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 THE EU’S BABY-MAKER
JUNCKER CLAIMS EU’S
ERASMUS PROJECT
HAS MADE 1.1m BABIES
MASSIVE €30BN PROGRAMME IS ANNOUNCED, TO MAKE MORE
EU Erasmus Programme, © EU Commission
As part of the EU’s ‘Social Summit’ in Gothenberg Sweden on Friday, attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May and the leaders of the other 27 EU member states, massive expansion plans were put forward for the EU’s youth education project, Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ is generally thought to be a programme of exchange for university students. It is in fact much, much more than this, as we shall explain.
WHAT JUNCKER SAID ABOUT GROWING EU-BABIES
At a speech at the EU’s ‘Social Summit’, Commission President said the following:
“We need more young people, more apprentices, more professors, more teachers to be part of this programme, which mobilised until today 9 million of young people.”
“And by the way, it has a libido part. Because out of the Erasmus programme, some estimates say that 1.1 million babies were born. That is the greatest success the European Commission ever had. And I would like to extend this.”
Right: Jean-Claude Juncker in Sweden on Friday
 
FINDING OUT THE COST OF THESE BABIES
Budget to be more than doubled to €30bn, says EU Commission:-
“I would like us to increase the budget for the Erasmus+ programme.”
“No cuts should be accepted when it come to the Erasmus+ programme. I know when we started 30 years ago out of 15 governments 12 were opposed. Now it is their invention. And as it is their invention we have to make sure that the budget we need will be put into place.”
The EU Commission’s statement issued on Friday went even further.
“President Juncker stressed that if we want to double the number of young people participating in Erasmus by 2025, we need to be ready to put €30 billion euro on the table for this in the next financing period.”
So, the budget for the current financial period is £14bn. President Juncker and his colleagues say it must be increased to over £26bn.
We have researched Erasmus+ many times. Despite it having a current budget of £14 billion – and a new budget of £26 billion being called for from 2020 – it is surprisingly difficult to find good information from the EU on the effectiveness of this programme.
When you look at the history of EU budgets for this programme, it is impossible to produce an accurate summary by year. We have various official documents which contradict each other and which make any attempt at producing a graph showing the 30 year history to be meaningless.
However we can show the last 4 years, as this falls under the official 2014-2020 ‘multiannual framework’ the EU uses for working out its budgets. See below.
Chart © Facts4EU.Org 2017
JUDGING ERASMUS ON JUNCKER’S TERMS
Naturally academics and other Remainers tell us how essential this Erasmus+ programme is, but do they have any information to base their opinions on?
As Jean-Claude Juncker chose to focus on the ‘social’ benefits of Erasmus+ on Friday, we thought we would do the same.
Herr Juncker spoke about relationships and making babies, so we looked at :-
  • Erasmus as a dating site
  • Erasmus as a marriage bureau
  • Erasmus as a brainwasher for EU citizenship
The data quoted below comes from an official EU ‘impact assessment’ on Erasmus+ for the EU Commission from last year, 2016.
1. ERASMUS+ AS A DATING SITE
Erasmus graduates are three times more likely to be with a partner from another country, than graduates who attended universities in their own countries.
In the case of British Erasmus graduates, the figure is an astonishing 57%. Yes, over half of British students participating in Erasmus ended up permanently dating someone who isn’t British.
Chart by Facts4EU.Org 2017
2. ERASMUS+ AS A MARRIAGE BUREAU
As for where to meet your partner for life, being an Erasmus+ student is the way to go. 49% of British alumni of the Erasmus project met their life partner on Erasmus. This is almost double the EU average, which is 26%. We are unaware of any marriage or relationship sites which can boast that half of its British members are successful. This is certainly something that Erasmus+ does well.
Chart by Facts4EU.Org 2017
3. ERASMUS AS A BRAINWASHER FOR EU-NESS
88% of British Erasmus alumni feel ‘more European’ as a result of their experience. Former students were asked questions about what Erasmus meant “to feel European, to have Europe-wide perspectives beyond the national horizon, and to have a sense of European citizenship”. With 88% being positive, the UK came top out of all EU countries.
OBSERVATIONS
Since we first researched Erasmus+ in depth we have considered it to be a youth social engineering project. We will now go further.
On Friday we had the President of the EU Commission stating openly that he wanted one of the EU’s programmes to be expanded rapidly, in part because of its success in producing EU babies.
Just stop and think for a moment. He considers the production of 1.1 million EU babies to be one of the greatest achievements of the EU in its current form.
It is also worth remembering that President Juncker has been a very strong advocate of Erasmus+ and has started a new project for young people not in university as well. More on the latter in a moment.
Right: Perhaps those EU babies might look good in one of these?
 
TOTALITARIANISM AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING
There is no easy way to put this, but there are an increasing number of elements of EU policy and activity which resemble those of classic totalitarian regimes. This has become even more obvious since the Referendum. Being British and with European history being of immediate relevance, it is only natural that the two examples of totalitarian regimes which come to mind are those of the Third Reich and the Soviet Union.
In each of these cases, indoctrination of the young was a key plank in the development and inforcement of these totalitarian regimes’ societal structures. And in each of these cases the totalitarian regimes cost the United Kingdom dearly, in its defence of peace and democracy in Europe.
We have previously produced major research on Erasmus+ and on the new addition to the EU’s indoctrination armoury, the ‘European Solidarity Corps’, or ‘the Juncker Youth’ as we call it.
The government - and even most pro-Brexit organisations - are talking about continuing with programmes like Erasmus+ after Brexit, and say they think it reasonable to pay for continued access.
We believe it is vital that someone tells the Prime Minister that neither of these projects are some kind of harmless exchange programmes for young people. Instead they are part of a homogenisation of European youth and an indoctrination into EU citizenship and sets of values which have never been agreed by the British people.
Below: Theresa May (obscured) sitting in second row with the seat beside her vacant,
listening to Jean-Claude Juncker's speech about EU babies
© EU Commission
Needless to say, our articles are based on solid research of official documents and spreadsheets. We would prefer not to describe the EU as descending steadily into a full-blown totalitarian state, but we feel we must now do so. And if we do this - based on substantial research and analysis - we would like to suggest that any Remainers reading this might want to pause for a moment before hurling some insult or other.
We do not believe that ‘values’ are something unelected EU elites should be imposing on our young people.
We do not believe that educational curricula are the business of the EU.
We do not believe that the creation of a master race from EU babies is a good idea.
We welcome your comments, which we will publish below in the grey box below. You can use a pseudonym if you prefer, and it's always nice to know roughly where you're writing from. Please always state the headline of the article you're commenting on.
[ Sources: EU Commission | Directorate General for Education and Culture ]
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 EU THREAT LEVEL AGAINST UK INCREASES
RHETORIC FROM EU AND IRELAND
BECOMES MORE AGGRESSIVE
British Prime Minister was lectured again by the unelected EU President Tusk
British Prime Minister Theresa May flew to Gothenberg yesterday for yet another EU Summit. This one was about ‘social rights’ but the EU took the opportunity once again to increase the threat level against the UK.
Watch the statement of the EU Council President, Donald Tusk:-
© EU Council
And here is the transcript:-
“In October, the EU27 started internal preparations on the second phase of negotiations, namely transition and the future relationship. And we will be ready to move-on to the second phase already in December.”
“But in order to do that we need to see more progress from the UK side. While good progress on citizens' rights is being made, we need to see much more progress on Ireland and on a financial settlement.”
“In order to avoid any ambiguities about our work calendar, I made it very clear to Prime Minister May that this progress needs to happen at the beginning of December at the latest.”
“If there is no sufficient progress by then, I will not be in a position to propose new guidelines on transition and the future relationship at the December European Council. We agreed to meet again next Friday to assess the situation in more detail.”
Here was Mrs May at the end of the Summit:-
© EU Council
OBSERVATIONS
Recently, the Facts4EU 'Attack Dogs' have started responding to this kind of nonsense from the EU.
In the absence of a firm rebuttal from the UK government we took one look at President Tusk's tweet yesterday, which underlined what he said above, and responded robustly. Here is his tweet and our response:-
© Facts4EU.Org 2017
If you agree with us responding like this, let us know.
Below we report on the comments of the Irish PM, Leo Varadkar. We believe that it's equally important that Theresa May - and/or other members of the British government - respond robustly to these, in the same way they should to the comments of President Tusk.
