The President of the EU, Herman van Rompuy, caused a firestorm in Britain with these words:
“We have together to fight the danger of a new Euroscepticism. This is no longer the monopoly of a few countries,” he said. “In every member state, there are people who believe their country can survive alone in the globalised world. It is more than an illusion: it is a lie.”
‘The biggest enemy of Europe today is fear,’ he said. ‘Fear leads to egoism, egoism leads to nationalism, and nationalism leads to war.
‘Today’s nationalism is often not a positive feeling of pride in one’s own identity, but a negative feeling of apprehension of the others.’
I shall leave it to better voices to refute all this nonsense, however, the EU is showing its true face in public. And people in the UK are listening. Here’s highlights from a mini-revolt in the Parliament reported by ConservativeHome:
Douglas Carswell was having nothing of vague assurances of sovereignty:
“Paragraph 34 of the Van Rompuy report states that there will be a new legal framework “applying to all EU Member States”. Can the Minister explain what part of “all” excludes Britain? Regardless of paragraphs 35 and 39, or reference to protocol 15 of any treaty, such wording creates ambivalence at the very least. It suggests that EU institutions will now be able to legislate in areas of UK national competence in which they could not previously legislate. Has the precedent now been set? Is the field occupied? Is not the stage set for the day when some other Minister returns from Brussels to explain to the House how we have been sadly outvoted?
Carswell was nearly Cato the Elder in his peroration:
“I cannot support the motion, as it will mean a further transfer of powers from this country to Brussels. I urge colleagues to oppose it.”
Twenty-five Tory MPs voted with Carswell as well as several Labour MPs and from a Northern Ireland political party – DUP. It’s not too late. Nigel Farage called for a British Tea Party and offered the UKIP as the party to lead it. Go to Oldham East and get elected MP, Mr. Farage! Start the prairie fire the UK needs. For my fellow Yanks, this is YOUR fight. Blog on this issue! Do whatever you legally can – especially pray for the UK! And remember: THE EU IS NOT THE FRIEND OF THE USA!