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John Donovan response to a Brexit email from UK PM The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP

By John Donovan

First the email I received today from The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP in my capacity as a member of the Conservative Party

From: “Theresa May, Prime Minister” <[email protected]>
Subject: Let’s get on with it, John
Date: 25 November 2018 at 18:17:55 GMT
To: johndonovan@

Dear John

At a Special Council in Brussels this morning I reached agreement with the leaders of all 27 EU member states on a Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration marking the culmination of the UK’s exit negotiations with the European Union.

I believe what has been agreed today represents the very best deal available and honours the result of the decision taken by the British people. If Parliament chooses to approve it, it will ensure that Brexit is an orderly process and that the UK’s best days lie ahead of us.

This has not been an easy process. Both sides have had to make compromises. But this is a deal that the nation can unite behind.

  • We will control our own borders and end free movement once and for all.
  • We will protect jobs with a deal that is good for our economy.
  • We will no longer send vast sums of money to the EU so we can spend more on our priorities, like investing in our long-term plan for the NHS.
  • We will be able to strike free trade deals around the world.
  • We will take back control of our laws, ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.
  • We will keep people safe against crime, terrorism and other threats by working closely with European countries.
  • And we will protect the integrity of our United Kingdom.

As Prime Minister, I have negotiated the best possible Brexit deal for the whole United Kingdom. It is now for MPs to decide: back this deal and honour the referendum result while safeguarding our economy and security, or vote against it and take us back to square one with all the uncertainty and division that would entail.

No one should be in any doubt that there are some who want a second referendum – a politicians’ vote – so that they can try to overturn the decision the British people made on 23 June 2016. And there are others who want to leave with no deal at all.

EU leaders have made it clear today that this is the only deal on the table. I believe with all my heart and soul that now is the time to come together.

Backing this deal – which takes back control of money, laws and borders while protecting jobs, security and our Union – will honour the referendum result, allow us to move on to other issues that our constituents care about like our NHS, housing and security, and help to bring our divided country back together.

Let’s get on with it.

With best wishes,

The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP
Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party

MY REPLY ALSO DATED 25 November 2018

[email protected]

Dear Prime Minister May

I salute your great fortitude but regretfully no longer believe anything you say.

I consider the deal you have negotiated to be a betrayal of the outcome of the referendum result.

The reasons for this conclusion have been given by Boris Johnson and many other Conservative MP’s.

The current outcome should not be a huge surprise bearing in mind that the deal was negotiated primarily by remainers, including you. Genuine Brexiteers, including successive Brexit Secretaries, were sidelined and humiliated until they decided to resign in the face of the most appalling tactics.

Instead of your much-repeated mantra “Brexit Means Brexit” you have recently switched to saying “In the National Interest”. A phrase you believe supersedes the expressed wishes of over 17 million UK citizens to LEAVE, not stay entwined by the EU Commission and the EU court indefinitely. That is actually worse than remaining. And we have to pay £39 billion plus yet more unspecified billions as rule takers in our downgraded new role as a vassal state. So-called red lines have been abandoned.

You have wasted over two years in snail’s pace discussions with the EU and then have the audacity to tell the public there is no time left to negotiate modifications to the proposed deal which, in its current form, thankfully will not receive approval in the House of Commons. 

Personally, I would much prefer a straightforward Brexit as per the referendum vote outcome. If our former EU partners then wish to negotiate a new relationship we would be in a better negotiating position to fend off moves from Spain in relation to Gibraltar; France (and other EU members) in relation to our fishing grounds; and the Irish Republic in regards to Northern Ireland. We should not reward blackmail tactics.

Forgive the blunt description, but in my humble view, the current deal STINKS! I will not support it unless former Brexit Secretaries are put in charge of a re-negotiation with the objective of chucking the backstop and agreeing with the EU a date by which transitional arrangements come to a definite end.

I wish you well but hope that you will decide that it is proper to resign as PM if, as seems certain, you lose the upcoming vote.

Yours sincerely

John Donovan

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