Trade ministers pledge to harness Commonwealth advantage at historic meeting - See mo


mentalfloss
#31
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

The United Kingdom is the largest manufacturing country in the Commonwealth:





Comparing the EU - a political union of non-sovereign states with its own flag, national anthem, currency, capital city, parliament and all the other trappings of statehood - with the Commonwealth - a loose confederation of sovereignj states (bar the UK until its gains its independence and sovereignty from the EU) - is just bonkers.

It's not bonkers at all, you piece of wanking bollocks.

The arrangement that they are proposing reduces your country's independence, fullest of the stops.
 
White_Unifier
#32
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post





Britain holds most of the cards in the upcoming negotiations. Remember they need us - with our booming economy and London and our military - more than we need them.



Neighbours. Is that our same neighbours who, when they aren't trying to invade us, are sending their fishing fleets into what used to be British waters so they can steal all our fish and decimate our once-mighty fishing fleet whilst demanding we pay them billions of pounds every year to fund their inefficient farmers and to plant olive groves?



Antarctica has 70% of the world's fresh water, but I'm not expexting that to become an economic behemoth anytime soon.



Britain has traditionally been an outward-looking, global nation, partaking in global trade, unlike our more inward-looking neighbours.

Ideally, you trade with everyone. But when push comes to shove, why would you sacrifice the local advantage of low transportation costs for trade with far-flung lands where transportation costs will naturally be higher?

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post

You will be all alone, afterward. Why should any of us beat a path to your door to trade with you? What is in it for us?

Canada should unilaterally drop tariffs against all countries. Of course tariffs are pretty low worldwide anyway so small benefit there, but a small benefit is still a benefit.

Make Canada a visa-free zone too. This would attract more tourism and talent.

Then let the UK do what it wants. If it raises tariffs against Canada, we will simply compete where tariffs are ineffective like in tourism for example. Unless the UK intends to charge a tax to anyone who dares leave the UK for travel?
 
Curious Cdn
+1
#33

Make Canada a visa-free zone too. This would attract more tourism and talent.


The Yanks will go ape-shyte berserk. They'll build a three trillion dollar wall, a mari usque ad mare and overfly our cities and towns with armed drones day and night.
 
White_Unifier
#34
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious CdnView Post


Make Canada a visa-free zone too. This would attract more tourism and talent.


The Yanks will go ape-shyte berserk. They'll build a three trillion dollar wall, a mari usque ad mare and overfly our cities and towns with armed drones day and night.

Think of the resources Canada could export to the US for the US to build the wall!
 
Curious Cdn
#35
Quote: Originally Posted by White_UnifierView Post

Think of the resources Canada could export to the US for the US to build the wall!

We could build it out of our empty beer bottles, eh?
 
taxslave
#36
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Well why WOULDN'T you want to trade with us? Or, to be more precise, why would you stop trading with us? Canada already trades with the UK. The United Kingdom is Canada's third-biggest trading partner. In fact, the United Kingdom is BY FAR Canada's biggest European trading partner. You export around six times more to the UK than you do to your next biggest European trading partner Germany. Are you going to suddenly decide that you don't want to export to your lucrative UK market anymore? Total trade between Canada and UK is $25.2 billion annually. Between Canada and Germany it's just £18.8 billion annually.

I don't know about trading but we will sell to anyone that has cash. If you are willing to work for three bowls of rice and a coke a day we will even send you some of our vast resources to be returned to us as manufactured goods.

Make Canada a visa-free zone too. This would attract more tourism and talent.

All this would do is lower our standard of living and raise the crime rate.
 
White_Unifier
#37
Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

I don't know about trading but we will sell to anyone that has cash. If you are willing to work for three bowls of rice and a coke a day we will even send you some of our vast resources to be returned to us as manufactured goods.

Make Canada a visa-free zone too. This would attract more tourism and talent.

All this would do is lower our standard of living and raise the crime rate.

It would lower the cost of living and create a booming economy.

And grow the tax base, since a visa-free zone is just that, not the same as granting easy citizenship or permanent residency. This means they must be self-sufficient.
 
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