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BREXIT NEWS  22-31 May 2018
 ‘WE BELIEVE THAT CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE’
BUDGET DOUBLED FOR
INDOCTRINATING EU YOUTH
© EU Commission report
THE ‘EUROPEAN YOUTH AREA’
A Brexit Facts4EU.Org introduction to
the latest EU youth indoctrination programme
Theresa May has repeatedly said she wishes the UK to remain part of various EU programmes after Brexit. The one she has mentioned most is Erasmus+.
But does she know that this forms part of the new ‘European Youth Area’?
DOES MRS MAY KNOW ABOUT THE FOLLOWING?
  • The EU Youth Strategy
  • The EU Youth coordinator
  • The European Youth Portal
  • The EU Youth Strategy Platform
  • The EU Youth Dialogue
  • The European Solidarity Corps
  • The EU Work Plan for Youth
No, we thought not. We do. These are just some of the items referred to in documents published by the Commission yesterday, and which we have been monitoring for a long time.
EUROPEAN YOUTH AREA
In short the ‘European Youth Area’ is yet another in a long line of major projects which aims to homogenise and assimilate the normal prerogatives (‘competences’ in EU jargon) of member states into one giant EU collective.
In the same way, we now have the ‘EU Defence Union’ which defines the new military capability of the EU. This is something which is now happening at pace, as we have reported on in detail many times.
Yesterday many hundreds of pages were released by the EU on its renewed drive to indoctrinate the youth of the continent.
As this is just an introduction, we will give you just one small flavour of this from the documents published yesterday by the EU Commission. This quotation below relates to the Erasmus+ project for higher education students, but the same sentiments are repeated in numerous documents published yesterday about both school and higher education.
“Measures will be taken to encourage young people to engage and learn to participate in civic society, raising awareness about Union common values, bringing together young people and decision makers at local, national and European level, as well as contributing to the European integration process.”
- EU Commission Regulation establishing 'Erasmus': the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, Brussels, 30 May 2018
FUNDING DOUBLED FOR JUST ONE OF THE MANY YOUTH BUDGETS
In the proposals for the EU's 2021-2027 budget, which it seems will affect the UK if Mrs May continues to pursue her policy of continued effective membership of EU structures for years, the EU has doubled the proposed budget for Erasmus+. This is one of the flagships of its youth programmes.
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
THERESA MAY MIGHT NOT HAVE DONE HER HOMEWORK
Does Mrs May know about the tiny levels of participation of UK students in Erasmus+? Does she know only 0.5% of higher education students in the UK play any part at all? Does she know that 3 times as many teaching staff benefit as do students? (These are researched facts which will be covered in a future article.)
The UK will have to pay handsomely if it wants to be involved, as Mrs May wishes. Is she aware of the massive costs, against the very small number of the UK’s young people who will participate?
Crucially, does Mrs May know that the entire EU youth programme has at its heart the adherence to the teaching of the supposed benefits of the EU Project, to the appreciation of the EU’s structures, and to the supposed benefits of being part of the EU at all?
THE BBC LOVES THE EU
Yesterday we responded to the BBC’s EU reporter who is based in Brussels. He was reporting on all the information coming out of Brussels about the EU’s plans for its young people. Here is his tweet:
His first tweet was about the rules for a third (i.e. non-EU) country being a member of the Erasmus+ project. His second tweet was the initial result of his investigative journalism.
Note that he talked to Universities UK. Whilst this might sound reasonable, he ought to have been aware that Universities UK campaigned in the referendum for Remain and is pro-EU through and through.
Our response to this BBC journalist was to ask if he had contacted any organisations which were pro-Brexit. We would of course have settled for neutral observers, but the BBC’s definition of neutral usually means pro-EU. Response came there none.
Let’s be clear, the EU’s plans for involvement in the education and lives of its young people is a highly political topic. Indeed it is crucial for the EU, as young people are increasingly pro-EU due to the pro-EU teaching they have already had, and the older generation is turning increasingly Eurosceptic. We firmly believe that if the British public were remotely aware of the EU’s current activities, to say nothing of its future plans, the majority would be strongly opposed.
If the BBC would like access to the enormous amount of research we have done on this subject in the last three years, they only have to ask. And they can do so in confidence if they wish.
OBSERVATIONS
DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING WHICH COULD HELP?
Once again we are appealing to readers for evidence. Do you have any evidence of teaching materials which your children have been given, regarding the EU or its overall political philosophy? Do you know someone who has? Are you a teacher yourself?
We have evidence at the macro level, of the EU's aspirations to raise future generations on a diet of EU propaganda. It would be helpful if we also had some practical examples, at school or university level, of the EU's involvement. We would also like to see any teaching materials provided by teachers and lecturers which demonstrate a clear pro-EU bias.
Naturally any contact you make with us will be treated in the strictest confidence. We will not share it with anyone. MPs trust us with off-the-record conversations, so please be assured that we'll treat anything you say to us with the same care.
FACTS VERSUS COMMENTARY
Regular readers will know that we always try to present facts in the main white box and our commentary in this pink box. As there was so much to read through overnight from the EU, it was impossible for us to separate facts from commentary in the article above. Still, that isn't much different from watching the BBC, so perhaps we shouldn't care so much.
THERESA MAY AND OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
Theresa May has repeatedly said that she wishes the UK to be part of the EU's Erasmus+ programme after Brexit, and to continue paying for it. We believe this is pure politics. She knows that this will be a popular policy with the young, who don't understand that leaving the EU doesn't mean they can no longer travel or study abroad.
She probably has also been told that most pro-Brexit MPs know little about Erasmus+ either. As ever, we are very happy to enlighten any MP reading this.
If we had some more funding we could do two things.
  1. We could produce definitive summaries about Erasmus+ and the other EU youth indoctrination projects, for the BBC and others
  2. We could lobby MPs to ensure they are fully aware of the implications, and to propose alternative solutions for our young people
If you can help to sponsor our work in this area you would be doing something important, in our view.
[ Sources: EU Commission ]        06.55am, 31 May 2018
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Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 31 May 2018, 2.07pm
Message: I concur with Jon, Wales. Incidentally, my children (both recent University graduates) are pro Brexit and anti-EU for the right reasons. My wife is a very proud German and European, but is profoundly anti-EU, pro-British and believes the UK should leave the evil EU clutches asap, as do most of her German family and friends (but Germans can't say anything against Merkel). Erasmus+ is simply another EU brainwashing construct in the exDDR/Soviet mould "Minds and souls of the youth"...which fortunately did not go quite to plan! However, we must remain highly vigilant at all times to see through this insidious narrative, expounded by the likes of the BBC, et al, Education authorities and EU paid for Universities, and call them out at every given opportunity!
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 31 May 2018, 11.20am
Message: The Education Act 1996 specifically states "Political indoctrination" is forbidden in schools. The safe to open url below takes you directly to the Legislation. Alternatively, search: "political indoctrination uk".
It's unfortunate there are some tutors biased towards the EU who fail to see the benefits of Brexit, and I'm certain most Brexiteers have noticed huge efforts by remainers to brainwash younger generations into thinking only of pro-EU? My own teenager is wise and can't wait to leave the EU, and she has her own reasons for exit.
MPs and peers should be role models for our children, though I regret some show a democratic vote will be worthless if MPs and peers don't like the outcome.
We must keep up the pressure, and Brexit MPs need to become more pro-active and open their mouths to defend our democratic vote. The more we have Brexit Facts4EU articles circulating our Houses of Parliament the better, as I would suggest many MPs don't know the factual information they get here (and we see some peers asleep)!
Link is here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/56/part/V/chapter/IV/crossheading/politics
Name: Not4EU, London      Date/Time: 31 May 2018, 10.40am
Message: Oh look, the budget is more than doubling. The 'Military Union' is trebling & it looks large large ones all around in terms of EU budgets 'after' we have left, leaving a gaping hole in finances as the second largest contributor. Anyone might think that our Government has agreed to enormous funds to keep the corrupt EU going, even that they're planning on not leaving at all. We even appear to be funding EU elections after we've 'left'. I'd rather know how the EU is facilitating the vote & how much they are paying us to accommodate it if not accommodated via the EU Foreign Embassies.
The EU seemingly 'know' of the 'funds', otherwise a slightly different budget would have been put forward.
May, we voted to LEAVE, & that should be on 29th March 2019. No 'ifs' or 'buts'.
Name: Margaret, Doncaster, UK      Date/Time: 31 May 2018, 08.29am
Message: I would only like to say thank you for caring about this subject. I have just given you a small donation towards your work on this, I know it's not very much but they say every little helps. Please do everything you can, thank you and best wishes, Margaret from Doncaster.
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 FREE MOVEMENT?
99% OF WORKING AGE BRITS DON’T USE IT
LATEST FIGURES FROM EU SHOW THAT MEMBER STATES
BENEFIT BY EXPORTING THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT
REMOANER MYTH NO.27 – BUSTED
Shocking new official data from the EU shows that working age UK citizens benefit the least when it comes to living in another country, apart from the Germans.
One of the four freedoms of the EU is the freedom for people to live and work in another EU member state. This is one of the pillars used by the EU to justify itself.
SO WHO ACTUALLY BENEFITS FROM THIS SACRED ‘FREEDOM’?
Official figures published by the EU on Monday show that British citizens use free movement to a very small degree compared with the people of other EU countries.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG ANALYSIS OF EU'S FREE MOVEMENT FIGURES
  • 99% of British people of working age do not live in another EU member state
  • UK's citizens are the 27th (out of 28) beneficiaries of free movement
  • Proportion of working-age Brits living abroad has actually fallen in last 10 years
  • Top nationalities benefiting are Romanians, Lithuanians, and Croatians
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
The Brexit Facts4EU.Org chart above shows the proportion of EU citizens of working age (20-64) living in another Member State, by country of citizenship, in 2017. It is expressed as the % of their home-country resident population in that age group. Please note that it's the EU that defines working age as 20-64, not us.
13 countries have more than 5% of their working age population living in another EU member state. For 6 of these countries, the percentage is over 10%. These are Romania, Lithuania, Croatia, Portugal, Latvia and Bulgaria.
The proportion of UK cizens of working age taking advantage of freedom of movement and living in another EU member state is just 1.1%. The only country with a lower ratio is Germany, at 1.0%.
OBSERVATIONS
ANOTHER REMOANER MYTH BUSTED
One of the disadvantages of living in a country where many journalists and politicians know little about the EU - or the UK’s relationship with it - is that ‘facts’ are trotted out on a regular basis and are repeated ad nauseam without anyone ever checking anything.
We’re old-fashioned. We think it’s good to know what you’re talking about before making bold claims. We’re not big fans of repeating something someone once said as if it were gospel, just because it fits our own illusion of reality.
FREE MOVEMENT IS A GIFT FOR OTHER COUNTRIES
Free movement is hailed as some kind of magical gift from the EU, without which the UK would fall apart and without which our young people would be trapped on a sinking island.
Alas for the Remoaners, once again the facts are entirely against them. The truth is that the holy cow of freedom of movement is illusory for the vast majority of the British population. It might be there, but they choose not to use it.
THE ABUSE OF THE UK’S YOUNG PEOPLE
The problem of this Remoaner myth is that it’s particularly acute when it comes to Britian’s young people. They are consistently told that Brexit means the UK “cutting itself off from the world”. You will note that the lie isn’t even confined to being cut off from the EU.
One key aspect which they are told over and over is that they will lose their precious freedom of movement. The truth is that the majority will never use this supposed benefit of being in the EU. It could also be pointed out that a large number of British people lived and worked in another EU country before the UK even joined its forerunner, the EEC.
The same is true of the much-lauded Erasmus+ programme which Mrs May erroneously thinks is a programme the UK should pay to remain part of after Brexit. As we have reported before, only 0.5% of British higher education students actually use it. We will return to this topic in another article.
OTHER COUNTRIES EXPORT THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT TO THE UK
Imagine the unemployment rates in many EU member states if their citizens couldn’t go to live and work in countries which are performing well, such as the UK?
Italy is in the news again today – its unemployment rates – particularly among the under 25s – are depressing.
Romanians are now the second-highest nationality in the UK after the Poles. 20% of them are now living abroad. If those people returned to Romania the strain on the Romanian state finances would be enormous.
When you hear the likes of Guy Verhopeless wittering on about “the rights of EU citizens” after Brexit, what he really means is that the EU is worried what would happen if the millions of EU27 citizens working in the UK were to return to their home countries.
SING IT LOUD, SING IT CLEAR
Today please scan the newspapers you read, and the TV news channels you watch, to see if this important story that we’ve broken appears anywhere.
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The BBC is running a story designed to reassure voters that the EU is changing for the better: “EU tightens law on foreign temporary workers”. Not a word about the news we’ve reported above.
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The new Remoaner campaign backed by George Soros is about to start, and yet we have to try to keep going on sixpence. Thank you for considering it.
