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    Quote Originally Posted by hollandia View Post
    Hmmmm. That would be Switzerland that's part of a trading block with the EU? That Switzerland?
    Absolutely: saved a heavy edit, and trying to insert the Captain Blackadder comment about "only one tiny flaw". Rhymes with "row-locks".

    You see, oh dearly beloved, I don't think — despite the pouting Catharine Letitia's belief to the contrary — there actually exists a "Swiss/German/French border" where customs posts have ever stood. There is a meeting point of the three jurisdictions (I've seen it!) slap bang in the middle of the Rhine, adjacent to the Rheincenter Shopping Mall.

    Note the excellent reason why the Rheincenter Shopping Mall is just there: the Number 8 Basel tram stops just outside, and — to the quizzicality, no doubt, of Swiss retailers — almost anything is cheaper across the Grenze.

    I'm not sure where Catharine Letitia is tarting her mutton in that image, but it could be where Elsń▀er▀trasse becomes Avenue de BÔle. Oddly enough I was past there twice earlier this month, to-and-fro from the HypermarchÚ in Saint-Louis. Yet the Basel city-fathers are seriously proposing an extension of the Number 11 tram thus far (explanation: Popular demand and the trade surplus, see a bit below).

    I'll suggest two further things to Catharine Letitia:
    1. Let her misjudge her arrival at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Exit by the wrong frontier gate. Then try to get back to the correct one.
    2. Pass through Basel Badischer Bahnhof: it's technically in Switzerland, but operated by Deutsche Bahn. One has to pass the old customs barrier (it's still clearly there, and policed, but largely ignored): a cold, dark, grim, granite, oppressive spot. During the 1930s, this was where German Jews were refused entry — and where anyone swarthier than the average Swisser still gets challenged.

    "Frictionless" borders these are not.

    Switzerland, like Germany (and most definitely unlike the UK), has a trade surplus with the rest of the world: something like 2Ż billion Swiss franks each month. That makes the CHF a buoyant currency, forcing it up against all others, including the €. The Swiss are none too keen on this, and looking for ways to limit the rise. Memo to all:
    1. Don't expect to buy a cheap Swiss watch in Switzerland.
    2. Plan your lunch around 40-minute train rides from-and-to Basel Badischer Bahnhof with Zell im Wiesental. The daily special at Hotel-Restaurant Lowen is good, and will save you mega-CHF. Don't distain the German red wines, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raetsel View Post
    Meanwhile Arlene thinks the Irish government are plotting to use Brexit as a way of getting a united Ireland.
    Oh and she has lashed out at Richard Haass calling him "biased" as well.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics...g-brexit-talks



    This is what passes for politics within the DUP. The "Everybody is out to get us" mentality is alive and well.........................
    Frankly, on the basis of the carry-on the past few days, Foster has little to worry about! The Irish political class couldn't use Brexit to unite a lunchbreak, let alone an island that's been partitioned for 100 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadlock View Post


    Jaysus - what a mindphuck!
    Oh, you've no idea what's in store. Ming to return from Strasbourg as the new umbrella coalition's candidate for the ┴ras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlos Danger View Post
    Oh, you've no idea what's in store. Ming to return from Strasbourg as the new umbrella coalition's candidate for the ┴ras.
    Well the trip around the president's garden at bloom would be a lot more fun. Possibly tropic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm Redfellow View Post
    You see, oh dearly beloved, I don't think — despite the pouting Catharine Letitia's belief to the contrary — there actually exists a "Swiss/German/French border" where customs posts have ever stood.
    I must have just imagined all those delays at the Swiss/German border customs post back in 2002 when I was regularly driving to Zurich from Frankfurt, so.

    Eejit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulpian View Post
    Election means delay. Delay means more pressure on Theresa May.

    Irish government cares less about the North-South customs issues but is very concerned about a customs barrier across the Irish sea and how Irish trade will be effected by that. It's using the North-South issues to pressure the U.K. to remain in the customs union with the EU (like Turkey is).

    The election is orchestrated to turn the pressure up on the U.K. by putting the caretaker government in a position where it cannot green light anything.

    One massive stroke. Think about it.
    I'm sorry but this theory is either a joke or not very well though through... if the case SF are involved too, only reason FF tabled a motion of no confidence in Fitzgerald is to not to be seen as being outdone by SF and to try cement themselves as a credible opposition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill View Post
    Well the trip around the president's garden at bloom would be a lot more fun. Possibly tropic.
    And by tropic, you mean psychotropic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulpian View Post
    Election means delay. Delay means more pressure on Theresa May.

    Irish government cares less about the North-South customs issues but is very concerned about a customs barrier across the Irish sea and how Irish trade will be effected by that. It's using the North-South issues to pressure the U.K. to remain in the customs union with the EU (like Turkey is).

    The election is orchestrated to turn the pressure up on the U.K. by putting the caretaker government in a position where it cannot green light anything.

    One massive stroke. Think about it.
    I suppose that's as good a reason as any for the madness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulpian View Post
    Election means delay. Delay means more pressure on Theresa May.

    Irish government cares less about the North-South customs issues but is very concerned about a customs barrier across the Irish sea and how Irish trade will be effected by that. It's using the North-South issues to pressure the U.K. to remain in the customs union with the EU (like Turkey is).

    The election is orchestrated to turn the pressure up on the U.K. by putting the caretaker government in a position where it cannot green light anything.

    One massive stroke. Think about it.
    Real flat earth stuff !
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