Without being too insulting we reckon that you are all (at least 50.2%) idiots. You were fooled by the brexiteers with a load of codology and now you can't even see a good compromise when it is handed to you. You wanted control over immigration (which you had anyway, you're not part of Schengen)and more say over how the EU is run. You've walked away from the table and are stuck with EU regulations in order to keep an open border with between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Brexit was pushed by certain elements of the Conservative party to try and unseat the leadership and they never thought that they might win. Never mind what they would do if they actually did win. You voted to jump off a cliff and now that you have been shown a possible path down to the beach you still want to jump .
Yes we saw a boom after we first joined but that is over now and we are net contributors. The newer members in eastern Europe are getting the massive investment now. But we have the benefit of access to a massive market, far bigger than the UK. As a side issue we now have the benefit of proper regulation of the banks and insurance companies. Control over them was woeful so that when the crash came in 2008 we ended up having to bail them out because if they crashed they would have taken several large banks in Europe as well as the pension funds with them. Our grandchildren and probably great grandchildren will most likely be still paying for this bail out. If we had the money being used to bail out the banks now we would have a European standard of health and education. Our health service makes the NHS look like a functional organisation.
So in answer to your question we had a boom to begin but we blew it. There was no effective control over the banks who ran riot with lending and everybody was over leveraged. negative equity in mortgages was and still is a huge problem. There is no keys in the post solution. Even if you sold the property you were saddled with the excess debt. Case in point. When I remortgaged our home and took out business finance in 2005 it was all arranged in 3 days with no paperwork. The home mortgage was sorted out 3 months after the cash was advanced and the business loan was only sorted out 3 years ago after I relocated. The bank then realised that they had advanced a 15 year loan that was secured against a lease that had only 8 years to run. All of this was not helped by the fact that the bank that I took the first loan was liquidated and the bank that bought the loan book is now trying to pull out of the Irish commercial market. Were the British wrong to vote for Brexit? Yes. The brexiteers used it like a waving a automatic gun in a bank robbery oblivious to anybody that they might hit. God help you if you end up with Boris Johnson or Rhyss Mogg as PM. You'd be better off with Jeremy Corbyn! The EU will make an example out of the UK's divorce to discourage any other countries that might be thinking of the same. By the way out govt is thanking you for making them look sensible.
The EU will make an example out of the UK's divorce to discourage any other countries that might be thinking of the same.
And that, right there, is one reason why we should leave. Any club, association, party or whatever that believes it should punish people for wanting to leave, is evil to its core.
It is not a matter of immigration, it is a matter of control. We no longer had control of our own country. We had furriners telling us how to behave, according to their culture, not ours.
But thanks for your observations, it's interesting to get an outsider's view. Perhaps you had better dig a tunnel from Kinsale to Brest?
The ferry companies are already planning routes from Dublin to France. There is already a multiplicity of routes from Rosslare to France with a nice EU funded motorway all the way to Belfast. They reckon that a longer sea journey is cheaper and less hassle than the shorter land bridge via the UK with all the associate custom hassles.
As for being controlled be furriners, most of you royalty early on were French, in the mid nineteenth century I believe you invited a minor German to be your king and Prince Philip, father and grandfather and great grandfather of future kings is not only German/Danish/Greek but probably a nazi as well.
I was listening to a radio discussion today about Teresa May and her tribulations. The question was asked did she under estimate the Irish? The interviewee ( a Brit) said yes. The UK were used to bullying the Irish and felt that they could do it again over the land border except that this time we had the strength of the EU behind us as the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is now an EU external border and all that goes with it.
We now live in a global society and the UK has always promoted London in particular as a world city when it came to business, banking and insurance. This means people from all over the world. If you decided to restrict furriners then be ready to watch the NHS collapse when you run out of staff. If you want access to world markets then you have to negotiate with them. The days of demanding terms and conditions are long gone. You ceded that right to the EU when you joined and now you've thrown your toys out of the pram because you don't like the way things have developed. If you hadn't been so insular you might have had more influence. Margaret Thatcher, a "lady" for whom I have little respect knew that. Banging the table inside the room is much more effective than trying to piss into the tent. All they do is to close the flaps on you.
But as I said above this was all about an internal fight in the Conservative party and they had no idea of the power of the weapon that they were using, the collateral damage that it could cause and then how to deal with the fall out. Do you want somebody like that with their fingers on Britons nuclear deterrent?
If you look under "Chuffed in American" in this dictionary it says it can mean BOTH pleased and displeased!
I have always thought that it meant pleased, but someone posting in a British crossword forum this morning, used it to mean "Displeased"
I solved 1a (Merry Christmas) and said to Mr CS, there are people who don’t like Christmas-themed crosswords so they are going to be very chuffed with this one. I quite a like a themed crossword, so I’m a happy solver
I don't know whether she is American or not.
Welcome to Britain, if you don't like the weather, just wait a minute, some more will be along soon.
What does the word "chuffed" mean? E.g. "He will be really chuffed about that"
It's a British term, it has one meaning but is often used with a sarcastic tone to mean the opposite, and I'm not quite sure which is the correct meaning, because Brits usually have a sarcastic tone when talking. I've never heard an American use it, except regarding tigers. "The cub chuffed to greet his mother."
'Chuffing' is what a tiger does when it's happy/content/pleased. Tigers can't purr like a domestic cat, so this is what they do. If you want to see and hear a tiger chuffing go here: and I'm sure there are many other places too.
My wife works with tigers every day (see my avatar of Frankie). She even has tiger whiskers on display around the house (they fall out and regrow naturally).
If you check out 'Octagon Wildlife Sanctuary you will see what she does and maybe see her with the tigers/lions/bears/panthers/hyenas/and other rescued 'exotic' animals' that she cares for. www.octagonwildlife.org/
I have never heard the word 'chuffing' associated with HUMANS, but I would have to guess that the meaning was 'pleased/happy' or something of the sort - certainly not angry...
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