Wednesday 29 March
Article 50 set to be triggered
Today is the day.
Following the country’s historic vote for independence on June 23rd, Theresa May will finally trigger Article 50 in the form of a signed letter to the European Union.
What then follows will be a period of negotiation for up to two years. The format moving forward is very simple: either the EU recognise that it is in their interest for a sensible, mutually beneficial deal based on trade or they try and make an example of Brexit Britain and we walk out without a deal.
It is a win/win scenario, with the UK coming out the other side in a much better position than we are in right now.
There is reason to be sceptical about whether the EU will behave sensibly or not. Already we hear demands for £50 billion and a demand to keep the borders open until we leave, allowing another EU migrant surge.
But the fact is, we are leaving. Brexit is happening, one way or another. It is a moment in history to savour, enjoy and celebrate.
Scottish parliament backs referendum re-run
Bitter Remoaner Nicola Sturgeon led the charge for a second referendum on Scottish independence yesterday with the devolved legislature backing a second vote with 69 MSPs in favour and only 59 opposed.
The SNP teamed up with the Scottish Green Party to pass the vote, but a second referendum will still require the consent of the Westminster Parliament. It looks unlikely to happen with Downing Street slamming the idea as disruptive and impractical during complex Article 50 negotiations.
Nicola Sturgeon, who has never had a strong understanding of Britain’s constitution, warned that blocking a referendum until after Brexit would be “democratically indefensible and utterly unsustainable”.
But Sturgeon has been subject to widespread ridicule after remarks have surfaced during which she guaranteed that she wouldn’t push for a second vote until it was “clear that a majority of people in Scotland want independence”.
With current polls still showing sizable opposition to Scottish separatism, with latest polls from YouGov and Panelbase showing an 11 point lead for staying in the UK, it certainly appears that her condition has yet to be met. Oops!
Heseltine continues Brexit whinge
Europhile former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has continued his impotent attack on Brexit, declaring that triggering Article 50 would be “the biggest sacrifice of British sovereignty that I can remember”.
The confusing remarks fly in the face of reality, with Prime Minister Theresa May vowing to take back control of Britain’s immigration policy, trade policy, and her fishing waters – not to mention repatriation of power over the nation’s entire lawmaking system.
He continued to push Remoaner myths about European politicians holding all the cards in Article 50 negotiations despite the current balance of trade favouring British negotiators. He said that they “will tell us the conditions on which we can trade with our biggest markets.”
Heseltine was sacked from the government in recent weeks for failing to back the government on Brexit, highlighting the extent to which the religion of Europhilia outweighs all other considerations for the most hardcore Europhiles. With Brexit set to commence today whether he likes it or not, we hope he wakes up to reality sooner rather than later. It will be a rough two years for Lord Heseltine if he doesn’t.
Tuesday 28 March
London the top trader
Amid the frenzy of the last days before the Prime Minister pulls the trigger on Article 50 professional services firms have been busily conducting surveys in the City of London to get a handle on how big the consequences of Brexit will be. The answer, nowhere near as dramatic or as bad as the doom mongers have been threatening.
Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills interviewed executives at 70 major businesses on what the impact Brexit would likely have on their spending plans, a key indicator. A full 89% said that they are planning no changes.
Pressed on the looming Brexit question of being able to operate across European borders, one executive said: “No banks have turned down business with us – this is probably because of faith that the situation [of cross-border financial operations] will get sorted out”.
Forecasters at UK accounting giant EY predict a 6% rise in personal and business lending over the period 2016-20. Asset management will grow a whopping 12% compared to a more modest, but impressive 4.2% for the banking sector.
At the global level, London has retained its crown as the world’s financial capital, according to a report by Z/Yen. London is the only European financial centre to make the top five. The ranking is based on more than a 100 different factors and verified by the
World Bank and the UN among other international organisations.
On the investment front, Qatar, which has already invested £40 billon in Britain, has announced plans to shovel another £5 billion into UK transport, property and digital technology.
Migration Compensation madness
The EU’s gift for stupidity was on display once again yesterday as calls for a common compensation scheme to repatriate asylum seekers gathered pace. Last year, so-called ‘assisted voluntary returns’ paid for 81,575 migrants to return to their home countries – hardly asylum seekers when they are happy to go home.
Thanks to Angela Merkel’s reckless invitation to migrants to come to Europe, EU governments have had to figure out how to encourage them to go back home. Due to the legal difficulties of deportation, many national governments have introduced compensation schemes as an incentive.
Cash-rich Germany pays out a generous €5000 to encourage people to go home. Bulgaria and Poland each hand out €500, the others offer something in-between. Needless to say, this is yet another can kicking exercise, encouraging migrants to come to Europe before receiving a tidy payout.
Now the EU is heaping more trouble on the dodgy enterprise of so-called ‘voluntary returns’ by calling for assistance payments to be set at the same rate across Europe. The proposal comes amid news of record levels of people-smuggling across the Mediterranean.
Germany is unlikely to budge from its larger payouts so expect yet more migrants to make the decision to come to Europe and for the EU’s poorer countries to be out of pocket too.
Maverick Italian leader edges towards power
Following last week’s historic lead in the polls, maverick Italian comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo appears to be even closer to reaching political office.
Grillo’s left-wing 5Stars movement had previously ruled out forming a coalition government, effectively ruling the grassroots party out of the prospect of power in Italy’s dense field of established parties. But the polling success, largely at the expense of the ruling centre-left party, has helped to change Grillo’s perspective.
The anti-migration Northern League, which has also polled well in recent weeks is now emerging as a natural coalition partner to 5Stars. The two would most likely be joined by other, smaller grassroots parties.
“The plan [for an alliance] is there and it’s being discussed in the parliament’s corridors,” said an inside source.
With Marine Le Pen Storming to the French Presidency, a win for Grillo and the Northern League really would spell the end of the EU.
Monday 27 March
Greece warns of migrant hell
The Greek Immigration Minister, Yannis Mouzalas, has warned the EU that Greece cannot cope with any more migrants, as Brussels considers returning to the controversial ‘Dublin Agreement’.
The agreement, when enforced, make migrants the responsibility of the first country they enter which also means migrants who come to Europe via Greece that have their asylum claims rejected could be sent back for Greece to deal with, rather than be deported to their home country.
Mouzalas told Der Spiegel: “We are not in a position to implement a return to the Dublin rules. I want the Germans to understand that we are not concerned about political or ideological reasons, or that we would not appreciate the help from Germany. Greece simply has no capacity to cope with the arrival of other refugees.
“It’s ridiculous to put on a system that will collapse immediately at the next refugee storm,” he added.
James Dyson backs Brexit
Billionaire Sir James Dyson says that he is “enormously optimistic” about Britain’s Brexit future, given the UK’s new global focus and ability to negotiate trade deals free from the shackles of Brussels.
As Sir James points out, Europe is an economically declining part of the world, with huge opportunities elsewhere such as in the Far East.
Dyson’s company are investing £2.5 billion in a Brexit Britain soon to be outside of the EU and the single market in a huge mark of confidence in the nation’s economic prospects moving forward.
Sir James made clear that as a patriot he was looking forward to Britain re-engaging with the Commonwealth, with the UK once again able to represent its own national interest on the world stage.
The phenomenally successful businessman has also backed leaving the EU with no deal if necessary, explaining that his company currently trade with other countries under WTO rules successfully as his company expands and grows.
Visionaries like Sir James Dyson can see what an incredibly exciting new era this is for Britain.
Brexit boom for overseas turnover
Britain’s medium-sized businesses saw their overseas turnover increase from £119 billion to £127 billion in 2016, a jump of 7%.
International trade is increasing for mid-sized firms, flying in the face of the economic scare stories put out by Remain about what a Leave vote would mean.
The continued growth in trade for these companies follows news of a boost for the tourism industry in the UK, a retail sales surge and huge optimism in British factories as the country prepares to leave the EU.
Economic prospects continue to look good, with the country about to embark on a political journey that will end up with the UK’s Trade Secretary able to negotiate global trade deals.
Sunday 26 March
Tories backtrack on child benefit
A document from the Department for Exiting the European Union has recommended EU nationals should continue to be entitled to child benefit for children not resident in the UK after Brexit. The move would be a clear contradiction of the Tory 2015 manifesto which stated:
“If an EU migrant’s child is living abroad, then they should receive no child benefit or child tax credit, no matter how long they have worked in the UK and no matter how much tax they have paid.”
The revelation will spark fresh outrage among Brexiteers who believe the Government is beginning to backtrack on key issues and reminds us how important it is for Eurosceptic pressure groups to hold Theresa May’s administration to account.
Farage to test Carswell in Clacton
Nigel Farage announced on Ridge on Sunday that “we plan to write to every household in Clacton” to see whether they wish for Douglas Carswell to call a by-election, putting the independent MP’s “real recall” policy to the test.
Carswell has previously been an advocate of a recall policy whereby, if 20% of constituents want a by-election they should get one. It appeared somewhat puzzling that since his resignation from UKIP, Mr Carswell has appeared reluctant to follow his own guidelines.
