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    Quote Originally Posted by Itiken View Post
    Good news everyone. No more covid scrounging for Poors.
    Predicting the sort of chaos created by everyone rushing to order their testing kits before the deadline that "nobody could have predicted"

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    Dover MP joins in with the chant of "shame on you" at a P&O mass sackings protest, before realising it's aimed at her:



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    My Wife now has her victorious GOOD HONEST BLUE PASSPORT





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    locking again cos you're all getting weird and being autists about tyres

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    Quote Originally Posted by whispous View Post
    My Wife now has her victorious GOOD HONEST BLUE made in France PASSPORT





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    nevar forget

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    hahahahaha



    Quote Originally Posted by teds :D View Post
    locking again cos you're all getting weird and being autists about tyres

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    TBF De LA Rue also make all our cash notes too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duckslayer View Post
    TBF De LA Rue also make all our cash notes too.
    De La Rue don't make your or any passports and aren't French but from Basingstoke.

    The passports are made by Gemalto/Thales DIS.
    nevar forget

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    Vive la Fakefrance!

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    Sparkling Passports?

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    The new "blue" Brexit dividend passports aren't even blue, they are frigging black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaftoes View Post
    The new "blue" Brexit dividend passports aren't even blue, they are frigging black.
    It seems to be black; but if you look closely, you'll see it's really, really, really, really, really dark blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lancehot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Shaftoes View Post
    The new "blue" Brexit dividend passports aren't even blue, they are frigging black.
    It seems to be black; but if you look closely, you'll see it's really, really, really, really, really dark blue.

    Never buy black passports in a normal shop. They'll shaft you every time.

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    Brexit blamed as UK misses out on global trade rebound
    Britain’s 14 per cent fall in goods exports stands in contrast to 8.2 per cent rise for rest of the world
    https://www.ft.com/content/021c629d-...0-ab5f0eb65a35

    UK goods exports have underperformed the rest of the world in what experts said was a sign that Brexit might be limiting the country’s trade performance. The volume of UK goods exports fell 14 per cent in the three months to January compared with the same period in 2020, before the pandemic, according to the world trade monitor published on Friday by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, known as the CPB. This was in stark contrast to the global average of an 8.2 per cent rise over the same period.

    The data, which incorporates Office for National Statistics data for the UK, also showed that Britain compared poorly with the performance of all advanced countries where goods exports rose 5 per cent. The analysis also showed that the UK was underperforming over the long term as it was the only country tracked by the CPB where goods exports remained below the 2010 average. “While most other advanced economies have seen a strong recovery in trade, UK exports remain below pre-pandemic levels,” said Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London.



    Earlier this week, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that UK trade “lagged behind the domestic economic recovery” and had “missed out on much of the recovery in global trade . . . suggesting that Brexit may have been a factor”. As a result, the UK has become a less trade-intensive economy, which was expected to knock out 4 per cent of its productivity over the next 15 years, it added. The OBR noted that “none of the new free trade agreements or other regulatory changes announced so far would be sufficient” to have a material impact on its forecasts for UK trade. It has estimated that leaving the EU would result in the total UK imports and exports being 15 per cent lower than if Britain had remained part of the EU.



    Earlier in the month, Michael Saunders, external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee said that Brexit had “reduced the economy’s openness, in trade and labour mobility”, which lowered the extent to which capacity pressures could be eased by imports and immigration. A fortnightly ONS survey published on Thursday showed that more than half of UK businesses that had changed their supply chain had switched to more domestic sourcing since the end of the Brexit transition period in January 2021.

    Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital Economics, said the UK trade data was complicated by changes in methodologies but “the bigger picture [was] that exports [were] still struggling to recover from Brexit and the pandemic”. Gabriella Dickens, economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, backed the OBR’s view that UK trade would remain “weak” in the medium term. “Exports growth looks set to remain sluggish,” she said, as UK exporters continued “to be slowly cut out of global supply chains, due to the extra administrative burden for EU firms of sourcing goods from Britain”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    Brexit blamed as UK misses out on global trade rebound
    Britain’s 14 per cent fall in goods exports stands in contrast to 8.2 per cent rise for rest of the world
    https://www.ft.com/content/021c629d-...0-ab5f0eb65a35

    UK goods exports have underperformed the rest of the world in what experts said was a sign that Brexit might be limiting the country’s trade performance. The volume of UK goods exports fell 14 per cent in the three months to January compared with the same period in 2020, before the pandemic, according to the world trade monitor published on Friday by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, known as the CPB. This was in stark contrast to the global average of an 8.2 per cent rise over the same period.

    The data, which incorporates Office for National Statistics data for the UK, also showed that Britain compared poorly with the performance of all advanced countries where goods exports rose 5 per cent. The analysis also showed that the UK was underperforming over the long term as it was the only country tracked by the CPB where goods exports remained below the 2010 average. “While most other advanced economies have seen a strong recovery in trade, UK exports remain below pre-pandemic levels,” said Jonathan Portes, professor of economics at King’s College London.



