Wow, what an amazing speech?
Who would have believed a few years ago that we would see such an amazing move to repatriate the power of our parliament.
On the whole, I believe that we should be thanking God for the clarity and clear approach that Theresa May has set forward and that despite her starting out on the ‘remain’ side of the argument, that she is now setting out such a clear and pro-UK-independence vision for Brexit. Full text here
If you have not see the full speech I highly recommend it Video below and full text here.
I have a few comment after this video.
“The public expect to be able to hold their governments to account very directly, and as a result supranational institutions as strong as those created by the European Union sit very uneasily in relation to our political history and way of life.” Yes, we do not want to be controlled by European bureaucrat that we can not elect or sack.
“It was a vote to restore, as we see it, our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination…” The first step in restoring our nation to any form of morality has to be to gain control of our national sovereignty.
“We want to buy your goods and services, sell you ours, trade with you as freely as possible, and work with one another to make sure we are all safer, more secure and more prosperous through continued friendship.” Yes, trade, not control.
“Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union, or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out. We do not seek to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries. We do not seek to hold on to bits of membership as we leave.” Great!
“This will give the country maximum certainty as we leave the EU. The same rules and laws will apply on the day after Brexit as they did before. And it will be for the British Parliament to decide on any changes to that law after full scrutiny and proper Parliamentary debate.” Humm, not very keen on the move of a great many EU laws into UK law, but probably there is not an easy alternative.
“So we will take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain. Leaving the European Union will mean that our laws will be made in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. And those laws will be interpreted by judges not in Luxembourg but in courts across this country.” GREAT!
“… we will ensure we can control immigration to Britain from Europe.” Good.
“But I want to be clear. What I am proposing cannot mean membership of the Single Market.” Great.
“Since joining the EU, trade as a percentage of GDP has broadly stagnated in the UK. That is why it is time for Britain to get out into the world and rediscover its role as a great, global, trading nation.” Very good.
“That means I do not want Britain to be part of the Common Commercial Policy and I do not want us to be bound by the Common External Tariff. These are the elements of the Customs Union that prevent us from striking our own comprehensive trade agreements with other countries. But I do want us to have a customs agreement with the EU.” Again good.
“I am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.” VERY good.
On the whole, this was a great speech and I am very encouraged that we are moving in the right direction. However, I have a few concerns.
“we chose to build a truly Global Britain.” I would have preferred something like “Britain, trading globally.” Let us hope that, that is what she meant. “Global Britain” is mentioned ten times and the word ‘Global’ 15 times. Let us pray that this is a view to global trade, not globalism.
“It remains overwhelmingly and compellingly in Britain’s national interest that the EU should succeed.” Not sure why? Squabbling nations would not be good, but nor may a powerful body with a vision for ever closer union etc.
“… to become even more global and internationalist in action and in spirit.” Let us whole again that this is with a view to trade, not globalism.
“And it is why, as we repeal the European Communities Act, we will convert the “acquis” – the body of existing EU law – into British law.” As above, not a great idea, but there may be little practical alternative. At least we can then start to modify or get rid of these laws as appropriate.
The Twelve Points
- Provide certainty about the process of leaving the EU.
- Control of our own laws. Leaving the European Union will mean that our laws will be made in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.
- Strengthen the Union between the four nations of the United Kingdom.
- Deliver a practical solution that allows the maintenance of the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland.
- Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to Britain from Europe.
Protect rights for EU nationals in Britain and British nationals in the EU.
- We want to guarantee rights of EU citizens living in Britain and the rights of British nationals in other member states, as early as we can.
- Protect workers’ rights. Not only will the government protect the rights of workers set out in European legislation, we will build on them.
- Free trade with European markets through a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union.
- New trade agreements with other countries. It is time for Britain to get out into the world and rediscover its role as a great, global, trading nation.
- The best place for science and innovation. We will welcome agreement to continue to collaborate with our European partners on major science, research and technology initiatives.
- Co-operation in the fight against crime and terrorism. We will continue to work closely with our European allies in foreign and defence policy even as we leave the EU itself.
- A smooth, orderly Brexit. We believe a phased process of implementation will be in the interests of Britain, the EU institutions and member states.