UK hopes a weakened proposal may prevent a hard Brexit


The UK keeps hoping to come up with some type of plan to leave the European Union that will not hurt it:

8 July 2018

Michael Gove has urged Tory MPs to back a compromise Brexit plan as the best chance of a “proper” exit from the EU.

He told the BBC it was not all he hoped for, but said he was a “realist” and dismissed claims it would leave the UK as a “vassal state”.

But he warned the EU had to be more generous or the UK would have no option than to walk away without a deal.

Labour also urged the EU to be more flexible but said Theresa May’s customs plan was a “fudge” and would “unravel”.

Several Tory MPs have expressed unease since Friday, when the cabinet approved a document setting out the UK’s vision for its future relationship with the EU after it leaves in March 2019.

Under the proposals, yet to be presented to the EU, there would be a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods, based on a “common rule book” and a “combined customs territory”.

8 July 2018

Theresa May challenged the EU to “get serious” about her plan for Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the bloc amid signs of dissent from Brexiteers in her own party.

The U.K. prime minister won the backing of her divided Cabinet Friday for a plan that would create a new “U.K.-EU free trade area” and closely intertwined customs relationship with Brussels.

“Our message now is to the other side, to Europe, that it’s time to get serious and sit down and talk about it,” she said in an interview with Sunday Times. “It’s now for Europe to be prepared to sit down and move the pace of negotiations on and talk about it seriously and address what we’ve put forward.”

Asked about Brexiteer disquiet on her backbenches because the deal would keep the U.K. closely aligned with Brussels’ rules in many areas, and the potential for a leadership challenge, she said: “The only challenge that needs to be made now is to the European Union to get serious about this.”

Well the EU considers that Brexit is a UK problem caused by the UK.

So far it seems that what the EU is willing to accept is UNACCEPTABLE to the UK. There are serious issues with Northern Ireland as well as Gibraltar that can trash any deal.

Furthermore, the Europeans want the UK to pay a big price for Brexit.

Notice one European view of Brexit:

Photograph: Paresh Nath/Khaleej Times

Photograph: Paresh Nath/Khaleej Times

The above is how Brexit was shown on an English-language test in a school in Germany (

Does the UK yet get what the Europeans have been telling it?

The EU’s basic position is that the UK wanted to be in the EU, the UK approved the Lisbon treaty, and now the UK does not want to fund the EU as it agreed to, but instead wants to leave. The EU does not like that at all and essentially blames the UK for any current and future Brexit-related problems.

Allegedly, there has been a ‘doomsday’ Brexit scenario floating around in the government of the UK. Here is information from a report about that:

What The ‘Doomsday Brexit Plan’ Document Says Should Frighten Us All

This is the first paragraph of The Times article (paywall) regarding Britain’s now famous Doomsday Brexit plan. “Britain would be hit with shortages of medicine, fuel and food within a fortnight if the UK tries to leave the European Union without a deal, according to a Doomsday Brexit scenario drawn up by senior civil servants for David Davis.

The Times confirms that the port of Dover will collapse “on day one” if Britain crashes out of the EU, leading to critical shortages of supplies. This was the middle of three scenarios put forward by senior advisors. A type of best guestimate if you like. You simply do not want to know the outcome of the worst of those three scenarios. Indeed, we have been spared from such details.

The article states that the RAF would have to be deployed to ferry supplies around Britain. And yes, we’re still on the middle scenario here. “You would have to medevac medicine into Britain, and at the end of week two we would be running out of petrol as well,” a contributing source said.

The report continues to describe matters such as cross-channel disruption for heavy goods vehicles, which would also be catastrophic. Massive carparks will be required.

A senior official said in the ‘Doomsday’ Brexit plan: “We are entirely dependent on Europe reciprocating our posture that we will do nothing to impede the flow of goods into the UK. If for whatever reason, Europe decides to slow that supply down, then we’re screwed.” …

UK officials emphasised that the June EU summit due on the 28th was heading for a “car crash” because “no progress has been made since March” to devise plans for a long-term deal. If your confidence in Brexit is starting to wane, don’t worry, half the nation are not just anxious but downright fearful – mainly because, neither in or out has given any concreate evidence of likely outcomes. This is probably because Brexit hasn’t been done before – and was designed that way. Deliberately. …

The only credible plan they do have and let’s be fair, it was they who put the country in this position in the first place, is called the Doomsday Brexit Plan.

Excellent. At first, you were anxious, then a bit unnerved, but by now, you really should be alarmed. What if the Brexiteers are wrong and the officials and civil servants who created this document are right? What then?

Well, initially, I do not expect that Brexit will result in doomsday for the UK.

However, ultimately it will be worse than shortages of medicine and economic disruptions.

The real ‘doomsday’ will come after Europe reorganizes and the Beast arises in Europe (Revelation 17:12-13). He will takeover the USA (Daniel 11:39), as well as its Anglo-Saxon descended allies (cf. Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 8:23-25a).

The late Pastor General of the old Worldwide Church of God, Herbert W. Armstrong, wrote the following in 1979:

What is this abomination? This refers to Daniel 11:31 and Matthew 24:15…That will be a time when the UNITED Europe shall appear–the revival of the medieval “Holy Roman Empire.” We shall then be warned, and readied to be taken to a place of refuge and safety from the Great Tribulation. Forty-five days later “the beasts armies” will surround Jerusalem. Thirty days later the Great Tribulation will probably start with a nuclear attack on London and Britain–and possibly the same day or immediately after, on the United States and Canadian cities. The GREAT TRIBULATION, we shall fully then realize, is the time of “Jacob’s Trouble,” spoken of in Jeremiah 30:7. And Jacob’s name was named on Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen. 48:16). At that time a third of the people in our nations will die, or shall have died, by famine and disease epidemics; another third will dies of the war–our cities being destroyed (Ezek. 6:6), and the remaining third will be carried to the land of our enemies as slaves (Ezek. 5:12). (Armstrong HW. The Time We Are In, Now. Pastor General’s Report-Vol 1, No. 15, November 20, 1979, Page 2).

The Great Tribulation, which I have called, World War III will come. Brexit (and Donald Trump) will be factors.

The fact of Brexit and the EU’s response to it have been pushing the Brits to conclude that they need to move closer to the USA, and farther from Europe, on some matters.

The fact of Donald Trump has been to push the Europeans to increase military cooperation and to move further away from the USA.

Despite what British and American politicians hope for, the world, under European influence, will turn against the USA (cf. Daniel 11:39; see also USA in Prophecy: The Strongest Fortresses) and the UK. We are seeing more turn more against the USA and the UK.

We will see if there is a ‘hard Brexit’ (no special deal) or a ‘soft Brexit’ (some type of deal).

But either way, the EU considers Brexit a UK problem and is probably not thrilled with Theresa May’s comments that it needs to “get serious” about Brexit. 

Radio News Reporter: John Hickey.