Leaving the EU is now vital to secure the future of the UK and will positively impact the long term of everything that we do

October 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Today has been signifiant. Boris has already achieved significantly more than his predecessor Theresa May, and the chronology of events when we look back on the whole of the Brexit saga is likely to be seen to have pivoted on events that have happened today.

With Merkel saying her piece to Boris, followed by outbursts by Tusk and then Coveney on Twitter too, few of the objective people who are observing this saga unfold will have been left with any doubt about the content of the message that we have collectively been told.

The EU is and never was interested in compromise upon anything meaningful with the UK over Brexit, unless it resulted in a permanent state of Remain.

That they and the Irish Government thought that leaving Northern Ireland behind would ever be acceptable to the UK in order to secure mutually acceptable terms with the EU before Leaving is simply breathtaking in the extreme.

But the EU is an organisation that has form. And if our MPs had been fulfilling their roles as our representatives better – and arguably as they should – we would never have got to the place that we are, where the behaviour of the EU has had to be pushed to become so open and obvious, that many People across the Country are today wondering exactly what it was that we elected these MPs for.

What should now be clear to everyone, is the UK cannot thrive as it should, could and would do in the future, if we are tied to the EU and any of its Member States by even the most trivial policy devices – if they resemble anything that looks like Remain.

We must be able to set our own agenda in our relationships with the World outside. Set our own tariffs and border requirements. And most significantly write and implement all of the laws under which we are governed and required to observed as people and as businesses within.

We must do this because we the British People and the people from amongst us that we ask to represent us are the only people capable of knowing how to serve the interests of this Country best.

Only British People have the understanding of what our communities, businesses and public services need. And we need to have genuine localism working in our Cities, Towns, Parishes and Neighbourhoods in a way that centralising everything towards unelected bureaucrats in a European City never could deliver.

It is only if we do this, and are brave with the decisions that we make along the way and as we do so, that we can begin to address the real problems that are affecting our society. Knife crime, poverty, disenfranchisement, the housing shortage, the climate crisis and a whole lot more besides.

People have been suspicious of it, but might have never realised that many of the problems that we have in this Country have been created because of the way our law making has been exported to the EU. Rules have been changed and the responsibility for doing so given away to people with neither the interest nor understanding of what we all really need in this Country – the same basic responsibilities that UK politicians and MPs MUST be equipped with as a basic step in future, if their UK Lawmaking is to really do any good.

We cannot achieve anything genuinely good in and for this Country or indeed any of the other Countries and their Peoples around the World that we care for, if we Remain tied into the EU monolith in any way at all.

The EU has today proven that they are not interested in facilitating democracy. That they have no respect for it and that they are prepared to do anything and everything possible to keep what they clearly see as the UK cash cow, tied into the EU Project for good.

Its time that we all not only see but also accept that the UK’s best interests and the best interests of the EU are not, have never and will never be legitimately aligned or in any way the same.

We must Leave the EU as soon as possible and then reform our political system too so that neither Foreign Governments, the bureaucrats that represent them, or sell-out politicians of our own can prioritise outside interests.

The British People and our Industries are too important to be left to the whims of anyone who is on their own agenda and drunk on their sense of self importance and control.

 

The EU’s plan is fully in the open and the dishonesty of Remain MPs has been completely exposed. It’s time for a General Election

October 8, 2019 Leave a comment

img_4315No matter how much the Remainers in Parliament protest and suggest that Angela Merkel was merely responding to Boris Johnson in kind, the fact is that the EU has now firmly tied its colours to the mast.

Whilst the Parliamentary dynamic means that Boris could again be stopped from delivering a no deal Brexit with dubious technicalities alone, it has become very clear that the Remain-collective-opposition in Parliament will be doing nobody any favours if they continue squatting in their Seats whilst protesting that there is some kind of deal with the EU to be had. That ship has already sailed.

Whether the approach and obfuscation they have adopted in pursing a deal that would never exist has been based on ignorance, arrogance, sycophancy towards the EU or all, these MPs are responsible for over three years of wasted parliamentary time.

Issues that are affecting real people in the world outside of Westminster could and should have been discussed, addressed – and yes, on that Government timeline actually solved and presented as solutions to us all too.

