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 THE BORIS LETTER
KEY PASSAGES
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RESIGNATION OF THE FOREIGN SECRETARY
BORIS JOHNSON'S LETTER OF RESIGNATION - KEY PASSAGES
“It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.”
“Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy. That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.”
“We have postponed crucial decisions – including the preparations for no deal... with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.”
“It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws.”
“We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing it an iota, because it is essential for our economic health – and when we no longer have the ability to influence these laws as they are made.”
“It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.”
“What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK – before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them.”
Like the resignation letter from David Davis, Boris Johnson's is equally damning of Theresa May's 'Third Way'.
Nevertheless Mrs May stood up in the House of Commons yesterday and gave a statement which contradicted the version of the former Foreign Secretary and the former Brexit Secretary. You can read that statement here.
OBSERVATIONS
It is with great reluctance that we are forced to say that Theresa May misled the House on numerous occasions yesterday. To put it in everyday language she lied. And lied. And lied.
No-one has the White Paper yet, and it has been announced that this has now been delayed yet further, until next week. Originally it was to be published this Thursday. It seems that it requires a further rewrite by Olly Robbins, the unelected de facto Brexit Secretary.
Nevertheless we have the evidence of the 3-page statement which came out of the Chequers summit. We also now have the evidence of the former Brexit Secretary and former Foreign Secretary, both of whom back our initial assessment which we produced on Sunday.
In the media's focus on the personalities involved in this conflict, the simple fact of the Prime Minister's mendacity appears to have been overlooked.
WHAT DOES LYING MEAN?
We would like to be very clear. When we talk of lying, we are not talking about a legalistic interpretation of a carefully contrived choice of words. We are talking of the interpretation of ordinary people.
If an ordinary person listens to the Prime Minister, they would assume that there is nothing to be concerned about. The reality is quite different. To all intents and purposes what the PM is proposing is not Brexit in any normal sense. Yet she says it is.
Have we really got to this stage in politics? We believe our Prime Minister should be deeply ashamed of her actions in misleading the public in this way. We extend this criticism to all cabinet ministers who are now trotting out the same lines, including those who are ostensibly 'Brexiteers'.
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Name: J Slater, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 11 July 2018, 2.56pm
Message: To Graham Smith of Staffs: Yes, yes and a resounding Yes. We must all be able to compare the treachery of T. May's secretly compiled White Paper version and the properly formulated one drafted by the Brexit Chief Negotiator, David Davis. And with that information, May will have to do our bidding, not the EU's. Like Angela Merkel, May doesn't yet realise it, but she is finished in politics. She misjudged the mood of the Country, and her Party Members. Her massive ego combined with a total lack of loyalty to her country of birth has at last caught up with her. All will now be revealed!Those Conservatives who have bravely and honourably resigned show that goodness, honesty and truth can prevail. It is these people who will show by example how politics can work for the good, and who will be part of a new Conservative Party, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.
Name: Graham Smith, Staffs, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 06.27am
Message: Theresa May and her cabal of close advisers have undertaken a coup against the democratically expressed will of the British people.
The draft White Paper prepared by DExEu under David Davis must be made public by formal or informal means. The quantum of May's duplicity can be measured by a forensic comparison of the Chequer's Plan and the aborted DExEu plan. If done soon this will assist us with a rebuttal in detail of her proposed betrayal. It would be a tragedy if the study were done by historians looking back after the event, rather than now whilst the iron is hot.
Bernard Jenkin MP asked May in Parliament if the DExEu draft would be released and was fobbed off by her. It is an essential matter of public interest that the two White Papers can be compared. One represents the still-born work of the team under David Davis properly charged with fulfilling the outcome of the referendum. The other is the child of a Remain PM and her Remain advisers working against the people.
The Chequers Plan is a misshapen tool of betrayal and a dagger to the heart of our democracy. To reuse a David Davis quote - "Up with this, we will not put".

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 DO WE DESERVE BREXIT?
THE REAL STORY WE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT
The real story of Brexit right now isn’t about the resignations of cabinet ministers, nor even the absurdity and ignominy of Theresa May’s ‘Chequers Agreement’ version of Soft Remain.
The real story is what is behind the thinking of all the key players in this sorry tale. The backdrop to the events which have taken place in recent days – and the backdrop to the actions now being contemplated by some – consists of three simple threads.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
THE FACTORS FOR FAILURE
  1. The House of Commons is a Remainer institution which does not accept the result of the Referendum
  2. The EU has been intransigent and has singularly failed to compromise on anything
  3. The United Kingdom has lacked a leader capable of dealing with points 1 and 2
Today we deal with the first of these issues – the one which makes any thought of a normal, clean Brexit look extremely difficult to achieve - regardless of the EU's reactions to Mrs May's proposals or whether she remains in power.
THE DEMOCRATIC DEFICIT DISORDER (DDD)
Brexit Facts4EU.Org has written many times on the subject of democracy. We even coined the term "DDD" or "Democratic Deficit Disorder", which has subsequently started to be used in the EU Parliament.
We have consistently reminded those who inhabit Cloud Westminster that the people were told formally that whatever decision they took in the EU Referendum, the result would be implemented.
The fact that the Referendum was technically ‘advisory’ doesn’t come into it when you have official government leaflets and statements – and the Prime Minister – saying that it was to be an instruction to Parliament to deliver on the outcome. This was a promise to the electorate.
The House of Commons and the House of Lords are Remainer institutions. The majority of members voted to remain in the EU and the vast majority of these have not – and cannot, perhaps – change their minds.
What makes this even more galling for readers of Brexit Facts4EU.Org is knowing that the MPs and peers in most cases know less about the EU than readers do. Nevertheless, these privileged individuals pronounce with seeming authority on matters of which they have little or no knowledge.
For very many of the MPs and peers, being pro-EU is a religion. And they have faith. Not knowledge in the vast majority of cases – but faith. They believe.
Following 23rd June 2016, this rapidly led them to decide that the people made a mistake, which they must put right.
THE LEADERS OF THE LEAVE CAMPAIGNS
On 24th June 2016, despite having been up all night, members of the Facts4EU.Org worked on, as we did through the weekend and forever after since.
Regrettably, many who ran the main Leave campaigns ‘took a breather’. Whilst we were reporting on Juncker's initial comments ("This will not be an amicable divorce.") and pointing out the total absence of David Cameron and George Osborne from the stage for days, we seemed to be alone in this.
In hindsight we should have realised that this was a sign of things to come. As the days turned into weeks it became clear that the official campaign, ‘Vote Leave’, felt their job was done. This was despite the very quick launching of legal challenges against the result.
The weeks turned into months and new organisations eventually sprang up. Well-funded and with marketing budgets, they gained followers and became the familiar names you know today. One notable exception was Leave.EU, the organisation backed financially by Arron Banks and politically by Nigel Farage. This started to become active again in its original form and has been very effective. Otherwise, we all had to get used to new names such as Leave Means Leave, etc.
A FRAGMENTED EFFORT BY LEAVE
In the last two years the efforts by Remainer organisations have been outstanding. They have dominated the airwaves and the newspaper columns. Whilst it may be true that the media is predisposed to Remainerism, there are other factors at work.
Here is just one example.
On the second anniversary of Independence Day, 23rd June 2018, a Remainer rally and march took place in London. It gained considerable coverage by the BBC and Sky. The rally and march by some small Leave groups did not.
Perhaps the key to the large numbers who turned out to protest Brexit and back attempts to overturn it can be explained by the following:
THE “PEOPLE'S MARCH”
“The March for a People's Vote is being supported by organisations including Best for Britain, Open Britain, the European Movement UK, Britain for Europe, Our Future our Choice, For our Future's Sake, Healthier In, Scientists for EU, Trade Deal Watch, Wales for Europe, In Facts and others.”
                     © Best for Britain
Over 11 separate Remainer groups were involved in this march and rally. They got their act together and promoted the event. As a result, significant numbers of people turned up.
By contrast, we asked for information about Leave events, and we promoted the ones we were told about.
With the exception of the UK Freedom March we only received information from members of the public, and were only able to promote four events, one of which was by invitation only.
HEARTS, MINDS, AND WALLETS
The House of Commons appears to be full of people who have no respect for democracy and no respect for the decision made by the British people on 23rd June 2016.
Forget the tortuous arguments advanced by the leading parliamentary voices and echoed in ignorance by the bulk of the backbench fodder, the Commons is fundamentally determined to emasculate Brexit.
This is one of the main blocks to Brexit.
If we were running a large, well-funded political organisation campaigning for a true Brexit, we would address this issue head on. We would organise a mass emailing campaign for a start, reminding Remainer MPs of their democratic duty.
We would do this in a way that troubled these people personally. We would show them up and embarrass them. The quickest way to a politician’s heart is through his or her electorate - because it's the local electorate that decides on his or her continued employment.
There isn’t time here to go through all the details of our various ideas, but we believe it’s essential to start hitting the MPs who are capable of voting down Brexit.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SHOWED THE WAY
A week ago we made an effort. We initiated a public campaign to email all members of the cabinet ahead of the crucial Chequers summit. We didn’t expect this to change the ultimate decision, but we felt it could influence it in some small ways.
A great many of you responded, as well as many more individuals who saw our appeal on social media. Cabinet ministers will all have received some really good, bespoke emails. These weren’t ‘pro-forma’ emails which were identical. They were real feelings expressed by real people, and they flooded in to the ministers’ mailboxes.
We also asked the major Brexit organisations to help by re-tweeting our campaign. No response.
OBSERVATIONS
In the past three years we’ve made many approaches to other pro-Brexit organisations. We’ve refrained from open criticism because no-one is interested in or wants internecine conflicts.
In that time Brexit Facts4EU.Org has produced the most definitive and far-ranging set of facts – from official sources - to inform the Brexit debate. We know this has been appreciated by many MPs, MEPs, journalists and other key influencers and we know our work has been used. Occasionally we have even been credited when our work has been used...
We still receive emails from people asking why we don’t co-operate with other pro-Brexit organisations. The simple answer is that we’ve tried, many times. Successes have been few but at least we’ve tried.
Being mostly business people, we don’t give up easily.
ON A POSITIVE NOTE
To end on a positive note, we are going to propose a campaign to tackle the Remainer MPs in the Commons. If the big boys won’t do it, we will. And we hope you will support us in this. Let’s make it so good that the big organisations want to join in – or at least copy our initiative!
Please help us financially if you can. We would like to do the above without stopping our important work delivering the continuous stream of revelations about what kind of EU we’re (supposedly) leaving next March.
Finally, we will be producing further pieces this morning regarding developments in Westminster, where we feel something is not being covered by the mainstream media.
For example, did anyone notice yesterday during the Prime Minister's statement in the Commons how the normally affable Dr Liam Fox remained stony-faced throughout? Even during the Prime Minister's desperate and inappropriate attempts at levity? So do check back!
[ Sources: Best for Britain | Own sources ]      Journalists and politicians can contact us for the full list of links.        06.55am, 10 July 2018
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Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 2.36pm
Message: RE: Andrew Bridgen MP's letter - Hopefully this will start a flood. Top Man!
Name: Paul, Dorset, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 2.19pm
Message: In a letter to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party's powerful 1922 Committee, Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire said the party had to deliver Brexit or face the prospect of being punished at the polls at the next general election. He wrote: "All we have asked from the Prime Minister is that she sticks to what she has promised on repeated occasions when she declared that "Brexit means Brexit and pledged to take back control of our money, borders and laws. But now it appears those promises are all a pretence and a charade intended to dupe the electorate, which is an insult to their intelligence. Therefore, in the interests of our country and the future of the Conservative Party, I feel the time has come for a new leader and so I am writing this letter to inform you that I have no confidence in the Prime Minister."
AND SO IT BEGINS-AT LAST! If 48 letters are received by Mr Brady from MPs, Mrs May would be forced to stand down and fight a leadership contest.
Name: Paul, Dorset, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 2.04pm
Message: READ THE HOT POTATO ON BBC POLITICS , QUOTE BELOW:
Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at King's College London, sums up the UK's choice as: "Either we diverge completely from the European Union, in which case we don't get frictionless trade, or we align ourselves with the European Union, in which case you may ask what is the point of Brexit." He says that under Theresa May's plan to negotiate a free trade area for goods, the UK would only retain parliamentary sovereignty "in a technical sense". MPs could change any "common rulebook" alignment with Brussels but only if they were willing to lose the frictionless trade that came with it, he says. "So we have in a way the shadow of Parliamentary sovereignty but we have lost the actual substance of being able to do what we like, and we also have no role outside the EU in making the rules by which we will be bound."
Name: VeritasBrexiteer, Brighton, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 11.59am
Message: The EU is not looking for a successful arrangement from a country that wishes to leave the block, but merely subservience or they will send an extremely belligerent message; this as an example to the remaining 27 countries. We know this is not about mutual recognition, but an ideology. In the past the EU has used thirty pieces of silver to keep countries in line, or, as in Germany, France, Italy, UK, etc, an incumbent Government that is wholly aligned to the EU's federalist dream! How can the EU ever agree to T. May's proposal (in whatever shape or form)... This not about proposals but simple EU hammered alignment? God forbid the EU has more than money to throw at petulant countries. If they had a standing army, would they use it to coerce by fear?
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 10.38am
Message: May's behaviour has now become totally bizarre. Firstly, there were the juvenile tactics at the Chequers meeting threatening ministers, blocking taxis from the mile long drive, etc. Then we have the statement in the Commons after Boris resigned. It was just like the day after the botched 2017 election - No humility, no apology, no recognition that she is wrong and out of touch. She said that it was a choice between her deal and No deal, which is quite evidently wrong. A Canada style deal would be better than either. There are only two explanations: 1) It is all part of a deliberate act to overturn the democratic wishes of the people, which is treason (and also the definition of fascism), or 2) She is deluded, and is in dire need of psychiatric help. Actually, maybe it is a combination of the two, which makes her a psychopath. I agree with Facts4EU about the Commons makeup, and the difficulty of getting proper pro-Brexit laws passed, but the current situation simply cannot continue. Tory Brexiteers MUST submit their letters of 'no confidence' to the 22, before May does irreparable damage to our Country. We may need another General Election, but I have no doubt that a strong pro-Brexit leader like JRM would win a comfortable overall majority.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 09.39am
Message: The only thing Remainer Tory MPs worry about is getting re-elected. If enough people make their feelings known that they are not going to vote for them, because of being betrayed over Brexit it will concentrate their minds. As most are career politicians they have no other skills to earn a living with. Most are not conviction politicians so they are not going to lay down their seat and cushy lifestyle on the alter of EU federalism. So it's up to us the electorate to put the pressure on MPs to fullfil the promise they made to us in the election manifestos at the last election.
Name: Patrick F, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 10 July 2018, 08.32am
Message: In my opinion the EU would be mad not to accept TM's opening negotiating position, outlined at Chequers last Friday. Therein may lie our salvation. They are mad. It would be madness for them to continue to say 'non' to every capitulation we beg for and risk a no deal. To use a football analogy, the EU will not settle for a 1-0 victory. They will be looking for 7-0, with the UK contributing 7 own goals.

