This page highlights some of the major topics of the moment, majoring on the state of the Brexit negotiations.
Our active members and supporters usually meet on a Wednesday evening at 7pm for a "pint and a pie" at a local hostelry, to discuss the topics of the day in a relaxed manner. Not everyone stays for the "pie", and newcomers (no need to be a member) are encouraged to make our acquaintance - contact us or join our email list and we will let you know where we will be.
(19/08.2018) Yesterday (Saturday) morning we held a UKIP stall in Petersfield square again, both to fly the flag for the party and to demonstrate that we are still on the case for Brexit. We were accosted at one point by an enthusiastic gentleman who was keen that as many a possible should join the Tory party and force Brexit from within.
Now, I'm as enthusiastic as the next man for any idea that will bring a clean Brexit within reach, but it seems to me that there are flaws in his argument, and the main one is that unlike UKIP (who removed Henry Bolton as the direct result of grass-roots' insistance) the Tories have no need to pay any attention to their membership because their main funding comes from elsewhere. So for those who join, Central Office will pocket their membership fee, probably without a "thank you", and will ignore them thenceforth just as existing grass-roots have been ignored for years.
This argument is explored more fully here.
Each to their own, and I would always encourage anyone to do what they think best for Brexit, but I'll be staying with UKIP. When last I looked we were at 8% in the polls and membership is rising. We may well soon be in striking distance of the 12.6% vote we achieved at our General ELection height in 2015 - enough to be considerable thorn the Tory side once again (and a sea-change from the miserable result that befell me in the Bell Hill by-election earlier this year!).
British politics is changing. The truth about the way we are governed is now out and cannot be put back in the bottle. The British public is awakening and who knows for which parties votes will be cast next time?
(17/08/2018) There are those who think so. "Stench" and "treachery" are hard words, but they are becoming difficult to argue against.
Who knew what and when? They should all go, including any civil servants, whose job cannot ever involve knowingly condoning such duplicity.
Anyone guilty of treason should be put on a charge and brought before the courts.
(17/08/2018) Our readers will probably be aware that "despite Brexit" our Tory Government is intent on keeping the EAW post-"Brexit" (or BRINO as it seems we will get). Despite the government's promise to remove us from the jurisdiction of the ECJ, the EAW allows any person in the UK to be summarily extradited to face any EU country's system of justice (I was going to say "court", but you could be held pending investigation for many months before being brought before a court in the EU).
This promise to free us from the jurisdiction of the ECJ is therefore hog-wash whilst the EAW rules in the UK - you can simply be summarily extradited.
(16/08/2018) BBC news (and other media) report today that students have achieved a rise in top A level grades. The Telegraph also highlights that the "new tougher A levels" require some remarkably low pass-marks to achieve a "top grade". Make of this what you will . . .
(15/08/2018) Financial turmoil in Turkey is ringing the alarm bells in Italy Spain and Portugal, whose financial systems are judged to be at higher risk from any default in Turkey, and whose bonds are attracting a lower price (higher yield) as a result. The economic spokesman of Italy's ruling League party reportedly wants the ECB to cap the yield spreads (differences) between the bonds of different Euro-zone governments (although it is unclear how this might be paid for - good luck with that one).
See our page on The Euro for a simplified view of how the single currency may be considered dysfunctional.
(11/08/2018) John Redwood responds to Mrs May's letter to Conservative Party members. A very readable analysis and a fine example of tip-toeing around an accusation that most of us would put more bluntly.
(11/08/2018) The papers have been wallowing in the fake furore over Boris' seemingly uncontroversial comments on the hiding of Muslim ladies beneath unsuitable clothing. Conspiracy theorists among us of course are now looking for the stories that are thus pushed out of the headlines, and here we have two for your consideration:
Now, which subject is more worthy of whipping up a furore: BoJo's comments re Burqas or the ongoing effective enslavement of young girls by being married off either against their will or by taking advantage of their dependent status?
It's not as though we haven't known about these problems for some time. What did Mrs May do about them during her stint at the Home Office? The ongoing willful blindness on the part of our authorities seems destined to turn many more of us into conspiracy theorists.
(02/08/2018) Contrary to initial impressions this is not just about immigration - although that certainly features. It concerns the viability of the EU itself, weighed down as it is by imposed dysfunctional policies and growing EU-scepticism across the board. The EU cannot survive in practical terms without the willing concensus of its member nations, and that seems vanishingly unlikely in the near term.
