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  1. Cliff notes on the thread: Hot mess Inside a dumpster fire Inside a train wreck
  2. Two completely different things... EU is a political project which we have withdrawn from. Europe is a continent in the northern hemisphere which the UK is still very much a part of. Britain will continue to trade and cooperate with other countries including those in the EU. Nobody is banging on about imperialism and empire, except ardent remainers who use it as a tactic of negative framing. I will try to make this my last post.
  3. The Leave side of the argument was concerned with the bigger picture. The EU was on a path to ever closer union. The crises in the Eurozone had expedited this process. The EU was now encouraging the Eurozone to integrate further - as most member states accepted that it must. And the EU does not recognise itself as a union with multiple currencies. Britain was no longer at the inner core and was moving at a different speed and to a different destination to other members. The UK was becoming an increasingly marginal and peripheral player. As demonstrated by David Cameron's failed attempts t
  4. Why is the idea of UK laws being made in the UK so strange to you? We have our own Parliaments and Assemblies for the purpose of law-making, why do we need another layer of bureaucracy? Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, etc, do perfectly fine, they don't have other countries playing a role in their law-making yet they still have trade agreements and cooperate with other countries.
  5. In the words of writer Dominic Sandbrook (who voted remain)... "As for my fellow Remainers - well, where do you start? Snobbish, sneering, risibly prey to conspiracy theories, many ardent Remainers made complete fools of themselves. They didn’t try to understand their fellow Britons, and refused to accept defeat with good grace. And if they had succeeded in subverting the referendum, as they hoped, they would have dealt our democracy a very heavy blow."
  6. I realize there is plenty of scorn and derision around. The reason I am more optimistic than some, is the opportunity English devolution represents for an area like the North-East. The region now has directly elected Mayors with devolved powers and a budget for Transport, Infrastructure, Skills and Jobs. This has helped to address the demographic deficit that was long felt in the North after Scottish devolution in the 90s. My area elected a Mayor who campaigned to buy back the local airport which was about to be lost for housing We now have an investment plan for the area...
  7. I often hear people making this kind of linkage...that somehow Brexit and Trump is all part of some shared ideology...it is a complete falsehood. Opinion poll after opinion poll has shown the vast majority of leavers do not have the time for an anti-democrat like Donald Trump and would never have voted for him had they had the chance. A recent poll taken during the Biden-Trump election showed not a single UK constituency would vote for Donald Trump. Trump is seen by the vast majority of the British public for what he is, a crazy guy completely unfit for high office. https://www.
  8. I used the word 'presume' rather than another because I was just trying to soften the language and dial down the rhetoric a bit. I didn't want everyone getting annoyed at each other. I appreciate your considered responses to the thread.
  9. I presume the proposed legislation would still have to be debated and passed through the UK parliament. So, our directly elected MPs would still have political authority to scrutinise and amend the legislation. But I do think the civil service and its powers to prepare legislation should receive more coverage on TV and in the press. Their role is far more important than is generally assumed.
  10. An example of the negative framing and caricature of leavers I was talking about. An example of the long-standing class condescension of the liberal intelligentsia I was talking about. Perhaps this is why nobody make films or documentaries about the working classes any more. A tradition Britain once had a pound history of. The working classes have now been airbrushed out of existence by elites who prefer to fixate on identity politics instead.
  11. The UK rejected a form of governance I profoundly dislike. That is the fundamental benefit for me. I just believe that government at all levels should be as directly elected as possible. Maintaining the important connection between the people and those who represent them. And, that we must have a chance to unelect our representatives when they don't meet our expectations. IMHO the EU does not meet these criteria. Most obvious example, the EU Commission President and the Commissioners are not directly elected even though they have powers to propose legislation that can be binding in every
  12. Regarding the visa situation, I agree with you 100%. My understanding is the EU-UK trade agreement that was signed is a fairly slim document. And the fine detail is pretty sparse. I am sure the detail will be revisited many times by our current and future UK governments in partnership with the EU. And, many of the unintended consequences, anolomlies and absurdities that emerge will be fixed. As for our current government, I don't share your pessimistic view that we are on the road totalitarianism. The current Conservative government are kept in check by the fact that they know their
  13. You propose a star chamber of 'excellent minds' to make the right decisions on our behalf. To me this such a scary concept. It's the road totalitarianism. At what pont will the 'excellent minds' decide regular people can't be trusted with any decisions? Who would decide what an 'excellent mind' was or is? Who would watch over these superiour beings with their 'excellent minds?' What a chilling, Orwellian, nightmarish, dystopian world that would be.
  14. The EU is a capitilist club. it does not exist separate from capitilism. It was originally created in the cold war to revive the pre-war industrial monopolies of France, Germany, and Belgium. And, in that way it continues to be a success. Neoliberalism is hardwired into it. It now has deep intergration with American captilism. You are falling for the con trick, the pretense that the EU is somehow progressive. And, all those MEPs in the European Parliament have no power to affect even minimal changes in the make up and functioning of the EU. The SSI plant was not a dying plant as you
  15. I can't agree with this point. Sure, for investors in Build-to-Let tower blocks in London or Manchester its been a profitable few decades. Indeed Tony Blair and his family have done very well acquiring Buy-to-Lets in Greater Manchester. But the majority of the country booming during the Blair-Brown era, really??? It ended with a massive financial crisis. The fact is, many UK towns have been on there knees for decades...high poverty rates, low life expectancy...cultural wastelands. Watch 'I, Daniel Blake' or a documentary series like 'The Mighty Redcar' to get a truer picture of the Brita
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