If the EU's proposed new constitution is enacted the European nation-states would cease to be sovereign nations.
Britain will lose control of foreign policy and defence and will be stripped of its sovereign power to legislate in almost all areas of national life, under the draft text of the European constitution released yesterday.
Sweeping aside British objections, the document establishes the European Union on a "federal basis", enjoying "primacy over the law of the member states".
The 16 articles unveiled at the European Parliament are the first piece of a constitutional text being drawn up for the Convention on the Future of Europe.
The constitution is a bigger threat to sovereignty than a common currency. While the British Labour Party has promised to hold a referendum on whether to join the Euro currency its not clear that the British public will be given a say on whether the UK ceases to be a sovereign nation.
Mr Blair now has a choice. He could veto the treaty, in which case Britain could face exclusion from full EU membership. Or he could put it to a referendum. The third possibility - that he might sign it, even in a diluted form - sounds unthinkable, yet it appears to be being thought. A prime minister who condemned his country to puppet status would be unworthy of his office.
The transfer of sovereignty to the EU is a problem for the United States because the central government of the EU will likely be more hostile toward the US than many of its nation-state members. Its a problem for the publics of the various European countries because the Brussels mandarins show every sign of being anti-democratic and will seek to maintain a degree of government control over life that will rob Europe of much of its vitality. The EU looks like it will be especially harmful for the Eastern European countries whose less developed economies will be saddled with labor laws and other business regulations that will slow growth and keep unemployment rates high.
The British Conservative Party ought to be loudly demanding every day that the proposed new EU constitution be voted on by the British public in a referendum.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2003 February 07 12:39 AM Europe and America|