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4 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nicky Morgan: Once aga... · 1 reply · +1 points

Rules that were originally written by the European Union should be interpreted as the European Union interprets them, so when British courts look at those same rules they will of course look at what the European Court of Justice has said about interpretation. If that interpretation is plainly wrong, then the British court may depart from it.

In the same way, there are many British Acts of Parliament still in force in Australia, and the Australian courts look at British rulings on those statutes, but are not bound by them.

Where a rule has its origins in Westminster then a foreign court in Luxemburg has no bearing on it.

6 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nicky Morgan: Once aga... · 3 replies · +1 points

I agree entirely with Nicky Morgan - and I did not think I would find myself writing that on any Europe-related topic.

Let's think about the stages of this fight: first it was whether to stay in the growing United States of Europe or to Leave. Leave won that one, thank goodness. Then it was whether to leave the customs union or to remain, which was an argument characterised as Hard Brexit v Soft Brexit. Again, Leave won that one, so we are heading for a Hard Brexit; very good. There have been side arguments about whether to abandon Ulster, or retain free movement of labour, and again Leave has prevailed.

The paper arising from the Chequers summit accepts all those Leave points. The argument now seems to be about the rate of divergence, which is hardly black and white. Objectors can pick up on the implications of words and the dangers if the opportunities are not followed through; but that is why we have sound men like Dominic Raab in place, if he is allowed to do his job.

Essentially then, the Leave side has won all the arguments and it is only trust which is missing. If Number 10 can stop grabbing the wheel and let DExEU do its job (and last week's leak shows it is certainly doing that) then all the fears are for naught.

We need to regain public trust, and this infighting is wrecking that. We have the blueprint for a solid Brexit: now let the deeds that follow it match the words.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Terry Barnes: From the... · 0 replies · +1 points

The respect is mutual - we might notice French politics for the theatre and who is in charge of Germany for what it means to us, and glance at Italy for the comedy, but the comings and (frequent) goings of Australian Prime Ministers is closer to home. In everyday life Britons, Australians, Canadians and New Zealanders mix and mingle, no more foreign to each other than the next door neighbour (come to think of it, my neighbour is a New Zealander).

However everyone thinks his own perception is universal, and one of the great divides that has revealed itself since the referendum has been that some people do feel a greater affinity with Europe than with their own flesh and blood in the Anglosphere Commonwealth. It is incomprehensible to me, but a reality apparently. That might explain some of the anguish expressed by extreme remainiacs.

These remainiacs are a small if loud minority even of Remain voters. The failings in the negotiating strategy are more political. We are not as suggested seeing the light at Rutupiae flicker and die and imagining our whole island sink into a Stygian night. It is more practical: so much has been shared with the European countries that untangling the tendrils is hard work and it is tempting to skip the hard work and leave a few in place.

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Government's White... · 2 replies · +1 points

Calm down, everyone. Anyone selling goods and services into European Union will have to comply with their rules, which are governed / made up by the ECJ. Most businesses however do not sell into Europe. The United Kingdom has standards which at present are identical to those of the EU, but will diverge.

Nevertheless. standards go beyond the narrow compass of Europe: pharmaceutical rules for example, which are major business, are harmonised across the western world. Where standards are similar or the same, it makes sense to co-operate, but that is not to follow slavishly.

For purely internal matters, Parliament can deregulate as far as it likes, and should. For the small percentage that is for export, they must comply with foreign rules and we cannot ignore the foreign court in that respect.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Brexit, the UK-Ireland... · 1 reply · +1 points

There's no need for a hard border on our side: if the EU wants to impose barriers, we do not have to impose them back. If the Irish Free State wants to start building borders at their own cost, they lose out.

If there are customs duties between the European Union and the United Kingdom but they are not enforced at our one land border, shippers could start sailing into Cork and Dublin and hauling overland, then across the North Channel, but the extra cost might balance out the duties saved through such open smuggling. If conversely they sail to Belfast or Newry to as a free route to the continent, that's not our problem.

DExEU's officials may bestir themselves to think up technical solutions to the invisible border, but if they fail and nothing is put in place in time, it's not our problem in any case.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Nick Hargrave: A Conse... · 0 replies · +1 points

It's funny how everyone's view of 'the real Conservative party' is those who agree with their own ideas. Actually the real Conservative Party is those who agree with me. Or you. The parliamentary party is doing some wild, bizarre things at the moment to keep on the right side of the press and the social justice warriors who have wormed their way into every orifice of the state, but "people like us" are not going to hand over the title deeds quite yet.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Sponsored Post: Derek ... · 1 reply · +1 points

Keep your hands out of my pockets, sir. I have no doubt that 5, 6 or 7G is a good thing, but it is nothing to do with the Government unless there are regulations in the way, and has no call on taxpayers' money. Specifically not this taxpayer's money.

6 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Henry Newman: May's st... · 1 reply · +1 points

When the Referendum result was announced, I thought that agreeing a free trade deal with the European Union would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Mrs May seems not to know where to point the shotgun: at the moment she is letting fly at her own foot.

I respect her immensely, but there are times when you need to trust someone else to do it, and hence to take the credit or to take the blame.

6 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Henry Newman: May's st... · 0 replies · +1 points

Someone suggested yesterday sending Olly Robbins to be Ambassador to Outer Mongolia: if he were sent there we would soon find that Britain has signed up to join the Mongol Empire and send a tenth of our maidens to the court of the Great Khan.

It needs a statesman, not a bureaucrat but a statesman, to run the negotiation, controlling it seamlessly from top to toe, and one who is ready to walk away if he thinks best. Furthermore, if he is not seen to have full authority he will not be respected by the other side. I would rather trust one Raab over a whole parcel of mandarins, and Mrs May must keep her hands away from the wheel.

1 week ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The Brexit Secretary's... · 0 replies · +1 points

"That England, that was wont to conquer others, Hath made a shameful conquest of itself."