"We Are Headed For The Status Of A Colony": Boris Johnson's Full Resignation Letter

The much anticipated resignation letter penned by the former UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has been released, and in as expected, he does not mince his words in unleashing a brutal attack on Thersa May, warning that "we have postponed crucial decisions — including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November — with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system."

He then adds that while "Brexit should be about opportunity and hope" and "a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy", he warns that the "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt."

He then compares May's proposal to a submission even before it has been received by the EU, noting that "what is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK — before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them."

And his punchline: the UK is headed for the status of a colony:

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony — and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement

Explaining his decision to resing, he then says that "we must have collective responsibility. Since I cannot in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go."

It remains to be seen if his passionate defense of Brexit will stir enough MPs to indicate they are willing to back a vote of no confidence, and overthrow Theresa May in what would be effectively a coup, resulting in new elections and chaos for the Brexit process going forward.

Meanwhile, as Bloomberg adds, the fact that Boris Johnson, or those around him, made sure his resignation statement came out in time for the evening news - before it was formally issued in the traditional way by May's office, hints at his continued interest in leading the Conservative Party.

His full letter is below (highlights ours):

Dear Theresa,

It is more than two years since the British people voted to leave the European Union on an unambiguous and categorical promise that if they did so they would be taking back control of their democracy.

They were told that they would be able to manage their own immigration policy, repatriate the sums of UK cash currently spent by the EU, and, above all, that they would be able to pass laws independently and in the interests of the people of this country.

Brexit should be about opportunity and hope. It should be a chance to do things differently, to be more nimble and dynamic, and to maximise the particular advantages of the UK as an open, outward-looking global economy.

That dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt.

We have postponed crucial decisions — including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November — with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.

It now seems that the opening bid of our negotiations involves accepting that we are not actually going to be able to make our own laws. Indeed we seem to have gone backwards since the last Chequers meeting in February, when I described my frustrations, as Mayor of London, in trying to protect cyclists from juggernauts. We had wanted to lower the cabin windows to improve visibility; and even though such designs were already on the market, and even though there had been a horrific spate of deaths, mainly of female cyclists, we were told that we had to wait for the EU to legislate on the matter.

So at the previous Chequers session we thrashed out an elaborate procedure for divergence from EU rules. But even that now seems to have been taken off the table, and there is in fact no easy UK right of initiative. Yet if Brexit is to mean anything, it must surely give Ministers and Parliament the chance to do things differently to protect the public. If a country cannot pass a law to save the lives of female cyclists —when that proposal is supported at every level of UK Government — then I don't see how that country can truly be called independent.

Conversely, the British Government has spent decades arguing against this or that EU directive, on the grounds that it was too burdensome or ill-thought out. We are now in the ludicrous position of asserting that we must accept huge amounts of precisely such EU law, without changing an iota, because it is essential for our economic health — and when we no longer have any ability to influence these laws as they are made.

In that respect we are truly headed for the status of colony — and many will struggle to see the economic or political advantages of that particular arrangement.

It is also clear that by surrendering control over our rulebook for goods and agrifoods (and much else besides) we will make it much more difficult to do free trade deals. And then there is the further impediment of having to argue for an impractical and undeliverable customs arrangement unlike any other in existence.

What is even more disturbing is that this is our opening bid. This is already how we see the end state for the UK — before the other side has made its counter-offer. It is as though we are sending our vanguard into battle with the white flags fluttering above them. Indeed, I was concerned, looking at Friday's document, that there might be further concessions on immigration, or that we might end up effectively paying for access to the single market.

On Friday I acknowledged that my side of the argument were too few to prevail, and congratulated you on at least reaching a Cabinet decision on the way forward. As I said then, the Government now has a song to sing. The trouble is that I have practised the words over the weekend and find that they stick in the throat.

We must have collective responsibility. Since I cannot in all conscience champion these proposals, I have sadly concluded that I must go.

I am proud to have served as Foreign Secretary in your Government. As I step down, I would like first to thank the patient officers of the Metropolitan Police who have looked after me and my family, at times in demanding circumstances.
I am proud too of the extraordinary men and women of our diplomatic service. Over the last few months they have shown how many friends this country has around the world, as 28 governments expelled Russian spies in an unprecedented protest at the attempted assassination of the Skripals. They have organised a highly successful Commonwealth summit and secured record international support for this Government's campaign for 12 years of quality education for every girl, and much more besides. As I leave office, the FCO now has the largest and by far the most effective diplomatic network of any country in Europe — a continent which we will never leave.

