Posts Tagged ‘ EU ’

Cutting the Gordian knot

August 24, 2016
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray and Rory Broomfield  

"On June 23, 2016, the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union (EU). While the result of the vote plunged the United Kingdom into uncharted waters, it is accepted that there is no turning back and that the UK's government must navigate a course out of the EU. It will need to devise a concrete plan to conclude the Brexit process. This will require three main legal actions." (08/24/16)

https://cei.org/content/cutting-gordian-knot  

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UK: May warned plans to curb EU migration will be opposed by Eastern European nations

July 28, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Theresa May has been warned that her plans to curb the migration of EU nationals is likely to be opposed by Eastern European nations during a visit to Slovakia. Robert Fico, the Slovakian Prime Minister, said the 'perception British voters have' of EU migration was 'slightly different to how we perceive migration on the continent.' Earlier this month Mrs May faced a backlash from her own MPs over her refusal to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote." (07/28/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/theresa-may-warned-plans-to-curb-eu-migration-is-likely-to-be-op/  

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French politician appointed EU’s Brexit chief

July 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Michel Barnier, a French politician viewed with wariness by British leaders, was appointed by the European Union on Wednesday to lead talks on Britain's exit from the EU. ... Barnier, 65, is a former French cabinet minister and leader in the center-right Les Republicains Party. As an EU official, he was commissioner of internal markets and services from 2010 to 2014, clashing frequently with British government and banking officials over the tightening of banking regulations. His appointment can be seen as an indication Britain will not easily unwind itself from the EU and may still maintain trade and banking advantages." (07/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/07/27/French-politician-appointed-EUs-Brexit-chief/5281469632279/  

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Decisive Brexit referendum: What happens next? Part 4

July 24, 2016
posted by

Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Kevin Dowd  

"The Brexit vote was never just about whether the Brits would reject rule from Brussels. The real issues were much broader and felt across the whole EU -- an arrogant and undemocratic elite, its disastrous economic policies and an increasing gap between haves and have-nots, the first being the cause of the second and the second the cause of the third. To paraphrase what one disillusioned British voter told The Guardian: if you've got money, you vote in; if you ain't got no money, you vote out. In this context, I would like to quote two poignant open letters from European friends that were sent out just before the UK referendum." (07/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/23/decisive-brexit-referendum-what-happens-next-part-4-the-eu-enters-its-endgame/  

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Ireland: Get ready for unification poll, Kenny tells EU leaders

July 19, 2016
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Belfast Telegraph [occupied Ireland]    

"Taoiseach Enda Kenny has for the first time opened the door to a future referendum on Irish unity. In a significant move, Mr Kenny called on the European Union to prepare for the prospect of Northern Ireland seeking to join the Republic. The Fine Gael leader said a future border poll was now possible in light of the decision by Britain to leave the EU." (07/19/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/get-ready-for-united-ireland-poll-taoiseach-enda-kenny-tells-eu-leaders-34894210.html  

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Scotland: SNP pushes again for independence vote after Trident result

July 19, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Another vote on Scottish independence is fast approaching after Westminster voted to renew Trident against the wishes of nearly every MP in Scotland, the [Scottish National Party] has warned. In a vote in the House of Commons, 58 of Scotland's 59 MPs voted against Trident renewal, with Scotland's only Tory MP, David Mundell, being the sole supporter. SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the vote exacerbates the democratic deficit in Scotland, coming just weeks after Scottish voters overwhelmingly backed membership of the European Union but were outvoted by those in England and Wales." (07/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/19/snp-push-again-for-scottish-independence-vote-after-trident-result  

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Breaking the spirit of Brexit

