Dear Joe

Back in April 2019 we wrote to Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat Speaker of the US Congress, concerning her comments about Brexit, the Irish border and a US-UK trade deal [1]. She didn’t answer and we don’t think the President Elect will do us the honour but at least he has shown he will not ignore … More Dear Joe

Compromise Deal

Michel Barnier, having been told not to bother coming to London because there was nothing to discuss if the EU was refusing to compromise now says both sides must compromise. A compromise deal is looking fairly likely but will the UK be compromised by it? Deal or no deal, the UK has already been deeply … More Compromise Deal

Rule of Law for EU

It is the habit of the EU to bury both information and misinformation in dungheap-sized mountains of words, which both tell us little about what the EU Project is up to and gives the EU room to do very much what it pleases. The EU is skilled at dishing up propaganda. It’s treaties are not … More Rule of Law for EU

EU Treaties-8: Terminology

Some terms used by the EU are unique to them or may be confusing or mysterious for other reasons. Here we offer a few examples, with our explanatory notes: ‘may’ and ‘shall’, ‘taking into account’, ‘legislative procedures’, ‘approximation’ of laws, ‘consensus’. 1. Instruction v. Permission The treaties often use the terms ‘may’ and ‘shall’ and … More EU Treaties-8: Terminology

EU Treaties-5: Foreign Policy & Defence

This post selects from the Treaties and focuses on articles concerning foreign relations and security, proposals for a defence policy. We question the EU’s ability “to promote peace”. We quote Margaret Thatcher’s reservation about a centralised and appointed bureaucracy in Brussels. Defence is to be integrated into the EU’s foreign and security policy but member … More EU Treaties-5: Foreign Policy & Defence