EU now demands €100 billion alimony from UK! This is ransom, pure and simple. The first substantive round of Brexit negotiations ended Thursday with EU and UK deadlocked on core divorce issues, leaving officials openly pessimistic about meeting an October deadline for moving on to the next phase of talks.
Britain not only flatly rejected the EU’s demand that it offer a methodology for computing the financial settlement, as the EU did, but the UK’s lead negotiator David Davis refused to even acknowledge the ultimate calculation of the so-called Brexit bill would lead to a net payment to Brussels from London.
“We are a country that recognizes its international responsibilities and rights,” Davis said at a news conference with the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier. But Davis added pointedly: “I don’t recognize the phrase ‘net flow,’” referring to a question about payments to Brussels after Brexit. Barnier similarly expressed little willingness to give ground on any of the major divorce issues.
At their news conference, the negotiators seemed testy and ill-at-ease. And far from showing the two sides striving toward a mutually beneficial deal, this week’s meager results made clear this is not a negotiation among friends, as the sides had professed, but a contest of adversaries seeking advantage at each other’s expense.
A British official said there would be no estimate of the Brexit tab (which Brussels says could total €100 billion) agreed on before the October European Council summit in Brussels.
Instead of proposing their own methodology for the financial settlement, UK.negotiators spent this week quizzing the EU side about its proposal.
the UK side believe negotiators accepted the reality that London won’t have any settlement figure for them by October, nor even a formula to get to a figure, because it would be politically impossible for Prime Minister Theresa May to present a bill to the British public before she has anything in the way of trade commitments or other upsides to show for it.
The view could not have been more different on the EU side, where officials slammed UK for trying to avoid a discussion on financial obligations that Brussels regards as self-evident and indisputable.
“The Brits don’t want to enter into discussion because they know that at the end of the day it is going to be difficult to contest the very existence of budgetary and legal commitments,” a senior EU diplomat said.
One for all, and all for one! UK now turns to Five Eyes, an alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries are bound by English language, common culture, freedom, and the best standards of living on Earth.
UK will outperform the entire Eurozone over the coming years. Euro will finally go into meltdown in the coming years. UK could achieve even better growth, if Whitehall delivers sweeping new powers over spending and taxation to local government. English counties are sleeping giants just waiting for their economic potential to be unleashed, with over a million new jobs could be created over a ten-year period, £26.3 billion added to the national economy in tandem with public sector savings of £11.7 billion over a five-year period.
Brexit means that to improve exports and manufacturing performance, the Industrial Strategy must look beyond the largest cities. Local economies account for over half of England’s manufacturing output and almost 40 per cent of exports. That makes the local economy an important constituent of the whole — big enough not just to be influenced by, but to heavily influence overall economic activity in UK. To be effective the industrial strategy and the next phase of devolution should seek to build on that.
A senior EU official complained: “We cannot have a serious discussion on the financial settlement as long as we do not have a clarification on where UK stands.” By contrast, this official said British negotiators “had a long set of questions, and we were able to answer each one of them.”
Another senior EU diplomat raised the possibility that two more rounds of negotiations might need to be added to the monthly sessions scheduled in August, September and October to prevent the talks from collapsing.
At the news conference, Barnier complained that the U.K. thwarted his hopes of identifying areas of agreement and disagreement in this week’s talks, and that Britain’s goals in the negotiations remained obscure.
“I said last week that I wanted to identify the points where we agree and the points where we disagree,” Barnier said. “This was possible this week for the issues on which there was a clear British position.”
But he quickly made clear that there was not sufficient clarity. On the question of a financial settlement, Barnier said sharply: A clarification of the U.K. position is indispensable for us to negotiate and for us to make sufficient progress on this financial dossier, which is inseparable from the other withdrawal dossiers.
On citizens’ rights, negotiators were at a stalemate over the EU’s demand that any future disputes be adjudicated by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) — the EU’s highest court in Luxembourg.
