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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:03:53 PM EST
UK, France send patrol boats to Jersey amid fishing rights row
The United Kingdom and France have dispatched patrol boats to the British Channel island of Jersey amid an escalating row over post-Brexit fishing rights.

French trawler crews angry at restrictions placed on their access to UK fishing grounds after the latter's departure from the European Union sailed to Jersey in a flotilla in the early hours of Thursday to register their protest.

Because nothing screams "de-escalation" like sending gunboats to the scene.

Thursday's stand-off came after Jersey's government said the island had issued new fishing permits, which included new conditions for license-holders, in accordance with post-Brexit trade terms between the UK and EU.

Under the trade deal brokered between London and Brussels, Jersey must allow European vessels into its waters.

But the new fishing permits issued by the UK dependency have angered French trawler crews and the French government, who said the new terms had been imposed unilaterally and without discussion, and that they placed unfair restrictions on French fishing vessels.

by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 12:31:15 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 02:14:59 PM EST
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After making much noise in front of the port of St Hélier, the fishermen departed, saying: "Now, give us our fishing rights or we shall taunt you again".
by Bernard on Thu May 6th, 2021 at 05:30:56 PM EST
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One amusing thread packed with Brits debated Brittany and Normandy rights of return.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 7th, 2021 at 01:16:22 AM EST
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Britain Accuses France of Showing `Small Dick Energy' in Petty Navy Standoff Over Fish
Back in 2016, right after Britain voted to leave the European Union, the leader of that campaign, future Prime Minister Boris Johnson, spoke glowingly about how Brexit would begin a new phase in the unwavering friendship between his country and its European allies.

But, fast forward five years, British and French warships are standing off against each other over a incredibly petty dispute about fish, and U.K. government officials are ridiculing French President Emmanuel Macron of exposing his "small dick energy" over the throwback conflict.

My apologies for using such coarse language: I'm quoting an official from Her Majesty's Government.

by Bernard on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:04:33 PM EST
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Scotland performed one in the weeds, Thursday, May 5 with the count being held over two days due to coronavirus restrictions."

Despite Galloway's vociferous campaign to take a seat, I've neither an opinion about the validity of topline results

After 53 declared seat results, the four main parties have:
SNP: 915,789 votes
Conservatives: 428,643 votes
Labour: 409,627 votes
Lib Dems: 156,914 votes
nor interest in divining significance vested in "tactical votes" either to remain or leave the UK.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 02:42:35 PM EST
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Scottish National Party started out with 63 seats from the 2016 election.  With 56 seats in the bag, including a flipped seat from Labour and two from the Tories, it looks like SNP will have 66 directly elected constituency seats, giving them at least one seat majority in Holyrood.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 03:25:04 PM EST
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BBC predicts 63. But anyway the SNP not losing seats is a pretty big deal. If the Brexit + COVID-19 disaster saga continues as expected, being a member of the UK will look worse and worse over time.

Predictions for when they will have an independence referendum?

by asdf on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 04:29:24 PM EST
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No idea.  First they have to get UK permission to hold one.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun May 9th, 2021 at 02:27:49 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:47:09 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 11:07:26 PM EST
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by Bernard on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 04:53:21 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 07:11:40 PM EST
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Jacobin
BBC: What are you going to change over the next few days? What are you referring to?

STARMER: I will set out what we need to do to reconnect the Labour Party to the voters that have cast their verdict on us last night, particularly in places like Hartlepool. We have changed as a party. We have changed as a party. But we need to go further, and we need to set out that strong case to the country. We have not done that.

BBC: So you're going to set out a new policy agenda? Is that what you're saying?

STARMER: I am going to set out a strong case to the country, learn the lessons of the elections that have come in so far, and accept that we must reconnect and rebuild trust with working people, particularly in places like Hartlepool.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu May 13th, 2021 at 01:32:24 PM EST
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Looks like trade deals with the colonies of the glorious British Empire might not bring economic nirvana after all.

British farming could suffer "irreversible damage" as a result of the eventual agreement [with Australia]. British farming would struggle to compete if zero-tariff trade on lamb and beef went ahead.
by asdf on Wed May 19th, 2021 at 05:50:02 PM EST
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Guardian
"Brazil is a country that can get on well with everyone," he said. "I even told the British ambassador that Boris Johnson can get ready, because if I go to the United Kingdom he'll have to have a bike race with me around London - and I'll show him what a competent cyclist I am," he joked, claiming he had also enjoyed "wonderful relationships" with the Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 02:27:46 PM EST
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by Bernard on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 09:55:06 AM EST
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Thought the whole point of Brexit was for the UK to disconnect from the world.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 06:06:18 PM EST
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Wut? Never heard of Global Britain?
by Bernard on Thu Jun 3rd, 2021 at 07:42:09 PM EST
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