British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen Monday clinched in principle a deal on Northern Ireland, one of the biggest wounds Brexit had left open, it was reported. Read full article
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Forget the brochure and the spin, here is what the EU says — and it’s a different storyFeb 28th, 2023 - 08:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Yesterday the PM and Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the answer to the NI problem, what was not forthcoming was much detail, and I doubt very much you will see any from the British press or media and even Slick Rishi
To find the detail you have to scour the EU Commission’s own words, (numerous) documents which came out of Brussels yesterday afternoon and evening. The most eye-catching sections I present are below.
And they show what a stitch-up it all is I urge you to read all of it even though it's very long.
What happened in Windsor and Westminster yesterday was a masterful example of political spin — exactly as was predicted. This was circus entertainment, carried wall-to-wall on all TV news channels.
A brochure was then published entitled “The Windsor Framework”, (funny how this was ready within minutes of the announcement that final negotiations between Rishi Sunak and Ursula von der Leyen had concluded), and the circus had started. It takes weeks to put together a brochure, it does not happen in hours or days, Slick Rishi or Sick Rishi depending on how you see him had pulled a fast one and has been working hand in hand with the EU for months
Please note: What was produced yesterday has no legal authority. It is merely a “political agreement in principle”. (The EU’s own words.)
The facts bear little resemblance to what the public was told yesterday.
Here is the reality, not the spin — all from the EU Commission itself
So let's get down to what you have not been told. And remember this is from the EUs own lips.
“Has the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union changed?”
“There is no change to the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Court of Justice remains the sole and ultimate arbiter of EU law.”
EU Commission document, published early evening, Mon 27 Feb 2023
“A political agreement in principle between the European Commissio
Well, they never were going to back down on the role of the ECJ although they did on just about everything else, which could have been done two years ago.Mar 02nd, 2023 - 05:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
But then there was no legislation going through Parliament to dis-apply the protocol at that time.
So long as NI remains in the EU single market the ECJ is a fact of life for them to some or other extent, although now they can block any new laws from applying to them.
Bearing in mind that this new agreement, like the old NI Protocol, is only a temporary arrangement that applies until Dec 2024. Whereupon the NI assembly can decide whether to continue with it or not, if not triggering a renegotiation period.
Where many parts of the Windsor Framework won’t be fully applied until 1st July 2025 and consequently may end up never being applied.
I suspect that the economic benefits for NI of free access to both the UK and EU markets, will mean that whilst there may have to be a re-negotiation, they will want continued free access to both, if politically possible.
Although they have considerably reduced the role of the ECJ:
‘The agreement delivers a form of dual regulation that will work for business and consumers in Northern Ireland…As a result over 1,700 pages of EU law - with accompanying European Court of Justice (ECJ) jurisdiction – are disapplied’.