5th December, 2017.
Open Letter to
The Prime Minister
Mrs. T. May,
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Dear Prime Minister,
We write further to our letter to you of 21st November, 2017 and also the letter to you from numerous members of Leavemeansleave dated 1st December, 2017.
We, the sovereign people of this country, will not accept any payment to the EU, and especially not the extortionate figure of £50 billion. We understand that your suggestion of ‘obligations’ were those set out in the MFF (Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020). If we are mistaken, please refer us to the ‘obligations’ to which you refer. The MFF includes such things as EU administrative costs, EU pensions, pilot projects, European Territorial Co Operation, Migration Fund etc. You may have agreed to this at the time, but we feel realistically, it is unfair for the EU to expect us to contribute now that the vote to leave has been taken, and the fact that we will not be benefiting from the MFF after 2019.
In May, 2017, the EU insisted that any EU assets, which include buildings, loans, wine, fine art is owned exclusively by Brussels and not the member states. We contributed £10 billion net a year to the EU budget, yet not one bottle of wine is owned by us? The EU stated in May 2017 “All of the EU’s assets belong to the EU and that includes buildings and other assets both tangible and intangible, financial and non financial, drinkable and non drinkable.” Only recently, we hear the bloc owns a staggering £36 billion in property and cash including its £300 million ‘space egg’ Europa building, the new home of the EU Council. The European Investment Bank has an astonishing £56 billion in capital. They spent £50 million on the House of European History museum. Finally, there is the bloc’s world famous wine cellar, containing 42,500 bottles of premium wine and its burgeoning modern art collection, value at around £15 million. If, as suggested, we could lay claim to a staggering £58bn of the EU’s total assets, and they are not prepared to contribute our share, I would propose that Brussels fills any gap left.
No deal can be agreed unless, and only upon, the condition that the following is adhered to:
- No monies whatsoever are given to the EU, in fact money is owed to us.
- A reciprocal free trade deal, without tariffs, is agreed, at least in principle.
- The UK will cease to be under the jurisdiction of the European Courts upon leaving
on the 29th March, 2019, under the terms of Article 50.
- Freedom of movement shall cease by March, 2019 and control of all our borders will be maintained by the UK.
- Our fishing waters will be regained and that you take account of all fisheries’ concerns.
- We do not agree to be part of the Single Market nor the Customs Union.
- We will not participate in any EU Army (PESCO).
- If the EU will not negotiate in a sensible manner, come forward or refuse to come forward, with good proposals then you should prepare for this country to leave on 29th March, 2019 with no deal.
- All UK assets and any rebates due from the EU are set out and incorporated in the deal.
- Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England are the U.K., and therefore should be treated equally in any negotiation deal. London is not a separate entity and remains the capital of the U.K.
As previously stated to you in our last letter, we are Team UK – we leave as TEAM UK!
We therefore demand that you NOW move forward positively with only the best interests of the UK at the forefront of your mind. DO NOT offer them money. Tell them we are LEAVING, it’s in their interest to come to us, not the other way around. If you are finding it hard to keep our cheque book in your handbag, perhaps you should be reminded that there are many people in this country in need of that money.
Can we respectfully say that if you cannot lead with a firm hand, would you gracefully step aside and let a leading Brexiteer MP take the reins.
The Silent Majority – The List
with thousands of cosignatories (available on request)