A group of military top brass makes a strong case that Britain’s armed forces have been weakened and made less effective by EU membership. Surge in suport for BREXIT.

Migrant crisis returns

Under a headline “Is this why Cameron is dodging TV debates?”, the Mail reports that the migrant crisis is back with a vengeance, after Italian authorities picked up 2600 migrants in one night (and, of course, brought them to Europe – doing the traffickers’ job for them). The paper makes a direct link between the migrant crisis and Cameron’s reluctance to debate the issues.  He has no answers to the open borders question, and he knows it’s a key issue.

“Brexit surge leaves pro-Brussels politicians very worried”

An interesting comment from the BBC’s Nicholas Watt on Newsnight: he says that pro-Brussels politicians are “very worried” about what he calls the “Brexit surge”. Certainly the weakening opinion polls seem way out of line with our experience on the ground and on the doorstep, where it can be difficult to find voters who want to Remain.  Here’s hoping that Mr. Watt has called it right.

IFS warns of “more austerity”

I had thought better of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, but they’ve chosen to join the establishment chorus in Project Fear, warning that Brexit could lead to “two years of austerity”.  Perhaps they’re trying to out-bid Osborne’s “year of recession”.

The fact is that all these diverse warnings are based on one assumption – that the Pound will devalue.  There is absolutely no reason to suppose that this will happen – and if it does, the reason will quite simply be that major figures have spent months insisting that it will happen.  If this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, a heavy burden of blame will lie at the doors of No 10 and No 11 Downing Street.

We need to understand that the EU is all about costs, not benefits.  The direct EU budget costs.  The regulatory costs.  The costs of the Common External Tariff, which increases prices on imports.  The vast misallocation of resources (for example on the EU’s wind farm obsession).  And the benefits?  Clearly there is a trade benefit in duty-free market access.  But since the EU is the UK’s largest export customer, and the UK will be the EU’s largest export customer, there is an overwhelming economic imperative that trade should continue.  Which is why we can be sure that we will get a free trade deal with the EU after we leave.

Britain’s aid budget rises 144% in ten years

The Daily Mail suggests that we in Britain are becoming “the mugs of the world”, as we continue to hose ever more borrowed money around (frequently to countries that don’t need it, like India and China).  Other papers also carry the story. We are burdening our grandchildren with debt so that our politicians can do gesture politics and “virtue signalling” on a grand scale.  It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money.  When will our politicians come to their senses?

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Generals for Brexit: “Britain will be forced to join EU Army”

A group of military top brass makes a strong case that Britain’s armed forces have been weakened and made less effective by EU membership.  The Express quotes a line from the Lisbon Treaty which talks about a duty of “on-going structured military cooperation”, and argues that this amounts to a commitment to an EU Army. I have no doubt that the ECJ would interpret it in those terms – this is the way that “ever closer union” comes about.  So when Cameron tries to redeem his pledge that we’re exempt from “ever closer union”, the reply will be “But you already signed up to this measure at Lisbon”.

The Mail also carries the story. Interestingly one of these generals is Sir Michael Rose, whose name was included (despite his strong reservations) in an early pro-Remain letter.

Universities urge students to vote to Remain

Several major Universities have written to students urging them to vote for Remain, apparently in breach of Electoral Commission rules requiring bodies with charitable status to refrain from campaigning.  It’s quite clear that they have European funding in mind.  And extraordinary that they can’t understand that we will have more money to invest in education and research when we stop sending £10 billion a year (net) to Brussels.

“Youth appeals from both sides fail”

Under the headline “Who EU kiddin?”, the Metro reports that campaigns aimed at young people by both Leave and Remain have backfired.  Remain has produces a right-on video (“Get votin so you can keep workin. Keep Chattin, keep Roamin, Keep Ravin””). This is rightly seen by young people as a mite patronising.  On the other hand the problem cited for the Leave campaign seems less serious – Alesha Dixon pulls out of a scheduled concert appearance.  A pity, but not a game-changer.

“Breakthrough on Greek Debt Deal”

Or as my old mother used to say, “Pull the other one”.  The EU institutions are desperate to postpone the next Greek debt flare-up until June 24th.  So right on cue, we have the assurance that a new tranche of debt has been agreed (remember this will never be repaid, so it’s deliberately misleading to call it a loan).  The EU and the IMF appear to have agreed to “debt forgiveness” (this means writing it off), but the devil is in the detail – no one has agreed when, or how much, or who takes the hit.  This story will run and run (until the €uro breaks up).

