When you receive that knock on the door from that candidate looking for your vote at the next election, ask them to explain how laws in the UK are made.
When they explain that laws are made in Westminster, ask them to explain what I am about to show you below, and then ask them whether they have signed the Albion Alliance pledge to give you a say in the UK relationship with the EU, and how the UK is governed.
Following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the first pillar of EU law has been satisfied, subsumed into the Treaty on the EU (TEU) and into the renamed Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU). Such treaties provided primary law within all 27 member states.
As the Lisbon Treaty as subsumed allows for self amendment, there will be no more treaties of this kind, only International Agreements that will now be negotiated and sealed by the EU, and former treaties that will be adopted and form part of the TEU and TFEU, an example of which can be found here.
All other law, in the parlance of the EU, is called Secondary Legislation, and it is derived in the following ways, and I outline the three most important elements of secondary legislation, Regulations, Directives and Decisions. (and I take this from the EUR-LEX database direct).
The ‘secondary legislation’ is the third major source of Community law after the treaties (primary legislation) and international agreements. It can be defined as the totality of the legislative instruments adopted by the European institutions pursuant to the provisions of the treaties. Secondary legislation comprises the binding legal instruments (regulations, directives and decisions) and non-binding instruments (resolutions, opinions) provided for in the EC Treaty, together with a whole series of other instruments such as the institutions’ internal regulations and Community action programmes.
Adopted by the Council in conjunction with the European Parliament or by the Commission alone, a regulation is a general measure that is binding in all its parts. Unlike directives, which are addressed to the Member States, and decisions, which are for specified recipients, regulations are addressed to everyone.
A regulation is directly applicable, which means that it creates law which takes immediate effect in all the Member States in the same way as a national instrument, without any further action on the part of the national authorities.
Adopted by the Council in conjunction with the European Parliament or by the Commission alone, a directive is addressed to the Member States. Its main purpose is to align national legislation.
A directive is binding on the Member States as to the result to be achieved but leaves them the choice of the form and method they adopt to realise the Community objectives within the framework of their internal legal order.
If a directive has not been transposed into national legislation in a Member State, if it has been transposed incompletely or if there is a delay in transposing it, citizens can directly invoke the directive in question before the national courts.
Adopted either by the Council, by the Council in conjunction with the European Parliament or by the Commission, a decision is the instrument by which the Community institutions give a ruling on a particular matter. By means of a decision, the institutions can require a Member State or a citizen of the Union to take or refrain from taking a particular action, or confer rights or impose obligations on a Member State or a citizen.
A decision is:
– an individual measure, and the persons to whom it is addressed must be specified individually, which distinguishes a decision from a regulation,
– binding in its entirety.
It is important to remember that our UK Parliament, our MP’s, now only create on their own initiative in the UK something in the region of 15% of the laws that pass through Westminster. All other laws and Statutory Instruments are in furtherance of laws that have been made in Brussels using the 3 methods above.
Now, if you believe the rhetoric that we are bombarded with on a daily basis in the run up to an election, and believe that the promises being made by the 3 main parties that they can change the rules, change our society, turn around our economic woes, create jobs out of thin air, then think again. They cannot do anything except follow the lead that Brussels provides for them.
There are cases where it is left to National Governments on how to implement certain directives, which is where our political parties differ on ‘policy’, but the end result will always be the same. Whatever Brussels has already decided.
So when that candidate asks for your votes, you ask them what you are voting for? Is it for an MP who can make law in the UK and represent you in parliament, or is it for someone who will be used as lobby fodder by the political parties to push the laws made in Brussels through our parliament and to be the state representative in your constituency.
They won’t tell you of course, because they have all been gagged. They are not allowed to talk about the EU, under pain of de-selection.
There is only one way British MP’s will ever be able to represent you in parliament again, and that is by calling for a referendum on our relationship with the EU.
And just in case your still unsure, take a look at the 1307 laws in preparation already this year just waiting to be implemented by our Government in Brussels.
Wait until they get their new delegated authority powers under their belt….
Have you seen my poster? On my reopened blog
Nice one Henry, and good to see you back in the land of the living.
Nice Post IPJ – as usual!
Oh yes Back with gusto Though I am frightfully busy
Good one – much of it goes into the post coming up.
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