What Can Eurosceptics Learn From The Scottish Independence Campaign?
The Scottish Independence referendum campaign holds many lessons for any future In/Out vote on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Some of these lessons are positive; whilst others are undoubtedly a cause for worry, but Euro sceptics must take note either way.
EU Forces Truck Drivers Off The Road
As we approach the start of Autumn next week, a European Union regulation is set to cause havoc throughout the season. A Brussels Directive from 2009 declared truck drivers had to either undertake extensive re-training by this September or face a £1,000 fine. Many have taken option three – early retirement – leaving our transport… Read more
MEPs Caught With Their Fingers In The Till
If there is one thing the average MEP is not known for, its integrity. As such, yesterday’s revelations that MEPs have been caught with their fingers in the till yet again is unsurprising. UKIP MEP James Carver has discovered 106 “free” iPad Minis were recently granted to MEPs. With the price of a new iPad Mini at… Read more
Economists Say “Nothing to Fear” From Brexit
Over twenty of the country’s leading economists and economic commentators have backed calls for an In/Out referendum on the subject of Britain’s relationship with the EU.
Juncker’s cynical ruse
Credit where its due; Jean Claude Juncker has played a blinder today. Over the past week – fuelled by ‘leaked documents’ and hyperbole – the European Commission had allowed it to be known that Britain would receive the obscure Climate Change and Energy brief.
EU Fiddles As Third World Burns
Last week the European Union announced it was giving €499 million in aid to one of Africa’s poorest countries, the Republic of Benin. With 40% of the population living below the poverty line, 65% lacking access to clean drinking water and one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, there are few countries… Read more
British Influence? What British Influence?
On Monday the true extent of Britain’s ability to influence EU legislation was laid bare. Business for Britain has revealed 84% of motions in the European Parliament were approved despite British MEPs resistance. Of the 576 motions which a majority of British MEPs opposed, 485 were passed.
EU Regulations Pick Pensioners’ Pockets
A regulation, due to come into force in 2016, is forcing pension providers to keep a lump sum of money in reserve. Because of this, pensioners who have retired since 2012 have contributed towards a sum they take far longer to receive back. Meanwhile, pensioners in America unfettered by such red-tape, receive £1,000 more than the… Read more