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  • The Small Potatoes of the NI Protocol

    2022-01-22

    "The seemingly innocuous matter of seed potatoes"

    Brexit Facts4EU highlight one of the many seemingly interminable issues that absolutely defy logical resolution - the thwarted export of seed potatoes from Scotland to Northern Ireland(and indeed to the Irish Republic and the EU).

    I will spare you the details (read the article for these) but we all know that if reason and logic were the only factors of importance we would never have agreed to the NI Protocol in the first place. It was always there to nag away at our terrible democratic decision to leave the warm bureaucratic embrace of the EU, with a view to ultimately confusing us into believing that we should in due course return to the fold. Or to force Northern Ireland into the EU alongside Southern

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  • EU Parliamentarians Review Covid Status in Italy & EU

    2022-01-13

     

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  • More EU Nationals Being Refused Entry to UK

    2022-01-13

    Brexit Facts4EU reports on something our government may be getting more right...  the numbers of EU nationals being stopped, questioned, and even refused entry on arrival (excluding channel dinghy crossings obviously) is trending upwards.

    Whilst I have no idea whether the figures being reported are any higher or lower than they should be, we can at least see that something has changed since we left the EU.

    "The Home Office is believed to be applying a more thorough approach in questioning arrivals from the EU regarding the true intentions for their visit, including looking for visitors who are actually seeking work without the correct documentation or the right to do so"

    "The Home Office and the Home Secretary, Priti

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  • New Year Message from the Bruges Group

    2022-01-02

     

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  • Nigel and Alp Review the Thorny Problem of Immigration

    2021-12-31

    Alp Mehmet, himself a child of an immigrant family, now chairman of Migration Watch UK, discusses the problematic UK immigration issue with Nigel Farage.

    An interesting conversation, especially as he rose to a senior government appointment within the Foreign Office, thus qualifying him to view the issue from the position of the establishment.

    So how did he come to chair Migration Watch and argue for "proper" immigration controls?

    (12 minutes)

     

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  • Out with Boris, In with the EU?

    2021-12-17

    Whoa!

    Whilst many in politics and the civil service undoubtedly would welcome a return to the warm and cuddle enfolding arms of the EU, I suspect that the British public would have something to say about that.

    How it would unfold I don't know, but Joe Public has been well and truly stirred of late into considerable distrust of our politicians, and rejoining in the absence of another referendum must be a step too far.

    Of course they could maybe manipulate the vote...   but this is still the United Kingdom for all the efforts of the civil service, Tone Blair, the EU, the political parties, Nicola Mark and Sadiq. 

    The Salisbury Review raises the spectre.

    Bring it on!


    2021-12-19

    Energy Charter Treaty - Ungreen & Unwanted but Unfazed

    2021-12-14

    What Energy Charter treaty? Never heard of it

    Investigate Europe draws the veil aside...

    "After two years of dialogue, no deadline has emerged to reform and modernise this pact, which allows big emitters to sue states for enacting green reforms"

    To me, that sounds like a ball and chain around the ankle of the green agenda. 

    So it's no further surprise to know that many states are seeking to renegotiate the treaty to permit more "clean green" energy and less "unclean" energy, and still less of a surprise to learn that the "big emitters" are dragging their feet.

    "Just in Europe, the treaty protects

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  • The Eurozone's Ever Expanding Financial Black Holes

    2021-12-09

    Bob Lyddon writing for Brexit Watch lifts the lid on some of the EU's financial aspects that many would prefer to keep under wraps. The problem is that such aspects have a tendency to burst through their wraps at times of stress, and it's clear that current times do indeed involve more stress than usual - indeed, so much stress that most people prefer not to notice it any more, because there is little that they can individually do about it.

    Still, the stresses are not yet abating, and we would be wise to think about these issues - the UK is still on the hook for some not insignificant liabilities, courtesy of Theresa's Withdrawal Agreement, even as subsequently amended by Boris, so yes, this involves us.

    Mind you, I'm not sure that supervision by any "global financial regulator" is the answer - would they not be just as likely to try to bury the offending issues under yet more layers of impenetrable financial-speak

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  • Brexit Britain Opens Up First UK Freeport in Teeside

    2021-11-20

    Facts4EU has the story!

    "In a major announcement overnight, the Government has declared the UK’s first post-Brexit Freeport officially open as of today.

    "Teesside Freeport has begun operations this morning (19 Nov 2021) putting the region at the forefront of manufacturing and innovation, green energy, and boosting jobs, trade and investment"

    More please!

     

  • Brexit - Is this being Used to Clear the Way for GM Crops and Livestock?

    2021-11-12

    England fast-tracking GMO food?

    "Ministers say that the next step is introducing legislation that would allow gene-edited food from crops and livestock that could have been created naturally, or through traditional breeding, to be sold without having to go through GM regulations and safety tests"

    GMWatch has some comments:

    "we do not agree with ... [the] definition of gene editing as 'speeding up a process that might happen naturally'. This is GMO industry framing that is based on zero evidence; on the contrary, there is plenty of evidence that gene editing causes intended and unintended changes that could not happen naturally or are extremely

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  • Update from BrexitWatch - NI Protocol, Will They / Won't They?

    2021-11-11

    The Brexit Watch team deliver a slew of articles on the NI protocol situation. This has been rumbling on for so long that one comes to the conclusion that it suits both sides to keep it going, either as a distraction from other matters or to provoke mistakes by their opponents. Either way, good faith is called into question.

    I take the view that with Brexit formally done (if still not much implemented in terms of cutting the red tape) this will be resolved sooner or later along with much else that afflicts the EU (migrants in all directions, populations becoming more restless by the week, and Covid nonsense escalating once again as winter arrives).

    Still, it's useful to remind ourselves from time to time that Brexit is still demonstrating how little our governments actually care to respond to their peoples, whilst the global jet-setters still push their UN agendas to stifle normal

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  • English Agriculture - 64 Years of Personal History

    2021-10-11

    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

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  • EU Poleaxed?

    2021-10-09

    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

    2021-09-14

    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

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  • Cher Michel, Bienvenue à l'Euroscepticisme!

    2021-09-12

    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 . . .

    2021-08-31

    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.

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  • Brexit, Immigration Trends, Population Change

    2021-08-13

    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

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

    2021-07-31

    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.

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  • Briefings on the Proposed New NI Protocol

    2021-07-26

    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

    2021-07-08

    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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