We’ll have no voice if we stay in the EU says Grayling: Leader of the House of Commons says Britain will be isolated and subject to harmful meddling if it was to remain
EU political leaders are seeking to increase the level of political integration
Chris Grayling warns UK will be isolated by the ‘giant Eurozone federation’
Grayling said the Eurozone will seek to increase the ‘amount of Europe’
He said the new EU will not be a place for an independent and proud UK
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By JAMES SLACK FOR THE DAILY MAIL
6 April 2016
Britain will be left voiceless, isolated and subject to ever more harmful meddling by a ‘giant Federation of Eurozone states’ if it votes to stay inside the EU, a Cabinet minister warns today.
In a searing intervention, Chris Grayling says that being reduced to the role of bit-part player is ‘no place for a proud United Kingdom to be’.
His comments open up a crucial new front in the increasingly heated referendum debate.
Downing Street and the Remain campaign have focused on the dangers of Britain leaving the EU – dubbed Project Fear.
But, writing exclusively in today’s Mail, Commons Leader Mr Grayling says that if Britain votes to remain it will be signing up to stay inside an entirely different bloc to the one that exists today. He points to a series of proposals already drawn up by Eurocrats that would lead to ‘political union’ among the eurozone states.
Plans are also on the table for an EU army and border force and a European Pillar of Social Rights, which would give workers the same terms and conditions across the entire EU.
Mr Grayling, a leading figure in the Out campaign, says that once the reforms are complete the eurozone countries will be able to gang up on Britain.
‘The option of staying in the EU as it is today simply isn’t available to us,’ he writes. ‘The EU already dominates our way of life… And the seemingly constant refrain whenever a new problem arises is that it can only be solved by more Europe.
‘Over the next ten years we are going to hear that refrain more and more. They have no choice. More Europe is the only way for the euro to survive. But it’s no place for a proud, independent United Kingdom to be.’
Already, the EU has proposed a raft of changes that will give it greater powers. These include: a huge expansion in the size of the European Court of Justice, whose General Court is growing from 12 to 28 members; establishing an EU Treasury and common bank deposit system; having a single EU spokesman on the International Monetary Fund – stripping the UK of its independent voice; a European Pillar of Social Rights giving minimum rights on pay, health and safety, maternity and paternity pay and access to justice.
Eurosceptics point to the so-called Five Presidents Report, which was published by the European Commission last year. It proposes a full ‘political union’ of the euro countries. By voting as a bloc, they can push through legislation that suits their interests.
The document also proposes abolishing the UK’s representation on key international bodies where global regulations and standards are increasingly set.
The report says the EU must act ‘with one voice on the global stage’. The document complains that ‘in the international financial institutions, the EU and the euro area are still not represented as one’ – singling out the IMF as one example.
Tonight, Mr Grayling will go head-to-head with Herman van Rompuy, a former president of the European Council, at a debate in London.
He will say: ‘The political union of 26 nations – excluding the UK and Denmark – will dominate the map. It will completely control all of the institutions of the EU.
‘It is hard to see how the EU institutions that we have today could credibly be used as the heart of a political union, and still be seen as impartial by non-participating states.’
In a separate speech, ex-Foreign Secretary Lord Owen will today warn that Britain must leave the EU in order to protect the NHS.
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