These are precious family photographs that show where my father served in WW2, at the Boundary Post at the Libia Frontier, and a funeral for some of his comrades. He served just after my birth in early 1939, and was at Dunkirk, at West Africa, Normandy, and thereafter all over Europe including France, Belgium, and Germany after D-Day. His medals included the 1939/43 Star, the Defence Medal, the War Medal 1939/45, the France/Germany Star. Today, as I remember him and those he served with until he was honourably discharged as an exemplary soldier in January 1946, and into the Royal Army Reserve, it seems wrong that this great country is now in the clutches of a bunch of deadbeat unelected EU civil servants.
I read an article a few minutes ago, in which an English MP relates his experience along with a group of cross-party colleagues from the Exiting the European Union Select Committee who visited Brussels for a series of meetings with Barnier, the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator; Verhofstadt MEP, Chair of the European Parliament’s Brexit Steering Group; and several other senior MEPs.
He writes “Having heard what they had to say, I’m afraid I’ve come to the conclusion that the only Brexit deal being offered to us from Brussels would be far worse for the UK than leaving without a deal in March 2019. Indeed, the only withdrawal deal on offer from the EU would require the UK to agree to the EU’s demands without any guarantee of being able to secure a reasonable future trade deal on terms better than the WTO.
“The EU wants to require the UK to agree to its financial demands, to accept that every EU citizen resident in the UK has the right to live in the UK forever and for that right to be extended to parents and children. The EU would also make remaining in the Single Market and Customs Union a pre-requisite to having a frictionless border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
“To add insult to injury, the EU’s negotiators are insisting that any future trade relationship should be made conditional upon a whole raft of protectionist and anti-competitive requirements which would severely handicap the UK’s freedom to negotiate genuine free trade deals with the rest of the world.
“Furthermore, it was confirmed that no free trade deal can be agreed in parallel with the Article 50 withdrawal agreement because each of the 27 EU countries would have a veto on that deal – and would exercise it if they would otherwise face competition from the UK on tax, employment conditions, safety regulations and relaxation of restrictions on GM crops.
“It also became clear to me during our visit that the EU would require that any transitional deal would have to be signed as part of a withdrawal agreement before any agreement was in place on the UK’s future relationship with the EU: during the transitional period, the status quo would prevail with the Single Market, Customs Union and European Court of Justice etc. having the same roles as at present; the UK would have no ability to control EU immigration during that period and would not even have the right to enter into trade deals with other countries. While the EU negotiators sought to emphasise that they did not want to punish the UK, I find their negotiating stance to be inconsistent with such an assurance”.
Did my father (as with many more fathers) dedicate the first 6 years of my life not knowing him only to leave Europe to this bunch who have served a two week notice on us for what is referred to as a “divorce bill” by another unelected drunkard? We should get off our knees and decline any more such meetings. Enough is enough.