A British official complained after the close of the talks that the EU’s demand on the ECJ represented an unprecedented attempt to impose a foreign court’s will on a third country. And irritation was running high at what some in London consider to be “judicial imperialism” on the part of the EU.
While UK’s opposition to a role for the ECJ was well-known, new disputes on citizens’ rights emerged this week, including over a demand by the British side to conduct criminal background checks on the more than 3 million EU citizens residing in UK if and when they request to stay under any Brexit agreement. The U.K. also claimed that denying freedom of movement rights to its citizens on the Continent post Brexit amounted to unfair treatment.
The U.K. at one point also tried to inject a new issue into the citizens’ rights debate, raising the issue of posted workers, to the annoyance of the EU side. It viewed the move as trying to fast-forward the discussion on a future trade relationship because such temporary workers typically do not face the residency issues of citizens permanently living and working outside their home country.
There was also essentially no progress at all on the complex questions surrounding Ireland and its border with Northern Ireland, as well as the particular concerns related to protecting the Good Friday Agreement — a goal that each side has said should be of paramount importance. Barnier offered a bleak assessment, saying the Ireland question in all its dimensions requires more detailed discussions.
A company cannot function properly in EU, because of the Value Added Tax. VAT shackles business. VAT yoke constrains sales and robs poor Europeans at gunpoint. VAT is the cacothanasia of EU! VAT destroys the economy and trade of EU. VAT is the most infamous comparative disadvantage. VAT is a very good reason to secede from Fourth Reich (EU) now. All Europeans want VAT to be abolished right now. Abolition of VAT is a prerequisite for Fourth Reich to recover from the current depression. Any federation that imposes VAT on its members does not deserve to live. Vatstruck Fourthreichians are looking for a Moses to liberate them from the yoke of Brussels.
Fourth Reich is the ultimate bureaucracy! We deride Brussels bureaucrats for living in a bubble, but actually they are a bubble inside a bigger set of national governments’ bubbles – a double bubble. As a result, Brussels has completely lost touch with those it purports to serve and its structures are underhand.
It takes accountability, activism, and attack to keep bureaucracy at bay. The first antidote is to make bureaucrats properly accountable to those they serve – to keep them looking out, not in. In the UK, MPs hold weekly clinics for their local constituencies, they are grilled and challenged publicly when up for election and their expenses and increasingly tax returns are a matter of public record. Alas, this level of accountability and transparency does not exist in Brussels, and it should. Most people have no idea how Juncker actually ended up as head of the commission, or what he does in that role.
The second antidote is to encourage activism – to give voice and opportunity to those at the bottom to challenge those at the top. This principle is set in stone in most democracies, and you see it happening outside the houses of parliament, through e-petitions, and with the emergence of new political parties. But Brussels falls short on this dimension as well: perhaps the double-bubble is just too hard for activists to penetrate – perhaps the lack of accountability neuters the power of activism. Nigel Farage has been haranguing Juncker in the European assembly for years, but the insults and challenges don’t seem to stick.
Hitler has won after all! Germany has managed to enslave all Europeans in EU, the Fourth Reich! Fourth Reich is an illegal VAT-monger confederation that has no voted constitution, a flag no one salutes, an anthem no one sings, a Fuehrer no one can name, a parliament of prostitutes, a capital of huge bureaucracy no one controls, a currency that soon will not exist, rules of fiscal behavior that no member has been penalized for ignoring, a commission which is the Eldorado of corruption, brutal cybercops, 24% VAT, and kleptocrats galore!
Most VAT-struck Europeans are disappointed in VAT-monger Fourth Reich. VAT-monger European commissioners have become bumptious bugaboos who offer no real service, but propaganda and obstacles. They make huge incomes for brainwashing us, giving us hard time, 24% VAT, and boycotting our efforts for a free and happy life. Laissez-nous faire, Let us do! The VAT-monger European Commission is just an extra layer of government, an extra layer of oppression, an extra layer of bureaucracy, and extra layer of inertia. Who needs that?
