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CRUNCH CABINET 
MINISTERS GATHER TOMORROW IN BID FOR BREXIT UNITY
The pressure on the Prime Minister is building. Yesterday it was announced that Mrs May has called a Cabinet meeting for tomorrow. This unscheduled meeting will cover the contents of the Prime Minister's speech on Brexit, which she is due to deliver on Friday.
Below you will find another article which is highly relevant to the PM's speech clarifying the way forward on Brexit.
It shows how positive and confident the UK government can be in its discussions with the EU. It also demonstrates very clearly that there should be absolutely no talk of a Brexit Divorce Bill, or of compromising on transition periods, or of free movement, or of jurisdiction of EU laws or any other nonsense.
[ Sources: HM Government ]        07.15am, 20 Sept 2017
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THE EU'S SINGLE MARKET? 
TRY THE UK'S SINGLE MARKET!
MRS MAY, LET'S ALL BE POSITIVE BEFORE WE THINK ABOUT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY
Have you noticed how everyone keeps harping on about the EU's so-called Single Market? But no-one ever talks about the UK version which started centuries earlier?
Today we present to you the 'UK Single Market' (UKSM) of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Based on significant research and using official sources as always, we show you a different perspective on the Brexit negotiations prior to the Prime Minister's Brexit-defining speech in Florence in just two days' time.
WHAT IS 'THE UK SINGLE MARKET' (UKSM) ?
  • The UKSM comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • It represents a population bigger than 15 EU member states combined
  • It has a common currency called the Pound
  • It has a combined economy of £1.9 trillion per year
  • On Brexit the UKSM will be almost 1/5th of the size of the EU27’s combined economy – a huge market
© Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2017
WHAT IS IT WORTH TO THE OTHER 27 EU COUNTRIES?
  • EU countries have sold £3.3 TRILLION of goods into the UK Single Market since 1998
  • In every year, the EU has sold more to the UKSM than the UKSM has sold to the EU
  • By the time of Brexit, the EU's net sales to the UKSM since 1998 will be over £1 trillion
  • Last year the EU countries sold the UKSM £240 billion of goods - in just one year
  • The UKSM is nearly twice the size of the next biggest country with whom the EU has a trade deal
  • It has grown at an average 5% per year over the last 19 years
CLIFF EDGE? WHOSE CLIFF EDGE?
There really isn't a cliff edge. If no deal is done, the UK and the EU will trade with each other under WTO rules, as the majority of the countries around the world do. If anyone were facing a cliff-edge we'd suggest that it's the EU27, as they face the prospect of losing tariff-free access to the UK's Single Market - worth £240 billion of goods sales to them last year.
© Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2017
MARKET ACCESS?
It is currently the case that the UK has offered the EU27 full access to the UK's Single Market after Brexit, without charge. This is despite the fact that the EU27 sell far more to the UK each year than the UK sells to the EU27.
Large countries around the world are now queueing up to do trade deals with the UK. If any of them were made the generous offer which the UK has made to the EU, of full access without tariffs, these other countries would bite the UK's arm off.
OBSERVATIONS
Prime Minister, with the greatest respect to your own civil servants, we'll hazard a guess that not one of them provides you with information like that above.
There you are, about to make one of the biggest speeches of your premiership, and we'll bet the Treasury and the No.10 civil servants and advisers have been feeding you non-stop doom and gloom.
You should employ us instead! (Or realistically, as well as.) When you're negotiating with the EU, or even just going over to see them, you need your head held high. You're head of Her Majesty's Government, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. You need some great facts and figures which you can toss casually into the conversation.
 
For example when you're at your next EU Summit here's an after-dinner tid-bit for someone like the EU Commission President, when he's boring you with some Brexit Divorce Bill twaddle:
“Really Jean-Claude? You know, the EU27 sold us over £3.5 trillion of goods in the last 20 years. Are you sure that they wish to put all that at risk?”
Prime Minister, after reading our research, you may wonder why we British constantly apologise for being British. Well, here at Facts4EU.Org we don't. We're not arrogant either, but we are realistic - we deal in facts. And the facts are on the UK's side.
In Florence on Friday you should go armed with stacks of our positive, uplifting facts. Let's forget all that defeatist nonsense about paying a Brexit Bill, or compromising on transition periods, or on free movement, or on jurisdiction of EU laws. Go boldly into that arena, and speak up for the greatest country on earth!
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[ Sources: ONS | Eurostat | HM Government ]        05.35am, 20 Sept 2017
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READERS' COMMENTS
Name: A Hawes, UK      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 4.44pm
Message: The EU have only ever wanted our money! We owe them noting! If money is offered now we become a laughing stock. All the cards are on our table!
Name: Henry, East Anglia      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 2.01pm
Message: The press are sayin g the government's offering £20bn or thereabouts. Is this true? If it is then May's off my christmas card list forever and the local party can go whistle next time they want money. What's WRONG with these people??
Name: Tankman Tom, E Sussex      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 1.25pm
Message: Amber Rudd's my MP and I'm a lifelong Tory like Sophie. No chance Mrs Rudd will get my vote after all this unless she stops her anti-Brexiteering. The prime minister must not cave in on Friday or I won't forgive.
Name: Sophie M, Surrey      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 1.03pm
Message: I've voted Conservative all my life. My parents and my entire extended family as well as the Pro-Brexit side of my husband's family are the same. We all have the same view about this speech and the rumours about it. Please tell the PM that if she goes soft (money and any other compromises) we won't support her and won't vote Conservative at the next General Election. My husband is even wondering what other actions to take without breaking the law of course. She needs to know that people know what they voted for. If the PM does the right thing we'll back her.
Name: W. Alkaway, UK      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 11.44am
Message: If Theresa May's speech this week sabotages the Referendum Vote to leave the EU completely then she, single-handed, will have destroyed the Conservative Party for decades to come, perhaps for ever. She will always be remembered as a traitor to her Country. BUT, if Theresa May's speech holds firm the core principles of leaving, with no concessions made to the EU, she will be heralded as one of The Greatest Prime Ministers. Her glory will be everlasting and the Country will have full confidence in the Conservatives. It's as simple as that.
