Rumors of the EU’s Demise Have Been….

Many have been confident that the EU will collapse and others dain to mention the union in the same breath as any other world power want-to-be.  But the truth of the matter is that events can turn in a moment, especially when God’s hand is involved in bring prophecy about.

On the eve of the Brexit vote in June 2016, many people sensed that Brussels’ pulse was fading. Two of the European Union’s great projects from the 1990s—the euro and the Schengen Area of free movement—were in different forms of chaos, even as the third, the single market, was still incomplete. Businesspeople, especially from the Anglo-Saxon world, fumed at the EU’s unaccountable bureaucracy. Mismanagement had left the continent with a sluggish economy, too many insolvent banks, and no major tech companies. Politically, the Franco-German alliance that had driven the union forward had collapsed. Even Angela Merkel, who’d fought so hard to keep Europe together, made it clear her success was in spite of the homunculi in Brussels.

Now Brussels is reborn. Two events have changed everything. The first, ironically, was Brexit. Far from killing the EU, Brexit has helped reunite it. The second was the election of Emmanuel Macron in May this year, which has given the European project a purpose—or the promise of one.


London Bridge Terror: Up to 23,000 Jihadis in UK

Even if this is not completely accurate, we have recently seen how devastating only a few highly motivated terrorists can be.  This is a result of moving away from God and not relying upon Him (Psalm 33:12-20).

The figure is more than six times the figure previously released by the Home Office at the time of last month’s Manchester bombing.

Then, it was revealed the security services had 500 live investigations into more than 3,000 suspected radical jihadis, including about 400 people who have remarkably been allowed to return to our shores after fighting with terror group Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

But, it has since emerged a further 20,000 radical Islamists have been considered a “person of interest” to the security services at anyone time, according to a security services source.

But, the news has led to fears there are simply not enough resources for our security forces and counter terror police to monitor all their activities at anyone time.

But round-the-clock monitoring of terror suspects is only possible in a handful of cases due to limited resources….

UK Not Happy With Excessive ‘Divorce Payment’ Demands

Schaeuble did proclaim that “the British will learn Brexit was a mistake” — this was always going to happen as a part of the end-time events.

With negotiations between the UK and EU likely to formally begin on June 19, Bloomberg reports that Brexit Secretary David Davis has pre-emptively lashed out at EU officials, threatening that “The UK will quit talks on leaving the European Union unless the bloc drops its demands for a divorce payment as high as EUR100bn.”

Britain’s negotiations would otherwise be plunged into “chaos,” and even a 1 billion-pound settlement would be “a lot of money,” Davis said in an interview published in the Sunday Times.

As a result, firms are likely to review their operations along the entire value chain, with tariffs only being a small part of their worries.


EU Throws Down Brexit Gauntlet to U.K.

The tacit approach by the EU towards the UK has been to make life apart from the Union worse for the UK than had they stayed. There modus operandi in all of their discussions and plans has been to make the UK regret their decision to leave — and they will eventually rue that day.

European Union governments threw down the gauntlet to the U.K. ahead of Brexit talks, listing demands Prime Minister Theresa May must satisfy before they will discuss the trade deal she wants and urging her to be more realistic in her expectations.

Any doubts about the scale of the task facing Britain in withdrawing from the EU after four decades were laid to rest at a Brussels summit of the region’s leaders on Saturday. A tough negotiating stance was endorsed unanimously, within minutes and to applause. The U.K. responded by saying it’s bracing for a confrontation.

The EU is striving to ensure the U.K. is worse off outside it than inside, not least to avoid setting a precedent. After agreeing to the terms of separation, then it’s a matter of getting down to the business of what a future relationship might look like.

“I want to ensure that we agree on a trade deal and our withdrawal arrangements so that we know what both of those are when we leave the European Union,” she said on the BBC. “I’m confident we can get a deal.”

UK Risks Being Wiped Off the Map

It seems that if  the UK avows to be pre-emptive then it would stand to reason that any potential enemy needs to be “more pre-emptive” and strike at the slightest perception of any UK rumblings.  Statements like this may give the final beast power incentive to attack early and with little or no provocation.

The UK, which recently said it could launch a preemptive nuclear strike “in the most extreme circumstances,” runs the risk of being “wiped off the face of the Earth,” the deputy head of a Russian upper house committee said.

Tory government would launch preemptive nuclear strike, defense secretary says
“The statement made by UK’s Defense Minister Michael Fallon calls for a harsh response and I’m not afraid of going too far. At best this statement may be seen as an element of a psychological war, which looks especially revolting in this context,” Frants Klintsevich wrote on Facebook.

“There is a quite natural question then: what country could be primitively targeted by the UK?” the deputy head of the Federation Council’s Committee for Defense and Security said.

In case the UK strikes a nuclear power, then “the UK, which doesn’t have vast territory, will be literally wiped off from the face of the earth with a counterstrike,” Klintsevich said.

Britain Greyed out of EU Maps

There is an underlying and seething animosity that will continue to come to the surface and manifest itself in more blatant and less trivial ways than this.

The EU has started airbrushing the UK out of maps of the European Union – two years before we formally leave.

The move was hailed by Brexiteer Jacob Rees Mogg – who said he was delighted Brussels had finally realised Brexit is actually happening.

The maps, produced by the European Commission, shows employment rates across the bloc, but has faded the UK out to grey.


Europe Starts Freezing Britain Out Of EU Contracts

As the BREXIT was coming to a head it was pointed out that this would happen.

Diplomatic relations between the UK and EU are fast approaching zero degrees Kelvin.

