Tory Ministers’ Shadow-Boxing, Cast-Iron’s Crawling

Conservative Home published a seemingly impressive list of ‘battling Tory Ministers’ this week, to illustrate how Cameron’s crew are ‘standing up’ to the EUSSR.

In fairness, I append part of their piece.


Seven ministries have gone to war with the EU in the last fortnight

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Imagine if the DWP, Foreign Office, Home Office, Department of Justice, DEFRA, the Treasury and the Attorney General all announced that they were launching outright challenges to European policies and institutions. It would be a major change of attitude towards Brussels and Strasbourg, a more bullish approach by British politicians finally standing up to domineering eurocrats.

It may surprise you to learn that you don’t need to imagine it: that is exactly what has happened over the last two weeks….

Here’s the chronology:

  • DWP: First, Iain Duncan Smith announced that he would fight a legal battle against the EU Commission to defend Britain’s protections against welfare tourism
  • Foreign Office: Then William Hague presented his proposal for a red card system which would give member states’ parliaments the right to veto Commission proposals
  • Department of Justice: Last Friday, Chris Grayling fired warning shots over new, job-destroying EU data protection proposals – an issue he followed up in the Sunday Telegraph
  • Home Office: On the same day, Theresa May told her opposite numbers at Europe’s home affairs ministries that the rule on free movement of peoples must be changed to prevent migrants travelling to take advantage of the UK taxpayer, rather than to work
  • DEFRA: Yesterday, we learned that fisheries minister Richard Benyon intends to take back fishing quotas for allocation to British-based vessels rather than French and Spanish trawlers 
  • Treasury: Meanwhile, the Treasury told the Sun on Sunday of George Osborne’s intention to fight the EU Commission over plans to remove a raft of VAT exemptions
  • Attorney General: Today, Dominic Grieve will appear in the Supreme Court to fight attempts to force Britain to give prisoners the vote – a legal dispute that will be followed shortly by a vote in Parliament on the issue

It is sad but true that examples of domestic politicians going out of their way to have a punch-up with the European authorities are few and far between. That seven cases have cropped up in such a short space of time suggests this is not a coincidence.

There are two schools of thought about what is going on:

1) This is a deliberate step in David Cameron’s renegotiation strategy – the early stages of Britain asking for powers to be returned and the way the EU works to be reformed

2) This is an unintended symptom of the referendum pledge – where eurosceptic and anti-EU ministers previously felt that “banging on about Europe” could be career-damaging, now they are letting rip in a way they have long wished to do….


Maybe so, maybe so…but theres room for at least one more ‘school of thought, surely?

That it demonstrates clearly that the British Government’s judgement on what’s good for Britons cannot be implemented without getting permission from the EU Court and/or the EU Commissars

And meanwhile, Cast-Iron Cameron is hell-bent on currying favour with those enemies of inependence.

For what was he himself ‘banging on about,’ according to EU Observer this week?

UK Prime Minister David Cameron will extol the virtues of British membership of the EU’s ‘top table’ on Monday (10 June).

  • Britain needs to be at the EU ‘top table’ – Cameron


And the proper response of patriots to that sycophantic swine?
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