Monday, August 22, 2016
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Instead of prevaricating and manoeuvring for a Brexit-lite deal, assuming that Brexit is to happen at all, the government should have pressed on with the implementation of the referendum decision. The delay merely means that the damage caused by membership of the EU continues.
The English Rights Campaign would regard the following points as central for maximizing the benefits of Brexit and the opportunities it allows. This might be termed Turbo Brexit:
1. A complete end to the annual payments to the EU. Any post-Brexit deal should exclude any further payments to the EU. The so-called Norway Model should be rejected. From the money saved, £100million per week should be allocated to the NHS. The sooner the EU payments cease, the sooner the extra funding for the NHS is available.
2. There should be a full restoration of British sovereignty. Neither the EU, nor any other international organization, should have any power over Britain's internal affairs. Britain's laws should be determined by Britain's parliament. Britain should withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights and repeal the so-called Human Rights Act.
3. Britain should regain full control over its territorial waters and those should be set at the international standard, with the fishing limit extended to 200 miles. Britain should have full control over its fishing policy and fish conservation.
4. There should be an end of free movement of people and Britain should take whatever measures are necessary to bring mass immigration to a complete end. The EU should have no say over who lives in Britain. Illegal immigrants and immigrant political extremists should be deported. This must necessitate withdrawing from the UN Convention on Refugees; help should be given to genuine refugees in their own or neighbouring countries. British citizenship should not be granted until someone has lived in Britain for at least 30 years and is someone of good standing.
5. Overseas Aid should be reduced to a minimum. The aim should be to reduce it by at least £10billion. Those who wish to give donations to overseas bodies and charities, are of course free to do so with their own money.
6. Britain's trade policy should be one of balanced trade. Britain has a massive balance of trade deficit with the EU and also with China. Britain needs to adopt trade policies that will eliminate these trade deficits. If necessary, tariffs should be used. In addition, there should be measures to prevent further key British firms being taken over by foreign entities. Other countries protect their key industries and so should Britain.
7. There should be a determined de-Marxification programme to remove the ideology of political correctness from society. Those promoting political correctness should have their access to public monies cut. Political correctness should cease to be the basis of morality and patriotism should be quietly engendered.
8. Priority should be given to reducing the government spending deficit; ending the scandal of councils seizing pensioners homes if they are taken into care; and reintroducing a fully transferable married couples tax allowance. To raise money, in addition to the extra tax income from increased growth due to trade being brought back into balance, and the savings on overseas aid and payments to the EU, there should be the introduction of a Solidarity Tax on those who have thus far avoided the extra costs of the political correctness and immigration that they so loudly demand. All organizations bringing in immigrants should be charged the full cost of a house; there is no reason why taxpayers should fund a housebuilding programme to cater for the immigrants brought in to save wages and training costs for business and other organizations; let those organizations which do so well out of immigration pay to house those immigrants.
9. The House of Lords needs to be replaced to better reflect the views of ordinary people and to cull the collection of cronies with which the chamber has been stuffed since the expulsion of most of the hereditary peers; it has become an expensive Ponzi class gravy train and is dysfunctional. There should also be the introduction of an English parliament to give the English an equal footing in Britain. The powers devolved to the various national parliaments should be equalized with a proper federal structure.
10. There should be selective measures taken to tackle crony capitalism, self-aggrandising lawyers and dishonest bankers (including their agents). Monopoly abuse should be met with fines. Lawyers should no longer be allowed to manipulate the law to their own financial advantage (e.g. orchestrating allegations from foreigners against British troops, and exploiting divorce proceedings). It should be assumed that the wealth created during a marriage is split evenly in order to simplify, make fairer and minimize lawyers' fees. Small and medium sized businesses should have the law amended to alter the balance of power in their favour regarding banks. Bank criminality should be aggressively prosecuted.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
'We need to remind ourselves that we are running a 6.9 per cent of GDP external account deficit, and that has to be funded somehow. It has been funded by an extraordinarily successful run of foreign direct investment into the UK – more than into any other country in the European Union. That has slowed as uncertainty around the referendum has been created. We now need to generate the confidence to allow it to resume.'
- Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaking yesterday in reference to the Japanese takeover of ARM, Britain's last major technology firm, a world leader in the design of silicon chips and responsible for more patents being lodged each year than most of Britain's major companies (including BAE and GlaxoSmithKline).
A spokesman for Theresa May has said: 'This is clearly a vote of confidence in Britain. It will be the biggest-ever Asian investment in the UK. This is good news for British workers, good news for the British economy'.
Hermann Hauser, a founder of ARM, said: 'This is a sad day for technology in Britain … the determination of what comes next will not be decided in Britain any more, but in Japan'. ARM was one of three major technology firms based in Cambridge. The other two firms have likewise been taken over by foreigners in recent years (one takeover has already gone sour).
The argument is being advanced by the ARM chairman, Stuart Chambers, that since half of ARM's shareholders are already foreigners then it does not matter if the firm is put under foreign control. Stuart Chambers, as chief executive, sold off the firm Pilkington Glass to the Japanese ten years ago. Pilkington Glass has had both its production and workforce decimated since the takeover. The buyers of ARM have made some promises about keeping the firm's headquarters in Britain and that they intend to double the workforce over the next five years.
Meanwhile, the Chinese have bought up the Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group, and the Poundland stores chain has been sold off to a foreign firm. The sale of the London Stock Exchange to the German Deutsche Boerse is proceeding.
Not only do the shareholders and directors stand to make a windfall from these foreign takeovers, so do the banks. The sale of ARM is expected to result in banking fees totalling £90million. The sale of the London Stock Exchange is set to result in banking fees of no less than £235million. It is the directors and bankers who do best out of these deals, as the shareholders are selling shares in return for cash; they have more cash but lose the current and future value of the shares. The directors and bankers are manufacturing fees and commissions etc. They do not lose anything and stand to make massive profits.
On another issue, the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has watered down the Tory commitment to reduce immigration. She has said that it needs to be reduced to 'sustainable levels' and this was her 'aim at the moment', pointedly refusing to commit to the previous target of reducing net immigration to the tens of thousands. Immigration was a major issue in the EU referendum.
Theresa May has moved swiftly and decisively to change the government into a creature of her own making. She has rightly sacked Osborne and rooted out a number of his cronies. She has reorganized the departments, in particular with a new department to focus on leaving the EU. Brexiteers have been tasked with realizing Brexit.
However, nothing has been done to actually get out of the EU. Despite being able to assume the premiership two months sooner than expected, still there remains an insistence that Article 50 will not be triggered until next year. They are stalling. Meanwhile we keep making payments to the EU and the trade deficit continues – month in month out.
Regarding immigration, it is mass immigration as usual and there is no drive of any description to get it down – from either the EU or the rest of the world. The talk is still of 'controlling free movement' of immigration from the EU.
Regarding trade, the stance of Philip Hammond, demonstrated by the quote above, is that the government will continue selling off assets and borrowing to fund an ongoing balance of trade deficit. There is no recognition that this is unsustainable. There is no attempt to pay for imports by selling exports. The trade issue is restricted to airy talk of free trade deals.
Throughout the EU referendum the English Rights Campaign blog focused on the ruinous nature of the Osborne national bankruptcy model and how the post-Brexit policy needed to be one of balanced trade. The trade deficit with the EU is massive. Brexit offers the opportunity to deal with this problem. Instead, the May government in its entirety is immersed in the mantra of free trade. A free trade deal with the communist Chinese is being touted, despite the illegal and highly protectionist nature of that regime; a free trade deal with China would not be worth the paper it is written on and the huge deficit with China would balloon.
Despite the victory for Brexit in the referendum, the Ponzi Class have retained control. The May government is determined to adhere to Ponzi economics. Consequently, the Brexit policy will be a missed opportunity. Despite the reorganization of personnel and departments, the ideology remains unchanged. Political correctness remains supreme. Failure is therefore inevitable. Britain's decline will continue.
