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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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  • Northern Ireland Court Rejects Case Against the NI Protocol

    2021-07-01

    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.

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

    2021-06-22

    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.

    Professor

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  • More Illegal Migrants Welcomed by Border Force

    2021-06-05

    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

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  • The Troubling Treatment of EU Extradition Requests

    2021-05-25

    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

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  • Brexit is Not Running Smoothly Within the EU Machine

    2021-04-23

    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

    2021-04-07

    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".

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  • Brexit Agreement Starts to Unravel?

    2021-03-05

    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

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  • From House of Chaos to House of Complacency

    2021-02-24

    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

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  • Ben Habib Launches Lawfare over the NI Protocol

    2021-02-22

    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

    2021-01-25

    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

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  • BREXIT - Lawyers for Britain Give their Reaction

    2020-12-31

    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"

    Ouch.

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

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  • Immigration Enforcement - Sabotaged?

    2020-12-28

    Bring back Tony Blair - all is forgiven?

    Migration Watch documents the failure of the Boris government to quell levels of illegal immigration, now running rampant, relative to past years, at a time when there are already more unemployed than need be due to the said government's controversial measures supposedly to control the spread of the "pandemic".

    If this is how they will continue to avoid controlling illegal immigration post Brexit (and why would they not?), we could be in for more lawlessness as more illegal immigrants vie with indigenous British for available jobs - all to the detriment of employment prospects at the lower end of the market, and a probable increase in those being paid less than the minimum wage as a plentiful supply of illegals willing to work for less money increases the opportunities for unscrupulous

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  • End of Transition in Name Only?

    2020-12-18

    Brexit Watch makes a good point.

    Interminable never-ending "negotiations" may end up effectively leaving us indefinitely  "in transition" (ie: BRINO) to all intents and purposes - how could this be?

    It's up to Boris - if he permits this sleight of messaging then he will have only himself to blame for not cutting the negotiations off at the knees at 24:00 on 31st December.

    After all, on 1st Jan, even if the EU wants to let current arrangements continue, we don't have to - we can pick and choose!

    We can have no objection to negotiating after the 1st January, but Boris would be well advised to put some clear blue timing between ending pre-exit negotiations and starting post-exit negotiations, and should emphasize the different basis on which these are being undertaken (not to mention the immediate

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  • Always Darkest just before the Brexit Dawn?

    2020-12-15

    They say that it is always darkest just before the dawn . . .   or maybe just before the final betrayal?

    We have no real knowledge so this is just a placeholder, but there are clear worries. Watch and wait . . .

    Like / Dislike this video here.

  • A Quick Skate through History - Alan Sked Reviews The State of Politics Today

    2020-12-09

    Alan Sked, the academic founder of the Anti-Federalist League which subsequently morphed into UKIP, reviews the state of politics today for Brexit Watch, with special attention to the state of politics north of the border.

    He reminds us of a lot of good points which underscore the impracticability of top-down centralised government by the elite, and expose the folly of the push toward Scottish independence.

    Whilst "too small and too much in debt to be independent" has some truth (ask the Greeks), "too big to be flexible and learn new tricks" also has validity, and it would seem that the trick is (a) to be solvent and (b) to find the right balance.

    European Arrest Warrant to Continue Post Brexit?

    2020-12-05

    Some of us have been concerned for many years now that our perfidious Parliament will allow the EAW (European Arrest Warrant) to live on well beyond its Brexit end-by date.

    Torquil Dick-Erikson writing for Brexit Watch now discloses the confirmation that as far as HMG is concerned "There is no intention for extradition to any EU jurisdiction after the end of transition period to be made subject to a court ruling that there is a prima facie case".

    There you have it. i don't doubt that the EAW will be "renegotiated" post "Brexit" and repackaged to look a little more like a new arrangement, but the fundamentals will remain the same.

    So much for Habeas Corpus and our freedom from arrest and imprisonment without trial for prolonged, maybe indefinitely prolonged, periods. We can still be summarily arrested and

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  • Report by Independent Chief Inspector of Borders on Home Office response to cross-Channel irregular arrivals by lorry and small boat

    12/01/2020

    Migration Watch UK recently put out a press release covering the performance of the Home Office in managing inbound illegal immigrants.

    No prizes for guessing the overall tenor of the report.

    "it is hard to avoid the conclusion that it has neither the capacity nor the capabilities, in particular in respect of criminal investigation and prosecution, required to manage this threat more effectively"

    To which one might reasonably add "nor the will".

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