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  • English Agriculture - 64 Years of Personal History


    Since we left the EU we also left the CAP. Since then the government and its civil servants have been occupied in devising what might unkindly be thought of as a composite policy of subsidy laced with a good measure of "green" objectives that I have never properly understood.

    Being of what some might consider advancing years I still remember the pre-CAP days before we joined the "Common Market". We had cheap imported meat from our erstwhile colonies (primarily New Zealand, Australia) and subsidies to British farmers so that they could cover the gap between their expenses of production and market meat prices. It seemed to me (being not at all farming oriented) that it worked well enough. All that changed when we joined the one-size-fits-all CAP and meat prices in the shops rocketed whilst New Zealand and Australia scrambled to find new markets for their produce.

    So I was interested to see

  • EU Poleaxed?


    Facts4EU brings us the story - Poland's Constitutional Court has ruled that Polish law has primacy over EU law!

    Naturally the EU hasn't taken that at face value.

    It appears that this dispute centres around the EU's insistence that Poland changes the way that it appoints its judges.

    Worse, it appears that the German Constitutional Court made a similar ruling last year. Did the EU manage to bring Germany to heel? Did it even attempt that feat?

    Does this latest move presage more unrest within the EU, or will it all be fudged over with liberal application of ambiguous and self contradictory reassurances?

    Read the story.

  • The NI Protocol - Minister of Truth Tours Northern Ireland


    Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has been touring Northern Ireland and commenting upon the NI Protocol, which continues to be a source of friction and dissent in the province.

    So who is his excellency? Read his responsibilities here and form your own conclusions.

    His official title bestowed by Ms von der Leyen is "Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight" (I'm reminded of Jim Hacker being the minister for the Department of Administrative Affairs, but I'm sure the vice-president has far greater responsibilities. Let us hope that he doesn't have the monopoly on foresight). There is more of course, but I'll let those interested follow up the link.

    Facts4EU present their analysis of his remarks to Queen's University Belfast in the context of Northern Ireland history and present day

  • Cher Michel, Bienvenue à l'Euroscepticisme!


    This is definitely irresistible news from Briefings for Britain!

    M. Barnier, in his new bid to assume the presidency of la Belle France once the present largely unwanted incumbent is voted out, has some stirring things to say about French independence - who would have thought it?

    Onward Michel, onward and upward!


  • EU Negotiations - Yes, Still Festering . . .


    It seems an aeon since we voted to leave the EU.

    It took three years of obfuscation that threatened the collapse of Parliament before we finally voted (for a least the third time) for us to leave, even on Boris' compromised Withdrawal Agreement that it seems nobody fully understood.

    As a result the EU has been leveraging that verbiage to keep Northern Ireland within the EU, no doubt with the support of the Irish government who would like to end up with a united Ireland under their control. I suspect that they should be careful what they wish for - a united Ireland might not be the panacea that brings an end to the "troubles".

    For a review of roughly where these negotiations now stand and whither they might be (still painfully slowly) moving, the Express published a piece by Jayne Adye of Get Britain Out.

  • Brexit, Immigration Trends, Population Change


    The latest paper from Migration Watch "Immigration and population change in the UK's towns and cities" contains a great deal of detail and paints a picture of immigration being encouraged in practice by our government even as its words pretend that they are determined to get it under control.

    There is plainly much to get one's head around but the message is unambiguous - most our present population explosion and the associated demand for housing is driven by immigration.

    I note that the UK (at around 280 heads per sq kilometre) is already one of the most densely populated countries in Europe - if we exclude the minor nations then England (407 heads/km2) carries the lion's share of that population, and of the main

  • Migration Watch Press Release - 90% of Population Growth Driven by Immigration


    Migration was a key issue of the Brexit debate, and now that Brexit is, if not finalized, at least acknowledged by the world's governments, our government is now responsible for the control of immigration.

    As the increasing flow of would-be immigrants in inflatable boats crossing the Channel, kindly shepherded by the French Navy and British Border Force, attests, they don't seem to be making a very good job of it.