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[ Sources: EU Council ]        07.55am, 18 Nov 2017
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Name: Brexiter, Braintree Essex      Date/Time: 18 Nov 2017, 7.57pm
Message: The way the EU officials, and some of our so called friends inside the EU are treating the British Prime Minister is appalling. I know the concept of democracy is alien to them, you have to pool your democratic rights with 27 other countries when you join the EU. But it seems they try to humiliate her at every turn. The time is fast approaching when Theresa May should just say in answer to unelected Donald Tusk's two week deadline for progress, "jog on", and invite the EU's Barnier to contact No 10 when he is ready to talk trade. The black hole in EU finances, and a weak Merkel in Germany, and their biggest customer walking towards the exit might concentrate minds. The World Bank estimated a "no deal" Brexit would lose the UK 0.25GDP about £5billion. If true, cheap at the price.
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 18 Nov 2017, 11.04am
Message: Absolutely respond to the EU Commission in this manner as it appears they don't understand the meaning of being good neighbours - unless we do as they tell us. The dictatorial attitude from these self-important unelected people just don't know when to stop their threats, and have in my opinion now stepped way over the line. We wont accept such behaviour from UK politicians, and we're sure not putting up with it from the EU. President Tusk the UK does NOT owe the EU one single penny, or in your case, euro (other than our budget commitment). British taxpayers are NOT required to pay any imaginary EU 'exit bill'. We do NOT need to pay to hold talks regarding future UK-EU trade relations. We do NOT need to pay for access to EU markets. If anything, the EU owe British taxpayers rather a lot. We have a massive stake in ALL EU assets. I suggest they begin an audit of such assets. President Tusk has indicated beyond all doubts that any reasonable conversation cannot take place unless we submit to what is tantamount to extortion? Mrs May (UK PM) should waste no more time and walk away from these so-called 'negotiations' unless they come to their senses. TELL the EU we intend to move over to WTO rules from 1st January, 2018. We're no longer playing their pathetic game. British taxpayers have for over FORTY YEARS been extremely generous to EU member countries, and all we receive are threats. WELL NO MORE - THEIR TIME IS UP. President Tusk and his friends would do well to remember just ONE very important matter - BRITISH PEOPLE WILL NOT SUBMIT TO THREATS, INTIMIDATION OR BULLYING FROM ANYONE, just because we took a democratic decision. Peoples across continental Europe can now see for themselves first hand what the EU is about, where they WILL threaten you should you dare to exit. The EU commission have badly misjudged British resolve.
 WHEN IRISH EYES
STOP SMILING
ANTI-BRITISH NEW IRISH PM ATTACKS AGAIN
Yesterday in Gothenberg the new Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, once again showed his barely-concealed hostility to the United Kingdom
© Sky News 2017
Attending the EU’s ‘Social Summit’ in Sweden along with the other 27 leaders of the EU member states, Varadkar chose to do an interview with Sky News. Click here to watch the video. In it he was asked whether he would be likely to approve the next phase of EU-UK talks. He made it very clear that he would not.
“Ireland's trading relationship with Britain is enormous and of course we want to have a new trade arrangement.”
“But we should never forget that Brexit is a British policy, it's one that Britain has imposed on the rest of Europe and it's causing enormous difficulties for all of Europe and Ireland in particular.”
“To me it seems that after 40 years of marriage, most of them good, Britain now wants a divorce and wants an open relationship the day after.”
“It's 18 months since the referendum, it's 10 years since people who wanted a referendum started agitating for one. Sometimes it doesn't seem like they have thought all this through.”
OBSERVATIONS
So, according to Mr Varadkar Brexit is something which “Britain has imposed on the rest of Europe” as if to deliberately cause it damage.
No Mr Varadkar, it was the EU which increasingly imposed its dysfunctional and overbearing rule on us. We were forced to act in the end and the only way was by leaving, as the EU refused to negotiate or reform.
The Irish Prime Minister seemed to be suggesting some extraordinary things yesterday. His rhetoric is rapidly reaching the point where he should be very careful indeed.
He refused to rule out an Irish veto over a move to the next stage of Brexit talks and he seemed to want to offend. He is clearly ignorant about the history of the EU debate in the UK, saying “It's 18 months since the referendum, it's 10 years since people who wanted a referendum started agitating for one.”
Then to claim that “Sometimes it doesn't seem like they have thought all this through” is a quite extraordinary thing for him to say at this stage in the talks.
We will wait to see how the British public reacts – if indeed they are ever properly informed about this – but we can tell Mr Varadkar something purely from the Facts4EU.Org Team.
We find you offensive and deeply unhelpful in this process. We suggest that if your anti-British sentiments are making it impossible for you to act rationally in the economic interests of your people, you should stand aside and delegate the Irish government’s actions and statements to one of your colleagues.
Whether you like it or not Mr Varadkar, Brexit Britain is going to be a stunning success. Try to thwart us now and your actions will not be forgotten when you need us most. If however you realise your mistake quickly and start to side with the UK as you should, then Anglo-Irish relations will go back to their happy, normal self, and Ireland could soon find itself sharing in the prosperity of the post-Brexit world.
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[ Sources: EU Council | Sky News ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 18 Nov 2017, 1.38pm
Message: Everyone has differences in one way or another, though I'm shocked and disappointed by the attitude of the Irish Prime Minister, Mr Varadkar. Our two countries have a long history, a common Travel Area, and much more, long before the EEC/EU. Mr Varadkar acknowledges that Ireland has an "enormous" trading relationship with Britain and wants a new relationship, yet seeks to undermine it. Sorry Sir, but you need to answer to your masters in Brussels, for it is they, NOT YOU, who will decide what you may and may not do. Your country gave away its powers to Brussels.
The Irish people can if they wish vote Mr Varadkar out of office. They CANNOT vote out the EU Commission, which is another body that IMPOSES LAWS AND TAXES upon Irish people without their consent (or maybe Irish people are happy about that). And to think he is backing up his difficult EU masters in Brussels, whilst the UK has been generous to a fault. Mr Varadkar acknowledges a good forty years - NOT QUITE Sir, for as you know we were deceived by traitorous former UK PM Edward Heath, then Harold Wilson, and those who followed. Mr Varadkar wrongly implied we started wanting a referendum ten years ago, when it was in fact much longer than that. For decades many of us wanted OUT of this EEC/EC/EU political racket, which was sold to the people as a trading arrangement with no loss of sovereignty - FACT. We wanted our say and eventually we had it - FACT. Surely Mr Varadkar doesn't object to the democratic process - after all, that very process put him in power? I feel it's extremely arrogant for him to believe we have not thought this through. We knew there would be 'bumps along the way' and I don't personally find that to be any problem. But let us make it absolutely clear - the only delay is with the EU negotiation team and the extraordinary demands to pay an 'exit bill' when there is no legal justification to do so. Positive discussion we like, threats we do not.
Name: Denis Cooper, Berks      Date/Time: 18 Nov 2017, 11.10am
Message: This chap should realise that the past euro-creeping behaviour of the Irish government did not go unnoticed in the UK and no doubt helped to sway some of the British to vote to leave the EU. Most especially the decisions to hold repeat referendums on first the Nice Treaty and then the Lisbon Treaty when the Irish voters had given the "wrong" answers. And amusingly it was the Lisbon Treaty which the Irish government was so desperate to get approved on behalf of its German mistress that first introduced the "exit clause" which is now Article 50 TEU. A new feature which was actually raised as a point in favour of the treaty, for example here in July 2009 in the run-up to the second referendum: "In addition, Lisbon contains an exit clause providing procedures for member states wishing to leave the EU." So having supported the introduction of an exit clause why should the Irish government now object when a member state decides to use it?
Name: Brexiter Braintree Essex      Date/Time: 18 Nov 2017, 10.13am
Message: Ireland has received £52 billion from the EU since they joined. The money has transformed the country, modernized its infrastructure and farming they are happy, the loss of sovereignty has not bothered the politicians or it seems the electorate. Great Britain on the other hand has declined, almost a permanent balance of trade deficit with the EU since we joined. The UK is just excising its democratic right to vote for its own laws own politicians and its own destiny. When we vote we don't have to consider "what would the EU would think of this". The Irish are going to be in trouble when we leave, the UK is their biggest trading partner. The EU is going to force countries in the block to increase Corporation Tax, impose a financial transactions tax, and increase VAT on fuel. This at a time when Trump in the USA is reducing Corporation Tax and encouraging business based in Eire back to the States. It has been obvious for sometime that the UK will not get a good trading deal from the EU, no matter how much money we throw at them, so the UK must put massive resources into planning to drop out in March 2019. Wait for the EU to approach us the UK for Trade deals.
