Eurostar Chaos in France...

Old Mar 12th, 2019, 09:57 AM
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Eurostar Chaos in France...

French Immigration agencies caused havoc to Eurostar trains yesterday to protest the lack of extra personnel hired for effects of Brexit - trains hours late others cancelled.
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 10:48 AM
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It's been going on for a week or more, and will probably carry on for a while longer, especially if today's Brexit vote goes the way everyone thinks it will.
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 01:33 PM
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Glad I'm not there. It's the customs officers, who are going on strike and deliberately slowing things down for bargaining position.

Somehow I remember the day when there was no EU, and I travelled between France and England by ferry or hovercraft. Wasn't a big problem.
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 01:50 PM
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Yes today's Brexit vote went down big time. I hope those who voted for Brexit get what they were wishing for!

Yes, I forgot to put in the NY Times link - yes going on for several days and threatens to upset many peoples' travel plans for indefinite future.

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019...-eurostar.html
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 02:36 PM
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Glad I'm not there. It's the customs officers, who are going on strike and deliberately slowing things down for bargaining position.

Somehow I remember the day when there was no EU, and I travelled between France and England by ferry or hovercraft. Wasn't a big problem.
There were lots more customs and immigration officers then. The EU and Schengen got rid of most of them. With a new neighbouring country no longer being in the EU, the agents are just pointing out that a much larger staff is required. I recommend a new tourist tax for all voyagers arriving from London without an EU passport to pay for the obligatory new agents. There no reason that French taxpayers should foot the bill.
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 02:47 PM
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Except they are protecting you from smuggled hormone fed beef or chlorine washed chicken. (that is a joke before you all attack me)
On the plus side it should mean a lot less stag and hen dos wrecking cities across Europe.
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 03:12 PM
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I recommend a new tourist tax for all voyagers arriving from London without an EU passport to pay for the obligatory new agents. There no reason that French taxpayers should foot the bill.>

And the same thing for French going to UK?
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Old Mar 12th, 2019, 03:46 PM
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Why not? The drop in the value of the pound will compensate any additional tax. But I don't think we want to go and eat their chlorine chicken imported by Trump.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 02:13 AM
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Seems Brexit was already seen as economical disaster and no deal Brexit the worst possible scenario.
Well done..
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 08:01 AM
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Glad I'm not there. It's the customs officers, who are going on strike and deliberately slowing things down for bargaining position.
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The term is une grève du zèle.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 08:06 AM
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And the official term in English is "work-to-rule."
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 08:55 AM
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Never forget that neither Britain nor the EU are prepared for a hard Brexit. Even a hard Brexit needs rules and regulations (which don't exist yet). So the only solution is to postpone the whole thing.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 09:18 AM
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Even a hard Brexit needs rules and regulations (which don't exist yet). So the only solution is to postpone the whole thing.
That's not true. WTO rules exist. So do a bunch of other treaties some that predate the EU.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 09:41 AM
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In case of a hard Brexit, arriving from the UK should be no worse in terms of formalities than arriving at CDG on a flight from Africa or Asia.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 11:32 AM
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So when, and (BIG) if, Brexit occurs, the Euro will remain completely stable and nothing to worry about for anyone still in the EU. good to know all of that
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 12:53 PM
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Why would the euro suffer? The UK has never been part of it. If anything, sterling will drop again.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 01:36 PM
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currencies drop for lots of reasons - many just due to such things but more likely Euro will rise IMO.
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Old Mar 13th, 2019, 01:58 PM
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Well the pound rose during yesterdays chaos, sank and then rose again.
There are lots of people making money out of Brexit. I'm not one of them - our pension from the UK has shrunk faster than a deflating balloon since the referendum. This month they managed to pay it out on a day the pound went up for a change, usually they do it just as the pound sinks again.

Back on topic Eurostar were advising people not to travel today because of the work to rule.
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