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An American bank with 16,000 UK staff has warned that up to three-quarters of its workforce could be transferred to EU countries after Brexit, in a fresh blow for the City.

JP Morgan could see thousands of its bankers moved across the Channel once Britain cuts ties with Brussels, the lender's chief executive said.

Jamie Dimon said current plans allowed for "several hundred" of the bank's UK jobs to move to the EU after Britain's divorce from the bloc.

But he warned that that number could balloon.

"If the EU determines over time that they want to start to move a lot more jobs out of London and into the EU, they can simply dictate that," he said during a panel discussion at the Paris Europlace International Financial Forum on Tuesday.

The banking boss explained the majority of the bank's UK operations are actually aimed at serving clients across the EU27, putting the majority of those positions at risk of being moved out of the country.

"We have 16,000 people in the UK but ... 75 per cent of that is servicing EU companies, and if regulators say one day, you know, 'we're not comfortable with your risk people, your lawyers, your compliance being in the UK' they can make us move it.

"So we will simply be subject to what they do down the road."

JP Morgan revealed earlier this year it would be anchoring its EU operations in three cities, including Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

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On 23/06/2017 at 3:24 PM, BrendanT1993 said:

A year on.

Still no plan for Leaving.

What an achievement.

I was watching something with my mum about how there is going to be a shortage of fruit & veg pockets after Brexit, and her response was: "Well, they shouldn't grow so much stuff then. They're just trying to be greedy and make loads of money". She is a classic Leave voter who is going around with her fingers in her ears going lalala can't hear you, Brexit is one of the worst things to happen to Britain, but also one of the best to have happened to British politics. UKIP died overnight, the Tories have been exposed as the cunts they are, and Labour showed itself to be a strong - and now even stronger - opposition, bringing back socialist politics. Britain is fucked, but now right-wing populism has gone down the drain in UK, at least for now.

Labour aren't as strong as they probably think they are. If nothing else over the last couple of years, the UK electorate have shown themselves to be very fickle in how they vote. 

We're no longer in the days of straightforward left / right voters with more and more people willing to switch their vote. May saw a massive majority disappear very quickly thanks to a few bad calls including get surprise social care bill. 

Corbyn is presiding over a split party and got a lot of protest votes but still didn't win. His recent success will disappear quickly if he goes too far left.

But yes, thanks to brexit things are a complete mess made worse by May's stupid election.

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13 hours ago, jonski43 said:

Labour aren't as strong as they probably think they are. If nothing else over the last couple of years, the UK electorate have shown themselves to be very fickle in how they vote. 

We're no longer in the days of straightforward left / right voters with more and more people willing to switch their vote. May saw a massive majority disappear very quickly thanks to a few bad calls including get surprise social care bill. 

Corbyn is presiding over a split party and got a lot of protest votes but still didn't win. His recent success will disappear quickly if he goes too far left.

But yes, thanks to brexit things are a complete mess made worse by May's stupid election.

 

Agreed

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On 11/07/2017 at 2:28 PM, Kim said:

Did this thread go on holiday along with me? :bad: :wow:

Filthy racist TORY MP suspended (not expelled of course) from party for using the N-WORD...

Tory MP Anne Marie Morris Recorded Saying Brexit No Deal Is A ‘N***** In A Woodpile’

No reaction from other Tory MPs on the panel.

A Tory Brexiteer has described the UK leaving the EU without a deal as a “real n*****r in the woodpile” at a meeting of eurosceptics in Central London.

Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot since 2010, made the astonishing remark while discussing what financial services deal the UK could strike with Brussels after 2019.

Despite using the racist term, none of her fellow panelists, including Tory MPs Bill Cash and John Redwood, reacted. 

After saying just 7% of financial services in the UK would be affected by Brexit, Morris said: “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom.

“Now we get to the real n****r in the woodpile which is in two years what happens if there is no deal?”

