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  1. Only if we cut tariffs on all food imports. What we can do is maintain current tariffs on on foods that are mostly produced in the UK, have small cuts where there is a mixture of both UK produced an imports, and cut tariffs on those that are not. Farmers do better, and overall prices do not change much.
  2. That is a distortion of what he says, as I explained already. What he said was that when we look back on it in 50 years time we will see leave was the right decision.
  3. I think its other EU law, not GDPR. It may change, but it will need new legislation. May has not had much support for things like repealing the human rights act (she has given up on that).
  4. The main thing is the growth in online shopping. We bought all our Christmas presents online this year. Wide choice, no crowds. Most of our non-food purchases are online now. Compared to last year I do not think its bad weather, and incomes and employment are up (best in many years, especially for low paid who spend the highest proportion of increases in income) so its not lack of money.
  5. If you could leave out the bigotry you might actually help the case instead of discrediting it.
  6. You assume that EU strengthens works rights. If you look at non-EU rich European countries (Like Norway and Switzerland) they have better workers rights. So far Brexit has improved workers position - zero-hours have stopped growing, unemployment is at a 40 year low, and pay is rissing. its a simple matter of supply and demand - a reduced supply of workers means higher pay.
  7. gp_

    It all depends

    It sounds to me the profit he made was not from property trading, but a return on the work put in to improve the property so it tells us more about the possible gain from improvements rather than the level of house prices.
  8. Remain certainly means that. Privatisation is written into the EU treaties (effectively its constitution - it was even going to be called a constitution but they dropped that to get approval in some countries that needed referendums for the constitutional change the treaties required). What lave means depends on what government we elect after we leave. It could be Corbyn and socialism, or it could be free market capitalism if someone like Rees-Mogg ends up as Tory leader. I prefer either to what we have had for the last decade or two.
  9. Remain stick it to the capitalist elite? The elite are almost entirely Remainers and the EU is designed to entrench rentier capitalism.
  10. The EU is committed to ever closer union so unless we decide to leave at some point we will have to be part of a political union. If we are leaving, its better to leave now than later.
  11. gp_

    Is renting in the UK really that bad?

    @MancTom The problem with renting through letting agents is that you have no chance to find out what the landlord will be like. My last landlord (in Cheshire) was awful - did not do repairs, did not protect deposit. Current ones are really nice. Most past ones (London and Manchester) were fine. The two largish landlords (tens of properties, not hundreds or thousands) I have dealt with were very different. One was the awful one. The other did not actually own the flat but was managing it for a friend (he owned two in the same block) was very efficient. All down to luck, really unless you have something like a personal recommendation or your workplace system.
  12. Re EU policies etc: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19187033.2007.11675092 http://www.eurstrat.eu/the-european-neoliberal-union/
  13. There is some truth in that, but you assume that leavers are convinced that we have greater economic security by staying in the EU. In the short term, certainly, in the long term I think staying in is riskier because the process of political integration the EU needs is difficult and risky. I also think the EU will be more stable without the UK because they can push on with proper political integration, which the Eurozone economies need. We do not need it, we have always opposed it. They need it. Its still far from easy or safe, but having us consistently blocking it makes it a lot worse. The EU is committed to far worse policies than Thatcher. It has "free market" policies written into the treaties (effectively its constitution) and, unlike Thatcher, there is little sincerity in this as in practice they pursue rentier capitalist policies driven by lobbyists.
  14. @AThirdWay if you are going to quite the LSE Brexit blgo as a source about economic consequences, rather than linking to an article written by two trainee German lawyers you could read some of those written by actual eonomists: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2016/06/10/the-eu-locked-in-neoliberalism-and-locked-out-its-people-brexit-is-the-alternative/ http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2018/11/29/a-no-deal-brexit-would-be-a-liberation-not-a-crisis/
  15. Nothing like the same thing. There are HUGE transfers of govt money between regions in any country. As pointed out earlier payments too/from the EU, especially net, are a relatively small proportion of GDP. If the EU had a proper central government (as it should) with powers to tax and spend that would be different. Without a deal we have not agreed that huge payment. There is zero risk in any plausible scenario of the UK defaulting on sterling bonds so there is no reason anything would affect rates. So why has May got a nominal Brexit deal? Because its what she wanted - Brexit that was as close to Remain as possible. Eire's GDP growth needs to be taken with a pinch of salt because a huge chunk is foreign companies funnelling money through Ireland for tax purposes. Then there is bounce back after the crash. Has the EU promised any grants? I do not think it even has a mechanism for grants on that scale except Greece style rescue packages which are painful because they demand extreme austerity as penance.

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