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Read through my latest blog posts and feel free to comment on them, or send us your own thoughts on buying British produce.

Perhaps you have found some British produce that can be a substitute for an EU product.



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We are almost there

Posted on 22nd May, 2020

So...we are fast approaching June and this will be the last month to either do a deal with EU or trade on WTO terms.


The newspapaers are full of all the latest shinnigans, so we have no need to repeat them here.


I felt it best to give an indication of the attitudes in some EU countries...and the best way I found was to look at the comments sections in the Newspapers of a country.


Here are a few, from an Austrian paper, which we have translated from the German:


This was from the week19th May 20:


1. Great Britain does not require anything that other third countries have not already received. This is the opposite of "exceptions"

That may be true.
But it makes a difference what rights I grant to a trading partner who is 5000 km away or only 50.
In addition, GB is not entitled to any content or an agreement at all.
If the agreement is good for all 26 EU members, there will be one, otherwise there will be a hard brexit.  - Green Flags


2.   I bet you're singing in Brussels now
F**k Britannia
F**k her all the way!

The Austrian megalomania at the time of the K&K monarchy was not exactly small. But the British beat us by a long way.

Sorry, but from my point of view, a hard Brexit is both the deserved and the expected outcome. If you want to play as part of a club as a guest or a member, you have to stick to the rules and out!

The demonstrative megalomania is sweet, but counterproductive!

Green flags!


3.The problem is that the EU demands more from the British than from Canada or Japan. The negotiations are therefore stalling.

E.g. the court's own ECJ (of course "objective", lol) should rule on certain issues. Which is actually a bad joke. No country in the world can accept that and has not been asked for either Canada or Japan.  Red flags!


4. "Brussels must recognize London as an independent, equal partner"
You are equivalent (more or less) when you are in the EU.
When they're out, they're a third country, and as such, with a population of 60 million, they can't be equivalent to the EU, which has 10x more residents.
A little out of touch with the whole thing and another confirmation that the British don't really know what they want.  Green Flags

Brexit still going ahead

Posted on 4th May, 2020

To the relief of many who believe in regaining our sovereignty, the Government has made it extremely clear that we will not be extending any stay in the EU.


From a West country point of view, this is such heartening confirmatuion, as we rely on our fishing industry to a great extent and also farming.


I remember as a teenager the French setting fire to our trucks taking sheep across to France...and the poor animals were burn alive...it is a wound that has not healed here in the West!

Freedom at last

Posted on 24th January, 2020

Freedom cannot be measured in trade.



At long last we are breaking free to become a Sovereign nation once more. Able to choose our own path in the world.


You can almost sense the relief and the excitement from people, and the feeling that they will no longer bow to Brussels dictats!


I felt it of interest to put the Speech from Queen Elezabeth 1st before the battle against the Spanish Armada.


Below are the words Elizabeth spoke when she visited her troops in the field as they prepared for battle, during the nine-day onslaught by the Spanish Armada.


My loving people, we have been persuaded by some, that are careful of our safety, to take heed how we commit ourselves to armed multitudes, for fear of treachery; but I assure you, I do not desire to live to distrust my faithful and loving people.

Let tyrants fear; I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safeguard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects. And therefore I am come amongst you at this time, not as for my recreation or sport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all; to lay down, for my God, and for my kingdom, and for my people, my honour and my blood, even the dust.


I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, and of a king of England, too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realms: to which, rather than any dishonour should grow by me, I myself will take up arms; I myself will be your general, judge, and rewarder of every one of your virtues in the field.


I know already, by your forwardness, that you have deserved rewards and crowns; and we do assure you, on the word of a prince, they shall be duly paid you. In the mean my lieutenant general shall be in my stead, than whom never prince commanded a more noble and worthy subject; not doubting by your obedience to my general, by your concord in the camp, and by your valour in the field, we shall shortly have a famous victory over the enemies of my God, of my kingdom, and of my people.

