The Anti-Democratic Elephant trying to get into the room


ElephantAs we approach Brexit with a matter of hours till midnight, this piece in todays Telegraph should be sufficient to make all voters demand a new and much more coherent referendum before we leave the EU and are forced into a relationship with a dominant and anti-democratic Elephant. Tragically as per normal the Telegraph piece is behind a pay wall but it is an article by Gordon Rayner, Political Editor and Peter Foster, Europe Editor. It refers to a another piece in the paper by Woody Johnson, the US Ambassador in Britain who states that US practices such as chlorine-washing chicken and feeding growth hormones to cattle are “the future of farming” while the EU’s “traditionalist approach” belongs in the past. Mr Johnson goes on to say the EU is a “museum of agriculture” and he is urging the UK to embrace American farming methods to seal a transatlantic trade deal. Apparently on Friday Donald Trump’s administration published its demands for a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain, which insists on “comprehensive market access” for US agricultural products and the elimination of “unwanted barriers” to food and drink imports. Mr Johnson insists the US produces “the highest quality food in the world” and that British consumers have been sold “myths” about American produce as part of a “smear campaign” by people with a protectionist agenda.

The fact is that many of the Vote Leave organisers and supporters have constantly focused on the lack of sovereignty as they see it of the EU, even though we are equal partners with all of the nations in the EU, we have more MEPs than many of the other nations and we have more power in the appointment of Commissioners to the EU. Meanwhile in the case of our post Brexit deal with the USA we will have no influence over them at all and certainly no sovereignty as they set out the clear demands for us to become a fifty third state

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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