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    • I've also seen it mentioned that the two parts of Ireland becoming closer is concerning HMG.   And that NI still coming under EU rules for trade could be showing that it's better to be in the EU than in Brexit Britain. If people start to think it shows Brexit isn't working, that's going to be a problem for Johnson et al.
    • You won't be able to bring a counterclaim unless you can produce a properly structured assessment of losses or costs or ancillary expenses and you will need to do this by producing at least written assessment et cetera as I have indicated above. Two of them would be much better. A court won't entertain a counterclaim simply based on your own speculation as to your possible costs. I understand very well that your preference would be to write off the entire job including all of the materials that were supplied and for you to recover your outlay for those materials but I think in order to do that you would have to show that you have acquired no value from those materials and once again I think that you would need an expert assessment which explained why the materials were completely wasted and that you would have to start from zero. You can be certain that the claimant will attempt to say that you have received value and in fact that the items which have been supplied or already installed can still be used. I'm afraid that because the attempt to arrange this contract as a cash only agreement inevitably invites the scepticism of the court, I think the court may well be open to consider arguments that the items which have already been supplied are of use to you. If you can get expert confirmation that the supplied materials are now of no use whatsoever, then you will also have to get a quote for uninstalling them and returning them to the claimant. This means that the whole thing is getting even more complicated. I do think that your best interests would be to discuss the matter with your new installer and to see what items which have been already supplied can be used to finish the project – and then to try and deal with the claimant in respect of those on the basis that the case would be withdrawn and everybody would walk away. I think it's time to start abandoning some of this rancour between you because it isn't helping and it won't impress anybody. Don't underestimate the disapproval that will be felt by the court when they get to know about the cash arrangement and this won't be helped by the fact that you then went ahead to try and get receipts. I understand very well that you say that you simply provided money and that in fact you were the purchaser of the items directly from the retailer – but there is no evidence for that and it would be an unusual arrangement and I think the court might express scepticism about that as well. I think we have to bear in mind your credibility in this – and I think that it is rather fragile at the moment. If you came up with a sensible business- like idea about how to put this one to bed and then put it to the claimant and also mention the fact that as he was involved in a cash only transaction, he also might find that he is incurring the displeasure of the court – particularly as he is the claimant, he might feel inclined to try and wrap it all up and bring it to an end. I think the next thing you must do is to get an expert report as I've already suggested above. You will need to do this anyway. If you don't have an expert report then even if you happen to win your argument that there is a breach of contract, the assessment of how much you win will be impossible for the court to decide. The court will absolutely want expert assessments. So you need an assessment as to the work which has been carried out so far and the work needed and costs involved to carry out the job. You need an assessment as to the usability or otherwise of the equipment which has been supplied. At least that for the moment. I don't think it is possible to do much more until you have this information. If you can get the information then we can decide what to do. Obviously I don't know anything about the subject, but I can't imagine that all of the equipment which has been supplied is useless. It could only be useless if you suddenly say that you want an entirely different system of gates – but on that matter, you are bound by your expectation in the contract and you would only be entitled to install a similar system using similar equipment.  
    • I wonder whether part of the UK issue with current NI protocol, is that it is enabling a better trading environment between Ireland and Northern Ireland.     Northern Irish businesses have anticipated import/export issues with Great Britain, so now trade with Ireland or via Ireland.   Apparently reports are that some Northern Irish businesses have seen an increase in trade. It is only businesses that mostly sell British fresh produce that have been affected by border controls  and even then, they could swap to local produce.   Agree that UK Government are using argument with EU as a convenient distraction, but also there must be a worry about increased risk of a united Ireland, as a indirect consequence of Brexit.
    • Fintan O'Toole has an article about the Brexit negotiations and what he thinks HMG's aims are.   Facing chaos and needing a scapegoat, the Tories seek an endless fight with Europe | Fintan O’Toole | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM The EU’s proposals on the Northern Ireland protocol offered what business leaders wanted, but the prime minister prefers failure and grievance  
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So, anyone know why M&S are actually leaving France?

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Brexit has made it "near impossible" for it to supply fresh and chilled products to France, the retailer says.

 

I understand the customs/Brexit issues, and that many UK products can't be shipped due to Brexit hostile environment to EU lorry drivers causing shortages (covid excuse simply doesn't wash),

BUT as theres no such shortages (drivers or product) and no issues (as far as I am aware) in getting stuff from anywhere in the largest single market in the world into France..

??

 

???

 

"vacuous and economically illiterate" "Moral emptiness and epidemiological stupidity”

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seems the EU exceeded its 2030 goals for improving overall EU water quality in January this year ....

 

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If you Zoom in - they are brown circles for a reason ...

 

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Poopulist legacy

 

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"vacuous and economically illiterate" "Moral emptiness and epidemiological stupidity”

“veil of ignorance” "unrepentant and inveterate liar" 

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here we go, Fox news UK,

a good 'fit' for Johnsons Britain complete with Piers Morgan, Rebecca Brooks, Chris Evens, Jeremy Kyle under the Man  "not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company"  - Rupert Murdock

- IMCCO and that of a majority of the then UK govs cross party committee opinion (the Conservative members voted against of course)

 

Still Johnson unit for office and a media mogul unfit to run a company

like I said - a good fit.

 

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It is the controversial presenter's first major new job since he left Good Morning Britain in March.

 

 

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Rupert Murdoch is not fit to run a major international company, British lawmakers said on Tuesday, finding him ultimately responsible for the...