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
Declaring America's Economic IndependenceIt is great to be here. I'd like to thank Alumisource and all the amazing workers here for hosting us.Today, I am going to talk about how to Make America Wealthy Again.We are thirty miles from Steel City. Pittsburgh played a central role in building our nation.The legacy of Pennsylvania steelworkers lives in the bridges, railways and skyscrapers that make up our great American landscape.But our workers' loyalty was repaid with betrayal.Our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalization - moving our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas.Globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very wealthy. But it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.When subsidized foreign steel is dumped into our markets, threatening our factories, the politicians do nothing.For years, they watched on the sidelines as our jobs vanished and our communities were plunged into depression-level unemployment.Many of these areas have still never recovered.Our politicians took away from the people their means of making a living and supporting their families.Skilled craftsmen and tradespeople and factory workers have seen the jobs they loved shipped thousands of miles away.Many Pennsylvania towns once thriving and humming are now in a state despair.This wave of globalization has wiped out our middle class.It doesn't have to be this way. We can turn it all around - and we can turn it around fast.But if we're going to deliver real change, we're going to have to reject the campaign of fear and intimidation being pushed by powerful corporations, media elites, and political dynasties.The people who rigged the system for their benefit will do anything - and say anything - to keep things exactly as they are.The people who rigged the system are supporting Hillary Clinton because they know as long as she is in charge nothing will ever change.The inner cities will remain poor.The factories will remain closed.The borders will remain open.The special interests will remain firmly in control.Hillary Clinton and her friends in global finance want to scare America into thinking small - and they want to scare the American people out of voting for a better future.My campaign has the opposite message.I want you to imagine how much better your life can be if we start believing in America again.I want you to imagine how much better our future can be if we declare independence from the elites who've led us to one financial and foreign policy disaster after another.Our friends in Britain recently voted to take back control of their economy, politics and borders.I was on the right side of that issue - with the people - while Hillary, as always, stood with the elites, and both she and president Obama predicted that one wrong.Now it's time for the American people to take back their future.That's the choice we face. We can either give in to Hillary Clinton's campaign of fear, or we can choose to Believe In America.We lost our way when we stopped believing in our country.America became the world's dominant economy by becoming the world's dominant producer.The wealth this created was shared broadly, creating the biggest middle class the world had ever known.But then America changed its policy from promoting development in America, to promoting development in other nations.We allowed foreign countries to subsidize their goods, devalue their currencies, violate their agreements, and cheat in every way imaginable.Trillions of our dollars and millions of our jobs flowed overseas as a result.I have visited cities and towns across this country where a third or even half of manufacturing jobs have been wiped out in the last 20 years.Today, we import nearly $800 billion more in goods than we export.This is not some natural disaster. It is politician-made disaster.It is the consequence of a leadership class that worships globalism over Americanism.This is a direct affront to our Founding Fathers, who wanted America to be strong, independent and free.Our Founding Fathers Understood TradeGeorge Washington said that "the promotion of domestic manufactur[ing] will be among the first consequences to flow from an energetic government.”Alexander Hamilton spoke frequently of the "expediency of encouraging manufactur[ing] in the United States." The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, warned that: "The abandonment of the protective policy by the American government… must produce want and ruin among our people."Our original Constitution did not even have an income tax. Instead, it had tariffs - emphasizing taxation of foreign, not domestic, production.Yet today, 240 years after the Revolution, we have turned things completely upside-down.We tax and regulate and restrict our companies to death, then we allow foreign countries that cheat to export their goods to us tax-free.As a result, we have become more dependent on foreign countries than ever before.Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s time to declare our economic independence once again.That means reversing two of the worst legacies of the Clinton years.America has lost nearly one-third of its manufacturing jobs since 1997 - even as the country has increased its population by 50 million people.At the center of this catastrophe are two trade deals pushed by Bill and Hillary Clinton.First, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. Second, China's entry into the World Trade Organization.NAFTA was the worst trade deal in history, and China's entrance into the World Trade Organization has enabled the greatest jobs theft in history.It was Bill Clinton who signed NAFTA in 1993, and Hillary Clinton who supported it.It was also Bill Clinton who lobbied for China's disastrous entry into the World Trade Organization, and Hillary Clinton who backed that terrible agreement.Then, as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton stood by idly while China cheated on its currency, added another trillion dollars to our trade deficits, and stole hundreds of billions of dollars in our intellectual property.The city of Pittsburgh, and the State of Pennsylvania, have lost one-third of their manufacturing jobs since the Clintons put China into the WTO.Fifty thousand factories across America have shut their doors in that time.Almost half of our entire manufacturing trade deficit in goods with the world is the result of trade with China.It was also Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, who shoved us into a job-killing deal with South Korea in 2012.As reported by the Economic Policy Institute in May, this deal doubled our trade deficit with South Korea and destroyed nearly 100,000 American jobs.As Bernie Sanders said, Hillary Clinton "Voted for virtually every trade agreement that has cost the workers of this country millions of jobs.”Trade reform, and the negotiation of great trade deals, is the quickest way to bring our jobs back.To understand why trade reform creates jobs, we need to understand how all nations grow and prosper.Massive trade deficits subtract directly from our Gross Domestic Product.From 1947 to 2001 - a span of over five decades - our inflation-adjusted gross domestic product grew at a rate of 3.5%.However, since 2002 - the year after we fully opened our markets to Chinese imports - that GDP growth rate has been cut almost in half.What does this mean for Americans? For every one percent of GDP growth we fail to generate in any given year, we also fail to create over one million jobs.America's "job creation deficit" due to slower growth since 2002 is well over 20 million jobs - and that's just about the number of jobs our country needs right now to put America back to work at decent wages.The Transpacific-Partnership is the greatest danger yet.The TPP would be the death blow for American manufacturing.It would give up all of our economic leverage to an international commission that would put the interests of foreign countries above our own.It would further open our markets to aggressive currency cheaters. It would make it easier for our trading competitors to ship cheap subsidized goods into U.S. markets - while allowing foreign countries to continue putting barriers in front of our exports.The TPP would lower tariffs on foreign cars, while leaving in place the foreign practices that keep American cars from being sold overseas. The TPP even created a backdoor for China to supply car parts for automobiles made in Mexico.The agreement would also force American workers to compete directly against workers from Vietnam, one of the lowest wage countries on Earth.Not only will the TPP undermine our economy, but it will undermine our independence.The TPP creates a new international commission that makes decisions the American people can't veto.These commissions are great Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street funders who can spend vast amounts of money to influence the outcomes.It should be no surprise then that Hillary Clinton, according to Bloomberg, took a “leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership”.She praised or pushed the TPP on 45 separate occasions, and even called it the “gold standard”.Hillary Clinton was totally for the TPP just a short while ago, but when she saw my stance, which is totally against, she was shamed into saying she would be against it too – but have no doubt, she will immediately approve it if it is put before her, guaranteed.She will do this just as she has betrayed American workers for Wall Street throughout her career.Here’s how it would go: she would make a small token change, declare the pact fixed, and ram it through.That’s why Hillary is now only saying she has problems with the TPP “in its current form,” – ensuring that she can rush to embrace it again at her earliest opportunity.If the media doesn’t believe me, I have a challenge for you. Ask Hillary Clinton if she is willing to withdraw from the TPP her first day in office and unconditionally rule out its passage in any form.There is no way to “fix” the TPP. We need bilateral trade deals. We do not need to enter into another massive international agreement that ties us up and binds us down.A Trump Administration will change our failed trade policy - quicklyHere are 7 steps I would pursue right away to bring back our jobs.One: I am going to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has not yet been ratified.Two: I'm going to appoint the toughest and smartest trade negotiators to fight on behalf of American workers.Three: I'm going to direct the Secretary of Commerce to identify every violation of trade agreements a foreign country is currently using to harm our workers. I will then direct all appropriate agencies to use every tool under American and international law to end these abuses.Four: I'm going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers. And I