    Of course the cross-channel flow of illegal immigrants is simply the most visible manifestation of the problem and many suspect that government incompetence may not be the only factor at work here.

    Migration Watch has made it their business to crunch the numbers and come to some conclusions.


  • Briefings on the Proposed New NI Protocol


    Briefings for Britain report that Lord Frost is going to give the protocol pot a good stirring.

    Apparently this momentous news has made little impact, even though it creates radical simplification of the customs border down the Irish Sea.

    Will the EU nod it through?

    Or is everybody of note on holiday and haven't yet assimilated the proposals?

    We await developments.


  • EU Round-up with Yanis and Douglas


    Yanis Varoufakis is a formidable economist, author, and politician, who when Greek Finance Minister took on the EU on behalf of his Greek demos - and was defeated - appropriately one might think for all matters EU - by being let down (to be polite) by his own Prime Minister.

    Douglas Murray probably needs no introduction, is a champion of British independence and freedom of the individual, and also author of considerable renown.

    These are both hugely knowledgable and articulate guest and we are certain to learn something of interest from them no matter how well-informed we believe ourselves to be.


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  • Northern Ireland Court Rejects Case Against the NI Protocol


    Yesterday's regular Brexit Watch Tea Time email briefing highlights the news that Ben Habib, Baroness Hoey Jim Allister and others had their application for judicial review of the Northern Ireland Protocol rejected by the Belfast High Court.

    "In a momentous constitutional ruling, Mr Justice Colton found that the protocol – which creates the Irish Sea border – conflicts with the 1800 Act of Union, but that legislation enacting the protocol in Parliament has repealed part of the Act of Union"

    The plaintiffs had argued that the constitutional Act of Union of 1800 and the Good Friday Agreement were both breached by imposition of the Protocol, since constitutional change normally requires explicit amendment of constitutional legislation.

  • Swexit? Should the Swiss Walk Away from the EU?


    Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, rather it has a collection of miscellaneous agreements which cover the way in which it relates to the EU. This collection of agreements was always regarded by the EU as a stepping-stone towards full membership, and the EU has been making it clear recently that progress towards full membership should continue - the Swiss population however is not enthusiastic, and due to the powers invested in the Swiss cantons to decide important issues by referendum, the population's views are both known and respected.

    So "Swexit" as a concept is a non-starter because as they are not members they cannot leave, but either party may decide to start dismantling the collection of agreements if it feels that the Swiss-EU relationship isn't going anywhere productive. Pressures are being applied.


  • More Illegal Migrants Welcomed by Border Force


    Migration Watch draws attention to the larger numbers of illegal migrants crossing the channel now that the weather is more clement.

    You would think that illegal migrants would take steps to avoid the Border Force and disappear quietly into our green and pleasant land of promise . . .   the reality is very different. Not for the first time, the French navy reportedly assist:

    "BBC reporter Simon Jones described seeing a small boat with 12 people on board being followed by a French vessel until it reached UK waters"

    where obligingly "the Border Force arrived about an hour later".


    If this isn't a taxi service I

  • The Troubling Treatment of EU Extradition Requests


    The EAW is dead - long live the European Extradition Request!

    When does leaving the EU mean not leaving the EU?

    When does leaving the jurisdiction of the ECJ mean not leaving its jurisdiction?

    Answer - when our Courts push through EU extradition requests on the nod.

    This in effect allows the EU to extradite any of us at any time to face their version of justice.

    "Torquil Dick-Erikson explains how the case of Alexander Adamescu shows the cavalier manner in which UK courts deal with extradition requests to EU

  • Brexit is Not Running Smoothly Within the EU Machine


    Brexit was "done" and supposedly "dusted" in January, but it doesn't seem to be working too well.

    We all know about the problems spawned by the EU's interpretation of the the N.I. protocol, but the practical difficulties faced by our ex-pats still living in the bureaucracy-focussed union's member states get less attention.

