As EU Leaders Realise They’ve Overrplayed Their Hand And Start To Panic, This Should be Read By Remainers

How can we have forgotten the huge debt we owe you?

by Alexander von Schoenburg

EDITOR AT LARGE OF BILD — GERMANY’S BIGGEST SELLING PAPER

AS MARCH 29 looms ever closer, here in Germany, rabid, anti-British sentiment is part of the daily discourse.

The chattering classes — politicians and pundits alike — are urging our Chancellor, Angela Merkel, to harden her line towards the United Kingdom after suggestions that she was prepared to throw Theresa May a lifeline. Indeed, last week, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s successor-in-waiting, led calls for Britain to scrap Brexit completely.

Germans are far from alone in this attitude. In the wake of the momentous Commons defeat for your Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy, the European Commission twisted the thumbscrews still further.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, suggested it was time for the UK to abandon its ‘red lines’ over ending freedom of movement and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Yet these issues have been unshakable stipulations for the British since the beginning of talks. To casually propose dumping them in this way was insulting to your country.

Regret

The French president, Emmanuel Macron, was, regrettably, similarly dismissive when he said that Brexit was a British problem and one it would have to solve on its own.

Such blinkered and sour responses are, in my view, wrong-headed. They ignore the great debt that Germany, and the whole Continent, owes our friends across the Channel.

However much we in Europe regret your decision to leave our Community, we must always remember that, throughout your history, independence and sovereignty have been paramount. Germany, in particular, should tread lightly when it comes to dealing with your proud nation.

It was Great Britain that first stood up to Hitler in 1939. And it was Britain that opened its doors to the thousands of Jewish refugees fleeing certain death during the Holocaust.

Put simply, there would be no free Europe without you and the bloody sacrifice you made to rescue the Continent. This plain fact has not always been a popular one, of course. The truth is that there has been a long tradition of policies aimed at excluding the British Isles from Europe, most notably those of French president, Charles De Gaulle.

After the war, inspired by dreams of the medieval empire that stretched across the Continent under Charlemagne, De Gaulle poured his energy into setting up the European Economic Community — the forerunner of the EU.

But when Britain inquired about membership in the early Sixties, his answer was an emphatic ‘Non!’

Thanks to De Gaulle’s opposition, it took more than a decade for the UK to be accepted. And the driving force for unity, for welcoming British membership with open arms, was the German chancellor of the Sixties, Konrad Adenauer.

For that, ultimately, we can thank the Queen.

As has happened so often during more than six decades on the throne, Elizabeth II’s diplomatic skills and remarkable personality swung the course of world politics.

In 1965, she and Prince Philip made a whirlwind tour through Germany, captivating my country. There were endless days of balls and sightseeing, and a boat trip on the Rhine.

Adenauer was swept off his feet. Though he was, like De Gaulle, a staunch Catholic who had initially shared the Frenchman’s grand vision, he quickly came to realise that Europe needed Britain precisely because we are all so different.

Europe has never been a bland, homogenous entity — a United States of Euroland. On the contrary, it is a thrilling patchwork made up of vibrantly different nations with all kinds of funny quirks.

We needed Britain 80 years ago and we need you now.

And because we should honour the result of your referendum, we must be happy to take you on your own terms. If that means a form of semi membership with full sovereignty, so be it.

There has been much talk of the problem of the Irish ‘backstop’ — but for Europe, Britain is the real backstop. Without you, power in Europe will tend to gravitate ever more to the centre which will ultimately risk implosion.

European politics today seems to be full of De Gaulle’s, shaking their fists at Britain as you try to leave the EU.

What is needed is another statesman such as Adenauer — a man or woman to stand up to the bureaucratic machine of Brussels, who will take on the Barniers, the Junkers and the Tusks. We need someone who can remind us of our bounden duty and enable the UK to leave without punishing it.

A real statesman would rekindle Adenauer’s historic vision of the EU, as a federation of states and not some kind of bloated super-state — a confederation, that does not neglect the historic peculiarities of its members.

None of this is impossible.

Stable

Even the staunchest Brexiteers, such as Boris Johnson, realise the value of keeping one foot in the strong economic zone that the Continent represents.

If only European leaders would take a step back and acquiesce to London on this smallest of adjustments over the Irish backstop, it would take the wind out of the hard-line Brexiteers’ sails and enable a stable cross-Channel relationship for the future.

In many ways the problem is one of historical ignorance.

