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Nov 18, 2018 at 8:45 AM Mark Hodgson

If the UK sets its own trade deals, is the EU worried that the UK may be better off?

Nov 18, 2018 at 9:30 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

The Guardian reports on the "Anti-Macron" protests in France. But all the interviews talk about "anti-fuel-tax" protests. And also that the protesters come from across the social spectrum.

Why would the Guardian think these are party political protests when they are actually against green taxes?

Nov 18, 2018 at 9:05 AM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

"Brussels seeks permanent post-Brexit customs union
Under the customs arrangement, the UK’s scope for doing independent trade deals will be limited."

"The U.K. wants a Brexit backstop to be temporary. Brussels has other ideas.

The temporary U.K.-EU customs union agreed by Brexit negotiators as a stop-gap measure to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland will be used as leverage by Brussels to keep the U.K. within its customs orbit, senior EU officials have admitted privately.

According to two officials present at a briefing for EU ambassadors earlier this week, the EU believes the provisional deal struck by the two sides sets a “precedent” for the future customs relationship. Brussels intends to prevent London from watering it down in the negotiations to come over its future trading relationship."

Nov 18, 2018 at 8:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

OK, it's the Sunday Express, so who knows if it's true? But if it is true, I really worry about the next generation, What on earth is going on in the further education system these days?:

""University lecturers told don't use caps" says the Sunday Express.

It reports that lecturers have been asked not to use capital letters when setting assignments because it might make students anxious.

The instructions to staff at Leeds Trinity School are given in a memo on "enhancing student engagement and achievement", setting out the dos and don'ts.

The paper points out the words 'do' and 'don't' are also discouraged!"

Nov 18, 2018 at 8:44 AM | Unregistered CommenterMark Hodgson

oh dear.....

Some might call it a bit insensitive....

Nov 18, 2018 at 2:38 AM | Registered Commentertomo

Pcar, I understood the concession on Gibraltar to be that:
At the end of the interim period every possible status is possible for Gibraltar.

May has officered the possibility of handing over Gibraltar. A big concession by the UK. But not yet agreed.

When the Chief Minister explicitly states that there have been absolutely no concessions on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control he is correct.

However, we have conceded that we might soon hand over the whole lot.

Nov 18, 2018 at 12:50 AM | Registered CommenterM Courtney

So... the effin loons blocked London bridges? - glad I wasn't working London today.

pfff ... chalk up another win for 'Treesa

Illegal huh? -- at high pressure maybe - but simply giving them a good dousing preferably with the water laced with green skin dye seems an attractive option.

Nov 18, 2018 at 12:32 AM | Registered Commentertomo
Nov 17, 2018 at 11:53 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Gibraltar Betrayal: A Response To Hon. Fabian Picardo

In his Press Release (above), the Chief Minister explicitly states that there have been absolutely no concessions on sovereignty, jurisdiction or control.

EU Disagrees:
IX. What has been agreed regarding Gibraltar?

The European Council guidelines of 29 April 2017 set out that "no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the United Kingdom."

Bilateral negotiations between Spain and the UK have now concluded. A Protocol referring to these bilateral arrangements is annexed to the Withdrawal Agreement....
On air transport law, it establishes...

Gib's Hon. Fabian Picardo lying or disingenuous?

Nov 17, 2018 at 11:41 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Mark Hodgson

"Action Direkt" ecoloons have been about for a while.

I've found it amusing to follow DeepGreenResistance - who have proclaimed direct action as "the way" for some time - their USP: "anti-civilization community activist organization, working to save the planet"

I seem to recall stewgreen hinting that domestic state spooks have them of a short agent provocateur leash - like the "animal righters".

Nov 17, 2018 at 11:36 PM | Registered Commentertomo

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