After HuffPost UK published her remarks, Morris said: “The comment was totally unintentional. I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused.”

Asked about the MP’s comments, Theresa May told the Commons: “I think it is beholden on us all to ensure we use appropriate language at all times.” 

The comments came at the launch of a report into the future for the UK’s lucrative financial sector after Brexit on Monday lunchtime.

The launch was held at the exclusive East India Club in St James Square, a few hundred yards from the Mall, and organised by the Politeia group - which describes itself as “A forum for social and economic thinking”.

Audience member Colton Richards was appalled by Morris’s comments.

He told HuffPost UK: “It was disgusting to hear those comments by somebody in public life.

“It was almost as though she felt like she was talking to her friends in a private audience.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “This disgusting comment belongs in the era of the Jim Crow laws and has no place in our parliament.

“The Conservative Party should withdraw the whip from Anne Marie Morris and they should do it today. 

“Every hour they leave her in place, is a stain on them and the so called ‘compassionate conservatism’ they supposedly espouse.

“I am utterly shocked that this person represents the good people of Newton Abbot.

“Even if she misspoke this is the nastiest thing I’ve heard an MP utter since Lord Dixon Smith uttered the same awful phrase a few years ago.”

 

 

 

:bad:  :bad: 

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/theresa-may-health-cuts-nhs-local-budgets-analysis-public-sexual-stis-syphilis-kings-fund-85-million-a7836086.html

Theresa May to oversee £85m in cuts to public health budgets this year, analysis reveals

Doctors warn cuts will have a ‘damaging impact on people’s health and wellbeing’ and cost the NHS more in the long-run

 

Theresa May has been accused of taking her “eye off the ball” over public health as it was revealed budgets for a range of services including sexual health and help to stop smoking face new cuts of £85m. Local authorities in England are being forced to spend more than 5 per cent less this year on public health initiatives than in 2013-14, according to a new analysis from the King’s Fund.

David Buck, the health think tank’s senior fellow in policy, used data from local governments and the Department of Communities to calculate that planned spending on sexual health services has fallen by £64m, or 10 per cent, over the past four years.

He said cutting spending on sexual health services is "the falsest of false economies and is storing up problems for the future” – especially given recent news that syphilis cases in England have reached their highest level since 1949. The scale of the cuts revealed by the research would be “devastating for the health of the nation”, according to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which said it had “grave concerns” about the findings.

Doctors from the British Medical Association also warned the cuts would have a “damaging impact on people’s health and wellbeing” at a time when a third of British people were projected to be obese by 2030 and smoking accounts for about 100,000 deaths a year in the UK.

Mr Buck told The Independent local authorities are not to blame for the new cuts, as “it’s a sign of central government taking their eye off the ball on public health”. Budgets and new responsibilities transferred to councils under the coalition government appeared to be a “real commitment” to public health, but “as austerity bit, the local government budgets were a much easier target, whatever they happened to be, than NHS budgets,” he added.

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On 2017-7-13 at 2:22 AM, XXL said:

I wonder if England & Wales will ever wake up and see how the Tories are dismantling and selling off their health service in front of their very eyes.... before it's too late. 35 BILLION a year on trident nuclear weapons while vital services go to shit.

 

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So have you guys Brexited already? What's going on?

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14 hours ago, Kim said:

I wonder if England & Wales will ever wake up and see how the Tories are dismantling and selling off their health service in front of their very eyes.... before it's too late. 35 BILLION a year on trident nuclear weapons while vital services go to shit

 

It's disgusting when you think how much money gets wasted with these fucking wars in the name of oil and regional resources control under the false flag of democracy exportation or on "humanitarian grounds", which in turn fuels more violence and extremism.

Price tag for those 59 Tomahawk missiles launched on Syria back in April? Next to a couple hundred millions burnt in an hour! How many people can you feed and educate with that?!

