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 NEW CHEQUERS REPORT
‘THE SINGLE MARKET BY ANOTHER NAME’
©Global Britain
NEW REPORT SLAMS THERESA'S
DISASTROUS BREXIT POLICY
A major report has been released today, which represents a further closing of the casket of Theresa May’s and Olly Robbins’ Chequers plan. In another ‘crunch week’ for the Prime Minister, it delivers an additional and sombre blow to her entire Brexit strategy.
Last night Brexit Facts4EU.Org received an early copy of the 24-page report and below we summarise its findings. This work by the respected Global Britain organisation outlines why the Single Market has held the UK back and how the UK will be better off out of it. It also hammers home why the Prime Minister must “chuck Chequers”.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
WHAT DOES THE NEW REPORT SAY?
FOREWORD BY THE RT HON THE LORD LILLEY :
“This paper shatters the illusion that Single Market membership has been an irreplaceable boon to British manufacturing.
“That illusion lies behind the Chequers plan to keep the UK subject to Single Market rules on goods.”
“British manufacturers do relatively much better exporting outside the Single Market… Because services are much less important to other members than to the UK, the EU has made little progress in removing restrictive practices, despite endless promises.”
“The most frightening aspect of Chequers is that it commits Britain to accept all future rules. Yet Britain is particularly strong in emerging industries like bio-tech, fintech, AI and genetic engineering – where rules have yet to be set. It would be an act of self-harm to allow those rules to be made by countries that lack such industries and often apply extreme versions of the precautionary principle that throttle new developments.”
MAIN REPORT - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
“This paper shows that membership of the Single Market, or similar, via the Chequers proposal of a common rule book is effectively remaining in the EU in all but name. Moreover it risks permanently locking the UK into the world’s slowest growing, most regulatory burdensome and under-performing bloc.”
“The key myth propagated in favour of the Single Market is that it is central to UK prosperity. It is not.”
“Trade is the lifeblood of the nation.”
  • Last year UK exported £615bn of goods and services to the world
  • UK runs a trade surplus with rest of the world, but massive deficit of £96bn with EU27
  • UK trades better with the world (no Single Market) than with the EU
  • UK runs very large deficit with the very region we have Customs Union with – the EU
  • EU is in structural decline, underperforming every other region in the world for a generation
  • EU’s trend towards centralised regulation undermines competition and increases regulatory burden
  • In 1999 over 55% of UK trade was with the EU
  • Today that figure has fallen to 43%
“Within the Single Market framework the UK will continue to be beholden to needless regulation and legal creep as EU lawyers interpret a definition of EU competence well beyond merely trading standards and into to many other areas of national life.”
“Is it not odd that the UK can trade well with counties where it has no trade deal yet has a massive deficit where it has a common rule book and so called frictionless trade?”
  • EU has failed to sign global free trade deals with big economies, eg US, China, Australia, India
  • Within the EU the UK cannot strike its own deals with much faster-growing nations
  • UK doesn’t need to be part of the Single Market to trade with it – everyone else does
  • No need to join China to trade with it, likewise no need to be in EU to trade with it
GLOBAL COMPARISONS WITH SINGLE MARKET
  • US share of global GDP has dipped only slightly, to just under 25%
  • Eurozone has declined from 22.1% 10 years ago to just 14.8% today
  • Current projections are for this to decline to under 10% by 2028
OPPORTUNITIES
  • Other countries are very keen to strike mutually beneficial deals with the UK
  • It’s clearly in EU’s interests to agree a zero tariff deal with the UK
  • EU sells far more to UK than UK sells to EU
  • If EU refuses to do trade deal, UK can still trade with it on WTO terms
  • WTO average tariffs into the EU now average 4% or less, but higher on protectionist EU agriculture
  • UK can also strike free trade deals with our global partners
©Global Britain
WHY CHEQUERS MUST BE CHUCKED
  • WTO outcome would be far better than what Chequers Plan offers
  • Chequers gives no say in regulatory framework at all
  • It accepts free movement, common rule book, EU jurisdiction
  • Chequers is “the remain option that delivers a sovereignty illusion”
  • No say, low growth, high regulatory burden that would lock in perpetual trade deficits
  • Canada Plus should be used as the template for a new relationship

NOTE: This is a Pro-Brexit Facts4EU.Org summary of a 24-page report from Global Britain.
Please read the full report here.
OBSERVATIONS
Two weeks ago Brexit Facts4EU.Org talked to Global Britain and on Saturday we were delighted to welcome them as the 14th pro-Brexit organisation to back our ‘Brexit Battle Pack’. Whilst we might differ in style and in the audiences we reach, they value proper research and facts as we do. Their report today clearly shows this. It is a serious piece of work.
