Relations with Continental Europe

Lord Hylton

After many comments and much discussion, I have come to the conclusion that remaining in a customs union gives the best hope for peace in Ireland, for the unity of the United Kingdom, and for prosperity in Great Britain.



3 comments for “Relations with Continental Europe

  1. maude elwes
    28/02/2018 at 6:03 pm

    Sadly, Lord Hylton, I disagree with you profoundly and from the depth of my soul.

    We must politically separate from Europe completely if we are to have any hope of prosperity. Your trust in this organisation is misguided. And I am a lover of Europe, the continent and the people.

    And here is a good example of life outside the questionable democracy called the EU. This country leads with Direct Democracy. Had we had such democracy we would not be in this mess we are experiencing now.

  2. Senex
    05/03/2018 at 9:32 am

    John Kerr now Lord Kerr of Kinlochard alluded to the lack of a leaving mechanism in an interview with Andrew Gray of online magazine on March 28, 2017 where he discussed how Article 50 became part of the Lisbon Treaty.

    Some equations that might have made their way into Article 50:

    ΣX=0 the ideal outcome for 28 member states….. (1)

    The European Commission limits the number of factors that must be considered (fn) to 100. Each factor (f) is assigned a score of +9 thru -9 then summed by each member state in (2) for impact.

    Σf=X the impact analysis….. (2)

    Some imagined factors:

    Fishing: Austria with no access to the sea gives this a score of zero. Ireland gives it a score of +5 and Spain -3. Taxation: Germany gives this a score of -9. The UK gives this a score of +9. Defence: Contributors to NATO give negative scores. Finance: Luxembourg gives a score of -8. Trade: France gives a score -4 whilst Spain gives a score of -6. Trade: the UK gives a negative score. Leisure: Spain gives a negative score. And so the process continues for each member state.

    On conclusion scores from (2) are summed in (1). The ideal outcome of (1) is a zero-sum, no impact whatsoever. As you can see the issue of customs is only one factor in many.

    Ref: Article 50: Secretary-General of the European Convention,
    Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe, 2002-2003

  3. Richard Lock
    18/03/2018 at 6:37 pm

    I disagree with you completely, there is no reasonable argument that can be proven by the remain point of view and your comment is in keeping with the general tone of the remain argument. All bluster, all supposition etc backed by the words of someone who, in other times, would have been described very differently.

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