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  1. It'll come back. ISDS is already causing havoc; for example, the Romanian government is currently being sued for 2% of its GDP by a Canadian mining company, because environmental protection laws prevent the mine from expanding.
  2. The correct procedure would be to campaign to rejoin once we have left. Then maybe you'll get another referendum in about forty years time.
  3. By closing down half the forum again, probably.
  4. What part of, I've been critical of the EU for forty years and didn't take any notice of the referendum campaigns, don't you understand? You haven't responded to any of the reasoning behind these criticisms that I, and others, have spelled out over many pages. Are you incapable of engaging with an argument, or is your sole raison d'etre trying to appear superior to others by repeatedly insulting their intelligence? Either way, it's extremely tiresome.
  5. Not really. EU 'protection' is currently just an option to exclude bodies like the NHS from deals like TTIP. It's a legal minefield which certainly hasn't been clearly defined. We will always be beholden to the EU to negotiate deals on our behalf, and given that they are not subject to democratic scrutiny, and that their primary remit is profit for private corporations, I have no faith that the NHS would be safe. I simply don't think that this power to determine the future of the NHS should be handed over to a body like the EU Commission.
  6. As long as that doesn't involve any kind of state intervention which intereferes with market forces and profitability, like nationalising utilities and public transport. The NHS is also going to be harder to defend in the EU than out of it, because it will be seen as a protected market, and corporations will have a legal right to compete in it.
  7. You vote for or against a government that has a defense policy.
  8. I suppose they'd start with the gilets jaunes, work up to Catalonia, and then flatten Greece. Good question though; what purpose do you think it serves, apart from lining the pockets of Juncker's mates?
  9. Different kettle. Chomsky has a very illustrious academic career behind him.
  10. Slight misunderstanding, I think. Expected to vote in the sense that the first vote would have been overruled.
  11. Apart from all the questions of who controls it and who pays for it, it would extend the power of the EU to impose its policies by force, and would also be a major military escalation on the world stage. And nobody voted for it, of course, but that seems irrelevant these days.
  12. If expecting us to vote again doesn't demonstrate that our votes count for nothing, then I don't know what does.
  13. Yup, he's right. I, for one, wouldn't vote again, and I know many others who feel the same.
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