Government lawyers are confident Britain has no obligation to pay the hefty £50 billion leaving bill some are suggesting we should owe the EU, with a government source saying: “Think of it like golf club rules. Once you leave the club, there is no obligation to keep paying.” A House of Lords Select Committee has come to the same conclusion on golf clubs, arguing that there is no ‘leaving fee’ in Article 50.
But for those worried that not enough taxpayers’ money is being spent on EU projects, we break the news today that the EU is set to launch a raft of ‘information’ centres in Britain.
You can read the story here. Sceptics might suggest that on the eve of Brexit talks this is a calculated move to soften the British public.
But personally, I fail to see how publishing pro-EU literature at schools and offices, putting on pro-EU themed events and touting ‘expert’ EU speakers could have anything to do with Brexit.
The fact is, no policy launched by the EU could have cleared several planning committees, been signed in triplicate by bureaucrats in Strasbourg and Brussels and agreed to by every member of the EC communications team in the mere nine months since the Brexit vote.
On the subject of EU waste, this week I watched Fishing for Leave launch The Brexit Textbook on Fisheries: a 144-page document heavy enough to sink a north sea trawler. The bottom line is that the oddly named ‘Great Repeal Bill’, which would enshrine EU regulations into UK law is in danger of keeping the disastrous Common Fisheries Policy post-Brexit. However, if ministers abandoned the bill then on the day we leave the bloc every EU vessel would be banished from our 200 nautical mile limit, arguably the richest fishing grounds in the world.
That’s enough to make even Guy Verhofstadt sweat. Fishing is not the only seafaring industry to be impacted by Brexit and on the site today Nicholas Finney OBE writes about how Brexit has brought “a new energy” to the maritime industry. Finney has spent many years at a senior level in the Maritime and Transport sector.