.

    The Health Act 2006 transformed pubs in this country by outlawing smoking in them. The ban came into effect with less than 12 months after the Act was signed onto the statue book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Yes except the government has already said and agreed in principle with the EU that there will be a standstill transition until 31 Dec 2019.
    Incorrect. Govt. did indeed come to an agreement in principle with the EU, but has since then tried to slither out of their commitment, now trying to sell the EU the notion of a backstop to the backstop, which means no backstop at all and effectively nullifies the agreement about transition. The UK is once again showing itself to be an untrustworthy negotiation partner.

    The new regulations will come into force in nearly two years time. Laws can and frequently do change with shorter notice than 2 years.

    We can't say what the new regulations are until an agreement is made with the EU as to what they will be.

    One regulation that has just changed affecting small businesses of every size and shape is the introduction last month of the GDPR. I would estimate more than 90% of small businesses would have spent less than 1.5 years planning for GDPR.

    The Health Act 2006 transformed pubs in this country by outlawing smoking in them. The ban came into effect with less than 12 months after the Act was signed onto the statue book.
    These comparisons are ridiculous. The examples you cite require much less time and money to adapt to--and set up contingency plans for--than changes to customs regimes, rules of origin, access to labour etc. This is true even under ideal conditions, but businesses' difficulties here reflect--and are exacerbated by--govt's inability to deal with them in a clear and timely manner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    The Health Act 2006 transformed pubs in this country by outlawing smoking in them. The ban came into effect with less than 12 months after the Act was signed onto the statue book.
    Yes, bravo for missing the point once again. As you're wont to do. In your example, it was very clear that this was a) a ban and b) how to comply with it. Also, it's a completely different approach.

    Your Health Act basically said: "If you don't do A then we'll shut you down or fine you."

    In this case, however, it's rather: "Well, your business may have to close down completely because we don't have an agreement yet. And we don't know how you can avoid that."

    Basically, with your Health Act it was rather clear how to comply. And also rather easy to do. With the driving license issue? It's still completely in the air. Not a single person has a single fucking clue.
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    The problem here is that Randy doesn't understand why he is wrong. He thinks that the old rules apply while we can't make him understand that what he did with his idiotic vote was set fire to the rule book.
    Greece shows us that there is a kind of politician worse than the ones that break their election promises; the ones that keep their election promises.

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    Two questions:

    1) How could anyone in their right mind promote BoJo to the cabinet?
    2) What leverage does he have over the PM to enable him to remain there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    Incorrect. Govt. did indeed come to an agreement in principle with the EU, but has since then tried to slither out of their commitment, now trying to sell the EU the notion of a backstop to the backstop, which means no backstop at all and effectively nullifies the agreement about transition. The UK is once again showing itself to be an untrustworthy negotiation partner.
    The backstop agreed was that there would be no barrier across Ireland or across the UK. Barnier's proposal nullified that first by proposing a "have cake and eat it" proposal where one part of the UK is treated as still being part of the market while the rest of the UK is treated as a third party. A magical proposal whereby unicorns can prance across the Irish border into the UK while the UK is treated as a third party. That was never agreed.

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    “On regulatory alignment we have been pragmatic and developed the least disruptive system for citizens and businesses on both sides. Let’s go to pragmatism. Checks carried out on ferries are less disruptive than along a 500km land border.”
    Except that NI is post-Brexit part of the UK and not part of the EU. There seems to be some denial of reality at the moment that imagines that NI is going to remain in the EU - that is not happening. If there's disruption because you've not made a deal then so be it, there are no checks on ferries under any proposal ever agreed. There is no backstop under Article 50 - if there is no deal then the ferries won't have checks it is the land border that does so if you want to keep the land border check-free we need a realistic proposal not a have cake and eat it one.
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    The backstop is whatever we think it is.
    Greece shows us that there is a kind of politician worse than the ones that break their election promises; the ones that keep their election promises.

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    Without a deal there is no backstop. The ultimate backstop is we all crash out together. Either way though its not the UK reneging on what was agreed last December. See this from an arch-Remainer and one of the fiercest critics of Brexit in the media:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Without a deal there is no backstop. The ultimate backstop is we all crash out together. Either way though its not the UK reneging on what was agreed last December. See this from an arch-Remainer and one of the fiercest critics of Brexit in the media:

    Eh, we (EU) will not crash either way. Otherwise, your remoaners are about as bad when it comes to understanding the EU as your average Breximaniacs. So, I don't give a hoot for what one of those thinks about where we are willing to draw the line.
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    As far as Ireland is concerned which is the topic argued about absolutely you will. Or are you saying there will be no customs even if there is no agreement in which case what do we need the backstop for?
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    You remember two years ago? When you demanded a reason from me to vote to stay in? Seems to me that at the ti'me you'd have your time spent a lot better considering what an OUT vote meant for the arrangement you had for a part of your precious union that could not exist outside alignment with the EU. An arrangement which was voted for by the people of that part of your union with 7!%. This democratic vote was shoved in the rubbish bin by your consultative vote. Not because that vote was about abandoning the GFA, but because idiots like you never thought about the collateral damage they were causing.

