Andrew Allison

EU Reform Treaty

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2007 at 12:29 pm

The leaders of the EU countries are meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. When they discuss the EU treaty, it will not be a surprise at just how many individual agendas will be circulating the room.

Poland wants more power for medium-sized countries. The Czechs want us all to have more powers to reject European Commission proposals. Bulgaria wants the Cyrillic alphabet recognised. Austria doesn’t want too many foreign students at its universities. Italy wants more MEPs and they are willing to throw their teddies out of the window if they don’t get their way. France isn’t really committed to the free market as their economy wouldn’t be able to cope. The Dutch and Belgians have steam coming out of their ears because of UK opt-outs. The Germans want credit if it all goes well and the Portuguese want an agreement so they can call it the Treaty of Lisbon.

There is one thing they all agree on though. They know the treaty is worded in such a complex way, that transfers of sovereignty will take place without anyone realising until it is too late. That’s what Gordon Brown is hoping anyway. He knows this treaty is designed as a stepping stone towards full European integration. He knows we are going to lose dozens of vetos we enjoy now. He knows the EU is going to legislate and intrude into more areas of our lives. He knows the army of Brussels’ bureaucrats have nothing better to do than to come up with skip loads of red tape. He knows the majority of citizens from EU countries want less interference from Brussels, not more. But it’s not just Gordon who knows this. Everyone of those leaders tucking away at the finest cuisine Portugal can come up with, knows it too.

The peoples of Europe need to stand up and rid Europe of this tyranny. We have to tell our leaders that they don’t know better than we do. We don’t want bureaucrats sniffing into more and more aspects of our lives. You’ve gone much too far already. We have to tell them firmly, enough is enough. A common market of independent, sovereign nations, promoting free trade is good for everyone in Europe; not the bureaucratic, intrusive monster it has become.

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