There are probably a great many of us who would like Boris to now pull some kind of Benn-Act-disabling white rabbit out of the hat. But next to making the argument that now that the EU has made its position clear, the terms upon which we would Leave the EU now on 31st of October are still to all intents and purposes an agreement – and therefore a deal that qualifies his actions against the questionable ruling of the Supreme Court – the wisest amongst us would probably be sensible to assume that Boris has been playing a game of high-stakes poker with both the Remainers and the EU, because it is difficult to see that he has anything that could remotely resemble an ace or two buried away somewhere up his sleeve.

It doesn’t matter now that the cat is out of the bag. With the reality that there never was a sensible compromise with the EU waiting to be had, the focus of any MP who has an ounce of respect left for the People who elected them to Office will move to facilitating the General Election that the British People have been waiting for, rather than continuing to do everything possible to frustrate our will.

But whilst all of our MPs and the Political Parties they represent will be falling over themselves to go back to being tribal and make ‘Vote Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem’ or whatever Party the cause, they would be wise to step back and remember that Brexit was a symptom of the things they and politicians before them have been doing in office and was not in any way the cause.

 

It was always Leave OR Remain and Merkel has given the lie to the suggestion of anything else

October 8, 2019 Leave a comment

Whilst it has taken the arrival of Boris and the chaos we are now experiencing in Parliament to do it, It seems we now have clarity on the real position of the EU and those MPs obsessed with Remain.

In her response to No10 this morning, Merkel has made clear that the cost of the UK Leaving the EU as part of a deal, will be the ultimate surrender of Northern Ireland.

Whilst Remainer MPs are likely to keep on arguing that we cannot Leave the EU without a deal, we have reached the point where what many have suspected all the way since the Referendum has been confirmed: The so-called deal that Remainer MPs have been pushing for is the same thing as Remaining in the EU.

We now know that honouring the Referendum Result will not be achieved in any way other than for the UK to Leave the EU with a clean break. There is no middle ground to be had.

Don’t mistake the frustration and bewilderment of the British People we have with the stupidity in Parliament as support for anything our Remainer MPs would have us do

October 4, 2019 Leave a comment

Boris’ deal was always going to be a long shot.

The opportunity to get a meaningful pre-departure agreement With the EU for Brexit was after all simply burned up and wasted by Remainer-in-chief Mrs May.

However, whether deliberate or unintended, the proposal that the current Prime Minister has tabled this week has turned out to be an elephant trap of a depth that has the potential to really change the Brexit game.

Boris was never going to be able to get the pre-Exit deal that nobody else could. But what his careful pruning of the deliberately deceptive rose bush that is the EU’s and the Remain-obsessives idea of what a Brexit Withdrawal Agreement must Look like, has brought into view for everyone that the EU’s position is always going to remain exactly the same.

To the EU and the Remain-obsessed-MPs under its spell, Brexit cannot be anything other than permanent Remain.

Whilst this suggestion that only when we are able to look back from the future will it generate comment and thought, it is certainly not impossible that much of what has happened in Parliament since the Brexit Vote in June 2016 has been in no small way part of a well thought out response and strategy for the EU and their Remainer MP puppets.

One where they realised that whilst they have simply rerun Referendums in other countries – such as the Irish Republic itself – when they didn’t get the result they wanted, they would not be able to manipulate the British Public in quite the same way.

Indeed the difference in response To the Referendum Result could be seen to be tacit acknowledgement that the Vote was unquestionably binary and that the UK Government had definitely committed to delivering the result.

Boris achievement with his deal this week is that he has effectively stirred up the pond and dislodged all the bullshit and dishonesty upon which the EU and Renainers have built their dubious arguments against Brexit whilst giving the lie to every reason they have given to Remain.

The crap that the EU and the Remain-obsessives have wrapped around Brexit has been sent floating to the top.

Benn and the charlatan MPs who have voted against everything and dragged the Courts into support their disingenuous actions, have in the past 24 hours shown that there was never any will on their part for a compromise of any sort.

For them it’s been all about doing anything and everything they can simply to stop and overturn Brexit and the will of the People, whilst playing every game they possibly can in the forlorn hope they can manipulate the British People into believing that Brexit was our error and we have no choice but to Remain.

Across the Irish Sea we now have Leo Varadkar preaching to us that we, the British People have changed our minds. Whilst in the EU we have their spokespeople making clear that they will not tolerate a hard border, nor any kind of customs or market system across an open border that isn’t the same as theirs.

Whichever way you want to do the sums, the maths of all this adds up simply to being the same thing: The EU and the treacherous Remain-obsessives who support them will not do anything that will cede the control they cherish so badly, back to an Independent Nation State that has been a Member of the EU.

