Softly, Softly: The British people voted to leave the European Union. To argue as most Labour and rebel Tory MPs are doing that they didn’t vote to leave the Single Market and Customs Union is equivalent to saying they voted to leave the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Court of Justice so … More Quickies-1

Multiple Visions

The EU continues to pursue its ambition to achieve – and to run – a supranational state in Europe: “The euro is more than just a currency. It is a political and economic project. All members of our Monetary Union have given up their previous national currencies once and for all and permanently share monetary … More Multiple Visions

It’s the Wrong Way to Tackle Merkel

In 1975 Australia’s Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, was dismissed by Governor-General Sir John Kerr, Australia’s de facto President. (although formally the Queen’s official representative, the Palace was clear that this was a sovereign issue, as indeed is the appointment of Governor-Generals in reality). The Australian government didn’t have enough Senate support to get its budget … More It’s the Wrong Way to Tackle Merkel

Unusual Customs

Theresa May repeatedly guarantees that we’re leaving the Customs Union (CU) and Jeremy Corbyn concurs. That was also the promise in both parties’ 2017 election manifestos and so is a commitment made by 80% of MPs now in the House of Commons, if not necessarily their true wish. The apparent position now is that under … More Unusual Customs

Citizens’ Initiative

The EU is preparing to consult its citizens again (or some of them – those who might be interested) under the European Citizens’ Initiative. Here is the objective of the Initiative: “The European citizens’ initiative, foreseen in the Treaty on European Union, allows EU citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies by … More Citizens’ Initiative


Jean-Claude Juncker from his annual 2016 State of the Union address: “Solidarity is the glue that keeps our Union together.” “Being European, for most of us, also means the euro … Our European budget is living proof of financial solidarity. The euro is an expression of solidarity.” The only thing that will keep the Union … More Solidarity