What we Germans and especially EU bureaucrats don’t appreciate is the delicate political situation in Northern Ireland, and the sensitivities involved on both sides. We know little of the tragic legacy of ‘The Troubles’, the deaths of so many, including British soldiers, and the hard-won peace after 30 years.

More people in the British Isles were killed by the IRA than by ISIS and Al-Qaeda combined. That statistic ought to make all of us in Europe rethink our position on the question of the Irish backstop.

We have to be more flexible, more forgiving.

Instead of torturing the world’s oldest democracy with unacceptable demands, our Chancellor Frau Merkel and the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker should unite in calling for new talks, renegotiating face to face if need be.

Theresa May has been gravely weakened but it is unconscionable for European leaders to use this as a stick to beat her with.

Style

They should remember the great German strategist Otto von Bismarck who, in the 19th century, insisted that one should always win but never humiliate one’s opponents. The best victory is the magnanimous one.

Another adage worth recalling: now is that of the German philosopher Theodor Adorno who remarked that while the British epitomise style, the Germans represent substance. Style and substance … there’s much truth in that metaphor.

Seen from that perspective, it’s imperative that Brexit is achieved with a degree of aplomb and decorum. At this crucial moment, Europe must concede enough to let the UK leave with head held high — and do it in style.

If, instead, our leaders continue to treat the British people with contempt, we will wreck those great ties between our countries that have been painstakingly created over many generations.

Our societies have always thrived on mutual respect and admiration. We are brothers and sisters… and this family squabble has gone too far.

It is time for Chancellor Merkel to show other European leaders the way and for them all to start treating your country as it deserves — with our respect and gratitude.

 

France’s yellow vest revolt against Macron will cause huge headache in 2019

Since the first incarnation of the EU an The Common Market, FRANCE has always been considered one of the bastions of European stability and a poster state for financial and political integration among European Union countries. But former Goldman Sachs banker Emmanuel Macron has thrown both France’s position as Germany’s chief sidekick and the dream of European integration into a federal suprstate called errrrmmm Germany, into doubt  as he scrambles to quell a growing revolt against his leadership that threatens to continue into 2019.

The so-called “yellow vest” movement has spawned violent protests across the country since November, forcing French authorities to deploy tens of thousands police officers to quash weekly demonstrations. The largely leaderless, grassroots citizens’ movement emerged in the face of a proposed fuel tax that would have pushed up the price of petrol, hitting many people in rural and suburban areas who depend of cars and have very little access to public transport. But the “yellow vests” have since been joined by thousands more demonstrators concerned about the growing costs of living as French people struggle to make ends meet while Mr Macron, the country’s president, continues to implement business-friendly reforms to the economy.

In a televised address to the nation, Macron promised a £13.4 billion package of concessions including a a rise in the minimum wage in a bid to stave off the crisis that could bring down his government. Unfortunately the movement has transformed into an anti-government rebellion intent on displaying discontent in Mr Macron’s leadership.

This has left European Union with a dilemma as plans increase the minimum wage meant the budget would run at a 3.2 percent deficit, instead of the 2.8 percent originally forecast. Brussels has recently threatened economic sanctions on Italy for exceeding deficit limits by a smaller amount.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, have promised to carefully watch developments in the French budget as politicians attempt to head off another confrontation with Italy’s nationalist government.

The Italian prime minister “explicitly mentioned the revolt of the yellow jackets” in his most recent deficit talks with the EU.

The movement also threatens to cause waves during the 2019 European Parliament elections after the French Communist Party announced it plans to feature “yellow jackets” on its list of candidates, while nationalist parties across Europe threaten to form a bloc that will dominate the European Parliament.

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Theresa May’s New Contempt Of Parliament Scandal

On a day that saw her government defeated three times in House of Commons votes on key Brexit issues, a new scandal has erupted around Theresa May’s dishonest and duplicitous  mismanagement of the Brexit process. The Prime Minister has now been accused of holding secret weekly Brexit meetings with pro EU Cabinet ministers and civil servants of which no record has been made, sparking accusations of a “conspiracy to derail Brexit”.

Political advisers to the Government are said to have been increasingly concerned about the meetings especially as May has increasingly sidelined elected MPs on her negotiating team and delegated responsibility for negotiations to rabidly pro EU civil servants such as Oliver ‘Oily’ Robbins. Mrs May’s Government has relied upon various ad hoc subcommittees to deal with Brexit since Article 50 was triggered in March 2017. But since the controversial Chequers summit this summer the Prime Minister has held weekly off-the-books meetings with her core (i,e, Remain supporting,) advisers and civil servants present.

