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.

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How Britain Would Leave the European Union
Step 1:
The UK Government would notify the European Union that the UK has decided after an appropriate public referendum to withdraw as an EU member, and to do so under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty (TFEU – The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The UK would then commence negotiations on a new relationship with the EU. This could be based around the EEA Lite model. The UK would notify the EFTA Council of its intention to apply to rejoin EFTA.
Article 50 stipulates that ‘any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements’.  The UK would notify the European Council of its intention to withdraw. In the light of guidelines provided by the European Council, ‘the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union.’ This is called ‘an UK-EU withdrawal agreement’ here.
This suggests a deep and comprehensive trade, economic and political agreement of substantial benefit to both parties, particularly securing the EU continued access to the UK as its largest market from the other EU-27 nations. The EEA Lite model would qualify as such an UK-EU withdrawal agreement, provide a familiar framework, and ensure tariff-free trading between the UK and the EU. Alternatively a free trade agreement relating to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (Article 207 TFEU) and a political agreement could be negotiated separately, with the trade agreement being similar in many terms to the EEA Agreement trade terms, and requiring Council unanimity. Both parties will be keen to reach agreement so as to minimise any disruption to political or commercial ties.
This(/these) agreement(s) should be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union. This article empowers the EU Commission or High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / European External Action Service (EEAS) to negotiate International Agreements, where the agreement relates exclusively or principally to the Common Foreign and Security Policy. If the withdrawal agreement is more of a trade agreement, this may be handled, as all FTAs are, by the EU Trade Commissioner. The existing (regular) EEA Agreement has now been passed to the European External Action Service to handle relations with EFTA countries on the part of the EU.
The article goes on to say that the negotiating body such as the Commission shall submit recommendations to the European Council, which ‘shall adopt a decision authorising the opening of negotiations and, depending on the subject of the agreement envisaged, nominating the Union negotiator or the head of the Union’s negotiating team.’
Lisbon’s Article 50 states that the agreement ‘shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.’ Legal experts in EU Law suggest that any legal constriction on a member state leaving would be token as a member state not receiving such consent would simply withdraw in any case under its own constitutional arrangements and revert to internationally agreed World Trade Organisation tariff-reducing rules ( such as a Most Favoured Nation basis at worst).
In short, a departing member state will not need the EU’s ‘permission’ to leave though the other EU-27 might in theory seek to bring pressure through a withdrawal agreement. However, the bald reality remains that the other EU-27 needs its largest customer, the UK, more than the UK needs the EU: if 3 million UK jobs depend on trade with the EU, 4 million plus EU-27 jobs depend on trade with the UK: the question would be: ‘would the EU-27 cut off their nose to spite their face?’.
In the UK, the UK Government would announce an immediate halt in the transposing and implementation of new EU Directives and have the power to enact or to suspend the enforcement of new EU Regulations, as appropriate. For example, new regulations with a safety aspect might be continued, and be reformed or repealed later in due course. The Government would also start the drafting of an ECA Repeal Bill. The UK financial contributions to the EU would continue for the moment.

from "Time to Jump" by David Campbell Bannerman MEP

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Wednesday 9 April 2014

Bretwalda Author in Brexit Prize Runoff

Bretwalda Author in Brexit Prize Runoff
Yesterday evening a joint submission from Rory Broomfield, Bretwalda author and Director of The Freedom Association, and Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, narrowly missed out on claiming the Institute of Economic Affair's (IEA) Brexit Prize, coming second out of nearly 150 entrants.

The Brexit Prize required entrants to imagine a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union (EU) had resulted in an "out" vote and the Government had triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Against that background, Rory and Iain composed a blueprint for the UK outside of the UK - covering the process of withdrawal and the post-exit repositioning of the UK in the global trading and governance system.

The initial 149 submissions to the Brexit Prize were whittled down to a final 6, with the winner decided at a central London ceremony and the €100,000 prize was presented by The Rt Hon. the Lord Lawson of Blaby PC, former Chancellor of the Exchequer. The submission which came second was awarded €10,000 and the submission which came third €5,000.

Further information on the winning submission and the other submissions can be found on the IEA's web site.

Following the announcement that The Freedom Association's submission had secured second place, Simon Richards, Chief Executive of The Freedom Association commented:

"The significance of the IEA's Brexit Prize cannot be overstated; it provides a practical step to a brighter, more prosperous and more democratic future for the people of the United Kingdom. I should like to congratulate the worthy winner and to thank the IEA for organising the prize.

