EU DEAL: Brexit In Name Only
We can safely say Brexit is dead. What is effectively happening is that Britain’s membership of the European Union is being rebranded as a “deep partnership”. In regards to the European Court of Justice, the key question is of competency. Jean-Claude Juncker clearly stated that in regards to the rights of EU Citizens the ECJ would remain “competent” which, legally speaking, means able to exercise jurisdiction over a person.
No time limit was put on this. The actual document pertaining to this says that there will be a “mechanism” in place for UK courts to ‘consult’ the ECJ for 8 years, however, the question of competency was never addressed and legally speaking this is the central pivot of the whole issue. I would imagine this is because Juncker is telling the truth and this truth is to be concealed from the British people. In addition to all this, there will be a new “national body” created to oversee and monitor the rights of EU citizens and there will be “regular” exchanges of information between the UK government and the EU Commission which will be looming sinisterly in the background.
So, onto the next phase, a phase to negotiate the ‘transitional period’. Mr Farage rightly called this the “next stage of humiliation” and that is exactly what Donald Tusk spelt out in his remarks, he was quite clear that for this period, of “about 2 years” Britain will remain in the single market and customs union. It will continue to be bound by EU law, including new EU laws, and pay into and adhere to EU Budgets. However, it will have no role in decision making, decisions will be made by the 27 member states “without the UK”.
How is the above not the most abject surrender? How is the above not the effective death of Brexit? It is my submission that Nigel Farage was right and we are not leaving the EU, Brexit is happening in name only and Brexit is dead.