The reality and consequences of EU membership

In Europe, but not run by Europe?  If media reports are acurate, the reality and consequences of EU membership may have yet again been laid bare this weekend.  We are not part of the Euro currency.  But because our political class took it upon themselves to entwine us ever deeper into the EU’s structures – without the permission of the British people – our Chancellor has been instructed to present himself in Brussels to sign up to a ‘European stabilisation mechanism’.

This mechanism will saddle us with billions of pounds of liabilities to prop up Eurozone economies.  Britain will be unable to veto this latest EU wheeze as it will be rammed through under the ‘qualified majority voting’ system.

Just to put things into context.  It is Alistair Darling – member of a defeated government – who will be attending the meeting on the UK’s behalf.  The UK will be presented with pact which, even if rejected by Darling, will be forced upon us at potentially huge cost, by members of a currency that is not ours, thanks to the ‘tidying up exercise’ known as the Lisbon Treaty.  No doubt anyone complaining to David Cameron about this will be told again to stop ‘banging on about Europe‘ and reminded that little Nick Clegg adores the EU and he has to be kept happy is Dave and Sam are to move into Number 10 before the birth of their fourth child.

The UK should not have any liabilities to bailing out a Eurozone country. We have plenty of problems of our own and would need to borrow even more money in order to lend it to Greece, or Spain/Portugal in due course.  But then, this is what happens when you give up political sovereignty and allow an unelected and unaccountable entity to dictate your actions. This is what membership of the EU means. None of us voted for this.  We were denied the chance by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and, yes, even retrospectively by the Conservatives.

Those people who defended Cameron before the General Election by saying that the EU is way down the list of voters’ priorities might find that changes as voters increasingly come to realise that far from being a side issue, EU membership influences almost every area of government of this country – making EU membership a priority issue.

We cannot rely on Labour, the Lib Dems or the Cameron Conservatives to ask voters if they wish to restore our national political sovereignty and redefine our relationship with the EU.  So it is time for a new political movement that will honestly and properly represent the views of voters, offer real democracy and accountability and seek a binding mandate for major reforms, not the cosmetic political class stitch up that currently holds sway and fails so miserably to serve our interests.

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3 Responses to “The reality and consequences of EU membership”

  1. 1 JohnRS 09/05/2010 at 3:55 pm

    The reason Cameron is having to grovel to Clegg is because of his traitorous behaviour over the EU Constituion. That one corrupt decision cost him (at least) the UKIP vote ie 20 seats which would have given him a majority.

    I dont want the EU, but I’m very happy to have the “Norway solution” where we have the four freedoms but ignore all the political crap.


    Cameron has got more than he deserves after his appalling behavious, serves him right.

  2. 2 kenomeat 09/05/2010 at 5:07 pm

    I promised after Nigel Farage’s defeat on Friday that I would never comment on a political blog again. What’s the point. If UKIP couldn’t win in Buckinghamshire against a character like Bercow then it couldn’t win anywhere. You wrote last week that UKIP basically weren’t up to the job and that a new conservative type party was needed to regain our country. I doubted this at the time but am now in agreement. But how will it happen? Have the British people moved so far to the left that traditional conservatism can never again win an election, or is it simply a case of opening their eyes to the type of scandal that you write about today.

  3. 3 Autonomous Mind 09/05/2010 at 6:24 pm

    There are ways and means to bring about a new party. I would not be surprised if quiet discussions are already taking place. Keep the faith.

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