Amazingly, Not Everyone Is Stupid

One of the things we’ve been told about this Brexit, this leap that takes us free of the grip of Brussels, is that the financial markets will go into cataclysm. Not so much because Britain will be free, nor that Europe will be bereft of our cash contributions, but because legal matters will mean people simply cannot trade. Or, in one variant here, that trillions upon trillions of contracts already extant will become unenforceable. Cue the entire implosion of civilisation itself.

This has, of course, always been the utmost rot. But some did believe it, or at least believe it enough to spout the nonsense. And now we’ve a solution:

Contracts worth £45 trillion which had their legal status thrown into doubt by Brexit have dodged a cliff edge, thanks to last minute legal provisions from the EU Commission. The move follows months of lobbying by UK regulators with Brussels. The Bank of England has repeatedly warned that disrupting the derivatives market was one of the most significant threats to financial stability generated by Brexit. While the UK government moved to ensure contracts between UK and EU counterparties would still have legal clout in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, Brussels had not done likewise until now.

We here in Britain had done the work to sort things out. It was only Brussels causing any delay and now they’ve finally shifted their frites-fed derrieres and we’re sorted.

The thing about this being that sure, there are a number of such points and problems out there. All of which are suitable for the same treatment. If there’s a problem with the paperwork then change the paperwork. And?

It’s not as if our lovely continent is actually short of bureaucrats to change the paperwork now, is it?

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The EU’s “No Deal” contingency plan (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-6851_en.htm) shows that the EU needs a deal more than we do. Everything they want from us can be given a waiver for up to 2 years so we can leave without the so-called cliff edge.

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After Brexit the UK will be just another non-EU country subject to the default position of the EU making it hard for EU-ians to buy our non-EU products. After Brexit the EU will be just another non-UK country but in the opposite position that the UK will be in the position to (not( do anything at all to make it difficult for UKians to buy EU products. They have to do something to stop things being difficult. We have to ensure we do nothing to stop things being difficult.

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A commenter on another site claimed that after Brexit, the Irish electricty authority would have to cut supplies to Northern Ireland, because they couldn’t be sure of being paid.