July 18, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"It's more than three weeks since the Brexit vote, and the strangest thing has happened. Article 50 has not been invoked. The two-year starting gun on Britain's exit negotiations has not been fired. And we're none the wiser as to when it might happen. The new PM, Theresa May, who previously said she would wait at least until the end of this year, is now even vaguer on the subject. After meeting with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon over the weekend, and set to meet Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones today, May is now saying she'll hold off until she's established a 'UK-wide approach' on Brexit negotiations. Whatever that means ..." (07/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/breaking-the-spirit-of-brexit-theresa-may-david-davis-sturgeon/18565  

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Germany: Revived death penalty in Turkey would end EU talks

July 18, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Germany warned Turkey that reinstating the death penalty after the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would end his country's bid to join the European Union. 'A country that has the death penalty cannot be a member of the European Union -- and the introduction of the death penalty in Turkey would mean the end of accession talks,' Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin on Monday. Erdogan's supporters revived calls to reintroduce capital punishment as the president pledges to reshape Turkey after thwarting the uprising by elements of the army." (07/18/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-18/revived-death-penalty-in-turkey-would-end-eu-talks-germany-says  

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EU extortionists take another run at Google

July 14, 2016
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Yahoo! Tech    

"The European Union filed new anti-trust charges against Google on Thursday, piling pressure on the US tech giant over the alleged abuse of its market dominance. Brussels targeted the Silicon Valley firm's advertising business, saying it had restricted some websites from displaying ads from Google's competitors. The EU also beefed up its charge sheet in an earlier case against Google which alleges that the firm abused the dominance of its search engine for online shopping. There are now three EU cases against Google in total, with the EU having also filed charges in April against it for its Android mobile phone operating system." (07/14/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/eu-files-fresh-antitrust-charges-against-google-102130893.html  

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Brexit animosity aimed at the wrong targets

July 13, 2016
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David Blowers  

"Britain is polarised following a referendum where the people were asked to choose between two unpleasant options. The vanilla-flavoured turd is the status quo where the nation state continues its affiliation to the European Union, a big cog in the machine of globalised neoliberalism -- a situation that would likely continue to centralise power in Brussels (as it has since the 1975 referendum) with the British public having no way of knowing if there would be another chance to vote on the matter. Alternatively, there was the strawberry-flavoured turd -- leap into an unknown and bewildering array of changes (described in apocalyptic terms by a Prime Minister who can now provide no reassurance without backtracking) -- and a possible lurch of government even further to the right." (07/13/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45674  

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A cry of rage and pain

July 6, 2016
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Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock  

"Now some of the dust has settled after the Brexit vote, I thought it might be useful to take a look at who voted which way, and why what happened might have happened. ... [O]n the Remain side, the picture looks quite simple. The city slickers and big businessmen that benefit financially from the current set-up, and the supporters of big government and the green agenda, also support the EU. The latte-sipping, Grauniad-reading, political-correctness-loving, humanity-hating classes that think they're the only people educated enough to be allowed to have opinions on anything, are Remainers to the core. On the other side, it's much more complicated. The areas with the strongest Leave votes were mostly in a few parts of the country -- Essex, Lincolnshire and the industrial Midlands and North. But the reasons for that support seem to vary from place to place." (07/06/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/06/a-cry-of-rage-and-pain/  

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After the referendum: Sorting through the rubble

July 4, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"What more to say about the past eight days? They began with a referendum vote that sent a shock across the world. They have now settled into something like business as usual. The shape of the British Constitution will be determined by the internal politics of the Conservative Party. Here, then, are some thoughts on how things might proceed between now and Christmas." (07/02/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/02/after-the-referendum-sorting-through-the-rubble/  

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Tusk: EU 27 agree “no single market a la carte” for UK

June 29, 2016
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"EU leaders agreed Wednesday that Britain cannot have access to the single market after leaving the union without accepting the bloc's rules on free movement, president Donald Tusk said. 'There will be no single market a la carte,' Tusk told a news conference in Brussels after the 27 leaders met without British Prime Minister David Cameron. 'Leaders made it crystal clear today that access to the single market requires acceptance of all four freedoms including freedom of movement,' Tusk added. The 27 EU leaders will also hold a summit -- without Britain -- in Bratislava on September 16 to discuss further the fallout from Britain's decision to leave the bloc, Tusk said." (06/29/16)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jun-29/359663-eu-27-agree-no-single-market-a-la-carte-for-uk-tusk.ashx  