Following his appearance on Sunday Politics, Carswell also appeared to suggest he may rejoin the Conservative Party by the time of the next general election. Whilst he maintained he is “comforrtable as an independent”, when pushed by Andrew Neil on whether he will stand as a Tory in 2020, Carswell replied: “Let’s wait and see.”.
Saturday 25 March
May backs Britain’s fishermen
After months of speculation, Theresa May is set to declare her support for Britain’s fishing industry in the coming weeks by vowing to take back one of our proudest natural resources: our waters.
British governments of all stripes have betrayed the sector for generations, surrendering fishing waters to the mad European Common Fisheries Policy – which allows foreign fishermen to seize British fish while causing a range of ecological disasters.
Norway meanwhile has thrived outside of the policy, making excellent use of an extensive Exclusive Economic Zone that has been denied to mistreated British fishermen.
But Theresa May could reverse decades of policy by giving notice of Britain’s exit from the 1964 London convention, which initiated the surrender. Exit will take two years, coinciding neatly with the mandated time-span of Article 50 negotiations.
But some remain sceptical. Fishing for Leave’s Alan Hastings said that “the fact that they haven’t already announced that is giving us jitters. So far they have used the right rhetoric but their actions have not lived up to that.”
Only time will tell.
Tourism booms in Brexit Britain
Remain campaigners taunted Brexiteers throughout last year’s referendum, calling them insular Little Englanders who want to shut themselves off from the world. But the latest figures from the ONS show how our heroic vote to quit the EU has led to a surge in tourism to the UK, which remains as welcoming as ever.
Between October 2016 and January 2017 foreign visitors from around the world increased by 13%, with tourism from North America rising at a whopping rate of 19% on the same three months the year before.
8.8 million tourists visited the UK in those three months, which 2.9 million visiting the country in January alone.
The phenomenon may partly be caused by the new value of sterling, which has already boosted exports by making British produce more competitive overseas. Now it appears to be helping British tourism to thrive.
As Britain quits the failing EU and rediscovers its place in the world, interest from our friends and allies can only be a good thing.
Austria desperate to be rid of migrants
In the latest indication that governments across the EU are waking up to the huge damage caused by massive migrant inflows, Austria has stepped up efforts to get them to return home.
The nation is desperate to repatriate up to 50,000 asylum seekers, with Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka doubling the amount his government is willing to pay to entice the migrants to leave the country.
The sum has been doubled to 1,000 Euros, up from the prior payout of 500, in the hopes that they can speed up returns. Last year they only managed to return 10,700 migrants despite record inflows.
But the move may prove insufficient with Austria receiving over 130,000 asylum applications in the last two years.
The pressure has had obvious political consequences with 49.7% of Austrians voting for far-right candidate Norbert Hofer in the second round of the nation’s presidential election last summer. It’s about time establishment politicians acted on the concerns of ordinary voters.
Friday 24 March
Westminster terrorist identified
The Metropolitan police have identified the despicable terrorist who carried out the sick attacks on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday afternoon, revealing him to be 52 year old British-born Muslim convert Khalid Masood.
He was a recidivist criminal with a twenty year history of vile behaviour, including possession of a knife, criminal damage, and slashing a man’s face.
But as questions were answered about the identity of the killer, more were raised as it emerged that MPs had already warned about a security “weak spot” at the gates of Parliament – exactly where the terrorist struck.
Yesterday also brought more tragic news from the attack as a 75 year old man lost his life following the withdrawal of life support, bringing the death toll up to four.
But London came together yesterday, holding a memorial in Trafalgar Square led by Mayor Sadiq Khan which was attended by thousands. He said that we would “not be cowed by terrorism”, echoing the sentiments of a nation.
Remoaner shambles ahead of anti-Brexit march
The disorganised and dwindling campaign to keep Britain trapped in the European Union has faced another embarrassing setback as rival groups are fighting over whether an embarrassing march this Saturday is banned or not.
The European Movement, despite its anti-democratic aims, was decent enough to call off the event following Wednesday’s horrific attack in Westminster. Tory MP Stephen Dorrell spoke out about the “enormous burden” that the march would cause “at a time when they need to concentrate on the investigation into the terrorist attack”.
But less considerate were the Unite for Europe group which wants the march to go ahead despite the situation in London. They boasted that “the march will go ahead” and that “all plans remain the same”.
Deranged Europhiles went so far as to suggest that there was a conspiracy to halt their pathetic display, with some speculating that the original statement of cancellation was faked.
Arron Banks to drain the swamp
Westmonster and Leave.EU’s Arron Banks has spoken to The Telegraph about plans to drain the Westminster swamp at the next General Election.
Banks revealed that they would be targeting “bad career politicians” and revealed that there have been discussions with Steve Hilton, David Cameron’s former adviser, as to “how you fund local candidates, how you put them forward, how you do things”.
Fellow Brexit Bad Boy Andy Wigmore said around 100 MPs had been targeted, focusing on Remain-supporting MPs in constituencies that voted for Brexit.
Thursday 23 March
Tragedy in Westminster
The country was struck yesterday when a terrorist attacked the heart of our democracy, running down innocent people on Westminster Bridge before heading towards the Palace of Westminster, where he fatally stabbed heroic PC Keith Palmer – a father and a husband who died aged 48.
Among other victims came from across Europe, including a Spaniard and French school children. 29 people needed hospital treatment and three people were killed in the attack.
The perpetrator was shot dead and the public awaits news of his identity. He was British-born and known to the security services.
Overnight raids were carried out in connection to the incident and five arrests were made. Eight people are now being held. Raids took place in Birmingham, where the car used in the attack was rented, and London. Birmingham police moved at 11pm, storming a second floor flat.
Bitter Farron pushes for referendum repeat
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron lost big in June’s EU membership referendum and he still can’t get over it.
The hardcore Europhile, who recently accepted the Remoaner of the Year accolade from Leave.EU, has now introduced a bill calling for a referendum repeat once government negotiators return from Brussels with a Brexit deal in 18 months’ time.
17.4 million Brits backed Brexit last year and polling since has shown support for leaving the EU holding steady or rising regardless of the obsessive desires of leading pro-EU figures.
The delusional politician thought the pathetic attempt would be met with “jeering and jingoism” in the House of Commons, which recently rejected a similar amendment to the Brexit bill calling for parliament to have a “meaningful vote” on the terms agreed between the government and EU leaders.
But he was instead almost entirely ignored, delivering his damp speech to a nearly empty chamber where he won little response. The bill will receive a second reading on May 12 when it will almost certainly be defeated. Maybe that will be enough to dissuade Farron from further embarrassing stunts but we doubt it.
Trump wiretapping exposed
President Donald Trump has been vindicated over claims that his top team was subject to surveillance from the Obama administration after the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Devin Nunes, revealed that the team’s communications were swept by intelligence agencies.
Mr Trump sparked controversy in recent weeks by claiming that he had been wire-tapped by the former President, invoking mockery from political pundits who assumed that the claims were false.
He went on to hail the investigation, saying that he “very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found”.
But congressional Democrats were less enthused as they were left red faced. Adam Schiff attacked the embarrassing revelations, demanding that “this is not how you conduct an investigation. You don’t take information that the committee hasn’t seen and present it orally to the press and to the White House before the committee has a chance to vet whether it’s even significant.”
It must annoy Mr Schiff that he wasn’t given a chance to suppress the information and continue to control the narrative, but the news is out and has exposed the dark underbelly of establishment politics.
Benefits of single market membership “largely imaginary”
A top think tank has slammed the idea that continued membership of the European single market has essential, branding the alleged benefits of the bloc “largely imaginary”.
Studying trade figures between the EU and external parties since the creation of the single market in 1993, the analysis found that exports into the single market from outside have outpaced the expansion of British exports to other European countries.
And the discrepancy is not insignificant, with countries trading with the single market on WTO rules expanding their exports at five times the rate that Britain has, exposing yet another Remoaner myth.
The report concluded that “the evidence shows that the disadvantages of non-membership of the EU and single market have been vastly exaggerated and that the supposed benefits of membership, whether for exports of goods and services, for productivity, for worldwide trade, or for employment are largely imaginary.”
It went on to stress that “trade data also offers strong support for the decision” of the government to quit the single market and take back control of our borders, our law, and our money.
Wednesday 22 March
“First the money” says Brussels
Following on from the revelation that the EU plans to take the UK to court in the likely event that Britain refuses to hand over £50bn of taxpayer’s cash it has emerged that Brussels is using its interpretation of the treaties to shut out negotiations towards a replacement trade deal until the final stages of the Article 50 process.
In English that means, “pay our £50bn or we we’ll restrict the chance of a trade deal with you”. Brussels is desperate to get it hands on much-needed finance to plug the £16 billion-plus budget hole Britain will leave.
“As in human relations, to get to the terms of a new relationship you have to go through an orderly divorce,” said a senior EU official said.
“First, it’s the money and the kids, the car and the flat.”
