‘Trapped In Transition’ – More Betrayal Of British Fisheries
Theresa The Appeaser is certainly living up to her nickname when it comes to her continual betrayal of British fishermen. She has continually insisted we will be leaving the Common Fisheries Policy which is a blight on our fishing industry but as always the devil is in the detail.
Fishing For Leave, a pro-Brexit campaign group, points out that the “mask slips” when Mrs May says;
- “Leaving the CFP and leaving the CAP” wouldn’t give the opportunity until “post that implementation(transition) period – to actually introduce arrangements that work for the United Kingdom. The arrangement that pertains the fisheries during that implementation period will, of course, be part of the negotiations for that implementation period”.
Understandably, Fishing For Leave [FFL] has expressed “grave concern” that arrangements for the fishing industry during the ‘transition period’ are subject to negotiation. In seeking to apply all EU law after the end of the Article 50 period the EU is contradicting itself as Article 50 itself states that “the treaties (all EU law) shall cease to apply”.
Since this is the case, although we will leave the EU on March 29th 2019, we will effectively re-join the EU in all but name the day after under the new framework established by the ‘transitional deal’ and will exist in a kind of “legal purgatory”. Indeed, the serious risk exists that if we are locked into a transitional deal we may never actually leave the European Union. Scant surprise then that prominent Remoaners are so keen that Mrs May secure one.
The transitional deal poses a massive existential threat to Brexit, as FFL put it;
It is an impossible contradiction for the UK to be free of the EU and the CFP and have a transition. Adopting all EU law and then agreeing to a transition whilst we obey that law flies in the face of ‘taking back control’ and exposes this country to huge risk legally.
Adoption and transposition of all EU laws onto the UK statute book with the EU Withdrawal Bill, conjoined with any post-Brexit deal ratified by treaty (especially one with a “transition” period of continued adherence “regulatory alignment”) will nail this country’s feet to the floor.
We simply cannot allow this to happen both for the sake of the British fishing industry, the British people and lastly the very sovereignty and integrity of democracy and the democratic process itself.