don't mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better. If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.Five: I am going to instruct my Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator. Any country that devalues their currency in order to take advantage of the United States will be met with sharplySix: I am going to instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring trade cases against China, both in this country and at the WTO. China's unfair subsidy behavior is prohibited by the terms of its entrance to the WTO, and I intend to enforce those rules.Seven: If China does not stop its illegal activities, including its theft of American trade secrets, I will use every lawful presidential power to remedy trade disputes, including the application of tariffs consistent with Section 201 and 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.President Reagan deployed similar trade measures when motorcycle and semiconductor imports threatened U.S. industry. His tariff on Japanese motorcycles was 45% and his tariff to shield America’s semiconductor industry was 100%.Hillary Clinton, and her campaign of fear, will try to spread the lie that these actions will start a trade war. She has it completely backwards.Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another – from NAFTA to China to South Korea.A Trump Administration will end that war by getting a fair deal for the American people.The era of economic surrender will finally be over.A new era of prosperity will finally begin.America will be independent once more.Under a Trump Presidency, the American worker will finally have a President who will protect them and fight for them.We will stand up to trade cheating anywhere and everywhere it threatens an American job.We will make America the best place in the world to start a business, hire workers, and open a factory.This includes massive tax reform to lift the crushing burdens on American workers and businesses.We will also get rid of wasteful rules and regulations which are destroying our job creation capacity.Many people think that these regulations are an even greater impediment than the fact that we are one of the highest taxed nations in the world.We are also going to fully capture America’s tremendous energy capacity. This will create vast profits for our workers and begin reducing our deficit. Hillary Clinton wants to shut down energy production and shut down the mines.A Trump Administration will also ensure that we start using American steel for American infrastructure.Just like the American steel from Pennsylvania that built the Empire State building.It will be American steel that will fortify American's crumbling bridges.It will be American steel that sends our skyscrapers soaring into the sky.It will be American steel that rebuilds our inner cities.It will be American hands that remake this country, and it will be American energy - mined from American resources - that powers this country.It will be American workers who are hired to do the job.We are going to put American-produced steel back into the backbone of our country. This alone will create massive numbers of jobs.On trade, on immigration, on foreign policy, we are going to put America First again.We are going to make America wealthy again.We are going to reject Hillary Clinton's politics of fear, futility, and incompetence.We are going to embrace the possibilities of change.It is time to believe in the future.It is time to believe in each other.It is time to Believe In America.This Is How We Are Going To Make America Great Again – For All Americans.We Are Going To Make America Great Again For Everyone – Greater Than Ever Before.Thank you.
- Donald Trump, speaking recently
This is an excellent speech. The Donald's approach is relevant to the current post-Brexit fallout in Britain, and is far more robust in its defence of the national interest than what is currently being offered in Britain.
Sunday, July 03, 2016
TORY LEADERSHIP ELECTION
Theresa May has emerged as the favourite to win the Tory leadership contest. She has managed this by steering clear of controversy during the referendum campaign (she declared for Remain, but then stayed out of the debate), and by attracting support from both sides subsequently. The Remainers, despite losing the referendum, are rallying around Theresa May in the hope of keeping one of their own in charge.
Theresa May sounds good on a superficial level: 'First, Brexit means Brexit … the public gave their verdict. There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, and no second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union, and it is the duty of the Government and of Parliament to make sure we do just that.' She further rules out a general election, advocates business as normal, but says that Article 50 will not be invoked 'until the British negotiating strategy is agreed and clear', and that this is unlikely to be 'before the end of this year'. Meanwhile, there is no change. She is advocating that nothing is done and is stalling.
As with most of the Remainers, Theresa May believes that 'nobody should fool themselves that this process will be brief or straightforward'. It could take 'several years to disentangle our laws, rules and processes from the Brussels machinery'. She proposes to create a new government department, led by 'a senior Secretary of State' who she proposes should be someone 'who campaigned for Britain to leave the EU'.
