Happy Independence Day
One year on from the UK voting to Leave the European Union.
June 23, 2017
It was a year ago today that Nigel Farage dared to dream and the British people voted for an independent United Kingdom.
Defying the odds and defeating the establishment, June 23rd 2016 saw the country rise up and vote for Britain to take back control of borders, money and laws.
It was a truly astonishing, truly historic day that will go down in the history books as a turning point in the history of our country, Europe and even the world.
Never let us forget what what this democratic uprising was about: a self-governing United Kingdom out of the single market, out of the customs union, free to negotiate global trade deals and able to control migration, bringing it down to sensible, sustainable levels.
Whilst establishment politicians do all they can to backslide on Brexit, the country whether having voted Leave or Remain, is now largely united behind Britain’s Brexit future. It is incredibly exciting. We must now hope the politicians do not betray the people and that we can look forward to an exciting new chapter of our country’s future unfolding over the next few months and years.
Westmonster will be there, covering every twist and turn, every step of the way.
Happy Independence Day.
EU Army plans risk muddying lines of command and fragmenting unity
Published Jun 21, 2017
UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, the party’s Defence Spokesman, lambasted the EU today as the threat of a European Army marched ever closer.
One of Germany’s most senior defence officials became the latest to add his voice to calls for a European army.
Hans-Peter Bartels, Germany’s national defence commissioner, called for NATO’s EU members to organise their militaries into a single force.
Mr Bartels used the criticism of President Trump as justification, saying Europe’s defences were “too fragmented”.
Mr Etheridge, MEP for the West Midlands, said: “From Nick Clegg’s ‘Dangerous fantasy’, we see the reality taking shape.
“Bring the EU NATO forces together under one umbrella, risks muddying the lines of command and fragmenting the unity that has prevented a world scale war for more than 70 years.
“This just shows why it is so important to get a clean Brexit. Imagine our armed forces, instead of swearing allegiance to the Queen, doing the same to a cognac-swilling Jean-Claude Juncker!”
Mike Hookem condemns plans for a EU Army – UKIP
And later ….back to politics…
Queen’s Speech was a wasted opportunity, putting PM’s survival before the national well-being
Responding to the Queen’s speech today, Peter Whittle AM the UKIP deputy leader said: “Firstly, I applaud the continued sense of public duty shown by Her Majesty, particularly on a day when her consort has been taken to hospital.
“As to the content of the Queen’s Speech, it is of course to be welcomed that the government is setting aside time to deal with the requirement that we in the UK leave the European Union.
Despite attempts to backslide from members of the Cabinet it must be hoped that all politicians from all parties continue to take instruction from the people of this country, who voted clearly to Leave the EU – no ifs, no buts.
“It is also imperative that the Government acts on the threat of Islamist terrorism. After the horrific events of the past few months, and the continued threat as evidenced only this week by failed terror attacks in both Paris and Brussels it must act, and act seriously.
“After the London Bridge attack the PM finally accepted where the threat came from. She must maintain the Government’s focus.
“This Queen’s Speech was an opportunity to stabilise our wounded country – to address brutal cuts to our police and national security structures, offer solutions to heal our divided nation, and establish goals for our post-Brexit world.
“What we heard instead was an incoherent and cynical mix of irrelevant soundbites designed to put Theresa May’s survival before our national well-being.
“British taxpayers continue to be forced to the back of the queue. All parties today in Westminster implicitly continued to commit to squandering our hard-earned cash on so-called foreign ‘aid’, EU fees and vanity projects such as HS2.
“There was no mention for the 20,000 more police, 20,000 more soldiers, 24,000 more nurses, or 10,000 more doctors, that our country so urgently needs and our professional bodies call for.
“This Queen’s Speech is, quite simply, an insult to the decent, hardworking families of Britain, who look to the head of government for security, resolution, optimism and leadership.”
Where Britain is leading on this, soon many more are likely to want to follow. I say this not puerile presumption, but a tangible projection based on one very important thing: the view of Europeans themselves.
