Twenty-four hours ago the announcement of “a breakthrough” hit our screens and online papers. I cannot remember a time when I felt more ashamed for our political ‘elite’, more angry at the way they’ve sold us out and are continuing to do so, and more disgusted at the Remainers in government, the MSM and in the comments pages. One way to gauge the impact of this announcement is to look at who praises or defends it: watch how the crypto-remainers now come out of their holes …

There were straws in the wind pointing to this abject surrender – no longer just appeasement but humiliating surrender plain and simple. There was Juncker’s suspicious praise for Ms May – and his warning that the Brussels negotiators must help her to stay in office. Juncker knows full well that, should she be toppled, the next Tory Leader might well be an actual Brexiteer, with Brexiteer Ministers, willing to scupper this surrender.

There was Phil Hammond’s budget, planning for extra “Brexit” money to go to Brussels. Why do that – unless you know full well that it will be needed because Brexit won’t happen?

There was David Davis’ extraordinary announcement before the HoC Select Committee, that there were no government papers on Brexit impact assessment. In other words – why waste time and labour on these assessments when you already know Brexit won’t happen?

Therefore, having become suitably suspicious of how ‘government’, i.e. Whitehall and its Mandarins work, we can conclude with confidence that they have done and are doing their utmost to keep us in the EU. Never mind that their ‘preference’ means that we’ll now be in a worse place than had we voted to remain: their pensions are safe, and they can all still visit their friends and colleagues in Brussels from M Barnier down. We plebs, all 17.4 million of us, will foot the bill, as punishment for our temerity to vote OUT.

But that’s not all, not by far! Something the congratulatory pieces and interviews from Cabinet ministers didn’t mention, something the redoubtable EUrosceptic and brexiteer John Redwood in his diary pieces doesn’t touch upon (to name just a few prominent Tories), was explained by Henry Bolton in his interview on the BBC’s Daily Politics (embedded video clip here): that surrender ‘document’, in his well-informed opinion, was crafted and written in Brussels. Yes, that’s right: our feeble but powerful Mandarins can’t even write a proper surrender paper! Without Brussels, we’re nothing, do you understand? 

While someone like John Redwood makes reassuring noises (“this only means we can progress to trade talks, it’s not agreed until everything is agreed”) others simply crow with delight. The headlines in the papers say it all.

The ordinary people, unless they’re staunch Remainers, have a totally different opinion. Anger and scorn abound. I predict their voices will become even louder once they’ve delved into the fine print.

Take for example the ECJ – or CJEU (Court of Justice of the EU) as it’s now called. According to this document, “we” have agreed that EU citizens living here can go to the ECJ and we will have to abide by their decision – not just for the ‘transition period’ but for another eight years after that – that’s ten years. I’m sure we all remember the court cases where a convicted criminal from an EU country has won the ‘right’ not to be deported and goes happily on with his crime spree … Even the formidable Jacob Rees-Mogg hasn’t quite hammered home the fact that any EU citizen here in the UK will therefore have more rights than any of us natives.

Worse – since we’ll be ‘aligned’ and subject to Brussels, there won’t be any defense against the EAW. The EU police, Eurogendfor, will be able to ‘intervene’ should our feeble government think it necessary. PESCO will affect our Armed Forces. After all, why wouldn’t Phil Hammond go ahead with demanding the reduction of our Armed Forces by another 20,000 or so, down to 50,000, if our commitment to the EU Army were in doubt!

Then look at the ‘Trade Talks’ Juncker et al have now graciously permitted our government to begin. What ‘trade’? We’ll be stuck in the Customs Union and the Single Market, forever. No chance of negotiating our own FTAs (Free Trade Agreements) with Commonwealth Countries, for example. We’ll have to do as Brussels says.

It gets even worse. While we were justified to think, talk and write about the Brussels surrender, that old EU warhorse Mr Martin Schulz has come up with a surreal proposition at his Party’ Conference. He wants to establish the ’United States of Europe’ by 2025 (read it here).

Having surrendered now, that’ll be us included. Or will it? In good old teutonic fashion he says that those who don’t like it will be thrown out … so can we go then? Don’t bank on it: our Civil Serpents will see to it that we will like it indeed!

There’s one last point to ponder: we know how well-connected the links between Whitehall and the establishment media are. They go beyond the mere ‘briefings’ by Whitehall ‘officials’. The Mandarins and editors go to the same parties and dinners. A word here, a word there and the MSM know what to write and report.

We remember how UKIP was frozen out of the EU Referendum campaign. We remember how in the past 18 months we were deemed to be so insignificant that the establishment got away with telling everybody that UKIP wasn’t needed any longer because ‘we now got Brexit’. Too many voters believed them, and too many members believed them as well, thinking now was the time to give UKIP a make-over with another single issue to fight for.

How wrong they all were! UKIP is needed more than ever. We must gather our forces, we can no longer afford the time to navel-gaze, fence-sit and snipe at each other and the leader. If we cannot now stand up against this capitulation, stand up for our Independence – because that’s what Brexit is about – then the 17.4 million Leave voters may well ask what UKIP was for.

Do we really want our children and grandchildren read in their History books that all we Kippers managed to achieve on June 23rd 2016 was voting for LINO – ‘Leave In Name Only’ – because we stopped fighting and went home?

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