Theresa May says that 'there is clearly no mandate for a deal that involves accepting the free movement of people as it has worked hitherto … But I want to be clear that as we conduct our negotiations, it must be a priority to allow British companies to trade with the single market in goods and services – but also to regain more control of the numbers of people who come here from Europe. Any attempt to wriggle out of that – especially from leadership candidates who campaigned to leave the EU by focusing on immigration – will be unacceptable to the public'. The key terms are 'as it has worked hitherto' and 'regain more control'. Despite her superficially tough rhetoric, she is equivocating. Her opening negotiating stance betrays a fudge and a willingness to give the EU a say in who lives in Britain. That is her opening stance. The EU has already made it clear that they will insist on free movement in return for free access to the Single Market. This rigid condition is to be met, under Theresa May, with a fudge and a willingness to give concessions from the outset. She makes no mention of the balance of trade deficit.
Theresa May sets out her stall: 'The process of withdrawal will be complex, and it will require hard work, serious work, and detailed work. And it means we need a Prime Minister who is a tough negotiator, and ready to do the job from day one'. Yet she is not a tough negotiator. Her opening stance signals a willingness to give in. The EU will take her to the cleaners. Theresa May tries to emphasize her toughness in her speech. For example she boasts 'I was told I couldn’t deport Abu Qatada, but I flew to Jordan and negotiated the treaty that got him out of Britain for good'. This might sound very fine, but what about all the rest of the extremists and criminal immigrants? Many of them have been getting British passports, courtesy of Theresa May.
On immigration Theresa May has been ineffective. She has highlighted the consequences when immigration is too high, but has done nothing about it. She talks and drops hints, but does nothing. Net immigration is at an all-time high and still soaring. Then there is illegal immigration. Immigrants come tumbling out of the back of lorries, have stormed the Channel Tunnel and are now even getting in to Britain by boats. This is her responsibility. She has not stood up to people smugglers, she has allowed them to take over control of Britain's borders.
As if that is not bad enough, we have the spectacle of jihadists sneaking off to join ISIS, so that they can live under extreme Islamist theories; where they can murder, rape, indulge in paedophilia, crucify, behead, enslave captured women, and glory in their barbarity. And if they grow bored with all this, then they can slip back into Britain to resume their previous life as a victim of a racist society. Then there are those jihadists who intend to commit terrorist and barbaric acts.
We need someone far tougher than Theresa May. She is a Remainer. She spent the referendum campaign in hiding. She does not understand what is required or how angry the public are with the fudging, spin and lies that are being presented to them by the ruling class. She is too politically correct and too enamoured with the EU to govern properly.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
THE FALL OF SINGAPORE SPIRIT
The aftermath of the Brexit EU referendum victory has witnessed the triumph of the Fall of Singapore Spirit. The Tories have amply demonstrated why Britain is the shadow of the superpower it once was.
Crucially, currently, the EU and genuine Brexit supporters are in full agreement; both wish to conclude Britain's exit from the EU quickly and without a lot of fuss. The EU has made clear that they are prepared to do a deal. Instead of seizing the moment and offer terms for a quick agreement, the Tories are faffing about and waffling, and waffling, and waffling …
There were some during the referendum campaign on the Brexit side who believed that, in the event of a Brexit win, there might be an offer from the EU to meet Britain's objections in an attempt to keep Britain in the EU. That might have been justified speculation then, but it is redundant now. The EU are not interested in keeping Britain in. They are more concerned to deter other countries from holding referendums as a blackmailing manoeuvre, want to conclude Britain's exit without delay, and move on to deal with the substantial problems with the eurozone.
During the referendum campaign, Vote Leave published a 'roadmap' to 'take back control'. Chris Grayling, The Tory Leader of the Commons, said: 'After we vote Leave, the public need to see that there is immediate action to take back control from the EU'. Grayling continued to point out that the negotiation process would be combined with 'legislative changes before 2020'. The steps Vote Leave set out included bills to increase NHS funding, 'to end the automatic right of all EU citizens to enter the UK', a trade bill and, importantly, a 'European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Bill' to repeal the act that is 'the legal basis for the supremacy of EU law in the UK' and to ensure that 'The EU Treaties will cease to form part of UK law and the European Court's jurisdiction over the UK will end'.
