Cameron EU policy sunk.. by the EU.

Poor David Cameron. He has tried so hard to emulate Blair in the reformation of his party, not because it actually needed reforming but to make it compatible with the global progressive Marxist communitarian partnerships that all the main political groupings have bought into, and pushing real conservatives into the arms of other parties as a result.

But now Cameron’s EU policies (at least the bits they have bothered to detail) are going to be put to the test, and it looks as though the EU has already made fools of them.

Lets see what Cameron and CCHQ instruct their candidates to say if you mention the EU:

As David Cameron said in his recent speech on the Conservative Party’s European policy:

“Our guiding principles will be these: we believe Britain’s interests are best served by membership of a European Union that is an association of its member states, we will never allow Britain to slide into a federal Europe and that means we will watch closely how the Lisbon Treaty works out in practice.

“We will put in place a referendum lock, so never again can a British government transfer powers to the EU without the people giving their consent in a referendum. We will enact a United Kingdom Sovereignty Bill, making clear that ultimate authority rests with our Parliament. And we will negotiate for a specific set of British guarantees that are realistic, deliverable – and essential.

“That is our programme for Government. That is the mandate we will seek at the next election.”

I know this, because we get this near identical response time and again from rather robotic Conservative candidates at the Albion Alliance, the example above taken from the Albion Alliance database for Conservative candidate Simon Kirby.

However, that policy is about to be dynamited, because the EU is planning to invoke the terms of the Lisbon Treaty allowing self amendment, now integrated into the Treaty of the European Union and renamed the TFEU (The Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).

Opponents of the Lisbon Treaty had warned many times that there would be no new treaties, that the Lisbon allowed for self amendment. That is now going to be seen in action. This from the European Parliament:

The Constitutional Affairs Committee gave its support on Wednesday to a modification of the Lisbon Treaty that would allow 18 new Members of the European Parliament to take their seats during the ongoing legislature. They did not consider it necessary to call a Convention to discuss the treaty change.

Rather interesting isn’t it. Yes, I know its a relatively minor matter in this case, but the principle on a self amending treaty has vast and far reaching consequences.

Just what this will do to Cameron’s policy of not allowing any further treaties without a referendum is self evident, quite simply he doesn’t have a policy.

We are all rather sick of politicians lying to us over the EU, so it really is time to call Cameron out on this one during this election and start putting pressure on Tory candidates to sign the Albion Alliance pledge on a referendum.

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2 Responses to Cameron EU policy sunk.. by the EU.

  1. Slartibartfas says:

    The European Voice writes that this treaty change needs an intergovernmental conference. What is not needed because the Parliament has decided so, is a lengthy convention. So it does not seem at all like they are self amending the treaty as you would not need an intergovernmental conference then. What it looks like is that it is the same old procedure you would have used in pre Lisbon times for minor treaty amendments.

  2. The suggestion by the European voice is just that, a suggestion.

    However, the Inter-Governmental Conference is one of the former mechanisms pre-Lisbon that was abolished with Lisbon, with its powers post Lisbon transferred to the European Council, but even pre-Lisbon they didn’t really have the power or authority to make amendments to treaties, even though the legal basis was regularly ignored, as admitted to by Geoff Hoon when he was Europe Minister.

    Please read carefully the TFEU as it now stands post Lisbon, if both the Council and EP agree, the treaty changes, with no further reference to member states, their parliaments or peoples.

    The Constitutional Affairs Committee also agreed with Council’s recommendation not to summon a Convention to officialise the treaty change. Calling a Convention is a possibility written into the Lisbon Treaty, and Parliament’s consent is needed for any treaty changes taking place without a Convention.

    The resolution on the treaty change was adopted by 16 votes in favour, 5 against and 2 abstentions. The recommendation on not convening a Convention was adopted by 17 votes in favour, 5 against and 1 abstention.

    Parliament is expected to vote on these issues at the Brussels additional plenary to be held on 5 and 6 May.

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