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Brexit Day will be March 29. Theresa May to start EU divorce next week

PUBLISHED: 12:11 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 20 March 2017

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on March 29. Niall Carson/PA Wire

Theresa May has announced March 29 is the day she will trigger Article 50 - the formal process for leaving the European Union.

https://twitter.com/DouglasCarswell/status/843793944169340929

The clock will start ticking on negotiations once the Prime Minister has sent a letter giving the European Union formal notice that Britain wants to depart from the political bloc.

A self-imposed deadline of the end of March was set by Mrs May at her party conference last year, but her spokesman confirmed the date had now been set.

The law giving Mrs May the power to trigger Article 50 was passed with no conditions earlier this month.

It is supposed to take two years for Britain to leave the European Union after Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been triggered, although it could take longer to agree the terms of the deal.

A raft of complex negotiations will begin about our relationship with the EU after exit.

An agreement will have to be reached with the 27 other European Union member states. They all have a veto over the conditions of leaving.

Under the letter of the law of the Lisbon Treaty, two years after its activation, the UK will no longer be a member of the EU, whether or not a deal has been struck.

European Council President Donald Tusk has said he will need just 48 hours to respond to the UK with “draft guidelines” for the negotiations.

64 comments

  • Rob44 - out of interest, why do you care? You keep telling us how rosy everything is in France where you live, so what does it matter to you what happens to England? I'd have thought you'd be happy that the EU will no longer have to contend with the UK muddying the waters.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

  • Those who bothered to read or, listen to what the Brexit Secretary told the commons select committee last week should be very concerned as to where this is going. The is a considereable lack of competence in the 3 Brexiteers & already they are telling the chancellor they do not have enough staff. Whilst they have been faffing around telling lies the continent of Europe is getting on with the business of making the EU work with England & Wales on the sidelines. As the Brexit Secretary spoke the list of what we shall be out of grew longer hence the risks got greater, no one wants to talk about that. The Brexiteers have said germany will collapse as the 'UK' leaves the EU but the numbers show that Germany sent 2.5 % of it's export to the UK last year. No doubt they will see the 97.5% of their exports as being rathe more important. And, by leaving the customs Union who will pay the considerable sums of money the ports will need to perform the customs checks that will become necessary, not the EU nor the Brexiteers. As access to the EU openskies policies is lost and UK airlines will no longer benefit what will happen? Well British Airways is already Spanish Owned, along with Heathrow so they won't be affected but we read easy Jet will set up a European arm & RyanAir will have to form a UK airline? It is madness but, not as mad as the enormous cost the English tax paer will have to pick up. If only there were a way to make the Brexiteers pay but, no doubt they will all be sunnning themselves by the pool in their European hideaways whilst their serfs pick up the tab.

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    Rob44

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • The FT are reporting a Bank of America analysis that states stocks are more over valued now than in the leadup to the 2008 crash. This could get very grim. There are millions of borrowers who have no experience of rising interest rates as we have had bucket rates for almost 10 years. Even a small rise in interest rates will hit many people very hard, especially those spending on credit which many are. If only the Star had proper discussion forums where we could all revisit this thread in 12 months time to see where we are.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @exlabnowukip I saw your name on a loaf of bread. Then I looked again and realised it said "Thick Cut"

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    Kill Joy

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • The brexiters seem to think that the EU will be keen to set up a trade deal with the UK after we legally commit ourselves to terminating our membership of the EU club 2 years after triggering article 50 in 8 days time. Nothing could be further from the truth. The best strategy for the EU is to let the two year clock run and allow the UK to flop into the WTO without any deals. May's words were no deal is better than a bad deal, the reality will be that no deal will be offered, not even a bad deal. Suck it all up brexiters and enjoy the ride.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @exlabsoontobeexkipper- I don't think that's right chum. I call you a rac,ist because you and your multiple screen names cut and paste lies and propaganda from the b,np and e,dl websites. Both those groups are ra,cist ergo the people who support them, like you, are also ra,cist. Is not about brexit or anything like that. I only call you it because it's what you are. The same way as I call a spade a spade or a snake a snake. Is that clear enough for you. Good stuff.

