- Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
- A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council [of the European Union], acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament
- The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about it, the BREXIT developments last weekend should be convincing to the entire World that the European Union is set on trying to destroy the United Kingdom for having the audacity to leave their dreadful bloody Club, wouldn’t you say?
Those recent happenings can be summarised by the news that an administrator, unelected, unrepresentative, simply appointed, mr nobody, Donald Tusk, made a papal like edict (bull) that the Republic of Ireland is to have a veto over any BREXIT deal with the UK.
That is to say that Tusk had personally decided on behalf of all the 27 EU countries that are being left adrift behind when Britain departs in fifteen months time, that Eire, a lovely little country but of little commercial influence or political consequence and a mere population of under 5m, should now suddenly and unilaterally make a decision on behalf of an EU’s population 100 times greater, to make the decision on the UK’s ongoing relationship with the EU, eh?
Now, that kind of crass decision behaviour may come as a bit of a surprise to many people, but that is exactly how things are done in their stinking Club, isn’t it? Yes, and that is no doubt why the people of Great Britain, who believe in democracy, actually voted for BREXIT in the biggest ever election turn-out this Country has EVER seen, indeed?
The fact is that Tusk needs to be told in no uncertain terms to crawl back under his stone, but we seem to be in a situation where we have a yellow-belly Prime Minister in Theresa May, [puny and rickety?] who doesn’t have the stomach for a fight, and is a hostage to fortune by her traitorous Remoaners to boot, don’t you think?
It is quite evident to anybody who has watched the BREXIT process develop, that the EU have done anything but entered the required negotiations on its future relationship with the UK, ‘in good faith’. From the very outset, it has been totally obtuse and that is evident by its setting unacceptable, unreasonable, insurmountable hurdles on the way the withdrawal ‘two-year period’ of talks were to be undertaken, which Treaty-wise were hopefully intended to result in a ‘ratified’ (by the other States) agreement, whence any failure to achieve that outcome means that we simply leave the Treaties behind and they cease to apply to the UK two years after the notification: as regards ongoing trade, the EU/UK would then follow World Trade Organisation rules on tariffs.
Firstly, the EU has been in blatant breach of Article 50 of the Treaty [which the UK invoked in March 2017], that ‘required’ it to negotiate and conclude an agreement taking account of the framework for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
They point blank have refused to do just that, and instead have insisted that we must beforehand both commit to pay them a Queen’s ransom – the type of action more associated with kidnappers and Somali pirates than any internationally responsible body – together with insisting that the UK unilaterally make proposals to resolve any potential border problem between the two Irelands, all BEFORE any such talks are undertaken. Those talks are of course basically ALL about future ‘trading relations’ – and that is of course of prime interest to the British to ensure a smooth transition from isolated EU trading to establishing and benefiting from worldwide trading, which we are likely to excel in, eh?
Not only that, but throughout they have refused to say what illegal fee (corruption sum?) they expect the UK to pay [which bizarrely they insist on terming a ‘divorce settlement’ to make it sound legit], and then urge Britain to keep upping private offers till time runs out, eh?
One of the unacceptable things the EU say we have an obligation to pay-in, is to cover staff pensions! Now that kind of expense is something that has to be provided for at the time it is being incurred, and not later, as anyone involved in a business knows, because pension funds have to be in place to cover it – current pension entitlements aren’t paid-for by new employees or customers, are they? No, they are covered by money put aside from past and current income – if the EU failed to make such provisions, then not only are they demonstrably incompetent but they are crooks to boot, surely? But the EU needed worry, May will eventually agree that Britain pays such an outrageous bill, won’t she?
Now, the Irish might have a somewhat undeserved reputation of being a bit slow on the uptake, but on this occasion, they are certainly being led by the nose by the EU mandarins into fighting an unsavoury battle against the UK. The EU doesn’t give a hoot about issues faces by Éire (Irish) and NI and just want to create a divisive antagonism between them, and are whispering evil in Dublin’s ear to try to cause a rift that will destroy Britain’s ability to make a clean break from the European Club.
