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If the Brexit claims on the Bruges Group website are anywhere near true and accurate, then the Conservative Party may as well start the winding up procedure today.

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There is a claim on the Bruges Group website that Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement is the result of a huge collusion between Mrs May and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Now, for those that don't know, the Bruges Group is a think-tank which holds meetings and produces research on issues relating to Britain's membership of the European Union.

Its founder president was one Baroness Thatcher and its current chairman is Lord Tebbit and its Vice President is Lord Lamont.

So quite a serious set-up.

Now, one of the website's contributors, John Petley, claims to have access to a significant and reliable source that passed on the following to him.

At an urgent meeting called by EU officials on Monday the 9th of July 2018, top business people were told that May and Merkel had come to an agreement.

This agreement was designed to appease Brexiteers while allowing Mrs May to, quote, "…get rid of those people in her party who were against progress and unity in the EU" unquote.

Then it was agreed that this would be likely to end up with the UK rejoining the EU soon after the next general election.

So our PM agreed to keep the UK as closely tied to the EU as possible in the interim and both of them said that "the only realistic future for the UK was within the EU".

And then comes the story of the Withdrawal Agreement being conjured up in Merkel's office and sent under Secret cover to the UK Cabinet Office. Followed by it shuffling between the two until the final draft was agreed.

The upshot is that, if this train of events is correct, the whole thing was negotiated between Mrs May and Mrs Merkel on a German authored document, with UK civil service collusion, while bypassing David Davis but keeping certain EU business leaders informed, so as to engineer a temporary gap in our EU membership.

It is also claimed that "Key EU heads" were told all about this before the UK Cabinet had it bounced on them, at that now infamous Chequers meeting.

And right on cue today we see another flurry of no-deal Project Fear from the automotive sector.

It's just a pity that the author of the Bruges Group article cannot provide source documents for the claims because of the sensitivity of the source, as they do seem to tie in neatly with other snippets that have come out since that Chequers Cabinet meeting.

But whatever the veracity of the claims, given events since Theresa May came to power it should be obvious to all that she is not the person that should be running the country and our future negotiations with the EU after the 29th March.

Pity the Tories can't get rid of her until November then, isn't it? Due to her winning a vote of confidence from her party MPs last November, so giving her a year's grace.

But whatever her plans were, I think both she and the EU have been surprised by the opposition to her proposals. They obviously got that completely wrong and now the PM is in the battle of her career to try and force this misbegotten deal down the parliamentary collective gullet.

And she has so far failed, to the extent that time looks to have run out on her and her schemes, with the WTO exit route looking the current favourite. No wonder the Eurocrats are suddenly looking so worried.

Finally, I talked a couple of weeks ago about the disgraced Former Labour MP, Fiona Onasanya, who was imprisoned for perverting the course of justice, saying that once her appeals process had come to an end that she could be subject to the recalls procedure.

This would allow for her to be ejected from her seat and a by-election held, if a minimum of 10 percent of the voters in her constituency sign an official petition for this to occur.

The news today is that she has lost her appeal and as a result the UKIP leader, Gerard Batten has called on the Speaker of the House of Commons to get on and commence the recall procedure under the Recall of MPs Act 2015.

UKIP has already lined up local councillor John Whitby to fight this predominantly leave seat, where the out vote won by 60.9% to 39.1%.

Sources:

http://www.brugesgroup.com/blog/duplicitous-leaders

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47457219

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/05/mp-fiona-onasanya-loses-attempt-to-appeal-against-conviction

UKIP Leader calls on John Bercow to begin process to recall Fiona Onasanya

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