December 19, 2018

BELGIUM: Prime Minister Charles Michel Has Been Forced To Resign After Signing The UN Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration Which Sparked Huge Protests In Brussels On Sunday.

Breitbart News
written by Virginia Hale
Wednesday December 19, 2018

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel has been forced to hand in his notice after anger over the UN Migration Compact brought the country’s government down.

After four years in power, the left-liberal Reform Movement party leader offered his resignation to the Belgian monarch, King Philippe, on Tuesday night, after losing a vote of no confidence tabled by the Socialist Party and Greens.

Michel had urged lawmakers to back a minority administration following the collapse of his government earlier this month over his supporting the UN migration pact against the wishes of his ruling coalition’s biggest party — the right-leaning New Flemish Alliance (N-VA).

The 42-year-old lawyer’s decision to travel to Marrakesh last week and sign Belgium up to the UN Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration— which declares mass immigration to be “inevitable, desirable and necessary” — sparked huge protests in Brussels on Sunday.

Around 5,000 people took to the streets of the Belgian capital to protest Michel’s signing of the globalist agreement after the high court overturned a ban on the demonstration by local authorities.

Prior to the N-VA’s walkout from the coalition, the Flemish nationalist party had presented a list of 30 reasons to withdraw from the UN pact, including its failure to differentiate between illegal and legal migration flows, and questions over whether its “hate speech” provisions could have a chilling effect on objective journalism.

Breitbart London previously reported how pro-mass migration NGOs and left-wing politicians rejoiced at Michel’s replacing the right-wing N-VA immigration minister, Theo Francken, with liberal Maggie De Block, who earlier this week marked ‘International Day of the Migrant’ by announcing the creation of “about a hundred” extra places for asylum seekers.

Ahead of Belgian elections due to be held next May, a European History professor at Oxford University, Martin Conway, said that Michel’s resignation was indicative of many of the difficulties faced by “centrist” political figures in an age of rising populism.

“It’s clever, sensible, technical governance which is really under threat,” he told the New York Times, appearing to suggest that the previous open borders consensus was good government.
Breitbart News
written by Chris Tomlinson
Thursday November 22, 2018

Belgian international law professor Pierre d’Argent has noted that while the UN migration pact is “non-binding” on countries, it does set up a “framework” which he says could be used by lawyers to interpret the meaning of laws.

Professor d’Argent, who teaches at Belgium’s largest French-speaking university, the Universitรฉ Catholique de Louvain, said: “The pact itself says that it establishes a framework of legally non-binding cooperation. It is a political instrument that does not constitute an international treaty. It creates neither legal obligations of international law between states, nor rights for the benefit of individuals.”

He did, however, also note that “one can imagine that in some cases before international jurisdictions, lawyers use this pact as a reference tool to try to guide them.”

“But it would simply be the use of this pact as an argument to give a definite meaning to the rules of law. This has already occurred in international or national jurisdictions to refer to instruments that are not legally binding,” he added, according to RTBF.

While d’Argent said the chance of lawyers using the pact to interpret laws was “unlikely” in his opinion, many countries like the United States, Hungary, and Austria have pulled out of the pact entirely.

The legal analysis comes as German law professor Matthias Herdegen came to a similar conclusion, as Breitbart London reported this week. Remarking that the UN compact occupied a “legal grey area”, it “gives the impression of [state] liability” and would raise the expectations of potential migrants in the third world, having the impact of potentially rising migration levels even if no laws changed.

The Belgian government is conflicted on the issue with the Flemish nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) coming out against the pact and wanting Belgium to also withdraw, while their coalition partners the Reformist Movement led by Prime Minister Charles Michel have vowed to sign it.

One of the most staunch defenders of the pact has been German Chancellor Angela Merkel who called the pact “a win-win situation” for Germany and complained that opponents of the agreement were proponents of “nationalism in its purest form.”

“That’s why it is in our national interest that the conditions around the world, for refugees on the one hand and migrants on the other, are improved … Otherwise, of course, people will say you only have a few countries you can go to, and try it and risk their lives,” she said.

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