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Democrats & Veterans Conference 
 
 
ISSUE DATE: Tuesday September 2nd, 2018 
 
West Midlands MEP, Bill Etheridge will be addressing the Democrats & Veterans Party Conference on 14th/15th September in Barnsley, Yorkshire. 
 
Bill will be speaking on freedom, libertarianism and a democratic revolution to free us all from state oppression. 
 
The libertarian leaning MEP has been invited to speak at two party conferences, but not UKIP, despite it being held in Birmingham. 
 
Mr Etheridge said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the Democrat & Veteran Party Conference. 
I am always happy to share a platform with opponents of creeping state control and interference.” 
James Dalton, DVP Party Secretary and founder member said “The Democrats & Veterans Party is a Direct Democracy party committed to an independent, strong, free, fair and prosperous United Kingdom. 
“There are few people in politics who maintain their principles and who have flown the flag, not only for those who voted ‘Leave’ on June 23rd, 2016, but for those who see Direct Democracy as the way to rescue our Constitution and the people’s sovereignty from a corrupt political elite. 
“One such man is Bill Etheridge. It will be fantastic to hear a libertarian patriot like Bill speak at our Party conference at this historic juncture in UK politics.” 
 
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Liberty Rising Conference 
 
 
ISSUE DATE: Friday August 31st, 2018 
 
West Midlands MEP, Bill Etheridge, says he is “delighted” to have the opportunity to speak at the forthcoming Libertarian UK Party Conference. 
 
Amongst others, he will share the stage with former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom, Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood and Libertarian UK Party Leader Adam Brown. 
 
The event, Liberty Rising, will be held at MK Conferencing, Milton Keynes and starts at 9.30am on October 6th. 
 
Mr Etheridge said “I am delighted to have the opportunity to address the Libertarian UK Conference. 
“I can promise a hard-hitting speech, which I hope will help relight the Libertarian fires after years of creeping state control and interference.” 
Libertarian UK Chairman, Andrew Withers, said “The Libertarian movement is a broad church and Free Market Libertarians are to be found in all the main parties except those who define themselves as “Left” or Socialist. 
“Libertarians reject the notion that the State can solve social problems. 
“Bill Etheridge has always defined himself as a Libertarian, and we are more than happy to listen to his views." 
https://libertarianparty.co.uk/conference/ 
 
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US, UK, and all other countries should embrace unilateral free trade. 
Date: Wednesday July 11th, 2018 
 
The United States, the United Kingdom, and any wise country should immediately implement policies of unilateral free trade. No trade agreements are required, no negotiation or retaliation, no matter what the rest of the world does. 
 
By Bill Etheridge, U.K. Independence Party, Member of European Parliament 
and Wes Benedict, Executive Director of U.S. Libertarian Party 
Besides the Declaration of Independence of the United States, another seminal event occurred in 1776. Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations. As he explained, “In every country it always is and must be in the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest.” Nothing has happened in the succeeding 242 years to refute Smith’s remarkable insight. 
Much of the world seems to have forgotten that lesson today, though, as countries hike tariffs in an ongoing war of punitive retaliation. It shouldn’t be this way, though. By moving resources to more productive and valued uses, trade makes everybody better off. This remains true no matter what kinds of tariffs or sanctions other countries impose. Trade barriers hurt the countries that impose them most of all. 
The most important economic principle to help us understand gains from trade is “comparative advantage.” When people specialize in the goods and services they can produce more efficiently, then trade for the rest, they create wealth and grow the economy. 
For example, it is theoretically possible to grow bananas in North Dakota with an immense investment in greenhouses and electricity for grow lamps. They would be very expensive bananas, though, compared to those that can be inexpensively imported from Ecuador, where bananas grow likeweeds. If a lobby for North Dakota banana producers made enough noise about protecting American banana-producing jobs, and made enough strategic campaign contributions, it could persuade Congress to raise tariffs on bananas from Ecuador. When those prices rise high enough, North Dakota bananas would become competitive at the grocery store — but consumers would pay more to purchase them and have less money to spend on anything else they want to buy. 
 
 
 
