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Today's Telegraph:

"Britain could face paying more than €200bn to the European Union in the event of a eurozone bail-out unless the UK leaves under a managed clean Brexit, according to leading City and business figures.

The warning comes from the Brexit Coalition, a new grouping that represents 29 diverse pro-Brexit campaigning organisations, including the Alliance of British Entrepreneurs, Artists for Brexit and Farmers for Britain as well as Labour Leave and Green Leaves.

In a letter sent this week to Conservative Party constituency chairmen and senior Tory officials, the Brexit Coalition urges members to support a new prime minister who is “committed unequivocally” to backing a clean WTO-based Brexit, one which would avoid having to pay such massive contingent liabilities to the EU.

Daniel Hodson, coalition president and former Liffe boss, says that under existing rules the UK Government is obligated to a contribution of around €207bn (£186bn) to any bail-out should the eurozone tip into financial crisis.

“Given the current dire straits in which the eurozone finds itself, a financial crisis is an increasingly likely scenario,” he says.

The UK is liable for at least this amount – a figure which could grow to as much as €441bn or even more – if the Brexit process becomes so drawn out that it overlaps with the next EU Multiannual Financial Framework.

Mr Hodson, who is also chairman of The City for Britain, adds: “These liabilities have not been discussed deeply enough in the Brexit debate. To avoid the scenario in which the UK would have to rescue EU banks despite not being a member of the eurozone, the UK needs to leave the EU and cut its contractual ties as soon as possible.”

The letter also raises two other areas of national importance which the pro-Brexit campaigners claim have been ignored by the national media but need greater scrutiny: defence and the fishing industry.

With regard to the UK’s defence, the campaigners claim the country risks losing permanent control of key areas of decision making over its armed forces and defence strategy.

They claim that the current EU proposal, recently adopted by the Government, effectively brings the UK under the influence of the EU’s new “Defence Union”, which could have the affect of “immediately eroding democratic UK accountability over aspects of defence finance, procurement and foreign policy”. It also fears that even intelligence architecture and procurement could fall under EU influence.

The third area of concern should the UK stay closely aligned with the EU, and not opt for a clean departure, is the continued overfishing of the UK’s territorial waters and the disastrous impact on the Scottish fishing industry.

A managed exit would help the Scottish fishing industry, and doing so could help cement the union. The coalition also proposes a “Brexit Kitemark” to all sitting MPs and parliamentary candidates regardless of party based on their commitment to a managed Brexit."
Westbury News & Discussion / Re: New NHS Dentist
« Last post by baldy on July 07, 2019, 13:43:11 PM »

According to WHN, the new dentist will not be in the old Natwest unit because of a problem with the superior landlord.

I take this to mean that the head-lessee (NatWest) is waiting for the end of their long lease, when they can walk away, and don't want to approve the new dentist practice (which probably has relatively weak estimated accounts based on predicted NHS figures / fee income) to replace Wiltshire College as sub-tenant.   I may be wrong, but I recall that Wiltshire College (which has a very strong set of accounts) occupied this unit about 10 years ago as an IT learning Centre and when they closed the ITLC, their lease had quite a long period left on it.

I can't find the news source just now (possibly Facebook's Spotted Westbury - Original or New one), but I read recently that the dentist is now taking the former Kevins Menswear units.
In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by baldy on July 06, 2019, 17:30:56 PM »
Well, it had been something of a dance chart hit earlier that year and The Jacksons overall were really big at the time for disco dancing, especially for girls who tended to start any dancing off before the boys ...

Another relevant point was that the membership of the youth centre was about 85% black and we knew they adored The Jacksons. 

In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Bob DeBilda on July 06, 2019, 14:21:59 PM »
there was an unforgettably large attendance crowding out the venue as the youth centre manager had advertised the event as if we were the real 247 Roadshow ... 

Nothing changes. Only this time it’s the Brexit party exaggerating to attract more followers.

Strange choice of record though baldy. Don’t ever remember it being a big hit here ever??
In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by baldy on July 05, 2019, 23:59:42 PM »
Well, here is the first record my brother and I plus a school-friend played at the first ever booking of what was then called Sounds like 247 Roadshow which soon after became Sounds Kool which later became Exodus Roadshow.

The year was 1978 and the venue was a large youth centre in the St Pauls area of Bristol.

The name of the record applies as much now to the UK as it did to us at the time... I did not retire as a mobile/club DJ until 1989.

I am certain of this record being the first we played because we spent a day choosing it before the event. Not only that, but there was an unforgettably large attendance crowding out the venue as the youth centre manager had advertised the event as if we were the real 247 Roadshow ...   For our own safety, we had to be locked in the building at the end and we had to wait for the police to confirm it was safe to leave to go home ...

The school friend was Mark Kenyon. His name still often appears in the credits of the largest BBC live entertainment shows as the lighting director or lighting designer / contractor.
In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Bob DeBilda on July 05, 2019, 21:50:06 PM »
In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by baldy on July 05, 2019, 18:26:07 PM »
Well, ultimately, it is MILLIONS of jobs that may gain from a pure, clean, WTO-terms BREXIT, not least because our fisherman will get back more control of our fishing grounds and there will be trade deals done quickly, that open up the USA market more than ever before --- especially for Car makers like JLR. The yanks love our premium quality cars.
In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Maxi on July 05, 2019, 16:53:26 PM »
The post-Brexit vote period has not been kind to the car industry, which is also facing challenges from falling sales in China and demand for diesel vehicles plunging. JLR has been one of the most outspoken manufacturers on Brexit. It announced cuts of 4,500 jobs from its West Midlands plant in January, following 1,500 losses in 2018. It has also warned that a no-deal Brexit could cost it up to £1.2 billion a year.
JLR has been put in a corner and has decided to gamble on the UK’s next prime minister not being reckless enough to plunge the country off an economic cliff. It is clearly uneasy about that gamble. For other manufacturers it might not make as much sense to take the risk, with more flexibility to move operations offshore. The uncertainty of Brexit has seen investment in the UK car industry fall by 47% since 2017 – and we are attracting just a fraction of the global investment in electric vehicles.

Brexiters are irresponsible to use their “despite Brexit” jibe to make out like the UK economy has gone swimmingly since 2016. Ultimately, it is thousands of people’s jobs that will be on the line if hardliners get the disastrous Brexit they want.
In the News / Re: Do we really care about Brexit
« Last post by Shizzy on July 05, 2019, 06:40:42 AM »
Here you go Maxi Jaguar Land Rover to build new electric car in the UK protecting thousands of jobs. How would you spin this announcement to suit your agenda?
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