The Global Britain report contains many of the facts we have published over the past two years, but goes into more depth in many areas. It also presents the arguments in an interesting way.
Readers who have come to value the integrity of our work will be encouraged to see that Global Britain’s research and analysis has produced many of the same facts and draws the same conclusions. We thoroughly recommend their report, which you can download in full here.
THE POLITICAL BACKDROP – CHUCK CHEQUERS, TRASH THERESA?
Today we see the start of yet another ‘crunch week’ for the Prime Minister. She will make a statement in the Commons later, giving details of her partial attendance at the EU summit last week. It seems likely she will be given a tough ride by MPs.
Only a few weeks ago she was able to survive the Conservative party conference only by avoiding the use of the word “Chequers” when talking about her Brexit strategy to the party members.
We were simply appalled she was allowed to get away with this.
Last week she went to Brussels, still presenting her (or rather, the unelected Olly Robbins’) Chequers plan. Had she admitted to the Conservative party members that she was going to do this, we think it likely that she would have been heckled and booed.
We doubt that any Prime Minister could have survived this. Even some of the spineless anti-Brexit MPs would have realised the game was over.
On Wednesday the Prime Minister will face another grilling during Prime Minister’s Questions, and it has been reported that her presence has been requested at the meeting of the 1922 committee that day.
GLOBAL BRITAIN HAMMER IN ANOTHER NAIL
Today’s Global Britain report hammers a further nail into the coffin that is Mrs May’s Chequers plan. Whilst the report does not call for the dismissal of the Prime Minister, it rubbishes her proposals so completely and effectively that any Tory MP reading it will wince.
We will leave you with some final excerpts from the excellent Global Britain report, written by Ewen Stewart and Brian Monteith.
“The great fallacy of trade is that a country needs to be in a Single Market to trade with it. The UK’s balance of trade shows this is manifestly not true. The UK does not have to be “inside” the US to trade with it, why then should the UK have to be “inside” the EU’s Single Market to trade with it?”
“Sadly the Chequers proposal does not remotely meet the referendum or manifesto commitments given by either the current Prime Minister, or Leader of the Opposition.”
“If Chequers forms the basis for an agreement with the EU we believe the UK’s body of law will be barely one jot different from the EU acquis in five years’ time. Moreover, as it is proposed Chequers will be enshrined in international law, future Parliaments will have virtually no realistic legal ability to revisit this.”
[ Sources: Global Britain Ltd ]        06.40am, 22 Oct 2018
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Name: Patrick F, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 22 Oct 2018, 07.30am
Message: The argument for the Single Market destroyed. Bravo! It's time for Remain to have the humility to accept that they are wrong, on one of the central arguments for remaining in the EU. As a Leaver I acknowledge that I too have been wrong. I believed the politicians would deliver the Brexit we voted for on 23d June 2016. For that, I apologise.
Name: Ed, Manchester, UK      Date/Time: 22 Oct 2018, 07.12am
Message: More and more it looks like that it's obvious to everyone that Chequers is a complete nonsense, nobody wants it and will never work. By everybody I mean everybody except Theresa May of course. Seriously, get rid of her now!

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 VASSAL STATUS
IS ALREADY HERE
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EU COMMISSION AND ECJ NOW RULE POLAND
ECJ USES TWITTER TO OVERTURN POLISH LAW RETROSPECTIVELY
The ECJ used Twitter on Friday to instruct Poland to suspend one of its laws immediately and retrospectively. It did so in English and Polish.
In what must be one of the starkest demonstrations yet that member countries of the European Union are already “vassal states” - to use the words of Jacob Rees-Mogg MP - on Friday the unelected EU Commission used the ECJ to tell the Polish government to change its laws.
The ECJ (more formally the Court of Justice of the European Union) delivered its decision on Twitter, before its full judgement had even been published, coming as a shock to the elected Eurosceptic government in Poland.
VASSAL STATUS OF EU COUNTRIES IS ALREADY HERE
The instruction to the Polish government by unelected EU judges, instigated by unelected EU Commissioners, to suspend one of its laws immediately and retrospectively, demonstrates how much power the EU has quietly accrued.
ECJ in foreground block    © EU Commission
This is an immediate instruction and the ECJ will deliver a further judgement and instruction in due course.
WHAT’S THIS LAW ALL ABOUT?
In April in Poland a new law came into force, requiring its Supreme Court judges to retire at the age of 65 or to request that they continue to serve after this age.
Some Polish Supreme Court judges complained to the EU. The unelected EU Commission supported the Polish judges and opposed this measure. Last month the Commission sought to have it overturned by the EU’s own judges sitting in tiny Luxembourg. On Friday, these ECJ judges backed their fellow judges in Poland.
