I CALL IT TREASON WHAT DO REMAINERS CALL IT ?
Shock claim ‘clever French TRICKED Britain and used EU to SABOTAGE agriculture’
BRITAIN used to have the most efficient agricultural sector in Europe, until the “clever” French devised a Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) so “absurdly loaded in France’s favour” that the UK ended up subsidising them, journalist and author Christopher Booker shockingly claimed in a throwback report.
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Last week, Theresa May secured a second extension to Brexit despite French President Emmanuel Macron battling with his EU counterparts to limit British influence during the tense seven-hour standoff in Brussels. He wanted to see Britain out of the bloc as soon as possible but was snubbed by EU leaders, who agreed to delay Brexit until October 31 without attaching strong political conditions to the extension. The French President believes Brexit is monopolising the European agenda at the expense of other important issues and the upcoming MEP elections.
Despite recognising that France will stand to suffer the most economic damage due to Brexit, Mr Macron is keen to minimise the impact of prolonged uncertainty by trying to kick the UK out of the bloc in the shortest time possible.
It is not the first time that politicians in Paris have attempted to single out Britain for its domestic interests, though.
When British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan applied to join the EEC – the precursor to the EU – for the first time in the Sixties, French President Charles De Gaulle kept the UK out by vetoing its entry in two occasions.
Despite many claiming De Gaulle was concerned about the UK’s fundamental incompatibility with the ideals of the EEC, a newly resurfaced report by journalist and author Christopher Booker suggests the French President simply had the interests of his country at heart.
The French devised a policy “absurdly loaded in France’s favour”
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De Gaulle knew the UK would oppose and probably scrap the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) if it was a member, which was and still is crucial to France’s economic security and social stability.
In a 2018 report by the Daily Telegraph, Mr Booker wrote: “The clever French noted that the Treaty of Rome promised a Common Agricultural Policy but without giving any details.
“So their answer was to devise a CAP so absurdly loaded in France’s favour that two other countries would not only provide a market for its surpluses but pay for subsidising them into the bargain.
“Those countries were Germany and Britain, which by then had announced its intention to join the Common Market.
“But the UK had to be kept out until all these arcane financial arrangements had been agreed.
“Otherwise Britain, with then the most efficient agricultural sector in Europe, might well block such a one-sided deal: hence the real reason for De Gaulle’s two vetoes in 1963 and 1967.
De Gaulle knew the UK would oppose and probably scrap the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
Since then, Mr Booker claimed much of British agriculture has been in decline
“Only in 1969, at a summit in The Hague, did the French finally get the agreement they wanted.
“The very next item on the agenda was to reconsider Britain’s application to join.”
Mr Booker notes how in the Seventies, former Prime Minister Edward Heath was so keen to get Britain into Europe, that “he accepted the CAP without demur”.
He explained that in 1973, the year Britain joined the Community, British farm incomes were higher than ever before, but “so loaded against us were the financial arrangements for the CAP that, by 1979, it was clear that within six years the UK would be the largest single net contributor to the Brussels budget, of which the CAP was then taking 90 percent: hence Mrs Thatcher’s five-year battle to win her rebate”.
Since then, Mr Booker claimed much of British agriculture has been in decline as “we now import 30 percent of our food from the EU, much of it comes from France, which continues to be the largest beneficiary of the CAP”.
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