Keeping the Red Flag flying in Brussels
The Franco/German political elite are pre-occupied with the task of smuggling the European Constitution in under new terminology after the Dutch and French electorates soundly rejected the Constitution. The political elite have decided that if the citizens of the member States cannot be relied on to vote the ‘right way’, they simply won’t be given the opportunity to vote.
How about: NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION?
This 1846 lithograph has become a classic image of the Boston Tea Party
Nigel Farage, Leader, UK Independence Party
The European Parliament (yet again) took time out to congratulate itself on supporting the defunct European Constitution, this time in the Brok/Crespo Report. Nigel Farage pithily took them to task,
“I am surprised we have the front to call this a debate, because the Minister did not tell us any of the substance of the negotiations. But, of course, there is no debate, is there? There is no debate in the national parliaments, no informed opinion in the press, no debate at all – and why? Because this whole Treaty is being put together in secret and that is because you do not want to involve the citizens of Europe. You are fearful that the more they find out about your grandiose plans, the more likely they are to vote ‘no’.
Worse still is the downright dishonesty with which this whole process is being pursued. For Angela Merkel to talk in a letter about the proposal to use different terminology without changing the legal substance is the stuff of ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’. It is the twisting of language. It is the deliberate attempt to stop there being free and fair referendums in European countries. It is your plan to act like a bulldozer: just to sweep aside the French and Dutch referendum results, to pursue your political goals without taking the people with you.
I have no doubt that you think you are going to get away with it, but from a British perspective I have no doubt that Mr Blair, in his last act as the British Prime Minister, will sign up to virtually anything you want him to. But he will be handing to his successor something rather like a hand grenade with the pin pulled out, because the pressure on Gordon Brown to have a referendum on this Treaty in Britain is going to be enormous. In fact, I would go further. I am confident that this Treaty will not become British law without the Brits having a referendum, and when they have that referendum they are going to say ‘No’”.
But if you are proud of your European project, if you are true democrats, then you will join me in the call to let the people decide their own future. Do not foist it upon them.”
The report can be found here:
Gerard Batten, UK Independence Party
The European Constitution is just one part of a raft of legislation that aims to place the people of Europe under the control of unelected Eurocrats. Another piece of enabling legislation is the Treaty of Prum
Gerard Batten, as ever, was on form. Lambasting a European attempt to create a Europe wide surveillance state through the Treaty of Prum,
“The purpose of the Prüm Treaty clearly states that it is to play a pioneering role in the integration of the EU. We all know that talk of combating crime and terrorism is secondary to the real purpose. As a framework decision of the Council, it will become part of the EU body of law, its provisions set in stone and not subject to any real democratic scrutiny or approval. The British Parliament will have no opportunity to prevent the implementation of this Convention, and even this Parliament only has a consultative role.
Britain faces a particular danger. For example, it has the largest DNA database in the world with samples collected from over 4.2 million people, many of whom are entirely innocent and have never been charged with any offence. These people are suspects in waiting. This is the creation of a Big Brother Europe by the back door in pursuit of further political integration.
This legislation poses the greatest threat to Europe since the formation of the German Geheime Staatspolizei which fortunately was not unable to employ some of the technologies that will support the Treaty of Prum.”
The report can be found here: tinyurl.com/ytm76h
Jens Peter Bonde, Danish JuneMovement, Chairman European Independence-Democracy group
The European Independence-Democracy group in the European Parliament, Chairman Jens Peter Bonde secured a minor victory by forcing the Parliament’s legal services to drop references to the defunct European Constitution from legislation passing through the chamber. He stated:
“The legal service of the Parliament has said we cannot use a non ratified treaty as a reference in our reports.
This applies to the first and fifth indent of the Baron Crespo/Brok report and I would like you to delete these references if the house should be so unwise not to adopt our alternative resolution which could much easier solve the problem of inadmissibility.
May I also ask you to change all other reports referring to the proposed constitution or the charter of fundamental Rights?”