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Owen Paterson’s remarkable speech: “An Optimistic Vision of a Post-EU United Kingdom”


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On Monday, Owen Paterson made a remarkable speech, An Optimistic Vision of a Post-EU United Kingdom: I would like to see our Government brought back within the control of our own Parliament. Ministers should be properly accountable to Parliament for all aspects of Government. This would give the British people the ability to remove their real rulers by voting. Our politics would be reinvigorated. I find it extraordinary that many in our establishment mock this prospect. As a nation we […]

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Want change in our relationship with the EU? Vote Conservative


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There are a great many things in politics and society I care about deeply — the capture of state power by vested interests, the condition of the poor and the sick despite the many billions of pounds spent by the welfare state well beyond our capacity to pay, the injustice manufactured by the institutions of the financial system… — but the reason I came into politics was to restore democratic control over political power with a referendum on our membership […]

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Our Plan for Real Change in Europe


Via our plan for real change in Europe: I’m proud to have played my part in securing this policy and I will now gladly see it through.

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The EU – Let Britain Decide


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Only the Conservatives can and will give you a referendum on the EU.

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The Europe for Citizens programme should be curtailed


Today, the European Union (Approvals) Bill returns to the Commons. It would approve an EU spending programme called Europe for Citizens. The last Europe for Citizens programme allowed British taxpayers’ money to be given to organisations promoting a federal European State, for that is its purpose: The aim of this programme is to bring Europe closer to its citizens and to enable them to participate fully in the European construction. Through this programme, citizens have the opportunity to be involved in transnational exchanges […]

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“It is impossible to be a democrat and support the continued existence of the European Union”


In the Telegraph, Peter Oborne reviews Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy by Peter Mair. I have not yet read it. Towards the end, Oborne writes, Like Miliband, Peter Mair comes from the Left. He was an Irishman who spent the majority of his professional life working in European universities in Italy, the Netherlands or Ireland. And yet he has written what is by far and away the most powerful, learned and persuasive anti-EU treatise I have come […]

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Re-selected as Wycombe Conservatives’ candidate for 2015


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I am delighted that on Friday evening Wycombe Conservative Association re-selected me as their candidate for the 2015 general election. In the course of the past three years, I have worked on a wide variety of national and local issues from healthcare, education and welfare to transport, defence, foreign affairs and the economy. Just a couple of weeks ago, the BBC once again asked me to comment on monetary policy. The trigger which caused me to seek election was fury about […]

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Reform the Council of Europe and abolish the EU


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Via Angela Merkel: Brussels should return powers – Telegraph: Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has raised Conservative hopes for David Cameron’s European policy by saying that the European Union should discuss returning powers from Brussels to national governments. Good, though I am not surprised. Having had breakfast recently with the German Ambassador, I know devolved powers are consistent with the German vision of a federal state. All the while politicians insist on policies of interference with business within a customs union, […]

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Report: The EU’s impact on UK micro-business


The Fresh Start Project has recently produced a paper on the EU and the UK’s micro-business: Constraining What should be Nurtured. Written by my colleagues Anne Marie Morris and Andrea Leadsom, the report argues that national governments must retain the right to implement their own definitions of what constitutes a micro business. Their preferred approach would see micro businesses in the UK defined as those employing fewer than five people with a turnover of less than £250,000. They recommend three […]

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David Lidington speaking in Berlin


David Lidington, Minister for Europe, spoke recently in Berlin commenting that: In Germany, you have had a difficult (but necessary) debate – in the Bundestag, in the media and at the Constitutional Court in Karlsrühe – over how much liability to take on for Eurozone debts and how much control to exercise over how German taxpayers’ money is spent in other countries. The UK and other ‘Euro-outs’ have wrestled with a different set of issues around ensuring equal access to the single […]

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