Time for Firm Action Now Boris

For the past two and a half weeks we have seen a mad rush within Westminster to try and cram in as many announcements as possible before the start of the Summer Parliamentary Recess, which began on Thursday last week. As per usual, while the rest of us fight to get this country’s economy back on track, MPs are off for a massive 7-week holiday with no means of being held accountable.

Undoubtedly the biggest announcement since our last e-Bulletin has been the Government finally releasing their proposal for radical changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol, as well as a clear threat to the EU that if the UK’s demands are not met before the end of September, we will invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. This would effectively tear it up and trigger a new renegotiation – entirely separate from what had been agreed so far.

Naturally, the European Commission’s President, Ursula von der Leyen rejected the UK’s ‘Command Paper’ within 3 hours of it being published! This is not surprising when you realise for the EU the Protocol is working perfectly and is embarrassing the UK, so why would they surrender the control they still have over us?

The 3 key parts of the UK’s new ‘Command Paper’ proposal to the EU are:

  • There should be no involvement by the European Commission or the European Court of Justice in the Governing of Northern Ireland.
  • If any checks on goods are required because they are moving from Great Britain to the Republic of Ireland through Northern Ireland, then the UK will conduct these checks upon entry into Northern Ireland. However, no checks would be conducted on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland as it’s part of the United Kingdom.
  • All businesses exporting to Northern Ireland would sign up to a ‘Trusted Trader’ scheme, by which they can prove their goods will not enter the Republic of Ireland. Product movement would then be monitored through cooperation between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, ensuring the integrity of both the UK and EU internal markets.

You can read the UK’s proposal to the EU in full in the links at the end of this Bulletin.

Frankly, I wonder why these issues were not among the UK’s ‘red lines’ in the first place. However, I am at least grateful the Government is finally being upfront with the public about the failings in the Protocol and the fact Brexit is not ‘Done and Dusted’. I firmly believe this is largely down to the work of Get Britain Out and our consistent interaction with MPs and Members of the Government to raise these questions on behalf of you, our supporters, who expect to see their EU Referendum vote respected – especially now most other Eurosceptic campaigns have shut up shop.

Before I continue, as I have said before, Get Britain Out will try and carry on our fight to deliver a Real Brexit for the entire UK for as long as we can. However, we cannot do so if we cannot pay our bills. Sadly, donations are dropping off. We have never charged a membership fee, but we do need financial support. Brexit is far from over and we are still having a real impact in Westminster.  If you can afford to donate to help us continue our work, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you.
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Reports suggest the EU is on the verge of blocking UK tourists from quarantine-free travel in response to Lord Frost’s actions, as if their petty behaviour wasn’t obvious enough already. Well, in turn, I say if the EU wants to play these games, we are very capable of hitting them where it hurts – their wallets. I would urge all proud Brits to Buy British wherever they can, and if you do need to import from Europe then supporting Mediterranean countries like Portugal, Spain, Greece and Italy should be our first option. After all the more these countries see the Brits succeeding free from Brussels and still buying their goods, the more likely they are to turn against Brussels and join us on the outside.

As well as this petty action against UK tourists, the EU has issued its own counter-proposals which take no account of the UK’s demands and do nothing but tweak regulations on the movement of medicines and animal products. This was followed by phone conversations between Boris Johnson and both Ursula von der Leyen and the outgoing German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. However, the only thing to emerge after this is the EU has paused its court case against the UK for our supposedly breaching the Protocol, in the vain hope the UK will capitulate in further talks.

Our threat to invoke Article 16 was supposed to be an ultimatum to the EU. Well, the EU have clearly refused to move, so why are we wasting more time by not triggering Article 16 immediately to tear up the NI Protocol and start negotiations with a clean slate?!

Instead, we are simply extending the uncertainty for many businesses. Continuing the EU’s pattern of making trade between two United Kingdom countries extremely difficult, companies like Marks & Spencer are having 20% of their fresh produce exports to Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK destroyed because of ridiculous EU customs requirements – like forms being filled in with black not blue ink. Recently an M&S lorry of food was refused entry in Dublin although all the paperwork was correct, because the driver did not have any paperwork for his sandwich lunch, which was on the seat beside him. You couldn’t make it up if you tried!

On top of this ridiculousness, this week the full scale of the EU’s continued control of the UK was exposed. We at Get Britain Out, along with others, have disclosed the fact that according to Government guidance, until 2023 at the very least, the UK will be forced to display EU flags and plaques in this country on every “infrastructure project, piece of signage, pavement sticker, or temporary public realm adaption” which has been given EU funding as part of either the European Regional Development Fund or the European Structural Fund.

What makes this even worse is the measly sum we have been granted as a trade-off for being forced to plaster UK buildings etc with EU propaganda – including their flag! £56 million is less than £1 per person in the UK, but now we are again being blackmailed to kowtow to the EU’s demands, with no reference to whether or not the Great British Public approve of this blatant publicity for the EU.

Which other independent nation in the world is forced to publicly promote the work of another international organisation, of which they are no longer a member – and for such a measly sum of money? What is our Government thinking of?

Last week the UK’s new Nationality and Borders Bill sailed through its ‘Second Reading’ in the House of Commons, meaning we are supposed to be a step closer to being able to increase the penalties for those caught entering the country illegally – including the thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the English Channel from France.

While this Bill is a start, it certainly does not resolve the current problems. Last week – just as the Bill was being debated in Parliament – record numbers of migrants (almost 400 (mostly men) crossed the English Channel, arriving on our shores in one single day. To make matters worse, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, had just agreed to send £54 million to France to supposedly help control these migrant crossings – on top of the £24 million we sent the French last year. This is a huge amount of money on top of money we have given them so far, but has done nothing to reduce the problem.

