Tag Archives: Eurpean Union

How to create an EU Region

Anyone see how he did that: the usual question among an audience of a magician when he performs a trick using sleight of hand.

George Osborne has announced two new Northern Powerhouses – in the shape of the North East Combined Authority and the Tees Valley Combined Authority – under the guise of city-region devolution deals. The former comprises seven councils, namely: Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland – with the latter comprising five councils, namely: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-On-Tees.

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Just who knows what?

Little notice seems to have been paid among ‘the great and the good’ (and the not so good), included in which category is our political class and commentariat, to a recent paper on Brexit. It is indeed surprising, bearing in mind the body from which it comes coupled with the background of the author.

Dealing with the seven legal options once the United Kingdom has left the European Union, the second option – for the UK to join EFTA/EEA(pp 6&7) – is interesting as this option is, in effect, the path proposed by FlexCit. Almost straight away we are informed that these EFTA countries have to follow the evolution of EU legislation concerning the internal market, without having a right to influence much of its content. I will not bore readers by repeating the refutation of such an argument as put forward by Jean-Claude Piris, suffice it to say said rebuttal is contained in this post of mine some time ago – and no, for those interested, I did not receive one reply to the emails quoted.

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