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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Why Article50 is a disaster.

One MEP, Gerard Batten, UKIPs London MEP is convinced there is a better way.

But first, a little about Gerard:

Gerard Batten was a member of the Anti-Federalist League 1992-1993 and a founder member of the UK Independence Party in 1993. He was the Party’s European Election Organiser in 1994 and the first Party Secretary (1994-1997). He has served on the UKIP National Executive Committee at different times. He has fought eleven different election campaigns for the Party over the years.

He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for London in 2004 and re-elected in 2009 for another five year term. [he was also elected again for the present term] He has written extensively on such subjects as Immigration, the Cost of the European Union, and the European Arrest Warranty and the creation of a European system of criminal law.

In his first term he was a member of the European Parliament’s Security & Defence Committee, and since 2009 he has been a member of the Civil Liberties Justice & Home Affairs Committee. From 2009 he has served as the UKIP MEP’s Chief Whip.

One of the pages in Gerard's website reads:

Referendum Victory! But how can Britain leave the European Union?
24th June 2016

 The British people have delivered an historic victory by voting to leave the EU.  It is now the duty of the Government and Parliament to implement that decision.

 Politicians and commentators are citing Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty as the only means of leaving.  This is not true!

 The quickest and simplest way of leave the EU is to repeal the European Communities Act (1973).  That would restore supremacy of law-making to Parliament.  Parliament could then pass immediate measures to control borders and immigration.

 However, all EU Directives have been transposed into Acts of Parliament, and these would remain in force. So chaos would not ensue.  These Acts could then be repealed gradually over a period of time (as short as possible).  We would be left with only the minimum of laws we need to interact with the EU (if it still exists).

 I explain this in my book, The Road to Freedom.  The arguments in this book are summarised in a short four-page pamphlet that can by read by clicking on this link. [This will take you directly to the PDF, save it and print it out, and distribute it as much as you can.]

Last but not least, if you hunger for more than the four page summary, you can buy the paperback for £7.99 or the Kindle version for £3.67 on this page on the Amazon UK website.


1 comment:

David Lewis said...

I've read most of Batten's book. He is paranoid about Article 50, which he thinks is a cunning plot by the EU to stop anyone leaving. But Article 50 is clear that a country leaves the Union when an agreement is reached or when two years have passed since giving notice. Yes, the two years can be extended, but the departing member and all other EU members have to agree to this. Which is a good reason for making sure that negotiations are conducted by a government supporting BREXIT, but doesn't mean we shouldn't use Article 50.

It's not acceptable for a major country to break a treaty. Batten's analogies with the former Soviet republics are irrelevant, because they were dealing with a powerful empire that could and did use force to get its own way, so a unilateral declaration of independence was a good option for them. It isn't for us.

Repealing the European Communities Act 1972 must happen eventually, and I don't rule out doing it in parallel with Article 50. But if UK negotiators are as wet as Gerard Batten seems to think, then we're in big trouble.

I think Batten has spent so long in the European Parliament that he is ascribing magic powers of persuasion to the European Union. Get a grip, Gerard!