Mr William Cash (Stone) (Con): Will my right hon. Friend immediately ensure—this has not happened so far, either in this statement or in those made by the Foreign Secretary over the past few weeks—that the House, and indeed the European Scrutiny Committee, is given a full and formal report explaining the foreign security and defence implications for the United Kingdom of the whole of the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, including the political chapters, and the implications of the final act endorsed by the presidency conclusions over the weekend, particularly given the crisis with Russia and the EU’s assertion that Ukraine still includes Crimea? What will the timetable and procedure be for parliamentary ratification of both, because it is understood that the political parts of the association agreement will take effect before parliamentary ratification?
Following the debate with Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, Bill Cash said:
Nigel Farage “was trying to take away the votes in our marginal seats when we are the only people who can deliver the policy because we will have enough members in the House of Commons to win the general election to make the changes,"
"I think that actually the amount of coverage he gets, on the BBC for example, is monumental. He's on the whole time. It's to split the eurosceptic vote."
"The fact is we've [Tory MPs] done the work and actually he's getting all the airtime. He's getting a discorporate amount of attention given the fact he can't change anything."
Recent photos from Krak de Chevaliers in Syria show the heart-breaking damage done to this world heritage crusader castle during the Syrian war. Journalists were enabled to visit the castle by pro-Assad government forces, who took it from the rebels the British government so wanted to help.
Bill Cash @ ConservativeHome: “We do not have to be enthusiastic advocates of Vladimir Putin’s policies to recognise that this entire Ukrainian crisis was avoidable. Nor to recognise that the Crimea – handed over by Khrushchev within the Soviet Union to Ukraine in 1954 – has been and remains a vital national security and defence interest for Russia, including the Black Sea and its fleet for centuries. The European Union’s Eastern Partnership and Association Agreement were clearly anticipated to be Ukraine’s stepping stone to membership of the European Union, and probably of NATO as well. On both counts the EU has pursued a remarkably naïve foreign policy.” Please read the post here.
In July 2013 the European Commission put forward a proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office. The European Public Prosecutor’s Office would be a judicial body in charge of investigating, with the power to order national police forces to initiate investigations, assembling all the evidence in favour or against the accused and responsible for conducting and coordinating prosecutions. Moreover, he/she would have the power to bring to judgment perpetrators, and accomplices, of offences against the Union’s financial interests, deciding in which Member State the trial will take place. The EPPO jurisdiction would prevail over the jurisdiction of the Member States enforcement authorities. The creation of such a post is being made in complete disregard of the different legal systems within the EU and it is likely to have a severe impact on Member States criminal systems. In fact, the Commission’s proposal breaches the subsidiarity principle.
The sovereign debt crisis has opened the door for further economic and fiscal policy integration. Several new rules, intended to strengthen economic governance in the EU, have been introduced mainly through the so-called Six Pack, the Two Pack as well as the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance. The Commission is allowed, despite the lack of legitimacy, to interfere with member states’ budget decision making and to control national economic policies.
The Daily Mail reports: “The chairman of the BBC Trust has been forced into a humiliating climbdown over his repeated refusal to appear before a committee of MPs.”
It is important to note that “Lord Patten has spent months trying to avoid a grilling by members of the Commons European Scrutiny Committee over claims of bias in the BBC’s coverage of the EU.”
Bill Cash was quoted as saying, “Chris Patten has accepted that he must take up our invitation. He went to considerable lengths to avoid appearing, which was quite extraordinary. We will not be treated in this manner.”
The Regulatory Policy Committee has recently published its annual report, which clearly shows that EU regulations are undermining the Government’s plans to cut red tape. The Committee reviewed 36 EU measures in 2013, but the report particularly focus on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, which had added costs to businesses of £1.24 billion each year.