Name: Woke, UK      Date/Time: 18 Nov 2017, 09.13am
Message: I quite agree. Enough of this 'Eire is our friend' stuff from the UK Government. It isn't. It's long been a competitor. and there is a barely concealed contempt for the British and Northern Ireland. Time to put some pressure on them. Won't be long until the threats of a return of their private army emerge.
 'EUROPEAN' PILLAR
OF SOCIAL RIGHTS
WHAT DID MRS MAY JOINTLY PROCLAIM
AND SIGN YESTERDAY?
Yesterday Theresa May signed the ‘European Pillar of Social Rights’. She did so alongside the other 27 leaders of the Council of the EU, and representatives of the European Parliament and the Commission during the Gothenburg ‘Social Summit for fair jobs and growth’.
© EU Council 2017
Mrs May at lunch yesterday, Hungarian PM Orban on her left, EU Commission President Juncker on her right
This is how the EU describes this Proclamation:-
“The Pillar of Social Rights is about delivering new and more effective rights for citizens. It builds upon 20 key principles, structured around three categories:
  • Equal opportunities and access to the labour market
  • Fair working conditions
  • Social protection and inclusion”
OBSERVATIONS
If you managed to read the entire document, well done. It’s the usual kind of document from the EU that we have to wade through daily: full of grand, idealistic statements and good intentions. Not exactly full of facts, figures, and ‘meat’ – these are all buried in other documents and spreadsheets which it takes us days and weeks to find and trawl through. (That’s the kind of thing BBC and other journalists should be doing but don’t.)
We suggest there are a couple of things you might want to draw from this EU ‘Pillar’.
Firstly, one of the intentions of this initiative was to get the poorer EU members to up their game in terms of social protections, employment rights, etc. President Macron of France in particular is on a crusade about ‘social dumping’, whereby eastern European member states export their workers to countries like France, undercut local employment and wages, and don’t pay tax to the host country to support its obese and out-of-control social state.
Macron’s popularity is critically low in France and President Juncker is desperate to help his Europhile boy-wonder to increase his ratings. Don’t forget that Macron’s election was lauded by all the EU elites as a victory for the European Union and a defeat for populism.
Secondly, we suggest you might want to take a step back and just think about this grand ‘Proclamation’. It is about as far removed from the idea of a common trading bloc as it’s possible to get. This ‘Pillar of Social Rights’ is, as its name suggests, about societal values. It’s political, social, and global.
Make no mistake, the EU will now use this as the basis to derive all kinds of new powers to impose on its member states. It matters not what you think of a particular power – which you may think of as a good thing – the point is that it will be the EU and its unelected Commission which will be proposing legislation to give the Proclamation teeth.
The devil, as always, will be in the detail. And we’re pretty sure that there will be many areas of legal detail which the UK would have protested in vain about, if we hadn’t voted to leave the EU.
Once again we have to ask Remoaners: Just what exactly were you proposing that the UK remain in? The new EU that’s coming bears little resemblance to the one you dream of, and the one you lied to the British people about. This isn’t speculation, it’s fact.
The new Proclamation is just the latest in a long series of decisions and documents which highlights the path the EU is following. The EU you talk about is a fantasy. If it ever existed in any meaningful way, that was in the past. Time for you to wake up in 2017 and find out what the EU really is.
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[ Sources: EU Council ]
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 CAN WE PLEASE STOP THE LIES?
EU MIGRANTS ARE
STILL INCREASING
Latest ONS figures on EU workers shows they’ve kept coming
since the Referendum
One of the many continuations of Project Fear has been to claim that EU workers are leaving in droves because of Brexit.
This narrative has often included vague tales of EU workers being made to feel unwelcome or even to be the victims of ‘hate speech’, forcing them to uproot their families and return to their homelands.
Once again Project Fear Part 2 has been shown to be completely and utterly false. Not only have EU workers not been leaving, they have risen significantly since the Referendum and continue to rise.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
  • Oldest ONS data starts 4 years ago, in 2013
  • Total of EU migrant workers has jumped by 63% in 4 years
  • Increased from 1.46 million to 2.38 million workers
  • Migrant workers from Romania and Bulgaria have jumped by 176% in 4 years
  • Increased from 0.13 million to 0.35 million workers
Since Referendum
  • Total of EU migrant workers has jumped by 6.2% since June 2016
  • Migrant workers from Romania and Bulgaria have jumped by 30.9% since June 2016
Chart © Facts4EU.Org 2017
Chart © Facts4EU.Org 2017
These figures are extraordinary for a number of reasons. Firstly they totally refute the wild claims by Remoaners of a panicked mass exodus of EU migrants since the country voted to leave the EU. The migrants have kept on increasing.
Secondly, and seemingly unnoticed by commentators, the figures vindicate our long-standing claim that the government’s official numbers for the number of EU migrants in the UK has been woefully understated.
In 2016 the government used data from 2014 to show 3.025 million EU27 nationals living in the UK. We now know from the newest data released on Wednesday that they believe 1.826 million were working.
If that ratio of migrant workers to total migrants is correct, then there must now be 3.94 million EU27 nationals living in the UK. Clearly this is much higher than the usual figure of 3 million which is quoted.
BUT HASN’T NON-EU IMMIGRATION OF WORKERS BEEN JUST AS BAD?
Another favourite canard of the increasingly desperate Remain lobby has been to try to deflect attention away from mass EU immigration and start talking about immigration from other parts of the world.
Chart © Facts4EU.Org 2017
SORRY REMOANERS, THAT WON’T WORK EITHER
Above we show the long-term trend in migrants working in the UK, split between EU27 and migrants from the rest of the world. As you can see, there has been a slight fall in the last 10 years in the number of non-EU nationals working in the UK. Conversely the number of EU27 migrants working in the UK has jumped by 136%.
These are staggering figures which simply can’t be brushed off.
OBSERVATIONS
In the last two years we have consistently argued that the government’s figures (and the EU’s) severely understated immigration. In the absence of official and exact data, we looked at a variety of indicative data. Examples included National Insurance numbers issued to EU nationals, increases in demand for primary school places, increased demand for GP registrations and others.
We extrapolated from this other data to show the likely growth in EU immigration. NOTE: We reported the official figures which were bad enough, but said we believed them to be dramatically understated and used this other research to explain why.
If the national media had wanted to know the truth, all they had to do was contact us. Strangely the BBC didn’t seem to need us. In fact a good number of pro-Leave institutions and campaign organisations could also have emailed us, but unfortunately our friendly offers of help were ignored.
In any event, our conclusions in various reports published on this site were that the government was happy to continue understating the number of EU migrants in the UK, and their impact.
It’s worth remembering that it has long been the case that the major supermarkets have said privately that food sales indicate a much higher population growth than has been admitted by the government.
Now we have the full data from the ONS which shows the continued and extraordinary growth in migration from EU countries, shown in the graphs above.
We hope you find the above research interesting and useful. With your financial support we could make sure our valuable reports get in front of more people who really should see them.
Decisions are being made all the time now about Brexit. The better informed the decision-makers are, the better decisions they will make and the better Brexit we shall have.
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[ Sources: Office for National Statistics | Dept for Work & Pensions ]
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Name: Denis Cooper, Berks      Date/Time: 17 Nov 2017, 3.27pm
Message: And according to a recent PcW study the overall economic benefit to the established population of this mass immigration from the EU is at best negligible and is more likely negative. See the comment here.
 PERPETUATING ECJ
JURISDICTION AFTER BREXIT
Sir Keir Starmer’s obsessive love affair with the Luxembourg Court
By Martin Howe QC, Lawyers for Britain
In which the EU legal expert and Chairman of Lawyers for Britain discusses a Remainer lawyer’s obsessive love of a foreign court to the extent that he forgets the importance of defending the sovereignty of the nation in whose Parliament he now sits, and forgets that the constituents he represents have the right not to be ruled by foreign courts.
