Monday, 18 Jan 2021

EU scrambles to amend internal treaties with new rules to avoid new Brexit scenario

EU: German MP discusses developing ‘poor’ treaty articles

German MP Gunther Krichbaum said the Article 50 clause which allowed the UK to exit the European Union was detailed poorly as the bloc did not plan for member states to leave the EU. Speaking to DW News, Mr Krichbaum said: “I think it should be very clear, a state which joins the European Union should respect the rule of law.

“That’s also the reason why Article 7 procedure is only regulated with a few sentences in the Treaty.

“Brexit was done on the basis of Article 50 but there are only a few sentences – why?

“Because we thought it will never happen that one state would leave the EU.

“That’s the explanation, these rules are poor if you want a Treaty so it was our challenge to develop mechanisms for things which are not normally self-understanding.”

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His comments come as Theresa May has insisted Britain must reject “any push towards nationalism and isolationism” if it wants to prosper post-Brexit and deal with the effects of Covid-19.

The Conservative former prime minister also reiterated her criticism of Boris Johnson for cutting the UK’s aid and threatening to breach international law over Brexit, warning this risked undermining the Government’s “Global Britain” agenda.

Her comments came after International Trade Secretary Liz Truss said poorer countries will be offered “more generous” terms to trade with the UK post-Brexit under a new “emerging markets” scheme.

Speaking during a debate on “Global Britain”, Mrs May said: “We need to move away from the world of strong men facing up to each other.

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“We need to find more ways in which we can work with those who share our values because those values are under threat and we need to work together to protect them.

“Global Britain has that position this year that enables us to do this. But in order to do this, we need to live our values ourselves.

“And I have to say to the Government that threatening to break an international treaty shortly after signing it, that threatening to break international law and that cutting our international aid does not enhance our impact of Global Britain, in fact, it makes it harder for us as Global Britain to get our message around the world.

“We have been respected because of our 0.7%. Respected because of what we do, not just because we’re British.”

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Mrs May sounded a warning over the future of the Union, adding: “The United Kingdom has a seat on the Security Council of the United Nations. I doubt that England would have a seat on the Security Council of the United Nations.”

And on the events which saw a mob of Donald Trump supporters attack the Capitol building in Washington DC, Mrs May said: “Sadly, what we saw last week in the United States shows us how fragile the value of democracy can be when it is under pressure from populism and nationalism, fuelled by messages disseminated on social media.

“And at the current point for the United Kingdom – post-Brexit, dealing with Covid, yet to deal with the societal and economic impacts of dealing with Covid – it is absolutely imperative that we reject any push towards nationalism and isolationism and that we recognise the importance of Global Britain.

“Indeed it is more important today than I think that it ever has been.”

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