Let There Be No Doubt How Bad This Is.
Firstly here is a link to the document in question. In all 537 pages. You don't have to read far. Page 4 gives our first clue as to the control we remain under for an indeterminate age. Transition the euphemism for trapped, I suggest.
"CONSIDERING that it is in the interest of both the Union and the United Kingdom to determine a transition or implementation period during which – notwithstanding all consequences of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the Union as regards the United Kingdom's participation in the institutions, bodies, offices and agencies of the Union, in particular the end, on the date of entry into force of this Agreement, of the mandates of all members of institutions, bodies and agencies of the Union nominated, appointed or elected in relation to the United Kingdom's membership of the Union – Union law, including international agreements, should be applicable to and in the United Kingdom, and, as a general rule, with the same effect as regards the Member States, in order to avoid disruption in the period during which the agreement(s) on the future relationship will be negotiated, RECOGNISING that, even if Union law will be applicable to and in the United Kingdom during the transition period, the specificities of the United Kingdom as a State having withdrawn from the Union mean that it will be important for the United Kingdom to be able to take steps to prepare and establish new international arrangements of its own, including in areas of Union exclusive competence, provided such agreements do not enter into force or apply during that period, unless so authorised by the Union"
So how long will said "transition" be? Remember remainers are already saying the next set of trade discussions will, not might, will take years. Plus why would anyone enter into trade deals when their implementation date is unknown. What a joke and we're only on page four!
Continuing down the document there are constant mentions of any matters underway in relation to Union legal membership and not finalised, as and when or if the transition period ends, they remain under Union control. For example if a procurement exercise is underway for a public purchase, then the Union bidders remain in the frame. Just a flavour of the degree to which, even after a lengthy transition period, much will be still under EU influence and law.
Article 86, Judicial matters, is as above. Anything outstanding during transition stays under EU judiciary post transition. So endless legal cases can last forever! As for Article 92, administrative procedures, that looks potentially a very deep trap indeed. 93 appears to give the EU influence over any state aid the UK might consider in the future. Thus denying the UK freedom it has never had for over the 40 odd years of subjugation.
Article 95 is gross. Binding Force and enforceability of decisions. How is this leaving? Article 107 appears to guarantee the likes of the Kinnocks' pensions to remain tax free! So their elite stay aloof and free of UK tax. How's that possible or right for socialists? Article 126 states the transition period to end on 31/12/2020. No doubt extension periods will kick in as they have for Article 50 WTO rules.
Article 128 is the one in which we get to obey all new law introduced by the EU but with zero vote or influence. How dreadful is that. We are risking draconian, binding EU diktat and helpless to do anything but genuflect and obey. You can imagine how we'll be filleted there, can you not?
"Article 129. 3. In accordance with the principle of sincere cooperation, the United Kingdom shall refrain, during the transition period, from any action or initiative which is likely to be prejudicial to the Union's interests, in particular in the framework of any international organisation, agency, conference or forum of which the United Kingdom is a party in its own right." Fishing and agriculture springs to mind here.
Moving on to Article 138. Seems an open cheque for the EU here. Article 140 then goes on to say we get an invoice from them forever more, annually! FFS! As for Article 150. We become liable for future support of the EIB's solvency. How much is this to cost, I wonder?
On and on this "agreement" runs. Constantly showing our obligations way beyond 2020. It is a dreadful handicap to every part of our Nation. Freedom my backside. It really is an expensive and degrading position we shall be forced into.
Well, I'm losing the will to live as I scan through the rest of this mumbo jumbo. Of this I'm certain. The whole document is farcical, bureaucratic and typical misdirection. Nothing within the 537 pages is in anyway uplifting or edifying. Agreements based on EU law, endless committees. ECJ oversight and a legal nightmare for generations to come. One this it is not, is leaving the EUSSR.
Check it out. It's a meaningless, deliberate smokescreen and must be dumped asap. WTO is the way forward, not this punishing, dictatorial surrender to a Gestapo of bureaucrats. One with hidden dangers to be encountered when too late to avert.