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Tuesday, 2 May 2017
EU Trade negotiations.
With the UK still by far the biggest world-wide consumer of French Champagne (the UK drinks well over 31 Million bottles annually), one has to ask the question "How would its producers react to Britain's exclusion from the EU's 'single market', if Brussels was to play silly buggers?".
International trade is reciprocal; you buy this from me, I'll buy that from you. This applies to cars and cheese, just as it does to Champagne, and if the European market was closed to a non-EU-member such as the UK, then presumably the UK markets would in turn be closed to them. Can you imagine the wrath of Champagne producers if Brussels caused their sales to be decimated. French shotguns and muck lorries would rightly storm the Elysée Palace.
The EU has too much to lose to make irrational decisions. The EU's economy is not the best, whereas the UK has the world's 5th strongest. If VW, Audi, Mercedes, Peugeot, Fiat, Porsche, Renault, Citroen, or even Ferrari no longer had access to the UK market, they wouldn't be too happy.
So, watch your step Junkers, and tell that Matron Merkel to keep her jealousy under control; she's been making some very dangerous pronouncements recently. Bad decisions have a nasty way of bouncing back on you. The UK can just as easily buy their Fizz from the USA or Oz, and in fact the UK herself produces some of the world's finest!
As for paying the EU's £52 Billion exit fee; I think this could be paid, but only after receiving an Access Fee of £55 Billion from the EU to trade with a non-EU Britain. What's good for the Goose....
Come on Mrs May; get your bloody iron-fisted negotiating act together, and make sure they understand what they'd be missing out on, should their exports be in any way blocked by an independent UK.
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