This is the web-site of UKIP East Hampshire Branch. This page highlights some of the major topics of the moment, majoring on the state of the Brexit negotiations, and the state of our Armed Forces.
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 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, 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?
I will not be at all surprised 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:
Read about it here.
The recent Defence Select Committee session (below) teases out the views of three recently retired armed forces chiefs on the state of current and recent Security reviews and the current state of our armed forces.
The session on 14th November at which the committee questioned witnesses General Sir Richard Barrons (rtd), Admiral SIr George Zambellas (rtd) and Air Marshal Sir Baz North (rtd), to throw light upon the National Security Capabilities Review.
It's quite a long session, notable for the outspoken views expressed by the witnesses. If you have an interest in defence, this is essential viewing.
To view, follow this link.
PESCO is the EU initiative to create EU armed forces working directly for the EU (as mentioned by HB in the topic above). The UK has been quietly working with the EU on this project ever since the EU referendum and apparently regardless of the resulting vote to leave.
For the history of this project, see the UKColumn web-site here.
For an up-date as at 13th Nov 2017 watch this revealing UKC News report.
As at 16th November the UK has after all NOT yet signed up to the whole PESCO nine yards but read the UKC report on the UK's involvement in EU defence initiatives over the past year - and the door remains open for the government to sign up to PESCO at any time in the future.
But surely on a matter as vital to the nation as defence Parliament will need to be consulted before we could possible consider signing up for PESCO...?
We should note that the Government is technically within its rights to sign new treaties with the EU under the Royal Prerogative without getting Parliamentary approval . . . and it is noteworthy that according to Veterans for Britain our MPs may not have been particularly diligent in holding the Government to account on defence matters.
In any event it is perfectly possible for the UK government to commit what remains of our forces to the EU command structure under the guise of supportig our NATO partners, since NATO and the "EU army" are seemingly moving closer together. PESCO is simply a signature on a bit of paper that would merely provide formal confirmation of the arrangement.
The fact that PESCO Is even being considered (let alone virtually fully supported) at exactly the time when we are supposed to be leaving the EU tells us all we need to know about the "Brexit" towards which Mrs May is guiding us.
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 aren't worried yet then you absolutely need to view this.
Also sign Colin Teasdale's petition for a judicial review of the legitimacy of our membership of the EU, currently awaiting a response from David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) here. This would save Theresa a lot of trouble in getting repeal of the 1972 bill through Parliament, so will be a test of her commitment to Brexit. I'm not holding my breath, but if the judicial review does go to court it will flush out our pro-EU judiciary and force them to justify the unjustifiable.
Check out Chris Watkin's petition against Theresa's apparent support for folding our "defence and security" into the EU under the EU's PESCO proposals. Not heard about this one? No surprise there then. This would mean that after Brexit our defence and internal "security" would be part and parcel of EU defence and law and order.
(The meeting mentioned in the petition is now past, but the petition still stands to signify our opposition).
Given Mrs May's continuing unwavering support for the European Arrest Warrant does this sound like Brexit to you?
Finally review our comments on Mrs May's foray to Florence in her attempt to get the real Brexit negtiations started.
Watch the Westmonster interview with Henry Bolton (Thursday 12th October) here.
Congratulations to Henry Bolton for his decisive victory in our leadership election!
Henry has an excellent CV and will bring much-needed professionalism to our Party.
We in East Hampshire offer him our full support over the coming months.
The result was welcomed unreservedly at our recent Conference in Torquay, which saw the introduction of the new UKIP branding and fine selection of excellent speeches, which we hope to bring you shortly.
Many have dismissed UKIP since the referendum but we have always believed that our Party is actually the only poltical party in the UK that speaks to the problems that concern the population, rather than those which obsess the mainstream political and media bubbles.
Now that Labour continue in disarray over Brexit and Mrs May has shown her true pseudo-BREXIT colours in Florence, it is clear that we in UKIP will have our work cut out to secure a decisive BREXIT and full restoration of our independence - our task is unfinished.
UKIP only succeeds because ordinary people like you decide to help in whatever way they can to make our country a better place. Whatever your skills or station in life, we need you, and you are welcome to pop in to any of our meetings, and say hello.
Watch Henry speaking to Westmonster about BREXIT and other matters here.
The now famous meeting in which Jacob Rees-Mogg spars with demonstrators, and the Bruges Group speakers (including JR-M himself) give their views on the current state of Brexit.
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 - join our email list and we will let you know where we will be.
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