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The EU Constitution, sorry, Lisbon Treaty

Among the multitude of reasons why Britain must have a referendum on the European Constitution and, in the process, begin the painful but essential journey towards our eventual exit from the EU as currently constituted (or at the very least its root and branch reform), here are but two….

  • We are currently involved in the fight of our lives to restore two fundamental rights enshrined in English Law (and possibly Scottish, I don’t know), namely habeas corpus and double jeopardy. Both have been removed by the NuLav government and the process of restoring them is made far more difficult by our parliament effectively being subject to a higher power.
  • Which leads me to the second reason; 80% of the laws we are obliged to live under are today passed by a European Parliament that is essentially a rubber stamp for the army of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who frame them. Because of its sheer bulk, 90% of EU legislation isn’t even debated in the European Parliament, with the parliamentary groups sometimes voting en bloc for hundreds of measures at a time. This cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be characterised as democratic.
  • I could go on. I haven’t touched on the rampant corruption, the appalling inefficiency, the constant passing by fiat of legislation that establishes “rights” that have already been ours for centuries, and the establishment by stealth of all the trappings of statehood (a national anthem, a president, a federalised military, judiciary, foreign policy and police force).

    I will end by returning to the issue of double jeopardy for a moment and pointing you to the passage below, written by Sean Gabb, which could apply equally to the arrogance of proponents of the march to federalism….

    But there is more than just pragmatism in this New Labour talk. It is a vital part of “the Project” that changes should not be discussed in terms of first principles — whether the ideas being advanced are true or false. They should instead be presented as new and modern. The intended — and usually achieved — effect of this is to cast opponents as defenders of the old and “outmoded”. This done, the changes can be carried through with minimal discussion, and with the support of people who seldom care what they are doing, so long as they can feel charged with the warm glow of doing something “progressive”.

    The supreme irony is that the Irish, having fought for centuries to free themselves from domination by a foreign power, if the polls are to be believed, are about to meekly hand that freedom over to another.

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