The EU is not going to agree to anything that restricts its current fishing rights, no matter what Theresa May will have you believe

Whilst paragraph 73 of the draft political agreement states that "the United Kingdom will be an independent coastal state", read paragraphs 75 & 76: 75. Within the context of the overall economic partnership the Parties should establish a new fisheries agreement on, inter alia, access to waters and quota shares. 76. The Parties will use their best endeavours to conclude and ratify their new fisheries agreement by 1 July 2020 in order for it to be in place in time to be used for determining fishing opportunities for the first year after the transition period. Continue reading

The Waiting Game

We know that there isn't going to be an emergency Cabinet meeting today. The withdrawal plan could be discussed at the scheduled Cabinet meeting tomorrow, but I'm not holding my breath. Nor am I holding my breath that an emergency meeting will be called for Wednesday. The chances of a special meeting of the EU27 to ratify a deal later this month are evaporating.  How much of this is the EU demanding more, and how much of it is the Government playing for time, is a question I cannot answer. It is clear that Theresa May's woes got worse on Friday with the departure of Jo Johnson as a Transport Minister. He hinted that there could be more ministerial resignations on the way. We have heard that before, but Johnson's resignation has highlighted how unhappy many Remainer MPs are. As I have said repeatedly, Theresa May has backed herself into a corner, and at some point she is going to realise that she has no room for manoeuvre.  Continue reading

New poll reveals that a clear majority want a clean break from the EU

A new poll from Global Britain shows that a clear majority favour a clean break from the EU. Brian Monteith, a Freedom Association Council member and the Director of Communications at Global Britain, told me that "while there is no absolute majority (50%+1) for any position it is clear that Canada+/No Deal/WTO (or a combination of them) would command a majority of support were they to be the outcome".  He also said: Continue reading

Is this Government in any way Conservative?

Is this Government in any way Conservative? This "Conservative" Government never uses the tax system to incentivise - only to punish, and all we seem to hear from it are endless nanny state rules and regulations. The latest one last week was on the calorie count of pizzas - at least that's how it was headlined in the media. In reality it is about the calorie count in all sorts of food we eat, including at restaurants.  I don't know about you, but I don't go into a restaurant wanting to know how many calories I am about to eat. I'm not interested. I want good quality food at a reasonable price. It really has nothing to do with the Government what I eat and how many calories are in my food. But this is about to change.  Continue reading

The Freedom Association welcomes the Supreme Court's decision vindicating Ashers Bakery

Responding to the Supreme Court's decision yesterday, Andrew Allison, Head of Campaigns at The Freedom Association, said: "We are delighted with the Supreme Court's ruling. Daniel and Amy McArthur, the bakery's owners, did not discriminate against Gareth Lee because he was gay when they refused to decorate a cake with the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage'. They are not turning away other gay customers, or treating them any differently to other customers. They are not discriminating against any of their customers in any way.  "It is a victory for freedom; for not being forced into doing something you fundamentally disagree with. It is also an important ruling that means that those of other religions will no longer be prosecuted for refusing to do something that goes against their core beliefs."  Continue reading