[ Sources: Official Eurostat data ]        05.50am, 30 May 2018
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Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 30 May 2018, 08.56am
Message: Real (official) Fact and Figures are hard to negate: Regarding the so-called battle of wits with Remainer/Remoaners, they appear to have become quieter and quieter (of course not including the anti-British Politicians). One can readily see this in the many comment (Blogs) sections of more than 10+ publications that I read on a regular basis. In the beginning, there was a fair balance of hysterical debate, and sometimes quite nasty personalised comments. However, this has reduced over the past year very significantly. Remoaners in particular have completely lost the argument and resist engaging in erudite detail; simply resorting to shouting their opponents down. Thanks to Fact4EU and other researching publications, people are better informed than ever before. As Brexit continues towards March 2019, the EU is being drawn into increasing chaos of its own making (awakening Europeans to the EU's nefarious activities and gross stupidity), as can be seen very recently from the Deutsche Welle's interview with Gunther Oettinger. This particular debacle exacerbates the inescapable fact (let out of the bag) the EU is intrinsically for the Brussels so-called elites only and not for the good of common citizens throughout Europe (History repeating itself). Talk about shooting one's own foot and emboldening alternative Political parties to dissent! This latest article from Fact4EU again brings home the truth about the so-called EU membership benefits myth. From a British perspective it is clear there are no tangible benefits just enormous costs. Our self-serving politicians (no better than simple, highly paid, administrators) have been pulling the wool over our eyes for so long, they arrogantly believe we are a walk over; (Blair/Cameron/May/et al). But times are changing thanks to the inexorable Facts and Figures generated by Fact4EU. As someone once said 'you cannot ignore the simple truth infinitely!' We are now starting to hold our politicians accountable...at last!
Name: Gallafrey, Devon, UK      Date/Time: 30 May 2018, 08.56am
Message: Is it me or is this a mirror of the net contributor chart?
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 EU COMMISSIONER SAYS ITALIANS MUST BE TAUGHT A LESSON BY MARKETS
GERMAN EU COMMISSIONER FOR THE BUDGET, OETTINGER, SLAMS ITALIANS FOR VOTING THE WRONG WAY
Earlier today we re-tweeted a tweet from the German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, which quoted an EU Commissioner on the Italian crisis.
This tweet was also retweeted by Nigel Farage and Matteo Salvini (leader of the Lega party in Italy). Strangely the original tweet from Deutsche Welle's Europe correspondent has now been deleted.
We thought you would like to see it.
UPDATE - 4PM - IT'S ALL KICKING OFF
The EU is sliding into chaos. Below is a tweet from the EU Council President Donald Tusk, clearly rebuking the German EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger. This is followed by a tweet from Italy's permanent representative to the EU, who is clearly not happy.
OBSERVATIONS
We have three comments to make.
1. OUTRAGEOUS CONTEMPT FOR ORDINARY VOTERS AND DEMOCRACY
When the EU Budget Commissioner Gunther Oettinger said that “The markets will teach the Italians to vote for the right thing”, this was completely outrageous, even by the appalling attitude of the EU when it comes to democracy.
2. TUSK ONLY WISHES HE HADN'T SAID IT OUT LOUD
We don't believe for one moment that Donald Tusk, EU Council President, disagrees with the sentiment of what the EU Budget Commissioner said. He only wishes Oettinger hadn't said it out loud.
3. MEDIA CENSORSHIP?
We first retweeted the tweet from Deutsche Welle, the German international broadcaster, earlier today and their tweet has now been deleted. Why? Who spoke to Deutsche Welle to have it removed? We ask them to be very clear why they took down the tweet and whether anyone from the EU spoke to them about this.
Tonight the interview with Herr Oettinger is due to be aired on Deutsche Welle. We trust that they intend to broadcast the interview in full. After all, they advertised it using the quote from Herr Oettinger about Italian voters, so if that is edited out of tonight's broadcast this would be a scandal.
[ Sources: DW / Twitter ]        2.10pm, 29 May 2018
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Name: Joe Slater, North England      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 10.22pm
Message: Have a look at the German original of the EU commissioner tweet. He did NOT say the voters will have to try again. He said the markets will give the voters "a healthy shock." Also arrogant, but nothing like the mistranslated English. I dislike the EU intensely, but this is a serious misrepresentation of what the fellow actually said.
Reply: Hi Joe, thanks for your comment. We don't get stuff like this wrong. We DID look at the original tweet, which is in the article above. It was written by the reporter who interviewed Oettinger, so it doesn't get more first-hand than that.
He has subsequently said his translation was clumsy, however Oettinger's actual words aren't much better as you say. Deutsche Welle (Germany's international broadcaster and the employer of the journalist) later gave a fuller translation, as the reporter's tweet was more of a summary - only he didn't say that in his tweet as you can see above.

Here is the actual text from the interview: "Even now, developments on bond markets, the market value of banks, and Italy's economy in general have darkened noticeably and negatively. That has to do with the possible government formation. I can only hope that this will play a role in the election campaign and send a signal not to hand populists on the right and left any responsibility in government. We trust the Italian president, who has been pointing out to potential governmental coalition partners the rights and duties that go together with membership in the European Union and the eurozone.”

So the EU Commission is backing the Italian president in appointing an unelected government. And Oettinger's meaning was clear. Populists (in this case the parties having gained the most votes) should be excluded from government. He wouldn't have had to apologise - and Juncker and Tusk wouldn't have had to grovel - if Oettinger's meaning wasn't pretty much as the reporter summarised it. Where the reporter went wrong was in ascribing a sentence to Oettinger which he didn't actually say. To reassure you, when you see reported speech on our site that's normally what it is. We hope you agree that we reported fairly at the time and that the EU's stance on basic democratic principles is deplorable.
Name: Not4EU, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 5.11pm
Message: Dear friends in Italy.
It must be abundantly clear now that the EU had no intention of letting any 'unapproved' elected officials run your country. The only sure way that you will be in charge of your country again is to cleanly & fully leave the political & (in your case) fiscal union of the EU. That is the instruction that we in the UK gave our Government & as you're no doubt aware, they are betraying that vote to keep us prisoner against our will. Do not let your Government & Parliament betray you as ours is doing. Democracy does not exist in the EU. This morning, an Italian MEP was shouted down & had his microphone switched off for complaining about the trampling of democracy in your country.
See what is happening in the UK & has happened in Spain. Do not let this regime retain its grip.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 4.53pm
Message: " Please respect the voters. We are there to serve them, not lecture them". Since when have the EU respecting the voters? How many times have you made countries vote again when they voted the wrong result that the EU didn't want? The only reason you made this plea now is because the cracks in the EU unity are becoming chasms. The EU is becoming disjointed, even George Soros, the arch federalist and EU advocate said today the EU was in "existential crisis everything that could go wrong has gone wrong" with the Brussels project over the past decade. Tomorrow he launches a plan to keep the UK in the EU advocating a second referendum. Good luck with that George, you might convince our spineless and gutless politicians and treacherous Lords, but the electorate, the voters the little people you and your Davos elites despise will be more difficult to convince.
Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 3.04pm
Message: I concur with Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex in his comment to the article below. Britain has once again shown the Europeans the way forward in its goal and tenacity, against all the odds, to rid itself of another stealth, undemocratic, profligate, and wholly unhealthy parasitic idealogical growth! Europeans, at last, have woken up to this impending disaster!
 ‘WE KNOW BEST’
SAYS THE EUROPEAN ESTABLISHMENT
President Mattarella appoints IMF's Cottarelli as PM               © Quirinal Palace
Yesterday the democratic will of the Italian people was usurped by one man, the EU-loving president of Italy Sergio Mattarella.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG ANALYSIS OF THE ITALIAN CRISIS
04 MARCH 2018
GENERAL ELECTION
 
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  • Italian President imposes autocratic government on Italy
  • Democratically-elected parties call for impeachment of President
  • Nationwide protests planned
  • EU de facto backs new undemocratic Italian government
In the general election held in March the Italian people voted overwhelmingly for eurosceptic parties. 69% of the vote went to parties whose policies and antipathies towards the EU varied from moderate to hardline. Only a minority of Italians supported parties which were firmly pro-EU.
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
Two parties – the 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the Lega – won over 50% of the vote combined and formed a coalition. After negotiations they chose a candidate for Prime Minister. This man, Giuseppe Conte, was accepted by the President.
However on Sunday when Mr Conte gave his choices of ministers to the president, Mr Mattarella refused to accept the choice of Paolo Savona as Finance Minister on the grounds that he felt Mr Savona's policies were not in the best interests of the Italian people.
One man made this decision at 8pm on Sunday evening – a man who has no popular mandate
Yesterday (Monday) morning before the new coalition government could decide on a course of action, the president unilaterally appointed Carlo Cottarelli, a former IMF director and unelected bureacrat, to the post of Prime Minister and asked him to form a technocratic government within two days.
We are not Italian constitutional experts but it is customary for the President to accept a Prime Minister’s choice of ministers. Article 92 of the constitution says this:
“The President of the Republic appoints the President of the Council of Ministers [Prime Minister] and, on his/her proposal, the Ministers.”
Whilst this is now the subject of heated debate, most ordinary voters would take that to mean that the appointment of ministers by the president is a formality, following the nomination by the Prime Minister. Nowhere does it say that the president makes the decision as to who those ministers should be.
Mattarella was one of the founders of the Democratic Party (PD), a centre-left party made up from assorted smaller parties including the remnants of the Italian Communist Party.
EU BACKS ITALIAN PRESIDENT OVER POPULIST GOVERNMENT
Yesterday morning at a press conference Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, stated the EU’s position:
“I already commented this morning, expressing my complete confidence in the work of the Italian institutions, starting with the President of the [Italian] Republic [Sergio Matarella], who is a guarantor of the Constitution, but also of the Parliament.”
“I think the people of Italy have full confidence in its President and its democratic institutions and that this will lead to a solution, which fully respects the interests of the Italian people.”
Meanwhile in France the establishment was equally positive for the president:
“I reiterate my support and my friendship to President Mattarella, who has an important task to fulfil.”
- said French President Macron in a press conference yesterday.
Conversely Marine Le Pen, supported by around one-third of the French people, spoke for the large eurosceptic population of France when she called the events:
“a coup d'état, a robbery against the Italian people by illegitimate institutions”
GERMANY’S MEDIA BACKS ITALIAN PRESIDENT
The state broadcaster funded by the German government blamed the democratically-elected new government for the crisis. The headline from DW.com this morning is: “Italian populist coalition's failure to govern throws government into doubt.”
              © DW.com
The rest of the German media is almost universally backing the president. Handelsblatt’s headline was “Forza Mattarella” and Der Spiegel effectively called the Italians ‘scroungers’.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Italy’s new Prime Minister Cottarelli is today forming his cabinet of unelected bureaucrats. These will be men (mostly) who are all pro-EU and Mr Cotarelli's nominations will certainly be accepted by President Mattarella.
The new government will be put to the vote on Friday. The following day (Saturday 02 June), Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the largest party M5S, has called for a ‘day of demonstration’ centring on Rome. It seems likely that demonstrations will be taking place all across Italy, with the Lega now planning events mostly in the north of the country.
OBSERVATIONS
In effect the pro-EU establishment is taking over Italy, with no democratic mandate, just 12 weeks after the general election in which the Italian people expressed their preference for non-establishment, eurosceptic parties.
Whilst as yet there is no direct evidence of EU involvement in the events of the last 48 hours, you would have to be naïve not to believe that the full support of the Brussels machine is behind the extraordinary actions of the Italian president.
WHAT IF THIS HAPPENED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM?
To put this into a British context, can you imagine the Queen refusing to accept the nomination of Philip Hammond as Chancellor? There may be plenty of reasons to reject him – and we can definitely cite them – but the Queen would never exercise her rights in such an overtly political matter.
In the UK there would have been mass demonstrations already such as the country has never seen before. In Italy it’s a little more complicated. They have already had a government imposed on them – the pro-austerity, technocratic government of Mario Monti in 2011.
THE ITALIAN FLAVOUR
This time, however, may be a little different. This time there is an overwhelming unhappiness of the Italian people in the political system which has brought them no meaningful growth in their standard of living since joining the Euro in 1999. Mass unemployment, particularly disastrous amongst the youth, economic stagnation, banks collapsing, an unsustainable level of national debt (132% of GDP, the worst in the EU barring Greece), and very importantly the mass illegal immigration in the last few years – these are all major areas of discontent.
For the establishment once again to impose its will on the ordinary Italian man and woman, when the country is faced with such woes, and when the country has just voted for significant change, is breathtaking in our view.
ITALY AND BREXIT
It is no secret that many members of the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team adore Italy. We take no satisfaction in what is occuring there and hope that the situation can be resolved peacefully. It now seems inevitable that there will have to be another election in the next couple of months. This will in fact play into the hands of the eurosceptics – particularly the Lega.
The Lega has seen its popularity continue to rise after the elections in March and a new election would most definitely suit its interests.
Meanwhile there’s Brexit. A summit is due to take place in 5 weeks’ time at which the withdrawal and transition agreement will be discussed. There seems to be no chance now that Italy’s government will be in any way supportive of compromise.
For all of you who believe that no deal is now the best option, it looks like Italy’s woes will only hasten this outcome.