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Nevermind the Brexit, UK will emerge with a good trade deal

June 29, 2016
posted by

CNBC
by Dr. Michael Ivanovitch  

"The British never wanted to be part of a German-dominated European federal super state. The exit from the EU will allow the U.K. to reclaim parts of national authority that its political elites ceded to unelected Brussels officials free of any meaningful democratic oversight. The scare-mongering about the end of the U.K. and the unraveling EU is meaningless. My guess is that the U.K. will do better that the unwieldy 'union' of 27 countries whose leaders have yet to figure out where they are going." (06/27/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/27/nevermind-the-brexit-uk-will-emerge-with-a-good-trade-deal.html  

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The Libertarian Angle, 06/28/16

June 28, 2016
posted by

Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by  

"FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about Britain's vote to exit from the European Union." [Flash video] (06/28/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-brexit-vote/  

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“Brexit” and elite failure

June 27, 2016
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"One of the odder responses to the Leave win is to cite it as proof that no one should ever hold a referendum on an important question. Trying to run a government by referendum would indeed be impractical and unwise, but to give the electorate one opportunity to have its say on a significant issue on which the majority's views are not represented by any major party seems like the most grudging concession to the people. ... One of the reasons why so many Labour voters backed Leave was that their party leaders long ago ignored their views and concerns, especially on immigration, and voting Leave gave them a way to voice those concerns so that they might finally be heard and taken seriously. It is utterly predictable that their support for Leave should now be cited as another reason to ignore and dismiss them." (06/27/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/brexit-and-elite-failure/  

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After “Brexit,” can we exit a few things too?

June 27, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Last week's UK vote to leave the EU may have come as a shock to many, but the sentiment that led British voters to reject rule from Brussels is nothing unique. In fact it is growing sentiment worldwide. Frustration with politics as usual, with political parties that really do not differ in philosophy, with an economy that serves the one percent at the expense of the rest of society is a growing phenomenon throughout Europe and in the United States as well. The Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump phenomena are but one example of a frustrated public sensing something is very wrong with society and looking for a way out. What is happening in the UK, in Europe, and in the US, is nothing less than a breakdown of the entire system." (06/27/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/brexit-can-exit-things  

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After the vote, the implosion of the political class

June 27, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"Until the EU referendum, the estrangement of Britain's political class from vast swathes of the public had, for politicians and pundits alike, been the source of little more than low-level anxiety. Yes, that something is wrong had often been acknowledged. But no sooner had that acknowledgement taken place than the problem had been neatly packaged up as something it's not, be it voter apathy or public disengagement or some other piece of policymaking jargonese. But the referendum result has shattered the political class's coping mechanisms. It can no longer pretend that voters aren't sufficiently interested in politics, that, at some level, it's our fault. Too many people turned out to vote for that to wash. No, the political class is now finally having to face up to its own reality as a ruling clique, infused with a paternalistic disdain for those it can no longer claim it represents." (06/27/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-the-vote-the-implosion-of-the-political-class-eu-referendum-brexit/18495  

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Brexit: A glorious victory

June 27, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The European Union is a political construct meant to complement the NATO military alliance: as an institution it was created and continues to function for the sole purpose of keeping Russia out of the European continent. And now that it has been repudiated in Britain, the globalists of the West are nervous that NATO itself may be coming apart -- as indeed it is. With the Republicans' presumptive presidential nominee calling it 'obsolete,' and its mounting costs -- borne, of course, by the US -- a drain on an increasingly squeezed economy, this pillar of US hegemony is cracking at its very foundations. And that has the War Party scared." (06/27/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/06/26/brexit-glorious-victory/  

