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7 minutes ago, wealdstone said:

Unless you are Irish or have an Irish Background it is impossible to understand the thinking on either side of this  conflict and even then it is difficult. Religious dogma from both perspectives have a lot to answer for.

But there are millions around the world that are either irish or have an irish background.....the present US president for one

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9 minutes ago, iris123 said:

But there are millions around the world that are either irish or have an irish background.....the present US president for one

Quite right but most of those including Biden hold IMO preconceived ideas of the situation.  There was a book some years ago ( can't remember the title now ) where the author coming from the Catholic side said that he was brought up to believe it was all the fault of the British and what my mother  would have referred to as "The ascendancy"  the book showed a very balanced view of the rights and wrongs from both sides. 

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It is noticeable that Dudley Edwards seems to put the onus on the Nationalist side. Sinn Fein basically run by ex terrorists etc. She seems to ignore the links with some of the Unionist terror groups on the loyalist side

She also just calls the people behind the latest outbreak of violence 'criminals'......but we already had a warning a month ago

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/dup-says-loyalist-move-on-belfast-agreement-does-not-signal-violence-1.4500982

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It seems to me that it matters not what the question is......the answer for lots of things appears to be violence :(

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The intransigence on both sides is beyond belief. I may have posted this before and I am not quite sure which way it was  but in the Belfast  Branch of a large company where I worked a protestant refused to let a catholic girl do his typing for him ( possibly the other way round) but you will get the point

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FROM the DT (and others) ...

Trade between the UK and France bounced back towards normal in March as firms adjusted to life after Brexit, according to analysis by French customs officials. Imports from Britain climbed to 107pc of typical levels after taking Covid effects into account, the research found - with exports back at 96pc.

French trade with Britain fell by 20pc at the start of 2021 as the UK embarked on a new trading relationship with the European Union, sparking claims from critics that businesses would be permanently damaged by new red tape.But he latest figures will raise hopes of a swift recovery as businesses get to grips with customs arrangements.

German figures for February also showed a marked improvement. Exports from Germany to the UK were down 12.2pc compared with the same month last year, while imports from Britain fell 26.9pc, up from January falls of 29pc and  56pc respectively.

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9 minutes ago, PHILIPRISING said:

Trade between the UK and France bounced back towards normal in March as firms adjusted to life after Brexit, according to analysis by French customs officials. Imports from Britain climbed to 107pc of typical levels after taking Covid effects into account, the research found - with exports back at 96pc.

After taking COVID effects into account LOL...  How on earth are they calculating that then?  :rolleyes:

There's one born every minute. 

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1 hour ago, wealdstone said:

Quite right but most of those including Biden hold IMO preconceived ideas of the situation.  There was a book some years ago ( can't remember the title now ) where the author coming from the Catholic side said that he was brought up to believe it was all the fault of the British and what my mother  would have referred to as "The ascendancy"  the book showed a very balanced view of the rights and wrongs from both sides. 

Think the book may have been called Star of the Sea 

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11 minutes ago, Humphrey Appleby said:

After taking COVID effects into account LOL...  How on earth are they calculating that then?  :rolleyes:

There's one born every minute. 

ASK French Customs... but then you would know more than them

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2 minutes ago, PHILIPRISING said:

ASK French Customs... but then you would know more than them

Got a link for that?  I’d like to read it 

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4 minutes ago, Jonny the spud said:

Got a link for that?  I’d like to read it 

CANNOT link to Daily Telegraph articles but will copy the whole article if you like?

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1 minute ago, PHILIPRISING said:

CANNOT link to Daily Telegraph articles but will copy the whole article if you like?

Please

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Trade between the UK and France bounced back towards normal in March as firms adjusted to life after Brexit, according to analysis by French customs officials.

Imports from Britain climbed to 107pc of typical levels after taking Covid effects into account, the research found - with exports back at 96pc.

French trade with Britain fell by 20pc at the start of 2021 as the UK embarked on a new trading relationship with the European Union, sparking claims from critics that businesses would be permanently damaged by new red tape.

But he latest figures will raise hopes of a swift recovery as businesses get to grips with customs arrangements.

German figures for February also showed a marked improvement. Exports from Germany to the UK were down 12.2pc compared with the same month last year, while imports from Britain fell 26.9pc, up from January falls of 29pc and  56pc respectively.

Britain's trade figures for February will be released by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday and are expected to show a recovery following a devastating January slump when exports to the EU dropped 40.7pc and imports fell 28.8pc.

Business groups say many companies have stopped exporting to Europe due to new costs and red tape.

David Frost, Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser and a key architect of the Brexit deal, pinned the January slump on a “unique combination of factors” including December stockpiling ahead of Brexit and the impact of new rules.

But he said freight traffic had been at “normal levels” since the start of January – a claim trade experts pointed out failed to take into account how much cargo lorries were actually carrying.

The latest figures for Germany suggest the recovery during February was only partial.

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So basically they’re all still down but Boris’ mate said it’ll all be ok ? 

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