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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%
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Even Laura Künsberg has lost patience and can see right through him ...

https://fb.watch/8s1jZQ0qO5/


27 lorry drivers have applied for Visas to go to UK to hel alleviate the 100.000 shortage! (some say 127 - makes little difference).
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It is an open thread, please do post positive news and outcomes from Brexit - all are welcome to post.
Good news, we'll get to see more of grandma and grandpa

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Retired British expats ‘abandon Spain in droves’

Retired British expats have been leaving Spain “in droves” because of Brexit, including holiday hotspot Costa del Sol.

Travel experts have seen a decline due to more immigration rules introduced after the UK left the European Union.

Robert Barnhardt, who runs an estate agency in Fuengirola, said many retired Britons have put their villas and apartments on the market to sell up in Spain.

UK citizens can only visit Spain without a visa for up to 90 days for tourism and businesses purposes.

Mr Barnhardt said many pensioners used to love spending six months of the year in Spain.

But now he said this is impossible under the new rules.

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Should be some good deals to pick up for EU and CH then
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Even Laura Künsberg has lost patience and can see right through him ...

https://fb.watch/8s1jZQ0qO5/


27 lorry drivers have applied for Visas to go to UK to hel alleviate the 100.000 shortage! (some say 127 - makes little difference).
I read today in the Dutch news that Holland has a 10'000 driver shortage. Looks like it's not a Brexit problem but more a problem that nobody wants to do an underpaid job.
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Indeed, there are shortages of HGV drivers. The question is, will those available choose to work in better conditions and salaries, proper contracts- in Schengen and without all the hassles, red tapes and delays at borders, and nearer to home-

or in the UK that has treated them so badly and kicked them out?
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I read today in the Dutch news that Holland has a 10'000 driver shortage. Looks like it's not a Brexit problem but more a problem that nobody wants to do an underpaid job.
Wonder if it's only the money though. Truth to be told it is not easy to be on the road all day long, sleep in parking places, lately even afraid of being attacked and killed by people with machetes in some places in France....nah, as long as it doesn't get safer and better payed.......the story with a 3 month visa is laughable, indeed. All countries in EU need these drivers.
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Wonder if it's only the money though. Truth to be told it is not easy to be on the road all day long, sleep in parking places, lately even afraid of being attacked and killed by people with machetes in some places in France....nah, as long as it doesn't get safer and better payed.......the story with a 3 month visa is laughable, indeed. All countries in EU need these drivers.
Agree. It's not an attractive job. Maybe it changes in a period of mass unemployment.
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I certainly hope so, but it will take a while. So in the short-term, what is the UK going to do?

But conditions are much better , and much easier (no ports, no red tape, no big delays, no massive holding car parks as in Kent) in continental Europe- so drivers will probably not choose to go to UK now- especially as they have just been kicked out, and without any respect either.
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Agree. It's not an attractive job. Maybe it changes in a period of mass unemployment.
In most west European countries there is not a big difference between job vacancies and the numbers of unemployed so mass unemployment is not in the foreseeable future.

In the UK today according to Government statistics, there are around one million job vacancies and around 1.4 million unemployed, around half a million of those unemployed were unemployed for over a year and so probably are not actively seeking jobs.
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In most west European countries there is not a big difference between job vacancies and the numbers of unemployed so mass unemployment is not in the foreseeable future.

In the UK today according to Government statistics, there are around one million job vacancies and around 1.4 million unemployed, around half a million of those unemployed were unemployed for over a year and so probably are not actively seeking jobs.
Just stop all unemployment benefits and the problem solves itself.

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Yes, of course- long-term unemployed with no qualifications will be come experienced HGV drivers to transport hazardous materials in days- brain surgeons too and will fill the gaps in staffing in oncology radiography by next week. Klar.
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If I was a school leaver I doubt I would be looking for a job driving trucks (of any size). In addition to all the reasons already mentioned there is the hidden elephant that the industry is pushing for semi and fully automated (driverless) vehicles. Not likely this decade, but definitely this century.
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If I was a school leaver I doubt I would be looking for a job driving trucks (of any size). In addition to all the reasons already mentioned there is the hidden elephant that the industry is pushing for semi and fully automated (driverless) vehicles. Not likely this decade, but definitely this century.
Although basically I agree with you here, fortunately, I have heard of people who really love this job. As weird as it may seem to us. They're probably very rare birds and most others are doing it out of necessity, but yeah, there are folks who would voluntarily choose this profession.
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Although basically I agree with you here, fortunately, I have heard of people who really love this job. As weird as it may seem to us. They're probably very rare birds and most others are doing it out of necessity, but yeah, there are folks who would voluntarily choose this profession.
Of course, but with diminishing effect as technology takes over. And this isn’t just the UK, it is Europe-wide. Likely to impact the Americans too.

