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British Stockholm Syndrome; Imbalanced COVID Policies

British Stockholm Syndrome The UK announced a “bounce back” plan to recapture post-Brexit export share for the country’s farmers. It involves trade agreements with Japan, the U.S., and other countries. However, the British have adopted a European attitude towards food policy and that makes an agreement with Washington unlikely. Europeans were shocked four years ago when the British voted to leave the EU. At a meeting in Brussels that year, British officials confided that diktats from Brussels drove the decision. They explained that the Continent follows Napoleonic law, which opines what the citizenry can do. By contrast, everything is allowable under English common law unless specified otherwise. However, after nearly fi...

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