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Brexit denial July 11, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Speaking of Brexit, Lisa O’Carroll of the Guardian on the Irish Times podcast the other day had some extremely thought-provoking points. For a start she noted that…

Business has been extremely reluctant to speak out, and interviewing the former Governor of the Square Mile in London he pointed out that the majority of banks have already moved financial services, asset managers, to Dublin in relation to Dublin and already moved some operations to Dublin, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Amsterdam but they’re not announcing it as a Brexit related deal and he said they will never announce it as a Brexit related deal, they’ll just do it. The ship has already sailed, They have to legally be prepared for Brexit day 30th March next year. They have to be prepared to do business over Europe. And there’s a lot of things happening behind the scenes that journalists aren’t getting to hear about and therefore the public aren’t getting to hear about..

And she continued about the denial this engenders, noting that the Airbus factory in North Wales ‘and we sent a journalist up there last week when Airbus also warned it would move to the north of France and you have people working there who voted for Brexit who say they don’t regret voting for Brexit and they don’t make the connection between their vote and their jobs’

It’s bizarre. And as Pat Leahy noted, ‘it’s not a terribly difficult connection to make’. One’s heart goes out to them, buffeted by a political elite who won’t be honest and a media environment of almost unrelenting dishonesty.

And the list, Nissan, BMW, other car manufacturers, Airbus, tens of thousands of jobs on the way out. And the point was made this had been ‘branded as scare-mongering, while the economy is growing, but…’

And due to cycles in industries, they need to know by mid-Summer, but this sort of clarity is simply not available.


1. polly - July 11, 2018

Anthropologists record the phenomenon of nomadic tribes which are never won over by, yet never directly confront, the central government of the territory they are on.

They are polite and welcoming, even warm, if officials travel out from the capital to visit; they may obey instructions to come in to the capital and meet officials; and then they simply never do the thing they promised the officials they would do. Ultimately, if something too intrusive happens, like compulsory schools, or a census, the tribe still doesn’t argue with the officials, or mobilise, or organise politically. They just silently pack everything up overnight and in the morning they are gone.

Something here reminds me of this.

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6to5against - July 11, 2018

That story reminds me of a boss i once had who would deal with difficult ongoing denands from staff not by stonewalling and saying no, but by nodding and agreeing and saying yes. Its much harder to argue with somebody who sgreescwith you than an open adversary. The fact that he would then postpone everything over and over again in a way led to me admiring him more.

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WorldbyStorm - July 11, 2018

I had a similar boss, may have mentioned him before – once told someone I worked with not to use his (the bosses) first name at meetings ‘I’m your boss, not your buddy’. Always – well, admired is too strong a word for it, preferred the reality of the power relationships it underscored.

Agree completely with you both.


2. Michael Carley - July 11, 2018
WorldbyStorm - July 11, 2018

Good f***. That’s absolutely insane. How is this not being publicised more widely?


Michael Carley - July 11, 2018

I think it’s about to be now the FT has uncovered it.


FergusD - July 11, 2018

Check out North on eureferendum.com on Brexit and the U.K. electricity supply. Who’d a thunk it!

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EWI - July 12, 2018

Can they not power the place off Arlene’s heating scheme?

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3. EWI - July 13, 2018

Donald Trump has said the UK will “probably not” get a trade deal with the US, if the prime minister’s Brexit plan goes ahead.

He told The Sun the PM’s plan would “probably kill the deal” as it would mean the US “would be dealing with the European Union” instead of with the UK.


Mr Trump also said that former foreign secretary Boris Johnson would make a “great prime minister”, adding “I think he’s got what it takes”.

In his interview, he renewed his criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan over last year’s terror attacks in the capital, saying he had done “a terrible job”.

The president and his wife were given a red carpet reception at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Thursday evening.

They were at a black-tie dinner with Mrs May as news broke of his interview with the newspaper, which said it was conducted while he was in Brussels.


Donnie, easily the classiest dinner guest ever.


EWI - July 13, 2018


Mr Trump told The Sun newspaper that the UK’s blueprint for its post-Brexit relations with the EU was “a much different deal than the people voted on”.

On the subject of a future trade deal, he said the Chequers deal would mean it would be “most likely … we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal”.

He said he had told Mrs May how to do a Brexit deal, but: “She didn’t agree, she didn’t listen to me.”

“I told her how to do it. That will be up to her to say. But I told her how to do it. She wanted to go a different route,” he said.

The US president also said he was “cracking down” on the EU because “they have not treated the United States fairly on trading”.


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