[ Sources: Presidential Palace | Ministero dell'Interno | EU Commission | La Repubblica | RAI ]
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Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 2.31pm
Message: I agree with Mark, Midlands, but question the use of elite? I do not understand what so-called 'elite' refers to? Are elites more intelligent, better educated, more gifted, more financially robust, more sensible/sensitive, more articulate, more honest, have greater integrity? I know no individual that fits the aforementioned description and would hazard a guess, elites in all guises, are no better than the so-called common person. This socially engineered subservience (by so-called elites) is wholly demeaning to us, the so-called plebeian class, especially now that we have seen the worst excesses of the establishment's callous and nefarious nastiness in the run-up to Brexit and beyond!
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 2.25pm
Message: This undermining of democracy inside the EU has been undertaking by stealth during more than 25years. The remarkable fact is the EU have been very open about this, all their actions are published in documents, the trouble is we the general public have not been interested in reading these documents. We the electorate have not taken enough interest. Who amongst the electorate knew that the UK has signed to the Marrakesh Political Declaration, to allow millions from Africa to migrate legally into the EU? The only country out of the EU28 not signing was Hungary's Victor Orban. This Marrakesh Political Declaration has not been debated in the House of Commons and yet we the UK are signed up to it. Likewise the EU treaties, we can all remember Prime Minister Gordon Brown sneaking in the back door, so as not to be photographed signing the Lisbon treaty. Its far reaching implications were never offered for a vote at a General Election or debated fully on the floor of the House of Commons. Look how the EU and their fanatical supporters amongst the British establishment are trying to overthrow a democratic referendum in the UK. Eurosceptic citizens across the EU are making their voices heard at the ballot box, as they see how their and other civilised European countries are being destroyed by policies they have not voted for. Brexit was a wakeup call to many people across the EU, who after questioned "why are the British leaving?" looked around at their own country and realised they didn't like the way EU policy was affecting their lives. They are now seeking a change of direction before it is too late.
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 29 May 2018, 08.19am
Message: I wouldn't be at all surprised if this democratic deficit now snowballs across the Continent. It is wholly unreasonable for one man to completely cast aside agreements reached for a coalition government just because their President objected to the proposed eurosceptic Finance Minister. It is nothing less than an attack on democracy. The Italian people have effectively had their eurosceptic votes at general election ignored and should quickly and peacefully 'fight' back? My best to the Italian people during this scandal.
Name: Mark, Midlands      Date/Time: 28 May 2018, 9.39pm
Message: This democratic message needs to be rammed home. It does not matter whether you are "extreme right", "loony left" or somewhere in the middle freedom of speech and respecting the democratic mandate are the 2 most important things that keep the elite under control. Without it China, USSR, Venezuela, Nazi Germany awaits (you take your pick).

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 ‘ITALIANS, YOU MUST KEEP
VOTING UNTIL YOU GIVE US
THE RIGHT ANSWER’
Italian President Mattarella yesterday               © Quirinal Palace
(‘Or perhaps we’ll simply install a government
you never voted for’)
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG ANALYSIS OF THE ITALIAN CRISIS
  • Italian President rejects new government's choice of Finance Minister
  • The President doesn't like the candidate's deep euroscepticism
  • Leader of largest party calls for impeachment of President
  • President set to install puppet from IMF
GOVERNMENT NOMINEE FOR FINANCE MINISTER IS REJECTED BY PRESIDENT
FORMER IMF DIRECTOR SET TO BE APPOINTED TO GOVERN ITALY
Yesterday the Italian President blocked the formation of the new Eurosceptic government because he didn’t like that government’s selection of an anti-EU Finance Minister.
This is being reported by sections of the pro-EU media in the UK and across the continent as the new Italian Prime Minister-designate (Giuseppe Conte) having resigned from his attempt to form a government.
In fact Giuseppe Conte was forced to say he couldn’t continue because the President rejected the new government’s choice of Finance Minister.
Here is what the Presidential Palace statement said last night:
“The designation of the Minister of Economy is always an immediate message of trust or alarm for economic and financial operators.”
“For this ministry, I asked for an authoritative political exponent of the majority, consistent with the program agreement. An exponent who - beyond the reputation and the consideration for the person - is not seen as a supporter of a line, often manifested, that could provoke, probably or even inevitably, the Italians' escape from the euro.”
In other words, the pro-EU Italian President made a political decision that he would not accept a candidate (Paolo Savona) put forward by the coalition government because he didn’t like the political views of the candidate.
Specifically, he doesn’t like the hardline anti-EU opinions of Mr Savona. In his statement to the nation last night the President dressed his decision as being in the financial interests of the nation.
“Uncertainty over our position in the euro has alarmed investors and savers, both Italian and foreign, who have invested in our government bonds and in our companies. The surge in spread, day after day, increases our public debt and reduces the possibility of spending by the State for new social interventions.”
REACTIONS – CALLS FOR IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT
Reactions from the democratically elected political parties in Italy were swift. Luigi di Maio is the leader of the party which won the most votes, the Five Star Movement (5SM). He immediately called for the impeachment of the President. This has been supported by another eurosceptic party, the Fratelli.
“I hope that we can give the floor to Italians as soon as possible,” said Mr Di Maio, “but first we need to clear things up. First the impeachment of Mattarella [the President]... then to the polls.”
The other party in the coalition is the Lega, led by Matteo Salvini. Mr Salvini is now proposing that another election be called.
Leader of Lega, Matteo Salvini last night
"In a democracy, if we are still in democracy, there's only one thing to do, let the Italians have their say," he said.
Since the general election 12 weeks ago, the Lega has steadily increased in popularity in the opinion polls.
IT GETS WORSE
Last night the President said that today he will ask Carlo Cottarelli, a former senior director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), to come to see him to talk about forming a government.
WHEREAS HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION JUST 12 WEEKS AGO
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
The coalition government comprises the 5-Star Movement (5SM) and the Northern League (Lega). Their combined total of the vote takes them to 50%.
OBSERVATIONS
It seems the Italian people got it wrong. In their General Election in March they didn’t vote for the parties they were supposed to have voted for – the ones that love the EU.
Still, that’s not a problem for the elites in Europe. If the vote goes the wrong way they either ignore it and impose a pro-EU solution, or have the vote re-run until it produces the result they want.
GLOBAL FINANCIAL ELITE TO RUN ITALY AGAIN?
Italy’s President has asked Carlo Cottarelli, a former senior director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for talks today, Monday. This is with a view to him forming a 'technocratic government'.
Just let that sink in for a moment. Elections were held in Italy 12 weeks ago. A coalition government was formed between the two parties gaining the most votes, amounting to 50% of the total. (British governments are formed with a much lower percentage of the vote.)
Now, because the President doesn’t like the politics of one of the key ministers of the new proposed government, he rejects the whole process and attempts to install a puppet government which backs the EU.
THE EU AND ITS DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT
This is 2018. This is Italy, a founder member of the forerunner to the EU, and the third-largest economy in the EU from March next year.
By what possible measure can any Remoaner call this democratic? And before they try to say this has nothing to do with the EU, can they please consider how naive that sounds. The EU has a long history of ensuring unwelcome election and referendum results go their way in the end.
Do Remoaners really want us to keep repeating the notorious quotes from EU leaders over the years about their contempt for democracy?
The events of the last week in Spain, in Yorkshire in the UK, and now in Italy, prove beyond doubt how seriously we must all take the threat to democracy in western countries. If you believe as strongly as we do in Brexit and in the fight to regain the democratic rights our relatives fought and died for, please consider making a donation right now. We can't do battle without you at our side.
[ Sources: Presidential Palace | Ministero dell'Interno | Stampa | Corriere della Sella | RAI ]
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Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex      Date/Time: 28 May 2018, 09.30am
Message: EU democracy "one man one vote but only if you vote the way we want". Electors around Europe must surely be waking up now, seeing that the EU institution is totally undemocratic. That their votes in their countries elections are worthless. Because if the vote goes against what the EU wants, you vote again and again until you get it right. This has happened in France, Denmark, Holland, Ireland(twice) and now Italy, and they are trying to thwart the UK leaving the EU bloc. The Italian people will now have a Government imposed upon them again that will carry out a political agenda rejected by the people at the ballot box. More of the same, economic stagnation, illegal immigration and high youth unemployment. All this does is kick the problem down the road. What happens if, as likely, the Italian electorate vote the same way again? Martial Law, coup, occupation by invading EU army? There are EU elections for European Parliament due next year - are the EU going to suspend them? Crisis time, has the EU project hit the buffers?
Name: Luca, Milano, Italy      Date/Time: 28 May 2018, 08.14am
Message: Thank you from Italy for what you write.
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 28 May 2018, 08.10am
Message: I saw the news flash when the Italian President refused to accept the choice of Finance Minister because he didn't agree with his politics. All other positions had to my knowledge been accepted. When I then heard the President was seeking a former IMF Director to form a new Italian government, on the grounds of this one position, my immediate thought was a stitch up by the EU?
I agree it is right to call for impeachment of the Italian President.
Our Italian friends can now see their democratic votes are effectively being ignored by a BIASED President, and they should be furious at this blatant attack on their democracy. The position they had was a pro-EU President, and a proposed eurosceptic Finance Minister. Actions by their President have now prevented the agreed coalition being formed which now directly affects the people. It's likely they may have to hold further elections at huge cost, yet this will achieve nothing as people will probably vote the same way. Italians need to make their voices heard - loudly?
 REES-MOGG PREPARES TO BUTTER PARSNIPS
TORY ICON LOSES FAITH
IN MRS MAY AND HER ‘BREXIT’
A BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG ANALYSIS OF JACOB ON BREXIT AND THE PM
Q: “Have you lost faith in the Prime Minister?”
A: “That would be a harsh way of putting it.”
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG TRANSLATION: “YES.”
On Tuesday 22nd May 2018, the ConservativeHome website published the latest in its fortnightly series of ‘Moggcasts’ – conversations between the editor of ConservativeHome Paul Goodman, and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.
Below you will find the recording of this ‘Moggcast’. Also – and exclusively to Brexit Facts4EU.Org - you can for the first time read what Mr Rees-Mogg actually said.
With the kind permission of Paul Goodman and the ConservativeHome website we have transcribed the sections of the conversation directly related to Brexit and for the first time anywhere you can read these verbatim.
WHY THE WRITTEN VERSION?
Quite simply, what Mr Rees-Mogg said last week was political dynamite, but appears to have been overlooked by many commentators.
For the first time he has effectively challenged the performance and policies of the Prime Minister. Whilst his comments were reported elsewhere last week, it seems that the magnitude of what Mr Rees-Mogg said has been given little import by other parts of the media.
Below are some excerpts from the full transcript. In the next article we publish the transcript in full. We invite you to read both articles and make up your own mind. Our analysis appears in the ‘Observations’ box below this piece.
EXCLUSIVE BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG EXCERPTS FROM THE MOGG TRANSCRIPT
“Inevitably it is disconcerting when the government says one thing and then agrees to do another and in terms of these negotiations – particularly as they’re led by somebody who backed remain - trust is very important.”
“On any detailed analysis [the Customs Partnership] is effectively remaining in the European Union and I’m surprised that the prime minister is still plodding on with this not very satisfactory idea.”
“to go into negotiations, to say to Mr Barnier; we will kow-tow before you in every way you possibly want if we can not get everything ready by the due date … I think it is a sign of abject weakness.”
“What should the government do? The government should make preparations faster than it is for leaving without a deal.”
“the money is in return for a trade deal. And if we don’t get a trade deal and if we don’t have it ready to sign immediately after the 29th of March, then the EU will not get any money from us. No payments will be made until that deal is made. The money is our strongest card and it seems at the moment to have been given away with nothing in return.”
“I fear we’re getting to the point where you wonder whether the government wants to leave at all.”
“Fine words are well known for not buttering parsnips and we are not getting our parsnips buttered at the moment.”
“there’s nothing much left of the Prime Minister’s original speech in 2016. That is not leaving the European Union.”
“Have you lost faith in the Prime Minister?”
“That would be a harsh way of putting it.”
“But not an inexact way of putting it.”
“No, I’m not going that far. But I have doubts. I have doubts: that what she says is still fine, and what she does is not delivering on what she says.”
You can of course listen to the entire 'Moggcast' by clicking on this link. We think this is Goodman on excellent form, enticing some wonderful quotes from Mr Rees-Mogg.
OBSERVATIONS
In analysing Mr Rees-Mogg’s words, may we suggest that readers contextualise his comments?
This is a man who is one of the staunchest and most loyal members of the Conservative Party. He is also one of the most knowledgeable politicians regarding the detail of Brexit. And finally he is a man of exquisite courtesy in all his dealings.
When Mr Rees-Mogg describes something as “disconcerting”, the average citizen might prefer to use the word “outrageous” instead. For him to characterise the Prime Minister’s performance on Brexit in the way he has is therefore highly significant. Some might even say it marks the true start of a leadership campaign.
PARTY NEUTRALITY
Our business is Brexit and the delivery in full of the EU Referendum result. Our readers come from all parties and none. We have no agenda when it comes to the leadership and direction of the Conservative party except when it comes to Brexit. We mention this only because we are usually criticised whenever we write about matters involving senior members of the Conservative party.
DOES ANY OF THIS MATTER?
