Tuesday, 19 December 2017
After the first round of trade talks yesterday, Michel Barnier has stressed that there will be no bespoke deal for the United Kingdom after Brexit. This is not a surprise to me and only emphasizes how right we were to vote OUT at the referendum. The E.U. do not want a deal with us, not in any shape or form. They just want to make an example of us to prevent other members from leaving the union.
Monday, 11 December 2017
Last week was quite tortuous for both sides. With a flurry of visits to Brussels, Mrs. May and Mr. Davies (above) attempted to strike a deal on terms to be agreed before trade talks can begin. On Monday last, all looked hopeless because Northern Ireland could not agree to the terms as set out by our government. They want to be treated the same as the rest of the United Kingdom, with border issues being paramount between Northern Ireland (British) and Ireland (separate country).
By the weekend a deal of sorts has been struck, although whether it will continue to be as agreed after Brexit on March 29th 2019, remains to be seen.
My own thoughts on this situation is that, whilst Northern Ireland may want no borders between it and Ireland itself, Brexit means we control our own borders and that must surely include a border between the north and the south. If we don't have a border then immigrants will cross it and enter the U.K. by that route. If, however, we do have a border, then it will disrupt trade between the two countries and cause a lot of mayhem whilst people and traffic try to cross from one place to the other and back again. I think that if certain people cross regularly and give no trouble, then the border controllers will get to know them and let them through whilst strangers would need to be checked.
Many Brexiteers think that Mrs. May has given too many concessions to Brussels. I am one of those. I think we should go for a hard Brexit and let Brussels come to us. Seems that Nigel Farage is of like mind. While I don't agree with everything Nigel Farage does or says, I do find that he speaks out most of what I am thinking and he should definitely be on the negotiating panel when it comes to trade deals.
David Davies and Michel Barnier are the two chief negotiators and must now meet again to start the trade talks.
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Mrs. May has been busy trying to convince the the Europeans that they should proceed to the next stage in the Brexit talks, which is to talk Trade! Unfortunately, despite what they say, they do not want to progress to the next stage until they get assurances on several matters of importance to them, for example, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and what will happen with E.U. citizens residing here after Brexit officially happens in March 2019.
What the E.U. wants is money, money, money, not a Trade Deal. We may just as well walk out now and save ourselves a lot of work.
Whilst all this is going on, the Labour Party is forging ahead, promising everything it can to get people to vote for them once we have lost all faith in the Conservative Party. Their list of promises is endless but so far no-one has come up with the answer to where the money will be coming from.
However, with our National Health Service floundering, with waiting lists getting longer and longer and visits to the Accident and Emergency Department of the local hospitals taking four hours and more, people are becoming more and more worried about the future. At my own doctor's surgery I now have to wait two weeks for an appointment! I've never known it so bad.
So does the Labour Party have the answer to that problem? I doubt it, but I do believe that unless the Conservatives, under Mrs. May, can make some improvements and quick, people will be turning to the Labour Party in droves.
I was a great admirer of Nigel Farage until he went to America and sucked up to Donald Trump. Now, I don't trust him. What in the world was he thinking of to do that? Perhaps he thought that he would gain influence and become a negotiator with the E.U. backed up by the new President. I think we all know now that Donald Trump's word is not to be trusted. He changes his mind every day.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
David Davies and Michel Barnier met again today for the 4th round of the Brexit trade negotiations.
Following Mrs. May's speech in Florence last Friday, it was hoped that the negotiations could start to progress with regards to trade, but, as expected, Michel Barnier is again prevaricating. Now he wants more detail from Mrs. May. He wants clarification on the rights of E.U. citizens in the U.K., what will happen to the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland and the question of the European Court's supremacy.
This discussion will go on for ever and ever. I fear we must leave without a trade deal. That would be the best outcome because you can't negotiate with people who don't want to negotiate. We are just a cash cow to be milked by the E.U. as they see it.
Monday, 25 September 2017
Mrs. May went to Florence to deliver her speech regarding a smoothing over of the wrinkles in the Brexit negotiations. The next set of negotiations take place on Monday 25th September when David Davies will again meet up with Michel Barnier. The hope is that talks on trade can start following Mrs. May's decision to extend the transition period after Brexit for a further two years. She also said that Britain would be paying an undisclosed figure as an exit payment.
Here is the speech:
Unfortunately, I don't think it will make any difference to the negotiations. Michel Barnier and his friends in the E.U. will hold out until they get what they want, which will be never. Their sole aim is to keep Britain paying in to the E.U. budget forever.
Friday, 1 September 2017
The third round of talks with the E.U. negotiator, Michel Barnier, took place yesterday. David Davies reported afterwards that no progress has been made.
Michel Barnier, representing all the other E.U. members, will not discuss trade until the 'divorce settlement' has been agreed. The E.U. has requested that Britain pay 60 billion euros before negotiations on trade can take place and this is seen as blackmail by Britain.
Meanwhile businesses both here in Britain and abroad in Europe are pressing to get on with the discussions because time is moving ever faster towards the deadline of March 2019 when Britain will officially be out of the E.U.
Mrs. May has been in Japan. The Japanese are on the verge of signing a trade agreement with the E.U. and Mrs. May was given assurance that once Britain is out of the E.U. a similar trade deal will occur between Japan and Britain. Again, there is frustration that events cannot be moved faster. In the past Japan has seen Britain as a gateway into Europe.
Great Britain is a major player in Europe and cannot be held to ransom just because they want out of a club which has become more and more corrupt.
My opinion is that we should stop all the 'beating about the bush'. We should just walk away and see how quickly the European countries come back to us with their begging bowls. The E.U. need our money just to keep going. I predict that they will only last for about seven years once Britain has left the game.
According to today's Daily Mail, millions of British citizens, living in the E.U. will have their right to free healthcare protected. Following talks in Brussels, the European Union has agreed to allow them to retain access to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Sadly, Theresa May's call for a general election on June 8th 2017 did not go as planned. She hoped to gain a majority in parliament, thus creating a strong and stable government to take us through Brexit. That didn't happen. Surprisingly more people voted for the Labour Party, egged on by Jeremy Corbyn's false promises of no more tuition fees for students, more money to support the police force and the National Health Service and more money to be spent on Social Care. He didn't say where the money would be coming from. I guess it was somewhere over the rainbow.
UKIP were defeated, many UKIP voters turning instead to Labour or the Conservatives or even the Liberal Democrat Party, who want to put a stop to Brexit all together.
As a result of the poor election results, Theresa May was forced to ask the Northern Irish party (Democratic Union Party) for support and that cost her dearly.
So on that basis the negotiation with the European Union began in June with David Davies going across to Brussels to talk to Michel Barnier, the E.U.'s chief negotiator. The main item on the table was what will happen to the E.U. citizens residing in Britain at the moment and likewise, what will happen to our U.K. citizens living in Europe. The talks will continue every two weeks, but for myself, I don't have much hope of there ever being a deal done because there are just too many obstacles in the way of agreement.
It is in the interests of the European Union to draw out the negotiations as long as possible because they want the money from Britain to continue to flow for as long as possible.
Brexit will take place on March 19th 2019 so as everyone keeps saying, the clock is ticking!