Of the secret gatherings, one source told the London Evening Standard: “In terms of democracy this feels like a scandal.”

Other members of May’s government are, like their boss, being caught out of lies they have told to try and hide the extent of their surrender to the EU on Brexit. Labour MP and ardent supporter Kate Hoey challened the Attorney General over comments made by the Secretary of State of Northern Ireland about the backstop arrangement if it is enforced after the implementation period. Conservative frontbencher Karen Bradley claimed last week legislation in Northern Ireland would remain in line with the UK if the Brexit backstop was implemented. Speaking in the House of Commons, Kate Hoey claimed the remarks from the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland were “not accurate”.

She said: “The Attorney General has been very honest I think in the downside of this backstop. That’s even without the legal advice, so we dread what would actually be in it if we did see it.

“Could I ask him about the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who on Sunday in the Inside Northern Ireland politics with Mark Devenport, actually said ‘even if the backstop kicks in Great Britain will stick to the same rules as Northern Ireland’.

“Would the Attorney General have a word with her because she is going around Northern Ireland on a tour and saying some things which are actually not accurate, and giving the people of Northern Ireland the very wrong impression about what this agreement means.”

Mr Cox replied: “The regulatory regime in Great Britain will be a matter entirely for the Government of the United Kingdom.”

This echoed the comments made by The Prime Minister when she was questioned on the issue. Unfortunately as has now been revealed the so called backstop would leave Northern Ireland operating under EU jurisdiction and the UK could not terminate the agreement without the consent of all 27 EU member states, a move that Ireland’s government in Dublin have promised they would always veto. This is perhaps the worst aspect of the sellout deal made in secret by Theresa May (it rhymes with betray,) with the EU.

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Hypocrite May: Chastises British Parliament While She Stabs British People In The Back

Theresa May yesterday chastised the UK parliament to “listen to constituents.” She should do just that, herself. She proved herself completely delusional and unfit for office by showing she believes the British people support her sellout which will effectively make us a vassal state of the EU.

The Prime Minister said in her statement to Parliament that MPs in the House of Commons had a “duty to listen to their constituents before taking a decision in the national interest”.

When had that old tart in prostitute shoes ever listened to anyone except those who could help advance her personal interests! If she is stupid enough to believe what a few sycophantic Conservatives and EU officials determined to punish Britain for voting to leave are telling her, she has obviously not looked at the results from New Polling which shows the public kicking back against her sellout Brexit Deal.

When next asked to choose between Theresa May’s Deal or No Deal – and No Brexit– the responses hardened, delivering 57% for Leaving deal or no deal and 41% for No Brexit, with again 3% Don’t Knows.

Clearly, those polled do not want to stay in the EU. But they also do not like May’s plan.

Some Labour and some Tory MPs want a Norway or Canada option but the poll did not allow that.

Why? When it was on the table, with the EU having said either option would be acceptable, May went over the heads of her negotiators and ruled it out in favour of a dishonorable surrender on terms dictated by the EU.

 

 

 

EU threatens to torpedo May’s Brexit deal as she lies to nation about her surrender.

Even as Theresa May stood in front of the nation and lied about the abject surrender to EU bullying that she is trying to see to British voters as a good deal when it will mean surrendering our sovereignty and lawmaking powers to unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, it looks as if the EU itself is not as united as we are being told.
As both sides prepare for a summit to finalise the deal, scheduled for Sunday, there are claims Angela Merkel is threatening to pull the plug on the gathering unless the outstanding issues are solved by tomorrow.  EU Commission President Jean Claude Drunkard’s deputy Valdis Dombrovskis warned that the summit would not definitely go ahead. ‘For that we will need to have agreed beforehand on the political declaration on the future relationship and we are not there yet,’ he said.

Asked if Mrs May was still going, her spokesman said: ‘A summit has been called, an agenda has been published and we look forward to attending.’

Mrs May thought she had managed to quell a Cabinet mutiny over the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement – albeit at the cost of two big resignations. A backbench coup attempt led by Jacob Rees-Mogg was also reported to have collapsed. However what actually happened is the conservative rebels understood May’s deal, or betrayal as we should call it for the sake of honesty, has no chance of being approved by Parliament, so why trigger a vote of confidence which they might lose, when in the event of May’s deal being defeated in The House Of Commons, the opposition parties will demand a vote of confidence in the government. The government would lose, May would resign, there would be a General Election and who knows what reult that would throw up.

