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    ^ Thanks Shutree, but let's face it, who really wants a strong currency and the unfettered freedom to work in Europe?

    I think the Norwegians will speed things up as historically they've always relied on a lot of British workers on the oil industry but I fear a huge part of my income has gone now forever. I often get just a few days notice about work and it would take some change for the work permit process to come down from the current 4 months (plus) for that work to be possible again.

    Offshore work is largely unaffected apart from tax and NI issues, but Thai Covid quarantine requirements has made a regular offshore rotation unfeasible this year, which is why I went for a 3 month block of work this Autumn.

    But you have to adapt... I have since picked up 4 weeks offshore in Norway starting late August, and then a few days after that finishes a 6 to 8 week offshore trip in the Black Sea. The one good thing about this will be a short visit to the UK between the work trips when I hope to get at least one decent Covid jab. If Thailand goes red for Covid for Norway over the next month the whole thing will be off, so fingers crossed.

    Working from home is an option with some companies and has to be the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Working from home is an option with some companies and has to be the way to go.
    Isn't your work based on monitoring conditions via a computer anyway?

    It would seem like a no brainer.

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    Which one of you brexit voters is going to defend the NI protocol the UK signed up to? Government always knew it was unworkable but signed anyway and now they want to backtrack out of it.
    It was explained way back in an FT article that GFA and brexit would be a disaster but y'all had to wait until you crashed into the brick wall first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Government always knew it was unworkable but signed anyway and now they want to backtrack out of it.
    Because now they can just blame the big bad EU and cry "It's NOT fair!!"

    BoJo got the job he wanted (at the time) and that's what it was all about.

    So much for the 'oven ready' deal.

    Pathetic.

    And did you really just type 'y'all'?

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    The NI protocol will be renegotiated.

    We hold all the cards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    We hold all the cards

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    Well the Brexit govt must be doing something right

    Foreign investment boosts UK jobs during pandemic



    DIT statistics showing levels of inward investment in the UK for the financial year 2020 to 2021.


    From:Department for International Trade, Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt, and The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MPPublished22 June 2021





    • More than 55,000 new jobs created last year thanks to foreign investment
    • Scotland, South West, East of England and West Midlands see biggest job increases
    • New figures show foreign investment is levelling up whole of the UK

    Foreign investment created 55,319 new jobs across the country last year, according to new figures published today (22nd June) by the Department for International Trade (DIT).
    Of the total new jobs, nearly 48,000 were created thanks to Government support, where DIT has worked directly with the investing companies and provided services to ease their entry into the UK.
    Despite the economic global slowdown due to the pandemic, the UK remains one of the most attractive places in the world to invest in with 1,538 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in the 2020/2021 financial year.
    The UK economy showed its underlying strengths, attracting investment from around the world. The USA continues to be our biggest investor, with India second.
    France, Germany and Canada all continue to invest strongly in the UK. Meanwhile Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and South Africa increased the number of FDI projects last year compared to 2019/20.
    New jobs created by FDI projects in the South West were up 52% in the last financial year. The East of England and West Midlands attracted a higher number of new jobs than pre-pandemic levels, and Scotland saw a new jobs boost of 10% from 2,946 in 2019/20 to 3,254 in 2020/21. Wales attracted 72 new investment projects, up from 61 and 52 in previous years.
    Industries like food and drink, creative and media, environment, infrastructure and transportation, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceuticals all contributed to the jobs boost across the nation.
    International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said:
    From Scotland to the South West, the UK remains one of the most attractive destinations in the world to invest in. Today’s foreign direct investment figures prove we’re resilient and strong in the face of economic uncertainty, and we know that more trade equals more jobs.
    As we strike trade deals across the globe, we’re opening up even more opportunities for investors, exporters and businesses to grow, creating jobs, boosting the economy and levelling up the entire UK as we can build back better from the pandemic.
    Minister for Investment Gerry Grimstone said:
    Driving inward investment into all corners of the UK to help boost the economy and create jobs is our top priority.
    Amid the unprecedented challenges caused by the Covid crisis, it’s fantastic that Scotland and regions like the Midlands have secured new jobs and prosperity.
    DIT works closely with investors across the globe to make the UK the destination of choice for investment.
    Recent analysis by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development confirmed the UK’s leading place in the world as an FDI destination, with the total inward FDI stock increasing from $2.1 trillion in 2019 to $2.2 trillion in 2020. This was second highest in the world after the US.
    The government is ramping up efforts to attract investment, level-up the country and increase exports having recently launched four major new trade and investment hubs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the North-East of England.
    Last year the Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced a major addition to the UK Government’s ability to attract foreign investment through the Office for Investment. This new Office will help resolve potential barriers to investment, support existing investors and land high-value, high-impact investment that help boost economic recovery across the country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chico View Post
    Well the Brexit govt must be doing something right...
    ...according to the BREXIT government.




    And with chico and chitty on board...what can possibly go wrong?!






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    Nothing to do with Brexit but...

