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  1. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    That was in response to me, and it was meant as some sort of low-blow to make himself look like a hard worker in a presumable attempt to make me look like a shit one, without realising what I do and when I am asked to do it. We all owe him some sort of favour for... What? Working? I'm a bit disappointed that this is transpiring in this way because somebody says something and, when questioned, gets defensive. Even after the two occasions where he mentioned his family in a way to demean or jibe at me, I genuinely wished him and his family well, whatever happened with Brexit (remember - he was talking about his family, not me!), and yet he has done nothing but behave defensively and irrationally to virtually every question posed to him that he doesn't like to debate. I've mentioned my family in this thread on a number of occasions, but only ever to outline the huge concerns we face with the uncertainty that we've been facing. I wouldn't then expect nobody to mention them from the opposite side of the debate if they had a genuine point to make. That's half the point of a message board! But most of all, I think the way that chaddy has put gumboots in a guilty light is shameful. Gumboots is one of the most respectfully posters around, and I've seen what has been posted, and can see absolutely no justification for the post above from our shiny new moderator. I'm not meaning to give anybody a hard time, but you've got this wrong on all levels, and I seriously hope that political bias isn't part of the judgment here. It's probably time to clean the thread. πŸ˜„ And ban the dissidents. 🀐
  2. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    You used your kids for some argument to make you look good a couple of weeks ago, so you can't blame somebody else for bringing something into the debate when you did it first.
  3. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Isn't that exactly what the Benn Act is there to do - to protect us all from a no-deal Brexit, and pressure the government into actually getting a deal?
  4. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Because of reports like this that indicate Johnson would struggle to get a majority for it; and it is far from that stage as it is, because he needs to get the EU to agree to it, which they certainly don't look like doing at the moment.
  5. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Did you mean to say proposal, rather than deal? The only deal that has ever been agreed with the EU so far is Theresa May's. Based on news reports, the EU will not be agreeing to Johnson's proposal in its current state, and it hasn't gone down too well in the Commons, either.
  6. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    There are still plenty of concerns: the ever-decreasing exchange rate; healthcare; driving licence; how my clients and pool of work will be affected by confidence in the market (my job and income are fully immersed in the UK economy, so I have the same concerns as anybody else living in the UK in that regard). But for the purpose of today, those problems seem to pale into insignificance, because the biggest unknown (residential status protection) can be pencilled off.
  7. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Back in March, the Embassy here held a meeting to discuss Brexit and what the situation for us (British citizens in Croatia) was. It was held just a week and a half before we were due to leave the EU. The best way I can describe that meeting was a shrugging of shoulders from the Ambassador and his team (not their faults, of course, although they made that plainly clear from the outset), and being loosely advised to spend the next eleven days doing whatever you can to prepare for being a third-country national. While that might sound like nothing, I can tell you that there are some huge legalities surrounding that - health insurance, work permission, residency permission, driving licence validity (requiring an international permit and issues surrounding insurance validity), and so on - all things that, overnight, would become null and void if you became a third-country national. I can't tell you what a panic-moment it was when the answers surrounding residential permits was that "we are still discussing it, but we're not sure". Most EU member states had already declared their positions by that time, but Croatia officially hadn't. Coming home from that meeting and explaining it to my wife was a low-point in my life, because those of us who had only just started to invest invest their livelihoods and hearts here in the last few years hadn't got a clue what was going to happen to our privileges in just over ten days' time. The absolute relief of the Brexit extension at that time was... I can't describe it in any other way than surfacing from the water just to grab some air. All of this in the midst of carrying on with work, keeping face with the kids and pretending as though nothing is going on (what would they understand anyway?), dealing with a plummeting exchange rate and having to transfer more and more money over just to keep up with things... I never really understood the term "saving face" before, but I think it hit home during those weeks. Back then, and even now, we (British citizens in Croatia and the EU) are genuinely are at the mercy of the Croatian authorities when it comes to what they want to do with us; we can do nothing other than attend these official gatherings, listen to what information they do or don't have, subscribe to certain pages on gov.uk, and be informed what the intentions of the Croatian government are. It's a complete emotional ride that you have little clue as to where it's going. Things took a turn for the better tonight. I attended another meeting tonight held by the Embassy, and the contrast - at least for my personal situation - is stark compared to what it was six months ago. There is a lot more knowledge about what the situation is under a no-deal Brexit, simply because time has passed in which to take those things that were just an afterthought back in March into full discussions and agreements in October. I feel nothing but utter relief after being informed that, not only will our temporary residency permits and privileges be honoured for their original duration of our residency permits, but within 12-months of a no-deal Brexit, I can go to the local authorities and turn my temporary residency into a residency permit that would take me up to the eligibility of a permanent residency, due to having family here without my own Croatian citizenship. That is the ONE thing I have been dying for during the last three years, and it's extremely hard to type this without a release of huge emotion of the worry and stress about it over the last three years! ☺️ It will not stop my concern over the years ahead when it comes to the economy, but having bored many Leavers with concern and frustration about this priority issue, it can now be consigned to the dustbin of history, and feels like... no... it IS... a huge consolation!... That at least I will face life WITH my family AND with some peace of mind! THANK YOU CROATIA! ❀️
  8. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Because there are allegations that he stole around Β£150k taxpayers money and simply gave it to his lover?
  9. OnePhilT

    Luton Town home

    I think we'll improve on last season's position and points tally, but losing twice at home against newly-promoted teams means we won't be near contention for promotion this season. Patience required - if there is any at all.
  10. OnePhilT

    Luton Town home

    Hmm... We could have done with a few more points on the road. 🀨
  11. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    I didn't realise how bad that looked when I first wrote it... Oops πŸ˜†
  12. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Whatever mud you think is on JC, nothing compares to a law-breaking BJ.
  13. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    Close your eyes, walk off the edge of that cliff, and who knows, there might be a soft bouncy castle at the bottom and a pot of gold sticking out of a unicorn's arse, with Willy Wonka prancing next to a chocolate river surrounded by candy canes and lollipop plants! Close your eyes, walk off the edge of that cliff, and statistically, there's about a 99% chance that you'll splatter on a rock, die, or at best, be a vegetable for the rest of your life. Project fear! When people expect you to have faith and "try to be positive", based on absolutely no facts whatsoever... 😬 It's a sin to be a realist these days.
  14. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    I'm not sure that's true. I'm aware of some some Leave voters who have changed their minds since the referendum, but I think a huge amount of Leave voters are absolutely prepared to have an economic downturn for the sake of "taking back control". While I think it's madness, there is not point in trying to change their minds; they simply won't. They're actually fully aware of the economic difficulties, but I just don't think it will hit home until... it hits home.
  15. OnePhilT

    Brexit

    You're aware that President Johnson completely bypassed his cabinet on this, aren't you? Surely that can't be condoned when deceit (to the monarch!) is involved. In fact, it's not just a matter of condoning, it's a matter of breaking the law! While you'd think that a Prime Minister should be the first person in the country to act by the rule of law, that this particular one needs keeping in check by a court is astonishing. No Prime Minister - under ANY circumstance - should be contravening the law of the land. Parliament is not above the law, nor those who seek up to uphold it. And it's quite a piss-take to say Parliament when it's quite clearly Johnson and a few ERG members.
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