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MERKEL COMES CLEAN

By Pete Moore On September 11th, 2019

This is what the Euro-commies are really afraid of –

Angela Merkel has highlighted the economic danger posed by Britain if it is allowed to become a Singapore-on-Thames as Boris Johnson’s Brexit envoy outlined a plan to ditch the UK’s commitments to stay aligned to the EU’s social and environmental standards.

In talks with European commission officials, the prime minister’s negotiator, David Frost, insisted that the UK is seeking a “clean break” from an array of the bloc’s regulations, a policy choice from the new British government that has caused alarm in other EU capitals.

This is the point of leaving the EU – to control our own destiny. We can choose to be like Singapore or like Cuba, but we insist on the the right to choose our own path for our own country.

Theresa May agreed a withdrawal treaty with the EU which would have prevented us from doing that. It would have obligated us to stay aligned with a huge raft of backward EU rules in many areas. Let’s be clear: it was not a “deal” but a putative international treaty, enforceable by law. That is not leaving the EU by any measure.

The EU wanted it so because it knows that a sovereign, independent and self-governing UK can easily be so much more dynamic than it is now, when free of the wealth and job-destroying EU. We would trounce them.

Of course it “causes alarm in European capitals”. Not among Europeans of course, many of whom would want to join their compatriots who have already come here, all the better to share our bountiful riches. A dynamic, super-Singapore on their doorstep would hasten the end of the EU’s days.

This is also the greatest fear among our Remoaners. For all their shrieking about a “no-deal” Brexit, their real fear, which they are too cowardly to voice, is that no-deal would be a doorway to that brighter future. The Remain establishment would never recover from it.

Whichever way you cut it, the opposition to a wealthier and better future is rooted solely in political and bureaucratic self-interest.

48 Responses to “MERKEL COMES CLEAN”

  1. Singapore-on-Thames

    If that is the eventual outcome of Brexit then we can brace ourselves for much more government intervention in the economy and all walks of life, not less. It might be a good model for Corbyn:

    “Although Singapore billed itself as a free-enterprise economy, the economic role of government was pervasive. As governing body for both the nation and the city, the government was responsible for planning and budgeting for everything from international finance to trash collection. The government owned, controlled, regulated, or allocated land, labor, and capital resources. It set or influenced many of the prices on which private investors based business calculations and investment decisions.

    State intervention in the economy had a positive impact not only on private business profitability but also on the general welfare of the population. Beyond the jobs created in the private and public sectors, the government provided subsidized housing, education, and health and recreational services, as well as public transportation. The government also managed the bulk of savings for retirement through the Central Provident Fund and Post Office Savings Bank. It also decided annual wage increments and set minimum fringe benefits in the public and private sectors. State responsibility for workers’ welfare won the government the support of the population…”

    http://countrystudies.us/singapore/29.htm

  2. Yes

    Singapore is a highly successful small country, but the government has a big role in things.

    Americans and Brits would be amazed at the quality of services there -roads, subway, airport, no litter at all, everything works.

  3. Of course, if you have a pound shop selling similar but lesser quality goods beside a normal shop then the cheapskates will go to the cheapskate shop regardless of its stock.

    Once Brexit does occur it is of course imperitive of the EU as a whole and the national duty of every EU member to entice every single business, large & small, international & national to divest from the UK.

  4. huh?

    Why would they divest? What would that accomplish?

  5. A no-deal Brexit will sink the pound from $1.24 to maybe $1.00 (Trump will be enraged, he has called on the Fed today to reduce US interest rates to below zero in order to trash the dollar).

    A cheap pound will make what is left of the UK economy not already in foreign ownership a bargain-basement for opportunists from overseas. Today the Hong Kong Stock Exchange launched a takeover bid for the London Stock Exchange:

    “The company that owns Hong Kong’s main stock exchange has made a £32bn bid to buy its rival in London…”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49659779

  6. I didn’t say they would Phantom. I said it’s the national duty of all EU member countries to lure them away from the UK to their own countries.

  7. I said it’s the national duty of all EU member countries to lure them away from the UK to their own countries.

    I completely disagree.

    If you guys freak out about the UK and obsess about it and treat is as some sort of foe, you are making a very big error.

    Lure what away?

    Company headquarters?

    Manufacturing facilities?