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    Rushallchap3

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • the remain campaigns only washed up argument is to call people who voted out uneducated and racis,t . They have no valid argument and thats why they LOST

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    exlabnowukip

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • ....."been fun but I'm off to stick my head in the German oven".....don't forget to turn the gas on first Macke!

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Dark Town there are different types and causes of inflation. Good inflation is led by an increase in spending and demand, this inflation is being caused by currency devaluation. Also the input inflation rate of over 19pct is very bad and indicates CPI and RPI are going to increase more. This sort will hit all of us but hits the poorest hardest as their basket is 60pct imported and carry the highest private debt to income ratio. The only thing that may help taper inflation a little is the subdued oil prices. If, and it's a big if, OPEC kick on with cuts then supply chain costs will rise again.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @ McLean, You do understand what interest rates are for, right? (i mean you know 1.01) therefore a rising rate is good and what is currently needed. If people have overspent and have got themselves in debt then that is their fault, and Brexit or no Brexit makes no difference to that.

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    Dark Town

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Sorry rhombus but that's far too boring for me , fell asleep trying to decipher your logic , been fun but I'm off to stick my head in the German oven ! Utter drivel , Glad we are leaving the EU with such dynamic characters like you about backing the remain side . Boooring!

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    Macke

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • I've yet to hear a remainer say why they voted for continued governance by an unelected,undemocratic,corrupt dictatorship based in a foreign country. Two wars were fought to prevent being ruled by Germany.

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    Tony G

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • When things finally turn out alright, will you lot shut the F up?

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    Fill-a-stein

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • ....." "power hungry elite" is not meaningless".....it is because you gave it no context.....for example I could say the EU is great because it is not run by a power hungry elite....just as valid....just as meaningless without a solid argument to back it up. I must admit I can't think of the opposite to a power hungry elite, but whatever it is must be what you have in mind.....perhaps a moderately power hungry semi-elite?...or is that too strong as well?

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @rhombus , "power hungry elite" is not meaningless , look it up ..It was recently used by the leaders of the visegrad group as they are debating on whether to give up their powers to the EU . I liked the Common market and my wife is German born , they are suffering huge problems with the obvious , they want to trade freely within the car industry and I'm not totally against Europe far from it .I like others think it's just got too big , too much power gone and it's a shame we cannot return to the old system . You can chuck figures at people all day as we have had boom and bust whilst being a major player in the EU , shame its all gone pear shaped.

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    Macke

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • What we want is, not for the EU to collapse but to return to the original objective of a free trade area. All this political gesturing and living off the gravy train should and hopefully will end and we can then get back to what we voted for in 1976.A number of good things have come out of Europe but this has been accompanied by so much drivel it is hard for the average person to see the wood from the trees. So we have to make the best of what we have got. In all sincerity I cannot see VWAudi, BMW , Mercedes for example , no selling another car in the UK and likewise British companies selling into Europe being totally frozen out. We have things they want to buy and visa versa.

