On 20th December 2017, the EU published it’s proposed negotiating guidelines for the transition period and the so called deal that the UK wanted post Brexit (Brussels, 20.12.2017, COM(2017) 830 final, ANNEX 1. On 29th January 2018, the EU Council took 2 minutes to agree the terms, outlined in that document, that would be presented to the UK Government during the “negotiation”.
On Thursday 25th January, in Davos, Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, told business leaders that Brexit would involve “very modest” changes to the status quo. David Davis’ speech in Teesport, a day later, agreed with the principles outlined in the EU document of 20th December 2017. On 27th January 2018, David Davis, Philip Hammond and Greg Clark signed an open letter to UK Businesses that stated there would be very little change after March 2019. These aforementioned actions, show clearly that the talk of “negotiation” was pure lies spouted by the UK Government. In fact, the deal was probably done on 21st December 2017.
There has been no negotiation. The UK has simply agreed to whatever the EU has demanded of it. The transition period will see “full EU aquis” throughout the territory of the UK. NOTHING will change, apart from the fact that we will no longer be a member of the EU.
The Government has agreed to…
- European Court of Justice (ECJ) jurisdiction for EU citizens in UK. If an EU citizen has a problem with the way they are treated in the UK they will appeal to the ECJ. The ECJ will have superiority over the UK Supreme Court in EU matters. However, a UK citizen in the EU having a problem will not be able to appeal to the ECJ as the UK will not be a member of the EU (as a possible example, think property matters in Spain). On this point alone, the UK Government has sold out ALL its citizens including the millions who voted for it. The UK will not be represented on the ECJ.
- On 26th January 2018 in his speech in Teesport David Davis referred to the existing trade deals the EU has with the rest of the world. He said “The existing international agreements we are party to should continue to apply during this period.” On 29th January 2018, Michel Barnier stated “As part of the transition, the U.K. will remain bound from the obligations stemming from all existing EU international agreements, for instance for trade and aviation”, at the same time, he could not guarantee that the U.K. wouldn’t lose the benefits of them. This means that while the UK will be legally bound by the existing international trade deals (due to the transition arrangement), other parties to those deals are not legally bound to honour their obligations as the UK will not be a member of the EU.
- The UK will have to participate in The Single Market and abide by its four freedoms including Freedom of Movement.
- The UK will have to participate in The Customs Union.
- Full EU aquis will apply throughout the UK territories (no change whatsoever then).
- The UK will not be able to implement trade deals unless by permission of the EU Council.
- The terms on which the transition arrangement are agreed will form the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement.
- All current EU rules, regulations and laws will have to be upheld.
- Any new EU laws will have to be enforced in the UK.
- There will be no representation of the UK in the EU structure. UK observers may be permitted to watch proceedings. There will be no MEP’s no committee members, no Judges, nothing!
Theresa May once said “No deal is better than a bad deal”. She has now agreed to sign up to the worst deal in UK history, without putting up any fight whatsoever.