Practising to Deceive

“No longer is European law an incoming tide flowing up the estuaries of England. It is now like a tidal wave bringing down our sea walls and flowing inland over our fields and houses.” Lord Denning Many EU enthusiasts proclaim the Single Market as its greatest achievement and despair that Britain proposes to leave it. … More Practising to Deceive

Pull and Push

Commentary on Brexit focuses mainly on the attractions of independence and on the risks that are inherent in separating the country from a 44-year ‘engagement’ (the ‘pull’ of exit). In this post we ask why so little attention is being paid to the ‘push’, the reasons that the EU offers such an insecure future to … More Pull and Push

Carry on Macron

In a recent article for The Conversation Richard Youngs, Professor of International and European Politics at the University of Warwick, offers his observations on the proposal of Emmanuel Macron for a series of ‘conventions’ in EU member states to discuss with citizens the EU’s priorities as a contribution towards re-launching the Union. “He [Macron] envisages … More Carry on Macron

Signs of Fragility

Score Settling The Greek MEP, Stelios Kouloglou, insists that the EU’s Brexit negotiators must raise the issue of the return of the “Elgin Marbles” to the Parthenon. This has concerned Greek politicians for many years but regardless of whether the case is justified it is not related to EU membership. Member states should not link … More Signs of Fragility

Service Advantage

It is of course possible that Brexit will turn out to be a disaster for Britain, and it could be if we don’t take suitable action. We believe that Britain will cope, in part because of our history and experience and in part because the EU is itself failing, perhaps terminally.  Some doubters claim that … More Service Advantage

Interregnum

Brexit negotiations have begun at last. Ninety-eight British negotiators showed up for the Battle of Brussels, ready to go and smiling for the cameras – or were most of them extras hired from Pinewood Studios? We simply don’t know how ready the Government is. It seems likely that we’re in for months of pointless argument. … More Interregnum

Brief Lies

Vince Cable was chosen, unopposed, as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats and promised to continue his party’s policy of denying us the Brexit we voted for. “The people didn’t vote to be poorer”, he said in his acceptance speech, repeating the lie given last year by Philip Hammond and echoed by George Osborne. We … More Brief Lies

For Richer or Poorer?

Remainers are pleased with their often-repeated slogan that “the people didn’t vote to be poorer.” But they did. Or at least they voted to leave the EU despite being given an official Government warning in a pre-Referendum mailshot that the economy would suffer an immediate shock, jobs would be lost and families would be permanently … More For Richer or Poorer?

A Tangled Web

On Wednesday 12 July Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU, gave a press briefing. We highlight in this post a few points where he wishes us to believe that the EU’s fixed position is based on law or logic in order to cover decisions that are in fact more or less arbitrary choices. As … More A Tangled Web