Taking stock of where we are now
A note to all Eurosceptics: those who would oppose your right to shape the future of this great nation are all running scared. They are desperate to stop the Great British Public from having its say and would sabotage all efforts to hold a referendum. They can’t trust you to choose because they know you… Read more
Europol Opt-In & JHA Opt-out Debate Result
The Government’s motion in favour of the Justice & Home Affairs opt-out was easily passed. However this was only after they conceded an amendment from Bill Cash & other Select Committee chairmen, which led to the final motion omitting the Government’s list of measures they planned to opt back in to. The actual number of… Read more
Opt-Out of the EU
Theresa May’s opt-outs from the criminal and justice policies of the EU should not be received with applause from Eurosceptics, indeed there is much to be concerned about her proposals. It is notable that the most controversial aspects of the EU measures such as the European Arrest Warrant will be retained and most of the… Read more
More Euros for them
More bad press for the EU: the MEPs are to receive an increase in their salaries. £35 million of around £48.5 million increase in their already hefty annual budget will go to thicken MEPs and EU official’s wallets. The Telegraph report noted that the MEPs cost three times as much as an MP in our… Read more
The Great Imbalance.
It has emerged that EU immigration statistics from 1997 to 2010 were undercounted by over half a million, the actual figure rising to 4 million from the original 3.4 million that officials believed settled here within those thirteen years. The difference is equivalent to the population of Manchester, as noted by the Express. This represents… Read more
Ministry of Truth
According to a column on page 19 of The Times, the European Commission is to set up a news outlet to counter the terribly negative press coverage they suffer as a consequence of their incompetence and contempt for democracy. It is to cost €3.2 million and use ten languages. The EC wants ‘quality journalism’ as… Read more
Baby steps to an exit?
In the Tory crusade to appeal to Eurosceptic supporters, Theresa May announced she wants Britain to opt out of the EU crime and justice powers by June 2014. This is a rather half-hearted effort to curb Brussels meddling which follows Wharton’s Private Members Bill on an In/Out referendum passing through its Second Reading. It could… Read more
Results of the EU Bill.
The House of Commons concluded the Second Reading of James Wharton’s Private Member’s Bill this afternoon. It has passed on to the next stage in the legislative process. The debate was lively and compelling and six Labour MP’s came out to support the Bill despite Ed Miliband’s call to abstain. This is a disappointing showing… Read more