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The First Steps To Brexit

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Theresa May has done well in her first foray into the Brexit negotiations.  She has made an offer to EU citizens, who have been here for five years, that they can have British citizenship and remain permanently.

The fact that the Court of Justice of the European Union  has immediately refused Theresa May’s offer, is what happens when people are depressed.  After thinking for a while, they tend to think that the offer is not too bad and with a little tweaking, they can accept it.

However, the Court of EU Jurisdiction wants to have power over EU citizens living here.  The most important feature of any deal is that a country withdrawing from a union of states will be free of any legal jurisdiction.  It is one of the features we hate most and being mavericks, we don’t like anyone wielding power over us, except our own government.

Theresa May’s offer is kind to EU citizens already here.  With luck, the fretting over Brexit will mean only those who are serious about making their homes here, will wish to stay.  The other reason is that various nationalities are having as many children as possible to anchor them here and also to claim UK Child Welfare Benefits when they go home.  It is ridiculous, but true and it’s bloodsucking in my view.

It is decision time for all EU citizens in the UK.

Have a reflective week

LucyLou

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Save The Country And Thereby Yourself

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Allow me to suggest, belatedly,  to Theresa May, that we have been honoured by Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, as he has spent the best part of a year, finding people who can best help the UK to leave the EU.

Time waits for no man and certainly not for us.  In the political murkiness which has followed this UK General Election, please surround yourself with MEP’s, who know the EU system.  Let us be assured that the EU is one enormous system and you don’t know your path through it.  It does not matter what political creed the MEP’s follow, only that they want the best for our country.

Surrounding yourself with people from across Parliament who are experts on Europe, each with their own speciality, is how we will leave easily. Unfortunately, according to The Guardian, (13 June), an EU Ambassador told them that we do not appear to know what we want let alone how to get it. I have wondered about that for a long time.

Our response looks  rough and ready, due to the lack of time between the Election on 8 June and start of Brexit talks on 19 June 2017. Negotiations are  best made by using the best people and never by one person.  That would be a dictatorship and we are a democracy.  Moreover the Referendum last year gave the majority to people wanting to leave.

We have a Department for Exiting The EU (DExEU) under Conservative MP David Davis. Unfortunately half of the Ministers have resigned, most recently the well-regarded peer George Bridges, against the wishes of David Davis, amid reports he had doubts about the UK’s Brexit strategy. Lucy Neville-Rolfe, a Treasury Minister in charge of communicating Brexit to the City also announced her resignation. (Dan Roberts, Daniel Boffey & Jennifer Rankin 13 June AFP News)

Now the EU insists on a formal opening of Brexit talks with a British Minister present, to lend credence, which is enough to annoy the calmest of negotiators.  The British wanted to get on with talks between officials.  The EU wants four-weekly cycles of negotiation, each one about one speciality.  That makes sense.

If Theresa May saves our beloved country by sorting out our policies and way forward for exiting the EU, then she will save herself as well.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

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Soft Or Hard Brexit

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What simple words we use to describe an enormous undertaking.

David Davis must start the talks in a few days’ time as beginnings are often ceremonial.

As this means such a lot to those who voted to leave in the recent Referendum, we really do need it to be steered by a cross-party committee.  Just because your shirt is red or blue does not indicate negotiating ability and we need that in spades, focussed brains on leaving in the best way for us.  Isn’t it great to think that the EU no longer has power over us.  We don’t have to think about whether what we do correlates with their laws etc.

There is concern over whether  we stay in the single market.  We can negotiate from outside it.  Besides, we have already been offered a seat on the Trans Pacific Alliance, which includes ex-Commonwealth countries.  It is generous of them considering the way we dropped trade with them following our entry into the Common Market, as it then was.

If a soft Brexit means happy landings, then I am all for it, but we must be inclusive especially of a new group of voters: young people.  Emboldened by Jeremy Corbyn, (that may well be his legacy) to vote, many for the first time means that we have to keep that interest.  They are the ones to be most affected by Brexit and all parents will know that anyone over 25 is a dinosaur.  Bluntly, they do not want Grandma making their life decisions.

