Brexiteer says Boris must tear up deal before it’s too late ‘EU has no respect for UK’
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Mrs Adye, director of the Get Britain Out campaign group, made her remarks at the end of a week which has seen further wrangling between London and Brussels in a number of key issues. Specifically, she highlighted the ongoing delay in delay in ratification of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, member states failing to uphold the rights of UK expats in the EU, and what she characterised as the “continued attempts” by the European Commission, led by President Ursula von der Leyen, to exercise control over Northern Ireland via the controversial Protocol arrangements.
And Ms Adye suggested the multiple problems only served to reinforce the rationale for quitting the bloc in the first place.
She said: “The EU’s failure to stick to their promises only goes to demonstrate the repeated intrinsic failings of the European Union, as bureaucrats and failed national politicians try to constantly fight each other over responsibilities.
Trying to balance the needs of 27 other countries will never be as efficient or effective as each country putting its independent needs first.
“This does not mean being insular, it means being practical. One size can never fit all.”
Brussels was dragging its feet in the same way that it had done all too often in the past, Ms Adye added.
She explained: “The EU has tried these delaying tactics before, despite the deal being signed over four years ago the EU-Canada Trade Deal is still only provisionally in force.
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“The EU benefits from zero or reduced tariffs on its exports to Canada while chapters on investment and financial services of greater benefit to Canada are yet to be brought into force.”
With specific reference to the UK, she continued: “EU member states continue to fail in their responsibilities to protect the rights of UK citizens in the EU.
“We all know if this was the other way around, we would never hear the end of it, and rightly so
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“So where is the pressure on the EU to uphold their end of the deal?”
In a direct message to Mr Johnson, Ms Adye said: “It’s about time Boris stood up to the EU to end this gamesmanship.
“If its establishment refuses, we should fulfil our threat during the negotiations to walk away on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.
“The EU continues to miss deadlines for ratification and shows no respect for our national sovereignty.
“They have only just confirmed they will hold a plenary vote on the Agreement next Tuesday, April 27, the last date before another extension would be required.
“The correct and sensible option right now is to tear up this broken deal and fully Get Britain Out of the EU before it is too late.”
MEPS are expected to back the trade and cooperation agreement overwhelmingly next week, a final step in its approval, but there had been some doubt whether they would do so in time.
Political group leaders agreed on Thursday to put the vote on the deal and a related resolution to the parliament’s full chamber next Tuesday.
Parliamentary committees previously backed the trade deal by 108 votes to one.
If there were no vote this month and provisional application of the agreement were not extended, then the trade deal would cease to apply, leaving Britain and the European Union to trade with tariffs and quotas.
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