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 breakWTO 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.