Wow! Forgive me for not putting out the bunting, but what about the minor issue of framing our own laws without interference – to put it another way, what about our national sovereignty? Under the Treaty of Lisbon, which forms the constitutional basis of the European Union – agreed to by all member states – EU law takes precedence over national law. Similarly, the European Court of Human Rights at Strasbourg in practice acts as final court of appeal for contentious cases, not infrequently overturning the rulings of our own courts.When you think about it, that really is something. The British legal system deservedly has the reputation of being the best in the world. Do they really think we can’t give proper judgment on our own?
David Cameron has said a lot recently about enforcing ‘British values’, but the truth is, many of the values which these days we (re)define as ‘British’ were first formed not here in the UK, but in Brussels. The campaign for Same Sex Marriage, for example, gained impetus from the introduction of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, setting out the range of rights available to European citizens and which became binding in December 2009. Following the drive to legalise civil partnerships across the EU, the Charter deliberately dropped the reference to men and women stating:
61. Regard being had to Article 9 of the Charter [“The right to marry and the right to found a family shall be guaranteed in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of these rights”] … the Court would no longer consider that the right to marry enshrined in Article 12 must in all circumstances be limited to marriage between two persons of the opposite sex…
This inevitably opened up the way under EU law for legal challenge by same sex couples wanting to marry, and without doubt drove the rush to introduce a bill that would bring us into line with European policy – in the process redefining marriage. The rationale was simple: the UK did not want to have its sovereignty so publicly challenged by a ruling that ran counter to UK law, and which it would be powerless to resist…
Read full article here: http://vfjuk.org.uk/news/
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