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Brexit Reality

Just some reality
About 6.5% of German cars come to the UK.
About 2.6% of German GDP is exported to UK including the 6.5% cars
France exports about 1.4% of GDP to the UK.
The internal EU market is of great importance to EU member states including Germany and France although the UK is an important market a unified Europe is a first priority.
Within the exports to the UK you also have to look at the Rotterdam effect these are European goods passing through the UK to markets beyond. They are calculated into the UK import figures and no one has done the maths on the real effect.
Market GDP
US 19.39 Trillion very difficult for major economies to cut trade deals with and the UK will always be a fringe player here while a major player in the EU.
EU 18.7 Trillion UK already has trade deals.
UK 2.66 Trillion
On a per capita basis the UK is the 28th wealthiest country in the world.
You can say exports to the EU are falling however you can’t calculate the build-on factor growing what you already have. The strategy that most business utilise in order to survive.
Even the Iceni traded with their closest neighbour Europe especially the Italians!
This does not cover all the other disruption airlines, travel ,travel insurance, medical issues, citizens rights, plus the 1000s of non-tariffs that have to be negotiated. Also not to mention the Irish border and Gibraltar. It takes many years to negotiate trade deals there are many precedents for such trade arrangements. Also the current political class don’t seem to have the abilities required to manage a go it alone position.

Australia a Museum of the 1800s

Much of Australia’s development is not dissimilar to that of the United States and its growth from the coastal regions to the west or inland.Not all of Australia’s population hugs the coast rather like hanging onto a tippin mattress. Although the greater proportion of the Australian population is on the coast the Commodity wealth of the country has driven growth inland seeking the rich mining of every mental and mineral from Gold, tin, copper, bauxite, opals, Uranium, silver, iron ore, coal ;

Sheep and cattle farming booms across most states with the country hosting some of the largest sheep stations and cattle ranches in the world. Wine vineyards stretch from Western Australia to Queensland. Grains and cotton at also grown in the commodity rich outback

Australia Belswick Merino Stud Condobolin NSW Image Shane A
Australia Belswick Merino Stud Condobolin NSW Image Shane A

Australia produces 30% of the worlds wool and the merino is the finest micron level available to the market. Australia is the 7th largest beef producer in the world, producing around 4% of the world’s beef.

Opal mining Lightning Ridge NSW Image Shane A
Opal mining Lightning Ridge NSW
Image Shane A

All this rush for wealth really commenced in the 1800s. In 1851 the Australian population was only 437,655 the gold rush of 1851 changed all of this with the population growing rapidly and a decade later it was 1,151,957, today of course it is nearly 24 million people. the mining,  sheep and to an extent the beef industry was away from the coast and caused the development of outback towns and cities such as Condobolin,Dubbo, Broken Hill, Ballarat, Alice Springs and Lightning Ridge all now major centers for the commodity driven industries.

Climbing into an opal mine Lightning Ridge NSW
Climbing into an opal mine Lightning Ridge NSW
Stage Coach Cobb and Co
Stage Coach Cobb and Co

The development of these towns really dates from the 1800s a period when the United States of America was developing in a similar way. North America’s towns of the wild west were very similar to  Australia’s even down to the stagecoach connections of Cobb and Co. What developed in this period of inland growth were what Australians refer to as the ‘Veranda Towns’. Towns with large verandas circumnavigating the period commercial buildings and houses of these regional centres – designed for hot summer evenings.

Molong NSW Image Photographer  Shane Aurousseau
Molong NSW Image Photographer
Shane Aurousseau

This architecture gives Australia its unique character influencing its development from the 1800s on. So much of this development is left in- tact across the continent that the country is a ‘Museum for the 1800s and the growth of a nation..

The Lion of Waterloo Pun 1840 low roof and veranda image Shane Aurousseau
The Lion of Waterloo Pun 1840 low roof and veranda image Shane Aurousseau
Silverton NSW Municipal Council
Silverton NSW Municipal Council
Netley Station Homestead
Netley Station Homestead
Braidwood NSW Image Shane Aurousseau
Braidwood NSW Image Shane Aurousseau
Ballarat Victoria NSW
Ballarat Victoria NSW
Silverton Hospital NSW
Silverton Hospital NSW
De Bauns Hotel Silverton NSW
De Bauns Hotel
Silverton NSW
Wellington Pub Wellington NSW image Shane A
Wellington Pub Wellington NSW image Shane A