    And of course the EU Parliament may decline to ratify the treaty at the end of this month (never let another opportunity to extract more concessions go to waste) and even if they do, the individual member states may similarly continue the rearguard action...

    Brexit-Watch reports.

  • The Left Exhume Another of their Undead to Guide us Back Into the EU


    Not content to serve up recent helpings of Tony Blair, they are now wheeling out Lord Adonis to persuade us of the error of our ways.

    Remember the "People's Vote" campaign? How voting again until we gave the right answer was supposed to be the only democratic way to resolve the horrific idea of having to make our own way in the world that the Brexit vote had somehow conjured up? Well don't worry, there will soon be a new campaign organised to rejoin the EU, that's if the good folk at BrexitWatch have go their story straight.

    Perhaps lockdowns have stirred fond memories of the superior talent for centralised bureaucracy with which the EU is so well endowed, or perhaps Tony has been sent back to Blighty to get a grip and recover the situation, but whatever the reason, it seems that we are set to enjoy a resurgent campaign to "Rejoin the EU".


  • Brexit Agreement Starts to Unravel?


    Caroline Bell writing for Briefings for Britain reviews the state of the NI Protocol and the shenanigans taking place around it.

    Things must be bad if Lord Frost is brought back into the frame! Perhaps his negotiated agreement suffers from the traditional "constructive ambiguity" so beloved of negotiators when the clock has stopped ticking . . .? Or perhaps in EU hands that becomes "destructive ambiguity"? We shall see, but the contrast between the UK-EU and the UK-US negotiations is striking.

    "Hostages will be taken"

    Does the EU want a trade deal or not? It might be thought that it has never negotiated for a trade deal, but always for keeping

  • From House of Chaos to House of Complacency


    During Mrs May's tenure, the House of Commons became the house of chaos as opposing factions seemingly bent every rule in the book and every  convention in Parliament in a futile bid to overturn the verdict of the People without taking the blame for so doing. The squabbling and scheming reached epic levels and the cartoonists (to misapply a quote from Harold Macmillan) had "never had it so good".

    Contrast that with the current state of play where Boris and Matt get by without bothering to present their diktats in the House, Her Majesty's loyal opposition is so loyal that it only ever argues for the restrictions to be tighter, and with very few honourable exceptions no serious attempt is made to do anything other than tow the party line and support the government.

    In this article for Brexit Watch Ian Logan points up the situation over Brexit where

  • Ben Habib Launches Lawfare over the NI Protocol


    Ben Habib explains what he is up to - he is taking Boris to task for the Northern Ireland protocol that is currently dividing the Union.

    Today we are writing to the Prime Minister. This government is driving a coach & horses through the Act of Union. We have no option but to take legal action

    Whilst it's good to see initiatives like this that take the preservation of the Union very seriously, surely the point is that Parliament should be taking the lead here?

    The very fact that politicians are now resorting to legal action speaks volumes about the fiction that Parliament is composed of those who represent the views of the people.


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  • Post Hoc Analyses of Brexit - Wolfgang Streek


    We feature today two articles by Wolfgang Streek of the Max Plank Institut.

    Firstly an analysis of the mutual incomprehension evident in the attitudes that the British and EU elites had for each other prior to and during the Brexit process, as published by SideCar.

    I'm not sure that I would agree with every point he makes, but the geopolitical motivations make for interesting reading.

    Secondly by the same author:

    The European Union is a liberal empire, and it is about to fall

    For me, the words

  • BREXIT - Lawyers for Britain Give their Reaction


    Well, tonight we have lift-off, whatever that may mean.

    Lawyers for Britain give their initial verdict, having had all of a day or so to peruse the vast number of pages comprising the deal.

    Download their preliminary verdict here.

    "Were these threats to materialise, that would be flat contrary to the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland and would alter the constitutional status of Northern Ireland within the UK. As such, it would amount to a major breach of the core principle of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement that NI’s constitutional status cannot be changed without the consent of the people of Northern Ireland"


    "Given its duties to safeguard the constitution and internal market of