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Mr Blair signed the extradition treaty with his counterpart George W Bush, one that Lord Charles Moore argues favours the US. The deal that Mr Blair struck, called the US–UK Extradition Treaty 2003, has been branded an “invasion of UK sovereignty” by Lord Charles Moore. The original rationale for the extradition treaty was to assist in the transfer of terrorists between the two nations after the 9/11 attacks.
Lord Charles Moore claimed that even Mr Blair “is concerned that the treaty as it is now deployed is a world away from its original post 9/11 intention”.
He added: “Biden-Boris should sort out what Bush-Blair did not foresee.”
He said: “We are successfully reasserting our sovereignty by extricating ourselves from European Union law.
“Less attention has been paid to a sovereignty problem we have with the United States.”
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In his column in the Daily Telegraph, he said the “weirdly asymmetric” treaty that means, the UK sends “ten times more people to them than they do to us”.
In his column, Lord Charles Moore wrote: “In 2003, Tony Blair’s Britain and George Bush’s America signed an extradition treaty.
“The context was the urgent need, after ‘9/11’, to stop terrorist suspects playing off one jurisdiction against another.”
He added: “The British Act says, ‘the Secretary of State must order the person’s discharge to the United States’.
“The US Code says, ‘the Secretary of State may order the person to be tried’.
“The result, not surprisingly, is that we extradite more than ten times more people to them than they do to us.”
He added that US justice claims the right to “assert jurisdiction anywhere, even over our citizens, concerning acts in our country or a third country”.
He called this “an arrant invasion of sovereignty and not as far as I can see something that its makers intended”.
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Lord Charles Moore suggested that Britain got its sovereignty back after Brexit, but the EU still held sway over the border issue on the island of Ireland.
Regarding the debacle over the EU threatening to impose Article 16 of the Brexit agreement, he wrote: “We therefore now know that the EU’s constant insistence that it will never impose a border between North and South is not true.”
Following the threat, Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster stated it was now time to review the Northern Irish Protocol, she said: “The protocol is unworkable, let’s be very clear about that, and we need to see it replaced because otherwise there is going to be real difficulties here in Northern Ireland.”
The Northern Ireland Protocol exists to ensure open access to goods and people in all cross-border activity on the island of Ireland.
Mr Moore argued that the threat of triggering Article 16 by the EU “therefore violated the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement”.
He then went as far as to say the EU “used Ireland’s own border unilaterally as a political pawn”.
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