Brexit, There Isn’t Really a Choice

Some of you are likely wondering why I have become so insistent on a clean WTO Brexit. Well, it’s pretty much in what the EU has written. This is a list of the clauses of the Lisbon Treaty which the UK will have to accept to remain in the EU, or indeed to take May’s cretinous withdrawal agreement.
, who pulled this together.

You only have to know the following about Selmayr and the EU.

Check out the Lisbon Treaty if you wish:

1: The UK along with all existing members of the EU lose their abstention veto in 2020 as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty when the system changes to that of majority acceptance with no abstentions or veto’s being allowed.
2: All member nations will become states of the new federal nation of the EU by 2022 as clearly laid out in the Lisbon treaty with no exceptions or veto’s.
3: All member states must adopt the Euro by 2022 and any new member state must do so within 2 years of joining the EU as laid down in the Lisbon treaty.
4: The London stock exchange will move to Frankfurt in 2020 and be integrated into the EU stock exchange resulting in a loss of 200,000 plus jobs in the UK because of the relocation. (This has already been pre-agreed and is only on a holding pattern due to the Brexit negotiations, which if Brexit does happen the move is fully cancelled but if not and the UK remains a member it’s full steam ahead for the move.)
5: The EU Parliament and ECJ become supreme over all legislative bodies of the UK.
6: The UK will adopt 100% of whatever the EU Parliament and ECJ lays down without any means of abstention or veto, negating the need for the UK to have the Lords or even the Commons as we know it today.
7: The UK will NOT be able to make its own trade deals.
8: The UK will NOT be able to set its own trade tariffs.
9 The UK will NOT be able to set its own trade quotas.
10: The UK loses control of its fishing rights
11: The UK loses control of its oil and gas rights
12: The UK loses control of its borders and enters the Schengen region by 2022 as clearly laid down in the Lisbon treaty
13: The UK loses control of its planning legislation
14: The UK loses control of its armed forces including its nuclear deterrent
15: The UK loses full control of its taxation police
17: The UK loses its standing in the Commonwealth
18: The UK loses control of any provinces or affiliated nations e.g.; Falklands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar etc
19: The UK loses control of its judicial system
20: The UK loses control of its international policy
21: The UK loses full control of its national policy
22: The UK loses its right to call itself a nation in its own right.
23: The UK loses control of its space exploration program
24: The UK loses control of its Aviation and Sea lane jurisdiction
25: The UK loses its rebate in 2020 as laid down in the Lisbon treaty
26: The UK’s contribution to the EU is set to increase by an average of 1.2bn pa and by 2.3bn pa by 2020

This is the future of what the youths of today think we stole from them?
They should be on their knees thanking us for saving them from being turned into Orwellian automatons.

Want it in one line? Great Britain becomes a province wholly controlled from Brussels, of no account in its internal affairs, or even less in international affairs. Remember what happened in 1940? Yeah, me too.

What Parliament and the government are setting up here is not 1940 rewritten, but 1642, and the first of the Cousin’s Wars, and I note without comment that quite a few of the American Cousins went home to fight for their family.

This may be on point, one hopes. Because what Her Majesty’s Government are doing is selling the Throne of England, and all those other places we love so much, to Belgium, ultimately to Das Vierte Reich.

And an update: If you would like to know why Britain must do this now, Timothy Bradshaw, writing in The Conservative Woman explains it.

Self Appointed Elites vs. Deplorables

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

There’s an open letter floating about over in Europe. It’s a defense of the EU by so-called intellectuals, most of whom nobody has ever heard of. One who you may have is Salman Rushdie, whom you may remember irritated the Muslims some 20 years ago, and has been living in hiding courtesy of the British taxpayer ever since. This is how he repays that debt. The rest are likely worse.

“The idea of Europe is in peril.” Thus begins an 800-word open letter published on Friday in the French newspaper Libération and other several European dailies. Written by Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French philosopher, it was signed by thirty “top intellectuals” (as the Guardian put it) from twenty-one countries.

Now, anyone familiar with current affairs will readily agree that Europe – at least Western Europe – is imperiled. It’s imperiled by a European Union whose unelected leaders are determined to convert it into a sovereign superstate with its own army and with ever-expanding powers. And it’s imperiled by hordes of Muslim migrants who, having been forced upon it by those EU leaders, will, barring dramatic reversals, eventually turn the countries of Western Europe into sharia states.

