Theresa May - Brexit

The government is definitely saying no to a customs union

The new idea is called 'hybrid plus', and it's as ambiguous as it sounds

'Max fac' or 'hybrid plus'? You'd think we were talking about cars, but...

... we're actually talking about Brexit. The cabinet has decided not to back Theresa May's plan to propose a customs union to Brussels, and instead they're coming up with some new proposals with very questionable names to present to the EU in June.

What it means: Recap – a customs union is an agreement that would allow Britain to keep trading with EU countries without tariffs (i.e. extra taxes on British goods in EU countries) as long as Britain continued to place EU tariffs on goods from non-EU countries. Theresa May wants one, but most of the cabinet doesn't, because they say it's basically reversing Brexit.

If Amber Rudd, the former home secretary, were still around, May would probably have just managed to pass this. But her replacement, Sajid Javid, is backing the hard Brexiteers. They've come up with a model they call 'max fac', which stands for 'maximum facilitation', and apparently uses 'new technology' to make border control much easier... how, you ask? Who knows, but they're convinced it wil.

Now, May and her team are back at the drawing board, apparently coming up with a new idea called the 'hybrid plus' model which will somehow make everyone happy. If they think the high-tech sounding names are gonna fool us into thinking this whole process is super slick and smooth, well, they're wrong... nice try guys.

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  • RW

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    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).

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