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    Brexit effect on BF

    Why would you need a visa? They weren't necessary before we joined the EEC, except for communist countries such as Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Drove to or through both of those in the 1960s and getting a visa was very simple. We just sent our passports to their embassy(s) in London with a small fee and they came back by return. As young people at the time, we regarded it as part of the 'glamour' of overseas travel.
  2. The DUP are interested in one thing and one thing only preventing a united Ireland at any cost whatsoever. That's their raison d'etre.
  3. There is, as far as I'm aware, no French MP specifically representing expats. I vaguely remember someone campaigning at the last election to be the Assemby member for French ex-pats in London. Can anyone confirm this?
  4. Sorry if I misunderstood you BBCone. At a time when normality is standing on it's head turkeys may well vote for Christmas. Thanks G4rth. I just can't see it, though. The only loser from the Act is the Prime Minister of the day while for MPs it's job security.
  5. G4rth - I didn't say that the Fixed Term Parliaments Act couldn't be repealed , of course it could. But who in the current political situation would want it repealed? Not the Tories, certainly not the SNP, and most certainly not the Lib Dems whose price it was (among others) for entering coalition in 2010. Politics, famously, is 'the art of the possible' and repealing that Act is simply impossible. Unless the Parliamentary Labour party splits into two (as in 1982) as is so often suggested, the Tories have almost four more years in government. (Note - government, not power!)
  6. The fixed term parliament act is a red herring. If 326 MPs decided to repeal it they could with a one line bill No it isn't - the Act means that MPs have a five year sinecure unless two thirds of them want an early election and, as last year showed, the governing party's MPs only do that when they think they're certain of victory. The real loser from the passing of the Act was the Prime Minister who lost his or her ability to call a snap election whenever they wanted to. That ability was always useful in maintaining dicipline among the back benches. Tory MPs would hate the idea of an early election, particularly after what happened last time and the SNP, whose MPs have pretty slender majorities (the largest is just over 7,000) wouldn't want to risk losing even more seats than they did last time. Before the 2015 election they'd never had more than eleven MPs and when they won all but three of the Scottish seats at that election, they probably thought they were in Westminster for the long haul. They lost a third of those seats in 2017 and could easily find themselves back to around a dozen. Labour, of co7urse, would love an early election because they think they could win it. I'm not so sure.....
  7. If the government collapses parliament would have to vote to dissolve itself Not sure that's correct - I think the majority party (obviously the Tories) would have something like 14 days to come up with a new Prime MInister (who does not have to be leader of the party cf the SNP) and that prime mInister would form a new government.
  8. How can there be another election? Thanks to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act it can only be brought about if a large majority of the Commons votes for one and I really can't see the Tories and the SNP, both of whom lost seats last year, risking one. Also, there's simply not time for another referendum befofre we formally leave at the end of March next year. Thwe Parliamentary legislation would to allow for one would take longer than that.
  9. Since when was a margin of one million a close result? Both Labour and the Conservatives would love to win an election with a 4% majority over the other.
  10. most people did not know what it meant to leave How do you know that? How many of the 17 million have you asked?
  11. I voted 'Leave' for a number of reasons but the most improtant one to me was that I do not want to see this country become just a province in a United States of Europe. All of the British government's statements and warnings before the referendum were clear - the result would be honoured and that it was a unique occasion. It was the largest turnout for any election o or referendum that this country has ever experiences and I don't regard a majority for leaving of over a million people a narrow victory.
  12. Thank you - very good of you to reveal that!
  13. And for how long would that 'exemption' last? The two-speed Europe is only a form of words to get round the problems caused by a few hesitant members not (yet) fully committed to 'The Project.' The direction of travel never changes and never will.
  14. it is not a federation of states like the USA. Not yet, but that's the intention.
  15. BBCone

    Poole Harbour Developmement

    'in duration'..........