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I want the UK to stay in an ever-closer union 49 23.11%
I want the UK to stay in a loosely connected EU 68 32.08%
I want the UK out because the EU is bad for the UK 22 10.38%
I want the UK out because the EU is a bad thing 23 10.85%
I want the UK out because this would be good for the rest of us 17 8.02%
I don't really care 33 15.57%
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Old 25.07.2017, 21:05
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Seems like a trade deal with the US will include previously banned imports from the US. So Britain braces itself for steroid pumped beefsteaks and America can have our delicious CJD variant roast beef. Its lose, lose...
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Old 25.07.2017, 21:09
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As a British EU negotiator, I can tell you that Brexit is going to be far worse than anyone could have guessed

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For anyone following Brexit developments, the last week should have shown that the level of complexity involved in Brexit is unprecedented. Ministers however seem to have inserted their heads firmly into the sand, hoping tricky problems will just go away.

Who knew a fortnight ago that leaving the apparently obscure Euratom Treaty would jeopardise not only the UK nuclear industry, but also the supply of medical isotopes for cancer treatment?

Did anybody realise that the work needed to establish a new customs IT system was unlikely to be done in time, and what that would mean?

Was everyone already aware that UK airlines like easyJet would need to set up in the EU27 and Ryanair might move its planes to EU27 countries due to the UK leaving the Open Skies Agreement?

Well, some people knew, but they’re just experts, so have been largely ignored.
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Old 25.07.2017, 21:09
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Seems like a trade deal with the US will include previously banned imports from the US. So Britain braces itself for steroid pumped beefsteaks and America can have our delicious CJD variant roast beef. Its lose, lose...
Reminds me of the mad cow disease outbreak years ago.

The French stamped their beef exports with VF (Vache Francais = French cows) alternatively (Vache Fou = mad cow)
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Old 25.07.2017, 22:11
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

What sort of negotiator goes into talks "knowing" things are going to come out bad. Maybe he should be replaced by somebody less defeatist.

Isn't the whole point of the negotiations to prevent or mitigate all the nasty things he is predicting? So, get on and do the job you're being payed to do.

If I make a mess of my negotiations with my boss this year i might end up with three times the workload for half the salary. If i mess up negotiations with my landlord I might end up paying double the rent. The magic word here is might.
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Old 25.07.2017, 22:49
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What sort of negotiator goes into talks "knowing" things are going to come out bad. Maybe he should be replaced by somebody less defeatist.

Isn't the whole point of the negotiations to prevent or mitigate all the nasty things he is predicting? So, get on and do the job you're being payed to do.
Right because having clueless negotiators is the way to go and no doubt those clueless negotiators will definitely be able to avoid the nasty things they no nothing about!
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Old 25.07.2017, 23:08
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What sort of negotiator goes into talks "knowing" things are going to come out bad. Maybe he should be replaced by somebody less defeatist.
Maybe he's frustrated that nobody has even considered these problems before? See his "Ministers ... inserted their heads firmly into the sand" comment.

Maybe he's trying to send the same Ministers a wakeup call.
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Old 25.07.2017, 23:16
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What sort of negotiator goes into talks "knowing" things are going to come out bad. Maybe he should be replaced by somebody less defeatist.

Isn't the whole point of the negotiations to prevent or mitigate all the nasty things he is predicting? So, get on and do the job you're being payed to do.

If I make a mess of my negotiations with my boss this year i might end up with three times the workload for half the salary. If i mess up negotiations with my landlord I might end up paying double the rent. The magic word here is might.
A realistic negotiator?
Unrealistic expectations tend to stall negotiations?
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Yet someone else who's gutted he has to start looking for another job. Last stop on the gravy train, no shortage of these fellas.

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Seems like a trade deal with the US will include previously banned imports from the US. So Britain braces itself for steroid pumped beefsteaks and America can have our delicious CJD variant roast beef. Its lose, lose...
Anyone who's ever visited America and eaten meat cannot complain about this. And besides, let's have a quick recap on how fantastically bulletproof food standards are in the EU.
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Old 26.07.2017, 04:21
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"So foreign bankers are rats? " I would not limit that sentiment to foreign bankers! Nobody yet went to jail over the 2008 financial meltdown
You're painting the picture a bit too black, a rare few did. But yes, they were way too few.
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Old 26.07.2017, 10:22
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Anyone who's ever visited America and eaten meat cannot complain about this. And besides, let's have a quick recap on how fantastically bulletproof food standards are in the EU.
Pathetic is the only word that comes to mind. You have no idea what the impact of the meat you have eaten will impact you in the long run. And then you take a case of where standards were broken, detected and improved and compare it to a situation where we know the standards.

Do you really think most people will accept that?
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Pathetic is the only word that comes to mind. You have no idea what the impact of the meat you have eaten will impact you in the long run. And then you take a case of where standards were broken, detected and improved and compare it to a situation where we know the standards.

Do you really think most people will accept that?
Want some E. coli with your cucumber, sir?
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Old 26.07.2017, 11:41
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Yet someone else who's gutted he has to start looking for another job. Last stop on the gravy train, no shortage of these fellas.
How do you know he doesn't already? Crystal ball, again?
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Anyone who's ever visited America and eaten meat cannot complain about this. And besides, let's have a quick recap on how fantastically bulletproof food standards are in the EU.
Hmm, so taste is the ultimate arbiter. Funnily enough, those infected veggies tasted just fine. Same applies to the horse meat scandal products.

Spot the contradiction.

Besides, for someone to break the standards and requirements you need to have standards in the first place. Detection requires effective checks in order to detect the breaking thereof.

Thus the detection is actually proof of a functioning system.
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Old 26.07.2017, 11:50
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Hmm, so taste is the ultimate arbiter.
Yes.

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Yes.

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So if some poison tastes well you should eat it regardless? Sure, that makes sense.
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The extreme rarity of such incidents underlines the value and effectiveness of having standards and conformance testing.
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Old 26.07.2017, 13:03
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So if some poison tastes well you should eat it regardless? Sure, that makes sense.
Ever heard of alcohol?
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You appear to base your rule on the exception(s). Most people follow the reverse approach.

But we digress, too far.
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The USDA conducts 40,000 sample tests for BSE on 35m slaughtered cattle every year..... eating US beef means you have no idea what you are getting. Enough said.
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The USDA conducts 40,000 sample tests for BSE on 35m slaughtered cattle every year..... eating US beef means you have no idea what you are getting. Enough said.
Have we done chlorinated chicken yet?

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European officials warned that Fox has failed to grasp the implications of continuing trade with the EU, should the UK lower its standards compared to the EU, where chlorine-washed chicken is banned.

Fox has dismissed the row as a minor detail of trade negotiations that have not yet even formally begun, but critics said it highlighted the complexity of the obstacles in post-Brexit trade negotiations.
Ooh look, a minister with his head in the sand.
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eating US beef means you have no idea what you are getting.
Who cares?

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