Gerard Batten’s Plan For Brexit Part 2
To raise awareness of UKIP’s plan for Brexit, written by Gerard Batten, I’ve condensed it into a shorter form. This concluding part begins at the start of section 18 – Farming: The Common Agricultural Policy.
“The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) has controlled British agriculture since early 1973, and from the farmers’ perspective, the early years up to 1984 were in retrospect a golden age.” “The knowledge that a farmer could always fall back on selling to an EU Intervention store forced the buyers of farm commodities to match the Intervention price.”
“By 1984 the system could no longer cope. Milk quotas were imposed as a reaction to the ‘milk lakes and butter mountains’ that were accumulating rapidly as a result of the production incentives.” “The way the bureaucrats administered this policy astonished everybody. Utter turmoil ensued at great cost to individual producers, which took years to resolve.” Then “the weather delivered Europe a massive harvest resulting in colossal surpluses and ‘grain mountains’ in intervention storage.”
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“The UK’s own Agriculture Ministers were powerless to oppose the CAP ‘solutions’ to these problems, but they were obliged to enact them. Access to Intervention became more difficult, export restitutions gradually reduced” and EU import tariffs were forced down. “The concept of ‘set-aside’ was introduced in order to reduce grain output. In order to qualify for the annual payment, farmers had to leave a certain percentage of their farm uncropped.”
“In 1992 agricultural support changed dramatically.” “Taxpayers subsidised farmers through a system of direct grants.” “Administration costs were high, errors were made and delays were experienced.” “Farmers’ errors on the forms were technically ‘fraud’, whilst mistakes on the forms made by officials were difficult to challenge.”
“In 2005 the rules were changed again.” “Any occupier of agricultural land could claim a payment known as the Single Farm Payment or SFP. Crops did not need to be grown.” The forms to claim this payment are “so complex that most farmers now pay a consultant to fill them in.”
“The signing of the Single European Act by Margaret Thatcher in 1982 gave Brussels the right to intervene in UK Environmental policy.” “Farmers were banned from burying animals during the Foot & Mouth disease outbreak in 2001.” “The EU’s food safety scheme, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point),” “was open to fraud.” This allowed horsemeat to be sold as beef. “Single Market rules forced many British pig farmers out of business.” “Higher British animal welfare laws” made their meat expensive. “The EU is relentlessly banning essential pesticides used in agriculture.”
“NGOs, often financed by grants from the EU, have been extraordinarily successful at pursuing a ‘green’ agenda in the Commission.” “For example, the Water Framework Directive requires river basins to be returned to ‘Good’ status.” Rivers were not dredged “resulting in appalling flooding problems.”
“To sum the situation up, British taxpayers are putting £6 billion per year into the CAP, whilst British agriculture receives £3 billion per year back. The administration of what does come back is expensive, made worse by the fact that our Government is regularly fined by the EU for not doing it properly.”
We should “adapt the EU’s Single Farm Payment” “to British conditions.” “The subsidies currently paid to British farmers should be guaranteed for a period of time until an alternative system can be put in place.”
“The EU’s Common Fisheries Policy was quickly cobbled together in 1970 by the six original member states of the European Economic Community before the start of the negotiations with four new accession countries: Denmark, Ireland, Norway and the UK.” “The seas around the new entrant countries contained over 90% of western Europe’s fish stocks, with 80% of those in the UK’s territorial waters.”
“The cost amounts to billions of pounds per annum in lost catches and our once proud fishing industry has been reduced to a shadow of its former self.” “The CFP has rightly been described as an ‘obscenity’ because of its fishing quotas and the ‘discard’ policy.” “1.7 million tons, or 23%, of all fish caught are thrown back dead.”
“In 1966, the UK ratified its agreement to enter into the little-known Fisheries Convention.” “The London Convention 1964 is an agreement between twelve European nations and the UK” and allows fishing “in the band of waters between 6 and 12 nautical miles from the UK coast.” “Article 15 of the Convention allows for withdrawal from the terms following a 2-year notice period.”
Upon Brexit, we should “immediately restore the UK’s 6-12 mile territorial waters boundary and establish a 200-mile Maritime Exclusive Economic Zone, including for marine, seabed, and mineral resources.” “The UK has rights to 70% of Continental Shelf.”