The only concession they will make is that the UK can call the future relationship with the EU ‘Brexit’.

But that itself will be the only acceptable change. The UK must be coerced in whatever way necessary to ensure that the only direction of travel between us is even closer alignment and commitment. Their aim is that we always Remain.

If the EU and our colluding Europhile MPs really wanted to find an arrangement that was acceptable to everyone, the timescale to agree the finer points of Boris deal would not in any way prove to be difficult.

This part of the process was after all only ever supposed to have been the terms under which we then define our longer term relationship between the UK and the EU.

Yet even that has become unacceptable, the very moment when Boris puts forward something that could actually get through Parliament which would not ultimately be the same as Remain.

The EU has changed the goalposts and now insists that any deal covering the UK Exit itself, must have permanency involved.

There is still time for reason to win over, if our sell-out MPs and the EU should be so inclined.

But I suspect that Boris’ deal has simply served to clarify that the position on Brexit should have always been treated exactly the same way as the original question was put to us in the 2016 Referendum Vote.

This is simply a case of Leave (without any deal) or Remain (and pretend that things will be the same).

Parliament must not pretend or continue to try and convince us of intentions that suggest otherwise any longer.

For democracy to be upheld and restored in this Country, the UK must Leave the EU properly.

And Leave the EU properly, the UK definitely will.

The democratically unacceptable alternative would be that we are forced to Remain.

The Brexit Party looks increasingly like it’s all about a form of Brexit that works for them rather than a Brexit than can work for us all

October 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Whilst we should not have any fear of the purists version of a no deal Brexit, the painful reality is that without a Brexit-majority of MPs in Parliament, there would not be the will to weather the inevitable challenges and storm that would follow immediately after we Leave.

With the cold-hard-reality of an otherwise avoidable chaos staring real people directly in the face, this fearful Remain-collective-Opposition that we will have until at least the time of the next General Election would be then almost certain to succeed in taking the UK straight back in.

Whilst Boris’ proposed deal includes red-flagging words like alignment and suggests a more complicated approach to a relationship with the EU and its Members than those of us focused on the benefits of complete Independence might like, the murmurings this morning suggest that if the EU and Ireland can work with it, there could within days be the Parliamentary numbers to actually get this form of Brexit done.

The overall benefit that all genuine Brexiteers should now at least try to understand and accept with Boris’ deal if they possibly can, is that with majority support in Parliament for this form of Exit from the EU when it actually happens, Leaving with a ‘deal’ – which is itself is only a direction of travel rather than the permanent sellout that Theresa May’s deal was – will mean that the momentum has moved clearly away from the existing Parliamentarians who are so obsessed with rubbishing any form of Brexit, in order to Remain.

Leaving with this deal would then provide the opportunity at the next General Election to focus attention on the damage that over three years of obstruction in Parliament and the actions of the Remain-collective-opposition has done to our democracy and constitution. We will have the opportunity to really begin thinking about how the whole system operates, recruits the people the people who become our politicians and above all, how it must now be reformed.

The political terrain today simply does not lend itself to the practical realities of Leaving the EU on a no deal basis on day 1 and then keeping the UK out. 

For this reason and this reason alone, any Brexiteer suggesting that it would be better to hold out until they get every little thing they wanted – if a deal like this should prove acceptable to the EU and Ireland – is simply putting their own political ambitions first rather than being prepared to take the steps that in these circumstances are likely to be the best for everyone.

Just as UKIP and it’s forerunners cause was over the moment that the European Referendum in June 2016 was won, the Brexit Party needs to do the decent thing and accept that if Boris secures this deal as a pathway to Leave the EU that the UK can then at anytime walk away from, the job that their members and candidates signed up for will have already been done.

Boris proposal lacks detail and leaves questions unanswered. But it does table a framework that could lead to a workable border arrangement between a post-Brexit UK and the EU

October 2, 2019 Leave a comment

images-3Whilst the media and the opinionati are now busily in overdrive preaching their sermon on the content of the letter that has this afternoon been sent to the EU from No10, the fact is that the bones that protrude from the body of the Prime Minister’s own particular brand of formal correspondence certainly resembles a plan that could now have legs.

The most important element that was absent from the May Withdrawal Agreement was always the inability of the UK to unilaterally walk away at any future date, if an agreement over everything with the EU – that without it being there has what is in effect a unilateral veto – could not be reached.

