Leave it on the shelf!!

Help reduce the £79 Billion EU Deficit!!

Buy British produce and goods!

We have a €79 billion deficit in trading with the EU !!!

That is over £1,000 for every adult and child in UK!

but we have a € 49 billion Trade surplus with NON - EU countries!!  Makes you think!!

Help our country..... buy as much British produce as possible.

Brexit Barometer

Use the Brexit Barometer to check what is always going on with the Brexit process.

 

Brexitwatch keep tabs on what is going on daily and explain all the facts as they get them.

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we also include comments from the newspaper readers - which make for some very interesting reading!!

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Is the EU media trying to create a Scottish Brexit?

10.05.21

Scots (62 percent) clearly wanted to stay in. While a special solution was found for Northern Ireland's particularly delicate situation, London bluntly told the Scots: "Take it or leave it.

EU citizens being detained on entry to UK

7.05.21 EU citizens are being detained and held in immigration removal centres after trying to enter the U.K. for work without visas or residence status, in a further blow to post-Brexit relations between Britain and the Continent. -read article on our Europe page

What The EU countries are saying about the Jersey fish conflict.

This report is from german language newspaper - 6.5.21

Why the dispute over the Channel Island of Jersey is escalating right now

French fishermen block the port of the British island of Jersey, while London sends naval boats. The fishing dispute is causing Brexit tensions to flare up.  read full article and reader comments

 

Michel Barnier’s Brexit lesson: 

‘Less bureaucracy, more democracy’ needed in Brussels!

4.05.21 - Former EU Brexit negotiator says the ‘unlikely event’ of Brexit could happen elsewhere ! read article on our Brexit Europe page.

Brexit - Do they finally get why it happened??

30.04.21

Barnier called Brexit ‘a warning’ …  and “a failure of the European Union.”  He said: “We have to learn lessons from it as politicians here in the European Parliament and Council, in the Commission, in all of the capitals. Why did 52 percent of the British vote against Europe?  Read article on our Europe page

EU parliament finally ratifies Post- Brexit trade deal.

 

28.04.21  At long last MEPs approved the EU-U.K. future relations agreement with an overwhelming majority, the European Parliament announced today Wednesday 28th April. So a date to remember no doubt.

But many MEP's voiced their opinion that the EU had damaged relations with the UK! Read article

Belgium was warned EU’s AstraZeneca contract lacked teeth!

27.04.21 Belgium was cautioned ahead of time that the EU's contract with drugmaker AstraZeneca didn't include harsh consequences if the company failed to deliver coronavirus vaccines on schedule, according to an opinion the consultancy Deloitte prepared for the Belgian government. Read full Article at Politico

Possible Brexit blockade?

23.4.21  Major French trade unions are threatening to block the port of Calais within 15 days if fishermen do not receive licenses from the U.K. to operate in British waters.         read article

Britain First

19.04.21  - Britain First has started new fund raising campaign to open a news studio to compete with the Main stream media. You can read more about their campaign here.

This tells us all we need to know about the EU attitude!

19.04.21 

Despite some shortfalls to its expected shipments in the first quarter, the EU refused to attack the US firm Moderna for failing to deliver enough doses.

 

Eurocrats instead attacked Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, which produces the Oxford vaccine, for not supplying enough doses!!  Article from Daily Express

Are the EU running the clock down yet again?

The UK-EU trade deal passed with an overwhelming 108 votes in favor, one vote against and four abstentions.   But this does not mean that the EU Plenary would vote for the deal....it seems that the EU are back to letting the clock count down to 30th April, last day possible to agree to the Brexit deal.

Read article on our Europe news page

UK Imports more from non EU countries in February 21

15.04.21 - Total Imports to the UK surged 12.9 percent from the previous month to GBP 53.3 billion in February of 2021,  Goods imports were up from non-EU countries (25.6%) and EU countries (7.8 %)

5 remainer predictions that did not come true!!

13.04.21 - It is five years today since the official Leave and Remain campaigns won official designation in the EU referendum campaign.

         Despite David Cameron’s psephological guru Andrew Cooper predicting a ten point win for 'staying In' on polling day, we all know what happened next as the Vote Leave team of Boris and Cummings trumped the Britain Stronger in Europe’s brigade of Craig Oliver, Will Straw et al.