The Freedom Association is honoured to have worked with Iain Murray of the Competitive Enterprise Institute on the runner-up entry. Lord Lawson said there was barely a "cigarette paper" between 1st and 2nd place. I am immensely proud of the work that Iain, and my colleague, Rory Broomfield, Director of The Freedom Association, have done to help bring this country a step closer to regaining its freedom and independence from EU rule."

Rupert Matthews, Editorial Director of Bretwalda Books, added "Rory has written some inspirational books for us on a variety of topics. We are delighted that he has achieved such a success. Our congratulations go also to Rory's partner in pen Iain Murray.

Tuesday 8 April 2014

NEW EBOOK - The Private Detective

NEW EBOOK - The Private Detective

When Stanley Canton is engaged by a local politician to discover the identity of a blackmailer, he encounters a world of gangsters and influential citizens.
Hidden secrets and blocked-out memories provide Canton with a network of deception and grudges that he must penetrate – and fast – if he is to discover who the blackmailer is and save a reputation and a career.

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Monday 7 April 2014

Leaving the EU - Myth 1: “Britain will lose three million jobs as a consequence of leaving the EU”

Leaving the EU - Myth 1: “Britain will lose three million jobs as a consequence of leaving the EU”
The Reality: If Britain leaves the EU it will put in place of its EU membership a UK/EU Free Trade Agreement such as the EEA Lite Agreement presented in this book to preserve the benefits of trade with the EU. The EU sells much more to us than we sell to them: currently, the UK’s trade deficit in manufactured goods with the EU was £56 billion.   So, in theory, if there was the very worst case of a trade war and no trade at all with the EU, the UK would lose the three million jobs which depend on trade with the EU (10% of all UK jobs  (Note: The BBC quoted ONS statistics that there were 29.16 million in work. Three million jobs therefore represents 10% of the total), whilst the EU would lose some four million jobs.    This simply won’t happen, as the EU would not want to lose their biggest customer. Even the Lisbon Treaty requires the EU to make a withdrawal agreement (trade and political) with a nation that leaves the EU (under Article 50).
Under the EEA Lite model, the UK would guarantee the 3 million jobs through continued tariff-free access to the EU Single Market, just as the EEA Agreement currently gives Norway, which exports five times more than the UK per head. Access to the EU Single Market and Swiss trade agreements do the same in agreed areas for Switzerland, which exports three times more per head to the EU than the UK. But whilst both these countries run a strong surplus with the EU, the UK now runs a massive deficit - some £56 billion deficit for goods , putting the UK in a stronger negotiating position.

from "Time to Jump" by David Campbell Bannerman MEP


NEW BOOK - A Pocket Book of Freedom

NEW BOOK - A Pocket Book of Freedom

A compilation of the finest speechs by leading Euro-Sceptic and erstwhile “Maastricht Rebel” Christopher Gill.
Most people accept the importance of living in a land where the ‘rule of law’ is upheld but beyond that, who cares ?
Who cares who makes the law ? Who cares how the law is made; who administers it and, not least, upon what principles it is founded ?
These are fundamental questions that should concern us all because essentially they define whether  we are living in a dictatorship or in a democracy.
The English common law with its range of defences and protections against State inspired coercion has ensured that, for centuries, we have been a truly ‘free’ people – until recently we could confidently say that it is the law that makes us free and it is the law that keeps us free.
This book, by addressing the questions posed above, seek to demonstrate the utter stupidity and irresponsibility of abandoning fundamental aspects of our common law, both in terms of its effect upon the freedom of the individual and not least, in terms of its effect upon the democracy we pride ourselves as living in.

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Friday 4 April 2014

Consumer Prices & the EU

Consumer Prices & the EU
Consumer prices have been driven up by EU membership, particularly energy bills through excessive environmental targets and the need to rebuild the UK National Grid and the majority of power stations, and by heavy subsidies to ineffective wind turbines. Above all, the costly EU emissions trading scheme costs families £117 per year. 
Food prices are increased through requirements to take in expensive French agricultural produce and by the undermining of British farming. The cost of excessive red tape also feeds through to consumer prices across the board, and a reduction in red tape will bring price cuts over time.
Under the EEA Lite agreement, the UK will be free to opt into the Consumer Programme in order to help protect the British consumer. 

