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SOUND-BITE FACTS   -   EU REFERENDUM NEWS
ARCHIVE 1-15 MAY 2016
Click on each fact-box below for details and official sources, or scroll down
REAL EU FACTS
FOR YOU
THE WEALTH OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
The British people don't like to be fooled, and they certainly don't like to be bullied.
This '30-Second Sunday Summary' is about the wealth of you and your family.
It's based on
official information
quoted in articles on this website.
30 SEC SUNDAY SUMMARY - YOUR WEALTH
Summary of actual economic facts, not wild Cam-Claims
  • Inflation trebled in the 3 years after we joined EU
  • Official data shows zero growth impact from EU membership
  • EU’s share of world economy has halved since 1980
  • Eurozone in serious financial crisis - huge costs to come
  • Everyday UK bills have rocketed in EU
  • Eurozone jobless figures are double ours
  • ---------------------------------------------
  • Wages to rise on Leave, says Head of Remain Campaign
  • Food prices fall on Leave, says Parliament report
  • UK creates more jobs than the rest of the EU put together
  • We’ll save £10 billion/yr EU fees, says BBC Economics Editor
  • Non-EU countries like Norway are twice as wealthy per person
Make Britain Wealthier Again – Vote Leave
15 May 2016
UNDER PRESSURE
CAMERON: "VOTE REMAIN OR YOU'LL BE POOR...
                         ...AND I'LL BE OUT OF A JOB"
'Look, forget the facts, my rich and powerful international friends want you to vote Remain'
  • Major effort today by Cameron to persuade voters to believe wild claims
  • The British public will decide on real facts
14 May 2016
SATURDAY
EDITORIAL
14 May 2016


Envelope the PM will receive on June 24th?

'Mr Cameron employs economists to make astrologers look respectable'
WHAT WILL YOUR LIFE BE LIKE IN THE YEAR 2030?
In 14 years’ time, what will be your job and salary?  How much will be in your bank account?  And will Britain win Eurovision?
  • What, you can’t predict?  Mr Cameron knows, why don’t you?
  • Fact: Only an idiot would forecast the economy 14 years ahead. The Government can’t even forecast it correctly 14 weeks ahead, as they’ve already proved twice this year.
  • Today Mr Cameron will once again claim that in 2030, households will be worse off by £4,300 if we leave the EU. He hopes you’ll believe him if he repeats this nonsense often enough.
  • We can’t tell you exactly how much better off you’ll be in 2030 if you vote Leave. Serious Brexit analysis shows we’ll be much richer, but let’s look at the evidence, rather than forecasts.
  • The evidence shows the EU has been failing economically for years. The evidence shows the Eurozone is in deep trouble.
  • The evidence also shows that European countries outside the EU are far richer per person than us.
Look at the evidence not the wild claims, and you can
vote to leave with confidence.
Let's Make Britain Great Again.
14 May 2016
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EXCLUSIVE: EU DOESN’T MAKE US SAFER
  • No other trading bloc in the world requires free movement of people and all the other political demands imposed by the EU on its members
  • The Single Market has produced no visible effect on the UK’s growth rate in 20 years
  • The Single Market is based on goods not services - only 20% of our economy is goods
  • With no Single Market, there's no mass immigration, no EU-imposed laws, no more EU politics
  • Just good profitable trade, the way the rest of the world has been doing it for years
  • Over 150 countries trade happily with the EU, without joining the ‘Single Market’
10 May 2016
MONDAY
EDITORIAL
09 May 2016

Are we now
in Wonderland?
‘EUROPE WAR RISK’ ON BREXIT, CLAIMS CAMERON
Er… Has the PM perhaps been under too much strain recently?
  • Today Mr Cameron will say ‘Brexit will increase the risk of Europe descending into war'
  • We must ask: Has Mr Cameron now lost it completely?
  • He knows that NATO has kept the peace for 60 years, not the EU
  • The EU’s policies (Yugoslavia, Ukraine) were a disaster
  • Project Fear shows signs of turning into 'Project North Korea' brainwash
Outside the EU, the UK can help make Europe safe.
Inside it, we’re just one outvoted member amongst 28.
09 May 2016
ONLY 50 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE REFERENDUM
On this day, we depart from facts for a moment and offer you an opinion:-
  • If your employer had been failing badly for years, you’d look for another job
  • If the neighbourhood was becoming dangerous, you’d move house
  • If your local supermarket demanded a huge fee to enter, you’d shop elsewhere
  • If housing, schools and the NHS were threatened, you’d elect a new government
And if someone told you that you didn’t have a choice…?
43 years of membership and enough is enough.
It’s time to Leave.
We'll all be much better off as just good friends.
03 May 2016 - D-DAY minus 50
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EU Referendum News - Researched Facts, not Fiction.
Suggestions for more facts? Other comments? See bottom of page.
 
THE UK IS NO LONGER A SOVEREIGN NATION - Government report shows how Brussels controls our country
Under Referendum law, the Government was forced to issue a report on the last day before the official Referendum period started, on 15th April 2016.