But this isn’t what these “top intellectuals” mean. Note the wording of their letter: they’re not concerned with the well-being of the peoples of Europe; their preoccupation is with the idea of Europe, which is to say with the preservation and fortification of the European Union.

And their message is that the EU is imperiled by – who else? – Europeans themselves.

Who are these “top intellectuals”? The signatories include the renowned novelists Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, and Milan Kundera, plus an assortment of philosophers, historians, activists, and social critics, some more famous than others. Their tender concern for the EU’s health is not surprising. The EU was always a project of privileged highbrows, who helped it advance from strength to strength by lying to the governed, acting without their consent, and overruling their votes. Now, with Eastern European governments rejecting dictates from Brussels and with Western European electorates, at long last, demanding that their voices be heard and their wishes respected, the EU’s architects and partisans are balking at the audacity with which the deplorables – the peons, the peasants, the proles – are standing up to them. Lévy writes:

“Enough of ‘building Europe’!” is the cry. Let’s reconnect instead with our “national soul”! Let’s rediscover our “lost identity”! This is the agenda shared by the populist forces washing over the continent. Never mind that abstractions such as “soul” and “identity” often exist only in the imagination of demagogues.

Pace Lévy, a feeling of national identity has long been a potent force in the souls of men. For him and other devotees of the “idea” of an EU superstate, it has been Job One to try to eradicate that patriotism and replace it with a newly forged sense of “European identity.” Unfortunately, these EU boosters have discovered that that particular abstraction thrives only in their own demagogic imaginations, and that most of the people of Europe want nothing to do with it.

Lévy’s letter goes on:

Europe is being attacked by false prophets who are drunk on resentment, and delirious at their opportunity to seize the limelight. It has been abandoned by the two great allies who in the previous century twice saved it from suicide; one across the Channel and the other across the Atlantic.

The degree to which Lévy manages to turn everything upside down here is impressive. The actual false prophets are the EU’s unelected leaders and their collaborators, lackeys, and running dogs, such as Lévy and his pals. They’re the ones who are, to borrow Lévy’s metaphor, drunk – specifically, drunk on unearned power that they’ve seized from the once free citizens of Europe’s nation states. As for Britain and the U.S. – yes, they did save Europe from suicide twice in the twentieth century. Today, in keeping with that history, the Brexiteers in Britain and the Trump administration in the U.S. recognize the EU as, like Nazi Germany and the USSR, a misbegotten imperial project – an ideologically rooted effort, conceived and driven by an arrogant and self-regarding elite, that has steadily encroached on individual liberties, steadily weakened economies, and steadily evolved into something that looks increasingly like a suicide pact.

If twentieth-century Europe was almost destroyed by various totalitarianisms, twenty-first-century Europe now risks destruction either at the hands of Islamic totalitarianism, to which the EU honchos have kowtowed for two generations, or at the hands of the burgeoning totalitarianism of the EU itself. Or both. “Europe as an idea,” Lévy tells us, “is falling apart before our eyes.” Good. The key lesson of the twentieth century – which the multitudes are waking up to even if the “intellectuals” aren’t – is that Europe’s Achilles heel isn’t populism but a susceptibility to control-happy “ideas” for the organization of societies.

It goes on and it is worth reading just to see how ungrateful “our betters” are. I’m becoming convinced that Brexit will happen properly (on WTO terms) and that the EU elections will start the process of dismantling this evil superstructure, das Vierte Reich. maybe even, for once, peacefully. One hopes so.

If so, we will have seen, for the third time in a century, Britain, with an assist from the United States, saving Europe from itself. It’s time for Europe to grow up.

A Historic Vote in Parliament

And so, tomorrow UK time, Parliament will vote on May’s Withdrawal Agreement, which isn’t. It’s an amazing document, given that its existence is premised on the authority of a passed referendum that asked,  “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”

That is very clear and unambiguous, remarkably so, in fact. And so were the results, 51.9% of the electorate (in the largest UK turnout ever) said: “Leave”.

