Brexit: PragerU vs. Reality
Hey, what's, up everyone welcome, to my brexit, video alternative. Title, reality. Is often disappointing. The, video we're looking at today is from fake University Prager, you and it's not about why the UK should leave the EU that's, an old hat by now but, Viet voted to leave I've chosen, this one because as soon as the referendum, was over a lot, of talking points from the probe Rex a lot got dropped and exposed as the obvious lies that they were but. This video because it came out after the referendum only. Features the bare bones of the probe brexit side it also asks, bigger questions, like is the EU under my critique or what, does sovereignty, really mean to, top things off it's made by mister brexit himself, for my you keep member Nigel Faraj who, has been doing nothing but agitating. For the UK to leave the EU so, ideally. He should have the best arguments, so, without stalling or endlessly prolonging, what will ultimately be a very painful experience let's, dive into the video. If one big government is bad. Imagine. How much worse two big governments would be but, that's what people living in Europe have to deal with their, own nation's, bloated, government and the. Supranational government, of Europe, now, known as the European Union bureaucracy. Times - how's, that for horosho, well actually you've, no idea it's worse than you think believe me I know, because for 17 years I've represented, South, East England as a member of the European, Parliament the, --use, alleged, body. Okay. Big government and this is actually another reason why I like this video but breaks it so much it becomes pretty clear from the get-go that this video is designed as propaganda, targeting. An American, audience this. Is why the video starts out with the big government talking, point although the dichotomy, of small, versus big government, usually isn't used as a political slogan in Europe it's predominantly, a pejorative in the American, lexicon and, doesn't make much sense in the context, of European governmental. Bodies since, they're pretty much all big by American, standards but, Faraj used the slogan and the less because he wants to paint a picture of an overarching, giant. Bureaucracy wasting. Tax money by shoving papers around that, doesn't really work with the EU though the percentage of the EU s-- annual, budget that goes towards administrative, costs is about 6 percent which, is way less and what other national governments spend comparing. The EU, to any national and governmental body in terms of efficiency is going to end up in a win for the EU because it's way smaller and, fulfills, different functions, now look at the EU scoffs per capita makes this blatantly, obvious the, EU doesn't pay out social, benefits, or any of that which allows it to poor the majority, of its budget directly. Back into its member states with, the biggest chunk going towards furthering, economic, development, if you're curious where the money goes that your country pays in you can just look it up by selecting, a country in the EU s budget at a glance tour or if you want to know how it might affect you directly you can visit what the EU does for me dot EU and, check out what local projects. Have been supported, with EU funds it's, also wrong to think having the EU as a supranational, body, means significantly. More bureaucracy for, its member states let, alone times two for, instance because, of the common market national. Governments don't have to negotiate trade, agreements with one another and because of free travel, there are no Botox checks anymore the big government's, long is put in this video to cause a gut reaction from, an American audience to, view the membership, in the u.s. bad without, having to justify that claim and, you could easily use the same big versus small government dichotomy.
To Justify, any kind of separatist, cause imagine. Having to deal with a city administration, a state, government and a, federal government on top of that bureaucracy, times, three ludicrous. I tell you let's, get Germany back to when we had real freedom as a patchwork of feudal city-states, but, that was just the intro so let's see what nigel Faraj has in store for us I was. Also leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UK where, I led Britain's effort to leave the European Union to. Their everlasting, credit, that's, just what happened on June, 23rd, 2016. The United Kingdom left, the European, Union the world knows it as brexit. Just. A minor nitpick and some additional information here it's worth mentioning that Nadja Faraj has left youtube since this video came out out of the party's anti-islam. Fixation, and for cuddling up to racist, fraudster Tommy Robertson, or Andrew. McMaster. Or whatever pseudonym he goes by these days I'm, also not sure why frosh claims the UK left on June 23rd 2016, or why the videos title in the past tense the, UK hasn't left you they just had a non-binding, referendum on, if they should do it but, then again minor. Nitpick. Brexit. Is a statement of national sovereignty don't. Misunderstand me. I like, nations, I like borders, I like the people that live within, those borders making. Their own laws but I don't like it when faceless, bureaucrats, make laws for nations they don't even live, in but. That's what they do in the European, Union imagine. A Belgian, telling a Brit how much he can charge his customers, all the reverse the, EU bureaucrats do, this in a myriad of different ways all day every, day, okay. First, viewpoint, sovereignty. And what sovereignty, actually, means can vary a lot depending on, who you ask but for the sake of argument, let's use, it as a standard for self-governance, so. The question is will, the UK have more self-governance, outside, the EU than, inside well, it definitely will have in some regards. Brushing, aside that there are no EU laws on the books to whom the UK has not agreed there, won't be other nations, involved in the making of laws and regulations, or will they're looking, at the trade talks that have been going on since the referendum it becomes, clear that the former supposed shackles, the UK had a say over will. Be replaced by new ones with, much less leveraging, power on the side of the Brits the, US for instance knows, that the UK is in a weak position at the moment and used that to push for deregulation of British markets and to get rid of consumer protection guidelines, the, most recent example being the u.s. insisted, on lifting UK regulations, on