Memo to Barnier: stop cherry-picking!

The following is a guest post by Roger Helmer. Roger was a MEP representing the East Midlands from 1999-2017, and is a former chairman of The Freedom Association.  We’re accustomed to hear Michel Barnier (and others in Brussels) insist that the UK can’t “cherry-pick” its trade agreement with the EU.  It’s a term they seem to apply to anything short of total acceptance of the acquis communautaire, since almost by definition any agreement will address some issues and not others.  Yet Monsieur Barnier is the biggest cherry-picker of them all.  He has said he’d be prepared to offer the UK a Free Trade Deal (FTA) on goods, but not on services. Well of course he would.  The EU has a massive trade surplus in goods with the UK -- £95 billion in 2017, according to the Commons Library briefing.  So free trade in goods is massively to Brussels’ advantage.  On the other hand the UK has a much smaller surplus in services with the EU -- £28 billion.  So an FTA in services would benefit Britain – but far less than the EU’s benefit on goods.  Any sensible British negotiator might have said “OK – we’ll talk about an FTA covering goods and services, even though that’s a huge concession on our part, given Brussels’ overall trade surplus with the UK.  But you can’t cherry-pick goods, which work in your favour, and exclude services, which work in our favour”. Continue reading

WATCH Boris Johnson's personal statement to the Commons this afternoon

"It's not too late to save Brexit". Watch Boris's tour de force in the House of Commons this afternoon. 

Jacob Rees-Mogg responds to the Government's Brexit White Paper

This is the response from Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Chairman of the European Research Group (ERG): STARTS“This is the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Phillip II at Le Goulet in 1200. "This White paper has not needed age to turn yellow. There are very few signs of the Prime Minister’s famous red lines. It is a pale imitation of the paper prepared by David Davis, a bad deal for Britain. It is not be something I would vote for nor is it what the British people voted for. Continue reading

Read the Brexit White Paper

You can read the Brexit White Paper here. 

Join us at one of our 'Brexit: Let's Get On With It' street stalls

Remoaners in Open Britain and Best for Britain have promised a summer of activity  as part of their campaign to stop Brexit. We in The Freedom Association are responding in kind, and thanks to the generosity of members in both giving up their time and their money, we are planning a summer of street stalls and other campaigning.  We have organised six stalls next week, and many more are in the pipeline. Click here to view where those stalls are going to be.  Continue reading