So far, all I have seen the French apparently spending money on is buying up the stock of boats criminal gangs have been using. This is hardly effective in the age of the internet, where they have vast sums of migrants’ money and boats can be purchased from anywhere.

Are the French simply planning on spending our money on sailors’ wages, and fuel for their Border Force – as whatever they have been spending it on so far, has done nothing to reduce the problem. Now they have even refused our offer to pick up migrants and return them to France using our own boats. Clearly this isn’t about stopping the criminal gangs for the French, and is more about making it our problem instead.

We would be far better off investing our money in our own Border Force to more effectively police our borders and increase our capacity for removing illegal immigrants. At least this way it would be our own people doing the patrols to catch these illegal immigrants. At the moment we are seeing the voluntary RNLI having to go out to sea, risking their own lives, to pick up illegal migrants. It’s about time the Government deployed Border Force and the Royal Navy to do their job properly, freeing up the RNLI for all the other emergencies which need their help.

In the Labour Party things are not looking great. The only conversation they are having about Brexit is the out of touch metropolitan membership encouraging the Labour Leader, Sir Keir Starmer, to make Labour the Party of ‘re-joining the EU’! It seems they are not content with Labour’s already poor electoral performance, but they seem obsessed with trying to find new ways to make the Party even more out of touch. This country needs a real opposition to hold the Government to account where necessary, but right now Labour are frankly a shambles, with a revolving door of advisors going in and out, being hired and fired in a blind panic.

In the media world, I am sure many of you – like us – have been watching GB News (renowned and respected news broadcaster Andrew Neil is Chairman) and supporting this new free news channel in its attempts to break up the monopoly of the ‘establishment’. Despite initial technical struggles, we have seen this channel bounce back in the last week. Nigel Farage has now been introduced to the presenting line-up, plus the recent former DUP Leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster, has also joined the team as a commentator. Both of these introductions are very welcome, not only to perhaps shake up the political landscape, but Mrs Foster should finally force more in the ‘Westminster Bubble’ to pay attention to Northern Ireland and the many problems the country is experiencing.

Some lighter news now – reports from the Department for International Trade, led by the relentless Liz Truss, suggest the UK could conclude its negotiations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which would build on the trade agreements we have already signed with Australia and South Korea and open up huge new markets – without the bureaucratic burden we experienced for so long inside the EU.

Yet another example of Liz Truss’s commitment – this month also saw the Department for International Trade declare their intention to remove swathes of EU bureaucracy required to import wine into this country. This is a decision which is set to save UK citizens who enjoy drinking wine from all over the world, over £130 million a year, which is exactly the approach we need across the whole economy. As we have said time and again, we hope more Ministers take on the tenacity of Ms Truss and push to take advantage of every opportunity Brexit creates. Only if this happens can we reach our full potential.

WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO:

Director of Get Britain Out, Jayne Adye, has written or featured in the following articles –

For the Daily Express:

Published elsewhere:

IMPORTANT STORIES YOU MAY LIKE TO SEE:

  • The UK’s full ‘Command Paper’ proposing changes to the Northern Ireland Protocol
  • EU publishes proposals to simplify NI Protocol – BBC News
  • EU not listening! Frost rejects Brussels’ Brexit compromise offer – ‘Not addressed issue’ – Daily Express
  • We will not renegotiate the protocol’: Brussels Refuses to reopen Brexit deal on Northern Ireland – Daily Mail
  • Wine-lovers to save £130m as Brexit frees imports from red tape – The Daily Telegraph
  • Britain’s economy to bounce back fastest of all the G7 nations this year, experts predict – The Sun
  • EU’s protocol flexibilities ‘superficial and with strings attached’: Donaldson – Belfast Newsletter
  • France rejected a request to have British warships pick up migrants in the Channel and take them back to shore – The Sun
  • EU chaos as ‘entire’ Marks & Spencer’s shipments turned away and destroyed because of ‘wrong ink colour’ – Daily Express
  • The Northern Ireland Protocol was only ever a placeholder to get Brexit over the line – now the real work begins – CityA.M.
  • ‘No exceptions!’ Tokyo Olympics chiefs reject Brussels’ demands to fly EU flag at event – Daily Express
  • Do not try to modify the Northern Ireland Protocol – just scrap it cleanly – The Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Got until September!’ EU issued ultimatum after bloc refused to renegotiate Brexit deal – Daily Express
  • Dominic Cummings: “Irish issues ‘far’ from being a priority for UK Government” – The London Economic
  • Britain tells EU on Brexit deal: it wasn’t going to last forever – Reuters
  • UK vows ‘world-leading’ post-Brexit R&D plan – Politico
  • Nigel Farage’s GB News show beats BBC News Channel and Sky – Daily Mail
  • Compromise on protocol or NI will be a permanent Brexit casualty, Lords warn – Belfast Telegraph 
  • We will lead the world with our free trade – Stephen Pollard – Daily Express
  • Ending free movement wasn’t meant to boost wages – are we now being proved wrong about Brexit? – The Independent
  • Uproar as Labour MP shares picture branding Brexit supporters ‘thick’ – Daily Express

Finally, if you want something to lift your mood, the Government’s communications strategy is in such disarray, Allegra Stratton a Conservative Government chief spokesperson on the COP 26 Climate Summit taking place later this year in Glasgow, has just told people to join the Green Party – Join the Green Party to save planet, says Boris Johnson’s climate spokesperson.
As I have said before, you couldn’t make it up if you tried!

As always, please keep safe and thank you for your support.

Best wishes from Jayne Adye, Campaign Director – and my Team at Get Britain Out.

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