A huge poll carried out by the Pew Research Center has exposed a huge, gaping truth at the epicentre of western politics: the views of most Europeans and the wishes they have for their countries are incompatible with EU membership.
Quite frankly the level of dissatisfaction across Europe when it comes to the Angela Merkel-led approach to the migrant crisis has led to a virtual revolt. Over 90% in Greece are unhappy with the EU’s open door approach as they deal with the fallout on their doorstep, as do the 81% of Italians also feeling the fallout. This represents near-entire populations rejecting the EU approach that now decides the reality of life within their countries.
The Mayor of Rome recently took the unprecedented step of actually calling for a suspension of migration into the city such is the strain, with 16 deportation centres having to be built just to cope with the mammoth moving mountains of people.
The fact that the Italian authorities want to deport so many demonstrates how so many ‘asylum seekers’ are actually economic migrants or in fact dangerous jihadists.
The police have just arrested an Iraqi supposed asylum seeker who celebrated the Manchester attack, was seeking to recruit for ISIS and who declared that he wanted to slit the throats of infidels. The naive presumption that those coming in such large quantities are who they say they are and that Europe can cope with such completely ridiculous amounts is shot to pieces when you look at the level of unhappiness at those having this EU-approved policy whacked onto their doorsteps.
Amazingly, the likes of Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic after rejecting migrant quotas are facing legal action – from the European Union. You are allowed your own border policy – as long as you agree with what Brussels says.
On top of the increasing European anger at the EU’s barmy refugee policy, imagine the jealousy throbbing when country after country sees a Britain doing away with the absurd concept of EU passports meaning automatic right of access. Not just that, but us Brexiteer trailblazers can enact far better security checks as the numbers of those coming in are reduced down to a sensible level defined as those approved access for whatever reason by the British authorities, rather than given the right even if previously convicted or seeking to add even more saturation to a thoroughly oversupplied unskilled labour market.
Meanwhile, the political Euro single currency project has caused huge economic hardship and brute force austerity-ridden human suffering on the streets of Europe.
The Brussels bastion of economic security and stability has been blown apart as so many have experienced the bleak reality of the Euro single currency in their countries. 86% of Greeks, 65% of Italians, 63% of the French and a majority in Spain disapprove of the EU’s handling of economic matters.
That dissatisfaction is only likely to grow once the people of these great countries witness the economic freedom Brexit brings Britain, still in charge of not only its own currency and regulations, but in charge of its own global trading future outside of both the single market and the restrictive customs union.
This all ultimately ties into that grand old concept of modern democracy and border controls. The ability to govern and decide. To chart your country’s future, who can enter your nation and who cannot.
The simple fact is that the vast majority of Europeans want their governments in control things like border controls, not the EU. Big majorities across the whole of the continent want their governments calling the shots, not Jean-Claude Juncker and his unelected Commissioners.
These are not small majorities; these are vast swathes of the European people. The common values we hold in Europe seem to be clear: belief in self-governance, border controls and a rejection of the EU’s total pig’s hear approach to the most challenging issues of our time.
Yes, it is true that the numbers currently also show most Europeans wants to stay part of the EU. But remember one very important thing: many of these countries do not possess parties or politicians even making the case for a hasty EU exit.
What is incredibly encouraging however is the surge in demand for a referendum on EU membership across the continent, with 65% in Spain, 61% in France and majorities in Italy and Greece all wanting a vote on EU membership.
Just imagine the dynamics of Europe in a few years time: a Britain negotiating global trade deals whilst the Euro fumbles and tanks. A Britain made more secure and prosperous by controlling the quality and quantity of those entering. And a Britain nimble, agile, able to adapt and the huge problems the world faces without being overruled by Brussels or facing legal action from the EU for acting in the national interest.
It represents an amazingly exciting future in a tumultuous period. But I have no doubt: where Britain leads on the EU – out of the exit door – we can expect many more to follow.