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European Union

As a consequence of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union (EU), our focus will be on monitoring the withdrawal process and how fully sovereignty and democracy are being returned to the UK. The EU will still exert a huge influence on the UK for some time, so we shall also keep tabs on key Europe-wide developments.

Leaving the EU

The referendum … is your chance to decide if we should remain in or leave the European Union … This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide.
Government EU referendum leaflet
(distributed to every UK household at a cost of £9.3 million to the taxpayer)


The British people decided democratically in a referendum on 23 June 2016 that the United Kingdom should leave the European Union or EU. This historic 'Brexit' (British exit) decision was achieved with a 51.9% mandate from a 71.8% turnout; no less than 17.4 million Britons voted to leave the EU. Then Prime Minister David Cameron had made it clear to the House of Commons in February 2016 and elsewhere that the referendum would be "a straight democratic decision… Having a second renegotiation followed by a second referendum is not on the ballot paper." Furthermore, the government's leaflet on the referendum categorically stated that: "The Government will implement what you decide"1. The effect of Brexit on EU funding will be immense: excluding Germany, the UK's contribution to the EU is more than the total net contribution of the 26 other member states combined. It is more likely that the UK will thrive after Brexit than that the EU and eurozone can continue in their present forms.

Over 70% of voters now support or accept Brexit, yet the British Establishment and much of the mainstream media (notably the BBC) were, and still are, overwhelmingly opposed to Brexit and continuously cast doubt on the wisdom and legitimacy of the people's democratic decision. All manner of bad news is scurrilously attributed to the prospect of Brexit, not just regarding the economy, jobs, exchange rate and investment, but also regarding emotionally charged topics such as racism, migrants, hate crime, terrorism and so on. The EU 'single market' is constantly ascribed phenomenal trading benefits, even though there is significant evidence that these are illusory and that the EU market is becoming relatively much less important to us. When 'remoaners' claim the public did not vote for a 'hard' or 'extreme' Brexit and that a 'soft' or 'open' Brexit will suffice, they really mean that they do not want to leave the EU at all. Before the referendum, it was made crystal clear by both sides that leaving the EU also meant leaving the EU single market. Those determined to delay or scupper Brexit scored two notable legal successes. Both the High Court and the Supreme Court ruled that triggering Brexit had to be approved by the Houses of Commons and Lords, largely and hugely pro-EU respectively. The majority of the judges involved in these decisions have distinctly pro-EU views or actual EU affiliations.

Little wonder then that there are deep suspicions among Leave voters that Theresa May's weakened and largely pro-EU government will backtrack and fail to properly leave the EU, retaining some form of substantive and expensive association. (Of course, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon aims to achieve just that for Scotland, even though she has no democratic mandate or legal process to do so. By campaigning UK-wide during the EU referendum she acquiesced to its legitimacy and its decision being binding across the entire UK.)

Notwithstanding continual shenanigans from the losing 'Remain' camp, PM May has committed to the following actions to enable Brexit by the end of summer, 2019:

What proper Brexit means

Fundamentally, we leave the EU when EU Treaties no longer apply to the UK, meaning that the EU would cease to have any control over us. The key areas where we regain absolute control are:

What botched Brexit might look like

Despite the government claiming that it would be prepared to leave the EU without an exit deal, we speculate that a botched, 'soft Brexit' is looking more likely. At the present time, the 'Norway option' is the most probable model for our future relationship with the EU. We suspect this will mean:

Revised 14 June 2017

Facts and figures

The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe.
Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet President


The drive for the European Union (EU) to become the 'United States of Europe' continues apace. Political union goes hand in glove with monetary union, and the sovereignty of member states has been eroded to the point where most of their laws now originate in the EU. As a 'supranational' entity, the EU already acts like a country in its own right with its own legislature, courts, parliament, central bank, currency (€), foreign ministry, fledgling military and police forces, and the authority to sign treaties. The few remaining vestiges of power held by individual countries are diminishing all the time, with the UK hanging on to a few more than most, for the time being. Here are some facts about the EU:

Revised 12 May 2017

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  1. However, contrast this promise with the briefing paper for MPs which stated: “[This Bill] does not contain any requirement for the UK Government to implement the results of the referendum, nor set a time limit by which a vote to leave the EU should be implemented. Instead, this is a type of referendum known as pre-legislative or consultative, which enables the electorate to voice an opinion which then influences the Government in its policy decisions.”