The conclusions from the report are damning, so the Government 'buried' it. We've read the 96 pages and here are the key facts for you:-
  • No Overall Control Of Our Borders: "Member States cannot impose unjustified restrictions on individuals exercising their rights of free movement."
  • UK can't stop EU migrants & families coming in: "EU law gives... all other EU nationals rights to enter, live and work in another EU Member State, as well as to their family members and their dependants."
  • Permanent Migrants: "After five years... [they] automatically acquire the right of permanent residence in that [EU] country, at which point they are no longer required to be a worker, self-employed, a jobseeker, self-sufficient or a student."
  • EU Laws Govern You: "Once an EU Directive has been agreed, all Member States have an obligation to make national laws that give it effect." "Regulations contain detailed legal rules. Once made, regulations have the force of law in the UK."
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights: "At a domestic level, where it is not possible to interpret domestic primary legislation consistently with an enforceable right, domestic courts or tribunals can disapply the offending provision in the domestic primary legislation." This is deliberate Civil Service gobbledygook for saying that EU laws and the other obligations of the 'Fundamental Rights' Charter take precedence over UK laws.
  • UK Prevented From Defending British Jobs: "EU rules prevent Member States imposing restrictions on the quantity of imports and exports of a particular item." (For example, we can't ban cheap, state-subsidised steel from EU countries breaking the rules.)
  • We could go on and on with examples from this 96 page document. It was produced by civil servants for the Government. Even though it's called 'Rights and Obligations', it focuses on rights and ignores a great number of obligations. (For example, nowhere does it mention that the Chancellor of the UK has to submit his Budgets to the EU before he announces them in Parliament. The EU knows our Budget before we do.)
  • Although it's a one-sided propaganda document to make the Government's case sound better, even the Civil Servant mandarins couldn't hide all the bad news. So the Government buried it.
    However we thought you'd like to know the facts.
If a country's laws aren't supreme, if it can't control its borders,
and if so many of its policies are decided by foreign countries,
how can that country be considered to be a Sovereign Nation?
[Sources: "Rights and obligations of European Union membership" Cabinet Office, April 2016, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rights-and-obligations-of-european-union-membership .]
 
TREASURY REPORT :   'WILL I REALLY LOSE £4,300 PER YEAR?' - NO YOU WON'T
We explain Mr Cameron's and Mr Osborne’s extraordinary claims in normal language.

We've read the Government's 202 page Treasury report so you don't have to. Below we give a summary in a way that most normal people like us would understand things.
  1. Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne claim you’ll lose £4,300 per household by 2030.
  2. Per person that’s £1,800, but this sounds less so they don't mention that.
  3. The £4,300 figure is 'GDP per household'. This is NOT 'income per household'.
  4. No-one uses 'GDP per household' - not even the Treasury before now. GDP is a measure of national income - that's nothing like your personal income.
  5. Cameron and Osborne's claims are based on predictions for 2030 – no-one in the financial world forecasts that far in advance. (Even the Treasury's latest 6-month forecasts were wrong by £27 billion.)
  6. Critically, Osborne and Cameron don't admit that national income will still rise if we leave, even with their own figures.
  7. They're really saying you'll still be better off in 2030 with Brexit, but in their view not as much.
  8. The report was produced by Treasury civil servants. The public used to rely on their impartiality. All that has changed and the Head of the Civil Service has confirmed that they're backing the Government case.
  9. The Government's claims in the Treasury Report are based on hundreds of assumptions which favour the Remain case. And the Report even assumes immigration will be an extra 3m people - way above the Government's target of 'tens of thousands per year'.
  10. Even with their unusual calculations, their apocalyptic version of Brexit still shows :
National income growth per person very similar to remaining in the EU. (See chart.)
So, even if you don't believe anyone these days (no reason you should), at least you now know that even with the Government's own 15 year forecasts your income won't fall by £4,300 per household if you vote to leave the EU.
It's your choice. We think the British Public know when they can smell a rat.
We'll leave the last word to the BBC's Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, when the Report came out:
"If Osborne believes all that,
did he REALLY mean it when he said he'd be ready to leave EU
if UK didn't get renegotiation?"
Note to Editors: We can provide details of the calculations, and source material from the Treasury Report and the IMF, to back our chart and assertions.
[Sources: Treasury website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-treasury | Treasury report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/hm-treasury-analysis-the-long-term-economic-impact-of-eu-membership-and-the-alternatives | IMF (approved by Mr Osborne last week) World Economic Outlook Database, April 2016 |
 
WHO IS TELLING YOU HOW TO VOTE? LET’S LOOK AT THE BOSS OF THE CBI.
Who's telling you how to vote?

Below: The luxury French hotel business founded by CBI boss and her Canadian husband.


£1,500 : STAY FOR REFERENDUM NIGHT AT HEAD OF CBI’S LUXURY SOUTH OF FRANCE HOTEL
Celebrate Referendum Night at CBI boss’ luxury hotel in Provence, South of France
  • “As people become more engaged in the EU referendum debate they are calling out for the answer to one critical question - ‘what would a Brexit mean for me, my job and my family?’” – Carolyn Fairbairn, 17 May.
  • Ms Fairbairn earns £312,000 per year as Director-General of the CBI, and is co-owner of this luxury French hotel business.
  • Referendum Night on 23rd June in her South of France hotel: only £1499 per couple.
  • Cost includes suite, champagne, massage, pool, dinner for two. Excludes flights and pick-ups.
  • CBI Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn and her husband are the hotel’s founder-owners.
  • The same CBI Boss who is telling CBI Members to lecture their workers to vote Remain.
If you part-owned a luxury French hotel business,
maybe you too would tell UK workers to vote Remain?
Note: Ms Fairbairn has every right to be involved in this luxury French hotel business which she founded with her husband - and her place looks beautiful. We just think that voters have the right to know who is lecturing them how to vote, and what these people's own particular circumstances might be.
[Source: Hotel website, master suite for night of 23rd June (Referendum night), champagne, Swedish massage, pool, dinner for two. Excludes flights and airport pick-ups.]
18 May 2016
 
PRO-EU RYANAIR STRONGLY CONDEMNS EU AMIDST BRITISH HOLIDAYMAKER ANGUISH
1. Over Easter, French air traffic controllers once again disrupted British people's holidays with yet another strike.