  8. //This is what the Euro-commies are really afraid of //

    //Scots Euro-commie activist judges//

    //the truth is that Boris a very socially liberal…. The commies don’t know this//

    //would completely befuddle the commies if they ever learned of it//

    You see, the Commies range from Lord Carloway, the Lord President of the Court of Session, Lord Justice General, radical Christian Ursula von der Leyen, every Remain voter, all the way to Kim Jong-un.

  9. I have ordered this book from Waterstones and will report back:

    “Someone asked me last week why I’d moved to the left. The answer was reading about how the economy is now structured & how it can be restructured. Grace’s book now on the reading list”

    https://twitter.com/MikeH_PR/status/1171871931211112449?s=20

  10. Of course you completely disagree, you completely disagree because your natural sympathies lie with Britain in this Brexit farce. You’ve made this very clear over the years with your implications that the EU have been negotiating in bad faith, that Britain / EU negotiations should be based on egalitarianism etc.

    Now you seem to think that the business competition that Pete is cheering on above is a one way street.

    And please, please, for the love of fucking God thrice please, don’t open the independence / sovereignty box yet again

  11. Paul

    You should apply for a job in the Trump cabinet. You’d fit right in.

    The EU won’t be asking it’s companies to divest from the UK. That would be completely against the interest of those companies, the EU and the EU workforce

    You may have heard of a company called Siemens. It is a German company. It has about 15,000 employees in the UK.

    This isn’t a gift to the UK. Siemens does manufacturing in the UK because it is to its benefit to do that. The UK is a huge market, it often makes sense to make things close to your customers. It makes a German company better.

    Brexit will change Siemens’ economic calculus, but it won’t change it so that Siemens wants to ” divest ”

    You divest from apartheid South Africa, you divest from Venezuela, you do not divest from a large friendly natural two way trading partner. The EU will never do what you propose, and even if they did, the mighty companies would tell them to go take a hike.

  12. Perhaps you didn’t read my qualification Phantom?

    I said it’s the national duty of all EU member countries to lure them away from the UK to their own countries.

    As I said, you are very far from an impartial observer in this Brexit fiasco and business competition isn’t a one way street.

  13. You are fanatically anti British in every last detail of this.

    I want the UK and the EU to reach a deal that both can live with. If this doesn’t happen, that is bad for the UK, bad for the EU, bad for the US, bad for the world.

    But f*** that. It’s apparently the national duty of all EU member companies to crush the UK. You will get richer by destroying your neighbor, I suppose.

    The EU will never employ your barstool economic proposals.

  14. I said it’s the national duty of all EU member countries to lure them away from the UK to their own countries.

    Compete among themselves to attract those firms to their own countries? That will be impossible. The EU bans state aid and will soon set almost all fiscal rules.

    The EU is not about internal competition!

  15. Memo to Paul

    Big companies have operations in many countries.

    Siemens employs 50,000 in the US/Puerto Rico.

    I imagine that you feel that this is a really bad thing.

  16. Phantom, please stop arguing against yourself, again.

    It’s the national duty of all EU member countries to lure them away from the UK to their own countries.

    Business competition is a two way street.

    I reacently explained to Frank that it was my understanding that the projected medicine shortages in the UK prior to Brexit came from the government’s Operation Yellowhammer breifing and not from Remainers. And, as if by magic:

    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/831199/20190802_Latest_Yellowhammer_Planning_assumptions_CDL.pdf

    This isn’t ‘Project Fear’ this is project projected reality.

  17. Paul

    UK companies won’t stop doing business on the ground in the EU.

    EU companies won’t stop doing business on the ground in the UK.

    They are natural friendly trade partners, Brexit doesn’t change that fundamental fact.

    You don’t know how any of this works.

  18. Phantom,

    I didn’t say they would Phantom. I said it’s the national duty of all EU member countries to lure them away from the UK to their own countries

    Please, please stop constructing straw men in order to argue with yourself

  19. It’s not the national duty of any nation to hurt the UK economy.

    If you want to attract factories and jobs from ( any ) other places, that’s one thing, but you aren’t talking about that.

  20. It’s not the national duty of any nation to hurt the UK economy

    It’s the national duty of all EU member countries to compete with the UK once they’re outside the bloc to lure as many business opportunities as possible to their own countries.

  21. You should be competing with all other countries.

    That’s how it works.