 

 

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I see Frost is announcing the re-introduction of pounds and ounces

.. apparently to make things easier for shopkeepers - as food will cost pounds for ounces by Christmas even if Christmas is cancelled for all but the rich

 

.. Which is also a return to 'British' Dickensian tradition

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It seems a bit pointless to me and businesses trading with the rest of the world, apart from the three countries that use imperial measures, will still need to use metric.

 

I suppose some will see it as a 'benefit' from Brexit.

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Quote of the day:

 

“A lot of things haven’t happened that the gloom-mongers said would happen and I don’t think are going to happen.”

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2 hours ago, honeybee13 said:

It seems a bit pointless to me and businesses trading with the rest of the world, apart from the three countries that use imperial measures, will still need to use metric.

 

I suppose some will see it as a 'benefit' from Brexit.

 

Social media comments hilarious

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Bushells of Bullsh**

A peck or two of peckerheads

Not a grain of truth

 

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Pelosi reiterating:

 

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House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has warned Britain that there will be no U.S.-U.K. trade deal unless Britain solves post-Brexit...

 

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From October 2016. MPs warned of possible energy supply problems. Another clip I read says the government also ignored Commission papers setting out what could go wrong.

 

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‘It is critical that the Government takes basic steps to stabilise investment in the energy sector’

 

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I hope that I am wrong, but I have a feeling that we are going to face a winter of discontent. All of the serious problems facing many countries are going to reach a crisis point.

 

It will be worse for the UK because of Brexit, as the Government has so far been unwilling to create visa schemes for specific sectors, so foreign workers can fill gaps in the labour market.

 

The energy supply chain is incredible weak in many countries and if we have a very cold winter I can see many businesses being forced to close as the Government prioritises domestic heating supply.

 

How many energy companies are Government going to bail out ?  Only the biggest can survive the massive increase in wholesale prices.

 

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Looks like the 3 Day week and power cuts may be back

 

 

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Alok Sharma, Minister of State in the Cabinet Office and the UK's COP26 stool pigeon, was on the Marr Show yesterday, reiterating the government's...
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Fears are mounting about the consequences of soaring wholesale gas prices - up 70 per cent since last month - that are sending providers to the wall...

 

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The bailiff: A 12th Century solution re-branded as Enforcement Agents for the 21st Century to seize and sell debtors goods as before Oh so Dickensian!

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From Bloomberg yesterday.

 

'Joe Biden has too many domestic priorities to find time to negotiate a trade deal with the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson said ahead of a meeting with the American president in Washington on Tuesday. '

 

Johnson also says he would rather have a good deal than a quick deal.

 

I can't post a link, sadly, it seems to have some kind of blocker.

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I suspect that the US have told UK, that there will be no trade deal on the table for years and that the US wants to see the  UK fully implementing the Brexit agreement with the EU including the Northern Ireland protocol.

 

US has always strongly supported Ireland and they won't sign trade deals with UK, while the UK is acting in a way that looks like they cannot be trusted.

 

Get ready for a UK general election in 2022, as Boris may decide to take the risk to go early, rather than wait until 2023 or 2024, as by then the situation could be a lot worse. Could you imagine getting to 2024 with no trade deals that are in UK interests, no Brexit dividends and tax increases.

 

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Speaking ahead of his first White House summit today, Mr Johnson said a number of longstanding trade issues had been resolved, such...

 

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Is there a bit of your post missing, UB or have I missed something subtle?

 

It will be interesting to see what happens about the timing of the next election. You're predicting a bit earlier than a lot of the commentators who are talking about 2023 at the moment.

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Nothing missing and not being subtle.

 

Government appear to have briefed media that they will table legislation to hand back power to the PM to call General elections at a time of their choosing. This was reported by several TV channel political correspondents.

 

Boris likes to play politics as a game and he will see that as time moves on, he will become less and less popular, as will the Government. Recent polling is showing decline in approval ratings.

 

Hence why Summer 2022 may be seen as a good time to hold an election. Before the National Insurance and other tax increases start to hurt peoples standards of living. Leave holding an election until 2023 or 2024 is very risky as by then Government could be very unpopular. 

 

UK will need to at some point make a large number of work visas available to migrants, in particular to pick agricultural crops.  Farmers have lost a lot of money in 2021, as their crops have not been picked and supplied to shops.  lack of migrant labour to pick crops and lack of drivers to pick up/deliver to wholesalers/shops.  Government cannot allow a repeat in 2022, so will issue visas to migrant workers and this will be unpopular to some who voted Brexit.

 

 

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Boris's face when being interviewed today..  When project fear becomes project reality !

 

UK as an independent country will have to invest hundreds of billions to upgrade all of the important infrastructure  that is required. This will take a very long time.  The new nuclear power station being built in Somerset will not be generating any power until 2026 at the earliest and that is very optimistic as only about a third of the site has been built.

 

Some of the protections the UK had as part of being in the EU are no longer there.  EU  countries will look after their own interests in regard to energy supplies, with no obligations to the UK, as they are no longer part of the EU club.

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looks like a generator is next purchase for me.

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2 hard interviews.  Laura Kuensberg BBC and Beth Rigby Sky News.  Held on his visit to the US.

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A generator may be a worthwhile purchase, if there is any left in stock !

 

Candles and wind up torches will also be very popular purchases.

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This Twitter thread is enlightening on gas prices. HMG has removed some of the evidence that was published, including its own papers.

 

It let Centrica get rid of a lot of gas storage to increase profits and the UK's stocks are far lower than France, Germany and Italy. So burbling on about wholesale prices is to ignore a significant part of the problem.

 

 

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A historical context from Dr North shows this has been ongoing for at least 16 years, regarding storage capacity.

 

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In February 2006, in the midst of a hard winter, we were experiencing problems with our gas supplies. On the 16th, therefore, the issue was...

 

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