Barroso angers Scotland over EU membership
The outgoing President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, angered Scottish voters by suggesting Scotland’s chances of becoming a member of the European Union are close to zero.
British judge on Britain’s legal relationship with Europe
The judiciary is often lampooned as being out of touch with public opinion. But on the subject of Europe, Britain’s judges seem to have their finger on the pulse. One of Britain’s most senior judges said the fact foreign courts can overrule British ones, is “little short of offensive”.
Switzerland caps EU migration
The Swiss have just passed a referendum to limit EU migration and impose quotas on ‘freedom of movement’, which Switzerland enjoys despite being outside the EU because of bilateral treaties with the Union. The result is something Eurosceptics should welcome, it represents another major blow to the EU’s prestige and credibility. It comes as Laszlo Andor hit out… Read more
Tory rebels deserve our praise
With European election season approaching, the frequent rebellions within Tory ranks are causing a headache for the Party HQ. This is apparent because calls to maintain an image of party unity are getting frequent and desperate. Yet, Tim Montgomerie in the Times (£) yesterday congratulated the rebels on a job well done. The fact that backbenchers… Read more
Kill Bill: Part 1?
James Wharton’s EU Referendum Bill has been killed off in the House of Lords, to probably nobody’s astonishment. A bunch of unelected peers have seen fit to deny the Great British Public a say on our membership of a union which governs us through unelected officials in Brussels. A fitting end to James Wharton’s Private… Read more
Joining Forces Against Democracy
Last week was a tough one for the Prime Minister. At Davos he reiterated his commitment to staying in the EU, which won’t surprise anyone. He also had to wave off criticism from business leaders who are upset that he stands by his offer of an In/Out EU referendum, like Sir Martin Sorrell of the… Read more
Statute of Intolerance
Stories about a ‘Statute of Tolerance’ drafted by an EU lobbying group have floated around in the blogosphere but have escaped the notice of mainstream newspapers. Yet it could be one of the most troubling items of news to emerge out of Brussels, so the traditional media’s lack of interest is very startling.
“The pro-Europeans just let it collapse”
In The Times today, there is a piece quoting Nicholas Soames (£), saying that pro-EU Tories “only had themselves to blame” for letting the Party bow to the demands of Eurosceptics within. He also said the Tories must ‘wage war on Eurosceptics’, though he seems to forget that there are Eurosceptics pursuing war from within and… Read more