‘Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps, each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation.’ Jean Monnet, Founding Father of the European Union
Let’s Not Talk About Politics
Have you noticed something? The Political Class, the ‘Remainians’, have never set out the political case for keeping the UK in the European Union, for keeping the UK lashed to the European Commission through Gordon Brown’s ratification of the Treaty of Lisbon? You’ll recall that in 2007, in keeping with the deceitful nature of the European Union and The Political Class, Gordon Brown – our then Prime Minister – signed the Lisbon Treaty in a bizarre, solo ceremony separate from the other EU leaders under what he had hoped would be a cloak of secrecy. The Lisbon Treaty is the Constitution of the European Union by another name. The Labour Party had promised a referendum on the UK’s ratification of the Treaty, but never kept its promise in government. Consequently, Gordon Brown sought to keep his signing of the Lisbon Treaty under wraps; in so doing he reinforced the ongoing transfer of the UK’s sovereign powers to the European Commission. We need, therefore, to investigate the politics of the EU, so let’s take a look at the institutional arrangements that exist within the European Union and check out the legitimacy of how the EU’s authority is gained and held.
The European Commission
The European Commission has the unelected monopoly on proposing all EU legislation – which it does in secret; it issues ‘Regulations’ (laws) which are automatically binding on all EU member states. The European Commission is the de facto executive or government of the EU and has, to all intents and purposes, supreme authority over the legislative landscape of the UK. The Political Class will never in a million years explain this to you. The European Commission is the sole enforcer of all EU legislation and decisions and is supported as necessary by the European Court of Justice.
The European Court of Justice
The European Court of Justice is not an independent court of law. It is the engine of the ‘ever closer union of the peoples of Europe’ required by the Treaty of Lisbon and the treaties that went before it. The European Court of Justice is funded by the European Union (that is by your taxes) and has the final say on all EU matters. There’s no right of appeal against the verdicts of The European Court of Justice. Once again, The Political Class will never in a million years explain this to you.
The Committee of Permanent Representatives
The Comité des Représentants Permanent (COREPER) is a committee of bureaucrats who represent the member states of the EU. COREPER is a shadowy body where national horse-trading on the Commission’s proposals take place, again in secret. So, don’t tell anybody about this.
Council of Ministers
The Council of Ministers comprises ministers from the EU member states. They pass EU legislation, usually by majority voting and, again, in secret. Since records began, the UK has not managed to prevent a single proposal placed in front of the Council of Ministers from becoming European and, hence, UK law. Again, The Political Class will never in a million years explain this to you.
The European Parliament
The European Parliament comprises 751 MEPs elected every 5 years; the UK has 73 MEPs; that’s less than 10% of the voting power of that Parliament. The European Parliament cannot propose legislation, but it can delay or block it. The European Parliament is probably thought of, at best, as a Mickey Mouse affair, but in reality is a puppet of the European Commission.
The Court of Auditors
The Court of Auditors is also financed out of the EU budget (that is, again, from your taxes) and is supposed to guarantee to us taxpayers the proper use of EU funds. However, the Court of Auditors has not signed off the European Union’s accounts as being a true and fair record of the workings of the organisation for the past 20 years. For a political organisation founded upon deceit and governing largely on the basis of secrecy, we shouldn’t be too surprised that the EU is, in essence, corrupt. No other organisations in society are allowed to operate on the basis of dodgy accounting.
It’s interesting that The Political Class, the Remainians, never set out the European Union’s political infrastructure as I’ve done above and cried, ‘Look at this! Now, this is how a state should be organised and governed. Forget 500 years of British political history; it’s pish. We argue that the governance arrangements in the European Union represent a master class of freedom, democracy, transparency and good governance – and we commend it to you when you vote on 23 June!’
Fat chance. As you’ve read above, the EU’s political arrangements are a frightening cross between Kafkaesque (‘marked by a senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity’) and Orwellian (‘destructive to the welfare of a free and open society’).
The Political Class knows full well that the EU’s political infrastructure is at best questionable, but is in reality a lethal cocktail of self-serving ineptitude, corruption and secrecy. That’s why promoting the EU’s political arrangements is absolutely not on the Remainian’s agenda for the EU Referendum debate. What makes this situation both sad and unnerving is that The Political Class’s campaign to keep the UK lashed to the travesty of governance that I’ve described above is led by our very own Prime Minister. The man holding the UK’s highest office of state is advocating that the British people should be governed under the Kafkaesque-Orwellian political system that is the European Union.
