June 27th, 2016


Can anyone explain to me what Boris Johnson's comments on Europe actually _mean_???

So, selectively quoting bits from this article he wrote:

"I cannot stress too much that Britain is part of Europe, and always will be.

There will still be intense and intensifying European cooperation and partnership in a huge number of fields: the arts, the sciences, the universities, and on improving the environment.

EU citizens living in this country will have their rights fully protected, and the same goes for British citizens living in the EU.

British people will still be able to go and work in the EU; to live; to travel; to study; to buy homes and to settle down. As the German equivalent of the CBI - the BDI - has very sensibly reminded us, there will continue to be free trade, and access to the single market."

The only change - and it will not come in any great rush - is that the UK will extricate itself from the EU's extraordinary and opaque system of legislation: the vast and growing corpus of law enacted by a European Court of Justice from which there can be no appeal."

From my meager understanding there is no method of achieving full membership of the single market, complete with the freedom of movement he's talking about, that doesn't also require us to be signed up to the ECJ. Because it's the ECJ that decides whether we're living up to our treaty obligations as part of said single market.

Is he just making random promises that can't actually be fulfilled again? Is he going to come back in October and say "Oh, it turns out that Europe won't let us have access to the single market without also agreeing to judgement by the ECJ, so we're staying in. Sorry for all the confusion!" or what???

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