Households £4,300 worse off - Half a million job losses - An inevitable punishment budget

The warnings of the big banks - The collapse of the West!   read full article from Spectator

     St Georges Day          do not forget.... to always celebrate  23rd April each year !!

 

This country celebrates other Saint days, such as St David for Wales and St Patrick for Ireland, with much attention in the main media.  For ourselves, St George's Day is the most important historical and cultural day of celebration for the English nation.Let's celebrate!!

By the way, it is also William Shakespere's birthday!

Read more about St George's day

Brexit may depend on what happens in Northern Ireland

The EU tried hard during the Brexit negotiations to tie down the UK to permanently observing its own EU regulations. It failed then but is trying again in the context of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

read full article from Briefings for Britain

 

Britain's Trade imbalance with EU!

We have a trade imbalance with the EU, of over £100 billion!!   That means the EU sell us lots more of their products & services than we sell to them!!.This means less money in the UK!!

 

A little on the plus side... after selling goods and mainly financial services to the EU...the excess comes down, but last year 2019 we were still left with a deficit of over £72 billion! - €79 billion euros!

 

That is equilent to every adult and child in the UK having an overdraft of over £1,000!!

 

£36 Billion was what we imported in food from the EU!!!  

 

So we really need to reduce this amount But what can the ordinary person in the street do about this? ...we have little direct say in all that happens in our country and particularly Parliament!

 

Surely this amount of money would be better kept within the UK, creating jobs and wealth for our own people? 

So, if you would like to help British businesses small & large... if not UK produced, #leave it on the shelf !  Just think, the population of the UK is 66 million people...if every person in the UK diverted  £10 per week to UK produce, say £500 per year...that is £33 billion kept in the UK!!  the food import spend of £36 billion would be covered immediately!!

The deficit would soon come down...even faster if people bought UK produced cars!

Our Trade Deficit with the EU is

€79 Billion euros!!

That is equivilent to an overdraft of over £1,000 for every adult and child in the UK!!

£72 billion that could help create more jobs in Great Britain!

 

Money that would be better spent in the UK, rather than keeping Brussels burocrats in cosy jobs!

 To have an effect on this deficit.....

WE can do the only thing that can possibly have an effect ...vote with our wallets.  The less we spend on EU food and drinks products the more that we divert our hard earned cash to our own food & drink producers.

 

Just think every purchase of UK products helps secure or create a local job. So leave EU goods on the supermarket shelves and maybe spend an extra £10 per week on UK goods.

 

Let us for example say that the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU decided to buy only British products to help this imbalance.  No French wines & cheeses or No Italian wines and cheeses?

 "But"...I like Camembert and Procecco, I hear you say

Well, Britain produces an equivilent, have a look for yourselves!   Camembert cheese and Procecco. 

 

Just think............... if these 17.4 million individuals spent their Family grocery shopping budget, buying purely British products, where possible, it could mean keeping over a £1 billion in the UK economy over the period of a year!!

Here is the latest link for ONS for our National retail trade

Facts and figures from the House of Commons Statistics:

  • The EU, taken as a whole is the UK’s largest trading partner. In 2018, UK imports from the EU were £357 billion (53% of all UK imports)!
  • UK exports to the EU were £291 billion (45% of all UK exports).
  • The UK had an overall trade deficit of minus £72 billion with the EU in 2019. 
  • £36 billion being food imports!
  • The UK had a trade surplus of €49 billion with non-EU countries in rest of World.
  • The share of UK imports accounted for by the EU has now been at around 53% since 2014!
  • EU tariffs are generally low but are high on some goods, especially agricultural products.

Our trade in goods deficit with EU countries narrows!

Our imports from the EU reduced by £10.9 billion in the 3 months up to May 2020.  So taking into account our own export trade to the EU, it meant that we had reduced the actual deficit by £2 billion!!

 

We look forward to the latest yearly figures from the ONS when they are published as we believe the British are doing their bit in reducing the EU trade deficit by making a concious choice to buy Britsih when shopping.

Current Monthly trade deficit - Feb 21 was £5,714 million    - link for monthly chart

Fishing and UK  waters

There is a petition in parliament to ban super trawlers from UK waters.

Please help our fishing industry and conservation of our fish by signing the petiton:

Ban Supertrawlers from UK waters after leaving the EUs Common Fisheries Policy