Bear this in mind too: there’s been much talk lately about ‘reforming the European Union’. The Political Class would have you and I believe that the EU is open to institutional reform. Do you believe that? Look again at the Council of Ministers where, as I stated above, since records began the UK has not managed to prevent a single proposal placed in front of the Council of Ministers from becoming European and, hence, UK law. The opposite will apply, of course. The chances of the UK persuading the European Union’s politico-bureaucratic elites to abandon their cherished superstate ambitions which have been developed, enforced and reinforced over the past 50 years or so are nil. For as long as the UK remains a signatory to the Lisbon Treaty and, hence, a member of the European Union, the UK will be crushed under the European superstate steamroller.
We should look at the way in which many, if not most of our laws in the UK are made today. Nobody really knows what proportion of UK legislation originates in Brussels: estimates range from 15% to 70% of the statute book. According to Full Fact (an independent, non-partisan fact checking charity) some two-thirds of UK laws now originate in the EU. The significant point is that we are increasingly subjected to laws dumped into our society from an unelected bureaucracy (the European Commission) employing some 23,000 people who generate 12 new laws each working day. Open Europe (a non-partisan, independent, policy think-tank) calculates that 72% of the cost of regulation in the UK is EU derived. All told, the EU has generated some 134,500 laws, other acts, verdicts and standards all of which bear down on our society with no democratic checks or balances. This is a shocking abuse of power and is almost medieval in its nature. Shame on our politicians for thinking for a moment that this dreadful state of affairs will ever be reformed, still less reversed and unwound. It won’t be unless and until the UK withdraws from the Treaty of Lisbon; in other words unless and until the UK Leaves the European Union; it’s as simple as that.
Common Law and Civil Law Traditions
There’s another arguably more important aspect of this legislature issue that should concern us and it relates to the differences in law-making between Europe and the UK. In the UK, we live under common law with its origins in the Middle Ages. Common law means that, by and large, anything and everything is allowed unless it is expressly forbidden. There is no comprehensive compilation of legal rules and statutes; law is largely based on precedent, ie judicial decisions that have already been made in the past. A jury of ordinary people without legal training decides on the facts of a particular case before the court. The judge then determines the appropriate sentence based on the jury’s verdict.
In continental Europe, civil law applies. Civil law means that, by and large, anything and everything is forbidden unless it is expressly allowed. So, European countries – exemplified by the European Union, of course – have comprehensively, continuously updated legal codes (12 new laws per day, 134,500 laws over time) which specify all matters capable of being brought before a court, the applicable procedure, and the appropriate punishment for each offence. The judge’s role is to establish the facts of the case and to apply the provisions of the applicable code. Ordinary people feature nowhere in this code of law.
So, since 1973, the processes of law-making and the outcomes of legal process in the UK have been steadily removed from ordinary people and shifted towards political and legal elites based on foreign soil. The centuries old traditions of legislature in the UK have been, and continue to be usurped by unelected, unaccountable elites applying legal traditions quite alien to British society. Furthermore, as stated earlier, there is no right of appeal against verdicts of The European Court of ‘Justice’ (sic). Today, EU law takes precedence over UK law. From where I’m sitting as a layman, the pernicious evolution of British society’s 500 year-old law-making traditions from common law to civil law is a travesty of justice. Yet again, The Political Class will never in a million years explain this to you, still less argue that you should vote for this ongoing transformation of our legal landscape on 23 June.
Sovereignty – Do We Have It In The UK?
Sovereignty is the authority of a state to govern itself, or another state. Having looked at the political and legal institutional arrangements that exist within the European Union, I’ll leave it to you to decide whether the European Union has legitimate authority to govern the UK as it does today. I’ll leave you to decide whether the UK is a sovereign state and whether the political institutions of the European Union are worth fighting and dying for.
Remember that despite the best efforts of the Prime Minister (who is at the vanguard of The Political Class) to dictate a single view, you and I have a choice here. Don’t be intimidated; trust your great British judgement!
[Ed: This is a shortened version taken with the kind permission of the author from his blog ‘Moraymint Chatter.The longer article can be read here. It is very much worth a visit because you’ll find a whole host of jaw-dropping quotes from our ‘betters’!]