Rose drew attention to this:
OUT MEANS OUT! Boris promises complete break from EU laws in major victory for Brexiteers
PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson has insisted that Britain will not follow EU rules after finally leaving the bloc on January 31.
The Prime Minister made the vow despite the EU insisting regulatory alignment was a requirement for any future relationship. Friday saw Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal pass through Parliament with a majority of 124. Speaking in the Commons chamber the PM said it “means we are one step closer to getting Brexit done.”.
…He said the result of the vote “paves the path for a new agreement on our future relationship with our European neighbours based on an ambitious free-trade agreement, with no alignment on EU rules, but instead control of our own laws and close and friendly relations”.
One of the EU rules and regulations which she referenced was this one, dating from 1989, which…
INVITES THE MEMBER STATES:
“to take the following measures by introducing legislation or by other methods in accordance with national practices and conditions:
1. Ban smoking in enclosed premises open to the public which form part of the public or private establishments listed in the Annex.”
This regulation is the reason why in June 2016 I personally voted to leave the EU. Why the hell should a smoker like me want to be a member of a political union that requires member states to ban smoking? In fact, why should any smoker anywhere in the EU want to be a member of an organisation that wishes to discriminate against smokers? It’s why I think that the EU is a doomed political project. There are a lot of smokers in the EU, particularly in former east bloc countries. What better way to turn the peoples of Europe against the EU than to have it exile about 150 million people to the outdoors? It certainly worked that way with me.
Leaving the EU was for me simply a necessary first step towards repealing the UK smoking ban. And as far as I can see, the only reason why the UK introduced a draconian smoking ban in 2007 was to comply with EU obligations (and also with those of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). For it seems that whenever you sign up with any of these international organisations, you find you have to introduce new rules and regulations. It is in this manner that people find that they’re no longer governing themselves, but are being governed by remote bureaucrats over whom they have no control. So now that we’re leaving the EU, we really ought to extract ourselves from the FCTC as well. We should invoke Article 31 of the FTTC:
1. At any time after two years from the date on which this Convention has entered into force for a Party, that Party may withdraw from the Convention by giving written notification to the Depositary.
2. Any such withdrawal shall take effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the Depositary of the notification of withdrawal, or on such later date as may be specified in the notification of withdrawal.
3. Any Party that withdraws from the Convention shall be considered as also having withdrawn from any protocol to which it is a Party.
If we can invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (as we have), then we can also invoke Article 31 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In fact, if we are to “control our own laws”, we ought to do exactly that.
Tobacco Control must be destroyed.