agricultural, goods as part, of a post brexit, trade deal this could also reduce the quality of food for UK citizens, since, local industry might have to lower standards, as well to stay competitive with the US companies, and this is not project, fear it's reality, it's, happening, right now the u.s. - UK ambassador recently. Even felt obliged to publish an op-ed defending, the practice of bleaching chicken meat with chlorine, a practice, that has been banned in the EU since the late 90s, and because, these regulations, are not linked to access to the world's largest trading bloc anymore the, UK doesn't have much to combat these demands how's, that for sovereignty and if the UK wants to continue to sell its goods on the European, market it will still have to abide by EU rules but without having a seat at the table in terms of what those rules actually are or, take immigration, for example which, I know was a hot-button issue prior, to the referendum again. Brushing, aside that the UK already had complete control over outside, EU immigration, and also Asylum policy, it looks like leaving the EU will have the exact opposite, effect of what a lot of brick city has hoped for well, it's safe to say that immigration, from EU countries towards the UK will decline in fact, that is already happening, immigration. From outside EU, countries is rising, at the same time and here's, where we get back to leveraging power countries. Like India or China will, cap or trade agreements with easier access to visas for their citizens something. We are also already seeing regarding. Those faceless bureaucrats. If I want to check who represents, me in the European Parliament for instance I can pretty easily look up not only their faces, but contact, details and parliamentary, activities, but. In all fairness people, from other EU member, states are involved in drafting and passing legislation that, affects the UK but it's not like those laws only a fair the UK they affect the entirety of the EU similar.
To How MPs and British Parliament get to vote on legislation that, not only affects the district they represent, but the rest of the country as well you see it right now with brexit itself Scotland. For instance voted to stay in the EU but now are forced to leave regardless, and sadly. There is nobody like the EU Commission in the UK in which Scotland could veto important, decisions but I don't want to get ahead of myself, it. Is a conspiracy. Of the elites who. Are those elites well they're. A bunch of self-important. Overpaid, social, engineers, with, useless college, degrees who, have never done, a proper day's work in their lives and have no connection, with ordinary decent. People I'll take the, good sense of an Italian farmer, or a French, Baker over the arid intellectualism. Of an EU bureaucrat. Any day. Now. There is much to say here except, that it's trying to frame brexit, as a ordinary people, versus elites issue when, I would say the exact opposite is true, the winners of brexit will be rich people who do to the weak pound will have it way easier snatching, up property in the UK but. Regardless if that prediction turns out to be wrong it's not like Faraj talking point holds much water in the present a 2013. Study on the EU SME piece has found that a number of elected officials who have never been employed outside of politics comes. In at about 10 percent and while I had a hard time finding matching, data for the British Parliament a 2018. Paper by the House of Commons library puts, the number of MPs formerly, working in politics, at seventeen point one percent as of 2015, it's, true however that the EU parliament has a large share of people from the upper categories, of the social space like all Parliament's, really but, there are also exceptions like, from a president, of the European Parliament Martin Schulz who was a bookseller prior to becoming a politician, compare, that to Faraj himself, who, is a former broker definitely. A real job there but, if comrade Faraj wants to make the case how financial, inequality translates. Into political inequality I am all for that power, to the people and all I'd hope that's what he's going for though and this, is kind of unrelated but looking up for hours background, I got curious about some other top brexit yes you know the Vanguard, against the out-of-touch EU elites and what, I found was really entertaining. For instance while Jacob Riis mark was out campaigning in his mid-twenties, driving his mother's mercedes-benz he, took the family nanny with them what, a joke this all is and. I say these things not, as an anti European, I love, Europe it's a fantastic. Exciting. Great continent, different, peoples languages. And cultures, but, these peoples, with their languages and cultures, have effectively, been hijacked, by a giant, ever-expanding, bureaucracy. The, European, Union people. Will say but, isn't there a parliament, a European. Parliament, that represents, the people of Europe well yes but. This body has got no real power it can't make, its own laws, rather, the. Power resides, with the European, Commission they're, unelected. And they can't be removed and that's how absurd the, whole thing is before. We jump into the EU s political system if hijacked. Means they joint off their own will to do so because they benefit from EU membership I would, agree otherwise, it's just a lie really here's. Where we get to the big one the, EU Commission and Parliament, and the Commission has been a target for the leave campaign pretty, much from the get-go portraying. It as a - with which unelected, EU officials, rule, over you citizens, who can't even vote them out of office I don't want to get into too much detail on how you legislation, is drafted but. It is correct that the EU Commission ultimately caused the shots Y, loss can be requested by the Parliament, the European Central, Investment, Bank 25 percent of its member states all the citizens themselves by gathering signatures or, submitting petitions, the, Commission doesn't have to comply with that the, Parliament for instance can't push a law through the Commission no matter how big the support is and, as far as I can see this argument has been one that convinced a lot of people that the EU is ultimately, undemocratic. And strips, its member states of their sovereignty in, my opinion that viewpoint stems, from a fundamental, misunderstanding on, why the Commission exists, in the first place and what might that be, drumrolls. Flees. The. EU Commission exists.
