I doubt if anyone is taken in by Verhofstadt, but as seen from this link, he’s got it wrong. In his Collected Essays, Volume II Churchill and Politics, WSC said:
“We have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked, but not comprised. We are interested and associated, but not absorbed.”
On 11th May 1953 (Hansard) he said:
“We are not members of the European Defence Community, nor do we intend to be merged in a Federal European system. We feel we have a special relation to both. This can be expressed by prepositions, by the preposition “with” but not “of”—we are with them, but not of them. We have our own Commonwealth and Empire.”
Much blood, sweat and tears were shed in pursuit of a key Allied objective, which was to: “Restore the sovereignty of nation states.” But the E.U. does not agree with that, as indicated in a notice in Brussels, saying: National SOVEREIGNTY is the root cause of the most crying evils of our time ..…The only final remedy for this… is a FEDERAL UNION of the peoples….”
So we know the EU agenda is diametrically opposed to the key WW2 Allied objective, to restore sovereignty.
To propagate the idea that WSC would have agreed to the emasculation of Parliament – after the expenditure of so much blood and tears in the defence of sovereignty – is asinine.
Respectfully, Roger Arthur
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In response to a proposal by Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke has said he would be ‘willing to become caretaker prime minister’ leading a cross-party government in order ‘to avoid a no-deal Brexit’; a Remainer himself, he would lead a coalition of Remain-supporting politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, if Boris Johnson sticks to his pledge to leave the EU on 31st October (‘Remainers lack unity’, leading comment, Telegraph, August 17, 2019).
This is despite all parties voting through the legislation to leave, in accordance with the result of the 2016 Referendum, but as you comment, Mr Clarke ‘voted against triggering Article 50’, thus ‘whatever one thinks of his views on the EU, he has integrity and consistency’ – indeed, ‘[t]here is much to admire’ about him, having been ‘a superb Chancellor in the Nineties’, and ‘with his love of cigars and jazz, he is a sort of physical embodiment of liberal Toryism.’
And yet the ‘Tory’ Mr Clarke regards prison as an ‘“expensive way’ to house criminals”’, and as Justice Secretary in 2011 maintained that it ‘“fails to achieve anything” (see here).
As for being ‘liberal’, as Health Secretary he was responsible for the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which legalised embryo experimentation and while lowering the 28-week time limit for abortion to 24 weeks, legalised abortion up to birth for disability (link).
Now its longest-serving Member, Mr Clarke, Father of the House of Commons, has said: ‘“I have no regrets. I look back on my political career with considerable pleasure.”
His self-satisfaction levels show that far from a ‘liberal Tory’ he is a typical progressive politician who regards his own moral position as self-evidently right, requiring no debate or explanation; who has more sympathy for convicted criminals than for innocent unborn babies; who pays lip service to equality but practises deadly discrimination against the most vulnerable. He has now demonstrated his scant regard for democracy, and in that at least he has shown consistency; as to integrity, that is another matter entirely.
Respectfully, Ann Farmer
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Fishing for Leave writes:
This is a huge moment for the restoration of British Independence as Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay signs the order to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 after the 31st of October.
We are delighted to see this happen. It is what Fishing for Leave and our predecessors in F.A.L and Save Britain’s Fish have campaigned to have happen for 30 years.
The ECA ’72 is the portal that gives EU law supremacy in UK, including the disastrous CFP.
May’s draft Implementation Bill would give the dire Withdrawal Treaty the same supremacy.
Fishing for Leave highlighted that the CFP will cease to apply; The ECA will now be scrapped and our obedience to EU law and the CFP with it.
No more Equal Access for EU boats to fish British waters.
No more Relative Stability shares where the EU takes 75% of TACs when the UK should have 60%.
No more need to tolerate EU owned but UK registered Flagships who’ve appropriated half of the TAC the UK does get.
The draft Implementation Bill (or something akin to it) mustn’t ever see the light of day. To ensure the UK never re-obeys EU law or agrees to replicate the arrangements of the CFP.
Fishing for Leave emphasised what the government MUST do to seize the tremendous opportunity for British fishing, saying the government must;
~ Completely abrogate all CFP arrangements.
~ To exercise exclusive sovereignty over all waters and resources within our EEZ exclusively for the benefit of British fishing industry and communities.
~ To repatriate our rightful share of internationally agreed TACs under the international principle of Zonal Attachment.
~ To strengthen the Economic Link to curb Flagships and ensure UK registered fishing vessels deliver genuine economic benefit to British coastal communities. By landing & processing 60% of catches in the UK and having 60% British ownership and crew.
The government must grab this immediate opportunity to deliver on an acid test of Brexit.
One which would see multi billion pound benefit to coastal communities and the freedom to husband our greatest renewable resource sustainably for generations to come.
Doing so with policy that will deliver for all vessels large and small to end the current consolidation to last man standing.
A bright future awaits. Onwards and outwards!
Fishing for Leave