A supreme government of Europe

The EU Referendum blog has been closely looking at the English version of the EU Constitution reform treaty, repeated here to spread the word.

Now that the official English version of the revamped constitution
– the so-called “reform” treaty – has been published, we can get down
to studying it in detail. And, as one of our forum commentators noted,
we should avoid getting bogged down in the detail, As he wrote,
“getting lost in the nitty gritty of EU law can led one to missing the
bigger overall picture.”

The bigger overall picture is, in fact, hidden in plain sight, in the very first line of the preamble, which states: “Recalling the historic importance of the ending of the division of the European continent …”.

This is, in fact, the equivalent of “towards ever closer union …”
introduced in this form in the Nice Treaty, and not there by accident.
It highlights the fundamental aim of the “reform” treaty and all those
that preceded it – political integration.

It cannot be
emphasised enough that that is the primary purpose of all EU treaties.
They may aim to accomplish other things (such as “streamlining” the
text) but those are always secondary, no less than in this “reform”
treaty.

Now, for there to be a political union – and that is the
ultimate objective of the European Union – it must have a government
which must have supreme authority over all the governments of the
member states. Its development started with the Treaty of Rome,
amplified by case law from the ECJ (which established the supremacy of
community law), and it continues apace in this treaty, bringing the
government close to the finished state.

This is to be seen in a
new Article 9 of the treaty where the “Union's institutions” are set
out. And it is here that the genius of the original draftsmen must be
acknowledged, in their use of an anodyne term “institutions”. Although
linguistically correct, the more precise term would be “government”.
The moment you use that word, everything falls into place.

Turning to this new Article 9 then, we see the following, with our amendments (in italics) to make the text more precise:

1. The Union shall have an institutional governmental
framework which shall aim to promote its values, advance its
objectives, serve its interests, those of its citizens and those of the
Member States, and ensure the consistency, effectiveness and continuity
of its policies and actions. The Union's institutions government shall be:

  • the European Parliament
  • the European Council
  • the Council
  • the European Commission (hereinafter referred to as the “Commission”),
  • the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • the European Central Bank,
  • the Court of Auditors.

    2. Each institution The government
    shall act within the limits of the powers conferred on it in the
    Treaties, and in conformity with the procedures and conditions set out
    in them. The institutions government shall practise mutual sincere cooperation.

  • By
    comparison with the previous treaty (Article 7 TEU), we see two
    additions, the European Council and the European Central Bank, both of
    which existed in previous treaties but now become fully-fledged
    institutions – i.e., part of the government – of the Union.

    The key change, though, is the addition of the European Council. The significance of this, we have rehearsed in detail but certain elements bear repetition.

    In
    short, the heads of states and governments of the member states, who
    comprise the European Council, cease to represent their own member
    state interests and become absorbed into a tier of the EU government,
    bound by its laws and obliged to further the aims and objectives of the
    Union.

    This is actually set out in the first part of the
    paragraph, which states that it (and the rest of the government) “shall
    aim to promote its (the Union's) values, advance its objectives, serve
    its interests, those of its citizens and those of the Member States…”.

    It
    is no coincidence that that, in the pecking order, the Union comes
    first, the “citizens” second and the member states third and last. That
    states the priorities and the order of preference. By this means, our
    heads of states and governments become subservient to the European
    Union.

    The same, incidentally, applies to the council (of ministers). Currently, the commission website tells us that:

    …each
    minister in the Council is answerable to his or her national parliament
    and to the citizens that parliament represents. This ensures the
    democratic legitimacy of the Council's decisions.

    This
    is only theoretically the case but, under the new treaty, it can no
    longer be so, even in theory. As members of the EU's government, each
    minister is bound by treaty to “promote its (the Union's) values,
    advance its objectives, serve its interests…” before those of their
    citizens and own states. They no longer represent their states, but the
    European Union. They are not accountable to their own parliaments or
    peoples, but to the ECJ.

    As we observed earlier, anyone who is
    looking for a change in the fundamental relationship between the
    European Union and the member states should start here, with Article 9.

    By
    bringing the European Council into the maw of the EU, together with the
    full-time president (who is also a member of the European Council), and
    making both European Council and council of ministers subject to the
    Union's aims and objectives, the EU is that much closer to creating its
    supreme government of Europe, through which to rule us all.

    All
    the “colleagues” need now is an elected president of the European
    Council (which will surely come if this treaty is not stopped) and they
    will be there.

    The Portuguese premier who is hosting the IGC said he did not think there would be
    any difficulties satisfying the UK Government.

    But you are going to
    have one hell of a problem satisfying the
    UK public.

     

    We
    don’t want a liar as Prime Minister, we especially don’t want an unelected liar
    as Prime Minister who is going to sell our birthright.

    We
    demand honesty from now on, we demand a referendum on the European Constitution
    Treaty.

    Sign the No.10 Petition
    for a referendum now.

    “The European Union must be destroyed” – “L'Union Européenne diot être détruite”

    CETERVM CENSEO CONVENTUM EVROPÆAM ESSE DELENDAM


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