Tag Archives: Brexit

Missing the boat?

With the news that it appears Theresa May will be triggering Article 50 on 29th March – a ‘major’ birthday and ‘wedding anniversary’, so  it seems May has a warped sense of humour perhaps? – an action of which it would appear she and her government are nowhere near ready as they have no idea of what is involved, nor have any idea of how they can achieve their stated objectives – the media seems more interested in the following:

In the preceding article I questioned whether the media was crucial to transparency in this country, commenting on twitter that it was most obviously not on past and present performance.

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A word to the unwise

To those who are of the opinion that Brexit can be swiftly resolved, I can only refer them to the ‘interview‘ of Sir Ivan Rogers by the European Scrutiny Committee. Those in Ukip, together with those of similar views, do need to watch this video – and listen and learn!

Richard Drax (at 10:29:00) posed a question using the analogy of belonging to a golf club and in terminating that membership stating that one is not liable for any future payment. The man obviously does not understand the difference twixt a payment and a commitment to pay. Unfortunately he is but one of 650, it seems, who has not a clue about matters EU – and these are people we are forced to pay in order that they may take decisions on our behalf for our benefit?

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The North East of England to be ‘blighted’ again?

It is often said, especially by those who live here (and it would appear with some justification) that closure of the coal mining pits caused severe hardship as a result of greatly increased unemployment and bitter divisions within communities, even within families. This was especially the case in Seaham and the immediate surrounding area.

Seaham had three collieries: Vane Tempest, Dawdon and ‘The Knack’; while just a few miles away there were other collieries located at Easington, Murton and Horden. After nearly three decades Seaham has recovered, Murton is still recovering, Horden has become a suburb of Peterlee, while Easington still exhibits a ‘dead/run-down’ appearance.

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The Lady has spoken – ‘may’ she be right

So the long-heralded speech by our Prime Minister on Brexit has taken place – and we must make of it what we will.

For those advocating a move ‘sideways’ to EFTA/EEA there is disappointment – and for those wanting out of the Single Market and the Customs Union there can only be mixed feelings as she said that she does not want this nation to have an associate membership of the European Union, but it would appear she is willing to accept, if necessary, some form of associate membership of the Customs Union. A tad odd, no?

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A Cri de Coeur

Can we please stop:

  • Politicians airing their views on Brexit – because not one of them appears to have the faintest understanding of the subject;
  • Journalists writing on Brexit because their understanding of the subject is on a par with that of politicians;
  • Conflating the Single Market with a Customs Union;
  • Think tanks not thinking;
  • Complaining about ‘EU rules’ when said ‘rules’ are, generally, but implementation of decisions made by UN ‘standard-setting’  bodies;
  • Believing that Brexit  can only be either ‘hard’ or ‘soft’;
  • Politicians insisting they should have a voice on the proposed terms of renegotiation for our future relationship with the EU;
  • The voice of those of the people who do understand the EU and Brexit having their opinions silenced by what amounts to ‘censorship’.

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Ideas worthy of consideration?

Where the position of the UK – in their negotiations with the European Union – are concerned, two ‘papers’ have come to light which appear to have bypassed those with an interest in ‘matters EU’, in that I have seen no reference to them; especially in respect of Brexit and life thereafter.

The first, a paper authored by Rishi Sunak MP (Conservative: Richmond – successor to William Hague) details the ‘supposed’ advantages of ‘Free Ports’ and the trading potential contained therein. It is worth mentioning that Switzerland, being outside the European Union, has a ‘Free Port’ located in Geneva, albeit for works of art and ‘valuables’.

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My patience is fast running out………

In response to this article I have submitted the following comment, which is subject to moderation:

Referring to your article, as someone whose work has focused on coalition governments and how the Civil Service works with political parties; social housing, green energy and property development sectors; and who has a BA in history and a MSc in Public Policy, would it be impertinent of me to ask how you can write on ‘matters EU’?

I ask the question as the most obvious ‘interim solution’ about which you write is for the UK to move to EFTA/EEA membership – an ‘off-the-shelf’ solution, one which is readily available and which would then allow for time to negotiate a ‘final solution’ – yet you fail to mention it. Why? Why would such an interim agreement be so difficult to achieve?

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Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings

The following has, this evening, been submitted to the letters section of the Daily Telegraph – not that I have much hope it will be published:


Only a couple of days ago Keir Starmer, Brexit Opposition Spokesman tweeted: PM should be far more ambitious in Brexit approach: fighting for full access to single market & in customs union: act in national interest.

Staying in the Customs Union means staying in the EU –  is Labour’s Brexit spokesman aware of that; and of the difference with the EEA?

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Fish ( variety of) and other related matters – like sharks

Sturgeon is the common name for the 27 species of fish belonging to the family Acipenseridae and their evolution, so we are told, dates back to the Triassic, some 245 to 208 million years ago. Sturgeons are long-lived (where Nicola’s species is concerned: heaven forbid) and late-maturing (which is all too evident with her immature ideas).

Nicola Sturgeon, following the Brexit vote ‘beetled off’ (if a fish can imitate a beetle) to Brussels to attempt to cement, somehow, her wish to keep Scotland in the European Union, while asserting that a further referendum in Scotland would be held to enable Scotland’s cessation from the United Kingdom, a decision  based entirely on the votes cast in the referendum of 23rd June 2016.

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We pay but have no say

Paraphrasing David Cameron’s views on Norway and their participation in matters EU, that argument of his leads onto another very important matter.

During PMQs today David Cameron said, in answer to a question from Kevin Holinrake (Thirsk and Malton) (Con):

……obviously, the term “access to the single market” has many potential meanings. Countries that are outside the EU have access to the single market, some through a trade deal and others through World Trade Organisation rules. Obviously the best access is through membership of the single market. What the country will have to decide—and what the next Prime Minister will have to decide—is what sort of access we want, and what are the costs and benefits of that access…….

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