This matters because Mr Rees-Mogg has widely been seen as a possible leader of the party – and therefore Prime Minister. He is the Chairman of the ‘European Research Group’ within parliament, whose membership is variously described as being between 20-80 members. Certainly many MPs are sympathetic to the aims of the Group, even if not actually being members.
In recent months there has been widespread disappointment that JRM did not speak up loudly over the Transition Period. When he acquiesced, we amongst others expressed our profound regret. It seemed as though his party loyalty was going to transcend his deeply-held convictions about the EU and about Brexit.
We feel he stepped back at a crucial moment. It seems possible that he has now concluded that he cannot sit back and let the promises made to the electorate be trampled upon.
If that is indeed the case, we warmly welcome his return to the fight. At a time when the arch-Remainer Ruth Davidson is once again being spoken of as a future leader of the Conservative Party, this can only be good news. (We know that many in the party believe she is a great hope for the future, but for us she falls into the “completely unacceptable” category. We haven’t forgotten her condescending and vicious performances during the Referendum campaign.)
WHAT MIGHT ALL THIS MEAN FOR BREXIT?
One thing about Brexit is certain. The Prime Minister might have been procrastinating on every aspect of Brexit for the last two years but there are deadlines fast approaching which she cannot avoid.
It is our belief that she is unaware of the level of anger growing across the country at what is seen as the betrayal of the democratic decision of the British people. If she continues on her current path, in six weeks’ time she will complete the betrayal at the EU Summit where essential Brexit decisions must be taken.
Even if nothing happens before that, we believe that what happens in the run-up to that Summit and at the event itself could precipitate an overwhelming surge of anger across the country. If people give sufficient vent to their feelings, a leadership challenge would become highly likely.
And if that happened, Mr Rees-Mogg looks sure to be in the running. No backbencher has ever risen to the top job without prior ministerial experience, but then nothing quite like Brexit has ever happened in British politics.
At the very least it’s easy to see JRM at the very heart of a truly pro-Brexit government.
[ Sources: Paul Goodman and the ConservativeHome.com website ]
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Name: Christopher Sheldrake, Dorset, UK      Date/Time: 27 May 2018, 1.39pm
Message: Many Brexiteers watching Sunday's Andrew Marr interview with JRM would have been cheering him on over their breakfast. What he said over our negotiating position was exactly right and, as an enthusiastic Brexiteer, I've been immensely frustrated at Mrs May's abject failure to use any of the negotiating strengths she undoubtedly had. I firmly believe that David Davis has been negotiating with both hands tied behind his back. Firstly May made the fatal mistake of allowed Brussels to fundamentally undermine our negotiating position when she agreed to the phasing of the discussions. It was entirely obvious what would then transpire. Then the PM undermined David Davis by placing an arch-remainer, Oliver Robbins, at the heart of the negotiating team. She has effectively thrown away all the cards we had, one by one, starting with the money issue, moving on to security cooperation and now it's trade. JRM is right : Brussels is having a fractious argument over their next budget round and they are are absolutely desperate for our £40bn and Ireland won't admit it but is just as desperate to keep its vital cross-border trade moving. All we had to do was remain firm on both issues. Instead, she caved in on the money and has allowed the inexperienced Varadkar to blackmail us over the Irish border issue. Barnier must be hardly able to believe his luck that she has been so inept. Had JRM been in charge, I can't believe we would be in such a parlous position.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 27 May 2018, 10.13am
Message: This is encouraging, but JRM needs to act quickly, and trigger the vote of no confidence. Recently, he has said that he is not in the running for the PM's job, but I hope he changes his mind. This morning, there have been several articles in the Marxist press about Barnier's latest demands concerning the ECJ. He is insisting that the ECJ should have supremacy in all future disputes. If May agrees to this, it will be the ultimate betrayal, and an act of treason.
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 27 May 2018, 09.23am
Message: I have long been concerned about the changing rhetoric by Government, and I don't trust them to deliver a clean Brexit. If one considers a scenario where the majority of MPs were in favour of Brexit, you can bet all this would be handled by now without much issue? It is unfortunate the majority of MPs and peers see fit to attempt to subvert a lawful democratic majority vote. The above article makes one thing extremely clear to me - Where the Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP expresses his doubts, we must be concerned. Mr Rees-Mogg is an extremely intelligent man who knows what he's talking about. He has an excellent memory and can think on his feet without notes. Mr Rees-Mogg should in my opinion start to exert his wrath on the EU Commission who don't appear to be listening. He should also make clear our fishing industry WILL be restored at the end of March 2019. We owe our fishermen a huge debt after former PM Heath used them as 'bargaining chips' in the 70's without their consent. We must NOT allow the same thing to happen again. If Mr Rees-Mogg makes it known he will put himself forward for leader, then I will support him. I'm sorry, but I cannot support Mrs May any longer as too much has been given away.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 27 May 2018, 07.50am
Message: You often hear people say, "I don't vote,they are all the same". This time 17.4 million people voted to Leave the EU. The only people who are stopping this are our elected representatives our MP's, urged on by vested interests like the CBI who represent multinational corporations and International companies, aided and abetted by the EU. Remember all laws and directives are instigated by the EU Commission,who are lobbied hard by the 30,000 lobbyists based in Brussels on behalf of big business and multinational companies. It is a very cosy arraignment, nowhere in this process are the electors considered. Lobbyists working on behalf of business have had the EU Commission order roads through mountains, at taxpayers expense of course, to upgrade supply routes to enable goods to move more quickly and cheaply across Europe. If Brexit is thwarted or watered down to be meaningless after such a massive vote in favour of leaving the EU, the consequence for democracy will have been seriously damaged if not destroyed. That cannot be allowed to happen, if it did the step after that is anarchy.

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 “I FEAR WE’RE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE YOU WONDER WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO LEAVE AT ALL”
Jacob Rees-Mogg as Tom Cruise in Minority Report - Brexit Facts4EU.Org
‘THE MOGGCAST’ OF 22 MAY 2018
A CONSERVATIVEHOME.COM CONVERSATION WITH JACOB REES-MOGG MP
What follows is the full transcript of what Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said last week about Brexit, Theresa May, and the government’s Brexit policies and performance.
Our analysis appears in the preceding article.
EXCLUSIVE BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG TRANSCRIPT: JACOB REES-MOGG ON BREXIT
Questioner: Paul Goodman, Editor, ConservativeHome.com
You weren’t very happy, were you, with the transition arrangements, whereby fishing won’t be repatriated at all during the transition, and free movement will continue as at present during the transition?
No, my greatest concern about it was that it contradicted assurances that had been given by the government very shortly before the transition was agreed, so we were told fishing would not be part of it a few days before and the prime minister on a trip to China said free movement would not be part of it a few weeks before. And inevitably it is disconcerting when the government says one thing and then agrees to do another and in terms of these negotiations – particularly as they’re led by somebody who backed remain - trust is very important. And it’s very important that the government maintains faith with those who voted to leave.
We’ve established you weren’t very happy about the transition arrangement. Were you any happier about the outcome of the Chequers Summit in which it emerged that we will be aligned in certain regulatory matters with the EU very closely?
Some of that is the statement of the obvious, that there are some standards that are international standards that are implemented through the EU, that other countries implement anyway, that if you think of car manufacturing regulations they’re the oddly named European Committee of the United Nations. It’s not actually a European committee, it’s a United Nations committee, and those rules are accepted worldwide. So, having alignments on things that we’re always going to have aligned on and admitting it, is not problematic. Aligning more broadly than that would become problematic.
I’m going to do something that’s rather like sermon cricket where I’m going to score JRS unhappiness with - or happiness with - various actions the government’s done and it seems to me that you were very unhappy about transition, less unhappy about the Chequers Summit.
Transition is liveable with on the basis that it ended.
We’ll come back to that later, I just try to get through what’s happened so far, without looking ahead, we can start looking ahead later. Then there was the Customs Partnership idea which we know was not approved in a cabinet committee meeting. Most members of the cabinet committee concerned don’t seem to like it. But it still hasn’t been put to bed and it’s there without a stake through its heart. How do you feel about that?
The Customs Partnership is not leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union. It would be a considerable failure of government policy. It’s one of those ideas that before anybody had thought it through sounded quite attractive but on any detailed analysis it is effectively remaining in the European Union and I’m surprised that the prime minister is still plodding on with this not very satisfactory idea.
Well, you’re very unhappy with that, that’s two out of three. Then there’s the idea put around that we’ll have to postpone coming out of the Customs Union beyond the end of transition, because the systems won’t be ready. Do you think that will happen? And how do you feel about the prospect of it happening?
I think that for the government to be preparing for failure two and a half years before the point at which they ought to be ready is just weak. The government should prepare for success. And if they find shortly beforehand that they need a fall-back position, that is when it should be drawn up. But to go into negotiations, to say to Mr Barnier; we will kow-tow before you in every way you possibly want if we can not get everything ready by the due date encourages him to say ‘well just kowtow, I’m quite happy’, and make no effort to come to sensible agreement I think it is a sign of abject weakness.
You’re very unhappy about the prospect of postponing leaving the Customs Union. You’re very unhappy about the Partnership, very unhappy about transition – that’s three of the four. We now come to the backstop, and the agreement apparently reached last week which does require some explanation to the readers, because the backstop was written into the deal agreed by the government and by the European Union at Christmas. I think it’s fair to say that at that point it seemed somewhat remote.
It now seems to me that it looks a little nearer in the sense that my understanding is that if you can’t get agreement about a trade deal the backstop kicks in. And we may not get a trade deal - some people would think it’s very unlikely in a fully-fledged form - before Brexit day on the 29th of March next year. So out we go into this backstop limbo, whereby we are aligned to the rules of the Customs Union, we’re aligned to the rules of the Single Market. This is effectively what you could call EEA lite; nothing’s really changed.
If we say to the EU, our backstop position is that we will be the vassal state, why should the EU make any effort to make any arrangement other than for us to be a vassal state? There’s always a problem with what was agreed in December, and the problem with having a creative ambiguity, which is simply a way of trying to gull voters. Actually government should not have created ambiguity, they should be straight with electorates about what they mean and they should say what they mean and then do it. And I’m afraid this backstop is becoming very attractive for the European Union - not to offer us anything further - and therefore it is essentially a trap.
What should the government do?
What should the government do? The government should make preparations faster than it is for leaving without a deal. It should be ready to do that because it’s an essential part of the negotiation. It’s not to say they want to leave without a deal, or even that I want to leave without a deal, but that it would be something a wise government would have spent much more time preparing and it’s been weak about that.
The other thing that it should do is make it absolutely clear that the money is in return for a trade deal. And if we don’t get a trade deal and if we don’t have it ready to sign immediately after the 29th of March, then the EU will not get any money from us. No payments will be made until that deal is made. The money is our strongest card and it seems at the moment to have been given away with nothing in return.
So I think we need some backbone in these negotiations and we need the government to recognise that there is strength in its position. And I fear we’re getting to the point where you wonder whether the government wants to leave at all.
[At this point the conversation turned to Northern Ireland and the question of possible future unity, and some other matters which we have not transcribed in order to keep this article to a reasonable length. The subject then returned to Brexit.]
Just a moment ago, before we got into this section of the conversation, you said words to the effect that you’re now beginning to doubt whether the government really wants to leave the EU at all. Now, I think that’s the first time in these conversations I heard you say that. I think previously you said - when for example the transition has come up - ‘it’s very bad but what really matters is the end state’. And now you’re saying: ‘I’m very worried about the government delivering a proper end state’.
I am very worried that I think you see that the government’s words remain robust and its deeds become weak. The prime minister wrote an article a fortnight ago or so for the Sun on Sunday saying we’ll be out of the Customs Union, out of the Single Market, we would stop paying over money and we’d be out of the ECJ. And then a few days later you get a statement saying we’re going to have an indefinite Customs Union and that’s our transition period.
Now, you’ve got to judge people ultimately by their actions rather than their words. Fine words are well known for not buttering parsnips and we are not getting our parsnips buttered at the moment.
Just to sum it up, there’re obviously a few agree with the take I’ve reached - not because I want to reach – it’s because that’s where I think the facts are pointing after looking at the events of recent weeks. In 2016 the position the prime minister announced at the Conservative Party Conference was: we’re moving Article 50, we will be out of the ECJ jurisdiction, we’re leaving the Single Market and the Customs Union. That’s the view she clarified at Lancaster House. And the whole framework of the speech was global Britain: we will be free to strike our own trade deals.
Now as I understand the backstop; you effectively remain, UK wide – the government says – within the basic framework of the Customs Union for as long as the backstop exists. You have something called full alignment, the meaning of which is disputed but one reading of this is as full regulatory alignment, so you’re not only in the Customs Union, you’re in effect in the Single Market for manufactures and agriculture. You are outside the Common Commercial Policy but inside the common external tariff, so there’s no incentive with anyone to strike trade deals with you because you’re bound by the tariffs, and you look as though you come within the ambit of the European Court. Now this seems to be the position. If that is right, there’s nothing much left of the Prime Minister’s original speech in 2016.