    Earlier this week, the Office for Budget Responsibility warned that UK trade “lagged behind the domestic economic recovery” and had “missed out on much of the recovery in global trade . . . suggesting that Brexit may have been a factor”. As a result, the UK has become a less trade-intensive economy, which was expected to knock out 4 per cent of its productivity over the next 15 years, it added. The OBR noted that “none of the new free trade agreements or other regulatory changes announced so far would be sufficient” to have a material impact on its forecasts for UK trade. It has estimated that leaving the EU would result in the total UK imports and exports being 15 per cent lower than if Britain had remained part of the EU.



    Earlier in the month, Michael Saunders, external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee said that Brexit had “reduced the economy’s openness, in trade and labour mobility”, which lowered the extent to which capacity pressures could be eased by imports and immigration. A fortnightly ONS survey published on Thursday showed that more than half of UK businesses that had changed their supply chain had switched to more domestic sourcing since the end of the Brexit transition period in January 2021.

    Paul Dales, chief UK economist at Capital Economics, said the UK trade data was complicated by changes in methodologies but “the bigger picture [was] that exports [were] still struggling to recover from Brexit and the pandemic”. Gabriella Dickens, economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, backed the OBR’s view that UK trade would remain “weak” in the medium term. “Exports growth looks set to remain sluggish,” she said, as UK exporters continued “to be slowly cut out of global supply chains, due to the extra administrative burden for EU firms of sourcing goods from Britain”.
    No, because Boris got Brexit Done. See? Done, as in you can't mention it now other than it being done, no sense crying over spilt milk. Not that it's spilt, but it's definitely British milk!
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    UK postponing plans to give workers the right to flexible employment
    Officials say the bill that would have included the measure is unlikely to be included in May’s Queen Speech

    https://www.ft.com/content/5d7d164b-...c-350d07317e89

    The UK is postponing plans to give workers in Britain the right to flexible employment in a move that prompted a backlash from trade unions and the opposition Labour party. The Conservative party promised in its 2019 election manifesto to “encourage flexible working and consult on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to”, an issue which has become more pressing since the pandemic.

    But a long-awaited employment bill, which would have included the flexible working commitment, is not expected to be included in May’s Queen’s Speech, according to government officials. “No. Not everything we want to do can we find space for in one season, we can’t do everything we want to do immediately,” one official said when asked if the bill was likely to be in the speech.

    Jonathan Reynolds, shadow business secretary, said that in the wake of P&O Ferries firing 800 staff without consultation last month it was even more important for ministers to tighten employment law. It would be “extraordinary” if the government shelved the proposed employment bill, he said. Workers already have the right to “request” flexible working if they have worked for the same employer for 26 weeks but the government has not specified what would constitute “good reasons” for employers to block requests.

    The employment bill was proposed in the Queen’s Speech three years ago after anger over working conditions in factories and warehouses in the UK. The bill aimed to give more predictable contracts, a single agency to enforce worker rights, protection for pregnant employees as well as making flexible working the default option. The latter issue has become increasingly important in the past year as more employees have sought to agree with their bosses flexible working conditions such as working from home at least some of the time during the pandemic and as it has eased.

    Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, which represents many British unions, said the decision to postpone the legislation was a “betrayal of working people”. “What happened at P&O should have marked a turning point for workers’ rights. But by abandoning the employment bill, the government is sending a message that it is happy for rogue employers to treat staff like dirt. Ann Francke, head of the Chartered Management Institute, an industry body, said that legislation was important to “anchor rights to modern day working practices”. “Many parts of the bill have risen to even greater prominence in the pandemic, making the rights to a modern workplace more important for marginalised groups such as women, and those from poorer backgrounds and ethnic minorities,” she said. “This is exactly the sort of legislation we need to build back better and level up the UK.”

    However, three people familiar with the thinking within the Cabinet Office said that officials were not progressing work on the bill, making its inclusion in the Queen’s Speech this year unlikely at best. Downing Street is understood to have overruled the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which had been pushing the legislation. A government spokesperson did not deny that the bill would be shelved from the Queen’s Speech but added that ministers were committed to “ensuring workers’ rights are robustly protected while also fostering a dynamic and flexible labour market.” Dom Hallas, head of Coadec, the trade group that represents tech firms and start-ups, said: “For the gig economy start-ups that we work with, the gaps in employment law are becoming an increasing challenge. New models require new solutions. The worst of all worlds is what we see today, de facto rules developed by lengthy, costly and fraught court battles.”

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    The UK will issue an official NFT (sigh)
    https://www.engadget.com/uk-royal-mi...151253882.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    The UK will issue an official NFT (sigh)
    https://www.engadget.com/uk-royal-mi...151253882.html
    Might as well do a rugpull too.
    "Holy shit, I ask you to stop being autistic and you debate what autistic is." - spasm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordstern View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    The UK will issue an official NFT (sigh)
    https://www.engadget.com/uk-royal-mi...151253882.html
    Might as well do a rugpull too.
    I thought they already did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overspark View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nordstern View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    The UK will issue an official NFT (sigh)
    https://www.engadget.com/uk-royal-mi...151253882.html
    Might as well do a rugpull too.
    I thought they already did.
    Yeah, UK messed up the action plan of the typical exit scam by doing the exit before the scam.

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