UK launching four regional trade hubs to boost exports
23/03/2021 | news | business | 464
The hubs in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Darlington will aim to provide local firms with advice.
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23/03/2021 10:17:45 41 28
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If you want to boost exports then scrap Bojo's bad Brexit deal which makes it harder and more expensive to export.
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23/03/2021 10:27:27 41 12
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Haven't you heard mate? It's a "fantastic" deal.

That's why there's no customs delays, extra paper work, no need to boost the fishing industry, no issues with the NI protocol, no world's biggest trade block about to take legal action against us, no 40% fall in exports etc. Oh, and don't forget, we're all just basking in sovereignty like pigs in plop.
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23/03/2021 10:28:09 2 23
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Get over it.
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23/03/2021 10:20:41 24 11
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Why did we allow the right to do this to us ?
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23/03/2021 10:48:29 10 9
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5m Labour leavers air-brushed out of history.
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23/03/2021 11:18:33 7 3
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We didn't. At the last GE, 56% of us who voted, didn't vote Tory.

However, as Britain is not a democracy...
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23/03/2021 12:45:03 7 1
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Because the Tories have eliminated all opposition on the right whereas the left vote is split. That's why the Tories can get a parliamentary majority although the majority of the electorate vote against them.
Until Labour get the enormous chip off their shoulder and recognise that they need a deal with the LibDems so they don't stand against each other they will be permanently in opposition.
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23/03/2021 10:20:55 8 15
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No doubt this will be criticised by Welsh government in the usual way, just like freeports were
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23/03/2021 11:23:48 6 6
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Do you blame them? Freeports are merely a ruse to get round paying taxes on imports. Hence the name. How do you think government works, out of interest?...
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23/03/2021 10:22:30 14 15
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UK Government: Attempts to create wealth in wales

Welsh Government: no it undermines devolution!

Welsh Government: Splurges millions upon millions on failed vanity projects, airports, luxury trains and consultations.
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23/03/2021 10:46:56 15 4
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Mere million? That's what the Tories waste on Spanish middlemen. Then they wasted tens of billions on a failed Track and Trace System.
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23/03/2021 10:47:38 5 1
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'Welsh Government: Splurges millions upon millions on failed vanity projects, airports, luxury trains and consultations.'

They are certainly learning from Johnson. I don't think they've got round to the £200k refurb of a grace and favour partment yet, nor to the bungs to chums to buy defective and overpriced PPE.
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23/03/2021 10:22:37 53 30
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Boost exports by 60%, join EU, what a no-brainer that would be (given that they're 40% down)..
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23/03/2021 11:14:24 25 35
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Exports to the EU have falling for years before Brexit. Its a low growth region with an undervalued currency. Tough to export into that environment.

The far east is where its at, all the main growth will be there, its demographics and wealth creation.
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23/03/2021 10:23:17 29 10
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Have we signed any Trade Deals since 1st January?
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23/03/2021 10:36:31 11 23
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Do keep up. Ask Liz Truss.
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23/03/2021 12:18:21 1 5
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64... ask the BBC
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23/03/2021 10:24:13 15 5
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Is this another one of those schemes that simply creates civil servant jobs where they aren't able to provide any decent support for businesses because if they were any good at their jobs they wouldn't be working here?
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23/03/2021 10:26:33 76 37
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"I'm determined to use UK trade policy to benefit every part of the UK.", says Liz Truss. If that were true then the UK govt would not have isolated UK businesses from their largest global trade bloc, the EU. (In the process, increasing bureaucracy, costs and making exports uncompetitive for millions of UK companies.)
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23/03/2021 11:10:08 45 59
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We have control now. The Japan trade deal is better than the EU one we left. I am sure we will secure deals with Aus, NZ and others before the EU does. This is competition! great for all as we both push harder to win.

Being small and nimble is proven (see vaccines) to work better.
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23/03/2021 10:17:45 41 28
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If you want to boost exports then scrap Bojo's bad Brexit deal which makes it harder and more expensive to export.
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23/03/2021 10:27:27 41 12
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Haven't you heard mate? It's a "fantastic" deal.

That's why there's no customs delays, extra paper work, no need to boost the fishing industry, no issues with the NI protocol, no world's biggest trade block about to take legal action against us, no 40% fall in exports etc. Oh, and don't forget, we're all just basking in sovereignty like pigs in plop.
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23/03/2021 10:28:08 91 48
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We didn't need trade hubs while we were in the EU - we had seamless cross border trade.
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23/03/2021 10:30:04 70 41
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We didn't need the EU to have seamless trade, we had that in the common market.
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23/03/2021 15:36:24 1 7
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.....and pointless rules and a HUGE trade deficit with the EU. Get over it. We are out and never going back. We are now in an effective trade war with the EU which means they are trade enemies.
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23/03/2021 10:17:45 41 28
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If you want to boost exports then scrap Bojo's bad Brexit deal which makes it harder and more expensive to export.
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23/03/2021 10:28:09 2 23
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Get over it.
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23/03/2021 10:58:25 15 3
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No, I'm a patriot. Why do you want to sit back and watch the country suffer?
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23/03/2021 11:19:25 7 3
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Go back to St Peterburg.
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23/03/2021 12:21:43 0 7
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They will NEVER get over it ha ha
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23/03/2021 10:28:08 91 48
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We didn't need trade hubs while we were in the EU - we had seamless cross border trade.
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23/03/2021 10:30:04 70 41
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We didn't need the EU to have seamless trade, we had that in the common market.
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23/03/2021 10:44:28 11 9
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I very much doubt that is true!
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23/03/2021 11:04:24 11 6
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actually, no, we didn't.
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23/03/2021 11:49:22 20 2
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But now we don't have even the Common Market.
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23/03/2021 12:14:33 2 10
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Well said and totally correct
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23/03/2021 10:31:11 43 4
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Darlington, lots of jobs been done by Capita a favorite for outsourcing work to by the Government.
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23/03/2021 13:41:01 26 3
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Surely you mean Crapita, to go with other sponging wasters like Bodgica and Crap Gemini. Leeches send in the A-team to sell you something and the Z-team to implement and run it.
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23/03/2021 10:31:19 6 24
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I find it incredulous when people complain because the Government is looking at improving export businesses. We all know Covid-19 has impacted businesses but not necessary those in the same context that export. We are now an independent country who needs to look at export and import along with smaller businesses. Remember furlough? I say well done and I hope it achieves its goals.
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23/03/2021 10:49:02 12 2
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We need a lot more than 'hope'.
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23/03/2021 10:52:47 7 2
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More Brextremist faux incredulity. This corrupt, lying, law breaking Tory Brexit government has destroyed the UK economy and bankrupted the country by doubling the national debt after 10 years of austerity and record tax receipts. This was all before the Covid19 pandemic. This is the worst government in modern British history.
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23/03/2021 11:06:14 4 1
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we always have been an independent country since the Romans left
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23/03/2021 10:33:13 81 33
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Let's hope it's not the same skilled advisers who worked on Boris' Brexit Deal. Not sure if our economy much more Tory brilliance.
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23/03/2021 11:12:01 37 40
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Any Brexit impact has been totally blown away by Covid. The massive increase in debt will hurt us for many years.

