Following Barroso’s contradictory speech calling for a federal European state, the Telegraph reports,
Germany, France and nine other of Europe’s most powerful countries have called for an elected European Union president and an end to Britain’s veto over defence policy in a radical blueprint mapping out the continent’s future.
And they report my comments,
Steve Baker, the Tory MP for Wycombe, warned that proposals to strip Britain of its veto over defence or foreign policy would be “the end of the UK as an independent country”.
“The EU is emerging as a fully-fledged state that is not under democratic control,” he said. “Any idea of making these changes without the overwhelming consent of the British people would be criminal.”
They did not have space for my remark that those behind the EU project are in danger of creating what they fear. As the propaganda I reported this week confirms, they have raised nationalism to the continental scale, centralising economic and political power beyond democratic control, just in time to face a currency crisis. As I have said before, this looks like being a historic faux pas.
Meanwhile, Dan Hannan writes,
Forty-nine per cent of Germans, according to Die Welt, think they would be better off without the EU, as against only 32 per cent who think they would suffer. Who’d have thought it, eh? Germans being fleeced by the EU? Es braucht keinen Geist, Gnädiger Herr, der aus seinem Grabe aufstehe, uns das zu sagen: there needs no ghost, my Lord, come from the grave, to tell us this.
It’s true that the trajectory of Europe was the final straw which drove me into politics but I now spend more of my time dealing with the inhumane consequences of faith in the omnipotence of state power. It is that faith which is now driving the nations of Europe forward. In the past, the same faith proved extremely dangerous.
If no one at the top of European politics will come forward with a better proposal for a peaceful, free, open and prosperous Europe, then we must hope that this time it is different.