David K

David K

  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Sounds reasonable. The heaviest routine trains I know of is the iron ore trains between Kiruna and Narvik in Sweden/Norway. They weigh up to 9600 tons after the latest upgrades, but that railway is relatively extreme in other ways as...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    You do not have to go so far as Australia to find double trailers. Common in continental Europe as well. Here in Sweden the limit is 25 meters and 60 tons with 80 tons for some specific routes. Then the...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Well. ESMA, the EU finance authority has issued a very clear statement that they will not tolerate any facades for British banks in the EU after Brexit. What they say is that any outsourcing should be handledas for any third...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    It would probably not have been good negotiating tactic on the UK side to start by sabotaging the EU processes. The EU has so far been extremely slow in applying Article 7 as the threat from countries that are relevant...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    That there are tolls, VAT differences and widespread small scale smuggling between Sweden and Norway is true. Most border crossings are unguarded, though. As Norway have very much higher prices on food, tobacco and alcohol lots of food is smuggled...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE
    Norway most certainly does not have a hard border towards Sweden, Finland or Denmark. This has in part historical reasons with a Nordic cooperation and a passport free zone that is much older than Schengen. Today Norway is part of...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The Swedish case is put on hold as the prosecutor found it impossible to interview Assange. It can apparently be reopened. There are plenty of witnesses but as for most rape allegations there normally only were a couple of people...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Yeah, a bit like that. But then, tax evasion is also illegal and possible to get to stick so sometimes justice is not literal but more poetic. Wikileaks and Assange have proven to be at least useful idiots for Russian...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "The EU as the Hotel California. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." Of course you can leave. That said it is very difficult not to trade with your neighbor. Especially when you have...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Won't the parliament have to accept a postponement? Will they? So far the House of Commons have mostly demonstrated their ability to say no to almost anything. Almost anything except for postponement, admittedly, so it could fly. If anyone had...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    "A hard Brexit is what a significant Conservative faction actively wants." True. But I think the odds for both major parties surviving this is slim and I guess that the odds are worse for the Tories than for Labour for...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    I hope you are right. I think that a hard Brexit only can happen by accident; only that there is a lot of playing with petrol and matches. There is some risk in that the House of Commons as a...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    As an observer from the EU I think that the entire Brexit thing is tragic. The UKs political class has gotten UK into a very bad place and forced the EU into a protective loop. For EU27 the important assessment...
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