On @Channel4News in an interview with @GaryGibbonBlog, Boris Johnson claimed that once out of the EU we can ban the sale of shark fin soup.

Shark finning was banned in the EU some years ago, but the trade in shark fins cannot be banned, due to WTO rules, not because of the EU.
H/t to @Doozy_45 for providing the video.

The USA is not able to ban the trade in shark fins either and for the same reason. It's against WTO rules.

In July 2019 in a Government response to this petition, the claim was made leaving the EU would present the country with an opportunity to ban the trade.

This is untrue.

The Government statement is not only misleading, it is totally false.

Note, the trade in live animals presents similar problems.

On a wider note.

Something for 'WTO Rules' advocates to think about.

They're actual rules (that we already follow), with rulings made by 'unelected officials', rather than guidelines, and you might consider that means they have consequences for sovereignty.

Example follows: ⬇️
In the USA, as part of the 2002 Farm Bill, a new mandatory requirement for country of origin labelling (mCool) on fresh meat was enacted into Federal Law.

In 2009 Canada argued that this was discriminatory and launched a WTO dispute.

The eventual 2015 ruling, made by a panel 'foreign judges' in a non-US Court was legally binding. It declared that the 'sovereign' United States had to adhere to the ruling and revoke a piece of domestic legislation or face sanctions as a consequence.

An attack on United States sovereignty declared outraged bloggers, newspapers and lawmakers.
Nevertheless, in June 2015 Congress revoked mCool legislation pertaining to labelling of fresh meat product by 300 to 131 votes.

Congressman Massie was outraged, declaring that the Founding Fathers would be appalled by this loss of sovereignty.

Something to think about if the most important thing for you about Brexit is sovereignty, but you're keen on a WTO Rules Brexit.
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