Posts tagged EU/Eurozone

Outside a dysfunctional EU with its common defence agenda, we must champion and strengthen Nato

Lord Owen writing for the website

….The EU policy paper Shared Vision, Common Action: A Stronger Europe. A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy was presented to the Heads of Government Brussels summit meeting on 28th June 2016 quickly followed on 13th July by the publication of the German White Paper on German Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr. Both papers had …

Lord David Owen says Vote to Leave.

Leave copy_opt“To remain in the EU is in my judgement a more dangerous option for British security in its deepest sense – economic, political, military and social – than is being admitted or even discussed in the wake of Cameron’s failed negotiations.”

In an historical analysis of the UK’s membership of the EU, Lord Owen concludes it is time for the UK to leave the EU in the forthcoming referendum. In

If one is convinced as I am that another Eurozone crisis is inevitable, I can think of no more irresponsible decision for the UK to hang around within the European Union, even though we are not in the euro, merely waiting for that crisis to happen.

Lord Owen speaking at a Mouvement Européen meeting: Paris, Tuesday 12 April 2016

Excerpts: When 23 June comes, the fundamental judgement for Britain is “do we believe it is possible to run a single currency without a single country. Do we want to be part of that single currency and single country?” If we vote to remain we will be sucked irrevocably into both. No country has frequent referendums …

The case for a new start for Britain grows stronger by the day. The Dutch vote should encourage voters in the UK to vote to leave in our referendum.

Lord Owen speaking at a Civitas seminar on EU foreign and defence policy, 7 April 2016:

Just as in 2005 when the Dutch voted down Giscard d’Estaing’s Constitutional Treaty, they have now blocked ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. No-one, not even the Prime Minister, can say that the Dutch vote is anti-European.  It is anti the dysfunctional EU that is dragging Europe down in its economic performance and its …

We in the cross-party Vote Leave Campaign, however, share a common democratic commitment. We will restore legal powers and democratic control of the NHS to voters in the UK. If we vote Leave – we will be able to protect our NHS from EU interference.

Lord Owen speaking at the launch of the Vote Leave ‘Save Our NHS’ campaign, Wednesday 6 April 2016

Excerpts: The EU/Eurozone from 1992, in marked contrast to the old European Community of 1975, creeps into every nook and cranny of our life. It is now becoming entrenched in the NHS and this June we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get it out.

We in the cross-party Vote Leave Campaign, however, …

We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave in an orderly way ….under a government which has four years to run.

Lord Owen speaking today, 22 March 2016.

“Ed Miliband refused a referendum in the last election and it cost him many votes and a crucial number of seats [see Annex A]. He is a sincere and very committed European but it is important to recall that since 1962, under Hugh Gaitskell, the Labour Party has been every bit as strong an anti-federalist political party as the Conservative Party. The Labour …

The EU’s Hubris has brought its own Nemesis.

Lord Owen addressing the Hellenic Psychiatric Association. London, 18 March 2016.

“A currency needs a country. A country needs its defined borders and ability to control who comes over those borders. In the 1960s we in the UK handled the Kenyan Asian influx and in the early 1970s the Ugandan Asian influx. It was not easy but the country rallied around under first Labour and then Conservative governments. Today, our …

The EU deal with Turkey is fraught with dangers.

Lord Owen writing in The Telegraph, 17 March 2016.

“In many ways, the most pressing geopolitical issue facing Britain (irrespective of whether we vote to leave the EU – and I hope we will) is how we handle Turkey. This week, EU leaders will attempt to ratify a deeply-flawed emergency deal with Ankara in the hope of solving the migrant crisis. As a result of objections from several countries, the …