I don't hear anything different coming out of Labour? Whats the big alternative plan?
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23/03/2021 16:02:48 1 1
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"The trick they're missing is the concept is right, but actually what you need is to create the businesses, encourage exports and then provide the export advice," Mr Urquhart-Stewart told the BBC.

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Not like the Tories to put the cart before the horse is it?!

Organised drinking in breweries comes to mind!!
4 more million pound press brief rooms to be built. I wonder which lucky minister's mate will get that contract? Removed
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23/03/2021 10:35:33 33 17
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Another of BoJo's incompetents. Her civil service will have written this as she has shown herself odd - remember the screech at a Conference? Was it pigs or cheese to China.
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23/03/2021 10:35:58 5 15
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This will of course be much criticised by the seriously tarnished SG. Just like the free ports were. Oh Eck!
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23/03/2021 10:23:17 29 10
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Have we signed any Trade Deals since 1st January?
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23/03/2021 10:36:31 11 23
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Do keep up. Ask Liz Truss.
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23/03/2021 10:37:57 93 18
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If we want to boost trade then we must cut Brexit tape!
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23/03/2021 11:05:03 129 152
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or better still re-join the eu
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23/03/2021 12:11:09 6 14
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Tell that to the EU.
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23/03/2021 16:02:17 3 2
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"The trick they're missing is the concept is right, but actually what you need is to create the businesses, encourage exports and then provide the export advice," Mr Urquhart-Stewart told the BBC.

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Not like the Tories to put the cart before the horse is it?!

Organised drinking in breweries comes to mind!!
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23/03/2021 16:15:59 2 2
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Yep .... but that's what the "will of the people" brings when the "people" don't bother to read the small print!!
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23/03/2021 10:43:26 77 39
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More Torybrexit government propaganda. The UK already has many economic development agencies to boost exports in every region of the UK. This is just more lies.
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23/03/2021 11:06:16 67 84
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isn't it boring when remoaners are still whining about Brexit ????
Get over it, its happened now move on & stop living in the past.
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24/03/2021 01:10:19 0 3
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Imagine the UK under Labour's management?
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23/03/2021 10:30:04 70 41
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We didn't need the EU to have seamless trade, we had that in the common market.
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23/03/2021 10:44:28 11 9
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I very much doubt that is true!
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23/03/2021 10:40:33 12 13
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The EU should return to being a trading block only.
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23/03/2021 11:01:55 17 4
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they are a trading bloc that we need most of all
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23/03/2021 11:08:52 2 6
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If it was, the UK would still be in it, along with others who have left or not joined. But politicians since the dawn of time have always wanted 'more politics' at the expense of other considerations.
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23/03/2021 10:22:30 14 15
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UK Government: Attempts to create wealth in wales

Welsh Government: no it undermines devolution!

Welsh Government: Splurges millions upon millions on failed vanity projects, airports, luxury trains and consultations.
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23/03/2021 10:46:56 15 4
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Mere million? That's what the Tories waste on Spanish middlemen. Then they wasted tens of billions on a failed Track and Trace System.
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23/03/2021 15:37:07 1 0
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Look, i agree with you. But it doesn’t let drippy off the hook either!
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23/03/2021 10:22:30 14 15
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UK Government: Attempts to create wealth in wales

Welsh Government: no it undermines devolution!

Welsh Government: Splurges millions upon millions on failed vanity projects, airports, luxury trains and consultations.
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23/03/2021 10:47:38 5 1
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'Welsh Government: Splurges millions upon millions on failed vanity projects, airports, luxury trains and consultations.'

They are certainly learning from Johnson. I don't think they've got round to the £200k refurb of a grace and favour partment yet, nor to the bungs to chums to buy defective and overpriced PPE.
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23/03/2021 15:36:42 1 0
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So, that’s also criminal. Why should Drakeford and co be let off the hook just because Johnsons doing it too?
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23/03/2021 10:20:41 24 11
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Why did we allow the right to do this to us ?
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23/03/2021 10:48:29 10 9
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5m Labour leavers air-brushed out of history.
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23/03/2021 11:24:17 3 2
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Age does that to us all.
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23/03/2021 10:48:53 55 14
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The Tories criticised the Government of Wales for opening up trade missions to help exports from Wales . Typical Tory fluff and no substance after stifling green projects in Wales .
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23/03/2021 10:49:02 6 3
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When it comes to these things, why not include Northumberland and Cumbria into the jurisdiction of the Northern/Scottish office? The areas are more similar to that across the border than the counties further South.
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23/03/2021 10:31:19 6 24
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I find it incredulous when people complain because the Government is looking at improving export businesses. We all know Covid-19 has impacted businesses but not necessary those in the same context that export. We are now an independent country who needs to look at export and import along with smaller businesses. Remember furlough? I say well done and I hope it achieves its goals.
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23/03/2021 10:49:02 12 2
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We need a lot more than 'hope'.
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23/03/2021 10:49:16 29 17
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A Tory trading hub in Scotland?

The Scots tell the Tories to "do one" again and again at the ballot box.

But they never listen.

They just never know when they are not wanted.
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23/03/2021 11:03:58 26 21
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A bit like Teflon Sturgeon....oh sorry she 'forgot'??
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23/03/2021 11:05:17 10 1
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They haven't got the guts to stand for election - never mind constantly being rejected - in the north of Ireland.
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23/03/2021 11:19:00 10 10
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Are you saying abandon the Union?

The SNP might not want tory interference, but they are very happy to take UK money to cover up for their pitiful financial record.

