This week, Prime Minister Theresa May has given two big Brexit speeches. In the first – the ‘A Global Britain’ speech – she set out Britain’s 12-point plan for leaving the EU. May made it clear the UK will no longer be a member of the EU’s Single Market, and said Brexit “must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe”. May’s plan means the UK will be able to regain control over its own laws, borders and trade policy. The second speech was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It had large chunks taken from the first speech, but was aimed more at world business leaders. She reiterated Britain will be “bold and ambitious” in its attempts to secure free-trade deals with nations across the globe.
Get Britain Out will ensure there is no backsliding from this position in the next couple of years.
Of course, this year will also be remembered for other reasons. This is the year in which Brexit supporter, Donald Trump, became President of the USA – with his inauguration taking place today. Congratulations Mr President. Trump has promised Britain will be at the front of the queue for a free-trade deal with the USA – we will need to wait to see the details hammered out. He also gave a very positive and widely circulated press interview with leading ‘Leave’ campaigner, Michael Gove this week. And International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, has announced the UK is already in informal trade talks with at least 12 countries. Remember, no formal trade deals can be implemented until we are out of the EU – so Get Britain Out hopes this will be as soon as possible.
Last week EU Reporter highlighted research conducted by Get Britain Out in relation to Montenegro’s possible accession to the EU. Our research revealed the European Commission has wasted significant sums of money on fruitless projects in Montenegro, with €640,000 spent on so-called ‘anti-corruption’ projects, including an IT system the authorities in Montenegro didn’t even use. In addition, €180,000 was spent on a year-long scheme collecting ‘environmental data’, which the authorities there also never used. What a waste of money! (Is EU membership for Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina really worth it?)
Last week for The Commentator, we wrote about the recent Brexit court cases. These cases are about politics, not process. Rather than having a genuine belief in legal process, the people behind these cases are merely using the legal system as a convenient conduit for their own agenda. We must, of course, respect the legal process, but disagreeing with these cases has nothing to do with disrespect of the legal system. This is opposition to the courts being used as a playground for the rich to obstruct the democratic process. Keep an eye out on Tuesday morning (9.30am) for the judgment in the Supreme Court case about whether or not a vote in Parliament is needed to trigger Article 50. (Brexit in court. It’s politics stupid)
As you know, Theresa May has already announced she intends to trigger Article 50 – the mechanism by which the UK leaves the EU – by the end of March. If, as expected, the Supreme Court case goes against the Government, there are plans to introduce a short Bill to be rushed through both houses of Parliament to ensure the timetable is met.
This week also saw the European Parliament elect a new President, to succeed the outspoken Euro-integrationist Martin Schulz. With little difference between the two viable candidates – both undistinguished Italian Euro-integrationists of similar age – this was no dawn of democracy in Brussels. This election was eventually won by the centre-right candidate Antonio Tajani. As we write on Brexit Central, this election serves as a timely reminder of how we must leave the EU’s sham ‘democracy’ to restore our own Parliamentary democracy. (The European Parliament’s Presidential election reminds us why we need Brexit to reclaim our democracy)
Remoaners continue to claim the EU Referendum result was about anything other than the EU. One of their favourite arguments is that people voted for Brexit because they felt ‘left behind’ by the Establishment and chose to lash out, with our EU membership the innocent victim. Unsurprisingly, they’re never quite as keen to over-analyse the motives of ‘Remain’ voters. On Reaction, we say this argument is patronising and false. Brexit voters were a broad coalition of people from across the country who knew exactly what they were doing – they voted to leave the EU, so let’s get on with it. (Stop patronising the 52% – the Brexit vote was a rational act)
This week we also wrote for The Commentator, pointing out one of the great myths which have developed since the Referendum result. Remoaners claim the UK voted to leave the EU because “Leave voters are stupid, and were duped by lies”. Not only is this totally false, but it proves we were right to vote for Brexit on June 23rd, as these individuals treat us with unfettered contempt. In reality the Referendum was fought on ‘control’. Control over our laws, control over our borders and control over our money. (We voted for Brexit to regain control. It’s that simple)
Britain’s Europhile Ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, quit earlier this month, accusing the Government of ‘muddled thinking’ over Brexit. Though taken as a sign of doom by the ex-Remainers, the departure of a pessimist known for his involvement with David Cameron’s failed ‘renegotiation’ of our EU membership is no real loss. As we argue in The Commentator, Sir Ivan’s replacement with Sir Tim Barrow – the former Ambassador to Russia – is good news for Brexit. Sir Tim has a record of success in Brussels and is particularly focussed on security and defence. With his appointment, a serious Brexit negotiating team is taking shape. (PM brings a heavyweight to Brexit negotiations)
Finally, John Burke, a foreign correspondent, financial journalist and travel writer, who has visited 79 countries – including every single one in Europe – has written an exclusive article for Get Britain Out. He gives examples of how Britain has ‘gone global’ throughout history. As twice former Conservative Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli wrote: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Instead of speculative scenarios, the true guide to Britain’s future is history and geography. The fact is, we lost Continental markets 4 times in the last 600 years, yet we prospered as an island that could trade overseas. (History Proves Britain Can Go It Alone)
We would like to thank all of our supporters who contacted the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, telling him to stop ‘Project Fear’. Over the past week, he has become far more positive about the opportunities created by Brexit. A job well done!
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Jayne Adye, Campaign Director, and the Team at Get Britain Out
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