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Richard Branson says Brexit is “saddest thing that’s happened” to Britain (Video)

Billionaire globalist founder of the Virgin Group, Richard Branson expresses his disappointment with the Brexit vote in an interview with David Rubenstein in the latest episode of “The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations”.

Branson told Rubenstein that Brexit is “the saddest thing that’s happened” to Britain and many people were misled.

Branson noted that if another vote were to take place, he believes the ‘stay’ vote would win.

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Meanwhile Theresa May’s Brexit options are narrowing by the day, after the European Union publicly tore up her cornerstone customs plan.

In a very blunt public statement, chief EU/Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said he will never accept Theresa May’s plan for customs after Brexit. Barnier said the EU will never let a non-member collect its tariffs.

According to Bloomberg, the European Union rejected a key part of her proposal for a trade deal with the bloc on Thursday, sending her back to the drawing board with just 12 weeks to go until a divorce deal is meant to be signed.

May thought her customs proposal was the best hope of getting a Brexit deal she could also sell to a divided Parliament in London. But in a blunt and public critique, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said he will never accept her plan.

Now, she’s boxed in, with all options bringing the risk of her being ousted, and increasing the chances of Britain tumbling out of the bloc with no deal at all.

Barnier even suggested one way out of the impasse would be for the U.K. to stay inside the EU customs union, though that would enrage parts of her Conservative Party and mean May having to renege on her repeated promises to leave it.

“I have always said the EU is open to a customs union,” Barnier told reporters as he stood next to U.K. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab in Brussels in the first full news conference the two have held since the minister took over from David Davis on July 9.

Staying inside such an arrangement is the official policy of the U.K.’s main opposition Labour Party, and is favored by the pro-EU members of May’s party who have rebelled against her. That makes Barnier’s suggestion particularly provocative.

On July 12, May put forward a model under which the U.K. would collect the EU’s tariffs on goods entering the country, as part of a plan to keep trade with the bloc flowing freely after the split. But Barnier said the EU would never allow a non-member to collect its tariffs.

Both May and the EU have stressed that they want to finalize a Brexit deal in October to give the U.K. and European parliaments time to approve it before Britain’s departure from the EU eight months from now.

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Gordon Harris
Gordon Harris
September 5, 2018

Branson is a little creep, All he thinks about is lining his own pockets !

tiredofthemedialies
tiredofthemedialies
September 5, 2018

If you tot up all the direct subsidies Branson’s west coast mainline
service received between 1997 and 2012, and convert them to today’s
prices, you get a sum of £2.79bn handed over (to Branson) by us – before a single
ticket has been sold. And it is certainly before you factor in the service’s upgrade (worth
around £9bn, and paid for by the public), and the fleet of Pendolino
trains (again, largely subsidised by the government). (source Guardian)

Hamletquest
Hamletquest
September 5, 2018

Like a virgin jilted for the very first time…? Sad that the prols didn’t buy into his Blairite ideas on crypto-Thatcherism. Like a Virgin train he’s way behind time. As a transatlantic Virgin he enjoys his own idyllic island away from the harsh reality of “compassionate” Conservatism. The demographic votes that swung the leave vote were the Tory bedrock voters, who’d done everything expected under the Thatcher Regan doctrine of trickle down economics. Now disillusioned with the plight they find themselves in, kids with no jobs, themselves with declining pensions, no nothing no future. Yes it is sad, they were… Read more »

James Johnson
James Johnson
September 5, 2018

Just the rich striking up for what enriches them even if it grinds the public down

You can call me Al
You can call me Al
September 5, 2018

Dear Richard Branson – Fooook off you traitor whore.

John Vu
John Vu
September 5, 2018

Charles de Gaulle did not want UK to be part of EU because it took side with the US. That’s the reason he wanted to create EU in the first place – to contain the US.

AM Hants
AM Hants
September 5, 2018

He used to be my hero, when he stayed out of politics, which was for for a reason. Now he swings on his hammock, out on his private Island in the Caribbean. telling us what we should and should not do. Oh dear, Richard, what have they got on you?

Anthony Papagallo
Anthony Papagallo
September 5, 2018

English is the third spoke language after Polish and Somalian at the largest school in the quiet home counties town where we live.
Thats sadder. And its the reason the whole town voted for Brexit.

Dave Ross
Dave Ross
September 5, 2018

The Black Death, Spanish Flu, WW I and WW II were more sad.

PatriotBot
PatriotBot
September 5, 2018

The saddest thing to happen to Britain is their continued interference in American affairs.

Shouldn’t have been complicit in the Steele Dossier – tsk tsk.

Calling out The Guardian’s false, anti-Russian propaganda

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