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UK: love letters between PM Theresa and Boris

UK: love letters between PM Theresa and Boris

Boris Johnson’s letter to the prime minister:

Dear Theresa

It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

They were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.

That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

We have postponed crucial decisions – including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November – with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.

It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws. Indeed we seem to have gone backwards since the last Chequers meeting in February, when I described my frustrations, as Mayor of London, in trying to protect cyclists from juggernauts. We had wanted to lower the cabin windows to improve visibility; and even though such designs were already on the market, and even though there had been a horrific spate of deaths, mainly of female cyclists, we were told that we had to wait for the EU to legislate on the matter.

So at the previous Chequers session we thrashed out an elaborate procedure for divergence from EU rules. But even that now seems to have been taken off the table, and there is in fact no easy UK right of initiative. Yet if Brexit is to mean anything, it must surely give ministers and Parliament the chance to do things differently to protect the public. If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists – when that proposal is supported at every level of UK government – then I don’t see how that country can truly be called independent.

Conversely, the British government has spent decades arguing against this or that EU directive, on the grounds that it was too burdensome or ill-thought out. We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health – and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony – and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.

What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK – before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them. Indeed, I was concerned, looking at Friday’s document, that there might be further concessions on immigration, or that we might end up effectively paying for access to the single market.

On Friday I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail, and congratulated you on at least reaching a cabinet decision on the way forward. As I said then, the government now has a song to sing. The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat. We must have collective responsibility. Since I cannot in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go.

I am proud to have served as Foreign Secretary in your government. As I step down, I would like first to thank the patient officers of the Metropolitan Police who have looked after me and my family, at times in demanding circumstances. I am proud too of the extraordinary men and women of our diplomatic service. Over the last few months they have shown how many friends this country has around the world, as 28 governments expelled Russian spies in an unprecedented protest at the attempted assassination of the Skripals. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record international support for this government’s campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe — a continent which we will never leave.

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP


Theresa May’s reply:

Dear Boris,

Thank you for your letter relinquishing the office of Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

I am sorry – and a little surprised – to receive it after the productive discussions we had at Chequers on Friday, and the comprehensive and detailed proposal which we agreed as a Cabinet. It is a proposal which will honour the result of the referendum and the commitments we made in our general election manifesto to leave the single market and the customs union. It will mean that we take back control of our borders, our laws, and our money – ending the freedom of movement, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, and ending the days of sending vast sums of taxpayers’ money to the European Union. We will be able to spend that money on our priorities instead – such as the £20 billion increase we have announced for the NHS budget, which means that we will soon be spending an extra £394 million a week on our National Health Service.

As I outlined at Chequers, the agreement we reached requires the full, collective support of Her Majesty’s Government. During the EU referendum campaign, collective responsibility on EU policy was temporarily suspended. As we developed our policy on Brexit, I have allowed Cabinet colleagues considerable latitude to express their individual views. But the agreement we reached on Friday marks the point where that is no longer the case, and if you are not able to provide the support we need to secure this deal in the interests of the United Kingdom, it is right that you should step down.

As you do so, I would like to place on record my appreciation of the service you have given to our country, and to the Conservative Party, as Mayor of London and as Foreign Secretary – not least for the passion that you have demonstrated in promoting a Global Britain to the world as we leave the European Union.

Yours ever,

Theresa May

{ 24 comments… add one }
  • Aktosplatz 10/07/2018, 8:03 am

    Nigel Farage, the ex UKIP Leader always referred to Theresa May as ‘Theresa MAYBE’. I agreed with him at the time, and emailed friends in the UK that she was going to sell them down the river.

    It was obvious because the whole Illegal Immigrant fiasco (including terrorist attacks)started by Tony Blair, flourished under her watch as Home Secretary.

    Reminds you a bit of the LNP today except some UK ministers have had the decency to resign

    • Joe Blogs 10/07/2018, 9:36 am

      The woman’s either a simpering idiot or a closet socialist. Same thing, really.

      Hope Trump gives the duplicitous fool the rounds of the kitchen.

    • TommyGun 10/07/2018, 2:41 pm

      Yes, she and her cronies were dead set against Brexit and have decided that they’ll orchestrate a “Fake Brexit”. In other words, they’ll go through the motions but the end result will be the same as if Brexit never happened. Duplicitous b*tch!

    • Joe Blogs 10/07/2018, 6:03 pm
  • Phil 10/07/2018, 8:45 am

    Theresa May obviously didn’t heed a word of Boris’ letter. Sounds like the whole Brexit thing has been handed over to a huge Public Service committee. No hope now.

