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by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 08:22:09 AM EST
by generic on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 12:24:17 PM EST
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UK and EU clash over crime-fighting database in Brexit talks | The Guardian |

UK unlawfully copying data from EU police system | EU Observer - May 2018 |

The United Kingdom has been illegally copying classified personal information from a database reserved for members of the passport-free Schengen travel zone.
It has shared the information with US companies and it is demanding to keep access to the database after it leaves the EU next year

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 02:23:16 PM EST
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by generic on Fri May 29th, 2020 at 10:42:20 PM EST
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archived Sat Oct 19th, 2019
by Cat on Sat May 30th, 2020 at 06:37:35 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 03:23:32 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Jun 7th, 2020 at 09:29:26 PM EST
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Well, [No Shit, Sherlock!]
by Bernard on Tue Jun 9th, 2020 at 08:26:29 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jun 5th, 2020 at 03:29:13 PM EST
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Britain's GDP falls 20.4% in April as economy is paralysed by lockdown | The Guardian |

by Oui on Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 10:40:26 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jun 12th, 2020 at 07:48:06 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 04:23:49 PM EST
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But I thought the Queen, not the government, has the right to declare war. Is it likely that she would agree to declare war on another of her subjects?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jun 15th, 2020 at 04:35:38 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 02:55:37 PM EST
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Brexit: Germany urges EU to plan for possible 'no deal 2.0' | The Guardian |

by Oui on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 03:58:14 PM EST
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Meanwhile, the Brexiters are still pinning their hopes on Germany, who'll take the rotating EU presidency for the second half of 2020, to let them have cake and it it. Against all evidence.
by Bernard on Wed Jun 17th, 2020 at 06:11:34 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 03:37:49 PM EST
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So much for eating cake...

 From the article:

After more than three years in which the German chancellor repeatedly emphasised her openness to a deal that would maintain the UK's current flows of trade with the bloc, she suggested the door leading to such a compromise had now closed.

It has apparently never crossed the British journalists' mind, even from The Guardian, that the "openness" was always linked to a "level playing field" and the UK had to agree to essential rules to keep access to the EU single market.

Now, is it the Continental side who decided they wouldn't agree to these rules?

by Bernard on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 05:09:09 PM EST
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The economic recession will be deep and long ...wisdom is lacking. BoJo and his Conservatives are strongly allied with Trump's America. Trade policy and goods standards will be easier with the US than with the EU. The UK assumes the ties with the EU remain strong due to Five Eyes, security, intelligence, defence and NATO ties. Capitalism crosses all borders.

Britain's talks with the biggest economy in the world will not be a walk in the park

The U.K. and U.S. will launch trade talks, but they carry high risks for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is under heavy pressure not to buckle to U.S. President Donald Trump's demands on food standards and health.

A deal with the United States was long viewed as a Holy Grail by British politicians who wanted to pull the U.K. out of the European Union and deepen ties with the global Anglosphere.

by Oui on Fri Jun 26th, 2020 at 06:49:55 PM EST
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Food standards are the least of the problems. Any UK-US deal will hinge on tax treatment of US megacorporations and on financial services agreements. Good luck working those out in three months in the middle of an economic and financial disaster.
by asdf on Thu Jul 2nd, 2020 at 04:58:30 PM EST
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Trump is going to be too busy trying to get re-elected to conduct a trade negotiation.  

Republicans in Congress are too busy trying to save their asses to approve any trade treaty.

Democrats in Congress don't want to give Trump any positive media so they will stall any trade agreement in the House.

So:  forget it.  Nothing will happen until 2021.


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

by ATinNM on Mon Jul 6th, 2020 at 03:54:19 PM EST
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BoJo hands Dominic Cummings free reigns in destruction of Whitehall ... secrecy will be a merit. Public scrutiny and oversight gone out the window ...

by Oui on Mon Jun 29th, 2020 at 11:08:30 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 09:37:04 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Jun 29th, 2020 at 11:11:50 AM EST
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by Oui on Sat Jul 4th, 2020 at 06:14:59 AM EST
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