28 June 2016 – After Great Britain voted to leave the European Union last week, will our government continue trying to rubber-stamp EU diktats into law even though they will soon no longer apply to us?
In the Policing and Crime Bill currently before Parliament there are a number of amendments to our existing firearms laws which all but outlaw UK-spec deactivated firearms – and instead brands them ‘defectively deactivated‘.
Those amendments were tabled by the government to implement an EU diktat about deactivated firearms which the bloc rushed through after last November’s mass murders in Paris, carried out by Islamist gunmen armed with illegally obtained firearms.
However, since the vote for Brexit, will the government see sense and withdraw these amendments?
Almost certainly not, unfortunately.
As is being discussed in the media ad nauseam, the UK must formally invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to formally begin leaving the EU. With angry Remain voters and politicians, such as London Labour MP David Lammy, publicly swearing they will defy the democratic will of the people and force the UK to remain in the UK regardless of what the majority of the population want, it is looking increasingly unlikely that Article 50 will ever be triggered.
On top of that, the EU is determined to be petty and vindictive as its second biggest cash cow walks out of the milking stall. EU president Jean Claude Juncker has already announced that EU “obligations” will continue until the end of the 2-year Article 50 negotiation period, and those obligations include obeying EU diktats and laws.
Will our MPs, three quarters of whom fervently believe in Remain, stop imposing EU diktats on us in the two and a half years it will take us to complete our EU exit? It is very unlikely.
You can, of course, write to your MP and tell him to act in your best interests by blocking the deactivation clauses in the Policing and Crime Bill – but whether your MP will listen to you, an ordinary voter, is another question.