May still thinks she can get her deal through of course, the woman is nothing if not stupid.
Read more: EU threatens to torpedo May’s Brexit deal as she sweeps into Brussels for talks: Merkel is poised to snub Sunday’s crucial summit which could be AXED amid bickering over fishing rights, trade deals and Gibraltar

Lying May Claims Deal Brings Back Control, Draft Agreement Does The Opposite

teresa-may-negotiatorTeresa May shows off her negotiating technique
(this is the other Teresa May, the porn star, of course – picture Porn Hub)

Our most despicable, dishonest, anti – British Prime Minister to date (and we’ve had some stinking shits over the past few decades, stood outside her official residence, 10 Downing Street today, and blatantly lied to the nation, claiming her Brexit deal with the struck yesterday with the European Union, was the right one for Britain and will give us back control of our laws, our fishing rights, our borders and our ability to make trade deals with non – EU nations — but even as she spoke details of this obnoxious old slapper’s latest betrayal were leaking out and it was becoming clear she has sold us out. If the united Kingdom leave the EU on the terms this traitor has agreed it will mean the United Kingdom becomes a vassal state, we would have to accept supremacy of EU law over laws passed by our sovereign parliament, the EU will dictate our borders policy and we will require permission from the EU to conclude trade deals with any non – EU nations. And the French, Spanish and Portuguese are still demanding that their factory ship continue to be allowed to plunder our fishing grounds..

Telling the news cameras that she had tasked British negotiators to work overnight to get an agreement on the draft document, Theresa May said: “this is the right deal for the UK. It delivers on the vote of the referendum, it brings back control of our borders, our money, and our laws, and it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security, and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom.”

All we can say is does the bitch think we are as stupid as her university brainwashed backbench MPs? Only a fucking idiot would believe this crap. Fortunately there is little chance of the deal being accepted by parliament. Labour, scenting a general election and a massive victory, will vote against it, the DUP will vote against it and rumour has it that as many as 66 Conservative members will vote against it.

Then she is in for another major shock on Sunday, since the Italians will be holding their vote hostage over their budget battle with the EU Mafia Dons.
On Saturday, PM Conte is meeting with Juncker over the Italian budget, and he stated publicly yesterday, unless Brussels approves our budget prior to Sunday, we will vote against the Brexit deal. Brussels will never approve the budget, since they fear Italy bringing down the single currency more than they fear a Brexit domino effect with Poland, Hungary, Greece and a few others following us out of the union.

There is another fly in the ointment for May’s deal now. Spain’s new far – left (Stalinist) socialist PM, Pedro Sanchez is threatening to vote against the Brexit deal over Gibralter. He is also,evolving into rather a power hungry nutter, threatening to wrest control of the EU from Germany and France, whose banks have enormous exposure to spanish debt. Sanchez wants to prove Spain can be the tough guys, that is another reason for his no vote.

Then there is Poland, who have threatened a no vote, saying Britain can get a better deal, and they will fight for us to get a better one,

If Poland votes no, you can bet Orban will follow their lead,

So, it seems Treasonous Tessie will be returning across the channel, once again, with her devil’s tail shoved firmly up her fat old arse!

EU clashes with Rome over Italy’s budget plans, again

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Picture: Deutsche Welle

You thought Brexit was the only problem the EU was struggling with at the moment? How wrong were you?

The EU Commission’s latest rejection of Italy’s budget is the first step in disciplinary procedures that, in typical schol bully stylem the bastards of Brussels threaten will lead to big fines and economic sanctions. The EU Commission said Italy has “seriously violated” EU budget rules when rejecting again Italy’s proposed budget on Wednesday.

The Commission confirmed its assessment that “Italy’s draft budget plan is in particularly serious non-compliance” with EU debt rules, Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said in Brussels. It is woth reminding ourselves here that when Italy, with its traditionally weak currency, was bullied into joining the European Single Currency System (the Euro) after the EU had ben its own rules to breaking point in a politically motivated move to force weaker economies into financial integration, thus advancing the Federal European Superstate agenda.

Dombrovskis said with the Italian government’s current plan “we see a risk of the country sleepwalking into instability.” (Well he’s Greek so he’d know.)

“We conclude that the opening of a debt-based excessive deficit procedure is warranted,” he added, referring to the EU’s disciplinary process against member states for over-spending, a policy which has impoverished millions of people in Greece, Spain, Portgal, Ireland and Italy as EU imposed austerity policies have destroyed the spending power of wages.