This judgement came just 48 hours before the Polish local elections which are taking place today, which has raised serious questions regarding what might be seen as overt interference by unelected EU judges in the internal politics of another country.
EU ATTACKING POLAND - FURTHER BACKGROUND
Four days before Christmas last year, the EU Commission ‘went nuclear’ on Poland, triggering Article 7 of the EU Treaty. This is the first time that this treaty provision has been used by the EU. Article 7 allows the EU to strip a member country of its voting rights and ultimately to stop its payments from the EU.
Poland is by far the biggest recipient of ‘EU’ funds in the EU28.
©Pro-Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2018
The EU Commission is fighting the democratically-elected and Eurosceptic government in Poland, which won power in the elections of 2015. The Law and Justice party (PiS) of Mateusz Morawiecki won 51% of the 460 parliamentary seats, securing the first overall majority since Poland became a democratic country after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Polish government is in conflict with the unelected EU Commission bureaucrats over its opposition to the EU’s migrant policies in particular. Poland refuses to accept the imposition of quotas of migrants by the EU, arguing that it alone should decide who it lets in.
OBSERVATIONS
This article is about national sovereignty in the EU – or lack thereof.
The precise details of the Polish law which has been overturned – the setting of a retirement age for Supreme Court judges – need not concern us here. There is a background to this which is not understood at all by the vast majority of the British media, but now is not the time.
Just 48 hours before the highly significant local elections taking place in Poland today, the EU’s judges sitting in Luxembourg appear to have rushed out a decision, instructing the elected government in Poland to rescind its law in April, and to backdate the changes.
Naturally this has been widely reported in Poland, where any declining vote for the ruling PiS party will be seen by the Commission as a victory for the EU’s tough actions against the Eurosceptic government there.
UK TAXPAYER BILLIONS USED TO BUILD A MODERN POLAND
Today’s elections cover three tiers of Polish local government: municipal (gmina), county (powiat) and provincial (województwo). These have considerable influence over how the billions of pounds with which the UK taxpayer has been subsidising Polish infrastructure development since 2004 are spent.
This funding is of course always described as ‘EU funding’ in Poland.
THE “LOSERS’ VOTE” MARCH
We wonder if any of the “Losers’ Vote” marchers in London yesterday have the remotest idea about any of this?
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG NOTES
FOR THOSE ON THE “LOSERS' VOTE” MARCH YESTERDAY
  • Are they aware of the massive wealth transference of £’s billions that has taken place from the UK to countries such as Poland, as a result of our EU membership?
  • Are they aware that under EU rule there is no effective national sovereignty in member countries?
  • Do they realise that what has just happened to Poland is simply the EU using the powers it has built up, without the ‘people’ having been aware of it, and with nothing they can do about it?
  • Can they imagine a policy they believe passionately in – let’s say the prevention of cruelty to teddy bears – being torn up by an unelected EU Commission aided by unelected judges in Luxembourg?
  • Do they even know anything about Luxembourg where the ECJ is based – the fact that the entire country only has the population the size of Sheffield, and that its most famous export is named Jean-Claude Juncker?
No, thought not.
ACT NOW
Please, please, please, if you want to see your vote respected, act today. Read the Brexit Battle Pack. Take one action. Just one. Then do another one next week. Then another. Pile on the pressure.
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[ Sources: Court of Justice of the European Union ]
       06.30am, Sunday 21 Oct 2018
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 21 Oct 2018, 09.54am
Message: In my opinion, if there was ever a time for Poland (and other EU members) to exit the European Union, that time is now, and if there was ever a time to wholly ignore the ECJ [whatever it takes] that time has come and is long overdue. Without doubts, this is interference by foreign structures in the national affairs of another country. I view this as another power grab over an entire country and its citizens on an industrial scale, by unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels using questionable legal methods. Poland is entitled to assert its own authority in its own national interests? The good people of Poland should realise what they were once tied to decades ago, has resurfaced in the guise of the EU.
Now more than ever before, we in the UK can see how correct we were in voting to "Leave the European Union". To be free of the lunatics who believe they can walk all over countries when they feel like it. To be free of their constant bullying and threats - and the EU claims it is friendly!
When the Polish electorate next go to vote in a so-called democratic election, they should ask themselves WHY they are bothering to vote in the first place when an external court has ordered their country to suspend some of their own national legislation? No longer is this a trading arrangement as we were led to believe decades ago, but in taking small steps to a federal Europe and loss of national identity and culture. Polish people must themselves choose their future destination - and I suggest they do not wait too long. They either want to be a free people, or be subservient to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Brussels?

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