“How will the withdrawal from the EU’s ‘common area of freedom, security and justice’ affect law enforcement in the UK? Three general points need to be made: Firstly: any system of law enforcement has to balance the efficiency of policing against safeguarding the liberty of the individual.” “Even a succinct list of EU’s law enforcement laws, described neutrally, makes it clear that the EU is moving towards a centralised legal system outside of national control;” “Secondly: the justification of such a comprehensive EU-wide system of law enforcement is that the EU” allows “free movement of criminals and perfect conditions for cross-border crime. That will cease to apply to the UK;” “Thirdly: the EU-wide system of law enforcement was not created in a vacuum. There are adequate pre-existing non-EU mechanisms of international cooperation for fighting crime.” “Whatever is worthwhile in the EU system largely duplicates Interpol.”
“Rather than dismantling the EU interference in criminal legislation, the government apparently aims to negotiate a continued participation.” “We have no reason to trust Mrs May on Brexit: She was a Remainer in the Referendum campaign, and as Home Secretary” an avid supporter of “EU Police and Criminal Justice legislation – her position on the European Investigation Order merely confirms that.”
The Government should “repeal the 2004 Extradition Act (i.e. European Arrest Warrant), the European Confiscation Order, the European Supervision Order, the European Investigation Order, and all the other EU laws on police and criminal justice.”
“European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) provide the bearer with access to state-provided urgent healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.” “Countries can claim back health costs from other European countries if their citizens use medical services abroad.”
It is “possible to fraudulently obtain an EHIC” which “means non-EEA nationals can abuse them to obtain free NHS services” without entitlement. “The NHS does not reclaim money back from other countries with sufficient rigour, or else they are ignoring our claims.”
“In the year 2015/6, the UK paid out more than £674m” to pay for the treatment of Brits abroad, but claimed less back than £49m “even though there are significantly more EU citizens in the UK than UK citizens in the EU.” “Many EU countries do not have public health services comparable to the NHS” or “their citizens have to pay into health insurance schemes.”
“The EU puts many additional pressures on the NHS, without necessarily raising standards.” “The Royal College of Surgeons says it would prefer to see proper standards on medical devices.”
“The EU Working Time Directive” “limits working and training time to 48 hours per week.” It is estimated “that compliance with the working time directive costs each doctor approximately 3,000 hours of training time.”
The EU Procurement Directive, intended to level the field for EU businesses, “slows down the procurement process; adds additional advertising costs for the procurer; and” “excludes smaller providers from the ability to bid. Over 40 per cent of NHS Trust leaders surveyed for the Guardian in 2016 felt that leaving the EU would have some positive impact.” “Cutting the cost of procurement” by 1% could “pay for more than 4,000 extra junior doctors.”
“The EU Clinical Trials Directive” invalidates British studies “if not performed to EU standards. The number of clinical trials undertaken in the UK reduced by a third.”
“Around 9.8% of doctors and 7.4% of nurses working within the NHS are from the EU.” “We need EU nationals already working in the health sector to continue to do so. We should also continue to welcome the expertise of EU nationals as part of a controlled immigration policy.”
“Even if migrants to the UK are contributing to the economy,” “they are using an expensive public service to which they have not previously contributed. Their potential cost to the NHS is immediate and significant.”
Although the term health tourism “implies foreign nationals coming to Britain with the express intention of seeking free healthcare,” it also includes “visitors to the country with no travel insurance who fall ill or suffer injury.” “‘Health tourism’ costs the UK an estimated £2 billion every year.” Even if we only recovered half of that, it would fund many operations, “or would be enough to build and equip two new hospitals, or employ around 4,000 nurses.”
Currently, “all doctors and dentists who come to the UK from other member states must pass an English language test” but it “is based on everyday scenarios and not on the medical environment.” “The UK is also signed to reciprocal recognition of medical qualifications,” despite standards being lower in the EU.
“UK organisations are the largest beneficiary of EU health research funds.” “However, there is of course no such thing as EU money.” “We are merely getting our own tax payers money back.” “We suggest it is important that” “this important pot of funding is maintained and matched from central government funds.”
“We could be forced to withdraw from” The European Medicines Agency and The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. “The safety of medicines would be determined by the UK’s own Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.” “It is difficult to conceive a situation where it would not be in the EU’s best interests to share information and coordinate responses to cross-border health threats.”
“The EU has long been committed to ‘the fight against global warming’” and has increased energy costs. “The result has been to force millions of UK households into fuel poverty, and to drive energy-intensive industries off-shore.” Plants are closed and “potential new investment” “is driven offshore.” “We are in fact exporting industries and jobs, while worsening our balance of payments as we import materials previously made in Europe.” “The production often goes to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards, so the result is an increase in global emissions.”
Measures “are overlapping and conflicting.” Policy “is biased in favour of wind and solar and against nuclear.” “The back-up, typically gas, has to be run intermittently to complement intermittent renewables” “so they require ‘capacity payments’: a whole new level of subsidy.”