    Nobody in the EU27 voted for Brexit, we didn't create any of the problems you are experiencing with Brexit. You broke it, you fix it.
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    This condescending attitude demonstrates exactly what's wrong with the EU and precisely why we need to Leave. For us the relationship was already broken which is why Cameron tried to fix it with his failed renegotiation. You and your ilk refused to accept anything was broken then and have acted like a woman scorned since we voted to Leave as if we broke it. No it was already broken and if you won't be an honest broker in fixing it that leaves us one option.

    The problem is that Theresa Maybe is an incompetent fraud. She acted with all this false bravado saying the right things like "No deal is better than a bad deal" while making the same mistake as Cameron in refusing to even countenance walking away thus guaranteeing we'd never take no deal and thus would only be offered a bad deal.

    If you won't be honest brokers, if you won't honour the deal struck last December then its time to walk away and if May won't then she should go and someone else needs to. May's wasted nearly 2 years since we voted to leave but we have about 9 months left to prepare for WTO terms and a no deal exit and £39bn that we won't need to give to you afterall to smooth any problems. Maybe then you can start talking.

    First step should be to start prepping for construction of border posts in Northern Ireland unless the taoiseach decides he wants to negotiate afterall.
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    We will honour the deal. However, it's your side which is kind of lacking on honouring anything here.

    Also: You want something. So you have to deliver. Not the other way around.

    Oh, and nice attitude towards the border. I'd invest into shatterproof / bulletproof glass then, Rand.
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    How is Barnier talking about checks on ferries honouring the deal?

    Checkpoints on the border is the last resort, the first preference is a deal so that its redundant and unnecessary but if you won't reach a deal with us then we have no choice. We entered the EEC as one nation (including NI) and you need to understand we're leaving it as one nation. Until you understand that ferries won't have any checks there is not much more to talk about is there?

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    Have fun with your trainwreck brigade then.

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    Indeed and this one is awful. The sooner May is gone the better.
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    Incidentally any East/West checks like Barnier is explicitly calling for on Ferries is just as much of a violation of the Good Friday Agreement as North/South ones. But that doesn't seem to bother some hypocrites.

    Since Davis, May etc aren't calling for North South checks I expect the condemnation for Barnier being the only one wanting to violate the Good Friday Agreement will be .... total and utter silence from you guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    This condescending attitude demonstrates exactly what's wrong with the EU and precisely why we need to Leave. For us the relationship was already broken which is why Cameron tried to fix it with his failed renegotiation. You and your ilk refused to accept anything was broken then and have acted like a woman scorned since we voted to Leave as if we broke it. No it was already broken and if you won't be an honest broker in fixing it that leaves us one option.

    The problem is that Theresa Maybe is an incompetent fraud. She acted with all this false bravado saying the right things like "No deal is better than a bad deal" while making the same mistake as Cameron in refusing to even countenance walking away thus guaranteeing we'd never take no deal and thus would only be offered a bad deal.

    If you won't be honest brokers, if you won't honour the deal struck last December then its time to walk away and if May won't then she should go and someone else needs to. May's wasted nearly 2 years since we voted to leave but we have about 9 months left to prepare for WTO terms and a no deal exit and £39bn that we won't need to give to you afterall to smooth any problems. Maybe then you can start talking.

    First step should be to start prepping for construction of border posts in Northern Ireland unless the taoiseach decides he wants to negotiate afterall.
    In which fantasy world are 'we' to be expected to be honest brokers? We are the other side in the negotiations with our interests to be defended by our negotiators. Your minister of finance even called us 'the enemy'.

    And by all means : walk away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Incidentally any East/West checks like Barnier is explicitly calling for on Ferries is just as much of a violation of the Good Friday Agreement as North/South ones. But that doesn't seem to bother some hypocrites.

    Since Davis, May etc aren't calling for North South checks I expect the condemnation for Barnier being the only one wanting to violate the Good Friday Agreement will be .... total and utter silence from you guys.
    Why should the same rules apply to us as to you? Still believe that you are an equal partner?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazir View Post
    Why should the same rules apply to us as to you?
    Because this is supposedly about honouring the GFA. If you don't give a shit about that and are prepared to spit on it and just trying to get what you want then don't claim the moral high ground.
    Still believe that you are an equal partner?
    Not with May as disaster in chief no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Not with May as disaster in chief no.
    I could have told you right from the start that basing your strategy on a divisive issue will create a divisive government. The problem is that you didn't start with "We want [this] to replace the current scheme", you started with: "Let's tear down the old system without a full plan on what comes next." It was destructive instead of constructive.

