Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Preface by Professor Damian Chalmers, Professor of European Law, London School of Economics (LSE)

Preface by Professor Damian Chalmers, Professor of European Law, London School of Economics (LSE)
The debate about the Britain’s relationship with the European Union has historically been a choice between false alternatives.
One alternative is fatalism. The Union is too entrenched to change and too big to leave, so we have to bear with it. Furthermore, even to raise the possibility of change is dangerous. Its central policies with their inevitable winners and losers are cast as fundamental pillars of European integration, which are immutable and beyond democratic debate. To imagine other possibilities within the Union framework is condemned as unrealistic and to imagine alternatives beyond Union membership is seeking pariah status.
The other alternative is Nirvana. Nirvana is offered by those pleading for a little more integration. Greater powers will bring a promised land of increased riches. It is also offered even more stridently by some of those seeking exit from the Union. The United Kingdom will enter a world of splendid isolation where it is free to make any choices it wishes. And a world of infinite choices is a world of infinite possibilities.
However, the promise of Nirvana always disappoints. This world of splendid isolation gives no account of the relationship that the United Kingdom will have with the European Union or the legacy of its Union membership: both of which are likely to exert a significant presence for the foreseeable future.
The value of a referendum on United Kingdom membership is that it breaks this false choice. It allows us to think about institutional alternatives, be this as a member of the European Union or as a non-member. My preference (just) is to consider institutional alternatives for the United Kingdom within the European Union. I believe, however, more strongly that a wide array of alternatives need be put forward, which envisage the United Kingdom both within and outside the Union, if any referendum is not simply going to be on whether to ratify a diplomatic fait accompli.
For this reason, I am delighted to write this preface for   David Campbell Bannerman’s important, timely and valuable contribution. It is the first contribution to think seriously and in detail about the legal framework that one would want for a United Kingdom outside the Union. It is, furthermore, written by somebody with extensive knowledge of both European Union affairs and, importantly, its relationships with European States which are not members of the European Union. Importantly, he recognises these as templates, but as nothing more. Economically and demographically, a United Kingdom-EU arrangement would dwarf these, and should not, thus, be conceived in the same way.
The EEA Lite Agreement proposed by him is thus legally feasible. It parallels many aspects of the EEA Agreement in terms of institutions and relationships but contains fundamental differences in terms of its treatment of the EU acquis and free movement of persons.
Campbell Bannerman’s book rightly implies that the choice about organisational membership camouflages a more fundamental choice, namely the style of society we wish. The choice should inform the burdens assumed by the United Kingdom if we remain within the European Union. It should also guide our relations with the European Union if we leave.
If, coming from differing parts of the political spectrum, his and my views differ on some aspects, the central assumptions behind his vision are ones with which I, and I suspect, many British citizens agree. The United Kingdom should be an open and liberal society. All policies governing it should be subject to democratic contestation and constitutional controls within the United Kingdom. There should be positive, generous, and wide-ranging political engagement between the United Kingdom and other governments and international organisations. The challenge for all of us is to think the ends and means for realising this in the best way possible. This book pushes the debate forward on this.

from Time to Jump by David Campbell Bannerman MEP
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Saturday, 19 April 2014

NEW EBOOK - Travelling with Children

NEW EBOOK -  Travelling with Children

Author: Gareth Jones

This fascinating collection of tales, some humorous, many exciting and all entertaining, have resulted from thirty two years of taking children on trips to places as far apart as Alaska, Peru and Borneo to experience things as diverse as watching the launch of a space shuttle to being breathed on by a hump backed whale.
The European based stories take you to a range of intriguing destinations in the company of the children who made these journeys possible; Barcelona, Bucharest and Venice; Postojna, Opatija and Pisa amongst many others.
An enjoyable read as well as an introduction to a range of destinations that any traveller, with or with out children, would be interested in adding to their list.

About the Author
Gareth Jones has been teaching combinations of History, Drama and Archaeology in the South East of England for over thirty years. Very early on he realised the inestimable value of travelling for children and so he has led trips all over the world to places as far-flung as Borneo, Peru and Alaska, as well as to a range of British and European destinations. As a result he has spent the equivalent of two and a half school years on trips and expeditions and accumulated the exciting and or amusing tales contained in this book. He thinks that this entitles him to retire early…..



