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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 on EU funding of the UK fully leaving would 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 properly leaving the EU than that the EU and eurozone can continue in their present forms.

Over 70% of voters now support or accept Brexit, yet the British elite, the '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 and the customs union, and that free movement would end. The SNP's Nicola Sturgeon campaigned UK-wide during the EU referendum, thereby acquiescing to its legitimacy and its decision being binding across the entire UK. But this did not stop her trying, but failing spectacularly, to exploit Brexit in her desperation to hold another Scottish independence referendum.

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.

Meaning of Brexit

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty formally defines how a member state should leave - 'withdraw from' - the EU. Some informed observers, such as Gerard Batten MEP, say the Article 50 route to exit cannot be relied upon, calling it a "trap", "created deliberately and precisely in order to delay and prevent any country actually leaving". Anyhow, on 29 March 2017, the UK invoked Article 50 to notify the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU, initiating a negotiation on the arrangements for withdrawal. The third paragraph of Article 50 is clear:

The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.

So, leaving or 'withdrawing from' the EU happens when EU treaties no longer apply to the UK. This is what Brexit means.

When EU treaties no longer apply to the UK, the EU ceases to have any control over us. The key areas where we should regain absolute control are:

Repeal of European Communities Act

This 1972 Act provided the legislation for the UK's initial accession into the EU's forerunner and which gives EU law supremacy over British law. In its place, a 'Great Repeal Bill' is needed to put power for the nation's laws back into the hands of Westminster. This would be activated at the moment we leave the EU. Initially, all EU laws would be transmuted to UK laws, but after Brexit they can be amended, repealed or replaced according to solely British needs and priorities.

Betrayal of Brexit

It is now evident that the UK will 'leave the EU' in name only in 2019. The so-called 'implementation period' could go on for an indefinite period of time. Despite Theresa May's earlier "Brexit means Brexit" rhetoric, her cringing Florence speech and deal capitulating to the EU to enable trade talks prove that by any honest measure her pro-Remain government has betrayed the 17.4 million Leave voters and seriously damaged the integrity of democracy in the UK. The EU will still wield significant power over the UK for years to come, and we will pay handsomely - at least an extra £39 billion - to keep the EU sweet. We will remain sufficiently aligned with EU structures and legal frameworks that regaining full EU membership at a later date would be a distinct possibility, or more likely a probability. Comparing the terms of the current 'deal' with the proper meaning of Brexit (above) shows how deep the capitulation to the EU runs. Referring to the extortion of between £35 billion and £39 billion as a so-called 'divorce bill' is ridiculous: we are supposed to be leaving a trading club, not a marriage of equal partners; and the EU refuses to return the value of our share of EU assets (estimated at up to £58 billion).

Furthermore, regarding our defence and armed forces, the government has been planning, behind our backs, to:

Revised 21 February 2018

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 31 October 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.”