Published On: Tue, Aug 20th, 2019

Richard Tice promises Brexit Party action as Boris ‘rehashes worst deal in history’ | UK | News

Chairman Richard Tice said the Brexit Party would “fight tooth and nail” to deliver a “proper Brexit” because Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the ruling Tories “cannot be trusted”. His rallying cry comes after Mr Johnson wrote a letter to the EU’s Donald Tusk, requesting that the backstop be dropped from the Withdrawal Agreement to avoid a hard border in Ireland.

Mr Tice told with or without the backstop Mrs May’s Brexit deal was “still the worst deal in history”.

He said: “With or without the hated backstop, the so-called Withdrawal Agreement (WA) is still the worst deal in history.

“It simply does not deliver the clean-break Brexit the British people voted for more than three years ago and The Brexit Party will fight it tooth and nail.

“The Prime Minister’s recent letter to the President of the European Council confirms what we have been warning. Boris and the Tories cannot be trusted to deliver a proper Brexit.


“Boris has already voted for Theresa May’s terrible deal, including the backstop, and if he and the new cabinet try to rehash and resell it, we stand ready to offer a democratic alternative that is faithful to the referendum result.”

Mr Tice said the current Brexit deal negotiated by Mrs May would trap the UK in a customs union, keep the nation chained to EU courts and fishing quotes and force us to stump up a £39billion divorce bill.

He added: “The Withdrawal Agreement will force the UK to pay a £39 billion divorce bill, will trap us in a customs union and keep us chained to EU courts, fishing quotas and state aid rules, as well as dragging us into an EU army and new rules controlling tax.

“Recent polling has shown a massive swell in support for leaving the EU on World Trade Organisation terms and The Brexit Party is the only party that can be trusted to deliver the best outcome for the UK and fully restore our sovereignty.”

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But European Council president Mr Tusk quickly rejected the plans by warning those seeking to replace it would risk a return to a hard border on the island of Ireland.

Mr Tusk said: “The backstop is an insurance to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland unless and until an alternative is found.

“Those against the backstop and not proposing realistic alternatives in fact support reestablishing a border. Even if they do not admit it.”

The European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt also tweeted: “I don’t see any majority in the @Europarl-EN to remove the backstop from the Withdrawal Agreement.

“It is a vital insurance policy, negotiated in good faith & supported by the people of the Island of Ireland.

“The time for bluster & political blame games is fast running out.”

Mr Johnson wrote to Mr Tusk on Monday night outlining his opposition to what he called the “anti-democratic” Northern Ireland backstop.

In the letter, Mr Johnson said while he wants the UK to leave the EU with a deal, he could not support any withdrawal agreement that “locks the UK, potentially indefinitely, into an international treaty which will bind us into a customs union and which applies large areas of single market legislation in Northern Ireland”.

As an alternative to the backstop, the Prime Minister said the UK would agree to a “legally binding commitment” not to put in place infrastructure, checks or controls at the border with Ireland and would hope the EU did the same.

The backstop should be replaced with a commitment to put in place “alternative arrangements”, as far as possible before the end of the transition period, as part of the future relationship between the UK and EU.

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