    You want to put the UK in a penalty box for all eternity and select against it for a billion years. That’s no way to run a railroad, Tonto.

  22. You should be competing with all other countries

    Of course, unforunately Britain is the EU nearest western neighbour and fresh out of the bloc, in the crosshairs. Pete’s cheerleading of competition is a two way street.

    Actually, outside of Ireland I’m pretty indifferent to Britain and Brexit. What does make me bite is your occasional bleating of preferential treatment for them.

  23. Haven’t spoken of that for some time.

    No friendly nation should be in your cross hairs for anything.

    And the UK is no natural enemy of any kind of the EU.

    Having the UK out of the EU will have some benefit, since they were never very emotionally attached to the project anyway.

    I spoke to a few visiting Brits yesterday, successful guys who trade with the US every day. They were/are very opposed to Brexit, but are resigned to it.

  24. Peter –

    Maybe it’s best to pass on Blakeley’s book. She doesn’t know basics.

    @staylorish

    This is astonishing. Grace Blakeley has written a book about financialisation and inadvertently revealed that she has no idea how a bank works, what bank capital is, or even on which side of the balance sheet it belongs.

    @stephenpollard

    Stephen Pollard Retweeted Sam Taylor

    Given her usual output, it’s not that astonishing at all…

  25. Paul McMahon, on September 11th, 2019 at 10:11 PM Said:

    Actually, outside of Ireland I’m pretty indifferent to Britain and Brexit

    Checking any thread on Brexit, Paul is there and is absolutely opposed. I can believe that he has no concerns for Britain and Britons – the paki-rapes make that clear – so it must only be an affinity as a leftist for the EU that drives his fanatical anti-Brexitism.

  26. Maybe it’s best to pass on Blakeley’s book. She doesn’t know basics.

    Whatever you say Pete. I’ll read the book and get back to you.

  27. Phantom

    “And the UK is no natural enemy of any kind of the EU.” If the UK leaves the EU in a no deal way, it is, in effect an enemy. It would be an international pariah that does not respect treaties and should not be trusted. That is why the opponents or no deal exit are in the ascendant.

  28. Allan

    Leave the rapes out of this. Paul is not just unconcerned with any motivations for the UK leavers, he. Is militantly Hostile to those views without any exception.

    Part of being a good negotiator is that you try to understand the other fellows point of view. I’m not sure that the honorable gentleman is trying to understand the Brexit point of view at all. He sees no validity to any of their views.They are always wrong.

    NY

    The EU may be angry, But who outside the EU would see Britain as any sort of pariah.

    What treaties would they be breaking? If the UK and EU can’t reach a deal for Brexit Does that mean that the UK must stay forever inside the EU?

  29. Nothing to see here, please move along:

    “Riots on the streets, food price rises and reduced medical supplies are real risks of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, a government document has said. Ministers have published details of their Yellowhammer contingency plan, after MPs voted to force its release. It outlines a series of “reasonable worst case assumptions” for the impact of a no-deal Brexit on 31 October.”

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49670123

  30. Those are worst case assumptions

  31. No, they are “reasonable worst case assumptions”. That means that the worst case could be either better or worse. But they would be short term disruptions, probably sorted within a few weeks or months. Shame if your sister died because of a lack of drugs from France, but hey, we have to take back control!

    Long term disruptions would include the end of vehicle manufacturing. All of the UK manufacturers are foreign-owned and all of them have stated clearly that they will either reduce UK manufacturing or end it completely if it’s a no-deal Brexit. That means at least 100,000 well-paid jobs and a huge hit to the trade deficit and a huge hit to the exchange rate. But hey, we have to take back control!

  32. I am listening to LBC right now, where the host is A self described anti-Brexit guy

    His guest has just described these yellowhammer possibilities as being “ absolute worst case possibilities “

  33. Paul is not just unconcerned with any motivations for the UK leavers, he. Is militantly Hostile to those views without any exception.

    Part of being a good negotiator is that you try to understand the other fellows point of view. I’m not sure that the honorable gentleman is trying to understand the Brexit point of view at all. He sees no validity to any of their views.They are always wrong.

    Let’s get something straight here. A few others and myself here have commented on the fantastical ignorance, wilful or otherwise, which exists on these pages and further afield on the functions and processes of the EU. Most of my comments on the EU are corrections to regurgitated bollocks from the British gutter tabloid press, Pete Moore’s deliberately skewed black propaganda or discussing the doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty etc.

