EU Commission Confirms Candidate Status on Ukraine

Ursula von der Leyen has formally confirmed that the EU Commission has approved Ukraine for candidate EU status. Confirmation has been given on the “understanding that the country will carry out a number of important reforms” including on the rule of law, oligarchs, anti-corruption and “fundamental rights”, however the country has implemented around 70% of EU rules, norms and standards. She says “Ukrainians are ready to die for the European perspective. We want them to live with us the European dream.”

The Commission has also recommended candidate status for Moldova, which von der Leyen says is “on a real pro-reform, anti-corruption and European path”, though has a long way to go. Georgia missed out on being awarded the same status…

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Shadow Minister Says Labour Government Will Re-Enter Single Market and Customs Union… as Exports to EU Hit Record High

Shadow justice minister Anna McMorrin has been caught by The Sun admitting a Labour government would try to undo Brexit, in order to rejoin the Single Market and Customs Union as a precursor to potentially rejoining entirely. Unfortunately for McMorrin, the leaked video came out the same day it emerged UK exports to the EU have hit their highest levels since records began…

McMorrin told a group of Labour activists last week:

“Customs union and single market at the very least, I think. In the future I hope we return to that… Certainly need to renegotiate the current deal, and I hope eventually that we will get back into the single market and customs union and then who knows?”

ONS figures released yesterday spell out in black and white that “EU exports have increased for the third consecutive month in April 2022 and are at the highest levels since records began.” Exports of goods to the EU, excluding precious metals, increased by £1.2 billion in April 2022, reaching £16.4 billion. Their highest level in current prices since the ONS began records in 1997. Good luck building a case to rejoin the customs union with these figures…

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Study Reveals Dramatic Rise in Contaminated Fruit & Veg Across EU

Yesterday Guido reported on the runaway food price inflation throughout Europe, with prices shooting up by 8.9% across the EU. Now a shocking new nine-year investigation by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has revealed that not only are our European friends forking out more for their fruit and veg, it turns out they’re also now significantly more likely to be munching on toxified contaminated produce. According to PAN, over the last nine years, the percentage of European fruit spoiled with hazardous pesticides has risen by 53% – with the report slamming member states for “failing their legal obligations” and exposing consumers to dangerous food. Dangerous food that they’re now paying nearly 10% more for the pleasure of eating…

Reacting to the findings, Professor Nicole Van Dam of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) didn’t mince her words, calling the report “shocking” and adding:

“What is the point of eating healthy if the healthy fruits and vegetables are sprayed with toxins?”

Guido’s old enough to remember when Remainers were pretending Brexit would lead to lower food standards in the UK, and appalling chlorinated American poultry would melt the insides of our poor children. Thanks to Brexit Brits can enjoy toxin-free and tariff-free uncontaminated organic food at lower prices from the rest of world. Food for thought…

 

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EU Dances While Europe Burns

While Ukraine continues its valiant battle against Putin’s fascistic might, the EU is leading from the front… By staging an interpretive dance performance in the EU parliament for MEPs…

The toe-curling performance, put on to close the “Conference for the Future of Europe”, was choreographed by French dancer Angelin Preljocaj. There’s a reason the UK is 14 points more popular than the EU among Ukrainians…

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Denmark in Talks to Send Asylum-Seekers to Rwanda

An awkward moment this morning for all the lefty hacks and opposition MPs who’ve turned their noses at the government’s illegal migrant plans, as Denmark has announced it is also now outlining plans to send adult asylum seekers to Rwanda. The Archbishop of Canterbury will need to have a lie-down…

In a statement released this morning, Danish Immigration Minister Mattias Tesfaye confirmed the country has entered discussions with the Rwandan government:

“Our dialogue with the Rwandan government includes a mechanism for the transfer of asylum seekers… [the deal will] ensure a more dignified approach than the criminal network of human traffickers that characterises migration across the Mediterranean today.”

Denmark is far from the first European entity backing Priti’s move. In 2019 then-European Commissioner Neven Mimica also announced a similar plan for the EU:

“While in #Rwanda, happy to announce a 10M€ project to support efforts of the Government to receive and provide protection to about 1500 #refugees and asylum-seekers who are currently being held in detention centres in #Libya.”
When the PM announced the Rwanda policy he predicted many other countries will soon follow suit – this is much sooner than expected though…
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Biden Mocks EU’s One-Candidate Presidency Vote

Given Biden’s been firing off diplomatic cock-ups left, right and centre for the past fortnight, it’s hardly surprising Guido missed this funny remark of the President’s from last Friday. Appearing alongside EU Council President Charles Michel, Biden quipped:

“I came to congratulate a man who just got re-elected without opposition. I dream of that some day” 

While Biden may not have been Brexit’s biggest supporter, even he gets the laughable state of democracy in Brussels…

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