French PM Demands von der Leyen “Shows It Causes More Damage to Leave the EU Than to Stay In”

"It should never be underestimated just how harshly Brexit struck at the EU’s sense of legitimacy and authority"

Finally, someone has said the quiet part out loud. French prime minister Jean Castex has penned a letter to the European Union demanding that it make an example of Brexit Britain. Addressed to Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, Castex’s angry missive calls for an official EU response to Britain and Jersey’s refusal to grant a few dozen French boats the licences they need to fish in waters around Jersey.

It is imperative, says Castex, that Brussels backs Paris in this fishing spat, and that it reprimands Britain in some fashion. Why? Because, he says, it is ‘indispensable to show European public opinion that… it causes more damage to leave the EU than to stay in’.

Boom. There it is. In black and white. The thing many of us Brexiteers have been warning of for the past four or five years. Namely, that some European leaders’ relentless agitation against Brexit Britain, their determination to impose a humiliating deal on us, wasn’t only motored by an instinct to preserve the integrity and competitive advantage of the Single Market against this newly independent powerful economic force on the Union’s west coast. No, it was also about demonstrating to the people who live under the writ of the Euro-oligarchy that they leave the EU at their peril. That if they do what us Brits did, and strike out on their own, their lives will become harder.

M. Castex has done us all a great favour – he has confirmed the punishing urge and existential angst that lies behind European officials’ fury with Brexit Britain. Merci, prime minister.

Castex’s letter emerges in the context of an escalating clash over post-Brexit fishing rights. The question of who has the right to enter UK waters, including the waters around the Crown Dependency of Jersey, off the French coast, has been a serious sticking point in Brexit talks. Hundreds of pages of documentation have been written, adjustment periods have been drawn up, furious rows have been had. French fishermen protested around the port of St Helier in Jersey, and at one point both Britain and France sent Navy ships to the area to oversee these bizarre fish wars. Jersey’s refusal to grant licences to 75 French fishing vessels to enter its waters is the latest sore point. The French are furious. And they want their friends in the Brussels machine to share in their fury.

Castex’s letter is a very useful intervention because it captures what is really at stake in this stand-off. This isn’t just about fish. It’s not really about fish at all. Fishing accounts for a miniscule part of both the British and French economies. No, it’s about far larger questions of sovereignty, power and reputation.

Castex tells von der Leyen that the ‘non-cooperative attitude of the United Kingdom’ is causing difficulty not only for French fishermen but also for the EU itself. The refusal to grant fishing licences to a few score French boats might look like small fry, but it calls into question the EU’s ‘credibility’ and ‘our capacity to defend our rights when it comes to international agreements signed by the Union’, he says. Brexit Britain’s arrogant antics – as the French see them – could ‘set a precedent for the future’, Castex insists. And this is why the EU must line up with Paris – to make it clear to Britain, to Europeans, and presumably to the world, that if you leave the EU, life will not be a breeze.

We must show, he says, like an old-world colonialist looking down his nose at a pesky, uppity nation that has dared to wriggle free of Empire, that ‘it causes more damage to leave the EU than to stay in’.

Castex has helpfully placed the fish wars in their proper historic context. What appears on the surface to be a skirmish between French fishermen and a British dependency is in truth yet another expression of the EU’s bitter resistance to the establishment of true, meaningful sovereignty in the UK following the 2016 referendum. From the fish around Jersey to all those tortured trade talks to the ongoing problem of the European Court of Justice enjoying some form of jurisdiction in Northern Ireland, these might look like squabbles over the technical matter of how Britain and the EU will relate to one another in this new era. In truth, though, they are all manifestations of one of the most important and consequestional conflicts of our time – that between a people who want to recover and repair their nation’s sovereignty and the globalist institution that views this desire for sovereign control as a threat to its cross-border oligarchical power. When Castex says the Jersey tensions are not just about fish for the French, but also about the power of the EU in the aftermath of Brexit, he’s right.

