The News of the World reports today that Tony Blair will sign up to Angela Merkel's replacement European Constitution without having a referendum. If this happens it really is true to say that we will have effectively become a province of the
Greater Belgian Empire United States of Europe.
The News of the World can reveal the Prime Minister intends to rubber-stamp
the European Constitution without consulting his likely successor Chancellor
Gordon Brown — not to mention British voters. Mr Blair has PERSONALLY pushed
forward plans for a permanent EU President and Foreign Minister as one of his
last acts before he stands down as premier. He will travel to Berlin on March 25
to sign the 50-page agreement, Declaration on the Future of Europe. Far from a
simple "declaration", this is a binding treaty which embodies "basic laws" for
490 million people in 27 countries.
Its proposals were set out in the despised constitution, already crushingly rejected by voters across Europe. It will set up:
*A PERMANENT, unelected, president of the European Union who will speak
as a sole voice for the whole of Europe and serve a five-year term.
*FULL-TIME foreign and defence ministers to represent Europe — which means
powers like China and America will by-pass Britain and speak directly to them.
*A REFORMED European parliament, empowered to draw up more of its own laws.
Britain would lose the ability to veto its decisions — and each member state's
own government will lose the right to "opt out" of EU laws and treaties.
That will mean that Mr Blair's successor will be unable to renegotiate ANY
of the European treaties. The document is being finalised by the German
government, which holds the EU presidency. But we can reveal it will state:
*If a change of government in a country calls into question what has been
agreed, not only is society split in that nation, but our continent is increasingly incapacitated.
*We must commit to our European legal principles: pacta sunt servanda — "treaties are to be honoured."
*Officials in Brussels have been working on the new agreement since June 2005, when the Dutch followed the French in rejecting the 300-page constitution which laid out exactly what powers the EU needed when it expanded from 12 to 27 member states.
In all, nine countries with a population of over 150 million turned it down
or, like the UK, decided not to put it to the vote. Downing Street played a
major role in the latest negotiations but their plans have infuriated the
Treasury, which fears Gordon Brown will be landed with a series of deeply
unpopular moves when he takes over. One Brown aide told us: "Why are Downing
Street doing this? We don't need more European integration, we need the
integration we have to work properly." Under the new plans, the European
parliament will be able to come up with trade union laws, green regulations on
carbon emissions and metres of red tape that could cripple business. It can set
its own budgets, meaning the EU will tell Britain how much we must fork out to
fund its massive bureaucracy. That move alone will cost Britain hundreds of
millions a year, since the EU will be able to reduce our rebate from Brussels
negotiated by Baroness Thatcher in the 1980s.
Blair will deny this is a replacement to the original European Constitution, but if it looks like a constitution, sounds like a constitution and smells like one, then that's exactly what it is. And the Conservatives should now lead the campaign against it.
The NOTW also reveals that Blair will cause a by-election in the Autumn as he doesn't want to stay on in the House of Commons when he steps down as Prime Minister. More HERE.