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British government to host summit on why other countries should join the EU

British government to host summit on why other countries should join the EU:

… is this what you call British sense of humour?

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Brexit impact on UK car industry

Rather than creating post after post about news of yet more job losses in the UK car industry, I decided to create one entry and keep it periodically updated. Before the EU referendum, experts unanimously agreed that if the UK was to leave the EU it would result in job loses under all scenarios. A so called “hard Brexit” probably resulting in pretty much the end of all UK based industry. 

What was labelled “project fear” at the time, is now becoming bitter reality for thousands losing their jobs:

2017-03-01: Magna hiring 3000 people in Graz, Austria for the production of the new Jaguar (apply here)

2017-03-21: Minis could be latest victim of Brexit as BMW boss hints at moving production out of UK

2017-05-15: UK says Brexit talks with Bentley Motors must remain confidential

2017-07-03: After Brexit, we should just let the UK car factories close

2017-09-11: Brexit Kills Its First Car, But Not The One You Might Think (Mark 8 Golf Cabriolet)

2017-10-02: Eurofound fact sheet Jaguar Land Rover to create 2800 new jobs in Slovakia, EU (click here to apply)

2017-12-17: Magna to build new paint line in Slovenia to support Graz vehicle production

2018-01-22: “Jaguar Land Rover to cut production at Halewood” via the Guardian  (The Halewood plant, in Liverpool, employs around 6,000 people.)

2018-01-22: French President Macron Says Toyota Will Invest 300 Million Euros And Create 700 Jobs At French Plant

2018-01-28: Jaguar Land Rover to create 150 jobs in Shannon, Ireland 

2018-02-08: Japan warns on Brexit: we cannot continue in UK without profit

2018-02-16: Layoffs Arrive in Brexit Britain, and Auto Workers Are Up First

2018-02-23: BMW plans to build electric Minis in China

2018-02-26:  Aston Martin seeks green light for new car in EU not UK due to Brexit uncertainty

2018-03-02: Magana press release – First-Ever All-Electric Jaguar Unveiled at Magna in Graz, Austria

2018-04-13: Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs after ‘slump due to Brexit’,  Jaguar Land Rover to cut 1,000 jobs due to Brexit ‘headwinds’

2018-04-17: Vauxhall to ‘terminate’ entire dealership network as sales plunge – putting 3,800 jobs at risk.

2018-04-20: Nissan to cut hundreds of UK jobs

2018-04-23: Rolls-Royce mulls European move as Brexit deal worries grow

2018-04-26: Jobs lost as dealership shuts doors – 

2018-05-08: Business secretary warns of job losses at Toyota if customs partnership is not adopted – Greg Clark suggests 3,500 jobs at Toyota’s Derbyshire plant could be at risk

… tbc

Note: This list shows jobs created in the EU as well as the ones lost in the UK. As the timeline shows, hiring people in one location is often followed by layoffs in the UK a year later. Thereby giving a pretty good indication of things to come. 
For example, if JLR is hiring 3000 people in Austria and 2800 in Slovakia, and the Halewood plant just happens to employ around 6000 people, you do the maths.

Here are 70 countries the UK could LOSE trade deals with as a result of Brexit

Here are 70 countries the UK could LOSE trade deals with as a result of Brexit:

Here are the countries and groups of countries the UK already has deals with as part of EU membership:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Caribbean Forum
  • Central American countries
  • Chile
  • Colombia, Peru and Ecuador
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • East African Community
  • Egypt
  • Faroe Islands
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Zimbabwe
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Papua New Guinea and Fiji
  • Republic of Korea
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Southern African Development Community
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vietnam
  • West Africa (members of the Economic Community of West African States)

Attend an Open Britain campaign event

Attend an Open Britain campaign event:

Do I have any British followers who want to prefer their children to have a future? There are a lot of events happening this weekend, check out the map in the link. 