They don't push gay men off buildings in Assad's Syria (never mind he was not a dictator up until five min prior, just like Gaddafi, a tragic mess of a Western intervention which we are paying for very dearly in the Mediterranean every single day) or threaten women and God knows what else but they do in Saudi Arabia and the other GCC countries and our leaders are all bowing to that sick Saudi Royal family

They should invest all this money into good education for all and accessible public health and social services for all. No way. They just go ahead with their privatisation plans and are ever more subservient to banks and the likes. Unfortunately it is a cross party thing nowadays. The Left and the Right are not exactly distinguishable anymore. Certainly in Italy

That's why I find someone like Corbyn and his ideas fascinating and refreshing. He made some very good points and called into question Britain's military strategy and allegiances more than any other British politician from the Left in recent memory. And not just on foreign policy issues of course. Central banking is too entangled with private interests these days, same with our elected representatives

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1 hour ago, ULIZOS said:

So have you guys Brexited already? What's going on?

 

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The true implications of Brexit will become even clearer as negotiations with the EU go on. Anyone with any sense knows that it won't end well but once these issues are fully spelled out, I think the public have a right to another referendum before Brexit actually happens to confirm whether we want to go down this route or not.

When the referendum happened, the public were totally ill-informed and even those who were relatively informed still had no idea of the full repercussions of leaving the EU.

It seems only fair to ask the question again once the terms of the agreement are spelled out.

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8 hours ago, BrendanT1993 said:

The true implications of Brexit will become even clearer as negotiations with the EU go on. Anyone with any sense knows that it won't end well but once these issues are fully spelled out, I think the public have a right to another referendum before Brexit actually happens to confirm whether we want to go down this route or not.

When the referendum happened, the public were totally ill-informed and even those who were relatively informed still had no idea of the full repercussions of leaving the EU.

It seems only fair to ask the question again once the terms of the agreement are spelled out.

That is such a good idea but will the EU countries actually give us the choice? We can't just pick and choose and then turn round and say, OK, we'll stay?

:hotmess:

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18 hours ago, ULIZOS said:

So have you guys Brexited already? What's going on?

It's taken a year to trigger the mechanism to commence talks about an amicable 'break-up', those talks will take two years or so, then the act itself, then the economic effects will kick in over the next decade or two. Ironic that the ones who voted so voraciously for Brexit (old cunts) are the ones who won't be around to see what they did. All very backwards, all very 'British'.

 

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Strong and stable Britain, with street acupuncture (knifing) and random vile acid attacks by random teenage fucks on the rampage - welcome to a disgracefully fucked up island:

London acid attacks: teenager charged with 15 offences

16-year-old boy to face court over five linked attacks on Thursday night

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A 16-year-old boy has been charged by police investigating five linked acid attacks in London.

The teenager is charged with 15 offences including grievous bodily harm and possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, the Metropolitan police said. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Stratford youth court on Monday.

Five acid attacks took place in north and east London in less than 90 minutes on Thursday night.

Police said the teenager has been charged with one count of GBH with intent, one count of possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, three counts of robbery, one count of handling stolen goods, four counts of attempted robbery and five counts of attempted GBH with intent.

Earlier on Saturday, a 15-year-old boy who was arrested at an address in Stoke Newington, north London, on Friday morning on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery was released on bail until a date in early August.

Scotland Yard said the investigation into the attacks is continuing.

Five men – all on mopeds – were allegedly targeted by two moped-riding attackers.

Food delivery rider Jabed Hussain, 32, who works for UberEats, had his moped stolen and his face sprayed with liquid. He was the victim of the night’s first attack at about 10.25pm at traffic lights on Hackney Road, east London, on his way home from work.

Hussain told the Guardian that the area had been the scene of many knife and other violent attacks on delivery drivers in recent months. “First of all, I didn’t realise it was acid; then it started to burn. I saw they wanted to do it again, so I jumped off my bike and tried to hide from them behind cars,” Hussain said.

