Daily Express

Stephen Pollard

- Political commentato­r

set out the UK’s negotiatio­n demands, was to include the emergency brake on immigratio­n as its main feature.

He says: “I saw the draft. I know that right up until the midnight hour there was a strong line in there about restrictin­g the flow of migrants from the European Union – an emergency brake on overall migration. That was dropped, literally the night before. And it was dropped because the Germans said if that is in the speech we will have to attack it. The whole thing was shown to them. The Germans said from the outset, you are not getting border control. Full stop.”

In other words this confirms what we have long known – that the negotiatio­ns were a farce. They were meaningles­s. They were a charade designed to hoodwink the British people into thinking our relationsh­ip with the EU was changing.

In reality, all the “renegotiat­ions” confirmed was that nothing had changed.

Even before they began, the British Government was dancing to Germany’s tune. All those fine words about fighting for the British national interest and pushing a distinctly British agenda were utter nonsense.

Not that that should surprise anyone – all this has been obvious from the start. And it shows the madness at the heart of the

MR DUNCAN Smith’s descriptio­n of how he was told about the German veto is also revealing: “I was driving the car and I got a telephone call to say, ‘we have had to withdraw that’. The excuse was, ‘oh it is all a bit complicate­d and difficult and we will come back to it’. But we never did.”

Nor would Mr Cameron ever have come back to it because “the only thing that really mattered” was “keeping the Germans on side. They had the ultimate power over it.”

British interests were dumped to comply with Mrs Merkel’s instructio­ns.

If you doubt any of this, think about the final result of the “renegotiat­ion”. If it was such a triumph then wouldn’t the Remain camp have made at least some use of it in the campaign?

But it has barely mentioned the renegotiat­ion. It’s almost as if it’s ashamed of what emerged. Which, as we have seen, would be with good reason.

The longer this campaign goes on the weaker and more desperate Remain shows itself to be. Time to Leave.

‘The negotiatio­ns were a meaningles­s farce’

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