The Lisbon Treaty is Eurokleptocracy’s Pyrrhic victory. It created a VAT-monger confederation, Fourth Reich, without a popular foundation. EU lacks legitimacy among VAT-struck Europeans. Eurokleptocrats created a situation where the citizens of slave States live their lives with a resigned feeling that the EU project is not their own.
You remember this quip from former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during the financial crisis: You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. What matters to statists is that they see an opportunity in a pseudocrisis to shape public perception and manipulate public opinion. The financial crisis yielded a government takeover of the financial sector. The healthcare pseudocrisis yielded a government takeover of the healthcare system. What do you think Eurokleptocrats are going to do with the pseudo-refugee crisis? They’d be happy to transform the confederation of Fourth Reich to a federation. You should take the blood libel seriously.
There are events in history known as false flag events. These are staged by a government usually to distress the public, so the government can do something that the public would otherwise disapprove. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. Lyndon Johnson’s phony Gulf of Tonkin pseudo-event started the Viet Nam War in 1964. This was deemed necessary to begin a full scale war with public approval and is now well documented as a false flag event. It never happened. Now the pseudo-refugee crisis is the false flag to transform the confederation of Fourth Reich to a federation.
Though VAT-monger commissioners are supposed to do different things, they all do one single thing, spinning EU propaganda. So in reality, Fourth Reich has 28 commissioners of propaganda, 27 Goebbelses! Like Joseph Goebbels of Third Reich, they frequently deliver speeches on the benefits of Fourth Reich, but never about the costs. Their disgusting daily propaganda costs many billions of euros, and it adds insult to injury.
The salaries of stupid VAT-monger EU Commissioners start at a quarter of a million euros, and that’s before we get to expenses, which are astronomical. They also make a million euros from speeches, and much more from bribes. The quality of these obscure stupid VAT-monger figures, who are only recognizable to EU fanatics and lobbyists, has always been intriguing. They get there through political mafias. They have neither skills nor experiences. First and most important is the fact that they are not elected. Yet the 27 of them have power, infinitely more power than the elected MEPs.
All major political parties in Western Europe, regardless of their different names and party programs, are nowadays committed to the same fundamental idea of democratic socialism. They use democratic elections to legitimize the taxing of productive people for the benefit of unproductive people. They tax people, who have earned their income and accumulated their wealth by producing goods or services purchased voluntarily by consumers, and they then re-distribute the confiscated loot to themselves, i.e., the democratic State that they control or hope to control, and their various political friends, supporters, and potential voters.
They do not call this policy by its right name: punishing the productive and rewarding the unproductive, of course. That doesn’t sound particularly attractive. Instead, they tap into the always popular sentiment of envy and claim to tax the few rich to support the many poor. In truth, however, with their policy they make more and more productive people poor and a steadily increasing number of unproductive people rich.
EU is the first step on the way toward the creation of a European Super-State, and ultimately of a one-world government. From its very beginnings, and despite all high-sounding political proclamations to the contrary, the EU was never about free trade and free competition. For that, you don’t need tens of thousands of pages of rules and regulations! Rather, the central purpose of the EU, supported all-along by the USA, was always the weakening in particular of Germany as Europe’s economic powerhouse. To facilitate this, Germany was sent on a seemingly never-ending guilt trip and thus pressured to transfer increasingly larger parts of its already limited sovereignty to the EU in Brussels. Especially noteworthy in this regard: Germany’s giving up its monetary sovereignty and abandoning its traditionally strong currency, the DM, in favor of a weak Euro, issued by a European Central Bank (ECB) composed overwhelmingly of politically connected central bankers from traditionally weak currency countries.
EU imposes the harmonization of the tax and regulation structure across all member states, so as to reduce economic competition and especially tax-competition between different countries and make all countries equally uncompetitive.
EU is punishing economically better performing countries like Germany and the countries of northern Europe and rewarding economically worse performing countries (mostly of southern Europe) and thus successively rendering the economic performance of all countries equally worse.
