The following is from EU Referendum. I hope by republishing it, it will spread the word further.
This Empire must be stopped. The arrogance before the Treaty is signed is overwhelming, God Help us if it ever gets through.
Today in the EU parliament in Strasbourg, Margot Wallström,
Vice-President of the EU commission spoke to the Leinen report on the
intergovernmental conference. The naked arrogance of this extract from
her speech tells its own story. Note the comment: “But I do not think
we should allow that”:
Mr President, honourable
Members, there must be a position between Pangloss and his
over-optimism and Eyeore the Donkey thinking that everything is
hopeless. It is a very rare thing in politics to get a second life and
I am not referring to internet role-playing. Remember that, less than a
year ago, the Constitutional Treaty or the idea of having a new treaty
was declared dead, on life support or in a coma. And now we are
discussing a ratification procedure coming up very soon.
that engaging now in a blame game will not help us a bit, and, as a
final comment on this debate, I have two things to say. First of all,
on the Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Commission does not
like opt-outs. We would have preferred not to have any opt-outs. But
what was the real political choice here? It was a weakened charter
without legal force or a charter that is legally binding for the EU
institutions with an opt-out, or preserving the full text of the
charter. Then, I prefer to have a charter which is legally binding, and
an opt-out is also an opt-in so this is not cast in stone.
second comment is that I would like to say that I assume that Members
of Parliament do not consider parliamentary ratification less
democratically legitimate than referenda.
Eurosceptics of course hope that the challenge of informing citizens
and engaging citizens about and in such a complex issue as a treaty can
be turned into a weapon that can kill further European integration. But I do not think we should allow that.
regardless of what ratification method is chosen by Member States, we
are all obliged to inform, to engage, to debate, to discuss with
citizens all over Europe and this is what we now have to commit to, to
do together, in full cooperation and in a planned manner. This is also
how we will contribute from the Commission side. So, I will come back
to you very soon with that kind of planning for a proper and democratic
and open and transparent ratification procedure.
With that I also wish the Portuguese Presidency all the best with opening the IGC.
can see from the tone that the “colleagues” scent victory – and they
are prepared to brook no delay. No niceties from our Margot about
sovereign nations negotiating the terms of a treaty – “now we are
discussing a ratification procedure coming up very soon.” To her and
her “colleagues”, the treaty is a done deal and, already, they are
planning to interfere in the ratification process.
And this is
before they have the treaty in the bag. Once they've got it, they will
be unstoppable in their arrogance. For the first time in my career as a
Eurosceptic, I am really worried. This thing has to be stopped, no
matter what the cost.
So the Opt-Out on the Charter of Fundamental Rights has already been ruled out. That's one of Brown's red lines crossed.
We demand honesty from now on, we demand a referendum
on the European
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for a referendum now.
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