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  • There was a story yesterday about coliform infections being endemic in the US, due to the conditions in which the chickens were kept, both before and after slaughter.

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    • That's right Merlyn the US apparently allows livestock to be kept in unhygienic conditions whereas EU regulations prevent animals from coming in contact with large amounts of faeces in the first place. Chlorine is needed in the US to kill pathogens in faeces covering the meat. That is why there is a much greater prevalence of food poisoning in the US than in the EU. If UK lowers its food standards as the US insist then we will lose what markets we have in the EU that survive 60% WTO tariffs.

      Also it must be alarming for pharmacists to read yesterday's warning from the Royal College of Radiologists that cancer treatment will inevitably be delayed by Brexit. Why the government insisted on leaving Euratom which is not even part of the EU knowing that most radio-isotopes come from EU and have a limited half life so can't be stored is beyond figuring.

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      • What happened to Harwell. When working in a hospital. The various isotopes came from there. They did not want them back and the assistant said they were just poured down the sink. I tried to stop standing by it after that.
        johnep

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        • Hope you immediately contacted the Environment Agency to ensure no danger to the public from radiological contamination.

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          • Did not know they existed in those days (1957). Another practice at the hospital was to use babies feeding bottle for preparation of amethocain soln which one of the surgeons used to infuse around the area of a surgical incision. The experience put me off working in a hospital and I never did.
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            • Brexit developments over the weekend. Apparently 10% equivalent of UK bank cash assets have been moved out of the UK this weekend. Equating to a loss of 1% of UK tax take. Leading doctors expressed concern that the UK will lose membership of medical and scientific links that work on rare diseases across the EU which one country alone could not replicate. And now thousands of car repair garages are expected to go out of business within weeks if just in time car parts are delayed coming into the UK:


              https://amp.businessinsider.com/vehi...mpression=true

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              • We should be making our own car parts.
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                • At last on 1 April it is reported in the German media that the Brexit chaos has finally been solved. The House of Commons has agreed that the European Union will join the UK and adopt all its laws including driving on the left hand side of the road. The only thing that could have been improved about this agreement is the name of the country which is somewhat unwieldy: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Austria and France and Germany and Spain ....etc


                  https://www.der-postillon.com/2019/0...XBkPIR.twitter

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                  • So as things stand......

                    As a member of the customs union and the single market but not the EU we have to abide by EU regulations and not strike up external trade deals alongside having no say in the development of said trade deals or regulations. So in a strange twist of fate we would have less control as a result of our bid to "take back control".

                    The only major change would be restriction on free movement which would keep those who don't like foreigners happy but I don't see anyone else being pleased with this potential outcome.

                    What about a hard Brexit and WTO rules? Well China and the USA are looking particularly friendly and open to trade at the moment.......

                    We feel it would be undemocratic to have another referendum because people will have changed their minds and we won't leave the EU. So it's undemocratic to go with the majority? If it's not the majority what's the harm in checking?
                    I remember when a blog was an individual boot.

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