Time to Jump
A Positive Vision of a Britain Out of the EU and In EEA Lite
David Campbell Bannerman MEP

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NEW EBOOK - The Beast of Bodmin (Cryptid Casebooks)

The bleak, windswept uplands of Bodmin Moor cover about 80 square miles of Cornwall in southwestern Britain. People who live near the Moor report that a big cat is wandering, killing sheep and terrifying those who come across it. But does the famous “Beast of Bodmin” actually exist?

Undoubtedly sheep have been killed, torn to pieces by some savage animal, and eerie screams and calls echo over the Moor that are quite unlike those made by any local animals. But hoaxers are known to be at work up on the Moor. So what is the truth?

In this book cryptid expert Larry Jaffer reviews the evidence for this mysterious beast and comes to some surprising conclusions, based partly on his own visit to the mysterious moor.

Cryptids are animals, or plants, which are believed by some people to exist, but which have not been accepted as real by the wider scientific community. These cryptids are animals which have been seen, and sometimes photographed, but for which no definitive evidence has been This series of Cryptid Casebooks explores the world of the cryptids.

About the Author
Larry Jaffer has long had an interest in the fortean mysteries that surround us. He grew up ion the Surrey when the Surrey Puma hit the headlines, and went out in search of that elusive beast - without success. Since then he has researched a myriad of other cryptids, including Sasquatch, the sea serpent, the Beast of Bodmin and others. He has also investigated UFO sightings and tracked down numerous ghosts and poltergeists. He has a voluminous archive of witness interviews, photos and other data to back up his writings on the subjects of the unusual, paranormal and downright odd.

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Wednesday 2 April 2014

Time to Jump - Introduction

Time to Jump - Introduction

For over forty years, Britain has been a member of the European Union (EU) and its forerunner organisations, the Common Market, European Economic Community (EEC) and European Community (EC). In that time, the protectionist pressures of the 1960s and 1970s which drove the UK to enter the EU Customs Union have been much reduced and the world environment has become more inclined to free trade, thanks primarily to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), formerly the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs (GATT). In the same period the world has changed dramatically with developing nations such as India, China and Brazil now destined to become some of the largest economies in the world, challenging the USA and Japan. The UK now exports more to the Rest of the World than the EU, and the EU’s share of world wealth has plummeted.
The debate on British membership of the European Union has reached dramatic levels. The Conservatives have pledged an In/Out Referendum on the EU issue if successful in the 2015 General Election, a referendum that will give the British people a clear choice between a Renegotiated In or an Out, and a bill to enable a Referendum was introduced as a private members bill but with Conservative 3 line whip support in July 2013. It is likely that Labour and also the Liberal Democrats, who offered an In/Out EU Referendum in their last manifesto, will seek to match this pledge. But the issue has become the choice between a ‘Renegotiated In’ and a ‘Negotiated Out’. This book presents the case for a Negotiated Out.
The book is a much fuller account of a booklet I first produced in October 2011 entitled ‘the Ultimate Plan B’ in conjunction with The Freedom Association (and updated courtesy of the ECR Group), which sought to set out a ‘Positive Vision’ of an independent Britain outside the European Union, and to dispel many of the myths about withdrawal. This booklet was well received. To a produce a booklet that many MPs carried around in their pockets was a sign of success.
The Ultimate Plan B called for a sensible, rational debate on options outside European Union membership in order to inform the debate. It also argued for an In/Out Referendum on the EU issue. I am personally delighted, and feel vindicated in my difficult decision to return to the Conservative fold from UKIP, by the Prime Minister David Cameron’s courageous and clear offer of an In/Out EU Referendum after the 2015 General Election, should the Conservatives win that election.

from "Time to Jump" by David Campbell Bannerman MEP
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The first ebook sale in April 2014 was a copy of "Bula - An Englishman in Fiji" by Beau Bosworth.

A series of short stories written by an Englishman who spent some time in Fiji. All the tales are based on true events, though the names have been changed to protect the innocent, as they say.

The tales are primarily about the ex-pat community in the islands, the stories cover much ground about the islands, their culture and history. Most of these stories are slightly fictionalised accounts of real events which took place in the Fijian islands or nearby in recent years – the author’s involvement in the events is often fictional as the events generally happened to other people (often the Reggie referred to in one story).

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