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Hannan’s post-Remain EU ‘bombshells’ are duds

by Luke Lythgoe | 14.06.2016

Daniel Hannan has used his latest column in The Daily Mail to reveal 10 imminent “bombshells” which UK government officials have “colluded in Brussels” to keep secret until after June 23. However, none is nearly as explosive as the Eurosceptic MEP claims.

1. Arts import licences

Hannan says “Brussels plans an import licensing regime” which would subject London’s global fine arts trade to “more cost and bureaucracy than overseas rivals”.

What he doesn’t mention is that the proposals are purely aimed at stopping the trade in cultural goods financing terrorism. The Commission has already recognised that they must be “very careful to ensure that any potential proposal in this area would not disrupt the legitimate art market, nor put EU art dealers at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis their global competitors”.

2. A bigger EU budget

Hannan says: “By the EU’s own admission, its unpaid bills amount to €24.7 billion.” This was true at the end of 2014, but the European Council has since reported that “difficult decisions made by the two arms of the EU budgetary authority” were set to reduce this to €2 billion by the end of this year.

3. Wrecking our ports

Hannan says new competition proposals will “hit some of our most successful ports” and deter investment. The proposed regulation actually introduces to all European ports the open market principles that already apply in the UK. Such a measure would help British ports from unfair competition by subsidised ports elsewhere in the EU.

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4. Quotas for online TV

Hannan slams proposals by the Commission to make on-demand TV providers reserve 20% of their content for European programming, saying this will mean “more Euro-noir, less US drama”.

These fairly modest targets – already met by traditional TV – are designed to protect European film industries from US behemoths. The British industry would benefit disproportionately since English is the most commonly spoken foreign language in the EU.

The Commission points out that 21% of Netflix’s content is already from the EU – including lots of British films and shows. If the UK left the EU, our shows might no longer count towards the quota. Hannan could have a pyrrhic Brexit victory, tainted for him by more Nordic-noir on his Netflix.

A controlled explosion

Hannan wrote about a further six “bombshells” which InFacts has previously defused: an EU Army, a European superstate, feeble energy-saving appliances, eurozone bailouts and deportation of terrorists. And just for good measure, the warning of free movement for Turkey if it ever joins the EU.

InFacts contacted Daniel Hannan but received no response.

Edited by Hugo Dixon

8 Responses to “Hannan’s post-Remain EU ‘bombshells’ are duds”

  • The EU has been in line of business trying to do its job. It is not fanatically obsessed with our preoccupation with the referendum. All my EU Parliament alerts from the committees have been coming through. AFET is shortly to consider the EU High Representative’s annual report on Foreign Policy and Security for the EU just as usual. That is not affected by our vote. When it is presented we will either be in or out. The JHA work of the EU continues as does its economic policy. The other 27 are not having a referendum.

    The other measures are not being held back pending our referendum. A certain amount of seizure from the distraction factor is evidently holding things up presumably because of our uncertainty. If the proposals emerge after we have voted to remain, we shall have our say on them. Otherwise, it will be irrelevant. Dan Hannan has more potential than this so I assume he is sulking because he does not like the EU but cannot discharge the onus of the plaintiff to show how we would be better off out.

  • ‘In’facts? One of the so-called inaccuracies by Daniel Hannan the EU Army which (according to Luke Lythego or whatever his name is) is highlighted on this news program along with official sources discussing it https://youtu.be/Czcd–zmjUs . Do not listen to the Remainians lies!

  • Now, um…..“By the EU’s own admission, its unpaid bills amount to €24.7 billion.” This was true at the end of 2014, but the European Council has since reported that “difficult decisions made by the two arms of the EU budgetary authority” were set to reduce this to €2 billion by the end of this year. Now Luke, what this means is 22.7 billion Euro’s (sorry but I don’t have a Euro sign and I only have to wait another week and I won’t need one period) is expected to be paid off ‘by the end of this year.’ This is what reduces the bill to 2 billion Euro’s! Really……..

    • Why do you think you will not need a € sign after the end of this year? Incidentally, you can type it by holding down the Ctrl and Alt keys and tapping “4” on most modern keyboards.

      Ah… “modern”. OK, I see why you don’t have one.

      • His point about euro sign was tongue in cheek. Yours was to distract from the corrupt finances of EU I.e the main point being made.