The Irish Backstop Protocol is just one of the very worrying issues contained in Theresa May's Brussels authored Withdrawal Agreement.
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First some breaking news. UKIP (UK Independence Party) has chosen Neil Hamilton to fight the Newport West by-election. Neil is currently a Welsh Assembly Member for the party.
I hear that Number Ten is insisting that the Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC, is still working on getting something out of the EU that would deal with Brexiteer concerns over the Irish Border Backstop Protocol part of the Withdrawal Agreement.
But as I've pointed out before, this backstop is not the only major problem within the Withdrawal Agreement.
It is in fact, one of many very troubling issues.
And the website facts4eu.org has supplied a neat fifteen point pdf document, which I've linked to in the video descriptions box below, which shows the real horrors that the nearly 600 pages of legally enforceable servitude offers to us.
And it starts with the obvious one that from Brexit day, under that deal the UK would be under the control of 27 foreign powers with no ability to veto laws produced by them.
"The EU27 can make decisions in Council behind closed doors, with no published minutes, which would profoundly affect British businesses, citizens, and the economy" it says.
And it points out that the EU could even impose taxes on us and there would be nothing we could do about it. So much for taking back control with Theresa May's deal then.
Then there's the £39 billion it will cost us.
The document is a distillation of all the other work facts4eu.org has done and is a must read for Brexiteers and Remainers alike. Because this deal must be rejected whatever else we do!
And it finishes with:
"The Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration together lock the UK into a continuing and subservient relationship with the EU, agreeing to match and “build upon” current arrangements, giving away money, sovereignty, laws, and even decisions on the very composition of the United Kingdom itself."
If those loyal Tory MPs who are backing Theresa May's deal know even a part of this, then I would question their true loyalty to this country.
But hopefully they do understand this and the majority of them will vote her deal down. But we do need to keep a list of those that vote for it on the 12th March ready for the next general election, don't we?
Then after the MPs inevitably vote down no deal, the battle will be whether we ask the EU to extend Article 50 and for how long. The government will be hoping for a short extension and the Remainers will push as hard as they can for a long extension.
Given the make-up of the House of Commons I fully expect the latter to win.
But when Theresa May crawls up to the EU door begging for it, …. the Article 50 extension! I wonder what the EU will demand in return? A second EU referendum perchance? We will see.
And on extending the Article 50 process.
The head of the German federation of industries, Dieter Kempf, says that a no deal Brexit is better than all this uncertainty.
Dieter Kempf represents 100,000 companies with eight million employees and he says that German industry is prepared for a no deal on 29th March and any delay more than a couple of weeks would be pointless.
Talking to a Dutch newspaper he said. "My experience is that the economy can live better with bad conditions than with uncertainty."
He also said that if the UK left without a deal then it would probably cost Germany a further 0.4 or 0.5% growth.
His view is that the deal Theresa May has come up with is the best possible agreement for everyone. And he also owned to giving out a sigh of relief when Jeremy Corbyn started talking about another EU referendum.
The real point here, is that he will probably therefore be putting pressure on the German government to not give the UK a short Article 50 extension of more than a few days. But that a long extension that gives our Remain politicians a chance to swing a referendum could well be be looked on favourably.
If you take a quick look around the web and press you will see quite a lot of this talk. Can you detect an overall two year Article 50 extension narrative building up?
This must be resisted at all costs as it just piles more uncertainty on uncertainty and can only damage the country.
Finally, Global Britain has produced a briefing paper by former City strategist and now economic consultant, Ewen Stewart, called "£82 Bn Reasons the EU held back the UK. How the EU is a drag on UK prosperity and why we must seek a global future".
I've left a link to it in the descriptions box below.
The report has a foreword by Esther McVey and in the Executive Summary the author points out the stark truth of how badly the EU and Eurozone have performed over the years, how the UK has generally outstripped other EU nations and how the EU single market is not central to UK prosperity.
The report also compares the trade that the UK has with the EU now, with what it could have been had the Eurozone economy matched the growth of the US.
It starts by pointing out that in 1994 the US and the future Eurozone economies were of similar size at 24.9% and 24.5% of global GDP respectively. But that since then the US economy has grown to be 30% larger than that of the Eurozone.
So, the report estimates that "UK-EU trade would have been around £355bn last year – not the £274bn it achieved.
"In other words the EU’s economic failure over the last twenty years cost the UK £82bn in lost exports in 2017, or around 3.5% lost GDP each and every year. Far from being the catalyst for UK prosperity the EU has been a dragweight."
And the only answer that the Eurocrats and Remainers have to that would be – we must therefore have more and more EU! They're stark, staring barking aren't they?!
So, please let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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I am very pleased that Neil Hamilton, UKIP Member of the Welsh Assembly is our candidate in the Newport West by-election. Neil has the experience needed for what will be a referendum on the Lib-Lab-Con’s betrayal of Brexit. Every vote for Neil & UKIP is a VOTE to LEAVE the EU! https://t.co/f4x2WXFQ2p
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) March 4, 2019