UK will need interim EU deal before Brexit, says ex-Foreign Office chief | Politics | The Guardian

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This is an interesting read in the Guardian citing ex-Foreign Office chief. Sir Simon Fraser says short-term deal will be necessary even if Brexit is negotiated within two years of triggering article 50,

Source: UK will need interim EUthe  deal before Brexit, says ex-Foreign Office chief | Politics | The Guardian

For me the critical part was:

His assumption was that the government would negotiate “some sort of continuation of our current access to the single market, rather than the negotiation of a completely new agreement and arrangement.”

This would mean that the posturing towards the right-wing and hard immigration controls would be conceded after a couple of years of financial pressure. So perhaps not such a Hard-Brexit?

Thoughts?

 

Opinion – How reliant is Britain on EU migrant workers? – The Conversation – John Gelmini

Dr Alf probably knows that EU workers are concentrated in areas of the economy such as agriculture, hospitality and tourism, where unproductive and often lazy British workers do not want to work and would rather turn to the dole or operate in the Black Economy.

Brexit was partially about the concentrations of such workers, in places like Huntingdon and Peterborough, and the ownership by Poles of recruitment agencies that primarily deal with Eastern Europeans and do not deal with UK workers because employers locally do not want them. Much of the objections to Remain were not really about sovereignty at all but were a backlash against the Government’s supine approach to radical Muslims, rogue mosques and the lax approach to border controls which has seen the number of illegal immigrants swell to more than 8 million. Hospitals, sink schools and local authority Social Services Departments rely on a mixture of EU migration and the importation of Indian doctors, plus and people from Africa to undertake workloads that the indigenous population is currently not able to handle. The issue is about productivity or lack of it from UK workers, the fact that it has fallen to 46% in the private sector and less than 37% in the public sector.

With fat cat pay for bosses, it is difficult to persuade people to do a fair days work so the politicians have until now chosen to sidestep the issue. Until they confront it, Dr Alf is right to say that there is little alternative to further immigration, but confront it they must otherwise we will have a population of 80 million people and rising but not enough infrastructure to support it.

Tough measures are needed:
1) Link fat cat pay to monitorable performance and end rewards for failure.
2) Bring Sir Philip Green to heel by compelling his wife to fund the BHS pension funds from which he clearly borrowed money before selling BHS to bankrupt and scoundrel Dominic Chappell for £1 GBP–Sir Philip runs all his other businesses very well so he knew or must have known the true financial state of BHS before he unloaded it.
3)Try Dominic Chappell for fraud
4)End the NHS, MOD revolving door; privatise the BBC
5)Fire striking train drivers, tube drivers and postal staff and legislate against strikes in essential public services.
Replace them with people made redundant from the Army and the Reserves until these essential public services can be automated
6)Insist on higher productivity for UK workers and make it harder for sacked workers who have lost their jobs for laziness or lack of productivity to get dole so quickly or at the same level Worker productivity at the Port Talbot steelworks has risen by 40% since the plant was threatened with closure and it has actually made a small profit while the talks between Mittal and Thyssen Krupp continue so with shock treatment British workers can be shocked out of their torpor but the political will has to be there and the political class have to lead by example.

John Gelmini