After his moped was stolen, Hussain ran up to cars stopped at the traffic lights, knocked on windows and begged for help. “I was screaming for help and for water. No one was opening their door or window.”

A female passerby stopped to help Hussain, who was taken to an east London hospital. His injuries are not being treated as life-changing.

“I’m too scared to go back to work,” he told the Press Association. “I’m really scared. I don’t know what to do. My wife, she’s scared. My family’s scared. They were asking me to leave that job, but I love that job.”

Little more than 20 minutes after the first attack, at 10.49pm, a 44-year-old moped driver was sprayed with a searing liquid at the Upper Street junction with Highbury Corner in Islington, north London.

The victim was taken to a hospital in north London. His vehicle was not stolen.
Then at about 11.05pm, police were called after attackers targeted a man in Shoreditch High Street, east London, tossing a substance in his face.

His injuries were not life-threatening and his moped was not stolen, police said.
Within 15 minutes, a corrosive substance was hurled at a man on Upper Clapton Road, causing “life-changing” facial injuries.

Police were called to the scene at 11.18pm. The final assault was reported to police at 11.37pm, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic in Chatsworth Road. Liquid was sprayed in his face and his moped was stolen by the attackers, who then fled.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/15/london-acid-attacks-teenager-charged

 

Apparently there is no money tree to avoid making cuts on the police force, on the NHS, on all basic public all important services... but a million for a bunch of retrograde homophobic bigots was readily available.

May-bot ruled Britain is a sinking ship. Who can save its passengers from drowning?

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It's really appalling how IGNORANT politicians in the UK are.  The fact that Brussels had to explain to them that Euratom is part of the EU is shocking.  They support Brexit and don't even know that the Union is the sum of three communities and the Atomic and Nuclear is one of them???????? 

I can imagine the faces of the people in Brussels. No wonder Juncker was appalled after that meeting with May. 

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I was switching channels last night and for some reason got stuck at Sky News and they had something like discussing the headlines of the next day and there was this guy, I think he was editor or something of the Daily Mail?, and they were discussing the French plot to damage the British economy by luring financial services to Paris. Well, everyone knows this is hardly a plot considering most companies seeking access to the EU post Brexit are already looking for new headquaters and its not secret that Paris and Frankfurt are their favorites because they are seat of the biggest financial institutions in France and Germany, the two biggest economies in Europe. Anyway, this guy seriously argued that the EU will need to make concessions to Great Britain. Fortunately there was this woman who did remind him that the EU economy is at least 7 times the size of Great Britain and that it is rather Great Britain that will need to make concessions if they wish to have access to the European market. So the delusion is real.

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Davis looks like he's just about to say that his dog ate his homework 😂

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SIXTY leading figures call for Brexit to be halted

Scots academics and politicians demand rethink as second round of talks begin

SCORES of Scotland’s most high- profile academics and politicians have called for last year’s Brexit vote to be overturned as “its disastrous consequences become clearer every day” Senior figures from the worlds of politics, business, academia and the arts have signed a landmark letter to The Herald breaking a fragile consensus accepting the referendum.

Signatories include Labour former first minister Henry McLeish, ex-Liberal Democrat leader Lord Campbell of Pittenweem and former defence secretary and ex-Nato secretary general Baron Robertson. Leading figures from the fields of academia, business, arts and NGOs have also signed the letter, including Scotland’s former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns, historians Sir Tom Devine and Chris Smout,  director of Friends of the Earth Scotland Dr Richard Dixon, distinguished international jurist Sir David Edward; businessman and diplomat Lord John Kerr; and trade union leader Grahame Smith.

In the letter they write: “We see our society, economy and politics becoming ever more undermined due to the impact of Brexit. We recognise that a narrow majority voted to leave the European Union, but the disastrous consequences are now becoming ever clearer - every day. Even before the UK has left the EU, we face falling living standards, rising inflation, slowing growth and lower productivity.