Sir Keir Starmer, Shadow Spokesman for Exiting the EU, © Parliament TV
Under the EU treaties, Judges and Advocates-General who serve on the ECJ and the EU General Court at Luxembourg must be nationals of a Member State. So when we leave the European Union just before midnight on 29 March 2019, the British nationals who are currently serve in these roles will cease to hold office.
As a result, what is currently a multi-national court in which we participate
will become an entirely foreign court.
But strangely, Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer QC is seeking to perpetuate in every conceivable way the jurisdiction of this foreign court over the UK after we have left the EU. He wrote to the Prime Minister demanding that the ECJ should continue to exercise jurisdiction over the UK during any transitional period, and threatened an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill to make this happen if the PM does not agree. And on Monday 13 Nov 2017, in a BBC interview he argued that the ECJ should have jurisdiction over the UK for the indefinite future where we wish to enter into arrangements with EU agencies.
But it is virtually unheard of in international relations for an independent sovereign state to agree to subject itself to the jurisdiction of a foreign court. One has to go back to the 19th Century to find examples such as the (British) Supreme Court for China sitting in Shanghai, which exercised jurisdiction over British subjects in China and over their disputes with Chinese nationals to the exclusion of Chinese courts.
Nor do the EU’s own international agreements provide any support for extra-territorial ECJ jurisdiction after we have left the EU. At Lawyers for Britain we have exhaustively gone through the EU’s external agreements and cannot find any instance in which a non-Member State has accepted direct ECJ jurisdiction over itself or its relations with EU. Even the EU’s agreements with the tiny statelets of Andorra and San Marino allow them to not accept ECJ jurisdiction and instead contain balanced bilateral arbitration arrangements.
It is sensible that our courts should continue to look at ECJ judgments after exit for two main reasons. First, where our own laws remain the same as or similar to EU laws, it is helpful for our courts to continue to look at ECJ judgments interpreting those laws in the same way as our courts look at e.g. Australian court decisions when their courts interpret laws which are similar to our own. Secondly, if we enter into a post-exit treaty with the EU governing the rights of citizens and other matters, it is sensible that our courts should look at ECJ decisions, and equally that the ECJ looks at the decisions of our courts, in order to try to be consistent in interpreting the treaty.
These are instances where in accordance with general international principles of comity, courts in different countries will look at each others’ decisions and try if possible to produce consistency. But critically, no court is bound to follow a decision of a foreign court if, having weighed it up, in the end it cannot agree with it. The ability of our courts to disagree with, and at the end of the day depart from, the decisions of foreign courts is an essential part of our sovereignty.
My colleagues Francis Hoar, Dr Gunnar Beck and I have published a paper 'Adjudicating Treaty Rights After Brexit' with detailed proposals for a cooperative relationship between the ECJ and UK courts designed to lead to consistent interpretation, but where, importantly, neither court system is made subordinate to the other.
There is simply no reason for us to succumb to the rule of foreign courts after we have ceased to belong to the EU.
Nor does Keir Starmer’s invocation of EU agencies give rise to any need for an exception. To take the European Medicines Agency which he discussed in his interview, there is much sense in the UK continuing to collaborate with that Agency after we have left. And since the Agency is set up under EU law, we cannot realistically expect the EU to agree to exempt the whole Agency from the supervising jurisdiction of the EU General Court and the ECJ.
Right: The cities squabbling to be home to the EBA after Brexit, © EU Council
 
But it simply does not follow that we must therefore submit to those courts having jurisdiction in any way over the UK. We can perfectly sensibly follow EMA decisions on licensing of medicines as the normal rule, so long as the UK’s own MHRA (Medical and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) has the power for good reason to depart from EMA decisions in the UK by choosing to license drugs which the EMA has refused, or to refuse drugs the EMA has licensed. Indeed, once we have left the EU, we will have the opportunity of following Swiss law and allowing the UK MHRA to license drugs on the basis of safety assessments made by the US FDA and other competent regulatory authorities around the world, so dramatically cutting the regulatory costs of bringing drugs to the UK market. Such a system would not involve accepting the jurisdiction of US courts, any more than of the ECJ.
It has been a persistent problem of some lawyers who move into politics that they are unable to shed some of the less attractive preconceptions and attitudes which are endemic in certain sectors of the legal profession. In the case of Keir Starmer, regrettably he seems to have brought with him a lawyer’s obsessive love of the Luxembourg court to the extent that it blinds him to the importance of defending the international sovereignty of the nation in whose Parliament he now sits, and the right of the constituents he represents not to be ruled by foreign courts.
OBSERVATIONS
This is another excellent piece by Martin Howe QC. We first collaborated with Lawyers for Britain before the Referendum and have always found their research and legal opinion to be unquestionable. We are grateful to them for permission to publish this article for you here. We can thoroughly recommend all their other articles too. Some of these we have previously summarised on these pages but if you have the time and inclination then it's worth reading more of their output in full.
Right: Martin Howe QC
 
To Mr Howe's piece above we would only add one observation. It isn't only lawyers entering politics who “are unable to shed some of the less attractive preconceptions and attitudes”. This equally affects some business people who go on to run trade organisations and then enter politics, and it certainly afflicts those who have spent their entire working lives in politics.
It is as if there is some shared inferiority complex which has caused swathes of our elites to believe that the fifth-largest economy in the world - and a major diplomatic and military power - is incapable of doing anything on its own.
Thankfully Brexiteers are rather more confident and optimistic types when it comes to the abilities and prospects of the United Kingdom.
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 GERMAN MEP GETS PRIVATE
AUDIENCE WITH MRS MAY
Yesterday, German MEP Herr Manfred Weber had a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Downing Street.
Herr Weber is currently the leader of the EPP grouping of MEPs in the EU Parliament. Following the meeting Herr Weber tweeted:
© Twitter
At a news conference he elaborated.
“After my meetings here in London my main message is I am more optimistic, there is progress ... That is the most important thing because the perspective from a European point of view towards London was in the last weeks not so clear.”
It appears that he was pleased with what Mrs May told him at the meeting. Below is a short clip of some further comments he made.
OBSERVATIONS
We must ask what Mrs May thought she was doing yesterday.
The leader of the fifth most powerful nation in the world had a meeting with a German MEP. Yes, he’s the leader of the EPP grouping, and yes, the EU Parliament has a vote on the eventual deal, if any, between the EU and the UK.
However here is what Weber said when the UK submitted the Article 50 letter:
“The British people decided to leave this union, so they will not be so comfortable, so safe, not so economically strong.”
He is one of those for whom the UK must be seen to fail for having the temerity to leave. He is an arch-Federalist and can conceive of no other outcome. He will make it his business to see the UK fail if he can.
It is entirely pointless for Theresa May to have a meeting with Herr Weber right now. It panders to these people’s ideas of their own importance. At the end of the day the political masters of the EU are the EU27 leaders, who form the EU Council. They make the decision.
The paymasters of the EU – once the UK is gone – are the Germans. Currently it’s German and British money that keeps the EU afloat. It really is that simple.
It therefore follows that if Mrs May is going to have meetings with anyone it should be with the EU’s Paymaster-General, Angela Merkel.
To have a meeting with a jumped up little MEP like Weber, who hates Brexit and would knife the UK continuously in the back if he could for decades to come, is a very poor tactical decision. It sends all the wrong messages about where Mrs May thinks the power lies in this negotiation.
Perhaps Mrs May had been told that Herr Weber is important. Well, she might like to know that her meeting with him didn’t even make the German press yesterday.
Who on earth is advising the PM about things like this? Please tell us it’s not mandarins from the Cabinet, DexEU, and the Foreign Office. They are utterly clueless about negotiations like these, that much is clear. We badly need people with experience of international trade negotiations to be involved.
Final point. Herr Weber tweeted after his meeting with the Prime Minister: "There is a willingness for compromise." It is our view that the Prime Minister has already gone far too far in what she has conceded. A vast payment and continued subjection to the ECJ, together with continued effective membership of the Single Market and Customs Union is already completely unacceptable to us.
If Mrs May indicated to Herr Weber yesterday that she might be prepared to compromise even more, we believe a large part of the country will start to rise up against her.