But the British swamp (pretty much the same players as the American swamp, but with a British accent) disagreed with the people. Loudly, coarsely, contemptuously, and disgracefully they disagree. It hasn’t been edifying watching as they attempted to spin, lie and otherwise weasel out of what the sovereign people said. This attempt is the keystone of May’s Prime Ministership, to undermine the will of the people. It’s a hell of a mess, perhaps worse than what Trump is fighting, not least because the people have few allies in Parliament, the Civil Service, or the City (that square mile, mentioned in Magna Charta) that has had pretensions to know better than anybody what is good for the UK, ever since.

If the domestic enemies of the people were not enough, then there is the EU. They are already on a bumpy ride to oblivion and fighting a rearguard action to preserve what is increasingly seen as das Vierte Reich, the fourth incarnation of the German Empire.

What May’s agreement does not do is withdraw from the EU, in fact, what it does is even worse than staying in, it removes any influence Britain has in the EU (not much) and strips Britain of voting rights in the organization. It is literally worse than staying in the status quo. It was evidently dictated to May by second level officials of the EU, not surprisingly, German allies of Merkel’s.

The other option is, of course, a clear exit on WTO terms, and then as is proper, to negotiate trade deals with all and sundry. Rumor has it that the US has one waiting that is very favorable to the UK, and it is likely that the Commonwealth does as well.

Would there be disruption? Perhaps, but its hard to see why. Trade is in everybody’s interest. Germany is still a metal-bashing economy, what they do best is make cars. The UK is comparable, maybe superior, as a twenty-first century economy to the US, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and an end to the EU asset stripping of manufacturing to relocate in Eastern Europe would enhance employment for regular people, as we’ve seen here in the last two years.

Greg Hands, the MP for Chelsea and Fulham, and a former Minister of State at the Department of International Trade wrote this for Conservative Home a few days ago.

[…]But most Brussels commentators maintain that Brexit details are determined by their respective number twos: Martin Selmayr (Chief of Staff to Juncker since 2014, and – controversially – General Secretary of the European Commission since March 2018) and Sabine Weyand, deputy to Barnier.

Both happen to be German. Indeed, Die Welt, the leading German daily, early on in the negotiations did a feature titled‘The top German players in the Brexit poker game’, with a certain pride, on their central role in the coming talks.

Selmayr and Weyand – the well-connected German officials, behind the scenes […]

In September 2017, Selmayr was reported to have blasted Brexit as “stupid”.  “He is a theologian who regards the British as heretics,” was how a former British ambassador to Brussels described him to The Times.

It is Selmayr who stands accused of having leaked the details of two dinners between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Although he denies this. The accounts claimed May “begged for help” and described May as appearing “anxious”, “tormented”, “despondent and discouraged,” and cruelly described how our Prime Minister appeared to be having sleepless nights.

Juncker – or more likely Selmayr – vetoed greater transparency in the Brexit talks and specifically recommendations from the EU’s official watchdog that Weyand’s role be more scrutinised and her meetings published.

What they now say about the Brexit Agreement: and why that should warn us, British MPs, in advance of next week’s vote

Since the Withdrawal Agreement was finalised in November, Selmayr and Weyand have left most of the public words to their bosses Juncker and Barnier, but behind the scenes various reports have emerged of what these two officials think. And these officials are the ones who know the detail best. Both have been clear that the Agreement is overwhelmingly favourable to the European Union.

There are credible reports that the British armed forces have already been assigned roles in the so-called EU army, often said under German officers, and that intelligence functions will be extended. This last is important, the premier intelligence operation in the world is Five Eyes: Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Britain is, always has been, a key player in this. This agreement will end this, and possibly NATO as well.

So that is what this vote tomorrow is all about. Perhaps the most important vote in the entire Anglosphere since the British decided (without public approval) to join the EEC, the predecessor of the EU.

We’ll see if Parliament has the guts to legislate for the (not very) United Kingdom, or is content to throw away a thousand years of history for the satisfaction of surrendering British sovereignty to German bureaucrats.

A proper British Prime Minister would simply tell the EU to sod off.

The date today could just as well be 10 May 1940.

Selling Out the British

This is quite remarkable, not to mention rather horrifying. What Theresa May’s government is doing in their negotiations is nothing less than selling the UK’s sovereignty to Brussels (and you can easily see Berlin’s hand running the puppet that is the EU.