2. Pro-EU Ryanair came out strongly on 29 March with another demand that the EU acts. Ryanair and other EU airlines have repeatedly called upon the EU to take action, but nothing has happened.

3. According to the Company this was the 3rd French strike in 2 weeks and the 43rd strike in 7 years.

4. Ryanair’s CMO Kenny Jacobs said: "You cannot have an effective single market in Europe but then allow a tiny French union to close down half the skies over Europe, causing hundreds of thousands of passenger flights to be cancelled / delayed".

4. The Company added: "The European Commission’s failure to prevent these repeated cancellations makes a mockery of the single European market, and Commissioner Juncker's claims about making Europe competitive.".

It seems the EU helps the British consumer and holidaymaker far less than the Remain side claims.
 
WHY ARE MANY ‘INDEPENDENT EXPERTS’ FOR REMAIN?
Here are the earnings of some of these rich & powerful people
  • Mark Carney, Governor of Bank of England : £880,000
  • Christine Lagarde, MD of International Monetary Fund (IMF) : £500,000 (Note 1).
  • Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General of CBI : £312,000
  • The above are just 3 examples of ‘independent experts’ telling the British voter to vote Remain.
  • These earnings figures relate to previous years.
  • We don’t have their latest earnings which will of course be higher.
  • They move in a rarified world, from top job to top job, and they all want the UK to Remain.
  • Carney: Governor of Bank of England. Previously at Goldman Sachs (13 years), Canadian Gov’t Finance Dept, Governor of Bank of Canada, Chairman of the Bank for International Settlements, Chairman of the Swiss-based Financial Stability Board.
  • Christine Lagarde: MD of International Monetary Fund (Supported by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner). Broke IMF Treaties to prop up the Euro. Previously arch-Europhile French Finance Minister, Chairman of US law firm Baker & McKenzie. The IMF made massive loans to prop up the Eurozone. If the UK leaves and stops contributing, the IMF’s loans to the Eurozone are more vulnerable.
  • Carolyn Fairbairn: Director-General of CBI. Previously Partner at McKinsey, Director of the BBC, Lloyds Bank, Capita, UK Statistics Authority, Financial Services Authority
Do these ‘independent’ people represent the interests of most British voters?

Leaving the EU is in the interests of normal people, not the Rich & Powerful.
Sources: [ CBI accounts 2013: www.cbi.org.uk/media/2757621/annual_report_2014_web2.pdf | BoE accounts 2015 : http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/publications/Pages/annualreport/ar15.aspx | http://www.cityam.com/217950/bank-england-governor-mark-carneys-earned-880k-last-year | https://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/may/29/christine-lagarde-pays-no-tax?CMP=share_btn_fb | OECD : ttp://www.oecd.org/about/budget/ | Daily Telegraph : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9298501/Christine-Lagarde-attack-on-Greece-backfires-as-she-pays-no-tax.html . ]
Note: Christine Lagarde’s salary plus additional allowances is not subject to any taxes so we have given an estimate of what her normal taxable equivalent income would be.
16 May 2016
 
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND SCAREMONGERING AGAIN
Cameron and Osborne once again enlist discredited IMF in discredited Project Fear
  • The Government roll out another Europhile from an impressive-sounding organisation.
  • Should we be worried? Not if the IMF’s past performance is anything to go by.
  • The IMF lost all credibility in 2013 when it said the UK’s economic policies wouldn’t work and gave the UK the biggest growth downgrade of any developed country for 2013 and 2014.
  • In fact growth increased by three times the IMF’s forecasts in 2013 and twice their forecasts for 2014. These were errors of enormous magnitude.
  • The UK Government is one of the largest bankrollers of the IMF – our 2016 quota is $27.76 billion.
  • The Head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde was the Europhile French Finance Minister. She is currently due to stand trial before the French Court of Justice in a €400 million fraud and negligence case.
  • In 2012 Ms Lagarde famously criticised the Greeks for not paying enough tax, and days later it emerged that she pays no tax at all on her IMF income of $550,000 per year.
  • On 16 January 2016 the IMF suddenly had to ask its member countries to double their contributions – a worrying sign in an organisation controlling the finances of countries in trouble.
  • George Osborne says IMF's statement today is impartial. However IMF boss Ms Lagarde started her London speech with “Let me thank all UK authorities who have been helping us in preparing the article for work in the last few weeks. There’s always been good cooperation between the Treasury, the Bank of England and any other authorities that we consult with.” Hmm... We just couldn't make this stuff up.
Project Fear - The Attempted Intimidation Of The British People Grows...
[Sources: BBC News : http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36024492. IMF Factsheet 16 Jan 2016 : https://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/quotas.htm . IMF Quota Subscriptions List 2016 : www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/pdf/quotas.pdf . The Guardian : http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/apr/16/imf-pressure-george-osborne-cuts . World Bank : http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GDP.MKTP.KD.ZG . Daily Telegraph : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/9298501/Christine-Lagarde-attack-on-Greece-backfires-as-she-pays-no-tax.html . ]
13 May 2016
 