Name: P Barnes, UK      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 08.51am
Message: Please ensure that you send all your material directly to Mrs May. I sent her an e-mail to her PM's inbox. You would be doing a service to everyone if you were to do the same.
 WHO IS WRITING THE PM’S
BREXIT-DEFINING
FLORENCE SPEECH?
The country, the Cabinet, or the Cabinet's Remain Cabal?
On Friday the Prime Minister’s speech in Florence will, we are given to understand, continue to define Brexit. It will build on the Lancaster House speech which Mrs May made in January, and the Article 50 Letter she sent to Donald Tusk in March.
All sources say that this speech will cover ‘Brexit Divorce Bill’ payments, albeit renamed and dressed up as something else. £30 billion has been mentioned many times. It’s said Theresa May will talk about a ‘transition period’ of 2, 3, 4, or even an unlimited number of years.
So, we have the right to know who is writing this, don’t you think?
All the smart money is on the content being heavily influenced by the Remain hardliners in the Cabinet: ‘Remainer Phil’ Hammond, Amber ‘Stop-Boris’ Rudd, and Damian ‘Run Silent Run Deep’ Green, with a dash of Sir Michael ‘EU Defence Force’ Fallon to shore up the flanks.
The person giving the speech is, of course, our Prime Minister, who also campaigned for Remain in the Referendum last year.
The Facts4EU.Org team can’t recall anyone in the mainstream media, or in the mainstream (i.e. funded) Brexit organisations, telling us about the Remain/Leave composition of Theresa May’s cabinet since June.
As usual, we did our own checking and the results are below:
© Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2017
Shockingly there are only six members of the full cabinet who campaigned for Leave last year. The rest all campaigned for Remain.
© Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2017
Even if we include those who attend Cabinet but who are not members of it, there are just 7 Leavers out of a total of 23. That's only 26%, which is half the Leave vote in the Referendum last year.
OBSERVATIONS
If the Cabinet represented the people’s will in the Referendum, it would look similar to the ‘cake’ on the right, with over half of those who roll up to No.10 each week representing the winning Leave side of the argument.
Mrs May actually chose to make her cake as shown on the left.
Not even close to being fair and representative.
Now, no-one is saying that the Cabinet should exactly reflect the results of the Referendum. But when it comes to serious times like these, when the Cabinet or an unofficial Remain Sub-committee thereof is deciding on the country’s future, do you really want to see the Cabinet so heavily biased away from the democratic will of the people?
We still have three days to go before the die is cast and Theresa May will start practising her speech and her responses to questions after it. We continue to do what we can to campaign for the Prime Minister to speak about the Brexit we voted for.
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[ Sources: HM Government ]        06.55am, 19 Sept 2017
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READERS' COMMENTS
Name: Frank D, UK      Date/Time: 19 Sept 2017, 8.19pm
Message: This is my first ever time writing to you. Every day I watch the news and get more horrified at what I hear. I agree with everything you wrote above and also the articles before about this. Please do whatever you can to raise awareness. Theresa May must not in any way give in to the remainers. If she does there will be big trouble.
Name: B Woods, UK      Date/Time: 19 Sept 2017, 4.54pm
Message: I hope the prime Minister's listening. There'll be big trouble if she listens to that Hammond and Rudd. No surrender.
 ‘REMAIN DIDN’T MISUSE STATISTICS’
- UK STATS AUTHORITY HEAD
© Parliament
Facts4EU.Org uncovers testimony of Sir David Norgrove
to Parliamentary Committee
Over the past two days we have reported on the overtly political action by the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, in attempting to discredit Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Sir David wrote a letter to Boris, which was instantly published and tweeted by Sir David’s publicly-funded organisation despite it being a Sunday. You can read it in one of our articles below or by clicking this link. Boris’ answer is available here.
REVEALED – THE PRO-REMAIN HEAD OF STATS
Sir David’s CV reads like a application letter to join the Remain party. Civil servant (at the Treasury), Chair of the Pensions Regulator, PensionsFirst, the Family Justice Board, and the Low Pay Commission.
He started his new job at the UK Statistics Authority on 1st April this year. In his previous job as head of the Low Pay Commission, his last act before the Referendum was to write to TUC boss Frances O’Grady to answer her question about whether EU immigration has affected pay in the UK.
In his letter to her of 23 June – the day of the vote – he replied in effect that it had not.
Earlier this year, Sir David faced questions from Parliament’s Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Below we bring you footage of the moment he was asked about the EU Referendum and debate.
© Parliament
THE KEY EXTRACT:
Ex-MP Andrew Turner (Remainer): “If you were asked which was the worst misuse of statistics by those in favour of our remaining in the common market and those who wanted us to leave, what would you say?”
Sir David Norgrove: “The £350 million for the NHS was clearly an egregious misuse of statistics, and Andrew Dilnot made that clear in his letter. In terms of the Remain campaign, [long pause], it was not a misuse of statistics but the Treasury’s assessment of the immediate impact of a decision to leave I thought was an overstatement.”
THE KEY POINT
The fundamental point in this storm is that there was clearly a knee-jerk reaction from the Chair of the UKSA, who failed to do the most basic thing, which is to look carefully at the facts.
Boris was factually correct in what he wrote in his article. We agree with Boris when he described Sir David’s letter as a “wilful distortion” of the text of his article. If you read Boris’ letter to Sir David, he makes the point better than we could.
OBSERVATIONS
In the letter, Sir David misused Boris’ words and misused his taxpayer-paid position to make a political point against Brexit. The letter was a direct criticism of the Foreign Secretary and it gained more attention on the TV news than the actual points Boris was trying to make about Brexit.
