The EU Pays Scant Regard To Its Own Laws, Let Alone Its international Obligations
So the final talks have started with a major row between London and Brussels and with the European Commission’s President, Ursula von der Leyen, threatening the talks will be off if the UK ‘reneges’ on this matter of ‘trust’.
Again we see the EU doing what it does best in life-threatening if they dont get their way. Never mind the fact that they themselves are without an ounce of trust and never intended to honour the Withdrawal Agreement.
‘Everything that has been signed must be respected,’ Barnier told France Inter radio. ‘We demand quite simply, and calmly, and until the end, that the political commitments in the text agreed by Boris Johnson be legally translated into this treaty.’
As we will see
“The EU has been in default of its obligations under the Withdrawal Treaty since it was signed and has in effect broken international law.
“The UK Government is left with no choice but to repudiate the Withdrawal Treaty and pass legislation to mitigate the effect of the EU’s breaches, for the sake of the citizens of the UK and the EU27, and to uphold the principles of international law.”
Legal arguments showing how the EU has broken its own treaty with the UK
- The essential condition of participating in the Withdrawal Agreement (WA) to secure a free trade agreement (FTA)
- The EU has been acting in breach of a material term of the WA by denying the UK an FTA
The EU has attempted to impose wholly unreasonable restrictions on the UK which no other country would accept
The treaty was therefore entered into by the UK on a false premise from the EU
The EU has breached its legal obligation to act in good faith
The WA breaks the terms of the Good Friday Agreement
The WA is in breach of the ECHR principle of the right to vote
The WA is in breach of the UN Charter’s principle of “self-determination”, its most important tenet
The UK Government must now pass an Act of Parliament superseding and revoking the WA
It’s the EU which has already breached the terms of the Withdrawal Treaty
In July 2020 a102-page paper was presented to Government on the issues of the WA. The arguments were written by some of the country’s top lawyers experienced in these matters, such as Martin Howe QC, Chairman of Lawyers for Britain, and Barnabas Reynolds, a Partner at Shearman and Sterling, amongst other experienced lawyers in EU matters.
Their conclusions were stark.
- The UK as a state retains its sovereign right to withdrawal from the EU, which is an international organisation
- When the UK exercised its right to leave, it participated in the WA process on the basis of an essential condition: agreement on a future permanent arrangement with the EU that enshrines UK sovereignty and secures an FTA
- The Protocol and other aspects of the WA are incompatible with the agreement intended for the end of 2020
- The EU has been acting in breach of a material term of the WA, meaning that the treaty was entered into on a false premise
- The Protocol is in breach of the ECHR principle of the right to vote
- The UK must exercise its right to suspend and terminate the WA obligations
- The UK must subsequently pass an Act of Parliament superseding the WA, in line with Parliamentary Sovereignty under Section 38 of the Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020
The full legal argument for tearing up the WA and PD
The detail of the legal arguments is best read in full in the CBP paper [PDF], starting on page 68. Of necessity, this article can only present a summary together with key points from the document.
Below I present key excerpts from the report
“As can be seen, the key elements of the Withdrawal Agreement including the Northern Ireland Protocol are incompatible with UK sovereignty if continued into the future and should operate merely as a steppingstone to an end of year long-term relationship between the UK and the EU.
“The EU has seriously breached the agreement, even as it stands since it has been structurally unable to engage in meaningful negotiations (for what is now the majority of the intended negotiation period) towards a sovereign outcome for the UK.
“The UK, therefore, needs to prevail on the EU to agree to remove the sovereignty-incompliant elements of the WA and the Protocol or be ready to repudiate the arrangement.”
If the EU refuses a mutually beneficial future arrangement, then the UK should:
- Treat the Withdrawal Agreement and Protocol as no longer having any legal force
- Implement Alternative Arrangements for the North-South border on the Island of Ireland, indicating to the EU that the Government is prepared to negotiate Mutual Enforcement instead, if preferred, from the end of 2020
- Cease to make payments to the EU under its provisions
- Treat EU citizens resident in the UK unilaterally in a manner consistent with the UK’s legal framework
It should be noted that since the above report was written the EU has continued to act in bad faith. It is my understanding that the report’s authors now see little alternative but to move to revoke the Withdrawal Treaty unless there is a very rapid and fundamental shift in EU policy.