The Large Combustion Plant Directive “has resulted in the closure of perfectly good coal plants across the UK.” “Perhaps the greatest folly is the Emissions Trading Scheme. It has been sold as a ‘market mechanism’ designed to allocate emissions permits where they will be most efficient and to incentivise investment in low-carbon and energy-saving technologies. It has largely failed.” The cost of emitting CO2 is far too low to have an effect. “A ‘market mechanism’ which requires constant regulatory intervention” “is a very complicated tax.”
Regulation is so complex and subject to change “that it has become almost impossible for the market to make rational investment decisions on multi-billion pound projects.” “Incentives designed to promote gas-fired power stations have had the perverse effect of promoting diesel generators instead.” “The Climate Change Act (2008), one of the most expensive pieces of peace-time legislation, was passed almost unanimously in Westminster, by MPs who had little or no idea of the consequences of their actions.” “After the Brexit battle, we have another battle here at home to deliver a rational UK energy policy.”
“The Lisbon Treaty gave the European Union power over transport policy in Britain.” “Our road network has fallen into disrepair, transport provision has fallen behind demand and delays as a result of congestion are a serious threat to our economy.”
“Driving licenses and the test process is now regulated by the EU with the Professional Drivers Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) causing particular concern. This Directive requires HGV drivers to undertake” 35 “hours of class-room based training once every five years.” “This training means losing a week’s work, and at a fee of £800 to £1,000 per driver. Many long term professional drivers” “left the industry following its introduction which has now led to a shortage of drivers.”
“The Fourth Railway Package seeks to harmonise railway infrastructure across the continent and the EU has ambitious spending plans to make this happen.” “The Single European Skies (SES) is a package of regulations aimed to improve Air Traffic Management (ATM) performance by modernising and harmonising ATM systems.” “This package, under the guise of harmonisation, means that the UK has lost sovereign control over her own airspace. This system is presided over by the EU body, the European Aviation Safety Agency.”
Directive 2007/46/EC made it “difficult to customise your bike or even change anything from the original manufacturer’s specified parts.” This led to motorcycle maintenance “becoming increasingly more expensive.” Regulation EU 2015/758 requires all cars “to be fitted with a GPS tracking device.” “This is considered a valuable safety feature but many are concerned with the privacy aspects.” It should be up to the vehicle’s owner and driver.
“The EU is pushing for a ‘pay-as-you-go’ road pricing system” “and tolling has already started for trucks in some EU countries (Directive 2011/76/EU amending Directive 1999/62/EC).” “The UK has an HGV levy for trucks.” “This was intended to apply to foreign trucks as a fee for using our roads,” but the EU thinks this is discriminatory “and is taking the UK to court.”
“The idea of creating a European Army (European Defence Community) predates the creation of the European Economic Community itself in 1957. In 1950 Jean Monet proposed that the original Schuman Plan for European Coal and Steel Community should include plans for a European Army. This force was to be run by a European Minister of Defence, and a Council of Ministers, with a common budget and arms procurement policy.”
“The EEC/EU has always intended to create its own armed forces and continued” with “the Treaty on European Union (1992), the so-called Maastricht Treaty, which called for a ‘common foreign and security policy, leading to a ‘common defence.’” “The Common Foreign and Security Policy was established as an EU ‘competence’ under the Amsterdam Treaty (1997).”
“Openly creating a ‘European Army’ as such would be unpopular with large sections of European voters, and so the project has been progressed by stealth. The EU’s method has been to amalgamate the individual member states’ military resources by means of: common command and control structures (under the guise of co-operation and humanitarian operations), common equipment procurement policies, and common communications systems.”
“Britain and France still have independent nuclear deterrents.” 3 other countries have intercontinental nuclear missiles: USA, Russia and China. “This status entitles them to the five permanent seats in the fifteen seat UN Security Council; and each of the big five has a veto on any measure proposed by” the UN. “No state wishes to relinquish that power.”
“The UK’s armed forces have been deliberately underfunded and reduced in numbers and capabilities so that they will be unable to effectively function independently.” “Eventually this deliberate debilitation was intended to be used as the reason for fully amalgamating Britain’s armed forces into an EU ‘common defence identity’.”
“The EU has opened its internal borders, and invited in millions of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and beyond,” inevitably including “untold thousands of Jihadists.” “The EU then tells us that it needs more powers in order to deal with these self-inflicted threats.”
“The principle means of defence against terrorism is intelligence and advance warning.” “The UK has some of the best intelligence services in the world and we collaborate” “with the so-called ‘five eyes’ or ABCANZ countries, consisting of America, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These are tried and tested allies with whom we share a common language, a common history, and who have stood by us in two world wars.”
