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Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

Currently we benefit from a well joined up service system for our Olympus cameras, a simple collection from your home by the courier company, delivered to the Olympus service facility in Coimbra, Portugal. After the service is completed the camera is returned to your dwelling or preferred location within a day or so.

I wonder what the service will be like if Brexit occurs, custom documents to complete, proof of UK purchase required to avoid a further payment of import duty and VAT.

Just thinking.......
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

Little change, I would have thought.

Follow your heart and vote leave.
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

A very valid point.

I am still undecided, but I distinctly remember the hassle involved in travelling with a camera, and the need to persuade Customs that I had owned the equipment for some time, and wasn't importing or exporting it illegally.

On one occasion I had to take an exhibition caravan to Ireland for a trade show in Dublin. I spent several hours in Customs at Dun Laoghaire trying to persuade a rather drunk official that I wasn't importing a Betamax Video Recorder and TV set, (but it still cost me 60 cash)! Bringing it all back to the UK was almost as much fun, involving a detailed search of the caravan to make sure I hadn't hidden any potcheen amongst the unused leaflets and colour charts.

A few other points:
  • We currently enjoy a 'unified' postal charge throughout Europe. That would almost certainly end.
  • Using a mobile phone in mainland Europe would also cost a lot more than at present as we would have to pay worldwide roaming charges.
  • I suspect French and Italian wine would also cost more, but it might be cheaper to buy Aussie wine.
  • On the plus side our roads would be much safer with fewer Audi's and BMW's imported. Former Audi and BMW drivers would need to learn how to use indicators, and maybe even follow at a safe distance.
  • Presumably our greengrocers would no longer be imprisoned, and allowed to die in prison for selling bananas by the pound?
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

I have voted and posted the envelope, so can ignore the noise.
Taking a short trip to the Netherlands in the week preceding the Referendum and will be driving back from Harwich on the 24th no doubt listening to the results coming in.
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

I believe individuals from the republic of Ireland can vote; some were interviewed on Ch4 'news' last night saying they would vote to remain because it's in Ireland's interest - is that fair?
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

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Little change, I would have thought.

Follow your heart and vote leave.
I thought this was a photography site. I'm not saying here or anywhere else how I wish to vote.

So it's goodbye until the referendum is over or perhaps even forever!


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I thought this was a photography site. I'm not saying here or anywhere else how I wish to vote.

So it's goodbye until the referendum is over or perhaps even forever!


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This is the Lounge Barrie, where anything goes.

Much of the problem with British politics is that we don't discuss it enough, and we don't bother to vote; but we complain loudly about the outcome.

Locking ourselves away whenever there is a referendum or election is not really the answer, is it?
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

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I thought this was a photography site. I'm not saying here or anywhere else how I wish to vote.

So it's goodbye until the referendum is over or perhaps even forever!


Regards. Barr1e
I'm sure I, and many others, would very much miss you from this site...

Hope to see some post-referendum post in July.

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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

Posted my vote today, as did my wife. We voted opposite to each other so no real point in voting at all thinking about it as we cancel each other out. All we have really done is increase turnout.
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Posted my vote today, as did my wife. We voted opposite to each other so no real point in voting at all thinking about it as we cancel each other out. All we have really done is increase turnout.
I think that my wife and I will be doing the same.
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So it's goodbye until the referendum is over or perhaps even forever!


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Sorry you feel that way, Barrie, but why not continue to enjoy the photography threads on the rest of the forum? I'm off now to investigate an interesting looking thread on the American Civil War, started by OlyPaul (the thread, not the war!) Knowing Paul, there are bound to be some cracking pictures.
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

I'm glad I don't have to a make a decision or vote on that referendum but I do remember my father being very angry at having to apply for citizenship in Australia after the UK went to the EU considering he had been living & working here from soon after the war.
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

Will not change a lot for me, may reverse some things, I have to carry/ show my passport etc to travel from N. Ireland to Britain but can happily drive to Southern Ireland without any paperwork or checks. Might be the other way round when we leave?

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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

Well, if I could, I would vote to not have a referendum. It rather commits us to one particular course of action unless we can have a yearly referendum like the Scots would like.
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Re: Brexit, Coimbra and your camera

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Well, if I could, I would vote to not have a referendum. It rather commits us to one particular course of action unless we can have a yearly referendum like the Scots would like.
We kind of already are, bit like a puppet on strings. Fact is a lot of people can't cope with change, some people thrive while others fold.

On a smaller scale I have known people fall to bits having to change job where as i love a new challenge and simply the change.
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