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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:25 am 
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With 'Eurovision' vote, EU agencies to leave London

European Union leaders will decide this autumn where to move EU banking and medicines agencies that they are pulling out of London due to Brexit, using a voting system some liken to the Eurovision song contest.

Most of the remaining 27 EU states have expressed interest in hosting the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which together employ more than 1,000 people.

They are keen not to let the historically divisive issue of hosting agencies break their unity over Brexit, although several officials joked about how the choice will be made after leaders agreed at a summit on Thursday it was the best way to stop rows.

"It is going to be an exciting race. We know how this works from Eurovision," Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern joked, recalling his country's recent triumph in the kitsch pan-European music festival, won in 2014 by a bearded drag queen from Vienna.

Governments have been arguing over how to choose new host cities, which can expect to profit from the move.

Under the agreed procedure, countries will have until the end of July to submit candidate cities. These will then be assessed by the executive European Commission by September.

Using those assessments, EU leaders will try to reach a consensus deal at their next summit in Brussels in October. In any event, ministers will then hold a vote the following month, giving states a number of votes to apportion to their favourites and proceeding through knockout rounds to a winner.

Earlier on Thursday, France and Germany dismissed a report by German magazine WirtschaftsWoche that the two biggest EU countries had agreed to divide the agencies between themselves, with the EBA going to Frankfurt and EMA to Lille.

Barcelona, Milan, Copenhagen and Dublin are among the states campaigning for EMA, which has an annual budget of $360 million.

Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Lyon and Strasbourg are among the cities vying to host the EBA, whose 160 employees write and coordinate banking rules across the bloc.

Among criteria for selection are the city's infrastructure, transport links, jobs for employees' families and ensuring that EU institutions are spread around Europe. Newer, Eastern members say they do not have enough EU bodies and want this changed.

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But wont it be great when we can negotiate with the rest of the world, and not have to ignore markets cos those markets are cheaper than the markets in the EU?

And be able to negotiate our own deals selling our stuff, and not have to worry that that might miff off a few members from the EU.

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But wont it be great when we can negotiate with the rest of the world, and not have to ignore markets cos those markets are cheaper than the markets in the EU?

And be able to negotiate our own deals selling our stuff, and not have to worry that that might miff off a few members from the EU.



We might get trade deals with the rest of the world, but then again we might not.

Selling what stuff? Most of our 'stuff' is foreign owned.

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http://www.cbi.org.uk/business-issues/b ... deals-pdf/

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http://www.cbi.org.uk/business-issues/brexit-and-eu-negotiations/eu-business-facts/10-facts-about-eu-trade-deals-pdf/



fascinating read no doubt the brexiteers will say it's propaganda

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fascinating read no doubt the brexiteers will say it's propaganda


Yeah imagine somewhere like Australia only having 15 trade deals worldwide, where we have over 50 in being members of the EU - and that deal Switzerland has with China - think folk were pointing towards the Swiss, Iceland and Norway.

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think folk were pointing towards the Swiss, Iceland and Norway.

It's rude to point! :mrgreen:

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think folk were pointing towards the Swiss, Iceland and Norway.

It's rude to point! :mrgreen:


Can you ask your mate Theresa to do another EU ref ;)

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think folk were pointing towards the Swiss, Iceland and Norway.

It's rude to point! :mrgreen:


Can you ask your mate Theresa to do another EU ref ;)


Feck that..we voted out and if you and your bremoan mates don't like it then why don't you all give and live somewhere democratic votes count for nothing...Russia, North Korea or the European parliament where MEP's are just for ornament and not for being heard..

Give it a rest will you.


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Feck that..we voted out and if you and your bremoan mates don't like it then why don't you all give and live somewhere democratic votes count for nothing...Russia, North Korea or the European parliament where MEP's are just for ornament and not for being heard..

Give it a rest will you.


Nope :lol:

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Has anyone any idea where the extra £350 million a week for the NHS is - I distinctly remember it being promised.

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Has anyone any idea where the extra £350 million a week for the NHS is - I distinctly remember it being promised.


Yes..until March 2019 it'll still be in the EU paying for a Wine and Tarts evening for the EU elite.


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Has anyone any idea where the extra £350 million a week for the NHS is - I distinctly remember it being promised.



it's in that magic invisible chest called the European Central bank :lol:

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Has anyone any idea where the extra £350 million a week for the NHS is - I distinctly remember it being promised.


CC. Loads of lies were told prior to the referendum, however I cannot remember anyone claiming 1) That the Nhs was going to get the (entire) amount that we contribute to the EU, and 2) Who in their wildest imagination, thinks for one minute, that the Nhs needs £350 million per week #-o

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fascinating read no doubt the brexiteers will say it's propaganda


Yeah imagine somewhere like Australia only having 15 trade deals worldwide, where we have over 50 in being members of the EU - and that deal Switzerland has with China - think folk were pointing towards the Swiss, Iceland and Norway.


We import more than we export to them, coming away form them and telling them to foxtrot Oscar will no doubt free us up from them. If they want our business they'll do us a good deal/


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