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The truth about Brexit, the "EU is punishing us" narrative & what "no deal" actually means... (1/19)
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The EU isn't punishing the UK for Brexit. We are punishing ourselves. Losing all the benefits of EU membership IS punishment. Just like no longer being able to use the fitness equipment or the weights is punishment for quitting the local gym. 2/19
You might well put on weight because you cancelled your gym membership. But you wouldn't turn around and say "Hey, the gym's punishing me for leaving by making me fat!" That's the consequence of losing your gym membership, not the fault of the gym. 3/19
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The UK put its proposed tariff schedule to other WTO members on 22 July 2018, which might seem ludicrously late.

Did anybody at the BBC notice?

At least seven countries have lodged major objections to the proposal.

Shouldn't that be considered news?

Here's the official UK attempt to establish an independent position in the WTO. There are no supporting documents.


And here's a decent journalist's thread on the subject of the UK's position in the WTO, with the documentation.


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Crazy prediction (disclaimer: I’m usually wrong): if Theresa May reshuffles govt in coming weeks, she’ll offer Boris the Home Office. 1/20
The main rationale for a reshuffle is to “refresh” this moribund govt (won’t work) but also to reassert authority. 2/
Boris as FS= so embarrassing & so loathed by foreign govts (that he is supposed to win over to our side) that it’d be fab to move him. 3/
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