Category Archives: Rebutal

What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: Their Antarctica/EU comparison is nonsense.

Boris Johnson & his acolytes opened the Wembley debate with some of their usual nonsense – “Only Antarctica is worse”. Let’s just examine what this is about, it will take a moment or two and we’ll have to go a … Continue reading

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Professor of European Law, Michael Dougan provides his viewpoint on the EU referendum

Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool, Professor Dougan provides his viewpoint on the EU referendum, and discussed the facts and figures circulated by both the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigns.

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: Asylum, non-EU migration and criminal law

There are many ways the UK can control, opt-out or veto the EU’s decisions in regards to asylum seekers, immigration and criminal law. The UK will not be covered by the proposed law on a European Border Guard. While this … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The UK decides whether to transfer power to the EU

It’s sometimes suggested that there might be future transfers of power from Member States to the EU, as part of the developing single currency project (perhaps following the so-called ‘Five Presidents Report’ on this issue) or for some other reason. … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The UK can’t be dragged into an EU army

Article 42(2) TEU says: 2. The common security and defence policy shall include the progressive framing of a common Union defence policy. This will lead to a common defence, when the European Council, acting unanimously, so decides. It shall in … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The UK cannot be forced to join the Euro

The UK’s opt-out from the single currency appears in Protocol 15 to the Treaties. Point 1 reads: 1. Unless the United Kingdom notifies the Council that it intends to adopt the euro, it shall be under no obligation to do … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The EU can’t impose tax rules or rates on the UK

While VAT is sometimes depicted as if it is imposed by the EU upon the UK, in fact the UK has consented to all VAT laws, since law-making in this area is subject to unanimity. The rule currently appears in … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The UK has a Veto on the EU removing the UK rebate

The rebate is set out in the EU’s Own Resources Decision. This does not (as some suggest) have an expiry date (other Member States’ rebates will expire in 2020, but the UK rebate, and the law as a whole, will … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The UK has a Veto on new members joining

The rules on accession of a new Member State are set out in Article 49 TEU, as follows: Any European State which respects the values referred to in Article 2 and is committed to promoting them may apply to become … Continue reading

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What the Quitters are Scared to tell you: The truth about the UK’s EU budget contribution.

Headline Net contribution 2014 The UK makes the 3rd largest contribution of the 10 nations that make a positive contribution to the EU budget. Net contribution as a percentage of GDP When measured against a country’s Gross Domestic Product the … Continue reading

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