US 2016: Farage speaks at Donald Trump rally

The British Eurosceptic MEP and outgoing UKIP leader Nigel Farage will speak at rally in US state of Missouri in favour of Republican candidate Donald Trump. He told local radio in the state that the similarities between Brexit and the US election were “uncanny”.

Trump, who is trailing his rival Hillary Clinton in the opinion polls, backed the UK’s exit from the EU.

In a tweet last week, Trump said: “They will soon be calling me Mr Brexit.”

Farage, who attended the Republican convention in Cleveland last month, said he would not “fall into the trap” of personally endorsing Mr Trump in his quest to reach the White House, but added that he would not vote for Mrs Clinton “even if you paid me”.

Conclusion: The meeting of the year.


Europe: Bitter exchanges in EU parliament debate over Brexit

This is another row among British Eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on European Parliament sesson which discuss Brexit.

Farage was booed and called a liar and accused of using “Nazi propaganda”.

Farage shot back that the EU itself was “in denial”.

In response, Juncker as he said “I am not a robot, I am not a bureaucrat” and warned against delay in starting the exit process: “I don’t think we should see any shadow-boxing or any cat-and-mouse games. It is clear what the British people want and we should act accordingly.”

Conclusion: Europeans stay with Juncker while Britons back Farage.

UK: Barack Obama says Brexit would leave UK at the ‘back of the queue’ on trade

In his visit to UK, US president Barack Obama had met the royal family and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Speaking on press conference, he said Britain would go to the “back of the queue” for trade deals with the US if it votes to leave the European Union.

He said Britain was at its best when “helping to lead” a strong EU and membership made it a “bigger player” on the world stage.

Prime Minister David Cameron said being a member of the EU strengthened Britain’s “special relationship”.

On the UK’s upcoming referendum on its EU membership, he said: “This is our choice – nobody else’s – the sovereign choice of the British people – but as we make that choice, it surely makes sense to listen to what our friends think.”

Obama said: “The UK is at its best when it’s helping to lead a strong European Union. It leverages UK power to be part of the EU. I don’t think the EU moderates British influence in the world, it magnifies it.

“America wants Britain’s influence to grow, including within Europe.”

On whether he should be intervening on the UK’s referendum, he said: “Let me be clear: ultimately this is something the British voters have to decide for themselves.

“As part of our special relationship, part of being friends is to be honest and to let you know what I think, and speaking honestly, the outcome of that decision is a matter of deep interest to the US, because it affects our prosperity as well.”

Many British eurosceptics like London Mayor Boris Johnson and UKIP leader Nigel Farage has criticised him as the most anti-British president.

Conclusion: Obama was clear, but British politicians has forgotten it.

UK: Draft EU deal delivers ‘substantial’ reforms – Cameron

The draft EU-UK deal was published today by the Head of European Council, Donald Tusk. It allows an emergency brake on migrant benefits. The other stick points are:

Migration: The prime minister got his emergency welfare brake. But it is not clear how easy it will be to pull that brake or how long it will last, writes deputy political editor James Landale.

Benefits: While the in-work benefits of EU migrants will be curbed for four years if other countries agree, they will be gradually restored the longer they stay in the UK. EU migrants will be able to send child benefit back home, but would get a lower level if the cost of living in the country where the child is is lower. Mr Cameron had wanted to block all of it.

Sovereignty: The PM has secured a clear legal statement that the UK is not committed to further political integration and that the phrase “ever closer union” cannot be used to integrate the EU further. But it is not yet clear when or how this will be incorporated into the EU treaties. He has also got new powers for national parliaments to block new EU laws but the thresholds are pretty high before those powers can be used.

Competitiveness: The PM has got some language that commits the EU to strengthen the internal market and cut red tape. But they have been promising to do that for years.

Protecting non-euro countries: There will be a new mechanism to get the eurozone to think again about decisions that could hit the City of London.

Security: The PM has got some unexpected gains, making it easier for countries to stop terror suspects coming into the country even if the threat they pose is not imminent. There will also be a crackdown to stop people using sham marriages and other loopholes to gain access to the EU.

The British PM David Cameron will visit Denmark and Poland on Friday over that issue.

The prime minister said “more work” needed to be done to “nail down” details but added: “We said we needed to deliver in four key areas, this document shows real progress on that front.”

He said the proposals were some “something worth fighting for”, and were good enough that he would back Britain joining the EU under these terms, if it was not already a member.

He said Britain could have the “best of both worlds” by giving it access to the single market and a voice around the top EU table, while retaining its status as a “proud independent country not part of a superstate”.

