In view of Neil Mackereth’s references in Summary #3 and my appended comments with link on President Trump’s exceptional negotiating skills vis-a-vis Prime Minister May’s incompetent, utterly humiliating discussions and abject obeisance to the EU, I’m publishing this copy of Sir William Jaffray’s letter to Woody Johnson, the United States’ Ambassador to the UK, for my readers’ information:
Subject: For attention of Mr. Woody Johnson.
We understand the European Council will convene later today to decide if the EU is prepared to grant an extension of time for Brexit beyond this Friday, 12th, the so-called No-Deal WTO option. It is by no means clear that all 27 Eurozone states will agree to it, or, if they do, what conditions will be imposed by Brussels.
My purpose in writing is to respectfully request you to issue a further press statement tomorrow to remind everyone here that our Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement prevents the US from entering into a trade agreement with the U.K. That not only will this be a very valuable opportunity lost, but that our existing trade surplus with the US will suffer damage as the U.K. becomes embroiled in US/EU tariff disputes. Aside from existing 10% tariffs on steel and aluminium, a £9 bn tariff on Airbus is mooted, and tariffs on British products such as salmon and cheese. President Trump is also considering a 25% tariff on EU automotive industry exports, which will arguably backwash onto motor factories operating here. All told, the damage to the British economy without a clean break from the EU is significant.
A bald statement setting out potential costs to the U.K. economy might give even the more ardent europhiles in our Parliament pause for thought in their ideological pursuit of adherence to the EU.
The British people voted to Leave the EU unconditionally in 2016. They expect a clean break WTO departure on Friday 12th April. They do not want to see our relationship with our greatest ally, America, trashed by rogue parliamentarians, who have voted contrary to the pledges they made to their constituents in the 2017 General Election.
It is ironic beyond belief that after failing to heed Benjamin Franklin’s cry of “No taxation without representation “ our Parliament should be repeating the same mistake in its dealings with the EU. But our Parliament does NOT represent the People, and we wish to see the special relationship with your great country preserved, not discarded like old clothes.
Sir William Jaffray.
Chairman of Democracy17.4 membership association.
London. 10th April 2019.
- Democracy 17.4 supports English Democrats lawsuit against the PM to obtain a declaration in Law that the Law states the UK left the EU on 30th March 2019, and in blocking any extension to Article 50.
- Further to my asking in “The EU cat is out of the bag!” if May-Merkel discussions could be the “one more deception to be revealed”, Democracy 17.4 calls upon MPs and Peers to demand a copy of ‘secret’ transcripts pertaining to them for urgent debate in both Houses of Parliament. Their update reads:‘There can be little doubt that the EU has dictated the Brexit agenda throughout…Prime Minister May met Chancellor Merkel on Monday 9th July 2018 to agree a strategy to tie the UK to the EU by keeping as many EU laws and institutions as possible, the upshot being the Chequers agreement. Merkel and May agreed that the only realistic future for the UK was within the EU. With that in mind, May acquiesced for the Agreement to be drafted in Berlin and sent to the Cabinet Office, marked ‘Secret’. Merkel also ensured that the private meeting with May was recorded (probably without the PM’s knowledge) and sent transcripts to the EU and key German embassies.’
- The source of this information is John Petley’s report with contributions from Dr Niall McCrae, John Ashworth, Ariane Loening and Lawyers for Britain, BREXIT BOMBSHELL: A German Brexit? A Scandal of Subversive Statecraft.
- Thank you to Dave Chapman for helping me research the above issue wherein I discerned, a photo similar to the above, in these national leaders’ eyeballing one another that something is kept unsaid and private concerning their agreements. The story is covered in-depth by Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle at Did Angela Merkel Approve Theresa May’s Brexit Plan In Advance?
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LATEST NEWS, 16;38 pm
Angela Merkel has thrown Theresa May a lifeline after telling German MPs any Brexit extension should be “as short as possible” ahead of this evening’s crunch Brussels summit.
‘The German Chancellor has revived hopes that the Prime Minister could secure a shorter Brexit delay, but added that it should be “long enough to create calm, so we don’t have to meet every two weeks”.
‘Mrs May has requested that Article 50 be extended until June 30.
‘However, there is a growing expectation in Westminster that EU leaders will back Donald Tusk’s ‘flextension’ plan for a year-long delay, with the option for the UK to leave earlier if Parliament ratifies the Brexit deal in good time.
‘Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has put forward an alternative plan which would see the UK relegated to an “intermediate member state” – shut out of major decisions and required to undergo a membership review every three months.
‘But in a boost for Mrs May, the German Chancellor told the Bundestag: “I will support – and see if there’s broad majority for – an extension of several months, but not far beyond that so that when the UK decides, an exit can proceed successfully…’