Archive for the ‘EU referendum’ Category

% of laws made in Britain declining

13 July 2009

MEP Nirj Deva, in his thought-provoking blog, provided the breakdown of the percentage of laws made in member states and those made by the EU.

Last year alone, over 5000 statutory instruments were pushed through the House of Commons by Ministers, many of them involved with the direct transposition of European directives and regulations and almost all of them rushed through without proper debate or parliamentary scrutiny.

The Lisbon Treaty will further reduce our control over our own destiny, passing ever more legislative power to the EU – in vital areas of competence which we value highly.

Notice what some of these are: Energy, Foreign Affairs, Defence, policing, immigration, border controls, asylum

We’ve already witnessed the destruction wrought on this beleagured country by the euromaniacs. They need to be stopped before they do more damage.

The Lisbon Treaty’s ‘self-amending’ nature, means that the EU needs no further permission from us to remove even more of our powers in the future, once the blasted thing is ratified by all member states.

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Dan Hannan – Supremo eurosceptic

10 July 2009

Damn! He’s good!

Read his blog.

84% of Tory members want a referendum

8 July 2009

Interestingly most believe that the referendum should not just address the issue of powers transferred under Lisbon but also Britain’s wider relationship with the EU*.

Hat tip: ConservativeHome

Brown agrees financial regulatory framework with EU

19 June 2009

From PoliticsHome:

Gordon Brown, speaking in Brussels following the European summit, has said that a framework for financial regulation in Europe has been agreed, and stressed that stronger cross-border financial regulation was good for Britain.

The Prime Minister, answering questions from the media, said “today we’ve moved forward on Lisbon. We’ve moved forward with stronger financial supervision”.

He added that the progress made on the Lisbon Treaty “does not affect the relationship between the Union and the member states” and said “the House of Commons will have a say when it comes to the next accession treaty”.

He also said European leaders had agreed that “Jose Manuel Barroso is the right man to lead the European Commission…for the next five years. Europe is and will be a better Europe under his leadership.

There’s plenty wrong with the above:

Firstly, prior to this summit, McMental was allegedly against the framework as it meant that the EU could order Britain to pump more money into banks, thus ceding control of our financial authority to the EU. He had complained that since UK banks had interests around the world, Britain would in effect be propping up world-wide assets.

What happened to that argument in the space of two days?

Secondly, his acknowledgment that we’ve “moved forward on Lisbon” suggests that this was his intention all along.

Thirdly, “the House of Commons will have a say when it comes to the next accession treaty” is simply untrue. The Lisbon Treaty is “self-amending”, meaning that the EU needs no consent from us via an inconvenient referendum or treaty for “ever closer union” – it can go ahead and do what it likes to make closer union a reality.

Finally, Barroso is the “right man to lead the European Commission”?!

Update: Nigel Farage outlines the gravity of the decision Brown has now taken:

Brown will be responsible for killing off Britain’s life blood – its financial industry.

That’s treason, Mr Brown. Sleep well.

Conservatives’ vote losers

18 June 2009

There are two issues about which the public feel very strongly – Britain’s debt and a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty/EU.

Inheritance tax -v- Britain’s borrowing:

By 2013, Britain’s debt* will be just under £3 trillion, given McMental‘s spending commitments which include current borrowing, PFI (off-balance sheet), public sector pensions and bank bailouts. So far. This could rise if Brown decides to purchase public affection with more debt or if further bank/business bailouts are ‘needed’.

The markets rightly view this vast debt with alarm, as it saddles the taxpayer with the equivalent of a second home mortgage. There is only so much the average household can afford to pay in extra tax. To service this debt, the government will therefore have to borrow. That’s right – borrow more money to pay the interest on what it has already borrowed. When it becomes clear that nobody is prepared to purchase our debt, the cost of borrowing will rise, so increasing our debt cost in a vicious upward spiral.

This economics from the mad house is where Brown feels right at home.

The public is deeply uneasy about our prospects – especially those in fear of redundancy and on low incomes because they don’t have sufficient disposable income to build up a safety net should the financial floor crumble beneath their feet.

They worry about the basic services and do not want to see their taxes spent on people who are comfortably off – the category into which they would put people faced with inheritance taxes.

Cameron should promise to reduce inheritance tax only when the threat of job redundancies and falling living standards has slowed or reversed. It’s no good promising to fund inheritance tax decreases with efficiency savings, because those savings would be better spent paying back our debt and improving our credit rating.

Referendum:

The Tories have been wriggling and writhing on this for years. We are almost at crunch point at which the wretched treaty is in danger of being ratified by all member states. When that occurs, the vast majority of people will want a referendum on it, or on our membership of the EU.

Our sovereignty is at stake here and along with it, our freedoms. The ruling classes have to realise that life for them as the ‘elites’ is vastly different to life for the rest of us.

If Cameron doesn’t tackle this decisively and openly, he will find his stock falling to the point where he is in danger of winning the general election with an awkwardly small majority.

He can’t say he hasn’t been warned.

* See Taxpayers’ Alliance.

Dan Hannan predicts Tory victory in EU Elections

21 May 2009

As Conservative Party workers and activists despair at the public’s fury over sleaze, and newspapers foresee a hemorrhaging of voters from the big three to smaller parties, Dan Hannan predicts a good Tory win on June 4th.

He might be right. Over the past few months, both Dan and Douglas Carswell have electrified the political arena with their powerful logic and unmistakable integrity as they bashed together the heads of the venal, troughing MPs who have shamed the office they swore to uphold.

A timely book, co-authored by Dan and Douglas, The Plan: Twelve Months to Renew Britain clearly sets out their vision of a better Britain and it is just what we need.

Still, Nigel Farage is upbeat, as he is sure to hoover up support from Labourites and Liberal voters, disaffected by their parties’ refusal to stand by their manifesto pledges to offer a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Labour and the LibDems are surely aware that UKIP’s ascendency is largely due to the referendum, immigration and big state issues. Were voters angry about the venality of MPs and political corruption alone, many would choose to spoil their ballot papers or not vote at all. All parties have seriously misjudged people’s anger over loss of sovereignty. After all, permission to lead Britain was lent to politicians by the electorate for a limited term; it was not theirs to sign away for a greedily trousered 30 pieces of silver.

The truth will dawn on Labour and the LibDems after the votes have been counted, that they played a shabby EU game and have been deservedly and decisively cast out into the wilderness.

Dan Hannan defends national sovereignty

19 May 2009

Dan Hannan scorns the EU’s notion of national sovereignty and its disdain for the wishes of the people. He puts a compelling case for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty to the EU Parliament:

Lisbon Treaty – your last chance to stop it

15 May 2009