He said ministers would be free to campaign for either side in a personal capacity, but the government would “not be taking some sort of neutral position”.

“If we get this deal in February or in March or later and if the cabinet agrees to this deal the government’s position will be to campaign for Britain to stay in a reformed European Union.”

Asked by the BBC’s Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg if he could guarantee the reforms would cut immigration and had not been watered down, he said: “I can say, hand on heart, I have delivered the commitments made in my manifesto.”

Otherwise, Tusk said the package was “a good basis for a compromise”, adding that “there are still challenging negotiations ahead – nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

Cameron want support by other 27 EU leaders to approved it and calls a referendum in next June. But, SNP has opposed from that and arguing it will be too close to elections in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, London and local authorities will hold on May.

Euroscpetics and EU leave activists has cristicised it like former defence secretary Liam Fox. He said the proposals did not “come close” to the changes voters had been promised.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Mr Cameron’s deal was “pathetic” and “hardly worth the wait”.

Conclusion: The battle of Europe is goes on.

Europe: Net migration to UK rises to 260,000 in year to June

UK has strained relations with EU over net migration. On Thursday, It rose to 260,000 in the year to June – an increase of 78,000 on the previous year.

The figure is calculated by taking away the number of people leaving the country from the number coming in.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he hoped to get net migration below 100,000 before the election in 2015. He will make an speech over this in coming days.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has accused the prime minister of “spectacularly” breaking the “promise he made to the British people”.

Miliband said his party wanted to reduce the number of low-skilled migrants coming to the country by enforcing the minimum wage, tackling rogue landlords and limiting access to social security.

“We are not going to make promises we can’t keep but we do have a plan to deal with people’s concerns,” he said.

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the target had never made sense and had damaged “public confidence” in the immigration system.

“You could have a million people coming into the country and a million Brits leaving and, hey presto, you’ve met the target,” he told LBC Radio.

“This was a Conservative preoccupation. They made that promise. They have now broken that promise and they will have to suffer the embarrassment of having done so.”

Speaking to BBC News, UKIP leader Nigel Farage described Mr Cameron’s likely missing of his target as a “total failure” of his commitment in 2010.

“It was never really a genuine pledge,” he said.

“They were still trying to pretend to the British public that immigration and the European Union were separate questions and now of course people realise that we have a total open door to nearly half a billion people and we have no control.”

Conclusion: Anyone has a solution for this?

UK: Osborne’s EU budget claim challenged despite British happiness

UK has strain relations with European Union on recent years. Today, British Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osbourne has reach a deal to halved 2 billion euros of EU Budget surcharge.

Now, UK will pay two interest-free sums next year totalling £850m, instead of a larger lump sum by 1 December, after a rebate from Brussels due in 2016 appears to have been brought forward.

Osborne argued the deal reached on Friday was a “real result for Britain”. He was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron, who  said reducing the amount paid to Brussels had been “far from inevitable”.

“This is good progress, and the chancellor has done well,” he added.

Meanwhile, Osbourne is accused of spin by Shadow Chancellor and Labour MP Ed Balls and UKIP leader, Nigel Farage.

Writing on Twitter, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Mr Osborne was “trying to spin his way out of disaster”, saying the UK was still going to pay the full £1.7bn.

And Labour accused Osborne of “smoke and mirrors”.

Balls said: “By counting the rebate Britain was due anyway, they are desperately trying to claim that the backdated bill for £1.7bn has somehow been halved.

“But nobody will fall for this smoke and mirrors. The rebate was never in doubt and in fact was confirmed by the EU Budget Commissioner last month.”

Conclusion: Are Britons pays more or less in EU Budget?

Europe: UK won’t pay £1.7bn EU bill- Cameron says

Europe is great issue on UK politics. Today, British Prime Minister David Cameron said: 

“If people think I am paying that bill on 1 December, they have another think coming,” the prime minister said in Brussels. “It is not going to happen.”

But European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said the demand should “not have come as a surprise” to the UK.

He said it was made under a system agreed by all the member states and based on data provided by them.

Labour said Mr Cameron had failed to explain how long it had known about the EU proposals, suggesting he had delayed making it public over fears about how it would go down with voters.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said it was wrong that an “unfair” bill had been “sprung upon” the UK but suggested that the Treasury should have acted sooner.

UKIP likened the EU to a “thirsty vampire” and said the demand strengthened its case for British withdrawal.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage said the UK already paid £55m a day to be a member of the EU and suggested it would have no option but to pay the supplement.

“To be asked for a whole load more and be given a few days in which to pay it, is pretty outrageous and I think people will be very, very angry,” he said.

Conclusion: Cameron and his ongoing clash against EU.