Friday, June 15, 2007

The Great Sell Out - Gale's View

Will Gordon Brown sell the United Kingdom down the river? That, surely, is the question that every Member of Parliament of every political party ought to be asking this week.

There is no particular reason why we should have a general Election just because "Gordon Brown was not elected as Prime Minister". We do not, in England, elect our Prime Minister because, whatever impression Mr. Blair may have sought to give, the Prime Minister is not the Head of State. John Major became Prime Minister, following Margaret Thatcher, without an election and Jim Callaghan took over from Harold Wilson without an election and it has happened many times before.

No. The real question is whether or not we will be dragged through the back door into a European Constitution without the referendum giving us the right to vote that has been promised by successive Labour Governments and, of course, that has consistently been demanded by the Conservative Party.

It is simply not good enough to say that the deal currently being stitched up behind closed doors by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the newly-elected French President, Nicolas Sarkosy and, in the dying days of his premiership, by Mr Blair is "not a constitution." and so does not require a referendum.

While the details have yet to be published it has already become clear that the proposed new "treaty" will sign away Britain's right of veto in many key areas of European policy making including home affairs, justice and asylum and immigration. The concept of European foreign policy has got to be alien to a nation state that has, as we have, a proud history of promoting and defending, if necessary by force, its national interests. The creation of a "European Foreign Minister" and the granting of treaty-making powers to the EU, which is what is proposed, would drive a coach and horses through our sovereignty and it must be resisted.

Angela Merkel is on record as having said that she intends to use "different terminology" without changing the substance of the original constitution and she clearly hopes that by presenting this as a "treaty" and not as a "constitution" she can side-step calls for a referendum from not only the United Kingdom but from the Dutch and the French who threw the last constitution into the waste bin and from those other counties of the EU that are bound by their own statutes to vote on any substantive constitutional change.

So back to the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Will he allow a devalued and discredited man, Mr. Blair, to sign away our rights as his parting shot through the door of 10, Downing Street or will Mr. Brown robustly defend our interests, refuse to accept this shoddy cooked up regurgitated "not-a-constitution" and insist that before any needed changes to the structure of the European Union are made we, the British people, will vote upon the deal?

The entire future not just of Gordon Brown's premiership but of our country rests in a very precarious balance.

6 comments:

James Maskell said...

I hear that Downing Street has confirmed this morning that there will be no referendum on any EU treaty even if the effect of the treaty is of constitutional importance...

Anonymous said...

We have been subjected to over 20,000 new laws in the past 10 years and much has emanated from Brussels. We have had a top heavy Labour Party with lots of jobs in Government shared out to keep 400+ professional politicians with no private interests busy and the result has been meddlesome interference in citizen's daily lives. The situation has been exacerbated by a vast array of European professional politicians with nothing better to do than stick their noses into every aspect of modern life in order to justify their existence. We have an excess of 'Government' with a serious lack of joined up thinking that has and continues to cost tax-payers a fortune. We need less Government , not more, and the arrogance of Merkel et al is frankly disturbing. Gale is not being anti-europe here but wisely cautions us against a further loss of freedom to be part of Europe but not governed by it.

Anonymous said...

James if they held a referendum we wouldn't be fighting in Iraq, we wouldn't be in the EU at all and most of the recent immigrants would be given a oneway ticket home.
Its just never going to happen is it.
By the way, commiserations on your narrow defeat in the recent TDC elections, for a first time candidate you did well to get as many votes as you did.
I think you might well make it next time.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that we joined a Common Market,which promised free trade between the countries of Europe.
NOT a superstate controlled by the French and Germans.
Our country will soon be ruled by those with no interest in what we as a people want or need.
If,as most of us fear Mr Blair signs up to this new agreement you can consign the U.K to a future of poverty,fear and a growing realisation that all the things our forebears fought and died for will have been in vain.
Never mind the petty bickerings about T.D.C and the future of Thanet,the big issue is the survival of true democracy and the British identity.
Act now or our children will have to live with the knowledge that we really f****d up!!

Jeremy Jacobs said...

"While the details have yet to be published it has already become clear that the proposed new "treaty" will sign away Britain's right of veto in many key areas of European policy making including home affairs, justice and asylum and immigration. The concept of European foreign policy has got to be alien to a nation state that has, as we have, a proud history of promoting and defending, if necessary by force, its national interests. The creation of a "European Foreign Minister" and the granting of treaty-making powers to the EU, which is what is proposed, would drive a coach and horses through our sovereignty and it must be resisted"....................................

I've been warning people of this for years Simon.

Do you remember William Hague saying " In Europe but not run by Europe" - thats a bit like saying in Wormword Scrubbs but not run by Wormwood Scrubbs.

Simon, how do you suppose you're going to "resist" this once great country being subsumed into a modern day Holy Roman Empire?

Anonymous said...

Jeremy I think the Holy Roman Empire would be the lesser of evils, what we will get is an Islamic Fundamentalist Empire