In order to overcome the rising resistance, in many countries, against the steadily increasing transfer of national sovereignty to Brussels, EU is on a crusade to erode, and ultimately destroy, all national identities and all social and cultural cohesion. The idea of a nation and of different national and regional identities is ridiculed, and multiculturalism is hailed instead as an unquestionable good.
All democratic politicians, with almost no exception, are morally uninhibited demagogues. Competition of crooks is what democracy and democratic party politics are really all about. There is in this regard little if any difference between the political elites of Berlin, Paris, Rome, etc., and those running the show in Brussels. In fact, the EU elites are typically political has-beens, with the same mentality as their domestic counterparts, on the lookout for the super-lavish salaries, benefits, and pensions doled out by EU. On the other hand, the EU elites are worse than their political cronies at home, of course, in that their decisions and rulings always affect a far larger number of people.
EU and ECB are a moral and economic monstrosity, in violation of natural law and the laws of economics. You cannot continuously punish productivity and success and reward idleness and failure without bringing about the disaster. EU will slide from one economic crisis to the next and ultimately break apart. Brexit is only the first step in this inevitable process of devolution and political decentralization.
Corrupt terrorist Erdoğan wants to export his Kurdish problem to EU with visa-free visits. Because of the ongoing Kurdish genocide, any Kurd of Turkey is entitled to asylum in EU.
Ever since the British electorate voted to bow out of the European Union, the hacks and mediocrities who run that power-obsessed, democracy-despising organization have been taking every opportunity, big and small, to diss the U.K. The latest insult came from Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, who in a speech to “diplomats and experts” in Florence proffered the snotty assertion that, thanks to Brexit, “English is losing importance in Europe.” He made that statement in English, but then, to underscore his point and enhance the snottiness quotient, switched into French.
Juncker called Brexit a tragedy. Yes, it’s a tragedy for Juncker and other stuffed shirts whose collect a hefty paycheck, at the expense of European taxpayers, for doing little more than flying around the continent giving speeches to “diplomats and experts.” Of course, that’s not all the EU does. At the lower levels of its EU hierarchy, sitting behind big desks in handsome offices in shiny, impressive buildings all over Brussels (and elsewhere), are innumerable unelected technocrats who earn huge sums to hold unnecessary meetings, write unnecessary reports, and impose restrictions on Europeans that are not only unnecessary but positively destructive of individual liberty, entrepreneurship, and economic prosperity. Brexit is a tragedy for all of these EU apparatchiks because it’s the first step in a process that will almost certainly end with them having to look for a real job.
Juncker’s focus on the so-called decline in the importance of English was typical EU rhetoric – implicitly equating the continent and its people with himself and his fellow EU drudges. Will Brexit make English somewhat less important in this silly, solemn, self-regarding body? Who cares? Look at it this way: the UN, itself a nonsensical enough sodality, has 193 members but only six official languages – English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Arabic. The EU, with 28 members, boasts no fewer than 24 official languages, plus five that are designated as “semi-official.” (Hence, one of the big upsides of EU is that it provides a staggering amount of employment for translators.)
When contemplating the EU, one should never lose sight of the fact that in some sense, the whole sprawling operation exists primarily to do what all bureaucracies exist to do – namely, to churn out documents. In the case of the EU, these documents number in the tens of thousands. Most of them are effectively meaningless. Some of them, however, turn yet another screw in the ever-intensifying control of Brussels over ordinary Europeans’ lives. In any event, every one of those documents needs to be translated into every one of those 24 languages. The mind boggles: how many trees are cut down every year to produce documents for an organization that piously pretends to be obsessed with preserving the environment? (I found it interesting to read the other day that at least one of the EU’s 24 official languages, Irish, has sort of been put on hold as an official language because so few Irish people actually know it – 99% speak English – that it’s hard to find people capable of translating to or from it.)
