Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make Brexit talks urgent today, warning that the two sides will not move towards any deal unless progress is made quickly in the next round of talks. According to a Daily Mail report, the Prime Minister will use a video conference with the most prominent figures in the EU to urge “renewed energy and commitment” to reach an agreement by the end of the summer. He will also accuse Brussels of using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse for the delays.
In 2011, the top conservatives revealed details of an EU plan to “cut Britain apart” by creating a cross-Channel region.
If approved, the project would have seen the south of England and the north of France merge into a territory called “Arch Manche” with its own flag.
Former Conservative Party President Eric Pickles inherited the details of the plan through his department in Whitehall from the previous Labor government.
The former secretary of the Communities said: “The Ministers of Labor were caught in the act of plotting with European bureaucrats to wipe England off the map and replace our historic districts, counties and cities with transnational Euroregions.
“Considerable amounts of taxpayer dollars are wasted on vanity projects.
“I intend to fight these plans, stop this waste and protect the national and local identities of England from the building of a European empire. ”
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Arc Manche was officially launched in 2005 to forge closer ties between local county councils in the south of England and their counterparts in the north of France.
It was one of 12 cross-border regions created under the EU’s Interreg initiative – criticized as an attempt to erode national identities.
The name “Manche” – which means sleeve – was borrowed from the French name of Manche.
According to official figures, EU leaders quietly poured around £ 1 billion a year of taxpayers’ money into the regions and in 2011 they wanted to significantly raise the profile of Arc Manche at the cost of thousands of pounds .
EU officials had already ordered a new “transnational emblem” to be deployed in the south of England, described by its designers as a “series of concentric circles symbolizing the flow of projects and stakeholders” and “representing so much bridges between territories ”.
A Whitehall worker called the emblem “an attempt to overthrow the flag of St George and the Union Jack”.
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Among the projects intended to promote the Arc Manche, there was a series of cycle paths seeking to connect the north of France and the south of England.
The maps of the proposed routes showed cycle paths stopping in the English Channel and leaving on the French side.
The details came to light only days after Eurocrats pleaded for more taxpayer money for the coffers of Brussels.
Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said of the project: “The Arc Manche is the perfect euro project.
“No one wants it, no one has called it and no one knows what it is for.
“His proudest pride is a logo that would not have won a Blue Peter badge and cross-Channel cycling routes. “