The Proper Negotiation Stance

This country is already a member of EFTA and we should refuse point blank to pay an entry fee to export to the European Trade Area, as do Norway and Iceland (we currently pay the equivalent of a 7% export tax as our share of EU membership, whereas the average export tax to the rest of the world is 3%). We must also refuse to bow to their demand for freedom of movement for ALL EU citizens as a price for allowing the City to continue to do business in the EU. Again, they need us more than we need them. The City always used to be able to run rings round the rest of the world in its ability to handle big money. If they can’t do that anymore then they had better get their act together again – otherwise, tough.

The Immigration We Need

Any sensible government that emerges will, as we always have done, encourage the best and brightest from wherever in the world to come over here to live and work. We must not, on the other hand, do our damnedest to strip the so-called Third World of their best and brightest to staff our hospitals nor should we encourage any more economic refugees, looking for a cushy base where they can do the least for the most, making it difficult for our own poorly educated (under-privileged) members of society to find work, school places, hospital beds, maternity beds, subsidised housing and so on.

The latest scare the Chancellor is putting about is that fewer students from the EU will now want to come to our universities. I wonder what evidence he has to offer to show that is the case. Our top universities (4 in the top 10 world class) are not going to turn them away, and the UK is culturally still a very attractive place to study.

All the leading Brexit politicians are now bending over backwards to promise the millions of (mostly East) European immigrants who are already here that they won’t be sent home as soon as Brexit happens. The extreme right are demanding “Why Not?”. The principal Brexiteers have called throughout their campaign for an Australian-style points system for immigration. The answer may be to insist that those who want to remain here after Brexit must meet the demands of such a system. One thing’s for sure, it will have to be a very thoroughly thought through and UK-tailored points system.

Negotiate From Strength Not Declared Weakness

The present government’s declared policy of using the Civil Service to negotiate our orderly exit from the EU is doomed to failure, if they don’t extract digit and pull in some practised, hard-nosed negotiators from industry. Some politicians ‘honestly’ believe that diplomacy and the will to make concessions is the way to organise the business. The last people we need anywhere near the negotiating table are diplomats – the bright boys and girls who have never done an honest day’s work in their lives – just learnt to talk themselves and others sweetly into the ground.

The answer to that is “Get Real!” They need us more than we need them. We should not be offering any concessions. Let them come to us on bended knee and beg us to maintain our exports to their so-called largest market in the world (you know, that huge market that has more trade restrictions in it than any other, so making it impossible to trade there without sacrificing the ability to trade elsewhere, because your goods are too expensive – unnecessarily so – that market with which we have an at least £8billion trade deficit). If they want continued access to our home market, let them begin offering concessions.

What a Nonsense

The Brexit camp won its argument and now we have both major political parties, Tories and Labour, tearing themselves apart over their approach to the Referendum campaign. Who will come out on top remains to be seen but can it really be sensible to vote in a new Tory leader as PM who didn’t support the exit campaign? The lady leading the field, Mrs May, is certainly more experienced than the other well-qualified female candidate, but she has no track record of standing up to the EU on the most demanding question, the right to control who comes here to Britain to live and work and benefit from our prosperity.

We’re on the way to being a free country again – but when?

EU Referendum Result: The UK Has Voted To Leave The European Union, Brexit Campaign Declare Victory. That is the headline of the Huffington Post that I never expected to see. It was close but not so close as to make it questionable. 51.8% is pretty well as good a majority as the Scottish Independence No vote that kept the UK in one piece.

The sad part about this vote is that it has divided families more or less on age grounds. We greybeards are strongly in favour of getting out. Our experience of being a free, self-governed country is not shared by our children and many of them feel that being in the EU is the way forward.

All we oldies can see is that the EU does not know where the forward gears are. Its unelected elites do not understand the meaning of the word reform. Clearly neither does David Cameron, whose constant bleat during that interminable campaign was that we should remain in a reformed EU and influence its development. Fanciful dreaming! Now we have control again but will the present government press ahead with the rigmarole of getting us unshackled from our slave owners? I think one thing is for certain. It will take an inordinately long time for the negotiations even to begin – just as it has taken an inordinately long time for the promised reforms for Scotland to be put in place (with them demanding more all the time and moving the goalposts).