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  1. The Swiss are in Schengen as it was the compromise they did for their EU deal. It's relevance to us is that it enabled ill informed Brexiters to point at it as if to say seamless trade is possible. Not understanding that it has nothing to do with the movement of goods.
  2. Yes. I lived in Switzerland for 20 odd years and have seen first hand how the border works. If we can get somewhere close to being as efficient as the Swiss by next year then that will be something worth celebrating. That picture taken by Daniel Hannan in your link is very misleading. It was taken at Basel airport, I know it well. Switzerland is in Schengen so movement of people is not so complicated. There are, however, still border checks. Schengen doesn't cover goods and the road border between Basel and France has a dedicated parking line for trucks. I've seen the truck queues stretching back for miles.
  3. Of course there will be holdups. Take a look at Switzerland. They've been doing this for years and there are still holdups. Forms get filled incorrectly. From memory I think it's around 20% of loads are getting flagged. Medium size companies have their own border staff on site to help minimise delays. The border queues for freight are enormous.
  4. Just ordered mine. This is the first time I've ordered tickets since returning to the UK last year. I was told I'm now registered and my purchases will be taken into account when buying tickets in the future. So it's seems like Jacko51 is right.
  5. That's an interesting point. I just looked up how grants are decided. You're wrong. "Funding is managed according to strict rules to ensure there is tight control over how funds are used and that the money is spent in a transparent, accountable manner. As a group, the 27 EU Commissioners have the ultimate political responsibility for ensuring that EU funds are spent properly. But because most of the funding is managed within the beneficiary countries, responsibility for conducting checks and annual audits lies with national governments"
  6. Because when you're that big you can set the rules. What's the point in having clout if you're not prepared to use it? I'm sure we'll be fine. Even though Joe B's posts don't include the service industry where we're at a surplus with the EU. We can all eat fish.
  7. I've pointed this out to a few quitlings. They've all diligently refused to understand it.
  8. In other news. What better way to mark Brexit than us paying for a bridge linking an independent Scotland and a united Ireland.
  9. between 1 April 2010 and 28 February 2011, the BBC bought 59,829 copies of the Guardian compared with 51,384 copies of the Times and 48,968 copies of the Daily Telegraph. The Daily Mail came in fourth (45,553) and the Financial Times was eighth (33,721).
  10. The figures from the FOI show that there wasn't much in it between it and other papers, plus I'm pretty sure The Guardian used to do a media supplement which might go someway to explaining it's popularity in a media organisation.
  11. I just looked that up. You're wrong. Guardian circulation for 2019 = 141,600 40% of that is 56,640. Straight away it seems incredible to think the BBC is buying 56k copies of The Guardian everyday. A further google points to the probable source. A Guido Fawkes article stating that The BBC 59,829 copies between April 1 2010 and 28 February 2011. I think you've confused 1 day and 10 months.
  12. My dad coached him when he was with Vale U-15s. I'd be interested to hear his recollections of that time and his switch from a forward to a defender.
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