The big problem for the EU is Their signing of the Withdrawal Treaty that committed them to the following.
“The Union and the United Kingdom shall use their best endeavours, in good faith and in full respect of their respective legal orders, to take the necessary steps to negotiate expeditiously the agreements governing their future relationship referred to in the Political Declaration of 17 October 2019 and to conduct the relevant procedures for the ratification or conclusion of those agreements, with a view to ensuring that those agreements apply, to the extent possible, as from the end of the transition period.”
- Article 184
Even Barnier must know that the Withdrawal Agreement has a value in international law so much so that the wise old owl Sir Bill Cash inserted Section 38 specifying that ‘nothing in this Act derogates from the sovereignty of the Parliament of the United Kingdom’ into the Bill that Parliament passed in London. The exact words were This Part shall not affect any laws, regulations or administrative provisions applicable in a host State or a State of work which would be more favourable to the persons concerned.
An international treaty may have been signed by another country or an organisation (such as the EU) and the UK, but that treaty only comes into effect when it has been voted through as a Bill in our Parliament. That’s why there was a Bill to gain Parliament’s consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. Why have a debate if the Government can just sign whatever treaty they fancy? Sometimes our friends across the Channel and the North Sea find an old and wise democracy a little puzzling.
Under the Vienna Convention on International Treaties if circumstances change and to abide by a treaty would not be in the national interest, a signatory nation may revoke that treaty. As the EU made no attempt to reach an agreement with us, other than to threaten and stonewall until we caved in and agreed to the status quo, which is not in our interest as it cancels at least three national votes including two elections, let us follow international law to the letter and revoke the Withdrawal Agreement.
The statement of Government Minister Brandon Lewis — a former close ally of Theresa May — on Tuesday in Parliament is at odds with the legal advice above. I can only guess at the reasons for this catastrophic error which has damaged the reputation of the United Kingdom at home and around the world — totally unnecessarily. However, the clue is that he a former close ally of Theresa May who was and still is a firm Remainer who is still smarting from being bumped from her high Office of Prime Minister.
One thing is for sure, there are still firm Remain MPs in the Tory party that need the Wipp removing post haste.
The same can be said of the Civil Service as well. That snake in the grass Olly Robbins another one of Mrs Mays main allies may have gone, but there are plenty more that are being outed as ardent Remainers who believe in the EU more than they do their own country, one being Sir Jonathan Jones the head of the Government Legal Department is the latest in a long line of resignations of senior civil servants in Whitehall under Boris Johnson’s Tory government.
The point is that when Sir Bill Cash inserted that clause in the WA it was in effect a neatly laid trap that no Remainer saw, not even the EU lawyers saw it as they scrutinised what both the EU and the UK was about to sign. Bill Cash is a wily old solicitor in his own right. He qualified as a solicitor in 1967. No one picked up on it and this week to the shock of all Remainers and the EU the trap was sprung quite neatly I may add.
The EU was never going to negotiate in good faith. The day the 2016 referendum results came through a certain President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, was filmed snarling “This will not be an amicable divorce.”
It was obvious from that moment on that the agenda of the unelected EU superstate-fanatics in Brussels would be to punish the British for voting to leave, no matter what. EU has not only failed to act expeditiously but has placed every conceivable obstacle in the way of any normal agreement being reached. As such, they have not acted in good faith and we should consider them to be in serious and irredeemable material breach of their obligations. The United Kingdom Government is therefore entitled to consider that the EU has de facto reneged on the Treaty they signed and that the EU is in default.
So take us to court foolish EU because with the overwhelming evidence the UK has on your despicable antics not only will you lose but the whole world will look on in amazement at what you actually are.
Same if you try any sanctions. It will be the UK taking you to court and again with the overwhelming evidence the UK has on your despicable antics the world will look on in amazement at what you are.
