The last few weeks have not really been a high point for the blog – basically silence! It’s not that I’ve stopped thinking or reflecting. It’s more that I have not found enough time to sit down and put a few thoughts together. I’m still in London for the moment, but furniture moving starts on Saturday. Helena is working hard fixing up the flat in Brussels. While in London I’m sorting out all the loose ends in my current job (last day is effectively Tuesday 9th October) and also madly preparing the ground for the freelance website work this autumn, and a fair bit of freelance professional training too. Oh and there’s the small matter of a general election that might be called, essentially meaning I’ll probably be straight back in the UK more or less as soon as I have departed! Just to cap it all I’m suffering from a cold too. Confusion reigns.
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You are all joking, right? What would diverging just for the sake of it mean? How do you draft such a law? “We have to diverge”. “How?” “Don’t know. But we have to.” “In what respect?” “Don’t know. Make something up.” You are easily comforted if not having this dialogue suffices. https://twitter.com/faisalislam/status/1220404366231986183
CBI chief Fairbairn welcomes Chancellor “clarification” UK wouldn’t diverge “for sake of it”.
“Good to have clarification in terms of divergence from EU, that will be when its in economic interests of the country, not an obligation, a right we can use if we need to use it”
This is some thread. Read to the end.
About 20 years ago I moved to Germany for a little while. I'd been there twice before, both on school trips. But this time I moved to work, in Frankfurt. I spoke the tiniest bit of German, so I tried to learn a little bit more from some tapes made by a man called 'Michel Thomas'.
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