“Our international reputation has been seriously damaged, leaving the UK weak, with diminished influence, in an increasingly uncertain and unstable world.” The letter continues: “In a democracy, it is always possible to think again and to choose a different direction. We need to think again about Brexit, to have a UK-wide debate about calling a halt to the process and changing our minds.”

The ground-breaking intervention comes as David Davis came under a double attack as rancour broke out within the Brexit movement.

Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave campaign chief, unleashed a tirade of criticism on Twitter against the Brexit Secretary, branding him “thick as mince, lazy as a toad and vain as Narcissus”. Mr Davis was also condemned for turning up for a second round of talks with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier declaring they were now “getting into the substance of the matter” but leaving after just three hours.

Today’s open letter comes amid growing concern at home and abroad the UK economy is already suffering from crippling uncertainty over its future relationship with its biggest trading partner. It concludes: “We call for a national debate on Brexit. We ask our fellow citizens, and our politicians, to think again. It is time to call a halt to Brexit.”

The letter represents a significant challenge to both Labour and the Conservatives at Westminster. The SNP and the Liberal Democrats have both opposed Brexit staunchly, with the latter party calling for a second referendum. But both Prime Minister Theresa May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have accepted the result of the Brexit vote even as public and academic doubts grew.

Earlier this month, veteran Labour MEP David Martin told The Herald his party should be the vehicle to stop Brexit. Mr Martin has signed today’s letter as have former Labour cabinet ministers Helen Liddell and George Robertson and their fellow peer George Foulkes. It came after former prime minister Tony Blair this weekend suggested it was “possible’ Brexit would not happen. Westminster sources have suggested there are now Conservative ministers who feel the same.

The first Tory to break ranks on the issue was former MEP Struan Mr Stevenson, who last week in this newspaper revealed his desire for a rethink amid evidence leaving the EU will put up barriers to Scottish farm exports while a potential US trade deal opens up Scotland to imports of cheap, low-quality American beef and chicken.

Academics this week warned Brexit marked a serious threat to Britain’s food security with 80 per cent of vegetables and 40 per cent of fruit being imported. Tim Lang of City University described the situation as a “serious policy failure on an unprecedented scale”. His concerns over food security echo those of Professor David Bell of Stirling University and farming experts who warned of similar problems earlier this summer.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: “In one of the biggest democratic exercises in our history, the British people voted to leave the European Union. The Government is committed to delivering on that mandate, by building a new deep and special partnership with our closest allies and neighbours in Europe.

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On ‎18‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 0:34 AM, pieciolot said:

Davis looks like he's just about to say that his dog ate his homework 😂

 

:lmao::chuckle:

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3 hours ago, Kim said:

SIXTY leading figures call for Brexit to be halted

Scots academics and politicians demand rethink as second round of talks begin

SCORES of Scotland’s most high- profile academics and politicians have called for last year’s Brexit vote to be overturned as “its disastrous consequences become clearer every day” Senior figures from the worlds of politics, business, academia and the arts have signed a landmark letter to The Herald breaking a fragile consensus accepting the referendum.

Signatories include Labour former first minister Henry McLeish, ex-Liberal Democrat leader Lord Campbell of Pittenweem and former defence secretary and ex-Nato secretary general Baron Robertson. Leading figures from the fields of academia, business, arts and NGOs have also signed the letter, including Scotland’s former chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns, historians Sir Tom Devine and Chris Smout,  director of Friends of the Earth Scotland Dr Richard Dixon, distinguished international jurist Sir David Edward; businessman and diplomat Lord John Kerr; and trade union leader Grahame Smith.

In the letter they write: “We see our society, economy and politics becoming ever more undermined due to the impact of Brexit. We recognise that a narrow majority voted to leave the European Union, but the disastrous consequences are now becoming ever clearer - every day. Even before the UK has left the EU, we face falling living standards, rising inflation, slowing growth and lower productivity.