He took one marginal reference to the figure of £350 million in an article of almost 4,200 words, misinterpreted it, and used it for an attack. We can see no other way of looking at this. We have no evidence of who or what prompted the attack, so we will not comment on that.
We feel sure that any fair-minded Remainers would agree that Sir David’s intervention was part of a ‘Get Boris’ attack by the Remain Establishment, and which diverted attention away from the important points Boris was making.
Mrs May is only three days away from delivering a defining Brexit speech in Florence.
What the Prime Minister says on Friday is vital to our country’s interests. The last thing we need is some public servant being used as a diversion, when we should all be focusing on the positive future for our country to be gained by making a clean Brexit from the EU at midnight on 29th March 2019.
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[ Sources: Hansard | Parliament TV ]        05.57am, 19 Sept 2017
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READERS' COMMENTS
Name: Steve R, UK      Date/Time: 20 Sept 2017, 08.20am
Message: The Stats Authority had given some remarkably fair appraisals on migration so far, with coverage of the huge difference between port surveys and NI cards issued. Norgrove's appointment on April Fools Day this year must mean that May and the Remayners (74%) think the public are foolish enough not to notice. Expect biased statistics from now on. Let's hope some Conservatives attend the conference and ask questions.
 “SHHH! DON'T TELL THE VOTERS”
© BBC
LIB DEMS DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW
HOW BAD THE EU WILL BECOME
The Lib Dem's Brexit spokesman was asked: “Last week people heard Jean-Claude Juncker's federalist dream laid out in full. Why shouldn't people have anxieties about that sort of remote power?”
This is what he answered:
“Frankly Vince Cable and I have both said that the most helpful contribution that Mr Juncker could make to this issue of a European Union is to keep his mouth shut.”
- Tom Brake MP, BBC Daily Politics, 18 Sept 2017
Tom Brake is the Lib Dem's Brexit spokesman. He was being interviewed today, during his party's annual conference which is taking place in Bournemouth.
OBSERVATIONS
In other words, the Lib Anti-Dems know that the EU is going full steam ahead into a fully integrated superstate, but they wish Juncker hadn’t let the cat out of the bag.
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[ Sources: BBC ]        3.30pm, 18 Sept 2017
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 THE UNACCEPTABLE FACE
OF THE REMAIN ESTABLISHMENT
How they conspire to overturn
the democratic will of the people
The British Establishment has never accepted the outcome of the Referendum on 23rd June last year. At the weekend we saw yet another example of this, in all its negative and nauseating depths of darkness.
A British Cabinet Minister - the Foreign Secretary no less - had the splendid idea to publish a positive and uplifting visionary article about Brexit. He did so partly in response to being cut out of talks agreeing what the Prime Minister will announce on Friday in Florence, as he feared for what might be about to be announced.
Boris Johnson wasn’t the only one to be worried. Many of us have become increasingly anxious about talk of ‘transition deals’ lasting for years, during which the UK will be unable to implement new trade arrangements with other countries, unable to set our own tariffs, and unable to benefit from lower prices.
We have heard very serious talk of surrendering to the absurd demands for money with menaces from the EU. The sums being mentioned are in the order of £30bn – which means they will be closer to £50bn, as that’s how the EU always works.
There is also talk of all manner of compromises on other matters, including freedom of movement and partial jurisdiction of EU law. And there seems to be no rowing back at all from all the agreements the UK government signed up to before and after the Referendum regarding the submerging of our independent armed forces into the wider EU common defence forces.
LET’S BE CLEAR, PRIME MINISTER, 'LEAVE MEANS LEAVE'
  • We exit at midnight on 29 March 2019
  • We will cease to be members of the EU
  • We will cease to be members of the Single Market and the Customs Union
  • Free movement will end
  • Contributions to the EU’s annual budget will end
  • Contributions to all other EU funds, or quasi-EU funds, will end
  • The CJEU (ECJ) will no longer have any power over the UK
  • We will withdraw from all EU bodies and only participate in bespoke arrangements which suit the UK
  • We will withdraw from EU bodies aiming to control our military capabilities and decisions
  • We will take back control of our borders and of our seas
HOW THEY DEPLOYED THE ATTACK DOGS
Mrs May was noticeable by her absence from the furore at the weekend. It has to be said that this is par for the course, as she doesn’t ever seem to be comfortable or confident in visibly taking charge.
Instead the Prime Minister and the Establishment machine deployed the attack dog Rudd, the aggressive and widely-disliked Home Secretary. She did her best to ridicule Boris, in a BBC interview with the typically-weak Andrew Marr.
In fact, as Foreign Secretary, Boris has a legitimate interest in a vast number of matters strictly relating to what is being negotiated with the EU. And as one of the few legitmate voices of the majority of the British people inside Cabinet, he has more right than Ms Rudd to talk about Brexit.
Other faces and voices were also deployed to attack Boris. Mrs May’s deputy, Damian Green was also used, as were voices ‘off stage’. All the nefarious ‘sources close to the Prime Minister’, ‘senior sources in Whitehall’, etc, were deployed to rubbish the Foreign Secretary. The anti-Brexit BBC, Sky News, ITV News, and Remainer newspaper journalists lapped it up and dutifully regurgitated it for the public.
There was barely a pro-Boris voice to be heard. On the BBC’s Marr programme yesterday – supposed flagship of Sunday comment, there wasn’t one single voice defending the Foreign Secretary. Even the one pro-Brexit guest was anti-Boris.
THE MANIPULATING MANDARINS
Perhaps the worst example of how the Establishment (which is Remain virtually to the last man and woman) rose to destroy Boris at the weekend came from a Knight of the Realm who masquerades as some sort of independent arbiter of facts.
Now, we have a certain interest in facts, as you may have guessed from our name. Boris’ adversary at the weekend was the government’s High Priest of Statistics - Sir David Norgrove. This mandarin wasted no time laying into Boris by publishing an open letter on Sunday, after the Daily Telegraph hit the shelves on Saturday.