That is not leaving the European Union. And the point on regulatory alignment is crucial. That if you look at countries that are either in the Customs Union or in the Single Market but not in both, they still have border controls between their countries and the European Union therefore we have a lot of talk about the Customs Union which actually means the Single Market as well, because the aim of being in the Customs Union is to avoid border controls. But you don’t avoid that, unless you have full regulatory alignment, because otherwise goods that can come into this country would have to be checked before they went out to the European Union for regulatory rather than tariff reasons and I think there is an element of spin around the talk of the Customs Union when in reality it means the Single Market too. And that’s the problem with the Customs Partnership other than its impracticability, its bureaucratic nature, and its failure to give us anything we could offer to other countries.
Do you think David Davis should resign?
No, I don’t, I think it’s important that he remains there and keeps on fighting the corner which he is doggedly fighting along with the other DExEU ministers to ensure that this is in the end done properly.
And just to be clear, do you think any of them should resign: Liam Fox, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove?
I don’t think anybody should resign.
Have you lost faith in the Prime Minister?
That would be a harsh way of putting it.
But not an inexact way of putting it.
No, I’m not going that far. But I have doubts. I have doubts: that what she says is still fine, and what she does is not delivering on what she says. And that inevitably raises concerns and she needs to bring the two together, and the June summit would be an opportunity for her to do that.
Do you think that this backstop clarification was agreed in advance with the key players within the EU? I simply ask because as you know there are worries about the backstop in the EU. Let’s look at the whole picture for a moment. There are voices within the EU saying ‘Hang on a moment. We can’t have the Brits enjoying access to one of the four freedoms without them having access to all the four freedoms, without us insisting on what we’ve always insisted on, on this theological point. You can’t have one without the other three. Ooh, we can’t let this backstop idea pass.’
I don’t know, there is a theory that this is a very clever cunning plan thought up by the government. Governments rarely manage to think up very cunning plans of this kind but I have no evidence one way or the other as to whether it’s been agreed with Brussels or not.
OBSERVATIONS
Readers will have differing views about these two articles. Some will no doubt feel we have exaggerated the importance of Mr Rees-Mogg's comments. Some will feel that we have misinterpreted him and that in any case Mrs May must still be given the benefit of the doubt.
Others still will feel that Mr Rees-Mogg's words are all hot air and that he has talked a good game before, without delivering. A touch of the parsnips sans beurre, perhaps.
Time will tell who is right. Whatever your views, we hope you have gained some encouragement from the forthright views expressed by Mr Rees-Mogg. On this Sunday morning that's a positive note on which to leave this.
[ Sources: Paul Goodman and the ConservativeHome.com website ]
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 “PEOPLE ARE GETTING ANGRY”
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Yesterday “Paul A”, a Brexit Facts4EU.Org reader, emailed us a copy of a letter he had just sent to his Member of Parliament.
We thought it raised good points and so we are publishing it below, verbatim. The MP’s name has been removed at the request of the reader and we are using the reader’s pseudonym.
A BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG READER’S LETTER TO HIS MP, 24 MAY 2018
Xxxxxxx Xxxxxxxxxxxx MP [name withheld at the request of our reader]
House of Commons,
London SW1A 0AA
Dear [Member of Parliament],
I now know that the mandate of 17,410,742 million people - as we know, the biggest vote ever in the UK - is being disregarded by the powers that be. It would seem that the country is being run by unelected civil servant mandarins with TM and her colleagues in their pockets.
TM might have paid lip service to that mandate but in reality we are, currently, not taking back control of our country nor anything else and as it stands, aren't going to.
You have told me not to believe any media, but who is actually reporting 'facts'? Hansard? NATO? The Treasury? The EU Commission? The Electoral Commission (staffed be remainerslaves)? The Office (staffed by remainerslaves)? These are examples of my sources and not one of them is telling me anything but that we are remaining in the EU.
The referendum ballot paper asked if we wanted to remain a member of, or leave the European Union. By voting leave we are to take back control of our country.
There was no question about a transition period, no question about free movement, no question about leaving open borders, no question about being part of the EU army, no question about selling our fishermen down the river, no question of 'giving' money to Brussels - indeed there was no question of doing any of the things which have been apparently accepted by Theresa May and her remainerslave cohort. Indeed these (and more) were all explicitly the reasons that 17,410,742 people voted to leave.
TM is set to allow our fishing waters and the fishing industry to stay under EU control even after Brexit. This is the death knell for those fisherman and women who have managed to survive whilst moored up in Newhaven and other ports and beaches all round the UK. Which bit of that is 'taking back control?'
This is bad for Britain, bad for the electorate and an abrogation of democracy. People are getting angry.
It is time for the so-called advisers and yes women/men to be replaced by experienced people who actually want to and can carry out the directive of the people to leave the EU and take back control of the farcical 'negotiations'.
The prime duty of a government is to protect its citizens. This isn't happening; they appear to be ceding all and every authority, power and resource of Britain to the corrupt, unelected and unaccountable Brussels bureaucrats when the opposite should be happening.
Leave. This is what the majority have instructed the government to do and therefore what they should be doing.
It doesn't take £40 billion or the loss of fishing rights etc. to achieve this.... TM and her team, if she was true to her word, can just say ‘Brexit means we are leaving... we are open to negotiate a trade deal, but bear in mind that only 6% of British businesses trade with the EU, thank you’ - let them do the running as opposed to letting them do the bullying.
The EU is very slowly disintegrating. It's a simple choice: leave our children and grandchildren to die as slaves to the crumbling EU millstone or choose freedom by taking back control.
As for TM's mantra 'nothing is agreed until everything is agreed' that is from cloud cuckoo land. No one in their right mind believes that - they would rather believe the 'stable and strong' tripe, at least that made people laugh!
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I know you are for a clean Brexit and I commend you for that - I look forward to your thoughts/comments.
Best, Paul.
OBSERVATIONS
We have published this letter because it is representative of the feelings of many readers who write to us to express their feelings about the conduct of the Brexit process.
During this last week rumours have been circulating - first published in the Times - that Theresa May is proposing an extension to the UK staying in the EU's Customs Union until 2023. We've seen different end dates quoted but the principle is the same.
It is said that Mrs May wants to use this as a compromise solution between the Brexiteers in her party who believe in democracy and who wish the Referendum vote to be enacted, and the undemocratic MPs in her party who are doing everything they can to delay and thereby eventually thwart Brexit entirely.
The latter type of MP was once again horrifyingly personified by Ms Soubry on BBC Question Time this week when she spoke of the majority of MPs opposing Brexit, without once talking about the majority of the British people who voted for it and who support it.
THERESA MAY'S DOG
Our view is simple. Mrs May has made a dog's breakfast of Brexit. For the last (nearly) two years we tried to support the government, despite believing that their strategy and overall approach was wrong from the start.
Now we must assume that Mrs May - who supported Remain in the Referendum campaign - is in fact on the side of the Remoaners and wishes to push all decisions so far into the long grass that they will eventually go away completely.
Our greatest concern is that this whole process has now been dragging on so long that the British people are unsure when to take a stand. When proposals of further delays are made so many times off-the-record by No.10 - as in this case - people don't really have something to grab hold of and shout "NO!"
That has brought us to where we are today, with Brexit in name only (BRINO) being proposed for March next year, and an extra delay caused by a "Transition Period" meaning that Brexit will not in fact occur until 01 Jan 2021.
In our view that is wholly unacceptable.
If Mrs May is now talking about delays on top of this, we believe that this will be the provocation that snaps the long-suffering British people's patience. Then it's simple. She must go forthwith.
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Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 1.03pm
Message: Important Facts4EU paragraph: "Our greatest concern is that this whole process has now been dragging on so long that the British people are unsure when to take a stand" Brexiteers must not lose sight of this date "29 March 2019". When people finally get to see the conniving treachery from Theresa May and her nefarious cohorts in a "sell the UK down the river" documented decision, then the quiet reserved majority will vent their spleens in anger!...and if they don't "Democracy is finally lost forever". It has been clear all along Theresa May is pushing the deadline further into the future in a blatant attempt to water down Brexit, or worst, fully capitulate to Brussels and bring us back to the before Referendum status - these were the Remainer tactics and strategy from the outset, once Brexit was won and did the unthinkable of giving back the common people its pride, self-belief, and a glimmer of hope that Democracy could once again be fully restored. As for Theresa May, whatever the final outcome of Brexit, she will go down in historical infamy as the de-facto Prime Minister that cheated the UK citizens out of its birthright! Should the 17.4m+ be ratted out by the lying Politicians, my whole family, friends, colleagues and I will simply desist from voting again in any elections until a new, truly "Democratic People's Party", emerges from this despicable "Anti-democratic" Wasteminster shambles! The people of ‘Great United Kingdom’ deserve better and we must try harder for the sake of our children and their children's future.....which is what the 17.4m+ are fighting for!
Name: NOT4EU, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 12.19pm
Message: I concur with Paul's letter. I'm almost apoplectic with rage with the betrayal of our vote to leave the EU, and like many am considering mass civil disobedience, as not leaving on 29th March 2019 will clearly demonstrate that democracy is dead in this once great country. This whole 'negotiation' debacle has been co-ordinated by the EU and other non-elected vested interests, with full complicity by our remain Govt & Parliament driven by the Pro-EU Civil Servants to subvert the decision that we made. We voted to LEAVE the EU. I have not seen an iota of that happening. I also have not seen a single item in this so-called 'deal' which betters a No Deal scenario.
LEAVE. NO DEAL.
Name: Ray P, UK      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 10.01am
Message: Democracy in the hands of anyone but the plebiscite is NOT democracy. I’m asked every four years to vote in the UK. I’ve NEVER been offered that even ONCE by the EU for the positions of power. The lack of value placed on democracy by remainers is both terrifying and disgraceful. In the light of that situation how are house prices and second holidays important? No doubt they would have sided with King John in the 13th century. Frankly I’m appalled and remainers who understand this situation and still support remain should be utterly ashamed of themselves.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 09.50am
Message: There's a very good article in the Telegraph from a Tory Party donor here: https://uk.yahoo.com/news/theresa-may-needs-quit-prime-050000141.html I think the 60 Tory Brexiteers who have often made threats and ultimatums to May over the past few months need to act, and act now. They have a simple choice: Either 1) Oust May now, and change the Brexit strategy completely, or 2) Face slaughter at the next election, and at least 10 years in opposition. Even JRM seems happy to sit and do nothing. WAKE UP MAN, AND DO SOMETHING!!!!!
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 09.22am
Message: Parliament and the civil service mandarins treat the electorate with contempt. For far too long the Establishment just carried on running the country how THEY thought it should be run. Elections and a change in the political landscape were treated by them as an irrelevance, a blip in their perceived running of THEIR country. The referendum on EU membership in 2016 was a devastating blow to this cosy Establishment cartel that has run our lives for 40 years. The people voted against all advice, threats, and dire warnings of doom to LEAVE THE EU. The Establishment MPs, Whitehall civil servants, and commentators had been defied by the little people, the voters, the taxpayers, the electorate. Those who don't preen themselves on the world stage at summits and conferences, those who produce things, who lose their jobs when these political experts who know how to run things get it wrong.
The EU on several levels was getting things wrong, it was working against the people who pay for it. Run for the elites and multinational companies who were switching jobs and manufacturing anywhere on the globe to avail of cheap labour. Those who switch their business registration to any country to pay less tax. Free movement allowed importing cheap labour to undermine pay rates for workers in the UK. This population increase in turn put pressure on housing, schools, hospitals and doctors' surgeries. Of course the elites with private health care, private schools and good housing were not affected. So when the simple 'in or out of the EU' referendum was offered, people who have not had ANY vote on any EU treaty despite being promised by Governments of all political persuasion took it. We now expect that vote to leave the EU to be carried out. Leave the Customs Union, Leave the Single Market, Leave the ECJ, just leave. If the EU invites the UK Government to cooperate on projects that would be beneficial to both parties as a commercial contract, fine, but only as the UK as a third country outside the EU.
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 08.01am
Message: A good letter from Paul to his Member of Parliament, and one I endorse. Paul mentions: "The referendum ballot paper asked if we wanted to remain a member of, or leave the European Union. By voting leave we are to take back control of our country." I recall a gentleman in the Question Time audience some time ago say after placing a cross in the box when voting to Leave, we were not then asked to turn to page two asking if we wanted a hard or soft Brexit (we knew exactly why we voted). MPs and peers were fully aware the decision was being handed to the electorate by way of the Referendum Act 2015. Their majority do not like the outcome so now treat the electorate with utter contempt. As an aside and something to think about, was anyone asked to vote on Prime Minister May bombing Syria when that country was no threat to us? Her deeds have now placed our country in danger. Did anyone vote when former Prime Minister Blair took our country to war in Iraq on false premise (and said he would do so again given the exact same set of circumstances)? We must wonder why no action has been taken following the taxpayer-funded Chilcot report? I am so fed up of self-righteous MPs who think THEY know why we voted to Leave the EU, and when I see peers denounce our majority vote, the air is 'blue' in my household. We should not be seeing delay after delay, and MPs, peers and the Civil Service can no longer spin their bile. "Leave the European Union" won the vote, simple as that, and as with any election, they should get on with it, or get out? We are already in the two year transition period and there must be no further delay after 29 March 2019. Some technical details may still need to be addressed, but that does not mean staying shackled to the EU. It does not mean being a rule-taker from Brussels, and I object to all Brussels interference after this date. The UK must once again be a fully functioning independent self-governing nation state. Remember, former PM Heath took us into the EEC in the 70's, and knowingly lied to the public. This was covered up - see "FCO 30/1048" among other declassified documents. NO-ONE VOTED FOR A SINGLE EU TREATY, so on that basis, should we perhaps hold elected MPs to account more than we already do? Seems to me hypocrisy runs rife in the Westminster bubble! One only needs to view Facts4EU articles to see how much Mrs May has given away post-referendum. I look forward to the day we see some MPs/peers coming out as whistleblowers of this EU scam. Our Leave MEPs are doing their best. I don't care if MPs and peers work around the clock to get things done - they've had enough time. Likewise to EU bureaucrats, the UK is paying a fortune while they drag things out - they probably think we don't notice.