“Our international reputation has been seriously damaged, leaving the UK weak, with diminished influence, in an increasingly uncertain and unstable world.” The letter continues: “In a democracy, it is always possible to think again and to choose a different direction. We need to think again about Brexit, to have a UK-wide debate about calling a halt to the process and changing our minds.”

The ground-breaking intervention comes as David Davis came under a double attack as rancour broke out within the Brexit movement.

Dominic Cummings, the former Vote Leave campaign chief, unleashed a tirade of criticism on Twitter against the Brexit Secretary, branding him “thick as mince, lazy as a toad and vain as Narcissus”. Mr Davis was also condemned for turning up for a second round of talks with his EU counterpart Michel Barnier declaring they were now “getting into the substance of the matter” but leaving after just three hours.

Today’s open letter comes amid growing concern at home and abroad the UK economy is already suffering from crippling uncertainty over its future relationship with its biggest trading partner. It concludes: “We call for a national debate on Brexit. We ask our fellow citizens, and our politicians, to think again. It is time to call a halt to Brexit.”

The letter represents a significant challenge to both Labour and the Conservatives at Westminster. The SNP and the Liberal Democrats have both opposed Brexit staunchly, with the latter party calling for a second referendum. But both Prime Minister Theresa May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn have accepted the result of the Brexit vote even as public and academic doubts grew.

Earlier this month, veteran Labour MEP David Martin told The Herald his party should be the vehicle to stop Brexit. Mr Martin has signed today’s letter as have former Labour cabinet ministers Helen Liddell and George Robertson and their fellow peer George Foulkes. It came after former prime minister Tony Blair this weekend suggested it was “possible’ Brexit would not happen. Westminster sources have suggested there are now Conservative ministers who feel the same.

The first Tory to break ranks on the issue was former MEP Struan Mr Stevenson, who last week in this newspaper revealed his desire for a rethink amid evidence leaving the EU will put up barriers to Scottish farm exports while a potential US trade deal opens up Scotland to imports of cheap, low-quality American beef and chicken.

Academics this week warned Brexit marked a serious threat to Britain’s food security with 80 per cent of vegetables and 40 per cent of fruit being imported. Tim Lang of City University described the situation as a “serious policy failure on an unprecedented scale”. His concerns over food security echo those of Professor David Bell of Stirling University and farming experts who warned of similar problems earlier this summer.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said: “In one of the biggest democratic exercises in our history, the British people voted to leave the European Union. The Government is committed to delivering on that mandate, by building a new deep and special partnership with our closest allies and neighbours in Europe.

 

Admirable of them

If only those who sold Brexit to the British public had a modicum of credibility, professionalism and leadership value in carrying out the referendum outcome ... Fat chance. They look and sound like they are in a race with each other to make it all so much worse ... They had the outcome they wanted and look hell bent on unintentionally proving they were wrong to begin with

I mean what is Theresa May's excuse to appoint a Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary :blink: It looks like a self-sabotage inside job. Same for that Fallon defense guy or this Davis

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On ‎16‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 2:37 PM, Raider of the lost Ark said:

I was switching channels last night and for some reason got stuck at Sky News and they had something like discussing the headlines of the next day and there was this guy, I think he was editor or something of the Daily Mail?, and they were discussing the French plot to damage the British economy by luring financial services to Paris. Well, everyone knows this is hardly a plot considering most companies seeking access to the EU post Brexit are already looking for new headquaters and its not secret that Paris and Frankfurt are their favorites because they are seat of the biggest financial institutions in France and Germany, the two biggest economies in Europe. Anyway, this guy seriously argued that the EU will need to make concessions to Great Britain. Fortunately there was this woman who did remind him that the EU economy is at least 7 times the size of Great Britain and that it is rather Great Britain that will need to make concessions if they wish to have access to the European market. So the delusion is real.