© UK Statistics Authority
Let’s be clear. Sir David is a civil servant. His intervention – its speed (at a weekend on a Sunday) and its content – was purely political. There simply is no other way to characterise it.
Sir David is wrong in his facts. This is, to say the least, somewhat unfortunate for a man in his position. Here is what Boris actually wrote about the £350m:-
“We would not expect to pay for access to their markets any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours.
“And yes – once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350 million per week. It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS, provided we use that cash injection to modernise and make the most of new technology.”
Boris immediately wrote to Sir David, asking for a retraction. He didn’t get it. Look at what Sir David accuses Boris of, and what Boris actually wrote, and even the the most ardent Remainer can see how Sir David’s intervention can only have been politically motivated.
In talking about spending on “agriculture and scientific research” he even takes it on himself to assume what the spending priorities of the government might be. This is surely quite a stretch even for a Remainer civil servant, to think that his remit extends that far.
UPDATE
We have just obtained a copy of Boris' reply to the head of the UK Statistics Authority. Click here to read it.
OBSERVATIONS
We have published many articles about the £350m per week claim made by Vote Leave in the Referendum campaign. Here at Facts4EU.Org we did not use this claim, preferring to talk consistently about £10 billion per year. We will write separately again about the £350m per week figure, because whilst we don’t use it ourselves, the idiots at BBC Fact Check and other such organisations are certainly not correct with their figures.
REMAINERS, REMEMBER ALL THIS?
     
The above are only a few examples. We had to face a tide of this nonsense every week from the government-backed Remain campaign and just about every member of the Establishment.
REMAINER RUDD
One of the most ardent Remainers opf all last year was of course the now Home Secretary, Amber Rudd. She snarled her way though questions from the BBC’s useless Andrew Marr yesterday, at first denying she’d read Boris’ article but then answering question after question about it.
Her main message was that Boris is an idiot who can’t be trusted near the women or children and that “I don't want him managing the Brexit process”. Well guess what, Ms Rudd? You’re a ruddy Remainer, so in any contest Brexiteer Boris gets to lord it over you any day.
IT'S NOT JUST BORIS
This article is about far more than Boris. It’s more about a rising tide of feeling from the unspoken majority of the country that enough is enough.
We ask all the Remainers reading this – and yes, we know you do, even if you hide your Remainerism because you work for pro-Brexit news organisations – to take a step back. Imagine how you’d feel if you’d won last June, but then had to face the daily onslaught from the majority weight of the politicians, civil servants, media, institutes, celebs, you name it, all actively trying to overturn the democratic decision which you had supported.
The simple fact is that Brexiteers have been under constant – and in some cases vitriolic and even violent – attack by Remainers. We're ridiculed by the Establishment as they try to wear us down. We’re bombarded with it daily on our TV news programmes, and on social media.
Boris was right to raise what he did. It needed saying. In fact, far more than that needs saying.
Mrs May, if you thwart the will of the British people in your speech in Florence on Friday, you won’t just risk your own career, and the future of your political party, you will also put into jeopardy the democratic health of our nation. Feelings are running high.
You must remember what the country voted for, and implement it.
PETITION TO PARLIAMENT
A petition to Parliament has just been started, called “Leave the EU immediately”.
The petition says: “The Government should walk away from the Article 50 negotiations and leave the EU immediately with no deal. The EU looks set to offer us a punishment deal out of spite. Why wait another 18 months when we could leave right away and fully take back control of our country, lawmaking powers and borders?”
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[ Sources: BBC | Daily Telegraph | most other UK media | senior politicians ]        07.15am, 18 Sept 2017
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READERS' COMMENTS
Name: Denis Cooper, Berks      Date/Time: 18 Sept 2017, 12.07pm
Message: I'm getting close to thinking we've now been messed about enough by the EU and so I've signed the petition. I’ve also dropped a line to the UK Statistics Authority, suggesting that its Chairman should consider his position.
“A blatantly political intervention by Sir David Norgrove”
“Dear Sirs I have read Sir David’s recent letter to the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Letter-from-Sir-David-Norgrove-to-Foreign-Secretary.pdf in which he accuses the latter of confusing gross and net contributions to the EU. I would suggest that Sir David’s carelessly worded condemnation offers more scope for confusion than Mr Johnson’s carefully worded claim, and I also note that in his letter Sir David does not even acknowledge that £350 million a week is in fact roughly the correct figure for the UK’s gross contribution in 2014. That admission is relegated to an earlier letter from Sir Andrew Dilmot to Norman Lamb MP which is referenced in a footnote, but which as could easily be expected is being totally ignored by sensation-seeking journalists when they are reporting on the recent letter: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Letter-from-Sir-Andrew-Dilnot-to-Norman-Lamb-MP-210416.pdf “The £350 million figure that has been used by the Vote Leave campaign appears to relate to the UK’s gross contributions to the EU, before the application of the UK’s rebate. The UK’s gross contributions to the EU in 2014 were £19.1 billion, according to the latest official statistics available.” And that “£19.1 billion, according the latest official statistics available” at the time of that letter, April 21st 2016, works out as £367 million a week, slightly more than the claimed £350 million a week. This is an factually unfounded, deeply biased and blatantly political intervention by the Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, who should be able to command respect as an impartial non-political authority, and in my view he should seriously consider his position. Yours etc"
Name: R Ellison, UK      Date/Time: 18 Sept 2017, 5.14pm
Message: If Theresa May offers any financial settlements to the EU bureaucrats, then she is a traitor to the United Kingdom. Worse than that, Prime Minister May will have proven that she accepted leadership of the Tory Party under a falsehood, by vowing to follow the Nation's Referendum wishes to Leave the EU. The British people are not going to allow any leader to let them down. If Theresa May hasn't the strength to do the job, then get out, move out of the way, and let those that can do the job of leaving, properly.