Comments

philipat Never One Roach Mon, 07/09/2018 - 20:43 Permalink

May is in fact controlled by the Deep State and the Globalist "elites" do not want to accept the will of the people and will fight this to the bitter end.

It's actually quite simple really: The British people voted to LEAVE the EU to regain sovereignty and to retake control of its own borders and laws presently decreed by psychopathic, anti-democtratic, unelected Bureaucrats in Brussels.

And at the end of the day, there are things more important than money. So if the UK economy suffers a temporary setback and jobs get lost because of a Hard Brexit, so be it. Britain has always found its way in the world and will continue to do so after Brexit.

So can we please just GET ON WITH IT.....

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thisandthat Boing_Snap Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:46 Permalink

This utter moron could've lead the entire process from the beginning, when he was offered the post on a platter, after Cameron's resignation. And he turned down the offer. Now, he bitches and moans, forgetting it's entirely his fault she's "leading" it... What a giant douche. Go posture against Russia; at least that's mildly entertaining...

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MaxThrust philipat Mon, 07/09/2018 - 22:52 Permalink

"May is in fact controlled by the Deep State and the Globalist elites"

Let us not forget that only a short time ago Boris was gushing all over the "Russia did it" nerve agent saga.

I doubt very much he is a white knight, more likely the controllers of the Deepstate see in Theresa May (a wounded animal) and wish to cull her from the herd and install another of their acolytes.

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Mpizzie Zerogenous_Zone Mon, 07/09/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

Why do you have your name as a signature?  Is your name next to your post not good or big enough?

Do you think what you write is so important people need to know your name twice? This isn’t some gun forum where people have signatures with 15 quotes, and pictures...You’re lowering the IQ here.  ZH used to be anonymous everything, no one had avatars with the rare of exception of MDB and ORI having avatars.  

I miss MDB.  This place goes down the tubes everyday without MDB.  

MDB, please come back. 

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Terminaldude Looney Mon, 07/09/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

At least he is getting out of what is "Giving the British sovereignty over to Unelected officials in Brussels".

Anyone with half a brain knows that MAY is bought off or at least controlled by the TPTB that could give a rats ass abut what the UK people want.  They don't care.  All they care about is watering down countries with a slow invasion of Muslims and MultiNational corporation profits.  Plebe's be damned.

I applaud Johnson for calling peoples attention to the BS the MAY Government is trying to pull on the people that VOTED for an EXIT.  These F-ing Politicians, all over the western world, do NOT GIVE A F-CK what the voters want or not.  They DO NOT CARE.  The only time they care is when they are involved in a vote and then they will LIE directly to your face while kissing your kid and shaking your hand.  Then turn around and DE sanitize their hand as they are walking away.

It is time to take back control of Governments all across the West.  These Professional Politicians must be either Pedophiles, or fraudsters.  There is NO other reason for them to constantly spit in the face of voters.

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Moving and Grooving Terminaldude Mon, 07/09/2018 - 18:49 Permalink

Well put.

 

First, all incumbents must either go, hopefully in their primary races, or be so nearly beaten as to scare them.

 

And second, blackmail / extortion is funny - it works best when you have both a carrot and a stick to use on the victim. For many, the carrot is protection, and guaranteed re-election. In return it's always time to get your freak on. Party hearty.

 

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vladiki Adolfsteinbergovitch Mon, 07/09/2018 - 20:26 Permalink

Johnson's right, of course.  May is an unimaginative plodder whose heart was never in Brexit and too influenced by the City of London and big business - all telling her how awful full Brexit would be (for some of THEM!) exactly as they told Thatcher 25 years ago how awful it would be if UK didn't join the Euro.  Now she's folding in the face of threats from Brussels.  You keep a partner by THREATENING them? 

She needs to go, and very soon.  Pity that the average MP is an opportunist with no guts, and that Johnson has played the clown so much for so long.  Maybe he wouldn't be taken seriously now.  Who is there?  To this ex-Brit, it's a tragedy unfolding.  Full-throated Brexit would have been wonderful.  Probably involving short term pain.  But oh!  The freedom to stand on your own feet and make your own future ... again. 

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SDShack chubbar Mon, 07/09/2018 - 14:43 Permalink

Yep, stupid EU fucks trying to be half-pregnant. Seen it with Greece, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Britain, Italy. Nothing changes unless some major EU player goes Full Iceland. The only way to leave debt slavery is to walk away and endure the short term pain for long term sovereignty. If and when a big player leaves, the entire EU implodes.

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