Tuesday, 21 June 2016

What the EU is hiding until after the Referendum

The EU is keeping quiet about quite a few new policies until after the UK Referendum. The British government and the institutionally pro EU BBC are assisting them in keeping inconvenient facts away from the voters. 

Thankfully such as Heat St are listing these policies...

A Euro Tax ID For Everyone - to prepare the way for a EU wide tax?

Fresh Plans for an EU Army
A secret paper on "foreign and security policy", which pushes to expand the EU's defence capability, is being kept under wraps until June 24 – the day after Britain decides.

Diplomats can read them but are banned from making copies.

Scheme to Hand Out 1million UK Visas to Turks

Under a scheme floated by British diplomats, the UK Government could hand out some 1,500,000 visas as part of a sweetheart deal to thank Turkey for holding back refugees from crossing into Greece.

Ruling on Muzzling British Anti-Terror Police

The European Court of Justice has been sitting on a ruling on the so-called Snooper's Charter, which could hobble plans to give police more powers.

Demands for Even More Cash
Proposals for the EU's 2017 budget were due in late May, but have been suspiciously punted back a month.

Inevitably, the plan will be to spend even more of member states' public money.

Banning Kettles and Hairdryers
The European Commission's "Ecodesign Directive" demands that electrical appliances use less energy, in a bid to make Europe more green.

In their sights are kettles and hairdryers, which could be made much less effective in order to fulfill requirements – in the way that high-powered light bulbs have already been phased out.

Hiking VAT on Food, Medicine and Kids' Clothes
This January the EU's economics commissioner announced a review of VAT across Europe.
EU rules say that member states must charge at least 5% on everything – a rule which conflicts with UK policy to charge no VAT on essentials like food, medicine and children's clothing.

According to Reuters, Pierre Moscovici demurred when the conflict was pointed out to him. Obviously aware of the impending vote, he said it was "too early" for a decision.

Kicking Us Off International Organizations
The EU's Five Presidents' Report, the blueprint for the next round of European integration, contains dark hints about removing the UK from international bodies and subsuming them into a common EU representative.

This already happens in organisations like the World Trade Organization, the fisheries commission that governs the North Sea, and any bodies set up to make EU trade deals.

But the EU report pointed out that areas where member states still represent themselves – like the IMF – leave the union with a "fragmented voice" and "should be increasingly unified".

The intentions behind the observation are vague, but point to an ambition to stop countries like the UK putting their own interest ahead of Europe.

Suffocating London's Art Market
Another European Commission plan is to slap extra licensing laws on art dealers.

London art dealers warned that the extra burden would lose them masses of business to other major cities like New York and Geneva, which wouldn't have to bother.

As London counts for more than half of the EU's entire art market, the law would only really have a significant impact on the UK.

You can read more here but obviously not on the institutionally pro EU BBC.

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