Another British journalist sees the light
Being in America at the moment I realise that many Americans are well-disposed toward the European Union. They vaguely think it's a bulkwark of democracy, and they like visiting Europe.
But the fact is the European Union is a tyrannical fascist state in the making. It is the antithesis of democracy.
In the last year an increasing number of political commentators in Britain have come to realise this. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is one of them. During his time as the Telegraph's Washington bureau chief, Evans-Pritchard became known for his stories about President Clinton, the 1993 death of Vincent Foster, and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He is the author of The Secret Life of Bill Clinton.
Yesterday he wrote, "The treaty beast is back to haunt us. And this time it's personal,
If Europe's political leaders succeed in ramming through a barely disguised remake of the same European constitution rejected by the French and Dutch people, I for one will come off the fence after years of hesitation and join the fight for total British withdrawal from the Union.
Yes, Britain is riding tall in EU affairs these days. Brussels has become an arm of Anglo-Saxon reform. But such triumphs are never permanent amid Europe's shifting alliances. There are in any case lines of principle that may not be crossed, as Tony Blair acknowledged in April 2004.
'What you cannot do is have a situation where you get a rejection of the treaty and bring it back with a few amendments and say: Have another go. You cannot do that,' he said.
The EU anthem will go, along with the visible bunting of an emerging state. The text won't be called a constitution. As German chancellor Angela Merkel wrote in a letter to fellow leaders, 'presentational changes' should be made while keeping the 'legal substance'.
It is the substance that threatens British self-rule.
This battle is personal, I confess. I was at the Laeken 'razor-wire' summit in December 2001 when Europe's bruised leaders chewed over Ireland's 'No' to Nice, and Denmark's 'No' to the euro, and vowed henceforth to listen to the people.
There would be an end to the 'creeping expansion of the competences of the Union'. Power would flow back to the nations.
I lived and breathed every moment of the betrayal thereafter. . .
. . .the Charter gives the European Court (ECJ) jurisdiction over a raft of social and economic rights that are alien to our Common Law. It empowers Euro-judges to chip away at Britain's economic model, imposing Rheinland corporatism by the back door. We might as well turn the lights off in the City if the ECJ ever gets its claws into that.
Beware of Europe's court, the unseen engine of EU federalism. For now it is confined to "community" matters: the single market, competition rules, and so on. It has no say on the wider fields of foreign affairs, defence, justice, and criminal matters, and little say on economic management.
The text smashes the old structure. Everything becomes fair game, unless specifically exempted. Euro-judges would, for example, decide the meaning of Article 1.15 forbidding states from foreign policy and defence actions deemed 'contrary to the Union's interest'. . .
Thanks to Idris Francis, John Wallace, Judith Gordon, and David Samuel-Camps of Nigel Farage's office for the alert.