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Muddled Thinking: UK Cabinet Does Not Believe in Brexit – Political Commentator

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that failing to secure a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves the bloc next year “wouldn’t be the end of the world”.

Looking at these comments and developments over the weekend, Sputnik spoke to Marcus Stead, Broadcaster and Political Commentator, about what’s install for the UK.

Sputnik: Prime Minister Theresa May has said that failing to secure a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves the bloc next year wouldn’t be the end of the world. Is she right?

Marcus Stead: I’m not being blasé about a no deal Brexit — no deal is preferable to staying within the customs union. The customs union ensures that all member countries are charged the same import duties to non-members. For Brexit to be a success it is essential that Britain is not part of the customs union.It will prevent our country from being able to agree free trade deals with the wider world, or even set tariffs on our own terms to countries where no free trade deal exists. The importance of not being in the customs union for Brexit to be a success cannot be understated. The solution to this deadlock is remarkably straight forward;

Theresa May was utterly wrong to rule out membership of EFTA in her Lancaster House speech back in January. This is a solution to the current crisis, and we are in a crisis, it was fateful wrong calling and I expect calls for the UK to join EFTA to increase and get much louder as we get into the autumn.

Sputnik: This weekend, French President Emmanuel Macron, stated that he wanted to reach a Brexit deal between the EU and Britain. Does this mean the likelihood of Brexit deal is still on the cards?Marcus Stead: Well what’s extraordinary is how much time is being wasted in the last two years, and this is the consequences of having a prime minister and a cabinet dominated by remain supports. They do not truly believe in Brexit and their hearts are not in it. There has been a great deal of muddled thinking.

Theresa May, what she should have done as soon as she became Prime Minister, was to draw her red lines very early on. We are leaving the customs union, no ifs no buts and we are ending the free movement of people, no ifs no buts. She should have said to Mr Barnier and Mr Juncker, if you do not accept that we should prepare for a no deal straight away, because the business community can handle bad news a lot better than they can handle uncertainty.

What we had for Dominic Raab’s speech just last week, it was eighty odd papers explaining a no deal Brexit would look like, the EU in return has issued 68 ‘notice to stakeholders’, ironically what we’re facing is not so much of a no deal is lots of little side details which will now need to be scrambled together to keep sizeable parts of economy together.

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Sputnik: Looking at the events of the past few weeks and especially those over this weekend — how would you rate the PM’s handling of the Brexit negotiations? Has it improved?Marcus Stead: I don’t think so, because Theresa May’s nickname when she was Home Secretary was ‘Theresa Maybe’ – that was what they used to joke about her. She had a reputation for dithering and indecisiveness, and has behaved much the same as Prime Minister. She has tried to hold the Conservative Party together this last two years and that’s what her priority seems to have been but in politics if you try and please everybody, you please nobody. It’s taken her two years to get to this stage of Dominic Raab’s speech last week. We are not that far down and time is running out – I don’t take this lightly…

Many of the most serious issues have not yet been addressed; such as how, legally, are we going to leave our airports open for and our aircraft flying outside of UK airspace, and how the Northern Ireland border issue has not been addressed. Ok yes, no deal is better than a bad deal and a no deal is a lot better than staying in the customs union.

But the solution joining the EFTA, which will allow us to stay in the single market whilst leaving the customs union and of course the freedom of movement which we could suspend whilst being in EFTA, which we could do so by activating article 112, which Lichtenstein has already done, is logical solution to getting us out of this crisis. I am expecting calls for us to join EFTA and remain in the EEA, to increase, as we go into the party conference season.

Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Marcus Stead and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.

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With an avg. 1.2M voters per MEP & Britain with 16% of EU GDP and 13% of the EU’s population yet  having only 8% (if united) say, whilst holding less than 3% of the various offices within the EU Do note The EUropean Parliament has no ability to make policy and has a Commission of unelected bureaucrats, thus clearly the EU is not even a pretence of being a democracy despite its protestations!
Do note that many senior apparatchicks and even elected politicians speak openly of the ‘Post Democratic era’ with no sense of shame or irony and in complete contempt of the so called electorate – yet The EU & many of its vassal States/Regions are all too willing to slaughter people in Sovereign States, to impose The EU’s chosen brand of democracy on them!