The EU’s legal advisers claim that Article 50 only related to the divorce, and that a separate article (218) on international agreements will apply to separate talks on a replacement trade deal. The UK government does not see it that way so prepare for a battle within a battle.
Trade Bill set for Queen’s speech
Attitudes in government are shifting as the EU continues to demand a cheque for £50 billion and threatens to take the UK to court, UK trade secretary Liam Fox now plans to play hard ball with Brussels with the threat of big import duties.
The Queen’s speech in May will come just days after the EU launches its Brexit negotiation programme, in it will be a long-awaited trade bill giving the UK the power to strike its own trade deals.
The bill will come into force before Britain leaves the EU and will enable the UK – for the first time since joining in 1973 – to set its own import duties to protect British industry.
The threat of hiked up duties on EU imports will also give Brussels a taste of its own medicine. The EU sells more to Britain than the other way around. Once the European Union knows jobs and revenue will be under threat it will have no choice but to stop the silly tactics.
Hard to believe that Britain joined the EU to access a common market, what it is about to leave looks more like a very spoilt five-year-old’s birthday party. No wonder so many ministers are now happy to leave the EU without a deal.
Grillo on top in Italy
Nigel Farage’s stated inspiration for what a popular movement should look like, Italy’s Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo is now enjoying a record 5-point lead over its political rivals.
According to a poll by Italian daily Corriere della Sera, one in three Italians would vote for Grillo. Disgraced Europhile former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s party has shrunk to a new low, dropping three points over the same period.
Gentiloni’s government is panicking of losing even more support and is now contemplating bringing Italy’s next general election, scheduled for February of next year, forward to June.
With Marine Le Pen set to become France’s leader in May, and Angela Merkel likely to finally be dethroned in a six months time, a big victory for Grillo this summer would prove that Brexit was just the beginning. Only the people can deliver change.
Tuesday 21 March
Article 50 set for March 29 trigger
The long national wait for the Brexit process to begin is coming to an end as reports indicate that the Prime Minister is set to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on March 29 – mere days before the end of her self-imposed April deadline.
Many suspect that the decision was delayed by the intervention of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who threatened a second Scottish independence referendum on the same day that parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill and authorised Article 50 notice to be given.
The delay could slow the Brexit process with European leaders likely unable to offer a substantive response when they next meet in early April. Britain could then have to wait until the end of that month for the next summit of leaders, after which full negotiations can kick off once strategic aims have been given to chief negotiator Michel Barnier.
But European institutions will offer one form of response within 48 hours according to European Council President Donald Tusk, giving us an insight into the process to come.
Brits voted in their millions to quit the crumbling European Union in June last year. Former Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to deliver Brexit on the morning after the vote, but instead resigned in a cowardly U-turn. But months of frustration may be coming to an end and for that we can be thankful.
Farage hits back at Ofcom
The situation is so bad in Sweden that even the pro-globalisation Financial Times is talking about the crime wave hitting Sweden fuelled by the country’s irresponsibly ‘generous’ refugee policy.
Nigel Farage was one of the first to hit out against the policy that is putting a large percentage of the Scandinavian country’s population in danger, citing the appallingly high number of rapes in particular.
Even though the comments were completely backed by UN data, liberal establishment media regulator Ofcom has launched an investigation into Farage’s comments. Clearly, an inconvenient truth is better off buried than resolved.
“My reference to Sweden being the rape capital of Europe, can be backed up with statistical proofs from the UN, and the European Agency for Fundamental Rights,” said UKIP’s former leader.
“Statisticians can also show that Malmo in southern Sweden is the murder capital of Western Europe.”Unbelievably, Sweden does not collect stats on the religion or origin of a crime’s perpetrators. In any case, a short stay in Malmo, the impoverished town that has taken the brunt of the migrant influx, tells this sad story better than any dry stats could. Unemployment is rampant and public services failing. The city resembles Mosul more than a typical Swedish city.
Le Pen pulverises rivals
Marine Le Pen made the strongest impression during last night’s live debate between the top five candidates vying for the French Presidency at next month’s election. The National Front leader’s rivals were unable to respond to her fierce attack on Angela Merkel who has become symbolic of both German overreach in Europe and EU chaos.
“I want to be the president of the French Republic, truly. I am not going to become involved in a vague region in Europe. I don’t want to be the vice-chancellor of Madame Merkel,” said the iconic leader.
“I don’t want to be the salesperson for a large multinational group. I want to be president of the French Republic which respects article five which states the president guarantees national sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
Brexit loomed large and to great effect in Le Pen’s arguments. She described the UK’s decision to leave as ‘formidable’, which carries a double meaning in french, both wonderful and formidable in the English sense of the word.
The man shaping up to meet Le Pen in the second stage of France’s two-round election system, Emmanuel Macron thought he’d landed a major blow when he distinguished the hated burkinis as not an issue of wearing religious symbols but of public order and therefore not for the President to deal with. It does not matter what you call them, they are unacceptable in a free society and whoever is President of France needs to deal with them.
Macron posted that segment of the debate on his social media, Le Pen’s march to victory is gaining so much momentum, even her rivals are helping her.
Monday 20 March
Salmond lies on referendum vow
Former SNP leader and failed campaigner for Scottish independence Alex Salmond has disgraced himself again by appearing to lie about the commitment he made in 2014 to not hold a second Scottish independence referendum regardless of the outcome.
He claimed that he only ever referred to the first referendum as the “opportunity of a lifetime” and not a “once in a lifetime” ballot, leaving the door open to a second vote.
But the SNP MP has been exposed as footage of him saying just that has emerged.
In September 2014 he told the Andrew Marr programme that “in my view this is a once in a generation – perhaps even a once in a lifetime – opportunity”, appearing to rule out the possibility of the party calling for a second referendum only two and a half years later out of anti-Brexit spite.
The SNP has been hit hard this week after performing a U-turn on their vow to not hold a second ballot. Nicola Sturgeon had hoped to derail Mrs May’s plans to trigger Article 50, but like Salmond she came in for criticism after confessing in 2014 that the first vote would be decisive. Downing Street have denied her calls for a second vote.
Lib Dems push for continued EU ties for Europhiles
The Europhile Liberal Democrats have backed suggestions by European federalist Guy Verfohstaft that bitter Remoaners should be given the chance to apply for “associate citizenship” of the crumbling European Union – allowing them to vote in European Parliament elections and live and work around the continent.
Foreign affairs spokesman for the party, MP Tom Brake, said that the move could “offer a glimmer of hope for all those who were devastated” by the news that Britain would soon free itself from the tyrannical grip of Brussels.
Failing to grasp that the move is an obvious ploy to undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom and instil split loyalties in her citizens, Brake naively added that “the fact this idea is even being discussed shows there remains a huge amount of goodwill towards Britain amongst our European partners”.
But as is so often the case, the Liberal Democrats remain entirely impotent to secure their tired vision for the future. Downing Street shut down the suggestions, telling reporters that it is “not something that we have ever proposed or said that we are looking at”.
Horror of Greek prison camps for migrants paints grim picture of Europe’s future
As Turkish tyrant Recep Erdogan vows to open the floodgates and cease helping Europe stem the flow of North African and Middle Eastern migrants, the horrors of the so-called refugee camps already brought about by the migration crisis have been exposed.
Thousands of migrants are currently stranded on Greek islands, where they complain about the conditions and await return to Turkey. Greek police claim that 1,183 migrants were processed in this way last year.
But with increasing Turkish hostility towards the European Union, the islands have become overcrowded semi-permanent homes for the refugees where some claim that “it’s like a prison” where “there is always someone screaming, always fights”. On Lesbos a camp designed for 3,500 migrants now houses 5,000.
The situation has been created by European leaders like Angela Merkel who encouraged the mad mass migration in the summer of 2015, placing insane burdens on European communities. Now that the EU has made a deal with an unreliable dictator like Erdogan, a second wave now looks set to hit Europe in a bad way.
Sunday 19 March
Sturgeon stands her ground… sort of
The battle between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May has dominated the news for the last few days and seems to be in danger of fading away. Sturgeon has once again attacked Theresa May’s inflexibility on the issue of the Scottish independence referendum timetable and appeared on the Sunday politics shows to reaffirm her desire for a referendum to take place before the end of the Brexit negotiation period. However there were some signs that she’s beginning to worry she will not win this fight.
Unlike her previous statements, in interviews today she said she was open to the idea of delaying a potential independence referendum a ‘reasonable’ amount of time, saying that she would be willing to discuss it with Theresa May. This revision in her rhetoric is a clear sign of weakness which Theresa May will certainly have taken notice of.
Nicola wasn’t the only Scot on the interview circuit this morning though, a veritable cavalcade of Scottish politicians and commentators appeared to give their opinion on the matter, and it’s clear that the nation is not as unified as the SNP would like Westminster to believe. The most prominent Scottish voice today, other than Sturgeon, was definitely Ruth Davidson the Scottish Conservative leader who relentlessly attacked the First Minister saying that this was a personal vendetta of hers and not the will of the Scottish people. She was also quick to highlight the hypocrisy inherent in calling for a referendum on the basis of wanting the freedom to make your own decision, purely because you want to hand that freedom over to another external authority.
