Less than twenty-four hours after the United Kingdom issued a joint-report with the European Union on its planned exit from the EU, a senior government minister in the UK has stated that the country can renege on the transitional deal at any time. Writing in the establishment Daily Telegraph newspaper, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has warned that the international agreement between London, Brussels and Dublin is not binding on any future government in Britain, which can reject the deal if it so wishes. The Conservative Party MP, who has been a prominent figure in the Brexit movement for decades, which is closely related to his vociferous opposition to the Irish-British peace process, downplayed the importance of the communiqué, which focuses on UK-Ireland and UK-EU relations.
By the time of the next election, EU law and any new treaty with the EU will cease to have primacy or direct effect in UK law…
The British people will be in control. If the British people dislike the agreement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge.
[The UK has] full freedom to diverge from EU law on the single market and customs union.
Everything we have proposed is provisional on achieving a final deal with the EU which is mutually beneficial.
Just as Michael Gove saw the Good Friday or Belfast Agreement of 1998, which effectively ended three decades of conflict in the British legacy colony on the island of Ireland, as a treaty the United Kingdom could arbitrarily tear up, so too he assumes that the UK can discard any other understanding it reaches with those nations or international bodies he regards as its inferior. The reactionary Tory, with his revanchist fantasies about Greater England and Empire 2.0, is the very embodiment of the Brexit disease infecting the body politic in Britain.