Remember Theresa's much-flaunted words 'Leave means Leave'. Oh yea? Then do it. Do not abuse your position of Prime Minister. This country is eager and watching your every move. Trade talks are stalling, because of the EU belligerence, so it is now time to walk away. David Davis has done all he can, and so we have fulfilled our obligations for discussions. No legal basis for any payments. We are not going to pay the EU a cent. And, Theresa May, if you want to avoid an embarrassing overthrow, then show you mean to leave the EU, without any payments.
Take it from the people, you'd be advised to sack that Remoaner Philip Hammond. In fact, sack all your Remoaner Cabinet Members and bring in as your advisers Boris Johnson, Reese Mogg and other Tory Brexiteers. Show us you mean business.
Name: Sibellius Fan, UK      Date/Time: 18 Sept 2017, 4.21pm
Message: Regarding the petition: I signed it in the hope that it might get enough signatures to apply a bit of pressure. But... does anyone on here know... are we legally able to "walk away immediately"?
Name: Steve R, UK      Date/Time: 18 Sept 2017, 09.26am
Message: Reading the history of the Home Secretary and her brother's (Roland the PR slick), it is very worrying that this person masquerades as a Conservative and has been chosen by the vacillating Prime Minister as Home Secretary, along with the other Remayner majority.
 “BRILLIANT BORIS BACKS BRITAIN”
- Jacob Rees-Mogg MP
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BORIS GETS THE REES-MOGG SEAL OF APPROVAL
WHILE REMAINER CABINET MEMBERS FUME
On Friday night British Foreign Secretary and cricket-lover Boris Johnson bowled a bit of a googly at his boss Theresa May.
Just under a week before the Prime Minister will deliver her ‘Renaissance Brexit’ speech in Florence Italy, Britain’s Foreign Secretary gave a 4,000 word article to the Daily Telegraph.
The article was very well-received by some, with flavour of the moment Jacob Rees-Mogg even resorting to Twitter (not his most natural habitat) to announce:
"Brilliant Boris Backs Britain"
In other quarters the Foreign Secretary's article was less well-received, but more of that in a moment.
His full article is available for you to read (not behind paywall), but here are the highlights:
  • No to a Brexit Bill – no payments to access their markets, none from them to access ours
  • No to staying in the Single Market and Customs Union
  • This would make a ‘complete mockery’ of the referendum
  • Therefore no to a 2-year transition period
We have published some selected quotations further down this piece.
Chancellor Philip Hammond is now reported to be very disappointed. Less diplomatically this means he is hopping mad. It’s reported that he had been telling people that the Cabinet mood was for compromise with the EU. In broad terms that meant remaining in the EU indefinitely. And Home Secretary Amber Rudd was distinctly cold on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show this morning. She claimed not to have read Boris' article but then gave a series of catty responses to questions, indicating that she had.
BORIS UNDER ATTACK
This morning the Remainer media are desperate to portray Boris as a self-interested politician who callously published his article moments after a terrorist bomb went off in London. Well let’s put the record a little straighter.
  1. Boris wanted to deliver this as a speech – as you can see when you read it - earlier in the week, but was reportedly banned from doing so by Downing St.
  2. Boris didn’t publish until the evening, after 9pm, long after the incident and when it was clear that the Parsons Green injuries were not life-threatening.
  3. The same journalists who now criticise Boris were delighted to talk about their outrage at Donald Trump’s reaction to the bomb, as it deflected attention away from the real questions about that incident.
  4. It also allowed them not to mention the ‘I’ word at all, despite it being obvious to a 9-year old that this was yet another act of Islamist terrorism.
The vitriol poured on Boris has been extraordinary. Here’s Ian Birrell, former Cameron speechwriter and columnist for what we refer to as the ‘Remainer-on-Sunday’: “This act of sabotage against fellow Ministers was jaw-dropping on so many levels – even for a politician for whom ambition is like a flesh-eating disease coursing through his body.”
HMM... LET’S STICK TO POLICY
Whatever people may think of the Foreign Secretary’s motives, we will focus principally on the policy aspects.
What is being said by government ministers that will advance the case of the UK exiting the EU as soon and as successfully as possible? What is being said about the nonsense of paying money under menaces, about transition periods designed to keep everything the same, and about compromises so weak-willed that they equate to abject surrender?
On these things, Boris spoke out. Googlies are delivered by right-arm leg spin bowlers, and Mr Johnson was certainly the man to put some excitement back into Brexit. This wasn’t an article, it was a rousing speech. It was stirring oratory.
Some selected quotations:-
“My friends, I must report that there are at least some people who are woefully underestimating this country. They think Brexit isn’t going to happen. There are some media observers – in this country and around the world – who think we are going to bottle it.
“There were lifelong Eurosceptics who decided at the last moment to remain; and a great many, in my view, whose heart said leave, but whose resolve was finally shaken by the warnings of the Government, the BBC, Barack Obama, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the CBI, every major political party and much of the media.
“The result was decisive. There is simply no way – or no good way – of being 52 per cent out and 48 per cent in.
“It is important to have a sense of perspective about these challenges, because the sky has not fallen in since June 23. We have not seen the prophesied 500,000 increase in unemployment and the Treasury has not so far sought to punish the British people with an emergency budget.
“On the contrary: unemployment is at record lows, and manufacturing is booming “in spite of Brexit”, as the BBC would put it. (Have you noticed that any good news is always “in spite of Brexit”?)
“We would not expect to pay for access to their markets any more than they would expect to pay for access to ours.
“But we do know one thing: that we will be able to get on and do free-trade deals, to campaign for free trade that has lifted billions out of poverty, which so badly needs a new champion.
“We will be able to intensify old friendships around the world, not least with fast-growing Commonwealth economies, and to build a truly Global Britain.
“We will be the largest military power in Europe, and with our growing defence budget we are now making an ever-more vivid commitment to the defence of Europe – like the new deployments in Estonia – and to our common European ideals and values... a strong EU, buttressed and supported by a strong UK, and linked by a deep and special partnership founded on the mutual benefits of free trade.
