I spoke yesterday on the Roadmap to a Single EuropeanTransport Area (04 July 2011):
Setting those issues [of planning] aside, I want to make two points about sovereignty. First, on the technical side, there are questions about pricing, taxation and how the Government will work within the framework of the EU, which I touched on in my questions. Secondly, there is an issue of principle. I do not think that anyone reading the document earnestly, and with an open mind, could infer anything other than the fact that it sets out a transport plan for a single nation state—by “nation state”, I mean an organisation with a territorial monopoly on the use of coercion. Getting some of these things through will require legislation—that is the intention—and I do not doubt that the EU will legislate and legislate, and expand and expand, until it gets its way. I sincerely believe that if we wish to live in a country that is legitimate and governed legitimately, we have to look carefully at these grand planned dreams for the whole of Europe and ask whether they are valid and whether they have been democratically endorsed by our populations.