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EU tells UK to scrap plan for treaty breach; UK refuses

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By William James and Gabriela Baczynska

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No treaty? No trade. No travel either. Embargo the UK, close the Chunnel, stop the ferries and to hades with them. Let them rot .

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WTO rules and stuff the EU!

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Let them rot .

Hardly fair on the millions of English, Welsh, Scots and Irish who didn't vote Tory and didn't vote for Brexit.

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Hardly fair on the millions of English, Welsh, Scots and Irish who didn't vote Tory and didn't vote for Brexit

Elections have consequences. A majority of the UK voted for Brexit and then voted for Bojo's miserable party knowing where this was going. I don't have an ounce of sympathy or respect for the UK. They deserve to be cut off completely from the EU and all those Brits lazing in Spain and Greece made to go back and shiver in their own country.

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Johnson Government have been working to a political agenda, day one .

With a programme, timetable, and strategy.

The open, blatant breach of the withdrawal agreement is central to this stratagem, and could precipitate the complete revocation/repeal of the Withdrawal Treaty. And to make matter worst UK drones and gunboats, marauding, securing UK fishing water

In essence Johnson Government is turning its back on EU commission, its institutions, every facet of CJEU. every regulatory, directive framework, economic or budgetary policy.

A trade war, with punitive sanctions is likely to follow. UK has a significant trade deficit with EU partners……

Statistics on UK-EU trade………

The EU, taken as a whole is the UK’s largest trading partner. In 2019, UK exports to the EU were £300 billion (43% of all UK exports). UK imports from the EU were £372 billion (51% of all UK imports).

The UK had an overall trade deficit of -£72 billion with the EU in 2019. A surplus of £23 billion on trade in services was outweighed by a deficit of -£95 billion on trade in goods.

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-7851/

To believe any FTA with the US was ever in the making is frivolous, and fanciful.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows full well, the hurdles, pharmaceuticals, NHS, agriculture, dispute resolution, have been and will continue to be insurmountable.

The very reason why Obama, Biden were never close, after eight years, of securing an FTA with the EU.

Johnson is shameful to breach international law.

The EU and the hapless EU's negotiator Michel Barnier, now have themselves a belligerent,  scheming, antagonistic competitor, right on there door step.

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It is worth mentioning the forthcoming Finance Bill.....

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/finance-bill-2020-21

There is rumored to be a poison pill contained that will render the Northern Ireland protocol in respect to payment of tariffs on goods.

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Elections have consequences. A majority of the UK voted for Brexit and then voted for Bojo's miserable party knowing where this was going.

A majority voted for Brexit, but a majority didn’t vote Tory at the last election across the UK. In the case of NI, a large majority voted remain and nobody voted Tory. In the case of Scotland, a large majority didn’t vote Brexit nor Tory.

No sympathy for them? I have.

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I'm not surprised Britain, a former pirate country, would do that again.

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Europe's leaders have been handed an ultimatum:

The British ultimatum: Give in to our petulant tantrum or we'll blow ourselves up and you might get hit with some icky offal.

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So EU is telling UK it should urgently scrap a plan to break the departure treaty, but Johnson's government stubbornly refused. This could send four years of Brexit talks to limbo. Does that matter? UK has no choice now, it is not even coping with its numerous thorny internal woes properly or efficiently. Too bad, another failed state is gradually in the making..

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Interesting seeing Americans admonish another country for breaking a treaty and international law, when that's literally all the US does these days.

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The Tories didn't "take back control" - the Germans did. They rebuilt their post-war society into a more democratic and egalitarian community run on technological but also more idealistic (antifa) principles in contrast to the British ruling class which squandered its WW2 victory to double-down on nationalistic posturing and propping up the feudalistic class-ridden "Fawlty Towers" structures that have predictably produced today's benighted Brexiteers and the sad underclass of wasted human potential sacrificed on the altar of greed and class privilege. Now the perfidious Tory government will soon be forced to eat crow garnished with sauerkraut.

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The German and Japanese were able to rebuild and become a super economic force after the war because they didn't have to worry about keeping an army/ navy. The victors took on this responsibility. Go figure

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The German and Japanese were able to rebuild and become a super economic force after the war because they didn't have to worry about keeping an army/ navy. The victors took on this responsibility. Go figure.

The US needed economically strong allies to help deter the Soviets. They also needed to win the ideological war for hearts and minds. Having democratic allies with prosperous economies, high standards of living the people in Communist countries could never attain and all the associate political and religious freedom was essential to winning the ideological war that was every bit as important to the military balance.

And I reckon you have never seen the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, JMSDF. They are pretty low key but they are one of the best equipped and best trained navies in the world and not a small navy either. Thier ships and training are superior to that of the Royal Navy and I know because I have worked with both. Their air force is likewise excellent. The West Germans had a huge well trained land army during the Cold War with a very large armored force composed of some of the best tanks made. German tanks too. The Leopard II is very close to the M-1 Abrams in performance and vastly superior to anything the Soviets or Russians ever fielded. The constraint on both countries was their neighbors didn't trust them with a large military after the barbarities they suffered at their hands during WWII. The old saying during my active duty time was NATO was designed to "keep the Americans in, the Russians out and the Germans down". I knew a lot of Pacific Fleet officers who felt very strongly that having the US committed to defending Japan prevented the rise of Japanese militarism again. Most of Japan's neighbors greatly preferred to see Japan to be militarily weak and dependent upon the US for its defense. Nonetheless they have a great navy even today and they would be essential to reinforce the US Pacific Fleet in a war.

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