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 LAWYER RAAB TAKES
MAY’S REMAINER SHILLING
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DOMINIC RABB APPOINTED AS NEW BREXIT SECRETARY
It has been announced that the former corporate lawyer and Housing Minister Dominic Raab has accepted the position of Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Mr Raab campaigned for Leave in the EU Referendum in 2016. His previous jobs include being Minister for Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice.
OBSERVATIONS
When the former Brexit Secretary resigns because government policy is effectively not to leave the EU, and because his department no longer runs Brexit, one has to question any Brexiteer who takes the government’s shilling in this way.
Whilst Dominic Raab’s name wasn’t amongst the list of favourites to take over from David Davis, his appointment doesn’t surprise us. It would take a certain kind of person to have backed Brexit and now to back what is effectively Remain. Raab is such a man.
We have no doubt many readers will disagree with our assessment. As ever, we will stand by our opinion. Our major criterion when discussing any minister is whether they will help to deliver Brexit.
Raab has seen the government’s new Remain policy that was announced after the Chequers meeting. He also knows that the DExEU department has been completely sidelined and that ‘Brexit’ is now run by Remainer civil servants in No.10.
Yet still he took the government shilling. Or maybe – given that Raab was a corporate lawyer - we should say he’s taken the government's guinea.
We await further developments.
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Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 3.15pm
Message: Boris has quit. It must be game over for May surely?
Name: Tom Rogers, Bridlington, East Riding, UK      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 2.39pm
Message: Isn't the root of the problem the uselessness of the Conservative Party and the other main parties, of which Theresa May is but a symptom?
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 2.14pm
Message: May's deal that she outlined at Chequers last Friday is so good her chief of staff Gavin Barwell is conducting briefs about it for Labour and Liberal MPs at No10. This is the secret deal Barwell and Ollie Robbins had been working on since March, without informing Davis and Baker who at the DExEU had been working, they thought on the policy for the Government. Steve Baker confirmed this on Daily Politics today. Of course Barwell is a fanatical remainer.
Name: J. Slater, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 1.39pm
Message: It may not be T. May's 'Shilling' he has accepted. Mr Raab may soon be working for a new Brexiter PM. Could be Mr Raab, with his sharp brain, has already worked this out!! The Country awaits, and hopes.

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 'DEPT FOR EXITING THE GOVERNMENT'
DAVID DAVIS, STEVE BAKER RESIGN
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A busy night in Westminster. We will keep you posted on developments throughout the night.
RESIGNATION OF SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION
DD'S LETTER OF RESIGNATION - KEY PASSAGES
“...there have been a significant number of occasions in the last year or so on which I have disagreed with the Number 10 policy line, ranging from accepting the Commission's sequencing of negotiations through to the language on Northern Ireland in the December Joint Report.”
“...the unnecessary delays of the start of the White Paper”
“...the general direction of policy will leave us in at best a weak negotiating position, and possibly an inescapable one.”
“In my view the inevitable consequence of the proposed policies will be to make the supposed control by Parliament illusory rather than real.”
“...the "common rule book" policy hands control of large swathes of our economy to the EU and is certainly not returning control of our laws in any real sense.”
“I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions.”
The resignation letter from David Davis is damning. You can read the letter in its entirety here.
And here is the Prime Minister's reply: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3. Three pages smacks of desperation.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
THESE ARE THE RESIGNATIONS SO FAR
  • The Rt Hon David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
  • Steve Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU
  • But not Suella Braverman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DExEU, who is staying
RELATED NEWS AND INFORMATION
We note that the BBC is no longer mentioning the resignation of Suella Braverman (formerly Fernandes). We are trying to get clarification that she has indeed resigned. UPDATE 10.00am - Suella Braverman says she has NOT resigned, as most media outlets reported overnight. Strange she left it until now to tell us.
David Davis will be live on the BBC's Today Programme at 08.10am.
A key quote from this interview: "We're giving too much away, too easily, and that's a dangerous strategy."
Jacob Rees-Mogg will be live on Nick Ferrari's programme on LBC Radio from 09.00am.
UKIP leader Gerard Batten will be live on Ian Collins' programme on LBC Radio at around 10.15am.
SOME CONSERVATIVE MPs HAVE BEEN CLEAR FOR A LONG TIME:-
Here is the reaction of one pro-Brexit MP this morning: “I repeat my advice to the PM. There are only two sensible options, a comprehensive free trade deal or exit on WTO terms. She should table a free trade deal and ask if the EU wants one or not. We need to leave on 29 March 2019. We have sent the letter and passed the EU Withdrawal Act, so we have done all we need to do to leave legally. The remaining issue is do the EU want free trade or want to trade under WTO terms." - The Rt Hon John Redwood MP
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THE DAVIS LETTER
Whilst retaining his customary courtesy, David Davis' letter to Theresa May doesn't pull its punches.
The key message is that Mrs May's Chequers cabinet meeting on Friday produced a plan for Brexit that is "illusory rather than real". This is the stance we took from the first instance, as did many other pro-Brexit organisations and individuals. This was despite the extraordinary claims of the Prime Minister on Friday and Saturday, heavily reinforced by the one-time Brexiteer Michael Gove on Sunday to the BBC.
Now David Davis - the man who has been at the centre of the UK's Brexit negotiations for nearly two years - has confirmed that in his view what Mrs May's civil servants have dreamt up is... well... a dream. Mrs May's 'Third Way' isn't Brexit.
As we wrote yesterday morning:-
"In broad terms, the only way of justifying the government’s new document as still representing ‘Brexit’ is by an exercise of casuistry on a scale never before attempted in British politics."
We will continue to update this article throughout the night.
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Name: R Ellison, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 12.06pm
Message: PM May's letter to David Davis reveals she is either extremely manipulative and deceitful, or extremely dim. She belongs to the same clan as former PM David Cameron, Philip Hammond and most of her choice of Cabinet - she has ensured she is surrounded by Remainers, like herself. Remainers who have been attempting to sabotage the People's majority vote to Leave the EU. This White Paper was written by a Remainer Civil Servant. One of the best legal brains in the Country has spoken out against this White Paper, for its surrender of everything to the EU. Written in Civil Service 'speak' it is intended to look like a good deal, but with catch phrases and other ploys which open up the UK to complete subjugation. It has fooled some MPs, like James Cleverly, a supposed Brexiter, who has already spoken in favour of it! And what arrogance of PM May not to give her Cabinet sight of it BEFORE rushing over to Merkel and the Irish PM to see if they approved of it first! What a farce! A complete sell-out. Whether manipulative and deceitful or just dim, the current PM must go. Through her arrogant self-belief that no one can touch her, she has accidentally taken a step too far now and at last revealed her hand, There is no going back now. We trust PM May no more. Her loyalties clearly lie with the EU. She has striven to damage the United Kingdom's future by subjugating Great Britain to the despots of the EU Commission. May's betrayal of Democracy has no place in our civilised, open and honest, means of governance. David Davis has earned his place in History by his resignation, standing by principles enshrined in True Democracy.
Name: Not4EU, London      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 08.21am
Message: At long last some reaction. Well done DD, Steve Baker and Suella Braverman. May more follow. DD's letter makes it clear that May has been deliberately engineering us into a weak position, then conceding, from the very beginning. It really has been treason from the highest including discussing Merkel's her plans with the negotiation opposition before her own ministers, and not for the first time. I do hope that Labour are taking note. There didn't seem much more than a fag paper between their position, stated by Starmer on Marr, and May's turd way with single market, customs union and free movement also 're-badged'. They also, like May, consider this 'leaving the EU' and 'respecting the result of the referendum'. The growing groundswell of anger, and deserved vitriol, is at the betrayal of the vote and impending death of democracy. They would not be immune.
17.4m voted to leave and many more millions believe in democracy. They are from across the political spectrum. When a democracy refuses to implement the result of its own democratic system, it ceases to be a democracy.
Name: Tom Rogers, Bridlington, East Riding, UK      Date/Time: 09 July 2018, 04.10am
Message: Surely Theresa May's position is now untenable? Perhaps those photos of her running through fields of wheat have finally surfaced and the poor woman has been subjected to blackmail? Actually, I think she was a good choice for Tory leader and Prime Minister, but she has messed the whole thing up by approaching it the wrong way round. To keep the Conservative Party together, she needed to pursue Brexit while offering reassurance to Remainers. Instead, she mistakenly did the opposite: she pursued Remain while offering reassurance to Leavers. That summarises the Cabinet 'CR' statement: it's a statement of Remain disguised in language intended to reassurance and deceive Leavers. It's completely unacceptable and this woman has to go. Failing that, the only hope is that we drop out of the EU accidentally in March 2019 when the deadline automatically expires. Such has been the confused handling of the whole thing, it has crossed my mind more than once that this has been May's intention all along and that her and Cameron are secret agents for the Brexit camp - if so, they've done a good job of disguising their intentions, because anybody would think they were in the pay of the EU and just working for Britain part-time.

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OBSERVATIONS
The above sums up our feelings about the outcome of the Chequers summit on Friday.
Please see the article below for some facts and analysis.
            06.15am, Sunday 08 July 2018
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Name: Sylvia Lerigo, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 11.46pm
Message: I tried hard to remember something from my history classes way back in the mid 50s, thankfully we now have the Internet and don’t have to wade through library book. As you can see not much changes in 365 years as Cromwell implied in the willingness to sell one’s soul to the devil for their own gains. My only comment has to be “They clearly CAN live with themselves." I don’t think I could have put it any better myself.

Dissolution of the Long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell given to the House of Commons, 20 April 1653

