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Brexit: how will it affect cats? — 17 Comments

  1. Leaving the EU won’t affect our membership of the Pet Travel Scheme and we’ll no longer have to contribute towards agricultural subsidies which are used to used to support bull fighting in Spain.

  2. Really confusing for me. But, it seems that leaving the Union will benefit many.
    Sort of an Independence Day.
    Freedom is the best gift in the world.
    Bless all of you.

    • Yes, it really is about freedoms and democracy. It is in our DNA to be independent and I know Americans feel the same way. Perhaps that is why we are very close in our relationship.

  3. “But who cares about the markets? ” Actually, a lot of people should worry about the markets. When the markets crash, businesses have less money and end up getting read of people. A crash in the markets often spreads to the whole economy. Remember the crash of 1929 which caused global depression? How about 2008? Think about it when you talk about who cares about the market. Anybody who knows anything about the economy does whether or not one has money in the markets.

    • Fair point. I guess the point I was making is that the markets are very fickle and within a few weeks they’ll be back to somewhere near normal so we shouldn’t be too engrossed or concerned by them. This is not like the crash 2008. I see this as the beginning of a new age of faster progress economically. Let’s see if I am correct.

      • This might be true, but another side of it is that markets behave the way they do is because the feeling it that this will be bad for both the UK and the world economy. Incidentally, seems like some of your compatriots are having second thoughts and feel like they were lied to:

        Given how close the vote was, these people who regret their vote may have made a difference. At any rate, I hope the economy doesn’t suffer as a result. I do hope you are right.

        • I am convinced that it will be fine and that in the long term we will do much better. The problem is that the bureaucrats in Brussels became fat cats! They became arrogant. They became distant. They were overpaid. They dictated terms to the UK. They were rude to our Prime Minister. They would not listen. They do not understand the feelings of the people. It is not just a problem in the UK. It is now believed that other countries will have referendums that they too will leave.

      • It was the city traders and banks who caused the crash in 2008. They are high-stake gamblers, betting on which stocks will rise and fall. Yesterday they gambled on a win for the Remain campaign. They were wrong and have probably lost a lot of other people’s money in the process.

        Personally I’m glad we voted to leave the EU. I think Britain will be stronger for it in the long run.

        • It’s a big decisions and I’m sure there will be hardships incurred. I doubt anyone voting to leave was not aware of some of the consequences.
          It is terrible to vote to in essence be liberated from your own country.

          Have you thrown any tea in the harbor yet ? πŸ˜‰

        • Yes, well said Michele. I’m so pleased that you have said that. I’m very pleased that we think similarly on the subject. Ultimately, I do not think it is in the DNA of the British people to be part of the European Union. If the European Union was genuinely a free-trade zone we would have stayed. But the Eurocrats wanted to turn it into a United States of Europe and that just does not suit us and they wouldn’t listen. They wouldn’t change their ways. And they wasted our money. There’s never been a proper financial audit of the European Union accounts because it was never auditable due to the waste. This is taxpayers money and it is a disgrace.

        • There were a lot of causes for 2008 crash, and it had absolutely nothing to do with betting on stocks to rise and fall, it was a housing crisis, more specifically subprime lending. The fact that you don’t understand it shows your lack of knowledge of the economy. Yes, mortgage companies and investment banks’ employees came up with the idea of packaging the mortgages together in securities and reselling them was bad in that it separated those who’d lose money in case of foreclosure from those who sell these mortgages, so human nature took hold – you don’t lose if someone doesn’t pay, so you want to sell as many mortgages as possible and who cares if someone can pay. But the government that wanted people to be able to buy properties is to blame too, even if they meant well.

          But people who bought properties they knew they couldn’t afford, people who lied on mortgage applications are to blame as well. Bankers didn’t force people to buy properties they couldn’t afford. One didn’t need to be a genius to know that if your income is 60,000 a year, you cannot buy a 500,000 home – and this happened over and over. It also pretty immoral not to learn a simple lesson in childhood – that if you borrow money, you have to pay it back. This is something that buyers of properties back then forgot. They are just as responsible as the bankers.

          Oh, and stocks fell not because they bet on the UK to stay and the UK decided to leave, it’s because stock markets don’t like uncertainty and risks, and they feel the risks are pretty large. Specifically, all of the trade deals will have to be renegotiated. Your prices will most certainly go up since while the EU would want trade, they’d probably not want to make it too easy or cost-free. People think that tariffs are great and when they are imposed the jobs would magically come back. Instead, the tariffs get passed to consumers and prices go up.

          Some international companies will leave, so all the people who worked for them will lose their jobs. Your government may want to raise interest rates to halt the fall of the pound, and this will hurt the economy.

          I do hope by the way that all the economists who say it are wrong, and that you are right and everything will just be wonderful. Good luck.

    • Great! I like that. I have learned to hate the EU as I understood more and more about it. It has gone wrong. The original noble idea was a good one post second world war but over 40 years the eurocrats made bad decisions e.g. the eurozone. The eurocrats have failed Europeans.

      Denmark and the Netherlands could be next to leave.

    • Exactly. There will be a short term jolt but long term we will thrive. Americans like their independence so I hope they understand why we voted to leave. We became fed up with the arrogant and unyielding eurocrats who have made countless mistakes.

        • Thank you, Dee, for your support on this. I am pleased that you understand. I think really it is about democracy and self-determination. In addition, the distant elite of the Eurocrats have so irritated the ordinary person in the UK that they just had to go. We had to get rid of them. It is not in the Brit’s DNA to be dictated to by smug, overpaid, fat, dictatorial bureaucrats from Brussels.

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