Daily Brexit Update: Thursday 13th September 2018
If anyone was in any doubt as to the direction of travel of the European Union, they only had to listen to Jean-Claude Juncker give his state of the union address yesterday calling for more EU control over member states. "The president of the European Commission called on Wednesday “for a stronger, more united Europe” that could flex its muscles as a “global player”." Reports the Telegraph. He wants the EU to 'pool their sovereignty' to bolster the EU's economic, political and military power and the Times says it's about imposing the EU view on an unstable world using more military weight and member states having fewer vetoes – and then Juncker denies it's anything to do with forming an EU superpower.
The boss of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, has softened his stance on the groundings of aircraft after Brexit Day, saying if it did happen it would not last long because the powers that be would be cowed by the public backlash. He has instead decided to "…add 23 destinations at four London airports for its summer 2019 timetable", reports Reuters.
This comes as it is reported that the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has written privately to each of the EU27 states and said that bilateral agreements would be needed to keep air and road transport moving.
And another straw that the Remainers cling to during their protestations that we must stay wedded to the EU has been removed from their grasp. The government has come to an agreement with the four main mobile phone companies that cover 85% of the market to ensure that UK citizens travelling to the EU will continue to have free mobile phone roaming.
The Irish border solutions put forward yesterday by the Tory Eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) have been backed by the DUP. As the DUP hold the balance of power, this could cause problems for the PM with regbard to her Chequers based Brexit proposals.
And the talks continue (video):
While the Tory Brexiteers fight to kill off the Prime Minister's Chequers based proposals (video):
The EU however continues to make its laws with the EU parliament yesterday voting to pass the controversial copyright directive by 438 for, 226 against and 39 abstentions. This directive contains Article 11, which would make anyone linking to a news source pay a fee, and Article 13, which could force all content to be checked for copyright infringement before publication on the web unless licences are paid for.
Catastrophic Article 11 vote: The European Parliament just endorsed a #linktax that would make using the title of a news article in a link to it require a license. #SaveYourInternet #SaveTheLink pic.twitter.com/hWti1XyoQi
— Julia Reda (@Senficon) September 12, 2018
This directive will now go to a three way debate between the Commission, Parliament and Council and then be voted on by the EU parliament next year, with the thought at the moment that it will go through. The internet looks like it will change forever – but who will be the beneficiaries? The people, or big business?
Press Conference in Euro Parl following the vote on the Copyright report. Me with Sargon & Dankula. There will be a final vote on a Directive at some point. If it becomes law it will severely restrict free speech on the internet. UKIP MEPs voted against it – Cons & Lab for. pic.twitter.com/i6t6wHfGrg
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) September 12, 2018