Efficiency will of course rise as hours no longer governed by driver’s circadian cycles
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Great article about Johnson from the Spectator

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/...7b9d41a87aad33
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Yes, of course- long-term unemployed with no qualifications will be come experienced HGV drivers to transport hazardous materials in days- brain surgeons too and will fill the gaps in staffing in oncology radiography by next week. Klar.
Pachyderm, groan again if you wish. But are you aware that some hospitals are currently rationing cancer radiography treatments because of shortage of staff? And there is a huge concern about importing isotopes due to Brexit? That is REAL - your groans will make little difference.

THIS here is the reality

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-...shire-58736475


In the meantime, the EU is stepping ahead with offers of 5 year visas for non EU HGV drivers- and not the 3 months up to Christmas Johnson was proposing. The UK needs about 100000 and it seems 27 have applied (some say 127 ... makes little difference).

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Even Laura Künsberg has lost patience and can see right through him ...

https://fb.watch/8s1jZQ0qO5/


27 lorry drivers have applied for Visas to go to UK to hel alleviate the 100.000 shortage! (some say 127 - makes little difference).
The whining, hand wringing and doom and gloom from left wingers .. the bbc and it’s printed voice , the guardian ,has more than a touch of wishful thinking , if not fake news about it.
I am in England at present been here 2 weeks now..and having driven up to Brum, then down through the Cotswolds and am now in Bath.
No petrol shortage, the shelves in the supermarkets are full. No doubt panic buyers have caused problems in some areas but they are way overstated.
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It does seem that shortages are regional.

Left wingers? Who? Are you saying Laura Kuensberg is a 'left winger'? Really.

Is The Spectator, 'left-wing'?

What about the Daily Mail? Really. And I am certainly not a left winger, but just left of centre.

Copy and paste from the Daily Mail, so you don’t have to visit the site:

“The Prime Minister's Manchester Tory conference speech was packed with gags and almost devoid of new policies with only a cursory mention of the multiple crises gripping the country from the cost of living and petrol station queues to supply chain chaos and the potential slaughter of 150,000 pigs because of a lack of butchers. Millions are facing a financial squeeze because of inflation driven by labour shortages, rising energy costs, a lack of HGV drivers and gaps in global supply chains as it was revealed already hard-pressed already families face paying £1,700 more for energy by April and an extra £1,800 for other essentials by Christmas .Matthew Lesh of the Adam Smith Institute said: 'Boris' rhetoric was bombastic but vacuous and economically illiterate. Shortages and rising prices simply cannot be blustered away with rhetoric about migrants.' Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs, said: 'Unnecessarily restricting the supply of labour may lead to wage increases, but these will be passed on in price increases. A strategy to make things more expensive will not create a genuinely high wage economy, merely the illusion of one.' One critic who watched the speech said: 'Britain burns while Johnson fiddles'. As Mr Johnson told a bewitched audience of party members, MPs and minister of his vision for a 'high wage, high skilled, high productivity' economy, the price of wholesale gas surged by £1 a unit to 400p per therm - up 37% in a day and now 600 per cent higher than the start of 2021, making it inevitable that energy bills will soar for British households and companies in the coming months. And in more bad news, National Grid's chief executive John Pettigrew told the FT that Britain will face tighter electricity supplies this winter due to a lack of capacity in the system and a colder winter predicted, which means the cost of electricity will increase as gas prices spike to record high.”
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Good news, we'll get to see more of grandma and grandpa
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Retired British expats ‘abandon Spain in droves’

Retired British expats have been leaving Spain “in droves” because of Brexit, including holiday hotspot Costa del Sol.

Travel experts have seen a decline due to more immigration rules introduced after the UK left the European Union.

Robert Barnhardt, who runs an estate agency in Fuengirola, said many retired Britons have put their villas and apartments on the market to sell up in Spain.

UK citizens can only visit Spain without a visa for up to 90 days for tourism and businesses purposes.

Mr Barnhardt said many pensioners used to love spending six months of the year in Spain.

But now he said this is impossible under the new rules.

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Did he forget that he can get a visa?
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Where does this idea come from, that if you are anti Brexit, and think Johnson is the worst PM ever - that makes you 'left wing'? Bizarre.

Were Churchill, Edward Heath, Maggie Thatcher ... left wingers?

It is also weird to be called Tory Lite, by so many so called left wingers, who are pro Brexit. Stereotypes are so often nonsense.

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