(02/08/2018) SInce I have commented previously on this matter it is appropriate in the wake of the recent Court of Appeal judgement (which resulted in Tommy's release on bail pending retrial) to point up an analysis of the affair by the "Secret Barrister". Whilst (as he admits) he is not above making errors, I suspect he is a lot closer to the reality than many commentators.
(31/07/2018) The Times reports that Mrs May has "privately" agreed powers for the ECJ over aspects of the withdrawal agreement (inclusive of our £39 billion "exit fee"). The Sun also carries the story.
The EU (and nbr 10) are keen to wrap up the withdrawal agreement (see page 35 for sequencing) ASAP, leaving the final trade deal still to be negotiated during the course of the "transition" period. The two-step arrangement is "required" in order to comply with the EU's negotiating plan.
It is true that the "withdrawal agreement" must include an agreed "framework" for post-Brexit trading arrangements, but a "framework" falls a long way short of a full deal.
The commitment to pay the EU £39 billion is part of the withdrawal agreement, and according to these reports this sum would be paid regardless of any success or failure to negotiate the final post-Brexit trade deal - any dispute being "arbitrated" by the ECJ.
In this circumstance, "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed" is just a smoke-screen - the EU will get its $39 billion pay-off (plus all other agreements in the withdrawal agreement) regardless of any eventual trade deal or none.
Read a forensic analysis here.
Mrs May is ever more obviously a willing pawn in the EU's stuff-Brexit strategy.
(16th July2018) The Campaign for an Independent Britain asks the question that so many have refrained from asking in public ... until now.
(17th July 2018) Today I see that the Sun reports that the benighted Department for Exiting the EU, in addition to losing its Ministers through resignation, is now losing its civil servants to Olly Robbins ... obviously there is nothing for the department to do any longer. Might one be right to assume that we are not leaving after all? Dominic Raab must be pleased - I hope they've left him somebody to make his tea. And best of all, Mrs May will still have someone to carry the can should it all go horribly wrong. I'd get out now Dominic, if I were you.
(16th July 2018) For a Prime Minister to marshall her cabinet to agree a negotiating position on Brexit and then to go to the EU and negotiate on that basis would be normal; but for a Prime Minister to discuss her proposals with Mrs Merkel and then to return and brow-beat her cabinet to accept the result is unconscionable. Not to mention the sidelining of her own minister for exiting the EU. You couldn't make it up.
Meanwhile Opinium Research report that UKIP support is growing daily - now on 8% (up 5 points since last month, Tories down 6 points on same timescale). This is remarkable.
Read the latest speech by UKIP Leader Gerard Batten here - made appropriately enough on Bastille Day, 14th July, at the Free Tommy Robinson rally in Whitehall.
UKIP is not merely about Brexit - the real battle is for Freedom, in all its inseparable forms, and it is just beginning.
(14 July 2018) We remind the voters of East Hampshire that we are on the case until we leave EU. Sadly, only UKIP can be trusted on BREXIT.
(13th July 2018) Copyright considerations prevent me from commenting on a prominent item on page 7 in today's Telegraph - it doesn't appear to be listed on their web-site so I cannot link to it. I had thought that it related to the banned demo noted below, but actually it related to a different event on the same day.
(8th July 2018) July 14th is the day that Donald Trump will visit London. Copious demonstrations are both planned and widely reported to show him how much he is hated over here - by Londoners at any rate. The Spectator comments appropriately on this.
Nobody however would know that there was also a planned demo to welcome Trump as the President of the USA and our closest ally - that is until the Metropolitan Police banned it from showing up "anywhere south of the Thames" which would make it entirely pointless. Fortunately UKIP Daily was on the case so we know about this, but I don't see any of the main media outlets reporting it.
I'm offering a bottle of English bubbly to the first member of the public (ie: not a UKIP branch committee member) to prove me wrong and guide me to a report of this ban in the mainstream media published prior to 10th July!
