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    Quote Originally Posted by jagdmesser View Post
    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if only it were true.
    What is he actually telling us by implication there?

    That NS-Germany was disparaged, because it defended its sovereignty?!

    Of course he's scare mongering, since that worked so well in the past.

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    NEARLY 70% of German voters in a poll have admitted they “regret” Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.



    Britain is scheduled to fully cut ties with the European Union at the end of January - leading to the start of trade negotiations between the UK and Brussels. But, a recent survey carried out by the Mannheim research group produced a shock result, with 68% of Germans who responded expressing that they were regretful Britain would be leaving the bloc. The survey was conducted on the Politibarometer, a long-standing German election poll which also broadcasts a television programme monthly on a Friday. The poll also revealed that 21% ‘do not care’ whether Britain leaves the EU. 9% believe that Britain leaving the EU is a positive action. Research also showed that a staggering 46% do not believe there will be any changes as a result of Brexit.



    Interviews were conducted across three days in January 2020 via telephone. In total, 1,282 people were randomly selected.The only requirement of participants involved was that they had to be eligible to vote.



    Regarding the future of the EU, 63% of those surveyed told the research group that they wished to see EU member states collaborate more. The Mannheim research group is based out of the University of Mannheim in Germany. Founded in 1989, it is devoted to research on social and political developments in Europe. The poll follows reports that the country’s post-Brexit contributions will be significantly increased.



    Germany may be forced to foot the bill for the gap Britain leaves within the union as a net contributor. It is estimated that in the next seven years, German contributions will rise by an average of €14 billion, to an annual contribution of €42 billion. The proposal was put together in 2019 by Finland who, at the time, held the presidency of the Council of the European Union. But the chair of German MEPs, Gerald Ullrich, urged the German government to renegotiate to a lower figure that would see Germany keep more money in its pocket.





    He said: “In the negotiations on the contributions to the EU budget, the federal government must advocate a general correction mechanism so that the burdens on German taxpayers do not get out of hand.” Britain is set to leave the European Union on January 31st 2020 after three years of negotiations by two Prime Ministers - Theresa May and Boris Johnson. It has been close to 50 years since the UK first joined the bloc, then known as the European Community, alongside the Republic of Ireland and Denmark. In the original 1975 referendum, 67% wished to join, compared to the 33% who did not.



    This is compared to the historic 52-48% statistics of Leave and Remain in the 2016 referendum on Brexit. German chancellor Angela Merkel recently described Brexit as a ‘wake-up call’ for the European Union. In an interview with the Financial Times, she urged the EU to change its ways, saying it must become more “attractive, innovative, creative, a good place for research and education.” The chancellor formerly remained tight-lipped on the Brexit issue, with her first statement on the matter outlining how Britain had the potential to become a ‘competitor’ to Germany.



    Too late now! Germans disappointed as nearly 70 percent of ...

    20 I 2020.


    Marxist monster Merkel's 'open borders and mass migration' caused all this mess. And like the typically committed Marxist she is, refuses to acknowledge it.


    The result of which, in the next twenty years, is the end of the welfare state, the EU and a civil war with muslims in France, Germany, Holland, Sweden and the UK.

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    EU Preparing to Give UK Worse Trade Deal than Canada, Japan


    The European Union is reportedly planning to offer the UK a trade deal with worse terms than it signed with countries such as Japan or Canada.


    The Telegraph reports that it has seen an account from a meeting at the European Commission on January 10th, during which the EU’s executive arm told member-states that it would deny an agreement on standards recognition for British goods.



    Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) confer goods with certification to EU standards and allow the easy flow of products into the bloc. It was reportedly discussed with EU leaders that MRAs may be withheld to stop the UK from retaining access to the Single Market while the country seeks to diverge in other areas in order to become globally competitive post-transition period. The move would hit, in particular, the automotive and pharmaceutical industries.


    The newspaper confirmed the report with two EU sources, with one saying: “Why would we rush into providing the UK a competitive edge to have the UK as an authorised testing lab on our shores?”


    France, Germany, and EU bureaucrats have told the UK that the price of a trade deal with the bloc comes at retaining regulatory alignment to stop the UK becoming, in the
    words of France’s Europe minister Amelie de Montchalin, a tax haven at the gates of Europe”.



    Last week, Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar said that it was “on team EU Ireland Vows It Is 'On Team EU', Wants UK to Obey EU Rules ... and backed the bloc’s demands for the UK to abide by “level playing field” regulations. During a Downing Street meeting between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen said the UK would have to make “tradeoffs” to secure a deal, signalling the UK would having to choice between, effectively, staying part of the EU’s trade institutions or opening up trade links to the wider world.




