Plan B For Europe: Lost Opportunities in the EU Constitution Debate
Dr Lee Rotherham
is two years since Tony Blair promised a referendum on the EU Constitution.
The Prime Minister said in Parliament of the EU Constitution, ďThen let
the people have the final sayĒ. Surely this principle applies equally to
the Constitutionís contents if implemented piecemeal as to the document in its
entirety? So before the Prime Minister stands down from office, he must keep
at least one of his pledges and give us that say.
Itís time to ask, just as the French and Dutch people were asked, whether
people in this country want the out-dated integration of the EU Constitution
or will similarly reject it for a more modern vision of increased trade and
flexible, democratic co-operation between European countries.
The Convention on the Future of Europe, the body which ultimately ignored
freedom, instead drew up the EU Constitution, received many submissions which
sought to negate the ambitions of the integrationists, they serve as models
for co-operation between sovereign independent European states.
The Bruges Group along with Dr Lee Rotherham of Skeptica have compiled these
submissions whose principles offer a guide as to what should replace the
The arrogance of the EU elite meant that these calls were at first ignored
instead the Convention produced an anti-democratic, anti-business draft
Constitution. What is more, even after two clear public rejections it should
have been dead but the centralisation project continues with bureaucrats still
working on implementing aspects of the rejected Constitution, such as;
Militarisation of the EU with an EU Defence agency, EU Battle groups and
the Rapid Reaction Force
Control of law and order with more powers for Europol, the creation of an
EU militarised police force,
an EU External Border Agency and an EU criminal code plus an EU prosecuting
Control over immigration with a common asylum policy
Control over foreign affairs by the EU Foreign Minister and External
Greater burdens on our businesses and controls over our law making
through the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Fundamental Rights Agency
Bruges Group paper shows there were alternatives that should have been
considered but were ignored, this leaves Britain with one remaining
As Tony Blair also said in that speech in April 2004, "Let the issue be
put. Let the battle be joined."
Founder President: The Rt Hon. the Baroness Thatcher of
Kesteven, LG, OM, FRS President: The Rt Hon. the Lord Tebbit of Chingford, CH,
PC Vice-President: The Rt Hon. the Lord Lamont of Lerwick,
Chairman: Barry Legg Director: Robert Oulds MA, Head of
Research: Dr Helen Szamuely, Washington D.C.
Representative: John O'Sullivan CBE Founder Chairman: Lord Harris of High Cross,
Former Chairmen: Dr Brian Hindley, Dr Martin Holmes &
Professor Kenneth Minogue