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  1. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    I think I'm bowing out of this particular aspect of the debate. For me this comes down to self determination, there is less support in NI for joining Ireland than in Scotland for independence. Whether that will change depending on the outcome of the future relationship talks is a separate matter (similarly with Gibraltar)
  2. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/15/defeat-may-errors Back to an earlier topic touching on what brexit actually is and what was actually voted on and what wasn't. This guy phrases it better than I do. "Britons had voted to leave the EU but had not voted to leave either the single market or customs union, since neither were on the ballot paper" "Within weeks of his exit, Brexit was redefined in the hardest terms."
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    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    Ignoring the actual content of any potential deal with the US the chief problem with that is exactly the problem with the Irish backstop in Mays agreement. If we decouple ourselves from EU standards or the customs union etc there is a hard border between Ireland and northern Ireland that breaks the good Friday agreement (which I'll admit I need to do more reading into the technical specifications of). I think it's interesting how little press it's actually gotten here that the EU peace project isn't just a theoretical concept in the UK, without the EU it's debatable as to whether there would be peace in NI.
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    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    This isn't offensive lol, I can't find the article I was reading as it was a few years ago, but it implied that free trade with eg India (and a couple of other major players) would most likely include relaxed/vastly increased immigration. I guess tbf it was probably a left leaning source that may have exaggerated for effect. For myself I don't care, we have plenty of jobs that need filling (although the recent white paper on immigration is another discussion) but it goes against what hard-line brexiteers promise. For the record the articles that came up just now when I searched were about how eg India, Australia, NZ were more interested in free trade with the EU Your plan B sounds about right although it's worth noting that although the vote of no confidence is likely to fail, it's unprecedented for a government to lose a vote this central to their policy by this magnitude (this is the largest defeat of a policy in our country since democracy began) and for a general election not to be called afterwards
  5. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    What I really want is for brexiteers to be honest about what a future true free trade agreement with (for example) the US is somewhere between impossible or on terms that destroy/hurt our agriculture/manufacturing/nhs. Most other countries will insist on easier immigration etc Equally labour should stop touting about a better deal with the EU, because the issues that make the current deal unacceptable won't go away lol
  6. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    In terms of options Obviously I back remain If not article 50 should be extended until the future relationship is agreed since both future relationship and withdrawal were supposed to be agreed at the same time lol. We continue for the moment as full members, with all rights and obligations, voice and veto (although a formal agreement to not vote on things that won't affect us would be logical/fair) If not Mays deal, which is probably the best, or at least there's nothing in the withdrawal that seems unfair, the issue is that it leaves us incredibly weak for future negotiation on the future relationship Crashing out shouldn't be an option
  7. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    Not that anything above is hard to predict
  8. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    So far so on schedule
  9. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    In practice what will happen is that the vote will (probably) fail, Corbyn will table a no confidence motion which will (probably) fail at which point current policy is to get behind a second referendum. May has till Monday to outline plan b. The EU are scheduling emergency talks for tomorrow
  10. BFG

    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    Any renegotiation relies on the EU agreeing to extend article 50. I think they're looking at extending to July, but a renegotiation will take ages and they won't vote for that. The only real extension they'll vote for is likely to be for a general election (which will only happen if conservative MPs vote against it which seems unlikely although against precedent) or a new referendum with remain as an option. Crashing out on wto is the current default, but MPs are working on both sides to eliminate that as an option. In a sense the best option that involves leaving is to extend article 50 until a future trade agreement is agreed, which is what was supposed to have happened 'nothing is agreed till everything is'. The problem is that EU divides both labour and conservative. It's not a party issue Honestly I struggle not to blame Mays approach for a lot of our problems now
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    UK in EU referendum (Brexit)

    The current deal is being voted on tonight and is extremely likely to fail. Question then is what's next lol
  12. For me the danger lies with bigger, badder, stronger. I get bored when the fights just come down to who has the bigger weapon. Civil War did really well in keeping the big fights engaging, infinity war slightly less. I don't need a bigger baddie, I need more antmans lol, where the character matters more than the power
  13. I think I disagree about the need for name recognition now. I think the name recognition is the marvel universe now, more than any individual characters From a point of view I'd argue that the DC characters are far better known to the general public, but the films taken as a whole don't do nearly as well (Nolan's batman did really well and wonder woman (but I may be equating critical with public lol), but the rest?). So it's not really the 'brand/character' recognition, but the result and mcu have built up a lot of good will. At some point they'll reach saturation but I'm not sure they're there yet. Mark Ruffalo has a few movies left on his contract at least, and I'm pretty sure there are sequels to black panther as well as Spiderman planned
  14. BFG

    How come there are no games in signups?

    Look forward to it 🙂
  15. BFG

    How come there are no games in signups?

    Welcome 🙂 games run when filled, generally that can take anything from a couple of days to a few weeks. A game just finished and we have one in signups if you're interested in playing?
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