Dear Friends and Supporters
As Brexit Negotiations Begin, Happy Independence Day!
Against all the odds – the full force of the EU machine, the Westminster bubble, a tide of big banks, naive celebrities and against foreign rulers – we built a Leave movement and we got our country back on this day last year. Happy Independence Day!
The British General Election on June 8th this year saw the Conservatives take the most votes and the most seats, but fall just short of a majority, as explored in our special election roundup last week. Unfortunately, the election also rallied Tory Europhiles – including Chancellor Philip Hammond – who still try and conspire to water down Brexit. They want to throw out the possibility of no deal, leaving us vulnerable to having to accept a bad one. Some in Labour are scheming with the SNP too, to attach wrecking amendments to the Great Repeal Bill, potentially forcing a second referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal.
While they plot, Eurocrat Guy Verhofstadt has laid out what the UK staying in the EU would mean. We would have to lose our budget rebate, pay £billions more a year, and be forced into the Euro. This grim prospect should stiffen spines as the Brexit negotiations begin.
The first day of negotiations was yesterday, aiming to secure a timetable for the UK’s departure. Little can be gleaned at such an early stage on what the final deal will be. David Davis, Britain’s Brexit Secretary, said talks were off to a “promising start”, despite the Remainer media trying to claim Davis has already made the first of many concessions – he has not succeeding in his request to discuss trade in parallel with other negotiating points. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, cautioned those reading too much into small details in Brexit negotiations, saying: “nothing is achieved, until everything is achieved”.
Yesterday, Theresa May offered EU citizens who arrived before Brexit will have the same ability to build up rights to work, healthcare and benefits as UK citizens. She rejected the idea the ECJ will be the final arbiter of those rights. UK laws must, of course, reign supreme for every person who lives here, which is why we mean we will take back control!
Across the Channel, the second round of the French legislative elections were held last Sunday. French President Emmanuel Macron’s ‘En Marche’ party won 350 seats out of 577 on an unusually low turnout (leading some to say he doesn’t really have a mandate from the majority of the French people), reducing the centre-right to only 136 seats and almost wiping out the Socialists. Enthusiastic support for the EU army, threats to Central European nations, and Protectionist tomfoolery, and also saying: “the door remains open” to cancel Brexit, show how dangerous Macron is.
The EU is never one to let a crisis go to waste: on June 7th the European Commission committed to a defence fund to build a common army. Yesterday, EU leaders pushed through a £1.3 billion a year proposal which will create a ‘weapons’ fund’, shared financing for battlegroups and a ‘coalition of the willing’ to conduct operations outside the EU. Worryingly, it also includes new rules which will allow EU nations to push for military action without the agreement of all its members. All this with only 5 minutes discussion last night! EU officials expect the defence fund to grow to £4.8 billion a year as Member States opt in. Another Remain lie debunked.
A renewed Eurozone crisis has once again been delayed as the EU and IMF have finally agreed to extend a £7.5 billion loan for Greece. This was part of the 2015 bailout deal, delayed by IMF concerns Greece could never pay off its debts and Germany refuses to allow debt relief. With the prospect of a Greek default in July, the IMF have finally caved in and have gone along with the bailout – meanwhile the Greeks are still suffering monumental austerity forced upon them.
The Migration Crisis is stirring again and today, while in Brussels, Theresa May has confirmed she has promised a further £75 million to help with humanitarian efforts and voluntary repatriation in the Central Mediterranean. Turkey has been threatening to throw out their deal with the EU, in which they hold back 3 million migrants in return for £2.64 billion! Germany has withdrawn troops from a military base in Incirlik, Turkey, and if these tensions boil over, it could make the migrant crisis much worse than previously.
Now, to what we have been writing about recently.
Business people are apparently worried about Britain’s supposedly ‘weak’ Brexit negotiating position. As we argue on CapX, however, our hand is actually quite strong. Britain is the EU’s biggest export partner. They benefit from our security co-operation, and largely rely on our monetary contributions. The EU will want a deal – just like we do! (Don’t panic! Britain has a strong Brexit hand)
Before the election, it looked likely the Europhile parties would suffer mightily, with the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and the SNP slipping back. It was a chance for Brexiteers to deal them a bloody nose, as we wrote in The Commentator, with all three getting fewer votes than in 2015. (This election could finish off the hardcore Europhiles)
Labour are fighting themselves over Brexit again, with the Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Sir Keir Starmer, Chuka Umunna and others all singing from different hymn sheets. Before the General Election, we warned about this on ConservativeHome. The Brexit ‘policy’ in Labour’s manifesto was so incoherent, they couldn’t – and still can’t – be considered a pro-Brexit party. (Labour still hasn’t got a coherent position on Brexit)
A recent ECJ ruling on a trade deal with Singapore appears at first to be bad news for Brexit. On closer inspection, however, it could help pass a mutually beneficial Brexit deal with the EU by preventing any one EU member state from vetoing it, as we discuss on Comment Central. (ECJ boosts prospects of a Brexit deal)
To believe Brexit is a rejection of Europe and its values is ridiculous. Eurosceptics only want to leave the EU as an institution, and open up the UK to the rest of the world, while promoting global British as well as European values of free trade, democracy and the rule of law. The EU hinders Britain and Europe’s ability to do this. To be anti-EU is to be Pro-European, as we argue on The Commentator. (Pro-Brexit, Pro-Europe: Not So Hard to Understand)
Conservatives devastated by the General Election debacle, were quick to call for Prime Minister, Theresa May to go, and before the next election she probably will. As we argue on Comment Central however, May leaving now – without a unity candidate to replace her swiftly and smoothly – might risk derailing the Brexit negotiations (Theresa May Must Stay. For Now.)
An exclusive for Get Britain Out. One of our team, Alexander Fiuza has analysed Lord Ashcroft’s post-election survey of 10,000 voters. It shows what many had guessed: the Conservatives were kept in power because Brexiteers rallied behind them. We hope they vindicate our support. (How Brexiteers Kept the Conservatives in Power)
Emily Thornberry recently blundered when she said you can’t export food to Australia – because it might go off!!! This is patently not true, as we write on The Conservative Online. Technological innovation has made the world smaller than ever. Many of the UK’s other trading partners are growing faster than the EU and we should be looking to trade with them – regardless of distance. (Distance Won’t Stop a Global Britain)
That’s it for this news bulletin. Please remember – ONWARDS AND OUTWARDS – as we are not OUT yet!
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