Brexit Clause 49 EXPOSED: The 9 lines in EU deal that WILL impose soft Brexit by stealth

Editorial Comment.

I received very few responses to my call for readers to contact me with regard to taking Civil Action against the Government because it seemed apparent that Brexit was being betrayed by the Government.

Well, that has now happened.  May has ensured that Britain will not leave the EU but be held in an agreement to COMPROMISE Britain’s sovereignty in Ireland; CONTINUE to pay into the EU and FOLLOW ITS RULES without any representation in Europe.  In other words, she is signing Britain up for a ‘SOFT BREXIT’ that will only please the Corporations and do nothing for the plight of the ordinary people that voted to leave the EU.


THERESA May has been hailed for her negotiation of the Brexit deal having pledged to guarantee there will be no hard border in Ireland – but Brexiteers may not be entirely happy with the latest ‘step forward’

A clause inserted into the Brexit Phase 1 deal could render the whole process pointless and be the final nail in the coffin for Brexiteers seeking to completely sever ties to the EU.Clause 49 which outlines the future alignment between Ireland and Northern Ireland claims that Britain has guaranteed the avoidance of hard border and that any future arrangements must be compatible with these overarching requirements. A move which Ireland will be happy with as it opens up the idea of a special alignment for Northern Ireland with the EU.

This does however raise the question as to the relationship between the EU and the rest of the UK if a ‘special deal’ for Northern Ireland is allowed.

The report adds: “The United Kingdom’s  intention is to  achieve these objectives through the overall EU-UK relationship. Should this not be possible, the United Kingdom will   propose specific solutions to address the unique circumstances of the island of Ireland.”

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Theresa May has pledged her guarantee that there will be no hard border in Ireland

It goes onto say that if Britain and the EU do not reach a final agreement on the Northern Irish problem that “the United Kingdom will maintain full alignment with those rules of the Internal Market and the Customs Union which, now or in the future, support North-South cooperation, the all-island economy and the protection of the 1998 Agreement.”The clause will come as a blow to Brexiteers who may see the agreement as an attempt to impose a soft-Brexit by stealth.

Mr Farage, who was pivotal in the Brexit campaign, tweeted this morning: “A deal in Brussels is good news for Mrs May as we can now move on to the next stage of humiliation.”

The Prime Minister was upbeat as she sealed an agreement that is intended to push negotiations forward after claims “sufficient progress” was made on the issue of the Irish border.

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Brexit deal: Clause 49 and 50 relating to the relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland

Mrs May and David Davis made an early-hours journey to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.Talks continued into the early hours between the Prime Minister and Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, whose party scuppered a deal at the eleventh hour on Monday.

Mrs Foster has now thrown her support behind the talks this morning saying that “substantial changes” to the text rejected on Monday would mean there was “no red line down the Irish Sea” in the form of a customs barrier between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

The addition of clause 50 which reads “the United Kingdom will continue to ensure the same unfettered access for Northern Ireland’s businesses to the whole of the United Kingdom internal market” has served to allay fears on the DUP side.

Ms Foster said: “We feel there have been substantial changes made to the text. We said that politically, economically and constitutionally as well it was vitally important that the integrity of the United Kingdom was kept in place and that’s why we had concerns on Monday and we’ve been working throughout the week in relation to those matters.”Speaking to Sky she added: “There have been changes made throughout the text and indeed we believe there have been six substantial changes.

“We’re pleased to see those changes because for me it means there’s no red line down the Irish sea and we have the very clear confirmation that the entirety of the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, leaving the single market, leaving the customs union and I think that’s a very important statement to have.”

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Ireland’s deputy prime minister Simon Coveney said he was content at progress on the border

Ireland’s deputy prime minister Simon Coveney said the government was content at assurances it had achieved about avoiding a hard border.He said there was now “no scenario” that would result in new border checkpoints.

“Ireland supports Brexit negotiations moving to phase two now that we have secured assurances for all on the island of Ireland.

He said the deal “fully protected” the Good Friday Agreement, the peace process and an all-Ireland economy.

The Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, added that his government had achieved everything that they had wanted from talks.

Speaking at a press conference at 8.20am in Government Buildings in Dublin today he said: “We have achieved all that we set out to achieve in phase one of these negotiations.

