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EUROPEAN UNION POLICY

It is widely accepted that the wish of the British people is to withdraw from the current position in relation to the European Union, to NOT enter Economic Monetary Union, and in general to return to being a totally independent sovereign country.

In 1975 the British electorate confirmed their wish to be a member of the European "Common Market". There was no advice from politicians or the press at the time to indicate that participation implied anything other than a normal trading arrangement. We will maintain the British Sovereignty which was confirmed by the 1975 referendum. Since the Democratic Party believes that this is the position that the British people want, we would endeavour to return to the free trade association originally envisaged. The withdrawal from the European Union, as currently constituted would be accomplished using the method below:

Withdrawal From European Union

Our current involvement raises the question of the method by which this withdrawal procedure would be accomplished. The Democratic Party proposes the following method: -

1) To avoid unnecessary dispute and to ensure that the happy trading and cultural links between the E.U. and Britain are maintained, we would negotiate with the E.U. on a phased withdrawal over a 2 or 3 year period.

2) The Acts of Parliament which have allowed successive Prime Ministers to sign relevant European legislation would be repealed.

3) In the unlikely event that the European Union would try to insist upon Britain maintaining its position within the E.U., and hence against the wish of the British people, we would have no alternative but to maintain that we are still a Sovereign state, and able to make such a unilateral decision.

4) If necessary we would draw attention to the conflict between Acts of Parliament starting with Magna Carta in 1215, which are still in force and prohibit the signing of the European Treaties. It should be noted that the Acts of Magna Carta, Bill of Rights 1689, Statute of Westminster 1931 and the Coronation Oath of 1953 are still on the Statute Book and, for the E.U. Treaties to be legally binding, these Acts should have been repealed prior to ratification by Britain.

5) British Judiciary to regain full legal powers from the European Court of Justice.

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