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This way to the egress

June 27, 2016
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"When I was a kid in the late 1950s, European governments, suffering from the usual stultifying effects of fat-cat socialist taxation and regulation, were already doing their best to congeal. An early forerunner to the European Union was the European Common Market. When I first heard of it, I said, 'Oh, the people of Europe are pooling their incompetence.' I have often said 'There's never any good political news.' Once in a great while, it's pleasant to be wrong. If you believe in such things, there are a lot of souls at rest in Britain tonight, Unless you've been living under your own doormat, you know that our English cousins have voted to pull the ripcord on that vile, collectivist snakepit called the European Union." (06/26/16)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle878-20160626-02.html  

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Free world

June 27, 2016
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  

"I'm a libertarian. I'm entirely for doing away with national borders that restrict the free movement of people and trade goods. But I understand entirely why the British people thought the European Union tyrannical. My own country came to that same conclusion in 1776 regarding a British monarch and parliament. Today when governments make trade agreements it's called 'free trade.' It isn't free trade. It's an expansion of mercantilism, by which one national power historically used troops and warships to install economic monopolies on other nations. The European Union is a trade cartel and an aggressive multinational bureaucracy with a fiat currency not backed by any real commodity." (06/25/16)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2016/06/free-world/  

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Europe: The age of globalism, 1989-2016 (?)

June 27, 2016
posted by

Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb  

"I spoke earlier with a friend who lives in Bath. He told me how, in 1989, he sat on the Berlin Wall as it was being torn down, and how, last Thursday, he went and voted to leave the European Union. Writing history before it has happened is particularly unwise. We have not left the European Union. We have not even notified our intention to leave, and no one knows what settlement will eventually be reached, or if other member states will decide to leave as well. This being said, it may be that future historians will regard the time bounded by these two events as forming a distinct epoch, different in its tone and assumptions from what went before and what came after." (06/26/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/06/26/europe-the-age-of-globalism-1989-2016/  

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Brexit is part of Internet Reformation building around the world

June 26, 2016
posted by

Anthony Wile The Daily Bell
by Anthony Wile  

"After years of struggle against the EU, which we documented at The Daily Bell, anti-EU forces have finally removed Britain from the European Union. The tribes of Britain were the first to make the jump back into fuller nationhood. But there will be other countries trying as well. It's a great day for Britain and a good day for The Daily Bell that has had as one of its main missions analysis of the 'Internet Reformation' and the freedom building because of it." [editor's note: Odd -- I had always assumed Wile was a libertarian, not a nationalist; this seems to indicate he's the latter - TLK] (06/25/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/anthony-wile-brexit-is-part-of-internet-reformation-building-around-the-world/  

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A blow for peace and democracy: Why the British said no to Europe

June 26, 2016
posted by

CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Pilger  

"The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed betters in the major parties, the leaders of the business and banking oligarchy and the media. This was, in great part, a vote by those angered and demoralised by the sheer arrogance of the apologists for the 'Remain' campaign and the dismemberment of a socially just civil life in Britain." (06/24/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/06/24/a-blow-for-peace-and-democracy-why-the-british-said-no-to-europe/  

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First the UK, then Scotland … then Texas?

June 26, 2016
posted by

Ryan McMaken Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken  

"That didn't take long. Only hours after the final results came in for a British exit from the EU, political leaders in Scotland are talking about renewing their drive to secede from the United Kingdom. Pointing to the fact that a large majority of Scots voted to remain in the EU, Scottish advocates for independence are now claiming (convincingly) that Scotland is leaving the EU against its will. ... When Americans indulge in thought experiments about the possible secession of American states, it is often assumed that most US states are too small 'to go it alone.' Indeed, most Americans greatly underestimate the size of many American states in relation to numerous independent and prosperous existing nation-states." (06/24/16)

https://mises.org/blog/first-uk-then-scotland-then-texas  

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