THE EU EFFECT - RISING ENERGY BILLS. 7 years of EU, compared to 7 years in the USA


Official EU Commission Report on dramatic rise in energy bills in the EU
An official EU Commission Report shows how energy prices have risen over a 7 year period, and and what we can expect in the future if we stay in:-
  • Household electricity prices went up by 22% in the EU, compared to a rise of only 8% in the USA.
  • Household gas prices up by an amazing 45%, compared to a rise of only 3% in the USA.
  • Industry had rises of 38% for electricity and 35% for gas, compared to falls of 4% and 66% in the USA.
  • The EU Commission President said: "Energy costs are set to rise in all scenarios".
Conclusion: EU membership costs us far more
than our net contribution of £10 billion per year.
Remaining In The EU Is Expensive – Leaving Means Taking Control.
[Source: Presentation by President of European Commission to European Council: http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/pdf/energy3_en.pdf#page=8 ]
13 May 2016
 
EU IMMIGRATION – THE NUMBERS COMING IN ARE FAR HIGHER THAN GOVERNMENT ADMITS


New official report shows migrant numbers from EU continue to rocket up
There’s a huge discrepancy in the Government’s immigration figures which is still not explained
  • The reality is that new NI registrations are far higher than the Government’s figure for EU migrants of the same nationality.
  • HMRC and the Office of National Statistics refused to give an answer.
  • After serious parliamentary pressure, 6 months later the ONS finally gives its answer today:-
  • “This is complex work and will take time to complete.”
  • After 6 months they still can’t explain why the numbers are so far out.
  • They still can’t explain why NI numbers are 4 times higher than Government’s immigration figures.
  • Sorry, this is just not credible.
The chart shows the Government’s ‘immigration’ figures and the actual NI registrations for the two EU countries who joined in 2007 – Bulgaria and Romania.
Yesterday in Parliament, the Rt Hon John Redwood MP secured an Emergency Question, followed by responses from the Government and further serious questions from MPs. The link to this is below.
Conclusion: EU immigration is far higher than Government will admit.
NI numbers are real. Immigration figures from passenger surveys are a wild guess.
The only way to stop this craziness is to leave the EU.
[Sources: ONS: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/internationalmigration/ articles/noteonthedifferencebetweennationalinsurancenumberregistrationsandtheestimateoflongterminternationalmigration/2016 | UK PASSENGER SURVEY: http://www.ons.gov.uk/surveys/informationforhouseholdsandindividuals/ householdandindividualsurveys/internationalpassengersurveyips | HANSARD - Emergency Question in Parliament by Rt Hon John Redwood MP : https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-05-12/debates/16051229000004/EUMigrantsNationalInsuranceNumbers]
12 May 2016
 
IF YOU’RE A YOUNG VOTER, ASK YOURSELF WHAT’S COMING FOR YOU AND ALL YOUNG PEOPLE OF EUROPE IF WE STAY IN THE EU


How does it feel to be young in mainland Europe?
Youth unemployment is a tragedy all over the EU

The Brussels elite don't seem to care - it's been like this for years.

The only way to make this change is to take action by voting to leave, and forcing them to change their policies.
  • Under 25’s have been suffering joblessness for years in mainland Europe.
  • It’s not only in Greece (50%), in Spain (48%), and in Italy (40%).
  • Even in Brussels, the EU’s Capital, youth jobless is running at 36.2%.
  • However in non-EU European countries the youth jobless rate is an average of only 9.1%.
You choose - stay in the dysfunctional and jobless EU?
Or build a brighter future in an exciting, successful, independent UK, growing rapidly through new global trade partnerships - inspiring our fellow Europeans with an alternative vision that genuinely works.
[Source: Official Eurostat data, updated 28 Apr 2016 : http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Unemployment_statistics_at_regional_level ]
EXCLUSIVE: EU DOESN’T PROTECT US - CAMERON’S “SAFER IN EU” CLAIMS ARE BLOWN APART
EXCLUSIVE

CAMERON'S RELIANCE ON EU SECURITY IS BLOWN APART

'Did we pay a ransom?' 'Oui.'

'Did someone steal the ransom?' 'Oui.'
These minutes, obtained by Facts4eu, are of a meeting of EU Commissioners in April.
All the comments relate to security and safety in the EU and demonstrate how little the EU protects us from terrorism and bombs, and how security is handled between individual countries - not by the EU. Leaving the EU would make no difference to our safety.
  • “only a few Member States were systematically exchanging information on security”
  • “He emphasised that the fragmentation of the security services made the EU vulnerable to the threat of terrorism”
  • “much remained to be done, in particular to encourage information-sharing in the fight against terrorism, one of the weakest links of security in Europe”
  • “problems of implementing the European legislation on explosives and the fact that many Member States had not yet applied the rules in place since 2013”
  • “He considered that the concept of a Security Union offered the Member States a new tool”
  • “launch in January of the new European Counter Terrorism Centre in The Hague”
  • “security remained essentially the responsibility of the Member States”
[Source: We read the full minutes of the EU Commissioners meeting and you can download them here :
http://facts4eu.org/10061-2016-2165-EN-F1-1.pdf | PLEASE CREDIT FACTS4EU.ORG FOR THIS STORY.]
 
