The EU is to be given similar rights and powers to a fully fledged nation state in the United Nations general assembly.
Baroness Ashton, the EU foreign minister or “High Representative”, will be given a special seat alongside a new European UN ambassador with “the right to speak in a timely manner, the right of reply, the right to circulate documents, the right to make proposals and submit amendments (and) the right to raise points of order”.
Now, before the apologists come steaming in to say ah, but, its only like a state, not really a state, ponder this from Dan Hannan.
What constitutes a state? The accepted definition comes in Article One of the 1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States:
The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.
The EU has qualified for decades on (a), (b) and (c). Now it has ticked the final box. The European Constitution Lisbon Treaty, which came into effect on 1 December 2009, gave the EU “legal personality”: that is, the right to sign treaties. Now, the EU has been formally recognised by the United Nations. To carry out the foreign policy of the new state, we have a European foreign service. Taken together, these things surely amount to “capacity to enter into relations with other states”.
Put bluntly, under international law, the UN has just recognised the EU in every way as a State in all but name.
Where now are the ‘guarantees’ of Nick Clegg at the election that he would never allow the EU to become a state, or the promises of Cameron that there would be no further transfers of power without a referendum. Statehood for the EU is the ultimate transfer of power.
On 22nd June I twittered the following:
The big question now is: Should David Cameron call an In/Out Referendum on the EU? http://bit.ly/aSNhKQ
Well we DEMAND one now, followed immediately by the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 if its a NO vote.
Irrespective of the views of the UN, I, that is me, do not recognise that the EU has any legitimacy whilst it does not have the authority or permission of the 500m people who make up the member states and I will NEVER bow to it as a state.
I do not recognise its assumed authority, I do not recognise its ‘laws’, and from this point on, the only law I am prepared to recognise is English Common Law until such time that the people of this country in a free vote choose otherwise.
I know that I have been writing about this for years, trying in vain to warn people to the dangers that lie ahead, I only hope that now presented with proof positive you will finally do something….
Footnote: In his Laudator Temporis Acti, Michael Gilleland blogs references legitimating our use of the famous passive periphrastic (“Carthago delenda est“) of Cato who thought that “Carthage must be destroyed.” Gilleland says further that “Unio Europaea delenda est” (the E.U. must be destroyed — to save Europe) is also fine and a good effort at applying the rules about the gerundive and the “to be” verb.