    “Without free movement of people, you can’t have free movement of goods, capital, services. Without a level playing field, you cannot have the highest quality access to the world’s largest single market,” Mrs von der Leyen said.



    Brussels also reportedly wants to be able to impose a fine should the UK breach terms of a future trade agreement, while the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the European Parliament could hold up a trade deal unless the EU-27 is satisfied that the rights of European nationals living in the UK are guaranteed to Brussels’ standards. Despite the EU’s threats, there remains a world of other countries with which the UK can sign better trade deals. In order to redress the perceived hold that the EU has over the UK in trade negotiations, Cabinet ministers and the U.S. ambassador to the UK have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to remind Brussels of that fact by making headway on trade deals with other countries, such as the United States.



    Reports emerged on Friday that civil servants were looking at the pros and cons of prioritising a U.S. trade deal over one with the EU, while on the weekend, Boris Johnson was said to have agreed on plans to go “hell for leather” for an American trade deal, with 70 Whitehall staff on hand to work on the negotiations. There are also reportedly smaller teams of 20 to 40 working on Japanese, New Zealand, and Australian trade deals.



    The plans could result in accelerated talks outside of the EU that would yield deals on items that would put pressure on the bloc to act in a more competitive manner rather than maintain its assumed position as a regional monopoly. One government source gave an example, saying: “If we can do a deal on beef with the US, that is beef we don’t need to buy from Ireland, which means we have some leverage with the EU.”




    The EU were and are planning to destroy our nation.


    They've been trying to do that for centuries, though only one at a time. France, Spain and Germany all had a go at us. Even the Netherlands had a wee shot at it.
    Their political leaders may think they speak for all; truth is they don't. Not even close and they'll find out they're making far too many assumptions on behalf of Hungary, Poland, Czech and a few others as well as Cyprus.
    We're by nature pretty good friends, but we can also be excellent enemies. Their choice - and they've got 11 months to decide.


    Even a snake like Johnson will be forced by EU intransigence and arrogance into a no-deal "hard Brexit", which we could have had three years ago, if this country were free of traitors in high places.


    When we Leave, in whatever form that may be, the EU will be working their socks off to try to ruin the country.


    Ban them from UK fishing waters asap.





    EU PREPARING TO GIVE UK WORSE TRADE DEAL THAN CANADA, JAPAN

    23 I 2020.

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    EU panic: Worried Varadkar issues desperate plea to Brussels as UK turns Brexit screw


    LEO VARADKAR has issued a stark warning to Brussels and EU that it must get its act together and ensure that a trade deal with Britain is concluded as quickly as possible.




    The Irish Taoiseach, who faces a general election in February, reminded the EU that securing favourable trading terms with the UK was vital to protect jobs. His remarks come after he spent Wednesday in Brussels, where he met with the new EU commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Mr Varadkar revealed that the two discussed the next phase of Brexit among other topics.


    In a statement posted to his Twitter account, the Taoiseach wrote: “The next phase of Brexit will be just as tough as the last. “Securing a good trade deal between the EU and the UK will be vital to protect our jobs and economy. “Without a strong economy, we can’t make more progress on areas like health and housing.”


    Britain is the second biggest destination for Irish exports after the US, with trade accounting for some €16.4 (Ł14) billion. In particular, the UK is a major export destination for Irish agricultural products. In 2016, 49% of all Irish beef was exported to the UK. Dublin’s dependency on Britain’s markets for its dairy products is even greater, with 82% of Irish milk sold to the UK in 2016 alone.


    On Tuesday, the Taoiseach announced that there would be a general election on February 8. He has come under mounting pressure for his government’s handling of healthcare and housing. As he made his announcement, Mr Varadkar emphasised that the Government’s ability to achieve its policy goals depended on a trade deal being negotiated with the UK. He told reporters in Dublin: "The capacity to do everything else that needs to be done - health, housing, climate action, tax reform - depends on achieving this outcome."


    Britain took another decisive step towards leaving the EU, when MPs voted overwhelmingly to approve Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement last week. The Commons voted by 330 votes to 231 to pass the bill, which paves the way for Brexit on January 31. Thereafter, Britain will enter a transition period with the EU, where both sides will have until the end of the year to negotiate a new trade deal. Boris Johnson has said that there will be no extension to the transition period and that if no deal is reached, then the UK will trade with Europe on World Trade Organisation terms.