"It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter'd your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?
Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil'd this sacred place, and turn'd the Lord's temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress'd, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. In the name of God, go!"
(Oliver Cromwell - April 20, 1653)
Name: Paul, Dorset, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 1.00pm
Message: Watched the Gove interview on the Andrew Marr show this morning 8/07/2018. Gove stated that the Tories have delivered Brexit for the people. Marr pressed him on the process of / and outcome of securing a Brexit the people wanted and voted for. Gove replied, "We"'ve delivered Brexit for the people. However, how we deliver that is another question! Pardon me! Cameron's soliloquy on exiting Brexit reaffirmed at numerous interviews reported by the media that the consequences would be: leaving customs union , own rule of law in the courts , halting freedom of movement, controlling own borders etc etc. Now, Gove, and the other cabinet-Brexiteer others are eating the same fudge as the PM. Gove's answer is stereotype Theresa May-the people didn't vote on the how - just the what! Disgraceful!
Gove, was exploited, along with other Brexiteers no doubt, under duress by a treacherous PM playing silly games at (the aptly named) Chequers. No escape until they reach an agreement on ˜Her Diktat -Vision. Not the peoples' democratic vision. There's an irony of collective responsibility here, don't you think ? PM allegedly, (calling for togetherness with a common purpose) at the same time making threats to their ministerial positions. Certainly no empathy with the 17.4 million. Ultimatums, were allegedly used to coerce those who opposed her with new blood waiting in the wings to replace them. Infantile tactics of withdrawing ministerial cars-with taxis waiting nearby for sacked ministers. Hardly, an atmosphere of harmony and togetherness. The only thing I wasn't informed about by our knowledgeable, impartial and informed media(laughable) were the sightings perhaps of brownshirts in the shadows. Then again, perhaps they were the very people with talent waiting in the wings to take over Brexiteers jobs via the '˜Ministry Of Truth'. Make no doubt about it what transpired was a Shakespearian drama played by the main protagonist Theresa May with 'a stab in the back' to the people of uk who voted leave and understand the difference between: who, what, where, when and especially the HOW of Brexit.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 12.24pm
Message: On this website, many readers including myself, have described May as being inept and incompetent. But these recent events show, beyond all reasonable doubt, that she isn't incompetent at all. She is actually deliberately and actively conspiring with her civil servants to overturn the democratic will of the people. This must surely be unlawful?
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 11.18am
Message: Let's hope this isn't another idle threat.
Name: Chris, Wolverhampton, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 08.00am
Message: I can't help feeling that it would have saved everyone a lot of time, effort and heartache if the establishment had just had those answers on the ballot paper in the first place. Or alternatively, had simply had the remain option only. They didn't, however, because they never for one moment expected to lose; and have since had to move the goalposts, hoping that people who voted to leave would be too stupid to notice. The disconnect between those who govern and those who are governed has now become dangerously strained as a result. As anyone who knows history will tell you, that's how revolutions start; and with the world in a more dangerous place than at any time since the 1930s, there is the real possibility now that events will soon start to spiral out of anyone's control. I really do seriously worry about the future, I really do.
 FORGET POLITICS
WHAT ABOUT SOME FACTS?
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WHAT THE ‘THIRD WAY’ MEANS
TO ORDINARY PEOPLE
The government’s White Paper will not be published until later this week. Until then, all that readers have to go on is the 3-page statement from the government which we published yesterday.
Any reasonable interpretation of this document reveals a further and very serious capitulation by the government, rendering the word Brexit virtually meaningless. Worse still, it leaves the United Kingdom as an EU-governed colony in most important respects, without any vote or even any say in the EU’s laws and policies by which it must operate.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
SOME KEY IMPLICATIONS OF MRS MAY’S ‘SOFT REMAIN’ DOCUMENT
  • Free movement will continue forever, re-badged as “labour mobility framework”
  • Rules of the Single Market will continue, with all UK businesses obeying EU laws – in perpetuity
  • ECJ will continue to adjudicate these laws
  • UK must not compete against the EU - no lower taxes or other ways of making the UK more competitive in the future
  • UK will continue to apply the Common External Tariff on all imports for many more years
  • At some undetermined future point, UK can apply its own tariffs for UK-bound goods only
  • UK will act as tax collector for the EU
  • The only possible trade deals would be almost worthless, as the UK would be negotiating under EU rules
THE UK SUBSERVIENT – IN PERPETUITY
A point which has not been fully explained by the BBC and others is that Mrs May’s new document would bind the UK in perpetuity, in practical terms. The document relates to the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU, not just May’s ‘transition period’.
Regrettably Mrs May goes even further than most people expected. In effect she prevents the UK from diverging from the EU and becoming competitive on the world stage.
“The UK would commit to apply a common rulebook on state aid, and establish cooperative arrangements between regulators on competition. In keeping with our commitments to uphold international standards, the UK and the EU would also agree to maintain high regulatory standards for the environment, climate change, social and employment, and consumer protection.”
The above has been included because it matches, in large part, the EU’s demands in its last Article 50 Negotiating Guidelines from March, which are in effect the EU’s ‘red lines’.
WHAT DOES THE EU SAY?
Naturally the EU is keeping its powder dry in advance of seeing the government’s detailed White Paper which will be published later this week.
Nevertheless it is possible to form a reasoned opinion, based on the EU’s published positions, on which it hasn’t moved.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY
4 major EU documents forming their negotiating position
Whilst it is clear that the unelected civil servant Olly Robbins and his ‘Europe Unit’ at No.10 has tried to match the EU’s negotiating guidelines as fully as possible, there was a limit to what they knew would be possible politically in the UK.
We comment in ‘Observations’ below on how the EU will react next week, when they see the government’s White Paper.
OBSERVATIONS
BUT MRS MAY SAYS SHE’S DELIVERING BREXIT
Theresa May has been interviewed by different journalists about the outcome of the Chequers meeting, and about the document which was produced at the end.
She claims that she is meeting her commitments to deliver a Brexit where ‘we take back control of our laws, our borders, and our money’.
In broad terms, the only way of justifying the government’s new document as still representing ‘Brexit’ is by an exercise of casuistry on a scale never before attempted in British politics.
In simple terms Theresa May seems to have embarked on a programme of mass deception of the British public about the defining issue of our generation. And this is the issue which will determine the future of our country for generations to come.
SAY WHAT YOU MEAN, AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY
We do not say this lightly, but it seems that the Prime Minister has decided to lie to the country to all practical intents and purposes.
Over many decades the political class as a whole – with some exceptions – has developed political language to a point where anything is possible. Black can mean white, if it’s phrased in the right way.
Our view is simple: ‘What does it really mean?’ On that test, Theresa May and her government are not delivering Brexit in any meaningful way.
She may be able to argue that, technically, she is proposing to end ‘Freedom of Movement’ as defined in the Treaties. Well we have news for you Prime Minister. If your ‘Labour Mobility Framework’ (which will replace it) amounts to the same thing, you haven’t ended freedom of movement as far as the ordinary people of this country are concerned.
Yesterday Mrs May was interviewed by the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuennsberg. Ms Kuennsberg asked her twice about this subject. On both occasions Mrs May declined to deny that there will be ‘preferential treatment’ for EU citizens.
FINALLY, WHAT ABOUT THE EU IN ALL OF THIS?
If we were the EU, we would use the new position of the UK government to drag out further negotiations for so long that the British government will be forced to accept an even worse agreement, because it will be unprepared for anything else.
We would be surprised if the EU rejects it so strongly that only a ‘no deal’ solution is left. If they rejected Mrs May’s offer immediately, there would still be just enough time for the UK to prepare for an exit on WTO terms. That would involve a serious investment of time and money but it would be worth it in our view.
We expect the EU to make their usual noises – “We ‘ave our rules” – but to imply that there is much to talk about.
In reality, as we’ve said from the very beginning, the EU will NEVER do any sensible deal with the UK. They are extreme ideologues and the UK must be punished, ‘pour encourager les autres’. For the EU, this has only ever been about politics and the continued advance of their precious EU Projekt Superstate.
P.S. Overnight we've received the legal view of the Chairman of Lawyers for Britain, Martin Howe QC. As ever, it makes good but depressing reading.
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Name: NOT4EU, London, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 11.31am
Message: I delayed my comments as I wanted to hear Gove & Starmer... Well done England. We are as proud of you as we are disgusted by a traitorous Government.
Party before country, as ever. May has been clever in that she destroyed any chance of Cabinet brexiteers becoming leader, as they are shown to be Brexiteers in name only. The Martin Howe QC piece shows how fake May's 'Brexit' is, and that is just based on the summary points. The detail will prove it even worse. I watched Starmer this morning, who wants an even softer 'exit' & openly wants single market, customs union & open borders. Like May, he seems to think that this is 'leaving the EU' & that it respects the referendum result. I then watched Gove basically lie with his enthusiasm for May's plan & insisting that it was what 17.4m voted for. He & the tories will live to regret their sedition as the tories tank. No-one will ever trust a word they say, particularly anyone in the Cabinet. Silence (and non-action) on the betrayal will now be seen as being complicit. Any 'leadership' challenge with anyone from the Cabinet will not be trusted by 17.4m people, minimum. Perhaps it's time to create a Conservative party. I would say that anyone who votes for the tories or labour (we already know that the lib dems are pro-federalist) is supporting treason against the country of a democratic vote & clear instruction. We are reaching the tipping point for people. I've heard some say "We'll fix it after." By that time Treason May will have bound us legally into the EU machine forever. Someone needs to (metaphorically of course) break her & the tories' fingers to prevent her/her successor signing our country into serfdom.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 08 July 2018, 09.48am
Message: This analysis of the Chequers memo by Martin Howe QC is frightening, we haven't even got to the 112 page White Paper yet, what horrors will that reveal? What can we as voters do to try and stop this catastrophic proposal being put to the EU as the basis for a leaving trade agreement? May is determined to get an agreement to leave which will be a signed treaty. My MP James Cleverly a supposedly Eurosceptic, has already endorsed this proposal from May on social media after a No10 briefing. In his video he blames any scepticism of the proposal on wrong interpretation by the media of the Governments 3 page document. If these proposals May has negotiated with the EU and are enshrined in a treaty, we will be enslaved inside the EU,as a vassal state for ever more with no means of escape. This also explains why the Prime Minister signed the Marrakesh agreement on the 2nd May 2018 to allow up to 200 million legal migrants from Africa into the EU by 2025. She had no intention of us ever leaving. Not only did she outline this proposed agreement with Merkle she also spoke personally and briefed Leo Varadkar the Irish Premier who is in New York who was only too happy to gloat about his inside knowledge to the Irish Independent. It would appear everybody other than the British Cabinet had been briefed. The dilemma is the majority of MPs in the House of Commons,the British civil service, for it is them that have drawn up these documents, want to stay inside the EU, so the majority electorate are being overruled by a minority, most of whom would not be bothered about loss of sovereignty or freedom.
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 IT’S ‘SOFT REMAIN’
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MAY’S REMAINER-MAJORITY CABINET
DECIDES TO IGNORE THE PEOPLE
Yesterday in the beautiful English countryside of Buckinghamshire, seven cabinet ministers who represent the views of the majority of the electorate were out-gunned by far greater pro-EU forces of the rest of Theresa May’s pro-Remain cabinet.
Decisions were taken which, no matter the reaction of the EU, will affect the eventual outcome of the ‘Brexit’ the government is supposed to be delivering.
THE FACTS - WHAT DID THE CABINET DECIDE?
Readers will see analyses today from the likes of the BBC. They will read in the newspapers about all the gossip, up to and including what the cabinet ate during the day.
What matters, as always, is not the gossip about who said what, but the facts. Whilst there is still a lot which remains unclear, Brexit Facts4EU.Org brings you the official government document laying out the basics of what was agreed yesterday by the cabinet. Note: this is not available from the BBC website.
Read the cabinet’s ‘Third Way’ deal
agreed yesterday at Chequers
OBSERVATIONS
The above government document is of course merely generic and as ever the devil is in the detail. That detail will follow next week with the publication of the government’s long-awaited White Paper.
Before the White Paper, on Monday the PM will be in the Commons and will talk to Tory backbenchers. This will follow what are for Mrs May the welcome distractions of the England-Sweden game in the World Cup, the middle weekend of Wimbledon, and the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone. The public’s attention will be elsewhere.
Not that this entered No.10's minds when they postponed this meeting which was supposed to have been held before the EU Council 10 days ago.
We could have given you a line-by-line dissection and interpretation of the government’s document but our very limited time is better spent on other things. Instead we’ll merely summarise this document as Remainer drivel which flies in the face of the democratically-expressed will of the British people.
Unelected civil servant Olly Robbins and his team of Remainers in the ‘Europe section’ of No.10 have done a job on presenting things in as innocuous fashion as possible. Please don’t be fooled by PR re-branding. This is pure Remainer tosh.
For the record, the ‘Third Way’ is incompatible with the EU Council’s formal Brexit guidelines. However for the moment we suggest it might be appropriate to take a step back and consider what all this means generally.
We do that in our article below.
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Name: Chris, Devizes, Wilshire, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 5.13pm
Message: Maybe some of the Tory Brexiteers should defect to UKIP. It would only need 7 of them to do so, and that would wipe out May's majority, and she would have to call an election. Farage is on record that he will return to front-line politics if we get a soft fudge Brexit. It would re-vitalise UKIP.
Name: Grumpy Brexiteer, London, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 12.11pm
Message: Although I feared that Brexit would be betrayed, I never thought that the policicians would dare to do it.
OK. It looks as though they have betrayed the Brexit voters. The question is: What do we do about it? I suppose that we should wait for the full white paper, so let's indulge ourselves in a few days of depression, grumbling and anger until we see the details but when the white paper comes out, if the government proposes acceptance of any form of:
Jurisdiction by ECJ
Payment that is not for membership of specific programmes we want to be in
Immigration control that isn't decided solely by the UK
Following EU product rules that inhibits any kind of trade deals
Then we have to stop grumbling and to fight. How to fight is the question. My thought is that pressure on the Conservatives may be one way to go. If you have a Remainer Conservative MP, how about joining the party and pressing for deselection? Perhaps the same is true for Remainer MPs of all parties?
What thoughts does anyone else have?
Name: Andy, Warwickshire, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 12.06pm
Message: Referendum...what referendum?!! The UK should never tell other countries they are undemocratic...our Government ignores democracy when it's inconvenient. Here's a suggestion. There should be a new party set up to stand in the next General Election called "The Democracy Party". It should not be headed by a well known Leaver, better still by someone who voted remain. It should have one aim only and that it is to force politicians to represent the people and not their self interests or what they want. The politicians and the elite need to be taught a lesson at the next election.
Name: Tom Rogers, Bridlington, East Riding, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 12.05pm
Message: The statement is a veritable Curate's Egg: there are good parts to it, but it cannot be accepted as a whole by any self-respecting Brexiter. Overall, it reiterates in fuller form the relevant parts of the 2017 Conservative Party Manifesto, which committed the government to overturn the result of the referendum by pursuing a continuation of the Single Market arrangements. The result will be that Britain becomes as a de facto Member State on a similar basis to Norway or perhaps Switzerland. It's a betrayal, but it's consistent with what May has been elected to do. As I said in a previous comment, our only hope is that the government and the EU dither too much and mess the whole thing up so that we then fall out completely in March 2019 when the Article 50(3) deadline automatically expires. But the Brexit column in the Commons will need to be strong and resolute, as they will be faced with a Reckoning. It may be helpful if we could now see profiles of pro-Brexit MPs in the various parties and an assessment of their voting strength as a whole. Are they numerically in a position to block ratification of a deal? Can they be counted on? If so, the Remainers' legal strategy may well backfire spectacularly - that is, unless the government is willing to use its notional majority to override Parliament and ratify a deal by fiat. I do not want to say what the alternative is. This is the very type of issue over which civil wars are fought.
Name: A Bruce, Derbyshire, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 10.56am
Message: Overall, I feel the statement is vaguely encouraging - it makes 'playing nicely with the other kids' positive noises, but knows that it's not going to fly and makes a veiled reference to step up preparedness for all eventualities "including No Deal". As you say, the devil's in the detail, but it all feels like they're just going through the motions (in both senses of 'motions')- the process must be seen to be done. Whatever deal is finally hammered out between us and the EU negotiators, (and Barnier's already said they won't agree it without even seeing the details) - as I understand it, it will then have to be ratified by the EU parliament. A comprehensive new partnership deal (or 'mixed agreement') - which this is likely to be - will require both unanimous assent in the Council and ratification by a large majority (80% I think) of national and/or subnational parliaments. Can anyone REALLY see the council and all 27 disparate members agreeing? (on anything, given the increasing turmoil in the EU membership). So then it presumably goes to WTO rules, which as far as I'm concerned, is a result.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 10.15am
Message: The Brexiteers actually had no choice in the matter. It was a case of sign up to the deal or be sacked. May even had a list of Remainer replacements lined up, just in case. If you are going to thwart democracy you might as well go the whole hog and rig the meeting. No doubt the EU will reject the proposal and require even more concessions from May, which of course she will agree to. The only way out of this is for the 60 or so Tory Brexiteers to side with Labour and force a vote of No Confidence in the Commons, which they would win, resulting in a General Election. But I don't think any of them have got the guts to do it.
Name: Paul A, East Sussex, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 09.55am
Message: This [government] document is nothing to do with Brexit...it is shameful drivel. The government have decided to cross the voters red lines. Now we are angry. Goodbye Tories, you are toast....and take your remainer civil service lackeys with you.
Name: Patrick F, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 08.26am
Message: Is this the ballot paper we put our x's into in 2016? Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union, or leave the European Union?
Soft remain a member of the EU.
Hard remain a member of the EU.
Soft leave the EU.
Hard leave the EU.
"This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide (unless we don't like what you decide.)"
No! We voted to LEAVE.No hard, no soft, no fudge in the middle. Just LEAVE.
Rant over. Apologies.

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 “WHAT’S THE POINT OF VOTING?”
PERHAPS MRS MAY MIGHT ENLIGHTEN THE PUBLIC?
This is now a serious question for many people. The largest vote in United Kingdom history took place on 23rd June 2016, and the government has effectively ignored the result.
Most people are not interested in the tortuous linguistic gymnastics indulged in by politicians. They know what things mean.
Mrs May can produce all the new phrases she wants, eg “labour mobility” which in practice means “free movement”, or “common free trade area” when she means “customs union”. What people care about is what these things mean in practice.
The majority of people voted to leave the European Union. Had it not been for the consistent barrage of lies and threats from the Remain side which have now been completely discredited after the last two years, far more people would have done so.
And yet the government is doing its damnedest to remain in, to all intents and purposes.
Many people will now question the point of voting at all. This is the very worrying fallout from this government’s abject failure to implement the result of the Referendum.
WASN’T IT ONLY ‘ADVISORY’?
Before any foreign readers ask “Yes, but wasn’t it only an advisory referendum?” the answer is no. This is yet another deliberate falsehood promulgated by the Remain side – after they lost.
“This is your decision. The government will implement what you decide.”
- Official Cabinet Office statement, 06 April 2016
David Cameron, then Prime Minister, made this clear in TV interviews. No-one in the UK was in any doubt that the people had been given the decision to make.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REFERENDUM AND A GENERAL ELECTION
The British system is that of a representative democracy. However in a referendum the people are not voting for representatives (ie MPs) to make decisions on their behalf, as they do in general elections.
Specifically they did not ask their representatives whether to leave the EU or not, based on all the possible outcomes of negotiations with the EU. In this case they made the decision themselves, with their vote. And the decision was to leave the EU. As Prime Minister Cameron said: “No ifs, no buts.”
SO WHERE DOES THIS LEAVE DEMOCRACY IN THE UK?
The short answer is: in a very sorry state.
When people obey laws and pay taxes, they do so on the basis that they have had a say. Take this away and what do they have? Disenfranchisement.
Leave won. The people therefore expect the government to do what it promised and implement that result.
When the government refuses to do this on the single most important decision of people’s lifetimes, the compact between the people and the government breaks.
Put simply, if the government doesn’t do what the people say, why should the people do what the government says?
We remain deeply concerned at the effect of this government’s and parliament’s cavalier approach to democracy, and at the consequences which may ensue.
[ Sources: Cabinet Office ]      Journalists and politicians can contact us for the full list of links.        The Brexit Facts4EU.Org team, 06.15am, Saturday 07 July 2018
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Name: Tom Rogers, Bridlington, East Riding, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 11.52am
Message: Not that I am contradicting you, but technically the Remainers are correct about the constitutional status of the referendum. It was advisory and therefore not binding on Parliament. The fact that the government pledged to bind itself is immaterial to this, as Parliament need pay that no heed. You will also note how quickly Cameron then proceeded to dissolve that government by resigning.
Reply: Hi Tom, yes this is well-known we believe. The point of our article was about what is real for people. As we wrote: "They know what things mean." One of the problems with Brexit and Parliament has been the legalistic approach, instead of what is fundamentally right and wrong. If the PM tells you the result will be implemented that's good enough for most people.
Name: NOT4EU, London      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 08.53am
Message: RIP Conservative (Labour re-badged) party. Will 6th July 2018 be the date in UK history that democracy was formally pronounced dead? Trying to re-badge democracy was a failure too far. They have until 29th March 2019 to prove that democracy exists. As you correctly state, the referendum was direct democracy, not a representative election. That decision must be implemented as decided.
So, the re-badged 'Leave' the EU is remain. It's akin to changing a dog's lead to an extendable one, still controllable by its owner. It's a disgrace. Binding future Govts to the will of the EU (4a & 6f) - where did I hear that before? Oh yes, it's what Verhoftwat said they wanted at his 'Brexit' committee appearance the other week (see the appearance in June 20th article). Anything said about the EU gimp May showing her homework to Merkel before her own cabinet? The EU rejected it before it was even presented. I wonder how they knew. Remember, this capitulation is May's 'opening' position. There are some exceptionally worrying phrases used in their 'summary'.
Turning to the cabinet, I'm not sure which makes me sadder. That they're told that they'll be walking home unless they agree to this capitulation (a really grown up method of running the country), or that none of the spineless, gutless so-called 'Brexiteers' had the courage to stand up for the 17.4m people. That would've taken a leader's courage. They deserve the same living hell as the rest of the pro-EU shills 'running' this country on behalf of their masters as they are complicit in this mess now.
The EU gimp and her party of EU shills have continued the choreographed dance of the illusion of 'negotiation', as has been happening since 24th June 2016, with delays, fudges and capitulation. They think that the frog hasn't noticed that it is being slowly boiled. It is the EU way.
Sites like this are the only light shining into our cell of captivity as the remainstream media pump out their EU-funded propaganda. They give us hope, but it is looking increasingly likely that the time for rebellion (peaceful) is near. The only way to stop this now is to leave on WTO & negotiate a trade deal as a third party. There should be no need for binding Treaties. After all, it's just a club, isn't it?
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 07 July 2018, 07.22am
Message: Friday 6th July 2018 the day the British people were officially told democracy is dead. Don't vote anymore your vote is only advisory, big government and global business rules ok. You the electorate are only there to pay taxes and allow us, the elite, to preen ourselves on the world stage. We the elite can preach about democracy to the third world despots but in reality we are no better than them ourselves. We the elite can start wars that you the tax payers fund, we can flood your country with third world barbarians, who you the taxpayers will support with benefits. But you can do nothing to change it. Well until they stop people voting we can and must change it. I personally will never vote for any Lib/Lab/Tory again. A new party will emerge that respects the voice of the people.