The appeal of repeal
In anticipation of the triggering of Article 50 the government is preparing a paper detailing how they will repeal or convert existing EU legislation into UK law. The proposal dubbed the “Great Repeal Bill” is said to focus on two main areas the repealing of the European Communities Act 1972, a particular bugbear of many Brexiteers, and altering the vast array of legislation introduced by the EU parliament over the years.
Many people expected this however what they didn’t predict was that the government would look to introduce the bill using archaic powers known as “Henry VIII clauses”, which give them the power to change old laws without full parliamentary approval. Critics have attacked this move saying the government is ducking the scrutiny of the Lords. However government sources claim they are using these powers to make the process more efficient since they will need to alter suh a large number of laws, a senior source said “We would be converting EU law into British law forever otherwise. It would literally be years and years and years.”
As you might expect this news has got some people’s back up, with the Liberal Democrats already declaring that they will oppose any proposed legislation that uses the Henry VIII clause. Their foreign affairs spokesman said “This Bill is the biggest power grab since the days of Henry VIII. The Liberal Democrats will not sit there and let the Government say all the right things while eroding vital rights and protections that makes Britain what it is. We will, if needed, grind the Government’s agenda to a standstill.”
Remainers desperately search for relevance
Some remainers have listened to the will of the British people and since the referendum have worked tirelessly to ensure that Britain succeeds outside of the EU, unfortunately some diehard remainiacs prefer to whinge, moan and constantly rehash the battles they lost months ago. Two of the most egregious offenders are Tony Blair and Nick Clegg and both were on top form today when they appeared on the morning politics shows.
Tony Blair stumbled his way through an interview on the Marr show where he not only admitted his complete lack of foresight when he confessed his government had no idea of the numbers of migrants which might come to the UK when they backed the bloc’s enlargement in 2004, but doubled down on the mistake by then saying that he stood by his actions and still believed that level of immigration was good for the UK. He continued to defend globalisation apparently oblivious to public sentiment, and went so far as to say that Labour should offer voters the option of staying in the EU. Not to be outdone Nick Clegg later appeared on Sunday Politics where he also made allusions to a second referendum saying the UK should have a second look at their decision.
Saturday 18 March
Brits back Brexit over the Union
The British public rate an EU exit as more important than keeping the United Kingdom together. In a landmark poll for The Telegraph that demonstrates the level of support now stacked behind Brexit, 60% said it was more important than the potential break up of the UK/Scottish independence.
And just over 50% of those asked said that they would still back Brexit even if they knew it would lead to the break-up of the UK.
We are living in radical political times. It is clear that no matter what, people want to see a Clean Brexit delivered and that if Scottish independence is the price, then that’s just fine. Just as democrats should respect the outcome of the EU referendum, the Scots too should be free to decide their own destiny. Outside of the EU as part of Brexit Britain, or alone as the SNP’s pro-EU Scotopia.
Brown calls for more Scottish powers as Lewis demands Labour split
Failed former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called for a “patriotic” third option in the debate on Scottish independence, claiming that the devolved administration requires more powers after Britain leave the European Union rather than full separation from the Union.
He wants the Scottish government to have powers over VAT and international treaties as well as control over fishing and agricultural policies – both impossible under the restraints of EU membership.
The move will remind many of the pledge made by the “three amigos” Miliband, Cameron, and Clegg ahead of the 2014 ballot, with many Scots feeling that the promised powers were not delivered.
It marks the latest intervention as Labour deals with its Scottish headaches. The party was once dominant in the nation, but saw its support collapse dramatically with the rise of the SNP in 2015.
And now leadership hopeful Clive Lewis – once considered a prime Corbyn ally but increasingly adrift from the party’s leader – has called for the Scottish Labour Party to separate from the party in the rest of the United Kingdom in order to “save the union”.
Calls for Osborne resignation
The strange news that hated ex-Chancellor George Osborne has been named the new editor of the London Evening Standard has drawn outrage from across the political spectrum.
He is set to rake in a quarter of a million pounds a year in the role, which is hundreds of miles away from the constituency of Tatton that he’s supposed to serve.
Many called for his resignation. MP John Mann said that Osborne was “taking the mickey out of the taxpayer” and that “he should stand down.”
And the Prime Minister is understood to be disgusted at the move too, fearing that the bitter Tory operator is looking to undermine Brexit and engage in conflict with the government. One senior Tory said that “he wants to use this to bring Theresa down, to oppose the referendum, to campaign relentlessly on the Remain ticket”.
The disgraced frontman of the disgusting Project Fear campaign last June has already raked in obscene sums of money for speaking engagements and recently took a well-paid role working for the investment firm BlackRock.
When will he do the decent thing and quit?
Friday 17 March
Wiretapping scandal deepens
The controversy around ex-President Barack Obama’s apparent wiretapping of maverick outsider Donald Trump intensified yesterday as it was sensationally alleged that the Obama administration had reached out to British spies for assistance.
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said that the previous administration wanted to avoid “American fingerprints” on the controversial operation and so sought help from outside the country.
The allegation from a White House spokesman follows major claims made by intelligence community insider Andrew Napolitano, who said that “three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command”.
But British intelligence sources have hit back, claiming that the allegations are “utterly ridiculous and should be ignored”.
Many find the claims plausible, especially given the involvement of ex-British spy Christopher Steele in the political campaign to undermine the new President. He leaked a discredited dossier claiming collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government that was widely ridiculed by informed analysts.
Fishermen hit back at Remoaner Sturgeon
As the SNP falls into civil war over whether or not Scotland should see full membership of the crumbling European Union, Remoaner First Minister Nicola Sturgeon faces a backlash from one of Scotland’s most important industries.
Scottish fishermen are attacking the devolved adminsitration for ignoring their complaints about the EU, which demands submission of national fishing waters to the dysfunctional Common Fisheries Policy – a mad project which has crippled fishing communities and robbed the UK of jobs.
One fisherman, from the industry worth a whopping £429m to Scotland, slammed the First Minister for being “very good at speaking about Norway when it suits herself” and told her that they should “follow the Norwegian model and fall out of Europe”.
He went on to remind the SNP leader that “93 percent of fishermen voted to leave the EU” while bemoaning the tragic decline of the great industry in the region.
Erdogan threatens migrant swarm
Turkish tyrant Recep Erdogan has inflamed tensions between the EU and Turkey by threatening once again to unleash a swarm of migrants on the continent, which is already struggling under the pressure of an out of control wave of migration over recent years.
Erdogan’s regime has been enraged by rare courage from European countries like Germany and the Netherlands who have decided to bar the Turkish government from holding propaganda rallies in their nations.
The government wants to rile up Turkish populations across the EU in the hopes of winning their votes in a mad Turkish referendum to give the leader even more extensive powers.
Now Erdogan is threatening to tear up the March 2016 deal which sees Islamic Turkey help the EU manage the massive migrations coming from the Middle East and North Africa, partly with the encouragement of weak political leaders like Angela Merkel.
But the regime now says that the EU has failed to deliver their end of the irresponsible bargain, which included promises of visa free travel in the EU and a fast track to EU membership.
Erdogan also lashed out the EU courts for leading a “crusade” against the Muslim faith while slandering the Netherlands as fascistic.
The EU struck a deal with the devil, and now European people may pay the price.
Thursday 16 March
Chancellor Philip Hammond was left red faced yesterday when he performed an embarrassing U-turn on one of the key changes of his first budget, delivered only a week ago.
He had vowed to raise National Insurance for self-employed workers over the next two years, defending the move by claiming that he was merely bringing their rate of National Insurance into line with that paid by other workers.
But he faced a harsh backlash from the press, the public, and his own party. Many complained that the move was unfair since the self-employed receive fewer employee benefits than other workers while elements in the Conservative Party attacked a measure that would defy a Tory promise to not hike taxes.
The Chancellor wrote about the reversal in The Sun today, saying that “trust matters in politics” and that “this Government sets great store in the faith and trust of the British people”. He went on to write that “I hope we have shown we are listening to people”.
Sturgeon’s independence nightmare continues
The Scottish First Minister is facing further headaches as economic experts have blasted her bid for Scottish separation from the United Kingdom and her own MSPs have demanded continued membership of the crumbling European Union.
Economic experts have given dire warnings about the consequences of Scottish independence, with John McLaren suggesting that the nation would leave the Union with an £11bn funding gap – an eyewatering 6.4% of GDP.
The SNP’s top economic advisor also warned that Scotland would take 10 years to recover economically from the move.
And dissent didn’t only come from economists. Sturgeon had attempted to respond to the swelling tide of Scottish Euroscepticism by vowing a trade relationship with the EU based on continued membership of the single market, but her own party’s politicians are now demanding full blown EU membership.
Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer, SNP MSP Kate Forbes said that “our longstanding position is EU membership and that remains the case”. The risk of continued submission to Brussels and possible surrender to the Euro will surely dampen enthusiasm for a second Scottish vote.