Britain is, of course, the fourth or fifth largest economy in the world, depending on how you measure, and many believe it is the second most powerful country in the world, second only to the United States, and the only other one able to intervene anywhere around the world.

Amazing, isn’t it? The people voted clearly to leave the EU, and the government has used that as cover to give them a worse deal, a similar influence on how they do things, but without even the (mostly sham) vote. One could call it selling their sovereignty, but one would be wrong – they aren’t getting paid, well probably May and the Civil Service have some golden prospects for their treachery, but we don’t know that yet.

There is, of course, a backstory, of how it got that way. Peter Hitchens lays it out as clearly as I have seen.

Amazing story, isn’t it? I’m pretty much convinced that the overall point is true. I don’t agree with every point, although some of that may be my prejudices speaking, of course. Specifically, I do believe in the special relationship between the US and the UK, although I’m not sure the British really do. Still, overall, he makes an excellent case.

Party Before Country

Actually, not even that, to my eyes. To me, it looks more like personal arrogance and hubris, as it has for more than a year.

In June 2017, after what may have been one of the silliest elections in British history, my friend and coauthor both here and at his blog, Chalcedon, wrote of The Hubris of Theresa May, saying this:

The background is that 7 weeks ago the Prime Minister, Theresa May, having a 20 point lead in the opinion polls, decided to call a General Election. She had no need to, with a majority of 17 in the Commons, and another 3 years before law would require one. The media was agreed on only one thing, she would win a crushing victory, perhaps over 100 more seats, and the Labour Party, under the Bernie Sanders sound-alike, Jeremy Corbyn, would be crushed. She asked for a mandate and a majority, she got neither. In normal circumstances such a leader would go, and it seems as though her first instinct was to do just that, but as so often, she let her advisers overrule her. Since then her advisers have ‘resigned’ – it is said before members of the Cabinet insisted on their resignation. Having wanted a strong and stable government, she has given us a weak and wobbly one. In a few days negotiations over Britain’s leaving the EU will start, and we are no closer to knowing what sort of deal she wants. The only thing for certain is she is a weakened and diminished figure whose authority dwindles daily.

The only way she can now secure a majority for crucial legislation is via a deal with Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland. As Churchill put it in his memoirs of the Great War, writing about 1922:
“The whole map of Europe has been changed … but as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.”

Leading to this conclusion

The Conservatives took the electorate for granted. Confident to the point of arrogance, they thought that could offer an uncosted manifesto with some unpopular policies, and make up for that by personal attacks on Corbyn. To his credit, he did not respond in kind, and whilst his own manifesto was full of dubious economics, it at least looked as though there was a message of hope there. The electorate have punished the hubris of Theresa May, and one thing is for certain, she will never be allowed to lead her party into another General Election. Can she carry on? Well, as long as there is no obvious successor, she can survive, but the Tory party has always been good at poleaxing failed leaders and finding new ones, so it will not be long, I suspect.

Do not take the electorate for granted or for fools.

That was good advice, which fell on ears of stone, and so now, here we are.

Where is here? David Kurten at The Conservative Woman tells us.

The whole country will remain in the single market until the end of the transition period, and then the integrity of the country will be broken as Great Britain leaves the single market, but Northern Ireland remains in it, subject to EU regulations on goods, agriculture, VAT, excise duty and state aid.

We will leave the customs union, but remain in a ‘Single Customs Territory’, which is identical in effect to the customs union.

Despite provision in the treaty for negotiating a free trade agreement, there is now no reason for the European Union ever to agree to one. Mrs May has given away £39,000,000,000 of British taxpayers’ money for absolutely nothing in return. There is thus no incentive for the EU to agree a free trade deal, as the transition period may be extended by mutual agreement, on payment of extra financial contributions from the UK for the ‘privilege’.

As a concession for a ‘backstop to the backstop’ where the whole UK remains in the customs union, rather than just Northern Ireland, she has given away control of our 200-mile exclusive economic zone, so that EU fishing fleets will continue to have access to our fishing waters in perpetuity and UK fisherman will have to obey jointly agreed quotas.

We will remain shackled to the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy but will have no say in decision-making. Thus our foreign policy and armed forces have been ceded to Brussels, and we will remain entangled in the EU’s defence architecture including the European Defence Agency, European Defence Funding, Permanent Structured Cooperation, EU Procurement and EU Battle Groups.