So in the words of the great American actor Clint Eastwood. MAKE MY DAY PUNKS
This is the message the Government should be promulgating at home and internationally, not the nonsense we heard in the Commons on Tuesday.
The EU has broken the terms of the Agreement it drafted and signed
The EU still has the option of offering the UK a ‘Canada+++’ agreement, which EU Council President Donald Tusk and other EU figures proffered in 2018. Since the EU does not seem interested in a genuine trade deal with the United Kingdom along the lines of trade deals they have agreed with other countries, we must assume that all of their negotiations with the UK have been conducted in bad faith.
Mr Johnson’s Government must now proceed on the basis that the EU has broken international law and that the Withdrawal Agreement has no validity.
Most importantly it must get this message out there now.
Finally, I must say to the Remainer rump of holier-than-thou politicians, exemplified by Theresa May in Parliament on Tuesday, that had it not been for their crass incompetence and wilful obstruction of the democratically expressed will of the British people to leave the EU, we would not be having to clear up their mess now.
Make no mistake for EU this has always been political — it’s about punishing the UK
For the Irish Government, this has always been about pursuing a united Ireland.
Now we come to the main point of what all this is about.
Essentially the EU is threatening to make GB food exports illegal to the EU due to concerns over food standards. Of course, GB currently follows all EU standards so they know full well our food is safe. If they go ahead with this then as NI is going to be within the EU customs union then it would mean that GB can’t send any food to NI. So anyone concerned about what Boris is doing needs to understand why he is having to do it.
Let it sink in, the EU is threatening to make it illegal for GB to send food to a part of the UK.
The EU never liked the idea of the UK walking away. They never expected it and had to find a way of keeping the UK tied to the EU. They knew if we just walked off into the sunset we could once more be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to trade. THEY had to find away from stopping us signing trade deals. One of the ways was to tie the UK to the Customs Union and the Single Market. They found a way in the form of the Good Friday Agreement.
So what did the EU do? They deliberately put in jeopardy the still-fragile peace in Northern Ireland. The EU weaponised peace in Northern Ireland and the South of Ireland gladly helped them
Some of the ways in which the EU deliberately weaponised peace in Northern Ireland
Devastating testimonies condemn Irish Government and EU, over NI and Brexit
For four years the EU and the Irish Government have prevented UK and Irish Customs from agreeing on a straightforward solution for the Irish border question.
It was clear from the outset that — as a result of the EU Referendum — UK and Irish customs authorities would have to discuss and agree on new arrangements for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
Existing border arrangements on the Irish border have always been ‘different’
Given the relatively open border since the 1990s, special arrangements have already existed for many years. There has always been a border in Customs and Revenue terms because of the two countries’ different tax regimes, different excise duties, different VAT rates, and even different currencies.
Here is Mr Niall Cody, Chairman of the Board of the Irish Revenue Commissioners, giving testimony to a Committee of the Irish Parliament in 2017. He was asked about existing arrangements for controlling the border and gave the details for the previous year.
“The vast majority of these checks were carried out in approved warehouses and other premises with a very small number at a port or airport. The low level of import checks is the result of pre-authorisation of traders, advance lodgement of declarations and an extensive system of post-clearance checks, including customs audit, which are carried out at traders’ premises.”
“Authorised economic operators, AEOs, have a special status in the system and under agreed protocols are allowed to operate greatly simplified customs procedures. There are currently 133 AEOs, which account for 82% of all imports and 89% of exports. It will be very important that the bulk of trade continues to be through AEOs after Brexit.”
- Niall Cody, Chairman of the Board of the Irish Revenue Commissioners, testimony in 2017
So why didn’t Irish and UK Customs get together to agree to extend existing border arrangements?
It is clear from the testimonies of the most senior Customs officials on both sides of the border — the department heads with the expertise — that they were prevented from talking to each other by the EU and by the Irish government.
“We are not in any form of negotiation or even having any discussion with the UK at this point.”