    Pretty much never in the history of mankind has that methodology worked out well for anyone.
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    Actually the Vote Leave prospectus that I voted for led by Gove and Johnson was constructive. I was pro-Remain until I read that and it was Gove that switched me to support that.

    The problem is that neither Gove nor Johnson won the leadership election and their prospectus was junked the second May took over. May backed the Remain campaign remember and then switched to the meaningless tautology "Brexit means Brexit" which meant nothing Vote Leave campaigned on apparently and just a bunch of red lines and her anti-immigration nonsense that I opposed her on here before she took over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Actually the Vote Leave prospectus that I voted for led by Gove and Johnson was constructive. I was pro-Remain until I read that and it was Gove that switched me to support that.

    The problem is that neither Gove nor Johnson won the leadership election and their prospectus was junked the second May took over. May backed the Remain campaign remember and then switched to the meaningless tautology "Brexit means Brexit" which meant nothing Vote Leave campaigned on apparently and just a bunch of red lines and her anti-immigration nonsense that I opposed her on here before she took over.
    Was Gove's and Johnson's prospectus the leading voice? No? Then I stand by my "divisive" and "destructive" definition. You were quite naive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    Was Gove's and Johnson's prospectus the leading voice?
    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Yes.
    Obviously not. Because they didn't win. That's definite evidence that they did not have the leading voice. If theirs had been the leading voice they could not have lost.

    Please don't try to fabricate a stab-in-the-back legend now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandBlade View Post
    Yes.
    That's totally irrelevant; they promised you something that only 'we' could give you. And at the time of the vote you were told by 'us': 'no way we're going to give that to you'. Yet, you chose to believe something that was not only a pack of lies but blatantly so. What's even worse is that today, 2 years later, you still act as if you were entitled to believe those lies and that it is only Theresa May who's to blame. Let me tell you this buddy; the only reason why we are still talking and why you are merely at the edge of the cliff rather than at the feet of the cliff, is Theresa's skill in not saying anything that would make us get up from the table and walk away from your Brexit nonsense.

    There is no Brexiteer who would have achieved more than Theresa, there is a whole list of them who would have gotten you significantly less than her.

    Also it's amazing how those same people who duped you into voting 'out' in 2016 as we speak are still promising unicorns and castles in the sky that are actually nothing more and nothing less than a total abandonment of control of your borders.

    In those terms Brexit is even worse than the darkest prediction I made about it in the run up to your silly referendum. I predicted a vasal-type existence for the UK, I never imagined you'd surrender to the rest of the world while you were at it.
    Greece shows us that there is a kind of politician worse than the ones that break their election promises; the ones that keep their election promises.

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    Gove and Johnson were the leading voices (behind Farage, of course); but in a wonderfully ironic twist of fate demonstrating just how sovereign we actually are (and how much control we actually had), a Remainer with the charisma of a tea-bag, the vision of a rabid senile mole and the physical presence of a ghoul ended up at the helm.

    You couldn't make it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogobongopop View Post
    Gove and Johnson were the leading voices (behind Farage, of course); but in a wonderfully ironic twist of fate demonstrating just how sovereign we actually are (and how much control we actually had), a Remainer with the charisma of a tea-bag, the vision of a rabid senile mole and the physical presence of a ghoul ended up at the helm.

    You couldn't make it up.
    And still; the reason why the ship isn't entirely going up in flames already is that Theresa is at the helm. Any of the Brexiteers would have made a much bigger mess of this. For the simple reason they actually believe their own lies. Even today Rees-Mogg dared repeat the lie that there need not be any Customs controls on the UK border. Effectively telling that the UK wasn't taking back control over its trade from the EU, but simply throwing control as it is to the wind. Your industries would have to compete with cheap imports from wherever people fancied importing from. That was what leavers voted for? Being put out of business and jobs by Chinese behemots ?
    Greece shows us that there is a kind of politician worse than the ones that break their election promises; the ones that keep their election promises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khendraja'aro View Post
    Obviously not. Because they didn't win. That's definite evidence that they did not have the leading voice. If theirs had been the leading voice they could not have lost.

    Please don't try to fabricate a stab-in-the-back legend now.
    It was the leading voice in the referenudm.

    There's no stab-in-the-back legend now, the Tory leadership election did not happen in the referendum it happened after it. Gove did not stab Johnson in the back, he stabbed him in the front. May was a Remainer not a Leaver and it was a Tory election not a leave/remain one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gogobongopop View Post
    Gove and Johnson were the leading voices (behind Farage, of course); but in a wonderfully ironic twist of fate demonstrating just how sovereign we actually are (and how much control we actually had), a Remainer with the charisma of a tea-bag, the vision of a rabid senile mole and the physical presence of a ghoul ended up at the helm.

    You couldn't make it up.
    Sadly I can't disagree with a word you wrote (except that you put in brackets but we've been over that many times).
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