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    US quits UN Human Rights Council

    The behaviour of the Europeans settlers in America towards the native Americans was ever thus.
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    Donald Trump

    Aboriginal children being separated from their people isn’t a new phenomenon I’m afraid.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Most nations and regions of the world are, or are planning to be, in one or more of the trade blocks / free trade areas below. Such trade blocks require pooled sovereignty to enable free trade. I’ve included ASEAN, PIF & PA even though the key member countries are APEC members too. Likewise, I’ve included some individual states for comparison. Market size is approximated by most recent available figures for GDP in USD. APEC = 47T US = 17T (NAFTA = 21T) EEA (- UK) 15T EU (- UK) = 14T China = 14T AL = 6.4T AU / AEC = 5.5T Japan = 5T EAEU = 4.5T U.K. = 3T ASEAN = 2.5T PIF = 2T PA = 2.2T CEFTA = 0.4T The only countries set to be in a weaker trading position than those in the U.K. are those in CEFTA (Serbia, Bosnia, et al), or other non-aligned states like North Korea. But, hey, if you can see the positives keep smiling and singing a happy Brexit song.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Yeah, because he’s bound to exempt the U.K. from tarrifs because when it comes to dealing with the little guy he’s all heart.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    How can it be so difficult for you to understand? Which of the following points are difficult for you? 1. The EU and US have a trade deal (actually numerous trade deals) arbitrated by the Transatlantic Economic Council. 2. There is no free-trade deal, and although the TTIP deal might amount to a free-trade deal it is unlikely to happen while Trump is in power, or while the EU cares about food safety or nationalised health services. 3. Big markets such as the US and EU don’t have to make deals that compromise crucial aspects of their economies. Small economies have to make such deals and end up with highly specialised and highly unstable economies (cash crops in agricultural economies, niche hi-tech in advanced economies). Ouch, indeed.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    They’ve got a deal. It’s not a free-trade deal because US and EU safety, provenance, environmental, and competition regulations are quite different, likewise antitrust laws, intellectual property rights and subsidies and measures to protect key industries. Liam Fox hopes (and prays?) that the EU’s trade deals with third parties would ‘rollover’ if Brexit were to happen, rather than stronger trade blocks tweaking any deals with the U.K. to their advantage. Of course, in reality, Brexit would mean the strong global players would wipe out British agriculture and manufacturing in pretty short order. The only chance of that happening is the voice of you utter cretins who think David Davis and Liam Fox can persuade the EU and the rest if the world into signing deals more beneficial to the U.K. than what would be achievable for the U.K. as a member of the largest trading block in the world.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Erm, no. We’re clever and you’re a prick.
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    US quits UN Human Rights Council

    If only that were so. Sadly, since the commissioner got blown to bits in Baghdad in 2003 it tends not to monitor, just examine complaints. It has some pretty unsavoury members, is ineffective and makes biased judgements.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    If you’re going to write an essay length post then for fuck’s sake give it a bit of structure, otherwise it’s just rambling, random thoughts. Next time, write an introduction defining your subject, your thesis and an idea of how the essay will develop to support said thesis. Limit each paragraph to one topic and present each paragraph in some sort of logical order. Likewise, structure the development points of each paragraph in logical order. Finally, restate your thesis in a concluding paragraph and bring together all the key points of the thesis and perhaps leave us with a final thought. You’ll find that more people will engage with your ideas if you put some thought into how you present them.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    The thing is, international agreements cause nations to enact regulations. That isn’t going to change even if Brexit ever happens.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Woolley, could you help us by pointing out which particular EU directives or principles it was that upset you? Was it the smoking ban? The diabetic driver ban? The 48 hour working week? The freedom of movement (within the constraints of local law)? Fishing quotas? Or, the measures to tackle climate change? In each case I think you would find that litigation, market forces, trade agreements and international treaty obligations pretty much decide the issue, and the only purpose to the laws is save time and money that all the separate courts and legislatures would otherwise spend reaching the same conclusions. I might agree with you when it comes to VAT regulations, and one or two other points I don’t like about the EU, but none of them come anywhere near close to persuading me that the disaster of Brexit would be worth it.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    What should have happened was a parliamentary debate about what was wanted out of Brexit before the negotiations started. Serious debate of the issues was impossible because of the cherry picking ‘they need us more than we need them’ and ‘we can have our cake and eat it’ nonsense. You can’t make plans with a serious analysis of each area up for discussion when half the team believe in unicorns.
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Fantastic news Woody. Any tips for the World Cup?
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    So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    David Davis is doing the negotiating - he may be slowly coming round to the logic of remain in light of cold, hard reality, but he was a staunch leaver back in the days of leave’s magic bus.
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