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    francophile

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • ....." Sadly the power hungry elite took over and ruined a perfectly good Europe".....I thought meaningless one liners like this were behind us and then another one pops up.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • The City seem to think it's certain there's an interest rate rise coming very soon, there's a way of calculating it from how forward rates are trading in the market, it implies a 100% chance of a rate rise in, or by, August as is. A slump in consumer spending is looming, mortgages are going to rise and most people do not have much slack in their monthly finances as savings show. By the way, this isn't doom-mongering or talking Britain down or any of that claptrap, it's economics 1.01.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • And today we see inflation rise by 2.3pct, that's a huge leap from last month. All directly down to the pound plunging after the vote. There has been no correction since then and currency hedging is further unwinding every month so this will not slow down. PPI also rose by 19.1pct year on year, that's input inflation by the way, so manufacturers either have to swallow that huge rise or increase prices for consumers. Imported materials also rose by 19pct. This inflation is driven by currency devaluation, it's now very likely to lead to an interest rate rise by August. This is a very 'bad' type of inflation driven by currency devaluation and consumer credit led spending. Personal debt levels are now higher than they way prior to the 2008 crash and interest rate rises are looming. It's a very grim outlook indeed.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Well said Mc Lean, Brexit wrecks it! Going by the fact that EU citizens did not have a say in this referendum, only indigenous voters, born in Scotland, should get a vote in the Indyref.2 and if all attempts at talking to Mrs. May's administration fails, a walk out and join up with a hopefully soon united Ireland would solve the EU problem furtively. A newly to be created EU peace and defence force, or some major shipping companies might also be interested in Scotland's deep water ports. Scotland's iski trade with the EU is 2.3 billion per annum alone and the revenues, currently gathered at Westminster might come handy one day. All those companies that want to carry on trading in the single market by opening subsidiaries in EU countries have already made their move, many more will follow if this unfortunate divorce ends in a walk off. Turning the country into a tax haven for the rich will exacerbate the massive gap between rich and poor, alienating many more voters and destabilising society, I'm afraid that zero hour work is not far removed from bonded labour. We also create under classes via our education system which is being wrecked by a failed idea that turns schools into chaotic places nobody wants to teach or head in. Uneducated teachers are dumbing down our children, whilst those trained teachers have their jobs negated. Unaccountable heads in academies are acting out their moral platitudinous politics on the backs of our children and their future. All this at a timer when we want better educated youngsters, when engineering is crying out for better mathematical knowledge and companies carry on employing more savvy IT workers from abroad. Our NHS is run to a very large extend, by immigrants, so are our care services. I'm sure that Farmers will also look at the 29th. with trepidation, although their subsidies are still coming in from the EU, many of the ecological grants will be cut off. It is to be seen which farmers choose the benefits of an ecologically balanced environment over an unsustainable chemical regime. Four years or record warmth, each year hotter than the other, with 2017 being another El Ninio year, means that we are within a runaway process we have no control over. It also seems to turn politicians into very erratic and populist nationalists.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Rob44, after me , deep breath and spellcheck.

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    Macke

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @smh - I'm certainly not 'talking down' or 'hoping that the UK fails'; I said clearly I was 'hopeful' of a result and that we 'can't afford' anything but a positive result. I think you are confusing my asking a couple of searching questions on the strategy or direction of travel and a healthy dose of scepticism in the abilities of the self styled 'tough' Mrs May, with some sort of desire to see things fail. I, and every other person working in this country, cannot afford for the negotiations to fail. Without a successful UK all of our jobs are in jeopardy. We, as a country, cannot afford failure. But equally, we cannot blindly trust the rhetoric coming out from the government and it's cheerleaders. As to your comment regarding tax, great yes, why not..all I said was 'raise taxes', how that is achieved is up for debate. On a cautionary note though it will be difficult to generate a significant number of jobs without a commensurate increase in the number of working age people to do those jobs. I'm not quite sure how this squares with 'taking back control' or reducing net immigration to the 'tens of thousands', but no doubt it does, somehow. Whichever way you look at it cuts to expenditure will need to be made in tandem with tax increases to avoid saddling our children's children with an unsustainable burden. Rather than Uturning at the slightest whiff of public outcry we need our politicians to show some leadership and backbone and take the difficult decisions and ride out the unpopularity, taking people along with them to improve the long term future of the country. I hope that my generations legacy will be (and I'm sorry but you aren't going to like this and you are probably going to take exception to the language but I don't know how else to say it) to end the profligate and selfish 'entitlement' culture embraced by the baby boomers (I see that s people born after 1945 through to 1960 or so) and to take the difficult decision necessary to heal the widening gap in attainment between the generations. We will need to accept that for the first time in living memory it is expected that our children have a worse financial outlook than those before them; we must change this. Some may be content to have enabled or tacitly approved of this, but I believe my generation will not stand for this and move to shift the paradigm.

