Now Parliament has voted to accept the new draft Withdrawal Agreement and the Bill that will implement it. As things stand – and they generally change – Britain will enter the transition period on 31 January and leave it, and the EU, formally on 31 December 2020.
Boris has promised – we will have to wait to see if he, and his new Government – keep their word(s).
We (this blog’s authors) are preparing a summary of our case against the EU. The way forward is less than clear, as we write; we may have to update this Home Page more frequently as circumstances change, or appear to do so. We will continue to post articles pointing out why we believe that it is in the best interests of the UK to leave the European Union.
For a full list of articles click the monthly archive drop-down menu. Many are linked from our menu list of Themes, which focus on the main issues, as we see them. For a quick introduction, see our Summary, which was written in August 2019.
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The European Union is failing to meet its stated goals. Inspired and claimed as “a project for peace” it was always, in practice, a quest for ever more centralised power, regardless of the wishes of its citizens. As its strategic failures become ever more obvious dissatisfaction grows. We doubt that the EU can survive in its present form much longer.
Our blog reveals evidence to show that the EU is on the wrong path. The Project is run in the interests of an elite web of politicians, administrators, bosses, unions and lobbyists – who are determined to continue on the current path despite the wreckage already created and in prospect. Their greatest success has been to convince many people that it has a high moral purpose and beneficial outcomes.
It seems plausible that the core beliefs of most Remainers and Leavers are equally driven by idealism—either that working together across nations is a virtue that will ultimately lead to good outcomes, or that freedom from remote autocracy is in the best interests of citizens.
The ideology is a ‘United States of Europe’ and progress is by the ‘Monnet Method’, to achieve the ideological goal without raising the suspicions of the majority of citizens, and even leaders, who would oppose it.
Latest Updates – revised in December 2019
Both Parliament and People are divided by opposing ideologies, and misled by the EU; squaring this circle may never end.
The dangers and fragilities within the EU are still rising, as they were at the time of the Referendum, so we hear about the downsides of leaving more than the upsides of staying, perhaps because there are so few upsides. And we hear nothing about the downsides of staying in a fractious and fragile Union.
Parliament voted to take leaving without a deal ‘off the table’. They have accepted a new draft Withdrawal Agreement and dates for completing the withdrawal. However, if a free trade agreement cannot be completed and signed before 31 December 2020 then, as things stand, the UK will leave the EU without a deal. Of course there is every chance that things will not stand as they are.