The Commission’s move is mandated for countries whose debt levels are above the Eurozone threshold and who are not doing enough to reduce borrowing. Unfortunately not all countries are as strong economically as Germany, and with their weak economies tied to the German industrial powerhouse they cannot operayte within the eU rules.

Italy’s government, led by a populist coalition of left leanin Five-Star Movement and the right-of-centre Lega, has remained largely defiant towards Brussels. On Wednesday, Matteo Salvini, Italy’s interior minister, deputy prime minister and de fact leader of the government, said any EU sanctions against Rome would be “disrespectful” towards Italians.

“We are convinced about the numbers in our budget. We will talk about it in a year’s time,” he told reporters. Rome and the EU Commission had been at odds for weeks over Italy’s budget after it had been rejected by the Commission a first time.

Last week Italy submitted a revised version of its budget with only minor adjustments that did not appease the Commission and EU member states.

EU “Sounds Alarm” Over New US Sanctions On Russia; Germany Threatens Retaliation
Late on Friday (21/07/17), Congressional negotiators agreed to advance a cross – party bill that would punish Russia for its (alleged) interference in the 2016 election according to the Wall Street Journal. And while it seems improbable that President Trump would sign the bill if it reaches his desk, the loudest complaint about the bill to date has emerged not from the Oval Office, but from US allies in NATO and the European Union …

Nigel Farage Swipes Back At Irrational, Screeching, Crazy Clinton
US Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton launched a hysterical, irrational attack, filled with half truths and blatant lies, against the most prominent figure in the campaign to get Britain out of the EU (Brexit), UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, during a speech at a rally today. Mrs Clinton, responding to Farage’s address to a large and enthusiastic audience at a Donald Trump rally, may have been rattled at the prospect of having such a hihly effective campaigner in the rival camp …

Rebellion Against EU Authoritarianism Escalates As 8th Member Nation Threatens Referendum
Brussels went too far, they crossed the line in moving from an economic union to a political pan – European political empire. In the end it was a race as to which member state would quit first, Britain, Natherlands, Denmark or Italy. In the event it is Britain.

Is Brexit A Harbinger Of Doom For The ‘Experts’
The Brexit vote, the decision by a democratic majority in Britain to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves around the world. Not only does the EU now face a tsunami of departures, the usurpation of democracy by ‘experts’ ( technocrats ) has been challenged and exposed as a sham.

BREXIT vs. GREXIT – The Truth About The European Union And How It Treats Members
Unless the testicularly deficient politicians stand up for their nations he only thing that will halt the European Union’s push beyond Europe’s geographical borders to incorporate Asian, middle eastern and north African nations is war. Power is addictive and the bean counters of Brussels have ambitions far beyond Europe.

The Hypocrisy and Snobbery Of The Remain Campaign And The Antidote

When I had to defriend a Facebook contact because she was arguing in favour of the EU, it was not simply because I support Brexit that I had become pissed of with her, it was the snobbish and condescending way she dismissed supporters of LEAVE and their case. People are entitled to their opinion on the European Union, but they should check the ‘facts’ they post in support of their arguments.

The Labour Case For Brexit by Kate Hoey M.P.
After my short intro is a savage indictment by Brexit supporting Labour MP Kate Hoey of the way the Labour Party has abandoned the working class and is now trying to betray the party’s proud heritage and its roots in the industrial areas by taking Britain into an undemocratic, corporate controlled, capitalist friendly, elite dominated globalist control freak project.

Dutch Referendum This Week Shows why We Should Leave The EU.
Few of you were aware probably that there is an EU referendum vote in The Netherlands this week. As usual with anything negative about the EU barely a word has been printed in the topic in mainstream media and the silence from our notionally unbiased national broadcaster The Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been deafening.

French, Belgians, Dutch, Italians Follow Britain in Euroskepticism
Europeans want us British to lead them out of Europe. Don’t be fooled by project fear, the European Union (aka the Euronazi Federal Superstate) is falling apart. There will not be chaos if we leave, there will be chaos if we stay.

Head Of European Institute: Brexit ‘Better’ For Everyone
Brexit would be the best result of Britain’s in / out referendum for both Britain and the EU i a Belgian professor who heads up the European Institute at the London School of Economics (LSE) has said.

Johnson’s article lines up his reasons why Britain must exit on June 23rd. It’s time to be brave
OK, I know a lot of you think Boris is most accurately described by a word many people find offensive, but he’s put together a very good argument here on why we must leave the EU. Published in part here under ‘fair use’ terms and conditions, in the public interest …