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I wonder how much of the UK-Japan dispute has to do with lack of diplomatic expertise within the UK as a result of a few decades of relying on the EU to do the negotiations. ???
by asdf on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 06:24:32 PM EST
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Apparently gun-boat diplomacy doesn't work so well for the Brits any more, and for some strange reason the Japanese are not prepared to simply cut and paste their recent deal with the EU into a UK FTA. Who'd have thunk?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 06:35:02 PM EST
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the view amongst the realists is that the Japanese thought they had a deal with Thatcher that the Japanese would site their industry here and, in return, HM Govt would deliver access to the EU.

The Japanese Govt delivered a short memorandum 2 years ago about its fears for brexit and the likely consequences. The Tories chose to ignore that and, since then, Japanese companies have gradually, one by one, withdrawn from the UK.

Those blue passports better be worth it

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Feb 18th, 2019 at 07:42:23 PM EST
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Propgandizing Propaganda w/e 23 Jan 2019

Why 2021?

Japan's Honda Confirms Plans to Close UK Car Plant in 2021

The announcement comes as the United Kingdom is bracing for a possible no-deal exit from the European Union. US car giant Ford warned the UK government this month that a chaotic departure would be catastrophic for manufacturing.
Honda to close British car plant as Brexit looms
But the timing of the announcement about the Swindon plant, just 38 days before Brexit, comes after a series of warnings from Japan that it would pull investments if they are no longer economically viable after Britain leaves the bloc.
No reference here to the Withdrawal Agreement period, ending WHEN?

TRANSITION, ARTICLE 126, Transition period, p196 (14 Nov 2018)

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by Cat on Tue Feb 19th, 2019 at 03:01:03 PM EST
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