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Brexit – one step closer?

So Chancellor Merkel believes that Britain is reaching the Point of No Return on EU renegotiations and would be prepared to see Britain leave? Oh happy day! Rainy Monday mornings aren’t famed for their ability to put a spring in one’s step, but I’ve been prancing like a spring lamb since being woken up to the joyous news by my alarm clock radio.

According to Der Spiegel, to whom Merkel gave a heavy briefing on the matter, this is the first time that the German Chancellor has conceded a Brexit may be possible.

The point of contention is over immigration. Cameron wants an end to freedom of movement, a sacred pillar of the EU construct, whereas Merkel, an ardent EU enthusiast, disagrees. Ukip has been saying all along that renegotiation of the basics of EU law were never going to be on the table, but Cameron thought he knew best and pressed ahead.

Now he’s having to scroll back, with the Times reporting that No. 10 is investigating the milder possibility of a benefits clampdown for new migrants, who would be unable to claim any benefit, including tax credits, until they had paid into the system for two to three years.

The shambles has prompted Tory faithful Tim Montgomery to comment that “David Cameron [has] briefly marched on to a battleground where he cannot win.”

Why? Because “No 10 worried that defeat in the Rochester & Strood by-election might lead to a vote of no confidence in Cameron. It gambled, one might say “recklessly”, that a strong stance on immigration might avoid such a challenge.”

Ukip’s critics have been laughing at our lack of MPs, claiming that it gave us no influence in British politics. I think we can claim to have had the last laugh, proving that we don’t need control of Westminster to change the direction that Britain is heading in. Indeed, it’s a testament to the power of that very British idea, representative democracy, that we have managed to do so.

A question to UkipDaily readers though. I have seen comments on here and other blogs suggesting that Cameron’s promised referendum is due to take place in 2017 because the Lisbon Treaty holds that from 2017 onwards, countries will no longer merely be able to signal their intention to leave and do so, but will have to get the agreement of all other member states as well. That would mean that, even if the British people did vote to leave the EU, we may not get our way regardless.

Does anyone have any information on this? A link to the relevant piece of the treaty would be fantastic.

Photo by The Prime Minister’s Office

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4 Comments on Brexit – one step closer?

  1. We should not forget that if we get a referendum it will take a lot of persuading to get a majority to say Yes to an exit . Remember the thousands of immigrants will get a vote and are likely to vote No. This is not a done deal . Scotland is a lesson we need to learn .

  2. No one on Earth can stop this country leaving the EU if the majority of British people decide that is what they want. What’s going to happen – will the Germans invade with Smerkel at their head wearing an old Jerry helmet? No, they’ve tried that twice before and it didn’t work. Who cares about being tactful if we can leave with an Act of Parliament? That would cut through years of expensive and maddening wrangling with the other countries putting obstacles in our way. After all, they wouldn’t want good ole cash cow Brittania pulling out and leaving them to pay more. Plus where would their poor and unemployed go if the UK wasn’t No 1 destination anymore?
    I don’t care about diplomacy: I just want to see my country free and clear before I peg it.

  3. Provided we want it enough and retain control of our armed forces, there is nothing the EU or Mrs Merkel can do to stop us from leaving. A simple Act of Parliament can repeal our membership. That is what decides what happens in this country and it takes precedence over a treaty. Of course it might not be the most tactful way to leave. Much better to be diplomatic. But in the last resort, that solution is easy.

    • And that is the approach Nigel Farage has suggested. Try the polite Article 50 first, if they try to stitch us up, then go for the Act of Parliament. The political and media battle through Article 50 can be used “productively” to prepare the British people for the Act of Parliament, ready to back it to the hilt.

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