(8th July 2018) To the surprise of just about nobody, the Cabinet has supported Mrs May's latest wheeze to prolong the Brexit agony. She has given away as much as she dared to give away in one
hit, but more independence will doubtless be salami-sliced later during the exit "negotiations" when M. Barnier reminds her that the EU needs total rather than partial surrender. This is one circus
that will run and run - how do we know? - Mrs May has already agreed with the EU that the UK will keep its MEPs if somehow we don't leave in March 2019 ...
Cicero had some relevant advice about our situation.
(30th June 2018) So the EU Withdrawal Bill has the Royal Assent, and all that remains is for Mrs May to conclude the negotiations for the exit deal.
Meanwhile the usual suspects are busy trying to resurrect Project Fear mk 2 (or is it mk 3 now?) from the undead, hoping to reverse Brexit, and we hear that Mrs May is summoning her cabinet once more to "break the deadlock" . . .
The situation is reviewed well enough here.
The truth is that Mrs May has proved conclusively that she is a fearful and/or clueless negotiator. For the UK to have any chance of securing an acceptable deal she must be replaced by a real negotiator, and now is the last chance to do so.
If she remains at the helm we will be forced to accept the EU's draconian terms which will be worse than no deal at all, and the Tories will be wiped at the next election. To cling to the idea that Mrs May may somehow develop overnight into an ace negotiator (as some delusional politicians seem to hope) will be shown to be the gross stupidity that it is, and the damage may be incalculable.
Is there nobody who will take Mrs May gently by the elbow and tell her quietly that her time to step aside is come?
(23/06/2018) Pro-Brexit march in London, simultaneous with Anti-Brexit march at the same time. Virtual news black-out on Pro-Brexit march, so over to You Tube for this report, lots more on You Tube as well.
(19/06/2018) Video of Roger Wright-Morris, editor of concordanceOUT.eu.
We are British - freedom is not given by the EU, it is asserted by the free. Have Mrs May and the Houses of Parliament forgotten . . . ?
(17 June 2018) You couldn't make it up.
(7th July 2018) The measure was defeated by the MEPs and sent back for recrafting. Read about it here. It will likely reappear in modified form for reconsideration in September.
(14 June 2018) Mozilla, the open internet champion, warns that legislation coming before the EU Parliament will severely restrict the sharing of information across the internet.
Sites like ours would have to navigate a legal minefield in order to share links legally with our visitors, and "it would force most online platforms to monitor all content you post — like YouTube videos, Facebook comments, and DeviantArt submissions" (I don't know who DeviantArt are either).
Are "the elite" again introducing restrictive measures under the pretext of defending the interests of copyright holders?
(14/06/2018) OK - this looks and indeed sounds a bit melodramatic. I don't know if harm will come to Tommy Robinson as feared, but if it does then we will know that our Tory government is guilty of criminal neglect leading to murder. The Home Secretary has been warned already by Lord Pearson that he will be held responsible for Tommy's safety.
Regardless of our opinion of Tommy Robinson, all prisoners must be properly treated and kept safe. We watch and wait.
(14/06/2018) Our democratic process is beset by thugs who work by intimidation. If you believe that this cannot continue, write to the Home Secretary and demand that he instructs the police to take all necessary measures to halt the intimidation and disruption that is now routinely used to silence so-called "right wing" candidates.
All candidates standing for election have the right to be heard and to present their case and this right must be upheld by the authorities.
Mercifully we don't have this problem in East Hampshire yet but it is still our responsibility to uphold democracy throughout the Kingdom - democracy suppressed elsewhere will lead to illegitimate government for all.
Legal political meetings must be defended rather than closed down and attendees must be protected from intimidation, whatever it takes.
Nothing less will do.
(11th June 2018) Hezbollah marched in London yesterday (again) to celebrate al Quds Day and hefted their flag (an arm holding aloft a gun) through our streets.
Even Sadiq Khan Mayor of London (after being taken to task previously by UKIP's David Kurten - see above) had written to the Home Secretary Sajid Javid to ask him to ban "the political wing of " Hezbollah prior to the march.
But our Government claims that Hezbollah's "political wing" is different from their "military wing" . . . so that's all right then, no need to worry about a flag with an arm brandishing a gun because the message is entirely political and not military.
Wake up Tories - this is your government we are talking about, supposedly governing in your name! When even Sadiq Khan sees the light, what are you waiting for?
Patrick O'Flynn MEP serves up some welcome light relief at Brexit Central. But will he be retiring soon?
