So remainer Theresa May has failed in the latest Brexit talks with the EU, as expected. No surprise there then, and give her a few more weeks and she will have surrendered totally. She’s a weak leader and her party is abysmal. But leavers will continue to depend on the democratic decision of the referendum to achieve independent sovereignty.
One of Mays’ most disgraceful failures would be to allow European law, overseen by the European Court of Justice, to continue to apply to EU citizens in the UK after Brexit. Such a suggestion would create a privileged class of over 3 million EU residents in the UK, whose rights would be enforced by a court beyond the influence of our Government and Parliament. The ECJ is not only a foreign court but a political court, too, with closer union being its objective.
And now, senior politicians and business leaders have urged the Prime Minister to issue a final ultimatum to Brussels this week, agree to Britain’s Brexit red lines or we will not pay the EU a penny. The letter, organised by the Leave Means Leave campaign, slams EU negotiators for behaving “in a manner sadly unbecoming of an international body”.
It calls on the Prime Minister to inform European Commission President Juncker and chief Brexit negotiator Barnier that Britain will not make any payment to Brussels unless key conditions are met, including the UK and the EU agreeing a reciprocal free trade deal without tariffs in principle by March 30th 2018; European Court of Justice jurisdiction over the UK ending from 30th March 2019; and the UK being able to negotiate, sign and implement trade deals with the rest of the world from 30th March 2019.
The letter also demands that freedom of movement to the UK for EU citizens should terminate at the end of March 2019 and no new EU regulations should apply after this date; there must be an agreement on the border of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and that “any necessary” implementation period must not exceed two years.
It goes on to say that if EU negotiators agree to all of these red lines during negotiations in December, then Britain should make a “reasonable, realistic and not extortionate goodwill payment”. It concludes that if the EU refuses to agree to this by the end of the December summit: “The UK – having exhausted every avenue – should suspend its participation in the negotiations and inform the EU that, unless they are prepared to talk to us seriously about a future free trade arrangement, we will revert to World Trade Organisation terms from 30th March 2019”.
Amen to that!