Chequers Mate ?!

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For many years Chequers was probably the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question but no longer. Mind you I still have no idea where it is.

If you held the position of official resident at Number 10 would you be doggedly sticking to the "Chequers Plan" or would you be vacillating and swaying like a reed in the face of implacable opposition?

For what it's worth if it was me I would stick to my guns and send a signal of strength to the EU. It really galls me to hear people bleating on about impending disaster and that we have no cards to play. Really?

The EU may give the impression that it does not want Brexit to work for us but in truth it needs it to work for us and them. They cannot afford the collatoral damage a hard Brexit would deliver and they know it all too well. They are also scared that it will lay bare the condescending attitude of the Brussels elite to the "small man" . 

I do not think TM is a good leader but all credit to her, she is putting country above party, something that many politicians could learn from. So far Dominic Raab seems to be making a better job of it than the ever-smiling David Davies ever managed and one gets the impression that DR understands what negotiating is all about.

But the real villains are the popular press. They are more intereted in headlines and soundbytes than letting the professionals get on with with the job. 

My money is on a credible deal and on time.

But I have a plan B........just in case

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By Knight Rider
18th Sep 2018 09:17

Quite agree, the relentless pessimism of those that cannot accept the referendum result is wearying at best.
Unfortunately we are dealing with not only EU bullies but fanatics who will put the future of the EU project ahead of economic considerations.
Expect some sort of 'breakthrough' on March 28 and plenty of hysteria about dog passports, pills stuck at Calais, toilets on the M20 and avocado price rises before then.

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By Norman Younger
18th Sep 2018 11:32

Most negotiations of such a nature go to the wire. The uninitiated wet themselves over deadlock but to experienced teams it's simply grist to the mill

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Hallerud at Easter
18th Sep 2018 17:58

"Fanatics who will put the future of the EU project ahead of economic considerations."

Really, have yet to see an economic argument for crashing out with no deal that holds water , is there one that does not do damage to the UK economy? Who do you want to quote, Patrick (sorry UK manufacturing) Minford?

Have some honesty, you want to leave, fine, just be honest, you want it but to hell with the cost,but do not dress it up that leaving the largest trading block by GDP in the world , to open up other markets (whose GDP we already in the main access via trade deals between the EU and these other countries) is somehow an economic improvement?

However the proof is now a little bit nearer ,I put on this site my projections re a No Deal Brexit some time back, want to put yours, mine were fairly specific and measurable.

On 29th August I posted This

"1. In the event of WTO Brexit in March 2019 ,with no WA extension or NI/Ireland deal I predict the following:

a. At minimum 500,000 UK job losses re closures/ lay offs/relocations etc by March 2021

b. Sterling drops minimum 5% re dollar, more likely nearer 10% but trickier one as ROW economics can impact and I cannot yet read what is going to happen to US economy once Trump tax break works its way out.

c. Eu economies also hit but impact spread across more countries so down turns not that bad.

d. At least one UK mainland region (North east is my favourite) takes a 10% drop in GDP or more.

e. Northern Ireland economy worst hit Uk region."

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By Knight Rider
20th Sep 2018 17:32

These sound like the same recycled doom laden predictions that preceeded the referendum. No one wants to see trade with the EU interrupted but if the un-elected unaccountable fanatics running the EU project wish to do this it will impact on the EU too. I wonder if anyone has worked out the economic impact on the EU of 'no deal'. Can political considerations really be allowed to override economic considerations in this way?If so the fanatics in charge are probably more interested in preparing a railway carriage in a forest just outside Paris than the economic interests of their own citizens.

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By JasonRodwell
18th Sep 2018 14:44

I think it is just a bother that you get politicians like Boris Johnson who use their once powerful position to bleat on and give the unaware members of the public the noise that they want to hear, and disrupt the very difficult job of negotiating a deal.

This is what bothers me more than anything else.

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By Norman Younger
19th Sep 2018 22:26

Well did you notice tonight's comment by M.Barnier ( the egocentric lead negotiator who seems to put himself first ) that he thinks technology could assist in NI / Eire border.
If they can get men to the moon they can work it out at the border - it is surely not rocket science ( no pun intended ) .
I suspect the EU is trying to break NI from UK as a sop to Eire and are waking up to the fact the UK government will not let it happen. Just becuase it is across a stretch of water does not make it any less British.
Perhaps the EU should also mandate the return of the West Bank of The Rhine !

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