To Protect the sovereignty of its member states for. Instance if a couple of Member States would push for legislation in, Parliament that is to the disadvantage, of another state that, state can just be to the law of AIA its seat in the EU Commission it's true that the members of the Commission aren't elected directly, but, they have about as much democratic, legitimacy as, Minister on a national, level in addition, if the Commission wants to pass something it has to be agreed upon by every state representative. In the EU Parliament, it's not that way Germany. For instance has 99, m EPS proportional. To the number of its citizens, a much, smaller country like Estonia only, has six but, through the Commission it could block legislation it, didn't want to pass this but it's much smaller representation. In the EU Parliament, further, the Commission can only propose laws in areas where the national governments, have unanimously, agreed to allow it put, another way the Commission, can only propose EU, laws in areas where the UK government, has allowed it to do so and naturally. The EU Parliament as well as other stakeholders also, have to approve laws put, forward by the Commission, it's also not true that EU commissioners, can't be removed the, European, Court of Justice as, well as the EU Commission president, can force a member to resign and the EU Parliament can even make the entire Commission resign by a vote of no-confidence, but. Just so you know that, doesn't mean there isn't the case for reforming, the system with for instance letting the Commission president be elected directly, by the people there. Is actually a lot of stuff about the EU that sucks and I'll talk about that a bit later in the video but the sheer idiocy by, Faraj and other brexit ears doesn't, even allow for that kind of nuance. The. European, Parliament meets in Brussels, at least that's. What I thought when I was elected there but, once a month do, you know what happens they, load the contents, of our offices and papers, into, big plastic, trunks. And they, put those trunks on lorries, and they, drive them then he 400, miles down.
Europe's Motorways, to, a French city called Strasbourg, where for, four days the contents, of our office in our papers, are put, into a new office and the, Parliament then sits there twelve, times a year this back and forth happens, and this from an organisation, who say they want to reduce their. Level of carbon. Foot, and this, from an organization. Whose, accounts, have not been given a clean bill of health for the auditors, for, the last 20. Years this. A parliament. It's. More like a traveling circus, now. All of Europe knows that. It's costing nearly. 300. Million euros every year to, move this back and forth from Brussels to Strasbourg, sorry. I have to chime in here folks but with these Prager u videos it's very hard to take everything point by point what, is described yes the Traveling Circus is actually true, although the costs are closer to 114. Million euro annually, according to a recent audit it's, a waste of money that I think should not happen funnily. Enough this, was initially done to save money back, in the 50s, there was no suitable building available, and Luxembourg, the seat of the European Coal, and Steel community, which was the predecessor to the EU so, they picked a spork and were able to use the seat of the European Council to save money since, then a lot has happened and, more at my EU institutions, have been concentrated, in Brussels but France does not want to let go of their only major EU institution, that, said the EU is not a monolith, most MEP s-- actually opposed us and sometimes even boycott, gatherings in Strasbourg, so, we'll, see where it goes I guess but, just to insert a sense of scale here if you take the annual costs, for moving to Strasbourg, and multiply, that times 3 you, roughly have the estimated cost for brexit, according, to a study by the Centre for European reform. Although, these numbers are hard to determine this, estimate falls in line with the ones from officials at the Bank of England and the UBS, group and when I say costs, for brexit, I mean, costs, each week, from, the time of the referendum, to September, 2018, resulting. In roughly 20 billion euros up until that point that's, just the estimate at Lausanne GDP, growth by the way not the money the British government spends directly, be, that as it may I genuinely have no idea why they decided to include the records of the EU score, of audit has at that point in the video this, court doesn't judge what money is spent for but, the reliability, of the financial, records so, this money being spent on moving to Strasbourg, in itself, has no effect on the assessment, for the last few years the, court has judged the records of the EU to be fair and accurate but, also found that more than 2% of payments contain errors, and these, errors usually boil down to stuff like GU funds not being spent according to established guidelines, like awarding and he you found a contract, directly without, holding a proper bidding process and guess, who's responsible, for that it's the member-states in the UK's example, at 2014, Public Accounts Committee criticized. The following over, the last decade, the UK government has secured at least 650, million pounds, and penalties to the European Commission because, of errors and how UK public bodies have spent European Union funds EU, rules and regulations, for spending EU funds are complex, and this in itself contributes, to errors however, UK.