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 GROUNDHOG DAY AGAIN
By the Rt Hon Dr John Redwood MP
Reprinted by kind permission
Intro by Brexit Facts4EU.Org
If you watch TV news, it is easy to think that there are very few Conservative MPs representing the views of the majority who voted to leave the EU. We know from conversations with pro-Brexit MPs that this is not for the want of trying.
In fact there are many staunch supporters of Brexit on the backbenches. In the last few days we have seen strong contributions by John Redwood, Owen Paterson and David Jones, who are all former ministers. Other notable MPs in recent days include Jacob Rees-Mogg of course, and Sir Bill Cash and Andrea Jenkyns amongst others.
Today the 'ordinary person in the street' might expect to see cabinet resignations on the back of Mrs May's apparent latest proposed capitulation. We doubt this will happen, as we indicate in one of our pieces below. It is therefore worth remembering that there are MPs who have been standing strong on their principles. One of these is the Rt Hon John Redwood MP.
Dr Redwood is one of those whom we have long argued should be back in Cabinet
Below we reprint by kind permission a short article by John Redwood, which he wrote today about the Chequers 'summit' of the cabinet.
Article by Rt Hon John Redwood MP
"Groundhog day again"
                                       © John Redwood MP
So today, just for a change, the Cabinet discusses our possible future relationship with the EU.
If they agree what they would like the EU will probably turn it down, as they have turned down most of the positive proposals the government has put forward so far. I have been urging the government to table a comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU and ask them to respond, as that offers a way through if the EU wants any deal.
If we just leave in March 2019 life will go on much as it did before. Planes will still fly into Heathrow from the continent. Just in time deliveries will still pass through our ports with electronic manifests and off site supervision as they do from non EU sources today. Germany will still be selling us plenty of cars, the Netherlands plenty of salads and vegetables, France plenty of cheese and wine. Most UK exports to the continent will flow tariff free under WTO tariff schedules, as there are no tariffs on services or goods like aerospace, and low ones on everything else apart from agriculture and cars. We and the EU will trade under the WTO’s Facilitation of Trade Agreement, which deals with non tariff barriers. Where tariffs go on the UK will expand domestic production to meet more of the home market demand and will have the opportunity to import more cheaply from outside the EU as it wishes. As we have a large trade deficit in cars and food with the EU they will lose more from tariffs, so it is in their interest to agree tariff free as we propose.
The UK economy will get an immediate boost from spending an extra £12bn a year on public services or through tax cuts as we will save the money as soon as we leave. We can rebuild our fishing industry once we control our own waters and fish stocks. We can put in place our own migration policy, that is fair between EU and non EU migrants.
Above all the UK will be a self governing democracy again. So will the Cabinet rise to the challenge? Wouldn’t it be good if they came out from their meeting with a range of plans to use the new freedoms, rights and cash leaving will bring. Brexit offers considerable scope to improve our lives and services here at home and to grow our economy faster.
OBSERVATIONS
Dr Redwood has a happy knack of summarising the key issues of Brexit in relatively few words. We can recommend his diary to you.
It would be fair to say that Dr Redwood does not endorse our editorial position on the current state of play, as he has always been a loyal member of the Conservative parliamentary party and we remain resolutely neutral and therefore criticise freely. Nevertheless, his robust questions and interventions in the Commons leave no doubt where he stands.
What will be interesting will be the responses from Dr Redwood and his colleagues if the outcome of today's cabinet meeting is as everyone expects.
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Name: Mike Donnan, Middx, UK      Date/Time: 06 July 2018, 6.21pm
Message: John Redwood has correctly identified a number of advantages that would accrue to the UK if it were to enjoy a clean departure from the EU (and a clean departure need not, of itself, preclude a sensible free-trade agreement between the UK and the EU). However, the question arises as to whether such a clean departure could (let alone, will) be achieved by a Government in which Mrs May remains Prime Minister. The prospects look dim. Her negotiating 'strategy' so far has been to offer concession after concession, each one leading us further away from a true Brexit than its predecessor. This process is unlikely to stop until she finally arrives at a proposal that the EU can accept as entailing sufficient humiliation for, and sufficient economic damage to, this country. For despite their recent rhetoric, there undoubtedly still lurks in the minds of the EU leaders the conviction that the UK must be punished somehow for its audacity in voting for Brexit. Given that mind-set and the intransigence that goes with it, it seems otiose to talk about what is in the EU's interest. The EU leaders will continue to enjoy their generous incomes and gold-plated pensions, irrespective of how many workers in EU manufacturing or agriculture lose their jobs.
Name: Tom Rogers, Bridlington, East Riding, UK      Date/Time: 06 July 2018, 1.16pm
Message: I'm afraid I don't quite understand Mr Redwood's position either. Why should Britain offer the EU anything at all? If I want to trade with somebody in the EU, then I will. If I want to trade with somebody outwith the EU, then I will. Tariffs don't have much of an affect on things, as even Mr Redwood concedes. Likewise, regulatory alignment is an overstated factor: even within the Single Market, it remains necessary to comply with national regulations in most industries. I have yet to see anybody present even the simplest economic case for remaining within this Leviathan.

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 YOU DID YOURSELVES PROUD
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CABINET EMAILED BY READERS
AND SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWERS
Yesterday a great many people tell us they answered our call to email cabinet ministers with their thoughts, ahead of today's pivotal meeting at Chequers.
On this site we suggested that you email cabinet ministers to make your voices heard. On social media we suggested:
"Don't get MAD, get EVEN!"
It was worth all the time it took us to research a list of email addresses for cabinet ministers. You may have been mad with anger, as more and more details emerged about Mrs May's proposed sell-out of Brexit today, but you certainly made your voices heard.
Many of you sent us what you sent to cabinet ministers. There were some stunning emails. All were great and there are so many that we can't publish them because of our lack of resources. We really wish we could. Later we will try to publish at least some of those from people who have made donations to us.
WHY WASN'T IT EVEN BIGGER?
We regularly get asked why we don't get together with other pro-Brexit organisations to pool resources. As we've said before, we have tried. For example yesterday we asked the large, well-funded Brexit organisations to re-tweet our appeal. Answer came there none.
This is a great shame, because whilst we have a very influential readership, including MPs, MEPs, journalists, diplomats and foreign politicians, as well as 'ordinary people', we don't yet have the public reach of some of the Brexit organisations which have big budgets. We may have grown fast over the last few years, but without a marketing budget it has taken longer to reach millions of people.
If the lack of support from the large Brexit organisations irritates you, you could do something about it. You could make a donation to us today.
You only have to read this site to see what we can do on a tiny income. In-depth research and original articles daily - material which simply isn't available anywhere else. Imagine what we could do if we had the resources of 'the big boys'?
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Name: Patrick F, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 06 July 2018, 07.38am
Message: I have voted in every GE since 1979.
In 2017, for the first time, I voted for the Conservative party. I did so because I was promised by David Cameron, then TM and the Tory manifesto that the INSTRUCTION, not the wishes, hopes, or aspirations of the British people would be OBEYED, not debated, ignored and denied. The debate and arguments happened BEFORE the 2016 Referendum. Both sides made their arguments: Disaster (Remain) and Opportunity (Leave). There is no alternative, to there IS an alternative.
The debate, whether the politicians seem to realise it, or not, is, in my opinion this: Do we continue with our democratic system, as it is: a partnership of Parliament (our servants) and the people (their bosses) or reject it.
If TM and her Cabinet opt for a course that is not a full Brexit, then they are rejecting our democratic system itself, and the trust between Parliament and the People. The debate, and question, now needs to be this:
What system of Government should the UK have? Who will answer the question? The people won't be given another opportunity, so who will decide? The EU, or Olly Robins? Unelected bureaucrats, or an unelected Civil Servant?
I voted once for the Conservatives. That will be the only time.
I will be voting for the party of the future: The Brexit Democrats.

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 LIES, DAMN LIES,
AND THE PM
THOUGHTS ON BREXIT AND THE PEOPLE
Since well before the Referendum this site has followed a difficult path. Whilst the vast majority of our output has been composed of easy-to-read factual analyses of official data from across the UK and EU, we have also commented on the ‘progress’ of Brexit.
Since the vote itself and the stutterings on the way to delivering Brexit, for many readers our stance was frequently too critical of the government. We lost donors as a result.
Gradually over the last two years, however, we’ve noticed a change. Those who used to write criticising us for failing to have faith have slowly changed their views. One happy aspect of this was that these readers were perfectly prepared to admit that they had been overly optimistic, based on the evolving facts.
An ability to say “I was mistaken” is a powerful tool in life, one which members of our team have used on many occasions. In our experience it generally attracts more respect, not less.
WHICH BRINGS US TO MRS MAY
Since becoming Prime Minister Theresa May has been asked several times by journalists if she now backs Brexit. She has been unable to say she does. Her inability to reassess Brexit in the way that many Remain voters have done is one of the sources of the country’s current difficulties.
Had she looked at the complete destruction of all the arguments of Project Fear by the weekly evidence since the Referendum that it had all been invented, she might have embraced the people’s majority decision.
Alas she failed to do this and therein lies the problem. Mrs May doesn’t believe in Brexit. She continues to believe that remaining in the EU is a good thing. Only she won’t admit it, of course.
“WELL, I WOULDN’T START FROM HERE” – OLD JOKE
This goes a long way to explaining the disaster which will be unfurling at Chequers today.
Our starting point at Brexit Facts4EU.Org was to make the UK fully independent and jettison all the constraints and involvement of the unelected Brussels elites in British life. Then we would have looked at the elements where we might want to negotiate new and special arrangements. We would also have offered the EU27 reciprocal tariff-free access to the UK market on a take it or leave it basis.
Mrs May has approached things from the opposite direction. Her starting point was to take all EU entanglements and obligations and keep as many as she could, whilst still pretending to the British people that we were leaving the EU. She also saw the UK as the poor supplicant in these negotiations, instead of the world’s fifth biggest power.
THE THIRD WAY
The various leaks of Mrs May’s ‘Third Way’ which readers will have seen reported in the newspapers yesterday and overnight are nothing more than a continuation of her ‘Brexit In Name Only’ approach.
Today, the cabinet is being asked to sign up to something which is a big lie. Sadly, we believe that most of the day will be taken up with finding various ‘forms of words’ to explain all aspects of this to the British people, and at the same time allowing Brexit ministers to feel they can refrain from resigning on principle.
What a sad state for our once-great democracy to find itself in,
after all those centuries of development and achievement.
WHAT BREXIT MEANS
Brexit has its own meaning outside the context of the UK leaving the EU - or not. We believe history will see this as a pivotal moment in the western democracies when the ordinary people first truly told their Establishment that they had gone too far.
For decades the Establishment has become ever more dissociated from the lives and the thinking of the mass of ordinary people. The ideologies and everyday assumptions of the Establishment elites in the United Kingdom and elsewhere have become so entrenched that the small section of society involved in directing the nation’s affairs – politically, culturally, economically – has no idea how far they have moved away from majority opinion.
When you live inside the M25, work inside the M25, and socialise with the same people, it’s easy to forget that you’re an atypical minority. This is compounded by a slow fall in standards generally – educational and cultural.
For example, it’s now possible to be a complete idiot who probably shouldn’t even be on children’s TV, and nevertheless to become a ‘correspondent’ reporting on complex issues from a foreign country you know next to nothing about. If you have a good haircut and white teeth, you’re in.
Worse still, you can make the most monumental errors and you will suffer no consequences.
Another example: Detailed research has shown the enormous bias of the BBC in the number of pro-EU to pro-Brexit guests on all manner of TV programmes. Has anything changed? No. Has anyone been fired? Don’t be silly. Yet the proof is not only conclusive, it’s embarrassingly overwhelming.
THE WIDER VIEW
Today the cabinet looks likely to throw the most important democratic decision of the British people in their lifetimes back in their faces.
This goes beyond Brexit. All across Europe people are starting to question the orthodoxies of their establishment elites. So-called ‘populist’ governments are now actually in charge in some EU countries. In many others, the populist parties are in second place and growing.
Despite this, Mrs May seems to think nothing has changed. In parliament at PMQs on Wednesday, she actually criticised US President Donald Trump yet again. The man arrives for a visit next week, for heaven’s sake. He is president of our most important ally – one with whom we may wish to conclude a trade deal as soon as possible – and yet she just can’t stay quiet.
The arrogance of the elites is breathtaking, you have to give them that.
WHAT NEXT?
The big question now is what the public will do if Mrs May forces through her Remain agenda today. Judging from our mailbag yesterday, a significant number of lifelong Conservative voters will desert the party. This is what we have been told over and over by readers in the last 24 hours.
After that, everything is speculation.
Ministers have a habit of not resigning. Cracks in political parties – particularly the Conservative Party – have a habit of being papered over.
However we have a sense that the reaction of the public this time will be different. Our biggest concern is a breakdown in the social fabric. The compact between people and the government has been under strain for some time. In a sense, the Leave vote acted as a pressure valve.
Regrettably the actions of Mrs May since the vote have started building up a head of steam again. There is now open talk of mass civil disobedience.
If Mrs May proceeds as she plans today, she risks unleashing forces which will forever mark her down as the worst Prime Minister of our time. And the consequences for the Conservative Party and for the country are likely to be serious.
Below is a reminder of how we started the week, with advice to the Prime Minister:-
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - BREXIT STRATEGY
  1. All ministers must now openly back Brexit, whatever they voted
  2. They must embody a confident and positive vision of a post-Brexit Britain
  3. Forget ‘forms of words’ and legal fudging, success requires clear, unequivocal objectives
  4. The UK has red lines based on the simple fact that the people voted to leave
  5. This means exiting all EU structures and controls
  6. These will NOT be replaced with anything that has broadly the same effect as being a Member State
  7. Specifically, there will be :
  • No membership of the Single Market or anything like it
  • No membership of the Customs Union or anything like it
  • No ‘regulatory alignment’ of British goods, except for exports to the EU
  • Full ability to implement new international trade deals from March 2019
  • No jurisdiction by the ECJ
  • No freedom of movement – full autonomy
  • No submission to Common Agriculture or Fisheries Policies
  • No involvement in EU defence union in any form
  • No change in status of Northern Ireland and Gibraltar in any way
  1. UK will act as an independent country in all respects
  2. EU to be offered a generous free trade deal – zero tariffs
  3. EU to be offered continued full but reciprocal access to UK security and intelligence
       Editorial, 04.50am, 06 July 2018
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Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 06 July 2018, 6.26pm
Message: It would appear May's third way has already been rejected by Barnier in Ireland today. The EU Commission is hell bent on punishing the UK, and has no intention of negotiating any sort of deal with the UK. So May should just accept that fact and arrange damage limitation on leaving without a deal on 29th March 2019. Staying in the EU is not an option as the UK would have to join the Euro and Schengen open borders. The German security minister Horst Seehofer has stated that the UK contributes 40% of security information to the EU that keeps the Union safe and that a deal should be done to accommodate that fact.The EU has rejected his pleas saying third countries will not be allowed access to EU security data. Once again the EU puts the lives of its citizens at risk because of political dogma. Why would the UK want to be a member of this institution? There is no chance of the political elite of the EU being at risk of terrorist attack, just the citizens who fund their life style. For no other reason than that we should leave, remember its the elite that have created the unsafe environment by encouraging mass immigration from third world countries.
Name: Big Mach, Cheshire, UK      Date/Time: 06 July 2018, 09.31am
Message: We must be careful not to let anger cloud our judgement. I think it important that pro Brexit ministers remain in the cabinet for now. If there were a serious leadership election I have no doubt that a eurosceptic would win a run off in the constituencies. However the Parliamentary numbers would not change and a new eurosceptic leader would find himself facing a predominantly pro remain Parliament bolstered by a fifth column of Conservative MPs. In such circumstances he may find that MPs push for an extension or even a reversal of Article 50.
I believe that it is critical that we get past March 2019, so that legally we will have left the EU. Any attempt to keep us in would then be a non starter. as even Adonis recognises. TM's fudge may just be enough to get us across the wire without a significant Tory rebellion. Once we are in the transition phase a leadership challenge is almost a foregone conclusion and a known eurosceptic will win amongst the membership by a landslide.
In the meantime I expect the 48 letters of no confidence to land on Graham Brady's desk with plans for a stalking horse to fire a shot across May's bows.
The war is far from over and it is the people against the elite.

