EU left powerless as the Political Declaration they refer to is legally non-binding.

Over the last few weeks, we continuously hear the EU complaining about the UK not abiding by the political declaration. The document named the Political Declaration (PD) was a separate document alongside the legally binding withdrawal agreement that was set out to be a wish list of ambitions the two sides would seek to achieve in the rounds of the negotiations. But what the media never told you, was that this political declaration, which the EU regularly refer to, is not legally binding.


Originally this PD document was used as a carrot to entice the UK in adhering their demands on the Irish backstop. Just after Boris Johnson came to office, the withdrawal agreement was tweaked, and we left the membership of the EU.

In the non-binding Political Declaration document (PART I: INITIAL PROVISIONS) states: “The future relationship should incorporate the United Kingdom’s continued commitment to respect the framework of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) while the Union and its Member States will remain bound by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which reaffirms the rights as they result in particular from the ECHR.”

In this section on the UK adhering to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), they use the word “Should”, meaning possibility.In PART II: ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP it states: “Against this backdrop, the Parties agree to develop an ambitious, wide-ranging and balanced economic partnership. This partnership will be comprehensive, encompassing a Free Trade Agreement, as well as wider sectoral cooperation where it is in the mutual interest of both Parties. It will be underpinned by provisions ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition.”

In this section they use the term “develop”, meaning “start to evolve”, but for this agreement to develop there has to be an agreement from both sides, which there isn’t due to this section saying: “The Parties will retain their autonomy”, which means Britain will lose its autonomy (independence sovereignty freedom) if it signs up to the EU’s rules on ECHR or a level playing field.

Bottom line is the political agreement is full of uncertainty and non-committing wording. This is due to the agreement being non-binding. The media and the EU are doing their best to start the blame game early on why the two sides don’t agree. What the EU seem to forget is, there doesn’t need to be an agreement to leave, we can leave under our free will if we deem the term’s not fitting for the UK. 

This is why the EU claims the United Kingdom are not committed in these negotiations because we are not legally obligated to do so. The government have continually stated that the UK will be leaving the EU in its entirety on the 31st of December 2020.

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