Below, an extract from the Statement by President Donald Tusk on the draft guidelines on the framework for the future relationship with the UK published on the European Council website on 3 March, 2018…
“…Now, coming to the core of our future economic relationship. During my talks in London last Thursday, and in her speech last Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that the UK will leave the Single Market, leave the customs union and leave the jurisdiction of the ECJ (European Court of Justice). Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the only remaining possible model is a free trade agreement. I hope that it will be ambitious and advanced – and we will do our best, as we did with other partners, such as Canada recently – but anyway it will only be a trade agreement.
I propose that we aim for a trade agreement covering all sectors and with zero tariffs on goods. Like other free trade agreements, it should address services. And in fisheries, reciprocal access to fishing waters and resources should be maintained…” Ends.
When Brexiteer MPs have mentioned the above offer in TV interviews, they have been brushed off, the impression given that this is now in the past, was rejected or is no longer available. No need to ask why. We know that the mainstream media, along with the majority of MPs in Parliament do not want to leave the EU and are doing everything in their power to stop Brexit. “STOP BREXIT” was actually the official slogan of the Liberal Democrats in the recent EU elections, with other parties openly campaigning to overturn the 2016 referendum result, albeit hiding behind the demand for a second referendum, confirmatory vote etc.
The level of dishonesty, the machinations being employed, must surely concern anyone considering Brexit through the prism of Christianity. Below, Conservative, Steve Baker MP, who said in media interviews last weekend that he was giving consideration to standing as a candidate in the current leadership election to be the next Conservative leader/Prime Minister, speaks about Donald Tusk’s offer in his resignation speech in Parliament, following his resignation from the Government on the grounds that he was unable to support Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement/”deal”.
Given the level of dishonesty, double-speak, and the various machinations being employed to prevent Brexit, isn’t it time for everyone who values truth and integrity, certainly every follower of Christ, to stand full square behind the 2016 vote and insist that the UK Parliament implements Brexit? Christ, remember, said: “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’ – everything else comes from the Evil One” (Matthew 5:37).
17.4 people across the UK said YES to leaving the UK, despite huge pressure from the Government to vote to remain, and subsequent polls and interviews reveal that our YES meant YES notwithstanding attempts to rig and/or interpret results to show the opposite. So how are we to interpret the fact that Donald Tusk’s above offer was not explored by the UK negotiating team, alongside the fact that the remainer lobby continues to speak about the impossibility of being able to agree a “deal”? What’s going on? And should we all be praying that Steve Baker puts his name forward for the leadership / premiership, since he would, more likely than not, hold the powers-that-be in the EU to that offer?
Note: as always in Brexit discussions, our concern is not with the various political parties and their policies, or with the voting records of individual MPs, but focuses purely on the issues surrounding Brexit. Regular bloggers and readers will know that I am apolitical in that, for a long time now, I have been forced to spoil my voting paper (by writing a note to the effect that I cannot support the Godless laws introduced/supported by all of the above) because all UK political parties have supported the introduction of laws which contradict God’s moral law and so, in conscience, I am unable to vote for any of them. I voted for The Brexit Party in the EU elections purely on the Brexit ticket.