What the EU trade deal with Japan tells us

After many years of negotiation, the EU announced this week that it has finalised a trade deal with Japan, the world’s third largest economy.

The deal will remove ‘almost entirely’ any tariffs on trade between that country and the EU bloc.

Unsurprisingly, supporters of remaining in the EU have been gleefully pointing out that such a deal proves that the UK needs to stay in to gain advantages that we will lose upon Brexit.

But let’s look at just what the deal means.

Whilst gaining tariff free access to the Single Market, Japan will retain full border control, make no payments to the EU, will not be subject to rulings from the ECJ or Directives from The Commission and will be able to make its own trade deals in the future. Isn’t this what the EU have been saying is impossible in the ongoing Brexit ‘negotiations’ due to the ‘integrity’ of the Single Market?

If they can give such a deal to Japan, why not to the UK – a country with whom they have far larger trade at the present time? Indeed, Article 8 of The Lisbon Treaty states –

The Union shall develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries, aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values of the Union and characterised by close and peaceful relations based on cooperation.

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How Britain suffered a second “1066”

A guest post from UKIP Reigate’s Peter Lindsay

As we face a Fake Brexit, we should ponder just how it has come about that while nearly 60% of us (if you adjust the actual % vote for Brexit – 52% – for the fear factor generated by Project Fear) want an independent Britain, 85% of our “representatives” (sic) in Parliament – those MPs who supported Remain – want our continued subservience to a foreign power. Are these really our representatives?

One might also ponder why it is that the same representatives have allowed mass immigration over the last 70 years to change the culture of this country, without even asking the native population whether they wanted this. The explanation is that we have been beaten in a bloodless war. To explain:

Britain has not been conquered by a foreign invader for nearly a thousand years. Not militarily, that is. But you can just as effectively “take over” a country by other means. This can be done by either (1) successfully taking over its vital institutions as a precursor to government, or (2) a revolution or coup d’etat. An example of (1) was the aftermath of the Boer War: although the British won the war, the vital institutions – media, education, civil service, local government etc. were all run by the Afrikaaners, who were the majority white population and by the 1920s they had taken over the government. An example of (2) was the Russian Revolution or French Revolution but such coups can happen over time and even without violence.

In the 20th century, Britain suffered a “pincer” attack from both outside – (2) and within – (1). Like a vice closing. Whereas our glorious Royal Navy and RAF had always beaten off a foreign invader, we found ourselves wide open to these more subtle attacks and so we were eventually beaten by them.

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Soros, the EU and the UN stoke The Migrant Crisis

The migration crisis, initially triggered by Chancellor Merkel’s unilateral decision to throw open the gates of Europe, shows little sign of abating.

With resistance now coming from many countries against migrant quotas imposed from Brussels, an alarming report from Slovenian news site Nova 24 has shown how the bloc, supported by UN agencies and George Soros, has helped facilitate the large movement of people in to the continent.

Their source inside the Croatian Police has stated that the ‘refugees’ are equipped with hiking clothes, high quality walking boots, the latest mobile phones and allegedly weapons. Alarmingly, it would appear that these good are paid for on prepaid debit cards provided by Mastercard – the cards have the EU and UNHCR logos and a number but no name on them and are dished out without any need for proof of identity.

MasterCard announced in 2016 that they issued prepaid debit cards to “give refugees mobility, flexibility and dignity” – furthermore, they announced a tie up with George Soros last year to “catalyse and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable groups in the world, especially refugees and migrants”.

The press release for that tie-in also stated that Soros had earmarked $500mn for the project to “…. increase capacity to meet the challenges faced by migrants, including refugees, and their host communities across the world”

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Project Fear 2.0

Following the Chequers agreement sell out, the remainers in government and their EU and big business allies are smelling blood in the water.

Whilst EU negotiators are playing hardball, the spin machine is launching in to Project Fear 2.0 in an attempt to either force BREXIT In Name Only (BRINO) or the EU’s preferred mechanism when a vote doesn’t go their way, a further referendum.

The latest scaremongering from Big Business saw Amazon UK head Doug Gurr stating that there could be ‘civil unrest’ within 2 weeks of a no deal BREXIT at a meeting with officials at the government owned country house, Chevening. Does he expect mass hysteria brought on by the inability to order a second hand hoover via his on line platform or is there a deeper reason to this statement?

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Survey of British attitudes to migration at odds with the political bubble

A report has indicated that most Britons believe immigration has been a negative, British values are not being protected and life was better when they were growing up than it is now.

But rather than being based on a poll from papers such as The Daily Mail/Daily Express or thinktanks such as MigrationWatch, this report was delivered by Demos, a left leaning organisation headed up by a former aide to Nick Clegg and much favoured by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Amongst the key findings, 71% thought that communities where migrants had settled were more divided (Rising to 78% polled in areas that had experienced recent mass migration), 44% thought immigration had been negative versus 43% who thought it had been beneficial and 55% said that the Government is not doing enough to protect British values.

When asked whether those British values should be given priority over Multiculturalism, 47% said yes versus 36% for no – Tellingly, a whopping 63% said that life was better when they were growing up compared to just 21% who prefer today.

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Will the real Labour position ever be known on BREXIT?

During the BREXIT negotiations, one thing has remained a constant – the confusion surrounding Labour’s stance on where they stand on both membership of the EU and a vision for Britain outside the bloc.

Speaking recently, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP stated that his party has not ruled out giving support for a second referendum. Strangely, Shadow Northern Ireland minister Owen Smith was sacked by the party last month when calling for exactly the same thing!

McDonnell also stated that Labour are ‘walking a tightrope’ when it comes to their position on Brexit, suggesting that they are more concerned with losing votes than they are in putting forward a coherent vision for our country. With support for Labour now coming from the Middle Class Islington set after years of ignoring their working class heartlands, it would appear that they are afraid to lay out a position for fear of alienating either the remain supporting London vote or the leave supporting Northern electorate. So much for the ‘Men of integrity’, Corbyn and McDonnell!

Ominously, he also commented that they were prepared to show ‘flexibility’ on free movement of people in order to get a good deal for Financial Services companies and access to the Single Market. The hypocrisy of his position is amazing – McDonnell is always bashing financial services from his regressive left pulpit whilst claiming to stand up for the working classes who are most affected by free movement. Indeed, a few years ago McDonnell supported a series of demonstrations by the RMT Union about what they termed ‘Social Dumping’, the undercutting of their members by cheap imported labour – the very labour that McDonnell is now prepared to show ‘flexibility’ over.

What a slap in the face for those Trade Unionists who believed that Labour were standing up for their conditions in the workplace!

It is telling that many senior Labour politicians are wriggling and evading on the BREXIT position when their electorates gave them their instruction on June 23rd 2016 – Leave the European Union. Indeed, John McDonnell’s own constituency (Hayes & Harlington) recorded a 60% Leave vote, the highest of the three Parliamentary constituencies in Hillingdon and a larger mandate than neighbouring Uxbridge where Brexiteer Boris Johnson is the MP.

So, why the constant fudge? In my opinion, it is to keep the money coming from the large pro EU trade unions such as Unite and an attempt to be all things to all people in order not to split their vote at any upcoming General Election.

That Labour would put narrow party political interests ahead of the future of our country in refusing to lay out their stall on the biggest issue of this generation tells you all you need to know about their organisation. It is also why it is patently unfit to be near the levers of power in a post BREXIT UK.