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A simple man. Who should be laughed at. June 11, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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A very simple man indeed, or alternatively he’s just trolling everyone:

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that there would be no need for customs checks at Dover on EU imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, suggesting that any delays for exports to Europe would be France’s responsibility.

The leading Conservative party Brexiter said checks would not be needed because EU goods could be trusted.

And:

“The delays will not be at Dover, they will be at Calais,” Rees-Mogg told him, claiming that the French would have to conducts checks under EU law, but the UK would not as it would have taken back control of its borders.

Because if there’s one thing that the last two years has taught us – and I’ve got to admit, if nothing else, the last two years have been a rapid and immersive education in customs unions, single markets and so on – it is that this would breach WTO rules. Completely.

This is before we reach his – frankly – risible views on cross-channel trade:

He also claimed that if the French insisted on checks, lorries could divert to other ports in Europe.
“If we leave without a deal and the French say your goods can’t come in via Calais, which is possible, but then there are other ports and Rotterdam and Antwerp have been increasing their infrastructure and taking on more customs officers,” he said.

Thereby conveying his utter lack of comprehension of the meaning of the second word in the term European Union.

It’s also a peculiarly imperial vision of Britain, as if others only have responsibilities and the UK only has rights.

How this guy – who is head of the European Research [sic] Group of MPs – is let get away with this stuff is beyond me. At what point will people realise the would be emperor has no clothes?

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1. EWI - June 11, 2018

It’s farce until you realise that they have nowhere to turn other than blaming everyone who isn’t white, English and Tory.

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benmadigan - June 11, 2018

pity the fools who believe them and are charmed by their Pied Piper tunes.
pity the rest of us because no matter what we say or do, no matter how hard we try, we can’t manage to educate the said fools

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2. GW - June 12, 2018

He no doubt thinks of himself as Winston Churchill or similar, but comes over as an unlikeable puritan version of Bertie Wooster.

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WorldbyStorm - June 12, 2018

Or was it Roderick Spode in PG Wodehouse, the leader of the Black Shorts.

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3. polly - June 12, 2018

This – and really everything to do with Brexit – must be giving people in the United Kingdom the feeling that the levers of democracy have turned into the painted levers and knobs in a child’s toy kitchen. They turn, but they’re not connected to any moving parts.

Voting isn’t working; protesting isn’t working; civil servants providing accurate briefing isn’t working; informed individuals telling Cabinet ministers to their faces live on national media that they are saying things that are factually incorrect or impossible – it has been going on for two years and government members still keep coming out in public and repeating things that are not only nonsense but that they know the public know to be nonsense.

It is like a form of madness at this stage, and I say that not as a rhetorical flourish but because, if this were a human person stuck in a fugue state, they would recognisably be past the stage where friends and family could help by talking and explaining and persuading. What now?

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WorldbyStorm - June 12, 2018

“Voting isn’t working; protesting isn’t working; civil servants providing accurate briefing isn’t working; informed individuals telling Cabinet ministers to their faces live on national media that they are saying things that are factually incorrect or impossible – it has been going on for two years and government members still keep coming out in public and repeating things that are not only nonsense but that they know the public know to be nonsense.”

I’d not thought of it that way. But it’s true – there’s no space for any sort of measured or expert or even just thoughtful and considered input in the process. And I think there’s a real truth in what you say re people more broadly knowing it to be a nonsense, but because there are those who adhere so passionately to it it has to be maintained as somehow more than just a fiction.

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