    Honda workers in Swindon to face 'reality check' after it closes

    The loss of Honda in Swindon is not just bad news for the 3,000 people who work there, but will send ripples out through the local economy, with about 1,800 jobs ending at two local firms that supply the plant. As 35 years of manufacturing history comes to an end, staff have been sharing their feelings about the end of an era.
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    Friday 30 July 2021 was set as the last official day of car production, and the last day of most workers' contracts.
    The Japanese car maker moved to the Wiltshire town in 1985, setting up on the site of an old RAF airfield that once built and tested Spitfire fighter planes.
    Since then, workers, or "Honda Associates" as they are called, have made 3.7 million cars.
    At its peak, 680 cars were rolling off the line every day with each one tested on the old Spitfire runway.
    First the Accord, then the Jazz and CRV were made in the plant, but it was the Honda Civic that became Swindon's flagship product, exported across Europe.
    ...
    Professor Andrew Graves from the University of Bath has worked in the car industry for decades, from mass-production firms to Formula One.

    "Honda came because Britain was in the European market," he said.
    "When they arrived, standards were terrible in the British car industry, but they improved fast."

    By 2019 Honda Swindon was one of the company's most productive plants.

    But sales were falling across Europe and growing in America and Japan, while the company faced the challenge of electric cars - a complete re-invention of the industry.
    ...

    In Tokyo, Honda executives denied the decision had anything to with Brexit but it came as the British government was in deadlock over whether to stay in the European Single Market or leave, and risk 10% export tariffs on sales to the EU.

    Prof Graves is convinced Brexit played a crucial part.
    He said: "The Swindon factory was world-class but because we chose to pull out of Europe, which was the most important market to Honda, they chose to stick with America and Japan.

    "Brexit was the straw that broke the camel's back."

    Honda workers in Swindon to face '''reality check''' after it closes - BBC News


    Only the Brexit brigade will deny this was as a direct result of leaving the EU.

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    Cock suction. I wonder if that's part of why they want out of F1. Honda is really stepping on its dick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Only the Brexit brigade will deny this was as a direct result of leaving the EU.
    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    In Tokyo, Honda executives denied the decision had anything to with Brexit


    Could very well be that you are right.

    We won't know if Honda won't tell.

    So far speculation

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    Only speculation to people with objectivity, not remoaners like Herr Von Troy. I'm only amazed he hasn't blamed Covid 19 on Brexit yet.
    Mind you he does live in a country that makes itself energy dependent on the country it spends billions on defence trying to protecting itself from, so one cant expect too much in the logical thought department. Lord save us from pen pushers and key punchers.

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    ^ I think everyone is aware of how much covid has overshadowed brexit. If anything, the UK kept its borders open to too many and for too long.

    Nevertheless, the idea that farmers could find seasonal workers locally was always a joke. They are finding out to their cost now with so much produce going to waste. The majority in East Anglia and Lincs voted for brexit, much like the fishermen, and they are facing the same despair.

    As I have said, I managed the best of both worlds, still very much English, but with the freedom of Europe. I shall be popping back to the UK soon, now I've had my second shot of vaccine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    I shall be popping back to the UK soon, now I've had my second shot of vaccine.
    Do let Hugh know if it’s changed since the last time he was there in 1973.

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    Petty Eurotrash wankers at it again.

    If you have a passport with a longer than 10-year validity (say because you applied for it long before it ran out), those extra months no longer apply when travelling to Europe.

    You passport is only valid for exactly ten years from the date of issue.

    There is a handy checker here.

    Check a passport for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    Which one of you brexit voters is going to defend the NI protocol the UK signed up to? Government always knew it was unworkable but signed anyway and now they want to backtrack out of it.
    It was explained way back in an FT article that GFA and brexit would be a disaster but y'all had to wait until you crashed into the brick wall first.
    The trouble with your logic is you appear to have lost your critical thinking ability at Brexit. If you are going to make that statement and actually used some grey matter, you should be saying why did the EU support this as part of the Brexit agreement in the first place?
    If the UK government knew it was unworkable, surely the EU must have also realised that, or were they just totally incompetent? If your argument is correct then It follows the EU must be one or the other, both of which are inexcusable.

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    HGV class 1 drivers are coining it in at £40 per hour

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    If only there was an alternative available, and capable of running the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Petty Eurotrash wankers at it again.

    If you have a passport with a longer than 10-year validity (say because you applied for it long before it ran out), those extra months no longer apply when travelling to Europe.

    You passport is only valid for exactly ten years from the date of issue.

    There is a handy checker here.

    Check a passport for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021
    This is old news 'arry, I reported it in Sept 2019 when I had to renew my passport in case of a no deal brexit. The UK government was misreporting a 6- month validity requirement when exiting EU instead of 3 month. It meant I ended up with the red passport without the EU title on top.

    UK had been issuing passports up to 9 months in advance with validity exceeding 10 years, which they have now changed. Validity is 10 years from date of issue, simple as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    If only there was an alternative available, and capable of running the country.
    Output from your random cliche generator?

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    Exports of food and drink to the EU have suffered a “disastrous” decline in the first half of the year because of Brexit trade barriers, with sales of beef and cheese hit hardest.

    Food and Drink Federation (FDF) producers lost £2bn in sales.
    Brexit: food and drink exports to EU suffer ‘disastrous’ decline | Food & drink industry | The Guardian

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    There's no Monster Munch on the supermarket shelves either, damn Brexit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    There's no Monster Munch on the supermarket shelves
    There goes hal's Christmas survival package from his mum.

    All middle aged men need these things.

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    It gets serious when they run out of Pot Noodles!

    #karlpilkington

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    Mmm what are the figures for the EU to UK, #rebalancing

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