Government future position paper - cross-border civil and judicial cooperation framework

This Government Position paper, like some others which have been published,  is annoying vague on detail and repeats the silly phrase “deep and special” which has featured in some of the earlier papers.  It is a rather soppy and meaningless phrase which seeks to gloss over the fact that 15 months ago, we voted to […] Read More »

Sir Teddy Taylor RIP

Sir Teddy Taylor shares with a number of colleagues – and with the Campaign for Independent Britain – the rare distinction of having campaigned against British membership of the then Common Market even before the UK joined in 1973. He was one of the first politicians of any party to make a principled stand on […] Read More »

Government "Future Partnership" paper - Foreign policy, defence and development

On this website, we have expressed our concern that the Government shows no desire to disentangle ourselves from EU defence policy on Brexit. This latest Government paper has done nothing to alleviate our worries. Rather than provide our own assessment of this paper, we are reproducing (with permission) the comments of David Banks from Veterans […] Read More »

The parallel universe next door

For anyone wanting to take the EU’s temperature, the annual “State of the Union” address by the President of the European Commission is always a helpful speech to study. Anyone wanting to read the full 6,130 words of Jean-Claude Juncker’s lengthy talk can do so here. However, most of us will only want a brief […] Read More »

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 3:- fisheries shows the need for exemptions

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was designed to ensure that life continues as normal the day we leave the EU.  In an earlier post, we explained the rationale behind this bill. While Labour in particular is concerned about the “repatriated” legislation being tweaked for political ends, a far more serious problem concerns legislation which will […] Read More »

Peer says: Let's back Boris's "positive vision" not Juncker's "nightmare"

THE PRESS OFFICE OF The Lord Stoddart of Swindon (independent Labour) News Release   18th September 2017   Let’s back Boris’s “positive vision” of UK’s future not Juncker’s “nightmare,” says independent Labour Peer The independent Labour Peer, Lord Stoddart of Swindon has welcomed Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson’s controversial intervention in the ongoing debate about the […] Read More »

The European Union (withdrawal) Bill 2:- Power grab?

In the first article looking at the European Union Withdrawal Bill, we set out the principle behind it but pointed out that it was impossible for EU regulations and directives to be transferred verbatim onto out statute books. As an example, we used one of the shortest and indeed, most pointless of all Regulations,  the […] Read More »

Immigration:- putting the cart before the horse?

Last week, the Guardian published a leaked draft of a Home Office document entitled  ‘Borders, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the EU’ It contained the welcome news that the Government is determined to bring immigration down and intends to use the opportunities presented by Brexit to honour – albeit rather belatedly – […] Read More »

Government "Future Partnership" paper - collaboration on science and innovation

Scientists and the academic world predominantly supported remaining in the EU during last year’s campaign. Some of them are still most reluctant to come to terms with Brexit, fearing that our educational and scientific institutions will be out on a limb, unable to collaborate with their European colleagues while being  denied access to the sources […] Read More »

Daniel Hannan and EFTA

Daniel Hannan has long been a trenchant spokesman for independence from the EU . His speeches on returning to our constitutional parliamentary traditions have enlivened and inspired many meetings of activists over the years, so we felt that his views, excerpted from his Sunday Comment column would be of interest. “…. The UK has indicated […] Read More »

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