A new poll from Global Britain shows that a clear majority favour a clean break from the EU. Brian Monteith, a Freedom Association Council member and the Director of Communications at Global Britain, told me that "while there is no absolute majority (50%+1) for any position it is clear that Canada+/No Deal/WTO (or a combination of them) would command a majority of support were they to be the outcome".
He also said:Read more
We have just taken delivery today of some new flyers. They are available to purchase from our shop in quantities of 150 and 350 at the heavily subsidised price of £3 and £5 respectively. We are able to send them to you for these discounted prices thanks to the generosity of those members who have kindly donated to the Better Off Out campaign.
Conservative Party members received a letter from the Prime Minister today. She is trying to sell her Chequers plan, and on the reverse of the second A4 page are quotes from senior Conservatives under the title of "The right deal for Britain".
Liam Fox commented that "this deal will give the UK the freedom to sign our own, independent trade deals". We know that under this plan we are not going to be able to to sign independent comprehensive trade deals. He must be hoping that members are going to fall for it. I have a message for him: they're not stupid.Read more
Lord Stoddart hammers ‘ill-informed and one-sided’ Police & Crime Commissioners for getting political over Brexit
The independent Labour Peer and Freedom Association Council member, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has strongly criticised the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners for their interference in the debate over Brexit. The Eurosceptic peer described their letter to the Home Secretary as an “unwise and unpopular political intervention from an organisation representing a deeply unpopular layer of bureaucracy that has been an undistinguished addition to the cost of policing in the UK.”Read more
Responding to the proposals agreed by the cabinet at Chequers yesterday, Andrew Allison Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, said:
"What Theresa May and her fellow Remainers railroaded through cabinet yesterday - her so-called third way - could very easily be a third rail for the Conservative Party. The common rulebook for goods means that we will effectively remain in the single market for goods. It means that some 90 per cent of British businesses who do not export will have to stick to EU rules.Read more
German MEP: "EU should have been allowed to take part in the referendum campaign in the UK to help guide the British electorate to the correct answer"
Populism is spreading all over Europe, and with condescending MEPs like Elmar Brok it is not difficult to understand why. Brok is a close ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and is also the Brexit Coordinator of the European People's Party.
"If there is no exit agreement by March 29 2019 a hard Brexit will occur. So a referendum in December or January...could avert a hard Brexit," he said. He then went on to say that the EU should have been allowed to take part in the referendum campaign in the UK to help guide the British electorate to the correct answer. He remarked that it was a mistake that the EU followed David Cameron's wishes and kept out of the debate.Read more
The following is a guest post by Roger Helmer. Roger was a MEP representing the East Midlands from 1999-2017, and is a former chairman of The Freedom Association.
We’re accustomed to hear Michel Barnier (and others in Brussels) insist that the UK can’t “cherry-pick” its trade agreement with the EU. It’s a term they seem to apply to anything short of total acceptance of the acquis communautaire, since almost by definition any agreement will address some issues and not others. Yet Monsieur Barnier is the biggest cherry-picker of them all. He has said he’d be prepared to offer the UK a Free Trade Deal (FTA) on goods, but not on services.
Well of course he would. The EU has a massive trade surplus in goods with the UK -- £95 billion in 2017, according to the Commons Library briefing. So free trade in goods is massively to Brussels’ advantage. On the other hand the UK has a much smaller surplus in services with the EU -- £28 billion. So an FTA in services would benefit Britain – but far less than the EU’s benefit on goods. Any sensible British negotiator might have said “OK – we’ll talk about an FTA covering goods and services, even though that’s a huge concession on our part, given Brussels’ overall trade surplus with the UK. But you can’t cherry-pick goods, which work in your favour, and exclude services, which work in our favour”.Read more
"It's not too late to save Brexit". Watch Boris's tour de force in the House of Commons this afternoon.
This is the response from Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Chairman of the European Research Group (ERG):
“This is the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Phillip II at Le Goulet in 1200.
"This White paper has not needed age to turn yellow. There are very few signs of the Prime Minister’s famous red lines. It is a pale imitation of the paper prepared by David Davis, a bad deal for Britain. It is not be something I would vote for nor is it what the British people voted for.Read more