Many in Britain and elsewhere tend to forget that just 95 years ago the current 26 counties constituting Southern Ireland was indeed a constituent part of the United Kingdom, and then by Treaty it became the Irish Free State and became a republic. Since those times the Irish have consequently been welcomed here and many are our resident neighbours in our villages, towns, and cities. What the Dublin government SHOUD be doing is fighting the EU with us to ensure an open border is maintained between North and South, as this is a common cause, surely? It isn’t the UK that would impose a hard border, it is the EU that would want to impose one on the Republic. Isn’t it? Indeed, the problem would simply go away, if talks moved onto a trade deal, because that could be the answer to movement of goods across the border, couldn’t it?
As predicted in a post here two months ago, when May had capitulated in both Florence & Brussels (amongst other things offering to hand them a £20billion ransom), she would concede even further, and that is exactly how it has turned out – she has bloody-well doubled that amount to £44m, hasn’t she? [All the UK giveaways and nothing to show for it]
Now, don’t fall for the ‘false news’ that the UK legally has to pay the EU to meet obligations, will you? The falseness of THAT claim is fully demonstrated by the very fact that we are told that in the event of a ‘no-deal’ outcome, we won’t pay them a penny, eh?
It also turns out that May was prepared to sacrifice our fellow British in Northern Ireland on the alter of a deal to move onto the crux of the negotiations – TRADE. Now, while we don’t know exactly what concession May had agreed to but it would seem that it was to promise a regulation alliance between Dublin and NI, which means that both countries would operate similar directives – meaning that NI would continue to accept EU law and so allow unhindered trade across the border. The NI DUP called May out of her surrendering meeting with the EU President to tell her “no way Yose”.
Such a relationship would mean that NI would need increased cooperation with Dublin government and have closer ties to the EU than with the UK, and in principle NI would look less British – another step towards the Republic’s and IRA’s ultimate goal of a united Ireland [against the expressed will of the NI people].
This negotiation episode highlights the sheer government incompetence of the May administration. To propose something that was totally unacceptable to the DUP when the Tory Government is utterly dependant and reliant on them to survive, is nothing short of madness. It is extraordinary that there had been no prior exchange of papers with DUP, isn’t it?
The situation gets even worse for those of us who voted BREXIT because it has become clear that the May Government were prepared to go further in Phase 2 of the negotiations to commit that the WHOLE of the UK to such a regulatory alliance with the EU – which means surely that we would accept ALL their laws and ALL their regulations without ever having any say in their enactment – does that sound like BREXIT to you, or what the people voted for in ‘taking back control’? That means that we are effectively in the EU Customs Union, with all the downside of that, when the Government promised we would be out of that as well as the Single Market, didn’t they? The fingerprints of Europhile Chancellor Philip Hammond are all over that crime scene, wouldn’t you say?
[Membership of the EU customs union (a trade agreement that imposes common external tariffs on goods from other countries) requires complying with ‘rules of origin’ (50-60% ‘originating’ content), and limits the freedom to strike our own trade deals outside the EU because it means that all goods that have been imported into an EU country can then be moved freely within the EU without further checks .[However Norway, though part of the European Economic Area (so having access to the single market), is NOT in the EU’s customs union, so goods coming through Norway into the single market are subject to further customs checks].
Trade in services make up almost 80% of the UK economy so is much more important to the UK than trade in goods with the EU, but the customs union would have limited impact on trade in services.
A deal to move onto trade is NOT the FINAL deal, so you can fully expect matters to get even worse, not least because the EU are going to give no ground whatsoever, and will demand the UK avoids divergence from all its terms for a decade.
The latest news is that this very morning the Prime Minster of Great Britain got up in the middle of the night to fly to Brussels to sign our total surrender to the terms set by the EU’s unelected frontmen. She claims to have got the interim deal that allows trade talks to start after there had been “give & take” on both sides. Well, that is PARTLY true – WE have GIVEN and THEY have TAKEN, eh?
Well the what has been agreed already?
- Guarantee that there will be “no hard border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic maintaining “constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom”
- EU citizens living in the UK and vice versa will have their rights to live, work and study protected
- Financial settlement which is “fair to the British taxpayer”
The prime minister made MANY concessions, including a divorce bill of about £50bn and allowing British courts to refer cases about EU citizens to the European court of justice for another eight years!
[Those of you who voted for BREXIT can just forget it – there is now NO CHANCE of you getting it]