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 WE VOTED TO LEAVE
YOU STILL DON’T GET THAT,
DO YOU PRIME MINISTER?
Yesterday the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) led by the Rt Hon David Davis MP published a document setting out its ideas for a defence arrangement with the EU.
The document is called “TECHNICAL NOTE: CONSULTATION AND COOPERATION ON EXTERNAL SECURITY”, although this is further described by DExEU as “options for future UK-EU consultation and cooperation arrangements across foreign policy, common security and defence policy (CSDP), defence capabilities and development and external instruments”.
SEVEN EXCERPTS FROM UK’S DEFENCE PROPOSALS TO EU
Below are 7 excerpts from yesterday's document. If you have time you can read the full government document here.
“Europe’s security is our security. As the Prime Minster [sic] said in Munich, the United Kingdom is unconditionally committed to maintaining it.”
The UK is: “a permanent member of the UN Security Council; a leading member of other international fora such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the G7, the G20, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Commonwealth; and the only European country that meets both the NATO target of spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence and the UN target of spending 0.7 per cent of gross national income on international development.”
The proposed framework envisages cooperation over the following areas “i. Africa; ii. Americas; iii. Asia/Pacific; iv. Balkans; v. Eastern Europe; vi. Middle East; vii. Defence and Security Policy; viii. Human Rights; ix. Global Issues.”
It also envisages: “a. Joint statements; b. Joint positions; c. Joint demarches.”
“Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP): As the Prime Minister said in her Munich speech, the UK remains committed to using its assets, capabilities, and influence in tandem with the EU and European partners, where this is in our mutual interest. We see the EU’s CSDP as being an important component of that cooperation. We recognise the important role that CSDP missions and operations play in crisis management and response, and therefore see a shared interest in continuing to work together on them.”
“The UK has set out that it intends to agree a bespoke Administrative Arrangement with the European Defence Agency (EDA); to agree arrangements for participation in the Commission’s European Defence Fund; and to have the option to participate in Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects as a third party (in line with arrangements to be agreed by the participating Member States).”
“We should not wait where we do not need to. The UK welcomes the agreement that future arrangements on CFSP and CSDP could become effective during the implementation period.”
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WE VOTED TO LEAVE, THERESA
This Brexit document from the British government is yet another in a long line of papers which demonstrate the mentality of those civil servants who drafted them. The officials are incapable of imagining anything other than subjugation to the EU and therefore try to frame the UK’s suggestions to achieve as close as possible to full EU membership.
Unfortunately this approach from the Remainer Civil Service tallies with the Prime Minister’s own Remainer position. Almost two years on from the Referendum we share the most recent views of Jacob Rees-Mogg that the Prime Minister is deliberately thwarting Brexit. Well, he didn't quite say that but he came close, as you'll see when we publish the transcript of his latest 'Moggcast'.
What is even worse in all these cases is that the UK comes across as the supplicant – no matter how powerful a position the UK might be in, for that area of activity.
THE UK DOMINATES DEFENCE
In the case of defence and intelligence the UK reigns supreme in the EU. Only France comes close to the UK - and is an important defence ally - but the vast majority of EU member states have almost no defence capabilities worth writing home about. With this power the UK should sit back and wait for the EU to come begging.
We exaggerate to make the point, as our intelligent readers will appreciate.
Given that the EU will see a drop of around 25% in its military and intelligence capability when the UK leaves, we fail to understand why DExEU’s negotiators felt the need to produce any document at all. Surely it was for the EU to propose something?
Now that the UK is once again seen as the poor supplicant, we have no doubt that the EU will completely reject all the requests from the UK in this document – particularly in respect of consultations, decision-making, and meetings attendance.
The EU will now expect the UK to contribute fully with its very expensive military capabilities, but without any right to participate in initial decisions or to attend any important meetings.
THE EU'S BAD LANGUAGE
Note: In this article we are using language in the way it is understood by the vast majority of ordinary people. For example, we refer to ‘defence’, where the EU and now the British government refer to ‘external security’.
If it relates to the military it’s about defence as far as we’re concerned. To use the word ‘security’ is to disguise what it is truly being proposed. This is what the EU has done for years in order to disguise its military aspirations, and now it seems that British officials are replicating the same incorrect use of language.
We need to make one last point. The government’s document is sufficiently vaguely-drafted that it can deny the interpretation we have given to it. We call it the way we see it, based on experience of how these things go. So far we haven’t been wrong. Neither are we wrong about these latest government policies and approaches to Brexit and defence. We strongly recommend all MPs reading this not to believe the official government position. We are happy to explain further in confidence.
[ Sources: DExEU | EU Commission ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 26 May 2018, 10.01am
Message: The defence of our country is one thing, sending our military hardware and personnel to a foreign conflict zone which has nothing to do with us, quite another. Over decades of EU membership we have seen things suddenly appear by another name (eg: Lisbon). People should be wary as the EU have only one direction - to enlarge, and they're trying to keep the UK shackled to it at all costs because of the massive contributions we've been forced to make. The centralised EU want money, and to make power grabs at the expense of all others. The UK has been the subsidising their majority. We must have a CLEAN BREAK FROM THE EU, and younger generations have to understand this does not mean turning our backs on the geographical continent of Europe - the two are very different. For the UK to consider protecting the continent when they've been treating us in a rather unfriendly manner since our vote in June 2016, should be off the table? It is interesting to note Leave supporting Andrea Jenkyns MP has quit her junior government role as parliamentary private secretary to "commit" to other duties, and fight for Brexit. She is reported as saying Mrs May has her "full support", but warned "we need to leave the Customs Union". (Source: BBC Red Button/politics). The fact Ms Jenkyns MP has resigned her PPS role speaks volumes. If she were comfortable Mrs May would get us out of the customs Union, she would not have felt the need to resign to the backbenches in order to speak freely? The fact she did, now puts the spotlight on Mrs May.

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 UK FIRES OFF FIRST ROCKET AT EU
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EU’S SPACE BAN TRIGGERS WARNING FROM UK
In what may be the first mildly critical Brexit document produced by the UK government since Britain voted to leave the EU on 23rd June 2016, the UK yesterday launched its opening rocket salvo at EU chiefs.
A document was sent to the EU setting out the UK’s staunch rejection of it being cut out of the Galileo satellite project, and threatening repercussions.
WHAT IS GALILEO?
Galileo is the EU satellite navigation project designed to rival the American GPS system that we all use in our phones and sat nav car systems.
In January the EU Commission told the UK that it would be frozen out of the Galileo programme, causing outrage in the UK’s healthy space sector. The Commission appears to take no account of the fact that the UK has contributed over 12% of the total costs of the programme so far, and has provided a substantial amount of the design and technical expertise.
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
Yesterday the British government finally gave its position, in the form of a ‘Technical Note’. This document includes the following:-
“UK entities have played an integral part in designing, developing and managing Galileo to date, particularly the delivery of payloads for satellites, the ground control segment and the development of the PRS software.
“Excluding industrial participation by UK industry in security related areas risks delays of up to three years and additional costs of up to €1 billion to the programme. It will not be straightforward to effectively fulfil all Galileo security work elsewhere.”
The British government claims in its document that it waived its right to offset the £1 billion it has invested so far against its alleged liabilities to the EU, on the condition of its continued full involvement in the project.
BRITISH GOVERNMENT MAKES THREAT TO WITHDRAW SECURITY COOPERATION
In the document, the British government threatens to re-visit the unconditional promise made by Mrs May to provide full security and defence coverage to the EU27.
“Current EU restrictions on UK participation will have implications for the ceiling placed on future UK-EU security cooperation.”
The document also threatens that the UK will go it alone if its demands are not met:-
“The development of a domestic system is economically viable and made possible by the expertise of the UK space sector. However, it remains the UK’s immediate preference to collaborate in Galileo, on mutually acceptable terms, to jointly develop a single European GNSS system.”
Last year the Brexit Facts4EU.Org produced the most definitive summary of the Galileo programme available to the public, and this was then updated this Easter.
In our 7-part Galileo series we tell you all you need to know about the EU’s flagship space project. If you’re using a mobile phone you might find it takes a little time to download fully.
If you don’t have time to read the series, here is a quick summary:-
OUR BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - GALILEO PROJECT
  • So far the Galileo Project has taken 24 years from initiation in 1994
  • This EU taxpayer-funded SatNav system is still only 47% complete
  • The original deadline for completion passed 11 years ago
  • The budget has rocketed to 7 times the original figure
  • It’s now equivalent to half the entire annual GDP for EU member state Estonia
  • The project will not now complete until 2020 - maybe
  • That would mean 26 years in the making and 13 years after the first deadline
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
In the heady days of 2000, when the Euro was in its inglorious infancy and Tony Blair was still a popular Prime Minister, the EU allocated €1.8 billion of public funds to complete a SatNav system for Europe.
The chart below shows what happened to that €1.8 billion.
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
We hope you will want to read the whole 7-part series from which the above charts come, as it took a great deal of research over many weeks.
OBSERVATIONS
So, with rocketing costs, astronomically late, and now the subject of another vindictive attack on the UK by the EU Commission, the Galileo project in many ways represents a microcosm of the entire Brexit process so far.
The only small positive is that at least the British government has finally published a Brexit document in which it doesn’t merely roll over and play dead. That said, there is still a long way to go – at current speeds – and if the government runs true to form it will acquiesce on this as it has on everything else.
[ Sources: DExEU | EU Commission | EU Legal Docs | European Space Agency | Dozens of other official sources as well as information from scientists working on the project ]
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Name: Big Mach, Cheshire      Date/Time: 25 May 2018, 12.05pm
Message: I would prefer that we were not involved with Galileo. I do not believe that we can entrust our security to the EU, given the way they have behaved thus far. We should use the money May has pledged to the EU to develop our own system expanding on the expertise we already have.
Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 25 May 2018, 11.27am
Message: I would go further and suggest in addition to requesting £1bn for Galileo, that we bring our military hardware and personnel home to the UK. That we stop sharing intelligence with the EU, and so on. If Prime Minister May wishes to show her metal, she needs to stop capitulating to the EU Commission and get tough.
I recall Mrs May saying she would be tough with Mr Juncker (I didn't believe her then and don't believe her now). Take a moment and think - we have the ex Prime Minister of tiny Luxembourg who resigned due to a scandal (a quick background search tells you all you need to know). He now effectively governs OUR sovereign nation because our elected MPs allow it. Mr Juncker is just a bureaucrat who demands his own way and doesn't care one jot what the people say.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 25 May 2018, 07.58am
Message: The UK Government should come out on the front foot and say lets us participate or we the UK will scupper the whole project. We demand our money invested in this project back, no access to intelligence from the five eyes, and no more information from GCHQ about terrorist chatter. I read the other day that the EU were considering letting "third countries" participate in the EU army. Really, I wonder which "third country" they are thinking of? To defend the EU dream of federal Europe. Not the UK I hope, but I suspect the UK Government has already signed up.
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 EU DEMANDS £15.4 BILLION POUNDS FROM UK FOR 2019
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UK MUST KEEP CONTRIBUTING
“AS IF IT WERE A MEMBER STATE”
Another exclusive analysis from the Brexit Facts4EU.Org Team
In the many hundreds of pages of documents released by the EU Commission yesterday, the EU’s demand for payments from the UK for next year was buried.
The team at Brexit Facts4EU.Org thought you would like to know how much the EU wants in 2019, in the year that the UK will supposedly have left the EU (according to T. May).
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
EU’S DEMAND FOR PAYMENT FROM ‘BREXIT’ UK FOR 2019
  • Total gross 'national contributions' after rebate:
€ 14,282,952,817 ( £12.5 billion pounds)
  • Total contributions after rebate, and including customs duties collected for EU:
€ 17,558,911,546 ( £15.4 billion pounds)
Here is what appears in the EU document:
Summary of financing of the general budget
by class of own resource and by Member State – DB 2019 (in EUR)

© EU Commission
What we are showing above is what appears in the official EU Commission budget for 2019, to be approved by the EU parliament and the EU Council.
As we stated in our earlier article below, the EU is proceeding on the basis that the UK continues to pay massive annual contributions, as if the British EU Referendum in 2016 had never taken place.
“The proposal is based on the premise that the United Kingdom, following its withdrawal as of 30 March 2019, will continue to contribute to and participate in the implementation of EU budgets until the end of 2020 as if it were a Member State.