I’ll let Mike Galsworthy do the explaining:

‘I really hope claims Brexiteers are stealing children’s futures prove true,’ Nigel Farage says

‘I really hope claims Brexiteers are stealing children’s futures prove true,’ Nigel Farage says:

Mr Farage told an audience in Westminster: “Chuka Umunna said the other day he thinks the Brexit vote means we’re stealing our children’s futures from them. Well I really hope we are.”

In case anybody still had doubt who drove the UK out of the EU:

A generation fuelled by false nostalgia of a time that never was, statistically over represented by the baby boomers made a decision they don’t really going to life and see the full consequences of. As by the time this happens the majority that voted for it will be dead. While they themselves never suffered through the horrors of a country destroyed by war and had lived through a historically unparalleled period of prosperity and growth (mainly thanks to EU membership), their parting gift will be decades of slow economic decline for a generation that is already worse off than they ever were

One thought that parents look after their children, but this generation seems to hate them! And at times even seem to joy seeing them suffer!

A healthy majority of Leave voters, it found, claimed that “significant damage to the British economy” would be a price worth paying for Brexit: 61 per cent, compared to just 20 per cent who disagreed. More bizarrely, when the question was made more personal, and respondents were asked would it be worth “you or members of your family” losing their jobs, 39 per cent still thought Brexit was totes worth it – slightly more than the 38 per cent who, like normal, sane people, replied “obviously not”.


Racist crime in Europe

Racist crime in Europe:

In 2013 England & Wales was by far the region within the EU with the most cases 30,788. Compared to Germany with 5,131 and  France with 1,376.

2.1 Rise and fall of racist crimes

ENAR’s Shadow Reports over the years have shown an increase  in  racially  motivated  crimes.  The  rise  in  racist crimes has also been reported by other official and civil society  organisations at  both  national  and  EU  levels.   

This was data from 2013, and we now from news reports that the situation in England has dramatically worsened since the EU referendum: Rise in hate crime in England and Wales (BBC)

The number of hate crimes in England and Wales has increased by 29%, according to Home Office statistics.

were 80,393 offences in 2016-17, compared with 62,518 in 2015-16 – the
largest increase since the Home Office began recording figures in


I tried to find up to date data from all EU member states. But while EuroStat keeps very good and recent record of “Crime and criminal justice statistics” they don’t break hate crime up in a unified way. As definition of what constitutes as racist motivated hate crime varies between member states, it will take some afford to normalize the data. The 2013 shadow report was the most recent one I could find :

Female Egyptian engineering student, 18, beaten to death by ten-strong girl gang in suspected race hate attack

Female Egyptian engineering student, 18, beaten to death by ten-strong girl gang in suspected race hate attack:

Every detail of this case if horrifying:

“Just one man tried to defend her, but no one else tried to interfere”

And the famously underfunded NHS?

“The hospital sent her home despite her severe cerebral haemorrhage.”

According to CNN: Egypt wants answers in death of teenage student in UK and understandably so!

But this is not an isolated case anymore, race motivated crimes are not a systemic problem in the UK. Just the day before a Black boy ‘tied to lamppost and whipped’ at school’s “mock slave auction” run by white teenagers. (The Times, BBCMirror) And last year the BBC reported a 29% rise in hate crimes in England and Wales. 

Something that doesn’t reflect well on Boris Johnson outrage, when at the end of his visit to India, Emmanuel Macron directly addressed Indian students to choose France if they want to study in Europe.

‏The Brexiteers, who played the racism card at every given opportunity in the run up of the EU referendum are now seriously complaining? 

”Boris Johnson says Britain will now help Turkey join EU despite using prospect to help win referendum”

Sarcasm? Hypocrite?  I honestly can’t think of a word expressing my disgust with these Individuums.

So my advice to all foreign students thinking about going to study in the UK is clear: Go to France!! Or Germany, or Slovenia? Anywhere by England!

UK-US Open Skies talks hit Brexit turbulence

UK-US Open Skies talks hit Brexit turbulence:

The talks were cut short after US negotiators offered only a standard bilateral agreement. These typically require airlines to be majority owned and controlled by parties from their country of origin.