Their laws? Their judges? Their territory? Our money? No. No. No. No.

The bullying, bad faith EU once again shows it doesn’t understand freedom, democracy, and independence

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You must take back control today, Prime Minister, and walk away

Yesterday the EU Council of 27 leaders met in Brussels. Brexit was the first item on the agenda after COVID-19. In an extraordinary statement, the EU essentially told the UK to kneel to its demands.

“UK must make ‘necessary moves’ towards a deal, say EU leaders”

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The EU Council’s statement in full

European Council conclusions on EU-UK relations, 15 October 2020

II. EU-UK relations

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4. The European Council recalls that the transition period will end on 31 December 2020 and notes with concern that progress on the key issues of interest to the Union is still not sufficient for an agreement to be reached.

5. The European Council reaffirms the Union’s determination to have as close as possible a partnership with the United Kingdom on the basis of the negotiating directives of 25 February 2020, while respecting the previously agreed European Council guidelines, as well as statements and declarations, notably those of 25 November 2018, in particular as regards the level playing field, governance and fisheries.

6. Against this background, the European Council invites the Unionʼs chief negotiator to continue negotiations in the coming weeks, and calls on the UK to make the necessary moves to make an agreement possible.

7. As regards the Internal Market Bill tabled by the UK government, the European Council recalls that the Withdrawal Agreement and its Protocols must be fully and timely implemented.

8. The European Council calls upon Member States, Union institutions and all stakeholders to step up their work on preparedness and readiness at all levels and for all outcomes, including that of no agreement, and invites the Commission, in particular, to give timely consideration to unilateral and time-limited contingency measures that are in the EUʼs interest.

9. The European Council will remain seized of the matter.

UK Chief Negotiator, Lord Frost, was clearly and rightly incensed

Lord Frost’s full response reads:

“Disappointed by the EUCO conclusions on UK/EU negotiations. Surprised EU is no longer committed to working "intensively" to reach a future partnership as agreed with [EU Commission President] Von Der Leyen on 3 October.

“Also surprised by suggestion that to get an agreement all future moves must come from UK. It's an unusual approach to conducting a negotiation.

“PM Boris Johnson will set out UK reactions and approach tomorrow in the light of his statement of 7 September.”

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Let's have some Brexit backbone

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The UK economy is bigger than 18 EU countries COMBINED

The British have a reputation for being self-deprecating. In many ways this an admirable quality.

At times like this, however, it is worth stating some basic facts to put some Brexit backbone into the UK Government's response to the EU today. The United Kingdom is a major player on the world stage, ranked No.6 in the World in terms of GDP. For the EU the UK is also an essential trading partner, as well as being an effective guarantor of Europe's defence by virtue of our military strength, membership of the Five Eyes network, and permanent membership of the UN's Security Council.

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The EU27 countries made over half a trillion pounds from the UK in the last 10 years

Our research using official ONS data shows that the EU27 have made over half a trillion pounds (£539.2 billion) in the last decade, from trading goods and services with the United Kingdom.

Conversely, when it comes to the United Kingdom’s trade with the Rest of the World, the UK’s surplus totalled over a quarter of a trillion pounds (£285.7 billion) in the last decade.

The UK’s deficit with the EU is 18 times worse than it was 10 years ago. More happily, the UK’s surplus with the rest of the world has grown by 150 times from where it was 10 years ago.

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It's time to put some backbone into Brexit, Prime Minister

It has been over four years since the majority of the British electorate voted to become a free, independent, and sovereign country once again. Prime Minister you committed to deliver on this democratic decision.

On 07 September - just five weeks ago - you also committed to a deadline of yesterday 15 October 2020 for the EU to agree a sensible and normal trade deal, or the UK would have to pursue its own path.

“The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year. So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.”

The EU Council's statement yesterday can only be construed as another bad faith position by an organisation seemingly intent on punishing the British people, in contravention of the Withdrawal Treaty. Accordingly we urge you to inform the EU today that in light of their unreasonable actions the UK has no choice other than to plan for trade with the EU on WTO terms.

At the same time, we urge you to:-

  1. Repudiate the Withdrawal Treaty (including the Northern Ireland Protocol) on the grounds that the EU has acted in bad faith during the entirety of the negotiations, and
  2. Start communicating effectively to the British public and to the rest of the world
  3. Tell the EU that we are ready to agree various side deals with them to ensure continuity of normal business relations between friendly countries.

We feel sure you will do the right thing today, Prime Minister.

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[ Sources: EU Council | Lord Frost | EU Commission official statistics agency Eurostat | ONS data ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Fri 16 Oct 2020

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