|We are now awaiting the next round of negotiations set to take place the week commencing September 7th. In this round, there can be no doubt in the UK negotiators’ minds. They should have a clear set of priorities which cannot be compromised on.
For clarity, Get Britain Out has identified 5 key areas of negotiation which must be our top priority: Download the PDF here.
For far too long the UK has just rolled over in these negotiations – and others with the EU – and Barnier has become so accustomed to getting his own way for the past 4 years – especially when the ‘Remainer’ Theresa May was Prime Minister. Then, all that was being negotiated was BRINO – as May seemed to deny – as I discovered for myself when I had a long discussion with her at a local meeting. Frankly, she did not even seem to be in full control of her brief when I challenged her! So Boris Johnson and David Frost’s determination to have a real Brexit or No Deal, must have come as a surprise to the EU. It must be very frustrating for Barnier now we have begun to stand our ground – and are hopefully prepared to walk away if necessary.
Signs of his frustration are showing. It has been reported this week, Barnier has cancelled a face to face meeting in London with Frost, replacing the meeting with a phone call. We will see. Phone calls were clearly ineffective over the Summer, so why would he want to revert back to them at this crucial time?! He is behaving like a spoilt child, throwing his toys out of the pram when he isn’t getting his own way.
Just for a laugh – it has been confirmed Barnier will be paid to write a book about his experiences in the Brexit negotiations – apparently, he has been keeping a detailed diary for the last 4 years. Perhaps if he had been spending more time dealing with the UK negotiators rather than signing book deals and writing diary entries, we might be closer to a Deal! Barnier is already compensated over £210,000 a year, plus expenses – which, by the way, is partly funded by UK taxpayers!
The disinterest in actually discussing Brexit appears to be spreading across the EU. Germany – which now holds the Presidency of the European Council – has even taken Brexit off the agenda for a meeting of EU Ambassadors on September 2nd. They claim this is because of a lack of progress. Surely if progress is slow, this is a perfect time for new impetus. My suggestions would be for the European Council to meet and remove Michel Barnier from his position – or stop the negotiations completely, so we can stop wasting taxpayer’s money and get on with our global future, as clearly our intent to agree a good Deal is not being reciprocated.
My guess is the Federal EU project will collapse in the near future, along with the Euro. Thank goodness we are cutting the shackles which have been tying us to the EU for so long.
To chase this up, I have written to members of the European Research Group (ERG) this week. I have urged them to maintain the pressure on the Government to keep ‘No Deal’ on the table and ensure the threat to walk away from the negotiations isn’t an empty one. You can read the letter here.
Quite a few MPs have responded positively to my request and have promised to fight for Brexit and uphold the commitments they have made to the Great British Public. This is very welcome news and it is good to know there are still a number of MPs who are actively working with the Government to ensure the concerns of Brexiteers are relayed to the Prime Minister.
Finally, news has emerged the Department for International Trade has set up 11 Trade Advisory Groups on key topics, with their membership made up of leading industry experts. This is great news, but bearing in mind we voted to Leave the EU over 4 years ago, why have these only just been created? Supposedly, we’ve been planning trade deals since we left the EU, so these groups should have been established years ago and perhaps we might have been further down the track on trade deals around the world, as well as those with the EU. Better still, if these experts had been on board, we might have been spared the dreadful negotiating of the ‘Remainer-in-Chief’, Sir ‘Oilly’ Robbins.
With only a few months to go, we seem to be going down to the wire again. We’ve seen the Government get to this point before and rush to reach a Deal or surrender to the EU in prior negotiations. There are only a very few outspoken critics or pressure groups left to hold the Government to account. Get Britain Out is one of the last guardians of a real Brexit – we will continue to fight for the interests of the British people, with your support.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO:
- Read our recent letter to members of the European Research Group (ERG) here.
- Get a downloadable version of our negotiating priorities graphic here.
The Director of Get Britain Out, Jayne Adye, has written the following recent articles:
IMPORTANT STORIES YOU MAY LIKE TO SEE:
- The EU’s ‘level playing field’ is a con trick – Briefings for Britain
- Labour MP brands Brexit voters ‘fat old racists’ – The Spectator
- Germany ‘ditches plan for EU Brexit talks’ amid concern over lack of progress – PoliticsHome
- Ex-Australian PM, Tony Abbott, is to be unveiled as the new Joint-President of the Board of Trade – The Sun
- UK-Japan trade deal to be completed by next week – CityA.M.
- BBC can be the nation’s voice after Brexit, says Director-General – The Daily Telegraph
- If you support CANZUK, you must support the D10 – An alliance of Democracies – ConservativeHome
- The risk of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit is rising, and that’s no bad thing – The Financial Times
- Michael Gove is ‘working round the clock’ to prepare Britain for a ‘No Deal’ Brexit – The Daily Mail
- It would be a betrayal to let our fishing industry slip through the net – The Daily Telegraph
- Get ready for ‘No-Deal’ Brexit! Barnier to pull out of face to face Frost meeting – The Daily Express
That’s all for this e-Bulletin. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and enjoy the Bank Holiday – let’s hope the weather improves! The fight for a REAL Brexit is still on.
Thank you for your ongoing support which is very much appreciated.
Best wishes from Jayne Adye, Campaign Director and the Team at Get Britain Out
P.S. Finally, please don’t forget, we still need your help with donations for the next few months – see above – to make sure we can help to secure the best Brexit for the United Kingdom. We appreciate all the help many of you have already given to the campaign, although unfortunately donations are reducing. However, for the best possible Brexit to be delivered by the end of this year, now, more than ever, every penny counts if we are to continue our work.
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