  • Pensioner Pete 10/07/2018, 9:54 am

    The British people’s wishes are being usurped by a rotten and corrupt government, reminds me of Australia. Time for the Pommies to boot their mongrel government to the kerb and install politicians who will actually carry out the will of the people, in this case, Brexit.

    • DT 10/07/2018, 10:01 am

      We suffer at the hands of “globalists” pretending to be representing us as our elected representatives while they carry out the UN based agendas, help their cronies to profiteer at our expense and generally wreck our way of life and national prosperity.

      End game Australia’s sovereignty lost and replaced by foreign control.

      Protest at the next election by not voting for the two sides that play the game while sharing terms of governance.

  • Zoltan 10/07/2018, 10:14 am

    Word is Sharia May is in Ikea today looking for a new cabinet

    • Popular Front 10/07/2018, 10:28 am


    • Pensioner Pete 10/07/2018, 11:29 am


  • Clarion Call 10/07/2018, 11:05 am

    You only have to take a gander at this ugly sheila’s head to realise that she’s a fraud of the first order. Parrot-face is a just one more Manchurian Candidate sent into bat by the elite globalists. Problem is her stroke play is amateurish in the extreme. Can’t even produce a reasonably straight bat to some docile bodyliners. Getting close to treading on her own wicket, it seems. Innings closed.

    • Aktosplatz 10/07/2018, 5:16 pm

      Yes, CC : ‘Globalists’ – that’s the key word.

      In the Conservative Party, they have their “Wets’ and ‘Dries’ The Globalists are the ‘Wets’. Theresa Maybe is a Wet.

      Those ‘Wets’ are the Trumble Set here, whereas the ‘Dries’ are the good guys like Tony Abbott or Peter Dutton etc.

  • Penguinite 10/07/2018, 12:13 pm

    We have our own Teresa Maybe running amok in our Parliament and need to emulate the British Conservatives! Turdbull needs to go!

    • DT 10/07/2018, 12:57 pm

      With the polls now well exceeding the actual 29 polls he used as 30 against PM Abbott and the 6 months notice given by Liberal MPs as his time remaining, when will he be gone?

    • Neville 10/07/2018, 9:35 pm

      Nah! He’s like a turd ball – just sits there and won’t roll away … wait … yes, he actually IS a turdball.

  • Aktosplatz 10/07/2018, 5:20 pm

    You would have thought Theresa Maybe would have quit by now, after losing Boris Johnston as well.

    Incredibly she’s carrying on with her deceitful Brexit; ‘BoJo’ has been replaced by Jeremy Hunt – another Remainer/Wet/ Globalist.

    It’s so blatant, this denying of basic Democratic Rights!!

  • Joe Blogs 10/07/2018, 6:01 pm

    If they stuff it up, Nige will be back – http://video.foxnews.com/v/5807259091001/?#sp=show-clips

    • nev 11/07/2018, 2:31 pm

      Good stuff JB, would dearly love to see Farage back in the scene driving Brexit. Don’t think he can make it to PM though but Boris can, he was mysteriously miss-footed last time. Timing good to with DT visit in the mix.
      Must remember Theresa May like our Trumble has her nemesis as a want to be Labour poli too. Stood for Durham in 92 and was a great supporter Labours new way under Blair who turned out to be Britain’s Obumma.

  • Cliff 10/07/2018, 8:06 pm

    I can’t help buy feel that the next seven days in the UK will be a classic example of the old adage “A week’s a long time in politics”.

    If there was any fairness in this world – which there definitely isn’t – PM May should be out on her political tin ear by next Tuesday.

    • Neville 10/07/2018, 9:36 pm

      Could still be … watch this space.

  • Aktosplatz 10/07/2018, 9:30 pm

    Perhaps this is the most appropriate for the “Dries” ( and the Delcons) and the Brexiteers:-

    “Nimrod” by Elgar


    (turn the sound up)

    • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 7:37 pm

      Beautiful. Thanks, Akto.

    • Aktosplatz 11/07/2018, 8:11 pm

      Thanks Blogsie, – the first time I heard this beautiful piece of music (‘Nimrod’ by Sir Edward Elgar) was on the ABC when PM John Howard opened the Australian War Memorial in Hyde Park in London. The Guards were playing ‘Nimrod’ as he made his speech, and it just grabbed my attention.

      • Joe Blogs 11/07/2018, 9:46 pm

        The Household Division and the Royal Regiment of Scotland – fighting soldiers all – will always set world standards for ceremonies, Akto. Superb.

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