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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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The UK and UN: Re-evaluating International Relations


There has been a telling change recently in the language used to describe the current status of the UK. Both Leavers and Remainers have dropped the pretence that Brexit happened on 31st January and are now openly referring to the 31st December as the date when the UK leaves the EU.

While 31st January was the symbolic exit, the country has not in fact left the EU: it was Brexit in name only. The UK withdrew its MEPs from the EU Parliament and its Commissioner from the EU Commission, but entered an 11 month vassalage period known politely as the 'transition period' where we remain subject to all of the EU's directives, regulations and rulings past, present and future until we actually leave.

The one good thing about the Johnson government is that it looks likely to deliver a no-deal Brexit where the country leaves as fully as possible given the unnecessary contract or 'Withdrawal Agreement' it signed before 31st January. The £39,000,000,000 cost of signing the 'Phase 1' contract is gone – the country is paying the bulk of it in membership fees to remain subject to the EU from the first withdrawal date in March 2019 until December 2020. We will never have that money back, but provided the government avoids getting entangled in a new odious 'Phase 2' contract with the EU, we will leave without agreeing to a 'level playing field', which would lock us up in the straitjacket of EU regulations forever. We must also retake control of our full 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone for fishing, and leave the EU's ballooning military and defence architecture to regain full control over our armed forces once again.

However, for many Brexiteers including Johnson's new 'red wall' voters, there is another reason for leaving the EU which of equal or greater importance than money, fishing and defence: immigration. Blair, Brown, Cameron and May presided over an era of unprecedented mass, rapid, unsustainable and often illegal immigration. This must come to an end. After nearly a year in office, however, mass immigration has continued and worsened under Johnson. Home Secretary Priti Patel makes regular statements on the need to do something to stop the boats from coming across the Channel, but her hands are tied by the EU's regulations and this will not change until the end of our vassalage period at the end of the year.

In signing a vassalage contract rather than leaving with no-deal on 31st January, the UK remains subject to the EU's Dublin III regulations on immigration. An asylum seeker who is fleeing for their life is normally required to claim asylum in the first safe country they can get to. A person who is not genuinely fleeing for their life and passes through several safe countries before making an asylum claim is not a genuine asylum seeker but an illegal immigrant.

Under the Dublin III regulations however, asylum claims made in France, Spain, Italy, Greece or another EU country are recorded there and such a person can be legally returned to that country if they are later caught in the United Kingdom. However, if an asylum claim is not made in another EU country, and they can get to the UK and claim asylum here, then the UK becomes responsible for them and cannot legally return them to any other EU country they have travelled through. Countries like France have no incentive to apprehend illegal immigrants whose ultimate aim is to make a false asylum claim in the UK, as they will then have the responsibility for them.

Already in 2020, over 2,000 illegal immigrants have arrived in the UK on boats coming across the English Channel, but the EU's Dublin III regulations require that they are allowed to stay if they have not claimed asylum in another EU country. By the end of the year, it is likely that tens of thousands more will arrive and as soon as they cross the invisible sea border in the Channel, the UK becomes powerless to return them to France. This will remain the legal case until we exit the EU fully on 31st December.

The Dublin III regulations are not the only mechanism to provide for the normalisation of illegal immigration however. The UK signed up to the Barcelona Declaration in 1995 which seeks to normalise migration between the Middle East and Europe. Theresa May added to this by signing the Marrakesh Declaration in May 2018, which regularises migration between west and central Africa and Europe. She went even further in December 2018 by signing the UN Global Migration Compact, which commits to regularising immigration throughout the whole world and even seeks to impose penalties on anyone who dares to criticise mass migration on a global scale.

The UN Global Migration Compact is part of a far larger plan which is known as Agenda 21, or its updated version Agenda 2030. The UN has broken it down into 17 goals for 'sustainable development' which it wishes all its member states to implement at every opportunity. At a first glance some of the goals sound good, but the UN is very open that they wish to 'transform the world' despite it not being a democratically elected body. On scouring the detail and related documents to understand their implications however, a plan emerges to impose a raft of 'progressive', 'green' and anti-conservative values throughout the world.

As well as normalising mass migration, The UN sustainable development goals include the densification of 'human settlement' areas and actively implementing measures to discourage the use of motor vehicles, and closing coal and gas power stations, regardless of the cost and the consequences. The Paris Climate Agreement is a key vehicle for implementing these parts of Agenda 21/2030 where governments are encouraged to become 'carbon neutral' to fight the fabricated narrative of climate alarmism.

The Johnson government has committed to banning sales of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles from 2035 due to its wholesale acceptance of the narrative of climate alarmism and its commitment to the Paris Agreement. It has been estimated this will cost the country over £1,000,000,000,000 (£1 trillion), a price the country will not be able to afford after the coronavirus bill of at least £300,000,000,000 (£300 billion).

The 17 sustainable development goals encourage empowerment of women and girls. This again appears innocuous as it written but is often implemented by enforcing equality of outcomes rather than allowing for equality of opportunity for individuals. Some countries have begun to adopt laws which included forcing company boards and senior management teams to have quotas for women or black and ethnic minorities. In such countries, the best person for the job may not get the job, and indeed it would be illegal to always employ the best people and pay them according to their value. This kind of law is wrong-headed.

Western nations are required to give away 0.7% of GNI in foreign aid regardless of how poorly the money is spent and whether donor nations must accrue extra debt in order to give it away. Theresa May wrote this into UK law, and much of this money is used to cross-subsidise other sustainable development goals such as providing the funding for millions of abortions in Africa, Asia and South America.

Brexiteers have fought to leave the EU since the UK joined it in 1972 and well before the word 'Brexiteer' was coined in 2016. When we finally leave in more than just name-only on 31st December, our victory will be great. Yet, to be fully free and independent from the schemes of globalist forces which have been implemented for the last 48 years through the EU, we must continue to fight for liberty from new entanglements of Agenda 21/2030 which have been constructed and implemented through the UN. 

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