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Tory MP John Redwood said it was important for the country to clearly set out Britain’s independence from the bloc. With just months to go before Britain finally cuts full ties with the Union on December 31, Mr Redwood said there were only “two ways” to take back control fully before January 1.
Writing for his blog, Mr Redwood said the first was to agree on a “future relationship” which did not include a Free Trade Area and ended the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, which has tied the UK to EU laws for decades.
He said: “There are two ways from here to take back control properly from the EU on 1 January.
“The first is to do so by an Agreement about our future relationship.
“This would not only include a Free Trade Area but would also end the residual jurisdiction of the ECJ, end the payments to the EU and end any further ability of the EU to tie us to their laws.”
Mr Redwood said the second way was to leave the EU without a deal and pass a law in Parliament which removed the “remaining powers” of the Brussels club.
He said this would see the nation finally “lead our country in the way required” by the 2016 EU referendum.
The Tory Brexiteer added: “The second is to leave without an agreement and pass a short confirming Act of Parliament removing the remaining powers of the EU.
“This would build on the essential assertion of Parliamentary sovereignty in Clause 38 of the Withdrawal Agreement Act, confirming the notwithstanding clause over all residual matters.
“I assume given the view of the EU it will need to be the latter.“Far from undermining our standing in the world such an Act would be seen as a sign of strength by the UK, clearly setting out our independence.
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“As the Supreme Court and the Commons has confirmed, the UK Parliament can make these laws and lead our country in the way required by the referendum decision.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson today vowed the UK would fully cut ties with the EU on January 1 and take back full control.
His pledge comes after Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he believed a trade deal can be done between Britain and the EU and said optimism had increased in recent weeks.
He revealed a recent phone call between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Mr Johnson “was helpful in terms of reinforcing the message that a deal can be done and I would reinforce that message again here today”.
Mr Coveney added: ”I think there is some more optimism now than there was a few weeks ago.”
There was no breakthrough at last week’s negotiating round on the three most contentious issues – fishing rights, fair competition guarantees and ways to settle disputes in the future – but EU sources have since said the prospects of an overall accord looked much brighter.
Brussels diplomats said Brussels was now gearing up to negotiate until as late as mid-November – rather than cutting talks off at the start of next month – to avoid a damaging “no deal” scenario when Britain’s standstill transition with the bloc ends on December 31.
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