I am an elected member of the European Parliament
for the South East… sitting as an independent

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19Sep 18
EU Copyright Directive – The Wrong Decision!

EU Copyright Directive – The wrong decision!

The overriding issue regarding this EU Parliament decision is its threat to free speech. The root of the threat is that it makes Internet platforms liable for their user’s content. Making Internet companies the copyright enforcer’s and effectively content policemen makes no sense given the likelihood that they will err on the side of caution and overblock to avoid any potential penalty. Content usage oversight and control should be the responsibility of the right’s holders.…

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28Jun 18
The EU Pan European Pension Product – A £2.1 Trillion Power Grab?

The EU Pan European Pension Product – a £2.1 trillion power grab?

Diane was interviewed by FACTS4EU.ORG about preparation for a Pan European Pension Plan (PEPP). Some of here edited and shortened comments were: “The issue here from my point of view is that this is a financial power grab by the European Union. .... Its impact on the UK will be huge.... Edinburgh is effectively the pivot around which the pension market in the UK operates. All the big key players are based up there..... This is not only a financial…

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20Jun 18
Bullying Barnier And The Unelected Elite

Bullying Barnier and the unelected elite

Ever since the United Kingdom joined the EEC in 1973, we have been pushed around by an arrogant unelected elite based in Brussels. Year after year they have taken control away from the British people. To all intents and purposes we have become a colony of the EU. In 2016 in what was a remarkable act of democracy and also defiance, UK voters decided that enough was enough. We had tired of the EU bullying…

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01May 18
City AM Article – The 3 ‘B’s’ In EU Land – Budget Post Brexit, Bolster EU Support, Bash Eurosceptism

City AM Article – The 3 ‘B’s’ in EU land – Budget post Brexit, Bolster EU Support, Bash Eurosceptism

This week the EU will set the next seven year budget plans, running from 2021 to 2027. Against a backdrop of new states waiting in the wings to join – all requiring pre accession funding, the EU must counteract the deficit caused by Brexit and respond forcefully to increasing eurosceptism. There should be no surprise therefore at the noises being made at the highest level to make the distribution of funds dependent upon acceptable governance…

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17Apr 18
Emmanuel Macron In The European Parliament

Emmanuel Macron in the European Parliament

In his speech this morning Emmanuel Macron stated that he wanted democracy and sovereignty at an EU level, which seems impossible if not contradictory. If you remember a year ago,  Emmanuelle Macron’s promise  during his  campaign was that the priority would be given to Europe. Well he kept his promise. On the day of his election , it was not the Marseillaise but The European Union’s anthem, Ode to Joy by Beethoven which was played.…

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28Mar 18
EU Army On Manoeuvres

EU Army On Manoeuvres

BRITISH MEP DIANE JAMES COMMENTED EXCLUSIVELY TO BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG We asked seasoned observer of the EU's military ambitions, Diane James MEP, for her thoughts on these latest developments: The full text of the article is here on: facts4eu.org

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12Feb 18
From Data Rules To EU ‘click Taxes’, Britain Needs A Plan To Protect The Digital Economy

From data rules to EU ‘click taxes’, Britain needs a plan to protect the digital economy

This article was originally published on the City AM website. The UK has developed an enviable digital economy, worth £160bn a year according to Tech Nation. The Harvard Business Review has estimated that the sector accounts for 16 per cent of domestic output, 10 per cent of employment, and 24 per cent of exports. Yet, despite its size and value, the digital economy was somewhat absent from the Brexit debate. Much more was heard about financial…

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05Feb 18
Are Gove’s Green Policies Just An Excuse To Raise Taxes?

Are Gove’s Green policies just an excuse to raise taxes?

This article was originally published on the CapX website. What is behind Michael Gove’s love for all things environmental? Despite David Cameron’s attempt to paint the Conservatives as “Green”, the party has never really enjoyed much of a reputation as being particularly pro-environment. That mantle has tended to rest with the Liberal Democrats and, naturally, the Green Party. Could it be that Gove is determined to really clean up the state of the nation, or…

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