People voted recently to stay in the UK, so this is 100% the right thing to do.
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23/03/2021 10:49:26 68 12
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Anyone remember the Tory Northern Powerhouse?
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23/03/2021 11:01:20 58 2
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Did he play for Widnes?
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23/03/2021 16:02:33 2 2
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"The trick they're missing is the concept is right, but actually what you need is to create the businesses, encourage exports and then provide the export advice," Mr Urquhart-Stewart told the BBC.

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Not like the Tories to put the cart before the horse is it?!

Organised drinking in breweries comes to mind!!
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23/03/2021 16:41:02 4 1
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Still up and running.
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23/03/2021 16:48:07 3 2
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Yes and it’s happening! Or do you live in some obscure Labour and SNP Siberian stronghold.

Lefty gripers are just so so boring !
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23/03/2021 16:53:56 3 3
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To be honest, that is where the government is focusing much of it's attention, while completely forgetting about the rest of the country.

But don't conflate "focusing much of it's attention" with success. This government already proved to be utterly incompetent as projects like HS2 show.
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23/03/2021 10:52:41 46 11
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What is the point of trade hubs if we don't manufacture anything to trade? 80% of the UK economy is derived from Financial Services with the remaining 20% coming from Manufacturing & Agriculture. We should learn from the EU; at least 50% of all car components on imported cars to be manufactured in UK or ALL cars to be assembled in UK. Same for White Goods.
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23/03/2021 10:59:30 37 4
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Its not just about manufacturing.
Its also about IT, technology, Science, pharmacy, healthcare, soft services, education (big exporter), arts, entertainment, tourism, professional services etc.
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23/03/2021 11:00:34 0 1
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In the Brexit trade deal we have 6 years to ensure the majority of car parts are manufactured either here on in the EU a step in the right direction just whish it was applied to all manufactured goods
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23/03/2021 11:05:42 11 1
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No. 80% of the UK economy is the service sector ie including retail, hospitality, office work . That is a similar to most developed economies.
Financial services is only 6.9%.
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23/03/2021 11:16:44 3 3
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Educate yourself Grumpy old man, as they say these days. No where near 80% financial services, if it was, we would all be much better off, since we are so good at them.
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23/03/2021 10:31:19 6 24
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I find it incredulous when people complain because the Government is looking at improving export businesses. We all know Covid-19 has impacted businesses but not necessary those in the same context that export. We are now an independent country who needs to look at export and import along with smaller businesses. Remember furlough? I say well done and I hope it achieves its goals.
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23/03/2021 10:52:47 7 2
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More Brextremist faux incredulity. This corrupt, lying, law breaking Tory Brexit government has destroyed the UK economy and bankrupted the country by doubling the national debt after 10 years of austerity and record tax receipts. This was all before the Covid19 pandemic. This is the worst government in modern British history.
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23/03/2021 12:59:07 0 2
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You obviously weren’t around to endure the Blair / Brown years
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23/03/2021 10:55:29 4 10
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This initiative can only assist decentralisation of investment.
the Scottish Investment Bank has proven to be worse than useless.
Its essential however that these hubs are fully independent from devolved government.
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23/03/2021 11:00:54 9 2
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yes and english ruled once again
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23/03/2021 10:57:30 1 4
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The only way we are going to prosper is to be on level terms with our trading partners. Have in a currency that is more expensive than everyone else is economic suicide. And allowing items to be imported into Britain that are been produced in places who's pay and working conditions would be illegal makes no sense at all.
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23/03/2021 10:28:09 2 23
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Get over it.
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23/03/2021 10:58:25 15 3
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No, I'm a patriot. Why do you want to sit back and watch the country suffer?
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23/03/2021 12:22:13 0 8
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That's the last thing you are that's for sure
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23/03/2021 10:52:41 46 11
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What is the point of trade hubs if we don't manufacture anything to trade? 80% of the UK economy is derived from Financial Services with the remaining 20% coming from Manufacturing & Agriculture. We should learn from the EU; at least 50% of all car components on imported cars to be manufactured in UK or ALL cars to be assembled in UK. Same for White Goods.
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23/03/2021 10:59:30 37 4
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Its not just about manufacturing.
Its also about IT, technology, Science, pharmacy, healthcare, soft services, education (big exporter), arts, entertainment, tourism, professional services etc.
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23/03/2021 16:27:30 1 0
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I think that these sectors have been taken into consideration. It still makes financial services by far the biggest export sector.
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23/03/2021 11:00:10 11 4
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macarony

"Have in a currency that is more expensive than everyone else is economic suicide."

What are you talking about? The pound is a very weak currency. It has been sliding down steadily over the past decades against the Euro, Dollar and everything else.
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23/03/2021 14:05:32 1 0
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Yet it still more expensive that's what I am taking about I take it basic maths is beyond you
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23/03/2021 11:00:17 55 22
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How's trade doing under the Tories at the moment?

Oh yes, not very well.

Then again if you go out of your way to turn your back on our biggest trading partner, you should expect trade to be badly affected.
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23/03/2021 11:02:21 31 43
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Would that be the 'partner' who wants to stop exporting life saving vaccines to the UK???
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23/03/2021 10:52:41 46 11
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What is the point of trade hubs if we don't manufacture anything to trade? 80% of the UK economy is derived from Financial Services with the remaining 20% coming from Manufacturing & Agriculture. We should learn from the EU; at least 50% of all car components on imported cars to be manufactured in UK or ALL cars to be assembled in UK. Same for White Goods.
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23/03/2021 11:00:34 0 1
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In the Brexit trade deal we have 6 years to ensure the majority of car parts are manufactured either here on in the EU a step in the right direction just whish it was applied to all manufactured goods
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23/03/2021 10:55:29 4 10
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This initiative can only assist decentralisation of investment.
the Scottish Investment Bank has proven to be worse than useless.
Its essential however that these hubs are fully independent from devolved government.
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23/03/2021 11:00:54 9 2
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yes and english ruled once again
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23/03/2021 10:49:26 68 12
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Anyone remember the Tory Northern Powerhouse?
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23/03/2021 11:01:20 58 2
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Did he play for Widnes?
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23/03/2021 12:53:34 6 0
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Yeah. That's the year they were relegated!
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23/03/2021 12:57:54 7 0
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good comment,very funny
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23/03/2021 14:15:28 1 0
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That would be why no one remembers him
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23/03/2021 10:40:33 12 13
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The EU should return to being a trading block only.
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23/03/2021 11:01:55 17 4
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they are a trading bloc that we need most of all
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23/03/2021 11:05:03 5 2
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Imports down 6.6billion from Eu to UK no one is winning
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23/03/2021 11:00:17 55 22
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How's trade doing under the Tories at the moment?