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'TELL THE CABINET' CAMPAIGN!
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VOTERS TELL IT LIKE IT IS TO THE CABINET
Ahead of meeting of the cabinet tomorrow at Chequers for an all-day summit to discuss the latest version of Brexit, ordinary voters have responded to our suggestion to make their voices heard.
Infuriated by the latest fudged version of 'Brexit' as drafted by the unelected, pro-EU, No.10 civil servant, Olly Robbins, emails have been going off to the cabinet members today.
Many readers have been kind enough to forward us copies of what they have written. And it's fair to say that some people are not holding back!
So many readers have forwarded the emails they've sent that we had to choose two at random.
HERE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF EMAILS
WHICH READERS HAVE SENT TO THE CABINET TODAY
“Subject: Is this to be another Cabinet Cop Out by OUR elected Representatives?
'Brexit Means Brexit' UNLESS you are a Tory.
If we are not completely leaving the shackles of the EU, I'm never going to vote Tory again and expect the 17.4 million Referendum voters will follow suit.”
*     *     *
“Subject: A View From the Real World
No doubt it is sometimes difficult to see beyond the strange Westminster bubble that surrounds your daily life, but it might be prudent to take a peek into the real world to remind yourselves who you are working for. It hardly needs pointing out that in June 2016, 17.4 million people in the UK exercised their democratic right and voted to leave the EU and all its institutions (including the single market, customs union, ECJ etc). Somehow since then Remain MPs and prominent Remain supporters have been allowed to persist in their attempts to drown out the voices of those 17.4 million.
The objective of the referendum could not have been made clearer in the run up the vote. After all, David Cameron spent £9million of the UK taxpayer's money on a leaflet setting this out for all to see. Whilst many on the Remain side like to tell the 17.4 million people what they did or did not vote for, we most certainly did not vote for two years of bickering and trading of insults by those whom we put in power as they try to overturn the Referendum result. The constant and hypocritical cry of 'We respect the result of the Referendum but...' wore itself out long ago. Please stop patronising us. We are not misinformed, xenophobic, ignorant or bigoted.
Tomorrow at Chequers you and your colleagues have a duty to ensure that the instructions of the majority of the UK people are carried out and that you all stop obstructing progress. You cannot imagine how depressing and frustrating it is to have won the Referendum, only to then see those who cannot accept or respect that vote doing their utmost to overturn it. When we had the General Election last year, did we say, well the Lib Dems came third but let's ignore the votes for Conservative and Labour and appoint Tim Farron as PM instead?
Please stop doing the EU's job for them. We are a laughing stock in Brussels. We need to turn the tables on the unelected EU leaders and get on with the job of taking the UK out of the European Union, no strings attached. Theresa May's 'Third Way' would not achieve this. No fudge please, we're British.
SIZE MATTERS!
If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to send cabinet members your own thoughts. The more they receive, the more they will begin to understand the frustration felt across the country.
See our article below for details of where to send your emails.
One good piece of advice from one reader is to try to keep your email as short as you can, to ensure that it's read. Another reader suggested that it's a good idea to put your address on the email, to prove you are a genuine person.
Good luck and please let us know if you have done your bit to try to ensure that the democratic will of the people is heard!
       3.50pm, 05 July 2018
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Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 05 July 2018, 7.14pm
Message: May's deal rebuffed by Merkel - The EU is a Franco/German club. The strongest partner is Germany. Merkle the German Chancellor is hanging on to power by her fingertips. She is paying 20 billion Euro in benefits for her new Europeans, 84% of who have not found work. Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium exports from EU also is going to impose tariffs on German cars into the US, their biggest market. Merkle has also spent half a trillion Euro buying worthless assets trying to prop up the Euroland. The second biggest sales area for German cars is the UK if we went to WTO rules tariffs would trash the Germany car industry. Merkle is down now why can't Robbins and May kick Merkle hard and get a deal, there is no better time. According to Bloomberg May's renegotiation plan for the EU was rebuffed by Merkle. Please somebody who can negotiate take over this is madness May cannot score an open goal!
 Q: WHEN IS A PROMISE
NOT A PROMISE?
                   © EU Commission
A: WHEN IT’S UTTERED BY THERESA MAY
ABOUT BREXIT
Despite her protestations to the contrary, pro-Brexit MPs remain convinced that tomorrow at Chequers Mrs May will present a fudged ‘Soft Remain’ to her cabinet.
Yesterday during Prime Minister’s Questions Theresa May was twice asked by prominent pro-Brexit MPs about her intentions over a new ‘Third Way’ Brexit deal. Twice she appeared to reassure them that Brexit will be delivered as intended.
EXCHANGES IN THE COMMONS YESTERDAY:
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire) (Con)
“President Macron has ordered that every one of his Cabinet Ministers should be subject to a performance review. When the Prime Minister meets her Cabinet on Friday, will she judge every one of their contributions and the final deal that they decide against the very clear criteria laid down in the Conservative manifesto and the Labour manifesto, which got 85% of the votes, that we will categorically leave the single market, the customs union and the remit of the European Court of Justice?”
The Prime Minister
“I am pleased to tell my right hon. Friend that we have a strong team in Cabinet who will take this decision on Friday. I assure him that the Brexit that the Government will deliver and are working to deliver is a Brexit that ensures that we are out of the customs union, we are out of the single market, we are out of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, we are out of the common agricultural policy, we are out of the common fisheries policy, we bring an end to free movement, we take control of our borders, and we have an independent trade policy, but we are also able to have a good trade arrangement with the European Union, protecting jobs and prosperity for the future.”
Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough) (Con)
“In agreeing with the Prime Minister, as I always do, that Brexit means Brexit, and that that generally means taking back control, may I ask her to confirm not only that after we leave the EU we will be leaving the single market and customs union, but that it is her personal position, and the settled negotiating position of Her Majesty’s Government, that we will have full and unfettered control of migration into this country, full and unfettered control in our ability to make new trade deals with the rest of the world and, above all, full and unfettered control of how we regulate our own business?”
The Prime Minister
“I am very happy to say to my hon. Friend that after we leave the EU, we will indeed be operating our own independent trade policy. Parliament will be determining our laws and we will bring an end to free movement.”
OBSERVATIONS
In a normal world, Theresa May’s assurances above would be satisfactory. Unfortunately Mrs May does not work in a normal world. She works in politics.
When it comes to political utterances, members of the public think they’ve heard one thing yet the reality can turn out to be quite another.
THREE SIMPLE QUESTIONS
1.  If the PM is genuinely going to deliver a full, clean Brexit on 29th March next year, why has it taken two years to get to the point of having a crisis meeting to make a decision about it, with her entire cabinet getting together for 12 hours?
2.  And if there is no reason to worry, why are all pro-Brexit MPs deeply worried?
3.  Finally, if the government’s Brexit policy is to be Brexit in the sense that everyone understands it and voted for it, why are all political journalists reporting that tomorrow’s Chequers meeting will discuss a ‘Third Way’, which does not constitute Brexit at all?
We are once again compelled to point out the the government's official policy is not to deliver Brexit on 29th March 2019. Instead we will have a 'transition period' where we remain to all intents and purposes in the EU. No-one we know voted for this. We voted to leave the EU and we knew there was a two-year notice period. We should have left on 23rd June this year.
With Mrs May's 'Third Way' proposal we are now looking at a compromise on top of a massive compromise. For us this is wholly unacceptable.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
In the following article we suggest a course of action if you share our deep concerns that the government is heading for a ‘Soft Remain’ tomorrow.
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Name: Grant, South of England      Date/Time: 06 July 2018, 0.17am
Message: I do not want a third way brexit. I want a no deal brexit. Theresa May has proved how politicians do not listen to the will of the people. They only look out for themselves May out now.
Name: New Tory Member, Bucks, UK      Date/Time: 05 July 2018, 6.15pm
Message: I joined the Conservative Party this year after a lifetime of voting for them. I could not vote for any other party but will not be voting for them again if the current reports of the Chequers agenda turn out to be correct. What on earth are the Cabinet Brexiters doing even discussing this sellout. We need to change leader urgently.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 05 July 2018, 5.45pm
Message: It appears we are already a vassal state as Prime Minister May unveils her negotiating hand with the EU, to Merkle, before her cabinet. Welcome to control by the Fourth Reich. May and Robbins couldn't negotiate their way out of a wet paper bag. Let us pray our only salvation is either Spain or Eire scupper the whole sorry "deal" and we just leave on 29th March 2019.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 05 July 2018, 4.39pm
Message: Well, there is always this option:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misleading_of_parliament
May has been habitually lying to the House and the British people throughout this whole process, and the latest speeches are no exception. In the quotes you mention, May has explicitly stated that we will be leaving the SM, CU and ECJ jurisdiction. So, if the '3rd way' fudge turns out to be nothing of the sort, she should be forced to resign for misleading the House.
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DO SOMETHING!
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IT'S TIME TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AGAIN
The cabinet meets tomorrow at Chequers for an all-day summit to discuss the latest version of Brexit as drafted by the unelected, pro-EU, No.10 civil servant, Olly Robbins.
Most political journalists including those from the BBC
are reporting that the new ‘Third Way’ involves :
  • The UK continuing to levy EU tariffs on imported goods
  • Continuing to have to obey EU regulations on goods made in the UK
  • Continuing to allow a form of free movement (renamed ‘labour mobility’) for EU citizens
  • Limited ability to negotiate international trade deals
  • Continued jurisdiction of the ECJ in a disguised form
  • And crucially no insistence that a trade deal must be agreed before the UK hands over £39 billion in cash to the EU
In recent days pro-Brexit MPs have been lining up to denounce Mrs May’s (or Olly Robbins’) plan.
If you share the concerns of all pro-Brexit MPs about this, now is the time to make your views felt by contacting the cabinet.
LEND A HELPING HAND?
If you believe that the majority vote to leave the EU means something, and if you believe that democracy means nothing if the government promises to enact the decision of the people and then reneges, then why not do something about it?
Below is a link to a list of cabinet ministers, with their contact details. These are the majority pro-Remain individuals who will decide on Theresa May’s ‘Third Way’ tomorrow.
CONTACT THE CABINET
Below is just a taster. For the full document please click here.
                   © Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2018
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Technically correspondence about an MP’s cabinet responsibility should go to his or her department. Where possible we have included departmental email addresses, but their constituency emails are readily available from Parliament so we’ve also added those.
Why not take action now and write to each cabinet minister with your views? Or phone them. We will not suggest a text because we don’t believe that standard emails are particularly productive. However you can gain many ideas simply by reading our coverage over the last few weeks.
OBSERVATIONS
The Remain campaign hasn’t stopped since the Referendum. They have massive funding and have been given disproportionate air-time by the pro-Remain BBC, Sky and others. By contrast, the voice of the majority for leaving the EU has been suppressed.
Tomorrow is an important moment in the entire Brexit process. Please make your voice heard NOW, and please let us know if you have.
Finally, it takes time to orchestrate something like this. Just making that contact list above took many hours – hours we don’t have funding for. We could do so much more – more research, more articles and critically more lobbying – if we had more funding.
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Name: Liz F, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 05 July 2018, 09.47am
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What does this ‘Third Way’ come down to?
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THE POWER VERSUS THE PEOPLE
In just two days’ time the Prime Minister will – allegedly – decide the official form of Brexit with her cabinet, during an all-day summit at Chequers. She is due to present her 'Third Way'.
In the end this is about the UK leaving the EU – as voted for by the British people – or not. You can forget all the fudges and obfuscations, it really is that simple.
Beam in a Martian and he will take one look at EU membership and tell you what it involves.
BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY - WHAT EU MEMBERSHIP IS
  • Membership of the Single Market, with all businesses having the higher costs of EU rules
  • Membership of the Customs Union, with tariffs on goods in our shops
  • Adherence to a swathe of laws and directions on what states and their people can’t do
  • A steady advance towards being absorbed into a superstate
  • Jurisdiction of a foreign court - the ECJ
  • And large net annual payments into the EU budget
It then follows that leaving the EU means leaving all these things. It means being a fully-independent country again, with no say by the unelected bureaucrats of Brussels over our affairs.
WE VOTED TO LEAVE
Not only did a majority of the electorate vote to leave, but increasing numbers of Remain voters have observed that all the guaranteed doom of Project Fear has failed to materialise. Remember, this was threatened on the immediate consequences of a vote to leave – we were told we didn’t even have to wait for freedom itself before suffering calamity.
Remain voters aren’t stupid. They have seen that jobs are up by over half a million, the economy has continued to grow, and wages are rising faster than inflation. Many have seen the threats and the absurd intransigence of the EU elites and they haven’t liked what they’ve seen.
The majority of people in the UK now just want the government “to get on with it”.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
The essential problem is that the majority of MPs
don’t agree with the decision of the people
This has led a Remain-voting Prime Minister and her Remain-majority cabinet to try to muddy the waters in an attempt to push through something which sounds like Brexit, but isn’t.
Mrs May’s latest plan, reportedly dreamt up by the unelected civil servant Olly Robbins, takes her existing concessions to the EU (which involve virtually everything), and adds Single Market membership in all but name.
It also includes de facto membership of the large elements of the Customs Union, with EU tariffs being collected by the UK and passed on to Brussels.
Photo right: Unelected civil servant Olly Robbins
 
