Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Never Mind 'Soft' or 'Hard', when Withdrawal wasn't even Withdrawal

We emphasise that our decision to bring about withdrawal in no sense represents any weakening of our commitment to internationalism and international co operation. We are not 'withdrawing from Europe'.

We are seeking to extricate ourselves from the Treaty of Rome and other Community treaties which place political burdens on Britain. Indeed, we believe our withdrawal will allow us to pursue a more dynamic and positive international policy - one which recognises the true political and geographical spread of international problems and interests. We will also seek agreement with other European governments - both in the EEC and outside - on a common strategy for economic expansion.

The process of withdrawal

On taking office we will open preliminary negotiations with the other EEC member states to establish a timetable for withdrawal; and we will publish the results of these negotiations in a White Paper. In addition, as soon as possible after the House assembles, we will introduce a Repeal Bill: first, in order to amend the 1972 European Communities Act, ending the powers of the Community in the UK; and second, to provide the necessary powers to repeal the 1972 Act, when the negotiations on withdrawal are completed.

Following the publication of the White Paper, we will begin the main negotiations on withdrawal. Later, when appropriate and in the same parliament, we will use our powers to repeal the 1972 Act and abrogate the Treaty of Accession - thus breaking all of our formal links with the Community. Britain will at this point withdraw from the Council of Ministers and from the European Parliament.

There will need to be a period of transition, to ensure a minimum of disruption - and to phase in any new agreements we might make with the Community. This will enable us to make all the necessary changes in our domestic legislation. Until these changes in UK law have taken place, the status quo as regards particular items of EEC legislation will remain. And this period will, of course, extend beyond the date when we cease, formally, to be members.

Nothing much not to agree with there. The 'Process' section is interesting though.You get the feeling that the country 'we' above, still had some power in the world; telling the EEC member states what 'we' would be doing. I have been pondering where we are along that timetable. I have also been pondering if Article 50 is one of those self-imposed legal or economic constraints that Western politicians love us to pointlessly discuss to distract us from simplicity? Anyway, in case you were wondering, this is from the 'longest suicide note in political history'. The 1983, Labour Party Manifesto.  Just saying.


Mark Wadsworth said...

Hehe good find.

Graeme said...

I wonder if the Corbynista still has a copy

H said...

Of course, we had only been in for 10 years in 1983, there was no Single Market to worry about, and the EEC (as was) only had 9 members, including us. Nostalgic sigh.

Lola said...

And five years later Thatcher made her Bruges which warned the EEC about making the Single Market a bureaucratic wank fest (MT didn't actually say those last two words).