September 14, 2023
Earlier this week, it was reported Britain has reached a preliminary agreement with the EU to access its border agency Frontex – which of course it used to be part of when it was an EU member – to control migration.
Last week, the UK said it was re-joining the EU's Horizon scientific-research and Copernicus Earth observation satellite programmes after scientists across the country protested about the risks that the country's continued absence from them were posing to UK science and industry.
In early August, ministers said they were keeping the EU's CE product-safety mark after industry and manufacturers complained about the extra costs and red tape they would face in complying with a proposed new UK alternative.
Meanwhile, the British Chambers of Commerce* called yesterday for the UK to re-join the Pan-Euro Mediterranean convention, which would ease so-called rules-of-origin trade issues by allowing participating nations to treat goods made in one country – that contain parts from another member state – as originating wholly in the exporting nation.
Pressure is rising on ministers to re-join other EU schemes, such as the Erasmus student-exchange programme, as it becomes ever clearer that leaving them was as foolhardy and costly as leaving the EU itself.
The leader of the Rejoin EU Party, Brendan Donnelly, welcomed the relative realism shown by Rishi Sunak’s government, but warned against over-optimism and complacency.
”The disaster which is Brexit cannot be cured by tinkering at the edges,” he said. “Nor can we be sure the Brexit-obsessed Conservative Party will be willing to tolerate further alignment with the EU. Until Brexit is completely reversed, this country can never be a stable and predictable partner for our European neighbours.”
Former Conservative MEP and Rejoin EU Party supporter John Stevens said: “The UK as a 'third country' can associate itself with a range of EU initiatives, but only on terms – particularly in respect of control, but also financial returns – significantly inferior to those we enjoyed as an EU member state.
“The main benefit of these deals will be to demonstrate what we've lost through Brexit and how re-joining the EU is the only way to make good that loss.
“But to re-join the EU, the British people will need to vote for politicians saying they'll do so – and none of those in the leading parties are saying that at the moment. That's the real problem of our politics which these side-deals reveal. If people want to re-join the EU, they should vote for the Rejoin EU Party.”
The Rejoin EU party is campaigning to re-join the EU because we believe re-joining is the only way to solve the problems Brexit has created. Brexit is broken and it’s breaking our country too. All the promises on which Brexit was sold to the electorate in 2016 were nonsense. Far from reducing red tape and providing £350m a week for the NHS, Brexit makes trading with the crucial European market more complex, difficult and expensive and threatens to reduce funding for public services. If you agree Brexit is making our country poorer, less tolerant and less united, join us and send a message to Westminster that you want your EU membership back, with all its freedoms and benefits.
Contact Rejoin EU at email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, visit our website at www.therejoineuparty.com <www.therejoineuparty.com/>, do the party's 'Brexitometer' survey at www.therejoineuparty.com/take-the-survey and donate at Rejoin EU Party Campaign Fund – General Campaign Fund – The Rejoin EU Party. You can also follow the party on Twitter at @rejoinp