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
Article 13 of the EU's draft Copyright Directive will literally destroy the Internet as we know it. I am not exaggerating. Even by EU standards it is draconian, and MEPs will vote on this directive next week.
From mandatory filtering to link taxes, this is frightening in its scope. It will make it almost impossible to produce memes. Most of the articles on this website would fail the test, as links to other news websites would have to be paid for. Who can afford to pay these fees? We certainly can't, and neither can the average blogger. Only large news organisations will be able to.Read more
Simon Richards, Chief Executive of The Freedom Association, has written an article for Euro News about the Italian president’s decision to reject the verdict the Italian people gave in March's election.Read more
The EU's draft negotiation terms look to chain the UK to the EU's dying corpse. Our politicians have to mobilise against this, argues Rory Broomfield.Read more
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch, a Freedom Association Council member, asked the following question in the House of Lords yesterday:
"To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Civitas publication The Brussels Broadcasting Corporation? and of the BBC's coverage of Brexit, set against its new Charter and guidelines."
(Click here to read the report)
The reply he received from Lord Aston of Hyde, a junior minister in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), was, as Lord Pearson said after hearing his response, bland:Read more
LISTEN: Rory Broomfield talks to Paul Ross on Talk Radio after Nigel Farage suggested that there should be a second EU Referendum.
, Theresa May pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042. It is a worthy goal, and will be popular since nobody really likes waste, especially if it is entirely unnecessary. And at Freedom to Vape, we have a great suggestion for Mrs May as to how she can save a massive amount of plastic waste in one fell swoop.
One of the aims of Freedom to Vape is to lobby the government for removal of pointless regulations on vaping imposed by the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), one of which is limiting e-liquid bottle sizes to 10ml for no discernible reason.Read more
Over the Christmas and New Year period we saw yet more delusional displays of remoanerism by numerous Lords and other entitled individuals. They still don't understand the EU and what it is turning into. We need to continue the fight for a clean Brexit, argues Rory BroomfieldRead more
In an excellent new report published today, Chris Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), has called for the damaging regulations imposed on vapers and the vaping industry in the European Union's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) to be scrapped post-Brexit. Click HERE to read the report.Read more