It is ridiculous to suggest there will be no viable deal.  Theresa May has suggested this in the past, but I hope that she has dropped it. I find it difficult to believe that any politician who voted ‘Remain’ is truly able to negotiate a way out of the EU.

It is admitted by Theresa May that she made a mess of the Election.  It is just that she did not trust her Cabinet in the same way that many start-up business owners, find it overwhelmingly tempting to do it all by yourself, because you are the only one who can be trusted, right?  It is a hard lesson to learn.  At Prime-Ministerial level, there is no room for this and her Assistants were dreadfully arrogant to staff .  Madness indeed. There is no room for failure here and making a mess here would be catastrophic for us all.

So it does matter how MP’s voted in the Referendum and I ask you to please only have MP’s who voted to leave the EU. I was delighted to see in today’s ‘Daily Telegraph’ * that Labour and Conservative MP’s are talking to each other.  Hurrah!  They are putting our country first, which is what MP’s come into Parliament to do as part of their job.  It is not ‘cloak and dagger’ as the journalist seems to think.  It is normal for MP’s to discuss it with each other and take back their thoughts to the Prime Minister. She is not Maggie Thatcher who decided everything and neither is she John Major, who took us out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism on 16th September 1992.  (Actually we crashed out after the pound could not be kept above a pre-set rate.)  But John Major kept his nerve.  He believed in collective decision-making.  Theresa May will grow in stature if she takes their views onboard and hopefully continue as Prime Minister.  We just need faith.

We are caretakers of our beloved country. Every MP knows that and we rely on them to negotiate a graceful exit from the EU, for the next generation.

LucyLou

 

*(written by Kate McCann and Gordon Rayner)

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The Call Of Politics – Again

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How is that we were kicked into a political mill less than two years ago and forced to choose between the good the bad and the ugly? I, for one, am so sick of hearing politicians puff off their views. Can it be that they cannot bear being out of the public’s sight for a minute? I feel as though we were settling down to working our way through Brexit and having our roads mended again.

Is Theresa May saying that there must needs be a political leader in the mould of President Obama, the former US President? On his gaining power, he called on ex-US Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to help him gather support and experience in debates, so that America could grow under his leadership. We have many experienced and valuable MP’s from across the political spectrum. Could they be prevailed upon to come together for the good of the country? It is truly a strong leader who allows people of different political hues to speak in debate.

I was looking forward to a halcyon summer, free of the red-faced pestilence of politics dragging down our national morale again. Do I care who is standing? Well, yes, my own MP is a dope; he speaks with false modesty which makes me cringe at best. I must find another or shall I not bother to vote? If this election has truly been called because there are more Conservative MP’s accused of cheating us, by falsely claiming expenses, than there are in the Conservative majority (12), then we are in a calamity indeed.

The Scottish people would do well to keep quiet. They are just moving into an expensive new headquarters in London of all places and  doubtless paid for by British voters. Speak to Nicola Sturgeon and she can barely keep contempt of us out of her voice. And it makes me wonder why we have to change to British Summer Time and back when the only people to benefit are the Scots. Do they think we are stupid? Please do not let Theresa May make earlier colleagues’ mistake of thinking the electorate beneath their contempt or in some cases, beyond their comprehension.

We simply cannot afford to keep having elections just because those in power do not like the outcome of the last one. That is the attitude of dictatorship. Mrs Sturgeon, take note.

Those from elsewhere would do well to remember that you came here because you liked our way of life. Those from here should avoid false modesty at all costs. To Mr Corbyn: have you been to your allotment this year? Are they intended for people in your position? Please, no photographs of him next to a giant vegetable that he has apparently grown. The train fiasco was bad enough.

To everyone else, wish us luck. The whirlpool of politics has started again. In a sea of political conjecture, let us hope that there is no methane gas coming from below the waves, to sink our boats.

