Arch Europlastic, William Hague is reported this morning as having defined the first element of the UK’s renegotiation wishlist – and as expected this ‘concrete’ proposal is a mish mash of tough talk and hollow content.
The former self professed Eurosceptic, who as Foreign Secretary is now Brussels’ cheerleader-in-chief for all things blue with gold stars, will declare in a speech that national parliaments, such as the House of Commons, should be able to overrule legislation proposed by the European Commission if enough legislatures call for it to be thrown out. This is almost certainly a kneejerk reaction to the European Commission’s prosecution of the UK for applying rules that force EU migrants to pass a ‘right to residency’ test that doesn’t apply to UK citizens, before they can claim various benefits, which is illegal under the EU law the politicians signed us up to because it discriminates against other EU citizens on the basis of nationality.
While this is good pink meat for the Euroweenies who want a ‘reformed’ EU, in reality nothing would change. The rejection of legislation by the UK would need a number of national parliaments to support the British stance. So if insufficient parliaments back what Britain wants, then this country would be forced to adopt the legislation regardless. The sum of the power repatriated to the UK therefore amounts to nil.
So much for reform.
Move over, Cast Iron Dave, because there’s a new Eurosheriff in town! Concrete Willy is his name, and he has found an old fag packet and angrily scrawled the first empty repatriation of power demand on the back. Brussels can breathe easy as Britain’s place under the EU jackboot is safe in Hague’s carefully manicured hands.
This plan first surfaced in 2002 courtesy of Gisela Stuart during the constitutional Convention. It has thus already been chewed over many times and completely rejected. It’s a non starter. As such this announcement represents mere game playing on the part of Concrete Willy, who is giving little titbits to the lumpen media to distract them from the fact there is no renegotiation plan, much less any exit plan. The Europlastics, carefully steered by the Foreign Office’s europhile quislings, will do all they can to ensure it never gets that far.