Friday, June 9, 2017


On June 23, 2016 the British people voted to Brexit. Britain joined the European Economic Community (the Common Market) as the EU was known then, in 1973. PM David Cameron (Remain) resigned after losing the referendum. Theresa May (also Remain) succeeded him on July 13, 2016. After miscalculating a snap election she lost a majority in Parliament, but will hang on to Government with the support of the DUP. 

UPDATE: Theresa May will form a minority Government to deliver Brexit in the wake of a disastrous election night for the Conservatives which left the UK with a hung parliament. Mrs May failed to secure the 326 seats she needed to form another majority government and will now seek to stay in power with the informal backing of the Democratic Unionist Party. Speaking in Downing Street after outlining her intentions to the Queen at Buckingham Palace the Prime Minister said: "What the country needs more than ever is certainty and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons." (More)

May 3, 2017


According to Dan Hannan the EU wants Brexit negotiations to fail. Possibly and probably. To one looking at a stat on EU absolute contributions per country and per capita, the EU has all the looks of an extortion racket. The British negotiator David Davis is not going to take it. 

David Davis flatly dismissed Brussels demands for a £92billion (€100billion) divorce bill today after it emerged Germany, France and Poland had ganged up to inflate the sum. EU negotiators have doubled the charge the UK was thought to be facing in order to cover farm subsidies and plug the giant hole in its budget up until 2020. The numbers have rocketed in part because they are trying to deny the UK a share of billions of pounds of assets across the continent - such as buildings. 
Chief negotiator Michel Barnier ratcheted up the pressure again today by warning there would be 'explosive' consequences if Britain does not agree to pay up. He said talks on a trade deal will not start until the principles of the divorce are settled. But the Brexit Secretary gave the new figure short shrift this morning, warning that the British people have not been 'impressed' with Brussels' manoeuvring over recent weeks. 'We will not be paying €100billion,' he told ITV. 'What we've got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are.'  (More)

May 1, 2017


European Commission president Jean Paul Juncker said British prime minister Theresa May was "on another galaxy" and "deluded" about Brexit after the two parties had dinner last Wednesday at Downing Street, German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) reports. A U.K. government spokesperson on Monday said the British government did not recognize the account of the meeting, according to the Reuters news agency. "As the Prime Minister and Jean-Claude Juncker made clear, this was a constructive meeting ahead of the negotiations formally getting underway," the statement said. European Commission sources leaked information of the dinner to FAS, according to the Telegraph newspaper. The article claims May said she believes the U.K. is not legally obligated to pay anything to the E.U. under existing treaties, despite the body's assertion that Britain would owe up to 50 million GBP to fulfill its obligations to the block upon its exit.

E.U. representatives also reportedly said May's desire for an early deal on E.U. migrants would not be feasible before June, which was her suggested timeline, and that it would be impossible for the talks to remain confidential. The article in FAS was published in full only in print, and there is no English language version available. When E.U. parties suggested the U.K. could be a "third state" and excluded from the customs union, May reportedly appeared surprised. As May laid out her plans, Juncker reportedly said, "The more I hear, the more skeptical I become," and that "Brexit cannot be a success." Berlin bureau chief for The Economist, Jeremy Cliffe, summarized the report, which he called "absolutely damning," in a series of tweets. (More)

April 17, 2017


Raheem Kassam is clarifying that PM May wants a mandate for her own manifesto and policies rather than one she inherited from David Cameron. She wants a mandate for Brexit negotiations, which may be watered down if she runs on and wins on that basis. Labour were about to change their party rules and oust unpopular socialist leader Corbyn. So May is securing her 5 years while she can now. The Conservatives will likely increase their majority, although they may lose some seats to Lib Dems in the South West too. This could be PM's way of avoiding special elections as cops investigate up to 20 MPs who allegedly broke speaking rules in 2015. UKIP will struggle to find relevance. They got 3.9m votes in 2015 but my sources say they're looking at 1.5-2m this time. 