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Previous Post about the EU

I can belatedly, see that some people may think the post was racist but it was meant to be anti-racism.  We don’t need to  have bodies of every colour in advertisements; we should be more relaxed.  Of course, if I feel that my colour is under-represented, then I will not buy that product.  This is exactly the dilemma for advertisers.

We are all seeking calm from the political turmoil.  It is good for our political future that David Cameron still wants to stand as an MP in 2020, (as in The Evening Blend of The Spectator 12/07/20116)

There must be few countries where every political leader dives for cover at once.  However, the UK has solid systems in place.  If the Scots don’t make us pay for another Referendum, then we’ll be fine.  I am perturbed by the exclusion of Nigel Farage from Brexit negotiations.   I thought it was better to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

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What If No Explanation for Immigration, Economy

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I have been an EU leaver until yesterday, when I saw my brother. He has a whizzy job in London and he told me a story.

Think of Switzerland which is not in the EU. When a company wants one of their staff to go and work there, that person needs a Visa.  This takes 6 weeks.  In the digital age where we deal in everything being instant, six weeks is an impossible wait.

So what is the company forced to do? They choose a Swiss person, who is not a good match, because he or she is there and does not need a visa.  If Britain leaves the EU, then we shall all be like the Swiss.  Every person from every company will need a visa if we wish to work in Europe

Trading with the EU will be the same as new trade agreements need to be agreed. This apparently takes two years for a simple agreement.  We all know that is ridiculous.

My brother also told me that over half our trade is with Europe. Suddenly we will need a visa and a new trade agreement.  It will not work in the beginning and waiting more than a month of those two years will destroy us and collapse our economy.

What to do? The politicians have had a huge wake-up call.  They do not know their people and seem more inclined to listen to foreigners than their own.  This will stop when we make it stop, i.e., through political will and that of the people.

My brother told me that if an exit happens, our finance industry, which is a substantial contributor to our wealth, will go down to nothing in global terms. London has been a big financial centre for the last 10 or so years.  Why would we spoil it now?  Because we do not understand.  I cannot believe what a mess the politicians are making.  Get some real people on the TV.

My thought is to keep whingeing from within. The first thing to demand is for the European parliament to stay in one place.  Secondly, we must make life better in the countries that the immigrants are fleeing.  I had a comment here on the blog to suggest that Europe needed to change its ideology! So these people are not in the real world either.

If we do go out, nothing will be done right away and that will build civil tension. If the financiers lose their jobs it is 2008 all over again and everyone else will start losing theirs if not worse.

I have changed my mind and will be voting to remain in the EU.

As ever, your vote is your own. Good luck to you.

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Britain Does The Hokey-Cokey* With The EU

Hi, Britain is consumed by the EU Referendum. It is on television every night.
This evening, the EU President Donald Tusk said an exit by Britain will result in the break-up of Western political civilisation. We can read all sorts of things into that, starting with fear for his job. But how can this be? According to the EU, Britain has been an insignificant voice, one with little power. It is after all an island nation. I think that man has ignored what happened when his namesake, currently running for US President tried to shove his oar in, so to speak. How can I say this politely? Please do not preach to us.

“The EU is for the people.”

Normal people do not speak like that. It is politician-speak. The British people fear being overrun. If those in Newcastle, a salt-of-the-earth heartland think so, then it is happening. (TV News interview last night). The trouble is that politicians are making their first nationwide forays into speaking to normal people, rather than activists. They should have done the chats first, before making up their minds.

The majority cry for Britain to close its borders. Mr Cameron was wrong when he said that refugee camps would move from Calais to Kent. As Lord Hill, who sits in the House of Lords, explained, Britain has had an agreement about borders with France since before the establishment of the EU. Of course we have. I feel sorry for a man who has to take a hundred decisions a day.

So, after the vote, what do we want first?
Please close our borders except to decent people who have skills that we need.

I am voting to leave. Good luck to you with your vote.

By the way the Hokey-Cokey is a singing game and goes:
“In, out, in out, shake it all about. Do the Hokey-Cokey and turn around, that’s what it’s all about.”

LucyLou

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