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Catalpah

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5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Alistair Burt: The res... · 0 replies · +1 points

Thank you for your balanced response.

I think a great many people found the campaign frustrating, including those who were actually campaigning. During such a campaign, It was impossible to inform the electorate about how the EU works and the pros and cons of leaving or remaining. The subject matter is too vast and too complicated to be explained and understood in such a short time.

Also the actual outcomes of leaving or remaining could only be guessed at. No-one knew what would happen if we left or if we remained, but in order to win the referendum, both sides had to pretend they knew.

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Should Britain leave t... · 0 replies · +1 points

But with Westminster and local councils we have the power to change them.

We have no power to change the EU.

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Dominic Raab: This new... · 1 reply · +1 points

I have heard both sides of this argument:
1. The UK cannot even negotiate FTAs until after they have left the EU or they will be fined millions of euros.
2. The UK can negotiate FTAs, but cannot sign them until after they have left the EU.
I would like to know which is the truth.

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Alistair Burt: The res... · 2 replies · +1 points

Please could you quote a few examples of Remain campaigners saying there would be any likely (negative) consequences of staying in the EU?

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Should Britain leave t... · 2 replies · +7 points

No, I definitely do not underestimate the desire of the EU politicians to make it work. I have seen them use every device they can think of, including using money illegally, breaking any EU rule that has become inconvenient and making new ones on the hoof in order to keep the show on the road.

Also the EU will not reform, however much it is needed. The politicians 'principles' are much more important to them than the lives of the people who live in the EU.

However, the EU cannot buck the markets and its economy is in decline. The people are seeing it for what it is and are starting to vote for the parties that will take them out. I do not know how long it will last, but it is definitely on the way out.

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Should Britain leave t... · 4 replies · +5 points

Well, it will be interesting to see which comes first - the failure of Brexit or the collapse of the EU.

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nigel Evans: I support... · 0 replies · +3 points

"Too many will have died today alone where our intervention could have made the difference. "

Yes, Nigel, but these are old people in the UK, who live alone and are not getting the help they need, because the government cannot afford to fund social care

Yes, Nigel, but these are sick people in the UK, who cannot get the treatment or medicine they need, because the government cannot afford to fund the NHS

Yes, Nigel, but these are poor people in the UK, who cannot afford to pay for enough food and heating to keep themselves alive, because the government cannot afford to pay decent pensions and benefits

Yes, Nigel, but these are the homeless in the UK, who cannot get social housing, because the government cannot afford to pay for it.

Nigel, when are you going to put the poor and sick in your own country above the poor and sick in the rest of the world?

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: From Corbyn's N... · 0 replies · +1 points

" it merely means the deal is over, and the government has to go back to the EU, negotiate again, and then come up with one. If this happens while the 2-year window is over then we leave the EU without any deal at all until we get one."

1. There is only an 18 month window, because the deal (Treaty) will have to be ratified before it comes into force and this will take 6 months.
2. The chances of the EU re-negotiating after 18 months of negotiating are negligible. They will allow us to leave at the end of 2 years with no deal.
3. Leaving the EU with no deal would be a very hard Brexit. As I have argued above the Remainers would insist that no deal meant staying in the EU and they would most likely go to court to get their way.

5 years ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: From Corbyn's N... · 0 replies · +2 points

Your wish for the UK Parliament to vote on the EU deal leads to massive problems, as follows:

Teresa May comes back with a deal. She puts it to Parliament and it gets rejected. What happens then?

Please don't imagine that the EU would be willing to go for another round of negotiations, because they won't. They will just say "this deal or no deal".

Remainers will claim that the UK must then stay in the EU (assuming the EU would even allow that after 2 years of negotiation).
Leavers will claim that the UK must exit the EU with no deal, i.e. the hardest of hard Brexits.

This problem cannot be resolved with a General Election. It would have to be resolved with another "in/out" Referendum, which would annoy the general public immensely.

I should imagine that any MP who voted in such a way as to cause another referendum would suffer greatly at the next GE.

5 years ago @ Conservative Home - "I honestly think that... · 0 replies · +1 points

Not a lie, just saying that the worst possible outcome to not being members of the Single Market, i.e. not having any deal with the EU and having to trade under WTO rules, would still not be the economical disaster that the remainers claim.

I can't comment on Christopher Booker's column, as I gave up reading his rubbish years ago. His facts may be correct, but I disagree with his opinions.