120 days to the allotted day for the Full Withdrawal of the UK from the EU, better known as FWUKEU and it is actually just four months to the day – but where are we on it? And what about this much vaunted May vs Corbyn TV debate?
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While much of the nation will be tuning in for the final episode of something called ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Theresa May is gearing up for a Brexit showdown with Jeremy Corbyn.
Now this is not going to be the fight of the century because they are both coming out of the same Remain-based corner of the boxing ring.
And in the other corner there will be no-one to represent the 17.4 million voters who voted to Leave the EU.
But the real problem is that these two can’t, it seems, decide on whether the BBC or ITV will do the best job of presenting it.
I understand that the PM wants a BBC confrontation and it has obligingly cleared its schedules for it – and the Labour leader wants it to take place on ITV.
It will just be a boring Tory vs Labour bashing exercise anyway and watchers will still be – purposely – in the dark about May’s atrocious deal.
One of the really big points missed in all of this is, if the UK does not leave the EU on the 29th March 2019 in the certain knowledge that it will definitely regain full and unfettered control over its laws, borders, policy making, defence and money, in short order, then not only will the voters have been denied but it would guarantee that the Brexit debate will continue to dog politics until we either hand over the country to the EU with no way back, or we regain control and diverge to make our own way in the world.
There will never, ever be a halfway house on this one.
Any connection to the EU will always be designed as a pull factor to reel us in and there are too many people in high places who would be more than willing to give that a helping hand.
The EU has successfully pulled Switzerland close to itself with a patchwork of 120 separate deals but is now insisting on a more far-reaching deal or the old deals will not be renewed. The negotiations for that are ongoing but the Eurocrats want it signed, sealed and delivered now.
An article on the Gatestone Institute website says:
“The EU is now pressing Switzerland to sign a comprehensive “framework agreement” that would require Bern to cede even more sovereignty to Brussels. The EU, for instance, wants Switzerland to subject itself to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). If Switzerland complies with the demand, the ECJ would outrank the Swiss Supreme Court as the final arbiter of legal disputes in the country.”
And while the PM goes on about how wonderful her Brexit In Name Only (BRINO) deal is, the former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove and Falklands War veteran, Major General Julian Thompson, have warned in a letter that May’s deal not only surrenders UK defence forces to EU control, it also compromises vital UK intelligence, which threatens Western security by risking the ‘Five Eyes’ alliance of the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
It also says that the £39 billion so-called Brexit divorce bill should not be paid and that we should leave on WTO terms.
Isn’t it obvious that we must now leave on WTO terms to properly safeguard our sovereignty in all areas. And save some dosh too. Anything else is a Great Brexit Surrender!
Personally, I don’t think that May’s deal stands a chance of getting through Parliament. And without a massive change in the Commons via a leadership vote or a general election how can anything else but a WTO exit be on the cards?
Both the EU and UK should now do what they should have been concentrating right from day one after the referendum – a full exit of the UK from the EU on WTO terms – and putting in place the infrastructure and agreements to make it work for us all.
Unless of course, enough of our MPs can get together to put in an amendment to upcoming legislation that overrides all the previous Brexit Acts to force the government to negotiate with the EU for an extension of Article 50. The Lords would be more than happy to rubber stamp that one.
In fact I expect to see that attempted several times in both houses in the coming months whatever the outcome.
And finally, an update on the post-Brexit UK/US open skies agreement that was being finalised yesterday. It’s been agreed.