Re: Brexit consequences
Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:21 pm
I'm no expert, but were the top three areas not major areas voting Leave?
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Probably, although that isn't surprising. The economically poorest areas in the country are the ones most vulnerable to recession; they are also where people are most disillusioned with the country's political/economic situation (their old, heavy industries having been virtually wiped out), so they are inclined to vote against whatever Whitehall wants, on a "sod-you-lot" principle. The fact that they get most help from the EU obviously adds to their vulnerability when we leave, and that makes their actions seem illogical - but Brexit is primarily an emotional decision, not a logical one.
Not really fair of him to point out the hard, cold truth that has been obvious from the start - the Irish border problem is not going to go away, and merely saying "we're going to solve it" doesn't achieve anything. It is inherently impossible to reconcile leaving the single market and customs union with maintaining an open border across Ireland. The government keeps kicking this can down the road, make vague comments about advanced technology monitoring (they have such an amazing record for complex IT systems, after all) while desperately hoping that something will turn up, but I really can't see a way of fudging this.EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has warned that a transition period immediately after Brexit in 2019 is "not a given".
He outlined continuing disagreements between the UK and EU over issues like freedom of movement during the period.
He also said the UK's decision to leave the EU single market and customs union meant border checks at the Irish border were "unavoidable".
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/artic ... rexit.htmlI consider Brexit a tragic mistake.
Prior to Brexit, Britain enjoyed the best of all possible worlds: it was a member of the European Union without adopting the euro.
Allowing a referendum on membership was a fatal error. Experience has shown that referenda often lead to bad decisions. Egged on by unscrupulous agitators, people use them to express their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs rather than contemplating the consequences. The fact that conditions are unsatisfactory does not mean they can’t get worse. That is what has happened in Britain.