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May’s Abject Abdication of Moral Responsibility

Nicola called it “pathetic cowardice”, but anyone who voted FOR Brexit knew it was nothing…

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Fake News is an Excuse to Control Free Speech

The European Union has become obsessed by ‘Fake News,’ it wants to track it down…

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The EU Renewable Energy Policy is a Total Ecological Disaster

From Speech in the European Parliament in Strasbourg 12th November 2018 Oxfam Germany last week…

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08Nov 18
‘Tear It Up’ MEP Launches Tirade Against EU Law Which May Bring Formula 1 To GRINDING HALT

‘Tear it up’ MEP launches tirade against EU law which may bring Formula 1 to GRINDING HALT

FORMULA 1 could come to a grinding halt if the European Union fails to amend a law forcing all vehicles to be fully ensured, making all forms of motorsports impossible, a leading MEP has warned. By MATTHEW ROBINSON  Daily Express  PUBLISHED: 08:10, Thu, Nov 8, 2018 | UPDATED: 08:19, Thu, Nov 8, 2018 The Motor Insurance Directive was reviewed by the European Commission in May, and ruled insurance would be required for “any use of a vehicle, consistent with…

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23Oct 18
Border Rumpus: Britain’s Beef With Brussels Brexit Bullying

Border Rumpus: Britain’s beef with Brussels Brexit bullying

By Diane James. New Europe. October 22nd 2018 A mounting backlash to the EU’s blatant power grab over British sovereignty in Ireland and voter betrayal in Downing Street is now palpable. Post-summit reaction in key quarters to Brexit Britain being held hostage to backroom blackmail on Northern Ireland is bordering on apoplectic. Prime Minister Theresa May has had to endure the sort of language – “noose” and “assassination” — that would land you in court…

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25Sep 18
Can The European Court Torpedo The Negotiations?

Can the European Court Torpedo the Negotiations?

Seems everywhere you look at the minute, it's all about finding ever more creative and outlandish ways to try and thwart Brexit. Today, of course, it's Labour pumping up their Conference with threats to vote down any deal that amounts to more than just Brexit in name only. The SNP obviously just want to delay, delay and delay the negotiations -- that way they can delay, delay, delay their decision on another Scottish independence referendum.…

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25Sep 18
The Battle For Brexit Is Now Truly Underway

The Battle for Brexit is now truly Underway

The ritual humiliation of the UK and its Brexit negotiations continued last week with the Salzburg meeting. Well over two years have passed since the UK Government was given a clear mandate to extricate the UK from the European Union, two years wasted since all we have to show for UK efforts is stalemate. The political ping-pong between London and Brussels have so far achieved absolutely nothing at all.  The EU simply rejects every offer…

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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 users' content Making Internet companies the copyright enforcers 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 rights holders. Only they…

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13Sep 18
Increasing The Number Of EU Coast Guards Will Not Eradicate People Trafficking Mr Juncker!

Increasing the Number of EU Coast Guards will not eradicate People Trafficking Mr Juncker!

This week saw President Juncker present his State of the EU Union plan for what remains of his presidential term and also forms the platform for his replacement after the 2019 EU elections. One of his more eye-catching statements concerned the planned 10,000 increase of EU Frontex agency border and coast guards. Justifying his announcement by as a toughening approach to migration, he paid scant regard to the origins of the problem or indeed to…

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10Sep 18
EU Civil Servant Asks Elected Representative To Withdraw Twitter Comment… Shocking!

EU Civil Servant asks Elected Representative to Withdraw Twitter Comment… Shocking!

First day in the European Parliament in Strasbourg after the Summer Break The session opened last night with a contentious statement from an MEP colleague. He explained that he had been subjected to pressure from an EU Bureau civil servant to withdraw a Twitter comment. Rightly so he criticised this pressure which brought into question supposedly EU Freedom of Expression and that specifically of MEPs regarding EU matters. This was a perfectly timed example of…

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

The EU Pan European Pension – a £2.1 trillion Power Grab?

Diane was interviewed by FACTS4EU.ORG about preparation for a Pan European Pension Plan (PEPP). “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 power grab by the EU, but it’s one…

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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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