Now as President Junker announced in his ‘State of the union’ speech 2017 the aim is to create an EU military force and centralise ever more of the decision making and control!

The imposition of a Government and policies upon its vassal regions such as the peoples of Greece shows just how far from being a democracy the EU is.

Just follow the recent EU display of so called ‘Democracy’:
France and the Netherlands voted against the proposed EU constitution in 2005, only to have those votes ignored.
Ireland voted against ratifying the Lisbon treaty in 2008, but then later under pressure & threats had to change its mind.
Greece for me was the final straw. It became clear in 2015 that it didn’t matter which way the Greek people voted. The birthplace of democracy had become its tomb. That was enough. I was going to vote to leave the EU when the chance came.

No political party of any significance in Britain took active steps to achieve a Referendum – the task was eventually taken by an Indipendent West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire who personally launched and funded the gathering of a petition of 225,000 signatures delivered to Parliament via Downing Street, thus forcing a debate in the House of Commons on an IN/OUT Referendum, which led to David Cameron’s first consequential rebellion.

It was due to winning that debate, officially opposed by every party including Ukip that David Cameron was forced to include a promise of an IN/OUT Referendum in the Tory Manifesto at the next General Election. The rest is history & despite no Parliamentary Party backing the OUT vote & Government spending Millions of Pounds of public money leafletting & promoting ‘Project Fear’ to try to persuade the British people to Remain just as they had at the first Referendum in 1975 – This time their lies and threats were not heeded and in the largest vote in British history Britain voted by a clear majority to Leave.

Nikki Sinclaire’s OUT result left Cameron & his co conspirator Osborne with no option but to resign, sadly some of the other traitors have remained to try to hinder progress to BreXit, aided by their corrupt allies in the EU and \eu funding and bribes!

There will be little or no change in Britain’s economic position, if we leave the EU, using a better negotiated, customised & updated version of the ‘Norway Model’ as a stepping stone to becoming a full member of the Eropean Economic Area, where all will benefit, as we secure trade relations with the EU’s vassal regions, with an EFTA style status and can trade and negotiate independently on the global stage, as members of The Commonwealth and the Anglosphere.

This is of course dependent on a modicum of intelligence on the part of Britain’s politicians and negotiators but it also requires the integrity of Parliament to uphod democracy and the integrity of EU politicuians & apparchicks to act ethically and without their normal vindictive mallice.

I believe Leaving the EU will be turned into something of a rough ride by the ignorant and the corrupt but I have no doubt that in the long run Leaving the EU will prove conclusively to be in the best interests of Britain and our true allies. I also believe that Britain leaving the EU will prove to be the catalyst to great changes within the EU and hopefully its democratisation as without great changes it is indubitably doomed.

Do not overlook the fact that politicians have plotted and schemmed since the 1950s and we have actually been vassals of the EU, when it was still using the aesopian linguistics and calling itself The Common Market in the early 1970s, a name the bureaucrats arbitrarily changed to EUropean Union in the early 1990s as they worked towards their long term goals of an ever closer centrally controlled Political and economic Union with its own anthem, currency, flag and rigid central control by its self appointed bureacrats towards a new Empirate –

It will take many years to rectify the mess our political class got us into and we have no other peacefull means by which to extricate ourselves than to depend on that self same self styled elite, who all too often forget they work for us!

One huge benefit of BreXit will be that we can negotiate with bodies like the WTO, UN, WHO, IMF, CODEX and the like, directly, in our own interest and that of our partners around the world, in both the Commonwealth and the Anglosphere at large; rather than having negotiations and terms imposed by unelected EU bureacrats and their interpretation of the rules handed down, as if they were some great achievement of the EU’s!
The greatest change and benefit will be political, as we improve our democracy and self determination, with the ability to deselect and elect our own Government, with an improved Westminster structure, see >Harrogate Agenda<.
How we go about the process of disentangling our future wellbeing from the EU is laid out in extensive, well researched and immensely tedious detail see >FleXcit< or for a brief video summary CLICK HERE


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