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What do many of the Labour and Tory defectors have in common? They are happy to see us enslaved to the E.U. rulebook. They were all elected on a Manifesto which undertook to respect the outcome of the referendum, but they are reneging on that. The 17.4m who voted to leave will show them little mercy when they next go to the ballot box.
Respectfully, Mr. King
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We’ve got them on the run….
Has anyone got the feeling over the last week or so that there really IS a sense of change in the air? We have had Sajid Javid, a Muslim Home Secretary, stand up and risk his political future and condemnation by his own community by refusing entry to ‘The ISIS Bride’ . We have had the defections of hard-Remainer MPs from both the Labour and Conservative back benches into the Poundland Lib Dem ‘Independence Group’ and the retreat – or at least the near invisibility- of Corbyn and Momentum in the wake of scathing – and justified – accusations of anti-Semitic racism. Hell, we have even seen the notorious Derek ‘Degsy’ Hatton, the loathsome Militant Tendency Trot from the ‘80’s , in just a few days rejoin and then get suspended from the Labour Party.
In the meantime , the reluctant allied forces of Brexit, UKIP, Leave Means Leave , and The Brexit Party, are gaining masses of support and every single day the clock runs down to a No Deal / WTO Brexit.
I would go as far to say that we are on the offensive and winning.
I said ‘reluctant allies’, because we all know that there are some major divisions between the pro- Brexit groupings. However now is not the time to dwell on petty differences.
We have the bastards on the run. Whether you are potential Brexit Party, a hard line Kipper or a Leave EU campaigner we all have the common enemy, the lunatic left and the hard line Remainers to knock down in order that come 2300 hrs on the 29th of March 2019 we can all get together and share a victory pint or three.
So I say – Let’s get the job done and kick’em whilst they are down ! Let’s have no mor in-fighting for the moment, lets up and at the Left and Remain rabble and press home our democratic right as Britons to finally claim our prize on the 29th !
Once we have victory, we can make change- real change- to politics and get our beloved country back on the right course again. So its time, ladies and gentlemen of Britain, for that Final Push.
Stick together now and lets do it !!
Respectfully, Kevin Baverstock
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Some suggest that neo-UKIP Tory MPs have taken control of the Party’s agenda, when in fact the schism is caused by MPs who want to keep us in a customs union.
To recap. 544 (84%) of MPs voted to hold a referendum and 498 (77%) of them voted to trigger Article 50.
The 17,400,000 in 408 (63%) constituencies who voted to LEAVE the EU, far outweighed the number of UKIP members, which itself never reached 100,000.
So why can’t those MPs now concentrate on getting the clean Brexit that we voted for – instead of blaming others for the mess that they helped to create?
Respectfully, Roger Arthur
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This is the Brexit position as at 15th February 2019.
There has been no significant development since my previous observation on this topic on 1 February 2019.
This being so, it has now become essential and a matter of urgency for the UK Government to take two steps with regard to its contact with the EU. First, it must formally notify the EU that in accordance with Article 50, the UK will be released from the Treaties of the EU at 11.00 p.m. UK time on Friday 29 March 2019 in the absence of any withdrawal agreement having come into force before that moment.
The second thing which must be done, in the same communication, is that the UK Government must formally propose the entry into an agreement with the EU under Article XXIV of GATT, to come into force at the same said instant. Oversimplifying the effect of Article XXIV somewhat, it provides the UK and the EU to carry on after Brexit as if nothing had changed, for a transition period of up to 10 years, with a view to negotiating a formal Free Trade Treaty before the expiry of that period. I do not think there is a single MP in Parliament who would vote against this.
The UK is in fact the ideal candidate for such an agreement with the EU for two immensely important reasons. Firstly, although the EU (Withdrawal ) Act 2018 contains a vicious trap which will be avoided if these steps are taken, it also contains some critically beneficial provisions; the effect of these is to preserve the “aquis”. This means that every single rule of EU law currently embedded in UK law now will remain wholly intact after Brexit. There is not another nation on the planet which can match this. Secondly, of course, the UK is already in a free trade agreement with the EU, which means that the change can indeed be seamless. Everybody wins from such an agreement.
Section 5(c) of Article XXIV provides that an interim agreement of the sort described above must include a plan and schedule for the formation of the formal trade deal within a reasonable time. For the reasons set out above, this can be done very easily if the consensual will is there. What we should suggest is that aim would be to replicate exactly the same free trade in goods and services as applies now in a formal Treaty to come into effect within a period of two years.
This is a blindingly obvious and simple way of getting everybody to agree about everything! For Heaven’s sake, get on with it!
Respectfully, Septimus Octavius