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Why Cameron won’t honour his promises about Europe

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Will Cameron deliver us from the EU? Of course he won’t. Despite the wishes of the people. Despite the wishes of 60% of his own party.

Tory wishes

Grassroots to new Eurosceptic group of Tory MPs; 'Be bold'

 

And despite the pressure that will come from his own MPs today when the George Eustice group of Eurosceptics meet. “Today’s meeting needs to set out clearly that the EU is in crisis and is about to embark on another major step towards closer union as part of the Euro fix. This is the perfect time for the UK to allow them to do so in return for lessening our ties to this failing economic bloc,” says John Redwood.

But the EU is too valuable to our democratic leaders to be abandoned. It allows them to get the draconian laws they want to, not because they want to, but because they have to. “We had no choice, guv,” they tell us. “We had to because of the treaties foisted on us by the previous government. It’s the law.”

And right on cue, here’s an example. Bear in mind that weak governments need control; and the weaker the government, the greater the need for control. According to EDRi, the European Digital Rights organization,

The European Commission (EC) Information Society and Media Directorate-General have recently drawn up a series of six policy papers intended to increase government control over the Internet…

…The recent EC papers come to argue for increased government control and foresee the shift in power toward governments within the next 12 months.

…These EC papers were developed not under public consultancy, but secretly, thus lacking in democratic legitimacy. The plans are to formally raise or even implement the proposed measures by the end of this year, in particular at ICANN’s meeting in Senegal in October.
The EC tries to increase government control of the Internet

Cameron will not be able to resist gaining control over the internet without having to get unpopular, unwanted, unwarranted, unethical and definitely un-British laws through an unsympathetic parliament. And Clegg? Well he seems to have had a complete about-face since his comment some 10 years ago when

…he described the European Council – the EU’s strategic body – as ‘one of only three legislatures in the world in which laws are adopted behind closed doors. The others are to be found in Havana [Cuba] and Pyongyang [North Korea]’.
‘As undemocratic as North Korea’: What Nick Clegg used to think of the EU as he condemned ‘grubby deals’ thrashed out in Brussels

Clegg was right then, and wrong now. But John Redwood has a simple, workable and obvious solution to the EU problem:

The proposal would be that we will happily allow the other members to do whatever they like without our seeking to block or veto it. In return we will be given the right to opt out of anything that the EU has agreed or may agree in the future, as Parliament sees fit. The rest of the EU would be spared the UK acting as the brake on the train, the wrecker at the unification party. The UK would be spared having  law and regulation forced upon us with which we did not agree.

Normally we would go along with new and old EU legal proposals. We would still sit down to negotiate and draft with the others. We often  might reach collective agreement with them and happily implement what was decided. We would not however, be able to hold them up  or resist if they were determined to do something, and they would not be able to force us to do it. We would need to be able to go back over past agreements, but would do so sparingly and only after raising it with them to see if all EU members might like to repeal or amend the offending law.

The UK would be a democracy again, where one Parliament could not bind another in perpetuity by including the measure as an EU law. Moderate Eurosceptics would no longer feel oppressed by EU measures, as extreme ones could be suspended in the UK. Pro Europeans could relax that we have not tried to withdrawn from the EU – they are still in and they can try to persuade us to accept more not less. Those who want to come out completely can press for less, seeking to use Parliamentary channels to remove blocks of EU law which they do not like. It seems to me to be the best way to let us all have our views on how much Europe we want, and to channel them within a UK Parliamentary framework.
Letter sent to George Eustice and the other MPs who say they are forming a new group to reverse moves to ever closer European Union.

The UK would regain its sovereignty. Parliament would regain its supremacy. The people would regain their freedom and self-respect. And Cameron will have none of it.

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