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This is a blog which seeks to explore how various people in and out of government have sought to injure the people of the United Kingdom by taking our country out of the European Union.

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Teresa May – aka The Wicked Witch of Westminster

Our present Prime Minister, Teresa May (aka The Wicked Witch of Westminster) has triggered Article 50 and is now negotiating the terms on which the  UK will exit the European Union.

Mrs May became Prime Minister once David Cameron resigned the premiership after the  Referendum result. Prior to that she had been Home Secretary in which capacity she sought (and failed) to reduce net migration to impossibly low  levels.

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Davis, Fox and Johnson – the Brexit Killer Clowns

She now aided and abetted in this insane process by her “Brexit Killer  Clowns“: David Davis (Brexit Secretary), Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) and Liam Fox (International Trade Secretary).  David Davis has the conduct of the Article 50 negotiations.  Liam Fox is  supposed to be seeking new trade deals.  Boris Johnson is a make weight Foreign Secretary.

It is right to say that there is support for the Prime Minister’s  policy (i) from some (but not all) Conservative Members of Parliament, (ii) from some Labour Party Members, (iii) from some influential voices outside Parliament.

History of UK Membership in the EU

The European Union of today has its origins in the aftermath of World War II.   In 1951 the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC)  was founded by the Treaty of Paris.  The original ECSC member states were West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. The UK declined an invitation to join.   In 1957 two further organisations were formed: the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), and the European Economic Community (EEC) and in 1965 the EEC, Euratom and the ECSC were merged into a single entity called “the European Communities”.

In 1960  the European Free Trade Association was formed by Austria, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

In 1961, Harold Macmillan, one of the great postwar Conservative Prime Ministers, applied to take the UK into what was then the EEC but his effort was vetoed in 1963 by Charles De Gaulle of France.  In 1967 Harold Wilson (Labour Prime Minister) made a further application to take the UK into the European Communities but the application was again vetoed by De Gaulle.

In 1968 the European Customs Union was completed.

In 1973, Edward Heath (another Conservative Prime Minister) made a third and successful application to join the European Communities and Ireland and Denmark also joined.

In June 1975, again under Harold Wilson, the UK held a referendum on continued membership and the UK voted 67% to 33% to remain.

In 1981, Greece, Spain and Portugal joined the European Communities.  In 1995 Austria, Finland and Sweden joined the European Union in 1995.  In 2004, Cyrus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined and in 2007 Romania and Bulgaria also joined.

Trade and the Single Market

  • The EU is the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head of €25 000 for its 500 million consumers.
  • The EU is the world’s biggest trading bloc accounting for 16.5% of the world’s imports and exports.
  • The EU is the world’s biggest exporter of manufactured goods and services, and it is the biggest import market for over 100 countries.
  • The EU ranks first in both inbound and outbound international investments.
  • The EU is the top trading partner for 80 countries. By comparison the USA is the top trading partner for a little over 20 countries.

It is insane to think that the commercial damage to the UK economy resulting from Brexit will not be very severe indeed.

So Why Brexit ?

Why should the Wicked Witch and her Brexit Clowns wish to take the UK out of the European Union and on what terms ?

It is certainly true that the Wicked Witch is able to say that she is doing no more than implementing the decision of the people in the Referendum.  But were the people conned during the Referendum Campaign?  Did they understand the consequences?  Are the terms being negotiated likely to be to the advantage of the majority of our country?

Given the last 30+ years of UK success as a part of the European Union, why does the Government now believe that leaving the European Union will be in the best interests of the United Kingdom ?

About this Blog

This blog is maintained by a 73 year old pensioner who lives in London and who wishes our country to remain in the European Union.

updated: 28th July 2017