This appears to be Mrs May’s ‘third way’, even if she hasn’t yet been able to share it with anyone. For the moment let’s forget the fact that the political ideologues of Brussels will never countenance the plan anyway.
THE ‘THIRD WAY’
We don’t recall the late great Francis Albert Sinatra singing that he did it “the third way”. We rather suspect that he would have taken one look at Monsieur Barnier and said “Lose the coiffed Frenchie and get me that Merkel broad.”
The fundamental problem with anything called a ‘third way’ is that it is in effect a cop-out, an excuse, a wishy-washy attempt at compromise.
WHAT PRICE DEMOCRACY?
Prime Minister, forget compromises, we’re not interested. Either deliver Brexit or don’t. But for heaven’s sake stop all this mandarin, saccharine nonsense.
You may not like what Brexit means, but we truly do know that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and we can define it.
With the greatest possible respect Prime Minister, if you don’t want democracy to face the final curtain you’d better start making friends with something called reality.
You could do a lot worse than listen to the late, great Francis Albert's advice:-
“But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spat it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way”
OBSERVATIONS
We are working on a short piece suggesting ways you might make your voice heard ahead of the Chequers meeting on Friday.
There is no point in waiting for the outcome of that meeting and then getting angry. Democracy involves having your voice heard. We hope to produce something on this shortly.
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Name: A Bruce, Derbyshire, UK      Date/Time: 04 July 2018, 7.24pm
Message: @ Brexiteer, Braintree - I largely agree with you, it's a pretty fair assessment of what will happen on March 30th next year. I've backed away from near apoplexy over the various 'leaving' issues and now take a more pragmatic view - life - as you say - will go on. It's easy if you take an interest, to become too engrossed and stuck in the 'bubble' of labyrinthine details and possibilities - there's a grey area between single -mindedness and obsession, and Mrs B. has been accusing me of the latter...
For some time I've felt that all this political manoeuvering (or even manoEUvering), Rumour-mongering, speculation and smoke and mirrors is all a bit "can't see the wood for the trees", because whatever deal is finally hammered out between us and the EU negotiators, as I understand it, it will then have to be ratified by the EU parliament. A comprehensive new partnership deal (or 'mixed agreement') - which this is likely to be - will require both unanimous assent in the Council and ratification by national and/or subnational parliaments.
Can anyone really see the council and all 27 disparate members agreeing? (on anything much, given the increasing turmoil in the EU membership). So then it presumably goes to WTO rules.
Given that it's likely to be 2 years or so before that happens, all this current hoohah smacks of good old British short term-ism . . . and if there's one thing this country is good at, it's muddling through.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 04 July 2018, 2.42pm
Message: Life after Brexit: Spain will demand concessions on Gibraltar, Irish Leo will demand the last word on the border question, they will both vote against any deal Barnier negotiates for the EU. Meanwhile the UK drops out of the EU 11pm 29th March 2019.
07.00am March 30th 2019 the sun comes up the world hasn't ended and so starts another day, lots of bleating from usual suspects, life goes on. EU member states huff and puff over paying tariffs, Liam Fox puts out appeal for more civil servants to cope with the demand his department is receiving for trade deals from outside the EU. Once we are out of the EU an independent sovereign country again life will become simpler, MPs and civil servants will start moaning about their workload, now they are responsible for legislating all the laws we are governed by. Scottish fisherman and SNP government will be moaning about lack of vessels to catch British fish and it's all the fault of the English.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 04 July 2018, 11.44am
Message: From what I have read in the Express, the 'third way' is an even bigger abomination than the other two. We just have to hope that Boris/Gove/Davis carry out their threat and topple the evil May.
Name: Tom Rogers, Bridlington, East Riding, UK      Date/Time: 04 July 2018, 10.11am
Message: Article 50(3) is clear: we leave automatically at the end of the two-year notification period. That is a hard deadline. The two years can only be extended by unanimity of the Member States. That being the case, I welcome this dithering and the more it goes on, the more I wonder whether the Vicar's Daughter is a closet 'hard' Brexiter. The ideal scenario going forward would be more pointless waffle and vapid public utterances from the Chequers summit; some more dithering over the remainder of the summer, followed by a White Paper that, in typical May style, tries to be all things to all men; then a political crisis when Parliament sits again in the autumn; then some more dithering, then a bit more dithering just for Christmas, then throw in a constitutional crisis for good measure.
Then over the winter of 2018/19 it goes one of two ways: the backsliders will try to use the crisis as a pretext for pushing through a weak deal, 'in the national interest'. But they need parliamentary support to do this: they have already enshrined that principle through their own sabotage efforts. As such, they just might have sabotaged themselves. It may have been smarter for them to leave it all to the executive, but they didn't. So it then comes down to whether the Brexiters, mainly Tories, have the backbone to see this through. If the traitors cannot secure the necessary majority, then the hard deadline I mentioned at the outset of this comment crystallises into reality and we're out of it all, completely, totally and absolutely and without ceremony. Presumably, in that event, there will be some hurried signing of memorandums and facilitation agreements to keep various cross-border areas of infrastructure, government and the public sector going.
I see little prospect of the other Member States unanimously agreeing to extend the notification period: Spain, in particular, will want concessions over Gibraltar, and you can just imagine what the Germans will be demanding - everything from accession into the Eurozone and higher budgetary contributions, to more mass immigration, and I shudder to think what else. "Ja,ja,ja, we keep you in the negotiations, just sign here, stupid Englander..."
Name: Not4EU, London      Date/Time: 04 July 2018, 07.41am
Message: I think that my heart is back under control after the usual, tortuous agony of watching England play, though my throat is still a bit sore. ;)
A 'third' way? Where have I heard that before? Is Tony Blair writing her script? She and the other remainers think that we can't see through her deceit, but she's even worse than Cameron's so-called 'negotiation' but this time it's deadly serious for our country.
NO May. There was no 'third' way on the ballot paper. Cameron had already tried that and failed. It was a simple choice of 'Leave' or 'Remain'. We chose LEAVE, warts and all.
Stop the sophistry. Now, if you're incapable of accepting the result and implementing it properly, stand aside and let someone who believes in the result do so. Trying to hide just how much of our country had been given to the EU in the past will not wash. There should be just two options on the table for the EU, WTO or an FTA. We should be gracious and let them choose which one they want. Then get on with it.
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MERKEL SAVES HERSELF WITH LAST-MINUTE DEAL
Yesterday evening in Germany Angela Merkel reached an accommodation with the junior partners in her coalition government, the CSU. Notably this deal has not yet been accepted by her other coalition partners, the socialist SPD party.
Whilst the full terms of the arrangement are not yet clear, it is reported that migrant camps will be set up along the border between Germany and Austria.
WHAT DID MERKEL’S CSU PARTNERS WANT?
Angela Merkel
 
The key point of contention between the German Chancellor and her Home Secretary was his proposal to reject migrants at Germany’s borders who had claimed asylum in another EU member state.
As migrants from the southern route into Germany will almost all have had to claim asylum in other EU countries first, in practice this would have meant turning away almost all migrants.
WHAT IS THE COMPROMISE DEAL?
As with most political fudges, special language has had to be used to concoct a deal. In this case the wording that has been settled upon appears to be ‘transit centres’. These will be set up on Germany’s southern borders and will prevent migrants from entering Germany in an uncontrolled way.
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These camps will process migrants and determine whether they have any case for applying for asylum in Germany. The vast majority will not, and so the ‘transit’ will involve an about-turn to the country they entered from – generally Austria, although Switzerland may also be involved.
WHAT ABOUT AUSTRIA?
Absent from most international reporting overnight is the likely reaction of the new Austrian conservative government of Sebastian Kurz.
In effect Germany will have closed its southern border to Austria for migrants. The migrants might be held in the camps for a period but the intention is then to return them.
That will principally mean sending them back to Austria.
Photo right: Chancellor Kurz & girlfriend Susanne Thier
 
MEANWHILE IN BRUSSELS, SPAIN AND GREECE GET FINANCIAL HELP
As with all deals done in Brussels – particularly those to assist powerful states with their political problems back home – money is involved.
Yesterday the EU Commission announced more emergency payments for its migrant crisis. This time the payments are for Greece and Spain.
Spain will receive €25.6 million “to improve the reception capacity for arrivals at its southern coast and in Ceuta and Melilla as well as to help increase returns”. Another €20 million has been awarded to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Greece “to improve reception conditions in Greece, notably on the island of Lesvos”.
WHAT HAS IT COST SO FAR?
Brexit Facts4EU.Org has researched and reported many times on the tens of billions which the EU is spending on its migrant crisis, part-funded by the British taxpayer. Yesterday the EU Commission admitted to the figures on just one small aspect of this, that of ‘Emergency Assistance’.
“Spain has seen arrival figures increase during the past year and we need to step up our support to help manage the numbers and return those who have no right to stay. And while the EU-Turkey Statement has greatly contributed to lowering the number of arrivals in Greece, the country is still facing significant migratory pressure, in particular on the islands. Over €1 billion has now been awarded in emergency assistance to help Member States manage migration.”
- Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, 02 July 2018
The €1 billion in ‘Emergency Assistance’ had so far gone to Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, and Sweden. With yesterday’s announcement, Spain is now added to the list of beneficiary countries.
The emergency funding awarded to Spain comes on top of €692 million allocated to Spain for migration, border and security management under (non-emergency) national programmes for the period 2014-2020.
The emergency funding awarded to Greece comes on top of more than €1.6 billion of funding support awarded by the Commission since 2015 to address the migration issues there.
WHO PAYS?
All the sums referred to above come from the EU budget, into which the UK taxpayer is the second-highest donor.
The overall costs of the EU’s migrant crisis, significantly exacerbated by the unilateral actions of Angela Merkel in 2015, already run into the hundreds of billions. The official budget for this crisis for the next financial period of 2021-2027 exceeds €25 billion, and this does not include many other funds which are also being used now for this purpose.
OBSERVATIONS
One thing is certain when you look at the fudge achieved in Brussels at the EU Council last week, and the fudge achieved at the subsequent meetings between Angela Merkel and her political partners in Germany this week.
The EU’s migrant crisis will rumble on, incurring ever-larger costs for the British taxpayer.
THE LONG, LONG-SUFFERING UK TAXPAYER
Under Mrs May’s current proposals, the additional costs for the UK taxpayer will not stop on 29 March next year when she claims that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. The exit may happen in technical terms, but not in practical ones.
All MPs are fully aware of this, although very few will admit it. Even Jacob Rees-Mogg has accepted ECJ jurisdiction, de facto membership of the Single Market and Customs Union, and continued massive payments to the EU after the effective ‘exit’ date.
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Those continued massive payments will include the extra costs of Frau Merkel’s migrant crisis.
This is your ‘Transition Period’. And all indications are that Mrs May is set to try to force through even more Remain measures in her Chequers cabinet meeting on Friday.
Some Conservative MPs are already on the march against this. We urge you to give them your full support.
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Name: Paul A, East Sussex, UK      Date/Time: 03 July 2018, 10.30am
Message: I'm not entirely sure if the term 'Transit Centres' is intentional or ironic? Things didn't work out too well the last time Germany introduced transit camps.....
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 03 July 2018, 08.25am
Message: Will these transit camps be secure? we have seen elsewhere these migrants,mainly young men in their twenties do not like being documented or controlled. In Sweden and Germany migrants have fought pitched battles with rival gangs, and with each other as well as the police. Camps have been burnt down as have asylum housing blocks. Where is the money for all these measures coming from who is paying? this will cost billions of Euros. What are you going to do with economic migrants? How are you going to repatriate them to their homelands if their home countries do not want to accept them? This is a knee jerk reaction to Merkle's self induced problem I am sure Austria and Italy are going to be delighted with this solution to save Merkle's migrant problem, move it to the next door country! It won't work and will collapse, let's hope the EU collapses with it.

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BREXIT AND THE
WIDENING SCHISMS ACROSS THE EU
Brexit is not taking place in a vacuum. Whilst Brexit is quite rightly the number one news story in the UK, in the EU it has been replaced by a growing number of major tears in the fabric of the fragile cloth which for decades has covered the diverging views of the peoples of the continent.
Since becoming Prime Minister, Theresa May has seen these schisms developing between the ‘establishment’ EU countries such as Germany, and those countries with ‘populist’ governments such as Hungary. She has also witnessed the developing policies and actions of the new President of the USA, Donald Trump.
MAKING FRIENDS?
Brexit Facts4EU.Org has tried to find positive statements from Mrs May about the governments of the growing number of Eurosceptic countries. We also looked for positive statements about the President of the USA and about the governments of other major allies such as Australia.
We have been unable to find any significant statements from the Prime Minister in support of the governments of those EU member states which oppose the policies of the EU Commission.
Nor have we been able to find any significant statements in support of President Trump. We exclude the usual diplomatic niceties.
Below we give our analysis of why this matters for Brexit.
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BREXIT, THERESA MAY, AND THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Politicians watch programmes such as Newsnight. They listen to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 each morning.
It is no secret that the majority of the British public do not.
When it comes to Brexit and the disconnect between the people and their elected representatives, this is important. The now overt bias from the BBC allows politicians such as Mrs May to believe that she is representing the views of the British people, when she sides with Brussels instead of countries which are more inclined to support a fair Brexit.
The BBC is clearly pro-EU and supports open borders. All polls show the public takes the opposite view.
When it comes to the president of our most important ally, the United States, Mrs May has criticised him on everything from migration to trade policy.
In the post-Brexit world which we hope to be embracing soon, the world is ready for friendly overtures from the United Kingdom. There’s a lot of goodwill out there.
The UK’s foreign policy requires a major shift. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office remains in Remainerdom and so, it seems, does our Prime Minister.
It’s time to talk favourably about the countries which have natural affinities with the UK. If the Prime Minister can’t do that, perhaps at least she could stop denigrating them.
In the article below we give a classic example of why the PM should stop watching the BBC and open her eyes to the world around us.
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Name: CGM, Hampstead, London, UK      Date/Time: 03 July 2018, 5.10pm
Message: Another perceptive observation from facts4eu. In fact, most MPs, regardless of the Constituency they represent, get "captured" by London (which, by the by, was what contributed to the electoral success of the Scot.Nats). They may have previously worked in London; they certainly spend most of the week in London; they socialise and attend meetings in London; they read newspapers produced in London by London-based journalists and commentators; they listen to and watch the BBC, and most of its news journalists and editors are based in London. Inevitably, there's enormous conformity thought and peer pressure.
Conforming in thought with such a large cohort provides considerable strength and self-confidence - resulting of the overweening arrogance of people like Maitlis and Remainerdom. Conversely, it requires much effort, strength and courage to think and speak independently.
In Mrs May's case, additionally, we must remember that she is a devoted member of the Church of England: almost all the Bishops and clergy are proponents of the EU as good, are hostile to Brexit as being the product of evil such as xenophobia and racism, are hostile to Trump, hostile to limitations on free movement of people, etc.
It's little wonder that Mrs May is so torn in trying to do her duty to implement a democratic referendum result and trying to do her duty to "do the right thing".