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[ Sources: Twitter | EPP ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 6.07pm
Message: Mr Manfred Weber is a German MEP who has ridiculed our country and our Brexit decision many times. The British electorate did not elect him, yet he appears to believe he has some significance in our country. HE HAS NONE, and is but an insignificant other? Why Mrs May (UK PM) entertained holding any (Brexit) discussions with Mr Weber in the first place, IS WRONG, and serves to PROVE that professional standards of UK protocol have been torn up, which in my view is worrying. This does however present an extraordinary opportunity. The European elections of 2014 were decisive, so I therefore look forward to Mrs May INVITING Mr Nigel Farage MEP (whose party won the UK 2014 Euro elections) to Downing Street without delay? Mr Farage knows the EU inside out, and has offered to assist many times over yet seeks nothing in return. Mrs May should put party politics to one side and use his talent in an advisory capacity, something the EU Commission would frown upon - but it's NOT their decision, but in my opinion would be a good move from a UK perspective. Look at this another way, if Mrs May can instantly promote former Chief Whip Mr Williamson CBE MP to UK Secretary of State for Defence, then I pose this question, WHO is the REAL patriot of our great country, Mr Williamson MP who doesn't believe in the Military Covenant and voted against it, or Mr Farage MEP who believes in our country with every fibre of his being, and has offered his decades of expertise and assistance in any way he can, without favour?
Name: Zorro, Berks      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 1.21pm
Message: It depends on who is prepared to compromise and on what.... It would be nice to think that T May had some cunning plan unfortunately the reality tells me that she is a rather dim and clueless negotiator for us....
Name: Carole, UK      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 11.45am
Message: We've heard all these rumours before, and quite frankly, when I've faltered in believing our strategy, I've been subsequently proved wrong. If the PM is a women about to cave in, then explain to me why there is a date in the EU Withdrawal Bill. And if you believe she has caved in on the ECJ then why haven't we similarly caved in on citizens rights.
Name: Brexiter Braintree Essex, UK      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 09.16am
Message: If the UK "crash out" because we won't pay the ransom demanded, ie 100million Euro, the crisis for the EU starts. Germany as largest contributor wont pay more, its economy takes a hit because its biggest customer has left the cartel. They trade with the UK on WTO rules the same as the rest of the world. Merkel has yet to form a coalition Government, so trouble at home. She has to do it by Friday or face new elections. All these problems are piling up, sending out envoys to the UK to smooth the way to get a compromise deal started in the EU negotiations is in her interest. Because at the end of the day what Germany says goes. They run the EU. But these negotiations have a long way to go. I just hope David Davis and our negotiators take note of what happened when Blair gave up the British rebate for reform of CAP. Blair got nothing in return the EU reneged on the deal.
Name: Helen Taylor, UK      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 08.01am
Message: I don't seem to recall it making the British press either. Tit for tat though, if it is good enough for the EU to meet with our other members of parliament, aka Corbyn, Clegg, Sturgeon and other remoaners. Theresa is not doing anything the EU is not doing. Merkel is not as strong in Germany as she was, Macron is coming under fire from France. With all the posturing that the EU is doing. He is probably trying to find out the truth rather than the hypocrisy that the EU spout.
 BITTER FAILURES, MISGUIDED,
OR JUST ANTI-DEMOCRATIC?
We are seeing the most breathtaking acts of humbug and hypocrisy in Parliament
In general terms, what the government is trying to enact in Parliament right now involves putting EU-imposed laws back into the hands of elected MPs in the UK Parliament, where they belong.
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For decades, MPs have had NO say about these thousands of laws. They have been imposed by Brussels.
No discussion. No debates. No votes.
That has been lawmaking - EU-style.
Many EU laws have suited other EU countries but have been seriously damaging to major parts of the UK economy and to the life of the UK’s citizens.
Thanks to the people voting for Brexit, the government now wishes to put these laws into the hands of British MPs, to do with as they please in future. For the moment they will become British laws on an ‘as is’ basis, with just some simple amendments where laws would otherwise contain references to EU bodies, for example.
Yes, there are some arguments of detail that can be made, but overall what is happening is very simple. Anti-democratic MPs who do not accept the result of the Referendum are using any ways possible – including opposing the current Bill – to thwart Brexit.
They even object strongly to the Brexit date (29th March 2019) being set out in the front of the Bill.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG OPINION:
We do not have the luxury of weeks of debate about this.
There is much to do before Brexit and the Remainer lawyer-MPs in the House of Commons must not be allowed to indulge themselves in their petty nonsense. We know they still believe Remain is right. We know they think that those of us who didn’t vote the way they told us to are ignorant, old, or were lied to.
We don’t care.
Parliament gave the decision about Brexit to the people. We took it.
Now get on with implementing it. End of.
WHAT OF THE REMOANING RUMP IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS?
The newspapers might be full of stories about Conservative MPs, but let’s not forget the appalling travesty that is currently the Parliamentary Labour Party.
If Labour MPs voted in accordance with their party’s policies as set out in the General Election campaign only five short months ago, the anti-democratic Tory MPs would be an irritating irrevelance.
THE LABOUR DISGRACE
Messrs Corbyn, McDonnell, and Starmer can try to spin it any way they want, the simple fact is that they tried to win power by lying to the electorate on an epic scale. Their manifesto for the June General Election was clear that they were supporting Brexit. Since then, they have backtracked on virtually every word they uttered about it. Their actions have been anti-Brexit at every step and no matter what they say it’s obvious the leadership hope to thwart Brexit completely.
This does not of course apply to a small number of Labour MPs – around 15-20 in number – who have consistently voted according to what they promised their voters. Yesterday Frank Field MP continuously had to remind his colleagues (who tried to shout him down) that the majority of Labour voters voted to leave the EU.
THE TORY REBELS
What a sad little bunch this Remoaner-Rump is. As always, they’re a disparate gaggle. Some are there mostly out of bitterness, like Sourpuss Soubry, Nicky Morgan and Sir Oliver Heald. Others are prissy has-beens such as Dominic Grieve who should clearly have answered the call of the stage rather than Parliament. Ms Heidi Allen is another who is not known for hiding from the cameras, and Vicky ‘Vichy’ Ford is also in this category, having been an MEP who loved grandstanding in Europe.
Others are chinless wonders who are enjoying a brief sojourn in the sunlight, such as Ms Sandbach, Stephen Hammond, Mr Djanogly, and Sarah Wollaston. The latter is a strange one. An MP and an MD, Dr Wollaston initially backed Leave and then switched to Remain shortly before the Referendum, thereby ensuring she will never be trusted by either side. For a doctor we must say she seems remarkably ‘uninformed’. (That’s a euphemism, by the way.)
Tom Tugendhat simply doesn’t fool us for a moment, but we understand why his constituency selectors must have thought they’d struck gold when he came up as a candidate. However we remember his uncle, Baron Tugendhat, who was an EU Commissioner and Vice President of the Commission. Nuff said.
WHERE IS THE RESPECT?
Virtually all of the rebels represent constituencies that voted Leave. Naturally they claim to be respecting the Referendum result but who do they think they’re kidding? We’ve listened to them all, and not one of them succeeded in kidding us that their motives are pure.
If an MP still believes that Remain was the right decision, that merely makes him or her an idiot in our opinion. You only have to look at what has happened since the Referendum. The EU has revealed itself as being the nasty, undemocratic, dictatorial organisation we said it was, and is pressing ahead with all the ghastly, monolithic United States of Europe plans we predicted.
All the ridiculous claims of Project Fear have been shown over and over to be complete nonsense, as the UK has produced consistently good results which fly in the face of the Armageddon which was promised - threatened - by Remain.
Apart from stupidity, Remoanerism therefore comes down to having two possible causes:-
  1. Inability to be wrong / Unwillingness to lose face
  2. Lack of belief in democracy and a belief in the sanctity of the elites
We’re simplifying, naturally, but we’re probably not far off.
SOME OF OUR CURRENT THOUGHTS
Are we extremely angry with Remoaners now? Yes. It’s 511 days since we voted to leave the EU. That’s almost 1 year and 5 months.
By the time we leave – if we leave – the EU at 11pm on 29th March 2019, it will be 1010 days since we voted to leave. That’s 3 years, 9 months and 7 days.
In most people’s book, that’s almost 4 years of their lives.
Are we angry about this? You bet your life we are. This is not what we voted for. This is the usual delaying nonsense of the elites, stopping the people doing what they want to do.