Hinkley C crisis deepens

City AM reports that the crisis over the new nuclear plant at Hinkley C has deepened. They’re saying that there is “zero probability” that the plant can be completed by 2025.  There is even some doubt that French contractor EDF can finance the deal, since the cost may exceed its capital.

And the link to Brexit?  There are many reasons for the crisis in the UK’s nuclear industry, starting with the failure of governments over decades to maintain a nuclear programme, and Gordon Brown’s catastrophic decision to sell Westinghouse (he made a bad job of selling our gold reserves, too).  But the hopeless regulatory uncertainty surrounding EU/UK energy policy has created a climate in which investment in major energy infrastructure ranges from difficult to impossible.  Hinkley C appears to be moving to the impossible end of the scale.

Roger Helmer MEP

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2 Responses to “A group of military top brass makes a strong case that Britain’s armed forces have been weakened and made less effective by EU membership. Surge in suport for BREXIT.”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    WHO GAINS ?

    EDF is owned mostly by the French govt.

    France and other EU managed nations export electricity to Britain.

    Consider how much more the EU major players such as France might benefit in terms of power exported to the UK if a treasonous clique in Parliament and Whitehall were to close down Britain’s power stations.

    Sniffer Osbourne has mentioned the Bolshevik Tory govt’s intention of increasing the capacity of power interconnects to the EU.

    Perfect timing 🙂 Bolshevik Cameron shuts down our power stations and the French have already got the cables in to dangle us on an EU meter. TREASON !

    Who are IFA2?

    The project is being jointly developed by National Grid and Reseau de Transport d’Electricite (RTE), the French network owner and operator. RTE will have responsibility for the French elements of the project.

    National Grid IFA2 Ltd is the company that National Grid has formed to develop and bring forward the IFA2 project.

    In November 2014 the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) granted an Electricity Interconnector licence to National Grid IFA2 Ltd, which is a requirement in order for it to own and operate electricity interconnector assets in Britain.

    In July 2015, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) granted IFA2 a cap and floor regulatory regime in principle for National Grid’s share of the IFA2 project. More information can be found here.

    Project overview

    The project proposals consist of the following components:

    British and French waters

    Two high voltage direct current (HVDC) submarine cables running 204km between Great Britain and France, which will be buried in the seabed

    UK

    HVDC cables routed to the east of the Isle of Wight and coming ashore at the eastern shore of the Solent ,at a point known as Monks Hill Beach, at the southern end of Daedalus Airfield
    Onshore HVDC cables will be buried underground and run from the landing point at Daedalus to a converter station to the north east of Daedalus Airfield
    A converter station is proposed to the north east of Daedalus Airfield to change electricity between direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) and vice versa
    High voltage alternating current (HVAC) underground cables to be routed from the converter station back to the cable land fall at Monks Hill Beach
    HVAC subsea cables buried in the seabed and routed offshore for approximately 4km to a cable landfall at Brownwich, near Warsash
    HVAC land cables buried underground and routed for approximately 2km to the point of connection to the grid at Chilling 400kV substation, near Warsash, Hampshire
    There will be new equipment within the existing substation at Chilling

    A map detailing the IFA2 UK South Coast proposal can be downloaded here (8.16MB)
    http://www2.nationalgrid.com/About-us/European-business-development/Interconnectors/france/

    • sovereigntea says:

      Hmmm should one trust the French ? As I recall after paying in advance the Russian Navy never did get their boats.

      Once these commercial capacities have been defined, the players of the European electricity market who wish to use them must make the request to do so according to the particular conditions of each interconnection.
      Thus, in order to gain access to the interconnections, a market player must:

      Adhere to the Rules for Access to the French Public Transmission Network for Imports and Exports by signing a Participation Agreement concerning the currentrules, so as to be able to make nominations to RTE;
      Adhere to the Rules of the allocation mechanism by signing a specific contract to take part in the allocation process: case of the France-England, France-Germany, France-Spain, France-Belgium, France-Italy and France-Switzerland interconnections;
      Attach his export and import transactions to a Balance Responsible scope.

      These conditions have been set up, either on a co-ordinated basis with the neighbouring TSOs (Italy, England, Germany, Spain and Belgium), or unilaterally when the context has not yet allowed or has not required a bilateral agreement with the neighbouring TSOs (Switzerland).

      http://clients.rte-france.com/lang/an/clients_traders_fournisseurs/services_clients/dispositif_global.jsp

      RTE can either limit the access to the network or adapt the generation programmes so as to provide additional capacity whenever possible. In this case, the customers who have access to the network may bear an extra congestion price which serve to compensate for the costs of these adaptation of schedules.

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