The UK in the EU: ALL the obligations — including paying vast annual sums — but NO rights

Graham Charles Lear
4 min readMay 8, 2019


Why is the UK excluded from EU Leaders’ Summit tomorrow? Brexit is NOT on the agenda. It is perfectly understandable that Mrs. May should be excluded when the EU27 leaders want to discuss Brexit. This is NOT the case here, nor has it been on many previous occasions in the last three years.

SO Why is the UK excluded from EU leaders’ Summit especially as we have not left yet?

27 EU leaders will meet in Transylvania, NOT discussing Brexit, yet Mrs. May is NOT invited

Unreported by the BBC so far, there will be a summit of the leaders of 27 EU countries tomorrow, 09 May 2019, taking place in Sibiu, Transylvania. For readers who are unsure, yes, this is part of the EU.

Everyone will be there: Unelected EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, unelected EU Council President Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, Irish T-shock Leo Varadkar, and all the other EU27 leaders including the diminutive Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, leader of a country the size of Kirklees in Yorkshire.


Mrs. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The fifth largest economy in the World

The second largest economy in the EU

And still a full European Union member

The reason Mrs. May will not be there is that she hasn’t been invited.

The summit

The EU Commission described the objectives of this summit thus:

“to set new policy orientation and new priorities for the EU ahead of the European Parliament elections on 23–26 May 2019”

The UK remains a member of the European Union

The UK is still a full member of the EU. The EU expects the UK to continue paying full annual subscriptions until at least the start of 2021, and most likely until the start of 2023, under the surrender treaty agreed by Mrs. May.

Yesterday the de facto Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington suddenly announced that the EU Parliament elections will definitely take place. Added to that, there are no real signs that any agreement will be reached between the (mostly) anti-democratic MPs in Parliament.

The UK remains a full member of the EU “with all the rights and obligations”, according to the EU Council and Commission Presidents.

Yet the UK has been excluded from this summit.

What the EU Commission said

Speaking yesterday ahead of this important summit, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “When I took office, I said it was our last chance to show Europeans that their union works for them. I have spent the last five years working tirelessly to deliver on the promises we made. In some areas, I believe we have surpassed expectations, in others, we may have fallen short of them.”

The Commission’s press release goes on to talk about the hundreds of new legal objectives which have been fulfilled in the last five years, (which involve thousands of new laws, directives or other mechanisms, all affecting the UK and its citizens), and then reiterates its five key issues.

The first of these is the EU Defence Union. The Commission describes this in this particular communique as: “a protective Europe because peace is power in today’s world”

(Bureaucratic gobbledygook for the EU Army.)

“Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?”

Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, central Romania. The reason the summit is being held in Transylvania is that Romania currently holds the rotating 6-month presidency of the EU Council.

As an aside, we think it unlikely that any of the EU leaders will want to be pictured crossing one of the city’s most famous landmarks — the Liars Bridge, built in 1859.

Liars Bridge, Sibiu, Transylvania

I have pointed out many times that the EU has excluded the UK from important meetings where the 27 other leaders were present. This is yet another example.

Sources : EU Commission | Romanian Tourist Office,



Graham Charles Lear

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