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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/06/uk-eu-usa-trade-exclusive-idUKBREA151A120140206

The European Union will offer to lift tariffs on nearly all goods imported from the United States as part of negotiations towards the world's largest free-trade deal, people familiar with the proposal have told Reuters.

The offer will be made on Monday, a week ahead of face-to-face talks between EU trade chief Karel De Gucht and his U.S. counterpart Michael Froman in Washington, they said.

The European Commission, which handles trade issues for the EU's 28 member states, will tell the United States how far it is willing to open its markets, while U.S. officials are expected to do the same.

Officials familiar with the EU's proposal have told Reuters the European Union will offer to lift 96 percent of existing import tariffs, retaining protection for just a few sensitive products such as beef, poultry and pork.

"This is just the first step, but it sends a message that no sector will be completely shielded from liberalisation," said one person involved in preparing the EU offer. The official declined to be named because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Two other European officials confirmed the offer.

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Firstly, Brussels will offer to drop 96 percent of tariffs on the understanding that Washington reciprocates.

Will the US actually want to open up it's own markets in this way?

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Now, I was waiting for duty free lenses...

Duty free yes, but you'll still have to pay VAT (+ admin fees to the courier for dealing with the paperwork).

This will only benefit corporations, not common people doing private imports.

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Will I finally have a simple way of buying silver without VAT then? The channel Island malarky is time consuming and cumbersome.

Nope, VAT will still apply.

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/02/06/uk-eu-usa-trade-exclusive-idUKBREA151A120140206

Will the US actually want to open up it's own markets in this way?

no.period.

they are fully aware of the factions at this present moment (mis)governing europe.

US is staying mostly protectionist for the forseeable future.

I do like the symbolism in play.

...i guess the president's bedtime reading of late is one of two books.

1) to kill a mockingbird

2) the cider house rules.

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Where does this leave European farmers? The tariffs remain for most meat and poultry but what about other produce? Will we be seeing truck loads of American vegetables being incinerated in the docks at Calais?

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US beginning to open up oil exports.

Can we import their planning system for residential land? No, cuz we is special.

wouldn't count on it.

as I said before, one or two countries will get preferential treatment for oil/resources.

but the "roman" faction are not part of it.....bush& co have been well and truly rumbled by the attempted stitch-up they were/are trying to forment...the yanks are generally a forgiving bunch, but this went beyond the pale...and made sure in no uncertain terms that the yanks are fullt aware that some of "old europe" has not moved on from the dark ages...therefore has to be kept on a tight leash.

I do not blame them in the least for being more than a bit "stand-offish"

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Wonder if the EU will do the same for us if we leave in 2018. You would have thought so given our excess imports, but the French can be awkward sods.

so we withdraw all of our weapons from european soil and guarantee "non-intervention" in future disputes within european territory.

when the next hitler comes along we won't send any help.

quite simple then isn't it?

the french don't have a terribly good reputation with regard to being able to stay the course in a fight.

ONLY britain and germany are capable of that(and the germans have the edge on us in terms of "killer instinct")...and we have contrasting views on how europe should be governed.

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so we withdraw all of our weapons from european soil and guarantee "non-intervention" in future disputes within european territory.

when the next hitler comes along we won't send any help.

quite simple then isn't it?

the french don't have a terribly good reputation with regard to being able to stay the course in a fight.

ONLY britain and germany are capable of that(and the germans have the edge on us in terms of "killer instinct")...and we have contrasting views on how europe should be governed.

Having been born during it and watching my wounded father come home, I sometimes wonder just what would have happened in 1940 if the UK had withdrawn from WW11.

Hitler got Parkinson's disease within a few years.

Would a lot of people have survived?

Would the Jews and Gipsies been able to emigrate?

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Having been born during it and watching my wounded father come home, I sometimes wonder just what would have happened in 1940 if the UK had withdrawn from WW11.

Hitler got Parkinson's disease within a few years.

Would a lot of people have survived?

Would the Jews and Gipsies been able to emigrate?

...in a word, no.

They would have been totally purged, along with anybody who didn't fit into the aryan stereotype...

so if you had any homosexual tendencies, or were mentally or physically disabled in any way shape or form, you would have been executed.

those that were lucky enough to survive would have had their partners selected for them...no love involved, kids concieved by artificial insemination and then once brought to term, the kids would be raised in state "hatcheries"...not with the parents.

..and there are STILL some in the transhumanist/communist /fascist mentality who think this is a good idea.....so the danger is real, and we do need to stand up against it.

..but it seems that some of europe would like to revert back to fascism, and some of our fairweather friends in europe need a dose of bitter medicine to make them appreciate us risking our necks to save them.

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I think, not sure but saw something about this on keiser..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transatlantic_Trade_and_Investment_Partnership for anyone who is interested in the different views/interests/sides.....benefits and disadvantages. ;)

yes, seems far more nefarious than 'just' a trade agreement.

more a globalist agenda to 'harmonize' a great many things and to hell with local concerns.

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Having been born during it and watching my wounded father come home, I sometimes wonder just what would have happened in 1940 if the UK had withdrawn from WW11.

Hitler got Parkinson's disease within a few years.

Would a lot of people have survived?

Would the Jews and Gipsies been able to emigrate?

didnt hitler originally want to move the jews to madagascar?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_plan

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