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Today: Thu, April 24 2014  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
 International Relations
10 April 2014
 
 
Further comment on Clegg v. Farage
by Robert Henderson
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Note: We have a mature oligarchy in Britain. As oligarchies mature they become more and more exclusive – the Venetian council in the Middle Ages is a classic example – and the quality of their members becomes less and less. This failure of generational renewal is disguised from the oligarchy members by the sealed nature of the oligarchy and they all go around discounting the views of anyone outside the oligarchy and praising the oligarchies’ members lavishly. Clegg demonstrated how limited our political elite are as individuals. He did not even have the wit not to tell easily revealed lies.

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08 April 2014
 
 
Farage wiped the floor with Clegg
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Clegg attempted to unsettle his opponent with a torrent of personal attacks and ad hominem arguments typical of the pro-EU lobby. He persisted in denial about the extent Brussels creates our laws and was challenged about it by Farage who accused him of “wilfully lying to the British people about the extent to which we have given away our democracy.” The arguments Clegg came up with were desperate at best – none of them stacked up.

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28 March 2014
 
 
Cameron Fails Again
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

David Cameron finally treated the Great British Public to a list of demands for reforming the European Union. To nobody’s surprise it is an underwhelming list with meagre ambition. Like John Major and Tony Blair before him, Cameron is deceiving the British public that federalism has reached as far as it can go, and the EU can be made leaner and more efficient.

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23 December 2013
 
 
Let Us Leave the EU - But Not Yet! (2013)
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Leaving the EU would not sweep away the present ruling class in this country. Leaving would simply give absolute and arbitrary power to that ruling class. Therefore, while not regarding the EU as good in itself, it is a useful means of reestablishing constitutional limits on government in England. We need to choose very carefully when we should leave, and should ensure that the development of our new constitutional safeguards is not damaged.

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12 November 2013
 
 
EU Referendum Bill back in Parliament
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

If what he has to say sounds like endorsement for renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU, Digby Jones goes on to say: “If anyone, the CBI included, thinks that fundamental reform is on the EU agenda, they are deluding themselves”.

He blasts the Prime Minister’s stated plans for renegotiation as “insane” because the option to leave should be “on the negotiating table”. He asks: “When did anyone start negotiations with an opening gambit: It’s OK. We don’t mean it, we will do what you want anyway and I will campaign to stay in the EU whatever the outcome of negotiations”?

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05 August 2013
 
 
The Brexit Prize
by Get Britain Out
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

The 'Brexit Prize' is being run by a respected think tank, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). The premise is that the UK has already voted to leave and that the Government has triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, signalling our intent to leave. The competition is for the best blueprint for what needs to happen next, both in domestic law and international relations, to ensure a prosperous future for our nation. A selection of the 20 best initial submissions will be announced at the end of October, with the deadline for final submissions in early February 2014 and the winner of the €100,000 prize will then be announced in March 2014.

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28 May 2013
 
 
One Ring to Rule them All
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

It is overwhelmingly Brussels that controls broad swathes of our legislation and our public life, to our great detriment. The reason that voters rate “Europe” way down their list of priorities is that, intentionally or otherwise, our politicians have chosen to conceal (or at least not to make clear) the extent to which we’ve surrendered control of our own affairs. It is the historic rôle of UKIP to let that cat out of the bag. I find that the more I tell voters about the EU, the angrier they get.

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31 March 2013
 
 
Success and Next Steps towards an EU Referendum
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

When the Prime Minister echoes your aim, this is undoubtedly a big campaign success. But it's still very far from certain that an EU referendum will happen.

David Cameron’s pledge is to hold a referendum after the next election. But the result of the recent Eastleigh by-election shows that he may well not be in office after 2015 to deliver it.

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22 March 2013
 
 
Get Britain Out - The EU Budget Shambles, EU Referendum Now
by Tim Aker
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Business leaders are now among more and more voices joining our call for an early EU In/Out Referendum and piling the pressure on Cameron for a vote as soon as possible. I was quoted in a Daily Express piece today demanding Cameron “man up” and call the referendum this parliament. If he doesn’t then he must step aside for someone who will.

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12 December 2012
 
 
£20 to step up our fight for a REAL referendum
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Don’t be fooled into thinking the fight is over. The future the EU is planning makes it all the more important that we get the referendum Britain needs: a real in-out vote.

Speaking to MEPs this month, Angela Merkel said "the European Commission will one day become a government, the EU Council a second chamber.”

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27 November 2012
 
 
Miliband on Sleep-Walking
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Which planet is this guy on? How can he mention “growth” and “the EU” in the same sentence? Can he think of any reason why trade might suffer when we leave the EU? Does he think that China and the USA have serious problems trading with the EU? Can he explain the benefits of being part of the lowest-growth economic bloc in the world? Doesn’t he know anything about the huge damage done to the UK by EU employment policies, and energy policies? Has anyone told him that our EU membership is costing us up to 10% of GDP? Find it here.

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09 July 2012
 
 
Cameron shows some ankle
He announces an EU referendum. Sort of
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

So what do we want? A new relationship based solely on free trade and voluntary intergovernmental cooperation. We want no part in their employ¬ment, social, justice, environmental or home affairs, foreign or defence policy, or agriculture or fisheries. We want no part in any EU political, fiscal, monetary or judicial structures. There is no more reason for Britain to be involved in the EU Commission or parliament than to demand representation in the US Senate or the Russian Duma.

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21 February 2012
 
 
Whatever happened to the VETO?
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

Like everyone else, I applauded the Prime Minister's courageous decision to Veto a new EU Treaty a few weeks back. But with hind-sight, I've come to a much more cynical view.

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23 January 2012
 
 
Decistion time in the EU
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

The EU is not primarily an entity, but a process. The Coalition's policy is effectively to ensure that, for the UK at least, that process will cease. We have to recognise that having repudiated the process, we cannot indefinitely remain part of the entity. Roll on Independence Day.

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10 December 2011
 
 
We need to save the patient (Europe), not the disease (the Euro)
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

We talk about monetary issues and economic problems, and it’s all too easy to forget that we’re talking here about a real human tragedy. People, families, communities, companies, nations, are in despair as they lose jobs, incomes, pensions. Poverty is stalking large parts of Europe, and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to have gone out entirely. The issue is not how we save the €uro (described rightly by Lord Lawson as one of the most irresponsible political experiments of the post-war era). It is how we rescue millions of people from penury and depression, and how we avoid years - decades - of grinding deflation for countries like Greece and Portugal.

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21 November 2011
 
 
The Euro: Ever deeper in the hole
by Roger Helmer MEP
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

It's time for Merkozy to recognise that there is no way out. While a fiscal/debt union with a single Treasury and a single Finance Minister is theoretically workable in economic terms, it is no longer sustainable politically.

Why not? Because it entails massive, open-ended fund transfers from German tax-payers to Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain.... and so on. The Germans have spent twenty years bailing out the East. They will revolt if asked to keep paying for the South for another twenty years -- or forever.

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26 July 2011
 
 
Congress for an EU Referendum - October 22nd 2011, 10:30am
by The People's Pledge
 sub-topic» Europe and EU /Uniting Europe without the Union

The People's Pledge are pleased to announce that we will host an historic Congress (http://peoplespledge.org/congress_2011) on the future of Britain in the European Union. The event will be held in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London on Saturday 22nd October 2011.

The aim of the event is to bring together people from across the political spectrum who believe that Britain should have a referendum on our EU membership.

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