Tuesday, 23 September 2003

An Act of Supremacy

Britain after withdrawal from the EU – An Act of Supremacy

Parliament will pass a short “Act of Supremacy” affirming that it is unlawful for the Courts of the United Kingdom to consider any Agreement, Treaty, Pronouncement, Law or Regulation not exclusively centred in the United Kingdom, when interpreting any Act of Parliament.

Parliament will repeal, in a short single “Act of Repeal”:

- European Communities Act 1972

- Single European Act 1987

- European Communities Amendment Act (Maastricht) 1992

Following passage of the above measures;

Britain will cease to be a member of the European Communities (including Euratom and the European Coal & Steel Community) and of the European Union.

Pronouncements of the European Court of Justice will have no effect in Britain.

The traditional blue British passport will be restored to all British citizens, and the British Channel at Ports of Entry to the United Kingdom will be reinstated.

Rights to vote in British elections currently enjoyed by European Union nationals will be withdrawn.

Britain will withdraw permanently from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) and declare that it will never surrender the pound sterling to any single or common currency.

The British Government as a signatory, like the EU, of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Treaty, will negotiate a reciprocal free trade agreement with the EU broadly on the terms currently applying between Switzerland and the EU. Similar terms will be offered to the other remaining European Free Trade Association members.

The United Kingdom will re-establish its authority over its Continental Shelf fishing rights in the North sea, the English Channel, and the Western Approaches in accord with the most recent International Rule of the Sea agreements. That is to say to 200 miles out or to the median line between our shores and foreign shores where these are less than 400 miles apart.

Parliament will reinstate the Merchant Shipping Act 1988 as the Law of the Land.

Foreign vessels presently fishing in British waters will be allowed to continue fishing subject to:

(a) an annual renewable licence being paid to a new British Fishing Industries Service

(b) landing their catches in British ports where processing facilities are available.

The licence money will be used to gradually establish facilities to handle all catches from British waters and to provide grants for the rebuilding of the British fishing fleet destroyed by the EU fishing policy.

The levies on imports into Britain from outside the EU (principally food) and the share of British VAT revenues which together amount to about £5,000 Million (after the Thatcher rebates) will no longer be paid to Brussels, and at the same date receipts from the EU Agricultural, Social and Regional funds (currently about £2,500 Million) will cease.

The current Euro-system of payment for agricultural production and for agricultural set aside will be replaced by a guaranteed price support system similar to that applying prior to 1972. Guaranteed prices will be set to maintain farm incomes on average at broadly recent levels, with some redistribution from grain producers towards other farming. This will result in an overall increase in saleable British farm products, including milk, and the remoter farming districts will benefit. No longer will some British food be produced just to be dumped.

The grants currently received from the EU Social and Regional Funds will be maintained after Independence, but they will be administered by the British government. Future grants will on aggregate be at about current levels but will be focussed much more specifically on expanding British industry and industrially related employment.

Expanding British industry, specifically manufacturing, must be at the heart of Britain’s post-EU economic strategy. Under the EU regime Britain does not pay its way in the world on a trading basis. Too high a proportion of our income is overseas investment income which represents past endeavours, and does not generate employment.

Future endeavours must focus, not only on Europe and North America, but on those rapidly expanding markets of the world which have large and energetic populations. The biggest of these markets are China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Brazil and Mexico. Apart from the teaching of English, these markets primarily require physical goods which is why Britain must expand its manufacturing output.

The money (approximately £2,500 Million) saved by not subsidising Continental and Southern Irish farmers and manufacturers will be used to help expand our own industries. An expansion of one-third in British manufacturing would create about three quarters of a million jobs in industry itself and about another million and a quarter jobs supplying essential services. To all intents and purposes our unemployment problem would be solved.

The application of EU directives and regulations to Britain will end. No longer will British governments have to take note of, or abide by, the pronouncements of foreign Courts. Absurditiessuch as the colossal awards to servicewomen for having babies will cease. British governments will be able to bring in laws to support the family, equal opportunities, and the environment in ways approved of by the British people.

Business fears of the huge costs of complying with inappropriate EU environmental and health regulations will be lifted. Butchers, bakers, horticulturalists, winegrowers, manufacturers of vitamin supplements, jam makers, publishers, advertisers, businesses large and small of every type will be freed from the threat of suffocating regulations.

Those diplomats and officials who are now chiefly employed heading off damaging Euroregulations and directives will be freed to be gainfully employed in promoting British culture and products throughout the world, especially in those areas like the Pacific Rim where Britain’s ties of language and history give it a unique advantage over its European competitors.

South Africa’s rejoining the Commonwealth is a timely reminder that an Independent Britain will be able to treat the Commonwealth as an asset, not a burdensome left-over from the days of Empire. Both Old and New Commonwealth have been disgracefully neglected by the obsession with Europe. Both offer substantial opportunities for increased trade, and for the expression of practical idealism by our young people. Britain’s UN Security Council seat will increasingly depend on support from the Commonwealth.

Fears that our Armed Forces will be sucked into a European army, navy and airforce in association with other countries’ forces, which so often have proved unreliable allies, will be abolished. Our Forces’ loyalty to the Crown will never be diluted by commitments to a foreign government. NATO will be sustained by us – not undermined. Above all, we shall be free again. The day we leave the European Union will be the end of a nightmare. Our only thought will be to ask ourselves why we stood it for so long.”

Professor Stephen Bush

This article first appeared on www.eurosceptic.com