Tariffs and other trade restrictions effectively function as higher taxes on consumers in the country that levies the tariffs. Americans are poorer because they pay more for bananas. Ecuadorians are poorer because sell fewer bananas. The politically connected North Dakota banana growers and their lobbyists are better off, but only at the coerced expense of everybody else. 
The same logic applies to steel, aluminium, and all the other goods being targeted by the Donald Trump administration’s quack economist Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. 
Complaints about an unequal balance of trade are meaningless. If a country sells us more to us than we sell to them, the difference comes back as foreign investment in our country. We have a trade imbalance with China, but China is also the largest holder of U.S. Treasury debt and is making direct investments in American factories. The Chinese company Shangdong Tranlin Paper recently built a brand-new paper mill near Richmond, Va., creating many new American jobs. When countries freely trade with each other, the balance of payments includes both trade and investment activity, and these are always in balance. 
Countries with free trade are rich and strong. Countries with high tariffs are sick, corrupt, and weak. There are some exceptions to that rule, because trade isn’t the only factor that determines wealth, but every country with trade restrictions would be wealthier if they unilaterally eliminated their own tariffs — whether or not other countries follow suit. 
According to Financial Management magazine, the top five countries with the lowest trade barriers are Singapore, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Finland. According to Business Insider, the five countries with the highest trade barriers are Iran, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Pakistan. According to the CIA Factbook, the average per capita income of the top five free-trade countries is $57,520. The average per capita income of the bottom five is only $9,960. 
Many people know that most economists think free trade benefits everyone, but they mistakenly think that this has to be a two-way street. Hardly anybody realizes that a country can implement free trade unilaterally and still reap the benefits of free trade regardless of what the rest of the world does. That’s the great news. 
Trade wars are completely unnecessary and completely unwise. Either side — or both sides — can win, simply by refusing to impose tariffs. While tariffs are bad, retaliatory tariffs are even worse, wholly foolish, unnecessary and counterproductive because they exacerbate trade wars. When countries stop trading with each other, this often leads to shooting wars. 
When the United States imposes tariffs on goods from Canada or China, most of the damage happens to the United States. If Canada and China are smart, they would refuse to retaliate. If they were wise, they’d go further and reduce their own tariffs and other trade restrictions to zero, reaping the benefits of lower prices, higher purchasing power, and a growing economy. 
Trade barriers also create dependency. If the steel industry only exists in America because of tariffs that price foreign steel out of our markets, then steel lobbyists will forever beg the government to keep or raise those tariffs to protect them. Every business that uses steel will suffer from higher prices and lower quality. 
 
When representatives from the U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) recently met with Libertarians at the U.S. Libertarian Party headquarters in Alexandria, Va., the issue of free trade stood out as a priority among all our areas of common concern. The United Kingdom has a long history of supporting free trade, as does the United States, so why are we embroiled in new trade restrictions and threats of still more salvos in the world’s growing trade skirmishes? 
“More than anything else, economic fallacies inform this president’s trade views,” As Daniel J. Ikenson, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for Trade Policy Studies, highlighted about President Trump’s recent actions. “Unlike his predecessors, he sees trade not as a win-win proposition, but as a zero-sum game with distinct winners and losers. Exports are Team America’s points; imports are the foreign teams’ points; the trade account is the scoreboard.” 
Trump is using the wrong measurement to keep score. 
Bill Etheridge MEP said “it was a pleasure to meet with like-minded people. I firmly believe that for a nation to be prosperous, happy and at peace it must implement free trade. 
“A post-Brexit UK has a major opportunity to adopt a new approach and lead the way with unilateral free trade. Pressing ahead with unilateral free trade would be a bold, peaceful move that would put us firmly on the map as an open free trading nation once again. 
“For too long the U.K. has been linked to a protectionist block that has forced prices up for consumers and helped impoverish the third world. Let’s use Brexit as a positive mechanism to rectify decades of expensive, isolated trade as a result of being a member of the EU’s protectionist racket.” 
Wes Benedict said, "countries with free trade are rich and strong. Countries with high tariffs are sick, corrupt, and weak. There are some exceptions to that rule, because trade isn’t the only factor that determines wealth, but every country with trade restrictions would be wealthier if they unilaterally eliminated their own tariffs — whether or not other countries follow suit." 
"Trade wars are completely unnecessary and completely unwise. Either side - or both sides - can win, simply by refusing to impose tariffs. While tariffs are bad, retaliatory tariffs are even worse, wholly foolish, unnecessary and counterproductive because they exacerbate trade wars. When countries stop trading with each other, this often leads to shooting wars." 
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Meeting with Ahmed Chami, ambassador for Morocco 
 
Date:June 7th 2018 
 
West Midlands UKIP MEP, Bill Etheridge, has had a meeting with Ahmed Chami, Ambassador for Morocco and Fatimatou Mansour, Ministre Counseiller. 
 
The trade discussion included topics on trade post Brexit between the UK and Morocco and the importance of the existing EU-Morocco Association Agreement. 
 
This treaty entered into force in 2000 and created a Free Trade Area between the EU and Morocco. 
 
Regional tension within Western Sahara was also discussed and the impact this could have on future trade negotiations. 
 
It was noted that there is a delicate balance between recognising the autonomy of the Western Sahara area, but also the importance of pursuing a liberalising free trade agreement that will benefit all of Morocco’s people. 
 
In addition, there were talks on security and de-radicalisation. 
 
Bill Etheridge said “I was delighted to meet with Mr Chami and Ms Mansour. We discussed a wide range of issues and I stressed that post Brexit Britain was open to trade and friendship with the world” 
 
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