WHAT IS 'THE SINGLE MARKET'?   WE GIVE YOU THE SIMPLE FACTS.
A Special Fact Box from Facts4eu.org.  And it's good news!
"The Single Market" isn’t about trade, it’s about politics
1. No other trading bloc in the world:
  • Demands total political obedience
  • Demands open borders
  • Imposes its own social laws on members
  • Imposes its tax system on members
  • Has its own (failed) currency
  • Is forming its own army
  • Has shown zero growth since 2008
  • Demands £10bn per year membership fee
The ‘Single Market’ should really be called the ‘Single Government’
2. Despite the hype, there's no visible effect on the UK’s growth rate in 20 years
  • 20 years is surely long enough to see the effects of this wonderful 'Single Market'?
  • Click here for UK's growth rate since we joined the EU
  • Can you guess when the Single Market started?
  • Mr Osborne, if the Single Market is so important, why didn't our growth rate jump?
3. The Single Market is based on goods not services - only 20% of our economy is goods
  • Messrs Osborne and Cameron talk of the EU 'completing the Single Market' as being vital
  • What they mean is that it should have been extended to cover services long ago
  • Services are 80% of our economy, unlike the rest of the EU
  • In more than 20 years, the EU still has no single market in services
  • In the EU, when something's in the UK's interests, it doesn't get done
4. Over 150 countries trade happily with the EU, without joining the ‘Single Market’
  • If the UK leaves the EU, nothing will change - trade will carry on
  • The UK will negotiate a 'British Option" - a trade deal in our own interests
  • Even if it's not perfect, it will still be better than our current arrangement
  • No more mass immigration, no more EU-imposed laws, no more EU politics
  • Just good profitable trade, the way the rest of the world has done it for years
Note: The graph showing average growth has been produced from data from the IMF
- one of the Government's current favourite international bodies.
It shows a rolling average trend line of the growth of the UK's economy each year.
10 May 2016
 
THE EU ARMY IS COMING, INSISTS HEAD OF LARGEST EU PARLIAMENT GROUP
President Daul’s statement on 9th May couldn’t be clearer
  1. “Today more than ever, the peace of our continent cannot be safeguarded without a common and functional security union, including a European army.”
  2. “This is the only way to defend our core values and defend the lives of EU citizens.”
  3. So said Joseph Daul, President of EPP, on ‘Europe Day’ (9th May 2016).
  4. The EPP is the largest political party - 75 member-parties from 40 countries, members include Angela Merkel, President Jean-Claude Juncker (EU Commission) and President Tusk (European Council), 7 EU and 5 non-EU heads of state and government, 14 members of the European Commission.
  5. If the EPP President says it, it’s official policy.
IN RELATED NEWS: Germany takes over Dutch military forces
  • 2014: The German Rapid Forces Division took over the 11th Airmobile Brigade of the Netherlands.
  • 2015: The German 1st Panzer Division took over the Dutch 43rd Mechanised Brigade.
  • April 2016: Germany and Netherlands agree to combine naval forces.
"This collaboration shows the extraordinary depth of the partnership with the Netherlands… Dutch and Germans will live, work, train and exercise together in the future. They become a fused entity",
said German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen, April 2016.
"This is the path to a European Defence Union," she added.
AND FROM REPORTS WE STARTED PUBLISHING IN MARCH....
1. Last year, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of EU Commission said: “The European Union needs its own army... Such an army would help us design a common foreign and security policy.”

2. What he didn’t tell you is that the EU Army is already well on its way. The EU has created: the European External Action Service, the EU Institute for Security Studies, the European Defence Agency, the EU Military Committee, the EU Military Staff, the Eurocorps, and the EU Battle Groups. Discretely, the EU has been building everything it needs to run a combined military under the EU flag.

3. Even the BBC has said: “The European Union has quietly acquired what might be described as a standing army.”

4. The above is another example where the British people aren’t aware of what the EU is doing. Imagine our defence decisions being taken in Brussels. Imagine the defence of the UK in the hands of an Italian or German general. This is our future if we stay in the EU.
MEANWHILE, Mr Cameron and Government Ministers continue to deny an EU Army exists or is being planned. Sorry Mr Cameron, but this is a simple fact.
Vote Leave To Keep British Forces Defending the British People.
(See also our Security page)
[Sources: Official websites of European External Action Service | EU Institute for Security Studies | Eurocorps | European Union Military Committee | EU External Affairs Sub-Committee House of Lords | Also BBC News 2007, Guardian 2015. | EPP Press Release 09 May 2016: http://www.epp.eu/press-releases/europe-day-eu-efforts-must-be-proportionate-to-the-threats-we-face/ | And German Defence Ministry ]
 
WHEN ANOTHER COUNTRY JOINS THE EU, THE UK LOSES
– UK WAGES ARE DEPRESSED, UK’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO EU RISE


POORER NEW EU MEMBERS MAKE THE UK POORER
13 more poor countries are to join the EU soon
It’s never rich European countries like Norway and Switzerland who want to join the EU.
New members are always poorer.
  • Latest EU joiners were Bulgaria and Romania in 2007.
  • Minimum wage in those countries in 2016 – Bulgaria £1.01/hr, Romania £1.10/hr.
  • Minimum wage in UK (2016) - £7.20/hr. Seven times higher.
  • 13 more poor countries are to join the EU soon,
    totalling 131 million extra people.
  • Poor migrants bring down UK wages, says Head of Remain to Commons Select Committee.
  • Adding more poor countries to the EU will increase UK’s annual EU contributions.
If we stay, worse is on the way.
Vote Leave and Let's Make Britain Great Again.
[Sources: Official EU data from Eurostat, and official UK Gov't data: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Minimum_wage_statistics | https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates ]
 