Hawaiian court blocks Trump security measures
The Presidency of maverick political outsider Donald Trump continues to face opposition from entrenched liberal interests in the media and the judiciary as his major travel suspension – set for a second attempt at enforcement – has been blocked again , now by a Hawaiian court.
The ban was set to come into force after midnight on Wednesday night, but the measure that could protect American citizens from terrorism has been barred by yet another federal judge. They handed out a temporary restraining order that will see the order blocked nationwide.
Once again the judge justified the block by pointing to “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the executive order” even though the travel suspension only effects a small portion of the world’s huge Muslim population – and foreign citizens of other faiths as well.
But the fierce President hit back, slamming the decision as an example of “unprecedented judicial overreach” and vowing to “fight this terrible ruling. We’re going to take this as far as we need to, right up to the Supreme Court.”
With Trump already putting in a strong performance as US President as he oversees greater than expected jobs growth and huge year-on-year reductions in illegal border crossings, it would be foolish to bet against him.
Wednesday 15 March
Nicola Sturgeon’s hopes of Scottish independence are crumbling as hopes of re-joining the EU after leaving the United Kingdom are being torn to pieces both at home and abroad.
Her bold call at the beginning of the week for another Scottish referendum came amid murmurs of a lack of appetite among scots to go back to the polls yet again. The volume on those murmurs has turned up a notch as the level of Euroscepticism north of border has increased significantly since the last referendum.
Almost 70% of Scots want to either leave the EU or for the EU’s powers to be curbed. The SNP rely on the EU as a looser alternative form of political union to the present one with the rest of the United Kingdom. Clearly, Scottish voters are waking up to the fact that this relationship is far from loose and Scotland’s say in it will be negligible.
According to a senior SNP source, Sturgeon is now considering EFTA as an alternative to the EU to woo voters. Needless to say, exchanging a pivotal place in a historically successful 200-year-old union with a trade association of four minor European nations is a hard sell. It is also worth noting that the UK will probably join EFTA after leaving the EU.
The reversion to EFTA over the EU also stems from the SNP’s failed charm offensive with Spain, the EU country least inclined to let an independent Scotland back into the EU for fear of stoking the ambitions of Catalonia and the Basque Country to become independent. Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis yesterday said: “Spain supports the integrity of the United Kingdom, and does not encourage secessions or divisions in any of the member states.”
Yesterday, Sturgeon also loosened her original demands. On Monday, Scotland’s First Minister stated her intention to hold a referendum during the Brexit negotiations between Autumn 2018 and the following spring. Theresa May understandably pointed to the preposterousness of giving Scots a vote on independence when such a crucial aspect of the United Kingdom’s future situation, its future relationship with the EU, remains unknown. Sturgeon has now indicated the vote could be delayed until after Brexit.
EU’s delay tactics go step further
In another sign of the EU’s intention to deploy childish delay tactics in the upcoming Brexit negotiation plans have emerged to kick off proceedings as late as June.
EU officials have indicated the EU27 plan to kick negotiations off at a meeting of ministers in Luxembourg on 20 June, just shy of the first anniversary of the referendum and at least 81 days after Theresa May sends her letter to the European Council formally declaring the UK’s intention to leave the EU.
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has already made it clear he plans to run down the clock on the two-year negotiating period in the hope of making the UK panic and either stay in the EU or accept a crummy deal.
The Frenchman has already stated the negotiations need to conclude before the end of 2018 so that Europe’s parliaments can go over the terms of the exit agreement, even though national parliaments do not have a formal say. The outrageous £50bn the EU is hoping to extract from the UK taxpayer is also designed to squeeze negotiating time.
The joke’s on Europe though. The Eurozone is tanking and the EU exports almost twice as many goods to the UK, it needs the British market to avoid recession. Indeed, there are already signs of the perils of the delay strategy. On Monday, the EU notified the Government via back channels that it would not force payment on the UK, instead the two parties would have to agree on broad principles of payment.
Momentum towards a new Royal Yacht Britannia to be commissioned to coincide with and support Britain’s restored international trade powers has gathered pace.
Liam Fox, Britain’s first international trade secretary since the early 1970s, when Britain joined the EU and gave up its trade powers, has privately expressed his interest in restoring the symbolic vessel so long as it is privately funded.
“If the private sector pays for it I would love a trade yacht,” he said.
The campaign for a new Britannia was sparked by remarks by Fox’s fellow Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson who said it would attract “overwhelming support”. Michael Gove and MP Mike Berry followed up on Johnson’s comments with Berry launching a campaign.
Responding to Fox’s backing, Berry said: “an acknowledgement by the secretary of state that a new royal yacht is a vital tool for this newly created department to promote international trade following Britain leaving the EU”.
Macron investigated over corruption in Sin City
Marine Le Pen’s number one rival for the French Presidency, EU fanatic and globalist Emmanuel Macron has experienced a rapid fall from grace after it emerged a private business had been selected for a speaking event in Las Vegas, breaking strict government rules.
Mr Macron’s office failed to tender out a lucrative contract for an event at a 2016 trade fair in the City of Sin, handing it directly to PR firm Havas instead, arousing suspicion of receiving under the table payments in return.
The Paris prosecutor has now launched an investigation. Government contracts must be made available for open competition to prevent corruption and ensure the taxpayer gets value for money.
The revelation follows the beginning of the formal investigation into third-placed contender François Fillon’s misuse of public funds. His chances of winning are now all but nil.
Macron has built himself up as an outsider, even though he was a government minister. It now looks likely that his campaign will suffer a similar fate to Fillon’s.
The French public is tired of the cosy corruption plaguing politics at all levels. The election is Le Pen’s to lose, she is now the preferred candidate of the county’s bloated civil service, which accounts for more than half of the workforce.
One in three government employees are turning against the establishment they are part of.
Tuesday 14 March
After a referendum campaign, court action and meddling from the unelected House of Lords, the Brexit Bill has finally been passed by Parliament unamended.
Despite the best efforts of pro-EU Lords, MPs overturned their interference on Brexit and we now await the Queen giving Royal Assent this morning over breakfast.
That then allows the Prime Minister to get on with invoking Article 50 to formally kick off negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union.
It has been a slow, frustrating process. But it would seem that finally, the country is on the road to independence.
May slams Sturgeon threat
Nicola Sturgeon may find her hopes of a second Scottish independence referendum scuppered after a major press conference announcing her intentions yesterday. She had threatened to call a re-run of 2014 vote yesterday but may find her bid denied by Prime Minister May.
Downing Street was quick to attack the call, with Mrs May reminding Sturgeon that the 2014 ballot was supposed to be a “once in a generation vote” and that “the evidence clearly shows that a majority of people in Scotland do not want a second independence referendum.”
She went on to explain that “another referendum would be divisive and cause huge economic uncertainty at the worst possible time.” With Westminster approval required for any new Scottish vote, Sturgeon will be worried.
European leaders joined in with the attacks, reminding the delusional SNP leader that “Scotland has no power to negotiate with the EU” and that “an independent Scotland would have to apply for EU membership from outside.”
Such a state of affairs could see a so-called “independent Scotland” surrender to the dysfunctional European single currency as it crashes out of the all-important NATO military alliance. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg was clear yesterday: Scotland would have to reapply for membership to the pact and be accepted by all 28 members.
Scots voted overwhelmingly to remain part of the United Kingdom in the 2014 ballot, and over a million Scots backed Brexit in June’s vote. Sturgeon’s latest attempt to stall Brexit is clearly being exposed as the sham that it is.
EU chief negotiator backs down on payments
EU negotiator Michel Barnier has been on the attack in recent weeks, demanding that Britain would have to pay an eye watering sum of money to the sick European Union before real exit talks could begin.
But now he’s backed down in an embarrassing U-turn, passing the message to David Davis’ Brexit Department through informal channels.
He had been demanding an outrageous £50bn bill be paid before talks begin, drawing quick rejections from the highest levels of the British government. The bill would have been a major insult to the UK and the threat blew up in Barnier’s face.
Now he simply wants to conclude broad agreement on the principle of payment, in a move that could see Britain demand a share of huge EU assets worth £130bn.
As time goes on and Barnier realises how impotent he is, how soft will he get?
Hungarian migrants go on hunger strikes
Migrants being housed in Hungarian detention camps have gone on hunger strike to demand their release as Hungarian officials attempt to process those who are illegally moving through continental Europe.
A spokesperson for the country’s Immigration and Citizenship Bureau exposed the move, saying that the migrants are being rightly detained “as they unlawfully left the country of first entry into the European Union”.
He also pointed out that “they complained about being fingerprinted as they have no intention of staying in Hungary”.
A huge majority of the migrants at the Bekescsaba camp on the Romanian border are joining in the protest, demanding better conditions as they await the liberty to sneak into other European countries illegally.
Most weak leaders would cave in to the blackmail, but Hungarian leader Viktor Orban – who hailed the victory of Donald Trump in the United States – has taken a harsh but fair line with the lawless migratory wave that has been hurting Europe for several years now.
Monday 13 March
Tories in conflict ahead of Article 50 vote
As the House of Commons prepares to handle the Brexit bill following the House of Lords’ outrageous meddling last week, the governing Conservative party finds itself in a state of civil war.