“If Britain ever allowed itself to become part of a common EU intelligence agency,” “it would be the destruction of one of our last remaining protections.” “The broad principles of what needs to be done can be stated as: Withdraw from the European Common Foreign and Security Policy; Reaffirm our status as an independent nation state whose armed forces” are deployed only in our national interest “or to meet defence treaty obligations such as NATO; Disentangle our armed forces from the EU’s Common Command and Control Structures, common procurement policies, and the common communications systems;” “Reaffirm our commitment to NATO as the principle defender of Europe against external threats; Call on all NATO member states to meet their funding obligation of” “2% of their GDP; British armed forces should only co-operate in selected operations with EU forces as and when it is in the British national interest.”
“The UK’s Foreign Aid commitment is currently 0.7% of GNI (Gross National Income), or about £12 billion per annum. This figure was enshrined in an Act of Parliament in 2015.” The Government are keeping “this arbitrary target despite its widespread unpopularity.”
“HM Government runs an annual budget deficit of £69 billion (2015-2016), and we have an accumulated national debt of about £1.6 trillion. HM Government is borrowing money with one hand in order to hand it over to foreign countries with the other. These countries include India and China, which fund their own space and atomic weapons programmes, and which have far many more millionaires and billionaires than the UK. One might take the view that well-off British politicians use borrowed money that less well-off tax-payers of future generations will have to repay.”
“The Department of International Development (DfID)” spend “only about one third of the UK’s foreign aid budget.” One third is given to the EU and one third is given to the UN. “Volumes could be written about the waste, fraud and corruption.” “UKIP supports HM Government in helping those around the world who need it in disaster zones” and in combatting disease.” “The UK does not benefit from the EU’s disaster relief schemes, such as when parts of our country suffered serious flood damage.”
“Scotland voted to remain in the EU,” but with a much lower turnout than when they voted against Scottish independence from the UK. It was clearly not as important to Scottish voters. “It was clearly stated by Government, and understood before and during the EU Referendum, that the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom would be bound by the overall vote.” “It must be said that the Scottish National Party’s policy of wanting to leave the UK and yet remain in the EU is entirely illogical.”
“Two key areas of Scotland’s economy are whisky production and the fishing industry. Scotland’s whisky industry provides about 4,000” jobs. “The Scotch Whisky Association’s (SWA) analysis highlights markets with long-term potential for whisky exports. Open and ambitious free trade agreements with the UK will deliver significant benefits.”
“Outside the EU, the UK would be free to make independent trade deals worldwide, which would benefit Scotland. Industry leaders said they are backing Britain to win favourable bilateral trade deals with key export markets like India, where exports have been stalled for more than a decade due to EU bungling.”
“The SWA says it will not face a tariff on exports to the EU because of WTO rules and the UK will continue to benefit from zero tariffs in other major markets.” “Scotch whisky exports were worth nearly £4 billion in customs value, making Scotch the biggest net contributor to the UK’s trade balance in goods and the country’s largest food and drink export.”
“In the very unlikely event that Scotland ever did join the EU in its own right it would also be required to join the European Single Currency. To know what that would look like, one only has to look at Greece.” “Scotland’s fishing industry will benefit massively from an immediate Brexit when the UK regains control of our territorial waters.”
More powers will return to Scotland through Brexit than would have through Scottish independence. “Powers currently exercised by Brussels will be repatriated to the UK and can be devolved to Holyrood. Scotland will immediately be able to” stop building wind turbines, which “damage the pristine Scottish wilderness and damages tourism, one of Scotland’s largest industries.”
“Closing Longannet power station because it did not meet EU regulations was a disaster for jobs, the price of electricity and Scottish power security.” Longannet could reliably power most of Scotland. “Negotiating a beneficial trade agreement with the United States” “could also benefit Scotland’s unique and highly profitable tweed trade.”
“For years Wales was told that its future depended on remaining in the European Union. Its schools teach a version of history that shows the EU as the saviour of European democracy and the only defence against continental war.” “Despite what many thought was impossible, the Welsh public chose, in unprecedented numbers, to liberate themselves from the shackles of the EU.”
“In 2015 Wales exported £2 billion in goods and services to North America,” “highlighting the ample opportunities for Wales to prosper in a post-Brexit era. Welsh businesses have quality products to sell.” “Wales wants powers repatriated to Wales, not just to Westminster. They want agricultural policies tailored for Wales, not for French or Greek farmers or the barley barons of Eastern England.” “They want agriculture and fishery strategies established in Cardiff Bay, not in Brussels.”