When it comes to the likes of Messrs Clarke, Clegg and Adonis - and the entire membership of the Commons Exiting the EU Committee – going to Brussels to meet the idiot Barnier, we say this: DON’T DO THIS AGAIN. You are merely serving your own interests, no-one else’s. And yes, we do consider some of you to be betraying your country.
To those MPs (and Lords) who preen and posture with their pseudo-intellectual legal shenanigans in the Houses of Parliament, attempting to thwart the largest expression of democratic will in the history of the United Kingdom, we say this:
DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE US.
DO NOT DARE STAND IN OUR WAY.
WE ARE THE MAJORITY.
OBSERVATIONS
Tomorrow we’ll go back to reporting facts, but once in a blue moon we feel we have to express the boiling frustration of the majority of our readers. It would be unhealthy for politicians not to be aware of the strength of feeling in the country as a whole, as many of them spend far too much time in their Westminster bubble.
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Name: Patrick H - Greater London      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 4.15pm
Message: Good article and as usual, highly incisive. Of course, we all know why these loathsome individuals continue to grandstand and excrete delusive bile against the wishes of the voting majority? In their eyes, and with diminutive brainpower, they see the 48% Remainers (probably now less than 35%) of the population that did not vote for Brexit as an opportunity to continue with their deplorable rhetoric and duplicitous shenanigans! If there is a chance they can star (self-serving) they will, and as career Politicians with total disregard for the electorate, will continue to try. That these ignoramuses (worse, traitorous warts on society) get away with such disdain for democracy, beggars belief!
Name: AMB, London      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 08.14am
Message: I have watched the majority of the past two days of 'debate', the majority of which appears to be re-running the A50 debate arguments, which in turn were re-running the remain campaign arguments rather than the legislation in front of them. I am shocked, though not surprised, at the lack of knowledge about the EU and the lack of understanding the process some 510 days after the vote. There is no excuse for such ignorance now. The remoaners & remainiacs are still clinging to what they think the EU is, rather than accept the reality of what is actually is and does. Many were repeating remain mantras that have long been debunked as false, and displaying a complete lack of knowledge or memory of EU processes and what the EU has actually said. On this, the EU have been very clear - leaving the EU means leaving all institutions that the EU consists of, and to which the UK is part of by virtue of its EU membership. Yet we still have MPs demanding the reversal of these elements that it only in the EU's ability to grant. These are pathetic and thinly veiled attempts to circumvent the people's decision to leave. They should be concentrating on their day job - examining and drafting legislation for after we've left which includes the raft of EU legislation that should be amended/repealed. I suppose that I should not be surprised that so many appear to be scared to accept the responsibility of our own law-making as EU law has just been rubber-stamped through over the years, but the levels of incompetence by many, with no research into the facts nor acceptance of reality, scares the bejabas out of me as these people will be responsible for future law-making. Most should not be sitting where they are now...
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MP-LAWYERS
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A Westminster Wash Of Self-Indulgent MPs
& The Parliamentary Brexit Debate
A FACTS4EU.ORG ANALYSIS
MPs who support remaining in the EU yesterday spent over eight unsuccessful hours in the first stage of their parliamentary attempts to derail Brexit.
The Remainer MPs who spoke included the Labour Party, the LibDems, Nationalists, and a rump of remoaning Tories.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which they were debating is the essential piece of legislation which essentially copies all EU law into UK law, thereby ensuring a smooth legal transition at 11pm on 29th March 2019.
Over 450 amendments have been proposed to the Bill and these will be debated between now and Christmas. We do not intend to report on these in any detail, or we would have no readers left by the festive season. Instead we thought we would bring you just one speech which brings out many points.
The speech is by Sir William Cash MP, it lasts 23 minutes, and it includes interventions by Chris Bryant (Lab, Remain), Mike Gapes (Lab, Remain), Rt Hon John Redwood (Con, Leave), Wera Hobhouse (Lab, Remain), Antoinette Sandbach (Lab, Remain), Paul Scully (Con, Leave), Rt Hon Ken Clarke (Con, arch-Remain), Angus MacNeil (SNP, Remain), Robert Neill (Con, Remain), George Howarth (Lab, Remain), and Rt Hon Dominic Grieve (Con, arch-Remain).
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You may feel you have better things to do with 20 minutes of your life than listen to the above, and we would have a lot of sympathy with that point of view, having had to listen to more than eight hours of the debate.
However, it's there for you whenever you feel like it and it does remind the listener of some important things.
For those readers who would like more, here is a list of a few speeches we have selected from the many yesterday. They each last about 10 minutes on average.
OBSERVATIONS
Do we agree with everything Sir William Cash says? No. In fact we think he’s far too gentlemanly to believe just how bad things have now got across the Channel. We would go further than he does, based on our observations in recent years.
However this speech is delivered by a man who knows the EU. Remainers may not agree with him, but they can’t deny his 32 years of experience on Parliament’s EU Scrutiny Committee. He is the Chairman of that Committee. His detractors accuse him of being long-winded about detail – but at least he does actually know the detail.
We hope you watched the video – we think it provides a good flavour. If you want to watch the entire 8 ½ hours you can watch the whole thing here. Alternatively, here’s the Hansard transcript.
It really doesn’t matter what these MPs say. They are Remoaners who do not respect the democratic vote of the British people on 23rd June 2016 to leave the European Union.
Do they seriously believe that the country – with jobs, careers, families to look after – are in any way impressed by these self-indulgent ninnies playing legal niceties with Britain’s Brexit?
They can prance and posture all they like in Parliament, spouting nonsense about parliamentary scrutiny. It may wash in Westminster and around the dinner tables of Hampstead and Oxfordshire. In the rest of the country it goes down like a lead balloon.
These MPs can even pretend – as almost all of them do – that their intent is not to deny Brexit. No-one is fooled. It’s obvious that they are doing everything they can to thwart the democratic will of the British people. They should all be ashamed of themselves.
Whilst we profoundly disagree with the Nationalists and the LibDems, at least their anti-Brexit stance was clear at the General Election held only five months ago. The Labour Party is another matter however. They blatantly stood on a platform supporting the Brexit vote, including leaving the Single Market and Customs Union.
The only possible way to interpret the Labour Party’s current position is that the vast majority of their MPs have ignored the mandate they stood on and have reverted to full Remoaner status. This shows, in our opinion, complete contempt for their electorate. We very much hope they are punished severely at the next General Election.
To his credit, over and again Frank Field MP (Lab) reminded his fellow MPs that “the larger the Labour majority in the general election and the bigger the turnout in the last general election, the one before that and the one before that, the more likely constituents were to vote leave.” Unfortunately Frank Field was one of the very few Labour voices to be heard backing Brexit. We believe he is wrong on many aspects of Brexit but at least he stands up for the majority of Labour supporters who are pro-Brexit.
One final word about the Remoaning Rump of the Conservative Party. The parliamentary party in June 2016 voted by approximately 2:1 for Remain. In doing so they more or less presented a mirror image of the way ordinary Conservatives voted. Fortunately most Remain-supporting Tory MPs have now seen which way their bread is buttered and are behind the government’s moves to enact Brexit, albeit not in the way we believe they should.
Below: What we refer to as 'the Conservative Coven' of Dominic Grieve, Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan.
© Screengrab from ParliamentTV yesterday
Regrettably there are a few preening prima donnas who like the sound of their own voices too much for our own good. Dissent is good and dissent is normal. What is not acceptable for MPs in the ruling party (we suggest) is for them to be doing two things:
  1. To refuse persistently to accept the democratic will of the people expressed clearly in a legitimate referendum, and
  2. To plot and side with anti-democratic forces in other British political parties and with those from the EU and from EU27 member states, against the best interests of the country.
If Mrs May wishes to show a tougher side to her leadership, as many commentators suggest she should, in our opinion she could do a lot worse than sever this Remoaning Rump from the Whip of the Tory Party forthwith. They will never come around on Brexit and they will still naturally vote with the government on matters like the Budget, so nothing is lost. However a very firm message will be sent to any young MPs tempted to join them in the opposition lobby in the coming weeks.
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[ Sources: Hansard | ParliamentTV ]
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Name: Patrick H - Greater London      Date/Time: 16 Nov 2017, 01.39am
Message: Imagine, this is what they get paid to do each day! The mind boggles with their canted ineptitude! The Poor UK!
