‘Don’t trust EU!’ Oct31 exit only way to win ‘battle for sovereignty’ says ex-Reagan aide.

Peggy Grande is the chairwoman of World 4 Brexit, a fundraising organisation launched a few months ago with the aim of delivering on the result off the 2016 referendum, the ongoing failure to do so she branded “an egregious suppression of democracy”. Ms Grande, speaking as intense negotiations between the UK and the EU continued this week, warned Mr Johnson against putting his trust in the talks, suggesting any agreement could also jeopardise a future US/UK trade deal. She said: “Unequivocally the UK needs to just leave - and needs to do so on October 31.

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Any ‘agreement’ is likely disingenuous anyway as the EU continues to change the rules

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“At this point we have seen that Parliament and the EU will stop at nothing to prevent it and will continue with the political gamesmanship as long as they are allowed to.

“Any ‘agreement’ is likely disingenuous anyway as the EU continues to change the rules and move the goalposts of the exit as the date gets closer and closer.”

Ms Grande, who served as an executive assistant to President Reagan from 1989 to 1999, and has published a book titled The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years about her time with him, was highly sceptical of doom-laden predictions about the impact of leaving the EU without a deal in place.

She added: “It is incredible to see that every mention of a clean break leave talks about what the UK will risk and lose.

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Peggy Grande has urged Boris Johnson not to trust the European Union (Image: GETTY)
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Boris Johnson pictured with Jean-Claude Juncker (Image: GETTY)

“What about the EU? They are equally reliant, if not more so, on the UK. The economic impact of the UK leaving will be felt deeply by the EU so they will be highly motivated to get to the negotiating table immediately and get agreements in place as well.”

In such a context, she urged Mr Johnson to resist any temptation to sign up for anything which had risked damaging UK interests, saying: “Rather than trying to do so right now with the deadline looming so closely, the UK should just take all of their cards with them and then go back to the negotiating table with the EU and other global trading partners to negotiate deals that are favourable to the UK, on their terms.

“Any tethers to the EU that remain post-Brexit will in essence tie the hands of the UK to be subject still to the rules and governing of the EU.

“The whole point of leaving is to be sovereign, independent and self-governing. This won’t happen under any so-called “deal” that the EU wants to make.”

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Peggy Grande is an advocate of a clean break Brexit (Image: Fox News)

Ms Grande, an editorial contributor to the Leave Means Leave website, added: “Leave means Leave and it should be done fully on October 31. Honor the will of the people who voted to Leave in 2016. Break fully then rebuild and reestablish under UK terms.”

World4 Brexit was a “global coalition” established to “shine a spotlight” on what had happened in the UK since 2016, Ms Grande said.

She added: “In the US I think there was an assumption that after the vote it meant it was over and done.

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EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (Image: GETTY)
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Peggy Grande was a former aide to US President Ronald Reagan (Image: GETTY)

“Yet more than three years later, after several extensions, we see that has not happened and in fact seems to be less and less likely all the time.

“If the people’s vote had been ignored elsewhere in the world - Venezuela, Cuba, Iran or elsewhere there would be global outrage but we don’t see that same dynamic regarding the UK vote.

“World 4 Brexit believes that ‘votes count’ and was founded to stand on the side of democracy and in support of the democratic vote of the people of the UK - our longest ally.

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How a no deal Brexit would impact EU member states (Image: Daily Express)

“We cannot and will not turn a blind eye to this egregious suppression of democracy and invite the world to join in our outrage and apply pressure to the powers that be to see the vote of the people respected and implemented.

“Beyond that, we see this as a historic battle for national sovereignty, and against supranational organisations which impede, not advance, the goals of their member nations.

“We also believe that there is an entire world of trading partners which are eager to engage further with the UK once they are free of the shackles of the EU and can make their own bi-lateral trade agreements.

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Peggy Grande with Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage in New York (Image: World4Brexit)

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“We believe the UK should lead, not follow and stand as a strong, successful, independent and sovereign nation capable of self governance.”

Ms Grande warned: “The Remain side is backed by some of the wealthiest individuals in the world, but our voice stands on the side of the people and on the side of independence and freedom.

“We are committed to ensuring that democracy wins and hope freedom fighters all over the world will join us in that effort.”

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