(4th June 2018) If anybody could persuade me to revert to voting Conservative, it might just be Prime Minister Patel. A Tory who wants justice to be served and who isn't afraid to rock the boat. Perhaps there is just a faint glimmer at the end of the tunnel?
(31st May 2018) The Telegraph reports today on the EU Commission's compliance with its own General Data Protection Regulation . . .
(29th May 2018) He's still on form - here is a topical piece from that bastion of democracy, the EU Parliament ... you might think he exaggerates a little, but does he?
(8th June 2018) A strange report concerning Tommy's safety whilst in prison. A petition (one of many concerning this affair) is reported to have been "disappeared" - hidden in official-speak - no reason given.
Should we be concerned? In my book any official action that is not open to scrutiny is of concern as it confirms that our public interest is unwelcome.
What public interest is served by such secrecy?
(3rd June 2018) I will leave the last word on this to political commentator Douglas Murray.
(30th May 2018) The injunction banning press coverage has been lifted. Tommy Robinson is reported as pleading guilty to the charge of Contempt of Court.
(29th May 2018) The Gatestone Institute comments on the "Distraction" mentioned below. They make very pertinent points which should raise a red flag over how our "justice system" operates today. I have little doubt that technically the Court was within its rights, but we should ask if this action was proportional and would it have happened had the accused been of a different racial/religious background?
For a viewpoint from across the pond (yes, the "distraction" has made waves across there too!), the articulate young man in the video below draws a lot of different threads together. I wouldn't vouch for the total accuracy of all his assertions (nor for his occasional choice of word), but heigh - let's not nit-pick!
(28th May 2018) The Campaign for an Independent Britain summarises the oncoming disaster towards which the Tory government under Mrs May is relentlessly pushing us, and proposes a possible escape route which might allow us to avoid the worst damage.
(27th May 2018) The time is surely coming when the Brexit Team under Mrs May will be forced to reveal their hand. Things are not looking good.
Brexit Central yesterday published a cogent assessment of how the process is being misshandled apparently deliberately by civil servants and highly-placed politicians who seem to be determined to ensure that the EU continues to control the UK by any means available. Worth a read.
(27th May 2018) An official blanket of secrecy has been imposed on the arrest and imprisonment of a well-known free-speech personality, in an attempt to prevent any reporting.
In England, former bastion of free speech and open justice, but bastion no longer. If one man can be so treated, how many others can be treated similarly?
It is just possible that the Court may have good grounds for doing this but the fear is that they do not, and in any case the arrest is out of the bag and the secrecy has merely ensured that speculation now runs rife where information could have been distributed instead.
(25th May 2018) Dominic Cummins spells it out for those who still cling to the myth that the Tory party will deliver some form of actual Brexit. They won't. They are trying to shackle us to the EU for ever as a vassal state.
(23rd May 2018) The CIB (Campaign for an Independent Britain) has rightly reviewed our options in the wake of Mrs
May's disastrous dithering. Download the pamphlet here.
Will Mrs May read it?
In the accompanying mailshot they include a masterly summary of how we got here. It makes for sobering reading.
(22nd May 2018) Whilst I hesitate to mention it (most of us are probably heartily sick of the endless dithering over this issue) the Campaign for an Independent Britain have published a thoughtful article on this topic . Now that time is fast running out and the UK's options with it, their suggestion may be the only viable route left to us.
(20/05/2018) The Sunday Telegraph highlights a Tory donor's opinion on why Mrs May is making such heavy weather of Brexit (behind a paywall - you may need to register for free to read the article).
(20/05/2018) Yes really! The IEA (no less) publish this shocker on the state of nannying in the EU and hold a conference on it (19th June in Brussels). The UK is well up there with the most nanny-ish but has some way to go to catch Finland. Think it won't affect the UK since we are leaving? I wouldn't put money on it . . .
(20/05/2018) Much controversy again in the news over the renationalisation of the East Coast Main Line - lots of blame flying around, where will it stick? The IEA (Institute of Economic Affairs) puts forward its considered view here.
(10/05/2018) This is an interview Gerard gave at the march for freedom of speech on Sunday 6th May in Whitehall. Apparently it was well-supported by several thousand marchers! Sadly little media coverage . . .
The next one is Gerard's speech to the crowd - I suspect an amateur recording, as it is good on sound but a bit short on elevation!