One day after Theresa May not only cemented, but allowed herself Brexit negotiating breathing room with her stunning, yet cunning decision to announce snap elections which would only boost the leverage of her party, Brussles has retaliated and as the FT reports, Brussels is starting to “systematically shut out British groups from multibillion-euro contracts” while urging companies to migrate to one of the 27 remaining EU members.

Post-Brexit Tremors: UK “Would Go To War” To Protect Gibraltar

Already we are seeing the jockeying for position as the EU and UK are being pitted at odds against one another.  This will continue and the EU will come out way ahead.

The Gibraltar sea gate, which was one of many blessing promised to the UK (Genesis 22:17), sees approximately HALF of the world’s trade and one-third of all oil and gas go through this strategic shipping lane.  In the end though, God foretells of how all their gates will be stripped from them (Deuteronomy 28:52).

The ink has yet to dry on Theresa May’s Article 50 signature from last week which officially started the UK’s 2-year long divorce from the EU, and already Europe has been traumatized by comments from former Conservative leader Michael Howard, who suggested that Theresa May is be prepared to go to war to protect Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher once did for the Falklands, comments which according to the Guardian were “immediately criticized as inflammatory.”

A European Council document on Friday suggested that Spain will be given an effective veto on whether the Brexit deal applies to Gibraltar. Downing Street said May had called Fabian Picardo, the chief minister of Gibraltar, on Sunday morning to say the UK remained “steadfastly committed to our support for Gibraltar, its people and its economy”.

Taking British officials by surprise, the draft guidelines drawn up by EU leaders state that the Brexit deal will not apply to Gibraltar without an “agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the UK”.  One official told The Telegraph it is “absolutely unacceptable” and gives Spain too much power over the future of Gibraltar.

In response, on Sunday the Prime Minister told Gibraltar’s chief minister that Britain will never allow Spain to take over the peninsula against its will.

Not even one full week into Brexit, and nationalistic tensions – the continent’s soft spot – across Europe are once again rising, this time not the direct result of Europe’s refugee troubles. The good news: for now it is being handled diplomatically. The bad news: as the following chart from Goldman shows, the Brexit process is just beginning, and the potential for political and economic complications will only eventually be fully appreciated.

The UK Triggers Article 50

This is the beginning of the end for the UK. No one has left the EU before, so currently everyone is playing somewhat nice and are feeling their way through the process. Although the UK has stepped on some toes with this Brexit and they obviously have some self-interests that they are putting forward as non-negotiable, their overall demeanor is appeasing — this will change!

In the letter, Theresa May proposes “bold and ambitious” Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom and says the agreement should cover important sectors, including financial services and network industries. Some of the key highlights from the letter, courtesy of Bloomberg:

U.K. Seeks to Minimize Disruption in Brexit Talks
U.K. Seeks Technical Talks on Policy Details ASAP
U.K. Seeks Implementation Periods to Ease Transition to Brexit
U.K. Seeks Free Trade Agreement That Includes Finance

Source: This Is The 6-Page Letter Delivered From The UK To The EU Triggering Article 50: Full Text | Zero Hedge

EU response to Article 50

In spite of their stated desire to keep the UK in the EU (probably for selfish reasons), Germany will no longer have a thorn in its side. The UK, as a country, was the biggest hindrance to the Union cohesively moving forward and now, as already can be seen here in this article, the shoe is on the other foot and the EU has begun dictating terms of the UK departure.

The EU will quickly get over any perceived loss and begin to coalesce (even if others exit) while pushing the UK further away. The EU will realize that they no longer need or want the UK and it is sometime after that, that the UK will plead to come back (Hosea 7:11) but it will be too late!

Addressing a press conference half an hour later, Tusk said: “There is no need to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels or in London. After all most Europeans, including almost half the British voters, wish that we would stay together not drift apart.”

Tusk said that Brexit would bind the remaining 27 member states together, and that the council and the European commission had a strong mandate to protect the EU’s interests. But he added: “As for me I will not pretend I am happy…”

The European parliament’s resolution, which is understood to echo the thinking of the European commission and the European council, whose members comprise the 27 remaining EU states, says Brexit will be an “unprecedented and regrettable event as a member state has never left the European union before” but that “this exit must be arranged in an orderly fashion so as not to negatively affect the European union, its citizens and the process of European integration”.

The chamber’s general principles for the coming talks include that:

  • a future relationship agreement between the European union and the UK “can only be concluded once the United Kingdom has withdrawn from the EU”.
  • there may be a transitional deal for after 2019 to ensure that custom controls and barriers on trade are not enforced on day one of Brexit, but that these arrangements should not exceed three years and will be “limited in scope as they can never be a substitute for union membership”.
  • the European court of justice will be responsible for settling any legal challenges during the transition period.
  • the UK will be able to revoke its notification of article 50 but this must be “subject to conditions set by all EU27 so they cannot be used as a procedural device or abused in an attempt to improve the actual terms of the United Kingdom’s membership”.
  • should Britain seek to negotiate any free trade deals with other countries while it is still an EU member state, there will be no future discussion of a deal with the union.
  • there will be no special deal for the City of London “providing UK-based undertakings preferential access to the single market and, or the customs union”.
  • the cut-off date after which EU nationals coming to the UK lose the automatic right to residency in the UK must not be before 29 March 2019, when the country leaves the EU, or the British government will be breaking EU law.
  • Britain should pay all its liabilities “arising from outstanding commitments as well as make provision for off-balance sheet items, contingent liabilities and other financial costs that arise directly as a result of its withdrawal”.
  • the outcome of the negotiations on the future EU-UK relationship “cannot involve any trade-off between internal and external security including defence cooperation, on the one hand, and the future economic relationship, on the other hand”.

Source: First EU response to article 50 takes tough line on transitional deal | Politics | The Guardian