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Endings for beginnings: reaching a Brexit deal : Comments

By Binoy Kampmark, published 29/12/2020

Johnson could boast that, 'we have completed the biggest trade deal yet, worth 660 billion,' likening it to a 'Canada style free trade deal between the UK and the EU' that would preserve jobs in the country.

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Good overview but backgrounded by mostly silence from those who supported Brexit, and with more now regretting their vote when realising that they have been involved in .... a slow car crash.... that will continue.

What has not been mentioned, apart from goods, are services which dominate trade and domestic economies, but not included in the Brexit agreement.

The Chancellor Sunak is apparently going to lobby for financial services (not other service sectors) after many have moved offices and/or personnel to the EU, already, as they have lost financial 'passporting' rights (exemplified by Brexiteer Rees Mogg's share in a hedge fund which had opened a Dublin EU office couple of years ago).

Further, not just Scotland but Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU and also to exclude a hard border; the inclusion of NI in the Republic is looking more plausible than ever (New Biden regime will not be sympathetically towards the UK and/or Brexiteers).

Finally, fishing rights, although symbolic for Brexiteers, makes up an almost irrelevant proportion of the economy i.e. 0.1%, but also analagous with the radical right libertarians; a tiny number demanding special rights and a majority of citizens then happy to follow them off a cliff.....
Posted by Andras Smith, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 12:43:24 AM
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