Friday, 18 April 2014


The main features of the EEA Lite Agreement, which include modifications to the EEA Regular Agreement, include:
The UK will leave the European Union as a member and rejoin the European Free Trade Area (EFTA), which the UK co-founded in 1960 to counterbalance the formation of a more protectionist European Community.
The UK and EU will enjoy the benefits of trade and economic co-operation. The EEA Lite Agreement will remain true to the main features of the EEA Regular Agreement. The first 10 points (out of 46) are:
1. Secure the main Objectives of the EEA Agreement: the 4 Freedoms: Freedom of Goods, Freedom of Services, Freedom of Capital and Freedom of Peoples - but with caveats that make Freedom of Persons essentially a Freedom of Workers, for workers and students, and introduce a new visa system for EU citizens, where required, and restrictions on welfare benefits limiting them to a contributory basis only.
2. Ensure competition is not distorted and the rules are equally respected.
3. Deliver close co-operation in other areas such as research and development, education and the environment.
4. Work to World Trade Organisation guidelines such as the World Customs Organisation’s Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System and Rules of Origin (i.e. establishing where goods were made where multinational input).
5. Be subject to a 2 year review period.
6. Be a customs free area.
7. Have no quantitative restrictions on imports or exports (i.e. no quotas).
8. Allow prohibitions or restrictions based on grounds of public morality, public policy or public security, on health grounds, national treasures or protecting industrial or commercial property, but without arbitrary discrimination or disguised restrictions.
9. Not allow internal taxation as means of protectionism.
10. Not allow discrimination by State monopolies, or any unfair State trade practices.

from "Time to Jump" by David Campbell Bannerman MEP


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

NOW AS AN EBOOK - The Discerning Barbarian's Guidebook to Roman Britain

NOW AS AN EBOOK - The Discerning Barbarian's Guidebook to Roman Britain

The Past, as they say, is Another Country. Now there is a guide book to Britain as it was in Roman times. Written by Dr Lee Rotherham this book tells the average modern Briton everything they would need to know when visiting Roman Britain.
Whether it is the construction of villas and bath houses, the history of the province or army organisation, this book contains enough nuggets of knowledge and background information to keep the most curious modern reader entertained for hours.
Written as if it were a guide book to be used by a visiting barbarian, and profusely illustrated with maps, reconstructions and photos, this book is the essential guidebook to Roman Britain.
As Childeric the Sluggish writes: “Pillaging is a tough line of work. You spend half your time rowing to somewhere swampy, hide your boat somewhere where it takes hours to find it again afterwards, and then have to run round the countryside like a mad thing to grab your trinkets and livestock before the nearest guard force comes charging down the road after you.
“This book is a real help. Nowadays, I while away my hours crossing the northern sea picking my spots with care, safe in the knowledge that I can park in a nice sandy beach only a quick hour’s jog from some unsuspecting person’s villa.
“And if you can’t read the book, it has pictures in.”

About the Author
Dr Lee Rotherham is by background a linguist, historian, author, political agitator and occasional soldier. Having written widely on EU affairs and on government waste, he here returns to his academic roots after being serially impressed by the evocative illustrations on display boards at numerous historical sites, particularly those commissioned by English Heritage where he once briefly worked.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Question - Don’t we have to be in the EU as half our trade is with the EU?

Q3:   Don’t we have to be in the EU as half our trade is with the EU?
A3:   ‘Half our trade’ does not mean ‘half our economy’- let’s get it in proportion. Most British trade is within Britain – 80% of our economy is British citizens and businesses buying British goods and services. Some 20% of our economy depends on international trade; and less than half of that (around 8%) is trade with the EU. Britain is increasingly trading more with the Rest of the World than with the EU. 
Non-EU member countries such as Norway and Switzerland enjoy very beneficial trading relationships with the EU thanks to their free trade agreements. On leaving the EU, Britain would secure a similar, if not better, free trade agreement with the EU as its biggest customer and a major world economy. Our trading position will benefit from reduced regulation and taxes, and more appropriate free trade agreements with other countries.
In addition, the EU export figures are skewed upwards by the ‘Rotterdam-Antwerp Effect’ and the ‘Netherlands Distortion’.
This is where UK exports to non-EU countries sent via a transhipment centre such as Rotterdam are counted as exports to the EU, even though their ultimate destination is not in the EU.   The UK will be able to secure a very advantageous EEA Lite agreement with the EU.  The UK is the EU’s second biggest trading partner after Germany - bigger even than France  and the EU enjoys a sizeable trading surplus with the UK.
Eurozone 2011 goods exports in descending order, by country, billions of Euros:
UK       213.4
USA     200.6
China     115.5
Switzerland   109.2
Russia       79.8
Sweden       60.4
Turkey       56.7
Japan       39.4
(Source Table 7.5 – 3 – Geographical Breakdown – ECB Monthly Breakdown – February 2013) 

from "Time to Jump" By David Campbell Bannerman MEP


Friday, 11 April 2014

NEW facebook page for a Bretwalda Book

NEW facebook page for a Bretwalda Book

Our Author Richard Thomas has created a Facebook Page for his book about the Hill UFO Abduction Case.
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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bretwalda Author Joins the Cabinet

Bretwalda Author Joins the Cabinet

Bretwalda Author Nicky Morgan MP has been promoted to attend David Cameron's Cabinet in the British government.

Nicky Morgan has been promoted to be Economic Secretary to the Treasury. Miss Morgan has also been given policy responsibility for women’s affairs, which gives her the right to attend Cabinet. Mr Javid is understood to have been given Mrs Miller's equalities brief.

Both Mr Javid and Miss Morgan were elected to Parliament in 2010 after the expenses scandal. The mini-shuffle – which was announced on Twitter - mean that there are now five women and two Asians who have a right to attend Cabinet.

Read the full story HERE