EU’S PRESIDENT JUNCKER : ‘THE PEOPLE’S OPINIONS DON’T COUNT’
EU’s most powerful man once again shows his contempt for us in his latest speech.
Here are some excerpts from President Juncker's speech on the State of the European Union two days ago in Rome.
  • “[National leaders] are listening exclusively to national opinion.”
  • “The Commission, of course, is something different. I am not the slave of the country leaders, and not the lackey of the European Parliament."
  • President Juncker once again makes clear he hates democracy.
  • This is the same man who said “When it gets serious, you have to lie”.
  • He believes he and his colleagues know best and actually believes the people shouldn’t have a voice.
  • This is the normal mentality in the EU Commission – the most powerful body in the EU -
    which now dominates our lives.
Well, you do have a voice on June 23rd – We hope you use it.
[Source: EU Commission transcript of President Juncker’s speech of 05 May: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-16-1673_en.htm ]
07 May 2016
 
CAMERON GOES COLD ON TURKEY 50 DAYS BEFORE REFERENDUM
10 years of being pro-Turkey, then going cold-Turkey just before the Referendum?
Here are some short excerpts from Mr Cameron's speeches on Turkey's accession to the EU.
  • 2005: “We warmly welcome the accession talks with Turkey.”
  • 2010: “So I will remain your strongest possible advocate for EU membership and for greater influence at the top table of European diplomacy. This is something I feel very strongly and very passionately about.”
    “Turkey deserves its place at the top table of European politics – and that is what I will fight for.”
    “The case for Turkish membership of the European Union is indisputable.”
    (Ankara, speech to Turkish Parliament, Jul 27, 2010)
  • 2015: “I can confirm the British government’s policy hasn’t changed and he’s absolutely right in what he says about the importance of helping Turkey [become an EU member state].”
  • May 2016: “Turkish membership of the EU, don’t think about it. It’s not remotely on the cards.” (House of Commons Liaison Committee, 04 May 2016)
10 years fighting for Turkey’s membership – gone in a Referendum instant.
Believe it if you want...
[Sources: Hansard, House of Commons, 19 Dec 2005: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/vo051219/debtext/51219-06.htm | Ankara, speech to Turkish Parliament, Jul 27, 201:) https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pms-speech-in-turkey | Hansard, UK Parliament Statement to the House, 19 Oct 2015: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm151019/debtext/151019-0001.htm#15101913000001 | Hansard, to Parliament Liaison Committee, 04 May 2016: http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/liaison/Transcript-040516.pdf ]
06 May 2016
 
TRADE DEALS DON’T TAKE 10 YEARS – UNLESS YOU’RE THE EU


TRADE DEALS DON’T TAKE 10 YEARS – UNLESS YOU’RE THE EU
Singapore negotiates and has trade deals up and running in an average of 22 months.
The EU takes up to FIVE TIMES longer to conclude Free Trade Agreeements.
  • Singapore accounted for £5.6 billion worth of UK exports in 2014 - and that's without being able to do a free trade deal (the EU won't let us).
  • The EU has taken 9 years to conclude a trade deal with Singapore (and counting – it’s still not ratified).
  • The fastest Singapore deal took 12 months to be up and running. The average was 22 months, excluding the EU.
  • The EU has 28 squabbling nations to bring into line, no wonder it takes forever.
  • The EU also tries to impose its human rights agenda and other political issues as part of the deal.
  • Project Doom & Gloom claim we'd take 10 years to do trade deals.
  • The rest of the world works much faster.
The EU slows down and hinders trade.
An independent UK will work faster and better, to the benefit of all of us.
[Sources: Data for chart: Commonwealth Exchange: http://www.commonwealth-exchange.org/ | UKT&I - Doing business in Singapore: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exporting-to-singapore/exporting-to-singapore | Various EU and national government sites: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2006/december/tradoc_118238.pdf | http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countries-and-regions/countries/singapore/ | http://dutchcham.sg/eu-singapore-conclude-negotiations-on-free-trade-agreement-eusfta/ | https://www.mti.gov.sg/MTIInsights/Pages/EUSFTA.aspx | http://www.mofa.go.kr/ENG/policy/fta/status/effect/singapore/index.jsp?menu=m_20_80_10&tabmenu=t_2&submenu=s_2 | https://aric.adb.org/fta/peoples-republic-of-china-singapore-free-trade-agreement | http://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/safta/pages/singapore-australia-fta.aspx | https://aric.adb.org/fta/india-singapore-comprehensive-economic-cooperation-agreement | https://www.hcisingapore.gov.in/pages.php?id=75 | https://aric.adb.org/fta/japan-singapore-economic-agreement-for-a-new-age-partnership | http://www.mofa.go.jp/announce/event/2001/1/0126-3.html | http://idbdocs.iadb.org/wsdocs/getdocument.aspx?docnum=35248747 | https://aric.adb.org/fta/new-zealand-singapore-closer-economic-partnership | https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/free-trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements-in-force/singapore/ ]
 