Name: Zorro, UK      Date/Time: 15 Nov 2017, 11.11am
Message: Modern day Praemunire is what they are committing......
Name: Denis Cooper, Berks      Date/Time: 15 Nov 2017, 10.28am
Message: Apart from a few contributions it was a very poor debate.
 BORIS BACKS EU ARMY
FOREIGN SECRETARY IS ‘FLYING BUTTRESS’
“We’ll be looking at the new European plans for defence and security cooperation and the UK is supportive of these.”
“As I often say we’re there like a flying buttress to support the cathedral. And, er, we think there’s a lot of promise in the ideas and we’ll be backing them up.”
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Mon 13th Nov 2017
Yesterday the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, at which the main topic was the new PESCO agreement for combined EU defence forces – the so-called ‘EU Army’.
Whilst Iran was also on the agenda – and Boris seemed to think this was the main item – the real highlight for everyone was defence.
OBSERVATIONS
We can only assume that the Foreign Secretary has been very poorly advised by his officials. This would not be surprising. The FCO and MOD are manned by pro-EU, anti-Brexit civil servants whom we believe are not advising Ministers in ways conducive to the good of Brexit Britain.
See articles below for more information.
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[ Sources: EU Commission ]
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Name: Steve R, UK      Date/Time: 15 Nov 2017, 09.49am
Message: A flying buttress is a big external pillar connected to the wall of a cathedral at the top. The cathedral in Utrecht was built with the very large central part completed first, before they built the buttresses. Half of it collapsed in a storm that hit the city soon after. It looks like we are going to be paying towards the unelected High representative's forces until 2021,if Mrs May gets her way. They will be doing everything they can to keep the buttress in place.
 HERE’S YOUR EU ARMY
(THE ONE WHICH NICK CLEGG CALLED
‘A DANGEROUS FANTASY’)
“Today's joint notification marks an important step towards
creating a fully-fledged European Defence Union by 2025”
EU Commission statement, Mon 13th Nov 2017
The video above was released by the EU Commission yesterday as part of its propaganda over the signing of the new Permanent Structured Cooperation in Defence.
Yesterday in Brussels the EU pushed through its common defence force agenda at a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, attended by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
23 countries have so far signed up for what is known as PESCO or Permanent Structured Cooperation.
WHAT IS PESCO?
Here is how the EU itself describes PESCO:-
“The aim is to jointly develop defence capabilities and make them available for EU military operations.”
“PESCO is both a permanent framework for closer cooperation and a structured process to gradually deepen defence cooperation within the Union framework. It will be a driver for integration in the field of defence.”
“This is different from the voluntary approach that is currently the rule within the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy.”
(EU Factsheet)
WHO JOINED UP YESTERDAY?
The UK was not one of the signatories. (See our ‘Observations’ below.) The other four countries which have not yet signed are Denmark, Ireland, Malta, and Portugal. Of these, the Portuguese government is very keen to sign but it requires parliamentary approval first.
The other 23 member states of the European Union all signed.
© EU Commission
Above is Austria's new young Chancellor yesterday, attending the meeting in his capacity as Minister for European Affairs as he hasn't yet taken up his new role. He held a separate bilateral meeting with the EU's Defence and Foreign Minister, Federica Mogherini.
Here is the full list of participating countries who have signed the commitment for PESCO: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.
OBSERVATIONS
SUCCESS!
Up until yesterday morning we had seen no official confirmation that the UK was not going to sign up to PESCO.
Given that the UK government has signed up to – or failed to indicate its lack of consent to - every development of EU common defence forces since the EU Referendum, we had major concerns that the UK was going to sign up to PESCO too.
It’s worth bearing in mind that in terms of parliamentary scrutiny, none of the agreements since the Referendum has been admitted to by the government and none of them has been debated in the UK Parliament. In fact the Prime Minister didn’t even mention that defence was discussed, in her last two reports to Parliament following EU Council Summits. Quite extraordinary.
NEVERTHELESS WE’RE BREAKING THROUGH
Fortunately it seems that the message has finally got through to the British government. We have been campaigning on this topic since before the Referendum – along with at least one other organisation - so it’s good to see that perhaps progress is being made.
So, yesterday it was confirmed that the UK has not signed up to PESCO, although we have yet to see any statement of policy from No.10, the FCO, or the MOD.
WHAT IS THE UK’S POLICY?
The government has regrettably committed the UK to all defence developments discussed by the EU since the Referendum, including the new 'European Defence Fund'. We have reviewed all the formal ‘conclusions’ of the various Summits, Foreign Affairs Councils, and other official meetings and we can’t find one single reference to the UK having exercised a veto.
Since 23rd June 2016, the UK government has agreed to everything the EU wanted to do in the field of defence.
We feel that Theresa May - and the new Defence Secretary Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP - should make a statement to the House regarding the UK government’s policy towards the defence manoeuvres of the EU.
DO YOU SUPPORT NATO?
It is perfectly clear that the EU intends to replace NATO with its own common defence structure. It SIMPLY IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH to deny this. It doesn’t matter how much the EU protests that it doesn’t intend to replicate or replace NATO, that is exactly the course it has set itself on. Politicians, journalists, commentators, think-tankers, defence contractor organisations, or anyone else who tries to persuade you otherwise are simply wrong. We invite any MP who so wishes to inspect the evidence we have amassed.
Yesterday the Poles were so concerned about this that their Foreign Minister insisted on a specific reassurance, before he committed to PESCO.
Unfortunately EU reassurances are worthless. The EU always does what it wants, regardless of Treaties or its own laws. Again, there is ample evidence to support this assertion, from this year alone.
We strongly believe that Europe’s defence will be seriously compromised – perhaps fatally so – if the political apparatchiks in Brussels are allowed to continue down this path. These people are not, in our opinion, competent to run a chip-shop, let alone to run the complex defensive apparatus for a European Union of 27 countries.
Before you say: "Well, we'll soon be out of it, let them do what they want" we just have the following warnings.
  1. It would be profoundly dangerous to put enormous combined military forces in the hands of unelected individuals and bodies.
  2. The UK's defensive umbrella depends on having a strong NATO - something which will be increasingly undermined by the EU.
  3. The UK is already caught up in the EU's common defence plans.
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[ Sources: EU Commission | EEAS | NATO ]
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Name: Brexiter Braintree Essex      Date/Time: 14 Nov 2017, 5.50pm
Message: This EU army project, just confirms what a totalitarian organization the UK is signed up to. When you pool your sovereignty with 27 other countries projects like this can be created with no accountability to any electorate, ie the ones who pay for these debacles. Has an EU army and Britain's participation been debated in our Parliament? No. What is interesting is that defence reviews by our Ministers have signed the UK up to long term bilateral military partnerships, with our EU partners which appear as a prelude to this EU army planning. It was announced in the House of Commons, but I don't recall any mention of the UK being party of a EU army under the control of unelected Brussels Beaurocrat Mr Juncker. He in theory can send Britsh troops into conflict situations without any recourse to UK Parliament. I look forward to the day snowflake remainers receive their conscription papers for the EU army!
 THIS WAS NOT
CAUSED BY BREXIT
THE EU ARMY WAS ALREADY ON THE MARCH
It is being reported in the mainstream media that the new PESCO EU defence agreement has somehow come about thanks to the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
This is not the case. The EU was already embarked on this course well before the Referendum.
SOME BACKGROUND
PESCO’s antecedents started back in the early 1990’s with Maastricht. That Treaty laid the foundations for a Common Foreign and Security Policy. In 1999 the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) was launched.
By the end of the 90’s major decisions on combining defence were being made.
At the June 1999 European Council meeting in Cologne (Germany), EU heads of state and government agreed that:
“the Union must have the capacity for autonomous action, backed up by credible military forces, the means to decide to use them, and a readiness to do so, in order to respond to international crises without prejudice to actions by NATO.”
- 1999 EU Summit held in Cologne, Germany
THE YEAR 2000 ONWARDS
By 2002 the 'Berlin Plus' arrangement was signed, allowing the use of NATO structures, mechanisms and assets to carry out ESDP missions. Two years later the European Defence Agency was created.