“...to remain in the single market and the customs union... would make a complete mockery of Brexit, and turn an opportunity into a national humiliation. It would be the worst of both worlds, with the UK turned into a vassal state – taking direction from the EU, but with no power to influence the EU’s decisions.
“It is a totally invertebrate position, and betrays a dismal lack of confidence in this country.
“You don’t have to be some tub-thumping nationalist to worry that a transnational sense of allegiance can weaken the ties between us; and you don’t have to be an out-and-out nationalist to feel an immense pride in this country and what it can do.
“Look at our universities – the best in the world, with just one Cambridge college responsible not just for more Nobel prizes than France but indeed for more than Russia and China combined.
“It is an astonishing fact that of all the kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers in the world, one in seven was educated in this country.
“All I say is that they are in grievous error – all those who write off this country, who think we don’t have it in us, who think that we lack the nerve and the confidence to tackle the task ahead.
“They have been proved wrong before and, believe me, they will be proved wrong again."
WHAT NO.10 TOLD LAURA
The BBC’s Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, wrote on Thursday:
In the coming days, I'm told Boris Johnson is likely to see the PM. She'll try to square him on her plans, with private suggestions that she has to persuade him to accept cash going to Brussels.
'I can't see him turning and agreeing that's palatable,' one source said.
The prevailing wind however in the cabinet, as the chancellor even said publicly this week, is for a transition period that looks rather similar to the status quo, and to retain some of those privileges -and burdens - would have to involve some payments.
In fact, there are whispers that UK officials are ready to put just such an offer on the table.
Photo right: BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg
 
If any of the above is true - and our own sources suggest it is - then any person who wants to see a clean Brexit delivered should not have been too surprised to see Boris bowl his googly yesterday.
We ourselves wrote during Friday night/early Saturday morning, before seeing Boris’ article, about the threat of the PM’s speech next Friday. (That article is below.)
Once spoken, things can’t be unspoken. If Theresa May goes to Florence and proposes the kind of super-soft Brexit – effectively Remain by another name – that has been talked about, then it will be impossible to put back in the bottle unless she is removed as Prime Minister.
OBSERVATIONS
We don’t say the following lightly, but if Mrs May were to offer...
  • A transitional period of 2 years or more after March 2019
  • Continued annual payments to the EU after March 2019
  • Staying ‘temporarily’ in the Single Market and Customs Union (possibly under a different name)
  • Inability to start new trade arrangements with other countries
  • Accepting continued jurisdiction of any kind from the ECJ or similar body
...then we would have no option but to call for her to go.
Would we be the only voice?
In all of this, we must not forget the role of ‘Remainer Phil’. We find his behaviour to be appalling and it thoroughly justifies our request to Mrs May back in 2016 not to put him in the Cabinet. Our own opinion is that ‘Remainer Phil’s idea of compromise is of sliding through a Brexit so soft you can’t even feel it touch the sides. We would be very happy for the Chancellor to go right now.
However there is still plenty of time for the Prime Minister to reconsider her own position. Now is the time for her to stiffen her sinews and be firm.
She could be remembered as the PM who delivered spectacularly on Brexit. Alternatively she might go down as the PM who surrendered and had to be replaced. It’s up to her. We will continue to lobby before Friday. Please support us if you can.
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Name: Pamela B, UK      Date/Time: 17 Sept 2017, 4.35pm
Message: Hi. I've contributed but please start a campaign inviting people to get behind the Boris stance in order to send a clear message that there must be no softening of the British position. We voted leave and there should be no vacillating. A huge list of signatories should help show Mrs May where people stand.
Reply: Thanks Pamela. A petition to Parliament has just been started, called “Leave the EU immediately.
The petition says: “The Government should walk away from the Article 50 negotiations and leave the EU immediately with no deal. The EU looks set to offer us a punishment deal out of spite. Why wait another 18 months when we could leave right away and fully take back control of our country, lawmaking powers and borders?”
 LIBERAL ANTI-DEMOCRAT CONFERENCE
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SIR VINCE TRIES TO SOUND REALISTIC ON THE EU
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday’s political editor Simon Walters published this morning, the Lib Anti-Dem party’s latest leader Sir Vince Cable excoriates EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
In the interview, Sir Vince calls Juncker “pompous, self-important and overpaid” and says he should be sacked for the vision of the EU which he spelt out last week. (Read about this vision in our sketch on Juncker’s ‘State of the Union’ speech below.)
Sir Vince went on: “Juncker embodies many of the EU’s failings. He is pompous, self-important and overpaid. It is people like him who give the European project a bad name. Juncker puts off a lot of people in Britain who would otherwise be well disposed to the EU.”
DON’T BE FOOLED
Whilst we welcome Sir Vince’s late conversion to the ‘Juncker’s a dangerous idiot’ lobby, we urge that no-one be fooled by Sir Vince’s remarks.
Knowing how badly the EU Commission President’s remarks went down in the UK last week, and how damaging they were to the Remoaner cause, the Lib Anti-Dem leader is merely trying to distance himself and the lovely EU from the horrible Juncker.
It’s said that last week when Sir Vince was meeting with senior EU diplomats, he told them: “If you want to help us keep Britain in the EU, the first thing you can do is ensure we hear a lot less from Mr Juncker.”
Make no mistake, Sir Vince and his lunatic fringe of a party are just as anti-democratic, unpatriotic, and EU-loving as ever. They think we’re all idiots for voting Leave, they won’t respect the result of the Referendum, and they don’t even have the guts to be honest about it.
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 £27 BILLION? NON GRAZIE
MRS MAY JOURNEYS TO FLORENCE NEXT WEEK
'Journey of the Magi', Gozzoli, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence
NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU GIVE THEM MRS MAY,
THE EU ELITES WILL ALWAYS HATE US
Rumours abound that the PM is about to offer the EU billions.
The Brexit talks have been delayed by a week. Monday's talks between David Davis and Michel Barnier will not resume until Mon 25th Sept.
