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Steven is interviewed by the BBC News Channel on College Green before the Chancellor's Autumn statement
Having failed to convince the ECON Committee of his fitness to be EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Markets and Capital Markets Union last week, Lord Jonathan Hill, the PM's choice to be the UK's entry in the talent pool for EU commissioner returns for more questions. Here's Steven's...
Three Questions For Lord Hill at the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee
The Battle of Juncker-Hill!
In case you missed it Lord Hill (the Prime Minister's choice for EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Markets and Capital Markets Union) had his 3 hour ‘confirmation hearing’ today in the EU Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.
I asked him 3 simple questions:
1) To whom does he think he owes allegiance in his new role - the UK or the EU?
2) As an EU Commission ‘junior team member’ how will he defend jobs in The City from expensive EU regulations?
3) What taxes will be levied on UK consumers of financial services for unnecessary EU regulation?
The answers were not encouraging. First, there’s not good news for the PM as it is clear that Lord Hill won't help his old boss renegotiate the UK's position in the EU. He hasn't even got his feet under the desk but already he's the EU's man. He stated that there are over 400 regulatory matters in his in-tray to be considered and made it very clear that it’s “not my role” to protect the interests of The City from EU regulation. He also “wants to complete implementation of his predecessor’s rules as soon as possible”.
Second, even if Lord Hill wanted to save The City from EU regulation of banker’s remuneration he can’t because he has been stripped of responsibility for it. A decision he says is the 'right one as it is a corporate governance issue'. Really? I thought corporate governance was critical to financial stability - and financial stability is in his job title.
Most disturbing is that Lord Hill agreed with MEPs that regulation for a Banking Union should be for ALL 28 Member States.
Finally, it was clear that Lord Hill was not briefed on anti-Money laundering, Eurobonds or EU regulatory taxes on UK financial services. He had no idea of how to answer my third question even though his employment contract (the "Mission Letter" from Commission President Junker) instructs the new commissioner to find a way to eliminate EU and national budgetary contributions to the 3 EU regulators that now govern our financial services industry and they "should be wholly financed by the sectors they supervise." As 80% of the EU financial services are conducted in the UK, most of the cost of this regulation will be born by the UK rather than by the Eurozone which it is designed to protect. For the UK that means higher costs for businesses and fewer jobs as a result.
The City must prepare for the battle of Juncker-Hill!
Selected Tweets From the Session
Head in the sand: EU Commission-designate Vestager ignores economic reality in answer to question on competitiveness
Steven asks Margrethe Vestager, commissioner-designate for the EU competition portfolio, how the EU has historically helped its member countries to be more competitive when statistics show that Europe’s share of world trade continues to plummet. In the 1970s, what is now the EU had 40% of global trade. Since the decision to become a 'political union' (in effect a single nation-state) the EU's market share has slipped to 25% of international trade. In a decade, it is predicted that this share will erode to 15%. Unbelievably, commissioner-to-be Vestager doesn’t recognise this reality. Not a good starting point!
The Federalists' "European Dream": a nightmare for the people of Europe. Moscovici's staggering complacency...
Steven asks Pierre Moscovici, commissioner-designate for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union how he reconciles his 'European Dream' of a European state and EU growth with the reality of record breaking levels of youth unemployment, falling GDP, a lower EU share of world GDP, higher suicide and rates of depression in European countries. Moscovici's complacency is staggering...must watch!
Here are 3 of the statements I made in the last Economic and Monetary Affairs committee on 3rd September 2014:
Items on the agenda:
Today, the OECD has reported that economic growth in the Eurozone will stagnate this year at 0.8% and will hold back the global economy.
My view on this is that the Eurozone is a backward trading, protectionist bloc which has dashed the ambitions and impoverished thousands across southern Europe. The actions of this closed currency trading club of developed economies is preventing less developed countries trading freely with the UK and the rest of Europe. As well as having a detrimental effect on the economies outside of the currency zone such as the UK.
It is now the time to unleash Britain from the chains of the European Union. The EU's protectionist policies is hampering the ability of our own economy to grow and trade freely without restriction. The UK should have the capability and ability to negotiate its own bi-lateral treaties with other countries, with many of whom, we have long standing historic and cultural ties with.
We are trapped and tied down to the Eurozone but there is a brighter future outside of Europe. It is now time for Britain to leave the EU and trade freely, on our own terms with the new, emerging economies across the globe, to secure jobs for both the present and future generations.
Lord Hill's appointment as Commissioner of Financial Services is little more than a bribe to buy the trust of the British people into thinking the UK financial services sector is in safe hands, argues UKIP's Financial Affair's Spokesman, Steven Woolfe.
Many of the UK's leading business leaders have smelt the coffee and concluded that the EU has a clear agenda to assault Britain's most valuable industry which they wish to mask behind the appointment of a UK delegate. Many business leaders have subsequently broken ranks and have recognised that in order for our financial industry to survive and prosper, the UK should leave the EU.
Steven Woolfe, UKIP's Financial Affairs spokesman commented, "This is a pyrrhic victory for David Cameron. Hill's appointment is a cynical ruse, and gives the financial industry and the thousands whom work in it, little more than false hope. The EU has a clear agenda on wanting to dilute and undermine our financial services industry. As a coordinator on the EUs powerful Economic and Monetary affairs committee, I have seen the unaccountable commission commit to further regulations, increased charges and proposed taxes that will lead to a loss of business and jobs in the UK.
"Relief in Lord Hill's appointment is misplaced. Even if he rejected every power grab by the EU, the other federalist commissioners have the will and ability outvote him. This would leave Britain even more isolated.
"All commissioners must swear a solemn oath pledging their loyalty to the European Union. Lord hill will not act in the interests of the British people and will continue to mislead the British people that the fight to reform the EU is realistic and winnable."