VIDEOS: The 12 words from Boris which changed Nigel’s mind

The 12 words concern the period when the United Kingdom will be a colony of the EU

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Brexit Facts4EU.Org shows you Boris, Nigel, and what the Withdrawal Agreement says

On Sunday 10 November, Boris Johnson released a short video (1 minute 13 seconds) on his Twitter feed. In just 12 short words he gave Nigel Farage the justification for standing down 317 Brexit Party candidates in Conservative-held seats.

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Here are those 12 words

“We will not extend the transition period beyond the end of 2020.”

- The Prime Minister, 10 Nov 2019

Mr Johnson’s full words surrounding this were as follows: “We can get a fantastic new free trade deal agreement with the EU by the end of 2020. And we will not extend the transition period beyond the end of 2020. There’s absolutely no need to do that.”

Here is the video:-

And here is Nigel Farage’s response the following day

On Monday 11 November, Nigel Farage gave a speech at a Brexit Party rally in Sedgefield at which he said:

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The 'concession' which changed the Brexit Party

“He did make some concessions last night. He did say we’d be leaving at the end of December [2020 – Ed.]. Now, now, he has said that before. You know: ‘do or die’, ‘die in a ditch’. So we’ve got to be careful about promises that get made during election time.”

- Nigel Farage, Leader of the Brexit Party, 11 Nov 2019

Here is the video: (The relevant part starts at 46 mins 30 seconds)

Mr Farage went on to say that the Brexit Party would be standing down in all 317 Conservative-held seats.

What does the Withdrawal Agreement say about extending the Transition Period?

Any extension of the Transition Period must comply with Article 132 of the Withdrawal Agreement. Here is the relevant paragraph:-


Extension of the transition period

1. Notwithstanding Article 126, the Joint Committee may, before 1 July 2020, adopt a single decision extending the transition period for up to 1 or 2 years.”

It is absolutely clear that any decision to extend the Transition Period must be agreed by both parties by 30 June 2020. If the Prime Minister sticks to his pledge that the UK will ‘leave’ the EU by 31 Jan 2020 when the current extension runs out, then this gives the Prime Minister a window of just five months to be sure of agreeing a free trade agreement with the EU by 31 December 2020.

If Mr Johnson is not sure on 30 June that a free trade deal can be agreed by year end, and if he does not request a further extension, then the UK will exit the EU on WTO terms on 31 December next year.

But what then happens to the Withdrawal Agreement?

The Withdrawal Agreement is NOT a trade agreement. It defines the terms of the UK’s exit and it stipulates the EU’s requirements and laws governing the UK – many of which will last long after the UK has actually left.

In essence, the EU – in concert with the Remainer PM Theresa May and her Remainer civil servants – specified the terms on which the EU would allow the United Kingdom to exit the EU.

In order for Mr Johnson to abide by his latest pledge to ‘Get Brexit Done’ (and assuming he wins the election) he will have to sign the EU Withdrawal Agreement by 31 January 2020. Only the attached Protocol on Northern Ireland was changed, aside from two minor changes in the WA which had to be made because of the revised NI Protocol.

All the other colony-status provisions of the WA are exactly as they were when Theresa May agreed them.


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[ Sources: Twitter: Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage official accounts | EU Commission ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 13 Nov 2019

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