A CAMPAIGN group backing independence in Western Sahara is to take the UK Government to court over a post-Brexit trade agreement with Morocco.
A group campaigning for the rights of Western Sahara’s Saharawi people has been granted permission by the High Court in London to bring a judicial review against the UK government’s trade deal with Morocco.
The Polisario Front is optimistic about the new verdict of the European Court of Justice concerning the motion for annulment of the agreement on the extension of the EU/Morocco free trade and association agreements in the territory of Western Sahara.
The UK-Morocco association agreement and including the Sahara within the territorial scope of said deal was discussed this week at the House of Lords.
The European Court of Justice is next week to discuss EU-Morocco accords allowing Rabat to export goods from Western Sahara that are contested by the pro-independence Polisario Front.
The EU claims to be a place of democracy and human rights but it is neglecting the reality in the Western Sahara and conducting its policies in full awareness of the situation.
The agreement establishes a framework for cooperation in the fields of economics, trade and innovation, with both sides aiming to increase bilateral trade and remove trade barriers.
Israel aspires to sign a free trade agreement with Morocco, Israeli Minister of Economy Amir Peretz said.
Trump said the goal of the Western Sahara consulate would be “to promote economic and trade opportunities in the region.”
The report shows the efforts that the EU is taking to politically undercut the ruling of EU Court of Justice that prevented products from occupied Western Sahara from being part of EU’s trade agreements with Morocco.
The Moroccan Government approved an amendment of the Morocco-Turkey Free Trade Agreement, increasing tariffs by up to 90% on 1200 Turkish goods for a five-year period.
The Swiss Federal Council stated on several occasions that it did not consider its free trade agreement with Morocco to apply to the large part of Western Sahara that is under Moroccan occupation.
The government has planned to sign free trade agreements, or FTAs,with some African countries, including Morocco, to boost the country’s export earnings, officials said.
In the face of the increasing number of claims brought by investors against host states on the basis of BITs and the exorbitant amounts awarded to investors, Morocco has undertaken a review of its model BIT using a flexible and rational approach.
The UK Government is in the final stages of entering into a new trade agreement with Morocco including the territory of Western Sahara, without consideration of recent EU and British court rulings, or of the people of the occupied land.
For the Kingdom, Carlyle did not justify the existence of investments in Morocco. The American group invokes the Morocco-United States free trade agreement while the contracts with Samir concern entities based in the Cayman Islands.
Morocco-EU hopes to further strengthen bilateral cooperation by establishing a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement.
Morocco has succeeded in convincing Turkey to review a list of Moroccan complaints on a free trade agreement between the countries, said the trade minister.
Pakistan and Morocco have concluded their second round of bilateral talks, including discussions on enhancing trade ties.
Civil society organisations raise human rights concerns as UK seeks to roll over Morocco association agreement without due attention to the ongoing Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara.