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Transition-2Britain entered the transition period on 31 January and left the EU formally, but not irrevocably. The next battle (aka ‘negotiation’) began but was then caught by the corona virus pandemic and suspended indefinitely. Discussions should, when they resume, be a mutual endeavour to bring or preserve the greatest benefits to all citizens but as usual with the EU the gap between promise and delivery is wide—and well veiled—so ‘negotiation’ versus ‘battle’ are appropriate images. We will continue our commentary, which we began when the Referendum campaign started more than four years ago.

‘Guidelines/directives/mandate’ for the EU’s negotiators have been published; we will have to wait to see how far the strongly mandated UK Government will go along with the EU’s expectations or demands.

We continue to argue that this European Union cannot be made to work in the long term (see From the Horse’s Mouth for example).

ArchivesFor a full list of articles click the monthly archive drop-down menu. Many are linked from our menu list of Themes, which summarise the main issues, as we saw them last year. For a quick introduction, see Why This EU Won’t Work: A Summary, written in August 2019.For a full list of articles click the monthly archive drop-down menu. Many are linked from our menu list of Themes, which summarise the main issues, as we see them. For a quick introduction, see our Why This EU Won’t Work: A Summary, written in August 2019.

We invite (moderated) reader comments – please keep the debate polite.


Summaryrevised April 2020

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 failures become increasingly obvious, dissatisfaction grows. We doubt that the EU can survive in its present form for long.

Wrong pathOur blog provides evidence to show that the EU is on the wrong path. The Project is run in the interests of an elite network of politicians, administrators, bosses 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. We show that neither is true.

The core beliefs of most EU supporters are most likely driven by idealism—that working together across nations is a virtue that will ultimately lead to good outcomes, and that freedom, for some, from their own autocracy is in their best interests. We deny that any form of autocracy, including the EU’s oligarchy, is preferable to real democracy and we argue that good outcomes are not generally forthcoming and, where they exist, could have been achieved without the EU’s federalist ideology.

Monnet MethodThe ideology is that a ‘United States of Europe’ is intrinsically beneficial but that progress must be made by the ‘Monnet Method’ to achieve the planned goal without raising the suspicions of the majority of citizens, who would oppose it. The ‘progress’ towards the planned goal has been substantial, the benefits are not so clear.


Latest Updatesrevised April 2020

The EU proposed a series of discussions on the future of the Union or, as they call it, a Conference on the Future of Europe. The European Parliament has put forward detailed proposals for the event but the European Commission watered these down (see We Need to Talk About EU).Deviate-2

The EU will not deviate from its self-imposed raison d’etre. One reason is that while bureaucrats have the ability to impose policies and regulations on their members and more widely, they do not have the ability, or the power, to produce beneficial economic outcomes (see The Jewel in Whose Crown?).

The EU struggles to take all interests into account fairly: large and small, North and South, East and West, corporate and social, etc. The ambition is to level the field everywhere so that everyone has an equal chance. This ideology neglects that variety provides the spices that stimulate innovation (see Somewhere Over The Rainbow).

Eurozone Council ministers have agreed a covid-19 bailout fund. Once again the richer countries have agreed to a minimum acceptable compromise to keep the ‘project’ alive—for now. Those in trouble can dip into the fund without all the usual strings required by the Treaties, but only while the pandemic lasts. The crisis demonstrates that under severe pressure the EU still cannot pull together effectively, after six decades of trying.

Off the tableThe UK 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 the UK will leave the EU without a deal. Of course there is every chance that things will not remain as they are, so in practice they haven’t taken it off the table after all. The economic and political consequences of the pandemic will surely make a difference. The lack of solidarity between member states has highlighted the gap between propaganda and reality.


 

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m not sure what sort of answer you expect to your question though. I have never belonged to a political party. I have taken to social media to protest against the EU for two reasons mainly (and many lesser ones): it is aiming for a supra-national government that cannot be dismissed by its citizens, however it performs, and it continues to obstruct a more community-oriented collaboration among European nations, which might make a better shot at bring economic and other benefits to more people.

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  1. It is not every day one encounters a new Eurosceptic blog site so was wondering what your political history was?

    You can read up my profile on The Harrogate Agenda website.

    Are you yet familiar with The Harrogate Agenda and if you are what are your thoughts on it?

    Finally have you read Flexcit and do you in principle support it?

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    1. I’ve heard of the Harrogate Agenda but not studied it in detail. I like the idea but am concerned at the practicalities of bring it about.
      I’ve dipped into Flexcit and support what I have read.

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      1. Niall, This blog has two authors so I thought I might add my response to my brother’s. As a youngster I was very left wing but, like many others, became aware that we must address the world as it is and not as we wish it were. “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong,” according to H L Mencken (roughly). Grand designs seldom, if ever, work and are certain to fail if they don’t adapt to evidence and changes in the real world. The EU is further proof of this.
        I agree with you that decisions should be devolved as close to those affected by them as is practical and that competing administrations should lead to innovative solutions providing fair, efficient and effective government. We must be careful that higher-level decisions don’t get hog-tied and then adopt QMV across incompatible interests, as the EU does.
        Further comment on your proposals are more appropriate on your own site. I can’t seem to do this from my smart phone, which is all I have with me this week.
        Nick

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      2. We aim to draw people’s attentions to the fundamental flaws in the EU’s design, how it excludes influence from its citizens and, because of the entrenched ideology, will not be reformed. It performs badly and is sustained only by myths and propaganda. Worst of all it prevents the formation of a useful European community.

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      3. Well as you well know we won the referendum and so the BIG issue now is what happens next and to ensure the Brexit offered is doable in the time available,workable and causes us as little grief as possible. This is of course the aim of the blog EU Referendum where I first came across you and your blog.
        As to the long term future for the continent of Europe (because it is so important to differentiate between the EU and Single Market of 28, the EEA of 32 and Europe of 51 countries) this is covered in Flexcit and ultimately sees an European Economic Space controlled by UNECE in Geneva.
        The more blogs working together to support the above the better.

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      4. Thanks for your comment. I agree that we need as much support as possible during the Brexit negotiations to ensure that there will be no back-sliding towards Remain as things get difficult. They will get difficult because the EU feels it has to defend itself against the risk of contagion and so has to make it seem that the UK is being punished. They have little confidence that their project can hold up on its merits, perhaps because it has so few.
        And, as you say, there are now more important international agencies which could oversee a more democratic and successful European project.

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    1. Thank you for following our blog! Are you in Bulgaria? What do you think of our views of the EU? We are deeply sceptical of the supposed benefits of the EU, mainly because of their ideology of the super-state and the lack of democracy.
      Good luck with your blog; we will keep in touch.
      David

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  2. Just found your blog and hope in the near future to submit my own theory of what is actually happening and why. The evidence I have gathered suggests that ultimately the EU via a joint effort with Islam wishes to either have a shared project of an EU/ Arab alliance with the combined power, resourse and financial capital to compete with the USA and China, or use the same alliance to join a NEW World Order. No doubt the evidence could be interpreted in different ways but it does not negate the facts relating to what is actually happening in Europe. Please let me know if you are interested. I have been trying to get this information in the public domain for a long time but not with great success. I am not an Intellectual or university graduate but investigate the facts via a prism of common sense. I submit that I may have got caught up in my own bubble however your scrutiny of the evidence would be valuable to me even if you do not want to print.

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    1. I’m mildly curious to see your evidence as it seems a big stretch to have the EU conspiring with ‘Islam”. First, many EU member states have a distaste for Moslems and, more generally, for Islam. Second, the EU is an organisation run by people while Islam is the generic title for a religion with many adherents who disagree with one another. Who represents ‘Islam’ in such a conspiracy? Or what Islamic organisation? Third, while I agree that the EU seeks to compete with the US and China, it does so explicitly not subversively. One of their claims for ‘Europe’ is that it needs a federal government to give it the scale it needs to compete. EU leaders push this argument and don’t seem to need any other organisation to join in; they would rather take the power for themselves.

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      1. I will try today to collate the info and send it to you. For now please Google these. Barcelona Declaration when investigating this please click the blue print with the union flag. This opens more pages with icons to click. Not all work but some do. The Mediterranean Agreement is the strategy and the up to date version 2017 although as is the EU, s usual penchant for hiding their agenda in words of reason it is not as overt as the BD. I will send you the original copy of the Isesco Charter as it was too overt and has been replaced with another more pliable document that says the same thing but in a more nuanced way. The IOC document is explained on you tube and worth a watch. The charter of the BD is also explained on you tube. While examining these document the overriding question is: why would Merkel risk her political career, the Eurosceptism and civil unrest of the people by refusing to cap migrant numbers. For the same reason she is unable to form a coalition government. Why is anything relating to Christain heritage being ignored in favour of all things Islam. She is aware of the outrage it will cause if, in the latest episode the ECJ rules that in a particular case Sharia law can overide common
        law. This is the bulk of the info but I will try to submit it to you in an easier form. The BD starts with a Danish person writing to his PM demanding to know about this agreement and the ensuing reply. Thanks for your interest

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