    As of January 31, the British Government will be free to negotiate its own trade deals with all countries that currently have no existing EU deals, such as the US. In a major boost to Boris Johnson, sources involved in the campaign to re-elect Donald Trump have told the Sunday Express that they have high hopes that an interim trade deal between the UK and US will be signed by the summer. The Prime Minister is due to visit the US in February and could be given the honour of addressing both Houses of Congress. A campaign committee source told the Sunday Express: “It would be great if we can have Boris there as a guest of honour. It will be a real signal of what is to come this year. “Boris and the President have a really good relationship so as soon as Brexit has happened the talks for a trade deal between the two countries can get going. “There is no reason why an interim deal can’t be done for the summer, with some eye catching agreements which will help both the President and Prime Minister.”



    EU panic: Worried Varadkar issues desperate plea to ...Jan 16, 2020.


    24 I 2020.


    Look at those figures for Irish exports of beef and dairy products to the UK.
    The Rep of Ire. and Scotland have foolishly united with the EU to bully the UK. For both countries there will certainly be payback for it.


    Varadkar was just looking out for himself and his future: in the EU or UN, for he won’t be PM again.

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    The delusional views of diehard federalists in Brussels are probably going to be responsible for the EU itself falling on its own sword. When BBC pro-EU journalists have to admit the reality, Brussels should take heed and get rid of Guy Verhofstadt.

    The last time anything quite so sensational happened in the EU, was on December 31st, 1998 when the European Commission, it would have seemed, organised a fireworks display on behalf of the single currency. Afraid though, that if they did that on the day of January 1st – or for that matter launched the euro itself on a different day entirely (entirely feasible) then there would be a very real risk that even with pro EU Belgians, few, if any would turn up for the jubilations.

    And so, the ‘celebrations’ were largely disingenuous as most Belgians turned up for a new year’s eve fireworks display in the centre of Brussels and were surprised to see ‘euro’ paraphernalia already erected. What a way to start a single currency which is now paying a very heavy toll on France and more recently Germany as a miserable 1.2% growth grinds down these economies to dead-dead-slow.

    But no such gloom for Britain and its celebrations on January 31st, which I would guess many will turn up to. And for good reason. Hell, they’ll even bring their own fireworks.

    Yet already, ahead of speculation, there are signs even that the old argument of the very real threat of leaving the EU altogether with no ‘free trade deal’ (FTA) in one year’s time is the only way to get a decent deal with Brussels, is ringing true.

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    Ringo should know about Brexit, that...



    https://daystobrexit.co.uk/

    I'd jump for joy, but wonder about any rioting, even though there is a sense of anticlimax involved in dragging out something like inconclusive results from the sabotage. I'm sure faux outrage will drone on and on anyway.

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    By stoking toxic Anglophobia, Irish PM Leo Varadkar is digging his own political grave . . .


    Rousing the ancient spectre of nationalism will help Sinn Fein by normalising their beliefs


    Leo Varadkar likes to think of himself as a modern, liberal, laid back statesman, but Ireland’s prime minister proved this week that he’s not above the age-old ploy of rattling a sabre in the face of traditional enemies abroad to make himself look tough to voters back home.



    Unluckily for him, it’s all but certain that the Taoiseach Varadkar, who swept in on the coat tails of his predecessor on a wave of goodwill three years ago, will, in less than two weeks, lose the first election he’s ever held as leader. Faced with that humiliation, he’s clearly decided to go all in by using the week in which Britain leaves the EU to remind the neighbours that they’re minor league players compared to the 27-strong continental bloc, saying:
    “I don’t think the UK has yet come to terms with the fact it’s now a small country.”



    It’s no surprise that Varadkar goes along with that tiresome chattering class cliché; but making an issue of Britain’s “colonial history”, even if he had the self-awareness to look slightly sheepish as he did so, is not only uncalled for, but churlish. It’s certainly no way to talk to a country that Varadkar also referred to as an “old friend”.



    One of the few successes he’s had of late was helping get the withdrawal agreement over the line, which he managed to do by striking up a positive working relationship with Boris Johnson, thereby putting an end to a pernicious period during which relations between the two countries hit rock bottom.



    Suddenly, having quieted those ghosts, he decides for no good reason to raise them again.



    If the Taoiseach’s intention was to make himself appear indispensable to the next stage of talks, it’s too late. Irish voters are more concerned with record homelessness and a crumbling health system, and seem to have largely accepted that Brexit, while they might not like it, is happening. They’ve moved on.



    What’s really spooking Varadkar is the rise of Sinn Fein. The republican party has already seen off Labour, the traditional third wheel in Irish politics, and polls suggest they’re well placed this time to clip the wings of the two main centre parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.



