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Airbus is considering leaving the UK (taking at least 14,000 jobs with it)

The uncertainty of it all is just too risky, the CEO says

EU citizens might be breathing a sigh of relief at today's Brexit news, but meanwhile the chief of Airbus has had enough of it all – he says the company's out.

What it means: Airbus employs 14,000 people in the UK, with another 110,000 jobs with other companies relying on supplying the firm.

They're not happy with how Brexit is going, and have published a statement saying that if the UK leaves the customs union and single market (the arrangements where trade can carry on without any additional taxes, or 'tariffs'), without an agreement, they'e going to 'reconsider' their investments here.

The cost of having to readjust all their logistics and standards would be too much of a risk for the company, the CEO said. Politicians are saying this should make the Brexit negotiators sit up and get on with it, at risk of the country losing tens of thousands of high-skilled, well-paid jobs.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?