To be sure, the European Commission (the part of the EU that Juncker runs) has three “procedural” languages – English, French, and German – and Brexit may change that. Or perhaps not. After all, two other EU countries besides the U.K. – Ireland (as noted) and Malta (where 88% speak English) – have English as a native tongue. More important, in virtually all of the countries of the EU, English is, practically speaking, the only real second language. Yes, in the Netherlands, most people also speak French and German – but rarely as well as they do English. German is also pretty big in some central European countries – but more with old folks than younger ones. The fact is that when you come right down to it, the only truly universally shared language in Europe is English, period, and Brexit’s not going to change that.
There is, however, one thing that will soon be losing importance in Europe. And this is the point at which it’s necessary to mention that Juncker, who wields such immense authority over an entire continent, comes from one of that continent’s smallest countries: the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Bounded by Germany, France, and Belgium, the duchy is a bit more than half the size of Rhode Island and has a population somewhat smaller than that of Milwaukee. Juncker spent most of his career as a politician there. For fifteen years he was Luxembourg’s Minister for Work and Employment; for four years he was its Minister for the Treasury; and for eighteen years he was its Prime Minister. Yet nobody outside of Luxembourg had ever heard of him. Then, in 2014, he became president of the European Commission, and the world knows his name.
The EU, you see, while being, on the whole, a terrible blight on the lives of the ordinary Europeans, is absolutely terrific for people like Juncker. Indeed, it was created by and for people like Juncker. It enables them – these fanatically ambitious public officials from inconsequential countries – to rise to political positions worthy of their egos. If it weren’t for the EU, none of us would ever have heard of Juncker, and nothing he said would ever have made headlines outside of Luxembourg. So when the EU falls, Juncker, along with everyone else of his ilk, will lose not just some of his importance but every last little bit of his importance. (Unless, of course, he manages to snag some UN sinecure.) Brexit, in short, doesn’t mean a diminution in the importance of English – it marks the beginning of the end of the importance of Juncker. And the faster he and his fellow EU honchos resume their anonymity, the better.
Years ago, many Europeans hoped that the European Union (EU) might be a force for good. In the early 1990s. However, these dreams have been put to shame. The time has come to take an honest look at what the EU actually is today, not to dream about what it might have become.
There have been disturbing, Utopian and partly totalitarian undercurrents to the EU for years. These currents have now reached the surface. EU increasingly resembles a pan-European tyranny.
The massive pressure from illegal immigration in the Mediterranean region continues. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed illegally in boats to get to Europe. They come from all over the Islamic world and Africa, even from countries such as Bangladesh and Nigeria, where there is no war. Critics claim that the EU through its actions has encouraged further illegal immigration.
Many of these migrants have created huge social and economic problems for local communities across Europe. It is furthermore an indisputable fact — acknowledged even by the security services and some of the established mass media — that militant Muslims are among the migrants currently flowing into Europe. A number of Muslim immigrants and asylum seekers have been involved in deadly terrorist attacks in Europe.
Some EU states such as the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland have widely resisted this. Yet despite popular resistance, unelected officials in EU want to force countries across Europe to take in illegal immigrants from overpopulated and dysfunctional societies.
The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to give in to blackmail from Brussels over immigration. Given that potential Islamic terrorists are known to be hiding among the migrants, EU is actively trying to force European countries into taking in potential Islamic terrorists. This is pure evil.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been a staunch opponent of such measures for years. Orbán has accused EU of being openly on the side of terrorists against Europeans. Judged by the statements and actions of the European Union, it is hard to disagree with him. EU is now the Evil Empire.
After nearly a decade of debt crisis in the Eurozone, Greece is still suffering greatly while the German export industry is booming. The euro was a poorly constructed currency that is creating huge economic imbalances within Europe. This is just one of the many ways in which EU is actively creating tensions between as well as within European nations.
EU promotes crime and instability and weakens Europe’s cultural and physical defenses. European cities are now rocked by deadly Islamic terror attacks on a regular basis. More Jihadi attacks are being foiled nearly every week. Yet despite these murderous attacks, EU wants to continue Muslim immigration. The policies of the European Union have long constituted a threat to the freedom and prosperity of Europeans. EU’s policies now constitute a direct threat to their lives.