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    Rushallchap3

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • SoManyhaters, why is it you are unable to look around you & see how, day to day your life is supported by EU companies? It just shows how badly educated people are & how they have been let down because the right wing politicians have lied through their back teeth & the media have not stood up to them. What is your employment & business? How do you know your lielihood will not bee affected negatively like many of us who will now have no business or employment due to the actions of the stupid?

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • The rich & wealthy elite have won (as always) and will cast the poor adrift, the race to the bottom will now intensify. Lies & misinformation has prevailed over common sense.

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    Rob44

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Some very sad people about , nothing wrong with the common market it was a great idea . Sadly the power hungry elite took over and ruined a perfectly good Europe . I voted out and will have a glass of British ale to celebrate on march 29th .

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    Macke

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • It's rather ironic that Brextremists are now calling for people to be rational, constructive and positive having spent so many years freaking out about vacuum cleaners, passport covers and straight bananas , voting UKIP and claiming that the EU is a doomed failing institution destined to drown under the weight of a billion Turks waiting to steal our jobs, benefits and right to call jam jam. Yeah, that was all very constructive and positive!!!

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • And, for your information, I'm not saying that it's malice on behalf of "the current and previous retiring generations". Each generation does what they think is the best at the time. Your generation will make it's own mistakes and your children will be blaming you for the ills they have to deal with. Especially if you want the country to fail, as it will mean their generation will be saddled with problems that will make the current debt look like a minor blip.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Rushalchap3 - one way to address the problem is to increase taxes, but that's anathema for the public: look what happened with the National Insurance change (when the politicians listened to the public sentiment and cancelled it - it was lambasted when it was proposed and then lambasted when it was cancelled). But when changes to the benefits system are proposed, those are attacked as well. So, the other option is to increase the tax take by increasing trade and business turnover (company tax is 10% of the tax revenue, duties and indirect taxes another 10%, income tax and national insurance and VAT are 60% of the tax revenue). It shouldn't be about focusing on one group, but increasing the number of jobs, the salaries paid and company turnover. These all generate income in tax receipts which allows the government to reduce borrowing. So, talking down the inevitable and hoping that the UK fails after leaving the EU will not help in any way - it'll just make it far worse and pass on the problem for multiple generations.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • I meant 2010 not 2020!!!! Cannot edit on this rubbish site.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • @smh- I'm really encouraged to read that you acknowledge the current and previous retiring generations have left a huge problem for their children's children, as you said " so our children's children aren't burdened by the debt that's built up over the decades?". That's progress. We could hope that brexit magically fixes it, we could plant money trees or we could face up to the fact that we need to address the situation and start cutting back on services and benefits (including pensions) in tandem with raising taxes. If we don't take action now the situation will only get worse.

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    Rushallchap3

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • As for this comment below.... "Your National Front man in Holland didn't win but he has pushed the Dutch to the right." That's complete nonsense. Wilders has fewer seats than he had in 2020. The best performers were the liberal D66 and the leftwing environmental party GroenLinks, who had two major things in common. Both are happily pro-EU and both steered clear of harsh rhetoric on asylum and immigration, both gained more seats than Wilders, GL double the amount. The Dutch rejected the Nexit stance just as France will. Le Pen might poll well and will probably reach the run off but she has no chance of winning due to their electoral system.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Oh, and we are no longer the 5th largest economy in the world, we have dropped to 6th since the vote.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Interesting to see that much of the Brextremists trade hopes are just that, hopes. We can already trade with the rest of the world if we want and we have access to the largest FT bloc in the world, almost half our trade. That isn't going to be replaced by any trade with the Commonwealth. Also, businesses will face much more bureaucracy and red tape with all the extra COO, transit and export documents which will be required to trade with Europe which are not needed now. Also how will agriculture survive without the subsidies they receive from the EU? That is only guaranteed for 12 months after we leave. We already import almost half our food, that is bound to increase a lot. Also, Ipswich port is entirely dependent on agriculture, it could be very bad news for the town.