Oh yes, not very well.

Then again if you go out of your way to turn your back on our biggest trading partner, you should expect trade to be badly affected.
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23/03/2021 11:02:21 31 43
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Would that be the 'partner' who wants to stop exporting life saving vaccines to the UK???
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23/03/2021 11:07:13 14 3
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No
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23/03/2021 11:08:35 14 2
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The EU is now an ex-partner, so things have changed.
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23/03/2021 11:28:02 20 5
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Oh, you mean the partner who has exported 10 million vaccine doses to us, and to whom we've exported nothing other than covid B.1.1.7. The 'kent' varient now 'washing' through Europe as it did through the UK in January!
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23/03/2021 13:24:12 13 0
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The EU has allowed 8-10 million doses of the vaccine to be exported to the UK.

The UK exported none.
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23/03/2021 13:29:48 10 1
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Why should they manufacture vaccines and then export them to a country that seeks to undermine them? Why should UK have priority? Many of the people frothing at the mouth over the EU not exporting would be the same who would be outraged if Boris didn't "vaccinate Britain first".
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23/03/2021 17:10:45 5 1
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Another Brexiteer cherry picking vaccines, when the vaccine programme itself had nothing to do with Brexit...

Useless.
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23/03/2021 11:02:45 46 12
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just more smoke and mirrors, and no benefit to anyone
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23/03/2021 10:49:16 29 17
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A Tory trading hub in Scotland?

The Scots tell the Tories to "do one" again and again at the ballot box.

But they never listen.

They just never know when they are not wanted.
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23/03/2021 11:03:58 26 21
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A bit like Teflon Sturgeon....oh sorry she 'forgot'??
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23/03/2021 11:50:24 7 3
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Except, it would appear she IS wanted. We'll see just how much in May.
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23/03/2021 10:30:04 70 41
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We didn't need the EU to have seamless trade, we had that in the common market.
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23/03/2021 11:04:24 11 6
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actually, no, we didn't.
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23/03/2021 11:01:55 17 4
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they are a trading bloc that we need most of all
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23/03/2021 11:05:03 5 2
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Imports down 6.6billion from Eu to UK no one is winning
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23/03/2021 10:37:57 93 18
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If we want to boost trade then we must cut Brexit tape!
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23/03/2021 11:05:03 129 152
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or better still re-join the eu
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23/03/2021 11:49:20 31 29
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Time to let it go
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23/03/2021 11:50:22 26 21
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The EU’s trade declining from 34% in 1980 to an expected 20% by 2022.

Ref: fullfact org europe eu less important world economy
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23/03/2021 12:17:20 14 21
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and give up getting the vaccine that Boris Johnson obtained a long time before the EU even started, over 50% of the population are glad he never joined their vaccine cartel , And he did that despite the grief from labour or snp who said if he did not join he would kill a 1000 scots because of the lack of the vaccine.
so sod the EU they can sort them selves out
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23/03/2021 13:36:15 6 11
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How do you boost trade when reliant on an institution that typically takes over a decade to agree trade deals and ones that are designed for 28 countries rather than the intricate specifics of each one?
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23/03/2021 14:31:44 4 3
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Yes
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23/03/2021 15:34:41 3 5
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Only in your dreams
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23/03/2021 15:38:20 4 5
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Have you not been watching the disarray and disharmony in the EU?
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23/03/2021 16:19:25 4 5
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Im guessing the 'remainers' out there still want to be in the EU but would rather wait until the UK government sorts out their vaccinations that the EU seem hopelessly inept at. "Please Boris, save all our lives, then we can go back to the land of lunacy and dance around the flag of failure in Brussels"
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23/03/2021 19:34:37 1 1
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You love it so much, MOVE! ??
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23/03/2021 10:49:16 29 17
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A Tory trading hub in Scotland?

The Scots tell the Tories to "do one" again and again at the ballot box.

But they never listen.

They just never know when they are not wanted.
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23/03/2021 11:05:17 10 1
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They haven't got the guts to stand for election - never mind constantly being rejected - in the north of Ireland.
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23/03/2021 11:52:10 7 2
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They have stood many times in Northern Ireland. Problem is it's just too tribal for the Tories to make any real gains from DUP/UU or SF/SDLP.
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23/03/2021 10:52:41 46 11
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What is the point of trade hubs if we don't manufacture anything to trade? 80% of the UK economy is derived from Financial Services with the remaining 20% coming from Manufacturing & Agriculture. We should learn from the EU; at least 50% of all car components on imported cars to be manufactured in UK or ALL cars to be assembled in UK. Same for White Goods.
51
23/03/2021 11:05:42 11 1
bbc
No. 80% of the UK economy is the service sector ie including retail, hospitality, office work . That is a similar to most developed economies.
Financial services is only 6.9%.
362
23/03/2021 17:09:31 3 0
bbc
It doesn't change his point though does it?

Again Tories attacking the precise terminology rather than addressing the main point made. Pointless attempts at deflections.
14
23/03/2021 10:31:19 6 24
bbc
I find it incredulous when people complain because the Government is looking at improving export businesses. We all know Covid-19 has impacted businesses but not necessary those in the same context that export. We are now an independent country who needs to look at export and import along with smaller businesses. Remember furlough? I say well done and I hope it achieves its goals.
52
23/03/2021 11:06:14 4 1
bbc
we always have been an independent country since the Romans left
21
23/03/2021 10:43:26 77 39
bbc
More Torybrexit government propaganda. The UK already has many economic development agencies to boost exports in every region of the UK. This is just more lies.
53
23/03/2021 11:06:16 67 84
bbc
isn't it boring when remoaners are still whining about Brexit ????
Get over it, its happened now move on & stop living in the past.
69
23/03/2021 11:18:31 34 8
bbc
https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/balanceofpayments/bulletins/uktrade/january2021

'Exports of goods fell by £5.3 billion (19.3%) in January 2021, because of a £5.6 billion (40.7%) fall in exports to the EU.'

This is just the start.

Can you blame people for 'living in the past'? They weren't facing bankruptcy then...
76
23/03/2021 11:15:33 31 8
bbc
"52% vs 48% would be unfinished business" - Nigel Farage.

And so it is.