If you have an interest in the NHS and would like the unsanitized truth about what is going on (wouldn't we all?) , then you might be interested in the upcoming non-official conference on the NHS (12th May in Nottingham) - details here.
(27/04/2018) The sad case of Alfie Evans illustrates precisely what has gone wrong with our governance in the UK. The court's decision to insist that Alfie be allowed to die regardless of his parents wishes has been shown up for what it is by Alfie's continuing life - kids can show remarkable powers of recovery if given the appropriate care. Whilst there is life there is hope - the court in its arrogance denies this.
Is it really appropriate that a court would deny a baby's loving parents the right to look after their own child, when that child is said to be facing death? May it not at least die in the loving care of its parents?
We need to revive the principle that the medical profession advises but does not dictate, otherwise the road towards medical dictatorship is wide open.
UKIP unequivocally supports Alfie's parents in their determination to do the best for their own child - that the courts should forbid them from doing so is the clearest indication possible of the contempt in which the powers that be now hold all parents in this country. We have been well and truly warned.
(26/04/2018) The Campaign for an Independent Britain comments on the pertinent points concerning a customs union with the EU post-Brexit.
(26/04/2018) Watch Gerard sum up the current state of our Brexit negotiations in the EU Parliament.
(04/04/2018) Briefings for Brexit publish a paper by Gwythian Prins which considers the EU as an empire in the historical context of previous empires that have risen and fallen. He develops the same theme for Brexit Central here. Indeed there is a high correlation between the structures of the old USSR and the EU ... both being run by committees (soviets), both reliant on an over-mighty team of bureaucratic civil servants wielding more power than the associated parliaments ... and both being irrevocably committed to "the project" rather than to "the people" who are expected to do as they are told.
(20/04/2018) Veterans for Britain' s Dr Lee Rotherham reviews our Government's approach to the EU's burgeoning projects to establish its own defence forces and assesses the risks inherent to our own UK defence independence.
(03/04/2018) The Franco British Council held a Defence Conference in March (by invitation only). So far they have not published any results.
However, the results from the 2017 Conference are published here. In particular they ask the question "What remains of the Franco-British defence relationship ... following the UK's decision to leave the European Union"?
The answer: "Nothing has changed" and "The European environment has been shaken, but the will of the stakeholders is supreme and remains the essential driving force behind the rapprochement arising from the security treaties ".
So in the immortal words of Jean-Claude Junker: "we continue". The report goes on: "No elections in either of the two countries has so far called into question the rapprochement that has taken place since 2010. Successive Prime Ministers and Presidents have unreservedly given their backing to an enterprise that they resolutely approve". Could this lack of interest by the electorate possibly have anything to do with the fact that all this is being conducted behind closed doors under the auspices of the FBC "charity" and effectively outside of scrutiny by MPs or journalists?
We hope to bring you the report from the March 2018 Conference when it is published.
I should say here that of course we in UKIP do not expect the UK to sever its close defence relationships with our allies because of BREXIT, but we do expect the UK to retain absolute control of our own defence and security capabilities, including the ability to use them independently of the EU, and this would seem to preclude continuing with the merger that seems to be taking place with the corresponding French/ EU services since we would not have all the components necessary to make up an independent fully operational force.
(03/04/2018) The latest postings from the CIB point up the hopelessness of Mrs May's pseudo-Brexit:
One year to go until ... what exactly?
The betrayal of our fisheries that was "unpredicted" only because it was too pathetic to believe that any British prime minister could seriously contemplate such a thing. Mr Gove now has "useful idiot" well and truly emblazoned on his CV - he is part of a government that seems determined to stub out any foolish optimism about our post-Brexit future.
The frictionless trade fantasy.
Mrs May will reap the whirlwind if she doesn't get a grip soon and start negotiating for Britain rather than for the EU.
(29th March 2018) The Hon. Alexander Dower, outgoing Australian High Commissioner to the UK, shares his wide-ranging reflections on the UK as it leaves the EU, at the Policy Exchange. Well worth viewing to see how an "outsider" from the Commonwealth sees our current situaution from a no nonsense antipodean perspective!
(21/03/2018) Fishing has been rightly highlighted today as our Brexit give-away team headed by David Davis has been congratulating itself on the amount of green ink it can show on the on-going transition discussions, heedless of the ensuing damage to our interests. But beneath the radar something else entirely is brewing ...