 

He probably thinks the UK can go on parasiting off now commonly referred to as Commonwealth countries like in the good old Empire days. I find it telling there have been several unconfirmed reports of the British Royal family being in favour of the country leaving the EU

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On ‎16‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 8:10 AM, karbatal said:

It's really appalling how IGNORANT politicians in the UK are.  The fact that Brussels had to explain to them that Euratom is part of the EU is shocking.  They support Brexit and don't even know that the Union is the sum of three communities and the Atomic and Nuclear is one of them???????? 

I can imagine the faces of the people in Brussels. No wonder Juncker was appalled after that meeting with May. 

:chuckle:

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On ‎15‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 5:52 PM, jonski43 said:

That is such a good idea but will the EU countries actually give us the choice? We can't just pick and choose and then turn round and say, OK, we'll stay?

:hotmess:

 

Brussels has already expressed something to this regard :laugh: "Open arms"

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On ‎16‎/‎07‎/‎2017 at 1:29 AM, pjcowley said:

Strong and stable Britain, with street acupuncture (knifing) and random vile acid attacks by random teenage fucks on the rampage - welcome to a disgracefully fucked up island:

London acid attacks: teenager charged with 15 offences

16-year-old boy to face court over five linked attacks on Thursday night

Z

A 16-year-old boy has been charged by police investigating five linked acid attacks in London.

The teenager is charged with 15 offences including grievous bodily harm and possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, the Metropolitan police said. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Stratford youth court on Monday.

Five acid attacks took place in north and east London in less than 90 minutes on Thursday night.

Police said the teenager has been charged with one count of GBH with intent, one count of possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, three counts of robbery, one count of handling stolen goods, four counts of attempted robbery and five counts of attempted GBH with intent.

Earlier on Saturday, a 15-year-old boy who was arrested at an address in Stoke Newington, north London, on Friday morning on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery was released on bail until a date in early August.

Scotland Yard said the investigation into the attacks is continuing.

Five men – all on mopeds – were allegedly targeted by two moped-riding attackers.

Food delivery rider Jabed Hussain, 32, who works for UberEats, had his moped stolen and his face sprayed with liquid. He was the victim of the night’s first attack at about 10.25pm at traffic lights on Hackney Road, east London, on his way home from work.

Hussain told the Guardian that the area had been the scene of many knife and other violent attacks on delivery drivers in recent months. “First of all, I didn’t realise it was acid; then it started to burn. I saw they wanted to do it again, so I jumped off my bike and tried to hide from them behind cars,” Hussain said.

After his moped was stolen, Hussain ran up to cars stopped at the traffic lights, knocked on windows and begged for help. “I was screaming for help and for water. No one was opening their door or window.”

A female passerby stopped to help Hussain, who was taken to an east London hospital. His injuries are not being treated as life-changing.

“I’m too scared to go back to work,” he told the Press Association. “I’m really scared. I don’t know what to do. My wife, she’s scared. My family’s scared. They were asking me to leave that job, but I love that job.”

Little more than 20 minutes after the first attack, at 10.49pm, a 44-year-old moped driver was sprayed with a searing liquid at the Upper Street junction with Highbury Corner in Islington, north London.

The victim was taken to a hospital in north London. His vehicle was not stolen.
Then at about 11.05pm, police were called after attackers targeted a man in Shoreditch High Street, east London, tossing a substance in his face.

His injuries were not life-threatening and his moped was not stolen, police said.
Within 15 minutes, a corrosive substance was hurled at a man on Upper Clapton Road, causing “life-changing” facial injuries.

Police were called to the scene at 11.18pm. The final assault was reported to police at 11.37pm, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic in Chatsworth Road. Liquid was sprayed in his face and his moped was stolen by the attackers, who then fled.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/15/london-acid-attacks-teenager-charged

 

Apparently there is no money tree to avoid making cuts on the police force, on the NHS, on all basic public all important services... but a million for a bunch of retrograde homophobic bigots was readily available.

