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Poland wrong to log in ancient forest, says EU lawyer

Advocate general Yves Bot of the Court of Justice of the EU says that Poland 'has failed to fulfil its obligations' under two nature-related EU directives.

[Ticker] MEPs approve anti-smuggling bill on tobacco

An attempt by left-wing French MEP Younous Omarjee to have the environment and health committee reject a draft bill implementing a 'track-and-trace' system for tobacco products failed on Tuesday. The proposal to veto the bill was supported by only seven MEPs, with 45 MEPs rejecting the veto, and one abstaining. Anti-smuggling expert Luk Joossens recently told EUobserver the draft bill had some flaws, but he opposed vetoing it.



To All Members of UKIP in Wales and Friends

Dear Colleague,

The paramount consideration for us is to re-establish the Party in Wales within the classical liberal tradition of Freedom of Association, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Enterprise, Free Trade, Democracy, and the Rule of Law, which are the foundation stones of every successful country in the world today, and for that to happen we must create institutions within which we can express ourselves freely.

In the last 5 years we have seen:

  1.  the destruction of the democratically elected Wales Committee,
  2. the imposition of Chairmen-only representation at County and Regional level, which is designed for top-down rule by the party hierarchy, and the elimination of grassroots input, and
  3. the imposition of Controllers at County and Regional level. In the Nazi lexicon these are Gauleiters. The Obergauleiters in London have imposed a fascist system on us.
  4. The system doesn’t work, and it never will, because it alienates and insults all democratic members, and exports to London all major decisions relating to Wales. The problem with the rule of Wales from London is that the Obergauleiters are so ignorant that they are not even aware of their own ignorance.
  5. The removal of the Sun/Pound/UKIP Logo by a procedural trick and contrary to the members wishes

The time has come for a principled rebellion against these impositions, in the manner of the 13 Colonies in America in 1776, with a view to establishing democratic institutions.

This is of growing importance as the number of Head office executives decreases because of lack of funds – Gawain Towler is the latest to go.

The only way forward is to substitute the energy and expertise of Branch volunteers meeting locally, within one hour’s travel of a convenient meeting place, and that means forming Democratic Counties.

In Wales we have no Counties, but we do have 5 divisions for the purpose of the Proportional Representation vote at Welsh Assembly Elections. They are the nearest that we have got to the English Counties, and so that is what I will call them, and they are important to UKIP in Wales because only through the 5 Divisions, or Counties, can we succeed at the Assembly Elections in 3 years time.

Currently a successful Constituency Association cannot help a weaker neighbour because under the divide-and-rule principle imposed by the hierarchy upon Newton Abbot: our wonderful Newton Abbot volunteers are prohibited from providing the information!

Each of the successful Associations has a number of effective “goers”. In a Democratic County those “goers” will be able to help all County Constituencies.

And UKIP will be far better off

(South Wales East has the only County Branch in the UK. It is the most successful division in Wales.)

This emancipation of the members within Democratic Counties will be opposed by all the Gauleiters who see their empires eroding. Here is how you can by-pass them:

With a view to establishing new institutions at County and Wales level you are invited to a




Summary Agenda

A discussion of Gerard Batten’s points:

  • to continue to argue the case for a strictly controlled and limited immigration system
  • to promote economic policies to make ordinary working people feel that the economy works for them by providing jobs for ordinary working people
  • to face up to the threat posed to our way of life by radical Islam
  • to speak up against political correctness and cultural Marxism
  • to increase our membership by adopting policies appealing to those who feel disenfranchised
  • to use social media to recruit new members and spread our message

A discussion of Policies for Wales:

  • Helping our farmers and enhancing the prospects of wildlife in upland Wales
  • ( Edmund Marriage)
  • The impact of the “Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015”  
  • (Stan Edwards)
  • Wales and its vast resources : the key to future industrial success.
  • (Edmund Marriage)
  • How we can help the National Health Service
  • (South Wales East Branch proposals)

Developing County Branches

Forming a Wales Committee

  • Structure
  • Purpose
  • Relationship with UKIP Governing Body

Further details are set out in “A Blueprint” published in UKIP Daily, Jan 21st 2017

Admission only to UKIP members with membership card.

If you want to create democratic UKIP institutions in Wales

please attend the conference.

Your views are important. Every one will have a right to speak.

Meanwhile please talk to as many UKIP members as you can.

We must break down the isolation caused by the mistaken top-down divide-and-rule policy imposed on us by the UKIP hierarchy who oppose every creative suggestion from the GRASSROOTS.

With Grassroots Networking you can help bypass the dead hand of the hierarchy


FORWARDING this invitation to all your UKIP WALES contacts

and UKIP FRIENDS in England

To register your interest email [email protected]  

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In aid and development, Britain’s long-accumulated expertise is valuable to the EU

sebastian steingassBritain has historically been a leader in development and humanitarian aid, with the EU amplifying the value of its links with the Commonwealth and its global influence. The fall in the value of the pound has already shrunk its budgets. Brexit will sever some of the links British aid experts have spent decades cultivating, writes Sebastian Steingass (University of Cambridge). But it will make sense for the EU to bring the UK into decision-making, though collaboration is bound to be more ad hoc.