Brexiteers Liam Fox and Boris Johnson gave mixed messages on Sunday with Boris brushing off concerns about the consequences of Britain exiting the EU without a trade deal while Fox – considered by many a more authentic Eurosceptic – warned that such a move “would be bad” for the country.
And sacked Tory Lord Michael Heseltine slammed the Prime Minister on Peston, claiming that “a huge number of Conservatives are appalled, they feel they have been betrayed by what is going on now” and comparing her treatment of Europhile Tories to the work of a circus ringmaster.
The disputes come as the government hopes to quash backbench rebellion from the likes of Ken Clarke and Anna Soubry as they look to clean up the Brexit bill after Lords’ amendments. David Davis attacked the most recent amendment on the Andrew Marr show, saying that a “meaningful vote” on the terms of the eventual Brexit deal would be unrealistic.
The Commons votes tonight, and time will tell if the Tories can whip the rebels into shape in the best interests of the British people.
Sturgeon lines up second referendum
Nicola Sturgeon is reported to have made a decision on her Brexit dilemma. A sizeable minority of Scots voted to leave the EU at the June referendum, many of them voted to leave the union with the rest of Britain in 2014. Amid the drama and Euphoria following the EU referendum, the SNP leader has not been able to count on victory if she were to call a second vote on Scottish independence. Failure would kill the party’s cause for at least another generation.
Sturgeon’s solution to the dilemma is to threaten a second referendum unless Scotland gets a special EU deal. A bespoke Caledonian arrangement would likely lead to a border between England and Scotland, besides the EU leaders have dismissed the possibility outright. As a nation without a state it has no formal negotiating platform and with the EU ties up with enough problems as it is there is no appetite further complicate Brexit.
Sturgeon will be speaking on Monday morning with the intention of bamboozling the government into a state of panic that seeks to force their hand, we shall see how far she gets.
Oxford dons back Lords amendment
35 academics from Oxford University have demanded that the government back an amendment put forward by the unelected House of Lords on the EU.
If approved by the House of Commons today, the amendment would guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK even though the EU has yet to guarantee the rights of British citizens living abroad.
Yesterday, Brexit Minister David Davis pledged to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and made clear that the hold-up was down to the EU and not the British government.
Few want to see law-abiding EU citizens who came to the country forced out, but it is for Jean-Claude Juncker and co. to guarantee their right to remain.
Sunday 12 March
Brexit Secretary tells Parliament to fall in behind the people
With the Commons set to vote on the EU exit bill tomorrow, the government is fast approaching the last hurdle towards its aim of triggering Article 50. Bit their remains the nagging possibility of the lower house approving the House of Lords’ amendments. In an article in the Telegraph today, Brexit Secretary David Davis issues an impassioned and well-argued plea to his colleagues to not stand in the way of the will of the people by approving the amendments.”We have been clear about our aims, but we should not forget that this will be a negotiation”, he says.
Referring specifically to the Lords’ amendments for EU national’s living in the UK to be assured permanent residency and for Parliament to have a “meaningful” vote on the final agreed settlement with the EU, Mr Davis writes: “Parliament will be properly engaged and involved throughout. It should not send our Prime Minister into this vital negotiation with one hand tied behind her back.”
Both in his article and during an appearance on the Andrew Marr show, Davis addressed the Lords’ plea for a “meaningful vote”.
“What we can’t have is the Parliament reversing the decsion of the British people, effectively a veto, what does it mean otherwise.” Davis’s point goes back to the original issue, the Bill is only going through Parliament because not enough was done to ensure that original EU referendum act would automatically provide the government with the necessary powers to trigger the exit process.
Davis also treated the meaningful vote question to a much-needed dose of perspective. We have two years to negotiate our way out of the EU, there is simply not enough time to indulge in a constitutional to and fro between Brussels, the government and Parliament. Parliamentarians may enjoy prolonging action with endless debates, studies and consulttations, but in the real world things must be done in a timely fashion, it’s time they moved out of the way.
May wants our money back
The Prime Minister intends to fire a warning shot across the bows of the flagging EU vessel when she triggers Article 50 over the coming two weeks. Brussels, Berlin and Paris have been talking a big game of late with a promise to demand more than €60bn at the very beginning of the divorce proceedings.
With an eye on Britain’s £9 billion stake in the European Investment Banking, Theresa May is reported to be planning an immediate demand for those funds to be withdrawn.
According to the PM’s legal advisers, the government is in a strong position to reject all of Brussels financial demands, which would explain why the European Commission and particularly the French government have been talking so much about the £60 billion, they know they have little hope of extracting a fraction of that amount.
As Nigel Farage pointed out on BBC’s Sunday Politics, over the course of the period starting with the EU referendum running up to Britain’s final departure, UK taxpayers will be paying more than half the amount demanded by the EU in useless membership fees. It is essential the government does not give in to these infantile demands.
Heat turns up on UKIP war with Tories
Nigel Farage’s election strategist Chris Bruni-Lowe has stepped up the internal strife within UKIP over their only MP, Douglas Carswell’s alleged collusion with the Conservative party.
Leave.EU founder, Arron Banks first revealed the strongly held suspicion that Mr Carswell had passed on UKIP election data to the Tories during the 2015 General Election in his bok The Bad Boys of Brexit, when Farage was standing for the seat of South Thanet. Former Carswell protégé, Bruni-Lowe has handed Kent Police a dossier with details of the former Tory MP’s computer logs pertaining to South Thanet, a severe breach of electoral rules.
Both Farage and Banks have been at blows with Carswell in recent weeks after it emerged that Carswell had mockingly helped to spurn Farage’s chance at receiving a knighthood.
During an appearance on Sunday Politics, Farage stated that he had little knowledge of Bruni-Lowe’s intervention.
“I don’t know anything about the dossier. I am actually quite dubious as to whether this dossier exists at all. I think perhaps the newspapers have got this wrong”.
Pressed by Sunday Politics Presenter Andrew Neil on whether he would run the investigation prompted a by-election, the eight time Parliamentary candidate replied: “I probably would”.
Saturday 11 March
Labour pushes for parliamentary veto on Brexit
Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary, Keir Starmer has written to Theresa May urging her to accept the Lords’ amendments to the Brexit Bill. The two amendments passed by the upper House this week propose Parliament retaining a veto over the final deal agreed between Britain and the EU, in addition to a commitment to unilaterally protect the rights of EU nationals residing in the UK after Brexit.
Starmer calls for Theresa May to give “greater consideration” to the wrecking amendments after sources confirm the government will seek to dismiss the Lords’ suggestions and pass the Bill unamended.
He added: “We are making this direct appeal to you and hope that you will give it your urgent personal attention.”
The move reeks of desperation as Labour seeks an opportunity later down the line to vote down any Brexit deal which sees Britain leave the Single Market.
Furthermore, Labour’s endorsement of the Lords’ amendment to unilaterally protect EU nationals living in the UK reveals their flagrant disregard for the rights of British expats in Europe who, should this amendment be accepted by the Commons on Monday would be left open to exploitation in the upcoming negotiations with the UK Government giving something for nothing before talks have even begun – not the smartest move!
The fact that future residency rights for EU nationals and UK expats are even part of this negotiation is highly regrettable, but let’s not forget it was Mrs Merkel and Mr Tusk who ruled out an early agreement on protecting these rights until after Article 50 was triggered back in November. What does that say about the European Union?
‘Nothing to fear’ with Brexit: Tony Abbott
Former Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott has praised the British for their decision to take back control of their own destiny and insists we have nothing to fear when it comes to Brexit.
Speaking in London, Abbott said: “I have never been fuller of admiration of the people of this mighty island than at that time – when the British people made its decision to take full responsibility for its future.”
On the topic of the negotiations, he warned the European Commission that they would be “damaging themselves more than they will be damaging Britain” if they chose to erect trade tariffs on Britain and urged Theresa May not to be afraid of walking away without a deal.
“It’s important to recall that Britain is the world’s 5th largest economy, most dynamic major economy in Europe, the fastest growing economy in the G7. “If there is one country on earth entitled to face the future with confidence it’s the country which has given the world common law, the Mother of Parliaments and a modern world quite literally made in English.”
Great to hear from a Tony who believes in Britain!
Germany spent €23bn on refugees in 2016 alone
Government documents have revealed the German taxpayer blew €23bn on refugees in 2016 – almost double the state budget – as Merkel’s open door policy continues to come in for heavy criticism.
State authorities have plunged billions into construction to accommodate refugees and face spiralling administration costs for the processing of hundreds of thousands of asylum claims and enforcement of deportations.
The flow of migrants to Germany over the past two years has proven wholly unsustainable, so much so that last month Germany introduced financial incentives for migrants who withdrew their asylum applications and voluntarily left the country.
The news will be a sickener for the millions of disenchanted German nationals who refuse to forgive Chancellor Merkel for opening the doors to an indeterminate number of economic migrants. Not only are Germans living in fear following the continuing acts of terror being reported across the nation but they are paying through the roof to accommodate their new neighbours. Expect a backlash in the German election later this year!
