This is taken from my answer to a Question on Quora regarding Catalonia.
The disgusting violent and illegal actions of both the Spanish Police and Government are a reaction to People’s democracy that the People of the European Union should be very concerned about.
The cowardly and self-interested reactions of the E.U and its member state Governments is a display of such unbelievable arrogance and deliberate ignorance of human rights that it should act as a warning to all people of the E.U.
We have just witnessed the true face of the E.U. Governments and Presidents. When faced with a decison that requires the E.U to uphold the rights of the People or force the self-interest of the E.U Super State onto E.U Citizens the E.U will subjugate the people rights.
Democracy is the will of the People for the people and by the People. It is not for a European Super State and the Spanish Government to ignore and act illegally against.
The European Convention of Human Rights is clear explicit and a legal requirement of both the E.U and its Member States to enforce.
“Article 10 states Freedom of expression. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”
As one whose freedom of expression has been suppressed by both the U.K and Australian Government and the E.U who I will be taking to Court, it is a freedom I am very careful to protect.
Both the E.U and the Spanish Government must be taken to Court for what is a clear breach of Human Rights Laws. Any Police who used violence in what was a Peaceful assembly must face criminal charges. The People of Spain should seek the immediate resignation of the Spanish Prime Minister.
We must support the People of Catalonia. If we continue to allow our arrogant and dictatorial Governments to suppress our right to decide the democracy of our own lives then what little human rights we have left will be taken away.
My answer to this Question on Quora
A Happy Day for me is a Day that a Government somewhere in the World is made to listen to the People. We have the most arrogant, corrupt, ineffective and intellectually challenged Governments in the history of the World.
They are so arrogant they believe they can ignore the voice and will of the People.
They are corrupt in allowing third party Government so that they do not have to take responsibility for anything.
They are so ineffective that they did nothing as 300,000 Syrians were brutally killed.
They are so intellectually challenged they gave us Climate Change and do not know how to remedy the damage they have caused.
The Governments of the U.N Security Council have done nothing for the dispossessed in Burma.
The Governments of the E.U have done nothing to stop the Spanish Government blocking freedom of expression in Catalonia.
I am happy whenever Governments have to listen to the People and act on their will – which is not very often.
The sight of Theresa May, who is the most arrogant Prime Minister the U.K has ever had, backing down almost daily makes my day. So too do the People of Catalonia standing up to a Spanish Government who has illegally tried to suppress their rights.
My answer to this question on Quora. https://www.quora.com/profile/Desmond-Last
I had to laugh to myself the other day (to myself as nobody in the U.K speaks to me) because I had just been watching a TV ad for one of Dyson’s Super Turbo Vacuum cleaners. I was marvelling at the level of detail and the operating parameters which take into account all aspects of the environment the cleaner operates in. I said to myself ‘ he should design a car’. Then the next day I read about his plans to develop an electric car.
However, he will face many obstacles. First he is in the U.K. As a brand new vehicle manufacturer he will have to ensure compliance to all markets including the E.U. Being outside of the E.U he will find homologation and type approval a lengthy process. I was a Legislation Engineer for Renault Vehicle Industrials at Dunstable. I know the problems he is going to face.
He is also going to have to ask the U.K Department of Transport what their legislation requirements are going to be. We do not know of them yet. Although we will duplicate E.U Vehicle regulations he will not know if that will continue and how the U.K Government intend to enforce Type Approval and Homologation for the U.K.
He does not know how the E.U is going to enforce border controls on his exported vehicles. He does not know how the United Kingdom is going to impose import checks on his imported parts and what the duties will be.
He will also have to ask the Department of Trade and Industry what the U.K requirements for Product Liability are going to be. We do not know what they are going to be.
He does not know what the future E.U regulation will be on electric vehicles as it is highly likely he will not have full membership of the E.U Technical Committees who help draft new vehicle legislation.
He does not know what the APR will be for commercial enterprise’s in 5 years time as Moody’s have again increased the cost of U.K Government borrowing which will effect commercial loans.
He does not know if the whole of the Eastern coast line of the U.K will be able to power electric vehicles when there is flood due to rising sea levels and power cuts because of climate change. As the U.K Government, Opposition and Governments everywhere have no plans for dealing with major flooding as sea levels rise then it may be that electric vehicles may not be totally feasible in the future.
It is not easy and the U.K Government and Labour Opposition do not make it easy.
What he does know is that he will probably manufacture inside the E.U in partnership with an E.U country and company because right now that is what the E.U is doing – taking U.K jobs and Industries.
Is it realistic? Yes. Is it realistic in the U.K? No.
From Quora https://www.quora.com/profile/Desmond-Last
The E.U has 27 Member States and would like to remain with 27 Member States.
If the U.K wants all the advantages of fully-paid and involved E.U membership the U.K will have to remain in the E.U.
The E.U is not going to risk the chance of more ‘Brexit(s)’ so that the E.U can trade with the 27 Member States without being a fully paid up member.
I am not sure which ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the UKGOV and Theresa May live in as it varies from day to day.
But yesterday was about May saying the last 12 months of post referendum have been a complete waste of time and I am now going to do my job.
May should have been honest 12 months ago and admitted that the Brexit timetable is impossible to meet.
Theresa May acts as if Brexit was requested by the E.U. The imaginative response May repeatedly seeks will have to come from the U.K. not the E.U.
It would be obvious to many in the U.K that life post-Brexit is going to be very difficult. All the transition period is going to do is pay $20 billion to the E.U so that companies in the U.K will have time to pack their bags and leave. May is too weak to insist that the U.K receives it full financial commitments from the E.U. Yesterday we witnessed the end of our ability to lead the negotiations – yesterday May bent over in front of the World to the E.U.
We will get what the E.U wants to give us and it will be no better or no worse than Norway or Canada.
I suggest we stay in and reform the E.U – which is how all this started.