It's Brexiters who are living in the past, and your refusal to move on has cost Britain dear.
157
23/03/2021 12:31:19 11 4
bbc
That's because they don't feel there's any future
223
23/03/2021 13:32:26 13 2
bbc
A country build on lies, not a chance to let them liars win.. should be in court for fraud.
242
23/03/2021 14:02:58 15 1
bbc
Don`t hear you and your kind shouting from the rooftops the benefits of Brexit. Not a single word...
327
23/03/2021 16:21:55 6 1
bbc
Like the anti-EU crowd you mean?
334
Pip
23/03/2021 16:30:35 6 1
bbc
Unfortunately, that's just where we'll all be living, in the past, thinking of what we've thrown away............?
348
23/03/2021 16:47:09 7 1
bbc
People like you are the reason why the UK is in such a mess.
Irrecoverably ignorant and deluded.
44
23/03/2021 11:02:21 31 43
bbc
Would that be the 'partner' who wants to stop exporting life saving vaccines to the UK???
54
23/03/2021 11:07:13 14 3
bbc
No
55
23/03/2021 11:08:04 0 2
bbc
More tax incentives for early stage investing is needed. This is a high risk activity and tax breaks can help.

But it is good news, we need to export more to the fastest growing parts of the world, which is mostly the far east.
80
23/03/2021 11:24:30 6 1
bbc
Problem is, there isn't really anything that these growing Eastern economies want from us. We've no resources, they still do need some precision engineering, but the Germans have pretty much got that covered.

Their only interest in us is as a consumer market for their exports, they can easily undercut us on manufactures on cost and economies of scale.
44
23/03/2021 11:02:21 31 43
bbc
Would that be the 'partner' who wants to stop exporting life saving vaccines to the UK???
56
23/03/2021 11:08:35 14 2
bbc
The EU is now an ex-partner, so things have changed.
23
23/03/2021 10:40:33 12 13
bbc
The EU should return to being a trading block only.
57
23/03/2021 11:08:52 2 6
bbc
If it was, the UK would still be in it, along with others who have left or not joined. But politicians since the dawn of time have always wanted 'more politics' at the expense of other considerations.
8
23/03/2021 10:26:33 76 37
bbc
"I'm determined to use UK trade policy to benefit every part of the UK.", says Liz Truss. If that were true then the UK govt would not have isolated UK businesses from their largest global trade bloc, the EU. (In the process, increasing bureaucracy, costs and making exports uncompetitive for millions of UK companies.)
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23/03/2021 11:10:08 45 59
bbc
We have control now. The Japan trade deal is better than the EU one we left. I am sure we will secure deals with Aus, NZ and others before the EU does. This is competition! great for all as we both push harder to win.

Being small and nimble is proven (see vaccines) to work better.
113
23/03/2021 11:53:55 22 4
bbc
Remind us how the new Japan deal is "better" (for us) than the one via EU.
131
23/03/2021 12:11:20 22 1
bbc
No it's not - it's just "an exercise in keeping the status quo and in damage limitation" according to one analyst. No difference from the one we already had. And the potential value of trade with Aus, NZ etc. is vanishingly small compared with trade with the EU block.
132
23/03/2021 12:11:29 21 3
bbc
I think you need to check your facts first, the Japan deal is not better than the one we had with the EU, unless you export Stilton Cheese or Ice Cream vans, in which your likely to be quid's in.
202
23/03/2021 13:17:55 13 1
bbc
'The Japan trade deal is better than the EU one we left.'

I feel for the people who will be affected by this.
I've zero sympathy for ppl like you who - rather than furnishing themselves with facts - post the sort of unadulterated drivel you just posted.
212
23/03/2021 13:22:17 14 0
bbc
EU has a trade deal with New Zealand - why we used to get tariff free NZ lamb - but 40% tariff since Brexit.
330
23/03/2021 16:24:52 5 0
bbc
I don't have chapter and verse to hand, but I think you are wrong. The conditions are about the same - effectively all Japan did was roll over the existing deal we had as EU members. Considering the quality of our negotiating team, we were lucky.
59
23/03/2021 11:10:29 14 2
bbc
The bottom line is, the UK has no natural resources so our industry is based on adding value to IMPORTED parts and materials by sticking them together and selling the result. Having a monetary policy based on evaporating debt by steady devaluation of the pound means: our imports keep getting more expensive, and the margins keep getting smaller. We're simply not competitive internationally.
61
23/03/2021 11:12:00 1 3
bbc
This.
72
23/03/2021 11:20:42 3 5
bbc
The biggest natural resource any country has is expertise. We have plenty.
193
23/03/2021 13:04:28 0 5
bbc
NO NATURAL RESOURCES?!

The UK has more oil, fresh water, minerals, wind, tidal energy, wood, coal, gas than most of Europe put together!!

We also have the best universities and education in the world.

You don't know what you are talking about.
360
23/03/2021 17:08:12 0 0
bbc
Nor have we been since the disaster of WW1. A war fought for the French.
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Dan
24/03/2021 01:03:53 0 0
bbc
Your exactly right, but I feel we have a far bigger problem coming with robotics.
60
23/03/2021 11:12:00 42 5
bbc
Great, more jobs for consultants.

Urquhart-Stewart is right about one thing, none of these Regions are going to attract investment if there is no reason for it to go there. Government must put in the infrastructure, local business plan, incentives, ensure demand, etc. to draw investment in.

Truss thinks investment magically appears, and we cannot export to markets we are already priced out of.
359
23/03/2021 17:04:03 10 5
bbc
Liz Truss embarrasses the UK on a regular basis. If you had all the Tory MPs lined up and had to pick one to be International Trade Secretary. The last one you would pick would be her.... Literally have to cringe at every speech she makes.

One of the few Tories that really scares me.

The UK is a Kakistocracy. An expert in International Trade should be International Trade Secretary.
59
23/03/2021 11:10:29 14 2
bbc
The bottom line is, the UK has no natural resources so our industry is based on adding value to IMPORTED parts and materials by sticking them together and selling the result. Having a monetary policy based on evaporating debt by steady devaluation of the pound means: our imports keep getting more expensive, and the margins keep getting smaller. We're simply not competitive internationally.
61
23/03/2021 11:12:00 1 3
bbc
This.
15
23/03/2021 10:33:13 81 33
bbc
Let's hope it's not the same skilled advisers who worked on Boris' Brexit Deal. Not sure if our economy much more Tory brilliance.
62
23/03/2021 11:12:01 37 40
bbc
Any Brexit impact has been totally blown away by Covid. The massive increase in debt will hurt us for many years.

