Monthly Archives: February 2016

You don’t need to be in the Single Market to trade with it

Years ago, in my early days as an MEP, when challenged to cite any benefit of EU membership, I fell back on the mantra “Well at least the Single Market is an unequivocal benefit of EU membership”.  There was (and … Continue reading

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‘Ever Closer Union’ report makes absolute nonsense of Cameron’s claim – Roger Helmer MEP

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This isn’t an Emergency Brake. This is a car crash.

When is protection not protection?  When it doesn’t protect, that’s when! Mr. Cameron is proud of his “emergency brake” on in-work migrant benefits.  Let’s leave aside the fact that the Office of Budget Responsibility takes the view that cutting migrant … Continue reading

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Dave’s deal: trivial, embarrassing, fraudulent

David Cameron is seeking to sell his “renegotiation” with the EU as a major breakthrough, an historic moment when our relationship with the EU is totally re-set, and our independence and sovereignty reasserted.  It is no such thing. Most of … Continue reading

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Scaremonger watch: The AA

Old fashioned ideas? The AA, that old and respected motoring organisation, has come out with the most preposterous piece of Brexit scaremongering yet.  We must be ready for more of this nonsense in the next few months, but so far … Continue reading

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Internationalism versus the EU

It is fascinating to watch the way that the “Leave” and “Remain” camps are spinning events and comments from prominent people. There was Theresa May’s recent speech in Washington, at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.  The BBC picks … Continue reading

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Conference of Presidents

In the European parliament, we have more presidents that you could shake an order paper at.  We also have regular meetings of the portentously-named “Conference of Presidents” which is (as it were) the Steering Committee of the parliament, and is … Continue reading

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