Perhaps the UK will be proud of its role in the New Deal for Somalia which is being discussed today in a bilateral meeting with the Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, as part of a wider conference that is taking place.
Only the UK is not in the room. Matters such as these are exclusively handled ‘on our behalf’ by the EU.
Therefore, the meeting is between Mohamud and the President of the European Council, Herman van Rompuy. This is the reality of our EU membership. The politics being done is being done for us. We are bound by treaties to honour any agreements or promises that are made because they would have been made in our name.
A consequence of EU membership is not being allowed to discussing our own interests and make deals with other nation states. Our interests are diluted and compromised until they fit in with the ‘common position’ adopted on behalf of all 28 member states. This is one of the reasons why we must leave the EU.
This is all about politics, not economics. It is about having a seat at the table and doing what is in the UK’s best interests. Without independence the UK will not have genuine influence on the world stage. The interests of the British people are not, cannot and will not be put first until we can speak with our own voice.