I don't hear anything different coming out of Labour? Whats the big alternative plan?
74
23/03/2021 11:22:07 15 1
bbc
Labour are pushing the 'foundational economy'. A lot of money leaves the regions to procure goods and services from elsewhere. They are looking at how this can be done more locally. Some may call it 'protectionism', but in the face of a disinterested Westminster, I think it is quite necessary.
229
23/03/2021 13:42:25 12 0
bbc
I think you'll find the Government will blame all of the problems of Brexit on Covid.
264
23/03/2021 14:32:06 10 2
bbc
"Any Brexit impact has been totally blown away by Covid. "

Absolute nonsense. Exports went off a cliff between January and December. You clapped out clowns will believe any old nonsense from any old mediocre toff so long as they tell you its all the fault of immigrants.
399
mja
23/03/2021 19:16:45 1 0
bbc
Ah, the great Tory defence, we're sh*t but not as sh*t as the others
409
23/03/2021 19:35:31 0 0
bbc
Guy Fawkes ?
5
23/03/2021 10:22:37 53 30
bbc
Boost exports by 60%, join EU, what a no-brainer that would be (given that they're 40% down)..
63
23/03/2021 11:14:24 25 35
bbc
Exports to the EU have falling for years before Brexit. Its a low growth region with an undervalued currency. Tough to export into that environment.

The far east is where its at, all the main growth will be there, its demographics and wealth creation.
219
23/03/2021 13:27:02 11 0
bbc
And what EU laws and regulations exactly prevented us from exporting to Asia?

Asking because in 2019 Germany exported to China three times what we did.
220
23/03/2021 13:27:12 7 0
bbc
We just need to find a way to move the Far East over here so it's just that bit closer and happy days........
370
23/03/2021 17:28:21 6 0
bbc
Why don't you bother to research to see if what you are saying is true or not before posting a comment?

It is the rapid growth of (Mostly) China's trade with us for why that figure has been falling. It is NOT because of the EU failing or declining in in terms of trade in any way.

Yet again, a confused Brexiteer that doesn't understand the situation at hand and making factually incorrect claims.
64
23/03/2021 11:16:36 6 14
bbc
Another chance given by the BBC for all the negative and doomsday merchants to have their say. Any move to encourage trade is to be welcomed and encouraged. Too much anti British sentiments expressed to. If you don't like it here you can always migrate to one of your favoured destinations.
73
23/03/2021 11:21:02 3 9
bbc
Momentum are still lurking in the shadows and in Bristol in plain sight. Ready to create chaos and sow the seeds of discontent.

They have no answers of course, only whinging, like comrade Corbyn.
84
23/03/2021 11:22:55 2 1
bbc
Ermm, who was here first...?
91
23/03/2021 11:31:57 4 1
bbc
Perhaps you should emigrate to a country where the state broadcaster is full of good news.

Such as North Korea.
125
23/03/2021 12:03:55 5 2
bbc
We can't even trade profitably with N.Ireland...

That's not negative and doomsday... just the product of Tory business policy in action.
65
23/03/2021 11:16:41 39 12
bbc
where are the trade deals that were ready and waiting for the UK after brexit. more tory lies
32
23/03/2021 10:52:41 46 11
bbc
What is the point of trade hubs if we don't manufacture anything to trade? 80% of the UK economy is derived from Financial Services with the remaining 20% coming from Manufacturing & Agriculture. We should learn from the EU; at least 50% of all car components on imported cars to be manufactured in UK or ALL cars to be assembled in UK. Same for White Goods.
66
23/03/2021 11:16:44 3 3
bbc
Educate yourself Grumpy old man, as they say these days. No where near 80% financial services, if it was, we would all be much better off, since we are so good at them.
67
23/03/2021 11:17:21 8 4
bbc
sounds like creating jobs for tory donors
68
23/03/2021 11:17:49 3 1
bbc
In the UK we have created a system of very lazy capitalism,

Direct nvestment has been lost to the Regions as investment in easy asset profit has been incentivised through measures such as QE to banks, cuts to CGT and CT, stamp duty holidays, etc.

The real problem is how do you now extract the vast amount of capital that resides in asset investment back into the real economy.
90
23/03/2021 11:30:12 5 1
bbc
"how do you now extract the vast amount of capital that resides in asset investment back into the real economy."

By making it profitable to do so.

You'll know if it happens: JRM< Ratcliffe, Dyson and the rest of the "patriotic" Brexiters will start bringing their money home from abroad.

Don't hold your breath.
53
23/03/2021 11:06:16 67 84
bbc
isn't it boring when remoaners are still whining about Brexit ????
Get over it, its happened now move on & stop living in the past.
69
23/03/2021 11:18:31 34 8
bbc
https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/nationalaccounts/balanceofpayments/bulletins/uktrade/january2021

'Exports of goods fell by £5.3 billion (19.3%) in January 2021, because of a £5.6 billion (40.7%) fall in exports to the EU.'

This is just the start.

Can you blame people for 'living in the past'? They weren't facing bankruptcy then...
203
23/03/2021 13:18:03 3 3
bbc
How can a fall of £5.3bn result from a fall of £5.6bn in exports to the EU?
There was a significant reduction in imports from the EU, which improved our trade balance.
None of this has much to do with the introduction of 4 'trade hubs', which will be disseminating information that is already freely available.
Removed
30
23/03/2021 10:49:16 29 17
bbc
A Tory trading hub in Scotland?

The Scots tell the Tories to "do one" again and again at the ballot box.

But they never listen.

They just never know when they are not wanted.
71
23/03/2021 11:19:00 10 10
bbc
Are you saying abandon the Union?

The SNP might not want tory interference, but they are very happy to take UK money to cover up for their pitiful financial record.

People voted recently to stay in the UK, so this is 100% the right thing to do.
99
23/03/2021 11:43:18 10 5
bbc
"[Scottish] People voted recently to stay in the UK, so this is 100% the right thing to do."

Bribery. One of the Tories' few skills.
112
23/03/2021 11:52:48 6 6
bbc
They also reluctantly pay more in tax to England than they get back in return. Just saying.
59
23/03/2021 11:10:29 14 2
bbc
The bottom line is, the UK has no natural resources so our industry is based on adding value to IMPORTED parts and materials by sticking them together and selling the result. Having a monetary policy based on evaporating debt by steady devaluation of the pound means: our imports keep getting more expensive, and the margins keep getting smaller. We're simply not competitive internationally.
72
23/03/2021 11:20:42 3 5
bbc
The biggest natural resource any country has is expertise. We have plenty.
87
23/03/2021 11:34:23 6 2
bbc
Really.