The UK is required to implement all the measures of the Paris Climate Agreement including carbon pricing, and to participate in the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme. There will be no escape from the scam of climate change alarmism and in the process we will have to continue to implement measures which are actively destructive of primary forests, such as burning wood pellets from North and South America in place of coal in power stations and raising the percentage of biofuel such as palm oil in petrol and diesel. Insane EU rules say that burning biomass is ‘carbon neutral’, even if whole forests are cut down as fodder for power stations.

Here is a link to the full agreement.

Essentially what it does, as near as I can tell, is turn the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland into a colony of the European Union, with no way out. And the British Armed Forces turn into cannon fodder for the Fourth Reich. Mind you with no control. Not to mention their soldiers conduct in batte=le subject to review and punishment by European courts. This is what selling your sovereignty looks like, only worse, they are paying for the privilege of becoming a colony.

Strangely, what may yet save Britain is the hubris of May (or her advisors) in calling that election 18 months ago. Why is that? Because the one group solidly against this plan is the DUP, the Northern Irish party that Chalcedon spoke of.

Jacob Rees Mogg explains

We’ll see if the Conservative Party has enough spine to vote no confidence in the Prime Minister. Frankly, I doubt it, and their cowardice will hurt the population of  Britain.

But, in the last analysis, it is their country, if they want to sell it and their people out, and pay for it besides, well I guess it’s not really any of our business

Hubris, meet Nemesis.

Little Boys Dream of Empire

So, last weekend a severe thunderstorm prevented the President from joining Macron and Merkel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Great War. OK, if you say so!

Earlier the President of France had said that Europe needs to form a joint army to be able to resist Russia, China or even the US. That’s actually risible, Russia is a declining power, with an economy about the size of Italy, it punches above its weight, mostly because it reminds every one of the Soviet Union. China? Really, China’s halfway around the world, how are you and they gonna get your armies together, M le President? And why? And the US, huh? Ambitious little boy, aren’t you. Does that European Army you’re speaking of include the Luftwaffe’s 4 operational Typhoons? Does it depend on the French infantry that took a month to get to the Baltics?

In other words, it’s basically bullshit. It’s a little boy telling everyone how tough he is, how he can take on the world. France used to be like that, before 1805, since then it has been in decline. Germany too once was like that, When it was Europe had never-ending wars, in 1866, in 1870, in 1914, and in 1940.

Since 1945 there have been no wars in western Europe. Why? Because the United States is in charge. As an outside hegemon the US can keep control without it all flying apart, the day the last US trooper leaves, it’ll all start over again. Nobody at all in Europe wants to follow France, or Germany, perhaps not even Britain.

That of course, was planned, mostly by Britain, who ever since Napoleon had realized that a single European country dominating Europe, couldn’t be controlled from upsetting the world order by the maritime powers (first Britain, then Britain and America, now mostly America). Britain and America are basically free traders, we always have been, what wakes us up is when you start screwing with trade routes.

In fact, Lord Ismay, the first Secretary General of NATO is quoted as saying the purpose of NATO is to keep the Germans down, the Russians out and the Americans in.

The Europeans increasing like to play games, especially in the EU, and are indeed trying to transform that trading block into an Empire, and by no means a democratic one either. Worse really than Kaiser Wilhelm’s Second Reich.

They are trying to do it peacefully for a change, probably because the largest army in Europe (by quite a lot) is the US Army. Not only that but it is a highly experienced combat army that would likely take any European force apart in time for lunch. Exception: the British, who while painfully small these days, are the equal, in every way, of American troops. And a partial exception are the Eastern European forces, especially Poland’s who have been out seeing the elephant as well.

So while Macron, Merkel, and Drunker dream dreams of Empire, in the real world, they can perhaps, make some trouble, and get a bunch of people killed, but their dream of being Napoleon. Well, Sir Walter Raleigh said it as well as anyone,

For whosoever commands the sea commands the trade; whosoever commands the trade of the world commands the riches of the world, and consequently the world itself.

From Drake to Trump, that is the reality that Macron doesn’t want to deal with.

There were a couple of quite good Articles on this yesterday at The Federalist, they are:

Macron’s Call For A European Army Is An Obvious Bluff

and

Macron Is Picking A Fight With Trump Out Of Empty Arrogance

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