The Remainer press is giving all the air time and column inches it can, to anyone who will condemn Boris Johnson for taking action to protect the interests of the UK.
As MPs gird their loins for the second reading of the UK Internal Markets Bill in the House of Commons today, all we hear is the EU and UK Remainer press screeching on about Boris breaking international law.
And the press coverage has been so one-sided that the UK Brexit negotiator, Lord David Frost, felt compelled to go to Twitter to put the UK case.
And thus far I’ve seen no mainstream press outlet referring to his statements.
But they appear to be hanging on every word from Barnier and the pro-EU campaigners in the UK.
Oh, and David Cameron is the latest former UK Prime Minister to surface and start voicing his concerns over the actions Boris Johnson is taking.
Then there’s the Brexiteer Tory MP and former Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC, who has also come out against Boris despite him being a Brexiteer, and is therefore getting a lot of attention.
But a quick comment on that. One of the things that’s giving Boris the legal basis for what he’s doing, is Clause 38 of the Withdrawal Agreement Act 2020. Something I’ve talked about before.
And Clause 38, the ‘notwithstanding clause, says that the UK parliament is sovereign and that, within the UK, it overrides EU law.
That Act received Royal Assent on the 23rd of January 2020.
Geoffrey Cox was the Attorney General (one of the law officers of the Crown) between the 9th of July 2018 and the 13th of February 2020.
This is what Tory MP Steve Baker Tweeted out on it:
“Geoffrey Cox was Attorney General from 9 July 2018 to 13 February 2020
“So he was the Attorney General who allowed the “notwithstanding” clause in the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020″
So, didn’t Cox know what the likely outcome for such a clause would be?
Anyway, let’s get back to Michel Barnier and Lord Frost.
Barnier put out two Tweets over the weekend saying:
“Protocol on IE/NI is not a threat to the integrity of the UK. We agreed this delicate compromise with @BorisJohnson & his gov in order to protect peace & stability on island of Ireland. We could not have been clearer about the consequences of #Brexit
“Sticking to facts is also essential. A case in point: the EU is not refusing to list the UK as a third country for food imports (SPS). To be listed, we need to know in full what a country’s rules are, incl. for imports. The same objective process applies to all listed countries”
But as has been pointed out. The UK is not changing anything after the Brexit Implementation Period ends, and if we do then the WTO and the EU will be informed first in plenty of time.
This is what all third countries that trade with the EU do. So why single the UK out for ‘special’ treatment at this stage in the talks?
And here’s what Lord Frost said in a series of seven Tweets in reply to Barnier’ talk of ‘facts’. Something that most of the press seem to have overlooked.
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Brexit: Boris Johnson puts EU into a tailspin