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IBM is battening down the hatches in preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit next month, warning of implications for the movement of data and delays to products landing in the UK. MPs have already shot down British Prime Minister Theresa May's withdrawal agreement and political declaration that had been endorsed by the EU. …

  1. EvaQ

    Just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg ... is that OK?

    I've a question: Is it OK to just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg on twitter for all Brexit updates? He gives such a warm feeling, just like Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, the Iraq minister of information, "there are no Americans in Iraq"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg ... is that OK?

      You'll have to work that answer out with your therapist.

    2. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: Just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg ... is that OK?

      Well, of course, in the 18th century there were no computers so no pesky GDPR to worry about. And, of course, JRM still didn't have to wash the dishes.

      It would be funny if it wasn't just an act he's putting on: bugger you Jack, I'm all right, he says from his investment company's Irish office.

      1. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

        Re: Just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg ... is that OK?

        The Rees-Mogg money and spurious aristocratic manners dates from the late 1800s when his ancestor somehow acquired a coal mine. He's as aristocratic as Lord Archer.

    3. Rich 11 Silver badge
      WTF?

      Re: Just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg ... is that OK?

      While you're mucking about on Twitter you might take a look at @Racists4ReesMogg.

      I really hope it's a spoof.

    4. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

      Re: Just follow Jacob Rees-Mogg ... is that OK?

      Depends. Am I allowed to drive a tank whilst he's in front of camera?

  2. Tigra 07 Silver badge
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    At least they're planning ahead. A lot of companies polled by YouGov still haven't made any preparations.

    1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

      Re: At least they're planning ahead.

      No, no, it didn't say that*. It said that they were "planing", which I interpret as meaning "let us escape by air while we can". However, the guvment have thought carefully about this: With Failing Grayling as Transport Minister there is no chance of escape in time for the Big Day. Air? Sea? Road? Rail? He has you knackered.

      *Unless it's been corrected. Can Tips & Corrections be made similar to comments? Sending an email uses too many brain cells, even though I don't use Outlook.

  3. Mr Dogshit

    It'll be worth it

    Once we've overthrown the shackles of Brussels bureaucracy, the NHS will get an extra £350 million a week don't forget.

    1. Tigra 07 Silver badge

      Re: It'll be worth it

      Wasn't it already given a large amount of cash towards that in the last budget? I don't have exact numbers to hand, but it was sizeable from what i remember.

      Where's the NHS icon...

      1. Rich 11 Silver badge

        Re: It'll be worth it

        Wasn't it already given a large amount of cash towards that in the last budget?

        It was given some money this year and the promise of more money, increasing year-by-year, over the next four years. There's nothing to stop the Chancellor from not actually fulfilling his promise, especially if something terrible has happened to the economy by the time of the next budget.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: It'll be worth it

          Re: "nothing to stop the Chancellor from not actually fulfilling his promise"

          Politicians can lie?!?

          I'm flabbergasted.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It'll be worth it

      Was the downvote from someone who didn't recognise this was mockingly sarcastic, or from someone who did?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: It'll be worth it

        Probably not.

        There's an antisocial token down voter who thinks it's funny to appear to disagree with responses on these forums that everyone else regards as common sense, without providing any justification.

        The person has a mental age of 13.

        1. Youngone Silver badge

          Re: It'll be worth it

          The person has a mental age of 13.

          No I don't, you do!

          I mean no he doesn't! You do!

    3. ecofeco Silver badge

      Re: It'll be worth it

      That WAS sarcasm, right? So hard to tell these days.

  4. theExecutive

    Maths were by Dianne Abbot

    And it was Eleventy Billion every half quarter..

    1. Tigra 07 Silver badge
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      Re: Maths were by Dianne Abbot

      With five quarters in a year...

      Be careful laughing at her maths as she can't take criticism without playing the race card.

    2. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: Maths were by Dianne Abbot

      Her maths may have been off one day but every tory chancellor ever has been off every day.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Maths were by Dianne Abbot

        But every Labour chancellor has been spot on? Your political leaning is showing a smidgen!

      2. Clunking Fist Bronze badge

        Re: Maths were by Dianne Abbot

        "but every tory chancellor ever has been off every day."

        Gordon Brown was a Tory chancellor? Well I never.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Maths were by Dianne Abbot

          Wasn't that the problem? Tony B and then Gordon B were just Tories in a red dress :-)

  5. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    'in discussions with suppliers to ensure that any vulnerabilities are managed'

    I take it this will be industry standard procedure. There'll be a phone number to call, answered by someone who can't actually help because it's not in their script.

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      1. A.P. Veening

        At least it is an answer and an honest one as well. It isn't helpful, but I don't think that was in the contract either ;)

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          having worked alongside PwC several times in the past...it never is.

  6. jaywin

    "Omnishambles"

    I'm starting to think the word was invented purely for this scenario...

    It's that ridiculous now, we've even got the government that afraid of scrutiny they'd rather give Eurotunnel £33m than actually discuss whether or not they should have planned a bit further in advance than December for a no-deal situation.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Omnishambles"

      Well, we're certainly in the thick of it. "Twenty Nineteen" could have been a fantastic sequel to "Twenty Twelve" if only all the real politicians didn't keep behaving as if they were characters in a sitcom...

      1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

        Re: "Omnishambles"

        If you scripted this, the script would be thrown out for being too silly. May's repeated trips to Brussels where she is "making progress" are just like DoSAC SNAFUs. Hm, maybe we need a new acronym for this farce: BALLSUP? Suggestions, please.

      2. Rich 11 Silver badge

        Re: "Omnishambles"

        It actually makes me wish we had Jim Hacker in charge.

        1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

          Re: "Omnishambles"

          Jim Hacker Sir Humphrey in charge.

          Let's keep a sense of reality.

          1. Hans 1 Silver badge
            Coffee/keyboard

            Re: "Omnishambles"

            Let's keep a sense of reality.

            keep .... a sense, huh ?, of reality ?????

            Thanks, made my day, have an upvote!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "Omnishambles"

      You may be thinking of the words "clusterfuck" or "shitshow"

  7. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    TL;DR

    We're fucked.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: TL;DR

      not for another 4 weeks and 6 hours, 32 minutes. They you are SO, SO, fucked!

    2. eldakka Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: TL;DR

      I don't think the massive queues that will occur after Brexit will be for shag-shops.

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  8. Uncle Ron

    Huh?

    Isn't it fair to say that those who were "knowledgeably" in favor of leaving in the original referendum, and those who -still- support Brexit after so much more truth has come to light, are essentially evil, hateful, destructive morons?

    1. A.P. Veening

      Re: Huh?

      What do you mean with "after so much more truth has come to light".

      According to those die-hard Brexiteers, that is just fear mongering.

      As far as I am concerned: Brexit means Brexit. Good bye and good riddance.

  9. SonOfDilbert
    Big Brother

    Freedom of data

    Without a deal on freedom of data a lot of companies that operate in multiple countries are going to come unstuck if they're not careful.

  10. Hans 1 Silver badge
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    The only way to take back control is a no-deal brexit, it will mean you lose NI, but that would happen in any scenario except remain, so you're fully covered.

    Hard Brexit is all nice and good, a herd of unicorns is heading straight for England, to arrive on April 1st to celebrate born again Britain! All that is needed then is the lion from London zoo and you will be able to take selfies in front of a real-life coat of arms, imagine the luck ... and BLUE passports!

  11. ecofeco Silver badge

    Disruptions? IBM?

    And how will we be able to tell the difference?

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