But the way that Boris has addressed this certainly says to anyone who is both a Leaver and has an appreciation of the way that government processes and systems work, that there is a pathway to achieving a genuine Brexit tabled here, that with perhaps a bit more of the detail fleshed out first, really ought to be given the opportunity to work.

Clarity is vital for everyone outside of the Westminster bubble. The key elements of this approach need to be communicated much more effectively so that the general public, the owners and managers of businesses across the Country actually understand what the next steps would be, what they would look and more importantly feel like, and what the real day-to-day impacts on all of us, along with a realistic timeline would realistically be.

This is something that needs to come from the heart of Government itself. Not be left to the media channels to change, manipulate and immediately present differently – which is exactly what will happen if it comes to us directly from any source other than from where it actually came.

Yes there are questions that will need to be answered. But the most important elements here are not the same as those presented by Theresa May.

That is good enough reason to be hopeful that there could be a way forward that will at the very least be respectful of the European Referendum Result, even if some of the content is being presented as being just the same.

Let’s just hope that the EU see the doorway to opportunity that this approach now is, and that our Remain-collective-opposition can have a lucid moment and appreciate that this is likely to be the last option available to a scenario where this political generation can walk away with some kind of win.

 

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Being Boris alone was never going to be enough to get a deal with the EU where for anyone else there never was going to be one

October 1, 2019 1 comment

images-2We’ve been watching the malaise take hold and the chaos take over in Parliament now over a course of many months.

There have been innumerable opportunities for the Government, the Official Opposition and the current quasi-government-Remain-collective to go a different way.

But they have not.

When it came to Boris’ appointment as Prime Minister in late July, the reality is that events leading to that point gave him only a choice to go one of two ways.

Boris could have chosen to immediately take every step necessary to facilitate a General Election and use the opportunity not only to reengage but effectively re-enfranchise the Electorate with the world of politics as he did so. Or take the alternative pathway which was to choose to do what he has done.

Focusing on the UK position rather than engaging or seeking to proactively engage the EU in any way before a General Election was the only way that Boris had the chance to really stack the deck of cards in his favour when it came to taking everyone with him over a ‘no deal Brexit’.

Instead he seems to have chosen bluff, bluster and possibly blunder too as he, his Ministers and entourage have repeatedly preached passages from the unwritten rules of negotiation. They suggest that they are in control of a secret process that they are so on top of that they have been open enough to make everyone including the EU aware of.

The truth is they are and have been anything but.

Whether this play by Boris was deliberate or simply unintended at the start, the lack of care and consideration for the realities that underpinned the EU’s more realistic motives for insisting on the Backstop, have made everything he has done since July look like a very impetuous and self-serving choice.

The Backstop issue has and will always be resolvable. But it will only be complicated by any attempt to avoid the realities that underpin all the concerns that people have in Ireland about a return to a hard border alongside those for a future where the Province becomes tied into any system of governance where it no longer has any form of choice.

The deal that it has been indicated Boris is about to table to the EU and therefore also the Irish, is not one that demonstrates any kind of real choice.

It really doesn’t make best use of the opportunity to keep the border open. It simply relocates the physicality of customs checks that go with any hard border to an out-of-sight, out-of-mind location – which is failing to look the issues in the eye and therefore nothing more than a politically expedient choice.

As I wrote at length on the 1st of August, the technology and therefore the opportunity exists to create a free-flowing open border.

Yes, there is hard work and real negotiation that would need to take place as well as smashing down many of the institutional shibboleths that would obstruct this kind of thinking and practicality from outside of the box as the natural choice.

It is only the lack of foresight, understanding, political will and basically the objections of individuals – like all of the MPs that we now have blocking Parliament – preventing it from being a real option that the EU might not immediately like or endorse, but would accept as a very practical solution once they know that there is no way back from the UK / EU divorce.

As we look back over the summer and as we head towards the 31st of October exit date for the UK to Leave the EU, it increasingly looks like history will tell us that Boris was just another Prime Minister who squandered the opportunity to lead us properly, simply because he took what seemed like the easy choices right at the pivotal moments when no matter how hard it was he could have simply chosen the alternative option which was to do the right thing for all of us and not just for him.

I hope to be wrong on this. But from where I view all of this now, it looks very much as if Boris believed he could achieve results where others had tried and failed, just because he is Boris. All as if the Marvel Universe is no longer fiction, and a Prime Minister with superpowers based in London is a reality that has come to pass.

 

To download the PDF version of my 1 August essay on a Border Solution please click Beating the Backstop

image thanks to telegraph.co.uk 

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