MIGRANTS COST EU OVER A £1/4 TRILLION POUNDS IN 2015 – EU COMMISSION RELEASE FIGURES & PROPOSALS
FACTS4EU.ORG
EXCLUSIVE


EU Commission gives shocking new figures for cost of migrants into the EU
EU Commission announced proposed new asylum rules for EU countries yesterday.
They've effectively set the processing cost per migrant at
¼ million euros per man, woman, and child.
  • EU countries must accept forced relocation of migrants again.
  • If countries refuse, they pay a “contribution of €250,000" for each applicant.
  • Note that this figure is a ‘contribution’, not a fine – and the Commission does not even say it’s the full cost per migrant.
  • EU now admits to receiving 1.32 million asylum seekers in 2015.
  • That means a cost in 2015 of a £¼ TRILLION pounds.
  • That’s such a massive number it’s hard to comprehend. It’s the equivalent of £3.9 million for every man, woman, & child in the UK.
THE EU – AN INCREASINGLY COSTLY AND CHAOTIC REGIME
[Sources: EU Commission Press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1620_en.htm | EU Commission asylum facts: http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Asylum_statistics | Eurostat asylum figures: http://appsso.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/nui/show.do ]
 
'WE HAVE ALREADY LOST £200 BILLION OF INCOME AND OUTPUT BY BELONGING TO THE EU', WRITES LEADING FORMER MINISTER
Damning calculation of damage to UK economy caused by EU, writes leading former Minister John Redwood MP
"Using Mr Osborne’s method of assessing economic loss, we have already lost far more than he fears we might by belonging to the EU. Just look at the losses we can directly blame on our membership:
  1. Membership of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism forced on us by John Major, the CBI, the TUC and the Labour party. It led directly to a large recession, costing us 5% of our National Income, with losses in the years that followed.
  2. Membership of the Common Fisheries policy, losing us a third of our fishing output and putting us into trade deficit on fish.
  3. Forced premature closure of our coal fired power stations, and consequent loss of coalmines.
  4. Loss of heavy industry as a result of high energy prices required by EU energy regulations.
  5. Loss of export opportunities during Euro crisis of 2011, and over the long term thanks to slow growth in Euroland resulting from the currency scheme and its austerity policies.
There is no evidence that our growth rate increased as a result of our membership of the single market, and no favourable upward wobble in growth when they “completed” the single market in 1992 or widened it again in the years thereafter."
Click here for the rest of the article.
[Source: By kind permission of Rt Hon John Redwood MP ]
03 May 2016
 
GROWING UK JOBS & WAGES OUTSIDE THE EU
1. You are twice as likely to be out of a job in the Eurozone than in the UK, say official job figures from official EU statistics authority.

2. Young jobless figures remain disastrous in the Eurozone - nearly 50% in some countries.

3. In the last 3 years the UK has created more jobs than the rest of the EU put together. It seems logical that the UK is better than the EU for jobs and will do better still when we’re not being held back.

4. Over 2 million EU migrants now have UK jobs and this is increasing every year. Because of EU ‘free movement’ rules, EU migrants have the automatic right to come and work in the UK. British jobs are increasingly likely to be taken by an EU migrant.

5. In four years’ time the UK will have an extra 1.9 million EU immigrants with NI numbers enabling them to work here legally, according to Government data and assuming current trends.

6. Head of Remain campaign admits to Parliamentary committee that wages will rise on Brexit.

7. It’s common sense that stopping or slowing the growth in uncontrolled EU migration will mean more jobs for UK workers and will mean that employers can’t continue to keep wages artificially low.

Leave the EU – For More British Jobs and Better British Wages.
[Sources: EU Eurostat official unemployment figures. ONS Employment Tables 2016. DWP: NINo Registrations To Adult Overseas Nationals Entering The UK. Testimony of Lord Rose (Chmn, Britain Stronger in Europe) to Treasury Select Committee, 02 Mar 2016.]
 
OFFICIAL DECISION BY EU PRESIDENT JUNCKER ALLOWS YOU TO ENJOY THE SWEET SMELL OF LAVENDER BLOSSOM
This important decision was made under the EU's Dangerous Chemicals Regulation.
  1. The EU Commission’s only formal 'Decision' on Friday was to approve little bags of dried lavender.
  2. It was approved under the EU’s Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006.
  3. This is the same Regulation which stops the UK from banning dangerous chemicals – see below.
  4. “A product consisting of dried lavender blossoms in a pad is neither a biocidal product nor a treated article for the purposes of Article 3(1)(a) and (l) of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.”.
  5. It is signed: “Done at Brussels, 29 April 2016. For the Commission, The President, Jean-Claude JUNCKER”
  6. The full judgement is here if you don’t believe us.
Imagine how many highly-paid Brussels bureaucrats were involved in evaluating this before the Decision was made. Do they really have nothing better to do?
Is this a good way to use UK taxpayers' enormous weekly contribution to the EU?
[Sources: EU Commission official websites: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/oj/direct-access.html | http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2016:116:TOC | http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2016.116.01.0037.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2016:116:TOC ]                                                                                                                                                 02 May 2016
 