Britain to go to the polls in just seven weeks as Theresa May stuns Westminster by calling a snap election so she can 'get the job done' on Brexit after having a 'moment of clarity' in Snowdonia holiday 
  • Prime Minster announced she wants an election to ensure 'strong leadership' in the Brexit negotiations ahead 
  • May must win a vote in the Commons tomorrow night but this is a formality as Corbyn has said he will back it
  • The PM made the announcement of a June 8 poll after a Cabinet meeting of her top ministers in No 10 today
  • Corbyn said Labour would offer the country an 'effective alternative' that was a 'credible choice' for Britain (More)

April 5, 2017


Nigel Farage accused the EU of acting like the Mafia in a heated debate in the European Parliament which saw MEPs vote in favour of taking a tough line on Brexit negotiations. MEPs approved negotiators taking a tought line during Brexit talks, by a margin of 560-133, following the two hour debate in Strasbourg. The European Parliament insisted Britain must meet all its financial obligations and rejected any "cherry-picking" of privileged access to the single market for sectors of the UK economy such as financial services. (...) Responding to Nigel Farage’s description of the financial demand, estimated at around £50 billion, as "a kind of ransom payment", Mr Barnier said: "In fact, Mr Farage, all we are doing is settling the accounts. No more and no less." MEPs also rejected Theresa May’s calls for parallel divorce and trade talks. (More)

EU is the cause of peace in Europe

A Spanish gunship has made an illegal incursion into British waters off Gibraltar amid rising Brexit tensions over the territory. Gibraltar's government said the ship entered territorial waters on Tuesday. A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The Royal Navy challenges all unlawful maritime incursions into British Gibraltar Territorial Waters - and did so again on this occasion." But a spokesman for Spain's foreign ministry denied the claim, saying the ship was in fact in Spain's own territorial waters. It comes a day after Spanish foreign minister Alfonso Dastis told the UK not to "lose tempers" after the EU Brexit negotiation guidelines effectively gave Spain significant power over Gibraltar's future. At the weekend, former Conservative leader Lord Howard told Sky News Theresa May could be willing to defend the British territory, as Margaret Thatcher did over the Falklands. (More

April 2, 2017


March 30, 2017


Mar 30, 2017 Infowars: What happens now that BREXIT has officially started?

CapX thinktank has been enacting a debate to figure out what negotiating techniques and techniques would hurt the UK most for escaping the EU collective. The UK must suffer, so that voters in other rebel countries will think twice before declaring independence. The enemy of individual rights, democracy and national sovereignty is plotting amongst us, undermining us from within.
The countdown has started. Now the real arguing begins – but what can both sides expect? And how to gain the advantage? At the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, we gave our students the opportunity to simulate the process of the Brexit negotiations in the compressed space of two days. Any such exercise necessarily imposes simplifications, but it has pointed to a number of negotiating dynamics we are likely to observe as the real talks unfold. (More

Nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to open divorce proceedings on March 29. The negotiations could turn “vicious,” according to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says they will be “very, very, very difficult.” Both the EU and the U.K. will have to determine what is and isn’t negotiable. (More)


March 8, 2017


Last night the House of Lords voted to have a “meaningful” vote on the final Brexit deal secured by the Government, the pound tumbled. Britain’s currency had already been falling against the dollar as the continued uncertainty over the triggering of Article 50 affects growth. Theresa May has just 23 days before a deadline looms that will give the European Parliament an opportunity to prevent the UK from leaving the European Union. New rules which say 14 member states have to agree to Britain leaving will come into force on April 1. Delays which push the triggering of Article 50 into April, such as the Lords intervention, could be disastrous for the economy as it will signal greater uncertainty. (...) More than 117,000 people have signed a petition for the House of Lords to be completely reformed. They are calling for the Lords to be replaced with an elected membership system as costs hit £100million every year. (More)

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