DEAR REMAINER MP, PLEASE THINK ABOUT WHAT ‘REMAIN’ WOULD MEAN
THE EU PLANS TO TAKE AWAY PARLIAMENT’S CONTROL OF DEFENCE & FOREIGN POLICY
HERR JUNCKER’S BIG SPEECH
You may have missed this, because the BBC didn’t mention it.
The theme of the ‘State of the Union’ speech made by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was “The Hour of European Sovereignty”.
This phrase appears throughout the official copy of his speech. He devoted an entire section of his speech to the subject, saying: “The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come.”
“European Sovereignty” – by which he means EU Sovereignty – is the headline story for the EU Commission in its publicity and reporting on the speech.
EU SET TO TAKE OVER FOREIGN AND DEFENCE POLICIES
Currently there are still some areas of activity which require unanimity amongst all 28 member states. These include foreign and defence policies, although in practice both these areas have already been usurped by the unelected EU Commission.
Now the EU wants to make its ability to act official, by adopting ‘qualified majority voting’ for defence, foreign policy, and taxes. This means that if the UK remained in the EU, it would lose its power of veto. A majority of member states could decide, for example, to invade Russia, and the UK could be outvoted.
HERE IS THE EVIDENCE
We will always be a global payer but it is time we started being a global player too.
This is why – despite great resistance at the time – I reignited the idea of a ‘Europe of Defence’ as early as 2014. And this is why I will continue to work day and night over the next months to see the European Defence Fund and Permanent Structured Cooperation in Defence [PESCO] become fully operational.
The geopolitical situation makes this Europe’s hour: the time for European sovereignty has come.
It is time Europe took its destiny into its own hands. It is time Europe developed what I coined as Weltpolitikfähigkeit [translates as ‘world political mastery’] – the capacity to play a role, as a Union, in shaping global affairs. [Today, Europe – tomorrow, the world!]
Europe has to become a more sovereign actor in international relations.
Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Commission President, ‘State of the Union’ speech, 12 September 2018
WHEN SHARING MEANS GIVING AWAY
In parts of his speech Herr Juncker talks of “sharing sovereignty”. In reality this is another deception, because the very act of ‘sharing’ in this case means turning over more powers to the EU. It is in fact the process of surrendering sovereignty.
Sharing implies joint control. This is not what the EU means. It very specifically means taking power away from member states.
WHEN ‘EUROPEAN’ MEANS ‘EUROPEAN UNION’
It is important to be very clear about language. The EU has always used the word European when it should use the term European Union. Examples of this include the Commission, which refers to itself as the European Commission. Regular readers will know that Brexit Facts4EU.Org always calls it the EU Commission.
One example of correct usage came in 2009 with the ECJ, when the Lisbon Treaty gave it the correct title of CJEU or ‘Court of Justice of the European Union’. Virtually everything else in the EU simply puts ‘European’ before the name of the body.
So, when Herr Juncker refers to ‘European Sovereignty’ he is talking about ‘EU Sovereignty’.
We have to start with the BBC. The national broadcaster made no mention that we could find – and we searched thoroughly – about the major theme of Herr Juncker’s ‘State of the Union’ address. It wasn’t mentioned on the news, and we have been unable to find the word sovereignty in its online output covering the speech.
This is despite the speech being spattered with it, as we have shown above.
Now this is either gross incompetence, or deliberate obfuscation. In either scenario those in charge of the BBC’s output should consider their position.
WHAT ‘REMAIN’ WOULD MEAN
It’s important to stress that if the UK exits fully, no further loss of UK sovereignty would ensue. What we’re pointing out to Remainer MPs is what ‘Remain’ would mean. The EU is changing all the time and for the worse. There IS no ‘status quo’. Remainer MPs – including all those who claim they’re not trying to overturn Brexit – ought to be able to defend their position. In this case they will need to say that they condemn the EU Commission’s proposals to usurp British control of our national defence and foreign policy.
It’s also worth pointing out that Remainers will claim that Juncker’s statements are not law, merely proposals. We respond that all these things have a nasty habit of coming to pass. Furthermore, Juncker’s entire speech was branded as “The Hour of European Sovereignty”. This means the Commission’s plan must be taken very seriously as an imminent threat.
ON DEMOCRACY AND SOVEREIGNTY
There has been a concerted attempt by the unrepresentative Remainer MPs in the UK Parliament to frame the Brexit process in purely economic terms. Readers only have to think of the continued Project Fear stories which are propagated in the Establishment media.
At the same time there has been a continued bleating from Remainer MPs about their democratic need to vote on every single aspect of the Brexit process. In reality of course, all they want to do is overturn the democratic vote of the British people in the 2016 Referendum.
WELL HERE’S A QUESTION FOR REMAINER MPS
“While you profess your profound concern for democracy, where are your howls of protest at the EU planning to take away your right to decide on defence and foreign policies?”
No Remainer MP can make any claim to credibility unless they stand up now and speak out against the EU’s plans to take away sovereignty from the UK Parliament on such fundamental matters. They can’t excuse themselves by saying that we’re leaving so it won’t affect the UK. Not when they’re doing all they can to prevent any real form of Brexit.
Let Remainer MPs ask their constituents if they are happy to remain in an EU which can dictate the UK’s foreign and defence policies and where any protest from the UK can be overruled. Remainer MPs might then find out that regaining sovereignty was in fact one of the major aspects of the vote to leave the increasingly totalitarian EU.
Just about the only thing we liked about the official Vote Leave campaign was its slogan: “Take Back Control”. In the case of Juncker’s major speech on Wednesday we’ll paraphrase Bill Clinton: “It’s about national sovereignty, stupid.”[Sources: EU Commission] 04.15am, 14 Sept 2018