Rip them up! Boris told to spark ‘Brexit bonfire’ of EU laws now UK free of Brussels rules

Leo Varadkar discusses shared sovereignty and Brexit

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In an attack against the EU, Brexiteer Barnabas Reynolds insisted the UK now has the opportunity to “re-establish” its own system of law due to Brexit. Setting out his vision of the UK’s future, Mr Reynolds said Britain must free up markets and take a more pragmatic approach in contrast to the EU’s oppressive rules-based system. Arguing the EU’s rule-based approach runs counter to the UK’s natural inclination for liberty, Mr Reynolds must now take a more reasoned approach to legislation.

Writing for The Daily Telegraph, he said: “As the clash between the EU and the UK on how to achieve an invisible north-south border on the island of Ireland reminds us, the EU and the UK have very different mindsets — not least about their respective systems of law.

“For the UK, the EU’s methods are difficult to navigate and potentially oppressive.

“There are good reasons for the UK, now that it has left the EU, to lift off the blanket of inherited EU legal code.

“Although UK officials played a hand in making it, it runs against the UK’s instincts and methods.

“We should strip out unnecessary rules and rewrite those that remain, on the common law method of clear, simple drafting.”

Under the withdrawal agreement, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) will no longer have general jurisdiction over the UK in relation to any case which occurs on or after January 1, 2021.

However, the CJEU has jurisdiction over the concept of EU law which arises over the application of the agreement as long it remains in operation.

Any cases pending during the transition period will also fall with the CJEU’s jurisdiction until it is finalised.

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In conclusion, however, Mr Reynolds claimed the UK must seize the opportunity to rip out unnecessary EU legislation.

He added: “What now lies ahead is the opportunity to re-establish the UK’s system of law, so that it fits more comfortably with UK society and our decentralised modes of reasoning.

“Not for us the all-encompassing theory-based system, which reflects centralised political thinking.

“The reasoning of that system jars with our own.

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“For legal method is key to the functioning of society.

“How laws are conceived is not some mere technicality.

“With Brexit, the UK must now reset matters for itself, freeing its markets and reviving its pragmatic, permissive and more apolitical approach to lawmaking.”

While the UK has left the EU, the position of Northern Ireland within Great Britain has sparked concern.

Traders in Northern Ireland have faced issues due to the increased number of customs checks for goods moving between the two.

Amid clashes in Belfast, Mr Johnson claimed the Government is trying to alter the Northern Ireland protocol to make it work for all.

The protocol placed Northern Ireland in the EU’s single market and forces the state to adhere to some customs union rules.

He told the BBC: “What we are doing is what I think is removing the unnecessary protuberances and barriers that have grown up and we are getting the barnacles off the thing and sandpapering into shape.

“If it looks as though the EU is going to be very dogmatic about it and we continue to be in an absurd situation so you can’t bring in rose bushes with British soil into Northern Ireland, you can’t bring British sausages into Northern Ireland, then frankly I’m going to, we’ll have to take further steps.”

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