Now, however, there is a marked reluctance to understand basic English. Despite the EU making it very clear that they want Britain out, the Tories have convinced themselves that there needs to be a whole series of committee meetings, informal talks, and detailed negotiations that are so extensive that the process could take years. We are told that these things cannot be rushed (just like the Chilcot enquiry into the Iraq war). Some Tories are hankering after keeping free movement of people, including one leading Brexit campaigner, reducing immigration as a goal is being disavowed, and others are prattling about staying in the Single Market.
One leading Tory is advocating that the negotiations with the EU should proceed with the outcome being put to the electorate in a second referendum. Jeremy Hunt, who is an expected leadership candidate, wrote: ‘a “Norway plus” option for us - full access to the single market with a sensible compromise on free movement rules’ should be the goal, with there being another referendum ‘before setting the clock ticking’ by triggering Article 50, the EU's own mechanism for a country to exit as per the Lisbon Treaty.
As if all that is not bad enough, the Tories are now in the midst of a ponderous leadership election. David Cameron is simply treading water. There is no leadership and no drive to carry through the referendum decision. It is planned that the Tories will have a new leader by September. In the meantime, the Tories refuse to enact Article 50.
UKIP, as ever, have missed the point. Nigel Farage, the leader, is miffed that he has not been invited to be involved in the hoped for negotiations. In the EU parliament, he launched into an attack on the EU and demanded an adult approach 'as to how we negotiate a different relationship'.
To recap, as Lord Lawson pointed out during the campaign, the alternative to being members of the EU is not to be members of the EU. The referendum decision taken by the people was to leave. The Brexit campaign was specific in saying that Britain would exit the Single Market (they were specific about this) and revert to WTO rules if needs be. A decision to do so has been taken. The EU is prepared to respect this decision and seek an early divorce. There is nothing to be gained by UKIP slanging off the EU, and such is irrelevant. The EU is not the problem. The EU is in favour of Britain leaving.
George Osborne, who is still chancellor despite his behaviour during the campaign, has said that he would be 'strongly arguing' for the 'closest possible ties' with the EU; he said that we should seek to retain the supposed economic benefits of EU membership, including membership of the Single Market; the terms of this, he said, would be decided in the negotiations which would be taking place over the next two years. Osborne's stance reinforces the fact that he needs to be replaced without delay.
As the English Rights Campaign pointed out during the campaign, membership of the Single Market is akin to membership of the EU and is the EU fanatic's fall-back position. Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, has openly called for continued membership of the Single Market even if Britain supposedly leaves.
Membership of the Single Market is harmful to Britain. It includes free movement of people and so mass immigration is unavoidable. Angela Merkel has restated that free access to the Single Market will only be agreed in return for free movement of people; access comes with obligations.
Furthermore, Britain has a massive balance of trade deficit with the EU. This deficit is ruinous and cannot be allowed to continue. Despite free trade economic theories, it is not self-correcting. The trade policy to be pursued should be to bring our trade with the EU back into balance. Britain needs to leave the Single Market and that was the referendum decision.
The Vote Leave Boris Johnson, who has himself been backtracking, is the frontrunner to replace Cameron as the Tory leader. The Tory leadership struggle will dominate as well as delay proper government. If elected leader (and Theresa May, the Remain Home Secretary, has surfaced from her hiding hole as a stop Boris candidate) Boris Johnson will have a short window of enjoying the initiative, especially if Labour are still embroiled in an internal power struggle between social democrats and Trotskyites.
Given the pro-EU majority in parliament, then a general election is a distinct possibility. How that might resolve the impasse is difficult to envisage. Had UKIP any gumption, then a general election would be their best opportunity to finally break through. Although they would need to take a very good look at their ideological stance to succeed.
The idea that leaving the EU is so complicated that there must be years of negotiations is simply a trick to avoid adhering to the referendum decision. It is a ruse. We need to get out at once. We need to stop giving money to the EU and stop further EU laws being imposed upon us. Frau Merkel has made it clear that we will not be allowed free access to the Single Market, and so we should base our future relationship on the WTO rules. The aim should be to have left the EU by Christmas.
To put this into an historical context, after the introduction of the Import Duties Act of 1932, within six months Britain was able to set up the Imperial Preference area for the British Empire at the Ottawa Conference in July/August 1932.