EU FAILS TO PROTECT PEOPLE & THE ENVIRONMENT - THE UK IS POWERLESS TO ACT
EU is criticised strongly in official reports for failures on hazardous chemicals.
UK now has no right to ban chemicals even if they're thought to cause cancer.
  1. The EU slammed has been strongly criticised in reports for failing to protect people & the environment.
  2. The EU finally started acting on hazardous chemicals and issued a Directive in 2009 known as REACH.
  3. Since then the EU has been criticised for slowness and very strange decisions.
  4. The EEB (European Environmental Bureau) said in December “European citizens and the environment will continue to be unnecessarily exposed to substances of very high concern”.
  5. International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) in April 2016 described EU’s decisions as ‘peculiar’ and ‘unfortunate’.
  6. ChemSec say EU decisions expose us to chemicals ‘harmful to human health and the environment’ and that the EU adopts a “business-as-usual approach by which authorisations become permits to pollute”.
The UK could regain the power to protect its own citizens if it left the EU.
[Sources: EEB report Dec 2015: http://www.eeb.org/index.cfm/news-events/news/obsolete-chemicals-will-remain-on-eu-market-unless-chemicals-law-tightened-warns-new-report/ | ChemSec 22 Apr 2016: http://chemsec.org/news/news-2016/1554-authorisation-for-dehp-a-step-in-the-wrong-direction | ECHA: http://echa.europa.eu/addressing-chemicals-of-concern/restrictions/substances-restricted-under-reach ]                                                                                                                                                 02 May 2016
 
ARE WE BETTER OFF IN OR OUT?      HERE'S THE SIMPLE REALITY IN ONE PICTURE
BETTER OFF IN OR OUT? – THE REALITY
One side says this figure, the other says that figure.
Who do you believe?
  • The truth is that no economists ever really know
  • The chart to the left shows official UK growth rates since 1973
  • Can you see any jump in our fortunes since we joined the EU?
  • Forget all the claims and counter-claims, that picture tells a story
  • After 43 years of Government promises, where’s the money?
Promises are cheap. Money talks.
Time for change and a better chance in life.
Voting to Leave finally gives us that chance.
[Sources: Office of National Statistics quarterly year-on-year growth : http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160105160709/http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/site-information/using-the-website/time-series/index.html#1 ]
Contributing Editors: DC and TAC
 
TURKEY TAKES BACK ONLY 20 SYRIAN MIGRANTS
IN FIRST MONTH OF €6BN EU DEAL WITH MERKEL
  1. In the 1st month of its €6bn EU deal, Turkey has taken back 20 Syrian migrants from EU
  2. In return, they have sent 110 Syrians to the EU for resettlement
  3. The deal which was organised by German Chancellor Merkel is costing the EU €6 billion
  4. The Turkish Prime Minister says they now qualify for visa-free EU access
  5. He goes on to say that the migrant deal will be off if the EU doesn’t grant visa-free EU access for all its 78 million citizens
[Sources: Main Turkish newspaper: http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/ | Reuters | BBC TV ]             01 May 2016
 
THE BIGGEST FACT OF THEM ALL - YOU SHOULD READ THIS
IF YOU KNOW THE FACTS, YOU CAN DECIDE
SO WHY IS NO-ONE TELLING VOTERS WHAT 'REMAIN' WILL LOOK LIKE?
  • The EU mutates and grows every year. Often in a significant ways. Generally unreported on British TV.
  • 19 of the 28 countries are now in the Eurozone. They share the common currency: the Euro.
  • All other members except UK and Denmark must join in the end – Treaty rules.
  • The Eurozone is in crisis and the EU's only solution is economic and political union – one state.
  • This was always the intention of the EU's founders from the beginning - now it's coming.
  • Last year the EU set out a plan, described in many official documents, to achieve it.
  • The EU plans to merge all 19 Eurozone countries’ economies and policies by 2025 – only 9 years away.
So by 2025, 19 Eurozone nations will effectively become one country.
You didn't know this? That's because British TV almost never reports such things.
  • Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, the Netherlands, etc will cease to exist as sovereign, self-governing countries.
  • This is fact. States which can't control their budgets, their banks, their taxes, their borrowing, their benefits, their social policies, their borders, and their foreign policy, obviously cannot be considered to be sovereign nations.
  • The UK will then be on the outside of everything. The German-dominated 'United States of Europe' will reign, and yet we'll still be expected to pay ever-growing contributions.
  • The British people will feel like extras, having to pay to appear in someone else’s foreign movie.
Sounds alarmist?  This future is fully-documented by the EU.
Mr Cameron knows this – why isn’t he telling you what you’re voting for?
For the EU, ‘One Direction’ means one country.
A Financial and Political Union of all member states:
A ‘United States of Europe’.
In the end the UK will be forced to join this political and financial union.
When that happens the Pound will go, your taxes, benefits and laws will come from an unelected government in Brussels (many do already), your armed forces will be under foreign Generals, you’ll have the EU anthem and fly the EU flag, and an EU President will inevitably become Head of State instead of your Queen.
Mr Cameron can say what he likes about our supposed 'special status', or our supposed opt-outs from 'ever closer union', Schengen, and the Eurozone. It won't make any difference. The EU has a long history of ignoring agreements and referendum votes, and of taking ever more power. In the end we'll have to join.
IMPORTANT : Only vote to Remain if the future above is what you want.
[Sources: There are hundreds of EU documents about this. Possibly the most important recent one is the EU "5 Presidents’ Report" from last year: https://ec.europa.eu/priorities/publications/five-presidents-report-completing-europes-economic-and-monetary-union_en | Other links: http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/deeper-and-fairer-economic-and-monetary-union_en | On EU powers and democracy: http://facts4eu.org/facts/laws_and_democracy.htm]
 
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