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UK and Brazil committed to exchange of EU/Mercosur market access offers by end of 2015

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 09:40 UTC
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The United Kingdom and Brazil reaffirmed on Friday their support for the success of the European Union/Mercosur Association agreement negotiations in the framework of the eighth meeting of the UK-Brazil Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) which emphasizes bilateral cooperation and initiatives. Read full article


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  • Clyde15 Argentina ?

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 10:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    I reserve judgement until it happens, or not, with the accent on not.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 11:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    I suppose it's fair enough to deal with Brazil. After all, while Britain is going forwards, Brazil is going backwards. Britain can probably get loads of stuff cheap. Pass on the food though. According to WHO, processed and red meat is bad for you. Vegetation is bad if Monsanto has been anywhere near it. What has Brazil got? As usual, it seems that Britain is willing to drag Brazil out of the Dark Ages. But argieland will have to go!

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 02:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skåre Anti-K.

    @3 Conqueror

    “Britain is willing to drag Brazil out of the Dark Ages”

    You really don't know much about Brazil, do you?

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 04:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • brucey-babe

    @4 Skare Anti-K
    Brazil is full of Spanish blood, Conqueror is right Brazil is in the Dark Ages.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 08:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skåre Anti-K.

    @5 brucey-babe

    If you believe that, you are as big a cretin as the bigot Conqueror and all the Kirchnerist nutjobs.

    Oct 31st, 2015 - 09:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 6 Skåre Anti-K.

    So, a genuine question for you: how do you describe Brazil to someone from Europe who has never been abroad in their life?

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 11:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skåre Anti-K.

    @7 ChrisR

    Like so many countries, Brazil is a country of great contrasts.

    It is a relatively newly industrialised country – but its high tech sector is surprisingly advanced (even by the standards of most European countries).

    By some measures, largely due to its low GDP per capita, it is still classified as a 'developing country', but by other measures – such as its 'high' score on the Human Development Index - it ranks with developed nations.

    It has the third largest economy in the western hemisphere (ahead of the economies of the UK and France).

    It is a country that faces many unenviable challenges and which suffers from great inequality – as indeed the UK increasingly does – but those who judge it here (and blissfully ignore Brazil's extensive mutual defence cooperation treaty with the UK) do so for no other reason than that Brazil has a generally left-orientated government and pays occasional token lip-service to Argentina's claim to the Falkland Islands.

    But to describe Brazil as being in the “Dark Ages” - which is tantamount to claiming that the nuclear capable Brazil of today, with its large avionics and automotive industries, is somehow more backwards than the UK in the 15th century – marks the person making those claims out as being doolally tap and certifiably insane.

    “Dark Ages”? Not by any stretch of the imagination .. certainly not when the measure being offered is brucey-babe's infantile and grotesquely racist “Brazil is full of Spanish blood” .. nor indeed by any of Conqueror's habitually ignorant and sweepingly racist / misogynistic / homophobic / [insert bigoted view du jour] measures of human development (this being the same Conqueror whose view of the world is so skewed that he deludes himself that a donation of a few million pounds – less than 1% of what the UK spends annually on treating diabetes – to a country with a 3 trillion dollar economy is somehow dragging that country out of the “Dark Ages”).

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 02:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 8 Skåre Anti-K.

    Thank you for that lucid and insightful view of Brazil.

    I have to say, resident in Uruguay, that I was VERY disappointed with the handling of the economy by The Liar Mantega, just when I was about to invest a significant portion of our capital in Brazil. Thankfully I found out before I invested.

    Dilma has also been a disappointment and the corruption problems have only just started in my view. This is going to be a major embarrassment to virtually everybody who does business with the place.

    But what really causes concern is the seemingly unchecked growth of murders and mayhem in all the major cities. The place seems unsafe to live in as attested by a very capable poster on here who has moved away after a number of years and having a local woman as his long-time partner. Both of them decided enough was enough and despite a walled residence, armed guards (with you name it, they had it) contacts with the local politicians, etc. both of them left.

    I wish you and your family good fortune and a safe life there but it's not for us.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skåre Anti-K.

    I don't actually live in Brazil, but it is a country I have a great love for.

    The violence and, in some quarters, cheapness of life you speak of is a big problem that Brazil shares with Honduras, Venezuela, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica and Colombia (where I have homes) etc etc .. and to a lesser extent even Ecuador, Argentina and Uruguay.

    Given that most of the murders are gang related, I am very sceptical about the degree to which this makes any of these countries unsafe for gringos – for sure, here in Cali in Colombia (ranked 9th in the list of the most violent cities in the world and a few hundred miles from the border with Brazil), I rarely go anywhere outside of the city centre without an armed bodyguard, but this is protection against robbery and abduction .. not fear for my life. In fact, I even feel comfortable in having a FARC guerilla in my circle of friends.

    Personally I feel at MUCH greater personal risk when I am in certain places in the USA, but I can equally understand why others would have a very different perception of the relative risks.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 08:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    When we get out or the evil EU,
    we can and will trade with whom we want to,

    good for us, good for brazil, and stuff the EU.

    Nov 01st, 2015 - 09:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • golfcronie

    I feel sorry for you, really I do. Armed bodyguard? I live in the UK and can walk, drive and cycle anywhere without fear of my life, no bodyguards etc. I have to say that I will not go through towns that have a black majority but that is my choice. I would have no reason to go there anyway. Why is it that generally black populations are the most violent?

    Nov 02nd, 2015 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skåre Anti-K.

    @12 golfcronie

    “I feel sorry for you, really I do.”

    No you don't, but even if you did, why feel sorry for something that is my own free choice?

    I do however pity you for your ignorance and racism if you really feel the need to “not go through towns that have a black majority” . because the very simple fact is that any such place in the UK is a figment of your rancid imagination.

    In the whole of the UK, there are only three towns (Leicester, Luton and Slough) with a non-white majority .. and none of them is even close to having your mythical “black majority” (in fact, blacks don't even make up the largest racial grouping in any of those towns).

    But hey, this is exactly the sort of racist spew I would expect from another of Conqueror's sock puppets.

    As regards Colombia, blacks and mulattoes make up barely 10% of the population and hardly any of them are involved with either the gangs or the guerilla movements (both of which are almost entirely a white and mestizo problem).

    Another huge fail for bitterness meets pig-ignorant stereotyping.

    Nov 02nd, 2015 - 11:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • MK8 Torpedo

    The UK and Brazil have a long standing relationship especially in defence.Almost every ship in the Navy is UK designed.
    RR jets power the AMX aircraft.
    BAE systems has recently supplied 3 patrol boats and Type 26 global combat ships are in the race to replace 8 Type 21 Frigates.
    Good business,as the previous poster said they pay lip service to Argentina.
    Most countries have had socialists in government at one time or another,it always ends in tears but elections normally get rid sooner or later when the money is spent.

    Nov 03rd, 2015 - 02:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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