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 PATERSON: “WE GAVE THE PM
THE SOLUTION IN OCTOBER”
The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP speaking in Washington last year © Heritage Foundation
THE PM'S TOP OFFICIALS ARE:
“Frustrating Brexit, determined to keep us
in the Customs Union”
In an exclusive interview with the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP last night, he reiterated to Brexit Facts4EU.Org that a full Brexit solution was already available – including to the Northern Ireland question.
We spoke to Mr Paterson following his question to the Prime Minister in the House earlier :-
“On 7 March, President Tusk offered the UK a wide-ranging free trade agreement, which foundered on the issue of the Northern Ireland border. It is therefore exasperating, today, that the Prime Minister is still talking about the backstop as the only solution to this border…. This is a breach of the Belfast agreement principle of consent, and it is even a breach of the articles of the Act of Union in 1801….”
“She knows that existing techniques and existing customs procedures can continue to deliver a seamless border. Will she please, at this late stage, put the backstop and all its horrors behind her, go back to the European Union and take up the offer made by President Tusk, using these modern, seamless customs techniques?”
- Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, House of Commons, 10 Dec 2018
The Prime Minister then repeated her many previous statements, and added :-
“In relation to the technical issues—the technical solutions — that my right hon. Friend refers to, yes, indeed, and we continue to engage with those who put these forward.”
The Prime Minister, House of Commons, 10 Dec 2018
According to Owen Paterson, this is not the case.
WHAT OWEN PATERSON TOLD US
Mr Paterson said that he and others had presented Mrs May with the details in October and that her reaction was “deeply disappointing and frustrating”.
“We already have a solution to the Northern Ireland border using existing processes, existing procedures, and within existing EU customs laws. This detailed solution was developed following meetings with customs experts in the EU and we also put it to Michel Barnier.
“We gave her this solution and held subsequent meetings with her senior officials.”
SO FAR SO GOOD, SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM THEN?
“There’s a complete inbuilt determination by the Civil Service to stay in the Customs Union.”
For Owen Paterson to tell us openly that Mrs May’s senior officials are effectively thwarting a sensible solution to Brexit because they are determined to keep the UK in the EU Customs Union is extraordinary.
All the more so because Mr Paterson held two positions as Secretary of State (Northern Ireland and DEFRA) and would not normally criticise top civil servants.
IMPORTANT: Please see our follow-up article below.
OBSERVATIONS
HOW MANY MORE DELAYS WILL BE TOLERATED?
The solution to the Irish border question has been known about for a considerable period of time.
What has now changed is the tone and the words being used by senior and experienced politicians such as Mr Paterson in relation to the PM’s refusal to address these solutions even at this late stage.
Furthermore, there is now open criticism of the senior civil servants on whom Mrs May seems to prefer to rely.
Last night, Mr Paterson expressed the growing frustration and anger felt by members of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs – those who are sticking to the Party’s manifesto commitments – and it is clear that patience with the PM has been exhausted.
THE BREXIT SOLUTION
In our next article we are summarising the position and the solution. Whilst any summary necessarily simplifies things, it is clear that such a paper is needed as the majority of the public are simply not aware of the solution.
This is not helped by the Prime Minister lying constantly about her Withdrawal Agreement and the reasons for it. This alone should be sufficient grounds for her to be shown the door by her colleagues.
MAY’S IN THE WAY
In days gone by, the Conservative Party’s legendary ‘men in grey suits’ would have gone to see the Prime Minister telling her it was time to go.
After yesterday’s shambles and the bizarre behaviour of Mrs May, it would seem more appropriate and perhaps kinder for the ‘men in white coats’ to perform the task.
[ Sources: The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP | Hansard        06.55am, 11 Dec 2018
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Name: NOT4EU, London, UK      Date/Time: 11 Dec 2018, 09.40am
Message: Yet again, actual facts, published here some time ago, are memory-holed and 'forgotten' by those wishing to pay a foreign power to take the country off their hands.
I cannot help but feel that there's a large element of 'look squirrel' politics being played here. Meanwhile, I'm not hearing any answers to questions that I have, so that I can see whether we are 'remaining by the back door' - something that we were assured would not happen. Aside from the current 'big beasts': Where is a detailed breakdown of the money that the Govt. is intending to pay, as a one-off and any ongoing 'charges'? What are, precisely, the names and activities of all of the EU 'agencies' that May has said that 'we' are interested in? What are the tandcs and costs (financial and otherwise)? How does this impact our sovereign control of laws? Are these costs factored into the 'pretend' £39bn? This appears to be remaining by the back door. I hear many MPs demanding that we stay in some of these EU institutions. Why is Euratom part of the 'deal'? As far as I'm aware, Euratom has a mandated leave process. Notice to leave was given late so it was not possible to complete by 29th March. So what exactly IS the date (if notice was indeed served) of leaving and the fiture plans? It was a key consideration in an 'implementation' period's acceptance - items that could not be fully implemented by the leave date. When does the 2 yr notice of the withdrawal from the London Agreement (fishing) finish? What are the plans? Again, we heard about 'intend to give notice' but zilch since.
The most important remain by the back door enabling us to be reeled back in - Why is there silence and when spoken, lies, regarding the full impact of May's sign-up to military union, and again without a voice - just providing the cannon fodder? Why will we still be tied to this even if we 'leave'?
