Author Archives: Steve Baker

Slides: Leaving the EU – a personal perspective, prepared for Chiltern Chamber of Commerce


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This morning, I spoke at Chiltern Chamber of Commerce’s Post-Brexit Networking Breakfast, providing a personal perspective on “Leaving the EU, what next?” As promised, the slides are available here: 20160716-EU-WhatNext. Many thanks to Chiltern Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity. A transcript is not available.

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Birthing unit at Wycombe Hospital


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Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust announced earlier this week a temporary transfer of service for women planning to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre until the end of November. It is a result of an unanticipated number of midwife vacancies across maternity services. This is obviously extremely disappointing. The last time this happened was in 2010, as I reported here and here. Currently, about 20 mothers give birth at the unit each month, with 700 ante-natal and post-natal check-ups being carried out too. […]

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EU Referendum message to the electors of Wycombe


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In the EU referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union. For all the reasons I have set out, recently and over 9 years,  I believe the people of the UK have made the right choice for our country. We must now form a Government willing to implement the dual mandate of the Conservative manifesto and the Referendum result. We know the public took this decision seriously and that many people disagree. After a Remain campaign which relentlessly stoked fear […]

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Reaction to the Wycombe District EU Referendum result


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In the EU referendum, Wycombe District voted 48-52 for Remain. Across Buckinghamshire, every counting area voted the other way to the principal MP in that area: Aylesbury, Chiltern, South Bucks. Obviously, I was disappointed but I was also surprised: when campaigning in the Parliamentary constituency, we found voters were overwhelmingly for Leave. I have now looked at the results in detail for an explanation. First, via the BBC, I see most of the Thames Valley voted Remain, in contrast to most of […]

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Today can be our country’s Independence day – please vote Leave


.@BorisJohnson: ‘Stand up for democracy and #VoteLeave‘ #TakeControl #ProjectHope #bbcdebatehttps://t.co/H3P6YNjae6 — Vote Leave (@vote_leave) June 21, 2016

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Please vote to leave the European Union and renew the UK TODAY


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Today, we will choose together what kind of government will best promote our common good for many years to come. I believe it is time to throw off the institutions of the European Union, a centralising bureaucracy whose existence embodies the dismal fear of self-governing peoples now commonly afflicting our ruling elites. I believe that a fundamental right of a free people is to have the dignity of choosing peacefully at the ballot box who shall govern. That government derives […]

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Remaining in the EU means more power will flow to the EU from the UK 


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Local voters want to end the live export of animals. Parliament cannot do so in the EU. Local voters also oppose aspects of the EU’s TTIP trade deal but trade policy is decided by the EU, not the UK. The EU can speak on our behalf on foreign affairs, which affects the security of British people. Plans to strengthen European foreign policy and back it with European armed forces have been delayed until after the referendum. According to the President of the […]

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Via Vote Leave: There is a light at the end of the tunnel. #VoteLeave tomorrow for a brighter future.


Via Vote Leave, There is a light at the end of the tunnel. #VoteLeave tomorrow for a brighter future. #ProjectHopehttps://t.co/T7xu5TffT9 — Vote Leave (@vote_leave) June 22, 2016

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The EU wastes your money


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According to the European Court of Auditors, €7 billion of the 2013 budget was misspent. However, the EU has a very loose definition of the word ‘misspent’, Here are a few examples of projects judged to be money well spent: €500,000 paid to two fishermen to scrap their boat in the interests of reducing overfishing. That cleared their debts and paid for a new, smaller boat in which they continued fishing. €2.5 million to support an Austrian nomadic contemporary dance troupe. […]

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Our great country will thrive in the world outside the EU


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Our great country will thrive in the world beyond the EU. We have: The 5th largest economy in the world. The 4th most powerful military in the world. A permanent seat on the EU security council. The largest financial centre in the world. Some of the finest universities in the world. A globally-used language, democratic system and common law. Strong relationships across the globe. Don’t listen to those who talk Great Britain down. Let’s leave and put the UK on a brighter path of prosperity through self-government […]

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