Read Gerard Batten's revealing list of ways in which Mrs May will keep us bound over to the EU's policing and criminal justice measures, thus burying for good "our ancient and cherished liberties" as he very aptly describes them.
(16/03/2018) Courtesy of the Sun newspaper we can now see exactly what is going on in the great defence give-away to the EU. MPs and the public being kept in the dark? Who would have thought it? Well, Veterans for Britain think it is all too real.
What kind of a government do we have - one which is hyping up the threat from Russia at the same time as it is cutting what is left of our armed forces and giving the remainder over to EU control under PESCO whilst pretending to the nation that all is well and that Brexit is on course.
In fact, it becomes more apparent every day that Brexit is to be in name only and our Defence is to be dependent on the goodwill of the EU.
(16/03/2018) I will not involve this site in foreign relations but the Salisbury poisoning case illustrates some factors about the way in which our own parliamentarians behave. My comments below have nothing to do with Russia or with its ruling classes.
Am I alone in thinking that the evidence for Russian involvement in the Salisbury poisoning affair seems inconclusive - would it have any chance of standing up in a court of law?
What does it say about our government (and those that have "rallied round") that it is prepared to seriously damage relations with a major foreign power (on whom incidentally Europe relies for a significant proportion of its gas supplies) on the basis of evidence that seems to fall a long way short of reasonable proof?
It seems actually that I am not alone. Nor am I a fan of Mr Corbyn but I believe that his questions in Parliament to Mrs May on this topic were sensible and relevant. He deserved properly considered answers but was reportedly shouted down on all sides.
What have our parliamentarians become when they prefer to act like a baying mob rather than calmly and carefully discussing such a serious issue? We expect better of our representatives.
(15/03/2018) It is a widespread view that we in the UK do not have a written Constitution. Well, the British Constitution Group beg to differ!
Do our politicians have untrammelled power to make whatever rules they please? Follow the link to see for yourself - this is a well-presented site which makes a very convincing case.
A word or warning - one visit will not be enough . . .
(06/03/2018) Readers of our site will know that we are very concerned, even alarmed, about the direction that our national defence policy is taking, apparently without the involvement of Parliament.
The Bruges Group have initiated a campaign to alert MPs to what is going on. We encourage everybody to check out the Bruges Group pro-forma letter to your MP by opening the campaign link. You will need to fill in your details for inclusion in the email, but stick with it - the letter itself is an eye-opener and essential reading for most of us, even if you decide not to send it on to your MP.
(16/03/2018) Mr Hinds has responded to my letter (which was based on the Bruges Group initiative above. He directed me to two web-sites which you may wish to follow up:
He also referred me to the Prime MInister's speech at the Munich Security Conference which took place in February and drew attention to the statement that a reformed NATO alliance remains the cornerstone of Europe's shared security.
Of course, as a government minister he is obliged to support the government's position.
We know that wars can only be won in cooperation with allies. The question here is of domination by the EU over UK defence matters. In time of stress we will need to choose our allies with due regard to the specific circumstances.
Following Brexit, our most appropriate ally might not be found within the EU and we may need our own forces. Without our own forces we will have no option but to bow to EU foreign and defence policies.
(04/03.2018) Mrs May's Mansion House speech last Friday treated us all to what she has already told us - in fact what we would probably like - she spelled out a reasonable negotiating position that would give us a pragmatic and mutually beneficial trade deal with the EU whilst establishing our independence as a free country. What is not to like?
The EU does not and never has negotiated for any such thing - the EU always negotiates for as much power as it may get away with. They did it most spectacularly with Greece (which has suffered extreme hardship as a result), and with Italy, which (you may recall) had its government replaced by an EU-approved government of "technocrats". The EU has always ignored democratic votes when it suited them.
See Briefings for Brexit here.
So this is a negotiation of conflicting objectives. The EU will attempt to compel Mrs May to concede power for trade. They will use every obfuscation and negotiating trick in their armoury to break down her defences, including spinning out the negotiations until a WTO-based no-deal becomes unfeasible in the time remaining. Mrs May's track record in the negotiation so far is not good. If she still believes that she can persuade the EU to negotiate over trade in good faith, then she will be destroyed.