Those are just a few issues that should be being honestly debated. Instead, we have the self-serving Intrusion of Cockroaches that infest the Houses of Parliament with many clinging to the fallacy of a EUtopia like turds stick to a shoe trying to overturn democracy. Most are as thick as mince as their 'speeches' display for all to see, a lack of even simple research and facts preferring to repeat consistently debunked 'project fear' from 3 years ago, pre-referendum. I am repeatedly amazed that these cretins openly admit that they are incapable of performing the job that they were elected to do, by stating that a foreign power (remaining in the EU) is the only way to pass a law to 'protect' people. Err...pardon? I seriously think that it's time that there was an IQ minimum for public representation in Parliament. The others are working for a foreign power to subvert our country, a truly evil bunch.
If they truly believe in the EU dream, then let us leave fully and properly. Then they can campaign to join the EU fully, providing full information of the consequences. If, as they say, we will miss the 'wonderfulness' that is the EU with all things bright and beautiful, it'll be a walk in the park for them. We will have seen the 'error of our ways'. Right?
Name: Concerned Expat, Somewhere outside the blasted EU      Date/Time: 11 Dec 2018, 08.23am
Message: The pantomine continues, May's 'Olly' and his ghostly staff are determined ......
She started with "No deal is better than a bad deal" but now presents as the only deal the worst one that one could dream up of in one's worst nightmare. I believe that this 'withdrawal deal' is drawn up by the eu, and rubber stamped by the traitors.
I know one thing, not delivering on leaving the eu, should mean the conservatives are toast and I hope for very many years to come. Look at their history with regard to the lies to the country re the EEC/eu. Heath, Major, May and Labour Blair, Brown - all of them have lied through their teeth about the real end game and purpose of the EEC/eu.
Now with all this pantomime going on, the Franco-British Council goes about its dirty hidden work.
The quicker Nigel Farage's new party is put together the better and someone please bring back hanging for treason.
Name: TMR, Germany      Date/Time: 11 Dec 2018, 07.00am
Message: Tory MPs , What you do in the coming weeks will NEVER be forgotten. There are ex soldiers who are being hounded by courts for events 30 years ago in NI. Tory MPs, if you get this wrong you will be hounded forever !

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BREXIT, WTO, TRADE
AND THE IRISH BORDER
Brexit Facts4EU.Org has previously researched and reported many times on what we have described as the “non-issue” of the Irish border.
We have published the testimony of the CEO of HMRC, the Head of Irish Revenue, and the special report of the EU Parliament prepared by one of the foremost customs experts in the field: the former Director of the World Customs Organisation.
All agreed that there was no need for any border infrastructure.
SUMMARY OF THE SOLUTION
Below is our Brexit Facts4EU.Org simple guide to a route to Brexit which addresses the question of the Irish border – without needing any odious ‘Backstop’ provision tying the UK into the EU indefinitely.
BREXIT, WTO, TRADE,
AND THE IRISH BORDER
A 1-PAGE BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SUMMARY PAPER
1. BACKGROUND
  • A border already exists - for tax, VAT, currency, excise duties and security, with no disruption
  • The Irish government weaponised the border issue in its desire to create a united Ireland
  • The EU used this issue to delay real Brexit negotiations until March 2018
  • On 07 Mar 2018, EU Council President Donald Tusk offered the UK a zero tariffs trade deal
  • However this offer would have made Northern Ireland effectively part of the EU for customs and laws
  • Mrs May allowed this to dominate her unwanted Withdrawal Agreement with the EU
  • Northern Ireland sales to the Republic account for only 0.2% of UK GDP
  • HMRC, Irish Revenue, and EU Parliament’s report all said no border infrastructure was required
2. SOLUTION
  • The technology is already being used, and is tried and tested
  • Solution would use existing processes, existing procedures, within existing EU customs laws
  • No requirement for ‘a hard border’ – unwanted by UK, EU, and Republic of Ireland anyway
  • Improvements can be made to efficiency, with goodwill on both sides
  • Exit on WTO terms, then negotiate trade deal with EU
  • Invoke Article 24 of GATT agreement, allowing zero tariffs while UK and EU are negotiating
3. WHAT THE INDUSTRY SAYS
CLECAT is the European Association For Forwarding, Transport, Logistics And Customs Services. Based in Brussels it represents more than 19,000 companies employing in excess of 1 million staff in logistics, freight forwarding and customs services. Here is what they say about Brexit:-
“Being outside of the Customs Union and the Single Market does not mean that trade will become impossible and is also not a new situation.
“Modern Customs legislation and technology provides for numerous simplifications and facilitations through which goods can move across borders unhindered, while at the same time Customs and other border inspection services can ensure safety and security and proper tax and duty collection.
“Therefore, all the ingredients to ensure an orderly exit process of the UK from the EU are already available.”
4. CONCLUSION
This non-issue has always been an absurd diversion over a tiny matter which would have been resolved a year ago by the respective customs authorities of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, if the EU and the Irish government hadn’t stopped them talking last year.
Sources: HMRC | Irish Revenue | EU Parliament | CLECAT | Owen Paterson MP | ERG
Summary paper © Brexit Facts4EU.Org 2018
OBSERVATIONS
Descriptions of solutions to the non-issue of the Northern Ireland border have been published in many ways, but the public remains largely unaware. This is a common problem caused by articles by MPs appearing behind the paywalls of major newspapers and magazines.
Where the solutions are available without paywalls, these are generally full versions running to thousands of words – impenetrable to ordinary voters with so little time to spare in their daily lives.
We hope you have found our simple summary useful. It is based on detailed research. Please feel free to distribute the PDF of our paper, provided you credit us.
[Sources: HMRC | Irish Revenue | EU Parliament | CLECAT | Owen Paterson MP | ERG        06.55am, 11 Dec 2018
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