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British exit from the European Union

….utterances of which sends little Europeaners into paroxysms of rage.

To the Brimoaners and Bremainers just what is it about the referendum question we were all asked is so difficult to understand. Just to remind you

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

That’s it, plain and simple. No caveats, no qualifications.

The referendum result was to leave the European Union. In anyone else’s lexicon the word ‘leave’ is clear, unremarkable and whose meaning is self evident. Yet ever since June 23rd last year we’ve had a constant backlash from the left with all sorts of assertions that leave doesn’t also mean leave the single market or tariff free zone.

Well yes, actually it does. As has been succinctly remarked on many occasions, leave means leave – no ifs or buts.

I’m getting somewhat tired of the patronising self assured elite who think the rest of us were either misled or are stupid and don’t really understand what we’ve done.

Well get over it. We knew leave meant leave both the single market and tariff free zone. We knew that this would allow us to start from a blank slate and negotiate whatever deals and arrangements we wanted without all the baggage that would otherwise fetter us. All the talk at the time about negotiating a Norwegian or Swiss type arrangement was an irrelevant red herring, cynically brought up in an attempt to sow seeds of doubt.

With the High Court decision over who can trigger Article 50 now behind us the way forward is relatively straightforward. The government’s argument that no deal (on access to the single market) is better than a bad deal should be the watchword.

The one thing that has surprised me is the way the word has resonated around the world. It clearly seems to have echoes in other countries where people are starting to sit up and recognise something can actually be done to rein in the overbearing global elite who feel it’s their right to rule without actually noticing what their electorates want.

Shakespeare put it best – “The game’s afoot”

Vive le Brexit.




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Well done Ireland.

By playing hardball and refusing to accept the Lisbon Treaty, uniquely among all the member states they have been bought off, and seem to have secured for themselves the right to retain their own Commissioner (amongst other bribes). The majority of the other states, who have signed the Treaty which reduces the number of Commissioners, will presumably therefore not have a Commissioner whilst Ireland is guaranteed one.

I see trouble ahead.

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It’s not even six months since the Irish people firmly rejected the Lisbon Treaty, yet already we are seeing the opening shots of the mostly unelected political elite in the EU, in a campaign to tell the Irish they were wrong and must vote again next October.

Of course to have any success the EU will have to change the Treaty and give Ireland so many derogations, that what Ireland will be presented with will be a fundamentally different treaty. Under any normal rules of course, a new treaty should require signature by all member states afresh. Will this happen? Is the Pope a Catholic?

Of course it won’t. The UK government are fortunate in one way. After telling us that the Treaty was virtually the same as its fore-runner the EU Constitution, (which was roundly rejected by France and Denmark), and that the British people don’t therefore need a referendum, they would have had more of a problem attempting to justify their position when Ireland will be told that The Treaty is both completely different to the Constitution, and the first Lisbon Treaty that Ireland rejected.

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