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  1. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    Rog! There's another one arrived for you today! Eight pounds and seven ounces. More seed for the line eh what? Like Blue Peter, "And here's one I made earlier"
  2. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    It is but a little whimsy and reflection as someone asked what we might call the new set up...I merely jested but with an underlying serious thought to as yet unforeseen changes....That is why I described it as my "Monday morning effort" That being said like a lot of things said in semi-jest it can turn out to follow on quite closely in reality.....We are in uncharted waters... The jest was in the titles as elsewhere in the media others have raised the concept of inventing reassuring names to fudge issues...That being said I would not be at all surprised if my whimsy like many turned out be true in some as unforeseen way....And I do read and listen a lot on the subject. The way I see it the whole thing is like a bet on the Grand National...Anything is possible with even the rank outsiders.
  3. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    In addition to the foregoing...The Irish Free State had to pay the UK what was then quite a large "divorce settlement" in order to leave the UK. Quite a lot of similarities including the groups "For" and those "Against" ie the EU Loyalists as it were... The original Irish settlement created the "Ulster Month" when for a brief period there was a United Ireland except that "Ulster" had a month to break away and did so very rapidly hence Northern Ireland.. It all looks a bit similar! Theresa May, or whoever has the poisoned chalice, may sign the agreement effectively keeping the UK inside an EU "fudge" echoing the same words as did Michael Collins: He to the effect that he was signing his own death warrant. Whoever signs us up to an "EU fudge" deal will be doing much the same politically but may do so inwardly knowing that a total break from the EU is not feasible in the circumstances and thus be willing to make that sacrifice. Not sure if their party would be so keen.
  4. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    The British public voted to leave the EU. And this will happen. No one so far has voted on the terms of exit in the knowledge of what those terms may bring.
  5. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    A precedent might be the Common Travel Area or CTA of 1922 when the Irish Free State came about but whilst internally self governing had a rather odd dominion status, the same king for a good few years more and despite all was very much attached by invisible yet powerful and essential links to the UK..The trade and business links today are as important to Ireland as they were then... The early developing years of the Irish Free State were a bit of a vague fudge until UK's Ireland Act of 1949 and the Republic of Ireland did not really start to break away until it became an active member of the Common Market in its own right. So if you see the UK as being the British Free State in a state of fudge we could have the Common Customs Area,. the CCA. The Island but not the Channel Islands could be within this zone. The Single Market could likewise be "fudged down" to become the "Common Marketing Area" thus making it look and sound like the Common Market we once thought we were joining and voted to remain in. As regards the Free Movement of Persons (In the economic sense) we could in principle extend the Common Travel Area (CTA) with the proviso that EU people will need work permits and a job to come to in the UK plus Benefits restrictions. The reality of course will be that most work permits like the Isle of Man's will be more or less a "nod through". However, like the fudge that was the Free State the UK will have to pretend that "we have won". The UK will leave the EU just as the Free State left the UK...But...er...But..er ..Mmmm....Maybe we will not see a lot of difference for two or three generations and by then it will not matter. The irony is that Ireland is the key. Ireland could help us win through or it could put the kybosh on it. (Well that's my Monday morning effort!)...Discuss!
  6. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Listen to the Radio 4 programme that JW gave you the link to...Lots being said on this subject all over the world at the moment. Simple it is not and certainly no cure all.
  7. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Oh well that's it then! We are staying in the Customs Union and the Single Market...But not just yet.....Need a bit more time.
  8. Brexit Is Reversible...

    Not looking too good so far old boy!
  9. Brexit Is Reversible...

    Some views on Brexit from the Japanese ambassador.. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/22/koji-tsuruoka-japan-ambassador-britain-brexit-single-market
  10. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    That is not what I meant....
  11. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    It would be like the IOM but bigger.
  12. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    I would be like the IOM but bigger...
  13. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    What if one of them gets elected?
  14. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=earl+spencer+the+red+earl&qpvt=earl+spencer+the+red+earl&FORM=IGRE More Spencer red hair pics and The Red Earl....
  15. Prince Charles - head of the Commonwealth

    https://www.quora.com/In-the-British-Royal-Family-who-is-Prince-Harrys-biological-father I give a link to the photo and the Spencer red hair. Seems they all had it and some changed. Diana apparently called Harry "My little Spencer" because he was from her side. I can see Harry in Diana's sister. This is what I noticed in one of the tv broadcasts.
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