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Thread #160019   Message #3797670
Posted By: Thompson
25-Jun-16 - 02:36 PM
Thread Name: BS: To Br/Exit Or Not To Br/Exit
Subject: RE: BS: To Br/Exit Or Not To Br/Exit
Teribus asks:
What percentage of Irish EU trade is with the UK?

16%.

I'm really sorry to see Britain - England, really - vote itself out of the EU. Apparently the EU has done terrible things to it. I don't know what they are.

I've seen the EU behave badly: over the refugees streaming out from under the bombs raining down on Syria and Afghanistan, and running north from the horrors of Somalia - our descendants will look at us the way that we look at the British over the Famine in Ireland. I've seen the EU behave badly over Greese; I'll never forget the sight of Tsipras, the new Greek prime minister, come cringing like a beaten dog out of his first meeting with the bullies. They haven't behaved well towards Ireland, where a completely innocent population has been forced to pay the debts of crooked bankers interlocked with other international crooks.

But in terms of legislation, the EU has been a force for good since it started; we'd have had a long wait for equal pay for women, and for all kinds of other worker rights and human decencies, if we were a bunch of separate little nations in competition.

A bad day for Europe, a bad day for Britain, and they've really screwed Ireland.

Think of this one little example: since most of Ireland's imported food (like most of Britain's) comes from the EU, it has been found convenient to supply it through British centres that have treated Ireland as a 'region'. If this continues, Ireland will have massively inflated food prices due to customs, tariffs and two changes of currency - out of the euro into the pound; out of the pound again into the euro. If the system is changed and the food flies directly from Europe, it will still be expensive, due to the loss of economies of scale.

I know they weren't thinking of us, or of anyone except themselves, but - Albion perfide.