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BBC INSULTS UK’S NATURAL ALLIES
On Tuesday last week the BBC Newsnight programme broadcast an interview with the Foreign Secretary of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó. The interviewer was Emily Maitlis.
Ms Maitlis questioned the Hungarian Foreign Secretary (technically the Minister of Foreign Affairs) on his country’s relationship with the EU, its policies on migration, and on its democratic values.
Brexit Facts4EU.Org invites readers to watch the interview below. It lasts seven-and-a-half minutes but we think it's important viewing.
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We are not able to convey the impact of this interview by transcribing it in full, because the tone and the body language are vital in understanding its importance. Below we provide a few key excerpts but we strongly recommend watching the video.
EXCERPTS FROM INTERVIEW
BBC: “You do know that you don’t HAVE an immigrant problem in Hungary. You do KNOW your own official data says you have 3,600 asylum seekers in a country of 10 million. You do know that there were 300 asylum claims only this year. You don’t HAVE an immigrant problem in your country.”
BBC: “This isn’t about immigration is it? This is about xenophobia.”
Mr Szijjártó: “No, I have to reject that and I take it as an insult.”
BBC: “I’m talking about what your opposition say.”
Mr Szijjártó: “Yes. Represent them.” [Sarcastically]
BBC: “This is no longer a democracy. This is a creeping authoritarianism.”
Mr Szijjártó: “You echo lies. You do echo lies in this television [programme]. And I don’t think it’s fair that you are unbalanced.”
BBC: [Sarcastically}: “The problem with the EU is that it believes in tolerance, diversity, and human rights and you are rejecting them all.”
Mr Szijjártó: “Why do you insult a country of 10 million people?”
This interview has provoked reactions in Hungary as well as further afield. Here is former Australian Ambassador to the EU, Mark Higgie:-
© Youtube
OBSERVATIONS
The BBC has always faced accusations of political bias from all sides. In years past, members of our team have defended the BBC regardless of which side the attacks came from.
Over the past 20 years, however, the impartiality of the BBC has gradually disappeared to the point where we now find the output of the BBC News and Current Affairs department to be virtually unwatchable.
BEYOND THE PALE – APOLOGY REQUIRED
If you watched the interview clip above, we suggest it is impossible not to find it outrageous. To illustrate this, we invite you to imagine that the Hungarian Foreign Minister was debating with an ‘open borders’ activist. Would you be able to differentiate, if you didn’t know that Ms Maitlis was a very senior news presenter from the BBC?
Alternatively, imagine Mr Szijjártó was faced with Jean-Claude Juncker or Guy Verhofstadt. Would you be able to tell the difference, in the hostility and the overt expression of the political views on display from the ‘interviewer’?
We do not suggest for one moment that assertive and informed questioning of political figures is a bad thing. We positively welcome it. If Ms Maitlis would like a lesson in how this should be done, she should watch Andrew Neil quizzing politicians. He is equally tough on all of them.
Unfortunately in the case of this interview by Ms Maitlis, the overt bias and disrespect to the Foreign Secretary of an EU27 country was simply deplorable. And unfortunately Ms Maitlis’ views are on display in other recent interviews. We invite you to watch the interview she did with the Deputy Leader of Germany’s official opposition party, Beatrix von Storch of the AfD. This took place on 20 June 2018.
© BBC Newsnight / Youtube
At one point in this interview the following exchange took place:-
BBC:“You know that’s all wrong, don’t you.”
Beatrix von Storch:“You don’t have to shout at me when you’re doing an interview.”
Ms Maitlis is of course not alone in this. The entire mindset of the BBC no longer seems to have any interest in balance and impartiality. We picked her interview last week as it was an extreme example of how bad things have become.
In a normal world, complaints against the BBC would be made and action would be taken. However we live in a world where senior figures in the BBC simply don’t see a problem in adopting clear political stances. In their sterile world these stances aren’t political, they are normal.
They fail to appreciate that the mood across the EU has shifted. Their little Hampstead think-bubble has been pricked – even by ‘acceptable’ countries such as Germany, who are now proposing to pay African countries to establish migrant internment centres to stop them coming to Europe.
If it carries on this way, the BBC could be the last luvviedom left standing.
We will say it again. Very regrettably, BBC News & Current Affairs is now beyond saving.
Finally, we apologise to the Hungarian people for the insulting interview conducted by the BBC. They do not speak for us, nor for a great many of the British people.
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Name: CGM, Hampstead, London, UK      Date/Time: 03 July 2018, 4.44pm
Message: This isn't interviewing, it's bullying. If the BBC had any respect for its Charter and for what its paying public ask of it, this "interviewer" would be sacked - and all the many other s0-called interviewers like her.
We used to be told that Britain had 3 public sector jewels in its crown - the BBC, the NHS and the Civil Service. How many of us now think they are things we can really boast of? Most BBC journalists are openly and unashamedly biased and hectoring; the NHS now provides its patients with among the poorest outcomes in the developed world, and despite having many conscientious doctors, nurses and managers, too many are openly dismissive and arrogant towards patients; and the Civil Service has repeatedly demonstrated utter incompetence (e.g. Inland Revenue, DWP, Immigration Service, Treasury forecasts, etc) while too many Civil "Servants" are unashamedly and brazenly contemptuous of Government Ministers, elected politicians and the electorate and openly work to thwart Government Manifesto commitments and the electoral will.
Name: Elisabeth, Hamburg, Germany      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 11.03pm
Message: The right wing Party AfD in Germany is very different from the right wing in Britain. The former relies in part on outdated nazi-ideology in thoughts and language. Britains right wing is not similar to that and based on democracy and modern views on migration, taking not race, but education and skills into account. Is the BBC perhaps better informed than you about the reality in Germany's amount of the "far right" violence in Germany , i.e.in Cottbus, Berlin, Dresden as well in small cities, and also now in parliament? It is appropriate to look with a critic eye on the AFD and their Members, who are also very different in their approach to politics.
Reply: Thank you Elisabeth, we always welcome comments from international readers. Regarding the BBC we would like to think we are as knowledgeable as them - indeed, on many matters related to the EU we consider ourselves (modestly!) to be far more knowledgeable.
Regarding the AfD we didn't comment on their politics, as you will have seen. Our objection to that interview with Ms von Storch was the pure aggression and lack of balance on show from the BBC interviewer. That is why we chose the quotation we did.
We are party-neutral in the case of British politics except where those politics relate to membership of the EU. Politically we believe in democracy, not autocracy, but our party-neutral stance attracts readers from the left and right in the UK and abroad.
We do not claim to be impartial regarding the EU but we do report official facts and our sources are therefore impeccable. Conversely, the BBC is paid by the public to be impartial. We do not believe it is right for them to adopt such hostile behaviour towards foreign politicians - of whatever political colour. We ran the article above because of the extreme behaviour on show, and because this highlights the very sad decline of any pretence at BBC impartiality, which applies to British politics too.
Thank you again for your considered comment. You are quite right to point out the differences in other countries such as Germany between parties of the right (or the left), when comparing to British alternatives.
Name: R Ellison, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 5.32pm
Message: If the Tory Party and PM T. May fail to implement the majority wish to LEAVE the EU, then they will have deceived and betrayed the British Public. In return, by breaking with the rules of Democracy, they will have freed the British Public from behaving according to decent and law-abiding standards. This will inevitably result in social unrest, even Civil War, on a large-scale. After all, if not even the Government can comply with Democracy, then why should we the British Public? What's more, the Tory Party will be finished whatever happens next. When the EU countries tear themselves away from a centralised control by EU Supremacists, which is happening now, then a beleaguered EU will become a thing of the past. The Tory Party will have fell on its sword for no reason! What a supremely daft and silly thing to do, Theresa. If you're going to be a fence-sitter you should at least have had the sense to open your eyes to major political and social events in Europe, and batted for the winning team!
Name: A Bruce, Derbyshire, UK      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 3.49pm
Message: For some reason I can't see the video, it's showing Dimbleby on referendum night.
Wanted to see just what the arrogant Maitlis said (although not good for my BP). (Have now watched it on Youtube and I was impressed with his patience and command of English in the face of her dismissive rudeness - a good diplomat. I don't watch any BBC any more due to the horrifying bias and unpatriotic spin put on everything.
I stopped paying the TV tax last year, primarily because of the Leftist/Common Purpose propaganda constantly spewed forth, but also because there was very little (on any of the mainstream channels) that I wanted to watch, and TV news is largely a joke.
Please keep up your excellent and revealing work which deserves a much bigger audience - remoaners should be force fed it for a start.
Reply: Thank you for your kind comments. We have now put a link below the video in case other people have the same problem viewing it. It might happen to do with your browser's caching settings.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 10.56am
Message: Replying to Patrick F, Kent:
Yes, the BBC complaints system is a total farce. Anything they don't like simply gets ignored, and the follow-up procedure doesn't work either. I had several attempts at complaining about Jo Coburn's appalling interview with John Redwood, in which she accused him of lying several times live on air. If it was a privately owned newspaper, they would find themselves in court facing a slander charge, and the interviewer would have been sacked. But the BBC can apparently ridicule/abuse/slander with impunity.
Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 07.53am
Message: I hope May watched Newsnight last Thursday,when presenter Emily Maitlis was totally destroyed by the Hungarian Foreign minister Peter Sijjarto. He put Ms Maitlis firmly back in her box, and said that his government was carrying out the wishes of the Hungarian electorate. He said that the Hungarian electorate had overwhelmingly rejected multiculturalism and that his government was implementing their wishes. When Ms Maitlis put to him that these were not European values, he pointed out the facts to her that there had been no terrorist attacks on Hungarian soil and that no illegal migrants in his country. I hope Prime Minister May took note. Our multicultural approach is not working we are not safe in our own country and that her Home office estimates there are 1 million illegal migrants in the United Kingdom. A novelty an European government implementing what the electorate voted for May take note Brexit means OUT the EU.
Name: Patrick F, Kent, UK      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 07.42am
Message: On June 23d 2018 my wife and I both wrote to the BBC to complain about their blatant anti-Brexit bias. Our emails were written independent of each other. Essentially our content was similar. I agree with Facts4eu. The bias is now so skewed that no pretence is being made at either impartiality, or, heaven forfend, even paying lip service to FACTS, that BBC TV and radio are unwatchable and unimaginable. The BBC have not replied to our emails.
Name: D Price, Berkshire, UK      Date/Time: 02 July 2018, 07.41am
Message: I agree, Peter Szijjarto kept his calm admirably and represented the interests of his people well while the Maitlis posturing and meltdown was deplorable. This wasn't an interview by any stretch, demonstrating how the establishment has become unhinged and is incapable of dealing with a majority of voters saying "no". Interesting but not unexpected that comments are barred on the BBC's Youtube channel.
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DECISION TIME,
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BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG EDITORIAL - WHAT THE PM MUST DO
Sunday 01 July 2018
At the end of this coming week, Theresa May will welcome the entire cabinet to the Prime Minister’s country retreat of Chequers in Buckinghamshire.
Chequers is located in a beautiful part of Buckinghamshire in rural England. I know it well – some years ago I used to drive past its gates every day.
In fact in many ways it’s hard to imagine a more perfect example of the rural idyll. It feels right that it should host one of the seats of power for the government of the United Kingdom. As the Prime Minister’s official retreat it has been used on many weekends down the decades for important but discrete meetings.
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On Friday, another such meeting will take place there.
This meeting of the cabinet would, under any other Prime Minister, be billed by us as the definitive meeting of the year. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the UK’s position on its future relationship with the EU after 29th March next year.
Our caveat of “under any other Prime Minister” is made simply because of Theresa May’s long reputation for avoiding difficult decisions.
THIS CAN’T BE PUT OFF, PRIME MINISTER
Back in 2016 after she was elected leader, Theresa May made the now-famous statement that “Brexit means Brexit”. Since then it has been anything but clear what this means to her in practice.
Regular readers know that we spend a lot of time delving into the EU in Brussels, and into the national governments of the EU27. We also read the foreign press and we watch foreign TV channels. What we have witnessed in the UK in the last two years has been little short of a shambles and an embarrassment.
It is fortunately true that the EU itself has been simply appalling in the way it has handled Brexit from Day One. The fact that the EU’s behaviour has been so awful should come as no surprise – anyone wanting an example of this only has to look at the mess that was the EU Council meeting last week.
Nevertheless, the UK government’s performance has been equally pitiful. And for that we must lay the responsibility firmly at the door of the Prime Minister.
SO WHAT SHOULD BE EXPECTED NEXT WEEK?
In our opinion it is intolerable to think that the unofficial cabinet meeting at Chequers on Friday should come out with anything less than very clear statements of policy and intent. The resultant White Paper must be unequivocal and detailed.
And let’s be honest, this will involve controntation.
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72% of those sitting round the table voted to remain in the EU. A few of these individuals have now indicated that they back Brexit, but only a few. The rest range from ‘fudging so it goes away’ to Remoaners like the Chancellor and Mrs May’s deputy, David Lidington.
BREXIT SUCCESS REQUIRES CERTAINTY AND LEADERSHIP
We are now at the point where serious damage will be inflicted on our country if the government fails to deliver on Friday. There is still just enough time to prepare fully for an exit from the EU on WTO terms and on the assumption that the EU will never agree anything sensible with the UK.
This requires a united cabinet and we suggest that the Prime Minister adopts the following strategy:-
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  1. All ministers must now openly back Brexit, whatever they voted
  2. They must embody a confident and positive vision of a post-Brexit Britain
  3. Forget ‘forms of words’ and legal fudging, success requires clear, unequivocal objectives
  4. The UK has red lines based on the simple fact that the people voted to leave
  5. This means exiting all EU structures and controls
  6. These will NOT be replaced with anything that has broadly the same effect as being a Member State
  7. Specifically, there will be :
  • No membership of the Single Market or anything like it
  • No membership of the Customs Union or anything like it
  • No ‘regulatory alignment’ of British goods, except for exports to the EU
  • Full ability to implement new international trade deals from March 2019
  • No jurisdiction by the ECJ
  • No freedom of movement – full autonomy
  • No submission to Common Agriculture or Fisheries Policies
  • No involvement in EU defence union in any form
  • No change in status of Northern Ireland and Gibraltar in any way
  1. UK will act as an independent country in all respects
  2. EU to be offered a generous free trade deal – zero tariffs
  3. EU to be offered continued full but reciprocal access to UK security and intelligence
THIS IS WHAT WE VOTED FOR
Regardless of the errant nonsense that has been allowed by the Prime Minister to gain credence over the past two years, leaving the EU isn’t that hard to define.
One of the problems we’ve had is the preponderance of lawyers in Parliament. The ordinary people of the UK have a pretty good idea of what it means to be a fully independent country again, outside the EU. Lawyers have, we’re sorry to say, not covered themselves in glory. (The exceptions being those excellent folk at Lawyers for Britain.)
In an article below we give an example of what happens when you allow lawyers to go all lawyerly over what was a basic political decision by the British people.
CONFRONTATION
Naturally our list above is going to involve confrontation on Friday. Remainers in the cabinet won’t like it.
They won’t like it because it represents Brexit. That’s just tough. It’s called implementing the will of the people – not in a legalistic fashion but in the spirit of what the majority voted for.
Mrs May must finally stand up and tell it like it is. No fudges, no tortuous compromises with woolly wording, just a sensible and pragmatic strategy to remove the UK from membership of the EU and all its tentacles.
And when she’s done with the cabinet, she should do the same with the EU. She must politely but firmly tell them that the UK intends to be a fully independent nation state. Naturally the UK will want to have the best possible relations with the EU27 countries, but it cannot be half in and half out.
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Prime Minister, it’s fine to state your position and for other people to say no. Then you deal with that outcome, persuade those you can to come on board and jettison the naysayers.
It’s not fine to sit on a fence and try to be all things to all people. In that way you satisfy no-one and you deliver a mess.
People will follow a leader who is strong and who has a clear plan. The people will get behind you if you do this. An increasing number of MPs will too.
If you don’t follow this advice you risk a very poor outcome for the country. All your other policies and any achievements will fade into the background. And you will fall.
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Name: D Price, Berkshire, UK      Date/Time: 01 July 2018, 07.02am
Message: Well said though the FTA must be mutual and unentangled and I wouldn't make the broad offer on intelligence, merely be open to discussion. I have no faith in our government or no.10 to adopt such clear lines nor fight for our benefit.
Name: CGM, Camden, London, UK      Date/Time: 01 July 2018, 10.01pm
Message: Well said! Mrs May should have this 10 point Brexit Strategy on her Tablet at Chequers to remind her of what we 17.4 million Leavers expect of our Prime Minister.
Name: Not4EU, London      Date/Time: 01 July 2018, 8.16pm
Message: Well said. Round of applause
I voted to leave the EU. I expected that the majority decision would be implemented, as promised. Had it been, we would have been an independent sovereign country (again) for a week right now. To your list, I would have her announcing that people who have business experience and publicly believe in leaving the EU will drive negotiations regarding trade, and lawyers similarly qualified will review any and all agreements with the EU to safeguard our country's interests.
I did not vote for a 'transition' (of what, to what, how and when has never been explained to anyone by anyone). A transition is not implementation, but a preparation for implementation. It is the implementation of our decision that we want details on. It SHOULD be 29th March 2019.
I certainly did not vote for this shambles of a farce of people who refuse to accept the decision being those negotiating our leaving. There have been ample opportunities for May to correct this. There have been ample opportunities for her to address the EU quislings in her party. There have been ample opportunities for May to strongly represent our country in negotiations with the EU. There have been ample opportunities for her to address the Snivel Serpents undermining preparations and negotiations. She hasn't done anything.
If she, or any of the Conservatives, think that fear of Corbyn will keep them in power and continue the sellout of our democratic vote by dragging this out for years then they are not in touch with the real world. They are not noticing that the failure to deliver a clean exit, ie ACTUALLY leaving the EU (Remember the vote?), is becoming for many more than just the referendum and country sellout. It now encompasses whether or not we live in a democracy, and is highlighting just how corrupt our Parliamentary system has become, particularly the HoL. Many are getting very angry. If the ballot box is shown to fail...
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Name: Roger, Sutton Coldfield, UK      Date/Time: 01 July 2018, 11.44am
Message: An excellent article thank you. With a strong PM leaving the EU and regaining control of our laws, borders, money and future trading arrangements would have been so straightforward. Sadly we have a weak one surrounded by fellow remainers who for some illogical reason don't think it a good idea to regain our sovereignty and are trying to frustrate us with fudge and compromise. Despite your tremendous efforts I don't think we are going to get what we voted for, a proper Brexit, and support for the Conservative Party will fall away alarmingly.
Name: Chris, Devizes, UK      Date/Time: 01 July 2018, 11.32am
Message: Sadly, I fear that May will do the exact opposite to every single point you identify in Point 7 of your Brexit Strategy summary. The Chequers meeting involves the entire cabinet, and she has done this deliberately so that the Brexiteers are out-voted. The resulting White Paper will be EUIABN, and a total betrayal of the British people and democracy. Over the last two years May has shown herself to be not just staggeringly incompetent (or a conspirator) but a habitual liar too. We are now totally dependent on Boris and Gove to trigger the 'No-confidence' motion to oust her and put an end to this treachery.

