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A solution in search of a problem July 10, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Is the thought that springs to mind in relation to the contortions the Tories have got into over Euratom and their likely departure from it due to Brexit. Unintended consequence writ large all over this… 


Unlike the dozens of other, equally sensitive, regulatory arrangements for industries such as aviation or pharmaceuticals, Euratom has been singled out for special treatment because it is not technically part of the EU. Instead, the treaty that established this body to coordinate Europe’s civil nuclear energy industry was born in parallel with the birth of the European economic community in 1957.

Britain’s participation in this largely untouched relic of atomic camaraderie therefore required a separate legal relationship with the European court of justice to enforce it. Since Theresa May has committed the country to severing all ties with the ECJ, it also required a separate clause announcing our intention to leave in the article 50 legislation that triggered the start of the two-year Brexit process in March.

But the politics is tight for the Tories…

More such awkward disentangling is almost certain to follow as Britain decides whether to leave other European regulatory agencies. But, these questions are currently shrouded in political fudge with the government officially undecided on what happens. So, for now at least, Euratom provides a taste of these many battles to come. The defection of just seven Tory MPs could be enough to give Theresa May’s fragile minority government a potentially fatal dose of radiation.


1. Dermot O Connor - July 11, 2017

They’re already down one, thanks to the n-word.

What a bunch of clowns.


sonofstan - July 11, 2017

That’s actually so weird – what sort of person inhabits a mental universe where that expression would spring to mind and tongue without knowing you don’t say it? Although let’s not forget Boris has form in this regard also, as, of course, did our emeritus taoiseach


irishelectionliterature - July 11, 2017

Just shows how tenuous the majority is as aside from deaths there are bound to be others that will be forced to resign due to inappropriate behaviour.


2. FergusD - July 11, 2017

What about the EU “Single European Sky” plan for an EU wide air traffic control? Will the UK exit that as well. Pretty significant if so. There is tons of stuff, EU funding of scientific and medical research is a biggy. The Eurpean Medicines Agency is considering relocating from London, if the UK leaves that. Will the UK leave all these EU bodies or will it try to “remain”? Does anybody have a plan?

I notice the LibDems are trying to paint Corbyn as a hard Brexiteer in an attempt to peel away the youth vote (I suspect the “youth” remember the LibDems treachery on student fees too well to turn to the LibDems).


WorldbyStorm - July 11, 2017

Yeah, can’t see the LDs sealing that deal!


Miguel62 - July 11, 2017

Hi FergusD,

The Single European Sky plan is wider than the EU 28 and includes lots of non member countries. Basically, every country has the right to exercise control over aircraft in its airspace. That control is often delegated to other adjoining countries, eg Ireland ATC controls significant chunks of UK airspace over the Irish Sea. This is a nation to nation issue and from a practical point of view will have to continue post brexit.


3. sonofstan - July 11, 2017

What a card, eh?


And what about all the benefits the UK received, and continue to receive from EU membership?


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