A government bill due to be published tomorrow will contain elements that break international law, says minister.A new government bill, the Internal Market Bill designed to ensure the smooth operation of the whole UK internal market, will contain a clause or clauses that break international law, says the Northern Ireland Secretary, Brandon Lewis.
And this will be enough to cause a catastrophic and total meltdown of the pro-EU lobby in the UK.
It’ll look like someone had a million candle birthday cake, blobs everywhere.
Answering urgent questions on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons today, Brandon Lewis was asked by the chair of the Justice Committee and Tory MP, Bob Neill:
“Will he assure us that nothing proposed in this legislation does or potentially might breach international obligations or international legal arrangements?”
To which the Northern Ireland Secretary responded by saying:
“I would say to my honourable friend, that, yes this does break international law in a very specific and limited way. We are taking the power to disapply the EU law concept of direct effect, required by Article 4 in a certain very tightly defined circumstances.”
And of course, out come all the jokers saying they’ll now feel empowered to break the law as they see fit but in a very specific and limited way in very tightly defined circumstances. So that must be OK then.
Well most of us have done that sometime in our lives – foot gets a bit heavy on the accelerator when you’re late, doesn’t it?
Anyway, Remainers / Rejoiners and the left have taken up their political cudgels, and it has apparently been the cause of the Treasury Solicitor and Head of the Government Legal Profession, Sir Jonathan Jones, deciding to quit.
And Theresa May was not best pleased and had already said:
“The United Kingdom Government signed the Withdrawal Agreement with the Northern Ireland protocol. This Parliament voted that Withdrawal Agreement into UK legislation. The Government is now changing the operation of that agreement.
“Given that, how can the Government reassure future international partners that the UK can be trusted to abide by the legal obligations of the agreements it signs?”
Now, as I said in a video yesterday, the problem with the law is that the Government still has to obey it.
And once the courts get their pro-EU molars into it, then any such law will be voided.
And that’s when I brought up the possibility that the insertion of Article 38 into the 2020 Withdrawal Agreement Act was designed to specifically to prevent the courts from overruling those clauses in the Internal Market Bill.
On the basis that Article 38 states that UK sovereignty subsists despite EU law still being operable under the Withdrawal Agreement itself.
And this seems to have been confirmed when Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith told the House of Commons:
“I wonder if my Honourable friend recalls that in the Act that gave effect to the withdrawal agreement, it is quite clear in clause 38 that the Government did reserve to itself the right to make clarifications under the sovereignty clause.
“Now, given that is the case and given that when the protocol was signed the Government recognised that the state aid rules would apply to Northern Ireland, this extension to the rest of Great Britain is an interpretation by the European Union.
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Brexit: UK preparing to break international law