The first letter today is a call to action which we hope our readers take up. Please act and hand the link around! The letter is by our contributor Ceri Jayes:
Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP Chipping Barnet, will be presenting a Ten Minute Rule Bill to Parliament tomorrow (Wednesday 25 October) calling for a ban on the live export of animals for slaughter from the day that the UK leaves the EU. It will contain one exemption and that is permitting local transport from NI to the Republic of Ireland with the proviso that there is no further onward transfer to a third country.
A ban on the export of live animals for slaughter is a UKIP Manifesto 2015 pledge. The Conservative GE Manifesto 2017 stated, ‘As we leave the EU, we can take early steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter.’ (Until now our Government has claimed that ending the live export of animals is contrary to EU single market rules).
Please would UKIP Daily readers email their MPs as a matter of urgency asking them to attend and to support this debate. Ten Conservative MPs (see here) have already declared their support but we need many more from all parties to pledge their commitment to it. Do make sure that you include your name, address and postcode on your emails or they will be disregarded.
‘Compassion In World Farming’ states that long distance transport causes enormous suffering. Animals are often overcrowded and suffer extremes of heat and cold without sufficient food, water or rest periods. Some are taken throughout the EU and to countries such as the Middle East and North Africa in which animal welfare standards fall well short of ours.
I believe that if animals were produced, fattened and slaughtered as near to their place of birth as possible our farmers would benefit enormously. By sending animals on the hoof we are giving away thousands of jobs in the meat processing industries as well as the ancillary industries, such as tanning.
This is really exciting news shining through the gloom and doom that saturates the mainstream media coverage of our exit from the EU.
Let’s trumpet it!
Respectfully, Ceri Jayes, Chairman, Totnes Branch UKIP
The next letter, from our correspondent Septimus Octavius, was written a few days ago, but as always addresses a key issue in the Brexit negotiations:
This is another letter to Mr Davis:
Good Afternoon Mr Davis!
I do not know why our European “partners” have been so stupid as to make the Irish border one of their sticking points, but they have done so.
This gives the UK team a gilt-edged opportunity to bring the Article 50 farcical “negotiations” to a swift and mutually satisfactory conclusion.
It is essential that the current seamless and frictionless Irish border is maintained, and even Michel Barnier could not disagree with that; otherwise the Good Friday agreement would be shattered, and the Troubles would return with a vengeance.
This means, of course, a free trade deal between Northern Ireland and Eire. The former is part of the UK, which will soon be out of the EU. The latter, however, is very much one of the 27. Eire is and will after Brexit remain, hook line and sinker, a member of the EU, and bound like a helpless prisoner to all the Treaties of the EU. It is trapped in the single market and the customs union; as such it is absolutely forbidden to have any independent trade deal with a country outside the EU. It therefore follows that the existing free trade deal between the EU and the UK must continue after Brexit.
A formal letter should therefore be sent to Monsieur Barnier without delay, making the point set out above. It should go on to say that the UK is fully aware that he, and all the 27 with him, are terrified out of their skulls that the UK might leave without a deal. Why? Because if that happens, the EU gets absolutely nothing by way of a “divorce bill”, and overnight Mercedes et al will have to slap WTO tariffs on all their sales to the UK.
This being so, an ultimatum should conclude the letter, in these terms. An offer would be made to continue the free trade and cooperation arrangements, as expanded in the various discussion papers issued by the UK, with an immediate ex gratia payment of, say, 5 billion euros on confirmation of the deal by the European Parliament. The offer would be open for just 28 days, conditional on the aforesaid confirmation being made within 42 days. If either time limit is not complied with, the UK will withdraw from the negotiations.
The ball would then be very much in their court, would it not?
Respectfully, Septimus Octavius
Also on the issue of Brexit, here’s a brief letter from our correspondent Roger Arthur:
A no-deal Brexit Plan will only be effective if the the EU knows that we have one and can see that it is viable – as with the nuclear deterrent.
But Mr Hammond keeps sending out messages that we don’t have such a contingency plan.
Having seen how the EU rode roughshod over the Greeks, that is more than dereliction of duty, it is surely seditious.
Respectfully, Roger J. Arthur