To avoid this crisis Mrs May could have started out by walking away and preparing for trade under WTO rules, putting the EU on the back foot and providing time for reasonable European businessmen to exert pressure on their EU negotiators to avert a no-deal result.
She chose to ignore that opportunity. She now finds herself in a position where time is running out and she has made no headway in convincing the EU negotiators that she cannot be broken (sadly she has so far conceded all their demands).
She almost certainly will have to walk away and resort to WTO rules if she is to save our independence. The EU would need time to adopt a face-saving climb-down and time is no longer available.
Mrs May might still preserve Brexit if she sets a deadline for agreement, and walks away if that deadline is not met. The alternative is a Brexit in name only.
(20/02/18) The EGM on the 17th February decisively backed the NEC's vote of no confidence in Henry's leadership.
Bowing to the inevitable, Gerard Batten has accepted the NEC's invitation to become interim leader of the Party. The ensuing election to appoint a more permanent leader will take place within 90 days of the EGM, meanwhile Gerard brings a welcome breath of fresh air and a new and more combative direction.
(08/Feb/18) I think that it was the redoubtable Mr Rees-Mogg who first mooted to David Davis that we were on course to become a vassal state of the EU (see the link below), either temporarily or indefinitely. He attempted to laugh it off (what else could he do?).
This idea is analysed in more detail in the Telegraph today by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (this is a "premium" article so you may need to sign up for a free account). It makes for very disturbing reading.
(02/02/2018) Our Home Office has responded to the petition for the restoration of free speech (click on Read the response in full to see the full text). You can say what you like provided that absolutely nobody claims that it is "hate speech" and any unfounded accusation may be enough to get you convicted. Some freedom. As ever, of the big 4 parties only UKIP supports actual free speech.
(24/Jan/18) Watch JR-M put our chief negotiator on the spot. It seems that we are not by ourselves in thinking that our negotiation stance is pathetic.
(17/Jan/18) Priti accuses the Electoral Commission of bias and double strandards. Who would have thought it?
(19/Dec/17) This article in the Sunday Express highlights the Petition to walk away from the give-everything-away EU non-negotiations.
The only honourable course now is to advise the EU that they are welcome either to negotiate a mutually advantageous but non-political trade deal, or to trade on WTO terms once we have left.
It is become abundantly clear that continued negotiations on the current basis make sense only if the Tory government intends to keep us in the EU in all but name.
"by their deeds shall ye know them" (Matthew 7:16)
Mrs May has snatched agreement from the very jaws of catastrophe!
Jean-Claude and Michel confirm that the UK has made "sufficient progress"!
Leaving aside the enormous bribe, and the humiliation of having these Eurocrats mark our Prime Minister's homework, the agreement on the Irish border is flashing red warnings.
For Ireland north and south: "The United Kingdom also recalls its commitment to preserving the integrity of its internal market and Northern Ireland's place within it, as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union's Internal Market and Customs Union."
That's OK then, we will be leaving the Internal Market and the Customs Union, as per Lancaster House speech.
A bit further on: "In the absence of agreed solutions, the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement".
So the UK leaves the Internal Market and Customs Union, but if the EU doesn't agree any differently (and why should they, as they now have us over a barrel?) all the UK will maintain full alignment with the rules of said Internal Market and Customs Union - current and future - no end date? Is it any surprise that Jean-Claude et al agreed this sweeping concession?
Did I then read in the Sunday Telegraph that "Nbr 10 aides" advised that these weasel words are "meaningless", "not binding" and "simply included to secure Ireland's approval"? Has our Tory prime minister negotiated in bad faith?
It will not be at all surprising when, as the UK finally remains safely subject to each and every EU restriction but barred from all of Brexit's many freedoms, the appropriate "Sir Humphrey" is awarded his peerage...
Ray Finch MEP highlights the failure of the Brexit non-negotiations in the EU Parliament:
Tim Aker MEP: Mrs May has sold us out.
Nigel Farage MEP in the EU Parliament.
Mrs May's Florence Speech.
Watch Gerard Batten's excellent presentation at Conference. If you were wondering what Mrs May actually said in Florence then Gerard explains it with great clarity - if you believe that Brexit is safe with Mrs May then you absolutely need to view this.
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Westmonster (something to do with Arron Banks...)