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    McLean

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • How many Brexiteers does it take to change a light bulb? One to change the bulb, 17 million to screw the country up.

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    SilverMachine

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • ....."What does it gain people to continually talk down the UK's future after Brexit?"......I want Brexit to fail quicklySo_Many_Haters simply because I don't want to see the rise of nationalism in this country. For me the quicker our economy collapses the quicker we will need to rejoin the EU, the best thing since sliced bread.

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    Rhombus

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • I'm curious. What does it gain people to continually talk down the UK's future after Brexit? If UK trade collapses, what do you get out of it? Why do you have to continue to predict dire consequences? Surely it's in our interests to make the best of the situation, find ways to make the UK prosper in the post-EU world so the country continues to do well so we can pay of the deficit so our children's children aren't burdened by the debt that's built up over the decades? Continually banging on about the negative consequences doesn't help in any way. And if you don't live in the UK, wouldn't you be happy that the "moaning British" are no longer going to be part of the EU, so you can get on without the UK continually trying to stop things and demanding rebates?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Waspie's wife......Roll on the 29th.

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    waspie

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Paging Mr. Whalley. Please explain your mythical Commonwealth trade figures, given http:www.bbc.co.uknewsuk-politics-eu-referendum-36169692

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    Chutney Locker

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

  • Oi, Whalley boy. How about you a) answer the questions in my comment ( re: made up guff about Commonwealth trade), and b) clarify if you are the same person as the similarly named "Chairman UKIP South Suffolk Branch"? Don't you think you should state your affiliation, given the topic being discussed here, rather than commenting as 'Joe Public'?

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    Chutney Locker

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Remaniacs predictably out in force. Someone mentioned experts not predicting the collapse of the EU. If anything recent times have proved that expert predictions are not that reliable in fact. I’m no expert but I do predict the EU will not survive in it’s current format. There is large numbers of people across Europe that are beginning to see Emperor Juncker’s new clothes for what they are.

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    C C

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Good one Suffolk Trinity. "United FOE Europe March in London" !!! The mind boggles! Good idea to check your posts before hitting the submit button.

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    Karaboosh

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • And now the brexiteers believe that by leaving the EU we will actually end up with a better trade deal than within it because the EU will help us to achieve this......it is so obvious to brexiteers, a pity some of us just don't have this dream.

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    Rhombus

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • @hereandthere- I'm in dear old Norfolk at the moment old thing. You're reading of the last week or so is quite different to mine; but there you go that's life. The NICs kerfuffle was over shadowed in the media reports I saw with the Scots indyref2 argument. It wasn't pressure from the media but a threat from backbenchers to vote against the budget that forced the abrupt uturn, but I get it that you don't want to recognise that. Nothing's fallen in yet and that is great, king may it continue. My point is that, in my opinion Mrs May has been pretty poor over that last few weeks with the big decisions. With any luck her performance will improve and she will show some leadership and emotional intelligence. But we'll see. You obviously see it from a very pro-May perspective, which is your opinion and your prerogative.

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    Rushallchap3

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Great , let's get on with it . Next scrap the House of Lords and ban Norfolk moaners from leaving Norfolk ! Oooh rrrrr .

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    Macke

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Maybe a repeat comment - but why oh why can't people see that its not an either or with the EU and trade. The Commonwealth - some countries are actually in the EU, others like Canada already enjoy trade deals with the EU. Daft. Then of course I guess there's Nigeria, Pakistan and India - who wanted easier visas and immigration! Harking back to the Commonwealth or 'Empire' is just so early 20th century but then some on here I'm sure are actually voting to leave the 21st century. Even our brave Brexiters Boris, Davis and Fox & May know that we need the EU to do well as it's our major market. I hope it works out well for the UK even though I'm keeping my Euros!

