Federal Europe is the future and the UK has no part in it
The EU is overseeing the wholesale demolition of democracy across the continent. Our membership of the EU has rendered Westminster a vassal of Brussels instead of a servant of the people
George Osborne now believes the EU needs to improve competitiveness in order to curb the relentless decline of Europe. He might as well be telling a firestorm to stop burning a forest.
The reality is the EU has been engineering its own decline from its very outset and there is no appetite for the sort of reforms Mr. Osborne demands. Indeed the trend is going in the opposite direction: federalism.
There’s no shortage of evidence for this claim. EU Commissioner and Vice President Viviane Reding recently stated that the EU will put federalism on the agenda in the lead up to the European elections in May. Her confession that the EU needs to become a ‘United States of Europe’ exposes the growing chasm between British interests and the utopian fantasies of the cabal in Brussels.
The Spinelli Group, an EU initiative founded by the leader of the Euro-liberals and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, has already published its Federal Treaty for the EU. This is a detailed proposal to replace the existing treaties with ‘a fundamental law for the European Union’, with negotiations starting after the European elections.
An EU-funded group, European Alternatives Ltd, has also drafted a manifesto for a federal Europe, which calls for a universal basic income, a ban on fracking, and an increase in VAT to fund welfare spending.
This is precisely why the idea of EU reform is little more than futile hope, employed by David Cameron’s circle of advisers to delay the date of the inevitable referendum. The EU is strongly committed to an ever-closer union and an eventual superstate.
Previous attempts to change the course of the EU had failed and so it is folly for the Cameronites to persevere in their hope for a democratic EU and to lead their supporters on. Is it any wonder that the referendum promise is viewed by many as a ploy to seal victory at the next general election? Such an outcome will be unlikely in any case.
Meanwhile, David Cameron is distinctly hush-hush on the details of the reforms he aims to achieve in case his suggestions get shot down by fanatical EU Commissioners. This would undermine his plans.
But in the long term the Tories are undermining their own chances of getting back in power if they alienate the Eurosceptic base of their support. Tory MPs are desperate to see concrete proposals for reform, as evidenced by the recent letter to David Cameron signed by a large number of his backbench MPs.
This letter requested a UK parliamentary veto over European laws. If Cameron does place his ideas on the table then his backbenchers will keep demanding more and more.
Many will be flabbergasted by another internal feud within the Conservative Party over the Europe issue, but this is very serious. The problem with Brussels is not only that it undermines competitiveness in Europe (and, by extension, our competitiveness in the global market); the EU is overseeing the wholesale demolition of democracy across the continent.
We are already witnessing the collapse of trust in our democratic institutions. And mainstream party membership seems to be in irreversible decline. The reason the public is so indifferent is not out of ignorance, but out of frustration with a political system that is powerless to change anything in our favour.
There is simply no incentive for the Great British Public to vote for a government that will be impotent in office and unable to exercise sovereignty. Our membership of the EU has rendered Westminster a vassal of Brussels instead of a servant of the people. Can we blame the electorate if they have caught up with the reality that their votes do not matter?
The case for reforming Europe is diminishing as Britain and the EU increasingly speak at cross-purposes. It was doomed from the start. The only question that remains: when will the political classes realise it?
We have only one choice and that’s to get Britain out of this quagmire as soon as possible.
Alan Murad is the Acting Campaign Manager of Get Britain Out
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