10 billion goes to the EU every year!! that 10 billion is today worth about 9 billion!! Ye might be saving 10 billion but that's only going to be a fraction of the value that ye are going to wipe off ye're economy. could be anything up to 50-60 billion worse off in 5 years time!
The most short sighted decision in history. The only people who have made a more idiotic decision were the DUP led unionists in Northern Ireland who could have crippled the north, and worse again for them they've potential helped to open up "a border referendum" which will have Ian Paisley and his mates turning in their graves!!
Mental Stuff. Some many facets to this that nobody has even realised. Pity the poor men and women who are sent in to negotiate the trade, migration, legal agreements with all of the U.K's trade partners.
I'd be very surprised if the EU doesn't play hard ball with the U.K. they'll want to show other EU countries that it ain't a simple flick of a switch if you choose to go down this road
“The raw truth is that the EU hates genuinely free trade. That holds Britain back, costs us jobs, and keeps prices on the high street artificially high.” Dominic Raab. That is a quote out of a telegraph report dated may 16, 10 billion goes to the eu every year never to be seen again now we can use that money plus the other lot to fund our own projects. Strike agreements with the rest of the world like America, Canada, Australia, new Zealand, south America, china the list goes on. Trade deals that are done directly and not through some bureaucratic unelected body that siphons money for there own endeavours......
"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 ?
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