"Between 2007 and 2013, the U.K. contributed an estimated 5.4 billion euros to fund research and development in the EU. In return, the U.K. received 8.8 billion euros in direct EU funding for research, development and innovation activities."
I'm quite suspicious of the much-trumpeted, proposed 2nd pipeline via Iran.
To me it smells of a deal between Baghdad and the 2 main Kurdish factions (Barzani in Arbil, Talabani in Sulaymaniyah) to free-up funds to enable continuation of their respective Fiefdoms and, in the case of the Sulli boys, to achieve their element of self-governance and freedom from Baghdad (and from Arbil) while nominally still remaining part of the Iraq state. That would save a lot of face in Baghdad and no little too in Arbil.
The issue of a referendum for Kirkuk region should be weighed very carefully, as it's not at all clear what proportion of residents there would want to be part of an independent Kurdistan. Rights of residence, rights of citizenship and rights to vote have yet to be established for many thousands of people now living there. Many such people have been displaced from other regions but many were settled here deliberately (read about the Kurds Out, Arabs In gerrymandering that took place during Saddam's reign). Failure to do a proper and fair job when establishing such rights will just guarantee future conflict.
For the Barzanis, it could offer a continuation of the "hands off" approach by Baghdad of the last couple of years, might allow Arbil to achieve a more "legitimate" price for their Kurdish Crude, cool somewhat the PKK activities along the Ceyhan pipeline route (PKK being more associated with the Sulli boys) and get them off the Impending Independence Referendum hook - which the US wants like a hole in the head at the moment. It could also free-up some pipeline capacity for a year or two, saving the need for Arbil to finance & create yet another pipeline.
There would also be an interesting consequence re. the effective Kurdish North & Kurdish South Crude grades but that's another matter.
Zahawi knows a thing or two about gravy trains. Why the hell would he travel all the way to Brussels to make a difference when he has a CEO throwing quarter of a million bucks a year at him for sweet FA.
Apologies for the off topic - have gkp been paid yet ?
Nadhim Zahawi MP: Why I have decided to vote for Britain to leave the EU Feb 26 2016
"Our future is increasingly based in the digital and technology sectors. A Britain outside of the EU can be ambitious in taking these new opportunities for growth, and export to the world, but our Government and our country must be agile to take advantage of fast paced changes – an agility that we lose in the EU."
"The reluctance of European leaders to change, and the effort that has been expended to get us to this point only makes me more concerned.
I am uncomfortable with a situation in which our laws are sometimes made by those the British people cannot throw out, while British Ministers must accept them. I am uncomfortable when European law takes precedence over British law, and European judges are more important than our own. I am uncomfortable when we are tied to a project determined to create a new currency that has struggled to stay afloat and has taken away yet more sovereignty and choice from its citizens to keep it on life support."
Exports. In 2014 the United Kingdom exported $472B, making it the 9th largest exporter in the world. Imports. In 2014 the United Kingdom imported $663B, making it the 5th largest importer in the world. Trade Balance. Destinations. Origins.Does anyone really think Trade agreements will not be set up on on reasonable terms with the EU and free to negotiate are own terms with the ROW.I was not for brexit only because the clueless buffoons that will be left in charge ie bumbling boris.But speaking realistically what will happen next summer when holland and sweden call for there brexit as my dutch colleagues have informed will happen.Its a changing world so strap yourself in.Ok thats my 10p worth weres are payment thieving ****s.
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