“I am satisfied that sufficient progress has now been made on Irish issues, the parameters have now been set and they are good.”

He said Ireland’s focus would now move to phase two of the negotiations. Mr Varadkar said his government would remain “fully engaged and vigilant” throughout the process.

“This is not the end but it is the end of the beginning.”

Mr Varadkar said he wanted to assure unionists of his motivations.

“There is no question of us trying to exploit Brexit to move toward Irish unity without consent.”

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The Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar said that his government had achieved everything they wanted

The Irish Prime Minister outlined how pleased he was that the key issues of deciding how trade would be achieved had been decided during Brexit negotiations.He said: “I’m satisfied that sufficient progress has been made on the Irish issue.

The leader said that, of particular importance, was that the Good Friday agreement had been protected.

He said that everyone born in Ireland would still have the right to Irish and EU citizenship.

And, the common travel area would continue allowing Irish people to travel freely between Northern Ireland and England.

Mr Varadkar said that the hard border would not exist and trade would also continue as Northern Ireland businesses would have “unfettered access to the UK.”

He said: “Northern Ireland and Britain will not drift apart.”

“We want free trade and free travel to continue as it has for the past 20 years.”

“There’ll be no hard border on our island and we will never again be left behind by the Irish government.”

He thanked the British prime minister for her “careful concern of our issues.”

In Ireland, the existing rules allow people and goods to pass freely between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with no border checks.Ireland wanted to preserve the current arrangement, as it had eased tensions along the border.

Mrs May had previoulsy struggled to balance those demands against the concerns of the DUP which she relies on to support her government in Parliament.

Mrs May said that Northern Ireland had “a set of unique circumstances” because it has the UK’s only land border with an EU country.

The border issue had threatened to derail the divorce talks.

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We have achieved all we set out to achieve in Phase 1. This is not the end but it is the end of the beginning. The Good Friday Agreement is fully protected & the Common Travel Area will continue. The UK is committed to avoiding a hard border. 

Mrs May is expected to publish a list of clear commitments to Northern Ireland designed to assuage fears the UK government might negotiate away its status further down the line.
The public statement will make six unshakable promises to the people of Northern Ireland and be signed by the prime minister herself.A draft copy was seen by Politico’s Playbook. It showed she would pledge:

A promise to “uphold and support Northern Ireland’s status as an integral part of the United Kingdom.”

A promise to “fully protect and maintain” Northern Ireland’s position within the single market of the United Kingdom.

A pledge there will be no new borders within the U.K., and no hard border across the island of Ireland.

The fourth spells out in black and white that “the whole of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, will leave the EU customs union and the EU single market.”

A pledge to uphold the “commitments and safeguards” set out in the Belfast Agreement regarding North-South cooperation.

The sixth and final promise says no part of the U.K., including Northern Ireland, will remain subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

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Paul Perrin

I floated the idea about a demo, in the circles I have access to – the main barrier was that people would only consider it if it was definitely going to be huge – they all doubted that others would be enthusiastic (and it seems they were right!). I think the problem with a demo is that it is a static event against a moving target… the day before it happened the government could change their position on a key issue… There is nothing *absolute* to protest against yet, just suspicions. It is still possible we’ll leave with no deal… Read more »

C A Dark
C A Dark

I dont think most of us necessarily want to sit around on our backsides. But many people, myself included, do not possess the people- or political skills to fight effectively. We need some smart brains to do the strategy-planning. It is clear now that Brexiteer Cabinet members have been bought off; we are on our own. We are a mass of people milling around, not knowing where to go or how to attack. Take a look at Dr Fox’s Facebook page today, virtually all the comments are scathing and furious; people know what’s been done.

margaret Robinson
margaret Robinson

Waiting to hear from JRM usual ambiguous wording open to any interpretation that suits the EU. Not sure that MAY even recognises that. She probably listened to their words and assumed the written text reflected them. They never learn. should have read adults in the room. Yanis V . The eu always allow themselves lee way to force their interpretation. This is how their mission creep has progressed their agenda for 40 years. Only chink of light. NOTHING IS AGREED UNTIL EVERYTHING IS AGREED

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