On Boris Johnson’s broken promises while trying to get elected PM
His pledges to voters 3 months ago compared to what he has surrendered already
Boris goes into "EU Tunnel Negotiations" - © Brexit Facts4EU.Org
Brexit Facts4EU.Org holds the Prime Minister to account, ahead of any possible further surrenders
On Thursday 10 October 2019, the Prime Minister met the Irish Taoiseach at a wedding venue in the North-West of England. No-one knows what happened, but it has resulted in what is referred to go as “going into the tunnel”.
This means that serious and detailed negotiations have started again with the EU, supposedly under a news blackout. These talks are expected to last for several days.
So what DO we know?
Readers will have read all kinds of speculation in the mainstream media over the past 48 hours, but the truth is that no-one knows what caused the Irish Taoiseach suddenly to tell the EU that there might be the basis for a negotiated departure for the UK from the EU, on EU terms. There are rumours, but that’s all they are.
The only reasonable inference that can be drawn from this is that the PM has moved his position since making his offer to the EU on 02 October 2019.
The other inference is that the leader of the EU’s 20th smallest nation (the Republic of Ireland) seems to have an effective veto over whether the EU will allow the UK to leave the EU on a sensible basis.
What the Prime Minister promised just three months ago
Here is what we reported in early July. These are Boris Johnson’s words to a Conservative Party meeting at the five-star Culloden Hotel in County Down, Northern Ireland. He was making an election pitch to become leader of the Conservative Party and thereby Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister's promises three months ago
“Under no circumstances, whatever happens, will I allow the EU or anyone else to create any kind of division down the Irish Sea or attenuate our Union.
“That is why I resigned over Chequers. It is a terrible moral blackmail it puts on the UK Government. We can't have that.
“The way to protect the Union is to come out the EU whole and entire. Solve the border issues where they belong in the FTA (free trade agreement) which we are going to do.”
- Boris Johnson, 02 Jul 2019
As readers can see, the Backstop was the resigning issue for Boris, back in July last year: “That is why I resigned over Chequers.”
It is now a matter of fact that the PM's offer to the EU on 02 October put a border in the Irish Sea. It is also a matter of fact that the PM's offer keeps Northern Ireland in the Single Market under ECJ jurisdiction, thereby failing to protect the Union and "to come out the EU whole and entire".
Already the Prime Minister has reneged on his promises three months ago.
His offer to the EU 10 days ago most definitely did offer a “division down the Irish Sea” and equally definitely did “attenuate our Union”. On top of this, from the EU’s outright hostility earlier in the week to the start of ‘tunnel negotiations’ yesterday, something has changed in the PM’s offer. What it is, no-on can yet be sure.
Given that the PM’s proposals already broke his promises only three months ago, we fear the worst.
Worst of all, of course, is that the PM has said virtually nothing about all the other disastrous aspects of Mrs May’s surrender treaty, known as “the Withdrawal and Agreement and Political Declaration”. The border question is only one small (but important) part of the whole.
We are told by ERG MPs not to criticise or be pessimistic, but this is about Brexit, pure and simple. We maintain our stance that the only way the United Kingdom can exit the EU properly after 11pm on 31 October is without an agreed ‘deal’ with the EU.
Anything else will be a fudge of epic proportions.
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Brexit Facts4EU.Org, 12 October 2019
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