Brexit

Britain voted to leave the E.U. by a smallish margin but now seems to be paralysed by the fact that no one seems to know what to do next.  Has no one the sense to see what our relationship with the Common Market was before we joined and return to that?

 

The writer voted to leave the E.U. because Britain never was a full member and took every opportunity to negotiate opt-outs resulting in a situation where Britain paid all the fees but reaped few of the rewards.  That we paid in more that we took in benefits was deemed unfair. 

 

Well now we are leaving the organisation that we never fully joined and now the worry is what will the future Britain be like.  Well how about returning to where we were before we half joined? 

 

The problem, as we see it, is that few seem to realise where we were, what we joined, or when. Consequently few understand what we need to do or what is possible.

 

Many blame the E.U. for the problems we had with the Human Rights Act, however the act was based on the European declaration of Human Rights written, not by the E.U. but by the Council of Europe An organisation of which Britain is a full and active member.  Britain had a major part in writing the European Declaration of Human Rights.

 

The problem lies, not with the Declaration but the incompetent way parliament drafted it into domestic law.

I challenge any critic of the human Rights Act to say which of the provisions of the act they would reject as a their personal protection. 

 

Most European countries have systems of justice. Britain has a system of law. This means that whilst a court in a European state can decide that the right to a family life of A is less than  right to life of person B. . A British court cannot.  The Law says clearly that a person in the U.K. has the right to a family life and a right to life. Two independent and equal statements therefore both rights are equal. 

 

When the Human Rights Act was drafted this should have been considered and a ranking inserted so that a just decision was possible in British courts. 

 

Parliament is now considering what laws adopted as a condition of our membership of the E.U. to take off the stature books and which to leave. We forsee similar problems here.

 

Nothing has been said of laws we adopted in order to join the E.U.  The main example of this is the adoption of the accursed Value added Tax. VAT is a bureaurocrat's delight but a nightmare to business and customer alike.  Consider for a moment someone makes a scarf.  They buy the cloth and thread. They pay VAT on these materials and use it to make some scarves. These they sell to a wholesaler who claims back the VAT paid, divides them into smaller batches and sells them on to retailers. again claiming back VAT paid   The retailers pay VAT on the scarves and sell them singly claims back the VAT paid and adding VAT to the purchase price.   

 

Total madness and what is more very costly madness.

 

  Before we joined the. E.U. we had purchase tax a simple tax that was charged on some but not all items at the point of sale. If we consider the thousands upon thousands of transactions that are made in the manufacture of a complex item such as a motorcar it become clear why it is so expensive to make anything in this country. If we are to compete in world markets we must get rid if VAT.

 

We hear about Hard Brexit and Soft Brexit, this conceals the fact that the Government does not want Brexit of any kind they are trying to cover up this fact and are engineering a situation where Britain remains a member of the E.U.   This adds up to is that Britain will go from not being a real member of the E.U. to a situation where we will not really leave. This can be summed up as going from 60% in to 40% out.

 

There is much agonising about the status of E.U. citizens in Britain and British subjects in the E.U. I went to working Denmark before we joined and in the Netherlands once before and once after we joined.  The procedure was exactly the same in each case. The job application had to be made from ones place of residence.  Application from within the country was not permitted.  Also jobs had to be advertised to the residents of that country before they could be advertised in other lands. The only difference in proceedure was that Danish procedure was that I had to apply for residence in person while the Dutch procedure was that the employer applied for me.

 

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