Osborne Taxes Same EU Sugar He Subsidises

EU Sugar

Nanny Osborne’s sugar tax was brought in because the Treasury believes “that tax effects behaviour. So let’s tax the things we want to reduce.” By the same logic, surely Osborne should be fighting hefty EU sugar subsidies. Extended to go on until 2020 despite opposition from Oxfam and the WTO, the EU heavily subsidises sugar producers and exporters. Mega-corporation Tate & Lyle Europe has received a whopping €594,270,084 since the sugar subsidies began in 1999, with the EU currently guaranteeing a price of beet sugar at €26.29, while white sugar will fetch a guaranteed €404.40 per tonne. Sugar producers get a sweet deal from the EU.

If Osborne believes in taxing things to suppress demand, why is he subsidising the same things? By ensuring the price of sugar, the EU encourages sugar consumption, yet the Chancellor still won’t withdraw support for the generous subsidies…

Then & Now: Cameron “Paving the Road from Ankara to Brussels”

Turkish accession to the EU is becoming an issue in the referendum debate. Polling shows it deeply worries voters, which is why UKIP devoted an entire Party Political Broadcast to the subject. It has become a dangerous issue for the Remainers’ chief campaigner because Dave is on the record as supporting Turkey joining the EU. 

When the Prime Minister visited Turkey he gave a speech where he said: “This is something I feel very strongly, very passionately about… I want us to pave the road from Ankara to Brussels…”. He even drew a parallel between Turkey and Britain, initially prevented by France’s veto from joining the common market in 1973: “We know what it’s like to be shut out of the club. But we also know that these things can change.”

Turkey joining the club is not popular with the voters and no doubt his Euro-fanatic pollster Andrew Cooper has told him to change his tune for public consumption. With the referendum coming Cameron’s doner U-Turn, will voters believe it is for real?

Tory MEPs Facing Deselection Threat

Guido hears there are moves afoot by angry Conservative associations to change the rules so they can more easily deselect Europhile MEPs. Local Tories are fed up with Brussels careerists who have been on the gravy train for years, flirting with backing Brexit to curry favour with the grassroots, then backing Remain. Tory sources point to the likes of Ashley Fox and Vicky Ford, who spent the last year flexing her Eurosceptic muscles before coming out for In. The current rules give sitting MEPs privilege over new candidates when European election lists are drawn up, making it nigh on impossible to unseat an incumbent. Tory plotters want to open up the process so all MEPs face reselection on an equal footing with new Eurosceptic candidates. It’s the Tory Momentum…

EU Got Bills, You Gotta Pay

Dan Hannan highlights some of the bills we gotta pay…

CBI’s Pro-EU Report By EU-Funded PWC

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Splashed all over the papers this morning is the CBI’s warning that Brexit would cause a “serious economic shock”, costing £100 billion and nearly 1 million jobs. The numbers come from a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the big four firm that – guess what – is in the pay of Brussels. PwC state on their website that they are “proud to be associated with the EU’s key initiatives and programmes, having provided independent advice to the EU over the past decades”. Here are some of the specialist EU services offered by PWC…

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How many millions has PwC made from offering its services to the EU? A huge undeclared interest in all the media coverage this morning…

German Daily Show’s Take On Brexit

Germany’s version of The Daily Show has taken a swipe at the British for having the temerity to want a referendum. They’ve always been fans of a European super-state…

READ: Labour MPs’ Email Chain Mocking Corbyn

Try-hard Corbynista MP Clive Lewis emailed Labour colleagues this morning soliciting their support for a ‘Labour In’ statement on the referendum:

Unfortunately for Clive, warm responses were not forthcoming. Partly because he unwisely cc’d known Outers like Kate Hoey into the email chain. This was Kate’s reply:

Best response however came from sarky moderate Ian Austin:

Zing!

Tom Harris to Lead Scottish Freedom Campaign

Former Labour minister Tom Harris has been weighing up back Leave for the last few weeks – today we have his decision. The Telegraph’s newly-appointed resident Corbyn-basher has announced he will be running the Scottish Vote Leave campaign, firing off some tartan truth bullets this morning:

“Every week the UK sends £350 million to the EU. Scotland’s share is roughly a tenth of that – more than £1.5 billion per year. Just think what that money could buy here in Scotland – on schools, on our health service, repairing our roads – if it wasn’t being sent into the black hole that is EU spending”

They can take your money, will they take your freedom?

Tory Fury at Budget’s EU Stealth VAT

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The EU-enforced tampon tax causing a cross-party rebellion isn’t the only example of Brussels stealth tax imposed in this Budget. Following a decision by the Court of Justice of the EU in June last year, the 20% VAT rate was […]

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Peter Bone’s Letter to Obama

March 17, 2016

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

On June 23, citizens of the United Kingdom will decide on whether or not to leave the European Union in an

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CBI’s Unofficial Campaign to Remain

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The CBI has announced that it will make the “economic case [for Britain] to remain’ in the EU, following an internal poll revealing that 80% of members support staying in. Yet they’re refusing to officially endorse Remain…

“The CBI

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BSE Co-Ordinator: “Just Leave Leaflets on the Tube”

Standing in front of a rolling ITN camera, a BSE gap yah lackey reveals his top leafleting strategy to Remain campaign colleagues:

“Just leave them on the tube, that’s what I’ve been doing.”

Their hearts aren’t in it.[…]

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