Thanks!We tend to say 'England' in Norway as well when what we mean to say if GB or UK. I have the impression that Germans also tend to make the same mistake. So you're not alone there, Val
I don't see why a common culture and history matters unless you are the type of person who insists that only those who are like you should live near you - i.e. a bigot. As for language, I have had no trouble at all getting on with Swedes and people from other european countries living in Sweden by speaking english. Of course I can speak reasonable swedish now but it took time to learn and it seems English is a very common language in Europe and especially here in Sweden where it is considered a second language.As a multinational political union at least it has a common language, culture and history which is more than the EU has, ever has had or ever will. Pro-EU 'Remainers' conveniently ignore this.
No, it's fine, insult our politicians all you like, they deserve it!I'm sorry if i offended you and your politicians. Maybe it's linguistic barrier that worked against me. Because when we say "skol'zkiye" [literally(!): slick], we mean that they're saying one thing, thinking another, and doing - completely different, being led by their own interests.
Thanks mate, there is nothing bigoted in saying that a political union needs a common culture to be successful, though I am aware that ideological 'Remainers', i.e. pan-Europeanists, believe that everyone who disagrees with them is a 'bigot', but that is a measure of their fundamentalist views. Look into the history of the European project and you'll see why de Gaulle consistently vetoed British membership of what was then the EEC, for the same reason that he rejected that Free France should join a political union with Britain when Churchill offered it to him. As de Gaulle said, Britain looks to the sea (and by implication not to the continent).I don't see why a common culture and history matters unless you are the type of person who insists that only those who are like you should live near you - i.e. a bigot. As for language, I have had no trouble at all getting on with Swedes and people from other european countries living in Sweden by speaking english.
I don't think that will go down well with Brexiteers.The EU27 are planning to offer PM Johnson, once he's in office, another extension to the Brexit deadline:
Maybe Chuka should allow the electorate of Streatham to have a People's Vote, given that he has now changed party affiliation twice since the beginning of the year.I just got an email from my old neighbourhood pal Chuka Umunna, haha, he was saying nothing will send a stronger message that London rejects Brexit than defeating Jeremy Corbyn’s candidate and electing a Liberal Democrat Mayor in 2020. Siobhan Benita, never heard of her.
Hmm, I've never heard about this. I was under the impression the EU refused to negotiate any kind of free trade agreement like that until after the UK and EU had come to an agreement about the 'divorce', and that is what the Withdrawal Agreement is all about.But Theresa May rejected the 'Canada Plus' deal offered by the EU in favour of her 'Withdrawl Agreement' which keeps us tied to it.
It has unfortunately become a very polarised debateAs it is, it is the arrogance and condescension of the hardcore pro-EU 'Remain' lobby that puts me off the EU more than the EU itself does.
It is a bit hard for bystanders in Europe to listen to the arguments initially made by the “Leave” campaign, see how many of them were based on bald-faced lies originally that have by now been exposed, realize how many of the still remaining arguments (those that have not been retracted so far) are basically rooted in racism and xenophobia and still think “Yes, indeed, that was a mature decision made in good faith”.As it is, it is the arrogance and condescension of the hardcore pro-EU 'Remain' lobby that puts me off the EU more than the EU itself does. Some of these hardcore 'Remainers' believe that voting rights should be removed from those whom they consider less 'educated' than themselves. It is a form of class-hatred but they won't admit it.
Newsthump said:The proposal was seen by all as one of the finest political jokes in a decade, as explained by the French Defence envoy to the EU, Admiral Simon De Guillaumes.
“It’s just so good. You guys have spent the past three years saying the most important thing for your nation is to be no longer strategically aligned with us. Add to that, your newspapers and pundits go into meltdown at the merest discussion of a European Rapid Reaction brigade as if it’s a proposal to conscript all British males into a 4th Reich Wehrmacht. And now you want to assemble a European fleet because you can’t deter six gunmen on a helicopter? Priceless.