Member Since: 10th Aug 2009
27th Oct 2019
Trade deals made by the EU are in the EU's interests-not necessarily those of the UK. Tariffs on clothing and footwear are to protect Italy, those on tobacco are to protect Greece, those on cars were largely to protect Germany. Paradoxically the removal of tariffs on Japanese cars has encouraged the Japanese to exit the UK - again not in the UK's interests.
In future the UK will be able to ban live animal exports and stop imports of food products from countries not upholding the highest of animal welfare standards. Hopefully the UK will have the highest standards of food labelling and animal welfare.
The problem with negotiating trade with the EU is that the UK caved in to the EU's wholly unreasonable demand of sequencing trade talks until the withdrawal agreement was signed. A FTA should be in place on withdrawal.
Trump is an anglophile and wants a trade agreement with the UK. What is wrong with American companies bidding for contracts with the NHS in the same way as European companies? Lower costs and better choice will benefit patients and the taxpayer.
Complex trade functions all over the world outside the EU. BAe manufactures in the US,Canada as well as Europe. Tata makes cars in India and its subsidiary JLR manufactures in Europe and China. Of course we would like a tariff free arrangement with the EU but what can we do if they won't talk about it?
One of the major benefits of leaving is having a fair immigration policy that doesn't discriminate against people outside the EU. I am sure that we will see Americans, Australians and others finding it much easier to come to the UK. The restrictions on cheap foreign labour (where the employer gets the taxpayer to pick up the bill for education,health and housing) will encourage capital investment and boost productivity.
It is a shame that the Brexit party is the largest party in the EU parliament but had we left as promised this would not have happened.
Staying in the Customs Union is not Brexit and you are right - this would be worse than staying in the EU.
Perhaps if David Cameron had obtained the fundamental reform and treaty change promised we would have voted to stay. But we have voted now and I would suggest that any extension is used to try and formulate the post withdrawal trading arrangements so that the withdrawal at least in trading terms is as seamless as possible for the UK and the EU.
23rd Oct 2019
The arguments in favour of Brexit are essentially political: restoring powers to Parliament and those elected and accountable to us. However economic benefits include saving the EU budget contribution, closer trading links with the rest of the world and the setting of tariffs in the interest of the UK.
I am very concerned about the United Kingdom remaining together (the most successful union of nations in the World) but take comfort in the fact that the SNP do not represent the majority in Scotland. Not all in the SNP wish to remain.
I hope that many of the reciprocal benefits of EU membership(healthcare, driving licences, security etc) can be maintained post Brexit. We will after all still be European just not members of the EU.
Unfortunately for the Conservatives if they don't achieve a meaningful Brexit they will start to unravel anyway.
23rd Oct 2019
I am reminded of my grandfather saying he wished to retire to India but Attlee gave it away.
It is odd that you blame the conservatives. They promised a referendum and won an election on the basis of that commitment. The people voted to leave.
It was Labour that introduced mass immigration without adding the necessary infrastructure in housing, healthcare and education.
It was the EU that failed to make a case for Britain to remain and offer David Cameron anything but 'thin gruel' after his trip to Berlin.
A majority of Parliamentarians voted for a referendum and the people voted again in 2017 for parties supporting leave.
I am sorry you consider your life plans disturbed but perhaps your blame should be spread a bit more widely and thinly.
7th Oct 2019
However you sugar-coat it automation will mean people losing their jobs. Some will be lucky enough to retrain for the same or another employer. Older employees will not be offered retraining and find it impossible to secure alternative employment.
There will always be fear and opposition to change while there are those who will not benefit from it.
7th Oct 2019
Give the man a chance, fiscal and monetary policy is being overshadowed by Brexit and Saj hasn't even had a budget. The opposition is running the show with the protection of the FTPA. Once the new government has had a Queens speech and the UK has left the EU(saving £1bn a month ) Im sure the Chancellor and the new government's tax policies will have a higher profile.
Scrapping VAT (which seems to me like a tax on labour) and replacing with a flat sales tax and import duty seems like a good idea.
15th Jul 2019
Only an organisation as badly run as the NHS would pay overtime to people on 6 figure salaries. And pensionable overtime as well. One day hospitals will compete with each other for patients and doctors will have to serve them rather than themselves.
21st Mar 2019
No they will sink without trace after the next election. Worryingly Mr Corbyn has some popular policies and our Prime Minister is a closet social democrat. Who will put the case for individual freedom,personal responsibility,low taxes and small state before the socialists run out of other people's money?
8th Mar 2019
Another article conflating Europe with the EU. The Uk is leaving the EU not Europe. Whether you think this is a good idea depends on if you are:
1. A business protected by worldwide competition by the EU's external tariffs;or
2. An individual having to pay more for food,cars and clothes because of tariffs used to fund an unelected unaccountable elite.
Once we have left imports from the EU will be treated like imports from anywhere else given that the EU has refused to agree future trading arrangements. How the EU treat imports from the UK is a matter for them.
There is no certainty in business but it would be helpful if the EU would agree to talk about trading with as few restrictions as possible. They won't because the EU is an isolationist political project not an outward looking free trading zone.
25th Feb 2019
For the Conservatives JC is just a gift that keeps on giving. Unfortunately for them such a weak opposition makes them vulnerable to an upturn in Labour fortunes if someone sensible (such as Hilary Benn) speaks out or if they hit upon a popular policy (Rail nationalisation which is mysteriously popular) as happened before the 2017 election. Student grants are naturally popular with young people for obvious reasons.
In the meantime we should remember this man is a phoney: brought up in a mansion with a brother called Piers he is about as working class as the Tories he's hung out with in the lobbies in all those EU votes.
Mr Corbyn will be remembered for worse things than wearing a scruffy mac to the Cenotaph.
12th Feb 2019
It isn't but neither is it extreme to wish to leave.