In spite of declining levels of UK investment in education, R&D, we do still produce a lot of talent.

The problem is a lot of it doesn't stay here through lack of opportunity and a Regime that tells us experts are useless!
64
23/03/2021 11:16:36 6 14
bbc
Another chance given by the BBC for all the negative and doomsday merchants to have their say. Any move to encourage trade is to be welcomed and encouraged. Too much anti British sentiments expressed to. If you don't like it here you can always migrate to one of your favoured destinations.
73
23/03/2021 11:21:02 3 9
bbc
Momentum are still lurking in the shadows and in Bristol in plain sight. Ready to create chaos and sow the seeds of discontent.

They have no answers of course, only whinging, like comrade Corbyn.
126
23/03/2021 12:04:16 4 1
bbc
I thought it may have been Right Wing not Left Wing, but I do not think that will be brought out in the light.
62
23/03/2021 11:12:01 37 40
bbc
Any Brexit impact has been totally blown away by Covid. The massive increase in debt will hurt us for many years.

I don't hear anything different coming out of Labour? Whats the big alternative plan?
74
23/03/2021 11:22:07 15 1
bbc
Labour are pushing the 'foundational economy'. A lot of money leaves the regions to procure goods and services from elsewhere. They are looking at how this can be done more locally. Some may call it 'protectionism', but in the face of a disinterested Westminster, I think it is quite necessary.
75
23/03/2021 11:22:10 2 1
bbc
Justin how did you spot the gap ?
53
23/03/2021 11:06:16 67 84
bbc
isn't it boring when remoaners are still whining about Brexit ????
Get over it, its happened now move on & stop living in the past.
76
23/03/2021 11:15:33 31 8
bbc
"52% vs 48% would be unfinished business" - Nigel Farage.

And so it is.

It's Brexiters who are living in the past, and your refusal to move on has cost Britain dear.
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Dan
24/03/2021 00:54:54 4 0
bbc
Yes us exporters are moving on setting up factories in the eu and taking jobs from out homeland, with regret..
77
23/03/2021 11:22:32 3 7
bbc
The BBC pension fund investments of £50m each in Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent Holdings, 1 US, 2 Chinese has bolstered investment in UK PLC not.
When taxpayer funded organisations invest outside of UK others think why should we.
86
23/03/2021 11:27:13 5 1
bbc
After four years, my UK investment has just about covered its setting-up costs.
But the City Boys are doing nicely, thank you.
3
23/03/2021 10:20:55 8 15
bbc
No doubt this will be criticised by Welsh government in the usual way, just like freeports were
78
23/03/2021 11:23:48 6 6
bbc
Do you blame them? Freeports are merely a ruse to get round paying taxes on imports. Hence the name. How do you think government works, out of interest?...
26
23/03/2021 10:48:29 10 9
bbc
5m Labour leavers air-brushed out of history.
79
23/03/2021 11:24:17 3 2
bbc
Age does that to us all.
55
23/03/2021 11:08:04 0 2
bbc
More tax incentives for early stage investing is needed. This is a high risk activity and tax breaks can help.

But it is good news, we need to export more to the fastest growing parts of the world, which is mostly the far east.
80
23/03/2021 11:24:30 6 1
bbc
Problem is, there isn't really anything that these growing Eastern economies want from us. We've no resources, they still do need some precision engineering, but the Germans have pretty much got that covered.

Their only interest in us is as a consumer market for their exports, they can easily undercut us on manufactures on cost and economies of scale.
2
23/03/2021 10:20:41 24 11
bbc
Why did we allow the right to do this to us ?
81
23/03/2021 11:18:33 7 3
bbc
We didn't. At the last GE, 56% of us who voted, didn't vote Tory.

However, as Britain is not a democracy...
195
23/03/2021 13:09:38 4 1
bbc
More concerning is that 32.7% of the adult population didn’t bother making the effort to cast any vote; a fall of 1.5% on the previous turnout. But the U.K. is a democracy ....
11
23/03/2021 10:28:09 2 23
bbc
Get over it.
82
23/03/2021 11:19:25 7 3
bbc
Go back to St Peterburg.
83
23/03/2021 11:22:07 23 12
bbc
Wales is not a 'region'. It's a country, a nation in its own right. So is Scotland.
88
23/03/2021 11:38:20 17 12
bbc
It’s a principality.
93
23/03/2021 11:40:21 7 4
bbc
Technically Wales is a Principality, Ulster is a province & Scotland is a Kingdom but I take your pedantic point
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LEO
23/03/2021 11:46:24 8 9
bbc
Yes Wales has just under 3 million People the size of a small City ..... AND WE WANT INDEPENDENCE ..... lol
273
23/03/2021 15:14:47 0 1
bbc
For the purposes of economic planning, Wales is a region of the UK:
64
23/03/2021 11:16:36 6 14
bbc
Another chance given by the BBC for all the negative and doomsday merchants to have their say. Any move to encourage trade is to be welcomed and encouraged. Too much anti British sentiments expressed to. If you don't like it here you can always migrate to one of your favoured destinations.
84
23/03/2021 11:22:55 2 1
bbc
Ermm, who was here first...?
44
23/03/2021 11:02:21 31 43
bbc
Would that be the 'partner' who wants to stop exporting life saving vaccines to the UK???
85
23/03/2021 11:28:02 20 5
bbc
Oh, you mean the partner who has exported 10 million vaccine doses to us, and to whom we've exported nothing other than covid B.1.1.7. The 'kent' varient now 'washing' through Europe as it did through the UK in January!
353
23/03/2021 16:50:39 2 3
bbc
How many vaccines has the EU exported None Zilth Zero, An American company with a plant in Belguim has fulfilled customers orders. The UK has very little manufacturing capacity so gave the patent to make the vaccine out to multiple countries around the world.
77
23/03/2021 11:22:32 3 7
bbc
The BBC pension fund investments of £50m each in Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent Holdings, 1 US, 2 Chinese has bolstered investment in UK PLC not.
When taxpayer funded organisations invest outside of UK others think why should we.
86
23/03/2021 11:27:13 5 1
bbc
After four years, my UK investment has just about covered its setting-up costs.
But the City Boys are doing nicely, thank you.
92
23/03/2021 11:39:54 2 1
bbc
Was it all taken front end ?
72
23/03/2021 11:20:42 3 5
bbc
The biggest natural resource any country has is expertise. We have plenty.
87
23/03/2021 11:34:23 6 2
bbc
Really.