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Donald Tusk the EU co-president has said "Within 48 hours of the UK triggering Article 50, I will present the draft Brexit guidelines to the EU27 Member States." So, before the end of Friday March 31st we should know their position. I expect to find that they will be very sorry to see us go, but wish us well, and will request that the EU has a share in the trade deals which we will negotiate much more quickly than they could after Brexit. They may well also ask that the UK front introductions to the Commonwealth countries, which they are not in a position to do. They will certainly want to have the services of the joint largest financial services sector, London, keep trading 80% of the Euros for them. We can also offer a conciliatory gateway to the USA and its president, to make amends for the animosity in certain EU quarters. They will want to keep up a good relationship with the world's fifth largest economy and nuclear power, with our seat on the UN security council. Good neighbours make for good security. They must understand that.

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    Steven Whalley

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Chutney. You could add that some Commonwealth countries are part of the EU, others like Canada already have in effect trade deals with EU and then of course India and Pakistan. Its not either or. Frankly it seems some on here simply voted to be out of the 21st century.

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • RC3 "after 6 days mildly negative press" That`s a good one. Every self employed columnist, media presenter and political hack were non stop in their attack on the government about NICs. I take it you must be living out of the UK at the moment. As for Sturgeon, you need to get up todate. Sturgeon is back peddling like anything at the moment with the smart money being on a referendum 5 years down the line at best. She just doesn`t have the support for a referendum. Back benchers have always caused their leaders a problem when the government has a slim majority so the current situation is nothing out of the norm. We have a far more competent leader in May than Cameron who caused this mess. May got Article 50 through unscathed despite Gina Miller, who must be seething at wasting £200k and people like Blair & co egging her on from the sidelines. But Miller in a roundabout way may have done this country a favour by bringing forward a cull of the Lords. So it wasn`t a complete waste of money. The court case also put Sturgeon back in her box. We are six months on since the referendum and the roof hasn`t fallen in as predicted. Which must be particularly galling to the Remoaners who have been predicting gloom and doom from the start.

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    Hereandthere

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Love all this guff about 'trading with the Commonwealth' magically replacing a large chunk of our EU trade. Has it occurred to anyone how far most of those markets are away, geographically? How will any UK goods be priced competitively when the price will include being shipped halfway round the world? And a large amount of Commonwealth countries have no meaningful currency for foreign exchange. Just meaningless rubbish from Brexiteer idiots. If I was able to, I'd emigrate in the next 2 years & leave you all to your declining, has-been, gerontocratic country. Praaaper jaaab, etc.

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    Chutney Locker

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Hurrah! I couldn't bear to be a Remoaner ..... sitting there moaning and groaning and in a twisted sort of way hoping that it's all a disaster (which it won't be) so they can say "I told you so." Imagine wishing that it all goes wrong??!!

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    samphirelover

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • @n4n , we don't just think the EU will collapse . We know it will . Its hanging over the edge of the cliff waiting to fall at any moment

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    exlabnowukip

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • the 23 of june should be independance day . The day we got our democracy back . The day we got our freedoms back and the day we got our country back

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    exlabnowukip

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • After nine months of unnecessary delay following the referendum, and £9bn of ongoing contributions to the EU, we have the formal declaration. The end of March 2017 was also the last date to be able to invoke A50 without there being a QMV vote in the EU, which could have blocked it from April onwards. So one cheer for Mrs May, and another small cheer for all seven former Remainer Suffolk Conservative MPs who have now voted to enable A50. In two years we move on to trade freely and beneficially with the 80% of the world that is not the EU, and we will continue to trade with the EU nations, but on our terms. The Commonwealth has a combined GDP of £6.9trillion and a population of 2.2billion on six continents, with already formed strong ties and a willingness to cooperate. No wonder that Mr Juncker is desperate to force us to stay, his cashcow, with empty threats of punishments and made-up leaving fees.