- EU Commission statement, Brussels, 23 May 2018
OBSERVATIONS
Forget detailed analysis. Forget all the detailed facts we've brought you over the last few years.
Forget arguments about gross versus net. (The above are gross figures although they are expressed after deducting the UK's rebate.) Forget the fact that the small proportion that comes back to the UK is decided by the EU and not by your elected representatives in parliament.
Forget the fact that the above payments don’t even include the massive sums the UK pays to the EU each year which are “off-the-books”, and which are never mentioned in the BBC's 'reality check' service.
What you are left with is the inescapable reality. In Brexit year 2019, according to the EU after its negotiations with Mrs May, the UK's gross indebtedness to the EU will be £15.4 billion pounds.
TO THE 17.41 MILLION LEAVE VOTERS
In your wildest imagination, did you expect that in the third year after you voted in the Referendum, the UK would still be paying anything like this amount of money to the EU, with more to pay the following year?
Yes, we believe Jeremy Corbyn would have been even worse, but in our opinion this Prime Minister will go down as being the worst in living memory, when people can eventually look back on this episode in the nation’s life with objectivity.
She is either grossly incompetent, or deliberately acting to thwart Brexit, or both. It is with deep regret that we suspect the latter.
BBC NEWS, SKY NEWS, ITV NEWS – WHERE ARE YOU?
We know for a fact that the BBC’s Brussels correspondent had the same information that we had yesterday. And yet none of what we have reported appears in the BBC headlines today. Why not?
To all readers: Please note that Brexit Facts4EU.Org is party neutral – we comment only insofar as it relates to Brexit. This means the LibDem and Greens are beyond the pale, Labour (with honourable exceptions) are hopeless and confused, and the Conservative government does not represent the majority views of Conservative voters. We are increasingly of the view that this government urgently requires a change of leadership, with no new general election needed.
[ Sources: EU Commission ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 25 May 2018, 06.04am
Message: I have been watching and listening to many channels and have not thus far heard any of them pick up this article. Nor have I seen this official data in the press. All readers need to spread the information far and wide. Minister's, MPs and peers, should be requesting all media pick up this unequivocal information. People wanted 100% facts, but when they get it our media ignore it. Taxpayers want to know where their money is going, and why? Prime Minister May has serious questions to answer about this article, the main question being why does she not TELL the EU to exclude further UK contributions from their accounting? (Mrs May has still not declared she is committed to Brexit - I wonder why?). The EU should not assume. We do not owe the EU a single penny. To rephrase a Juncker analogy, if I leave the bar, I do NOT continue paying for the drinks, nor do I contribute to staff pensions or the upkeep of the pub after leaving. IF THE EU WANT THEIR LUXURY PUB, THEY PAY FOR IT THEMSELVES.
Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 24 May 2018, 1.52pm
Message: Thank you Facts4EU. What would be interesting is to have a summary of all monies paid to the EU in one calendar year (2017). 1.Net budget 2.Net customs duties 3.Off the book payments 4.All miscellaneous funding that we do not get to see? In other words "what do the citizens of the UK contribute to the EU coffers (in all its forms) vs what we get in return for our enormous taxpayer's expenditure?" Frankly, this is the "real story" of a complete Governmental failure to the Taxpayers of the UK over the past 40+ years. Road infrastructure decay; Worst Pensions in Europe; Failing NHS; Poor housing; Declining but expensive Education; Reduction in general services; Poor old age health care; Mass migration, affecting the aforementioned services, etc? As it stands we pay a colossal amount in Membership fees for an annual deficit of circa £80 Billion? Remainers/Remoaners can never produce "EU Benefit advantages, such as the sly Germans/French enjoy" just incoherent opaque waffle, fallacious arguments, heaps of EU sciolism, delusive subterfuge and canted sophistry? What is the true financial picture of this gross Government treachery....and more importantly...who are the net UK beneficiaries?
Name: R. Ellison, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 24 May 2018, 1.39pm
Message: If Theresa May agrees to pay this unacceptable £15.4 billion demand by the EU then she and her Government will all be guilty of gross mismanagement of British taxpayer's money. Get the message: Mrs May: 'You set a leave date of March 2019. We owe the EU nothing.' If the EU have overspent, even heading for bankruptcy, then why don't they get a loan? What did they do to Greece in its hour of need? Asset strip the country and subject its people to years of massive hardship, saddled with a bail-out loan. Perhaps now is the perfect time for the EU unelected, profligate spenders, to face up to the debts they, and only they, have created. Not elected, no doubt they think they are not answerable to anyone. But, hey! Sounds like it's catch-up time. Do not look to us for financial aid, as the British are not going to agree to continue bailing them out with gifts of money, our money. We've had 40 years of that. Be clear, very clear, Mrs May, the EU problems are not our problems. We are leaving, in 10 months' time. Britain is a success, the EU is proving to be an abject failure.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 24 May 2018, 09.39am
Message: Last year we BORROWED more than £40billion to make ends meet. Next year we are paying the EU £15.4billion of BORROWED money what for, why, what do we get for that? May and her civil servants are so inept they are selling us down the river. Just let the UK drop out of the EU on the 29th of March 2019. We will be a third country, so if the EU wants something they come to us to ask, the UK and the EU are then equals. Whilst they receive our money they treat the UK with contempt, the EU has no incentive to negotiate.
 UK WILL CONTINUE TO PAY
“AS IF IT WERE A MEMBER STATE”
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EU ANNOUNCES UK CONTRIBUTIONS CONTINUE AFTER “BREXIT” – ONLY HIGHER
Another exclusive analysis from the Brexit Facts4EU.Org Team
In an extraordinary statement yesterday, the EU Commission announced its proposed budget for next year with the following sentence:-
“The proposal is based on the premise that the United Kingdom, following its withdrawal as of 30 March 2019, will continue to contribute to and participate in the implementation of EU budgets until the end of 2020 as if it were a Member State.
- EU Commission statement, Brussels, 23 May 2018
EU’S BUDGET CONTINUES AFTER “BREXIT” AS IF UK STILL A MEMBER
UK TO BE FORCED TO CONTRIBUTE BILLIONS TO PROGRAMMES FOR THE EU27
Yesterday in Brussels the unelected EU Commission elites rolled out further details of their spending in 2019. The proposed EU budget for 2019 is €166 billion, and the details are subject to approval by the EU Parliament and then the EU Council.
In our next article we will show what the EU will be demanding from the UK.
OBSERVATIONS
We find it quite extraordinary that the EU Commission is proceeding full speed ahead with its budgetary plans for next year (2019), almost as if the United Kingdom's EU Referendum had never taken place.
The EU is proceeding on the basis that the UK will keep on paying until:
“the end of 2020 as if it were a Member State”
We have scanned the documents released by the EU yesterday, in particular the 634-page document entitled “STATEMENT OF ESTIMATES OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION for the financial year 2019”.
We cannot find anywhere in this document a contingency for the event that the UK fails to reach an agreement with the EU and leaves on 29th March 2019 without a deal. In that event the EU would technically be insolvent.
This is redolent of the Cameron government’s – and the Civil Service’s - crass incompetence in failing to prepare for a Leave result in the EU Referendum of 2016. This incompetence is costing billions.
MORE EVIDENCE OF GOVERNMENT TREACHERY
It is clear that the EU has an exceedingly high degree of certainty that Theresa May will continue to capitulate at every level to its demands. The so-called “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed” principle is quite obviously nothing but hot air.
Yesterday Suella Braverman MP (formerly Suella Fernandez, co-chair of the ERG but now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Exiting the European Union) was answering questions at the Exiting the EU Committee in parliament.
Asked about the £39bn that Theresa May has agreed to pay to the EU, Mrs Braverman stated:
“Technically, the legal text of the future framework will not be before parliament in October when we have this meaningful vote. However the political declaration will be detailed, it will be instructive.”
In other words, the government will be putting forward an agreement to parliament, without a legal trade deal text agreed with the EU, but committing to massive ongoing payments.
On which planet does Mrs May think that this is vaguely competent? If she had worked in any of the businesses of Brexit Facts4EU.Org team members, she would have been fired long ago.
THE EU’S ASSUMPTIONS MUST IMMEDIATELY BE QUESTIONED IN THE EU PARLIAMENT
It is not only British citizens who should be alarmed at yesterday's events in Brussels. All citizens of the EU27 member states should be deeply troubled by yesterday’s release of documents by the EU Commission.
The EU is now only months away from insolvency. For it to have no ‘back-stop’ plan against it failing to agree a deal with the UK (due to its own political games-playing) is staggering.
We would remind the EU that it was the one insisting on the absurd back-stop plan for the Irish border. That plan is ludicrous. But if the EU insists on that, how can it not have a plan for saving itself?
[ Sources: EU Commission | UK parliament Exiting the EU Committee ]
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 24 May 2018, 5.51pm
Message: UK Members of Parliament should be left in no doubts whatsoever, that if they defy the majority referendum vote in June 2016 following much debate, they will be scorned at every opportunity, and at every level. Prime Minister May must stand down and be replaced with a Brexit PM to take us forward (this does not require a general election). Remainer Mrs May has quietly given away so much post-referendum that I pose this justifiable question to all MPs: WHY has there not been hell and fury in the House of Commons from ALL MPs when they see things given away in this manner. They do not act in the name of the British electorate when they support a foreign entity over our own country. MANY MPs SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME AND/OR RESIGN.
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 EU IN MASS DECEPTION OF AUSSIES, KIWIS, & EU CITIZENS
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EU USES UK DATA TO TRUMPET
TRADE TALKS WITH UK’S ALLIES
Another exclusive analysis from the Brexit Facts4EU.Org Team
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
EU TRADE ANNOUNCEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
  • Deliberate mis-presentation of EU trade to include the UK
  • Any deals will start years after the UK has left the EU
  • UK is responsible for almost as much trade as EU27 put together
  • Some of the figures from EU are double what they should be
Yesterday the EU gave one of its major trade announcements with accompanying speeches, press releases and supporting documents.
“The Commission welcomes today's adoption by the Council of the negotiating directives for free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand.”
- EU Press Release, Brussels, 22 May 2018
“This is great news. We look forward to adding Australia and New Zealand to the EU's ever-growing circle of close trading partners.…. I am looking forward to visiting Canberra and Wellington in the coming weeks to officially launch our negotiations. Starting these talks between like-minded partners sends a strong signal at a time where many are taking the easy road of protectionism.”
- EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, Brussels, 22 May 2018
Unelected bureaucrat, appointed by Jean-Claude Juncker with no trade experience
Yesterday the Council of the European Union authorised the opening of negotiations for Free Trade Agreements between the EU and Australia and the EU and New Zealand. The first rounds between the teams of negotiators are envisaged to take place in Brussels in July. In practice this means little more than handshakes until September, as Brussels is more or less closed down from Bastille Day (14 July) to the end of August.
THE NATURE OF THE LIE
There are many words and phrases we could use for what the EU did yesterday. ‘Misinformed’, ‘mis-directed’, ‘were economical with the actualité’, etc.
The truth is that to all practical intents they lied to the peoples of Australia, New Zealand, and the EU28 countries. Given the distances involved, one might say they did this on a global scale.
In trumpeting the agreement to start negotiations with two of the UK’s oldest allies, the EU proudly proclaimed the amount of trade that is already being done between the EU and Australia and New Zealand.
This would be normal practice, but for one thing. The EU used data for the EU28 – including the UK. We have argued many times that the EU should long ago have stopped using EU28 data for future trade deals which will start long after Brexit.
This misrepresents the true picture and it is absolutely certain that when the success or otherwise of these future trade deals is announced, the baseline figure will not include the trade that was being done while the UK was still a member.
THE SIZE OF THE LIE
In this case, the lie is even more dramatic. Because of the close relationship between the United Kingdom and its antipodean cousins – despite the UK government’s treachery when it joined the EEC on 01 Jan 1973 – the UK is responsible for a large part of the trade between ‘the EU’ and those two countries.
To include UK figures within the enormous set of figures provided by the EU is quite extraordinary. Below we explain and illustrate why.
THE TRUTH – FROM BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG
We have already looked in detail at the business Australia does with the EU – and what proportion of that is in fact with the UK. We haven’t yet analysed New Zealand’s trade in the same way, but we expect it to tell a similar story. The only reason we haven’t looked at NZ in detail is because of lack of funding. (Please donate if you can!)
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY – AUSTRALIA’S TRADE WITH EU
  • 49% of Australia’s exports of goods & services to EU actually go to UK (A$15bn in 2016)
  • Australia runs huge trade deficit (A$37bn) with EU
  • 100% of this deficit is with EU27 – Australia runs a small surplus with UK
  • UK invests more into Australia than all other EU countries combined
© Facts4EU.Org 2018
COULD THE EU HAVE TOLD THE TRUTH?
Of course they could. The EU knows exactly what each member state is responsible for when it comes to EU accounting. Member states are forced to provide detailed data on a monthly basis, in a format decided by the EU Commission.
In fact, in April the Commission’s statistical service, Eurostat, made an announcement:

EU Commission
Note that this was done because of ‘strong demand’ – the EU clearly weren’t keen to do this because they knew what it would show. We have made this point in many dozens of research articles in the last two years alone.
“AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE? NON, PAS POSSIBLE, COBBER”
There is one other important factor which was barely mentioned by the EU in its announcements yesterday.
With the vaunted new trade deals, Australia and New Zealand will both be keen to increase their sales of agricultural produce to the EU. Unfortunately it looks like they will continue to be disappointed by the EU's continuing protectionist attitude towards its own inefficient agricultural sector. We dug deep and found the following:
“The sensitivity of the EU's agricultural was reflected in the studies carried while preparing the negotiations and in November 2016, the Commission also released a study on the cumulative impact of future trade agreements on the agricultural sector.
“It is clear that the EU does not envisage full liberalisation of trade in this sector.”
- 'Factsheet on future negotiations with Australia and New Zealand', EU Commission
OBSERVATIONS
Firstly we’ll make a quick point that we’ve made before. Yesterday’s big EU announcement was made by the EU’s Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom. This is a woman appointed by Jean-Claude Juncker to the EU trade job with no trade experience.
Occasionally we ask readers to stop and think about something. Just think about the statement above. Malmstrom isn’t a publicly-elected minister, she’s a bureaucrat – a civil servant. How is it conceivable to have the EU’s trade department led by a woman with no prior trade experience?
Now you know why the EU failed to secure free trade agreements with the major economies of the world in the last 60 years. And before anyone tries to cite agreements, get real. Do your research as we do. Very few are with major economies and the latest post-Referendum scramble by a scared Commission (attempted deals with USA, Canada, Japan) has resulted in one abject failure and two deals that still haven’t been ratified.
THE EU MUST BE CALLED OUT
The level of deliberate misinformation and propaganda now being produced by the EU is worthy of some of the worst totalitarian regimes in history. Members of our team have experience of communist regimes, which is why we’re brutal in noting the former Communists in the EU commission.
It is imperative that they be called out on it.
We now call upon all newspaper editors and all British politicians and commentators to condemn the EU’s actions in the strongest terms.
We have reported on numerous examples of the EU’s warlike propaganda machine and this can no longer be drifted over as if it doesn’t matter. This matters. People everywhere in the EU and internationally are being brainwashed with misinformation from the EU which is either patently and demonstrably false or which is so misleading as to constitute deliberate fake news.
Please BBC, Sky News, ITV News, and print and online media, take up this cudgel. On so many levels we’re now living in an Alice in Wonderland world where words and meaning can and are being distorted beyond recognition and in a world where reality… well, isn’t.
We hope that all media professionals and politicians who believe in the truth will be interested in this.
WELCOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
To end on a positive note, it is welcome that the EU is finally waking up to the other economies of the world. We would be very happy if Australia and New Zealand were finally able to achieve a free trade deal with the EU, after so many years of trying. Based on the EU's past performance of agreeing trade deals we will still be writing about this well into the next decade, alas.
In the meantime there is the fabulous opportunity represented by Brexit, provided Mrs May is stopped from her absurd and damaging policies on new customs arrangements with the EU. Provided that is resolved as quickly as possible, we could be increasing trade with our antipodean cousins in no time.
We think this is a much more interesting opportunity than having to deal with the EU....
 
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[ Sources: EU Commission | Australian Government Trade Dept | Australian Bureau of Statistics ]      Journalists and politicians can contact us for the full list of links, as usual.
       07.30am, 23 May 2018
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Name: Jon, Wales      Date/Time: 23 May 2018, 8.44pm
Message: From the above article: "The EU knows exactly what each member state is responsible for when it comes to EU accounting. Member states are forced to provide detailed data on a monthly basis, in a format decided by the EU Commission". Remoaners need to explain when they voted for foreign bureaucrats to 'rule' our sovereign nation? The dictatorial EU commission should be more transparent with their accounting (including their "errors"), so they can't then get away with trying to inflate accounting by using EU27 figures together with those of the UK (the second highest NET contributor). The Commission have a habit of making themselves look good - but only because UK taxpayers are forced into propping up their majority member countries, whilst we go short in our country.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 23 May 2018, 09.34am
Message: The EU can "be economical with the truth", to its 400 million odd citizens who might be fooled by all this bluster. It will be a different story when the trade negotiators from NZ and Australia get head to head with EU negotiators, the EU will be unable to fudge their figures that include the UK then. The EU will find that the Commonwealth countries know exactly where their exports go, and the "market of 500 million consumers" mantra often spouted by the EU is worth very little to them, minus the UK. Bringing in the Balkan countries boosts the population numbers of the EU, but these mainly poor and undeveloped countries are not going to be as good a market of buying power, as the UK was.
Name: Paul A, East Sussex, UK      Date/Time: 23 May 2018, 09.32am
Message: 1.) I'm wondering how much the EU is expecting our antipodean cousins to pay into the EU for access to the EU market?
2.) I wonder at the same time how our antipodean friends will welcome all the migrants they will be allocated under the free movement rules deemed essential by the Barniers and Junkers before trade can take place?
3.) I also wonder how many fingers our commonwealth friends might hold up to ECJ rulings?
I suspect participation in the Eurovision contest is as close to the EU as common sense (a normal state of affairs in Australasia) might want to be.

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 Q:  WHEN IS BREXIT
NOT BREXIT AT ALL?
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A:  WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORDS ‘EEA’ OR ‘EFTA’
A simple explainer from the Brexit Facts4EU.Org Team
In the last two weeks, press articles have started appearing again regarding the ‘EEA’ and ‘EFTA’. Some Brexiteers and some Remainers have once again started using this as a compromise solution for Brexit. You may therefore find it useful to know:
  • What is EFTA and what’s the EEA?
  • Could they give the UK what it voted for?
  • Are they a good ‘half-way house’ on the way to full Brexit?
1.  WHAT IS EFTA?
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) consists of 4 countries: Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. The UK was a founder member in 1960, when EFTA established “a framework for the liberalisation of trade in goods amongst its Member States” and “an economic counterbalance to the more politically driven European Economic Community (EEC).” [EFTA description.]
As EFTA countries such as the UK started joining the EU, they left EFTA, which is why it now contains only 4 countries.
Over the decades EFTA has become more like the EU, with its own court adopting the rulings of the ECJ. EFTA’s countries are all members of the EEA (see below) except Switzerland.
2.  WHAT IS THE EEA?
The European Economic Area (EEA) was set up in 1994 to extend the EU’s provisions on its internal market to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. Switzerland is a member of EFTA but does not take part in the EEA.
The EEA consists of the 28 EU countries, plus 3 non-EU countries of Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland. That’s 31 countries in total.
The UK is already member of the EEA by virtue of being a member of the EU.
3.  COULD MEMBERSHIP OF EFTA/EEA GIVE US WHAT WE VOTED FOR?
EFTA is governed by the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the EFTA Court. Whilst the EFTA Court is ostensibly separate from the EU’s European Court of Justice (ECJ), in practice it adopts its rulings.
So, EFTA membership means accepting jurisdiction of the ECJ via the EFTA Court.
Membership of the EEA means membership of the Single Market. This in turn means having to abide by the EU’s four freedoms, which means the UK would still have to accept freedom of movement and would not control its borders.
As stated above, Switzerland is a member of EFTA but not of the EEA. However Switzerland has over 120 bilateral agreements with the EU in relation to trade and other matters. Any suggestion that the UK would wish to embroil itself in negotiations with the EU over a similar (or probably much larger) number of bilateral agreements is fraught with danger.
The EU is deeply unhappy with Switzerland’s current status and it’s certain that they would not wish to see another country go down this path. Specifically the EU is in dispute with Switzerland because of the principles of free movement and the single market. The Swiss people had the temerity in 2014 to vote against free movement, which has put the country into increasing conflict with the EU ever since.
4.  IS THE EFTA/EEA OPTION A GOOD ‘HALF-WAY HOUSE’ ON THE WAY TO FULL BREXIT?
A small minority of pro-Brexit campaigners have always advocated an EFTA/EEA arrangement as a halfway house on the way to full Brexit. They and an increasing number of Remainers suggest that reverting to an EFTA/EEA status gets around the problem of leaving the Single Market.
However any possible EFTA/EEA option immediately comes up against the EU’s four freedoms including freedom of movement, and as EFTA themselves say: “the common rules of the EEA Agreement are updated continuously with new EU legislation.”
In effect, access to the Single Market via EFTA and EEA membership leaves the UK where it was in many respects, and it would still require an enormous amount of negotiation.
A look at the breakdown of the EFTA countries shows how strange it would be for the UK to join. Two of the four countries are tiny – Iceland with a population of 320,000 and little Liechtenstein with a population of just 37,000. The economies of Norway (5m people) and Switzerland (8m) are both very different to that of the United Kingdom.
OBSERVATIONS
If - as we have always maintained - the EU will not negotiate a sensible deal with the UK, Remainers will become even more vocal about the supposed ‘cliff edge’ which Britain will fall off unless it caves in on a wide range of fundamental Brexit principles.
We would strongly counsel against any idea that an existing set-up represents the answer to an interim arrangement for the UK. The British people voted to leave the EU and not to have the EU’s suffocating rules imposed on it by the back door, for an indeterminate number of years to come.
The story of Brexit thus far has been the story of slow but steady capitulation by Theresa May to virtually every EU demand. In effect the deal which is currently on the table is not Brexit at all. It has the UK staying in the EU in all but name after March 2019. The last thing we need now is for the failed EEA/EFTA solution to be thrust on us.
The arguments over an EEA/EFTA solution to Brexit were fought and won before the Referendum. The exception was in a very small clique driven mainly by one man. It was not possible to argue with this group as the leader and acolytes propounded their sole solution with an almost religious fervour. Regrettably this group continues to pour vitriol onto non-believers, attacking people we regard as sound, mainstream Brexiteers. We have refrained from mentioning this group in the last few years, as we never found it helpful for pro-Brexit people to fight each other.
Our summary is that a full clean Brexit is what is required, and that this is impossible to deliver using some form of EEA/EFTA compromise.
Note: The rules governing EFTA and the EEA are complex. The above is a simplification but we hope you find it useful.
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       06.25am, 22 May 2018
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Name: Chris, Devizes      Date/Time: 23 May 2018, 10.21am
Message: Replying to Simon Jones:
What you say is largely true, but I think you are missing a key point which is that all of those problems apply to the Customs Union as well. May has committed us to staying in the CU for an undefined (and in reality indefinite) period, so we have to abide by every single one of the issues you identify, since in effect, we are still in the EU. The Norway model at least allows us to forge independent trade deals and grow our economy.
Name: Simon Jones, Wiltshire      Date/Time: 22 May 2018, 6.29pm
Message: In response to Chris; I can understand and in some way agree why you think that half in and half out is a good idea but in spite of the ability to strike trade deals it has two impossible criteria. Firstly, the UK would not leave the jurisdiction of the EU Court, we will not take back control of our laws; furthermore, by being in the Single Market we will be obliged to follow the rules of the SM. This combination will continue all the restrictions of the SM but without representation at the EU; it would also require substantial payments.
Secondly, the idea of freedom of movement being signed up to will mean that we do not and cannot control our borders; additionally, for me, one of the most influential ideas that I read in the run up to the referendum was by Janet Daley in the Telegraph where she pointed out that to classify people as just one of four freedoms was essentially Marxist, that is to reduce people to the having no more intrinsic value than capital or services. I don't see how either of these circles can be squared and it is not the way out but merely the way back in!
Name: Shieldsman, Surrey      Date/Time: 22 May 2018, 5.02pm
Message: We have of course been through all this before. Cameron rejected the EFTA/Norway option before he called the referendum. He must have taken legal advice that we could not work the Lichtenstein immigration flanker.
Name: Patrick H, London      Date/Time: 22 May 2018, 11.43am
Message: Thank you Facts4EU for another concise, incisive and interesting article, that gets to the crux of the problem. What would be very interesting is the outing of those that are net beneficiaries of EU membership? An in-depth insight into these staunch, possibly nefarious, and most vociferous anti-Brexit promoters could bring a fascinating counter-argument to their anti-Brexit vitriol and obscenely pro-EU advocacy, as championed by certain members in the Lords; Government Ministry; Remainers; Remoaners; Universities; Companies; mischievous MSM (such as BBC/C4/Sky) and even self-seeking Celebs; for it is certainly not British citizens who benefit from EU membership. Though I do acknowledge it would most probably take a stout Facts4EU heart to out such persons/Groups publically? Defamation laws are prohibitively expensive if proven?
Name: Chris, Devizes      Date/Time: 22 May 2018, 10.33am
Message: A very good summary. However, it doesn't mention independent free trade deals, which are allowed by EFTA/EEA membership. This is a key difference to Customs Union membership which May has agreed to, and in all probability will become permanent. In effect May has kept us in the EU. We have to accept all the EU's rules, and cannot strike free trade deals. If we joined EFTA, the customs union is not required and neither is the transition period. It is true that we would have to accept free movement, but I don't have a problem with that. I think immigration has been entirely positive for our economy. I would love to have a proper hard Brexit, but it is clear that so long as May is still there, it isn't going to happen. Furthermore, it is also clear that the Brexiteers in government are not willing to risk their own jobs to oust May.

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