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Brexit – FAQs

Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:02
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Given that Project Fear is achieving peak risible on social media, now may be an appropriate moment to answer a few Remoaner points;

Brexit will mean Brits are banned from travelling in Europe
Brits will be able to travel in Europe visa-free but with passports, just as we have been since 1947, with stays of up to 3 months. No change.

British people will never be allowed to live abroad
Brits can live wherever they like in the world, and do. Generally one needs a source of income, health care arrangements and the consent of the country in which one wants to live. There has NEVER been an absolute, unconditional right to live in another EU country. Nor is there is a single  EU wide standard, and individual national standards are likely to remain as they are now. No change. 

Our children will be barred from the ERASMUS programme
UK access to ERASMUS will continue unconditionally until 2020. After that, the British Council, which funds and runs the UK programme, is committed to facilitating reciprocal access to Europe and the Commonwealth for young Brits. 

Our children’s access to EU universities will be restricted
This is probably a good thing if it happens but is sadly unlikely. EU universities are utterly second rate and rank way below the UK’s HE sector. The EU27 don’t have a single university in the international Top Ten; the UK has four. However, if young Tarquin is so irredeemably stupid that he can’t even get a place on the media studies course at Steeple Bumstead, I’m sure that the University of Ibiza will still give him a place on the English degree course. For a fee. 

Brexit will mean food prices will rise
The EU is deeply protectionist and maintains high food prices to ensure good incomes for EU farmers; imports to the EU are therefore heavily taxed. After Brexit it’s entirely up to the UK whether to maintain these trade barriers or not – though there are implications for UK farm incomes if we scrap them. Whatever, the UK government will have its hands on the levers that determine retail food prices – and you can be reasonably certain that they will ensure no overall price rise, though the mix and origin of the nation’s shopping basket may change. 

The NHS will collapse after Brexit without EU staff
Simply, Bollocks. See the NHS’ own breakdown of staff origin. Many EU staff who have gone home since 2016 – a small part of a small part of total staff – have done so because the £ used to buy €1.40 but now only buys €1.12. That’s quite a drop in incentive for a Polish nurse working in the SE and also having to pay rent. EU churn will be compensated for by additional worldwide recruitment.

Right. I’m fed up with this now. The remoaners talk so much bollocks one could continue indefinitely.


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