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    Steven Whalley

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Hi Rhombus, Yes its often noticeable how those like Tony_G have so little faith in their decision and the UK that they have to hope the EU collapses to make them feel better (that would be an utter disaster for the UK as well). Really quite funny but it actually gives away their subconcious doubts. They should hope BOTH the UK ad EU do well if they want a future. Anyway, if they have transferable skills they know where the ferry is. Ten years to UK forced to rejoin?

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • If you are concerned about this please come along to the United foe Europe March in London this Saturday & join your local group such as the Suffolk EU Alliance. Stop the silence

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    SuffolkTrinity

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Good news! Perhaps the remoaners might like to move to their beloved Europe now and be done with it.

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    cthulu

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • I think it funny that the brexiters now look for succour in predictions of doom for the EU. I haven't noticed any experts predicting the downfall of the EU, but keep your dream Brexiters, while the 'doomed' EU forces May to swallow bucket loads of bitter pills hand delivered by the EU over the next 18 months. What fun.

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    Rhombus

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Normal4Norfolk pleased to see you have an alternative plan. Have you got another for when the E.U.finally collapses?

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    Tony G

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • There you have your response from the unelected, unpopular and vastly misguided Donald Tusk.He is one of the main reasons we are going to be better off out and not having to finance all the BrusselsStrasbourg hangers on.His own countrymen want him out! Your National Front man in Holland didn't win but he has pushed the Dutch to the right. Watch what happens next in France,having watched French tv over the weekend, the general consensus is likely to be chaos with Fillon going now where, LE Pen, unlikely and Macron who never run as much as an ice cream stall.By the look of it we are going to be well off out of it.

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    francophile

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Well we have seen the commencement of financial companies boarding the boat th the EU, who's next? It has been interesting watching the companes in the EU position themselves for the UK to leave while the UK government wander round with thumb in bum & mind in neutral. Already they tell the Chancellor they don't have enough staff to prepare to meet the EU - hopelss or hapless?

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    Rob44

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Funny old life. Just came off a Skype call with my EU partners on a €30M Horizon 2020 programme call - the thing that funds Universities amongst others that they're desperate to keep. Never mind; If need be we can do it in Germany or France with German or French engineers. Good luck to all on planet Brexit.

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    Normal4Norfolk

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • @paul- I know it's all about perception. The issue Mrs May has is that all throughout the corridors of power in Europe they'll have saw her and her chancellor fold their hand on NI after six days. That will resonate, have been noted and filed under 'weak willed leader to be exploited'. Regarding Ms Sturgeon, the PM had two choices. She could have called Ms Sturgeons bluff and granted her referendum request and won comfortably on the issues. Or she could have come across stubborn and arrogant, moving the question from a simple economics one to a question of primacy of decision making. Mrs May made the wrong choice; rushing in to appear 'strong'. If she continues to pander to backbench pressure then it doesn't, in my humble opinion, bode well. But I remain hopeful that I'll be proven wrong and it'll all work out well. Frankly, you, me and anybody else who works for a living can't afford it to work out any other way!

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    Rushallchap3

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • @RC3 - depends how you come at it. I've seen many praising Mrs May for her 'strength' in standing up to the Chancellor and Ms Sturgeon. Personally, I think it makes her look incompetent and weak and I worry about how she's going to handle these complex negotiations whilst looking after the BAU running of the country because, at the moment, it doesn't look like she could organise a party in a brewery, so to speak.

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    paul e.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Oh well...here we go! Interesting times ahead. I really hope it works out well for everyone. But after Mrs May's uturn of national insurance (after 6 days mildly negative press) and her complete own goal regarding indyref2 (now instead of it being about the merits or otherwise of Scottish independence Mrs May has played straight in Ms Sturgeons hands and made it Westminster against the will of the Scottish people); I'm not confident that we have a competent PM ready and intellectually equipped to deal with a complex negotiations or the delicate politics of the situation. No doubt it'll be alright on the night, but it would be nice to know the rough shape of what we are looking to achieve. Nevertheless, fingers crossed for a result.

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    Rushallchap3

    Monday, March 20, 2017

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