It should never be underestimated just how harshly Brexit struck at the EU’s sense of legitimacy and authority. This, as it happens, is one of the reasons some of us so keenly backed Brexit – not only in order to start the process of fixing democracy here in the UK but also as a way of weakening the institutions of the Brussels oligarchy and demonstrating to the world that the EU is not infallible. Judging by the EU’s post-Brexit brittleness, its barely concealed angst, its outsized, obsessive fury with us revolting Britons, we were clearly successful in this endeavour. Brexit exposed the EU’s deep crisis of moral validity, and now Castex’s letter has shone more light on this crisis. Punish Brexit Britain in order to keep the rest of the European rabble in its place – that is essentially what he’s saying. It’s a reminder of just what a brilliant democratic blow to the EU oligarchy Brexit delivered. They are existentially rattled and they will continue lashing out at us Brits in a desperate effort to doll up their weakness as strength and their insecurity as confidence. It is further proof that we were dead right to vote for Leave, and that other European peoples should follow our example. Because a Union that would ruthlessly punish you for leaving is a Union you should not be a member of.

Source: Spiked

  1. Malatok says

    Uschi Von Der Lyin…hair stylist in chief and Politburo “leader” of the evil EUSSR, in Natostan capital and sinkhole BrUSsel$ is doing a tremendous job. That she pulled a Hillbilly Klingon with her “wiped emails” and Pfizer kickback texts is normal and to be expected of the great leadere$$. Just look into her background and the USSAN roots of her slave owning Southern bigots from which she was spawned and everything becomes plain as the nose….behind her mask. (Even Jimbo Wales’ Wikipedo has the slave tale).

    Because of third rate, in-bred midget morons like Uschi the EUSSR is dooooooooomed. So keep up the good work deary and give me a blue dye rinse, hot blow frizzle while you trim me corns and get the ingrown toe nails.
    Oh and don’t forget, Albert Bourla (PfiZer drug cartel honcho says “PfiZer macht frei, and macht Uschi rich.”

    Chosenite Bourla “explains” how Pfizer is only “correcting mistakes in your DNA.” This is the face of mini Satan. This khazar punk is truly evil, if ever there was evil.

    Pfizer macht frei….forever

    Sames as it ever waZ
    Onward to Ouch Witz…without yer “smart” phone.

    1. nnn says

      She is a Hitler resurrected

  2. ken says

    “Because a Union that would ruthlessly punish you for leaving is a Union you should not be a member of.”

    The South in the US was the very picture of that. Completely destroyed, women of all colors raped, looting, burning homes, and today Americans think the government that allowed that is the greatest thing since sliced bread. The result of rewriting history.

    The nations in the EU need to break out while they can and before the EU gets a federal military established. They always say it’s to defend from foreign invasion but in reality it’s the military and police that keeps them in power. Australia anyone….

    Other then to revolutionary war in the US all other wars were unnecessary,,, provoked in some way by the US federales on behalf of the banks and corporations. ALL of them.

    Off subject. Or is it?

    Yesterday was veterans day in the US. A day which tries to idolize soldiers. I spent twelve years in the service,,, enjoyed a free vacation to Southeast Asia,,, and never once in all that time did I hear one soldier state he was in to keep America free. Pure propaganda. Patriotism is to a country and the people,,, not the damn government.

    The best government is no government.

    1. ken says

      Other then the revolutionary war in the US all other wars were unnecessary.

    2. guest says

      Anyone who cares to see the future of the United States of Europe, should just read the history of the United States between 1791 and 1861. It took them 70 years and a “civil” war, but they managed to establish central control; and “member” states became mere organizational units.

      In Europe all the cultural enrichments are for the central government. (In Poland there is no cultural enrichment, and the natives think the country is their homeland)

  3. silver9blue says

    Leaving the European union could be likened to leaving a job. Even though you give notice and and leave after the one or two weeks time stated your then attacked classed as some kind of enemy, refused entry or business. This would be seen as disgusting and unlawful and oppressive. But not by the EU.

  4. Geeth Kudaligamage says

    The EU must consider rebranding their organization. Here I have a conceptual suggestion for a brand-new logo for the EU. Please see the picture. The idea is easy to get in but harder to get out.

  5. steve kastl says

    Divorces are generally ugly. Couples or countries, same thing.

    1. Geeth Kudaligamage says

      If you are getting stuck, that is not really a marriage buddy.

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