It's the EU that has broken the Good Friday Agreement, not the UK
Facts4EU.Org summarises the uncomfortable truth for the EU and for US Democrats crying foul
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It’s way past time the UK Government presented these distasteful EU facts to the World
A two-part Facts4EU.Org special on Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement
Yesterday the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, influential Democrat Nancy Pelosi, launched an attack on the UK over the Government’s moves to protect the Good Friday Agreement between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
We suggest that Ms Pelosi’s statement betrays a complete lack of understanding of the facts, and of who is at fault.
The Good Friday Agreement is the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland. If the U.K. violates its international agreements & Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a U.S.-U.K. trade agreement passing the Congress. https://t.co/n7E4GHTJcI— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 9, 2020
Part 1: The EU’s Withdrawal Treaty breaks the terms of the Good Friday Agreement
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary
US House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi : “No chance” of UK-US trade deal
Brexit Facts4EU.Org presents some facts which Ms Pelosi does not seem to be aware of
- The Government’s UK Internal Market Bill is needed to maintain the free flow of trade across the United Kingdom
- To prevent this would be contrary to the 1800 Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland and 1707 Articles of Union between England and Scotland
- The Withdrawal Agreement would clearly alter the constitutional status of Northern Ireland within the UK
- It would amount to a major breach of the core principle of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement
- According to the GFA, NI’s constitutional status cannot be changed without the consent of the people of Northern Ireland
The EU’s Withdrawal Treaty requires the imposition of tariffs between the UK and Northern Ireland. As the distinguished barrister and EU law specialist Martin Howe wrote yesterday in [paywall] the Daily Telegraph:
“International law does not justify a later treaty to which these community representatives are not parties being used to over-ride the rights they enjoy under the earlier treaty, especially where it involves over-riding such a fundamental right as the right to self determination of the people of NI.”
“If there were any doubt that Parliament has this right, section 38 of the Withdrawal Agreement Act preserves Parliamentary sovereignty and makes it quite clear that Parliament has the right to pass the clauses which the government is proposing and thereby override these errant clauses in the Protocol.”
“The EU has a long history of disregarding adverse rulings by WTO disputes bodies, for example on subsidies to Airbus. The ECJ itself in a case called Portugal v Council decided that it should not give any direct effect to the WTO Agreements under EU law, because that would force compliance with the WTO obligations and so have the consequence of depriving the EU’s legislative or executive organs of the possibility entering into negotiated arrangements.”
“The Protocol sets out the clear principle that NI is part of the customs territory of the UK, so goods should be allowed to flow from Great Britain to NI without tariffs. There are provisions for the UK authorities to levy EU tariffs on goods which are “at risk” of crossing the open border into the EU. The problem is that the circumstances in which goods are to be treated as “at risk” are not defined in the Protocol, and joint agreement is needed with the EU on the rules which would define this.”
Selected excerpts from the article by Martin Howe QC in yesterday's Telegraph
Part 2 (tomorrow): The EU has deliberately manufactured a problem which barely exists
In tomorrow’s (Saturday) edition of Facts4EU.Org we will publish devastating testimonies from senior figures in the official bodies running the Republic of Ireland’s and UK's Customs and Excise, together with a damning quotation from the EU officials revealing how the EU negotiated with the UK.
The harsh evidence we shall publish makes clear the agendas of the Irish Government and the EU, over Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement.
We will also show that the entire issue of the Northern Ireland border has been manufactured by the EU over an amount of trade so tiny as to be irrelevant to them.
It is essential that the truth about the whole issue of the Northern Ireland border is in the public domain. We find it simply extraordinary that the UK Government seems unable to communicate this.
Whilst some of this fiasco may be down to the usual Remainer civil servants being unwilling to present any case which shows the EU in a bad light, this cannot explain the complete absence of any debunking of some of the statements from the EU and by some UK Remainer politicians who have never accepted the democratic result of the UK's EU Referendum and should know better. These statements are now influencing opinion around the world on an hourly basis.
The Government is now materially damaging the UK’s economic prospects
For years we have publicly lamented the appalling performance of the Government’s various communications departments, in ever more strident terms. We even offered to assist them, if they needed facts to back up Government statements and press releases.
Now we must go further. It is wholly unacceptable to read that the Speaker of the House of Representatives has taken a position – from which she will find it impossible to row back – that no UK-US trade deal will be approved by Congress if the UK Government proceeds with its plans to protect the integrity of the Union and the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement.
To be clear, Facts4EU.Org were the first to publish a condemnation of the draft Withdrawal Agreement when it first surfaced, and we condemned it repeatedly all the way up to the slightly revised version being signed by Boris Johnson in January.
We are where we are, but the abomination that is the Withdrawal Agreement does not preclude the most strenuous efforts from being made to clean it up so that it does not repudiate the tortuous peace process which led to the Good Friday Agreement.
Effective communication is a duty of Government to its people
A duty of Government is to communicate its policies and actions to its people, and to the wider world. The Johnson Government is failing abysmally in this regard. We strongly suggest that No.10 bring in outside help. We and other respected Brexit organisations stand ready to respond.
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[ Sources: The Good Friday Agreement | The Withdrawal Agreement Martin Howe, Chairman, Lawyers for Britain ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.
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