Video commentary on the EU bullying Brexit UK, more Brexit legal challenges from Best for Britain and the case for an English Parliament.


So there you have it, two thirds of people in the UK believe that the EU is trying to bully the UK over Brexit.

A poll for the Telegraph shows that, of those people asked, two out of three think that the EU is trying to bully the UK during the Brexit negotiations.

The survey:

" …. reveals that while the split of Leave and Remain voters is largely unchanged since the referendum, 67 per cent of individuals, regardless of their voting preference, agreed that “the EU is trying to bully the UK” in its approach to the talks." Reports the newspaper.

Breaking the figures down, 49 percent of Remainers said Eurocrats were bullying the UK, 36 percent said they weren't and 15 percent didn't know. So more Remainers think the EU is bullying than not – now that's telling!

Unsurprisingly, amongst Leavers 87 percent said the EU was bullying, just 3 percent said it was not and ten percent didn't know.

When looking across the board the figures were – 67 percent agreeing that the EU was a bully, 17 percent disagreed and 16 percent were don't knows.

I would add that a cursory glance across the whole EU might lead you to think that the bullying of member states and the citizens that live in them is now the main political tool in the Eurocrat arsenal, wouldn't you?

And here come the Brexit legal challenges again.

The anti-Brexit group Best for Britain has claimed that a legal loophole in the Prime Minister's Brexit tactics means that she will be obliged to offer a second referendum, reports the Mail Online.

"The new challenge centres on claims that existing legislation guarantees a new referendum if Mrs May pushes ahead with plans for the UK to remain part of some EU bodies such as the European Medicines Agency." It says.

This they say, is because remaining in those agencies would mean us transferring powers to Brussels, so requiring a Referendum under the 2011 European Union Act.

Well I've got to say that the best solution then, is not to try and rejoin or stay in any of those bodies – the legal argument than fails comprehensively.

Also, the nature of the possible membership of those agencies is also key, because if no power is handed over, then there is no legal case either.

I must say these Remainers are getting more and more desperate by the day aren't they? And I also have to say that the words 'Anti-Brexit' and 'Best for Britain' do not fit together! Brexit is best for Britain!

But one thing Leave campaigners should be learning here, is that the courts are there to be used by our side too! We cannot leave it to the government. Those leave organisations with deep pockets should now be readying themselves to launch legal challenges against any move to water down or delay Brexit that does not follow the Article 50 procedure to the letter.

We should also be ready to legally challenge the EU if it tries to give countries such as Spain or the Republic of Ireland any form of veto over the negotiations as the Article states quite clearly that Qualified Majority Voting is to be used.

And with all the court cases and resulting confusion, no agreement that stifles the UK can be reached and we automatically leave the EU at 11pm on 29th March 2019 and that's that!

And now to the case for an English Parliament.

Writing in Brexit Central, Guy Parfitt, constituency manager to UKIP MEP William Dartmouth, makes a great case for such a body to be formed.

He starts by pointing out the obvious – that our current political classes are completely out of step with ordinary people, as evidenced by their disdain of the voters' wish for Brexit.

Guy then shows how completely unrepresented the country of England is, with Westminster more concerned with carving it up into regions than treating it as its own entity.

"It’s fair to say that in order to take back control of UK sovereignty, borders, laws and money, we need to take back control of our democracy. Simply returning powers to the same hands who were willing so freely to give them all away will not instil public trust.

"A parliament for England, elected by PR, would set it in line with the other nations of the UK and bring powers a step closer to the grassroots." He writes.

But you can imagine the outcry of horror from certain quarters.

An EU Parliament? Fine, they say! A Scottish Parliament? That's Brilliant! Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies for national identity etc – Marvellous!

But the mere mention of an English parliament would bring cries of regression, xenophobia, racism and all the rest – the term 'Little Englander' would be tiresomely wheeled out morning, noon and night.

If, to the relevant nationalists, Scotland, Wales and Ireland are countries, then how can England not be a country worthy of it’s own legislature. And why should England and the English have to be the ones ignored or carved and parcelled up for the convenience of others?

Maybe after the Brexit dust has settled, we can look to a new UK constitutional settlement where England and the English have the same rights and representation as others in the UK, who are at present arguably over-represented.

I say, let's look seriously at this and get back some English national pride!

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