Only a couple of weeks ago, Brexit Secretary David Davis was urging the EU to speed up the talks, not slow them down. Although no-one has officially said that they were put back because of Mrs May’s impending speech, this appears to be the only explanation.
 
At the end of next week Theresa May is off to Florence, in the beautiful region of Tuscany in Italy. We don't yet know who will be in the audience, and as for the contents of her speech, well...
HOW MUCH OF OUR MONEY WILL
BE OFFERED?
Photo right: Cosimo di Giovanni de' Medici, Florence, c.1465AD
 
WHAT’S THE PRIME MINISTER’S SPEECH ABOUT?
As usual there have been the usual, ridiculous briefings from ‘sources close to No.10’, with nothing actually attributable. Hints and rumours abound, and in the absence of facts it's fiction that is often used to fill newspaper columns and the endless hours of 24 hour TV news broadcasting.
This speculation has also spread to Brussels. A week ago Monsieur Barnier described Mrs May's upcoming speech as “very important” and Guy Verhofstadt, Brexit Coordinator for the EU Parliament, said it would be “an important intervention”. When these two men are looking forward to something, that usually means it’s not something Brexiteers would agree with.
SHE’S GOING TO OFFER THEM HOW MUCH?
The main theme being floated is that Theresa May is about to suggest some form of ongoing annual payment for continued access to the Single Market during a ‘transition phase’ of 2-3 years. The lowest sum being mooted is £9-10 billion per annum.
We’ll say that again. It's being widely touted that the PM will offer:
£9-10 billion per annum, for 3 years
A £27 billion pay-off, minimum
And that's just for starters. With 'extras' it will go much, much higher.
Already significantly higher figures have been put forward, perhaps in an attempt to ‘perception manage’ and make a lower figure like £27 billion sound more acceptable.
Mrs May will make her speech just two days before Germany goes to the polls which take place starting on Sunday 24th September.
The next critical date in the EU’s diary, as far as Brexit is concerned, is 20th October, when the EU Council next meets. At this time, the EU Commission will recommend - or not – to the EU27 national leaders that “sufficient progress” has been made on the three key priorities of the ‘single financial settlement’ (Brexit Bill), citizens’ rights, and the Northern Ireland border.
It is widely accepted that the last round of Brexit talks (Round 3) did not end well. We wrote four pieces during and following this, which you can read here:
In essence, in Round 3 the UK side delivered a ‘coup de grace’ on the Brexit Bill, showing the EU side that it had no basis whatsoever in fact or in law. Monsieur Barnier and his colleagues were left in a state of shock. The press conference on the final day was, to say the least, somewhat icy.
OBSERVATIONS
PRIME MINISTER, WILL YOU PLEASE RECONSIDER?
We have had conversations with very senior figures in Westminster who have told us off the record that despite the EU not having a leg to stand on regarding a Brexit Bill, parts of the Cabinet are minded to 'smooth the way' with the EU - and that the Prime Minister looks like going down this route.
This would involve a continued transfer of funds in return for a transition period of 2-3 years, and which would look very much like membership of the EU as far as trade is concerned. Unfortunately of course it would also look a lot like membership of the EU in many other areas too, because the EU would insist on that.
Whatever form of words are used, it doesn't matter. What is being talked about is effectively a 'pay to trade' arrangement, supposedly to involve a 'cliff-edge' scenario. Only yesterday we reported on Sir James Dyson, the UK's most successful inventor and entrepreneur, who thinks such cliff-edge stories are nonsense - a continuation of Project Fear. Several studies recently have backed him up. For what it's worth, we have always held that view.
Where is the bold and adventurous spirit which made this country great?
Not in No.10 Downing Street, if Mrs May capitulates to the doom-sayers, nay-sayers, and scaredy-cats of the Civil Service and the chattering classes.
Whatever Mrs May describes it as, if at this time she proposes a payment of any kind to the EU after 29 March 2019, she has sold out. And if she is about to sell us down the river on this, then prepare for a serious fight over things like our armed forces continuing to integrate into the EU army, jurisdiction of EU law, inability to do trade deals for years, allowing EU trawlers to continue to decimate our fish stocks, etc, etc.
Mrs May, it's not too late. You must pull back now from any idea of capitulating to the EU's demand for money with menaces. Even if you were to think of throwing them a small bone, this is far too early in the negotiating process to be doing that.
Dear Reader, we would like to know your thoughts - either for publication in the grey box below or to be kept confidential. Yesterday we were told by the EU correspondent of a national newspaper that he didn't think we had the mood of the people on this. Is he right? Are you happy to pay up huge sums to the EU?
Now is the time to make your views known, if we are to stand any chance of changing the Prime Minister's mind. As a very senior Westminster politician put it to us a few days ago:
“We need to overwhelm them on this issue of paying any kind of leaving present.”
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Name: Odyssey, Derbyshire      Date/Time: 17 Sept 2017, 00.54am
Message: When even the pro EU upper house agrees there is no legal basis for any 'divorce' payment, there can be no question we should even consider one. I rather hope that TM is going to tell them they've just been wasting time and unless they start being reasonable we'll walk. Not holding my breath though...
Name: SibeliusFan, UK      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 9.08pm
Message: The UK may be a "nett contributor" but as a nation we are heavily in debt and anything we give the EU would have to be borrowed. How would that be sensible?
Name: Paul A, UK      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 8.48pm
Message: The question of the so called 'Divorce Bill' is non existent in legal terms. If it is not a legal requirement under the EU Treaties, (and it is not!) then any payment by our government would be ILLEGAL without a preliminary full debate and then approval by our parliament. In other words I suggest, any payment would in effect be a BRIBE, and that is naked corruption. That being the case then there is every basis for cutting off further "negotiations" with the EU, and then invoking the relevant clauses in the Vienna Convention on treaties which will not permit any party in such negotiations to do so in bad faith. We simply invoke VC and then walk away - which of course was logically inevitable given that the purpose of Article 50 and its terms is to act as a pretext for obfuscation, delay, and if possible to reverse any move by a member state to leave.
