|On top of this ridiculousness, this week the full scale of the EU’s continued control of the UK was exposed. We at Get Britain Out, along with others, have disclosed the fact that according to Government guidance, until 2023 at the very least, the UK will be forced to display EU flags and plaques in this country on every “infrastructure project, piece of signage, pavement sticker, or temporary public realm adaption” which has been given EU funding as part of either the European Regional Development Fund or the European Structural Fund.
What makes this even worse is the measly sum we have been granted as a trade-off for being forced to plaster UK buildings etc with EU propaganda – including their flag! £56 million is less than £1 per person in the UK, but now we are again being blackmailed to kowtow to the EU’s demands, with no reference to whether or not the Great British Public approve of this blatant publicity for the EU.
Which other independent nation in the world is forced to publicly promote the work of another international organisation, of which they are no longer a member – and for such a measly sum of money? What is our Government thinking of?
Last week the UK’s new Nationality and Borders Bill sailed through its ‘Second Reading’ in the House of Commons, meaning we are supposed to be a step closer to being able to increase the penalties for those caught entering the country illegally – including the thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the English Channel from France.
While this Bill is a start, it certainly does not resolve the current problems. Last week – just as the Bill was being debated in Parliament – record numbers of migrants (almost 400 (mostly men) crossed the English Channel, arriving on our shores in one single day. To make matters worse, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, had just agreed to send £54 million to France to supposedly help control these migrant crossings – on top of the £24 million we sent the French last year. This is a huge amount of money on top of money we have given them so far, but has done nothing to reduce the problem.
So far, all I have seen the French apparently spending money on is buying up the stock of boats criminal gangs have been using. This is hardly effective in the age of the internet, where they have vast sums of migrants’ money and boats can be purchased from anywhere.
Are the French simply planning on spending our money on sailors’ wages, and fuel for their Border Force – as whatever they have been spending it on so far, has done nothing to reduce the problem. Now they have even refused our offer to pick up migrants and return them to France using our own boats. Clearly this isn’t about stopping the criminal gangs for the French, and is more about making it our problem instead.
We would be far better off investing our money in our own Border Force to more effectively police our borders and increase our capacity for removing illegal immigrants. At least this way it would be our own people doing the patrols to catch these illegal immigrants. At the moment we are seeing the voluntary RNLI having to go out to sea, risking their own lives, to pick up illegal migrants. It’s about time the Government deployed Border Force and the Royal Navy to do their job properly, freeing up the RNLI for all the other emergencies which need their help.
In the Labour Party things are not looking great. The only conversation they are having about Brexit is the out of touch metropolitan membership encouraging the Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to make Labour the Party of ‘re-joining the EU’! It seems they are not content with Labour’s already poor electoral performance, but they seem obsessed with trying to find new ways to make the Party even more out of touch. This country needs a real opposition to hold the Government to account where necessary, but right now Labour are frankly a shambles, with a revolving door of advisors going in and out, being hired and fired in a blind panic.
In the media world, I am sure many of you – like us – have been watching GB News (renowned and respected news broadcaster Andrew Neil is Chairman) and supporting this new free news channel in its attempts to break up the monopoly of the ‘establishment’. Despite initial technical struggles, we have seen this channel bounce back in the last week. Nigel Farage has now been introduced to the presenting line-up, plus the recent former DUP Leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, has also joined the team as a commentator. Both of these introductions are very welcome, not only to perhaps shake up the political landscape, but Mrs Foster should finally force more in the ‘Westminster Bubble’ to pay attention to Northern Ireland and the many problems the country is experiencing.
Some lighter news now – reports from the Department for International Trade, led by the relentless Liz Truss, suggest the UK could conclude its negotiations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which would build on the trade agreements we have already signed with Australia and South Korea and open up huge new markets – without the bureaucratic burden we experienced for so long inside the EU.
Yet another example of Liz Truss’s commitment – this month also saw the Department for International Trade declare their intention to remove swathes of EU bureaucracy required to import wine into this country. This is a decision which is set to save UK citizens who enjoy drinking wine from all over the world, over £130 million a year, which is exactly the approach we need across the whole economy. As we have said time and again, we hope more Ministers take on the tenacity of Ms Truss and push to take advantage of every opportunity Brexit creates. Only if this happens can we reach our full potential.