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by Bjinse on Tue Jul 30th, 2019 at 08:06:46 PM EST
Boris Johnson "whistlestop tour"
designed to signal his commitment to keeping the union whole after Brexit
Boris Johnson visits Five Chieftains
On his tour of the U.K., Johnson was booed by protesters in both the Scottish city of Edinburgh and the Welsh city of Cardiff. He was also accused of playing "Russian roulette" with the agriculture industry by Welsh farmers who face high tariffs on their exports to Europe if there is a no-deal Brexit.

A variety of protesters greeted Johnson Wednesday in Northern Ireland, including border residents, steelworkers at a Belfast shipyard threatened with closure and anti-Brexit demonstrators.

After the meetings, Nichola Mallon, deputy leader of the Irish nationalist SDLP party, said [...] "We went into this meeting concerned that he would have a limited understanding of the complexities and the fragility of this place and those concerns have been confirmed," she said.

Scottish Labour, everyone

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by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 02:59:26 AM EST
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Hundreds of women forced to claim 'rape clause' exemption to receive child tax credits
"caught in the cap"

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by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 11:42:31 AM EST
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TORYGRAPGH | Tampon sales fall as working women choose contraceptives to stop their monthly cycles, 2017
"The figures, collected from Britain's biggest retailers by Kantar Worldpanel, show the total amount spent on tampons fell from £56 million in 2012 to £43 million in 2016.
'We don't need to bleed': why many women are giving up on [menstruation], 18 July
"Catriona Clarke, 25, from Cambridge, was thrilled when she realised she could stop having periods thanks to her contraceptive pills."
New medical procedure could delay menopause by 20 years, 4 Aug
"The procedure, which costs between £7,000 and £11,000, is being offered to women up to the age of 40 through ProFam, a Birmingham-based company set up by Simon Fishel, an IVF doctor and president of the UK Care Fertility Group, in collaboration with other specialists."

File in UK/WEIRD/economics/elasticity of demand/substitution

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by Cat on Sun Aug 4th, 2019 at 11:10:41 PM EST
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Interesting interview with Jonathan Powell last night, who was a senior member of the team who negotiated the original Good Friday Agreement.

He explained very soberly that are only two alternatives available within the GFA. Either Ulster remains in the Customs Union along with Britain, or there is a customs border in the middle of the Irish Sea.

The resumption of a customs border between Ulster and the Republic is specifically forbidden b an international treaty ratified by the UN.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:01:41 PM EST
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The resumption of a customs border between Ulster and the Republic is specifically forbidden by an international treaty ratified by the UN.

I really, really, doubt Boris and the rest of the Tories give two goddamns about the GFA, as such.  If they feel it is in their interest to break it, they will.  If they feel it is in their interest to keep it, they.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:18:48 PM EST
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will.

:-)


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:19:10 PM EST
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breaking international treaties like that has consequences. It's one thing to allow A50 to lapse, it's entirely another to bugger with a peace treaty at the UN.

Especially when Congress have indicated they will not tolerate any fucking about of Ireland and te GFA by the UK. If Boris wants a trade deal with the US, he's got to be nice wto dublin.

But right now, the brexiteers are in full "Britannia waives the rules, you never have to say you're sorry when you're English" mode and Boris is burning bridges as fast as he can strike the matches

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:34:17 PM EST
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Of course it has consequences.  

But we deal with the Real World, in the Real World.

Boris?  Not so much.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:43:06 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 01:55:22 PM EST
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Irish Border strikes again.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Aug 1st, 2019 at 07:28:42 PM EST
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