Britain made the “right choice” in quitting the bloc seven years ago, a German MEP has said while accusing the EU of “open sabotage” in a bid to derail the entire process of Brexit. Dr Gunnar Beck, who represents the right-wing Alternative for Germany party, also warned the European Court of Justice was stealthily centralising power in Brussels – at the expense of the bloc’s remaining 27 member states.
Speaking to Breitbart, Dr Beck said: “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.”
Britain now enjoyed “full independence”, Mr Beck claimed.
He explained: “The British can now set their own immigration policy, make their own monetary policy and their own security policy.”
“At the expense of the Member States and their citizens, of course.”
Despite Dr Beck’s remarks, Brexiteers remain concerned about the ongoing influence of the bloc via the Northern Ireland Protocol, the mechanism aimed at preventing a hard border on the island of Ireland which in effect keeps the region in the EU’s single market for goods.
MPs will get their first chance to vote on Rishi Sunak’s new deal with the EU on post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland next week.
Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt said the House will be asked on Wednesday to approve regulations to implement the so-called Stormont brake element of the Windsor Framework.
Downing Street said the measure – which potentially gives the UK a veto over the imposition of new EU rules in Northern Ireland – was the “most significant part” of the agreement.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “We believe this meets the commitment the Prime Minster made to have a vote on the new arrangements focused on an issue which is at the heart of the framework.”
Speaking in the Commons, DUP MP Sammy Wilson urged ministers to explain the “difference between the rhetoric and the reality” of the framework document in Wednesday’s debate.
The continued: “There’s still 300 areas of EU law that will still apply to Northern Ireland even after the Windsor Framework, and the ECJ (European Court of Justice) will still adjudicate on them.”