Friday 10 March
Article 50’s date with destiny set for Tuesday
EU leaders may still be clinking their champagne glasses at the EU summit in Brussels, but as far as Theresa May it’s over and in more ways than one.
The Prime Minister left the summit yesterday, most likely to begin preparing for a momentous statement on Tuesday in the House of Commons, which has been moved from its usual Monday slot.
With the Brexit bill set to be wrapped up by Monday, the expectation in Westminster is that the Prime Minister has delayed her early-week statement by a day in order to announce her intention to Trigger Article 50.
If she is to honour her Brexit pledge, Theresa May must send a letter to the EU triggering the notorious article 50 by the end of this month.
Boris not for turning on bonkers Brussels’ budget demands
The European Commission has continued to inflate UK’s the ludicrous Brexit bill, an extra €2bn was added earlier this week to the outstanding £60bn balance over an extremely dubious claim that the UK has not charged enough on imports. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has since weighed in saying the UK will have to “deal with it”.
Foreign Secretary and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson is having none of it and has urged the Prime Minister to take a leaf out of Mrs Thatcher’s book.
Referring to the “illustrious precedent” set by the former prime minister when she successfully demanded the EU give Britain its money back, Johnson said, “It is not reasonable for the UK, having left the EU, to continue to make vast budget payments”.
The famous EU rebate won by Thatcher in the nineteen-eighties heavily reduced Britain’s financial commitments to Brussels’ budget. It was a massive, but rare coup for the UK in its fraught history with the failing bloc before Tony Blair halved it while the EU budget ballooned at the turn of the millennium.
Accounting for the rebate, Britain still pays a staggering £16bn into the EU coffers. Payments are set to rise over the course of its last two years of membership.
Luxembourg PM professes love for UK to Remain
The Prime Minister of Luxembourg’ has opened a can of worms in suggesting that once triggered, Article 50 can be un-triggered.
“Maybe during the procedure of divorce they will say ‘we love you that much that we are not able to conclude that divorce,” said the Premier of the tiny banking nation, Xavier Bettel.
“We are waiting for Article 50, I won’t do speculation, but it’s a procedure of divorce … now they ask for the divorce, we wait for the letter to confirm that they want a divorce, then we start the procedure of divorce.
Article 50 was deliberately drafted in vague terms to put countries off from leaving the EU. There is no legal clarity over whether it can be undone, but EU fanatics on both sides of the channel clearly believe it can be.
While the majority of the UK electorate are eagerly anticipating Theresa May’s letter to the EU, invoking the article, set to occur by the end of this month, a lingering concern persists that at the first sign of panic the Westminster elite will seek to undo Article 50 and resort to full EU membership, a disaster.
The House of Lords’ pro-EU behaviour in recent weeks is not encouraging. When will they listen to the people and believe in Brexit?
Mervyn King slams meddling European Union
Former Bank of England Governor Lord Mervyn King has caused waves by hitting out at bitter Remoaners in a big Bloomberg interview. Speaking about the importance of a sensible immigration policy, he said that “this is not something which should be negotiated with the EU, it is for the UK to decide and I would hope sooner rather than later”.
He added weight to the Brexit cause and called for a full break from the crumbling European Union – including much wanted exits from the dysfunctional single market and the customs union. “I am not a great fan of any transitional arrangements or deals. I think we should make it very clear what our position is”.
The major economic authority repeated arguments that Brexiteers have been making for years, including claims that the EU has more to lose from failure to strike a UK trade deal than we do due to the nature of our huge trade deficit.
In the wide-ranging interview he also attacked professional politicians for focusing on Brexit when there are other economic problems to worry about. “My own judgement is that the challenges we face are nothing to do with Brexit and that Brexit in the long run in any event is not likely to make an enormous difference.” Wise words from an economist? It’s about time.
Thursday 9 March
Hammond’s first budget sparks NI row
Theresa May’s Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his first budget yesterday but sparked huge rows over an alleged U-turn on National Insurance rates.
He plans to increase National Insurance for self-employed workers to 11% by 2019, bringing it into line with other workers but raising questions about entitlement to sick pay and maternity leave.
The move is especially controversial since it clashes with previous commitments made by David Cameron in the course of the 2015 General Election. He vowed to not increase taxes during the next parliament, slamming Ed Miliband for refusing to rule out rises in National Insurance.
But Hammond, dubbed “Spreadsheet Phil” by colleagues because of his bland and matter-of-fact manner, was clearly confident in his budget and added some colour to proceedings in the House. Attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s shambolic opposition, he joked that “they don’t call it the last Labour government for nothing”.
And he may be right to be confident. Despite media exposure of the stunning U-turn, polling suggests that the public supports the move. Sky Data claim that 57% of the public back the hike.
Osborne rakes it in
Failed ex-Chancellor George Osborne, who added to the national debt and spearheaded the disgusting Project Fear campaign during June’s EU referendum, is set to rake in £650,000 a year for a mere 4 days of work a month.
He submitted the news in the House of Commons Register of MPs’ Interests, announcing that from the beginning of February he has served as “advisor on the global economy to The Blackrock Investment Institute”.
He will be paid a stunning £162,500 a quarter for only 12 days of work.
Osborne, who threatened to raise taxes for ordinary people if they dared to vote Leave in last years’ referendum, was already found to have taken half a million during the autumn when he spoke at a variety of institutions across the United States.
Sturgeon threatens IndyRef 2
Remoaner Nicola Sturgeon has threatened a second Scottish independence referendum for months, using our successful vote for independence from the tyrannical European Union as a pathetic pretence, but now she has gone so far as to tease a date.
Talking to the BBC she vowed to go ahead at “the pace that I think is right for the country” and said that it would be “common sense” for a second vote to be held in autumn 2018.
Sturgeon’s SNP lost the previous bid for Scottish independence by a large margin in September 2014 amid fears about currency and the SNP’s oil dependent economic plans. Subsequent changes in the global economy, tanking the price of oil, have exposed the madness of the SNP’s plans.
And most recent polling shows that the SNP would lose a second bid for separation, putting Sturgeon in a corner. After threatening a second vote for months, she may be forced to deliver – and end her ambitions for Scottish independence for good.
Libyan migrant warning
EU leaders are terrified of a fresh surge in illegal migration from Libya this spring as they meet today to discuss measures to cut the inflow.
Crossings into Europe are already up by 50% compared to last year with 13,500 migrants coming to Europe in January and February alone, and impotent EU leaders are worried that seasonal changes in weather will encourage the numbers to rise even further.
A diplomat in Brussels worried that “the numbers are already significantly higher than last year. There is growing concern. It just looks like it’ll happen all over again.”
Plans to deal with the tide include advanced training for coast guards to return boats and increased investment in UN refugee centres in the war-torn North African countries that have created much of the mess.
The flows were exacerbated when German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened her borders to foreign migrants at the height of the crisis, importing a wave of migrant crime and sparking a populist insurgency across the EU.
Wednesday 8 March
Heseltine advised to go
Not without great cost, EU fanatic Michael Heseltine has been dispatched to the outer fringes of the Tory party after leading the rebellion in the House of Lords over the Brexit bill that threatens devastating repercussions.
The Prime Minister promptly sacked Heseltine from her team of advisers after the Lords approved an amendment to give Parliament a vote on the negotiated deal with the EU and therefore the chance to scupper Brexit completely.
In the all-too-likely event that the amendment is approved, the EU will be gifted with a huge incentive to offer the UK a bad deal during the Article 50 negotiations, set to commence in a matter of days. The Establishment’s instinct will then be to vote down the deal before un-triggering Article 50, denying the public’s will.
…The overlords make their mark (again)
Lord Heseltine was among the 366 unelected and totally disconnected peers to vote in favour of the amendment (see below). “The fightback starts here”, said Heseltine during yesterday’s debate before voting in the upper chamber, adding that the Lords need to “send a message” to Mrs May and that those who voted to remain “have a right to be heard”.
Well, what about the majority who didn’t, who now see the possibility of a clean Brexit disappearing in front of them. Depressingly, the amendment has a decent chance of being approved by the House of Commons thanks to the number of pro-EU ‘rebels’ on the Conservative benches and Labour’s pathetic, not to mention treacherous, desperation to make its mark on the Brexit bill.
Adding on the contingent of Ulster unionist MPs, the Tories hold a majority in the Commons of 17. However, 20 Conservative MPs are thought to be prepared to defy their party whips and vote in favour of both this and last week’s amendment, which would grant EU nationals living the UK the right to permanent residency before the Government has secured the same assurances for Britons living in the EU.
During his LBC radio program, Nigel Farage led the call last night for the abolition of the unelected chamber, which no longer represents the country geographically, and instead acts as a dangerously powerful tool of the London elite.
Poll points to solid support for Le Pen
With only weeks to go before the first round of the French presidential election, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has extended her lead over her establishment rivals by 1% an in-depth poll has revealed. More than one in four voters prefer Le Pen over any other candidate in France’s multi-party system.
