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Singapore-on-Thames, or...

No deal Brexit now seems certain, so what will it mean for all of us.

Will we grasp the nettle and become Singapore-on-Thames, or will the defeatist have us as some sort of Jaywick of the north. The doom and gloom merchants are already at it - from the price of cheese going through the roof to being obliged to drink English wine and eat brussels sprouts for tea every night.

Steady as she goes Captain Boris.  

   


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Typical French !......

 

De Gaulle    say "NON!"  when we wanted to join the Common Market/ EU or whatever it was/is called.

 

now

 

Macron      say "NON!"  when we want to leave.... saying he still wants "his share of the cake"   ...

 

 

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@shutter wrote:

Typical French !......

 


They also seem to have changed their tune on travel requirements for Brits ... they weren't so fussy back in 1914 and 1940 !!!

 

Edit: removed superfluous word

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@shutter  - I think it was EEC (European Economic Community) at the time.

@RobPN  No surprise there - they were too disorganised to oppose Germany at the time.

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I thought nothing was agreed until everything was agreed so how does that fit with the suggestion we allow fishing in our waters for a year whilst they allow our flights over EU countries for 6 months ?

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@Minivanman 

I think if Captain Hingsight rather than Captain Boris was in charge anything the EU asked for would have been agreed too.

So much criticism from some quarters but no constructive ideas.

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An interesting observation. I do not go out all that much but yesterday we drove from Cheshire down the M6 for an arranged exchange of Xmas presents with the other side of the family. What was quite astonishing was the massive number of HGVs nose to tail and in both lanes 1 and 2 heading South. I can only assume that they were travelling to France with their loads before the Jan 1st deadline.  I have truly never seen so much commercial traffic.

Even more interesting, as they sell more to us than we do to them, why no foreigh lorries here?

The most worrying aspect though was what would happen to anyone who broke down on a "smart" motorway with that level of traffic? Crushed by an artic within 28 days of a positive CV19 test would be an interesting statistic!

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@TeeGee 

I can only think that loaded lorries going from the UK are not going to return empty and are contracted to bring in those imports. I don't suppose for example a Spanish lorry heading east from Italy is going to be going home empty. 


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There is talk of foreign hauliers adding "waiting" charges to UK exports because of port delays. I seem to recall before the single market, trailers were loaded on ferries without tractor units. They were then collected the other end by the respective hauliers. If this were to happen again, would that mean less foreign registered lorries on the road and a reduction in accidents because they don't understand the UK rules of the road?

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@Minivanman wrote:

 

... a Spanish lorry heading east from Italy is going to be going ...


towards Austria or the Balkans @Minivanman !!!  Grin

But I know what you're getting at!  Wink  Thumbs_Up

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@Marksfish I understand that in some cases that still happens under the current set up, and there is no real reason why it can't be expanded - might give UK hauliers more UK work and eliminate the 'lorry park of Kent'.

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@RobPN 

Maybe they are going via France on that notorious nose to tail lorry route known as the A9. 😊 

And now, well now we have talk of getting the royal navy involved in protecting our fishing grounds. 

Anybody remember the Cod Wars? Not sure if we ever we won that one. 


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Yeah... I remember the cod war !..... I had just finished my specialist training to be a W/T operator ( sparks ). and all my class mates were drafted to their ships, taking part in the "protection" of the UK trawler fleet off Iceland, My ship was due to go in to Rosyth, for an "extended refit"  i.e. 18 months ... so my draft chit was cancelled,... instead... they flew me out to Malta, to await my ship HMS Diana, of the Mediterranean squadron...

 

Lucky Me ! ! ! ... Cheesy

 

Some interesting "collisions at sea" took place..... videos on this URL ..

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cod+war+collisions

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@Minivanman wrote:

Anybody remember the Cod Wars? Not sure if we ever we won that one. 


Aye, I remember the cod wars - I don't think anyone got battered did they?

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@198kHz 

Well somebody did.

SYND 12 3 76 ICELANDIC GUNBOAT COLLIDES WITH BRITISH FRIGATE - YouTube


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