Thursday, 10 October 2019

The EU is a democracy, run by elected politicians


Brexit campaigners often claim that the EU isn’t democratic. But in many ways, it’s more democratic than our system of democracy in the UK where:

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Telegraph? Get the polygraph!


In today’s Telegraph, economist and journalist, Liam Halligan, wrote that if the UK revoked Article 50 and remained a member of the EU, it would mean losing our rebate and other hard-won opt outs, and could see Britain having to ‘bail out the failed euro’.

But as I pointed in in the readers column:

The European Court of Justice has already confirmed that Britain could revoke Article 50 at any time until the expiry of the Article 50 notice period (currently 31 October) and that would mean remaining an EU member on exactly the same terms as we have now - which includes a cast iron exclusion from the euro and retaining other hard-won opt outs, including our rebate. 

The EU has also guaranteed that bailouts, “will not entail budgetary responsibility for Member States whose currency is not the euro”.

I should have added that, actually, it's the pound that is failing, rather than the Euro.

Telegraph reader Jane Goldsmith immediately responded:
And you still believe them?
I replied:
The EU is a rules based organisation, and I believe in the rule of law - something it seems that our current prime minister probably does not.
 A reader called 'Independence Day' chipped in:
As I've posted above, the full effects of the Lisbon Treaty are shortly due to start and Lisbon is a game changer. That's why it's being kept so quiet.
I had to respond:
Unfortunately, you have been misled by a viral and entirely untrue list doing the rounds about the Lisbon Treaty, which is completely untrue.
The list claims, for example, that the treaty comes into effect in 2022, which is nonsense - the Lisbon Treaty was signed in 2007 and came into effect in 2009. 
Anyone who has actually read the Lisbon Treaty can see that the 'full effects' you refer to are entirely bogus.
Please don't take my word for this. FullFact has published an article debunking the fake Lisbon Treaty claims that you have unfortunately been misled by. 

 Over three years after the referendum, and people are still being misled - or misleading others - about Brexit. Is there any hope for Britain? 

Read the FullFact debunking of the fake Lisbon Treaty that's gone viral

  • Video: How newspaper lies led to Brexit:



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Monday, 23 September 2019

A general election is more democratic than a referendum


Today, Labour voted against being an unequivocal Remain party. So, what is their position on Brexit? Apparently, we won't know for sure until (and if) they win the next general election. 

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Cameron, May, Johnson: Where they went wrong


The three Tory Prime Ministers of this millennium – David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson – could have been the solvers of Brexit if only they had been wiser, magnanimous and acted in the national interest.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

80 years ago: The start of World War Two


It was 80 years ago – on 1 September 1939 – that the Second World War started, when the German Nazi army launched a ferocious and unprovoked invasion of Poland.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Will Britain's beaches stay clean after Brexit?


With the pound dramatically lower as a direct result of Brexit, many more Britons are now holidaying at Britain’s seaside resorts. And it’s thanks to the EU that 95% of our beaches are now clean enough to wade out into the sea.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Boris Johnson: The dictator


We thought that Prime Minister, Theresa May, was dictatorial. But her replacement, Boris Johnson, has taken the word to new depths.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Britain would prefer to remain in the EU


The latest opinion poll confirms what a long line of consecutive polls have been saying for over two years: Britain does NOT want Brexit.

The rise and fall of the Berlin wall


It was 58 years ago – on 17 August 1961 – that the Communist East German government completed the construction of the Berlin Wall.