Sight is returning - MPs oppose Reform Treaty
The Telegraph reports,
A cross-party group of MPs is calling on Gordon Brown to renegotiate urgently the wording of the new European Union treaty because they say it risks relegating national parliaments to mere satellites of Brussels.
The demand came as EU foreign ministers, including David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, prepared to meet in Brussels today to launch the formal Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) that over the next few months will decide the precise treaty language. . .
The Commons' European scrutiny committee has raised serious concerns over a section in the proposed wording of the treaty that states: "National parliaments shall contribute actively to the good functioning of the Union."
MPs are concerned that the word "shall" creates an obligation for Parliament to put the "good functioning" of the EU above its own interests and independence, and could allow European judges to block future opposition to Brussels from British MPs. The provision goes further than previous European treaties and, it is argued, has a far-reaching constitutional impact on the relationship between Parliament and the EU.
"Referring to the wording, Michael Connarty, the Labour chairman of the committee, has warned Mr Murphy that "no one should instruct Parliament what to do". He added during a recent session of the committee: "This is a takeover of the rights of this Parliament."
This takeover is treason, and it has been going on for years because, like the scientists that Swift’s Gulliver met in the kingdom of Laputa, politicians have one eye that looks inward at themselves and one eye that peers outward toward the farthest heavens. For British politicians that would be the EU, and it has left them no organ to perceive the reality right in front of their noses.
Surely what they missing is obvious? Happily, sight is returning.
The second step is not renegotiating the treaty. The second step will be the British Parliament instructing the Government to leave the EU.