Has David Cameron ‘renegotiated UK membership of the EU’ to be in the UK’s best interest?
No! Mr. Cameron’s was negotiating with 27 other EU members. Each of the other 27 members had their own self interest. For example, the Polish Prime Minister would not allow changes of benefits paid to EU migrants until 2020. David Cameron’s renegotiation achieved very little and could easily be over turned by other EU members.
The ‘reforms’ will require all the following:
a) Changes to EU Treaties requiring the unanimous consent of all the other 27 member states.
b) Amendments to existing EU Directives which require a vote by the European Parliament.
c) Consent of the European Council by Qualified Majority Voting. (The European Council consists of the heads of the 27 other EU countries).
Martin Schulz MEP and President of the European Parliament has said that the EU Parliament cannot be guaranteed to accept David Cameron’s renegotiation.
We do not know what will happen to David Cameron’s ‘reforms’. Neither does David Cameron. Changes to treaties and directives will not happen for months or years after the 23rd June 2016 referendum. All we do know is that MEPs and European Council members will vote in their own self interest – as they always do.
How can the UK leave the EU. What is Article 50?
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty specifies how a Member State could leave the EU. However, Article 50 might ensure that leaving the EU never actually happens. Article 50 requires a two year negotiation period where no changes take place. The negotiation period could be prolonged indefinitely by EU Member States in their own self interest.
David Cameron’s pro-EU government could delay the negotiation period to beyond the next General Election in 2019. The next UK government could then ignore the In/Out Freedom Referendum. The in/out UK freedom referendum is not legally binding and could be over turned by a general election..
The only sure way for the UK to leave the EU is for the UK Parliament to repeal the European Communities Act 1972. Repeal of the European Communities act would return supremacy of law to the UK Parliament and courts. The UK would be free from control by the EU.
Chaos would not ensue because all EU Directives, which have been converted into Acts of Parliament, would remain in place. The Acts of Parliament could then be gradually repealed. Laws serving the best interest of UK freedom could be retained.