When Rees-Mogg (who is in all our hearts) was asked what EU regs he would abolish first, he said the Working Time Regs. These give employees & workers the right to paid holidays & limit their working week to 48 hours.

OK, say we do that & start putting ..
.. people on 70 hour weeks with no holidays. That will reduce costs & make our goods more competitive. Great! We can now show up in Europe with our cheaper goods & put them out of business. It can’t fail!

The only flaw I can see is if the EU sees through our cunning ..
.. plan & slaps a tariff on our widgets. Those bastards will stop at nothing to keep their corrupt show on the road. Or, ahead of this predictable scenario, they might insist on a level playing field, which means we don’t abolish the working time regs.

But that means we ..
.. have to obey EU law! The bastards again!! And very probably, if there’s an argument about what some pettifogging rule means, the ECJ will have to decide it. Otherwise, we’ll end up with conflicting case law & 2 sets of regs!

They thought of everything! They are clearly ..
.. dealing IN BAD FAITH & it must be stopped!

We might also want to bung a few quid to Nissan to stop them buggering off. Whose business is that but ours? If it makes their cars more competitive well, capitalism is a tough sport & the EU will have to suck on it. Except ..
.. they probably won’t, slapping on tariffs again with characteristic perfidy.

The bad faith of the EU should be obvious to all from this tweet alone. As cokehead himself says, not just Labour but all of us are OBLIGED to support the govt. Anything else is treason.

Finally, ..
.. we want to continue laundering money & allowing offshore holdings & tax free jurisdictions to proliferate. Once more, wrecking our public finances, infusing society with corruption & magnifying social injustice is OUR BUSINESS!! but I bet the frogs & krauts are already ..
.. scheming to butt their noses in, just like with everything else.

What are we to do? We must have our country back! Two fingers to the EU!!

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