The Brief: No surprises please, we're European

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The Brief: No surprises please, we're European
« on: July 25, 2017, 09:48:19 PM »
The Brief: No surprises please, we're European

This from an eminently well-read and well-balanced lawyer, who, living in Italy for many years, is well acquainted with both legal systems.   It is every bit as important as any presently circulating.  It may be long but is clear and your freedom is dependent upon you and all others understanding it. PLEASE READ


Are you aware that this government says openly that it wants to KEEP THE EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT AND OUR MEMBERSHIP OF EUROPOL EVEN AFTER BREXIT? (My emphasis)
These are the keys to the power in the land. The real power, the raw power.
See also my essay on Magna Carta:  PLEASE USE THESE LINKS
as well as:
Best regards,

It's time Our Politicians got to grips with this.    This is how after all the wrangling and in-fighting with a weak Prime minister, who seems not to either care for or know of our history, the world sees us.
WEAK, with rubber, not steel in our spines.    Get Owen Paterson to stand for PM; the country needs courage, honesty, the integrity of someone with care for this country and people in his heart and a good dollop of commercial nous.     There are few enough people who have that, combined with a knowledge of the ancient Constitution and Common Law, that with Magna Carta, has served us well and would continue to do so.
Just scroll down to the highlighted passage.  Then, for the love of God and the good of our people, determine to act for all of Great Britain.
ABW  -  John B.

From: EURACTIV [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 24 July 2017 16:06

No surprises please, we're European
By Jorge Valero
As eurocrats, diplomats, journalists and other inhabitants of the EU bubble pack their swimwear for sunnier destinations, a sense of relief hangs in the air.
The annus horribilis Europe faced in 2016 became a near-end scenario in 2017, thanks to the challenge posed by anti-European populist parties in the elections held in the Netherlands and France.
But Geert Wilders’ anti-Muslim speech did not convince enough Dutch voters to allow him into government, and France picked Emmanuel Macron, the most pro-European president in decades, over Marine Le Pen.
Macron’s victory against that particular bogeyman reinvigorated the Old Continent. Europe’s comeback was the new ditty to sing.
And Europe’s future finally does look brighter. The economy is regaining so much of its former robustness that, for some, there is no longer any need to speak of a recovery.
The European Commission clearly proved that it has the upper hand in the Brexit talks with a disorganised, weakened British government.
Even the always-problematic Greek bailout programme is looking more positive, after the Eurogroup agreed to release badly needed funds for Athens, the IMF returned to the programme and Greece decided to return to the markets for the first time in three years.
Against this backdrop, officials see the autumn as an occasion to beef up this positive momentum by progressing on long-delayed reforms to address the EU’s structural weaknesses, and roll out a concrete plan for the next ten years.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will set the tone on 13 September during his State of the Union address.
He will finally unveil his vision for the future of the EU, after he decided just to offer a handful of options in Rome last March, in order to avoid turning the landmark summit into a “boxing match”, some said.
But things could go wrong very rapidly after the summer break. The British government may leave the negotiating table in a desperate move to oppose the €100bn its former partners are requesting.
There is no solution in sight for the migrant crisis. US President Donald Trump may start a trade war at any moment. Spain, Europe’s recovery poster child, has Catalonian’s independence referendum to deal with.
Above all, the large protests expected against Macron’s labour reform could weaken his negotiating hand ahead of talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel about long-awaited integration steps such as a eurozone budget.
Europe was blamed in the past for lacking vision, ambition or a sense of purpose. Surely, the better-than-expected outlook should help bring some confidence back and finally outline a roadmap for its future.
But overreaching could be the EU’s Achilles' heel, given its track record of unmet expectations. Ensuring that Europe remains on track could be the best news after so many years of bitter surprises.
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Thousands protested yesterday against the Polish government’s proposed judicial reforms. The EU had labelled the plans unconstitutional and threatened to suspend Poland’s voting rights in the Council if they were passed. But President Andrzej Duda vetoed the reforms.
UK trade chief Liam Fox is in the US testing the water for a post-Brexit trade deal. But chlorinated chicken could derail his plans before they have even begun. Wales’ first minister insisted there is no need to leave the single market, as Labour Party divisions grow.
It makes no sense to share the burden of migration when the risks, costs and numbers of people are unknown, the Czech Republic’s EU affairs minister told
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said he would not accept lessons on migration from other EU countries after Austria again threatened to send troops to the border.
Greece announced a return to the international debt markets after a three-year absence. Athens is expected to price its new bonds tomorrow.
EPP group leader Manfred Weber has said Turkey’s EU membership bid “makes no sense” and called for accession talks to be scrapped. The EU will open a delegation in Mongolia, which will be its 140th around the world.
The EU has urged the White House to cooperate over sanctions on Russia to avoid “unintended consequences”. It also turns out Trump’s new communications guru saw eye-to-eye with Barack Obama on Brexit.
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