- Liam Irwin, then Irish Revenue Commissioner
Q: “Could Mr. Cody clarify whether there is a legal impediment to negotiations between us and — — -“
Niall Cody (Chairman of Irish Customs): “Yes.”
Q: “ — — -so we can have discussions but not negotiations?”
Niall Cody : “The European Union will be negotiating with the United Kingdom in regard to Brexit.”
- Senior Irish Revenue officials, testimony to the Dáil committee in 2017
And here is what the UK Customs boss said in evidence to a Parliamentary Committee
“There are no formal conversations with either the French or the Irish. We cannot talk to Customs or taxation management organisations in either of those countries.”
“We do not believe we require any infrastructure between Northern Ireland and Ireland under any circumstances.”
- Sir Jon Thompson, former Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs, giving evidence to the Exiting the European Union Committee, 29 Nov 2017
Sir Jon went on to say that discussions with the Irish Revenue had started, but was halted — and not by the British.
There is no real quantifiable risk to the EU’s Single Market
Northern Ireland’s goods sales across the border are so small they will amount to a rounding error in the EU’s accounts, post-Brexit.
After Brexit, NI’s cross-border sales will account for just 0.23% of total imports into the EU. [Sources Eurostat | HMRC | NISRA ]
0.23% is NOT any kind of threat to the integrity of the EU’s Single Market.
Finally, here are two EU Parliament officials
Two years ago two officials who work for Guy Verhofstadt, then the EU Parliament’s chief Brexit Coordinator, were caught on camera when Mrs May caved in
Official One: “
We got rid of them! We kicked them out! It took us two years but we managed.”
“It’s done! On our terms and conditions. We finally turned them into a colony and that was our plan from the first moment.”
Officials working for Guy Verhofstadt, EU Parliament Brexit Coordinator, caught on camera by the BBC4 documentary
The EU’s latest hostile moves
In a statement issued yesterday, the EU Parliament says it will block any trade agreement with the UK
They have issued this threat before the supposedly sovereign UK Parliament has even had a chance to debate the draft Internal Market Bill, in effect dictating to Parliament what decision it must make on behalf of the British people. Here is an excerpt:
“Should the UK authorities breach — or threaten to breach — the Withdrawal Agreement, through the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill in its current form or in any other way, the European Parliament will, under no circumstances, ratify any agreement between the EU and the UK.”
And here is Boris Johnson’s response
Writing in the Daily Telegraph today, the Prime Minister was unequivocal about the EU’s latest hostile actions.
Boris Johnson, 12 Sept 2020
“We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea.
“We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.
“I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off, or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK. This was for the very good reason that any such barrier, any such tariffs or division, would be completely contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement.”
If the EU and the Irish Government had been remotely interested in preserving the Good Friday Agreement and peace in Northern Ireland, what would have been more logical than for the civil servants responsible for each side of the border to discuss new arrangements?
Instead, the Irish side has been banned from doing so. This was a deliberate act.
A quick solution to alternative arrangements for the NI border sorted out by those who know the most about it — the Customs teams on each side — was not in the EU’s interests
The EU wished to use the border as one of their three pre-emptive issues to prevent trade being talked about and to keep at least part of the UK in the Single Market and Customs Union. In this, they have succeeded to this day.
And what of the Irish politicians involved in this?
The EU had a willing partner in this subterfuge in the form of the fiercely nationalist Irish government of Messrs Varadkar and Coveney.
Despite a ‘no deal’ Brexit being catastrophic for the Irish economy, it is my opinion that they put their own political considerations above the interests of their own people, and effectively weaponised this issue. In so doing, they have been played by Brussels. It remains to be seen if the Irish people will ever forgive them.
It is not before time that the UK Government is finally fighting back against the tirade of propaganda from the EU which has been played worldwide in the complicit, globalist media in most countries, as well as on our TV screens in the UK. Finally, it seems that these efforts have borne fruit, to some extent.
[ Sources: NISRA | HMRC | The Dáil (Irish Parliament) | Eurostat | UK Parliament (Hansard) | BBC4 documentary | The Daily Telegraph ]