Commission Question – Under UK law, it is a fundamental principle that no Parliament may legally bind its successor. Consequently, all international treaties are signed only to the extent allowed by this principle. The UK could, as an alternative to invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, opt for the more direct approach of repealing the European Communities Act 1972. What would be the consequences of such a decision for the negotiation of a free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the EU?

Question to the Commission for written answer E-009220/2014   by Jonathan Arnott (EFDD)

Subject: Repeal of European Communities Act 1972

 

Under UK law, it is a fundamental principle that no Parliament may legally bind its successor. Consequently, all international treaties are signed only to the extent allowed by this principle. The UK could, as an alternative to invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, opt for the more direct approach of repealing the European Communities Act 1972.

What would be the consequences of such a decision for the negotiation of a free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the EU?

 

E-009220/2014 Answer given by President Junckeron behalf of the Commission (11.12.2014)

 

 

In line with the Treaty on European Union (TEU), which all Member States have ratified, a Member State can only withdraw from the European Union in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 50 TEU.

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