    As it happens, polls always give Sinn Fein greater support than they achieve when real votes are cast. In last year’s local elections, the party only won 9%.



    But it’s inconceivable that the republican party won’t pick up seats in February, putting them in a strong position to demand a place in coalition. Both main parties have so far ruled that out, insisting Sinn Fein is unfit for government in Dublin, even as they demand it has an automatic place in government in Belfast; but suspicions remain that a grubby deal might still be done.



    It’s not only younger voters with short memories who are being tempted by Sinn Fein a party which still takes its orders from the IRA Army Council. Older voters who suffered during the financial crash also want change. Varadkar would appear to have decided the way to win back these disparate groups of the discontented is to stir the pot of nationalism and invite them all to take their minds off their woes by drinking deep from it. In all likelihood, that won’t wash either.



    Most of those inclined to vote for Sinn Fein are doing so because they’re attracted to the party’s populist, Corbyn-lite, “tax the rich” economics. That may prove a foolish gamble, but, like other disgruntled electorates around the world, Irish voters yearn for something to disrupt a status quo that isn’t working for them.


    If anything, rousing the ancient spectre of toxic nationalism will simply help Sinn Fein by normalising their Anglophobia. People in the Irish Republic always liked to boast that they were above the tribal hostilities of the North, but it hasn’t taken much recently to dredge it up again.



    Brit-bashing
    may have helped Varadkar domestically in those early post-referendum days, but, in trying to pull the same trick again, he’s just enabling forces which are much better at it than he is, and made himself look the smaller man into the bargain. Either that, or he’s already accepted defeat and is now just using the election to pitch for a plum job in Brussels.




    By stoking toxic Anglophobia, Leo Varadkar is digging his ...29 I 2020.


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    UK "now a small country"!
    I’ll go with the latter, ‘a plum job in Brussels’.

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    'Put your flags away': Mairead McGuinness tells off Brexit Party MEPs for waving Union Flags


    MEPs sitting in Brussels voted by 621 to 49 in favour of the Withdrawal Agreement, paving the way for Britain to leave on Friday with a deal in place.


    IRISH MEP MAIREAD McGuinness and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage went head to head in the European Parliament this afternoon as MEPs debated the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. Prior to the vote, while debating the withdrawal deal, Nigel Farage declared that the UK “is never coming back”. The Brexit Party leader and his allies cheered and waved Union flags as he finished his address.


    “If we want trade, friendship, cooperation, reciprocity, we don’t need a European Commission, we don’t need a European court, we don’t need these institutions and all of this power.”




    Farage was cut off as he told EU Parliament that “we look forward to working in the future to working with you as sovereign”. McGuiness, who is First Vice-President of the European Parliament, turned off Farage’s mic mid-sentence for disobeying parliament rules.


    “If you disobey the rules, you get cut off,” McGuinness told Farage. “Please sit down, resume your seats, put your flags away. You’re leaving, and take them with you if you are leaving now,” McGuinness said as the cheering Brexit Party MEPs walked out.





    In contrast, there were emotional scenes in the parliament as the result was announced with MEPs linking hands to sing a final chorus of Auld Lang Syne.








    A massive victory for democracy despite all the obstacles the EU and Ireland put in the way of the British people and parliament.


    Farage won’t lose any sleep about being cut off. It’s a victorious day for him and his colleagues, whether u like or loathe him. Actually saw the footage earlier … Farage was always going to behave this way. Thought McGuinness’ response was quite immature and childish. McGuinness … she should lighten up, no need to join the Circus.



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    30 I 2020.







    It was Labour's Tony Blair and Mandelson who started the UK on the road to Brexit with recruiting a mass immigration of 3 million Asian muslims to load the electoral roll. Brexit is just the start of the EU collapse.
    There's no real democracy in the EUssr: running battles between Yellow Vests and cops on the streets of Paris and there's nothing about it on the news here or in the rest of Europe, 3rd world mass migration imposed on Europe at the expense of the citizens of every country. UK has the intelligence, foresight and courage to recognise the EUssr is falling apart and their chances alone are better now and later.

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    I hope they (the UK) are able to do something about their immigration problem.

    I also wonder what will happen between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the coming months and years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    I hope they (the UK) are able to do something about their immigration problem.

    I also wonder what will happen between Ireland and Northern Ireland in the coming months and years.
    Arseholes like Gerry Adams were trying to blame Ulstermen in advance if there were another outbreak of the Troubles, claiming that Brexit is a violation of the Good Friday Agreement. This hogwash makes me wish Ian Paisley was still alive--he wouldn't put up with that for a second!

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