Thursday, 31 August 2017

Brexit Holidays

It's time for a break.  That means a break from the relentlessly sunny Swiss summer, a break from another particularly busy period at work, and a break from Brexit blogging from a Scottish perspective.  I'm off to Scotland to check if it's still raining and maybe take a look at that bridge everybody is talking about. There will be whisky, there will be laughter, there will be communal playing of the ukulele, there will be roamin' in the gloamin', there will be whisky,  there will be bicycle rides by the salty sea, there will be times when I just sit in a comfy chair and enjoy the doing of nothing whatsoever.  Did I mention there will be whisky? There will also be no Brexit blogging for the next 10 days or so.  I really, really need a break. Let's face it, we all need a break from the endless bad news blogging that I serve up here on a semi-regular basis.


See you all the week after next!

Over and out,

Terry




9 comments:

  1. Have a good time, Terry. The CO-OP has a special on Tamnavulin - worth a try.
    Cheers
    EN.

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    1. Sounds delicious. That's breakfast sorted but what will I have for lunch?

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  2. Enjoy your holiday.

    I can't see that there's much to be said about the Brexit negotiations. You've covered quite a few issues and laid out the broad options over the past year, as well as the limitations.

    Right now, everyone can see the UK government is fucking around, hoping that Merkel will lose the election in three weeks time and that her successor will either take Germany out of the EU or bend to the will of Germany's car manufacturers. There's a rumour that they intend to walk away from negotiations after that election if neither happens.

    Nothing much will change until the British government finally finds a coherent position.

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    1. There was almost too much activity and ended up not being able to keep up with the publication of position papers. In the aftermath, however, it became clear that not much had been said except that the UK still had its eye on magical confectionary. In one of them there was even a proposal that the UK should continue to shape EU law. Goodness me.

      I think you're right that nothing has actually changed at all. In fact, all that has happened is that everything everyone warned about is string to become real, particularly the fiction of trade deals. First, there was Donald trump apparently yelling at his advisors to "bring me tariffs" - not a good sign. Then there are the ongoing NAFTA renegotiations. Also not a good sign. Then the utter humiliation in Japan. That one isn't just a sign. A foreign government has stated in public that they are not interested in a FTA with the UK.

      Yup, the UK needs a coherent position. I don't see that breaking out any time soon. Perhaps autumn party conference and a refreshed Merkel will bring fresh impetus to the process.

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    2. You heard it first in this blog's comments section. ;)

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/02/brexit-britain-deal-europe-clean-break-fractious-talks-brussels

      The last three paragraphs - even includes a link to the European Council's negotiating guidelines for Barnier - sums it up. I'm not sure I agree with the rest of the article, but it does make some significant points.

      Aside, I'm concerned about the number of articles appearing recently that seem to suggest the UK should unilaterally drop all tariffs - even if unreciprocated.

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  3. The bridge is well worth a look. I had a drive over the old one yesterday and the view of all three bridges was pretty spectacular.

    If you should happen to be in the vicinity of Lochwinnoch I'll be delighted to share some good whisky with you!

    Happy hols.

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    1. Lazily, I didn't look at my blog after departing so I completely missed this. I wasn't really anywhere near Lochwinnoch but next time, next time....

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  4. Your blog has been a real eye opener. Thanks for all the hard work you put into it.

    Munguin says that you will always be welcomed with open arms in Munguin Towers (as long as you bring a bottle).

    Frohe Feiertage! Bonnes Vacances!

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    1. I can't believe it's over now. Back to work and a mountain of fresh Brexit news that has 2016 stamped all over it.

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