“Wales has been totally abandoned by mainstream politics.” “Many of its communities offer no stable decent work.” “Welsh Conservatives oppose the reintroduction of grammar schools.” “They also collude with Labour and Plaid to enforce Welsh-medium education in defiance of parents’ wishes.” Wales “is a proud nation with a rich culture and deep history.” “In voting for Brexit, the people of Wales have sent a clear message that they are no longer prepared to be taken for granted.”
“Northern Ireland has a particular history and circumstances that can account for their” vote to Remain. “The amount of monies expended there under EU programmes were greater than the sum of tax contributions from Northern Ireland residents that were paid to Brussels.” “UKIP would urge HM Government to look to maintain that spending profile when dispersing the savings resulting from” Brexit. “We would wish to ensure that Northern Ireland did not lose out financially.”
“The issue most frequently raised in respect of Brexit and Northern Ireland concerns the border with the Irish Republic.” “Northern Ireland has the United Kingdom’s only land border with the EU and that border is a ‘soft’ one.” “In addition, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland (RoI) have a common travel area agreement,” which “HM Government has committed to maintaining” “in recognition of our shared inhabiting of the British Isles and other close and historic ties.”
“This has led to questions about how the Government could stop other EU nationals from crossing into the UK.” A solution could include: “Enhanced monitoring of cross border flows;” “A requirement for all carriers between Northern Ireland and the GB mainland” “to undertake enhanced passenger booking checks in order to establish which passengers” don’t “have a permanent Northern Ireland address;” Raising the standard of already required photo ID to passport or driving licence level.
98.48% of Gibraltarians voted against “‘shared sovereignty with Spain.’” “Gibraltar has been a British possession since 1704” and “has been key for Britain’s international defences for over three centuries because it enables unimpeded access to the Mediterranean.” Sadly, school pupils are no longer taught properly about history.
“The EU’s court of justice is properly called the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), but is commonly referred to as the European Court of Justice.” “Its role is to ensure that EU law is interpreted and applied in the same way in every EU member state, and to settle disputes.” “Cases may be brought against member states by individuals, organisations, companies, or member states” and may lead to national fines. “It is not unusual for CJEU to tailor its ‘interpretation’ of the law to purely political objectives.” “It is typical for CJEU to give its ‘legal reasons’ in terms of political claptrap.”
“In truth, the CJEU is not a court of law. It is a political institution promoting a purely political agenda.” “Its dominion over the national legal systems gravely undermines the rule of law.” The CJEU “developed all the EU’s federalist constitutional principles in its ‘case-law’ – long before they were openly proclaimed to the public.” In 1963, the “CJEU defined the European Communities as a ‘new legal order’” which permanently overrode the member-state’s sovereignty. “‘Supremacy of European law’ was not in the original Treaty of Rome. It was simply made up by CJEU in a series of cases.” “Long before politicians began to discuss a ‘European Constitution’, the CJEU defined the EEC Treaty as the ‘basic constitutional charter’ of the Community.”
The Government’s position on Brexit is self-contradictory and would still prioritise EU law. “The UK courts and the Supreme Court must have the power to interpret it in the interests of the UK and not a foreign political power.” “One can easily see how UK courts, when they have to interpret EU or EU-derived law, may be assisted by taking into account what CJEU had to say about it.” “That is a very different thing from being bound by CJEU decisions.”
“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is not an institution of the European Union, it is an institution of the Council of Europe,” which “was founded in 1949 and currently consists of 47 European countries.” Its purpose “is to implement the European Convention on Human Rights (1950). The Convention was based on some of the old English common law rights and freedoms” but is “now interpreted by ECHR judges in their own way.”
“The Convention was incorporated into UK law by Human Rights Act 1998. Its abuses are now notorious. For example, many foreign criminals and terrorists could evade deportation.” “The Tories have been promising to repeal the Human Rights Act since the general election of 2010.” “However, nothing has happened.”
“Any new human rights legislation should be based on the English common law and constitutional statutes, such as the Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights.” “Any agreements negotiated” should not constrain “the UK to being an ongoing member of the ECHR.”
Having already read the Lisbon Treaty myself, as well as sections of the EFTA Convention and the EEA Agreement, I agree with much of what Gerard has written. I don’t know enough about the rest of his points to have a properly informed opinion, though his reasoning makes sense. An updated version, eradicating normal typing errors and accounting for recent events such as the emergence of PESCO, would be an improvement on this already marvellous document. Its wording is quite repetitive in some respects, but judging by the legal and political texts that I’ve read, this is apparently mandatory, which reinforces my belief that politics must be simplified to engage disillusioned and disconnected members of the electorate.