Governments Have chosen to design programs which have added to this complexity, driving. Up the risk of errors and penalties further UK, government departments, have exhibited a distinct lack of urgency in tackling complexity, and reducing the levels of penalties, in cured HM, Treasury has, not done enough to hold departments, to account for spending EU funds nor to encourage learning from the best practice, nor, to lead by example by, improving the quality of information available. On how well you funds are spent in the UK so, much for that now let's listen to what Nigel concludes, from the fact that France is able to block the moving off Parliament to Brussels entirely so. Why isn't it reformed, well, the way the EU is being structured to, change that would. Require changing. The treaties and to, change the treaties would. Need all 28. Member, governments, to agree not to go to Strasbourg, 12 times a year and you know something the French are never going to agree to that because, it's in their economic interests. For, the travelling circus to, go to Strasbourg, that it shows you that, a system of lawmaking, has been devised where, not only can the voters not change anything but, the institutions themselves are, pretty, much incapable. Of reform, now. If you're like me you might get a bit confused, by now because, apparently it's, a big problem for national Faraj that member states can dictate law to other member states which, they can for the record but, it's also bad that every country has the ability to block changes that are not in their interest I'm starting. To think a large portion of EU criticism, by right-wingers, is just in a political, tool and lacks any kind of substance or consistency, but, we're about to be served a real example of supposed you tyranny, so let's listen in. Unfortunately. This is no laughing masa let, me give you an example, my, countrymen, know only too well the. United Kingdom is an island it's surrounded, by the sea and yet as, members of the European Union, we were only allowed to catch, 20%. Of the, fish swimming. In territorial. British, waters what that meant but, tens of thousands of jobs lost in Britain's, coastal, communities as we effectively gave away the. Ability to look after one of our greatest resources, to a bureaucracy based, in Brussels, this. Is the last point Nigel brings up and it's also a very common one but, the way this is framed should make your ears ring from the start really because, of Britain was only allowed to catch 20%. Of the fish swimming in British waters implying. Other EU states take the other 80% there. Wouldn't be any fish left would there it's true however that how much fish Britain is allowed to catch is subject, to a quota negotiated.
On An EU level Britain's, share in this quota is about 30 percent and that is because there's no such thing as a British. Fish that, implication, is a red herring, fish. Fish. Don't respect national boundaries, and depending on the fish and the time of the year they move in and out of British waters in the case of the North Sea herring for example, most, of the juveniles live in the southeast, corner around the German Bight where if the adults tend to congregate around the Shetland Isles prior to spawning, at various sites along the British coast this, is ye you countries strike agreements, on how much each member state can catch it's, also not like it's just thirty percent that Britain gets it depends on the fish really for, example, the UK gets about eighty four percent of the North Sea haddock quota 81, percent of the North Sea monkfish, quota in ninety eight percent of the west of Scotland, Pronk voter but, only four percent of the North Sea spread quota adding. To that these, quotas, are largely based around the agreements, that existed, prior to the EU some. Even date back to the Middle Ages so. Leaving the EU does not mean the UK will have more control over how much fish they can catch they, just opted out of the existing agreement and will ultimately have to strike another one but, wait I hear you say can, the UK just say these, are waters, we will catch how much fish we place and we don't care about other countries they, can just stick to their own waters, theoretically. Speaking that's, possible. But here's where we get to what actually destroyed a significant, part of the British fishing industry, it's called the cod Wars which were a series of disputes, over fishing rights between the UK and Iceland, mostly, they were kicked off by Iceland going see, these waters over there yeah, that's our fishing territory, now, at one point it even escalated, to ships intentionally, ramming into one another British, Fisher boats requiring, protection from the Royal Navy and Iceland, allegedly demanding, the us to send fighter jets and bomb British ships isn't, history amazing. In, the end all these disputes, ended in favour of Iceland, resulting, in thousands of British fishermen becoming, redundant here you might be asking yourself how a nation like Iceland, was able to force a naval superpower, like Britain into submission it, was actually pretty easy for Iceland they just threatened to pull out of NATO and since, Iceland, is placed in the Greenland Iceland, UK gap which was a submarine, warfare choke point during the Cold War the, UK had no choice but to back down one, more thing regarding fishing, rights though it's true that even after the cod was small, fishing businesses that make up the engines of a lot of coastal communities have been declining but this is much more likely down to the fact that the splitting up of the quota which the UK government, is responsible, for is mostly ending in favor of large companies rather than small ones now. Why am I telling you about the cod Wars at the end of this video in, my opinion, this is the perfect showcase why sovereignty. Is such a useless term surrounding the brexit discussion, Britain, isn't an empire anymore they, will have to work with other countries in an increasing, globalised world understanding.
