Lord Neuberger: Brexit is bad for Israel

Earlier this week, in an interview with BBC the president of British Supreme Court Lord David Edmond Neuberger (Jew) complained that Theresa May government must provide more clarity about how UK law will develop after Brexit. He said the Brexit Bill does not spell out how the judges would approach EU law after Brexit. He said parliament must be very clear in telling judges what to do about decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) after the UK leaves the EU.

This is the first time that a sitting top judge has commented on country’s politics outside the court.

The fact that arch-Remainer MPs Dominic Grieve, a Conservative, and Tom Brake, the Liberal Democrats’ Brexit spokesman, responded to Lord Neuberger’s interview by echoing his complaint gave the impression that this was merely the latest anti-Brexit grumble, part of a drip, drip, drip narrative that Brexit is fraught with too much complexity.

Good-old Neuberger is worried that after quitting European Union, some judges at country’s highest court may feel free to give an independent judgment involving Israel’s interests which are part of European Union’s Human Rights Act under which questioning the Six Million Died myth is a crime.

Theresa May insists that once Britain leaves EU, the EUJ has no jurisdiction over Britain. The ECJ is in effect the EU’s Supreme Court, overseeing the application and interpretation of EU law. Its rulings are binding on all member states.

Last year, former prime minister David Cameron British prime minister David Cameron said that Britain needs to remain in the European Union to look after Israel’s interests.

In June 2016, speaking at an Iftar (end of daily fasting) event at the Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) in north-west London, Pakistan-born London Mayor Sadiq Khan said that he was ‘concerned’ about the rise of antisemitism in the city as result of Brexit victory.

Professor Azriel Bermant (Tel Aviv University) and a former research fellow at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), however, claims the UK-Israel relationship is more likely to flourish than flounder after Brexit; though without Britain, the EU may be less friendly towards Israel. For more about the bilateral relationship after Brexit.

The EU is Israel’s largest trading partner. But the UK is one of Israel’s strongest allies within the EU. Since the government of Tony Blair, the UK and Israel have enjoyed close relations. Britain is now one of Israel’s biggest export markets after the US.  Despite some differences over Israel’s settlement policy, the UK has become one of Israel’s leading supporters in the EU and a driving force behind the tougher European economic sanctions that eventually brought Iran to the negotiating table over the nuclear issue. David Cameron’s successor as Prime Minister, Theresa May and her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are widely considered strong friends of Israel,” says Bermant.

Jews who makes less than 1% of British population. But among the 11 judges at country’s Supreme Court, 4 are Jewish (here). Muslims make more than 5% of UK’s population but are not represented at the Supreme Court.


One response to “Lord Neuberger: Brexit is bad for Israel

  1. I thought that Britain is for British:first. Now I realize !

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