In spite of declining levels of UK investment in education, R&D, we do still produce a lot of talent.

The problem is a lot of it doesn't stay here through lack of opportunity and a Regime that tells us experts are useless!
83
23/03/2021 11:22:07 23 12
bbc
Wales is not a 'region'. It's a country, a nation in its own right. So is Scotland.
88
23/03/2021 11:38:20 17 12
bbc
It’s a principality.
98
23/03/2021 11:39:41 6 3
bbc
With a Prince in Windsor.
120
23/03/2021 12:02:31 5 7
bbc
NO IT IS NOT A PRINCIPALITY IT IS A NATION WITH THE REAL BRITISH PEOPLE THERE
89
23/03/2021 11:39:01 24 11
bbc
Truss is useless
151
23/03/2021 12:27:51 7 14
bbc
Like Welsh so called farmers who are useless at keeping the waterways unpolluted but good at getting grants and buying new 4X4's
68
23/03/2021 11:17:49 3 1
bbc
In the UK we have created a system of very lazy capitalism,

Direct nvestment has been lost to the Regions as investment in easy asset profit has been incentivised through measures such as QE to banks, cuts to CGT and CT, stamp duty holidays, etc.

The real problem is how do you now extract the vast amount of capital that resides in asset investment back into the real economy.
90
23/03/2021 11:30:12 5 1
bbc
"how do you now extract the vast amount of capital that resides in asset investment back into the real economy."

By making it profitable to do so.

You'll know if it happens: JRM< Ratcliffe, Dyson and the rest of the "patriotic" Brexiters will start bringing their money home from abroad.

Don't hold your breath.
64
23/03/2021 11:16:36 6 14
bbc
Another chance given by the BBC for all the negative and doomsday merchants to have their say. Any move to encourage trade is to be welcomed and encouraged. Too much anti British sentiments expressed to. If you don't like it here you can always migrate to one of your favoured destinations.
91
23/03/2021 11:31:57 4 1
bbc
Perhaps you should emigrate to a country where the state broadcaster is full of good news.

Such as North Korea.
86
23/03/2021 11:27:13 5 1
bbc
After four years, my UK investment has just about covered its setting-up costs.
But the City Boys are doing nicely, thank you.
92
23/03/2021 11:39:54 2 1
bbc
Was it all taken front end ?
123
23/03/2021 11:55:50 2 1
bbc
Of course. And there are ongoing platform charges, adviser charges, and any other charges they can dream up but try not to tell me about...
83
23/03/2021 11:22:07 23 12
bbc
Wales is not a 'region'. It's a country, a nation in its own right. So is Scotland.
93
23/03/2021 11:40:21 7 4
bbc
Technically Wales is a Principality, Ulster is a province & Scotland is a Kingdom but I take your pedantic point
Wales is a Nation we have our own Language and Traditions, the English should go back to Schleswig Holstein Removed
133
23/03/2021 11:59:56 9 3
bbc
British nationalists are good at coming up with their own technicalites and gerrymandered political solutions to suit their own ;-)
94
23/03/2021 11:41:55 9 6
bbc
I wish to report that the BBC has become Racist by calling NI Wales and Scotland Regions, they are Nations, smacks of English bias and crap , and a kick in the teeth for Devolution, this Government will reap a bitter harvest with this load of tripe.
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LEO
23/03/2021 11:45:06 2 7
bbc
You are correct ... apart from compromising Devolution, ........... the woefully inadequate Politicians have done that all on their own ( except NI )
191
23/03/2021 13:02:55 5 1
bbc
NI is not a nation.
It's 6/9th's of the ancient Province of Ulster.
95
LEO
23/03/2021 11:42:53 2 13
bbc
VIVA LIZ >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Possibly a future PM
117
23/03/2021 11:59:18 9 2
bbc
Trouble with Liz is she is Clueless!
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23/03/2021 13:20:04 3 0
bbc
Don't you think this Country has suffered enough.

All that I can see that Trust has achieved so far is to roll over EU deals, and to roll-over to whatever potential trade partners want (Japan, Brazil, etc.).
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23/03/2021 11:36:26 30 9
bbc
"Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss said on Tuesday that the hubs would be located in Edinburgh, Cardiff, Belfast and Darlington."

Nothing for the "red wall" Northern towns? Now there's a surprise (not).

And what ever did become of the Northern Powerhouse?

The Tories: gilt-edged flim-flam.
170
23/03/2021 12:43:04 14 4
bbc
Nothing for "red wall" Northern towns? Where do you think Darlington is?
298
23/03/2021 15:40:57 1 2
bbc
Gotta throw imaginary crumbs to the peasants.
333
23/03/2021 16:29:48 1 2
bbc
Basically they want to try and reinforce the Union, although I can't understand why. And Darlington? Have you ever been there?
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DSA
23/03/2021 11:43:53 4 6
bbc
Just another layer of beaurocrats and jobsworths that will consume most of the money.

Following the EU example?
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23/03/2021 11:38:20 17 12
bbc
It’s a principality.
98
23/03/2021 11:39:41 6 3
bbc
With a Prince in Windsor.
171
23/03/2021 12:30:52 3 0
bbc
And a pretender Prince at that!
71
23/03/2021 11:19:00 10 10
bbc
Are you saying abandon the Union?

The SNP might not want tory interference, but they are very happy to take UK money to cover up for their pitiful financial record.

People voted recently to stay in the UK, so this is 100% the right thing to do.
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23/03/2021 11:43:18 10 5
bbc
"[Scottish] People voted recently to stay in the UK, so this is 100% the right thing to do."

Bribery. One of the Tories' few skills.
94
23/03/2021 11:41:55 9 6
bbc
I wish to report that the BBC has become Racist by calling NI Wales and Scotland Regions, they are Nations, smacks of English bias and crap , and a kick in the teeth for Devolution, this Government will reap a bitter harvest with this load of tripe.
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LEO
23/03/2021 11:45:06 2 7
bbc
You are correct ... apart from compromising Devolution, ........... the woefully inadequate Politicians have done that all on their own ( except NI )
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23/03/2021 11:58:13 6 4
bbc
That is totally nether ends, Devolution has certainly worked in Wales and I can prove it, I am a Farmer who uses the Government in Wales for Information because I cannot get anything out of DEFRA or its Ministers, I have been given all and more in Help and assistance, with the roll out of the incompetent Brexit rules, I was a Tory for 43 years, many in Wales are like me ready to go for INDY