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Was the EU budget ringfenced? No!


There is much fretting in the Commons today. Conservative MPs are torn between the demands of party discipline and their higher loyalty to constituents and the country. Many colleagues are  wrestling with their consciences. It’s because at 7pm we’ll be voting on whether to approve an increase in the EU Budget. Not for this year or next year, but for the next 7 years. This increase would be in line with inflation — some other countries are calling for a real terms increase! — but […]

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The coming completion of the European nation?


Following Barroso’s contradictory speech calling for a federal European state, the Telegraph reports, Germany, France and nine other of Europe’s most powerful countries have called for an elected European Union president and an end to Britain’s veto over defence policy in a radical blueprint mapping out the continent’s future. And they report my comments, Steve Baker, the Tory MP for Wycombe, warned that proposals to strip Britain of its veto over defence or foreign policy would be “the end of […]

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EU propaganda and the potential for a referendum


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I had a meeting at Europe House earlier today. It’s the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom. I picked up some of their propaganda — there’s no other word for it. Blosssom Lane — on the evil of cars. The Blue Island — on the importance of licensing and certification. Hope for the Kayakos — on runaway global warming and the joy of pre-industrial life. Opportunities and resources for young people in the EU — The Erasmus, Comenius, […]

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Rising economic interventionism – a question and a speech yesterday


Vince Cable answered an urgent question on industrial policy in the Commons yesterday. In the supplementaries, I asked: Steve Baker (Wycombe) (Con):Will my right hon. Friend reassure me that he will not allow Opposition Members, in their clamour for economic intervention, to drive us back to the misery and impoverishment of the 1970s? Vince Cable: There were certainly many mistakes in that era, which I saw at first hand; I was in government at the time. We are determined to […]

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The Motorcycle Industry Association applauds my defence of UK motorcyclists against EU Legislation


Following the debate I called on motorcycle rider licensing, the Motorcycle Industry Association has “applauded [my] defence of UK motorcyclists against EU Legislation“, The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is fully supportive of MP Steve Baker’s comments this week in parliament, when he accused the EU of ‘heavy-handed mistreatment of bikers’. Steve Baker was referring to proposed legislation regarding motorcycle construction and changes to licensing, which are due to be imposed on the UK by the European Commission next year. Steve […]

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The EU: adding dreary bureaucracy, aggravation and expense to the joy of motorcycling


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Tonight, I led a rather early adjournment debate on motorcycle rider licensing, where the EU has added to the joy of motorcyling, the dreariness, aggravation and expense of capricious bureaucracy. I was grateful to Norman Baker for answering the debate in the place of Mike Penning, who has just moved to the Northern Ireland office, after stoically defending riders rights and liberties as Roads Minister. Licensing is not the first battle that bikers have had to fight against the EU. […]

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The European Stability Mechanism – helping Europe towards tyranny?


In July 2010, I wrote an article for ConservativeHome, setting out the inevitability of economic and political centralisation when interventionist nations are combined in a customs union. I referred to the book Omnipotent Government: The Rise of the Total State and Total War, published as World War II ended, which made the case in its discussion of Peace Schemes, such as “the union of western democracies”. Today, the Commons will be asked to give second reading to the European Union […]

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Washington Post: Britain’s continental drift away from the European Union


Via the Washington Post: LONDON — Like so many others in this fiercely independent island nation, Steve Baker, a dashing English engineer, is fed up with the long hand of the European Union in British life. The E.U., he said, has meddled for years in Britain’s legal affairs and labor laws. But this time the 27-nation body had gone too far by interfering with his pride and joy: the retrofitted KTM 950 motorcycle he rides on the country lanes of […]

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EU debates yesterday


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Yesterday, the Commons debated three important issues relating to the European Union: the 2013 EU Budget increase, reform of the Court of Justice of the EU, and the creation of an EU special representative for human rights. EU plans to increase its budget by 6.8% would lead to the UK’s contribution increasing by around £810m. Our 2012 contribution is 11.3% of the total EU budget; the proposed 2013 fund would mean the initial cost to UK taxpayers would be around £12.7bn. […]

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EU motion of the day: Recognition of Professional Qualifications


Via today’s Order of Business, which is dominated by Lords reform, we glimpse the battle against disproportionate central regulation of professions:  8 RECOGNITION OF PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS                                     [No debate] Mr John Hayes That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 18899/11 and Addenda 1 to 3, relating to a Draft Directive amending Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and regulation on administrative co-operation through the electronic Internal Market Information System; and supports the Government’s aims of reducing […]

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