2003 February 07 Friday
New EU Constitution Would Take Sovereignty

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


Comments
Tom Roberts said at February 8, 2003 8:06 AM:

We may well see the destruction of the EU in a shorter time than anyone anticipated. The only variable I see controlling this date is the extent of gross incompetence on the parts of the Pattens, Prodis, and Solanos in Brussels, combined with the motivation of the UK and Italy, along with Eastern Europe, in denying Brussels the means to execute its fantasy plans. The fracture issue will probably be whether the US and Israel can dictate a solution to the Palestinian problem without regard to Brussels. Most of the EU wants this issue solved in any way feasible. Brussels wants it solved on their terms ("Palestinian self determination" is the usual red herring invoked).

rosario bautista said at October 31, 2003 2:05 PM:

Is british constituion unworthy to mention?

Randall Parker said at October 31, 2003 2:18 PM:

Rosario, I don't understand your question. Britain needs a written constitution in my view. But I don't know if you are asking why I didn't mention the British constitution or why the pro-EU folks ignore it or what?

luke said at December 8, 2003 9:53 AM:

im very pro-euro, i beleave we should all unite and form the united states of europe. this would be much better for us as 1 nation rather than 15/25 semi-united nations. long live europe!


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