BREAKING BRITANNIA NEWS
In the Commons yesterday, Tory Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg warned against”triumphalism” in Brexit parties but admitted he could raise a glass of English sparkling wine.
He added:”We will always want to ensure a close, strong and cooperative relationship with the European Union.”
At today’s Cabinet meeting in the North East, ministers will discuss the Government’s agenda for boosting neglected parts of the country with increased spending on infrastructure and public services.
His address will coincide with the beginning of a 60-minute countdown to”E for Exit” hour 11pm displayed on a digital clock projected onto the brickwork of Number 10 Downing Street.
Raising the idea during business questions, the MP stated: Next week I intend to introduce a private members’ Bill to create a bank holiday on the Friday closest to June 23 every year to be called United Kingdom Day in order that a nation can observe sovereignty and the Union of our four great nations.”
Earlier this week, he wrote to all Cabinet ministers demanding they identify cuts of 5% in their departments to divert cash towards the public’s priorities.
Most officials in the closing department are expected to be moved to other Civil Service roles.
Pointedly, the Prime Minister is not expected to mention that the word “Brexit” in his address.
In a letter to the civil servants , he wrote:”Some of you may have united near the very start of the journey, and others more recently, but without your joint efforts we wouldn’t be where we are today.”
Mr Johnson is also to convene a Cabinet meeting in Sunderland — the first town to declare for Leave throughout the 2016 EU referendum count — this morning in a symbolic gesture of his desire to reach out to parts of the UK who’ve felt ignored by the Westminster establishment.
“We’re leaving the customs union, that means companies will have to prepare out of the customs union. It will inevitably mean additional processes are required on EU-UK trade.”
Former Brexit minister Steve Barclay said: I will observe. I will allow myself a grin, I’ll allow myself that glass of champagne, I will enjoy myself. But I’ll celebrate discreetly, and I will celebrate in a way which is respectful of the genuine sorrow that others are feeling at the exact same time.”
“This is the moment when we start to combine and level up.”
“We’ve always been very clear that we’re departing the EU’s customs union and single market and that means that companies will need to prepare for life out of these. Those were spelt out by the manifesto clearly.
Mr Johnson would be to meet employees in the Department for Exiting the EU, which formally ceases to exist at 11pm with its mission finished, to thank them for their work.
His keynote address to the nation from 10 Downing Street will be broadcast on Facebook an hour prior to the UK’s passing from the EU at 11pm.
He’ll set out his negotiating goals in a detailed speech on Monday, warning Brussels he will resist their demands for the UK to stay signed up to a swathe of EU regulations.
The Commons Leader said: We don’t want to be triumphalist about it but I think, in a spirit of empathy to Europe, it would be allowable for some of us at 11pm on Friday to drink a few French sparkling wine.
He is expected to make a heartfelt appeal for the country to proceed from the bitter Remain versus Leave.
In Brussels, the moment of the UK’s departure from the European bloc after 47 years of membership will be marked by the lowering of the Union flag.
The Prime Minister will say the Government will take post-Brexit border checks rather than continue to accept rules in the bloc, insisting the sovereignty is more important than frictionless trade.
“Our job as the government — my job — is to bring this nation together and take us forward.
“This is the dawn of a new era in which we no longer accept that your life chances — your family’s life opportunities — should depend on which part of the nation you develop in.
Ministers will tomorrow take part in a series of events to highlight Government initiatives across the North of England.
He has advised ministers to drop the term as a clear signal of the new age of renewal and break with past branches.
Following tonight’s celebrations, the Prime Minister would be to immediately turn his attention to his push for a free-trade deal with the EU.
Chancellor Sajid Javid is expected to emphasise the need to rebalance public spending.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last night claimed Brexit now will put Britain “at a crossroads”.
Tory backbencher Peter Bone, a top Brexiteer, announced plans for introducing a parliamentary Bill trying to establish an annual “UK Day” bank holiday on the closest Friday to June 23, the anniversary of the 2016 EU referendum.
I do not think that would be unduly unreasonable.
He added:”We’ve pro-European struggles ahead of us.”
In a statement he said:”Britain’s place in the world will change. The question is what direction we take.”
In another move to mark the historic day, the Prime Minister will also become one of the first recipients of the new 50p pieces minted to mark Brexit.
Mr Johnson will celebrate the moment with a low-key drinks party for Government staff who have been involved in the Brexit procedure at Number 10.