    As to the negotiations, I fully ‘understand the othe fellow’s POV’. I’m still not going to expect an outcome based on equality of status when where such an inequality exists though.

    Their views are their views which as long as they don’t affect Ireland really have nothing to do with me.

    Nice attempt to put words into my mouth though.

  34. So the British government has now been forced, against its stiff resistance, to publish the
    “Yellowhammer” document on the situation after a no-deal Brexit.

    It includes the following

    a “decrease” in certain types of fresh food and “shorter supply” of key ingredients

    price rises for food and fuel, which would “disproportionately” affect those with low incomes

    “disruption lasting up to six months” potentially affecting medicines and medical supplies

    protests and counter-protests across the UK

    lorries waiting for more than two days to cross the English Channel

    The document also says some businesses could cease trading, the black market could grow, and some adult social care providers might fail.

    The flow of cross-Channel goods could face “significant disruption lasting up to six months”.

    “Unmitigated, this will have an impact on the supply of medicines and medical supplies,” it says.

    “The reliance of medicines and medical products’ supply chains on the short straits crossing make them particularly vulnerable to severe extended delays.”

    —————-

    Now that was compiled by the Boris Johnson government. Thanks, Commies.

  35. Th sad thing is, Brexit has become so polarised and protracted that a stubborn bitterness has set in with a sort of ‘Mexican stand off’ mentality affecting both voters and politicians. Remainers in the House along with ERG no compromise Brexiteers scuppered the chance of ratifying a deal reached between govt. and the EU and now it has become a tussle to either leave with no deal or manipulate a situation that could reverse Brexit entirely. Each side wants total victory rather than accept a forward plan that involves any imperfections.

  36. I voted Leave not because it will make us richer or poorer but, to live in a country that is self governing and does not get fined by a higher authority because it broke some rules it itself never made.

    I want the be able to hold the rule makers to account and, currently, that is not the case.

    I do not want to have tariffs imposed from non-EU countries on their goods so that French and other EU farmers can get rich at mine and non-EU farmers expense.

    I want the EU to get on with, EVER CLOSER UNION so that political, economic and monetary union is achieved and the likes of Greece can receive wealth transfers like Scotland does today. This would help to stabilize and revitalise their economy.

    Leaving the EU is more, much more than people realise.

  37. I see despite all the britexit mayhem, Boris is still trying to get a massive engineering project built in his name. Yet another Boris bridge and this time it’s a big one.

  38. ?

  39. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9902777/boris-johnson-bridge-scotland-northern-ireland/

    This??

    He might be a bigger crackhead than the US president

  40. https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-wants-build-brexit-bridge-between-scotland-and-ireland-2019-9

    I see a number of articles on this matter.

    I’d think that it could be built if there were a strong will to do it.

    But it would be exceptionally expensive to build and maintain for the traffic that it would hope to get.

    It’s said that it would solve the Irish issue in light of Brexit. But how, exactly?

  41. The bridge would probably be completed before Brexit !

  42. “to solve the Brexit backstop”

    Always immediately ignore an article that mentions something in the header but then not in the text. That’s typical for the trash press.

  43. Noel

    Yes, none of the articles themselves had comment about how this bridge would solve any transport or Brexit issues.

    Maybe you can build a bridge from England to America next, makes almost as much sense.

  44. I though this was sad and hilarious in equal measure:

    https://twitter.com/Jack_Blanchard_/status/1172015270589870081

    On the Bojo bridge. Whispers around the Ulster countryside are saying it’s cover for the DUP to empahasise the closeness between the NI state and Britain while the backstop allegedy places a border in the Irish sea.

  45. //Whispers around the Ulster countryside are saying it’s cover for the DUP to empahasise the closeness between the NI state and Britain//

    Imagine they finished it just when Scotland declares independence. 🙂

  46. Call in Sarah Palin as a consultant

    She is an expert on bridges to nowhere

  47. Phantom,

    This??

    He might be a bigger crackhead than the US president

    That’s the one mate. Boris managed to waste 53 million pounds, much of that taxpayers money on his much smaller vanity project, his totally unnecessary garden bridge in London.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-47228698

  48. I was quite looking forward to that garden Bridge. I must be one of the few people disappointed it got cancelled.