A European MEP has admitted that the UK may have ‘made the right choice’ in voting for Brexit because there are now ‘increasing reasons and arguments’ for leaving the EU.
Dr Gunnar Beck, an MEP for the populist Alternative for Germany party, claimed Brexit ‘has not gone smoothly due to open sabotage’ by Brussels.
Beck said the UK’s decision to leave the UK may have been the ‘right one’ as he criticised the influence that EU’s European Court of Justice has on domestic policies. He said the legal body was centralising power to Brussels – all at the expense of individual member states.
The German MEP claimed that by voting for Brexit, the UK could now decide on many of their domestic policies. However, in reality, the EU will still have control over Northern Ireland under the proposed Brexit deal while the UK is still part of the European Court of Human Rights.
Beck told Breitbart: ‘The European Court of Justice and its politically inclined activist judges are constantly reinterpreting treaties. With their court rulings, they are constantly making politics for an EU that is becoming more centralised and more powerful. At the expense of the Member States and their citizens, of course.’
Dr Gunnar Beck, an MEP for the populist Alternative for Germany party, claimed Brexit ‘has not gone smoothly due to open sabotage’ by Brussels
He added that despite Brexit not going smoothly, due to what Beck claims is due to ‘open sabotage’, the power of the European Court of Justice means that the UK made the ‘right choice’ in leaving the EU. He added that it’s time for Brussels to accept the UK voted for Brexit.
‘Brexit may not have gone smoothly, also due to the open sabotage by the EU. But there are increasing reasons and arguments to say that the UK made the right choice,’ Beck said. He argued that Britain now has ‘full independence’.
‘The British can now set their own immigration policy, make their own monetary policy and their own security policy,’ Dr Beck said. ‘Even left-wing judges of a court devoted to the EU can hardly stop this independent policy.’
He added: ‘It is time that the EU finally accepted Brexit and treated the UK no longer as a renegade vassal, but as a full partner on an equal footing.’
However, in reality, the UK does not have ‘full independence’ from the EU, with Northern Ireland still under the bloc’s influence and Britain still part of the EHRC which has stopped the government from enforcing strict border controls.
Indeed, top Brussels negotiator Maros Sefcovic earlier this month claimed EU law will still apply in Northern Ireland despite Rishi Sunak’s new deal with the bloc’s chief Ursula von der Leyen.
Sefcovic told the European Parliament’s Brexit committee that the veto over the application of EU laws in Northern Ireland was ineffective and that the European Court of Justice would still have ultimate authority.
Members of the Unionist DUP are concerned that the Brexit deal still undermines Northern Ireland’s place within the UK.
Nevertheless, the influence of the EU in the UK more generally has declined since Brexit – especially in comparison to the treatment of other EU states like Poland and Hungary which have been fined for introducing laws that go against the values of Brussels.
Last month, the European Commission sued Polandy in the EU’s top court over violations of EU law by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal and its case law.
The lawsuit is part of a wider clash between the European Union and the eurosceptic and nationalist government that has been running Poland since 2015 over the rule of law, which has already resulted in the suspension of EU funds for Warsaw.
Britain’s Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen shake hands during a joint press conference following their meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Windsor, west of London, on February 27 after securing discussing Brexit deal
The Commission’s move was triggered by rulings by the Polish Constitutional Tribunal from July and October 2021 that provisions of EU Treaties were incompatible with the Polish constitution, expressly challenging the primacy of EU law over national law.
‘The Constitutional Tribunal with these rulings breached the general principles of autonomy, primacy, effectiveness, uniform application of Union law and the binding effect of rulings of the Court of Justice of the EU,’ the Commission said.
‘The Commission’s objective is to ensure that the rights of Polish citizens are protected and that they can enjoy the benefits of the EU in the same way as all EU citizens. Primacy of EU law ensures equal application of EU law across the Union,’ the Commission said.
The EU executive arm, which is in charge of making sure all of the EU’s 27 countries apply the bloc’s laws and respect its treaties, also said the Polish tribunal’s rulings breached EU laws that guarantee the right to effective judicial protection by giving it an unduly restrictive interpretation.
‘Thereby it deprives individuals before Polish courts from the full guarantees set out in that provision,’ it said.
The Constitutional Tribunal is charged with checking if laws passed by parliament and signed by the president into law are compatible with the Polish constitution.
The Commission said that after changes made to the tribunal by the ruling nationalist and eurosceptic party PiS, it no longer met the requirements of an independent and impartial tribunal previously established by law.
‘This is due to the irregularities in the appointment procedures of three judges in December 2015 and in the selection of its President in December 2016,’ the Commission said.
The EU executive arm sent all its views on the tribunal to the Polish authorities last July, but Warsaw rejected the arguments in September.
‘This is why the Commission decided today to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union,’ the Commission said.
Hungary’s government has also been a frequent critic of the EU, which has held up billions in funding to Budapest over concerns that Prime Minister Victor Orbán has overseen widespread official corruption and violated the bloc’s rule-of-law standards.
Orbán has often referred to the EU as an ’empire’ that seeks to dominate Hungary, just as the Austrian Empire and Soviet Union had in the 19th and 20th centuries. He won his fourth-straight term in office in elections in 2022.
‘We will never allow the flag of freedom to be wrenched from the hands of the Hungarians,’ Orbán said Wednesday. ‘We will not allow it, and it will not succeed.’