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Hain's federalist agenda exposed

Robert Oulds

The Government will be submitting a proposal to the Convention on the Future of Europe that is drawn from a report by an academic called Dr Dashwood. This proposal has the support of Peter Hain, and was paid for by the Government at taxpayers expense. Its startling conclusions leave no doubt that the Government supports the creation of a Federal Superstate.

A key point to watch is the so-called "loyalty" clause - a whole new principle in Constitutional law. This radically centralist legal concept will, if adopted, be a key method by which Brussels will enforce it's control over European Union member states.

Quoting from Dr Dashwood's proposals, section 5 reads as follows:

"5. The principle of loyal cooperation requires that the Member States support the actions and policies of the Union actively and unreservedly in a spirit of loyalty and mutual solidarity, to ensure fulfilment of the obligations arising out of this Treaty or resulting from action taken by the institutions of the Union.

"The Member States shall facilitate the achievement of the Union's tasks as provided for in the Act on Economic and Social Policy and in the Act on Foreign, Security and Defence Policy. They shall refrain from any action which is contrary to the interests of the Union or likely to impair its effectiveness".

This concept must be stopped, or democracy and self-government will be a thing of the past.