I reckon Ireland & UK should agree Irish Unity with a citizens exchange programme.
Those loyalists that want to be English can swap passports & homes with an English counterpart that would prefer an Irish passport/citizenshp & home in Ireland.
I'm up for it 🤪

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9 Apr
The saga continues

“It’s a *just-in-time industry*; you can’t send mussels on long journeys and you cannot airfreight the volumes we deal with, which is why we had to depurate them in the Netherlands, closer to final market.”
Last week, Mr Eustice suggested to a select committee meeting of MPs that the EC was to blame, claiming it had changed its rules in February in a “manner than basically ends the trade”.
However, documents provided by Defra appeared to show this was not the case,
the department confirming to UK businesses in December that exports of Class B LBMs were prohibited by EU law. But Defra’s head of aquatic animal health policy, Birgit Oidtmann, said in 2019 that, under a no-deal “UK mussel producers will still be able to export
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9 Apr
1/ countries have market standards 2/ countries may open their market to outsiders but they must meet their standards. This requires border controls as outsiders are outside the reach of the importing country's authority.This requires a lot of experienced staff and infrastructure
inspection holding sheds etc to ensure compliance before releasing onto the market.
3/ countries that do this will also encourage or discourage their businesses buying from outsiders by applying taxes on what they bring into the country.
If a member of the WTO there'll be a limit as to how much they can discourage with a members' agreed ceiling on the tax. This to prevent the trade wars of history. Tax (tariff) can be zero if the full origins of the goods can be proven to be from the country the agreement is with
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8 Apr
The dearth of tonnage of all sizes means there are virtually *no container vessels open in Europe at the moment* so should the backlog of Suez-delayed cargo hitting Europe from this weekend not be discharged at nominated ports, the scarcity of feeder vessels available to assist
the relay operation could mean significant delays for shippers.
The only factor preventing charter rates from going even higher – for example the New ConTex index is up 170% year on year – is that there are hardly any vessels to broker.
One shipbroker source told The Loadstar this week he was confident he could achieve “well over” $40,000 a day for 4,000 teu panamax.“The sky’s the limit, if we get a sniff of an open panamax,” he said. These rates a far cry from sub-economic $5,000 per day lows of a few years ago
Read 4 tweets
5 Apr
From a friend "Its not just general Antiques. Its anything 2nd hand. The Vinyl record fairs are in same boat. Utrecht fair would attract 40,000 visitors. With 1000 dealers. Many from UK. Imagine having a van with 10,000 records onboad going to the Netherlands, totally impossible"
Read 4 tweets
4 Apr
Question. If you are an EU buyer would you prefer to place an order wait a short time & pay...
or place an order; get involved with customs declarations; have to pay VAT & duty over an unexpected rules of origin issue;
and with proof of market compliance (health) certificates &
potential rejection after inspections at the border; wait a (variable, even considerable, but definite) longer time ..*and* pay more?
UK buyer doesn't yet have these same NTBs to trade with counterpart EU suppliers as UK Gov too afraid of (shortages & empty shelves) consequences
An actual UK Gov policy of favouring EU suppliers over its own UK suppliers...& the world's smugglers using EU transit routes.
If/when the UK buyers do face the same (TCA) increased barriers to trade they will have far less choice (much smaller internal market choice to turn to)
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31 Mar
"The commission have now amended their import rules, without scientific or technical justification. Effectively, they have changed the law to justify their position in blocking the trade"
As is their right. Pity GB not inside/part of the market anymore. (NI is of course) & if so
@MPGeorgeEustice are all non EU/EEA/3rd country shellfish exporters joining UK in protesting about EU changing its rules?
"On Tuesday the UK finally delivered the roadmap it had promised last December to Brussels in relation to the implementation of the Northern Ireland protocol"

Only 3 months late
Should be "interesting" !!
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