When it comes to Venezuela, Britain suffers from a split personality. Although the UK Foreign Office is reportedly maintaining “full, normal, and reciprocal diplomatic relations” with the legally elected government of President Maduro and the British ambassador to Maduro, the British government actively supports the self-proclaimed “leader” supported by the US, Juan Guaido, who led the coup against Maduro in 2019.
Last week, the High Court of London ruled that Juan Guaidó was “unequivocally” recognized by the President of Venezuela.
However, there is only one problem with the resolution: Juan Guaido is not the president.
Perhaps he tried very hard; he talked about it and walked (obviously modeling himself on the cross between Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron, whose sleeves are rolled up like Barack Obama). He had only the right young, liberal image to confront US led to regime change campaign in the south american nation. But last year’s coup, supported by the United States and Colombia, turned around sharply after the Venezuelan military refused to support him.
However, it is in the interest of the British government to support a potential Venezuelan leader. The High Court verdict was brought before a court in the case of the Maduro government, which is trying to gain access to $ 1 billion of its gold, which is currently at the disposal of the Bank of England. It’s pretty simple – the bank doesn’t want to pay and uses Maduro’s “contested” leadership as a reason not to. It is surprisingly important that Maduro’s presidency is in question, not to mention the fact that he was re-elected democratically in 2018.
Juan Guaido claims that funds from the Bank of England’s gold will be used to “support the regime”, while the Venezuelan government insists that these funds will be used to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Maduro even said that after the sale of gold the money will be transferred to the UN Development Program. In any case, the reason seems irrelevant; When was the last time you or I had to justify withdrawing funds from our own bank accounts?
I recently spoke with the National Secretary of the Venezuelan Solidarity Campaign and Senior Lecturer at the University of Middlesex, Dr. Francisco Dominguez, who told me that High Court decision to block Venezuelan gold transfer is nothing more than “highway robbery” and he condemned the use of the United Kingdom by Guaido in this case as a “legal means to steal the assets of Venezuela”. He decided:
“It is clear that the United Kingdom’s recognition of the farcical “interim presidency” of Gaido has nothing to do with “democracy” or “human rights”, but with “colonial robbery”.
After all, there is nothing democratic or decent in Guaido: he conspires with Colombian drug dealers; he attempted a violent coup; concluded a contract with the American mercenaries for the assassination of President Maduro and several high-ranking officials of the Venezuelan government, actively promoting sanctions and aggression against his nation, and he smells of corruption. ”
Dr. Dominguez also pointed to a direct conspiracy of the British government with Guaido, as was recently discovered by a British journalist. Recently Received Documents Exposed John McAvoyRecently they shed light on the murky connection between the British government and the novice president of Venezuela. It turned out that a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Affairs (FCO) was created under the name “Venezuelan Reconstruction Department”, which was not officially recognized by any of the countries. The documents indicated that the representative of Juan Guaido in the UK, Vanessa Neumann, spoke with FCO representatives about supporting British business interests in the “reconstruction” of Venezuela. A conversation of this kind clearly stinks of a regime change, given the fact that Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, and that Neumann previously had connections with oil companies. Britain is betting on the death of Venezuela.
Formally, the UK government has a different position. Regarding Venezuelan gold, former finance minister Robert Jenric said back in 2019 in response to the parliamentary question “what is the legal basis for the decision of the Bank of England to freeze approximately 1,125 gold bars stored in the Venezuelan central bank in November 2018?”, which it was a question for the Bank of England. Jenrick claimed that HM Treasury has direct control only over its own gold reserves of the UK government as part of its official reserves held by the Bank of England. “
However, the facts paint a different picture.
John Bolton’s memoirs in the White House “The Room Where It Happened” shows that At that time, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt “was pleased to freeze Venezuelan gold deposits in the Bank of England, so the regime could not sell gold in order to continue to work.”
As Bolton shamelessly admitted:
“These were the steps that we have already taken to put material pressure on Maduro.”
The former national security adviser in his book talks about how proud he was to be the driving force behind the seizure of power in 2019:
“I was pleased that the Maduro government quickly accused me of organizing a coup.”
Bolton openly describes how they discussed ways to delegitimize the Venezuelan government when Trump reportedly said, “Maybe it’s time to ruin Maduro.”
Facts show that Britain has fully implemented Bolton’s master plan to remove Maduro and continues to work with the United States to undermine Venezuelan leadership; only truly subtle British fashion, secretly hoping that no one would notice. Who knows when, if at all, Venezuelans will see their gold. But you can be sure that in the near future they will not invest in the Bank of England.