Name: Patrick F, Tunbridge Wells      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 2.05pm
Message: Any payment to the EU for access to the Single Market would be a gross betrayal of the referendum vote.
Name: Paul A, UK      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 11.54am
Message: This country has a policy of never paying blackmail money to criminals. Now is not the time to change that policy. They will never be satisfied and will come back for more - as is the way with extortionists.
Name: Sonita, UK (Via Twitter. Our Twitter name is @Facts4euOrg)      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 08.19am
Message: If it had been the other way, EU would not pay us. We have a very weak leader incapable of putting our interests first. Not once have I heard our guys demand back money they owe us persistently/robustly. EU negotiators are more confident with fake claims.
Name: W Halton, UK      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 08.09am
Message: Out means out. Listen to Sir James Dyson. Mrs May would be catastrophically wrong to attempt to buy our way out of this undemocratic club.
 BATTLE OF BRITAIN DAY
15 SEPTEMBER
We will remember
Below is a little reminder of what those brave lads were fighting for, and which we still appreciate today thanks to their sacrifice. Please show to any WWII veterans in your family, if you think they would enjoy a nostalgic moment.
Photo right: In memory of the father of one of the Facts4EU.Org Team, a WWII Spitfire pilot.
 
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Name: Steve R, UK      Date/Time: 16 Sept 2017, 10.55am
Message: With May and the Remainers performing, the song should be 'There'll be Shitehawks Over the White Cliffs of Dover'. What a pity Teresa doesn't have the same strength of purpose as Vera.
 WHILE THE CBI REMOANS,
DYSON DOES
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The business of Brexit
Yesterday one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and businessmen, Sir James Dyson OM CBE FRS FREng, gave some interviews. Here is what he said:
DYSON ON BREXIT
  • “Just have a clean break, it's not a big deal”
  • No transition period necessary, and in fact it’s not desirable
  • WTO terms will be fine
  • The EU is declining - “The rest of the world is growing at a far greater rate than Europe, so the opportunity is to export to the rest of the world”
  • The term ‘Single Market’ is nonsense – “It's a series of different markets with different languages, with different marketing required and different laws.... it's actually a very highly complex and broken up market”
Sir James Dyson, 14th September 2017
Dyson does, others just talk about it
Sir James has in the past spoken of his concern at the lack of enough young people studying engineering and technology at university. He feels there is too much focus on ‘soft’ subjects.
Sir James being Sir James, what happens? He builds a new engineering-focused university at his centre in Wiltshire. Students will work and be paid, but they will also complete an undergraduate degree in engineering.
“There is a huge shortage of engineers in Britain - it's estimated we'll be two million engineers short by 2022 - but more interestingly we're short of very good engineers. We want to develop the best tech in the world and make products that conquer the world.”
“It's blindingly obvious that we need to take on more engineers, and if people study here then they'll be learning from some of the best in the world.”
The Bottom Line - Dyson's last results
  • Annual sales of £2.5 billion, up 45% on the previous year
  • Profit (EBITDA) of £631m, a 41% rise on the previous year
OBSERVATIONS
We know that Sir James is working on AI and robotics. We can’t wait to see what he comes up with. In fact if you’re reading this Sir James, one or two of us here would love to get involved!
Finally, it's an unavoidable fact that every post-Brexit British home needs a Dyson. Why not take a look at their product range? And when you look at the prices please remember: they may not be cheap but they're superb quality and excellent value!
[No, we weren't paid for that - we're just happy to support British companies like Dyson.]
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 THE REMOANING CBI
WRITES ANOTHER LETTER
This weekend you will see stories about a letter to the government which the CBI has organised, signed by so-called business ‘leaders’, urging the government to back-peddle furiously on Brexit.
It seems that the letter’s signatories may even include businesses in the EU27. According to the early reports we’ve seen, the letter says:
“Our businesses need to make decisions now about investment and employment that will affect economic growth and jobs in the future.
“Continuing uncertainty will adversely affect communities, employees, firms and our nations in the future. Businesses across the EU and UK are clear: being able to plan for a transition of up to three years that avoids a cliff edge is critical for all of our prosperity.
“Until transitional arrangements can be agreed and trade discussed the risk of ‘no deal’ remains real and has to be planned for, with inevitable consequences for jobs and growth on both sides.”
IDS VERSUS THE CBI
Former Cabinet Minister Iain Duncan Smith responded very firmly. He accused the CBI of trying to “bully the British government”.
“I begin to despair of the CBI. All they do is talk down British business. All you hear from them is a storm of negativity.
“Most businesses don’t look to the CBI, and aren’t scared of change and new markets and the opportunities of Brexit.”
He appealed to the CBI to “stop moaning and bellyaching and help their members get ready” for post-Brexit Britain.
 
THE CBI AND ITS LEADER
Prior to the Referendum, the CBI and its Director-General Carolyn Fairbairn were amongst the fiercest pro-EU, Remain organisations in the country.
Since the Referendum it hasn't given up, so we thought you'd like to know who runs it. Below is a snapshot of a piece we ran prior to the vote last year.
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OBSERVATIONS
So the CBI wants a transition period so long (3 years) that we'll almost have forgotten that the country voted to leave. No great surprise there.
Ms Fairbairn has every right to be involved in the luxury French hotel business which she founded with her husband - and her place looks beautiful. We just thought that voters had the right to know who was lecturing them how to vote, and what these people's own particular circumstances might be.
Aside from her French business, you only have to look at where Ms Fairbairn has worked. Previously Partner at McKinsey, Director of the BBC, Lloyds Bank, Capita, UK Statistics Authority, Financial Services Authority.
Frankly we would far rather listen to Sir James Dyson, founder of a multi-billion pound company manufacturing and exporting around the world, than to a bureaucrat who part-owns a French chateau business.
No disrespect of course.
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