That Is one of the reasons the EU exists, in the first place together. We have a much better chance to make our own rules and, not become prey to other world powers imposing. Their will on to us that's, why the domino, effect at national Faraj predicts, at the end of the video didn't happen I want. Good relations between all the European, nations, I want, prosperous, free, and fair trade between those nations but, I'll be damned if I'm going to give up my rights as a British citizen so, that some yura crack can tell me how, to live I won't, do it and I'm certain, that across, the continent, ultimately, the French and the Italians won't. Put up with it either I'm, Nigel Farage the. Leaf camp seems to have miscalculated, who the dominant power in Europe really is and that this power will do everything to protect its member states and. Trait that being in the you actually means something, for, instance prior to the referendum when, the subject of the Irish border came up as rarely as that happened prominent. Brexit ears seemed pretty confident, to be able to struck a deal with the EU despite its red lines on the issue now, it turns out that the EU won't, throw Ireland under the bus and the UK slowly starts to realise what being outside, the club really means and please, don't get me wrong there, are a lot of aspects, about the EU that are genuinely worth of criticism, we see it right now with the huge opposition to article 13 and if, you're mad about that here's what you can do keep, that anger inside grow, it care, afford like some kind of rage, baby, and then, let it out at the ballot box during the European elections in May here's, a handy breakdown to help you channel that anger besides. That I would even go as far as to say the EU project, will fail if it doesn't find an alternative, to its dysfunctional monetary, policy, setting, up the EU like I would like to have it would not only require changing, several treaties but, also the shift away from neoliberal. Politics and although, movements, are springing up that push for a change like this it remains a gigantic challenge, but, even if the UK will take a significant, swing to the left after leaving the EU it cannot escape the gravitational, influence of Europe 21st. Century socialism. Requires, transnational. Cooperation. Brexit. As a project, of nationalist, Rhee entrenchment, offers. Nothing, to combat the effects of global capitalism, I always, felt like I missed my chance to, make a video about brexit, since I wasn't making videos while the decision was made but. As seen in this video even now the people who push for brexit denied to accept what has become an obvious truth brexit. Was and is, a giant, con it's, a dangerous fantasy that won't solve Britain's problems, and will also make life worse for the average person and the people who pushed for it and remain to push for it despite this reality deserve. To be hounded out of their political careers, for, so willingly deceiving, the people they, are supposed to represent. So. That. Was that what, kind of put me off about making a video on breck said was that the timing always, seemed wrong since there's so much happening and there are new developments every, day and with, brexit, possibly, being postponed, now and labour backing a second referendum who. Knows what will happen maybe, there will really be a sanction, to the side or perhaps I'll have to set up some kind of refugee. Communities. Left Sheba's here on the mainland another. Thing that I couldn't find the right spot for in this video is that non brits who oppose brexit, should keep in mind that a bunch of people didn't vote for brexit, or have since changed their minds with, europe's growing frustration, at brexit I've repeatedly, seen anger over breakfast being expressed, as a sort of casual. Bigotry, and we shouldn't ever let that slide I think that's it for today if you listened to me ramble over the credits you're probably extremely impressed, by the names rolling by luckily, you can get in on the action by becoming a patron via, the link in the description, my, last couple of videos were a light on history unfortunately but, I'm going to make up for it with the next one when, we'll talk about the Crusades how exciting, until. Then let's, just all try to stick it out and I hope to see you the next time have, a good one.