ECJ Ruling Does Not Let UK ‘Unilaterally’ Revoke Article 50

Remainers have predictably been salivating all over the ECJ’s ruling this morning that the UK can “unilaterally” revoke Article 50. The notoriously slow-moving EU Court discovered a remarkable turn of speed to deliver their judgement just in time for it to land one day before the crucial parliamentary vote in the UK. Definitely not a political court…

There’s just one problem – it’s not what the judgement actually says:

“…the revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw must, first, be submitted in writing to the European Council and, secondly, be unequivocal and unconditional…”

So it is not as simple as the UK simply telling the European Council it wants to withdraw Article 50 – the EU specifically reserves the power to rule on whether the UK’s notification is truly “unequivocal and unconditional”. Guido isn’t aware of any definitions of “unilateral” which include having to explicitly gain the approval of someone else. As ever, the ECJ marks its own homework to ensure that it always has the ultimate say over anything a member state can do…

The bottom line is that Article 50 is not going to be withdrawn unless there is a government in place that is prepared to table an Act of Parliament to unequivocally revoke it, and a Parliament that is prepared to vote this through. Even in today’s heavily Remainer-loaded Parliament, this is simply not going to happen…

mdi-timer 10 December 2018 @ 11:22 10 Dec 2018 @ 11:22 mdi-comment Comments
Dyson Defeats EU’s Daft Dust Directive

After a five-year legal battle, James Dyson has finally succeeded in his long-running legal battle to get the EU’s top court to strike down their absurd regulation that vacuum cleaners should be tested… without dust. The regulation enabled Dyson’s German competitors to market their vacuum cleaners with superior energy labelling, despite the fact that their performance dropped significantly as soon as their bags contained dust. That is, as soon as they were used…

The ruling means the EU will now have to go back and design a regulation that means that test are carried out “as close as possible to actual conditions of use”. A rare victory for common sense in the EU…

mdi-timer 8 November 2018 @ 11:37 8 Nov 2018 @ 11:37 mdi-comment Comments
Mogg Squeezes ECJ Commitment From May

Jacob Rees Mogg managed to extract a rare commitment from the Prime Minister that she is committed to “ensuring that in the future the ECJ does not have jurisdiction in the UK.” The PM will find it tricky to wriggle out of this commitment…

Though it has to be said that for a vicar’s daughter she makes a lot of commitments that she doesn’t keep. Knowingly or unknowingly…

mdi-timer 24 October 2018 @ 14:51 24 Oct 2018 @ 14:51 mdi-comment Comments