Ms Le Pen’s only rival on the right, François Fillon has seen his support drop to 18.5% down 1.5% following prosecutors’ launch of a corruption probe last week.
Emmanuel Macron, the pro-EU globalist contender on the left has gained ground, but his support base is looking increasingly flaky. Only 49% of those polled who identified the former investment banker and darling of the elite as their preferred candidate are certain of sticking with him, the lowest.
By contrast, Le Pen devotees are the most loyal, 76% of voters who intend to go with the iconic leader fully intend to stick with her.
The underlying concerns of French voters give a clue to her more solid support. Unemployment and security, headline features of the National Front’s manifesto, account overwhelmingly for voters’ top two concerns, unsurprising given the catastrophic impact of the Euro crisis and the EU’s open borders policy. Le Pen is the only anti-EU candidate. Lowest on the list of priorities is climate change, a Macron favourite.
Tuesday 7 March
Lords demand Brexit veto
In what could effectively cripple the entire Brexit process, Peers in the unelected House of Lords could today vote for an amendment that would mean MPs and Lords would have a veto to stop Brexit.
This would mean that the outcome of the government’s negotiation with Eurocrats – and indeed a decision to leave without a deal – could be stopped by the pro-EU establishment in Westminster.
This is serious. A veto for the political class that would allow them to second guess the British public would allow pro-EU elements in the UK to team up with those running the EU to try and box the country into a position where the politicians could argue we should remain in the EU after all.
Make no mistake about it: the politicians may today pass an amendment that gives them the right to reject Brexit in two years’ time, at the very last moment. It would allow the establishment one last hurrah as they attempt to kill off our EU withdrawal despite mass public support for Brexit.
It is wrong, it is outrageous and if this amendment today passes, it will only strengthen calls for an early General Election. The people have spoken, but the politicians are still not interested in listening.
Hague calls for early general election
William Hague, the former Leader of the Conservative Party, has come out and said what many of us have been thinking for a while now: that there should be a General Election.
He argues that with the government only holding a small majority and with many in Parliament wanting to wreck Brexit and keep us inside the EU, it is in the country’s best interests to hold an election if MPs or Lords threaten to derail Brexit.
“That prospect will embolden the EU negotiators, and makes an agreement that is good for the UK harder to achieve. It could also lead to a situation where the Prime Minister faces a stand-off with parliament over a deal that will have taken two years to agree and is nearly impossible to change.
“Some have argued that a second referendum will be needed at that stage. But that would become a rematch of last year’s referendum and leave the country in limbo if a deal with the EU was rejected. It would also further undermine the position of our own negotiators.”
Rather than try to push for an early election, which would require two-thirds of MPs to agree, he suggests repealing the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011 – a move which would grant Theresa May the right to dissolve Parliament and call an early election if she feels it is necessary. Hague suggests that a Repeal Bill could wipe the Act from the statute books by 2018.
If the government are defeated again on the Brexit bill today by meddling Lords, the call for an early election will grow.
Home Secretary wants to retain EAW
Home Secretary Amber Rudd struck fear into the hearts of Leavers yesterday as she helped to confirm their worst fears, Britain’s continued membership of the EU’s inhumane, European Arrest Warrant.
A classic example of the EU foolishly trying to blend together totally different national systems, the EAW has overseen the clashing of Britain’s ‘innocent until proven guilty’ principle with the more common approach on the continent whereby suspects can be detained without of evidence.
Hundreds of Britons have suffered needlessly from the extradition scheme that acted as a rallying cry for British independence during the EU referendum campaign. Cardiff youngster, Andrew Symeou was famously jailed for two years in a squalid Greek prison under the EAW before being found not guilty.
Formerly a passionate Remain campaigner, Ms Rudd has struggled to adapt to the new political climate set by the referendum. During questions to Home office ministers in the House of Commons, she said: “I certainly agree with the principle that the EAW is an effective tool and is absolutely essential”.
There is no obvious way for Britain to abide by the “principle” of the extradition scheme without remaining fully part of it.
Monday 6 March
Corbyn’s tax nightmare
Jeremy Corbyn has been quick to pounce on public figures over tax scandals, attacking prominent members of the government following the Panama Papers episode. But now he may be in for his own embarrassing tax scandal after publishing his own tax returns as a political stunt. He wanted to push for greater tax “transparency” among politicians, but may have exposed himself in the process.
The return lists money earned as an MP and related pensions, but doesn’t clearly show the huge sums he rakes in as Leader of the Opposition among “pay from all employments”. It’s often easy to forget that Corbyn is Leader of the Opposition with his party in constant disarray and always one step away from full blown civil war, but he does receive a hefty £27,192 for carrying out the duties.
This isn’t the first time Corbyn has messed up a tax return stunt. Last year he tried the same thing and failed just as spectacularly, failing to declare thousands in pensions and accidentally revealing that he submitted his return late.
Wiretapping scandal rolls on
The world was shocked on Saturday when maverick US President Donald Trump declared war on the Obama administration after revealing that Trump Tower had been wire tapped by the former President.
The GOP-controlled Congress has now done the sensible thing and agreed to launch a serious investigation into abuse of executive branch power by the Obama administration. The investigation could tackle further scandals that continue to emerge about the former administration, including recent news about a $3bn Justice Department “slush fund” used to pay militant left-wing activists.
But FBI Director James Comey, who many had assumed was a Trump ally following his investigation into corrupt Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, has called for the DoJ to refute the wiretapping claims. He fears that the allegation paints the FBI as lawless, but the DoJ has so far refused to issue a denial.
The scandal comes less than a week after a major speech by the new President to a joint session of Congress, with many commentators hailing a new tone of unity. But how long could it ever have lasted with so many bitter opponents continuing to attack the democratically elected leader of the United States?
Extent of counter-terror operations revealed
The Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations at the Met, Mark Rowley, has opened up about the extent of counter-terrorism operations underway in the UK, hailing dedicated officers who have foiled 13 serious terror attempts since 2013. The revelations come as he launched Actions Counter Terrorism – a public appeal to encourage members of the public to report suspicious behaviour that may lead to terror atrocities.
Praising members of the public for speaking out, Rowley dubbed the information as “extraordinary”, explaining that “some of that information is a change in someone’s behaviour, some of that’s about suspicious activity. Sometimes that public information has actually started an investigation. Other times it’s part way through and it corroborates some things or adds to things we already know.”
It’s more important than ever for ordinary Brits to remain vigilant about the terror threat as new studies show the rising tide of Islamic radicalism, especially in a few dangerous hotbeds, as terror convictions doubled in the last five years.
Sunday 5 March
Brexit committee pressures May
According to a new report authored by parliament’s Brexit committee, Theresa May should act unilaterally and guarantee the status of the three million EU nationals currently living in the UK without waiting for reciprocal assurances from EU nations. The committee, which is led by remainer Hilary Benn but also features prominent voices from the leave camp such as Michael Gove is apparently unanimous in their opposition to the government’s current stance on the issue.
Hilary Benn said “EU citizens who have come to live and work here have contributed enormously to the economic and cultural life of the UK” and they now lived under “a cloud of uncertainty” while the government used them as “bargaining chips”. The report said it would be unconscionable for the government to allow EU nationals to labour under this uncertainty for two whole years.
This report will put even further pressure on Theresa May, who has already received significant resistance to her current line on the rights of EU nationals.
Blair’s pitch to Trump
According to the Mail on Sunday, disgraced Ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair attended a secret meeting at the White House last week with President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner. They claim that Mr Blair went to the meeting in the hope of securing a position as Donald Trump’s official Middle East peace envoy, something which a Tony Blair spokesperson has vehemently denied.
Blair seems desperate to return to relevance by whatever means he can, however his attempt to rebrand himself as the US’ official Middle East peace broker is just as laughable as his attempts to declare himself the voice of the 48%.
This pitch to the Trump team marks a startling reversal for Tony who previously attacked the wave of ‘new populism’ which thrust the Donald in to the White House. Hopefully Mr Blair will soon realise that there is no new political venture which will rebuild his tattered legacy and he’ll once again slink away into the shadows.
Lib Dem sleepover cancelled
A Brexit “sleepover” planned by the Liberal Democrats for peers voting late has been blocked by Parliament on health and safety grounds. The party had ordered 90 camp beds for their Lords with votes on Brexit Bill changes due to go on throughout the night this month. The Lib Dems were also rumoured to be preparing to order in vast quantities of pizza to fuel the anti-Brexit lords as they debated late into the night in an attempt to frustrate the will of the people, however this has since been denied. A Lord’s insider said any pizza deliveries would have to be consolidated off-site and would likely turn up cold, another devastating setback for Tim Farron’s notoriously effective political machine.
In the past we’ve attacked the Lib Dems for their anti-Brexit Eurofanaticism and their odd belief that tiny victories and far-more-numerous defeats somehow give them a mandate to undermine the referendum. So hearing that they can’t even manage to organize a sleepover, something literally accomplished by children on a daily basis, is certainly heartwarming. What’s the old phrase again? Something about piss-ups and breweries?