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Almost a year ago we wrote an important piece which is as relevant today as when we first wrote it. We reproduce the main part of below – only changing things like ‘last year’ to ‘two years ago’ – because it illustrates the point our editor makes in his article above about lawyers in Parliament.
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A FEELING OF DEJA VU
In January of last year, another great Brexit own goal was achieved, by none other than the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, the Rt Hon David Davis MP. As with the £350 million per week NHS issue, this was entirely self-inflicted and unnecessary.
During the debate on Article 50 in the House of Commons on 24th January last year, Mr Davis was asked a question by the Tory Remoaner MP Anna Soubry. In reply, David Davis said the following:
Brexit Secretary
Rt Hon David Davis MP
 
“My right hon. Friend the Member for Broxtowe (Anna Soubry) talks about things that were not on the ballot paper. What was on the ballot paper was leaving the European Union. I am afraid that it is very difficult to see how we can leave the European Union and still stay inside the single market, with all the commitments that go with that.
“What we have come up with—I hope to persuade her that this is a very worthwhile aim—is the idea of a comprehensive free trade agreement and a comprehensive customs agreement that will deliver the exact same benefits as we have, but also enable my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade to go and form trade deals with the rest of the world, which is the real upside of leaving the European Union.”
It was immediately obvious to us how the words “exact same benefits” would be used and distorted. Instead, Mr Davis let these words stand whilst Remainers increasingly used his statement against him.
LABOUR'S '6 TESTS OF BREXIT':
Eventually things got to the stage where Labour issued their six ‘tests of Brexit’ on 27 March 2017, against which they would decide whether to support the government’s eventual Brexit deal.
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One of the six tests is 'Does it deliver the ‘exact same benefits’ as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?'
Questioned on whether this was a reasonable test, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer responded:
“The government can't turn around and say this is unachievable because it was David Davis who said that.”
Three days later in a BBC Radio 4 interview Mr Davis appeared to backtrack, saying his statement to parliament in January “wasn’t a promise, it was an aim”.
Never a week goes by without Remainer MPs referring to the erroneous claim that Mr Davis has promised ‘the exact same benefits’ of single market and customs union membership.
A SUGGESTION OF WHAT MR DAVIS SHOULD HAVE SAID BACK THEN,
AND WHAT HE STILL NEEDS TO SAY:
“I would like to clarify for the British people what we might expect from our negotiations with the European Union.
“In the House of Commons in January 2017 and to the BBC in March of that year, I said that the exact same trade and customs benefits is an aim, an idea. If you read the words I used, that is what I said. This has subsequently been misused and twisted by Remainer MPs.
“I made our objectives clear before and I’m saying them again loud and clear now - in parliament, on television and in the newspapers. I hope this will stop some Labour, LibDem and other Remainer MPs from distorting the truth for the British people.
“Our future trade arrangements with the EU will naturally be different. Our aim is to achieve the best possible deal. Not the 'exact same deal', because that is not what we’re asking for. The exact same deal would mean continued mass immigration, continued big annual payments to the EU, our laws being made in Brussels, and being ruled over by foreign bureaucrats and judges.
“So Remainer MPs can stop this nonsense that they will only support a Brexit deal delivering ‘the exact same benefits’. In fact we want to stop the ‘exact same unacceptable costs and loss of control’ that we suffer under EU membership.
“This government is working hard to achieve the best possible future relationship with the EU27 countries, whilst at the same time delivering on the sovereign decision of the British people to leave the EU and take back control of our borders, our laws and our money.
“We're prepared to offer our EU partners the same trade benefits which they enjoy currently. To be clear, I'm talking about tariff-free trade, without all the political and social complications. It's up to them if they wish to accept this generous offer. I urge all MPs and commentators to get behind the government's efforts and help us to deliver an exciting and successful Brexit for the British people.”
Mr Davis may well feel he can carry on without confronting the 'exact same benefits' issue, because he clarified the position on the BBC’s Today Programme on Radio 4 back in March 2017.
Unfortunately the vast majority of the British people don’t listen to BBC Radio’s Today Programme. Mr Davis needs to come out strongly and attack Remainer MPs for their foolishness in holding up a ridiculous standard for the British people to judge the outcome of negotiations.
He needs to do this repeatedly and in all the media: “Of course the benefits of being outside the EU won’t be the same as the benefits of being inside it. They’ll be different, and ultimately better.” Or something like that.
The one thing we can’t accept is having to listen to uninformed Remainer politicians - most of whom know very little about EU membership and how the EU actually works – trotting out and misquoting Mr Davis’ answer in parliament in January last year, and using this as an excuse to vote against the ultimate Brexit deal.
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UPDATE FROM ORIGINAL ARTICLE A YEAR AGO
The above is a classic example of the way the lawyers in the Houses of Parliament want to prove how clever and lawyerly they are.
They do NOT serve the public with this behaviour. Brexit is not about winning an argument in court. It is about delivering on the wishes of the British people.
[ Source: Hansard House of Commons | BBC ]     Journalists and politicians can contact us for the full list of links, as usual.
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WE INVITE YOU ON A JOURNEY
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THIS IS YOUR EU
IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA
Yesterday while the 28 leaders of the EU Council talked late into the night, one EU Commissioner was more concerned about whether he had packed enough socks for an international trip.
This is just one story of what the EU does. Not what makes the headlines. Not what Remainer MPs in the UK Parliament think it does. But what the EU actually does.
This is a story about your EU and your money. It covers many aspects of the whole EU debate. Settle back with a coffee and please allow us to take you on a short journey.
THE EU COMMISSION
Like Mrs May, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has a ‘cabinet’. In his case, the cabinet is called a ‘college’ and is composed of 28 Commissioners.
Commissioners are appointed, not elected. It’s the President – currently Juncker – who appoints them. This is how we end up with a Trade Commissioner called Cecilia Malmstrom who has precisely no previous experience of trade.
These Commissioners are effectively what would be called ‘officials’ in the UK – civil servants. The difference in the EU’s case is that Commissioners wield immense power, control truly massive budgets, are feted wherever they go, and travel by limousine and sometimes private jets.
Think Olly Robbins on steroids, but with a much bigger expense account.
WHO IS OUR HERO IN THIS STORY?
The EU Commissioner featuring in this tale is Mr Neven Mimica.
You may not have heard of him. He’s a Croat, appointed after Croatia became the 28th member state of the EU in 2013.
Apart from a brief stint after school, he has worked in politics all his adult life.
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SO WHAT’S ALL THIS ABOUT MAURITANIA?
Mauritania sounds like a fictional country from a James Bond movie but in fact it exists. It’s full title is ‘The Islamic Republic of Mauritania’ or in EU-speak ‘La République Islamique de Mauritanie’.
That’s ‘al-Jumhūrīyah al-Islāmīyah al-Mūrītānīyah’ in the country’s official language of arabic.
The country is essentially Saharan. Not even sub-saharan – Mauritania is the full Monty, in the Mahgreb.
As with so many places in Africa where the EU is spending taxpayers’ money, Mauritania is a former French colony.
HOW DO THE FRENCH DO IT?
Regular readers will know that former French colonies seem to crop up a great deal whenever one looks at the EU’s foreign adventures. Take the EU’s military campaigns overseas. They are being fought in countries few British people could point to on a map, such as Mali, but they make the headlines in France.
Or look at the EU’s extra member states which are never mentioned in the British press, and which are known as the ‘Outermost Regions’. Six out of the nine were or are French.
The significance of this is of course money. Whilst the UK generally looks after its former colonies without involving the EU, the French persuade the EU to take on the responsibility – and the cost. For example the EU bill for the Outermost Regions for 2014-2020 is €13.3 billion.
WHY THE EU IS IN THE FORMER FRENCH, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA TODAY
Today’s events take place in Nouakchott, which as our well-informed readers will know is the capital of Mauritania.
EU Commissioner Mimica has travelled there because that is where the 31st congress of the African Union is taking place, and his main role is co-presenting a conference entitled “Women in Power”.
Here is what the official blurb has to say about this event:
“Women in Power”
“In furtherance of Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 and existing global commitments, and conscious of the need to increase traction for transformational action for gender equality and women’s empowerment, the AU and EU are joining forces to renew political commitment to realize this agenda. This event comes after H.E President Paul Kagame’s illustrious statement at the European Development Days (EDD) 2018 where he reminded all that “He for She” or “She is We” are not mere hashtags but an expression of our determination to make change really happen.”
No, we’re none the wiser either.
IT’S ABOUT THE MONEY, STUPID
It is virtually never mentioned in the British media – and certainly not by the BBC – but the EU has an ‘off-the-books’ €30.5 billion ‘European Development Fund’ (EDF), which we have reported on many times. This is in addition to the official EU budget to which the UK contributes each year. The UK taxpayer is contributing around €4 billion extra to the EDF fund for 2014-2020.
Yesterday it was announced by the EU Commission that Commissioner Mimica will travel to Mauritania today armed with his EU chequebook. In this particular case the sum involved is not vast. He will give €47.6 million to Mauritania, for two EU ‘programmes’.
It is worth pointing out that in an impoverished country like Mauritania, €47.6 million is a very large amount of money. At a very conservative estimate this would be the equivalent of at least £500 million in the UK.
And this is just for two out of many EU programmes there.
ER… ‘WOMEN IN POWER’? IN THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA?
Finally, and we hesitate to mention this, we feel a sense of irony coming on.
The list of human rights violations in Mauritania would keep a phalanx of British luvvie-lawyers busy for generations. Female genital mutilation, child labour, human trafficking, political imprisonment, and modern-day slavery are rife. In fact slavery was only officially abolished in 2007, although it is still widespread. And if you’re gay, it’s the death penalty for you.
‘La République Islamique de Mauritanie’ is a 99.9% Islamic nation. Sharia is the law of the land. Apostasy is punishable by death. Women have no rights except as provided under sharia law.
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This is the country being visited today by an EU Commissioner and his EU chequebook, to give a talk on ‘women in power’.
We seriously, seriously, couldn’t make this up.
OBSERVATIONS
In a week’s time readers will be waking up to the news of the outcome of Theresa May’s ‘away-day’ for her cabinet, to discuss the country’s policy on Brexit.
The cabinet voted by 72% to 28% for Remain.
This will be a serious moment for the country, because all indications currently are that Mrs May and her cabinet simply don’t ‘get it’. They do not seem to understand that they are more out of touch with the people of the UK than they ever have been.
We strongly urge all members of the cabinet to read the article above. It is one of hundreds we have researched and written about the EU. The facts it contains are incontrovertible and come from official sources.
This is just one tiny example of what we see daily. This isn't a trading bloc. It's not even about protecting citizens and workers' rights, or the rights of peoples in other countries. This is a vastly-expensive, out-of-control mess.
We suggest to Remain-supporting ministers that they are on the wrong side of history. It’s not too late to change, but change they must.
If they leave Chequers with what looks like a ‘soft Remain’, the people will not stand for it. We urge all cabinet ministers to spend an hour on our site, taking in the variety of facts.
The EU simply isn’t what they think it is. It doesn’t remotely represent the interests of our great nation. The people know this intuitively. Now it’s time for Remain-supporting cabinet ministers – and all MPs – to educate themselves properly.
This is not a decision they should get wrong.
[ Sources: EU Commission | African Union | Government of Mauritania ]             06.45am, Saturday 30 June 2018
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Name: Brexiteer, Braintree, Essex, UK      Date/Time: 30 June 2018, 09.08am
Message: The Islamic Republic of Mauritania how long before they are invited to join the EU?
Why are UK taxes being spent here? What has this country got to offer the EU? By all means you could spend aid money on specific infrastructure projects to make life more bearable, like clean water or irrigation for crops. But please these countries are light years away from "women in power" conferences. I know in Luvvie lefty land all people are equal and women should be empowered but this country, its laws and customs are a thousand years away from compatibility with EU values. Doubtless my views will be dismissed as racist bigotry but why should the EU try to impose 21st century western values on Saharan Africa?

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