May-bot ruled Britain is a sinking ship. Who can save its passengers from drowning?

 

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The only thing strong and stable in May's leadership so far is her bank account and "vicar's daughter" privilege / good Christian image

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has urged the UK for more "clarity" on where it stands on key issues such as citizens rights and the "divorce bill". Michel Barnier said progress had been made in talks with David Davis in areas where the UK position was clear. But there were still differences on how citizens' residence rights will be "guaranteed" and how it will maintain the common travel area in Ireland. He was speaking at a media conference at the end of the second week of talks. 

 

 

 

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https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jul/21/brexit-banking-exodus-theresa-may-morgan-stanley


Is this the Brexit banking exodus Theresa May told us couldn’t happen?

Nesrine Malik

 


With Morgan Stanley quitting the City, the question is no longer if Brexit will damage the UK financial services industry – but how bad the damage will be

 

The latest financial institution making plans to relocate jobs away from the UK is Morgan Stanley, which has announced that Frankfurt will become its post-Brexit EU hub, a move that could shift an initial 200 jobs to Germany.
 
Morgan Stanley joins Standard Chartered and Nomura, both of which also picked Frankfurt as a new EU base, and JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, which are moving jobs out of London to various other centres. Morgan Stanley’s asset management arm is to relocate to Dublin, as several European cities woo jittery banks that will not hang around to see what final deal is hammered out between the UK and Europe before they start looking elsewhere. A competition to host the UK’s bankers post-Brexit would have as its slogan: “Better in than out.”

 

 

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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40674883

Theresa May urged to intervene in imminent Saudi executions

A group of MPs have written to PM Theresa May asking her to intervene in the case of 14 Saudi prisoners believed to be facing imminent execution.

The MPs say they are "gravely concerned" UK police training of Saudi agents may have directly enabled the arrests under anti-cyber crime law.

The human rights group Reprieve says at least two of the prisoners were children when they were arrested.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband was one of three MPs who signed the letter.

It asks the prime minister to "personally urge" Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his son, Crown Prince bin Salman, to halt the executions.

"We also ask that you take urgent steps to confirm that UK assistance played no role in these individuals' conviction under Saudi Arabia's anti-cyber crime law," it continues.

The letter, also signed by Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell and Lib Dem MP Tom Brake, calls for a "full account to Parliament of any and all UK training for Saudi police and criminal justice institutions".

Reprieve has expressed concern that British police trainers sent to Saudi Arabia may have been complicit in the arrest of the suspects, who were then allegedly tortured into confessions.

The prisoners, according to the charity, include a disabled man and a student who was arrested, aged 17, on his way to study in the United States.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said the men confessed to crimes under torture and were put on death row after more than two-and-a-half years of pre-trial detention.

The Saudi authorities have faced frequent criticism for a lack of transparency in their justice system but have always insisted that criminal cases are carried out in strict accordance to Sharia law.

'Deafening silence from PM' :bad:

Mr Brake, the Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman, raised concerns about the situation of the 14 men in an urgent question in the Commons earlier this week.

He called for the UK to stop any assistance offered to Saudi Arabia that could contribute to the arrest of dissidents and to condemn the use of the death penalty in such cases.

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt responded by saying the government had "sketchy" reports and was seeking clarity in Riyadh and London.

Mr Burt added: "The UK government opposes the use of the death penalty in all circumstances and in every country including Saudi Arabia, especially for crimes other than the most serious and for juveniles."

Maya Foa, director of Reprieve, said: "Minister Burt is right to make clear the UK's opposition to the brutal death penalty in Saudi Arabia, but his words stand in stark contrast to the deafening silence from Theresa May on this issue.

"When 14 young men face imminent beheading for protest-related offences, simply raising the cases in private doesn't cut it."

The BBC has asked the Saudi Embassy for a response

 

 

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