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  1. Not even an audible warning you can set? How about your GPS (assuming you have one)? Can that be set to alert you? Ed. No - we bought it new in 2012 and driven it to places such as Burgundy and the Algarve. But it is the most basic model and has been excellent value for money. NO GPS, though. I shall be ultra-careful next week when we drive from Cherbourg to Amboise (and back!)
  2. The first was for 5 September on the RN147 going south and the second was three days later, going north on the same road. The third was also on 5 September but on the A10 near Tours. Our Hyundai doesn't have anything as sophisticated as a speed limiter or a digital speedo. It's actually been a brilliant little car.
  3. I've had three in the past three days. All for last September and the times, dates and places are all correct. Like other people , I was a few miles per hour over the limit and, again like others, wearing my distance glasses, I can't read the kilometres on the speedo. I'm usually pretty good at converting the metric speeds to imperial, and the car's only a Hyundai i10, but i shall now be ultra careful when nextb in France (which just happens to be next week!).
  4. Not sure if this is the correct thread for this but did anyone else notice that on today's A New Life in the Sun (Channel 4), they had the Pont Aven sailing to Santander from Southampton, and the voice-over said it three times.
  5. I've been surprised how many cars do not have the EU symbol on their number plates, many of them pre-dating the referendum.
  6. Jersey is not part of the EU but their citizens seem not to need an International Driving Licence when travelling in France.
  7. Of course I don't know what the future will be, and didn't claim to.
  8. As usual, it has the word 'may' in it. 'Could' and 'might' are also used in these scare stories from desperate 'Remain' sources, in this case DtP civil servants. Looking at the original story, it says that it's British people living inthe EU who 'may' have to take a driving test, not visitors.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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!)
  14. 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.....
  15. 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.
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