In development and humanitarian aid, the EU is the world’s leading donor. The size of Britain’s own sector – but also its accumulated skills – have given it a strong voice in shaping the direction of the EU’s development policies. Britons have had influential positions in the Brussels machinery – from the European Parliament to the European Investment Bank, the EU’s diplomatic service, and civil society. This includes, for instance, the chair of the European Parliament’s committee on development, Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, but also a series of less well-known figures in management positions. Britain’s civil society sector has been the second largest beneficiary of EU funding – after France – through grants and commercial contracts. As a result, Britons have been at the heart of discussions on development policies in Brussels. EU development cooperation has long improved against the measures set by subsequent UK governments and maintained a focus on poverty eradication.

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An EU aid worker in Ukraine, October 2017. Photo: European Union/ECHO/Oleksandr Ratushniak via a CC-BY-ND 2.0 licence

All this is now at stake. We will no longer benefit from the combined efforts of the EU, and collaboration will be reduced to ad hoc arrangements. Given the risk of a funding gap, British civil society was among the first to consider the consequences of Brexit for the UK development and humanitarian sector. The plunge in the pound’s value instantly shrunk the aid budgets of UK-based organisations. Further cuts are on the horizon: Oxfam’s Haiti scandal will have done little to alleviate them. Referring to a leaked EU document from December 2017, the Guardian reports that UK applicants will cease to receive funding in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit. In any case, while Brexit may not be the end for UK-European civil society collaboration, receiving EU funding through grants and commercial contracts will become more difficult for UK-based firms and NGOs, and they will have less influence on EU policy-making and practice.

In contrast to civil society, the British government has largely remained silent. A long-awaited review of the performance of multilateral aid organisations to which Britain contributes financially was first delayed, and then largely circumvented the thorny issue of the relationship with the EU. Yet Britain’s public development sector also stands to lose from Brexit. Unlike other sectors, Britain’s development and humanitarian aid sector has eagerly and closely cooperated with its counterparts in Europe, and thereby pursued its global ambitions through the EU. Before the referendum, Linda McAvan had already expressed concerns about the UK’s ability to resolve international development challenges post-Brexit. Observers fear that the referendum result could signal a more inward-looking UK agenda, leading to aid cuts and buttressing trends in British development cooperation, such as spending aid outside the responsible department for international development.

Pro-Brexit commentators rightly insist that Britain will still be able to influence international development. Its know-how and global ties (including with the Commonwealth) and its strong representation in international organisations, as well as extensive public aid spending, are exceptional (the UK is the only major donor to have consistently achieved the globally-agreed aid-spending target of 0.7% of GNI). Moreover, the EU risks losing global influence too; after all, Britain’s departure risks the bloc’s position as the world’s leading aid donor. As a study for the European Parliament finds, EU aid may decrease by up to 3% and it could lose between 10% and 13% of its global aid share.

Yet EU development cooperation is more than the sum of its parts. It benefits from the special relationships its member states enjoy. For instance, the EU’s ties to the Commonwealth have become strong; the EU’s aid to Commonwealth countries has scaled up the UK’s own contribution significantly. Despite criticism and some setbacks, the EU has also learnt a lot in using coordination and its collective weight in international negotiations, exemplified during the negotiations towards a new global agenda for sustainable development. Because it is so much better coordinated than it used to be, the EU will remain an important player in international debates relevant for sustainable development, human rights and especially trade.

At the same time, the EU does risk becoming more inward-looking. Continued cooperation between the EU and the UK may help to prevent this. Avenues for policy coordination exist but they may be more ad hoc and depend on the goodwill of both sides. Britain’s financial commitments will continue after the day its membership ends. This also applies to aid, which is set for multiple years in advance. As a result, continued contributions to EU aid after Brexit, and potentially even after 2020, are likely. This  may come with limited say about how the money is spent. So it makes sense to involve Britain in policy coordination, especially on the ground. The EU has developed its own tools for the coordination of aid donors, which have long been lacking. While an EU member, Britain has actively advocated to keep EU coordination open to non-EU members.

The details of future cooperation have still to be settled: at the same time, the EU is working on a major overhaul of its development cooperation for the years after 2020. But stubbornness will not make it easier for those British professionals who have eagerly and closely collaborated with their European counterparts to continue their close engagement. Neither will barring the British development and humanitarian aid sector improve the EU’s development cooperation.

This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Brexit blog, nor the LSE.

Sebastian Steingass is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge, researching Europe’s contribution to international development effectiveness.

EU taxpayers risk bailing out MEP pension scheme

An MEP voluntary pension scheme is running a €326 million actuarial deficit. The Luxembourg-based fund, set to manage to scheme, is said to have invested the money in controversial sectors like the arms industry.

Commissioner Katainen confirms Barroso lobbied him

'Mr Barroso and I were the only participants to this meeting', said Katainen. Barroso had previously promised not to lobby on behalf of Goldman Sachs.

Britain FIGHTS BACK: Brexit chiefs draw up secret plans to WITHHOLD billions in EU payment

SENIOR British officials are working behind the scenes to develop a contingency plan which could see the UK withhold billions of pounds in Brexit payments if the European Union refuses to make good on its commitment to a free trade agreement, according to reports.
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