philipmartin wrote:Interesting information. The only part I find unlikely is "EU "head honchos" want Britain GONE." That damages the EU, and could be a incentive for other countries to do the same.
Well with the news that the EU is demanding that Apple pay Ireland $14B in taxes they should have paid, but didn't because of Ireland -technically illegally- lowballing their corporate tax rate under 12.5% (some sources claim as little as .005%!) that has got some thinking that it's time for "Irexit". It certainly does call into question just how much control Ireland has over it's own money especially considering that they actually don't want the money. I suppose their desire to remain that competitive with other countries is their prime goal. However that tax revenue would help with infrastructure spending and eliminate the need for pay cuts (which will only increase the threat of strikes, etc.). Iarnrod Eireann has had too much bad press regarding those issues as it is. And on top of that the closing of the Waterford-Wexford/Rosslare(?) line back in 2010 -though it was apparently only 1 train each way- couldn't have helped.
johnthefireman wrote:I think everyone in the EU would prefer the UK in rather than out (except the 52% of the UK electorate who cast vores in June), but wanting the UK GONE probably refers to the desire that if the UK is going to leave it should do so as quickly and cleanly as possible rather than dragging the process out.
They certainly don't seem to be begging them to stay either. Which considering the UK's largesse (they dole out around 10 Billion Pounds Sterling to Northern Ireland annually for starters and I guess have enough to build HS2) you'd think they would.
David Benton wrote:
ExCon90 wrote:I'm wondering about some of the 52%: now that they've got what they asked for, are any of them having second thoughts, now that it's too late? (like OMG, is THAT what we did?)
Many have likened it to waking up with a hangover , and wondering what you got up to the night before.
A big part of it was anti immigration , and I think they are now realising they wont be going home , at least not in the short term.
Too many voters didn't even know what they were voting for until after they cast their ballot... Google reported that searches for "Brexit" surged astronomically in the first few days after the referendum.
Amidst all of this (and to stay on topic!) HS2 is still moving along despite being delayed and over budget. Though what to do about Phase 2 to Manchester and Leeds is still up in the air. Whatever happens HS3 or some sort of new Liverpool-Manchester-Leeds-York-Hull/Newcastle line shouldn't be left in the dust.
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