Leave.EU weekly update – UK fisheries betrayed, EU court rules against itself and the Tory stealth tax

 

Brexit Britain faces a shocking betrayal as the Conservative manifesto fails to provide clarity on the importance of Britain’s fishing waters – which were once the heart of a thriving British industry. The document only promises to ensure control “of the waters where we have historically exercised sovereign control”, suggesting that the Tories may stick with the 12 mile radius allowed by the EU’s job-killing Common Fisheries Policy instead of taking back control of the 200 miles we’re legally entitled to.
Meanwhile, Remoaners at home and Brexit saboteurs in Europe were handed a defeat when the European Court of Justice confirmed that, barring minor exceptions, national parliaments would be unable to veto a trade deal between Britain and the European Union once it’s been concluded by the British government and the European institutions.

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But British negotiators will still have to deal with European politicians working for Brussels trying to extract revenge on the UK for daring to turn their backs on their failing project. Nigel Farage caused waves this week by warning Eurocrats to up their game or risk Britain walking away from the table. Let’s hope Britain’s negotiating team takes the same tough approach to the challenging talks.

With increasing hostilities between the EU and member states like Hungary who haven’t even voted to Leave, we don’t know how pliable the EU can bring itself to be. This week the European Parliament looked set to hit Hungary with sanctions after Hungarian leader Viktor Orban took the bold step to strengthen his nation’s borders and assert its right to govern its own affairs. But Hungary isn’t alone, with Denmark now ready to rebel against the Schengen agreement by instituting border checks for the sake of its own national security. Finally, the continent awakens.

Back to the General Election and the Tory manifesto. In its document, Britain’s ruling party further risked its double-digit polling lead with unpopular plans to raid estates to fund social care. The move will see anybody with more than £100,000 in assets being responsible for the cost of their social care. The assets include privately-owned homes, meaning costs can be deferred until death.

Pensioners will be able to receive care without resorting to selling their assets, but that doesn’t mask the brutal reality that elderly homeowners, who account for 75% of those aged 65 and over, will see their net worth dwindle considerably after a lifetime of paying taxes. The policy will also eliminate the cap on the total cost of care, meaning that the government will now be empowered to seize the vast majority of a person’s estate after death simply for requiring complex care.

The assault will remind many of Gordon Brown’s raid on pensions in 1997, when he removed tax credits for dividends throwing pension funds into disarray. The decision raised billions for the treasury but cost pensioners big. Will May’s new death tax be an even bigger act of robbery?

The manifesto goes on to repeat pledges to cut net migration to the tens of thousands. Sound familiar? The Tories have failed to deliver in this regard for seven years. Now Theresa May vows to “bear down on immigration from outside the EU”. Shouldn’t she have been doing this all along, as net migration soared to unsustainable highs while she was Home Secretary? Only time will tell if May is set to deliver or if this is just more Tory tough talk.

At this election it’s important for Brexiteers to put country before party and vote for the best placed pro-Brexit candidate in every seat in the country. Together we can make sure that parliament represents the will of the people and is well stocked with MPs who supported British withdrawal from the European Union.

To help our supporters, we’ve been highlighting a pro-Brexit candidate every day. Click here to see who we’ve backed so far.

In economic news: the UK continued to outperform expectations with stunning new unemployment figures, rising office space, and booming business activity; trouble in Europe continued as Italian debt rocketed; but the ECJ boosted hopes for a trade deal with the UK by eliminating vetoes by national parliaments as global ambassadors talked up the UK’s position for global trade.

Kind regards,
The Leave.EU Team