My quote from Shakespeare’s “Richard the Third” is the start of Richard’s soliloquy.

I could say that with months of mild weather across Europe and now a serious and rapid cold snap, the main concern in the UK is whether the lights will stay on. There is little wind, nor sun to power the renewables we have been forced into by the EU. Hopefully, there are some back-up gas-fired power stations when industry attempts to start up after the weekend.

However, go further into the soliloquy…

‘Now is the winter of our discontent,
Made glorious summer by this sun of York,
All the clouds that lour’d upon our house,
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried
Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths’

Well, who could describe better the adversarial interactions since the Autumn on UK membership of the EU and now the recent announcements by Cameron and Juncker that all is well and future UK membership of the EU will be resolved (no terms given)! Do we assume that behind closed doors, there is a done deal?

This week’s Spectator Magazine highlights that the Cameron “Project Fear” will again be deployed, as in the Scottish Referendum, this time to ensure the UK stays in the EU.

When it comes down to it, the EU needs the UK more than the UK needs to EU. Not surprisingly, as reported by Reuters, there is a total ban on anyone in Brussels discussing, commenting on, or analysing Brexit.

As always in life: it comes down to the deal offered, unless one is in shackles. We must not sell-out our heritage and must hold out for everything that allows us to retain our vital independence and limited participation in what is in danger of becoming a totalitarian super-state.

I am in Strasbourg all this week and very busy with meetings, committee discussions and voting on such diverse issues as competition policy, EU financial services, increased terror threats, and breaches of human rights. I am also not banned from speaking on Brexit, so watch this space!