In fact, there seems to be only one country that rigorously enforces EU law to the letter: the UK. Although we complain about the EU\’s directives more than any other member state, we alone have been afraid to call its bluff. \”How many divisions has the European Court of Justice?\” Perhaps someone should whisper that in Mr Cameron\’s ear next time the Court rules against him.
If the European Union keeps making daft laws why don\’t we just ignore them just like everyone else does?
A very seductive idea, yes, but a path, which is followed, would undermine the entire basis of the rule of law.
Now of course, these things are not absolute, but the general deal that we Brits have come to over the centuries is that we\’ll have few laws, those which we do have will be sensible, and we\’ll all obey them.
At times there have been laws which really weren\’t sensible: think of the insistence on war time ID cards existing into the 50s. And at such times it\’s been possible to the individual to use the courts to have (by indirect routes at times) those not sensible laws gutted.
A further part of the deal has been that no one, not even the Monarch (or the \”peoples\’ representatives\”) have been above whatever the laws are. As several MPs are about to find out about expenses fiddling.
We\’ve even had, repeatedly, the courts applying the law against the government even in matters of national security: the Chagos Islanders cases have shown.
As I say, this isn\’t quite 100% true, but as a basic description of the legal deal here it\’s good enough. We\’ll obey the law for everyone has to obey the law.
Which means that if there\’s some part of the body politic which keeps passing entirely stupid, nay insane, laws, ones which we all want to ignore, we can\’t do that without bringing into question that basic deal.
And I would submit that that basic deal, the rule of law, is so important that if there is such a part of the body politic then we should close that part down rather than violate that principle of the rule of law.
That is, no, we shouldn\’t ignore the ECJ, we should leave the EU so that the ECJ has no jurisdiction over us. Yes, being free and independent would be a better outcome than being turned into a nation of scofflaws.