Queen Elizabeth I - 1588 Following the defeat of the Spanish Armada,



Run up to buy british Xmas shopping

Posted on 14th November, 2019

Here we are in Mid november, as still waiting to leave the EU !!


Now that halloween is over...everyone's mind is now on the coming election and Christmas with the family. 


I work at times in Europe, so can see what produce other nations have in their supermarkets to buy...and it is not british products.!!   They are mainly keep local or the country next door to them!   So, remember to try and buy as much local UK produce as possible..as there are british alternatives to all EU food and drinks imports, so be fussy and insist on British.  Spend your hard earned money in the UK shops and buy UK produce.

So...it drags on and on and on!! 


No matter what the leave voting public want, the politicians are doing their best to cancel the largest democratic vote ever in the UK.


I would really like to know what goes on inside their heads??  What is so difficult about keeping to a promise, unless of course they never intended to keep to the promise in ther first place!!


Something to always remember about Europe as compared to UK.  Take business for example or being self employed. In Europe you need permission to do anything...in the UK, you can do anything as long as it is NOT illegal. 


Take burdens on business..in the UK, which is pretty small business friendly, the vat threshold is around £80,000 ( circa 90,000 euros!!)before the need to register...  but most vat levels in EU are 30,000 euros!! That is not far over the average wage!  What is the point of becoming self employed as an individual, if you have all the hassle of a large company??


And here is another thing to consider. In German speaking countries...the tax man is called the 'Steuer Polizei' which translates as Tax Police!!   Now that says it all for me!

Negative feelings about the British

Posted on 25th September, 2019

Why are Europeans now so negative about the British? What is the reason for this?


Readers might be interested in a Quora question from earlier in the year.


Because we’ve committed the heinous sin of looking at the proposed development from the European Union to a European Superstate and decided we don’t like the restrictions that go with it. God forbid that any state should do what its country voted for and go against the likes of Tusk, Juncker and Selmayr who will ride roughshod over anybody who stands up to them.

If the UK stays within the EU it will be required to change from Sterling to the Euro. Not a problem in itself except that it gives the EU power to control the economic decisions of all the countries that are in the Eurozone. That is not acceptable to the British people.

It means that rather than making decisions on immigration that are right for the UK it will have to make decisions that are right for the EU. That includes giving all EU citizens whether they contribute to the economy or not preferential treatment over non-EU immigrants no matter that they may provide much-needed expertise whilst the EU migrants may not.

It means that we cannot make deals which are good for the UK if the EU feels it is not good for them.

We trade more outside the EU than within it. That is growing. The EU is not a trading bloc it is a block to trading. The whole ethos of the EU is protectionism.

We have nothing against the 55 countries that form Europe. We have deep concerns about the 27 countries that are giving up their national status to become a superstate.



06.09.2019 - This week in Parliament

Posted on 7th September, 2019

Once again the british people are treated as stupid about their vote on Brexit in 2016 ! 

17.4 million people voted to leave the EU.  There was no dictat about what we should vote for, so all the arguments that we were lied to and there was to be a deal are NONSENSE!!


We know exactly what we were  voting for.. Europe may have a system of proportional representation...but the UK has and still has a system of first past the post when it come to a vote!!   LEAVE was first past the post...so therefore the simplistics are that we should have left a long time ago.


I have no idea where this will all end, except I am pretty sure it will end is tears!!

I have worked over the past 30 years in quite a few European countries...Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Austria and the UK..well Devon to be precise!  I have visited most others, such as Italy, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czechslovakia, luxembourg, Belgium.


What UK products have I found in supermarkets in all the years of travelling and working in Europe..not many!  Heinz Baked beans and the odd English cheddar, and Twinnings teas!!


How come we are told that with Brexit we will suffer horrendously??  Sorry..it seems to me that we buy all the EU produce and they allow the odd can of beans into the tourist resorts!!!


I would be really interested to know what products other travellers and workers have found on their journeys?