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Old 27.02.2016, 20:15
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Well, they have admitted being tough on CH in order not to create a precedent for the UK, so it is a will not rather than a can not problem. The question is how long Merkel can avoid a rebellion within her own government. Maybe her successor will be more magnanimous and less of an all or nothing type.
Well it would be very nice were it so.
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just look at the trade agreements being signed around the world today; no big customer is going to sign up without taking a chunk out of the sellers sovereignty - sad but it is so.

Added to the problem is what exactly has the UK to offer that is a "unique selling point"? Most of the super "brands" like, for example, Rolls Royce and Bentley are long gone.
What are people going to be knocking on UK's door and begging for?
Certainly not steel, coal or gas!

Here is a list of the top ten exports; which of these could not be quickly replaced by any one of a dozen countries?

Machines, engines, pumps: US$63.9 billion (13.9% of total exports)
Gems, precious metals: $53 billion (11.5%)
Vehicles: $50.7 billion (11%)
Pharmaceuticals: $36 billion (7.8%)
Oil: $33.2 billion (7.2%)
Electronic equipment: $29 billion (6.3%)
Aircraft, spacecraft: $18.9 billion (4.1%)
Medical, technical equipment: $18.4 billion (4%)
Organic chemicals: $14 billion (3%)
Plastics: $11.8 billion (2.6%)

Sorry! In principle I support Brexit but in reality it will turn the UK into a failed economy.

It is claimed that half a million problem families (UK underclass) cost the taxpayer £30 BILLION every year; they will be the first to suffer when the money tap is no longer connected to a money tank.

Good luck if Brexit is voted in; thank God I am in Switzerland !
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