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  1. It's a maths thing. Of the 28 EU countries there is the potential for 27 of them to lose one trading partner or, more likely, have extra barriers in dealing with one of 27 other partners. For the UK that applies to all 27 trading partners rather than just one.
  2. I am not assuming that either but, if they are saving towards a pension pot for retirement in another EU country chances are they are measuring that in Euros and not sterling.
  3. Would depend what their long term plans are. Unless they are planning to live permanently in the UK and retire there so the effect is not so great they will have seen a significant drop in their salaries due to the fall in sterling.
  4. Even Her Maj is taking the michael out of TM doing her speech in a hat modelled on the EU flag!
  5. Border controls between NI and mainland UK? No wonder there is a problem getting a deal with the DUP sorted. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  6. Non US citizens are liable to estate tax on US shares over the value of $60k and it can take a year or so for IRS to allow funds to be repatriated. I know E*Trade definetely apply this but not sure on Charles Schwartz Intl accounts though would assume so. "Executors for nonresidents must file an estate tax return, Form 706NA, United States Estate (and Generation-Skipping) Tax Return, Estate of a nonresident not a citizen of the United States, if the fair market value at death of the decedent's U.S.-situated assets exceeds $60,000. However, if the decedent made substantial lifetime gifts of U.S. property, and used the applicable $13,000 “unified credit exemption” amount to eliminate or reduce any gift tax on the lifetime gifts, a U.S. estate tax return may still be required even if the value of the decedent’s U.S. situated assets is less than $60,000 at the date of death (due to the decrease in the “unified credit exemption” for the lifetime gifts). See Unified Credit (Applicable Credit Amount) Section in Publication 559, Survivors, Executors, and Administrators, and the Form 706NA Instructions for more information." https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/some-nonresidents-with-u-s-assets-must-file-estate-tax-returns
  7. The Mail article on the first day of talks is not positive either: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4617284/Johnson-hails-opportunities-Brexit-talks-start.html As for the Express, I can't find an article on their website yet from after the talks/press conference and only ones from before it which speaks volumes. On the whole, MSM seems pretty clear that things didn't go well.
  8. You won't like it but here is a Guardian piece on how yesterday went as a balance to the govt article - truth will be somewhere in the middle no doubt. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/19/a-frazzled-david-davis-takes-england-to-a-3-0-defeat-in-the-first-round?CMP=share_btn_tw
  9. Very little impartial media out there so you need to read from several sources to get an idea of what is going on. I must apologise for commenting on the govt article since I didn't read it prior to my post however, now having done so, I can't see anything in it that could be classed as information that isn't obvious or already known. The one thing that is not mentioned is that the UK has agreed to the EU requirement of discussing exit before talk of future arrangements being made, something David Davis himself said would be 'the row of the summer' a month or so ago. If this has been agreed as many media sources have reported then why isn't it in the article? Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  10. It is the UK govt website so, though a form of media, about as one sided and far from independent as you can get.
  11. Not within walking distance. Of course Corbyn is more than a constituency MP but that doesn't mean he does not represent them directly and is expected to show up. The problem with watching stuff from the likes of Prison Planet/PJW is they miss important context from their 'reporting' which is specifically designed to rile up the gullible who watch it. It is interesting that his fellow conspiracy theorist and boss at infowars recently admitted in court that he was not a journalist but a 'performance artist' and claimed that the views he expounds are part of a performance and not necessarily what he believes.
  12. What 'cop out' - any MP who has a terrorist incident half a mile from where he lives against the people he represents and doesn't bother going would be rightly vilified. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. Corbyn is the local MP and walked there from his home half a mile away. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  14. It appears David Davis's "row of the summer" was actually a British summer lasting a few hours before capitulation. These negotiations could be over quicker than I thought and even done before TM loses her job in the next few weeks.
  15. Just so I understand, are you proposing that freedom of movement should be scrapped for young people but still be available to retirees? Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app