During the first decade of this century, new goals were set by the EU:
“to be able to deploy rapidly and then sustain forces capable of ... operations up to corps level (up to 15 brigades or 50,000-60,000 persons). These forces should be militarily self-sustaining with the necessary command, control and intelligence capabilities, logistics, other combat support services and additionally, as appropriate, air and naval elements. Member States should be able to deploy in full at this level within 60 days, and within this to provide smaller rapid response elements available and deployable at very high readiness.”
By the beginning of 2007, the EU had two Battle Groups ready to deploy. In 2009 the EU’s military ambitions were truly evident when the Treaty of Lisbon came into force. The ESDP was beefed up and renamed the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). It also provided for the creation of the European External Action Service, which is now running the EU military show.
By 2013, the EU Council leaders were starting to discuss defence on a serious level and by the end of the year the EU Council was saying:
“The EU and its Member States need to be able to plan and deploy the right civilian and military assets rapidly and effectively. The European Council emphasises the need to improve the EU rapid response capabilities, including through more flexible and deployable EU Battle groups as Member States so decide. The financial aspects of EU missions and operations should be rapidly examined.”
In June 2015 the High Representative (de facto EU Defence Minister and Italian former Communist Federica Mogherini) was mandated to prepare a new strategy by the European Council.
The paper, under the title 'Shared vision, common action: a stronger Europe', describes a strategic vision for the EU's global role. A year in the making, the European Union Global Strategy (EUGS) was presented at the EU Council meeting on 28 June 2016, at which David Cameron was present.
PRESENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN UNION GLOBAL STRATEGY
So, on 28 June 2016, just 4 days after the UK’s Referendum, High Representative Federica Mogherini presented the new EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy to EU leaders, meeting in Brussels at the EU summit. PESCO is merely a part of this process.
OBSERVATIONS
The EU’s military ambitions were perfectly clear years ago to anyone with half a brain. These ambitions are detailed in document after document.
All of this was hidden in plain sight – the problem was the British media virtually never reporting what went on in Europe. Before we get howls of protest from journalists, we’re not talking about the British media’s obsession with stories about rifts in British political parties (in particular the Conservative Party over Maastricht in the 1990s).
That does not constitute EU coverage as far as we’re concerned. In fact that didn’t even require a journalist to leave the confines of Westminster.
No, we’re talking about what was going on in Brussels and the EU capitals. This simply didn’t register in the consciousness of the vast majority of British people because they never saw it on TV and almost never read about it in headline news stories in the newspapers.
We ask all fair-minded journalists and commentators to step back for a moment and recognise that we’re not talking about news that only political wonks and foreign policy geeks will find interesting. We’re talking about news that registers on the front pages of the tabloids and on the TV evening news.
The simple fact is that major developments were taking place – such as in the field of defence – and yet the British pubblic were unaware of them. It was this that allowed Nick Clegg to get away with his now infamous “this is a dangerous fantasy” put-down of Nigel Farage in the TV debate of 2014, when Mr Farage raised the subject of the EU’s military ambitions.
Over and again during last year’s Referendum debate, we found we were having to provide basic information about what the EU was actually doing, as opposed to the naïve and idealistic hopes of what Remainers thought it was doing.
This applied to the EU’s military ambitions. The latest developments are no surprise to us. They’ve been planned for a long time. We reported on them many times.
The only thing that has surprised us is the the extent to which the British government seems to have acquiesced with the EU on defence matters ever since the Referendum, almost as though it were too cowardly to tell it no. If Theresa May and David Davis thought for one moment that letting the EU do what it wants on its various agendas will endear it to the UK and make it be nice to us over Brexit negotiations, forget it.
The UK side has shown itself to be weak, weak, weak. The EU has simply taken advantage of this on many levels.
There are early signs that the UK side might finally be starting to ‘man up’. If so it’s welcome, albeit long overdue.
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[ Sources: EU Commission | EEAS | NATO ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 14 Nov 2017, 09.14am
Message: Excellent articles today. I have to say I am at 'boiling point', though as always, we must keep calm and express opinions with 'cool heads'. It is clear from the FACTS when presented in the above format, we have been DECEIVED by UK peers and elected politicians [though not all of them] over the years? They constantly shout "scrutiny" yet attempt to subvert our common Brexit cause, and in all these years treat the British people as being of little or no consequence. We're nothing but the little people, to do as we're told and be quiet! I must balance my comment by acknowledging we have some very good MPs and peers who believe in our country, and in Brexit. They have struggled to get us where we are today, as indeed have Facts4eu. If my opinion is reflected across our great country on this subject, as it likely may be, It is perhaps time MPs explained themselves. We have the right to know WHY they failed to be transparent with the electorate? THEY ARE ELECTED, AND TO DECEIVE THE ELECTORATE ON ANYTHING MUST RANK AS AN ALL-TIME LOW. We like scrutiny in the UK so politicians and the public can challenge as and when. The EU commission don't do scrutiny and carry on regardless, often making up their own rules and grabbing powers where they can. I am still awaiting Michel Barnier [EU Brexit Chief negotiator] to publicly explain where he pulled his imaginary 100 billion exit bill from, right down to the last euro? We must remember, Barnier is not elected. He said it and MUST back it up with FACT or retract it? Have EU member countries yet realised they have signed up to what is becoming a very dangerous 'dictatorship' that appears to have 'dodgy' military ambitions? The national status and cultures of the EU27 will eventually disappear. Mrs May and her team MUST NOT sign away our country to any further EU related matters, as that means we exit the EU in name only, but remain bound by them, so we must also take back everything signed post-referendum. The UK is NOT FOR SALE, and is not for MPs and peers to give away - The UK belongs to the people.
 EU'S BIG DAY
FOR HARD
MILITARY POWER
This morning the Defence Ministers of the EU28 (including Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, Theresa May's newest Cabinet Minister and an arch-Remainer) are gathering in Brussels.
The EU's Defence Ministers are meeting to agree the final arrangements for PESCO – Permanent Structured Cooperation. This is an EU euphemism for pooling defence forces of as many EU countries as possible. Initial signs are that the UK will not sign, but no confirmation yet.
© EU Commission / Twitter
“I expect to receive a notification letter from over 20 member states today, indicating their will to launch PESCO. We're turning a new page in EU defence.”
- Federica Mogherini, de facto EU Defence Secretary, Mon 13th Nov 2017
FIRST THE BANKS,
NOW FOR THE TANKS
THE EU WAR MACHINE
- NEXT PHASE IS LAUNCHED TODAY -
ANOTHER EXCLUSIVE BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG EXPOSÉ
1.4 million soldiers, 4,700 fighter planes,
coming together in a permanent EU structure
Background image © Bundeswehr 2017
[ Sources: Difesa (Italian MOD) | NATO | MOD | EU Commission | EEAS | IIA | IPS Herzliya ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 13 Nov 2017, 9.22pm
Message: I am pleased the UK (and some other countries) have not signed up to 'PESCO', which I consider would have been a 'slap in the face' to UK armed forces, past and present. Without doubts, It would have been detrimental to our country and all we stand for, and fly in the face of regaining our sovereignty and total independence in 2019. In short, it would have been an insult of extreme and unforgivable magnitude? Call me a pessimist, but on this extremely important issue (at this time), I don't trust our Houses of Parliament one iota, unless they guarantee 100% they will not revisit the matter 'by the back door'? As the UK is presently the second highest contributor to the EU construct until our exit, I am concerned the EU Commission will quietly filter as much British taxpayers money as they can to fund the EU military obsession. For that reason alone, the UK should be 'screaming loudly' for FULLY audited EU accounts.
Name: James Allen, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 13 Nov 2017, 2.33pm
Message: It appears that the UK, like Denmark, didn't join in the signing the joint notification for PESCO and handing it over to High Representative Federica Mogherini. Confirmed by multiple sources: John Redwood http://johnredwoodsdiary.com/2017/11/13/pesco-and-eu-defence/ RadioFreeEurope https://www.rferl.org/a/eu-pact-security-cooperation-pesco/28851153.html European Commission - Statement http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-17-4608_en.htm. So fortunately, our military will remain British and will be able and free to fight for another day. =D
Reply: Yes, at least that's something. Why the UK government couldn't decide this in advance is strange, but there we go. However the risks aren't over because of all the other new common defence structures and initiatives which the UK government has agreed to since the Referendum. We'll summarise this soon. Please note that the EU's moves today will have massive effects on NATO and therefore the UK - they just won't admit it yet. We have reported on this many times and will do so again.
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