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Only six weeks left for a Brexit plan

Government ministers are meeting this Friday to try and sort something out

The EU and the UK are supposed to sign off a plan for Brexit in six weeks time. Problem is, there isn't one.

What it means: Leading government ministers are all meeting on Friday to try and come up with something to present to the EU.

Theresa May wants to convince them of a 'Norway-style' agreement, with the UK aligned with EU rules on trading manufacturing and agricultural goods, but not services.

The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, and International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, have hinted in the past week that if deadlines aren't met, the transition period (the time for governments to prepare the implementation of whatever's been agreed) may need to be extended... but 30 MPs delivered a letter to Theresa May saying she shouldn't allow that to happen, and must 'stand firm'.

The EU isn't going to make it is easy for the UK – they've said several times they're not keen on anything that feels like a 'cherry-picked' plan where the UK picks the bits of the single market it likes, and leaves the bits it doesn't (like free movement of people).

The UK and the EU have said they're preparing for what could happen if they can't agree on anything at all, and the UK ends up trading with the EU like any other country, without any special arrangements.

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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?